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Allen County begins lead poisoning awareness campaign

For more information, visit or contact Allen County Public Health at 419-228-4457.

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet thousands of children get lead  poisoning each year across the United States. 


Indian Lake State Park set to reopen on March 29

Fox Island to remain closed; additional no wake buoys added for safety

COLUMBUS__Governor Mike DeWine announced that Indian Lake State Park will re-open on Friday, March 29 following damage from the tornado and severe storms that struck Logan County on March 14. Thanks to the unwavering dedication of ODNR staff, local community members, and volunteer groups from across Ohio, this beloved recreation destination is ready to welcome back visitors well ahead of start of the summer season.


Applications are open for Lima/Allen County Poet Laureate 

The Lima City Council has approved the initiative for a second Lima Poet Laureate term. The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and help promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout Lima and Allen County. 

The Lima Poet Laureate will create projects for the two-year term and engage with a variety of constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital/social media.  

Applications are due by April 8 and are  available at ArtSpace/Lima, 65 Town Square, or on their website at  

The Lima Poet Laureate will have an office at ArtSpace, and you can call  ArtSpace for more details at 419-222-1721 




New Ohio Wildlife Officer assigned to Northwest Ohio

FINDLAY__Ohio Wildlife Officer Nolan Johnson, of Marblehead, has been assigned at-large in northwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.


March 19 field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two
In February, State Wildlife Office Ryan Burke, assigned to Hancock County, was on patrol at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. He was approached by two birders from Wooster who were unfamiliar with the area and seeking guidance. Officer Burke pointed out the portions of Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area open to walk-in access and gave the birders directions to good viewing locations for swans, ducks and short-eared owls. He also showed them the local bald eagle nest.


Richland Twp.-Allen Co. Engineer to discuss road plans

The Allen County Engineer will meet with township trustees and fiscal officers to determine the 2024 Township Road Program at 1501 N. Sugar Street, Lima, Ohio. The meeting for Richland Township will be on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.