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Representative Jim Jordan makes Van Wert appearance
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Rep. Jim Jordan (right) of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District was the featured speaker of the Van Wert County Republican Party on Friday at the Wassenberg Art Center. Above, Jordan answers questions while county G.O.P. Central Committee Chairman Martin Burchfield watches. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT — It isn’t often that a political party in Van Wert County will come together to hear a political speaker who doesn’t represent the area, but Rep. Jim Jordan brought in nearly 200 people to hear his ideas about Republican House objectives, the future of health care, and the strength of the country.

Jordan told the crowd a story about Scott O’Grady, the U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia and spent almost a week behind enemy lines in 1995, recalling the pilot’s words after his rescue.

“In three short statements, this young man has summed up what this country is about,” Jordan declared. He went on to talk about O’Grady’s statements highlighting faith, family, and freedom, focusing on the current administration’s positions on the first and second amendments.

 
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society sets September events
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “The Glaciers are Back! — Creating the Ice Age Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the campus. It’s the first building to the left (first left turn). The program is free and open to the public.

Welcome the Ohio Historical Society’s new curator of natural history, David L. Dyer, for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how a major museum exhibit is created, from research to final installation. See how the empty Union Terminal Building in downtown Cincinnati was transformed into the Ice Age landscape of Ohio over a period of four years.

 
Milkshakes and more!
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Workers at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds set up what will become the Farm Bureau Tent on the south end of the fairgrounds Friday afternoon. The 158th edition of the fair will run Wed. Aug. 27 - Sun. Sept. 1. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT — A few traditions are being adjusted a little for the 158th edition of the Van Wert County Fair which officially opens on Wednesday. There are new events, new building, and some new days and times for favorite events in the 2014 event. But changes are nothing new at the fair. The first fair was 1855, and the only event that has pre-empted the fair is the American Civil War. That is a lot of history.

The first fair was a one-day affair held at the former location of Dull Lumber. The fair was held over two days, two years later, and by 1871, the event lasted three days. The length of the fair has fluctuated many times since then.

This year’s fair will run through Monday, September 1, followed by the annual livestock auction Tuesday morning at the Farm Focus arena. The most obvious change for 2014 is the replacement of the Rabbit Barn. The old structure, which had been the oldest structure on the grounds, was taken down, and a new version has taken its place. Also removed was the Gospel Pavilion which was damaged by high winds this winter. A large tent covers this area now and will serve as the Gospel Tent this year before a new venue is built for 2015.

 
Putnam County law enforcement reminds motorcyclists to ‘ride sober or get pulled over’
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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OTTAWA — The warmer weather usually means that more motorcyclists will be riding the roads. Captain Brian Siefker form the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office wants motorcycle riders to know that from mid-August through Labor Day weekend, local law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk driving, including motorcyclists.

“Here’s the deal,” Siefker explained, “We’ve seen too many motorcycle crashes in Ohio, many of which are alcohol-related. Riding can be a thrill, but riding impaired is just plain dangerous. Motorcyclists are especially affected by drunk riding—not only because they need to be able to focus to maintain balance and control of their bike, but they are also more vulnerable in the event of a crash.”

 
Man sentenced for lying to judge
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
A Willshire man was sent to prison on Friday after a hearing for violating his probation. Michael Speakman (right), 22, pictured above at his sentencing hearing Wednesday, had told Judge Charles D. Steele he needed work release since he worked at two jobs. Actually, Speakman is not employed at either position, so the deferred prison sentence was handed down Friday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Speakman was sentenced to nine months in prison on a charge of theft from 2012, and to 12 months in prison for telecommunications fraud. The two sentences will be served concurrently. (DHI Meida File Photo)
 
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