Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Village currently locked in Battle of Coronavirus
By Leslie Gartrell
ROCKFORD - Although COVID-19 has put some of Rockford's bicentennial celebration on the back burner, residents can still look back in time to learn about the man who founded Mercer County's oldest village 200 years ago.
Rockford founder Anthony Shane was a scout, messenger, interpreter and entrepreneur who served in multiple battles throughout his life and in the War of 1812, according to local historian and author Harrison Frech. [More]
By Amy Kronenberger
WAPAKONETA - Plans for the 168th Auglaize County Fair, set for Sunday-Aug. 8, had to be scrapped at the last minute after Gov. Mike DeWine's Tuesday announcement that fairs are limited to junior fair events only.
DeWine's order limits fairs to livestock competitions, 4-H and other events for children and teens. It also allows harness racing without spectators and food vendors. [More]
Obituaries on July 30th, 2020
Fr. Alphonse Spilly, C.PP.S., died at 5 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Briar [More]
Lori Storer, 61, St. Marys, died at 11:10 p.m. July 23, 2020, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
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CELINA - New cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County spiked back into the double digits on Wednesday, as 18 new cases raised the county's total to 470.
Auglaize County saw an increase as well, with six new cases raising that county's confirmed total to 196.
ST. MARYS - School board members thanked district employees on Wednesday for effectively agreeing to roll over last year's negotiated contracts in the face of financial uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.
ST. MARYS - Pharmaceuticals remain the No. 1 drug abused in the Grand Lake area, as many addicts often get hooked on prescription medications and then move on to other drugs, according to members of the Grand Lake Task Force.
Hometown Strong
CELINA - A local restaurateur has partnered with an established area service provider to make this year's annual school supply donation campaign a bit more enticing.
From Wire Reports
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday evening the suspension of school vs. school scrimmages in three contact sports - football, field hockey and soccer.