Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

State lifts COVID-19 health orders today

Vaccine clinic set in Coldwater for Friday

By Leslie Gartrell
All COVID-19 health orders officially expired early this morning, including the state's mask mandate and capacity limitations for outdoor facilities, among others.
Businesses and schools will still be able to require masks and social distancing if they choose to do so, according to a news release from Gov. Mike DeWine's office on Tuesday.
The lifting of the health order does not apply to jails, prison facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult day centers for the elderly.
More than 5.3 million Ohioans have received their first vaccinations and 4.6 million have completed the vaccination series. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large gatherings, and participate in activities and gatherings that occur outdoors, according to DeWine's office.
Locally, Auglaize County Health Department officials on Tuesday reported nine new cases of COVID-19 since their last update on Thursday, raising the county's cumulative case count to 3,676.
Officials also reported a cumulative 1,251 probable cases, 185 hospitalizations, 65 deaths and 4,800 people who are presumed to have recovered.
As of Tuesday evening, the Ohio Department of Health reported a cumulative 1,102,556 confirmed and probable cases, 59,247 hospitalizations and 19,861 Ohio resident deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Also on Tuesday, officials in a Mercer County Community Hospital news release announced the hospital will have a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 1-5 p.m. Friday at the hospital.
Individuals can enter at the west entrance of the hospital, 800 W. Main St., Coldwater. The Moderna vaccine will be administered.
People should bring their insurance card and ID. The vaccine is free, but an administrative fee may be billed to insurance. The second vaccination will be scheduled at the first clinic.
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CELINA - The first two innings were rocky for Parkway, but in the third, the wheels came off.
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CELINA - Commencement for 171 Celina High School graduates was held May 23 in the Fieldhouse.
Valedictorian Emma Menchhofer is the daughter of Jason Menchhofer and Amy Jacquay. She attained a 4.103 GPA and plans to attend Indiana University to study ecology and conservation.
CELINA - The Celina High School class of 2021 demonstrated remarkable perseverance in how they embraced a second pandemic-upended school year, said superintendent Ken Schmiesing.
COLDWATER - Ninety-seven seniors graduated May 30 during a commencement ceremony in the Palace Gymnasium to limited spectators.
The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2021 are Matthew Waite, son of Jack and Teresa Waite, and Courtney May, daughter of Brian and Connie May, respectively.
'Looking forward to future'
Coldwater valedictorian
It is hard to believe that this unconventional school year is coming to a close so quickly. As it ends, I am able to reflect on all the experiences, opportunities, and memories from these past four years.
'Great passion for helping'
Coldwater salutatorian
Being stuck at home last year made me realize how much I really love Coldwater High School. Never again will I take attending such an amazing school for granted.
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Hope Wendel is valedictorian.
Fort Recovery Local Schools class president
Last March when the school shut down no one could've predicted our future. I'm happy
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MARIA STEIN - When members of the Marion Local High School class of 2021 look back on their senior year, they should recall not the trappings of a pandemic but the ways in which they triumphed, superintendent Mike Pohlman said.
Valedictorian and salutatorian named
MARIA STEIN - Commencement for 76 Marion Local High School graduates was held May 23 at the high school.
Valedictorian Kacey Holdheide is the daughter of Brad and Sandi Holdheide. She attained a 4.074 GPA and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study mechanical engineering.
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New Bremen High School 2021 valedictorian
Life is like a book with a new page being written every day. No one is able to write our books for us, and no one can determine the quality of our books, except ourselves.
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New Bremen class president
Hello, my name is Vivian Niekamp and as class president I was asked to have a speech prepared for grad
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The valedictori
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Fortkamp worried it would be a challenge to get students to comply with the various COVID-19 safety mandates, especially getting them to wear masks.
Parkway 2021 valedictorian, class president
With the coronavirus still heavily affecting the world at the start of the school year, things looked a little different this year.
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Kelsey Nichols is valedictorian. She is
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ST. MARYS - Commencement for the Class of 2021 was held at 2 p.m. May 30 at the Grand Lake Health System Field.
Approximately 153 graduating seniors were expected to take part in Memorial High School's first outdoor graduation ceremony at the Roughrider Stadium.