Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey on Tuesday was reluctant to commit to the idea of covering some of his staff's payroll and insurance expenses with COVID-19 funds, saying it would be difficult for him to justify such a move with his office's operations having changed only slightly amid the pandemic. [More]
Rangers beat top-ranked Cardinals to clinch share of MAC title
By Gary R. Rasberry
NEW KNOXVILLE - Tuesday's New Bremen-New Knoxville volleyball match could have easily gone the distance.
But the Rangers were bound and determined to win it in three sets.
New Knoxville got solid defense and timely hitting as the Division IV second-ranked Rangers swept the top-ranked Cardinals 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 at Ranger Gymnasium to take sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference. [More]
Obituaries on October 14th, 2020
Nancy C. Elston, 74, of Saint Marys, died Thursday, October 8, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Dr. Michael Curry Pyles, originally of Beckley, WV, died on October 9th, 2020 at home. [More]
Betsy Armstrong, 60, Mendon, died on Oct. 13, 2020, at her residence.
Arrange [More]
Melissa Jo Searles, 32, Celina, died on Oct. 11, 2020, in Westmoreland County, [More]
Peggy L. Street, 69, Kettlersville, died on Oct. 10, 2020, at her residence. [More]
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Subscriber and paid stories on October 14th, 2020
ROCKFORD - Elementary School Principal Mark Esselstein's retirement was accepted at Monday's school board meeting.
Superintendent Jeanne Osterfeld said Esselstein is stepping down, effective Dec. 31, after more than 30 years of service to the district.
CHICKASAW - Montezuma Fire Chief Lee Braun has released additional details about a house explosion at 3741 County Road 716A reported just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
CELINA - Mercer County elections officials have seen a big surge in early voting this presidential election cycle, with more than 7,500 voters having either requested an absentee ballot or voted in person as of Monday afternoon.
13 new cases in Mercer County, 33 in Auglaize
CELINA - County health officials warned October may see Mercer County's largest monthly increase in the number of cases since the pandemic began if the current rate continues.
COLDWATER - The most problematic areas of the school building's roof have been fixed, but the estimated cost to fix the rest is estimated at $1.8 million.
WAPAKONETA - More than 160 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county in September, according to Auglaize County Health Department officials.
ST. MARYS - It took a minute for St. Marys to get a lead on Defiance.
That was as close as the Bulldogs would get for the rest of the match.
Compiled by Thomas Haines
Fort Recovery got better as the match went on, closing out a 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 win over Versailles to keep alive its hopes of sharing the Midwest Athletic Conference title.