Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
By Claire Giesige
CELINA - While negotiations with Celina City Schools teachers are on hold, the board of education Monday night approved a new two-year contract with the union representing the 148 non-teaching employees.
The board approved a two-year contract with [More]
Obituaries on August 18th, 2015
George "Doug" Eblen, age 68, of Celina, Ohio passed away at 10:40 a.m. on Monday Aug. 17, 2015 at home with his family. [More]
Helen M. Klenz, 87, of Celina, OH, passed away at 2:20 P.M. on August 16, 2015 in The Gardens at Celina. [More]
William L. Skelding, 67, St. Marys, OH (formerly of Westerville and Pataskala, OH) died 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 15, 2015 at Otterbein – St. Marys. [More]
Richard H. Wiedeman age 97 of New Bremen, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. [More]
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4-H club dedicates fair booth to late club adviser
CELINA - The Happy Hearts 4-H Club of Coldwater is short a volunteer but long on memories this year.
The club's 2015 fair booth is dedicated to longtime adviser, volunteer and founder Anna-Louise Gross, who died in March.
FORT RECOVERY - A contractor involved with the restoration of North Wayne Street recently indicated the bricks are to blame for the street's deterioration, according to village administrator Randy Diller.
CELINA - A petition for a liquor option in Coldwater's southeast precinct was certified Monday morning by the Mercer County Board of Elections even though it contained signature irregularities.
FORT RECOVERY - Contrary to rumors, village officials are not holding up construction of a Dollar General, village administrator Randy Diller said at Monday night's regular council meeting.
MINSTER - A project to protect homes and cars from foul balls at the district's baseball field on Melcher Street is expected to cost more than $100,000.
MINSTER - A dinner and auction event to raise money for ALS research and support is Aug. 21 at The Bunker at Arrowhead Golf Club, Minster.
The auc
The Ohio Governor's Cup Regatta - one of the oldest, most historical events in Mercer County - offers new features this year when it returns to Grand Lake on Saturday and Sunday.
Area Roundup
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry and Colin Foster
The Mercer County Elks had plenty of high school golf action on Monday as two MAC boys' matches and two MAC girls' matches were played through the day.
The 53rd annual Farm Science Review, Ohio's premier ag event, is planned for Sept. 22-24 at the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.
CELINA - Veteran Celina cross country coach Dan Otten has experience coming back on both his boys and girls teams.
The Bulldog boys finishe
COLDWATER - The off-season was a tough one for the Coldwater cross country.
In addition to graduating two-time state champion Sarah Kanney and All
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery girls have much of last year's team coming back along with some talented incoming freshmen.
All in all, the outlook is a good one for the Indians as they ready for the 2015 season.
MARIA STEIN - The Marion Local girls have their eyes on getting to the regional after narrowly missing out last season. The Flyer boys are hoping to be more competitive with a group of returning letterwinners.
MINSTER - As Larry Topp embarks on his fourth decade in command of the Minster boys' cross country program, the veteran coach is quick to point out that things are shaping up a little differently for 2015 than in recent years.
NEW BREMEN - With veteran runners returning, both the New Bremen boys and girls cross country teams are looking to break out of the pack for the 2015 season.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway cross country program might not be considered one of the best in the area.
But they're laying the groundwork to hopefully b
The successes of the Minster and Versailles cross country programs are known by many across the state.
But over the last several years, another team from the MAC - St. Henry - has developed into a force on the state level as well.
ST. MARYS – With just five runners dotting his boys' varsity roster for the upcoming season, St. Marys head cross country coach, Rob Cisco, has ple
CELINA - The Celina golf program is on opposite sides of the spectrum this season.
The boys team has numbers, but experience is lacking with just two returning golfers back from last year's league tournament lineup.
COLDWATER - While the Coldwater boys golf team has plenty of experience and some returning depth from last season, the Cavalier ladies are young with just one returning golfer.
FORT RECOVERY - Following a successful 2014, the cupboards are again stocked full for the Fort Recovery golf teams.
And that could amount to an even greater run for both programs this fall.
A lot of familiar names from Marion Local will be out on the golf courses this season.
The Flyer girls have back six letterwinners and some new faces to challenge for spots and the boys' team will feature four returning letterwinners in hopes of improving on 2014's production.
MINSTER - Jim Stubbs' inaugural season in the coaching ranks in 2014 held plenty of excitement as the Wildcats finished with an unblemished 9-0 recor
NEW BREMEN - A lack of depth and experience will be early hazards for both the New Bremen boys and girls golf teams this fall.
Dane Cook is i
Two Parkway Panthers who made the 2014 boys and girls All-MAC teams - Hayden Lyons and Taylor Hesse - are out there again this year. They'll be joined by a cast of familiar characters.
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry girls want to remain a top-tier team in the MAC. With several players back, they've got a good shot.
As for the boys team, they will try to build off last year with four young letterwinners returning.
ST. MARYS - Former St. Marys golf standout Paul Carmean takes over his alma mater's program this season. Although he inherits a squad that graduated its top two golfers from a season ago, Carmean is thrilled about the opportunity which lies ahead.
CELINA - A season after having one of the most successful runs in program history, Celina boys soccer coach Ryan Jenkins will look to build upon last year's regional runner-up finish and a 15-3-3 record.
CELINA - Veteran Celina girls soccer coach Cal Freeman will miss some key contributors from last season, especially All-Ohioan Bekah Carr along with Elyssa Sheriff, Mahlaey Durbin and Morgan Beatty, all of whom graduated.
COLDWATER - After a 6-9-1 overall record and a 3-3-0 mark in its inaugural season in the West Ohio Soccer League, the Coldwater girls soccer team will look to build upon the successes.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys' boys' soccer program turns 20 years old this fall and after concluding the last two campaigns with WBL championships, head coach Dave Ring is all for keeping the tradition that has been built rolling for the 2015 season.
ST. MARYS - With the majority of his squad returning for the 2015 season, St. Marys girls' soccer head coach Seth Hertenstein is optimistic that his crew will continue to climb the WBL ladder from the fourth-place rung that they landed on a season ago.
CELINA - The 2014 girls tennis season was a rebuilding season for Celina.
Without a senior in the lineup, the NetDogs finished 5-4 and placed fift
ST. MARYS - Last season the St. Marys girls' tennis team took their share of lumps along the way in finishing eighth in the WBL and ninth in the leag