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Dying tree brings new life to Pandora park

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PANDORA — Pandora Village Park can soon boast a new addition — an 18-foot-high Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools rocket carved into a dying elm tree.The large elm was dying from disease and treatment costs would be very expensive and would leave no guarantees, Pandora Police Chief Scott Stant said, so the city decided to cut it down.However, when Andrew Davis of Tree Tech started his second day of work on the tree on Friday, he was told to stop cutting and leave the log standing, he said.Stant called Mayor John Schlumbohm and after some discussion, decided to carve the school mascot into the tree, as the tree is close to the school football field.


The winners: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo Competition

LIMA — The winners of The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo competition were recently announced. Today, the Humor and Action categories appear.PHOTO EXHIBITWHAT: The Lima News’ 18th annual Amateur Photo CompetitionWHEN: Thursday through end of yearWHERE: Thursday through Sept. 26 at ArtSpace/Lima downtown; after that, St. Rita’s Medical Center High Street Mall Gallery through end of yearONLINE: Visit www.limaohi...

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Shawnee Road bridge to close overnight

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Allen County Engineer’s Office is alerting the public that the Shawnee Road bridge over the Ottawa River will close from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.This temporary closure is necessary to install a storm sewer underneath Shawnee Road. During this closure, no vehicles will be permitted to cross the bridge and will have to find alternate routes.

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Counties, cities having trouble finding salt

LIMA — Allen County Engineer Timothy Piper has begun the process to secure the county’s salt inventory for this upcoming winter.Allen County commissioners approved a resolution allowing Piper to receive bids from salt companies to ensure roads are safe for drivers in case heavy snows blanket streets in the county. The Engineer’s Office will accept sealed bids for either 1,500 tons or 3,000 tons, depending on pricing. The salt will ultimately be stored in the count...

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Van Wert’s Judge Steele to retire in 2015

VAN WERT — Van Wert County will lose the experience of its Common Pleas Court judge, who will be retiring.Judge Charles Steele announced his retirement Tuesday, effective Jan. 1. Steele was appointed to the bench in 1999, by Gov. Robert Taft, was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2012.Steele’s replacement will be appointed by Gov. John Kasich from a list of a of qualified attorneys submitted to the governor by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee....

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Alice Cooper to return to Lima in November after 4-decade absence

LIMA — School will be out for summer at Veterans Memorial Civic Center when Alice Cooper comes to Lima on Nov. 3.Cooper, a pioneer in hard rock music, will make his first appearance in Lima in 45 years. His theatrical brand of hard rock produced such hits as “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Poison.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.Cooper was born in Detroit and spent his high school year...

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Lima law firm changes name, splits from Mansfield office

LIMA — Baran, Piper, Tarkwosky and Fitzgerald changed its name to better reflect the partners and members of in the Lima community, Vice President and Partner Angela Elliott said.The firm, located on West High Street, is now formally called The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese and Van Dyne Co. and the change also comes with an “amicable” split from another office of the previous firm in Mansfield, Elliott said.“For the firm and community, we’re...

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Fort Recovery farm seeks permission to build chicken house

FORT RECOVERY — Paul Fortkamp Farm has submitted Permit to Install and Permit to Operate applications to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, with the intent to install a third chicken house on the property.This third building will complement the existing two, which are used for chicken egg production. The first building is designed to house of 80,400 layers at capacity, while the second building is designed to house 120,600 at capacity. Both buildings are owned by PGF Operati...

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Putnam County court records

Putnam County Common Pleas Court dispositionsAug. 22Mackenzie L. Basham, 20, 1855 N. Cole St., Apt. 71, Lima, was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary. She was given credit for two days served and the sentence was ordered to be served concurrent with an Allen County case. She must pay restitution of $1,000.Aug. 26Shannon M. Peters, Fort Jennings, was granted a divorce from Steven C. Peter...

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Auglaize County Elections Board closed Sept. 11 for meeting

WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Board of Elections will be closed Sept. 11 to attend the District 2 fall meeting. The office will reopen Sept. 12 for regular business hours.For information, contact Director Michelle Wilcox at 419-739-6721.

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Lima Memorial Health SystemAug. 29 — Whitney Adams and Logan Miller, Lima, girl; Eden Cook, Elida, girl.Aug. 30 — Jill and David Miehls, Ottawa, girl; Nicole and Dejuan Jefferson, Delphos, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterAug. 28 — Michelle Slaven and Zacharias Bailey, Spencerville, girl.Aug. 29 — Sara and Michae...

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An early Labor Day, the forgotten holiday

When it comes to holidays, this past Monday’s barely cracks the top 10 for most people. After all, with such stiff competition coming from the likes of Mac Daddies like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Independence Day and Valentine’s Day, followed closely by Mother’s and Father’s days and Memorial Day, what does Labor Day really have to offer?

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Letter: Obama’s actions leave many questions

By the headlines in the newspapers you would think that Israel is “the terrorist.”Israel has for years put up with relentless rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, an area that Israel generously gave over to the Palestinians in a peace deal nine years ago. Instead of peace, the Palestinians have turned their government over to the terrorist group, Hamas, who in their charter calls for the destruction of Israel and Christians. You would think that a good start to any peace...

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Letter: Holding UNOH students responsible

It is time Lima Police Department officers and Allen County Sheriff’s deputies start issuing tickets to University of Northwestern Ohio students who violate the law on our public thoroughfares.The current trend with UNOH drivers using “black smoke” vehicles, running bikers off the road, trashing the sides of our reservoirs and extremely bad driving habits need to be confronted before innocent people are killed.

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Letter: Still waiting on that lucky day

Recently, I needed to cut the grass on one of these hot and humid days so in an attempt to avoid cutting in the direct sun, I waited for some approaching clouds.Within five minutes after starting, the sun came back out fully and stayed until I was done and dripping in sweat. After placing the mower back in the shed, it clouded back up!I have some clover in the yard but you can bet not one is a four-leaf clover!

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Letter: Obama is anti-biblical

Bruce Hodges’ letter to the editor published Aug. 20 titled “President has compassion” is, if not blasphemous, then hypocritical at best.Hodges erroneously cited biblical principles to back up his premise.When one observes President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to s...

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Letter: Renaming of stadium damaging

They say that to see a person’s character, give them a little power.It is, therefore, especially sad to see the “Spartan Pride” supporters trampling over history and drowning out the voices of compromise and reason like some howling lynch mob.Can they not see the damage they are doing with their self-absorbed and divisive actions? I am certain there will be countless times in the months and years ahead when the Lima City School District will require the...

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