Tara Cutlip, 21 and pregnant with her second child, was shot and killed Saturday in her Bahama Drive home. Loved ones gather in front of Tara's home to remember her and speak out against domestic violence.
LIMA — Celebrate the good life with your friends when Rally in the Square kicks off this evening in Lima’s Town Square.
LIMA — Even the great parties need refreshment from time to time.
CELINA — The smell of barbecued ribs will fill the air in Celina this weekend when the seventh annual RibFest opens at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.
LIMA — Mercury was originally created in 1938 as a premium offering to Ford. Postwar styling of Mercury models changed during the 1949 model year compared to the 1948 models. The cars were swoopier and sleeker, wider and lower and had a completely new front look. Mercury's highest production year to date was in 1950, with 344,081 vehicles built. In August of 1950, Mercury sold its one-millionth car. In 1955, James Dean drove a customized 1949 Mercury in the movie "Rebel Without A Cause," which made the model very popular with the young drivers of that day. Early 1950s Mercurys are a good collectible, being usable daily drivers with good colors and modest lengths when compared to later years. The car’s engine and mechanicals are straightforward. The cars sold well in their day, but to find one now to restore can be a challenge since early Mercs were popular choices among period hot rodders.
LIMA — The history of the GMC truck can be traced to the Reliance and Randolph, two companies that were purchased by GMC. In 2007, GMC was GM's second-largest selling North American vehicle division after Chevrolet and ahead of Pontiac. GMC introduced their 1/2-ton trucks in 1936. Prior to this, GMC made only larger trucks. The company noticed Ford and Chevy selling smaller trucks, and they decided to try their luck at smaller trucks. The pickup was no longer for work purposes only. GMC designers made several changes in 1971 with nicer interiors, more padding and insulation, carpet, chrome trim and upper and lower side molding. This was also the first year for the AM/FM radios being factory installed. The brakes were switched from drum brakes to disc brakes. In 1972, the most noticeable change was the rear view mirror was glued to the windshield instead of being bolted to the top of the cab.
LIMA — The Lima Area Concert Band kicks off its expanded season on Saturday with a concert of epic proportions, as they “Summon the Heroes” to Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
LIMA — How many healthy habits does it take to become a super hero?
LIMA — The Amil Tellers end their season with a raucous comedy guaranteed to give audiences a hearty belly laugh in the side-splitting comedy, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," opening today at Encore Theatre.
VAN WERT — Niswonger Performing Arts Center promises to rock you on Saturday when “The Music of Queen” takes center stage for the season finale.
CRIDERSVILLE —Futuristic styling, plus the new high-performance Rocket V8 engine and Hydramatic automatic transmission, made the 1949 Oldsmobile very desirable. 1949 was a new era for the U.S. automobile industry. The horsepower race was beginning. The 1949 Olds Rocket 88 was the beginning step to what would eventually become the march into the muscle car era. The big engine in the little car concept would become an industry wide trend. Supposedly, the original intent had been to us the new Rocket engine only in the 98 models. Sherrod Skinner, Oldsmobile's general manager came up with the idea of putting the new V-8 into the smaller, 76 model, some 350 pounds lighter than the larger car. Oldsmobile brochures read "The New Thrill!"
VAN WERT — The Pontiac Firebird was built by Pontiac between 1967 and 2002. The Firebird was introduced the same year as Chevrolet's Camaro. The first generation Firebirds (1967 to 1969) had a Coke bottle style. The bumpers were molded into the design of the front end and its rear taillights were inspired by the Pontiac GTO. Some car enthusiasts consider the 1968 Pontiac Firebird the best compact muscle car of the year.
LIMA — As comic books grow in popularity, everyone has a chance on Saturday to join the comic book craze at the national Free Comic Book Day. In Lima, Alter Ego Comics will celebrate the day with everything from costume contests to author presentations. Oh yeah, and free comic books.
BELLE CENTER — The Dart was Dodge's entry in the growing compact market. Introduced in 1960, the first Dodge Dart was actually a small full size car. It was "reborn" in 1963 as a true compact. The Dart lineup would grow to include the Demon and Swinger models, as well as the Dodge Sport and Dart GTS. The Dart was introduced as a lower-priced, shorter wheelbase, full-sized model. It became a mid-size car in 1962, and then a compact car between 1963 and 1976. The Dodge Swinger was introduced in 1969. Dodge updated the front and rear styling of the Darts in 1970. The hood featured long, narrow hood scoops, replacing the smaller vents. The Swinger also came standard with a three-speed manual gearbox.
