Stacey Myers Cook

Multimedia Video Journalist

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Allen County is one of four counties in the state of Ohio that has been identified with elevated lead levels according to the Ohio Department of Health. The number of older homes in the region could partially to blame. Public Health Consultant Lisa Salyers from the Ohio Department of Health speaking to members of the Family and Children First Council today. 

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Are you looking for that unique gift for someone on your Christmas list? If so the Lima Senior High School DECA program may have what you're looking for. Limaopoly 2020 is hot off the presses. The game is a spinoff of “Monopoly” with Lima Area businesses that support the DECA Program. The sale of the game is a fundraiser for the program to help send DECA members to state, national and international competition. DECA has been around for decades and is a great learning tool for young adults wanting to enter into the business world.

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The Ohio Supreme Court rules on approximately 3,000 cases a year and Justice Judi French was in Lima explaining about how the court works. She was the guest speaker at the Allen County Republican Party luncheon. Justice French says they see around 2,000 cases directly sent to them from judges and lawyers that deal in disciplinary actions such as death penalties, utilities, and tax cases. They also review nearly 1,300 cases they choose to hear from applications of people who aren’t happy with their court decision.

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By law, Allen County Commissioners can't pass the 2020 budget until after the first of the year and they're making sure they are ready. They have spent the past several months meeting one on one with all the departments going over their requests for next year. The budget commission sets the amount that the commissioners have to work with by the estimated revenues the county would receive next year. Next week, commissioners will meet with all department heads and elected county officials to review the draft budget.

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Our already busy lives can become more hectic during the holiday season but some Lima area businesswomen found some time for a little merriment today(12/5/19). It was the Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Jollification” program for Women in Business. The ladies had a chance to relax and do a bit of shopping, sampling, and sharing. The event is a great place to network and get to know other women in business.

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Students at Lima City Schools Liberty Arts Magnet are being encouraged to follow their dreams. Varian Johnson always wanted to be a writer but as a child, he didn’t realize he could be one until he read a book he could connect with. A book by an author who looked like him writing about characters that looked like him. Once he had that role model his writing took off. As an adult, he came back to writing and has since published many books and received many awards. His goal today was to make sure these young adults realized they have the power to write their own future.

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It’s not always easy to talk about but conversations about mental illness need to be happening. Coleman Professional Services is willing to start the conversation. They will be holding what they are calling “Coleman Coffee” where people can come and learn about the services they offer to people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. They want people to understand they are not alone when it comes to dealing with these problems.

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The best of the best honored today by the Shawnee Noon Optimist Club. Twenty students from four different schools that are in the Shawnee Noon Optimist district were given the club’s annual “Students of Honor and Achievement” award. These young adults have shown a desire to excel in all areas including academics, sports, arts, and science. Organizers say they wanted to honor them because they are our future.

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Lima Memorial Health System once again helping area seniors and disabled during the holidays. Santa on hand today as hundreds of presents were loaded into vans as part of the hospitals “Senior Angel Tree”. The hospital has partnered with the Area on Aging for more than 20 years checking off the Christmas wish list of dozens of older adults in the area. Lima Memorial associates look forward to adopting a senior angel way before the holidays.

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A local fire department is paying it forward to help area children have a merrier Christmas. The American Township Fire Department was the winner of the first Lima Harley Davidson Battle of the Badges Chili Cook-off back in October. The department receiving their winnings today(12/3/19) which they promptly donated to the “Toys for Tots” campaign. Those involved say they had a great time and are happy to give back to the children.

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