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Craig Kelly

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LIMA — In response to recent revelations of treatment delays and coverups at clinics run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA has made efforts to become more transparent and give veterans the opportunity to more easily voice their concerns. Part of that effort included a town hall session Thursday at Veterans Memorial Civic Cent

VA holds town hall

LIMA — In response to recent revelations of treatment delays and coverups at clinics run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA has made efforts to become more transparent and give veterans the opportunity to more easily voice their concerns. Part of that effort included a town hall session Thursday at Veterans Memorial Civic Cent

Union donates hats and gloves to Heritage pupils

LIMA — Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local 776 donated over 150 sets of hats and gloves to Heritage Elementary pupils Thursday at the school. Apprentices with the union held the drive for hats and gloves after members noticed that many students were going to school without proper winter clothing.

EMA to hold storm spotter training

LIMA — The Allen County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in northern Indiana will host a storm spotter training session at 6 p.m. March 4 at UNOH Event Center. Anyone interested can register online at http://allen-oh-spotter.eventzilla.net or by calling 419-993-1404 or 574-834-1104, ext. 726.

Auglaize United Way working to reach campaign goal

WAPAKONETA — With less than a month to go, the United Way of Auglaize County is almost three-fourths of the way toward meeting its fall campaign goal. The organization has been working toward meeting a contribution goal of $330,000 since September, and as of Thursday, a total of $243,642.84 has been pledged. “The good news is that we

Elida finishes first at quiz bowl

LIMA — Elida High School's quiz bowl team took home the varsity championship Monday at the 26th annual High School Academic Challenge at Lima Central Catholic High School. The team is coached by Shelby Cluts. Bath High School was the runner-up in the varsity catagory, with Shawnee finishing as the second runner-up. In the junior varsity com

Mobile Produce Market to suspend operations over holiday

LIMA — The Mobile Produce Market, operated by the West Ohio Food Bank, will suspend operations over Christmas, not offering any routes from Wednesday through Jan. 5. The produce-laden bus will resume normal operation Jan. 6, with its first stop being from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Lima Towers. “We are looking forward to January and all of 20

Firefighters battle house fire in Columbus Grove

COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove Fire Department responded to a fire Thursday at 103 West St., a single-family residence just off state Route 65. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office reported receiving notification of the fire at 5:40 p.m. An unknown number of residents were in the house at the time of the fire but were able to make it out

ROCKFORD — The J Taylors, a husband and wife duo from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will bring a variety of musical styles to the Rockford Belle Saturday.
“They're a young couple that have a lot of energy and are super good,” Rockford Belle owner Tom Rogers said. “If you went to Las Vegas, you'd pay $75 to see them.”
The Rock

Duo brings eclectic style to Rockford Belle

ROCKFORD — The J Taylors, a husband and wife duo from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will bring a variety of musical styles to the Rockford Belle Saturday. “They're a young couple that have a lot of energy and are super good,” Rockford Belle owner Tom Rogers said. “If you went to Las Vegas, you'd pay $75 to see them.” The Rock

VAN WERT — Niswonger Performing Arts Center will wrap up its Christmas performance series today with A Solid Gold Christmas, a soulful R&B performance featuring Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., recipients of seven Grammy awards who have earned 15 gold and three platinum records.
“They were formerly of The Fifth Dimension and had

Niswonger to host Solid Gold Christmas

VAN WERT — Niswonger Performing Arts Center will wrap up its Christmas performance series today with A Solid Gold Christmas, a soulful R&B performance featuring Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., recipients of seven Grammy awards who have earned 15 gold and three platinum records. “They were formerly of The Fifth Dimension and had

Bath school board approves agreement

BATH TOWNSHIP — The Bath school board voted Tuesday to approve a negotiated agreement between the district and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 357. One board member abstained due to his wife being a member of the union. The agreement will take effect Jan. 1 and be effective for two and a half years, aligning the agreeme

Morrow County Courts news

Marriage LicenseJason Michael Conrad, 38, Mt. Gilead, Dock Worker to Billie Jo Ritchie, 31, Mt. Gilead, Cashier. Real Estate12/03/14 Goldie Sheets to Lynn and Susan Broome; Lot 830, Village of Mt. Gilead, Gilead Twp. for $132,000. Matthew and Michele Planey to Melisa and Christopher Blunk; Unit 2, Lot 329, Candlewood, Congress Twp. for $199,900.

