Several updates to The Lima News are being introduced this week, the most noticeable being the move to a two-section newspaper on Mondays and Tuesdays.
That’s why I’m not in my usual home today on Page 2. But you found me, and I trust it wasn’t all that difficult.
What you also will find is we’ve added some new content, subtracted a few features and shifted other content to different pages.
Before any of these changes were made, we consulted with readers. More than 400 of you told us your likes and dislikes. We appreciate the input and it influenced our decisions.
Many of you mentioned you hoped to see a more diverse commentary on our Opinion page. We’ve already made a push to include more local guest columns. In addition, we’re adding Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts to our stable of national columnists which include George Will, Cal Thomas, Kathleen Parker, Jennifer Flowers, Trudy Ruben and Michael Reagan.
Those of you who enjoy the comics and puzzles will find them slightly bigger and easier to read. The Dilbert comic strip is returning and Pluggers will once again lead the Sunday Comics section.
Going by the wayside will be one of the two crossword puzzles we had been publishing, the horoscope and several comics.
What hasn’t changed — most importantly — is The Lima News’ commitment to providing you with a newspaper and website (LimaOhio.com) that keeps you informed about local and national events, provides analysis, and touches your heart with good human interest stories and photography.
ROSES AND THORNS: There will be no littering in the rose garden now that Mary’s walking the beat.
Rose: To Mary Williamson, president of Northwest Perry Township Neighborhood Association. When people started dumping trash in her neighborhood recently, she noted, “We have worked hard since 1991 to clean up this area. Now people are trying to treat us as if we’re some kind of dump. If I catch ‘em at it, there will really be a story.”
Rose: To Todd Wolfrum, who is running in the May Republican Primary against incumbent Congressman Bob Latta. Wolfrum walked 1,000 miles over 150 days during the winter to get his message out.
Rose: To Ryan Downard, a 2006 Shawnee High School graduate. He left his job as a safeties coach for the Bowling Green State University football team to work for the Green Bay Packers as a defensive quality control coach.
Rose: To Cameron and Rachael Staley, who were chosen from among the Jefferson Award winners to represent the region at the Washington D.C. banquet.
Thorn: In a span of days, we have a man (we won’t use the term father) in Kenton on trial for trying to get family members to kill his estranged wife, and in Lima we have a woman (we won’t call her a mother) in court for allowing her children to be used in a sex trafficking operation.
PARTING SHOT: May the roof above you never fall in, and those gathered beneath it never fall out.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.