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LIMA — Safety City, located on South Collett Street, is ramping up production of its miniature-sized emergency and resource buildings in preparation for an open house Oct. 11.The original idea for Safety City began in 1974 when safety classes were taught in parking lots of schools by safety officials. There is a sense of “community partnership” in this project, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said Wednesday.


Attorney challenging man’s competency to stand trial in death penalty case

LIMA — A man facing the death penalty in the slaying of his wife asked the court Wednesday to appoint a psychologist to determine whether he is competent to stand trial and whether he was insane when the crime was committed.Patrick Coller’s attorneys filed the motion in Allen County Common Pleas Court during a pretrial Wednesday. Coller’s lead attorney, Bill Kluge, wrote that Coller is not competent to stand trial and unable to recognize that his conduct at the ti...

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FitzGerald admits missteps, focuses on issues as campaign winds down

LIMA — Despite a 22-point deficit in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is determined to continue to make his case to voters in the final weeks leading up to November’s election.Part of that effort was spent Wednesday morning at The Lima News, meeting with local editors as well as editors from other Ohio-based Civitas Media newspapers.“My philosophy in running for governor or any governmental office has been the same,” he ...

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Journey to Recovery Weekend helps post-abortive women and men heal

ST. MARYS — On Oct. 10 to 12, Concepts of Truth, an abortion recovery ministry, will be hosting The Journey Recovery Weekend.The weekend, which goes through their own Biblically based curriculum “Concepts of Recovery, the Journey,” focuses on taking participants through the healing process in relation to the abortion experience.

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Downtown bar reopens with country theme

LIMA — Derek Solomon wants to bring Lima something new.In the form of a solid wood bar, a beer can American flag and country music bumping through the speakers.Solomon plans to offer these features and more at his newly redone bar, the Beantown Saloon on North Street downtown, which opens Saturday to the public.Formerly The Blarney Stone, Solomon got tired of the Irish-themed bar and wanted something different.“I’ve been doing the ...

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Putnam County farmers face destructive weed

CONTINENTAL — Resistant weeds have struck farmers in Putnam County once again, but this time, it’s worse than before.Last week, The Lima News reported that Mike Weller, a farmer in Continental, had found a roundup resistant weed, spiny amaranth, near his driveway and that scientists feared it would lead to an even more resistant weed, palmer amaranth.This week, their fear came true.“Now we have palmer, spiny and waterhemp,” said James H...

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Employers, employees to get money, training

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be handing out checks to employers in the state starting this month.The money will go to 3,800 local governments and about 184,000 private employers as part of Gov. John Kasich’s “Another Billion Back” rebate program.The checks will add up to about 60 percent of premiums eligible employers paid between 2012 and 2013, according to a release from BWC.“The rebate, like la...

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Education Roundup

ONU to host lecture on biodiversityOhio Northern University will be hosting a lecture by Reed Noss, the provost’s distinguished research professor at the University of Central Florida, on Tuesday.Noss’s lecture, “Wilderness, Wildness and Biodiversity: Realized Through Natural History,” is part of the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences program. The event will be held in the Freed Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p....

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Discounted breast cancer screenings offered

ST. MARYS — A hospital in St. Marys is offering women discounted mammograms for breast cancer awareness month.The Women’s Imaging Center at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital is not only discouting the screenings, but also offering interpretations of them for a lower price.Those interested can call 419-394-9599 for information or to set up an appointment.

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Lima Memorial Health SystemSept. 30 — Emily Runser and Blake Lundy, Lima, girl; Maisie and Chad Tyler, Wapakoneta, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterSept. 30 — Christina and Alejandro Quintero, Ohio City, boy; Margaret and Jacob Springer, Wapakoneta, girl; Brianna Dunnigan, Lima, boy; Jaclyn Harshfield and James Kave Jr., Lima, girl.

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Allen County Common Pleas court records

COURT RECORDAllen County Common PleasDispositions/Sept. 22Joseph Mahlmeister, 56, of 622 Brice Ave., found guilty of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs and endangering children. Sentence: three years prison, eight days credit, $7,500 fine, license suspended four years.Kathleen L. Brewster, 42, of 2185 H...

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Lima driver involved in fatal crash in Indiana

WARSAW, Ind. — A Lima, Ohio, man driving a tractor-trailer was involved in a fiery crash during the weekend that killed two Indiana women.Jenann Patz, 57, of Crown Point, and Sherri L. Harden, 55, of Cedar Lake, were killed in the crash, Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson reported.The crash happened Saturday afternoon on U.S. Route 30 at state Route 19 involving three vehicles. A pickup truck was completely engulfed with Patz ejected from the vehicle, official...

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Police calls

North Collett and West North streets, Lima — An officer conducted a traffic stop Tuesday.600 block of West Kibby Street, Lima — A woman reported Monday someone caused damage at her home.600 block of Columbia Drive, Lima — An officer responded Monday to a theft at a home.700 block of East Franklin Street, Lima — An officer responded Monday to a home where someone was ass...

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School delays and closings for Wednesday, Oct. 1

Foggy conditions led some schools to delay the start of classes Wednesday:

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Who speaks for the others?

Although tensions have eased following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a grand jury continues to consider whether the act was criminal. The case is far from open and shut, as witnesses to the incident have provided conflicting statements as to what precipitated officer Darren Wilson to shoot and kill the unarmed Brown. Yet allowing the legal process to move forward has failed to deter many, incited by the likes of Jessie Jackson...

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Letter: Academics try to discredit God

The struggle of the Mennonite faith throughout history is well-documented, particularly by their persecutors, who held the reigns of power during the Middle Ages.Classified as heretics by their enemies and made victims of the most unspeakable cruelties, these precious martyrs were the forebears of religious freedom enjoyed by countless multitudes to this day. Their unwavering dedication to the viability and infallibility of the Old and New Testament Scriptures played a formative ro...

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Orange County (Calif.) Register: Why print still matters

SEPT. 25, 2014 — Print media, those of us in the newspaper industry have been told for years, is a dying trade. With the proliferation of cable news, Internet outlets and social media, consumers can get their news in real time. The result is the irrelevancy of outlets that operate at the comparatively glacial pace of print.That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway.We may be entering a bold new era in media, but, based on what Americans are telling pollsters, it&...

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