SPENCERVILLE — Firefighters from Spencerville and Delphos responded to a house fire Monday night in Spencerville.
At 7:47 p.m., Spencerville's Invincible Fire Co. was notified of smoke coming from the second story of 406 S. Broadway St. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed that smoke was coming from the upper story windows. Crews from Delpho

2 departments respond to Spencerville house fire

SPENCERVILLE — Firefighters from Spencerville and Delphos responded to a house fire Monday night in Spencerville. At 7:47 p.m., Spencerville's Invincible Fire Co. was notified of smoke coming from the second story of 406 S. Broadway St. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed that smoke was coming from the upper story windows. Crews from Delpho

ONU receives engineering grant

ADA — Thanks to the largest private, programmatic grant in the university's history, Ohio Northern University will now endeavor to create not only the future's most exceptional engineers, but also the most entrepreneurial ones. The Kern Family Foundation has awarded a $1.21 million grant to the the T.J. Smull College of Engineering to aid th

LIMA — While many of the gifts we give at Christmas end up under our own tree, there are many that have to make their way to family and loved ones in other parts of the country or even the world. That is what makes the holiday season the busiest time of year for entities such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx.
“We are ready for

Delivering the mail for Christmas

LIMA — While many of the gifts we give at Christmas end up under our own tree, there are many that have to make their way to family and loved ones in other parts of the country or even the world. That is what makes the holiday season the busiest time of year for entities such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx. “We are ready for

WAYNESFIELD — For Waynesfield-Goshen junior Drew Lament, the formula for his success comes down to two words: hard work.
“I usually have to work at it more,” he said. “I'm one of those people who has to study a half-hour or hour before a test because it doesn't just stick in my mind.”
That hard work has also translat

Junior enjoys academic success

WAYNESFIELD — For Waynesfield-Goshen junior Drew Lament, the formula for his success comes down to two words: hard work. “I usually have to work at it more,” he said. “I'm one of those people who has to study a half-hour or hour before a test because it doesn't just stick in my mind.” That hard work has also translat

LIMA — For many years, life was good for Sharon.
“I was with a guy for 17 years and we raised three kids together,” she said. “One was mine and two were his.”
Earlier this year, however, that life came to a screeching halt thanks to some bad news from their doctor.
“In February, he was already doing dialysis a

Empty Stocking: Grandmother trying to get by

LIMA — For many years, life was good for Sharon. “I was with a guy for 17 years and we raised three kids together,” she said. “One was mine and two were his.” Earlier this year, however, that life came to a screeching halt thanks to some bad news from their doctor. “In February, he was already doing dialysis a

LIMA — The year is 1865. The Civil War is still a very fresh, painful memory, having ended only seven months ago. With fathers, brothers and sons now returned home, the time has come to celebrate this happy reunion with a lavish Christmas feast.
That scene was revisited Friday at the Allen County Farm Park during the Johnny Appleseed Metropo

Park holds 1800s-style Christmas dinner

LIMA — The year is 1865. The Civil War is still a very fresh, painful memory, having ended only seven months ago. With fathers, brothers and sons now returned home, the time has come to celebrate this happy reunion with a lavish Christmas feast. That scene was revisited Friday at the Allen County Farm Park during the Johnny Appleseed Metropo

Crews battle house fire near Mendon

MENDON — Three fire departments were called Friday evening to battle a house fire on U.S. Route 127 near Mendon. The Mercer County Sheriff's Office reported that a call was received at 7 p.m. alerting authorities of a fire at 9554 U.S. Route 127, a vacant two-story structure. Crews from the Celina, Rockford and Mendon fire departments respo

NC State honors faculty and staff with service awards

On Dec. 4, North Central State College honored a number of employees for their service: Faculty Members of the Year Awards were given to Brad Wood (full-time faculty) and Georgiann Mathews (adjunct faculty) The Excellence in Service to Students award was given to Randy Storms The Excellence in Service to College was presented to the deans and as

Missing child system update

WAPAKONETA — The Ohio Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday that the state's Child Abduction and Response Team is adopting a new organizational model after being in operation for seven years. CART is designed to be activated whenever a child is missing and deemed to be in imminent danger. Under the prior model, officers from various





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