Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A hospitalized boy 10 years old or younger represents one of 14 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, raising Mercer County's total to 156.
In Auglaize County, one new confirmed case has raised the number of that county's confirmed and probable cases to 57. [More]
Novolex normally makes customized plastic packaging
By William Kincaid
COLDWATER - A Coldwater manufacturer of customized packaging will soon crank out 2 million isolation gowns a month for health care providers, assisted-living centers and other businesses in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Coldwater is home to one of Novolex's nine North American facilities that are mass-producing personal protective equipment being shipped across the nation, said Galen Killam, a senior technology and product manager. [More]
Obituaries on May 20th, 2020
Joseph Richard Rohrbach, 92 of Spencerville died at 11:45 am Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at his home. [More]
Sister Verlina (M. Benet) Mescher, C.PP.S., 85, died peacefully on May 17 at Hospice of Dayton. [More]
Local pictures on May 20th, 2020
Subscriber stories on May 20th, 2020
Official cites supply issue associated with pandemic
NEW BREMEN - A Crown Equipment Corp. spokesperson confirmed on Monday that the company had implemented voluntary and involuntary layoffs at the New Bremen and Celina locations but declined to release the number of laid-off employees.
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys teen was in critical condition on Tuesday evening after an accident on State Route 364 just west of the city, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol news release.
MINSTER - Village officials are planning to safely kick off summer activities after Gov. Mike DeWine announced he will allow public swimming pools to open and organized league play to hit baseball and softball fields.
ROCKFORD - Village officials will meet to adjust the Shanes Crossing Subdivision building rules, aiming to clarify language regarding premanufactured homes.
MARION TOWNSHIP - Cassella-Montezuma Road will be closed between Olding Road and Ashman Road/State Route 119 for a bridge replacement, according to Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.
Amazing Athletes
Bryce Bergman put in mass amounts of extra work.
It worked out for him pretty well, too.
"He was maybe the first person I know from Bremen who
Amazing Athletes
On a whim, New Bremen's track and field coaching staff decided to enter Jill (Buschur) O'Connor in a discus competition.
"She was strong. She had long arms," one panel member said. "She was quick. She was just so natural at picking up things in a hurry."
No kidding.
Spring Spotlight
CELINA - First, Taylor Turner's senior softball season got canceled.
Then, her scholarship offer to Sinclair Community College got pulled when the school closed its athletics programs for 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Minster's panel of voters needed a little extra time to come up with their final list of amazing athletes. An abundance of talented individuals and a Midwest Athletic Conference-high 37 state championships required a little extra thought.