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Lima Fire Department rescues trimmer stuck in tree

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LIMA — Ryan Hefner had quite the story to tell his fiancee when he got home from work Friday.Before Hefner, co-owner of Dick’s Tree Service, left for work in the morning, his fiancee warned him to be careful at work that day. However, while cutting branches from a tree, Hefner’s lift suddenly stopped.Hefner said that the power take-off began grinding and went out. Once the PTO goes out, the lift cannot move, according to Hefner. Other employees tried to throw Hefner a rope with what he referred to as a “bean bag,” but they could not reach Hefner, who estimated he was 45 to 50 feet up.


Here comes the judge

LIMA — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French is working to put a face on the state’s highest court.Appointed to the Supreme Court Jan. 1, 2013, by Gov. John Kasich, French has reached the end of her inherited term and is now seeking to return to her post via election. To that end, she has toured throughout the state to not only garner support, but also give an insider’s view into the court.

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Two inducted into county agriculture hall of fame

LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce inducted two new members into the Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame Friday at the chamber’s monthly Wake Rattle & Roll breakfast, held this month at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Chosen for this honor were Dr. Louis Harrod, a practicing veterenarian for 34 years in eastern Allen County, and fourth-generation farmer Ray Whetstone.Harrod practiced veterinary medicine from 1944 until 1978, with a specialty in large anim...

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Girl nearly drowns at Wapak pool

WAPAKONETA — Jackson Center Schools Superintendent William Reichert was among a group of people who saved a 4-year-old girl from drowning Tuesday at the Wapakoneta WaterPark.The girl, who was identified in a news report as being from northwestern Ohio, was “doing fine,” her mother told Reichert, who had called Wednesday to check on the child.Reichert said he was at the water park Tuesday because he had been promising his children for some time that he w...

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Area universities welcome students

LIMA — Bluffton University, University of Northwestern Ohio and Ohio Northern University began welcoming hundreds of students to the area on Thursday and will continue through the weekend.Ohio Northern held its move in on Thursday, the first of the three to welcome freshman this year. Both Bluffton and UNOH began move-in events Friday.Thursday’s move in at ONU came with quite a bit of rain, the most Adriane Bradshaw, vice president for student affairs and dea...

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Home sales numbers released

LIMA — Real estate sales rose a modest 1.2 percent in July across the state from the previous month, according to information released by the Ohio Association of Realtors Thursday.Home sales activity in July nearly mirrored from the level reached during the month a year ago, recording a negligible 0.6 percent decrease.“The Ohio housing market is continuing to display stability in 2014, as sales activity is keeping pace with prior levels and prices are experie...

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Letter: Lima needs better reasoning

Reason, inclusiveness and compromise seem to be forgotten ideals for some members of our community. This includes not only the debate over the naming of the “Lima stadium” but also the town mural.As the community tries to foster pride, others seem to be more concerned with a particular interest rather than the total picture. This fosters little but division and resentment. Is this what the city needs?The legal problem concerning the mural seems to be a rigid ...

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Letter: Fair doesn’t need beer tent

This is the 164th Allen County Fair, and they have been doing real well without a beer tent. I feel this fair is for 4-H groups and Boy Scout groups. They have a wonderful Gospel Tent.They don’t need a beer tent. Don’t say they, “Don’t drink and drive”?This is a concern for all the people. Get involved and ask your church to get behind this also.

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YMCA members welcome at Anytime Fitness

LIMA — Lima YMCA members are welcome to use the new Anytime Fitness facility, 2119 Elida Road, Lima, for free Aug. 27 through Labor Day while the YMCA is closed for annual maintenance.Just present your YMCA card, and you will receive an Anytime Fitness card that will give you 24/7 access.

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Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office.700 block of South Elizabeth Street, Lima – A 24-year-old woman reported Wednesday someone stole items from her.1200 block of McCullough Street, Lima – A 48-year-old man reported Tuesday someone broke into his home and stole his video game system.600 block of West Spring Street, Lima – A 52-year-old man reported Wednesday some...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemAug. 20 — Kelly and Sheldon Morris Jr., Cridersville, boy.Aug. 21 — Amy and Scott Gray, Mendon, girl.St. Rita’s Medical CenterAug. 20 — Amara Kinstle and Tyler Fisher, Wapakoneta, girl; Alana Fickel and Tony DeVita, Lima, boy.Aug. 21 — Brittney and Joseph Digiovanni, Wapakoenta, gir...

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Spartan Stadium to hold opening ceremony

LIMA — People should enter the newly renovated Spartan Stadium on the east (visitor’s side) when they attend an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Construction is not yet finished.The celebration will include a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The facility will be open for tours, the concession stands will be open and Spartan spirit merchandise will be on sale.Football coaches will be at the event to play catch with children and cheerleaders will be t...

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Chief annouces winners of Grocery Sweep

LIMA — Chief Supermarket on Harding Highway held a “Grocery Sweep” contest to determine the winners of Toby Keith tickets and fair admission tickets.The Grocery Sweep list included Toby Keith’s favorite things, such as Snickers, Coors Light, Head & Shoulders shampoo and red Solo cups.Linda Dysert won the contest after her proxy grabbed all the correct items. She won four tickets to the Toby Keith concert, four admission tickets to the Allen County...

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Chicago Tribune: Why you need a vacation

AUG. 18 — Just before he flew off to Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama fielded some questions about the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq. We imagine that he also had Syria (rebels besieged in Aleppo), Afghanistan (election recount debacle), Ukraine (plane shot down, Russian troops lurking), West Africa (Ebola epidemic spreading fast), Libya (militias rampaging), Iran (nuclear negotiations floundering), Obamacare (court ...

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Letter: Skip the career politician in 2014 election

Seventy-five days until the Nov. 4 statewide election and I have a skip in my step.Eric Cantor, an obvious career politician, thought he had his campaign wrapped up, but lost. That gave the Bo Huenke campaign for Ohio state representative determined energy.The 66,000 voters in Allen County should realize what they will inherit if they once again pencil in my opponent, a career politician, for state representative. There are 40,000 noncommitted voters in Allen County regi...

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Letter: Future not looking bright

Last week, The Lima News wrote a piece about the weather. Last month, I wrote a piece about the economy. Interestingly, the weather was a major component of my long-term economic forecast.You see, the Earth is moving into a cooling cycle that some scientists have dubbed a mini ice age. By 2025, temperatures will be about 12 degrees cooler than normal.While some may say that’s fine, farmers will be struggling with crop failures year after year. Thar’s because ...

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Letter: Downtown murals are enriching

In Cincinnati, we have enriched the city with wonderful displays of public art murals throughout the city on walls, which capture the spirit and history of our great community.Artworks, a nonprofit group, has engaged the skills of talented artists to paint on selected walls, subject matter that highlights history, people events, and collages of objects related to businesses in the downtown district. To see some of the murals go to to see how the collab...

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