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ODOT to hold public meeting re State Route 81-Thayer Road

Roundabout feasibility under consideration

LIMA–The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, invites the public to a meeting regarding a proposed project to improve the safety of the State Road 81 and Thayer Road intersection in Lima, Allen County.

The meeting will be held Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Union Chapel Missionary Church, 4869 Ada Road, Lima. Attendees need only attend one of the two sessions. The same information will be presented at each meeting.

The proposed project is evaluating the feasibility of improving the existing intersection by converting it into a roundabout, which is safer and more efficient than a traditional intersection. The SR 81 and Thayer Road intersection had 26 crashes between 2020 and 2022, and 35% resulted in injuries. Construction is tentatively scheduled for late 2025.

Retail Detail: New pharmacy hours

Have a brief notice regarding your business? Seasonal changes or holiday hours? Email [email protected].

Starting on September 1, ONU HealthWise Pharmacy will have new hours. This is due to the new ruling from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy requiring pharmacies to close to provide lunch and break times for personnel.  

August 8 field reports from the Ohio Division of Wildlife

Northwest Ohio–Wildlife District Two

In June, State Wildlife Officer Eric VonAlmen, assigned to Wood County, conducted sport fish enforcement on the Maumee River in Grand Rapids. He observed two anglers wade into the river with large treble hooks on their lines and attempt to snag fish while retrieving their lines. Both anglers hooked fish including common carp, channel catfish and flathead catfish in parts of the body other than the mouth. The individuals kept the snagged fish, which is not legal for any species other than forage fish. Officer VonAlmen contacted the suspects on the shoreline and issued summonses for the violation. Each angler paid a $120 waiver, and Officer VonAlmen photographed the snagged catfish and released them into the river.

In early June, State Wildlife Officer Ethan Bingham, assigned to Williams County, received a call from the ODNR Communications Center regarding an injured bald eagle in Fulton County. The eagle was injured along a road and was reported to the Lyons Royalton Fire Department by a passerby. The eagle was taken to Nature’s Nursery in Whitehouse to be rehabilitated. Later in the month, Officer Bingham received a call from Nature’s Nursery advising that the eagle was ready for release. Officer Bingham coordinated with Nature’s Nursery, the Lyons-Royalton Fire Department, and the individual who reported the bald eagle and together they released it back into the wild near where it was found.

SR 235-SR 309 detour for culvert replacement

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Hardin County during the week of August 21. All outlined work is weather permitting.

State Route 235/State Route 309 between County Road 35 and County Road 45 will close on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for four days for a culvert replacement.

  • Detour: SR 309 to I-75 to SR 81 to SR 235, back to SR 309 (detour attached).

State Route 235 between County Road 130 and Township Road MD, approximately three miles south of the village of Alger, will close on Monday, Aug. 28, for approximately five days for a culvert replacement.­

  • Detour: SR 309 to SR 67, back to SR 235 (see detour).

EF1 tornado confirmed in Kenton on August 12

Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service, Wilmington OH 622 PM EDT Sat Aug 12 2023


The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio has confirmed an EF1 tornado occurred in Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio during the early afternoon hours of today, August 12, 2023.

This conclusion stems from a damage survey that is being conducted. Maximum winds have been estimated at 90 mph.

Additional information, including tornado track data, will be made available later this evening. A final assessment, including results of the survey, are expected to be completed and transmitted via a Public Information Statement.

The storm survey information will also be available at


SR 235 detour south of Alger begins August 28

State Route 235 between County Road 130 and Township Road MD, approximately three miles south of the village of Alger, will close on Monday, August 28, for approximately five days. ­


Detour: SR 309 to SR 67, back to SR 235 (see detour).