Katie Honigford

Multimedia Journalist

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A major renovation project of a historic building in downtown Lima capped off Tuesday afternoon. A "ground opening" ceremony for the building at 43 Town Square was held, inviting community members to take a step inside the newly-renovated building and get a closer look at the apartments that are inside. With the opening of the building, many of the 47 new apartments are already leased out.

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AAA is reporting that impaired driving while under the influence of marijuana is on the rise throughout the nation. A traffic safety survey done by AAA says around 14.8 million drivers reported they got behind the wheel within an hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days.

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The Allen County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested the man who they believe was responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Christian Laws. 20-year-old Jolade Reginald Omosikeji Jr., also known as JoJo was taken into custody at an apartment in the 1100 block of Adam Lee Place earlier Tuesday evening. Detectives from both Allen County Sheriff and Lima Police Department, along with the Allen County SWAT, were following up on an anonymous tip that Jolade was at the residence.

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Monday morning the Putnam County Fair officially opened for this year. The fair kicked off as it does every year with the opening ceremony, which featured speakers from state officials as well as local leaders, and of course, the ringing of the bell. With the difficult spring this year, it's been a lot of work leading up to the fair - but fair officials are glad that it is finally here.

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US Senator Rob Portman is looking to give states more flexibility when it comes to federal funding and fighting drugs. Portman has introduced the Combating Meth and Cocaine Act to the Senate. The legislation would allow states to use money from the State Opioid Response Grant to address the rising number of overdose deaths traced back to psycho-stimulants like meth and cocaine.

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One of our local Jefferson Award winners was invited to attend the national banquet in Washington D.C. 14-year-old Lauren Cunningham was in our nation's capital on Tuesday night to be honored alongside other award winners from around the country. Cunningham was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of nine and while fighting it, she decided to start Team Lauren blood drives back in 2015 to help out others in need.

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The CEO of Joint Township Hospital and Grand Lake Health System spoke with the St. Marys Rotary Wednesday afternoon. Kevin Harlan talked about some of the things that are going on at the hospital for the last year and a half, including growth on the in-patient side, as well as some of the things that are in the works to expand the hospital on the outpatient side.

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The City of St. Marys is gearing up for another possible flood that may happen overnight. The city is offering sandbags to people to prepare for flood water, as well as staging barricades at roads that have the greatest potential to flood so that the barricades can be put up quickly if needed. The city is not taking any chances with rainfall - even if the totals are not expected to be too high.

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To say that this spring has been hard on local crop farmers would be an understatement. According to the USDA Planting Progress report, around 68% of intended corn acres and only 50% of intended soybean acres have been planted so far in Ohio. 

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