Oct. 3 — Connecting Mercer County: Mercer County commissioners approve a measure to extend broadband internet service in northcentral Mercer County. The project will use funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Oct. 5 — A place for animals: The Shenango Valley Animal Shelter kicks off its capital fund drive to raise money for a new building. Shelter officials announce that they will name the cat section in memory of the late Jean English, an avid cat rescuer.

Oct. 5 — COVID-19 grants to help area businesses: Mercer County commissioners approve 132 grants totaling $993,500 to aid businesses and nonprofit entities in the county with CARES Act funds.

Oct. 7 — Alumnus giving GCC $4 million: Richard Staley, founder of Flavor House, gave Grove City College $4 million. Staley graduated from the college in 1962.

Oct. 8 — COVID-19 strikes at long-term home: More than half of Mercer County's COVID-19 deaths — 12 of 23 — to date have taken place at Grove Manor long-term care home in Grove City.

Oct. 9 — Warm reception for Lara: Lara Trump, a daughter-in-law of President Donald J. Trump, visits the Mercer County Republican Party headquarters. Lara Trump is the wife of Eric Trump.

Oct. 10 — Deluge strikes West Hill: A broken water main in Sharon's West Hill neighborhood floods homes and streets in the area.

Oct. 11 — Sharon eyes bicycle playground: The Mercer County Trails Association is working with Sharon to develop a bicycle playground in the city.

Oct. 14 — Teen's movie outing has unhappy ending: Hermitage police investigate what appears to be a racially motivated attack on a biracial teenager with autism at Shenango Valley Cinemas. 

Oct. 14 — Combined Systems settles with OSHA: Combined Systems, a Greene Township-based manufacturer of less-lethal ordnance for the military and law enforcement, agreed to pay a $25,000 fine in an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from a Feb. 14 fire that injured five employees.

Oct. 15 — New road, bike lane open for business: Crews completed a project to build a bicycle lane connecting downtown Sharon with Buhl Park.

Oct. 16 — Sharon fire blamed on cigarette smoking: A home was damaged in a fire along Plum Street.

Oct. 17 — Deputies serving more warrants: Mercer County Commissioners approved assigning additional deputies from the sheriff's department to apprehend fugitives. The department has deputies available for the duty because it is no longer transporting defendants from the jail to court. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts are holding more hearings by video.

Oct. 19 — State in 2nd virus peak: With rising COVID-19 cases, including 55 in a week in Mercer County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health declared the state to be in a second peak for the pandemic.

Oct. 21 — County court worker tests positive for COVID-19: The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts reported that a Mercer County court employee tested positive for the virus caused by the coronavirus.

Oct. 22 — Double whammy: With COVID-19 and the NLMK labor strike, Farrell officials are facing difficult options in preparing a budget for 2021.

Oct. 23 — Huntington closing downtown Sharon bank: Officials at Huntington Bank announced plans to close its branch on State Street in Sharon.

Oct. 23 — Sharon firefighter tests positive for COVID-19: A city firefighter tested positive for COVID-19. Fire Chief Bob Fiscus said exposure of the virus was limited to only a few firefighters and the department's operations would not be affected.

Oct. 24 — WM schools go online to be safe: After a teacher tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others, administration at West Middlesex Area School District opted to go with all-remote education for two weeks.

Oct. 26 — Animal shelter to receive $150K: The Shenango Valley Animal Shelter received a $150,000 grant from the state for its new building fundraising campaign.

Oct. 27 — Two MCCC students test positive: Two students at Mercer County Career Center tested positive for COVID-19, with an additional 50 people, students and staff, quarantined due to exposure.

Oct. 27 — Districts form co-op wrestling team: Boards at Hermitage and West Middlesex Area school districts approve a measure to form a cooperative wrestling team under the Hickory High School banner.

Oct. 29 — Election security plan in place: With one week to go before the presidential election, Thad Hall, Mercer County election director, said the vote and the ballots would be secure.

Oct. 30 — Striking workers win UC benefits: The Pennsylvania Department of Labor rules that workers at NLMK, who have been on strike since Aug. 22, were locked out by management and were therefore eligible for unemployment benefits.

Nov. 2 — Grove City High School going remote for three days: After positive COVID-19 tests among staff and students, Grove City Area High School announces that it will hold all-remote classes. 

Nov. 4 — One county, many voices: Turnout is high in Mercer County for the 2020 presidential election, with more than 14,000 mail-in votes. However, the outcome is in doubt with more than 2 million mail-in ballots still uncounted in Pennsylvania alone.

Nov. 6 — Mercer schools confirm 3 COVID cases: Administrators in Mercer Area School District announce the district will continue in-person instruction even after three more COVID-19 cases.

Nov. 7 — County ballot count complete: Mercer County finishes its unofficial count of approximately 15,000 mail-in ballots Friday, three days after the election. While the county's voters supported President Trump by a wide margin, the majority of mail-in ballots were for former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger.

Nov. 9 — Stumbles, tragedies and, now, delayed triumph: With Pennsylvania's tally of mail-in votes nearing completion, the Associated Press declare victory, and the state's 20 electoral votes, for Biden, and with it, unofficial victory in the national presidential election.

Nov. 12 — Ew, that smell: Sharon council discuss options for controlling odors emanating from the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Nov. 14 — COVID surge extends remote learning: In response to an outbreak of coronavirus cases in the district, Grove City Area School District officials opted for all-remote instruction.

Nov. 16 — Blown Away: A wind storm topples the screen at Reynolds Drive-in. After being closed for several years, its new owners had begun holding events in June at the drive-in and planned to begin showing movies in 2021. The owners later said the screen was insured and they still want to show movies next year.

