Jan. 2 — Closing the recidivism pipeline: An $800,000 grant given to West Central Workforce Growth to help 140 college students age 18-24 in Mercer and Lawrence counties to transition from the judicial system to the workforce.
Jan. 4 — ‘A terrific day’: Widespread Pleas Courtroom of Mercer County swear in two new judges. Tedd Nesbit and Ronald Amrhein, elected the earlier November, fill seats which were vacant since January 2018.
Jan. 5 — ‘The group’s undertaking’: Shane Nugent is called as capital marketing campaign chairman for the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter’s fundraising efforts to construct a brand new heart.
Jan. 6 — Leaving her mark: Hermitage native Simone Esters is second-runner-up within the Miss America 2.0 competitors.
Jan. 7 — McKeithan appointed to Farrell council: Former Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan appointed to Farrell Council. McKeithan had been defeated for re-election by new Mayor Kim Doss.
Jan. 8 — Sharon on observe for extra demolitions: Metropolis plans to tear down seven extra deserted houses.
Jan. 9 — Closure to price 46 jobs: Smucker’s closes West Salem Township warehouse.
Jan. 11 — AHN-Grove Metropolis alliance is official: Allegheny Well being Community’s buy of Grove Metropolis Medical Middle is finalized. The hospital system is renamed AHN-Grove Metropolis.
Jan. 12 — LTI constructing to turn into group ‘Fab Lab’: Laurel Technical Institute says it is going to create a piece at its Sterling Avenue Middle in Sharon for a enterprise incubator, the place employees will supply technical help and academic sources to assist communities.
Jan. 13 — No additional expense, simply additional confusion: Mercer County shall be reimbursed for prices coming from a March 17 particular election to fill the eighth District State Home seat vacated by Tedd Nesbit when he was elected to Widespread Pleas Courtroom of Mercer County.
Jan. 17 — Bonner wins GOP nod: Grove Metropolis lawyer Tim Bonner wins Republican nod to run within the eighth District Home seat particular election.
Jan. 20 — A stroll within the park: Greenville to get pedestrian path to attach components of city to Riverside Park.
Jan. 22 — Heasley to be Dems’ nominee: Democrats identify Phil Heasley, a Butler businessman, as their candidate to run within the eighth District particular election.
Jan. 25 — Deliberate Greenback Common strikes ahead: Hermitage OKs land growth plan for a brand new Greenback Common retailer on North Farm Drive.
Jan. 29 — New companies coming to Hermitage Towne Plaza: Three new companies — Rita’s Italian Ice, Ollie’s Cut price Middle and Gabes — are heading to Hermitage Towne Plaza.
Jan. 31 — Two sue over jail incidents: Two prisoners at State Correctional Establishment Mercer in Findley Township file go well with alleging they have been subjected to merciless and strange punishment by being positioned in solitary confinement for prolonged durations.
Feb. 1 —Thiel will get grant for intercourse crime prevention: Thiel School will get a $30,000 grant as a part of a state-wide marketing campaign to fight sexual assault on school campuses.
Feb. 2 — PHN Subpoenaed: Main Well being Community, primarily based in Sharon, and its PHN Charitable Basis are served with federal subpoenas.
Feb. 3 — Digging underway in Farrell: Aqua Pennsylvania begins the substitute of virtually 1 mile of water strains.
Feb. 5 — Wheatland-Hermitage focus on merger: Wheatland and Hermitage speak about making a feasibility research trying right into a merger of the 2 communities.
Feb. 6 — Van driver dies in crash: 64-year-old Peter Ellis of Mercer is killed within the Mercer Space Faculty District van he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer in Perry Township, Lawrence County.
Feb. 7 — 6 at giant in reference to shootings: Sharon Police search six people who they are saying could have been concerned in 4 associated taking pictures incidents since November.