ELIDA — The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car by General Motors. It has been produced for seven generations. The first model was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. The Corvette is currently manufactured in Bowling Green, KY and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Corvette has been selected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car 11 times, most recently in 2012, and driven by Guy Fieri. The second generation Corvette was launched in 1963 and saw the debut of the Sting Ray body. The 1964 Corvette featured several improvement such as higher horsepower engine options, a smoother ride and better insulation. Production for 1964 totaled 22,229 cars built.
LIMA — More than a first robin sighting, spring is officially here when ArtSpace/Lima opens its annual Spring Show.
LIMA — Get your motors running for this year’s Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival with the kick-off event, the “Grand Prix Tour,” starting Saturday at The Meeting Place on Market.
LIMA — How many nuns does it take to control a Civic Center-sized crowd? According to Mary Zentmyer, one sister can easily control, and teach, the crowd in Late Nite Catechnism, coming Saturday to Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
LIMA — Stewardship of the land has grown in popularity in the last decade, but Earth Day is still important to keep people aware that this is a world worth saving.
LIMA — With the rearming of US forces the Great Depression was finally beginning to ease , and Americans were earning more and buying more further fueling the economy. Automakers were busy with new models for the improved economic times. "Eye it. Try it. Buy it!" is the ad theme for the 1940 Chevrolets. The 1940 models were completely redesigned from the 1939 Chevrolets. The newer models slogan "Royal Clipper Styling," meant a more luxurious look. The overall length grew two inches, there was an "alligator" hood, and the grille bore a resemblance to the higher-priced Buick. Prices of the 1940 Chevy were increased by about four percent over comparable 1939 models, but the nation's economy had improved, and production increased by 38 percent.
LIMA —“1979 Pontiacs. Our best get better,” was the slogan for Pontiac during this time. 1979 marked the 10th anniversary of the Pontiac Trans Am. To mark the occasion, Pontiac created a silver exterior with charcoal hood bird decal and body striping. The interior had embroidered seats. Breaking the $10,000 mark, the 10th’s base price was $10,620.00. Although Pontiac produced 7,500 of the tenth anniversary cars, a handful of cars were prepared as pace cars on the NASCAR circuit, most notably those which wore the Daytona 500 guise. The T-tops were also a special mirrored finish instead of the "smoked" finish of T-tops seen previously. The 10th Anniversary Trans Am was also the first time you saw the "Turbo" wheels seen on later Special Edition Turbo, Pace Car and other Turbo Trans Ams. This wasn't your ordinary "run-of-the-mill" Trans Am. Just about everything on this car was taken to the next level to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this popular muscle car. This car could easily be identified by using the VIN number as a reference. Instead of the normal "S" or "W" to signify Firebird or Trans Am, the 10th Anniversary had a "X" as the second digit in the VIN number to signify it is special.
ADA — What happens when you mix an African-American church choir with a predominantly white gospel ensemble, and toss in a guest conductor of national ranking? It’s a concert for the ages, and it begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ohio Northern University.
VAN WERT — Glimpses of life that most people miss is what Joel Sartore works to capture through his camera lens. And it’s those frozen moments in the life of a National Geographic photographer that Sartore will discuss on Sunday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
LIMA — Car enthusiasts love to talk “car talk.” Because he knows this, Bob Montgomery, of Lima has built a room just for “car talk.”
LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra invited people this year to come to their concerts and leave inspired.
LIMA — It’s the music that rocked a generation and continues to influence today’s music. It’s Motown, and on Saturday it’s coming to Lima’s downtown.
ELIDA — The Buick Special was produced from1936 to 1958. It was Buick's entry level full-size car.The 1957 Buick Special shared General Motors' B-body with Oldsmobile. The '57 Buick Special extended a little over three inches in length than the 1956 model. It also stood three and a half inches lower than the '56 Buicks. This gave the '57 Buick a sleeker, low slung look. The only identification on the car was on the front grill and trunk badges. The '57 Buick Special featured a three piece split rear window, which critics were eager to criticize. However, this is one of the features that make the 1957 model year unique and desirable. There were approximately 405,000 1957 Buick's produced.
