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Craig Kelly

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: ckelly@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 567-242-0390


About Craig Kelly

Covers Lima and Allen County for The Lima News.

Latest Stories by Craig Kelly

Youth Services loses some state funding

LIMA — The Allen County Department of Youth Services will have to tighten its proverbial belt after losing some state funding. “We found out in March that we would not see any [Reasoned and Equitable Community and Local Alternatives to the Incarceration of Minors] dollars this year,” Cathy Follett, director of intervention servic

LIMA — The Lima Family YMCA has found a replacement for outgoing CEO Jerry Courtney, who has served in that capacity for the past nine years.
Jared Lehman, the executive director of Otterbein Cridersville, will assume his new position with the YMCA on July 7.
Lehman is a lifelong resident of Allen County and a graduate of Bluffton Universit

Lima YMCA appoints new CEO

LIMA — The Lima Family YMCA has found a replacement for outgoing CEO Jerry Courtney, who has served in that capacity for the past nine years. Jared Lehman, the executive director of Otterbein Cridersville, will assume his new position with the YMCA on July 7. Lehman is a lifelong resident of Allen County and a graduate of Bluffton Universit

CAIRO — Working with dogs is in the blood for soon-t0-be Bath freshman Hunter Calvelage.
Calvelage's mother, Brenda, as well as her grandmother, Marsha Schaublin, are long-time Bernese mountain dog breeders, with many of them going on to be champions in the show ring, with Brenda holding the leash.
“When I was born, I always went to t

Bath pupil earns name as show-dog handler

CAIRO — Working with dogs is in the blood for soon-t0-be Bath freshman Hunter Calvelage. Calvelage's mother, Brenda, as well as her grandmother, Marsha Schaublin, are long-time Bernese mountain dog breeders, with many of them going on to be champions in the show ring, with Brenda holding the leash. “When I was born, I always went to t

Memorial Hall makes endangered building list

LIMA — The deteriorating state of Allen County Memorial Hall is garnering larger attention. Preservation Ohio, self-described as “the state's oldest statewide non-profit preservation organization,” came out with its 22nd annual Most Endangered Historic Site list Thursday, with Memorial Hall featured on that list. “It is th

BLUFFTON — The village of Bluffton prides itself on its connection to its history. However, for years, a portion of that history was slowly neglected, casually dismissed as residents and travelers made their way down state Route 103.
That portion has been given the name Shannon Cemetery, a cemetery that dates back to the village's founding a

A state of unrest

BLUFFTON — The village of Bluffton prides itself on its connection to its history. However, for years, a portion of that history was slowly neglected, casually dismissed as residents and travelers made their way down state Route 103. That portion has been given the name Shannon Cemetery, a cemetery that dates back to the village's founding a

National Spelling Bee to begin Tuesday

WASHINGTON — Shawnee pupil Alotus Wei will compete in her third consecutive Scripps National Spelling Bee with the preliminaries test scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Alotus qualified for the national competition after winning the regional spelling bee March 21 at Lima Central Catholic High School. The second and third preliminary rounds fo

EMA looking for new bomb trucks

LIMA — The Allen County Emergency Management Agency will soon have two new heavy duty bomb trucks, after county commissioners approved a measure to advertise and take bids for the two vehicles Thursday. “We're replacing some outdated trucks and these vehicles will be able to respond a little quicker,” EMA director Tom Berger said

KENTON — Kenton's incumbent mayor, Randy Manns, was confirmed as the winner of the May 5 mayoral election after the inclusion of three provisional ballots counted Thursday.
Originally, Manns and his opponent, Tom Taylor, were tied at 205 votes each after the initial count. Manns received two of the three provisional ballots counted, for a fi

Manns re-elected mayor of Kenton

KENTON — Kenton's incumbent mayor, Randy Manns, was confirmed as the winner of the May 5 mayoral election after the inclusion of three provisional ballots counted Thursday. Originally, Manns and his opponent, Tom Taylor, were tied at 205 votes each after the initial count. Manns received two of the three provisional ballots counted, for a fi

LIMA — The superintendent of Lima schools believes the local NAACP exploited a teacher's background to make a statement about the district's hiring practices.
NAACP education chair Carol Fails denies the allegation, but said she believes getting hired by Lima schools is a matter of who you know.
Educator Lohattis Hayden was honored Saturday

Hiring practices defended

LIMA — The superintendent of Lima schools believes the local NAACP exploited a teacher's background to make a statement about the district's hiring practices. NAACP education chair Carol Fails denies the allegation, but said she believes getting hired by Lima schools is a matter of who you know. Educator Lohattis Hayden was honored Saturday