Feb. 8 — A brand new tackle for a household agency: Flynn Tire & Automotive Service mentioned it’s transferring to a new 150,000-square-foot warehouse in Masury. The corporate will shut its 38,000-square-foot warehouse in East Lackawannock Township as a result of it’s too small.
Feb. 9 — Sharon Regional unveils new cath lab: Sharon Regional Medical Middle opens new cardiac catherization lab at its Sharon hospital as a part of a $3.5 million growth undertaking.
Feb. 10 — Free well being clinic to open: Joshua’s Haven in Sharon readies to open a free well being clinic in Sharon.
Feb. 11 — Coming quickly: The final image present: New Fort-based Golden Star Theaters announce it will shut the eight-screen theater in Hermitage Towne Plaza.
Feb. 12 — Native heroes: Stey-Nevant Public Library in Farrell marks Black Historical past Month by recognizing local people figures.
Feb. 13 — Mother and father upset about lavatory choice: Throughout a Sharon Metropolis Faculty Board assembly, dad and mom increase concern over administration’s choice to shut all however one restroom at the highschool due to vandalism incidents.
Feb. 14 — Warehouse undertaking suffers setback: Hopes for a one million-share-foot warehouse on Mercer County property alongside I-80 in East Lackawannock fade as Clayco Inc., a Chicago-based realty developer, let its possibility to purchase the land expire.
Feb. 15 — Manufacturing facility blast injures 5: 5 individuals are injured in an explosion at Mix Techniques’ manufacturing facility in Greene Township.
Feb. 16 — Sharon strikes nearer to new imaginative and prescient plan: Sharon metropolis officers, residents and enterprise homeowners take into account making a downtown coordinator place to spice up growth efforts.
Feb. 19 — DFA purchases some Dean Dairy vegetation: Dairy Farmers of America buys a considerable a part of Dean Meals which incorporates its milk processing plant in South Pymatuning Township.
Feb. 19 — Film will get OK to movie in Grove Metropolis: Producers of “Happiest Season,” a lesbian Christmas vacation romantic-comedy starring Kristen Stewart, win approval from Grove Metropolis officers to movie scenes within the borough.
Feb. 21 — Hermitage Denny’s closes: Denny’s restaurant on East State Road in Hermitage closes with Denny’s company workplace saying the lease for the constructing had expired.
Feb. 22 — United Approach exec to retire: Mercer County United Approach Government Director Jim Micsky pronounces his retirement.
Feb. 25 — Farrell reaches throughout state for supervisor: Farrell council approves hiring W. Benjamin Prescott as metropolis supervisor to switch Michael Ceci.
Feb. 25 — A group farewell: The Jamestown faculty district group gathered to recollect the lifetime of 18-year-old highschool basketball star Darian Keyser, who died Feb. 17.
Feb. 26 — Recent water coming to municipal constructing: Shenango Township supervisors give particulars on a $440,000 undertaking to increase water strains within the township that can present ingesting water to its municipal constructing and likewise with hopes to spark growth in the neighborhood.
Feb. 27 — Greenville, Jamestown becoming a member of forces — Greenville and Jamestown faculty districts approve making a joint wrestling program for the 2020-21 tutorial 12 months.
Feb. 28 — Work to start on Hermitage roundabout: PennDOT pronounces that development is able to start on a new roundabout in Hermitage close to the Shenango Valley Mall the place Route 62 (the Shenango Valley Freeway) meets East State Road.
March 1 — Preparing for a pandemic: Native businesses and medical facilities put together for the anticipated arrival of a coronavirus-related diseases. Demand for face masks rises at native drug shops and different retailers.
March 2 — Coroner’s workplace increasing employees, companies: The Mercer County Coroner’s workplace expands with a brand new place of an administrative deputy coroner.
March 2 — Hermitage district joins in tax attraction: Hermitage metropolis and college district officers be part of forces in an attraction of a property tax reassessment of Walmart’s property within the metropolis. The reassessment reduce the property’s taxable worth from nearly $3.5 million to lower than $2 million, a lower of 41%.
