Craig Kelly

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BLUFFTON — For some, bees are simply insects that bother you at picnics or leave you with a nasty sting. However, honeybees are essential to not only produce that sweet product they are named for, but also to pollinate a variety of plants, including several that produce fruit and nuts. However, the honeybee population has been in decline for

Feeling the sting

BLUFFTON — For some, bees are simply insects that bother you at picnics or leave you with a nasty sting. However, honeybees are essential to not only produce that sweet product they are named for, but also to pollinate a variety of plants, including several that produce fruit and nuts. However, the honeybee population has been in decline for

DELPHOS — It is the premier social event of the year in Delphos, and this year's Canal Days lived up to its billing with crowds filling the city's downtown.
“We come out every year,” Delphos resident Amy Hoehn said. “It's something the kids enjoy doing, plus it's nice to see everybody. I love it when it's this kind of weath

Party in Delphos

DELPHOS — It is the premier social event of the year in Delphos, and this year's Canal Days lived up to its billing with crowds filling the city's downtown. “We come out every year,” Delphos resident Amy Hoehn said. “It's something the kids enjoy doing, plus it's nice to see everybody. I love it when it's this kind of weath

LIMA — Insurance, car payments, rent, children, taxes. All are things that many adults deal with, but area high school students now know a lot more on these topics after a financial day.
Students from six areas schools came to the University of Northwestern Ohio event center in Lima on Thursday to learn about finances in the “real worl

Financial education day shows students the 'real world'

LIMA — Insurance, car payments, rent, children, taxes. All are things that many adults deal with, but area high school students now know a lot more on these topics after a financial day. Students from six areas schools came to the University of Northwestern Ohio event center in Lima on Thursday to learn about finances in the “real worl

Hursh to be sworn in as judge Monday

LIMA — Tammie K. Hursh will be sworn in as judge of the Lima Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Monday in Courtroom No. 2. Performing the ceremony will be Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy. Hursh will immediately take the bench and begin hearing cases after the swearing in ceremony. Hursh, formally the assistant law director for the City

Deadlines set for absentee voting

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that more than 266,000 Ohio voters have requested absentee ballots for the upcoming November election. Voted absentee ballots must by postmarked by Nov. 3 and received no later than Nov. 14. Ballots may also be returned to the local county board of elections office no later than the

Doctors donate money for library television

LIMA — Physicians at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio donated money to the Lima Public Library to purchase a television for the children's story time room. The donation was made in memory of the late Dr. David L. Davis. A plaque has been placed with the television noting the donation. “The doctors thought Dr. Davis would be pleased w

Mobile Produce Market releases schedule

LIMA — The West Ohio Food Bank has released a schedule for the Mobile Produce Market, an RTA bus converted into a fresh produce market. Starting Tuesday, the Mobile Produce Market will rotate between the following locations: • Lima Towers, 790 S. Main St. — 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays • Market Place, 232 N. Cole St. —

Running in the right direction

OTTAWA — Two cross-country runners from Elida offered a display of honesty and integrity Tuesday that left a lasting impression with an opposing coach. Brad Leis, the cross-country coach at Ottawa-Glandorf, wanted to publicly recognize Elida sophomores Caleb Newland and Dalton Buettner for returning a wallet that was lost three days earlier

LIMA — The music of the 1950s and 1960s hearkens back to a simpler time. On Thursday, Lima concertgoers will be able to relive those days again with the music of “Under the Streetlamp” at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
The foursome, comprised of Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll an

'Under the Streetlamp' brings classic tunes to Civic Center

LIMA — The music of the 1950s and 1960s hearkens back to a simpler time. On Thursday, Lima concertgoers will be able to relive those days again with the music of “Under the Streetlamp” at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. The foursome, comprised of Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll an

DELPHOS — It's Delphos' biggest community event of the year, and this year's Canal Days promise to add to that proud tradition.
“Everyone comes out for Canal Days,” event organizer Diane Sterling said. “It's a lot of fun.”
Along with the chance to reconnect with friends, there will be plenty of entertainment on tap t

