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Bob Cupp elected new speaker of Ohio House

Has several local ties; Columbus Grove HS graduate

State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected as the new Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives on July 30.

“I am deeply grateful to have earned the support of my fellow colleagues who have entrusted me with the position of Speaker of the House. It is a great privilege to lead this chamber, and I pledge to do so honorably, fairly and humbly,” Cupp said in remarks to the House.


Origami Live, virtual game night, digital escape rooms, just for starters

August at the Bluffton Public Library

Bluffton Public Library’s Summer Program, “Imagine Your Story,”  ends Aug. 15.

 During this time, the digital Summer Reading Challenge continues on the library’s Beanstack webpage (with paper forms available for those unable to access the digital version).

To be included in the end-of-summer-program prize drawings, be sure to drop your virtual Beanstack tickets into your preferred prize boxes by Aug. 15.

Paper forms must be marked with preferred prize choice(s) and dropped off in the book drop by Aug. 15.  

Weekend doctor: Preparing for elective surgery

Process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the surgery

Information provided by Peggy Robinette, RN; Lisa Butler, RN; and Maura Mathias, RN, Pre-surgical screening, Blanchard Valley Hospital

When an elective surgery is scheduled, you will be contacted to set up a pre-surgery health interview.

This process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the upcoming surgery. This interview can be done in person or by phone. This type of screening was implemented many years ago to improve patient care before and after surgical procedures.

COVID-19 and flu test combined

FDA approves test that can detect both COVID-19 and flu

This column is provided by ONU HeathWise Pharmacy.
 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third combination test for COVID-19 and the flu.

This new test is found under the name Influenza SARS-CoV-2 (Flu SC2) Multiplex Assay.

The FDA previously issued EUAs to BioFire Diagnostics LLC and QIAGEN GmbH for their combination tests. These particular combination tests can help identify other respiratory organisms in addition to the viruses that cause the flu and COVID-19.


OHSAA fall sports practices begin Saturday

All fall sports can begin practice, while golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by the Governor to have contests between schools

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s fall sports of girls tennis, girls and boys golf, field hockey, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, volleyball and football officially begin practice Saturday, Aug. 1.


Briana Schmidt would have entered 7th grade this fall

Visitation Monday 5 - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman, Bluffton

Briana Renae Schmidt, 12, died July 31, 2020, at Russell J. Ebeid Children's Hospital in Toledo. Briana was born on Nov. 10, 2007. in Bluffton. 

Briana attended Bluffton Elementary School where she would have been a seventh grader. She attended Tri-County Family Assembly of God and Pleasant View United Methodist Church both of Bluffton. Briana enjoyed playing soccer, practicing gymnastics and art.  She was described as a very energetic and out-going child and a friend who will be remembered for her smile.