Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Thursday, Nov. 19.
Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, has been re-elected as Speaker of the Ohio House. Cupp originally had been voted into the House’s top seat at the end of July following the release of federal racketeering charges against then-Speaker Larry Householder, who was ousted from the role. As of Wednesday, Cupp will also hold the seat during Ohio’s 134th General Assembly to begin in 2021 after being selected by the state’s Republican Caucus. Read more.
Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to impose a 10 p.m. curfew starting Thursday was welcome news for the hospitality industry, which feared a targeted shutdown of bars, restaurants and gyms would upend the livelihoods of small business owners and hospitality workers with no guarantee of federal aid or enhanced unemployment. For public health experts, the decision was confusing. Ohio already had a curfew for bars and liquor establishments, and a Kent State professor said there is little evidence to support the curfew. 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.
Lightsource bp held a public information meeting Wednesday night to go over their plans for a solar farm in parts of Allen and Auglaize counties. Dozens of people turned out to find out about the project, most of them in opposition to it. Read more.
The Lima Mall celebrated its 55th birthday Wednesday by dedicated its newly remodeled entrance. Mall manager Chris Garlock is looking for a strong holiday season there. Read more.
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