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Ohio State fires band director over ‘serious cultural issues’

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment.Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what’s known to fans as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” were considered revolutionary and drew millions of viewers on YouTube.

 

Officials investigate Van Wert dog pound conditions

VAN WERT — Van Wert County Dog Warden Rich Strunkenberg was placed on paid administrative leave this week pending a criminal investigation into conditions at the county animal shelter.Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said the department received a complaint Sunday from a member of the public and he and one of the department’s sergeants promptly visited the shelter.“The conditions we found were not what I felt to be acceptable and I started an investigation imm...

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Faster, easier LimaOhio.com unveiled today

The Lima News is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making LimaOhio.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories....

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New name for St. Rita’s parent company

LIMA — The parent healthcare system of St. Rita’s Medical Center is undergoing a face lift.Formerly Catholic Healthcare Partners, the company will now be known as Mercy Health, complete with a new website, mercy.com. The “Mercy” name is already being used in five of the system’s seven markets, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain, Springfield and Paducah, Kentucky.

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George Will: Neel Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don’t-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party’s national brand.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Americans should recall nation’s immigrant roots

Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!—Emma LazarusJULY 22 — Even as those words were engraved on a plaque within the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903, many Americans didn’t believe in them. Consequently, more than a century later, it’s...

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State representatives hold event on stopping drug abuse

WAPAKONETA — State Reps. Tony Burkley and Jim Buchy gathered Wednesday for a discussion about how to help adults addicted to drugs and how to keep children from starting to use drugs.Many companies have jobs that need filled, said Burkley, but have a difficult time finding people to hire for two reasons: those applying don’t have the necessary skills or those applying fail the drug test.“West Central Ohio is the best place to live in the world,” B...

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Excitement remains high for NASCAR trucks at Eldora

ROSSBURG – Fans from 45 states including Alaska and Hawaii, the United States Virgin Islands, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and Australia purchased tickets for Wednesday’s MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, showing excitement for the event continued in its second year.The inaugural MudSummer Classic NASCAR truck race at Eldora in 2013 marked NASCAR’s first dirt track race since 1970. Even though the 2014 installment of the event wasn’t as historical as la...

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103-year-old throws first pitch for Locos

LIMA — Many are quite happy thinking about living what they consider a good life, and growing old gracefully until death at a ripe old age.For 103-year-old Lucy Mathers, when death comes knocking on her door, she will likely pull it inside kicking and screaming until it whimpers away like a helpless puppy.Mathers, who is celebrating her birthday Thursday, was selected to throw the first pitch Wednesday at the Lima Locos game. She grabbed the ball and was in no hurr...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Wednesday, 23 July 2014

DAILY (Wednesday):Pick 3: 9-9-5 day, 6-7-5 nightPick 4: 4-1-7-1 day, 0-8-3-0 nightPick 5: 8-6-5-9-2 day, 0-9-7-6-4 nightRolling Cash 5: 16-22-27-30-39CLASSIC (Wednesday): 4-10-12-21-44-46KICKER: 737909Jackpot: $2.7 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 10-17-25-45-53Powerball: 9Power Play: 2Jackpot: $40 million...

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Hoyer, Manziel set to battle for Browns’ QB job

BEREA — It’s time for football, Johnny.After months of having his off-field behavior analyzed, scrutinized and criticized, Johnny Manziel will again be the center of attention.This time, though, it won’t be for swigging champagne on an inflatable swan, but during his first NFL training camp as he and Brian Hoyer battle for the Browns’ starting quarterback job.The Hoyer-Manziel showdown will dominate camp until someone is named the winne...

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Teen who threatened to shoot up Apollo gets jail

LIMA — A teenager who hatched a plot to kill students at Apollo and threatened two girls in a separate incident was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday.Johnathan Ervin, 19, was given credit for 85 days served and placed on two years probation.Judge David Cheney of Allen County Common Pleas Court told Ervin he had a tough decision to make before sentencing him. On one hand, Ervin has no criminal record before this incident, not even a speeding ticket. On the o...

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Berger to address subcommittee on Clean Water Act

LIMA — Lima Mayor David Berger will address the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee about a Clean Water Improvement Act.Berger will address the subcommittee, which is part of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, in Washington, D.C., about the experience of cities, the basis of the draft improvement act.He addressed the same committee two years ago and hopes to provide an update for Lima and the perspective of the U.S. Conference of May...

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Area home sales up in June, down overall this year

LIMA — Home sales in the Lima region were up in June compared to last year, but they’re still down compared to the first six months of last year, according to figures released this week by the Ohio Association of Realtors.The number of units sold in the West Central Association of Realtors region for January through June is down 1.2 percent, from 695 to 687, compared to last year. The dollar volume is down 3.3 percent, to $64.1 million. The average sale price on a prope...

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How fares the Allen County Fair?

LIMA — Ten public officials, including former City Councilman David Adams and Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce President Jed Metzger, gathered at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday for the Allen County/Lima Public Officials Dialogue, a project of Allen County Common Threads.“We model this after service clubs,” Adams said. “We have someone from the county who speaks for about five minutes or so, and then we jump into dialogue continuing the topic. The ...

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Bluffton schools sets special meeting

BLUFFTON — Bluffton schools will have a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the superintendent’s office.The meeting is set to hire an assistant treasurer, according to a news release from the district.

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Lima committee to meet concerning chickens in city

LIMA — The city of Lima’s Neighborhood Concerns Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the possibility of allowing chickens to be raised within city limits.Committee meetings are open to the public.

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Allen County Fair accepting parade applications

LIMA — The Allen County Fair is accepting applications for its annual parade, scheduled for Aug. 16 in downtown Lima.Applications can be obtained at the Fair Administration Office or at http://allencofair.com. All applications must be received by Aug. 5. For information, contact the fair office at 419-228-7141.

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