LIMA — Rita Palmer grew up in Lima. She had so many fond memories that when she decided to write them down, she ended up with a 67 chapter book, “My Journey Home — The Forgotten Voyager.” Her book has been published by Amazon and is available for $2.99 to download at Amazon.com/Kindle.Palmer's book is a fictional account of her life. Her daughter encouraged her to put her memories down in writing, and she wrote every day for a year.The book starts in Lima with Palmer growing up, working and eventually getting married. It includes stories about families, romance, broken hearts and healing souls.“My favorite part is the ending. I love the ending,” Palmer said. “It's a happy ending because I don't like sad endings.”Palmer said she would like to write a sequel.Area youth do well at Beef ExpoHARROD — Three area youth came home as champion or reserve champion from the Ohio Cattlemen's Association Junior Show, held March 18 in Columbus.Addison Jones, a third-grader at Allen East Elementary School, was champion in the breeding heifers category. Addison, the daughter of Trevor and Kari Jones, of Harrod, also took home reserve Chianina in the market animals category.Hannah Winegardner, of Lafayette, took home the champion MaineTainer, reserve MaineTainer and champion ShorthornPlus in the breeding heifers category. She is a 2010 graduate of Allen East High School and the daughter of Brad and Melanie Winegardner, of Lafayette.Ty Whitney, of Spencerville, won the champion purebred Simmental in the breeding heifers category. He is a fourth-grade pupil at Spencerville Elementary School and the son of Mike and Robin Whitney, of Spencerville.ONU student awarded scholarshipADA — Zachary Dunn, a senior at Ohio Northern University, has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar by the trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.This is the eighth consecutive year that a Ohio Northern student received this honor. Dunn, of Harrod, was honored for his Goldwater research essay, “Photovoltaic Devices Based on Porphyrin Polymeric Donor Materials: A Computational Study of Linker Effects.” He conducted his research at ONU under the guidance of Dr. Trilisa Perrine, assistant professor of chemistry. Dunn's older brother, Nick Dunn, received this same award in 2008.The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 students nationwide.
Regional Roundup: Former Lima resident publishes book