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The football Goodwins

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MARIA STEIN — Two familiar stories will begin playing out tonight when the high school football season kicks off.The Marion Local Flyers will be going after their fourth straight state championship under legendary coach Tim Goodwin, who has won seven titles during his 15 years at the school.And once again, one of the assistant coaches will be his father, Bill Goodwin, a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.It’s a father-and-son coaching team that’s enjoyed success like few others. Between them, they have 488 victories in the 54 years they’ve been head coaches.


Lima area girls high school soccer capsule previews

Note: Information was supplied by the area girls soccer coaches. Teams not listed did not supply information.WESTERN BUCKEYE LEAGUETEAM: BATHDIVISION: IICOACH: Morgan LenkeYEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 5, 53-25-16LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 12-4-2 (6-2-1 WBL) (district runner-up)RETURNING LETTERMEN: Cassie Best (Sr., D); Sarah Blasiman (Sr., MF); Taylor Cox (Sr., MF); Ellie Dackin (Sr., MF); Madison Dackin (Sr., D); Alyssa ...

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Shawnee grad Quatman takes over Indians’ soccer

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Ryan Quatman was a driving force on the Shawnee soccer team that advanced to the state semifinals in 2001.Now he wants his team to know that same excitement of reaching the state.Quatman, a 2002 Shawnee High School grad, takes over the Shawnee boys soccer program this season. He spent the last five years as an assistant coach under legendary Shawnee coach Dick Hagen.Hagen stepped down after last season after compiling a record of 330-1...

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Rhodes State receives $5M for downtown facility

LIMA — Dr. Wilfred Ellis of the Rhodes State College Board of Trustees likened the notion of Rhodes State building a health sciences center in downtown Lima to a small acorn that grows into a mighty oak.“Today, that oak is now a fledgling tree,” he said at a press conference Thursday at Keese Hall.The college has announced that the state of Ohio has awarded $5 million to help build this center on the southeast quadrant of Lima’s Town Square, one o...

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Lima Senior may soon allow cell phone usage

LIMA — Lima Senior High School Students may not have to sneak glimpses at their cell phones anymore during the school day, at least during the lunch period.In the Lima City Schools Board of Education meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Jill Ackerman proposed allowing students a “green zone” during their lunch period where they would be able to access their cell phones without retribution.The students have gotten to a point at which the school adminis...

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Ambassadors celebrate 1 year of service

LIMA — For one year, the Lima Municipal Building has had a greeter in the lobby to provide service, direction and a smiling face.Denis Glenn, founder and volunteer coordinator of the Lima Municipal Building Ambassadors said the program arose from a need. Residents would walk into the city building and struggle for direction, as there was no front desk worker to help. People would “roam the building,” he said.Glenn, a retiree, said he saw an opportunity ...

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Apollo to graduate its first associate degree program

LIMA — Apollo Adult Education will soon be graduating students in its first-ever associate degree program.The first class of adult culinary students earning a degree will be graduating this fall, but not before they hold evening hours one night a week at the popular Apollo Garden Café to finish the capstone of their degree, said Brenda Burgy, public information specialist for Apollo’s Adult Education.Students have been approaching Apollo for years about ...

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A labor of love

LIMA — Since its revival in 1982, Lima’s Labor Day Parade has brought together labor unions and other community organizations in the community’s final parade of the year, and organizers expect this year’s parade season to end on a high note.“We’ve got quite a few entries this year,” Tom Thompson, union liason to the United Way, said. “We’re expecting approximately 5,000 people to participate in the parade with between 6,000 and ...

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Off to the races

LIMA — Dubbed one of the largest flea markets in the state, Max’s Flea Market and Water Dog Races, running today through Sunday, will bring thousands of people to the Allen County Fairgrounds.“We’re looking at over 900 vendors,” event organizer Max McCluer said. “You can’t see it all in one day.”These vendors will offer a variety of items new and old, from antiques to tools to clothes to guns.“There’s...

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Commissioners: Palmer Energy helps save money

LIMA — The natural gas program heated up discussion with Allen County Commissioners Thursday as representatives from Palmer Energy discussed a renewal contract for the county.The county has been using natural gas for many years, according to Commissioner Greg Sneary, and has been doing business with Palmer Energy for many years. The Toledo-based company manages electric and natural gas and acts as an independent “source of expertise” for entities in regard to elec...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Lima Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Office and Delphos Police Department.1700 block of Brookwood, Lima — A 44-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 another person assaulted her.Superior Court, Lima — A 34-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 someone stole the face off her car stereo.200 block of North Canal Street, Delphos — A person at a business called police Aug. 16 to report a...

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Shawnee Manor holds scarecrow competition

LIMA — Shawnee Manor is calling for funny, creative and scary scarecrows for their second Scarecrow Fest.Participants can build a scarecrow to be displayed on the grounds of the Shawnee Manor and Burton’s Ridge from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. Community members will be able to cast their votes on Facebook or in ballot boxes at either location.Scarecrow kits on sale for $20 will be available at Shawnee Manor beginning Sept. 1. Kits include wooden post frames, straw a...

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Local Allstate owner receives award

LIMA — Sam McLean, Allstate agency owner, recently won the Agency Hands in the Community award, along with a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Northside Neighborhood Association in Lima, which is where McLean volunteers.Agents honored with the award can work with nonprofit groups in multiple capacities, such as a leader, mentor, program partner or volunteer.

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Apollo and Vantage to hold free ABLE and ESOL classes

LIMA — Residents wishing to refresh their basic reading, math, writing and computer skills will be able to do so with the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program that now serves five counties, including Allen, Mercer and Van Wert.The classes, offered by Apollo and Vantage Career Centers are free. For details on this program or GEDs, call Apollo at 419-998-2993 or go to or and times for September orient...

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Grand Lake Health to offer sign language classes

CELINA — Grand Lake Health System will offer an American Sign Language I workshop beginning Oct. 7. The class, limited to 12 participants, will meet on six consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Auglaize-Mercer YMCA in Celina.The classes will involve learning the signs for letters of the alpahbet and learning a basic sign vocabulary. A $25 fee is required to register. To register, call Cindy Gaerke at 419-394-6290.

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Area hospital receives breastfeeding award

ST. MARYS — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has received the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award from the Ohio Department of Health, one of 23 employers in the state to receive the award.The hospital has initiated breastfeeding-friendly policies, including skin-to-skin care for mothers and babies, free post-partum visits for mothers who deliver at the hospital and policies that support working mothers who are breastfeeding.

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ONU earns tuition distinction

ADA — Ohio Northern University has been designated a “Tuition Hero” for the 2014-15 school year by the website earn this distinction, schools must have a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 percent or less or a fixed rate tuition policy. ONU has a CAGR of 2.5 percent, and the university recently instituted the Ohio Northern Promise, a set of initiatives designed to make education costs more affordable and to reduce student debt while sustaining...

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Celina police warn public about phone scams

CELINA — The Celina Police Department is alerting the public of phone scams being reported in the area.Recent phone scams include people calling and claiming to be from a government agency, such as the FBI or the IRS threatening people with prison if a payment is not made. Another scam involves a caller informing victims that they have won a prize, such as money or a car, and that taxes and shipping fees are required to claim the prize. Others will send a check, asking for a ...

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