Not a chance.
That’s your grade scale. Now ask yourself what you think the possibility is of the following things happening sometime this year:
• Former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish finally going to trial on corruption charges.
• Rhodes State College breaking ground for a downtown campus.
• The Lima Mall undergoing a major renovation.
Are there any “likely” votes out there? How about a “possibly?”
I would like to see all three things happen this year. Each is long overdue. However, when I go to mark down my answers, I end up with the same thought: Donald Trump will build the wall — and Mexico will pay for it — before any of those three things happen.
That’s pretty sad.
Especially upsetting is the Crish situation.
Agents from the FBI entered Crish’s office Sept. 7, 2016, setting off a chain of events that led to the sheriff’s resignation and indictment for extortion, soliciting bribes and lying to investigators.
Two years, 3 months and 7 days have gone by since that raid and there’s still no trial. It’s as if federal prosecutors and the FBI have teamed up to form the Forgetful Bureau of Investigation. There has been no sense of urgency in proving guilt or innocence. And this month we learn the lead prosecutor on the case was recently assigned to another district, meaning a new prosecutor will be in charge of the case. Yes, the wheels of justice do turn slowly.
On to Rhodes State:
The roughly $20 million project that aims to bring 500 students into Lima’s downtown has been on the college’s agenda since 2014. It’s now been bogged down with delays going on five years.
Rhodes State President Debra McCurdy first said it would be completed by the end of 2017 and has since moved that date back to the fall of 2020. Groundbreaking was supposed to happen last year only to be pushed back to December of this year. Meanwhile, McCurdy has accepted a new job in Baltimore and the school finds itself looking for another president.
There is good news. All the parcels of land needed for the project have been secured for Rhodes State.
As for The Lima Mall, why should anyone expect a change? It looks the same today as it did in 1972 when I first parked my Corvair there as a high school sophomore searching for a new pair of low-rising bell bottoms. The shopping center badly needs a makeover and some love. This year on a Sunday night two weeks before Christmas, a shopper was hard to find. The good news is The Lima Mall returned to its busy self of old in the final days of the holiday season.
So, we’ll wait and see what happens.
The problem is we’re getting too good at waiting in Lima.
ROSES AND THORNS: A medical study makes its way to the rose garden.
Rose: To LuAnn Lause, 63, of Lima. She is having a hip replacement today and her recovery will be part of a yearlong MyMobility clinical study using an Apple watch and phone app to monitor her recuperation.
Rose: To Wyatt David Clum, the first baby born in Lima in 2019. His parents are Lason and Nikki Clum and he was born at Lima Memorial.
Rose: Robert Bohyer, who turned 94 Sunday, received a surprise visit from Quilts of Valor Foundation officials Friday in his Lima home. The World War II U.S. Air Force veteran was presented with the quilt and a certificate thanking him for his service. Each quilt is formed by loving hands, joining bits of fabric together one piece at a time, according to Nancy McMurtrey, Quilts of Valor Foundation district coordinator for Northern Ohio.
Thorn: Marvin Tincher, 40, of Lima started the new year off right by taking a walk in the area of Lakewood and Glenwood avenues around 5:15 p.m. New Year’s Day, only to be stopped by an armed robber on a bicycle who demanded cash and a cell phone.
Thorn: Not far where from Tincher was robbed, Gloria Deal, 47, of Lima, parked her vehicle at the rear of a residence at 132 N. Woodlawn Ave. around 2 p.m. Thursday. As she exited her vehicle and began to walk toward the residence, she was approached by a man brandishing a handgun who took her purse.
PARTING SHOT: We are not born to wait. We are born to do.
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.