Mercer County men were both in their 80s
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA -Two deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, raising Mercer County's toll to six.
No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county, keeping the total cases at 201.
In Auglaize County, one confirmed case raised that county's number to 65. [More]
Obituaries on May 29th, 2020
Mark H. Steinbrunner, age 85, of St. Henry, died on Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Dolores L. Siegrist, age 96, of Fort Recovery, passed away on May 27, 2020 at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. [More]
Arthur J. Fischer age 87, of Ansonia passed away at 4:35 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Versailles Healthcare Center from natural causes. [More]
Donald Ray Martin, 79, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys after a brief illness. [More]
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County records 4th virus death
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A fourth person has died from COVID-19 in Mercer County, and two new cases raised the county's total to more than 200, according to a Wednesday news release.
Auglaize County health officials reported one new confirmed case, raising that county's confirmed number of cases to 64. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials have decided to open Bryson Pool on June 6 but on a limited, private-party-only basis to comply with state COVID-19 pandemic directives, city safety service director Tom Hitchcock said.
They also on Wednesday afternoon reopened Huffy pond in Eastview Park, which contains a beach area. Yet the city is not allowed to turn on the splash pads at either Bryson Pool or the Bryson Park District along Lake Shore Drive or allow access to playground equipment, per state orders. [More]
From staff reports
Mercer County no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
Pandemic-caused job losses caused Mercer County to drop from the state's lowest rate of unemployment to 14th in a three-way tie with Clermont and Fairfield counties. Mercer County had maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the state since March 2016. [More]
Obituaries on May 28th, 2020
Shelby L. Jacobs, 16, of St. Marys, OH died 11:41 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020 at [More]
Dolores L. Siegrist, 96, Fort Recovery, died on May 27, 2020, at Mercer County [More]
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2020 grads recount best memories
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Harner family members moved into their new home on Brooke Avenue over this past holiday weekend, almost exactly a year after their former house was destroyed by the Memorial Day 2019 tornado.
The house was built in the same spot as the previous one that was destroyed by the EF3 twister that swept directly through it, Sarah Harner said. The tornado with wind speeds of up to 150 mph followed a 6.6-mile path through Celina, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. [More]
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Anita Fleming of Celina has few memories of the Memorial Day 2019 tornado that ravaged her Mud Pike property and left her unconscious for nearly a month at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated for severe injuries.
She credits God for sparing her life and seeing her through the ordeal, just as in 1997, when she recovered from a series of strokes that forced her to learn how to walk again before returning to work a year later as a medical office receptionist. [More]
Obituaries on May 27th, 2020
Mary Ann Keller, 93, of St. Marys, Ohio, died at 5:32 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. [More]
Madonna M. Hart, age 91, of Carthagena, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2020 at the Gardens at St. Henry. [More]
Marilyn J. Gray, age 88, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at her residence in Celina. [More]
Rose (Prichard) Ricker, of St. Marys, Ohio, entered into God's eternal rest on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 73, surrounded by her family in her home. [More]
Cletus H. Cron, age 88, of Celina, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System. [More]
Sr. Verlina Mescher, C.PP.S., age 85, died on May 17, 2020, at Hospice of Dayto [More]
Virginia M. "Ginny" Baumer age 87, of Minster, passed away at 8:43 AM on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Heritage Center Minster. [More]
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School's Caring Closet provides food, clothes, other items
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Celina High School senior Ethan Ly had all but given up hope for becoming an Eagle Scout.
Yet with the encouragement of his mom and grandfather, Ly was able to achieve his goal and create a Caring Closet at Celina Middle School.
Ly has been with the Boy Scouts of America since he was 12 and was barely a month and a half away from the deadline to become an Eagle Scout. [More]
Obituaries on May 26th, 2020
Ralph C. Broeker, age 82, of Coldwater, died on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Miami [More]
Mary Ann Bernard-Keller, 93, St. Marys, died May 22, 2020 at Grandview Medical [More]
Rosemary G. Schmit, age 94, formerly of Coldwater, died on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. [More]
Gregory Zibrun, 59, Romeoville, Illinois died on May 9th, 2020 of natural cause [More]
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