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Ohio State fires band director over ‘serious cultural issues’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a “sexualized” atmosphere of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.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.


Wetzel brings motorcycles and hard rock to Van Wert County

GROVER HILL, Ohio — Fans of motorcycles and hard rock music will be flocking to northeast Van Wert County this weekend for Wetzelland, one of the area’s largest rock festivals, boasting between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors per year.This event got its start 28 years ago as a motorcycle rally, and for Danny McPhail, it keeps growing as the years go by.“It’s become bigger and better every year,” he said.

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Lake Festival a tradition in Celina

CELINA — For the past 53 years, the last full weekend in July has heralded the arrival of the Celina Lake Festival.“It’s definitely established here,” festival co-chair Kevin Pyle said. “People plan trips to come home and visit family for the weekend around this festival.”Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the Celina Lake Festival offers something for everyone, including some things found nowhere else.

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Auglaize County Fair returns Sunday

WAPAKONETA — Fair season is set to arrive once again in Auglaize County.Running Sunday through Saturday, this year’s Auglaize County Fair promises something for everyone. According to Fred Piehl, publicity chairman for the fair, one of the first events will honor some of the county’s talented youth.“We’re bringing back the high school band show the first day, sponsored by Happy Daz,” he said. “John Heaphy’s bringing the Bee...

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Upcoming area festivals and fireworks

LIMA — With summer now in full swing, festival season has arrived once again. Below is a list of some of the festivals going on this week our area.Organizing a festival and want it listed? Send your information to Craig Kelly at BREMEN93rd annual New Bremen Firemen’s PicnicSaturdayCrown Pavilion, West Plum Street

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Sex Tape – R

The Story“It was a very minor thinking mishap,” says Jay Hargrove (Jason Segel). But wife Annie (Cameron Diaz) doesn’t buy it. “What did you do?” she says incredulously. “Did you forget to erase the f—-ing sex tape?” Jay and Annie, hoping to revive their uninspired sex life, video themselves in every position known to “The Joy of Sex.” Now, apparently, it’s on the iPads Jay gave to his friends and customers. ThatR...

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Locos unable to clinch No. 1 seed

HAMILTON — The Lima Locos were unable to clinch the outright regular season title and the top seed in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs Thursday, falling 4-3 to the Hamilton Joes.The Locos (25-13) will try to clinch the top spot when they play host to the Lexington Hustlers at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Simmons Field. Southern Ohio (20-15) remained alive in the race for the No. 1 spot by defeating Cincinnati 11-3 Thursday.Against the Joes, Lima was led by...

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Wallace Jr. wins Eldora Mudsummer Classic

ROSSBURG — Darrell Wallace Jr.’s inexperience racing on dirt didn’t hinder him Wednesday night as he won the second annual Mudsummer Classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.Wallace said he was still trying to figure out what he was doing driving on Eldora’s clay surface in the final laps Wednesday and credited his strong crew and truck for helping to guide him to victory.“This is awesome,” the Kyle Busch Motor...

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Browns’ Gordon reported to meet with league Aug. 1

CLEVELAND — The Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season.The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.The game-breaking playmaker is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league’s substance abuse ...

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Knouff dominates at junior event

SYDNEY — Emily Knouff had the low 18-hole score of the day in winning the girls 16-18 division with a 70 at the Lima Junior Golf Association - McDonald’s Junior Series Bob Fridley Junior Golf Tournament at Shelby Oaks Golf Club on Thursday.Knouff was a 10-shot winner over Jennifer Mitchell.Austin Brackman won the boys 16-18 division with a 75. Joshah Rager defeated Grant Ricketts in a playoff to claim second after each shot a 76.In the boys 12-13 d...

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Indian Lake soccer practice Aug. 1

The Indian Lake high school boys soccer team will begin mandatory practice Friday, Aug. 1. Practice begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 1230 p.m. Contact coach Jon Shoffstall at or the school at 937-686-9976 for more information.

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Field announced for Coldwater event

COLDWATER — The field and date have been announced for the sixth annual Coldwater Varsity Volleyball Spikeoff Invitational.The invitational will start at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 and the participating teams will be Coldwater, St. Marys, Liberty Benton, Ottawa-Glandorf, Fort Loramie, New Knoxville, Miami East and St. Henry.

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Stewart makes pitch to bring other NASCAR series to Eldora

ROSSBURG — Tony Stewart made a pitch for NASCAR to bring its Sprint Cup and Nationwide series to Eldora Speedway prior to Wednesday’s Mudsummer Classic NASCAR truck race at the half-mile dirt track.Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway, said he wants the NASCAR truck series to continue racing in Rossburg although NASCAR has not committed yet to returning. But he doesn’t want to stop there as he also would like NASCAR ...

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NCAA enforcement director defends investigators

INDIANAPOLIS — Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won’t catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done.Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and “broken,” the NCAA’s top cop fired back by defending his staff’s work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools.Yes, sometimes...

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Editorial: Drones would help ensure prison safety

For many of us, the word “drone” tends to prompt mixed feelings of fascination and worry. But one proposed use for the unmanned aerial vehicles in Ohio makes sense.Officials of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are studying the idea of using drones to monitor state prison yards and fences. The pilot project would occur at the Lebanon Correctional Institution and Warren Correctional Institution in Southwest Ohio.Unlike controversial traffic ...

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Police respond to crash

LIMA — Details were sketchy on an accident that occurred at 11:47 a.m. Thursday as the Lima Police Department continues its investigation.The LPD reported that a two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Market Street and Jameson Avenue and was called into 9-1-1. The accident was not dispatched as an injury accident.In this crash, a commercial cargo van was overturned. The Lima Fire Department provided aid at the scene.The LPD could not provid...

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Ravens’ Rice suspended

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Pal...

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Mother asks for help finding missing son

LIMA — A Lima mother is asking for help locating her missing son, who disappeared July 19.Karen Arnett said she left home at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and she has not seen her son since. His name is Hanz Darby, and he is 16 years old.“I’ve done everything I can think of,” Arnett said.Arnett said her son has used drugs. She found drugs and paraphernalia in his room when she searched it after she discovered him missing. He took bags and c...

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