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LIMA — Parents of students at many area school districts learned about a two-hour fog delay from text alerts Thursday morning.Unfortunately, they weren’t quite as informed when districts decided the lingering fog was too thick for safe travel. They missed that jiggle in their pocket, as an issue with the most popular carrier in the region nixed that message.“We do have a strong following with our e-text alerts, so there was some confusion at first,” said Nick Verhoff, superintendent at Columbus Grove schools in Putnam County. “The students and parents had to find other ways to get this information.”


Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Auglaize County parks levy

On Nov. 4 Auglaize County voters should take the opportunity to approve a very important issue for the county.The Heritage Trails Park District is asking for approval of a 0.6 mill levy for seven years to help maintain and develop parks, programs, and natural areas in the whole of Auglaize County. For a modest cost, outdoor recreation opportunities, for all ages can be substantially increased for all areas of the county with the passage of this levy.The recent “Wal...

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Seattle Times: FCC right to scrutinize exorbitant prison phone fees

OCT. 21, 2014 — One out of 28 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison or jail, a rate so astonishing, and growing, that “Sesame Street” felt the need to add a fuzzy little blue-haired character, Alex, to talk about his locked-up dad.Keeping the Alexes of the nation — 2.7 million children — connected with an incarcerated parent is vital. Maintaining family bonds between inmates and their kin has been shown to be one of the best ways of reducing reci...

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Letter: Lima Lantern Tour was a success

Recently, my husband and I, along with some friends, bought tickets for the first time to the Lima Lantern Tour downtown. I saw it advertised on Downtown Lima’s Facebook page and decided it would be fun to try out.What a great tour it was.Our group of about 35 people departed from Lima’s Premier Paint and Sip and walked to various buildings around town to learn about the history and legends of downtown Lima. Our tour guide, Bob Cook, was very informative and ...

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Jon Husted deserves another term as Ohio secretary of state

Jon Husted kept his promise after the 2010 election.Husted promised the state of Ohio that he would clean up corrupt boards of elections in Ohio.I live in Putnam County and we were in such turmoil and were only ranked eighth from the bottom; now Putnam County is in the top 10. Husted took his time, studied and checked all facts, and fired members who grossly abused Sunshine Laws and power. Husted has cleaned up the 88 boards of elections and has improved the integrity of...

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Letter: Lawmakers, governor killing schools

If Elida’s need for a school levy was the result of a mismanaged school system, exorbitant facilities or outlandish salaries, I would be the first in line to vote “no.” However, that is hardly the case.The “cause” of our school’s monetary shortfall is the Ohio Department of Education, self-serving state representatives, and a governor who are recklessly driving two separate, taxpayer-funded school systems — namely, the highly managed, accou...

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Proposed Indian resorts merits scrutiny

I don’t feel it would be advantageous to allow the land for the resort to be redistricted as Indian territory without first looking at the ramifications that might ensue from the tax laws.It wouldn’t be an advantage to build an Indian resort in Ohio if it takes business and taxes from our federal, state and local agencies. I’m sure they will want to build a casino in this resort and that could remove tax dollars from both state and federal funds. This would result...

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Bluffton’s Moorer nationally honored

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University freshman Ollie Moorer has been named to the Team of the Week following his record-setting fourth quarter at Earlham on Saturday. It marks the second time in two weeks that a Beaver has secured the award.Senior Brad Swavel was the first Bluffton player to be recognized on the D3Football Team of the Week after he finished with nine tackles to go along with an interception, a forced fumble, a breakup and a fumble recovery in Bluffton...

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Celina slips past St. Marys

ELIDA — It would be safe to assume there were no secrets between Celina and St. Marys in Thursday’s Division II district championship boys soccer game at Elida.During the regular season, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.Thursday’s contest wasn’t much different.A Celina goal, a little more than four minutes into the contest, was all the Bulldogs needed to knock off the Western Buckeye League champions, 1-0.Celina held St. Ma...

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O-G, Grove ousted

KALIDA — Volleyball is all about getting the ball in the right place at the right time that allows a team to make those little three and four point runs.Liberty-Benton (21-4) was able to do that and Ottawa-Glandorf wasn’t, and the result was a 3-1 win for the Eagles in Division III district semifinal action Thursday night.The Titans were tied 17-17 in the first game before they ran off three straight points to go up 20-17. But, L-B answered with an 8-2 run to...

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World Series moves to quirky San Francisco park

SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Hosmer loaded up, launched a long fly and watched it sail toward McCovey Cove. Way out there in right field, near the 421-foot mark, the ball bonked off the brick wall.No splash shot.“We were definitely trying to hit ‘em,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “We took turns trying, but no one did.”Even so, Hosmer liked what he saw during a workout Thursday as many Royals got their first look at San Franci...

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Security breakdown

LIMA — An inmate who witnessed the escape of three other inmates from Oakwood correctional facility last month said the plan was long in the works and being crafted in front of staff.The inmate, who did not want his name used, said he lived side by side for the past year in the same housing unit as Chardon High School killer Thomas “T.J.” Lane, Clifford Opperud and Lindsey Bruce. About a year ago, he said, Opperud and Lane became “lovers.”&#...

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Candidate speak at legislative forum

LIMA — Potential judges, state representatives, treasurers, congressmen, along with the unopposed, shared their five minutes of political summaries at a legislative reception at the City Club Thursday.“It’s an opportunity to have all of us get to know each candidate and issues important to their platform,” Brian Young, of Time Warner Cable, said.Jim Jordan, current U.S. Representative of Ohio District 4, said if he is re-elected, he will continue ...

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Healthcare is headache for small businesses

LIMA — Small business owners and employees have to juggle a lot of different roles, and for Tim DeHaven, the Affordable Care Act only adds one more thing for him to do.DeHaven owns DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace in Lima and said the Affordable Care Act “somewhat confused” the way he offers healthcare to his employees.“These new laws are not really fair because poor people end up on a better end of the spectrum than people working who have a job...

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Dinosaurs invade Allen County Fairgrounds

LIMA — It will be a journey into the distant past this weekend at the Allen County Fairgrounds at Discover the Dinosaurs, produced by Blue Star Productions.“This is a touring dinosaur exhibit for kids,” Blue Star marketing manager Eric Dornfeld said. “We have a walk-through exhibit with predominantly animatronic dinosaurs from throughout the dinosaur era.”While families will be able to enjoy active, life-like dinosaurs in the indoor exhibit,...

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Youth Theatre goes political at Encore

LIMA — A political shakeup is coming this weekend to Encore Theatre in the McDonald’s Youth Theatre musical production of “The Kid Who Ran for President,” starting at 7 p.m. today and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.“The premise is that the main character, Judd Moon, has a friend, Lane, who talks him into running for president,” director Cheryl Mulholland said. “Lane is very smart and thinks after watching political news that kids cou...

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Glandorf celebrates St. Bonifest

GLANDORF — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will celebrate St. Bonifest from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the parish center.“The community really supports us,” organizer Patty Arnold said. “We really have a close community here in Glandorf, but this event is open to anyone.”Taking its name from St. Boniface, the festival opens with a 4 p.m. Mass, with beef and pork dinners following at 5 p.m. — $8 for adults and $4 for children 1...

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Lima Senior hall members meet with students

LIMA — “Is Lima Senior still the best high school in Ohio?”The students cheered in response to Command Sgt. Maj. Clifton Johnson, one of the nine new members of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Johnson and the other inductees held a panel discussion with students Thursday in the high school auditorium.“I’ve always had great admiration for those who have been in the Lima City Schools Hall of Fame, and to be considered amo...

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