Nov. 18 — City could pull library funding: Beset by a budget deficit, Farrell Council said it would consider withdrawing funding from the Community Library of the Shenango Valley Stey-Nevant Branch, which would force the library's closure.

Nov. 19 — Farrell schools go all-virtual: Farrell Area School District joined the list of Mercer County schools to adopt all-virtual education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov. 20 — Sharon joins list of closed districts: With COVID-19 cases increasing, Sharon City School District transitioned to all-virtual education.

Nov. 21 — County overspends CARES grant: In hopes that the state would transfer unspent funds from other counties, Mercer County officials spent almost $4 million dollars more than it received in CARES Act COVID-19 relief funding.

Nov. 21 — RAA creates again: Sharon-based Random Acts of Artists unveiled its latest creation, a collection of musicians' portraits lining Artists' Alley in the city.

Nov. 23 — Kelly sues to void Pa. mail-in ballots: U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and state Republicans lead a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in Pennsylvania that allowed President-elect Joe Biden to win the state against President Donald Trump. The lawsuit sought to invalidate the state's write-in ballots or, failing that, simply declaring Trump the winner in Pennsylvania. The Republicans would eventually lose their case.

Nov. 23 — Fire leaves 4 homeless in Sharon: A house fire destroys a residents on Taylor Avenue in Sharon, leaving four people homeless.

Nov. 24 — NLMK getting tariff refund: Officials at NLMK Pennsylvania mill in Farrell reach an agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce that would result in the federal government repaying almost $100 million in tariffs the company had paid to the federal government since President Trump enacted tariffs in 2018 against foreign-made steel.

Nov. 25 — In homes for the holidays: "Happiest Seasion," a lesbian romantic comedy filmed partly in Grove City, opens on the Hulu streaming service.

Dec. 2 — Storm challenges crews: PennDOT and local road crews respond to a major storm that hits the region.

Dec. 3 — COVID shuts schools: Officials in Sharpsville Area and Sharon school districts announce that they will offer no in-person classes through Christmas break. Instead both districts will hold all-virtual instruction.

Dec. 4 — Doubling down: Sharon officials will use additional funding to pay for accelerating the city's program to demolish dilapidated buildings.

Dec. 5 — Dogs perish, house destroyed in blaze: All of the human inhabitants survived a fire that destroyed a home on South Darby Road in Hermitage, but firefighters found the bodies of several dogs after the fire was extinguished.

Dec. 7 — County passes 2021 budget: Mercer County announce a preliminary budget that avoids property tax increases for a fourth consecutive year.

Dec. 7 — Socially distant celebrations: Volunteer groups staged three Christmas celebration designed to prevent participants from being exposed to COVID-19. People had the option of participating in the West Middlesex Express vehicle caravan, the Greenville reverse parade, or a light show at Stoneboro fairgrounds.

Dec. 8 — Moreira moving on: Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sherris Moreira announced her resignation to take a position with the OhanaLink Technologies tech startup. The company provides a "virtual waiting room" for people with loved ones undergoing hospital care.

Dec. 9 — Dean woes threaten farmers: Farmers, including some in Mercer County, receive letters from creditors in the Dean Foods bankruptcy proceeding, demanding repayment of money Dean paid them for milk purchased from area farms. 

Dec. 10 — Sharon holds line on taxes: City officials adopt a no-tax-increase 2021 budget.

Dec. 11 — New bans take effect Saturday: With COVID-19 cases surging, Gov. Tom Wolf announces restrictions intended to slow the pandemic's spread. The restrictions included a ban on indoor dining at restaurants and, at the height of the Christmas shopping season, limiting the number of people who can be inside stores.

Dec. 12 — Union: Friday's talks yield progress: Officials from United Steelworkers 1016-03, which represents more than 400 employees at NLMK say talks made progress toward ending a strike that began Aug. 22.

Dec. 14 — Sharpsville taxes hold the line: Sharpsville Borough avoided a property tax increase in its 2021 budget.

Dec. 16 — Library to stay open a while longer: Farrell Council adopts a 2021 budget that increases property taxes 4.5 mills, but keeps the Stey-Nevant library branch open into the new year.

Dec. 16 — Yeatts will not seek another term: Mercer County Common Pleas Court President Judge Robert Yeatts announces that he will not seek a second 10-year term as judge, ending his time on the bench in December of 2021.

Dec. 17 — Havoc on I-80: A heavy snowstorm contributes to at least two multiple-vehicle pileups on Interstate 80 between the West Middlesex and Mercer interchanges. No one is killed, but the accidents snarl traffic on the interstate throughout the day.

Dec. 18 — Coming in clutch: VisitMercerCountyPA, the county's travel promotion agency, begins accepting applications for an aid program to provide $300 checks for hospitality and restaurant workers left jobless by the round of business restrictions enacted earlier in December.

Dec. 19 — Taking a shot at COVID: Health care workers at AHN Grove City, UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley and UPMC Horizon Greenville hospitals receive first vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus. The state Department of Health opens a temporary COVID-19 testing site in an unoccupied outbuilding at Shenango Valley Mall.

Dec. 23 — Vaccinations begin at SRMC: Staff at Sharon Regional Medical Center begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dec. 24 — State pumps $2.25 million into area: State grants provide $1 million for Hermitage's Town Center plans, $500,000 for an expansion for JCL Energy in Sharon, and $750,000 for athletics at Farrell Area High School.

Dec. 29 — State OKs Tri-County landfill permit: The state Department of Environmental Protection approved an application for a landfill in Liberty and Pine townships near Grove City. The state agency said Tri-County Industries Inc., the company that applied for the landfill application, needs a few more approvals before opening the landfill. Opponents of the landfill application, including elected officials, said they plan to appeal.

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