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Jury finds Lima man guilty of rape, sexual battery

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LIMA — After just over an hour of deliberation Thursday, a jury trial found a Lima man guilty of five counts of sexual battery and 10 counts of rape for events occurring to two victims over the course of a decade.

Metcalf Street bridge to get weight restriction

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LIMA — Due to deterioration caused by traffic-related wear and tear, one of Allen County’s most recognizable bridges will now have a weight restriction after the county commissioners approved a measure Thursday.

Lima celebrates as it unveils fitness court

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LIMA — Mayor Sharetta Smith called Lima blessed as she cut the ribbon at the city’s new fitness court along the Ottawa River bikeway.

DeWine calls special session to pass legislation ensuring Biden’s on ballot

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that he is calling a rare special session of the General Assembly next week to pass legislation ensuring that President Joe Biden is on the state’s 2024 ballot.

Husted in Lima to discuss school cell phone bans

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LIMA — As area educators met with Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday, there was a general consensus in the room that the newly signed legislation calling on schools to create policies to limit or ban cell phone use by students is a good thing.

Mercy Health-St. Rita’s continues Sisters’ mission

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LIMA — More than 100 years ago, the Sisters of Mercy opened St. Rita’s during the Pandemic Flu.

Norfolk Southern will pay $15 million fine over Ohio derailment

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The federal government agreed to a modest $15 million fine for Norfolk Southern over last year’s disastrous derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and the railroad promised to pay more than $300 million to complete the efforts to improve safety that it announced after the crash and address community health concerns.

Memorial Day travel jams could be much worse

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You didn’t think summer travel would be easy, did you?

Baseball: Leipsic earns District title matchup with Patrick Henry

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HAMLER — Through six no-hit innings on Wednesday afternoon, Lincolnview starter Luke Bollenbacher was in complete control and Leipsic’s offense looked dead-to-rights.