College Basketball: UF men among elite hoops company

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER Charlie Ernst said his University of Findlay men’s basketball team strives to hit the 20-win mark each year. For the last 13 seasons, the Oilers have accomplished it. The run includes a 36-0 NCAA Division II national championship season five...

Bluffton to host first National Night Out event

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — The Village of Bluffton solidified plans for its first National Night Out event at the Village Council meeting Monday. The event will take place on Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. National...

Bluffton Town Hall damage estimate not complete

By BRIAN LESTER Staff Writer BLUFFTON — Village Administrator James Mehaffie told Village Council on Monday that he is still waiting to hear back from the insurance adjuster about the cost of water damage to the town hall. The building was damaged in May when a major water...

University stadium project delayed

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER The University of Findlay said Friday it is exploring other options for construction of a lacrosse and football stadium on campus, after the school severed ties with a company that was playing a big role in the project. The university had been...

Village gets grant for waterline work

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Bluffton has received a grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission for the Garmatter Street waterline project. Village Administrator James Mehaffie announced the grant at the Village Council meeting on Monday night. The $139,000...

Augsburger named Bluffton mayor

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Judy Augsburger said she had aspirations of one day being the mayor of Bluffton. She didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Less than five months after being sworn in as only the third female member of the Bluffton Council ever,...

Prep baseball: Tinora bashes PH to reach state tourney

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Kollin Spence still had a little swelling around his eye and a cut below it. But the lingering pain from taking a ball in the face in an attempt to field a hard-hit baseball a day earlier wasn’t going to stop the Patrick Henry...

Prep Baseball: Patrick Henry one win away from trip to state

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER HAMLER — Josh Petersen remembers watching Patrick Henry’s baseball team make a run to back-to-back Division IV state championships in 2008 and 2009. Sitting with friends in the stands, he dreamed of one day being on the field for the...

District softball: Bostelman’s two-run shot lifts PH past Van Buren

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER ELIDA — In a game where big hits were few and far between, Kristin Bostelman delivered a decisive one to save Patrick Henry’s season. At the plate with two outs in the sixth inning, a runner on and the Patriots trailing by a run to Van...

Prep softball: Kurtz knocks in game-winner for PH

By BRIAN LESTER STAFF WRITER ELIDA — Katie Kurtz has been in pressure situations before, and she wasn’t about to let the moment at hand overwhelm her. With two outs in the sixth inning, a runner on third and the score tied in a Division IV district softball semifinal...