March 6 — NLMK union OKs strike — if obligatory: United Steelworkers Native 1016-03, representing greater than 400 manufacturing employees at NLMK Pennsylvania’s Farrell metal plant, vote to authorize union leaders to name a strike if labor negotiations with the corporate fail to yield a brand new contract.
March 7 — Virus arrives in Pa.: Native well being facilities are placed on alert as Pennsylvania Division of Well being identifies the state’s first two instances of COVID-19, in Delaware and Wayne counties.
March 8 — 3 weeks, 3 arson probes: Sharon police is investigating three suspected arsons within the metropolis in as many weeks.
March 10 — NLMK sues feds over tariffs: NLMK Pennsylvania and its affiliate NLMK Indiana, file a lawsuit in opposition to the U.S. Commerce Division alleging that the company did not adjust to its personal pointers when it refused to grant tariff exemptions the steelmaker sought to purchase foreign-made metal slabs.
March 11 — Native authorities brace for outbreak: Mercer County municipalities put together for the arrival COVID-19 by creating new pointers of their common operations.
March 13 — With uneases, Individuals lurch into coronavirus period: Native companies and businesses restrict or halt public entry to their buildings because the U.S. COVID-19-related infections grows to 1,200.
March 14 — Pa faculties ordered closed for 2 weeks: Native faculty districts start to close their doorways as Gov. Tom Wolf orders all faculties to shut for 2 weeks resulting from a speedy rise of COVID-19 infections.
March 15 — Enterprise as uncommon: Native grocery shops are swamped with consumers shopping for up items, particularly bathroom paper, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Police examine the theft at Residents Financial institution in downtown Grove Metropolis.
March 16 — County takes steps in virus prevention: Sharon Metropolis Faculty District gives and delivers emergency meals to college students confined to instruction at dwelling in response to COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Division of Well being stories there are 63 confirmed instances of coronavirus within the state.
March 17 — Closing time: Native companies and organizations reply to Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders for all non-essential shops and indoor eating at bars and eating places. Strains type at native eating places for take-out orders, that are allowed.
March 18 — Bonner claims victory in particular election: Grove Metropolis Lawyer Tim Bonner wins race to fill the state Home emptiness for the eighth District.
March 18 — County jail to free 40 to 50 inmates: Mercer County officers mentioned they will launch 40 to 50 inmates on the Mercer County Jail stemming type “particular circumstances’’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 19 — Change of plans: Mercer County companies, governments and organizations start to regulate, cancel and postpone occasions and conferences as a result of lockdown imposed by the state brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 21 — Keystone purchasers financial casualties: Keystone Blind Affiliation in Hermitage lays off a whole bunch of employees who had jobs cleansing and sustaining Pennsylvania’s relaxation stops on highways that have been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sale of weapons at native gun retailers surges as a result of coronavirus.
March 23 — First COVID-19 case in Mercer County: The state Division of Well being stories Mercer County’s first COVID-19 case No particulars are launched on the case. The state extends its order closing public faculties for one more two weeks.
March 24 — Sharpsville pupil handled for COVID-19: Officers in Sharpsville Space Faculty District report a pupil is being handled for COVID-19.
March 25 — Mercer County will get second COVID case: The Pennsylvania Division of Well being stories a second COVID-19 case in Mercer County. The entire variety of these within the state contaminated with the virus reaches 841.
March 26 — Nursing faculties transfer instruction on-line: College students at Sharon Regional Medical Middle Faculty of Nursing and UPMC Jameson Faculty of Nursing go to all-online instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 26 — ‘Proper now, we’re on pause’: Native companies like Anderson Coach & Journey in Sugar Grove Township report they’re struggling because the pandemic sharply curbs operations.
March 30 — Salvation Military steps up with emergency meals distribution: With many native residents laid off or having work hours decreased due to the pandemic, the Salvation Military in Sharon will increase its emergency meals distribution.