In 2021, the coronavirus pandemic continued to impact area residents, but many things got more back to normal as area festivals and other events returned. Here is a look at the people and stories that made news in the first sixth months of the year.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) described what he saw during the breach of the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
“Our First Amendment gives everyone the right of peaceful protest. What I saw … people breaking into the Capitol, that’s not peaceful protest. That’s riot. That, that can’t be tolerated. I hope that all the ones they got will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Latta said in January.
Evergreen High School decided to move from block scheduling to traditional class scheduling.
Delta Police Chief Nathan Hartsock was suspended three days for failing to report an incident during which a village employee uttered a racial slur.
COVID-19 vaccine rollouts took place in Ohio. Among teachers, willingness to receive the vaccine varied in January from 48% of Wauseon schools staff members to 95% in Swanton.
Ohio’s COVID-19 curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. was extended until the end of the month.
Fulton County Commissioners proposed a revised emergency medical services plan.
Fundraising was underway for a splash pad in Archbold.
Todd Hernandez was named the eighth president of Northwest State Community College.
Wauseon City Council approved water and sewer rate increases. The 6% increase began in April.
The Wauseon wrestling team won its fifth straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title.
Swanton won the NWOAL girls bowling tournament.
Ohio’s coronavirus-related curfew ended due to a decrease in hospitalizations.
The area was pounded by a winter storm that dropped over a foot of snow in some locations. A general 6-12 inches fell across Northwest Ohio with 14.5 inches of snow reported at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton Township. Along with the snow came winds that caused blowing and drifting snow resulting in Level 3 Snow Emergencies being issued.
Swanton, Evergreen, and Delta were mentioned as potential members of a new athletic league. No changes were made or even announced by the end of the year.
Residents voiced concerns about commercial truck traffic on County Road 10 near Delta.
Delta’s girls basketball team won a Division III district championship.
A total of 755 teachers and other school employees received their first COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. It was also announced during the same time period that all Ohioans age 60 and older would be eligible for a vaccine.
A Swanton woman, Anika S. Fields, voiced complaints of racism in her neighborhood and what she called a lack of action by authorities.
Josh Clark was appointed as the new superintendent of Pettiville Local Schools.
Carson Meyer of Archbold and Austin Kohlhofer of Delta won state wrestling titles.
A new Amazon Air gateway was announced at Toledo Express Airport.
Wauseon and Delta announced that the Homecoming and Chicken festivals would return in 2021.
Construction continued on the new west gate of the Ohio Turnpike, which is located just east of the Fulton-Lucas county line.
Sara Lewis was named the new 4-H Educator for Fulton County’s OSU Extension.
World War II veteran Marion E. Lehman was honored by the Swanton American Legion post on his 100th birthday.
Bernie Sominski closed his Metamora business, Domestic Sewing Center, after 65 years of selling and servicing sewing machines.
The Ohio Sitting Power Board approved construction of a solar farm in Gorham Township.
Pettisville finished 11th overall and third in the very small school division of the National Academic Quiz Tournament.
Pike-Delta-York voters approved a new 1% income tax that allows the school to stave off massive cuts to staff and programs.
Fulton County voters approved a replacement 4-mill levy for emergency medical services. It replaced a pair of 2-mill levies.
Ohio dropped the mask requirement for vaccinated individuals.
Local high schools began holding graduation ceremonies that more closely resembled normal ceremonies.
The Ohio Public Health Advisory Ssytem, launched in July 2020, was canceled. State officials said as cases decline and vaccinations increase it is no longer the best measure of Ohio’s current status.
It was announced following a recount that a new Fulton Township fire levy had failed with 74 for and 74 against.
The Fulton County Senior Center announced it would reopen its doors to county residents 60 and older first at the Wauseon locations then at the locations in Archbold, Delta, Fayette and Swanton.
The process for Joint County Ditch Petitions that would assess residents to help pay for improvements to Ten Mile Creek and Swan Creek moved forward.
A vehicle struck the front of CK Sweets on Main Street in Swanton.
Fulton County saw just four new COVID-19 cases during the first full week of June.
Archbold baseball finished as state runners-up, falling to Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy in the final.
Fulton County Board of Elections Director Melanie Gilders was named the Pat Wolfe Republican Election Official of the Year.
The National Threshers Association Reunion returned to the Fulton County Fairgrounds after missing 2020.
Ohio lifted the COVID State of Emergency.
The last report of the month from the Fulton County Health Department showed just three active COVID-19 cases.
Wauseon leaders paid tribute to Councilman Jeff Stiriz, who died unexpectedly during a camping trip.