Thursday, May 21st, 2020
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Officials on Wednesday said the fight against COVID-19 isn't over as a third person has died in Mercer County, and five new cases raise the county's total to 160.
One new case of COVID-19 was announced in Auglaize County.
A 56-year-old St. Henry woman is the third Mercer County resident to die from COVID-19, county health district administrator Jason Menchhofer said. He believed the woman died on Monday. [More]
From staff reports
From Staff and Wire Reports
The Ohio high school football playoffs will expand starting in 2021.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has voted to increase the number of teams that qualify in each region from eight to 12. Per the press release sent Wednesday afternoon, the vote was unanimous. In the current format, the top four seeds in each region host the first week of the playoffs with all remaining playoff games played at neutral sites. [More]
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From Staff and Wire Reports
The Grand Lake Mariners will not have a season.
Late Tuesday evening, the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League announced that it was canceling its season amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.
"We are truly disappoi [More]
Obituaries on May 21st, 2020
Steven A. Kaiser, age 72, of Fort Recovery, passed away on May 20, 2020 at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. [More]
Marjorie M. (Fields-Horner) Schultz, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 11:29 AM on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Local pictures on May 21st, 2020
Subscriber stories on May 21st, 2020
New restaurant in familiar lakefront location
CELINA - A longtime lakeside restaurant and watering hole that has gone by several names over the years will reopen as Boardwalk Grill on Friday.
Suspends challenge to U.S. Rep. Jordan
MAPLEWOOD - Chris Gibbs, who had campaigned as an independent to oust Republican Jim Jordan in the U.S. 4th Congressional District, suspended his campaign Sunday after thousands of signatures he needed to qualify for the November ballot were deemed invalid.
ST. MARYS - Board of education members on Wednesday approved the five-year financial forecast - which included a potential $1 million cut in state funding -- as previously presented by district treasurer Andy Wilker.
Building should be done in time for start of school
NEW BREMEN - Construction of the new elementary school is on schedule to be completed in time for the start of the next school year, but how instruction will take place is uncertain.
CELINA - A Celina man was arrested after he reportedly was found to be living in noncompliance of sex-offender registry rules.
The Mercer County Sh
MONTEZUMA - Village council members voted on Wednesday night to pursue a $500,000 state grant to resolve an ongoing flooding problem.
Councilors au
Amazing Athletes
New Bremen volleyball coach Diana Kramer was asked where Paige Jones ranks among the Midwest Athletic Conference's all-time best volleyball players.
"First. Hands down," she replied.
Amazing Athletes
Before Bryce Bergman, there was Troy Lammers.
He was New Bremen's first hurdle hero.
"He was a trailblazer for us. He was our first-ever state champion," one panel member said.
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Maddy Luebke was a Western League champion as a senior at Celina High School.
She's a "Champion of Character" in her freshman year at Siena Heights.