Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Friday, Aug. 14.
Allen County is no longer on ‘red alert.’ The Ohio Department of Health updated its COVID-19 public health emergency ratings, with Allen County now under a Level 2 or orange emergency. Mercer County reported the highest number of new cases per capita in Ohio for the second consecutive week, extending the county’s red alert for another seven days. Read more.
One of three Columbus-area residents charged with murder in the 2018 shooting death of a St. Marys man pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, with a mandatory three-year sentence on a firearm specification prior to beginning that sentence. Read more.
A second town hall discussion on police reform featured about an hour of Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin fielding questions from community members about hiring practices, investigations, the department’s transparency and the mental health of police officers. The event was organized by the Committee on Racial Justice and Reform. 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.
New and continued jobless claims in Ohio fell for the fourth consecutive week, but there are still nearly twice as many people out of work as there are jobs available, according to the latest Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Means Jobs data. Read more.
In Entertainment, the Midwest Shooting Center in Cridersville will be holding its first car and motorcycle show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Anywhere between 80 and 120 vehicles are expected. Admission is free for spectators and registration is $10 per vehicle for the show. Read more.
In Sports, the Northwest Conference is taking a different approach to crowning a football champion with a tournament type style to accommodate the six-game season. Teams will play three games to seed the tournament. Read more.
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