Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Warm, dry spring allows farmers to plant most crops ahead of schedule
By Betty Lawrence
Tuesday's rainfall was one of those "million dollar rains," Mercer County Farm Service Agency director Chris Gibbs says.
The rain, ranging from 2.1 inches in some areas to 0.4 in others, followed on the heels of a hot, dry period with temperatures in the 90s. [More]
Mendon home invasion
By Margie Wuebker
A Clermont County woman remains incarcerated on a $1 million bond after pleading not guilty Wednesday afternoon to charges stemming from a home invasion in the Mendon area.
Patricia Ann Abrams, 32, of Batavia entered the plea to Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham during the brief proceeding. A pretrial hearing is slated June 13. [More]
Obituaries on May 31st, 2012
Keith N. Balfour, 81, died at 8 p.m. May 17, 2012, at Celina Manor Nursing Home [More]
Patricia Ann "Patsy" Dawson, 74, Celina, died at 12:15 a.m. May 30, 2012, at Celina Manor. [More]
Leonard T. Browning, 87, formerly of Harrison, died at 3:47 a.m. May 30, 2012, at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, St. Marys. [More]
Local pictures on May 31st, 2012
Subscriber stories on May 31st, 2012
CELINA - City law director George Moore says he is fulfilling a campaign promise by helping city council members clarify and expand the rules used to govern their meetings.
St. Marys economic development
ST. MARYS - Economic development director Susan Crotty's request for departmental funds was granted by council during a meeting Tuesday night.
A Mendon-area woman faces six counts of theft for allegedly taking Ohio Lottery tickets from the Motor Inn Truck Stop.
Melissa S. Russell, 35, 213 S. Wayne St., made her initial appearance Wednesday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. She remains free on bond pending a June 6 arraignment hearing.
MARIA STEIN - Hometown Cable continues to move forward with plans to offer cable service to local residents, according to information provided to the Marion Community Development Association at the group's May meeting.
Lakeshore Drive
Shows at 6:30 p.m.
June 3 - The Muleskinner Band, bluegrass
June 10 - Tim Jennens & Little Giant Band
June 17 - Swing
Division IV State Baseball Semifinals Preview
MINSTER - For Minster to have a chance at repeating as Division IV state baseball champions, the Wildcats will have to defeat a team that also reached the state tourney last year and is hungry to bring home their own state title.
2012 State Track and Field Championships Preview
COLUMBUS - The state track meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus this weekend is a fascinating combination of three separate groups of athletes with three separate goals.
2012 State Track and Field Championships Preview
Celina's track coach Dan Otten has talked about the Bulldogs' girls track team as being a "Once in a lifetime" group after they dominated the Western Buckeye League track meet en route to the team title.
Predictions (based on marks from the regional meets):
Division III Girls:
Girls 4x800 Meter Relay: Minster, third
Girls 100 Meter Dash: Briann