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Craig Kelly


Lima, OH, United States

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Past articles by Craig:

Federal appeals court OKs Ohio law aimed at abortion funding

CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court Tuesday upheld an Ohio anti-abortion law that blocks public money for Planned Parenthood.The full 6 → Read More

Auditor: Fiscal stress on horizon for Ohio counties, cities

LIMA — While Ohio’s economy has shown recovery from the 2008 recession, a closer look reveals there is the potential for financial stress for the state’s county and municipal governments. The Ohio Auditor’s Office released its second annual Financial Health Indicators report, evaluating 17 different fiscal indicators to gauge the financial health of counties and … → Read More

Allen County’s sheriff brings his badge to the barnyard

LAFAYETTE — Being the top cop in Allen County can be a daunting task in and of itself, but when Sheriff Matt Treglia leaves the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, he has another job waiting for him, one that he says is “in his blood.” Treglia’s roots go back to agriculture, with his grandfather starting a … → Read More

Bradfield class opens doors to computer coding

LIMA — For some young people in the Lima community, there is a feeling that their path is already carved out for them. A new program coming to the Bradfield Community Center is hoping to inspire those young people to know that their future is up to them and not written in stone. “It’s about … → Read More

$40 million Lima overflow tank project outlined

LIMA — The City of Lima is preparing to undertake the most expensive project in the city’s history next spring, one which, for the most part, will never be seen once completed. The city is evaluating submitted bids for the construction of a 13-million gallon combined sewer overflow tank to be placed 23 feet underground … → Read More

Legislative update: Tax reform the main talking point for area legislators

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As one may expect with major reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been the subject of the most discussion and reaction this past week in the nation’s capital. U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green: Latta praised the passage of the tax reform bill, saying it will … → Read More

Lima firefighters promoted

LIMA — Several firefighters in the Lima Fire Department have been promoted following the recent retirements of Capt. Rich Reiff and Deputy Chief Ed Hower. Cpt. Andy Heffner was promoted to deputy chief and assigned to the Central Fire Station. He has served with the Lima Fire Department for 22 years and has completed the … → Read More

Allen County township trustees sworn in

LIMA — They are often the unseen part of local government, ensuring roads are plowed in the winter and ensuring that ditches are cleared in the summer, among many other responsibilities. On Thursday, several Allen County township trustees were sworn into office by Judge Tammie Hursh at Lima Municipal Court. These trustees are the first … → Read More

Van Wert YMCA acquires golf club

VAN WERT — This time of year has often been dubbed the “season of giving,” with shoppers giving money to bell ringers at the store or soup kitchens receiving that extra pallet of food. The YMCA of Van Wert County received a rather unusual donation Thursday, as it is now the owner of an entire … → Read More

Allen County in pilot program to help children impacted by addiction

LIMA — While the opioid epidemic in Ohio has called attention to the plight of those addicted to opiates, a new program aims to help another group affected by this addiction, with Allen County set to be one of eight pilot counties participating. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office announced the formation of a new family … → Read More

Empty Stocking: Mother coping with loss of husband, damage to home

LIMA — There is a closed door in Shelly’s house, one that, for the time being, she cannot open. The door leads into her daughter Kaydance’s room, where her bed, clothes and toys remain. That room is not, however, where her 9-year-old daughter sleeps, as a recent police operation lead to a broken window and … → Read More

Lima Council defeats contracts

LIMA — As the current iteration of Lima City Council held its last meeting Monday night, several councilors stood firm in their decision to send several city skilled position contracts to next year’s council, which will feature several new members. With 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn unable to attend Monday’s meeting, several ordinances to authorize … → Read More

Bishop retiring from Allen County Council on Aging

LIMA — After working for almost three decades helping to meet the needs of seniors in Allen and Putnam Counties, Allen County Council on Aging Executive Director Diane Bishop has decided to call it a career. The council’s executive director since early 2002, Bishop will retire from her position on Wednesday, leaving behind a line … → Read More

Body camera delays frustrate Lima councilors

LIMA — Certain Lima City Council members voiced frustration with the slow pace the Lima Police Department has taken in selecting a model for its body camera program during discussions Monday on the issuance of bonds for various city projects. The department first announced its body camera pilot program in late January, saying it would … → Read More

Deer hunting numbers up over last year

LIMA — Deer hunters are having a more productive deer-gun hunting season than last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. During the week-long gun hunting season, hunters checked 72,814 white-tailed deer statewide, compared to 66,758 deer last year, a 9 percent increase. The region saw a 13 percent increase in deer harvested. … → Read More

Lima City Council to vote on 2018 contracts, infrastructure bond sales

LIMA — With the year drawing to a close, Lima City Council will be setting the table for 2018 during its 7 p.m. meeting Monday at the Lima Municipal Building. During its last meeting, Lima City Council voted down several 2018 city contracts, sending them to second readings, set to take place Monday. During the … → Read More

Legislative Update: Senate tax bill passage draws different reactions

WASHINGTON — After the U.S. Senate passed its version of tax reform early Saturday on a near party-line vote, Ohio’s senators had vastly different reactions. U.S. Senate Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: Brown spoke out against the early morning vote, calling it “a missed opportunity to cut taxes for working Ohioans,” according to a statement from … → Read More

Lima Mayor Berger sworn in, calls for investment in city’s children

LIMA — He has been mayor for a generation, and after being sworn in for an eighth time Friday, Mayor David Berger called for the city to place a greater emphasis on its future. With his wife holding the Bible, Berger was sworn into office Friday by Judge Jeffrey Reed at the Lima Municipal Building, … → Read More

Empty Stocking: Single dad struggles with 2 boys

LIMA — For Mark, Lima has become a refuge for him and his two sons. Mark and his sons, Cory, 9, and Tom, 8, made the move to Lima nearly a year ago, escaping an out-of-control drug culture in their former hometown. “People were doing heroin deals in front of my house,” he said. “My … → Read More

Harrod poultry operation goes cage free

HARROD — While large-scale poultry operations can sometimes evoke images of chickens confined to cages unable to move, an Auglaize Township operation is demonstrating a different approach. Ruth Farms, home of Happy Yolks LLC, held an open house Thursday to give the public a look at its operation, which is still under construction. Ruth Farms … → Read More