Canal Days returns to Delphos

DELPHOS — It's Delphos' biggest community event of the year, and this year's Canal Days promise to add to that proud tradition. “Everyone comes out for Canal Days,” event organizer Diane Sterling said. “It's a lot of fun.” Along with the chance to reconnect with friends, there will be plenty of entertainment on tap t

Laurel Oaks community hosts hobby and craft fair

ELIDA — The Laurel Oaks community has held a Hobby and Harvest Craft Fair for the last 41 years, and this year is no exception. According to event co-chair Heather Guth, Saturday's fair will feature over 100 booths from a variety of vendors located throughout the region gathered at Laurel Oaks Park. “There will be wreaths, primitive it

Tricks and haunted happenings

LIMA — The time has come again for ghosts, vampires and things that go bump in the night. Those looking for a good scare this Halloween season will have plenty of places from which to choose this year. Some of the local haunts this year include: LIMA Lantern Tours 2014 Oct. 3 and 4, Oct. 17 and 18 Downtown Lima 419-222-2686 Discover do

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' comes to Encore Theatre

LIMA — It is one of the greatest plays of the 20th century and one of Tennessee Williams' best-known works, and for the next two weekends, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be coming to Lima at Encore Theatre. The 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is directed by George Dunster and promises to bring a great deal of drama to the Encore s

BATH TOWNSHIP — A high school football field is usually a testing ground where teams from different schools battle it out for gridiron supremacy. For two schools Saturday, the field instead became a concert hall where a variety of area marching bands came together in a non-competitive format to celebrate each other's musical talent, skill and

2 schools host marching band shows

BATH TOWNSHIP — A high school football field is usually a testing ground where teams from different schools battle it out for gridiron supremacy. For two schools Saturday, the field instead became a concert hall where a variety of area marching bands came together in a non-competitive format to celebrate each other's musical talent, skill and

Police searching for suspect in shooting

LIMA — The Allen County Sheriff's Office is asking for public assistance in locating a suspect in a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. Just before 3 a.m. deputies were alerted of shots fired at 8255 N. West St. Upon arrival, officers found that Brandon Reed, 25, a resident at that address, was shot. Paramedics transported Reed to

Health Partners receives ACA funding

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has announced that the U.S. Department of Health has awarded more than $884,000 in funding to four Ohio health centers, including Lima's Health Partners of Western Ohio. The funding is through the Affordable Care Act and will allow the health centers to expand their primary care services. The cen

Escapees transferred to maximum security prison

LIMA — Three inmates who escaped from the Oakwood prison Thursday evening are now in a maximum security facility. Cori Smith, administrative assistant for the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution, confirmed that Thomas M. “T.J.” Lane III, 19, Clifford Opperud, 45, and Lindsey Bruce, 33, were transferred Friday from the Lima fac

Police used social media to alert public on prison break

LIMA — Nearly an hour after two inmates escaped from a local prison Thursday evening, Lima Police Department's social media manager Sgt. Andy Green was in front of his keyboard alerting the public of the potential danger. Before the night was over, the Facebook followers would nearly double to 14,682, compared to the previous 21 months since

Hospital offers stillbirth support group

ST. MARYS — Grand Lake Health System is offering a support group for pregancy and infant loss. The group, dubbed “Honoring Angels,” meets every fourth Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 in the hospital's conference room 5. The group is open to anyone who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth

LIMA — The Phoenix Project is celebrating 10 years of helping women overcome addiction through community and encouragement.
The project has two houses in Lima and can have 16 women at a time, said Daisha Johnson, a caseworker and assistant to the house manager. Women typically stay in the house for about a year and go through a variety of cl

Phoenix Project celebrates 10 years

LIMA — The Phoenix Project is celebrating 10 years of helping women overcome addiction through community and encouragement. The project has two houses in Lima and can have 16 women at a time, said Daisha Johnson, a caseworker and assistant to the house manager. Women typically stay in the house for about a year and go through a variety of cl




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