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August 12, 2020

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Chad Cupples receives Combat Action Badge

Bluffton native Chad Cupples, who served in Iraq with the 323rd Military Police Company, was awarded the Combat Action Badge in a ceremony on Aug. 5.  

The presentation in Rep. Jim Jordan’s office, Lima, was made as a result of Cupples’ involvement in an engagement on May 27, 2003. He took direct small arms fire from enemy combatants as well as indirect rocket and mortar fire on several occasions. 


Governor DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine, and staff all test negative for COVID-19

In a second test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative for COVID-19.

A PCR test was administered to the Governor and members of his staff this afternoon.  The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 -- in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19. 


Ohio Gov. DeWine tests positive for covid-19

Today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine took a test for COVID-19 as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. 

Governor DeWine tested positive.  Governor DeWine has no symptoms at the present time.

Governor DeWine is returning to Columbus where he and First Lady Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will both be tested.

Governor DeWine plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for the next 14 days.


Bluffton couple assist in development of Ada covid-19 information source

Ross and Anna Kauffman part of team that created online health guide

• Where did the 6-foot rule come from?
• How do we help kids cope with all the questions surrounding covid-19?
• What criteria would allow us to return to not having social distancing, wearing masks and enhancing disinfecting practices?
• Is this a short term virus, or is it like the flu that will continue to show up seasonally?

These questions and host of others are addressed in a locally-created online resource made available to the public this month. 


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.


$500 donation to pathway project from State Farm

Bluffton State Farm Insurance and Ed Reichenbach State Farm recently donated $500 toward the Bluffton Lion’s Foundation to keep the bike path projecty around Bluffton moving. Dick Ramseyer accepted the donation for the Lion’s Club Foundation. Ed Reichenbach says, “Every time we come together, we get stronger. Let’s keep the good going. Share your own #GoodNeighbor story!”