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Rand Paul’s message popular with local GOP

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LIMA — Kentucky senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul had a key message for Allen County Republicans: “To win nationally, we will have to be more diverse.”Paul was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the annual Allen County Republican BBQ and Rally held Tuesday at the University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center.“We will have to listen to people with or without tattoos,” Paul said. “With or without earrings.”Paul said the GOP has always been the party to support citizens’ individual rights. He said now was the time for Republicans to do a better job getting that message across.

 

Board meeting tense

HARROD — The Allen East Local School library was full of teachers and community members, some sporting “We Love Our School” shirts, to support a salary raise for Allen East teachers at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.The meeting became very emotional and those attending became frustrated and spoke over each other as the meeting went on. Most attendees who spoke supported what they feel is a well-deserved pay raise for teachers.Allen East teach...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

DAILY (Tuesday)Pick 3: 0-2-6 day, 4-8-3 nightPick 4: 6-6-7-1 day, 8-8-1-6 nightPick 5: 8-3-5-6-9 day, 9-0-2-8-4 nightRolling Cash 5: 4-6-15-22-36CLASSIC (Monday): 8-11-26-28-35-46KICKER: 240316Jackpot: $7.1 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 20-26-27-36-54Powerball: 19Power Play: 2Jackpot: $110 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 21-31-43-56-60Mega Ball: 12...

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Hall of Fame to induct 9

LIMA — Lima City Schools is preparing to induct nine new members into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, done every three years.The hall of fame serves as a way to honor distinguished graduates, as a way to showcase the quality education that Lima City Schools provides for students, and as a way to give current students role models, said Ben Rose, chair of the hall of fame steering committee.“They can see where the end of the tunnel is sometimes. They can...

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Police: Michigan man ignited self after bank robbery, chase

BLUFFTON — Under the threat of an explosion by a robber, alert bank tellers got enough of a description of the man and his vehicle to lead to his capture 15 minutes later.Brian J. Matheny, 43, entered Chase Bank at 135 S. Main St., at 8:56 a.m., and handed a teller a note threatening an explosion if his demands for money was not met. He was handed an undisclosed amount of money, ran out of the bank and drove away, Bluffton Police Chief Rick Skilliter said.The telle...

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BBB warns of Ebola-related scams

LIMA — The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about several scams related to the Ebola virus.Emails claiming to offer the latest news on the disease have links to malware that carry a computer virus. Also, con artists are soliciting donations for fake charities claiming to aid those with the disease. Another scam involves con artists selling stocks for companies claiming to have either a cure or a means to prevent the disease from spreading.The public is ...

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Candidates meet, speak to Kiwanis

LIMA — Meeting for the first time Tuesday, candidates for the 4th Ohio House District spoke at the Lima Kiwanis meeting as to why they are the most qualified for the seat.Vying to replace state Rep. Matt Huffman, Bob Cupp and Bo Huenke represent different sides of the political stadium, hoping to bring the voice of Allen County to the Statehouse.

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Bluffton reveals Lions Way

BLUFFTON — The $123 million pathway project in Bluffton was revealed to pedestrians, bikers, those in wheel chairs and four-legged friends, Tuesday.The project represents the partnership between the village of Bluffton, the Bluffton Pathway Board, The Bluffton Lions, the Community Foundation and donors from near and far.

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Unemployment rates down in area counties again

LIMA — Unemployment has decreased once again, with September data showing Allen County and other surrounding counties lowered their number of jobless residents, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.Unemployment is down 0.1 percentage point in September compared with August in Allen County. Lima’s rate is in line with the county, as its unemployment rate also decreased by 0.1 percentage point. This change took the city from 5.9 percent un...

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Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help.Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at even higher rates on average than in metropolitan counties. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according ...

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Woman sues doctor in husband’s death

LIMA — The wife of a man who died earlier this year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and other parties involved in his treatment.Donna L. Smith, of Celina, filed the lawsuit in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking more than $25,000. She is the executor of the estate of her husband, Dale Smith.Named as defendants are Dr. Roque Teruel, who the lawsuit said now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, R.E. Te...

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Education Roundup

Local business sponsors Lima gameThe Health Partners of Western Ohio, in partnership with Virtual Technologies Group, is sponsoring Lima Senior High School's last home game of the football season against Toledo Central Catholic on Friday, allowing every Lima student to attend the game for free. A senior night program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and kick-off is at 7 p.m.Tickets will be distributed to students at the end of the week. Kindergartners through six...

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Center for Autism and Dyslexia Honor Roll

The below listed students from The Center for Autism and Dyslexia received all As for the first nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year:Grade 11: Caleb Onnen, Jennifer VioletThe below listed students from The Center for Autism and Dyslexia received all As and Bs for the first nine weeks of the 2014-2015 school year.Grade 6: Jada AustGrade 7: Alisha Bateman, Evan Huffer, Mitchell MolaskeyGrade 8: Bret Bateman, Kayla Boyer, Zechariah Point, K...

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Police seek help in identifying robber

LIMA — Police officials were asking for the public’s help in finding the man who robbed a woman at an ATM on the west side of town.The robbery happened at 10:10 p.m. Friday at the Chase Bank at 750 N. Cable Road. A man approached the car, pressed a stun gun against a person inside the car and shocked the person. He then took money and walked away, said Lima Police Department Maj. Chip Protsman.A passenger tried to chase the man but was unable to catch him, Pr...

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Delphos councilman resigns

DELPHOS — Ohio Public Employees Retirement System retirement policies and regulations are the motive behind the resignation of Delphos City Councilman Kevin Osting.Osting announced his resignation Monday and said it was required that he be resigned from his position by Nov. 30 to further recieve benefits from the system.Osting, as a Republican voter, must have a replacement appointed by the Allen County Republican Party. If no replacement is found, the council may ...

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Grief program planned by agencies

CRIDERSVILLE — A program called Surviving the Holidays presented by Otterbein of Cridersville and Shawnee Alliance Church will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Otterbein of Cridersville, 100 Red Oak Drive.The program, which includes dinner, aims to help those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one.For details or to register, call 419-991-6546.

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Lafayette chicken dinner to be held Election Day

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Jackson Historical Society will sponsor Harlan’s Chicken dinners on Election Day, Nov. 4. The dinners will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the restored Pure Oil Station across from the Veterans Monument in Lafayette.Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased by calling Al Joseph at 419-549-3261 or 419-235-6396. Tickets will also be available during trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Pure Oil Station.

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Moving Ohio Forward, knocking down blighted homes

LIMA — As 109 homes have tumbled down from demolition across the county, the Moving Ohio Forward mission will continue to bring more down.Allen County Treasurer Rachael Gilroy presented the third round of funding for the Moving Ohio Forward grant to the County commissioners on Tuesday. The program, introduced to the state of Ohio in 2012, presented $93 million to the state as a result of a federal settlement from the government and five large lending companies in the U.S. and...

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