Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Friday, Aug. 7.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday he tested positive for the coronavirus. He said it’s a reminder that anyone can get the virus. The 73-year-old governor said he didn’t know how he contracted the coronavirus and that he’s already been spending much of his time at his farm, keeping his distance from family members and staff. Read more.
Mercer County is now the epicenter of Ohio’s COVID-19 outbreak. The county reported 119 new cases in the last two weeks, elevating Mercer County to a Level 3 Public Health Emergency. Read more.
Lima Mayor David Berger spoke Thursday about how he believes presidential candidate Joe Biden’s proposed plan to re-energize the manufacturing industry amid increasing globalization would help the Lima region. Read more.
Today’s podcast is sponsored by Fat Jack’s Pizza. Fat Jack’s Pizza dining rooms are now open at two locations, on Spencerville Road and on West Street in Lima, and carryout only at the Findlay Road location. Their combination subs are back, for only $5.75. Fat Jacks, celebrating 45 years as Limaland’s favorite pizza.
Roger Brown, who police say started a fire at the Family Promise transitional home in Lima, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated arson on Thursday. Read more.
Ottawa’s Daniel Salazar accepted a plea agreement that could send him off to prison for up to eight years. He accepted a two-charge plea of sexual battery and engaging in sexual conduct with a minor. Read more.
Two of the four young Lima residents accused of robbing a man at a Brower Road apartment complex last September were sentenced Thursday in a Lima courtroom. Read more.
Allen County commissioners approved the launch of a new county program Thursday morning meant to distribute $200,000 in CARES Act dollars to small businesses that have not been able to access PPP loans in the past. Read more.
In Sports, Jim Naveau explains how college football at Ohio State looks different this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
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