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Unemployment rates down in area counties again

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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 unemployed in August to 5.8 percent unemployed in September.Unemployment is also modestly down or steady in surrounding counties.


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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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 throu...

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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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Putnam County court records

Putnam County Common Pleas CourtOct. 14Aric L. Lehman, Pandora, was granted a divorce from Desiree H. Lehman, Dunkirk. They were married April 14, 2009, in Wyandot County and have two children.Oct. 17Eugene Ivory, 30, 320 S. Rosedale Ave., Lima, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trafficking in drugs (heroin). He was given credit for 97 days served and placed on three years community control. ...

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Police calls

700 block of West Spring Street, Lima — A woman reported Monday someone entered her home through a window and stole an item she was renting from Rent-A-Center.700 block of West Elm Street, Lima — Police were called Monday to a burglary in progress.300 block of South Pierce Street, Lima — A man reported Monday his grandmother stole items from his wallet.1000 block of North Elizabeth St...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemOct. 20 — Amber and Joshua Reeder, Lima, boy.St. Rita’s Medical CenterOct. 20 — Sherrie and Don Looser, Cloverdale, boy; Marlena and Eric Schaaf, Lima, boy.

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Police: Michigan man ignited self after bank robbery, chase

BLUFFTON — A Michigan man is in custody who authorities say robbed a Bluffton bank then set fire to himself when they later approached him, according to a press release from the Bluffton Police Department.At 8:56 a.m., a white man presented a note to tellers at Chase Bank, 135 S. Main St., Bluffton, threatening an explosion if they didn’t meet his demand for money. A teller complied, turning over an undisclosed amount of money before the man fled.Eyewitnesses...

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It’s all in the spin

The true salesmen out there will tell you that as long as the package is attractive enough, you have a good chance of selling anything to anybody. I think that’s what my local cable provider must have been thinking last month when I received a letter about my cablevision rate that was soon to change.At the top of the letter below my name and address, there appeared the sentence, “We’re pleased to extend you another special offer.”

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Allen East sends students home early

HARROD — Allen East schools released students early today, as the building has no water pressure.The school announced in a text alert sent at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday that parents can pick up their children at any point. Buses will run as soon as drivers get to the school to bring children home.

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Just the facts on Allen East

•Salaries and benefits for all employees account for about 80 percent of the annual budget at Allen East Local School District. For this reason, increases to salaries and benefits are serious budget issues that always need careful consideration by the Board of Education and the administration.

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