Rebate program helps companies save on energy

LIMA — Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota-based Energy Management Solutions, companies in Ohio have saved a substantial amount in energy costs, one of those companies being Lima's Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center. EMS President “Gary [Swanson] is a true friend to Lima,” OEAMC President Judith Cowan said. “He wo

LIMA — After a presentation at Old City Prime on Wednesday, Rhodes State College is hopeful that its vision for Lima's downtown will spark excitement in the local medical community.
Rhodes State President Debra McCurdy outlined the college's plans for its upcoming Health Sciences Center to be built on Lima's Town Square.
“We want to o

Rhodes outlines vision for downtown facility

LIMA — After a presentation at Old City Prime on Wednesday, Rhodes State College is hopeful that its vision for Lima's downtown will spark excitement in the local medical community. Rhodes State President Debra McCurdy outlined the college's plans for its upcoming Health Sciences Center to be built on Lima's Town Square. “We want to o

LIMA — With summer on its way, construction and renovation is once again becoming a common sight in the area. However, as homeowners continue to assess what projects need done around the house, they can easily fall prey to con artists promising to do a job and not coming through.
That was the case for Lula Estelle, who lost money after an in

A smooth finish

LIMA — With summer on its way, construction and renovation is once again becoming a common sight in the area. However, as homeowners continue to assess what projects need done around the house, they can easily fall prey to con artists promising to do a job and not coming through. That was the case for Lula Estelle, who lost money after an in

LIMA — Thanks to a new initiative in combating childhood obesity, the city of Lima has once again garnered the attention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The mayoral organization that previously awarded the city with a grant that funded the Mobile Produce Market awarded the city an additional $100,000 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award gran

Lima given 2nd childhood obesity grant

LIMA — Thanks to a new initiative in combating childhood obesity, the city of Lima has once again garnered the attention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mayoral organization that previously awarded the city with a grant that funded the Mobile Produce Market awarded the city an additional $100,000 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award gran

LIMA — With the school year winding down, it would be understandable for many pupils to shift their focus to upcoming summer holidays. For one group of local pupils, their focus was on something else Tuesday.
About 200 fifth- through eighth-graders from Liberty Arts Magnet school participated in a Day of Service on Tuesday, performing a vari

Liberty pupils give back at Day of Service

LIMA — With the school year winding down, it would be understandable for many pupils to shift their focus to upcoming summer holidays. For one group of local pupils, their focus was on something else Tuesday. About 200 fifth- through eighth-graders from Liberty Arts Magnet school participated in a Day of Service on Tuesday, performing a vari

Still chugging along

KENTON — Advocates of a proposed passenger rail line running through this area are hopeful that there is a light at the end of the tunnel coming from a train at 110 miles per hour. Two years ago, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission conducted a feasibility study on creating a high-performance passenger rail line stretching from Chicago

LIMA — The Lima unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is continuing to voice its displeasure with Mayor David Berger and his administration's refusal to work with it under its current leadership.
Lima NAACP Vice President James Smith spoke to Lima City Council during its Monday meeting to recap the unit's out

NAACP calls out mayor

LIMA — The Lima unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is continuing to voice its displeasure with Mayor David Berger and his administration's refusal to work with it under its current leadership. Lima NAACP Vice President James Smith spoke to Lima City Council during its Monday meeting to recap the unit's out

Bus route to divert due to road work

LIMA — With construction on Kibby Street set to begin June 1, the Allen County Regional Transit Authority will redirect its Route 2, or East Kibby route. Beginning June 1 and running through the end of the year, the route will leave the terminal, turning left on Market Street up to Bellefontaine Avenue, left on Dana Avenue to Lima Memorial H

City to sell seized weapons

LIMA — When firearms are seized from criminals by police, the intent is to promote public safety, but Monday, Lima City Council will also have an opportunity to benefit financially from these confiscated weapons. Council will vote on a resolution during its regular 7 p.m. meeting at the Lima Municipal Building on selling 118 firearms to Cabe

LIMA — With parking regulations now being enforced in Lima's downtown, it is now up to drivers to toe the white parking lines — or at least stay within them.
Since April 29, Parking Enforcement Officer Jennifer Thomas has been traversing the downtown area, ensuring motorists are obeying such regulations as paying parking meters, avoidi

Stay within the lines

LIMA — With parking regulations now being enforced in Lima's downtown, it is now up to drivers to toe the white parking lines — or at least stay within them. Since April 29, Parking Enforcement Officer Jennifer Thomas has been traversing the downtown area, ensuring motorists are obeying such regulations as paying parking meters, avoidi

Rail company to clean abandoned line

LIMA — The owners of an abandoned rail line on Lima's south side assert that they do perform maintenance on unused rail lines. According to Gail Lobin, spokesperson for CSX, the rail company has maintenance crews that remove vegetation, trash and debris from old rail lines three times a year, including the one that intersects Reese Avenue.





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