Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
2012 primary
By William Kincaid
Mercer County will have a new commissioner next year as challenger Rick Muhlenkamp defeated incumbent Bob Nuding in the Republican primary Tuesday night.
Also, long-time Republican commissioner Jerry Laffin secured a ninth term after receiving 100 percent of the vote; his opponent Scott Bruns dropped out of the race last week. [More]
2012 primary
By Shelley Grieshop
Program and personnel cuts are looming after voters Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated a proposed countywide property tax levy to fund the local health department.
The 0.6-mill levy in support of the Mercer County-Celina City Health Department was crushed by 66 percent of voters. Unofficial results show 5,178 votes against it and 2,665 in favor. [More]
2012 primary
By Margie Wuebker
NEW BREMEN - Voters in the New Bremen Local school district on Tuesday soundly defeated a combined 7.55-mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy to finance the construction and maintenance of a new K-8 building.
Just over 61 percent of those casting votes in Auglaize, Mercer and Shelby counties, or 972 people, were against the proposal that would have generated $13 million. Votes in favor of the levy totaled 607. [More]
Obituaries on March 7th, 2012
Victor L. McKinney, 63, St. Marys, died at 10:15 a.m. March 5, 2012, at Golden Living Center-Valley. [More]
Rose Ann Garman, 84, St. Henry, died this morning, March 7, 2012, in Dayton. [More]
Berniece Henning, 82, St. Marys, died March 7, 2012, at Joint Township District [More]
Rita M. Wannemacher, 90, Coldwater, died March 5, 2012, at Briarwood Village, Coldwater. [More]
Former Celina resident Liberty G. Filio, 94, Cincinnati, died Feb. 15, 2012. [More]
Local pictures on March 7th, 2012
Subscriber stories on March 7th, 2012
CELINA - Local students sending comforts from home helped ease one Marine's deployment to Afghanistan.
Cpl. Daniel Stose, 22, of Celina, had served
Area residents will see more marked cruisers patrolling county and townships roads.
Sheriff Jeff Grey today announced he will be assigning the department's eight reserve deputies to patrol duties on a part-time basis within two weeks.
MINSTER - Officials are expected to sign paperwork for a $2.2 million loan in the coming days after Minster council members approved the action Tuesday night.
2012 primary
Voters didn't go to the polls in droves in Mercer and Auglaize counties or anywhere else in Ohio on Super Tuesday.
"For me, it's a little bit disappointing," Mercer County Board of Elections Deputy Director Laura Bruns said.
2012 primary
COLDWATER - Coldwater school district voters approved a 4.1-mill operating levy at Tuesday's primary election.
The levy was approved 1,072 votes to 728, or 59.56 percent to 40.44 percent.
Mercer County
National delegate GOP candidates for president
Newt Gingrich     979
Jon Huntsman     23
Ron Paul     479
Rick Perry
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office continues to look for a 16-year-old Maria Stein boy believed to be armed with a handgun.
Austin B. Ball left his Buckeye Street home Tuesday night following a domestic disturbance. His mother later found her handgun missing.
The Mercer County Sheriff's office is investigating a traffic accident that resulted in the death of an 84-year-old St. Henry woman.
Rose Ann Garma
ROCKFORD - Village council on Tuesday passed in final reading a new flood regulation ordinance to meet federal requirements.
Areas around the St. Marys River are flood prone, therefore, the village is required to establish regulations to promote public safety and minimize damage and loss of money.
Division IV Boys Basketball District at Elida
ELIDA - The anticipated rematch between St. Henry and Fort Recovery is right on schedule for Friday night after the two Midwest Athletic Conference rivals overcame upset bids by Delphos St. John's and Crestview on Tuesday night.
Division IV Girls Regional Preview
It has been five years since New Knoxville's girls have been this far during the basketball postseason.
In 2007, Tim Hegemier led the Rangers all the way to the Division IV state title game before finishing as the runner-up to Columbus Africentric.