From the Allen County Public Health Department. COVID-19 Testing in Allen County has expanded and is now available to anyone, regardless of symptoms. More >>

Both Ohio Senators are joining other lawmakers to make sure that rural parts of the United States have good internet access.Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown helped introduce the “Rural Broadband Acceleration Act.”  The bipartisan bill will bolster efforts to expand access to rural broa… More >>

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The state is launching the public health advisory system, a county by county approach using data to assess the state of each county. It’s a 4-level system and uses 7 indicators. The higher the level the more cautious and restrictive people must be. Allen County is currently at level 2 (Alert… More >>

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The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the country, in Ohio, and right here in Allen County. Today, the Allen County Public Health Commissioner spoke at Lima Mayor David Berger's weekly media briefing with an update of the coronavirus’ hold right here at home. More >>

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The City of Lima's Tax Department is taking appointments to make sure residents meet the extended deadline. July 15th is approaching, and your taxes must be filed. Lima residents that haven't filed their city taxes can get assistance from the tax department. Due to COVID, you must call and m… More >>

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As people are wearing masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, people who wear them for long periods of time may notice their skin drying out often. Joel Shanklin, MD with Mercy Health St. Rita's, says that mask wearing can cause your skin to dry out faster than it would normally, and reco… More >>

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The Allen County Fair Board held a special meeting this evening to discuss continuous changes being made to the fair this year. In the upcoming weeks, dates for the demolition derby, and drag races will be announced. Camping will be open with registration for Junior Fair exhibitors, and grou… More >>

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The Bluffton Public Library getting retrofitted for reopening during the COVID-19 restrictions. GROB Systems designed, created, and installed a protective shield unit to surround the main desk at the library. This donation will allow library staff to scan library cards through the plexiglass… More >>

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Families in need in Shawnee received some help Tuesday afternoon with a food distribution event. The event was organized by Shawnee Local Schools, the West Ohio Food Bank, and the National Guard, and was held at Shawnee Middle School. More >>

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Although you may be seeing gas prices continually rising, they will hit record lows this holiday weekend. This Independence Day will mark the lowest average price per gallon of gas on the holiday since 2004. Because of the pandemic, less people are leaving their homes, therefore the demand f… More >>

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Unexpectedly, Gov. Mike DeWine took the stage for his coronavirus briefing today rather than Tuesday to announce another opening. On July 20, outdoor visitation at nursing homes will be allowed to begin. On June 8, the state began outdoor visitation for assisted living facilities and interme… More >>

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Criminal justice entities in the state will be receiving money as part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant. Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement for the grants during his press briefing on Tuesday.  More >>

The Wapa Theater in Wapakoneta has been reopened for one week now, with many regulations in place to keep moviegoers safe. For a full list of showtimes and guidelines for the Wapa Theater, visit wapatheatre.com. More >>

The COVID pandemic has people searching for new ways to vacation and travel, and nationally there has been a rise in RV sales. Local RV and camper dealers are also seeing similar results.  The Findlay Truck and RV dealership has been working overtime just to keep up with the demand of custom… More >>

The numbers are in for the Ohio housing market in the month of May, and it looks like the pandemic has had an effect on it. This May compared to May 2019, saw a 25 percent decrease in home sales. But the average price of a home actually was up. One realtor says this is due to a shortage of h… More >>

From Wednesday to Thursday, the state has seen one of the largest spike's in case numbers in weeks. Almost 900 new cases were reported and DeWine says 60 percent of them are people in the 20 to 49 year-old age range. DeWine says his analysts don't believe this is due to the increased number … More >>

On Tuesday, the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce planned to hold an event outside of the Veterans Civic Center. Lima Mayor David Berger released a letter once he was made aware, saying that the city was not sanctioning the event, and asked those organizing it to postpone it and follow s… More >>

ArtSpace Lima was able to re-open their doors on Tuesday, after 15 weeks of being closed to the public. While all of ArtSpace's galleries aren't open just yet, visitors can still take a look at one exhibit inside, as well as using the craft room and ceramics lab during business hours. More >>

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order that could affect some people collecting unemployment benefits.The order signed last week states people who are called back to work but refuse to go, may lose their unemployment payments. It applies to those people who are called back to the sam… More >>

From the Allen County Public Health Department. COVID-19 Testing in Allen County has expanded and is now available to anyone, regardless of symptoms. More >>

While there are significantly less food vendors and the rides and games are absent from this year's Putnam County Fair, there are still people enjoying some of the traditional events that were still able to happen. More >>

Rhodes State College is helping train health career students around Ohio. Rhodes is part of a health education consortium, which is made up of partner schools from around Ohio. The partnership gives students the chance to specialize in areas like respiratory care, even though their local col… More >>

After much deliberation, Shawnee Township has decided to cancel this year’s National Night Out event. The annual event usually gathers over 1000 people to Heritage Park in Lima. In their press release, Shawnee Township Police Department says the current safety measures in place would shrink … More >>

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services is reporting that last week was the seventh straight week that claims have dropped since they peaked in April. 287,000 less claims have been filed since that peak time. More claims were made this year than the last three years in Ohio. The same… More >>

Although Coronavirus cases made a jump today, Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio has been trending down in numbers, but he is concerned about a few places.DeWine expressed his concern for the Southwest Ohio area. Counties in that area have seen a spike in cases. DeWine unveiled a plan to deal with h… More >>

With the official go-ahead from the state, the Allen County Fair board is trying to figure out the best way to hold this year's fair while also following safety guidelines. The board has met a few times to make tentative plans for what this year's fair may look like, and plan to meet several… More >>

The coronavirus has surely caused problems for day to day life, but it's also sparked new ideas. One of those is the toy distribution Lima City Schools is planning to hold next week. After a few discussions, the school district received donations from the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Grant Sul… More >>

Parents and students alike are patiently waiting to find out what school will look like in August. And actually so are some superintendents. However, Lima City Schools and Shawnee Local Schools are prepared, whatever the case. Guidance from the state has yet to come down. They both have plan… More >>

After months of being closed inside and creating ways to continue reading within the community, The Lima Public Library will be reopening all its locations to the public Monday, June 22nd with limited services. The main library and its four branches will be reopening next Monday, June 22nd w… More >>

While the City of Lima’s Summer Playground Program couldn’t happen this year, the City of Lima Parks and Recreation Department wanted to provide some sort of activities that the kids can do with the whole family. This week, the “Virtual Playground” program was unveiled. You can find it on th… More >>

The vice president and general manager of the Hollywood Casino in Toledo made a statement about what steps they were taking to keep guests safe as the casino reopens later this week. The casino's reopening date is scheduled for this Friday, June 19th at 6 a.m. Those with the casino have been… More >>

The Keys to Black Wealth is holding a virtual financial summit with the hopes of supporting the black community through talking about wealth building.Keys to Black Wealth has held events in-person in the past, but due to COVID-19, this summit is being held virtually instead, from June 19th t… More >>

During his coronavirus briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the spread of the virus and some help needed for the unemployment system. Today is the first time Ohio has needed to borrow money from the federal government during the pandemic. A credit line of $3.1 billion was given to the state … More >>

The Auglaize County Fair board made their final decision yesterday evening on the fate of the fair later this summer. The show will go on, and a full fair with a few modifications is expected to occur. There will be rides, vendors, and grandstand events. However, the grandstand will be limit… More >>