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Dying tree brings new life to Pandora park

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PANDORA — Pandora Village Park can soon boast a new addition — an 18-foot-high Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools rocket carved into a dying elm tree.The large elm was dying from disease and treatment costs would be very expensive and would leave no guarantees, Pandora Police Chief Scott Stant said, so the city decided to cut it down.However, when Andrew Davis of Tree Tech started his second day of work on the tree on Friday, he was told to stop cutting and leave the log standing, he said.Stant called Mayor John Schlumbohm and after some discussion, decided to carve the school mascot into the tree, as the tree is close to the school football field.


Editorial: Grim reminder to boat safely

In four words, state watercraft officer Travis Martin summed up the value of life jackets following Sunday’s drowning of a 22-year-old man on Indian Lake.“It floats. You don’t,” said Martin.Some people may have thought Martin’s words were too harsh following such a tragedy, but it was a message that needed to be delivered. Consider that last year, 397 people drowned nationwide following recreational-boating accidents. In 84 percent of the dr...

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McDonald’s Gen Y woes

Where do millennials want to eat lunch?If you are a marketing executive at McDonald’s, this is the question that keeps you up at night.The rest of us have an interest because younger Americans, like members of all generations, make an impact on the culture at large by expressing their tastes. If we may generalize: The millennials (late teens to early 30s) embrace technology and tattoos, helped elect Barack Obama to the presidency twice — and they don’t ...

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Allen East tops Perry in volleyball

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Carly Clum had six aces and eight kills, Kyra Clark had eight kills, Madison Jacob had five digs and Taylor Lloyd had 10 assists for Allen East in the Mustangs’ 3-0 volleyball victory over Perry on Tuesday night.Arlington 3, Bluffton 0BLUFFTON — Kathryn Basinger had six kills and 10 digs and Sidney Joseph had 12 assists for Bluffton.LCC 3, Benjamin Logan 0LIMA — Allie Taylor had 15 kills, Casey Clark had 20 d...

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Allen East wins boys golf quad match

DEFIANCE — Parker Frey shot a 35 for medalist honors in leading Allen East to a quad match victory in boys golf Tuesday at Auglaize Golf Course.The Mustangs finished with a team score of 171 followed by Paulding (189), Spencerville (201) and Ada (234).Bath 153, St. Marys 168LIMA — Evan Hall of Bath was medalist with a 36 at Hawthorne Hills.Van Wert 176, Elida 182VAN WERT — Jimmy Ebeling of Elida was medalist with a 40 at...

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Versatile asset

BLUFFTON – Robbie Stratton couldn’t sleep.So rather than tossing and turning in bed, Robbie and his dad, Jay, went to the Matter Center in Bluffton to throw the football late into the night and fight off the nerves keeping him up.That was prior to Game 6 of the 2011 football season, the night before Stratton, then a freshman, got his first start as the quarterback for the Bluffton High School football team.Since then, Stratton — now a senior ...

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Fast start sets tone for Wapakoneta

WAPAKONETA – Coming into Tuesday’s Western Buckeye League girls soccer matchup with visiting Elida, Wapakoneta had proven it can score.In its five previous games this young season, Wapakoneta outscored its opponents, 38-2.Now, make it 44-3.Five first-half goals set the tone in Tuesday’s contest, as Wapakoneta cruised to a 6-1 victory over Elida at Ryan Field.With the win, Wapakoneta improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the WBL....

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Lee competes his way into OSU lineup

COLUMBUS – Darron Lee accomplished the goal of getting to his dream school. What position he would play could be sorted out later.Lee, a starting linebacker for Ohio State as a redshirt freshman this year, was a quarterback at New Albany High School in suburban Columbus who also played defensive back.The recruiting services said he was a 3-star prospect. Some schools said he could play quarterback for them. His best offers as he prepared for his senior season of hi...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

DAILY (Tuesday)Pick 3: 4-7-8 day, 8-2-1 nightPick 4: 3-5-1-2 day, 1-2-5-8 nightPick 5: 3-6-7-6-5 day, 8-5-7-8-1 nightRolling Cash 5: 5-23-28-30-34CLASSIC (Monday): 3-23-28-30-43-46KICKER: 785342Jackpot: $4.4 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 5-28-31-52-59Powerball: 27Power Play: 2Jackpot: $100 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 3-26-45-58-73Mega Ball: 12...

