Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
2 other women in case await trial
By Sydney Albert
PORTLAND, Ind. - Esther Stephen, the former Fort Recovery High School softball coach convicted of murdering her child's father, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Tuesday, bringing one part of the murder case to an end.
Jay County Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison handed down the sentence after allowing friends and family members of both 30-year-old Stephen and her victim, 31-year-old Shea Briar, to speak in court. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Celina City Schools voters on Election Day narrowly approved a roughly $75.9 million bond issue and a 0.5-mill levy for a school building project.
The levy passed with 1,744 votes - 51.69% - in support of the bond issue and tax levy and 1,630 votes -48.31% - against it. Only a handful of absentee ballots are still out and will not change the end result, according to board of elections member Toni Slusser. [More]
By Tom Haines
MARIA STEIN - Of the 23 batters he faced on Tuesday, Parkway's Justan Felver sent 17 right back to the dugout.
Felver's 17 strikeouts came up two short of the school record, and the Panthers scratched out a run in the second inning to earn a 1-0 win over Marion Local in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball game at the Airport. [More]
Obituaries on May 5th, 2021
Rodney "Rod" L. Martin, 80, Formerly of Avon Park, Florida and hometown residen [More]
Benjamin Franklin Engle, Jr., 83, of Celina, OH died 4:18 a.m. Monday May 3, 2021 at Van Wert Co. Hospital. [More]
Kathy Louise Hollon, 69, of Saint Marys, died 3:50 A.M. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Grande Lake Health Center in Saint Marys. [More]
Ronald "Ronnie" E. Jones, 82, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Miller Place in Celina. [More]
Dawn C. (Hollman) Rodgers, 60, of St. Marys, OH died unexpectedly Thursday April 29, 2021 at her residence. [More]
Linda C. Kaiser age 78 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen. [More]
Verena Katherine Goettemoeller, age 90, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Shane Hill, Rockford. [More]
Local pictures on May 5th, 2021
Subscriber and paid stories on May 5th, 2021
Voters in Gibson, Granville, Marion and Recovery townships and the villages of Burkettsville, Chickasaw, Fort Recovery and St. Henry overwhelmingly approved a new tax levy for the new Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District during Tuesday's special election.
ST. MARYS - The effort to make a 10-year, 0.5% income tax levy first passed by the city in 1985 a permanent tax failed Tuesday, with 55.95% of voters rejecting the issue.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since their last report on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,599.
NEW BREMEN - U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, on Tuesday morning visited Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen where he was briefed about a critical workforce shortage and other issues impacting the assisted living industry.
MINSTER - Minster has been invited to join a national solar energy planning group.
Village administrator Don Harrod told village council members at
ROCKFORD - Council members thanked longtime village park board member Marlene Roebuck Tuesday for her years of service, and announced several openings were available on the board for interested residents.
CELINA - Three Celina residents have been arrested for drug charges following an investigation by the Heroin Interdiction Team.
Heather L. Antonell
ROCKFORD - Parkway school district residents renewed a 5-year, 8.97-mill operating levy during Tuesday's special election.
The levy passed with 132 votes in favor, or 68.39%, and 61 votes against, or 31.61%, according to unofficial results from the Mercer County Board of Elections.
Area Roundup
Compiled By Tom Haines
and Gary R. Rasberry
Celina put up a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't force extra innings in a 3-2 loss to Wapakoneta on Senior Day at Montgomery Field.
MINSTER - The Coldwater softball team has been on a tear in its last three, hitting home runs and scoring 51 wins during its winning streak.
The hits kept on coming Tuesday night at Four Seasons Park in Minster as the Cavaliers used two early home runs to set the tone and picked 6-2 victory.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Depth played a big part in Marion Local holding leads in both the high school boys and girls divisions after the first day of the 2021 Mercer County Knights of Columbus Track and Field Meet at Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater.