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Allen County sees bridge progress

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LIMA — Nearly a year ago, Allen County paired up with the Ohio Department of Transportation, building a partnership that would repair roughly 230 bridges throughout Ohio, with a $120 million price tag.As 2014 is nearing it’s end, the Allen County Engineer’s Office and the ODOT District 1 office held a news conference at the newly completed bridge on Lincoln Highway near Gomer, showcasing the work the partnership has completed.“I want to thank ODOT and the governor for doing this program because this is a great program across the state,” Allen County Engineer Tim Piper said.

 

Eastern Shawnee may open resort near Indian Lake

RUSSELLS POINT — Indian Lake residents could be sliding down indoor water slides or swiping their credit cards at a mall in the Indian Lake region soon, as one American Indian tribe has land it’s looking to develop.The potential development is being pursued by the Eastern Shawnee tribe, a tribe that now resides in Oklahoma, which occupied land in Ohio in the 1800s.The tribe purchased 50 acres a few miles from the lake on state Route 235 in 2011 and is looking...

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Allen East teachers fight for salary increase

HARROD — Allen East Local School District teachers love their school and their students, but do not love their pay.Teachers took a zero percent pay raise for three years in a row because they were told the district was going to be hitting hard times finically, said Terri Spencer, a vocal music teacher and chairwoman of the crisis committee.Now, Allen East had a $4.2 million carryover from fiscal year 2014 and teachers feel it is time, Spencer said. If the entire te...

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Vet, author to sign books

OTTAWA — The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa will feature local author Ray Woods at 2 p.m. Thursday.Woods’ book is about his service as a radarman on the USS O’Brien during World War II. Woods survived six major battles during the war.His books will be available for purchase and signing. All are welcome to attend this free program.For information, visit http://mypcdl.org.

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Headapohl Road closed in Auglaize

WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Headapohl Road between Knierim and Kettlersville Roads in Auglaize County will be closed to all traffic until further notice.

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United Way reaches one-fourth of goal

WAPAKONETA — United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director Randy Fisher announced the results of the first month of the organization’s fall campaign on Monday“With only four of our companies reporting as well as our results from other United Way’s, we stand one month in at the $82,000 mark, which puts us at roughly 25 percent of our goal for this year’s campaign,” Fisher said. “We have an outstanding team in the field doing some outstand...

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Gas prices down, rival last week’s 4-year low

LIMA — Gas prices were down across the board this week, with averages hitting lows compared to last week, last month and last year. Most prices also appear to be below $3, rivaling last week’s four-year lows.The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Monday morning in Lima was $2.93, down 1.6 cents from last week’s average of $2.94, according to prices reported by GasBuddy.com. Prices are down from last month’s average of $3.12 as well....

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Social Security workshops to be offered

LIMA — Eikenberry Retirement Planning is hosting two free informational workshops on Social Security for baby boomers in November.Each workshop will last an hour and both are designed for those nearing retirement or who have recently retired.The workshops will be on Nov. 6 and Nov. 11 starting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on South Leonard Avenue.“We are holding this free educational seminar because so many retirees and those nearing retirement age ...

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Browns’ Pettine says Hoyer “firmly our starter”

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine brought a shovel to work, not a sledge hammer.While disappointed in his team’s overall effort in an ugly 24-6 loss at Jacksonville on Sunday, Pettine is not planning to bench starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel.“Brian is still firmly our starter,” Pettine said.Firmly, as in, for now.Hoyer had his worst game with Cleveland, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards a...

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Constant cough is hard to diagnose

Barley Boy was one of the lucky few older dogs at the local animal control facility. He was adopted. It was estimated that he was about 9 years old, and the guess was he was a mixed breed terrier. His new family has been caring for him for almost four months and he fits in very well in his new digs.He does have one ongoing problem though — one that he cannot seem to shake. His caretakers are not only frustrated but worried a bit as well. Barley Boy, aka BB, has a persistent c...

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AP Ohio High School Football Poll

AP Ohio High School Football Poll

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Births

Lima Memorial Health SystemOct. 17 — Tiffany and Ross Unverferth, Fort Jennings, boy.Oct. 18 — Paige and Dillan Schulze, St. Henry, girl.St. Rita’s Medical CenterOct. 14 — Brittany Casto and Robert Gault, Kenton, girl.Oct. 15 — Meghan Cook and Cody Bercaw, Lima, girl; Kassondra Dunnigan and Anthony G. Napier ...

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Former Lima attorney facing felony charges

LIMA — A disbarred local attorney whose gambling addiction led to the loss of his law license has pleaded not guilty to six felony charges connected to reported thefts from his elderly aunt, disabled nephew and others.Stephen Becker, 64, entered a written plea of not guilty earlier this month to theft from an elderly person, a first-degree felony; two counts of theft, one a fourth-degree felony and the other a fifth-degree felony; theft from a disabled adult, a third-degree f...

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Trial pushed back in 2009 murder case

LIMA — The trial date for a man charged in a 2009 slaying was pushed back Monday to April 20 after the defendant’s attorneys said they needed more time to prepare a defense.Markelus Carter, 46, agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial for a second time while his attorneys continued to prepare his case for trial. He was scheduled to stand trial next month but his attorneys said they still had a lot of work to do.Carter agreed and waived his right. Carter is...

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Wapak begins Red Ribbon Week

WAPAKONETA — Raise your hand if you think drugs are bad, Dan Kirk said to Wapakoneta Elementary School students. Every hand was raised. Raise your hand if you think drugs are good, Kirk said. Only a few hands went up, that quickly went down when the students realized they were in the minority.Wapakoneta kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Monday with a performance by Kirk, an entertainer and speaker also known as The Juggler With The Yellow Shoes. Kirk uses entertainment to get stu...

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Police calls

200 block of South Cole Street, Lima — A woman reported Sunday a sex crime occurred.708 N. Baxter St., Lima — A man called police Sunday to report finding an item on his porch.1500 S. Central Ave., Lima — A man reported Sunday another person sucker punched him.505 W. Market St., Lima — Police were called Sunday to a store where a woman stole deodorant....

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Meyer doesn’t want OSU to be satisfied

COLUMBUS – The J.T. Barrett bandwagon is rolling along, but there is one important person who hasn’t purchased his ticket yet.Ohio State’s redshirt freshman quarterback was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday after throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 107 yards and two TDs in a 56-17 win over Rutgers.It was the second time Barrett has been named Player of the Week and the fourth ti...

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Giants-Royals: A capsule look at World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals:———Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, Sunday, Oct. 26, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 6, Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 7, Wedne...

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