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Can you believe it?Another page of the calendar has turned and it is August already. Before we know it, summer will be over.What happened to all those things we promised we’d do. The trips we would take. The fun?Relax. The end of summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. Ohio has a lot of cool places to visit that are less than a tank of gas away. There’s no reason you should let the end of summer be a bummer.Below are 10 ideas for places to visit:OHIO CAVERNS:Miles from Lima: 45


Four departments respond to church fire

McCOMB — Four fire departments responded to a fire at a church Friday in McComb.According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, a call came in at 5:34 p.m. of a fire at the McComb United Methodist Church, 204 S. High St. The McComb Fire Department arrived three minutes later to begin attacking the blaze. During the attempt to put out the fire, McComb called for mutual aid from the Allen Township Fire Department, the Liberty Township Fire Department and the Findlay...

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Crushin’ it

LIMA — Making it big in the music industry is the dream of every band starting up in a garage or basement, and for local country band Nashville Crush, that dream is on its way to becoming a reality.“We started playing together in 2009 with the goal of playing festivals, fairs and beer clubs,” lead singer Brad Wright said. “At that point, we just wanted to make some extra money and have fun playing music and doing something different than what other people in...

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Landowner claims county engineers ruined her property

LIMA — Eighty-six year-old Lucille Wauben has been fighting the county engineers for 16 years.Wauben has stacks of photos and a notebook full of names and dates detailing everything that happened since she signed an easement in 1995 allowing the county to build a bridge on the road in front of her property. Since, Wauben said, mistakes made when the county was building the bridge has ruined her property.“Never sign an easement,” Wauben said, explaining ...

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Kasich to visit Lima next week

LIMA — When Allen County Republicans kick off the start of their reelection efforts for the November campaign, the top man in their party will be in town to help.Local GOP Chairman Keith Cheney announced Friday Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be in town for the Aug. 8 event scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Wannemacher Total Logistics at 400 E. Hanthorn Road. The governor will address the crowd at noon, Cheney said.“We’re anxiously waiting the governor’s mes...

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Business re-opening commemorates success

LIMA — The grand re-opening of Maynard’s Consign and Design Fine Furnishings Friday was a celebration of success amid challenges.Christina Maynard’s new downtown location opened July 7. Her store offers a variety of furniture, paintings, dishes, candles and more. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable, one that allows for peaceful, slow browsing of Maynard’s wide selection of items.Maynard was hoping to move downtown anyway when a pipe froze l...

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Pastor arrested in prostitution sting, again

LIMA — A local pastor caught for the second time in a prostitution sting arrived at a local motel with condoms and the exact amount of cash a woman posing as a teenage girl requested.Pastor Ron Fails of Grace Church World Wide Ministries was charged this week with soliciting, a misdemeanor for a June 18 incident. Fails was taken into custody at a local motel the FBI Violent Crime Against Children Task Force used for the sting, said Sgt. Dave Gillispie of the Lima Police Depar...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 12:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office.Vine Street and Prospect Avenue, Lima – An officer arrested a 49-year-old man Sunday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. An officer found drug paraphernalia in the car.Fourth Street and McClain Road, Lima – An officer responding to a crash Sunday found one of the people involved was intoxicated. The man was arrested.Metcalf a...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemJuly 31 — Kami and Eric Smith, Lima, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterJuly 30 — Jena Kohli and Daniel Morlock, Wapakoneta, girl; Summer Moore and Shane Rogers, Lima, boy.July 31 — Victoria Roeder and Dane Cope, Lima, girl; Kristin and Justin Lenhart, Cridersville, boy; Jamie Reynolds and Ty Kuhns, Cridersville, girl.

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Lifestyle: 10 ideas for a last-minute summer trip / Page 3BNational, World news / Pages 4-8B

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Ohio public the loser

A recent Ohio appeals-court ruling that cruiser dash-camera videos are confidential “investigatory materials,” rather than open public records, threatens Ohioans’ ability to monitor police and defend against abuse.This decision is no favor to law-enforcement officers, either. They often rely upon these videos to prove they behaved professionally and even heroically under difficult circumstances.For these reasons, police agencies would be wise to promptl...

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Lucy – R

The Story“Time is the only true measure. Without time,” says Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), “we don’t exist.” “Time is eternity,” says Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), confirming Lucy’s existential pronouncement. CPN-4, an incredibly potent synthetic chemical, has been released into Lucy’s body. As a result, she will soon be using 100 percent of her “cerebral capacity” and, says neuro-researcher Professor Norman, ̶...

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Carl Leubsdorf: Threats of impeachment all too common since Nixon left office

Forty years after the Watergate scandal forced President Richard Nixon to resign or face certain impeachment and conviction, Washington’s increasing partisanship too often leads to politicians threatening to go there.The consensus in 1974 was that the House Judiciary Committee’s careful, bipartisan proceedings set so high a standard for the future that presidential impeachment efforts would remain extremely rare.Instead, the Nixon impeachment has led to more ...

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Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let’s not even get into Mitt Romney’s wholesale slander of the so-called “47 percent.”

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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 MARYS25th annual Summer ArtfestMonday through Aug. 10St. Marys Community Public LibraryEnjoy some of the region’s best art in a ...

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Lima Live brings music, activities to downtown

LIMA — There may not be a Square Fair this year, but there will still be plenty of reasons to come downtown this weekend with Lima Live, hosted by the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima.“It’s going to be a full weekend,” council member Bart Mills said. “On Friday night, there will be music by The Conspiracy Band here for Rally in the Square at ArtSpace/Lima. They’re a really great band with a full horn section. On Saturday morning, we’ll ...

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A little taste of Nashville in Ottawa

OTTAWA — The address may be Ottawa, Ohio, but it will feel more like Nashville, Tennessee, today in downtown Ottawa as the Ottawa-Glandorf Rotary Club hosts presents the Little Nashville festival.“We usually have the Party in the Park out here, and that’s been falling apart lately, so the Rotary Club said we should do this,” club member Tom Rosenbauer said. “We said, ‘Let’s just make all the bars play country-related music,’ and we go...

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