Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Friday, Oct. 23.
Putnam County reached a new milestone Thursday as the rate of new COVID-19 cases is now five-and-a-half times higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for high-incidence counties, reaching 549 new cases per 100,000 people identified in the last two weeks. Putnam, Auglaize, Mercer and Allen counties are now the epicenter of Ohio’s latest surge. Read more.
Allen County Commissioners closed on the $175,000 purchase of a building at 417 N. West St. Thursday, and they are now taking the steps to advertise for the chief public defender position. Joe Patton, president of the county’s public defender’s commission, said after the county hires the public defender, subsequent roles will be defined and hired to fill out the remaining 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.
Tobe Drew and his bride-to-be Mycala are causing a stir in Putnam County, renovating a former church to play up their interest in gothic and the macabre. There are also concerns about a planned Halloween wedding that will be filmed to appear on streaming services. Read more.
Putnam County voters have a number of local levies also on the ballot this year. Usually used to pay for improvements on local infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, or to fund small rural fire departments, local governments rely on levies to keep their public services from drying up. Read more.
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