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The winners: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo Competition

LIMA — The winners of The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo competition were recently announced. Today, the Humor and Action categories appear.PHOTO EXHIBITWHAT: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo CompetitionWHEN: Thursday through end of yearWHERE: Thursday through Sept. 26 at ArtSpace/Lima downtown; after that, St. Rita’s Medical Center High Street Mall Gallery through end of yearONLINE: Visit www.limaohi...

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Shawnee Road bridge to close overnight

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Allen County Engineer’s Office is alerting the public that the Shawnee Road bridge over the Ottawa River will close from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.This temporary closure is necessary to install a storm sewer underneath Shawnee Road. During this closure, no vehicles will be permitted to cross the bridge and will have to find alternate routes.

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Counties, cities having trouble finding salt

LIMA — Allen County Engineer Timothy Piper has begun the process to secure the county’s salt inventory for this upcoming winter.Allen County commissioners approved a resolution allowing Piper to receive bids from salt companies to ensure roads are safe for drivers in case heavy snows blanket streets in the county. The Engineer’s Office will accept sealed bids for either 1,500 tons or 3,000 tons, depending on pricing. The salt will ultimately be stored in the count...

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Van Wert’s Judge Steele to retire in 2015

VAN WERT — Van Wert County will lose the experience of its Common Pleas Court judge, who will be retiring.Judge Charles Steele announced his retirement Tuesday, effective Jan. 1. Steele was appointed to the bench in 1999, by Gov. Robert Taft, was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2012.Steele’s replacement will be appointed by Gov. John Kasich from a list of a of qualified attorneys submitted to the governor by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee....

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Alice Cooper to return to Lima in November after 4-decade absence

LIMA — School will be out for summer at Veterans Memorial Civic Center when Alice Cooper comes to Lima on Nov. 3.Cooper, a pioneer in hard rock music, will make his first appearance in Lima in 45 years. His theatrical brand of hard rock produced such hits as “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Poison.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.Cooper was born in Detroit and spent his high school year...

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Lima law firm changes name, splits from Mansfield office

LIMA — Baran, Piper, Tarkwosky and Fitzgerald changed its name to better reflect the partners and members of in the Lima community, Vice President and Partner Angela Elliott said.The firm, located on West High Street, is now formally called The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese and Van Dyne Co. and the change also comes with an “amicable” split from another office of the previous firm in Mansfield, Elliott said.“For the firm and community, we’re...

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Fort Recovery farm seeks permission to build chicken house

FORT RECOVERY — Paul Fortkamp Farm has submitted Permit to Install and Permit to Operate applications to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, with the intent to install a third chicken house on the property.This third building will complement the existing two, which are used for chicken egg production. The first building is designed to house of 80,400 layers at capacity, while the second building is designed to house 120,600 at capacity. Both buildings are owned by PGF Operati...

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Putnam County court records

Putnam County Common Pleas Court dispositionsAug. 22Mackenzie L. Basham, 20, 1855 N. Cole St., Apt. 71, Lima, was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary. She was given credit for two days served and the sentence was ordered to be served concurrent with an Allen County case. She must pay restitution of $1,000.Aug. 26Shannon M. Peters, Fort Jennings, was granted a divorce from Steven C. Peter...

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Auglaize County Elections Board closed Sept. 11 for meeting

WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Board of Elections will be closed Sept. 11 to attend the District 2 fall meeting. The office will reopen Sept. 12 for regular business hours.For information, contact Director Michelle Wilcox at 419-739-6721.

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