Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
By William Kincaid
CELINA - The number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount in Mercer County, yet the disease has not resulted in catastrophe, Mercer County Health District Administrator Jason Menchhofer said.
Menchhofer updated Mercer County Board of Elections members on the local status of COVID-19, saying though case numbers remain high, the vast majority of people who have tested positive are not getting seriously ill. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A Celina man is the 26th person to die from COVID-19 in Mercer County, according to a Mercer County Health District news release.
Five new cases were also reported on Tuesday, raising the county's total to 1,350.
In Auglaize County, eight new confirmed cases brought that county's total to 864. [More]
Obituaries on October 21st, 2020
Rita (Menker) Heinl, age 91, of Maria Stein, Ohio, died on Monday, October 19, 2020 at her home. [More]
Scott Klopfleisch, 63, of Brashear, TX passed away at his home with family by his side on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. [More]
Ellen LeMay (Jones) Heiby was born on January 2, 1965 in Mansfield Ohio. She went home to be with the Lord on October 19th, 2020. [More]
Larry Lee Wilkins, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in the Celina Manor Nursing Home, Celina. He had formerly resided in St. Marys, Ohio. [More]
Marvin Opperman, age 93, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, in the Grande [More]
Adolph J. "Sonny" Meyer age 86 of Newport, Ohio died on Tuesday October 20, 2020 at his home. [More]
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Subscriber stories on October 21st, 2020
Voters urged to mask up
CELINA - Mercer County Board of Elections officials urged voters to wear their masks when voting in person, noting 50% of poll workers are 60 and older, making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
MINSTER - After twice receiving identical bids from two prospective buyers for a 17-acre wooded tract, village officials hope the tie is broken when the next round of bids is received.
CELINA - A judge rejected a Bradford man's guilty plea to charges that include vehicular homicide on Tuesday as officials await lab results that reportedly could lead to more serious charges.
Mercer County's unemployment rate improved in September, while remaining the third-lowest in the state.
The rate dropped from 5.2% in August to 4.4% in September, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
WAPAKONETA - Auglaize Mercer Business Education Alliance Executive Director Shelly Busse is resigning, creating a leadership opening at the business advisory council that has gained statewide recognition.
ROCKFORD - Village officials plan to use $28,631 of coronavirus relief funds to replace water meters around the village, saying new no-contact meters would help ensure the safety of business employees and residents.
Flyers beat Big Green in tourney opener
MARIA STEIN - Ottoville kept it close early, but Marion Local rounded into form as the match went along, finishing off a 25-17, 25-15, 25-11 sweep to advance to the second round of the Division IV tournament at the Hangar on Tuesday night.
All-Western Buckeye League Soccer
Bath's Chandler Clark and Shawnee's Zach Chambers were named the Western Buckeye League's Players of the Year in girls and boys soccer, respectively, by the league coaches.
All-Western Buckeye League Volleyball
Ottawa-Glandorf senior Maddie White was voted the Western Buckeye League's volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday.
White was a major contributor
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Minster got a final tune-up before starting the postseason on Thursday with a 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-25, 15-7 non-conference win over Leipsic on Tuesday.