HARROD —The Ford Fairlane was sold between 1955 and 1970. It's competitor was the Pontiac Tempest GTO, which was a mid-sized car. Ford had been concentrating on their Mustang in the mid '60's, that a re-work on the Fairlane was all but halted, until success was seen in their Mustang. After the Mustang success continued, in 1966 the Ford Fairlane was give a completely fresh look for 1966. The headlamps were stacked at the front, and for the first time, a convertible model was offered. The 1966 Ford Fairlane was hot with its new sporty look with a base price of $2,843. The sales brochures read, "Quiet quality ... powered by Ford." There were 78 million cars registered in the United States in 1966, and gasoline was 32 cents a gallon.
VAN WERT — Vicki Lawrence has enough talent to front her own show, but today she shares the stage with her alter-ego, Mama, in a two woman show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
LIMA — They say everything old is new again. And such is the case with the 30-year-old show, “The Foreigner,” running this weekend in the Martha Farmer Theatre at OSU-Lima.
LIMA — Warrior mode is a state of mind.
CRIDERSVILLE — The International Race of Champions (IROC), is an automobile racing series similar to what NASCAR is. This racing series started in 1974 racing Porsches. After one season of racing Porsches, the cost to maintain the Porsches for racing was too expensive. In 1975, the series switched to the Chevrolet Camaro. This racing series used the Chevy Camaro from 1975 until 1991. Because Chevrolet raced the Camaro under this sanctioning body, in 1985 Chevrolet entered into a licensing agreement with the racing series and obtained the right to use the IROC name on its production Camaros. Thus in 1985, the IROC-Z was born and introduced as an add-on option package to the 1985 Camaro Z28 for the general population to buy. Once the licensing/sponsorship agreement ended in 1991, Chevy had to immediately stop production of the IROC-Z.
LIMA —The Ford Thunderbird was first introduced in 1955. The military men returning from fighting in World War II longed for a European type vehicle. Chevy answered with their Corvette and Ford answered with the Thunderbird. Throughout the years, the styling of the Thunderbird evolved and changed. In 1976, the “Big Bird” was debuted. The 1976 Ford Thunderbird grew in every conceivable way, from size and luxury to weight. These cars weighed around 5,000 pounds, and they averaged from eight mpg to 12 mpg. With the energy crisis’ of the 1970’s, this gasoline consumption was dismal. Of course, Ford made up for it with the looks. These new “Big Birds” rode on a 120.4 inche wheelbase and measured 225 inches overall. The starting price for a 1976 Ford Thunderbird was $7,790 without options. There were a total of 52,935 Thunderbirds produced in 1976.
FINDLAY — Roger Powell’s annual Easter sand sculpture is more inspiration than perspiration, and in the 14 years he’s been doing this, the returns have been massive.
LIMA — Since breaking onto the country music scene in 2009, Easton Corbin’s career has skyrocketed. Today, this breakthrough artist brings his hit list to town for a special benefit concert to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
LIMA — Like most car enthusiasts, Rodger McClain, current vice president of Lima Auto Mall, has a story behind his 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. He calls it, “For the love of a car.”
VAN WERT — Ernie Haase and Signature Sound are bringing their signature sound to town on Sunday for a 7 p.m. concert at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
LIMA — Spring not coming fast enough? Head out to Apollo Career Center where Easter and spring collide Saturday morning for an event that offers everything from one of the first 5Ks of the season to a full-blown Easter egg hunt.
LIMA — Load up on the best carbs in the area at the 26th annual Charitable Italian American Organization’s annual pasta dinner on Sunday.
ST. MARYS — Television commercials debuting the new 1999 Pontiac Trans Am showed the new Trans Am behind another vehicle stopped at a red light, with the announcer saying "This is the new Trans Am, and it's very hungry." The light turns green, and the Trans Am growls, and leaves just a shell of a car in it's dust. The announcer closes with the words, "The muscle car lives. The new Firebird Trans Am, by Pontiac." The Pontiac Firebird was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The Pontiac Trans Am was a specialty package for the Firebird first formulate in 1969. It was typical to see the Trans Am with exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels. It is said that Pontiac saved the best for last with the fourth generation Firebird and Trans Am. 1999 was actually the 30th anniversary of the Trans Am since it's release in 1969.
VAN WERT —To some car enthusiasts, the 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 is considered to be the most desirable Z28 of all. The 69 Z28 was one of the hottest-looking rides of the classic muscle car era, and showed what Chevy stylists could do to express performance and excitement. As Trans Am titles in 1968 and 69 showed, the Z28 was a road-racer first, a street machine second. Drivers bought 7,199 of them for '68, and sales nearly tripled for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which is a record that would stand until 1978. For 1969, Chevrolet sold over 20,000 Z/28's. It is also the most popular version of the car today.