Today’s Lima News Daily Briefing


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Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Sunday, Nov. 29.

Some of Santa’s favorite haunts are closed for the season due to the pandemic, to the dismay of young children anxious to visit with the Jolly Fat Man. In most cases even if Santa does make an appearance, there will be none of the intimate lap sessions that traditionally make baby’s first Christmas one for the scrapbooks and photo albums. Fraternal, veteran and civic organizations that annually host Christmas programs for children have largely abandoned those plans amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Northwest Ohio, admirably choosing safety over sentimentality even when such decisions can be gut-wrenching. Read more.

Since October, there have been at least 17 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Allen County; 22 deaths in Putnam County; 18 deaths in Auglaize County and at least nine such deaths in Van Wert County, which went four months without a single COVID-19-related death, according to Ohio Department of Health records. 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.

Saturday was Small Business Saturday a chance for local retailers to promote what they have to offer. In our area, Wapakoneta and Bluffton have thriving downtowns while Lima’s downtown has the potential of becoming something more than it is. Read more.

Lima bargain-hunters waited in line, some for as long as two hours, to check out the offerings at the Ohio Theatre’s Avante Garage Sale on Saturday. The neon beer signs were sold out quickly. Read more.

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