Articles from Yellow Springs News

Stay active, connected in quarantine

As villagers prepare to hunker down to avoid spread of COVID-19 for at least the next several weeks, and likely longer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has posted a lengthy compendium of ways to prepare for the outbreak at These preparation recommendations include information on how to deal with the stress inherent to the pandemic and to remaining physically isolated for an indeterminate period.

Ohio cases rise to 1,406; appeal made for more PPEs: Highlights from the governor’s March 28 briefing

Highlights from the governor’s Saturday, March 28, press briefing— 

Governor appeals to manufacturers for more PPEs

Gov. Mike DeWine appealed to Ohio manufacturers today to help produce more surgical masks, gowns, gloves and other crucial items for use by hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19. 

Children’s Center closes

The Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center administration has decided to close the local day care center temporarily, rather than continue operation as a designated “pandemic child care” facility. The facility’s last day for the duration of the state-ordered shutdown of all other day care operations was Wednesday, March 25.

YS Schools— Learning continues despite closure

The Mills Lawn playgrounds were roped off this week with caution tape, a stark visual metaphor as local educators and students learn how to continue schooling when classes are canceled.

This week would have been spring break for Yellow Springs schools, if they — and all other kindergarten through 12th grade institutions in the state — had not closed a week earlier, as ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine in response to the worldwide novel coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses adapt, ‘tough it out’

Spring, the time when people plant gardens and remodel their homes, is usually the busiest season for hardware stores. But for Yellow Springs Hardware in the current coronavirus crisis, not so much.

Yet the hardware store remains open, one of only a handful of businesses downtown still open to walk-in customers. As part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s March 22 order that Ohioans must stay home, all businesses deemed nonessential were instructed to shut their doors.

Feeding the village amid crisis

One evening earlier this week, Kim Horn stocked the Little Free Pantry outside of the First Presbyterian Church full with food and personal care items.

By the next morning it was empty.

It’s one sign of the growing food insecurity in Yellow Springs. In the wake of business closures across the state to stem the spread of COVID-19, many in the village and township have lost their incomes. And, as in many other communities, hunger here is rising.

Audrey Shaw

Centenarian Audrey Shaw was born March 5, 1920, and passed into Heaven on March 6, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Shaw; parents, Earl and Sernia Crawford; her sister, Margaret Schneider; and nephew, Fred Schneider.