Britt Salay

Multimedia Video Journalist

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Putnam County has quite a few improvement projects planned for the new year.

The county hopes to replace the clay tiles on the roof of the courthouse with possibly a tin roof. They will also put a handicap ramp in on the hickory street courthouse entrance and then close down the second entrance in order to tighten up security. The fairgrounds will also be getting attention this year with some pipes getting replaced after this year's fair.

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A lot of racket at Westwood Tennis and Fitness today as area middle school students tried their hand at a life-long sport.

The Lima Area Tennis Association kicked off another season of their free middle school team tennis program.

Each year the group invites students aged 12 to 14 out to learn the sport that they can play no matter their age, or to hone the skills they already have. The goal is to prepare kids for their high school programs in the area, but they also walk away with skills they can put to use off the court.

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The Ottawa River Coalition has decided to dedicate the new year to bringing school to the river.

For this year's special project, the ORC has decided to put a focus on getting area students to experience the Ottawa River. While the coalition extends the offer toe experience the river to all area schools, sometimes things like the cost of transportation or for a substitute teacher or teacher's aide keep the school from making the trip.

The coalition wanted to focus on this because so many students pass by the river every day but do not know much about it.

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The first major snow of the winter hit our area this week and plows and salt trucks were out in full force.

When winter weather is about to hit, it is all hands on deck at the ODOT garage in Allen county, and they make sure they plan ahead.

"We'll be plowing, treating, and we have liquid in all of our trucks so they'll be spraying brine along with the salt," said Brian Rader, Transportation Manager for ODOT District 1. "We started yesterday going through the trucks and then we brought our first crew in at 7 this morning and they finished going through the trucks, getting them loaded, and then it started snowing finally."

Once the snow starts falling, the trucks hit the state roads clearing snow and treating the pavement but usually in plowing conditions it takes time to see the effects.

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Former State Representative Robert Sprague was sworn in to his new role as State Treasurer Friday evening (1/11/18).

Sprague was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy at the Hancock Hotel in his hometown of Findlay. Sprague previously represented Hancock, Hardin, and parts of Logan County as the 83rd District Representative in the Ohio House. 

As treasurer, he says he hopes to expand programs that support those with developmental disabilities as well as programs that tackle the opioid epidemic. He also said his office will work on developing financial literacy tools to help the next generation of Ohioans manage their college debt.

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The Lima Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting on Main St. 

Officers were called to 701 S. Main St. at 2:16 am Saturday morning (1/12/19) after reports of shots fired in the parking lot of Marko's Sports and Spirits. One person was found injured. Markeice Johnson, 22, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and was taken to Mercy Health St. Rita's for treatment. 

The LPD is asking anyone with information to call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444 or their detective line at 419-221-5285.

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With snow finally in the forecast for our area, Allen County and the City of Lima are preparing to take on the elements. 

Lima Public Works and the Allen County Engineer's Office are making sure their trucks are filled with salt and ready to go for when the snow hits this weekend. The departments try to have all hands on deck because the weather can change fast, and they can never be fully sure what to expect.

"We're never sure, we're never certain," said Warner Roach, Deput Director for the Public Works Street Division. "I've seen times where they say we get an inch and we get three or four and other times when they call for a lot more than an inch and we only get an inch or less."

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One woman is hospitalized after an early afternoon stabbing on Lima's south side.

Lima Police were called to 918 Holmes Ave. just before 1:00 pm on Friday (1/11/18) with reports of a fight, finding an injured woman upon arrival who appeared to have been stabbed. She was taken to Lima Memorial and another woman was taken to the police station for questioning.

The extent of the injuries for the hospitalized woman are unknown at this time, but according to the LPD sergeant on scene they appeared to be serious.

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Rhodes State students studying Health Sciences put their Knowledge and teamwork skills to the test at their annual competency retreat.

At the retreat, students team up with people from other programs to show how well they’ve retained what they have been learning in class by coming up with a treatment plan for an imaginary patient.
 
“We provide all that background knowledge and then what they’re doing is they’re applying it today and trying to make it a real-live situation and interacting with the other disciplines so that they can really get that nice feedback process and a whole comprehensive health care approach to that patient,” said Asst. Dean of Health Sciences Angela Heaton.

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