Six downtown buildings were slated for demolition and it was completed on the afternoon of Oct. 12. (DHI Media file photo)
Six downtown buildings were slated for demolition and it was completed on the afternoon of Oct. 12. (DHI Media file photo)

Each December, The Delphos Herald staff takes a look back at the happenings of the year. Here is the final installment of four 2020 Wrap Ups.


Oct. 1

Love at First Sight 3D/4D Ultrasound saw their first clients on Friday afternoon. The new business allows expectant parents to see their child without having to travel to larger cities.

Oct. 2

The annual Delphos Share Some Warmth Coat Drive with the Mike Gallmeier Foundation was held on Saturday. The coat drive allows the Interfaith Thrift Shop to provide residents in need with coats, hats and scarves at no cost.

Oct. 4

Delphos City Council voted to amend the city’s sexual harassment policy. Complaints must be filed with the direct supervisor, the city’s safety service director or the city law director. The amendments also ensure that no retaliation is allowed against individuals who file the report and that conduct off duty and off premises is subject to the policy.

Oct. 12

Six downtown buildings were slated for demolition and it was completed on Tuesday afternoon.

Oct. 13

Area restaurants spoke to the Herald about the struggles of the pandemic, including supply chain and staffing issues. The supply chain has created issues with restaurants locally and nationally, requiring limited hours and rises in prices in some cases.

Oct. 17

The St. John’s Fall Festival ended Sunday night after serving 6,250 dinners during their drive-through event this year. According to head cook Laura Ulm, the event could not be done without the help of hundreds of volunteers to help prep, cook and serve the dinners.

Oct. 18

Delphos City Council continued to move forward with legislation outlining requirements for a medical marijuana dispensary.

Oct. 21

At the school board meeting, members were informed that Ottoville Schools ranked seventh overall in the state based on student performance and what the district spends per pupil.

Oct. 25

Delphos City Schools announced during the school board meeting that they would be presenting a 5-year Forecast to the state with ending numbers in the black.

Oct. 27

LifeWise Academy began at Franklin Elementary in the fall semester for the students. Approximately half of the students were enrolled in the class halfway through the semester, with more expected to join the Bible-based program.

Oct. 28

Halloween festivities took place all around the area on Thursday, with Trunk or Treat at Ottoville Parish Center, the Delphos VFW, First Assembly of God and more.

Oct. 30

Twenty Delphos FFA members were part of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group was able to participate in several events and seven of them were recognized American Degree recipients, the highest award an FFA member can earn.


Nov. 2

Delphos voters elected incumbent Jason Grogg and newcomers Tina Brinkman and Rebecca Suever to the Delphos City Schools Board of Education, serving 2022-26.

During the 2021 election, voter turnout for the Tri-County area was low, with just 18.67% in Van Wert, 21.38% in Putnam and 25.75% in Allen.

Delphos voters continued to support the 5-year, 4.05-mills renewal levy for the city, which was first passed in 1978.

Nov. 10

Angel trees were placed in local banks, they are part of the Community Christmas Project and allow patrons to select children off the tree to provide Christmas presents and clothing.

Nov. 11

Several celebrations were held around the are for Veteran’s Day, with a service at Delphos Veterans Memorial Park and Ottoville High School.

Nov. 12

Fort Jennings students held their annual penny stall competition on Friday, using corn kernels instead this year due to a shortage of pennies. The high schoolers raised $2874.50 for Toys for Tots.

Nov. 13

For Leslie Peltier Day, the Delphos Canal Museum dedicated a brand new exhibit in his honor, complete with a replica of his original rotating observatory.

Nov. 15

Delphos City Council passed three pieces of legislation on emergency in an effort to allow growth at industrial park.

Nov. 18

During the Fort Jennings board of education meeting, members listened to a report from Rhodes State College outlining college credits earned by the high school students, saving the students an estimated $36,000.

Nov. 22

During the school board meeting, the Delphos City Schools officially accepted the gift of the former Sarah Jane Living Center by Vancrest. There are no immediate plans for the facility.

Nov. 25

The first ever Thanks 4 Giving 5k was held in Delphos, more than 200 walkers and runners participated in the event at no cost, thanks to a donation for the Berelsman family.

The K of C served 125 dinners to residents who were unable to celebrate the events outside of their home.

Nov. 28

Delphos St. John’s 2020 Hall of Fame inductees were honored with a delayed induction ceremony, including recognition at Mass and a lunch service.

Nov. 29

Allen County released the case count for COVID-19 for November 2021, it was the third highest monthly count since COVID-19 made its way to the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also changed their wording about booster shots, stating all Americans over 18 should get the booster shot. Area health departments reminded residents they can still receive their first dose, second dose or booster of the vaccine and can easily schedule appointments at and everyone should continue to social distance, mask-up indoors and stay home when sick.


Dec. 1

Delphos Ace and Westrich Furniture & Appliances purchased separate buildings the other two had owned. Jack Westrich acquired the building across the street from Rite Aid and plans to continue expanding that space for more inventory. And Jeff Fritz said the former Westrich Annex space will allow Ace to expand and sell more products, too.

Dec. 3

The Kiwanis Hometown Christmas provided hundreds of families with Christmas cheer Friday night. Children were able to meet Santa, get their face painted, read stories with Mrs. Claus and much more.

Dec. 6

The Finance Committee met prior to the Delphos City Council meeting, and agreed to the purchase of several vehicles in the temporary 2022 budget. Council also passed on emergency an ordinance parameters for the location of a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

Dec. 7

The annual Dienstberger grants were distributed, providing $325,000 to several organizations in the area, totaling more than $6.5 million in grants since the foundation began in 1998.

Gary Levitt, founder and curator of the Postal Museum announced the Delphians had purchased the museum and plan to take ownership Dec. 31. Levitt will stay on as curator for a year before reevaluating.

Dec. 15

The Grind co-owner Jack Honigford announced the business would be opening another location and coming back to Delphos in January.

Dec. 17

Governor Mike DeWine announced the National Guard would be mobilized to relieve the strain on hospital staff across Ohio. More than 1,000 members were mobilized to help meet critical needs at hospitals and testing locations, along with trained medical professionals, many of the members can help with patient transport, housekeeping and food services.

Dec. 21

With the help of local high school students, the Community Christmas Project was able to distribute toys, clothes, food and other much needed items to deserving people across the community. The group was able to serve 247 children. Several organizations, individuals, schools and businesses made the entire project possible, starting several months before Christmas.

Aly Lindeman of Jefferson High School scored her 1,000th career point during a matchup against Kalida.

Dec. 22

Savanna Honigford, Savannah Lindeman, Maria Rahrig and Renae Boecker were the Delphos Herald Coloring Contest Winners for their respective age groups.

Dec. 29

Mandy Weimerskirch and David Berelsman were named the 2021 Delphos Herald Tri-County Woman and Man of the Year.