Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Thursday, Sept. 10.
Lima Mayor David Berger announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2021. Berger is Lima’s longest serving mayor and will have 32 years in office when his term ends. Community leaders shared their memories of the successes and failures under Berger over the years. Read more.
Donald Trump Jr.’s appeared in Lima on Wednesday for his second visit in three years. It comes just as the political season ramps up, and his brand of conservative political humor and alarmist rhetoric often got the crowd cheering as he moved through his talking points, slamming liberal policies and politicians while playing up his father’s accomplishments in office. 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.
Early contact tracing efforts by the Putnam County Health Department suggest that students who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the first several weeks of the new school year are primarily contracting the virus from parents and other interactions outside of school, rather than in the classroom. Putnam County has seen its case counts rise rapidly in recent weeks, as the county was elevated to a Level 3 or Red Public Health Emergency last Thursday and now claims the highest number of new cases per capita in Ohio at 301.2 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks, as of Monday. Read more.
Calling meth the “hot ticket in Lima right now,” a member of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force on Wednesday gave members of the Lima Noon Optimist Club a peek behind the curtain of illegal drug activity in Allen County. Holding packets of methamphetamine, which he said comes to Lima by way of Dayton, as well as crack and powder cocaine predominately coming in from Detroit, Detective Mike Haines talked at length about the process of ferreting out drug dealers and bringing them to justice. Read more.
In Sports, new Ohio High School Athletic Association executive director Doug Ute believes there is a reasonably good chance the fall high school sports season can be completed. Ute described himself as “pretty confident” and “pretty optimistic” the regular season and the postseason for fall sports will be able to finish their revised schedules and tournaments. And he said that unless there is a spike in coronavirus rates it is possible winter sports can begin around the time they normally do. Read more.
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