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McDonald’s comes tumbling down

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WAPAKONETA — Mary Monfort, half of the wife-husband tandem that own several area McDonald’s restaurant chains, once said, “We like to be in your corner, not on your corner.”Patrons visiting the Wapakoneta restaurant that the couple own will now find that corner to the east by just a few yards.A little more than 100 onlookers gathered and watched as the McDonald’s building that has stood since the 1970s came tumbling down as demolition crews worked. Jeff and Mary Monfort are are building a new building just next door, at the former location of Ponderosa on Bellefontaine Avevue.


Facebook connection ends in invitation to the Philippines

WAPAKONETA —When Katie Westcott clicked on the YouTube video link on her Facebook page in January to watch two young Filipino boys sing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she had no idea how her life would change.After watching Aldrich Talonding singing and James Bucong playing the guitar, Westcott felt compelled to leave a prayer of blessing under the replies.“There was no way I was expecting to hear back,” said Westcott. “There were over 37,000 replie...

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Official wants Ohio’s ‘checkbook’ online

LIMA — Ohio’s treasurer visted Lima on Wednesday to pitch his vision of creating a transparent database for the public to use that shows how local and state governments are spending money.The ultimate goal of the idea is to make legislators “think twice” before spending copious amounts of tax money on dinners out on the town, or trips to conferences in Hawaii, or other expenditures that may be deemed unnecessary, according to Josh Mandel.

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Allen County group holding resource fair to benefit veterans

LIMA — Veterans who need various resources will be presented an opportunity to flood the Allen County Veterans Service Commission’s Resource Fair on Tuesday, according to Tamara Curtis, the commission’s director.The Veterans Benefits Fair is set to give the veterans an opportunity to get in touch with their Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, according to Curtis.“What we’re hoping is that veterans will come … veterans who have nev...

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Ice Bucket Challenge reaches Lima mayor, others

LIMA — Mayor David Berger announced during a news conference Wednesday that he has been nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.While he is refraining from disclosing the location of his chilly contribution, Berger said he is not exempt from raising awareness to the disease. Teachers from Heritage Elementary School and Perry Township Firefighters have accepted their nominations and challenges as well.

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Bluffton University changes convocation location

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University opening convocation location has been changed to the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education, which will be on Aug. 28 for first-year Bluffton students.

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Minor gas leak at Meijer in Lima caused by broken pipe

LIMA — A minor gas leak occurred at Meijer on Elida Road on Wednesday.The American Township Fire Department reported that employees were stocking the store and hit a cage where a gas line was in a furnace. The cage was jarred and caused the gas line to break. The gas was quickly turned off and was self-ventilated within five minutes by opening doors.

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Putnam County court records

Putnam County Common Pleas Court dispositionsThe following were indicted following a session of a Putnam County grand jury on Aug. 13.Mark R. Deel, 33, 2175 Road 22, Continental; felonious assault, weapons under disability and domestic violence, a misdemeanor.Robert A. Bell, 33, 409 E. Liberty St., Leipsic; domestic violence.Rose M. Morrison, 37, 531 N. Metcalf St., Lima; possession of cocaine and failure to appear.Joel T...

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Police calls

600 block of St. Andrews Blvd., Lima — A woman reported Tuesday someone forced entry into her home and stole items.100 block of South Rumbaugh Road, Lima — A man reported Monday someone tried to use his identity.800 block of St. Johns Avenue, Lima — A deputy reported Wednesday a person was in possession of a stolen license plate.2307 Spencerville Road, Lima — Police wer...

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Allen County grand jury returns indictments

An Allen County grand jury returned 24 public indictments this month. Those indicted and their charges are:Tyson D. Wheeler, 36, of 13 Superior Court, burglary, grand theft when property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, grand theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and four counts of receiving stolen property.Andrew J. Stocklin, 29, of 708 E. Third St., Delphos, two counts of breaking and entering.Bradley R. Heater, 32, of 1800 Reservoir Road, Lot ...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemAug. 19 — Christina Archer, Lima, girl.St. Rita’s Medical CenterAug. 18 — Loretta Spangler and Timothy Pierce, Kenton, boy.Aug. 19 — Courtney and William Numbers, Lima, boy; Shannon Sove’ and Wallace Foster, Spencerville, boy; Peggy and Barry Bendele, Fort Jennings, girl; Evelyn and Christopher Lauterbach, New...

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Orange County (Calif.) Register: Spending too much, too fast, without oversight, in Afghanistan

AUG. 13 — In the wake of its initial military action in Afghanistan, and in spite of then-President George W. Bush’s prior opposition to “nation-building,” the U.S. embarked upon a large-scale effort to help reconstruct the war-torn nation. While there have been some successes, the Afghanistan reconstruction effort has been plagued by boondoggles and other forms of government waste, detailed in the most recent reports from a series of inspector general audits.

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Letter: Lima schools officials dividing city

Jill Ackerman, superintendent of Lima City Schools, and Dennis Williams, president of Lima City Board of Education, have chosen to support a proposal that adds little to the community and takes away years of hard work to build common bonds in a diverse communities.Nathaniel Poling asks, “Aren’t there bigger issues to talk about?”I think Poling is missing a basic issue that faces the world every day. Today a great religion called Islam is engaged in mort...

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Letter: President has compassion

I thank God daily that we have a president who has successfully ended our war in Iraq, saving hundreds of American lives, and yet will respond to help refugees in Iraq when their government fails them.I am thankful that he is ending our war in Afghanistan and bringing American soldiers home to their families, while also reaching out to the children of Central America who are refugees from terror. (Blessed are the peace makers.)I am thankful that we have a president that ...

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Letter: Act of kindness appreciated

On the evening of Aug. 10, we were stunned and surprised!Enjoying delicious dinners at Bob Evans on Harding Highway, we were advised by our waiter that our dinners had been paid for!We tried to find out who this generous and kind person was, but they insisted it was anonymous. We’ve heard of this being done, but never dreamt it would happen to us.Whoever you are, thank you.We will forward your kindness on.

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Letter: Way to go dog warden

I just saw something that made my heart smile. It was very hot and muggy outside and in a car on the parking lot was a very small dog and the window was barely rolled down. Standing beside the car, waiting for the owner to show up, was a dog warden. Please, when it is hot outside, leave you dog home while you go grocery shopping. It can get very hot very fast in a closed car.

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Letter: Memorial Hall’s closure could save Civic Center

Miracles do happen!Now that Memorial Hall has been declared “unsafe” and is being closed, the commissioners will have the money they need to fund the Civic Center.They had previously announced they were going to increase the “bed tax” in the county to fund Civic Center operations, which met with strong opposition from many in the business community. Because Memorial Hall is being “mothballed,” much of the money needed to operate it can...

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