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Vantage refinancing saving $4.1 million
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
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VAN WERT — It is always good news when financing arrangements can be changed to save money. For Vantage Career Center, refinancing bonds is saving the district approximately $4.1 million and will enable the district to shave seven years from the time needed to pay off the debt.

In June, the Vantage Board of Education approved the refinancing of the districts outstanding 2010 School Improvement Build America Bonds to take advantage of current conditions in the bond market. Closing for the new bonds was completed on July 9.

“The Board of Education wants to take every opportunity to reduce taxes to our constituents, and with the favorable bond market conditions, utilizing this refunding provided substantial savings for the district,” stated Vantage District Treasurer Lori Davis.

The amount refinanced was just under $16 million. This is from the money approved by voters to complete the $35 million renovation and expansion project which added 67,000 square feet to the school, bringing it to 187,000 square feet, as well as modernizing the labs and classroom facilities.

On the Banks of Yesteryear ... The 100th anniversary of the ‘War to end all wars’
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 11, 2014 6:38 PM )
Liberty Day Parade in Delphos on April 6, 1918, at the corner of Main and Third streets. (Photo submitted)


It all began with a single shot. Nearly 100 years ago on July 28, 1914, Serbian Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on a back street in Sarajevo. Austro-Hungarian demands of Serbia were refused and their subsequent invasion of Serbia started a domino effect between allies on both sides that quickly drew all of Europe into war.

While Europe suffered through a horrific and bloody stalemate, the United States maintained a strict non-interventionist policy. While not actively participating in the War, the United States was an important supplier to the United Kingdom and other Allies. In 1917, Germany, in an effort to turn the tide of the war, declared unrestricted submarine warfare. They hoped to disrupt supply lines to England and starve them out of the war before United States, angered by attacks on American ships, joined the war. However, England held out and the United States, furious over hostile acts by Germany, declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

When war was declared on April 6, the United States had a small, ill-equipped army but a draft was implemented and soon nearly three million new soldiers swelled the ranks of the American military. Back home in Delphos, the local boys flocked to recruiting stations to join the fight. Those who passed their physical were soon off to camp to train, some leaving from the Delphos train station. Camp Sherman in Chillicothe was one of the largest military training camps in the nation and trained more than 40,000 soldiers before the war ended.

Limaland Comedy festival to bring laughs in honor of Diller
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), born and raised in Lima, opened the door for female comedians in the 1960s. (Submitted photo)


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LIMA — Before well-known female comedians like Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, there was Phyllis Diller. Diller, born and raised in Lima, opened the door for female comedians in the 1960s and Limaland Comedy will host Lima’s Funniest Lady Comedy Festival starting Wednesday to celebrate this comedy icon.

“She was the first real female comedian and the first female comedian that became a household name,” Limaland Comedy owner Gina Chiappazzi said. “She was groundbreaking for women in comedy and for women in general because she broke the glass ceiling. It’s awesome that someone from Lima did that.”

Born July 17, 1917, Phyllis Ada Driver attended Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago before transferring to Bluffton University. In 1939, she married Sherwood Diller and they eventually moved to California where Diller became a secretary at a San Francisco television station. The local television hosts heard her stand-up act and invited her on their show in 1955. From there, her popularity spread.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM



The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com. Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of July 14, 2014

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, please visit www.odotlima75.org.

Ohio 66 between Delphos and the Auglaize County line will be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone for pavement repairs. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and cones noting the lane closures. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.

U.S. 30/Ohio 309 near Delphos may be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone for culvert work. Work is expected to be completed in late July. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting, Boardman.

Van Wert Rib Fest details announced
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Last year at the Van Wert Rib Fest, the sauce was ladled on all day Saturday at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. A great crowd took part in the eating, drinking, socializing and music at the annual event, despite rain washing out much of the Friday night crowd. (DHI Media file photo)


VAN WERT — The Van Wert Rib Fest is coming up Aug. 8-9.

Larry Lee, executive director of the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which organizes the annual Van Wert Rib Fest, has announced more details about this year’s event.

The eighth annual affair will be held Aug. 8 and 9. The gates will open at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 with 12 food vendors ready to serve some the best festival foods in the area. On Aug. 9, the gates will open at 11 a.m.

Rib vendors participating this year include Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ from Convoy, Low & Slow BBQ from Fort Wayne, Pigtails BBQ from West Salem, Ohio, Pork Brothers BBQ from Lima, Smoke Shack BBQ from Pickerington, Ohio, and Timmy’s BBQ from Garrett, Indiana.

“We think we’ve got a great line-up of rib teams this year,” Lee said. “We have local favorites, like Gibson’s and Pork Brothers and we have Smoke Shack, who have been a part of each of the past events. We are excited to welcome Pigtails BBQ from eastern Ohio, who also participated in the 2014 Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. And we’re glad to welcome back Low and Slow, who were part of last year’s event, and Timmy’s BBQ, who were here two years ago.”

In addition to the rib teams who will provide a variety of meat selections and sides, there will be six other food vendors on site.

“Annie’s Concessions will be offering fries, funnel cakes and lemon shake-ups. Fiske Concessions will be selling french fries and ice tea. CJ’s Shaved Ice will be on hand as well as Sycamore Ice Cream, and Mike’s Wisconsin Cheese Curds will also be available,” Lee added. “Saucy Sows will be there selling a variety of sauces and batters.”