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Many events cancelled last year are coming back, including the Celina Lake Festival and fireworks. There will also be fireworks on July 3rd, sponsored by local clubs. Multiple boat and bike poker runs are going on, as well as a scavenger hunt Father's Day weekend. Newer attractions include the amphitheater at Lakeshore Park in Celina which hosts a concert series. The Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center Executive Director, Donne Grube, says improved water quality has a lot to do with the excitement, and it can all be found on their website.
A new project aims to improve the overall quality of Grand Lake in Saint Mary's. A wetland Conservation Area along Bruntwood-Langenkamp is currently in the works. The project will begin construction in late summer 2021.
The school is hoping to pass a 5.2 mill property tax levy, with $51 million coming from the state. If passed, a Pre-K through 4th-grade section would be added to the Intermediate building. An entirely new 7-12 Junior-Senior High School would be constructed as well. With these additions, they would become ADA accessible, a new 600-seat auditorium would be built, and storm shelters and air conditioning would be put in. Dr. Ken Schmiesing, Celina City Schools Superintendent, says these new buildings and upgrades are desperately needed.
Lawrence Meyer, 57-years-old, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-degree felony. According to a bill of information, Meyer was charged with vehicular homicide in early August of 2020 for the death of James Riethman, 58-years-old. Riethman was riding his bicycle northbound on State Route 118 when he was struck by a Chevy S-10. Riethman was ejected from the bike and landed in a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Friday, February 5th, the West Ohio Food Bank will be holding their monthly food distribution in Celina. It was originally planned for Tuesday the 9th, but the food bank decided to move the date up in order to avoid people having to come out in the extreme cold temperatures next week. The location will remain the same at the old Galleria lot on East Wayne Street in Celina.
Fire crews were on the scene of a house explosion outside of Celina. The Montezuma Fire Chief says that crews were dispatched out to the house at the 3000 block of CR 716A.
Residents traveled to downtown Celina in order to learn more about local vendors. The Annual Fall Fest was held on Saturday on Main Street in downtown Celina.
The Lake Improvement Association held a meeting on Saturday to go over the variety of projects completed this year. The association shared details on project such as the north woods lighthouse, which is approaching 100 years old.
28-year-old Teddy Hale is being held on a half a million-dollar bond on the charge of Driving Under Suspension. The Celina Police Department says Hale was driving on North Main Street just before 4:30 p.m. and failed to stop for a motorcycle that was slowing to a stop for a car that was making a turn in front of them.
The volunteers behind the Together For a Change Facebook page provided free homemade masks to Celina-area teachers Wednesday morning. The distribution was held at Grand Lake United Methodist Church, and teachers were able to stop by and take masks home for the school year.