Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Most community events postponed
By Sydney Albert
ROCKFORD - Several Rockford community leaders on Monday explained how COVID-19 has affected village life and encouraged residents to continue supporting local businesses.
The segment was hosted on the village radio station WRKD 101.3-FM. A recording will be posted on the station's website, according to Chris Rasbach, a member of the station's board of directors. [More]
By Daily Standard Staff
  WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County officials are limiting gathering and physical contact while continuing to provide services.
These actions are effective March 18-April 8.
Administration building
The administration building, 209 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta, is open for scheduled appointments only. [More]
From staff reports
  CELINA - In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the Mercer County Health District has increased its incident command system structure to full activation.
As of Monday, 3,487 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 68 deaths were reported in 49 states. Ohio reported 50 confirmed cases and 14 hospitalizations due to the virus. District officials report no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. [More]
Obituaries on March 17th, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Michael Lammers, USAF Retired, age 87 of Minster, Ohio [More]
Pauline M. Timmerman, 94, Coldwater and formerly of St. Joe, died on March 15, [More]
Tama M. "Tammy" Brunswick, age 56, of Fort Recovery, died March 15, 2020 at her home. [More]
David Jan Place, 74, of Celina and formerly of Spencerville, passed away peacef [More]
Local pictures on March 17th, 2020
Subscriber stories on March 17th, 2020
Election day off, then on, then off
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio called off its presidential primary just hours before polls were set to open there and in three other states, an 11th-hour decision the governor said was necessary to prevent further fueling the coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed the nation.
Fort Recovery takes steps to thwart virus
FORT RECOVERY - Village council members suspended the rules and declared an emergency in placing a measure seeking the renewal of an operating levy on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
FORT RECOVERY - School board members discussed a proposed busing policy during Monday's meeting.
Superintendent Larry Brown said the plan has been in the works for a while, noting busing has been a topic of discussion since 2018.
The following events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
• The Maria Stein American Legion Auxiliary's annual garage sale on March 25-27.
CELINA - A West Chester man pleaded not guilty on Monday to 13 felony charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft, receiving stolen property and forgery.
MINSTER - Minster Local Schools officials have implemented plans for students to follow during the three-week shutdown due to the coronavirus.
Boys Basketball All-Ohio
Postseason honors for boys basketball in Divisions III and IV were announced by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Monday.
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