Thursday, April 16th, 2020
By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - The Auglaize County Health Department reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday bringing the county's total to 18.
The three new cases involve women ages 87, 84 and 86, respectively. All are self isolating at home.
Testing was completed by a privately contracted lab, according to the health department. Department officials also reported four hospitalizations and one death from COVID-19. [More]
Pantries are stressed but still helpful
By Leslie Gartrell
Local food banks are responding to increased demand with limited resources as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the U.S.
CALL Ministries executive director Homer Burnett said the Celina nonprofit has had to drastically reduce its services. While CALL usually offers eight services such as a clothing pantry and weekly hot meal program, the ministry has had to shutter all but the food pantry, which has had its hours slashed. [More]
Obituaries on April 16th, 2020
Larry Holler, age 77, of Ansonia, Ohio, died on April 14, 2020 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. [More]
Rebecca "Becky" Martin, 65, of Wapakoneta passed away at 5:56 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2020 at Mercy Health-St. Rita's, Lima. [More]
Tracy L. Mueller-Thomas, 47, formerly of New Knoxville, OH died 2:15 p.m. Saturday April 11, 2020 at her residence in New Bremen, OH. [More]
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Subscriber stories on April 16th, 2020
CELINA - Two county officials are guiding efforts to develop a local plan to reopen the economy safely and reasonably when the time is right.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize County Board of Elections employees have received more than 5,000 requests for absentee ballots for the primary election, which was extended until April 28 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
First virtual meeting held to ensure social distancing
NEW BREMEN - COVID-19 and its effects on the district dominated the conversation during school board members' first virtual meeting on Monday evening
CELINA - The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered Mercer County Prosecutor Matthew Fox to hand over certain documents along with a written explanation for why they had been withheld from the family of a former Fort Recovery teacher convicted of sexual battery involving a student.
Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered the waiving of utility reconnection fees and disconnects during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a United Way of Auglaize County news release.
Amazing Athletes
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