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Photos from the Allen County Fair

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Check out photos from Wednesday at the Allen County Fair.


Harimo-cho students visit

LIMA — Visitors from Lima’s sister city, Harima-cho, Japan, began their six-day trip to Lima with, among other activities, a visit to North Middle School.Five students and six adults flew in Wednesday night, according to Sandra Liechty, co-chair of the Japan Committee of the Lima Sister City Association. The group will visit a variety of places in Lima, including Alter Ego Comic Book Shop, Rhodes State College, St. Rita’s Medical Center and the Allen County Museum...

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One dead after Hardin County crash

HARDIN COUNTY — A Wednesday night crash left one dead in Roundhead Township, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.At 9:01 p.m., 911 operators received a call reporting the crash in the 18000 block of state Route 117. Prior to the crash, Danielle Danieu, of Hardin County, was backing a commercial vehicle into a private drive when the trailer was struck by Bernard Hughes, of Lakeview, who was traveling south at the time of the crash.Hughes was pronou...

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Crash that killed 2 under prosecutor’s review

OTTAWA — A prosecutor continues to review the investigation against a former village councilman involved in a crash that killed two women in June.No charges have been filed against Alan “Jeff” Ducey, but the Ohio State Highway Patrol has turned the case over to the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office for a decision. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said Thursday the case remains under review.The crash happened June 6 on state Route 65...

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Pandora resident to compete in national competition

LIMA — The top three winners of the 2014 Technician Competition, held by the Ohio Trucking Association, will be going to the National Technician Competition Skills Competition in Florida.James Kirtley, of Fountain City, Indiana, with Petro-New Paris, was the grand champion, Travis Buff, of Bradford, with Stoops Freightliner, won second place and Zac Basinger, of Pandora, with Garner Transportation Group, won third.The national competition will be held at The Walt D...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, from the Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office.1000 block of Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima – A woman reported Sunday someone stole her medicine out of her purse, which was inside her truck.1500 block of Deerfield Drive, Lima – A woman reported Sunday her son was unruly.2000 block of North Cable Road, Lima – A woman reported Sunday another person threatened her.17...

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From our readers

Debbie Converse, Elida | Submitted photoDebbie Converse planted zucchini, onions, melons, peppers, carrots and three kinds of lettuce and tomatoes in her garden, using raised bed to play everything except tomatoes from seeds. She also had a special section just for strawberries. Share your photos at

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Jordan to participate in online Google hangout

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will participate in a Google hangout at 7 p.m. Thursday along with Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, a political advocacy group for the millennial generation.During the hangout, Jordan will discuss the U.S. economy, national debt and civil liberties issues while taking questions from watch parties in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Questions can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #GenOppChat....

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Applications for absentee ballots on the way

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that absentee ballot applications for this November’s election will be mailed later this month, scheduled to arrive in Ohio voters’ mailboxes around Labor Day.The application can be completed and returned to the voter’s county board of elections. Once the ballot is mailed, voters would have four weeks to fill out the ballot and mail it to or drop it off at the local board of elections, with a final ...

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Putnam sheriff gets grants for vests, operations

OTTAWA — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recently received nearly $8,800 in grants from the Department of Justice Bullet Proof Vest program. This grant money will reimburse the department for up to 50 percent of the cost of new vests ordered within the next two years.“We’ve got a deputy here who is wearing another officer’s expired vest right now,” grant administrator Staci Schroeder said. “They expire after seven years. So we’ll d...

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State Supreme Court judge to visit fair

LIMA — The Allen County Republican Party has announced that Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French will make an appearance at 4 p.m. Friday at the Allen County Fair.French will be visiting with voters at the Republican Building, located on the midway just north of the grandstands.

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Magic in the Moonlight – PG-13

The Story“Maybe she’s the real thing,” says magician Howard (Simon McBurney) to skeptical illusionist Stanley (Colin Firth). “There’s no such thing as ‘the real thing,’” says Stanley, “they’re all phonies.” Howard and Stanley are talking about Sophie Baker (Emma Stone), a young psychic from Michigan, whom Howard has sought to debunk. That’s the setup for Woody Allen’s romantic comedy.Will Stanl...

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Commissioners shut down booking Memorial Hall

LIMA — Memorial Hall has been ordered to no longer accept contracts for rentals or leases for the space, as voted by Allen County commissioners.The Civic Center's Board is now directed to “manage rentals on the book at a different location,” according to Commissioner Jay Begg.The commissioners cited safety concerns as their top concern with the facility, followed by the cost to keep it operational.The county-owned facility will recieve a form...

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George Will: Fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.

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Letter: Suicide is preventable

Robin Williams was brilliant, at once a great comedian and a talented actor.He expressed, through his many roles, intelligence, innocence, kindness, compassion and so much humor; traits we all admire. How could someone who enjoyed such admiration and acclaim die by suicide?There are many lessons we can learn from Williams’ tragic death; one of them is that depression is a real biological disease and it can be lethal. Suicide takes twice as many lives as homicide ea...

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rick Perry’s indictment: The real abuse

AUG. 18 — “All politics is local” was the classic phrase coined by Byron Price, bureau chief for The Associated Press in Washington in 1932. In Texas, an embattled Democrat county prosecutor has convinced a Travis County grand jury that “All politics is criminal.”Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the departing Republican governor who’s exploring another presidential bid, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power. He’s accused of vetoing $7.5...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ghana not so golden: Government salaries threaten economic growth

AUG. 19 — Ghana, a country of 27 million on the west coast of Africa, called the Gold Coast when it was a British colony, has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.Government employee pay, which ate up 70 percent of government revenues in 2012, may now be threatening Ghana’s status. Its economy had averaged an impressive 6 percent growth in recent years, achieving 4.4 percent last year.However, earlier this mo...

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Ohio State’s McMillan knows about big expectations

COLUMBUS – Before the 5-star ratings from the recruiting analysts, before Ohio State won the battle to sign him, Raekwon McMillan was a highly anticipated athlete.McMillan, a freshman from Hinesville, Ga., was regarded as the top high school linebacker in the country when he signed with Ohio State and enrolled early in January.Middle linebacker has not been a position of strength lately for Ohio State. From the moment McMillan signed with OSU, there has been specul...

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