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Highway Construction Update for the week of April 22

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced work to affect highways in near Ada, Ohio during the week beginning April 21. All outlined work is weather permitting.

  • State Route 235 between the village of Ada and the Hancock County line will be restricted to one lane for berm repair.
  • State Route 235 over Interstate 75 will be restricted to one lane for bridge repair.

Ohio didn't see major eclipse gridlock

COLUMBUS__The message from state officials was clear: Come early, stay late for last week’s solar eclipse. New data shows that most people did just that, avoiding the post-eclipse gridlock other states experienced.

March 2024 local weather summary

Wondering about recent weather? Attatched are March 2024 National Weather Service observations at the Lima Municipal Airport.

These highlights include the amount of precipitation and the minimum, maximum, and average temperature for each day of March.

Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two
During the 2023 white-tailed deer archery hunting season, State Wildlife Officer Ryan Burke, assigned to Hancock County, and State Wildlife Officer Brock Williamson, assigned to Seneca County, investigated a landowner harvest anomaly.

Ohio Victory Gardens offers free seeds 

It’s time once again to get your hands dirty and start growing! The Ohio  Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio State University Extension offices are kicking off the  fifth year of the Ohio Victory Gardens program.

Due to high demand, the program has expanded to include 64 counties, up from 50 counties last year. Thousands of seed sample kits are available for free to the public to get people planting. 

Specific days and times for each office are available on the Ohio Victory Gardens website, as  well as planting resources and information. Hardin County OSU Extension will make available Ohio Victory Garden seed packets containing a combination of carrots, cucumber, lettuce, and sunflowers.


Bluffton University Town Hall meeting answers merger questions, reflects community concerns

See more news from the Bluffton Icon HERE.

By Paula Pyzik Scott

A Town Hall session regarding the recently announced merger of Bluffton University and the University of Findlay began a community conversation about how and why this change is taking place. Some key details were revealed and concerns from the larger university community including former faculty and alumni were expressed.