THURSDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-25

WIMA NEWS COPY THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020

>>NORTH ELIZABETH STREET STILL CLOSED DUE TO FIRE CLEAN UP

(LIMA, OH) -- THE 100 BLOCK OF NORTH ELIZABTH STREET REMAINS CLOSED TODAY AS CREWS CONTINUE TO CLEAN UP FROM THE TUESDAY NIGHT FIRE THAT DESTROYED THE FORMER ROXY BAR AT 122 NORTH ELIZABETH STREET.

ACCORDING TO LIMA POLICE, JEFF ENGLAND, 40, WHO IS HOMELESS, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING THE BUILDING ABLAZE. LPD SAYS THE ENGLAND CAME TO THE FRONT DESK OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND TOLD THE OFFICER THAT HE HAD SET THE FIRE AND THEY NEEDED HELP.

THE BUILDING IS A TOTAL LOSS, AND ITS DEMOLITION BEGAN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

POLICE ALSO SAY THAT HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE LIVING INSIDE THE BUILDING BUT THERE WERE NO INJURIES TO ANY OF THEM OR ANY FIREFIGHTERS.

>>MINSTER MAN LOSES HIS LIFE IN CRASH

(SIDNEY, OH) -- 48-YEAR OLD TERRY E. HEITKAMP OF MINSTER WAS KILLED IN A CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 29 NEAR MCCARTYVILLE IN NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. HEITKAMP WAS AWAITING TO TURN LEFT INTO A CARRY OUT WHEN HIS 2002 CHEVY CAVALIER WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND BY A 2008 PONTIAC G6 DRIVEN BY 48-YEAR OLD JONATHON CRAIG OF ST. MARYS. THE COLLISION FORCED HEITKAMP’S VEHICLE INTO THE PATH OF A 2012 JEEP WRANGLER OPERATED BY 42-YEAR OLD JAYMEE DONOVAN OF BOTKINS. HEITKAMP DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. THERE WERE NO OTHER INJURIES. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

>>PORTMAN ANNOUNCES FUNDING LIMA’S JSMC

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- U.S. SENATOR ROB PORTMAN (R-OH) TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THE SENATE’S FY 2021 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA) INCLUDES $1.033 BILLION IN FUNDING TO UPGRADE 89 ABRAMS TANKS, $392 FOR ABRAMS MODIFICATIONS, WHICH WILL CONTINUE THE PRODUCTION OF THE M1A2 SEPV3 UPGRADED ABRAMS TANKS AT THE JOINT SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING CENTER (JSMC) IN LIMA IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT OUR FORWARD DEPLOYED SOLDIERS HAVE TANKS WITH THE MOST CUTTING-EDGE CAPABILITIES. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $847 MILLION FOR UPGRADING STRYKER VEHICLES AND $392 MILLION FOR MODIFYING THE STRYKER A1 VEHICLES. ALSO INCLUDED IS $378.6 MILLION TO PRODUCE 72 STRYKER CHASSIS TO SUPPORT THE ARMY’S MANEUVER SHORT RANGE AIR DEFENSE (M-SHORAD) PROGRAM. PORTMAN HAS BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR BOTH LIMA AND THE ABRAMS AND STRYKER PROGRAMS, ENSURING THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY HAVE THE BEST AND MOST LETHAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS WHILE KEEPING GOOD, HIGH-PAYING JOBS IN LIMA.

PORTMAN SAID, “THIS FUNDING WILL ENSURE THAT MORE TANKS ARE PRODUCED AT LIMA AND GET TO OUR FORWARD DEPLOYED SOLDIERS. THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT WHEN NOT LONG AGO THE WORKFORCE WAS ONLY FUNDED FOR ONE TANK PER MONTH. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR ARMORED FORMATIONS AND FOR LIMA AND ITS IRREPLACEABLE WORKFORCE.”

>>RHODES STATE ENTERS ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE

LIMA, -- RHODES STATE SIGNED A FORMAL ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE. THE AGREEMENT WILL OFFER RHODES STATE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEAMLESSLY COMPLETE THEIR BACHELOR OF GENERAL STUDIES OR BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREES AT THE NEARBY FORT WAYNE CAMPUS OR ENTIRELY ONLINE. GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO FINISH THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE BY TAKING UP TO 88 CREDIT HOURS AT RHODES STATE AND AT LEAST 32 CREDIT HOURS ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS AT PFW. THE AGREEMENT ALSO OPENS AND MAINTAINS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO INSTITUTIONS AND WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES.

>>COVID NUMBERS

IN OHIO CASES ARE UP THIS WEEK BUT HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU ADMISSIONS AND DEATHS HAVE REMAINED STEADY OR DOWN AS MEASURED BY THE THREE WEEK ROLLING AVERAGE. ENTERING THE WEEK THE AVERAGE FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS WAS AT 57, AND THAT IS THE CURRENT AVERAGE. AS FOR ICU ADMISSIONS THE AVERAGE HAS DROPPED FROM 14 ENTERING THE WEEK TO 13, AND DEATHS DOWN AN AVERAGE OF 2 PER DAY.

IN ALLEN COUNTY YESTERDAY SAW TWO NEW CASES REPORTED WITH NO HOSPITALIZATIONS OR DEATHS.

WIMA SPORTS COPY THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020

>>DEFIANCE STAYS IN THE FAMILY FOR BOYS HOOPS COACH

(DEFIANCE, OH) -- EARLIER THIS WEEK, DEFIANCE HIGH SCHOOL HIRED BRYN LEHMAN, A 2008 GRADUATE OF THE SCHOOL, AS ITS NEW BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH. HE WILL TAKE THE OVER THA PROGRAM FROM HIS DAD, KIRK, WHO RECENTLY RETIRED. BRYN HAD BEEN ASSISTING HIS DAD AT DHS AND ALSO PLAYED FOR HIM IN HIGH SCHOOL. THIS MARKS BRYN’S FIRST HEAD COACHING ASSIGNMENT.

>>UNOH SIGNS TRANSFER

(LIMA, OH) -- THE UNIVERSITY NORTHWESTERN OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM HAS ANNOUNCED THE SIGNING OF HUNTER BODE, A 6'8 FORWARD FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO. BODE WILL BE A JUNIOR FOR THE RACERS NEXT SEASON.

BODE COMES TO LIMA AFTER STARTING HIS COLLEGIATE CAREER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS IN WILLIAMSBURG, KENTUCKY. AT THE CUMBERLANDS THE 6'8 FORWARD PLAYED IN 60 CAREER GAMES IN 2 SEASONS, SHOOTING 48.2% FROM THE FIELD AND RECORDING 152 REBOUNDS. AT THE CUMBERLANDS, BODE WAS PART OF A PROGRAM THAT WON 45 GAMES IN HIS TWO SEASONS AND QUALIFIED FOR BACK-TO-BACK NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.

COACH CALEB WILLIAMS SAID "THE ADDITION OF HUNTER WILL ADD MUCH NEEDED DEPTH AT THE FORWARD POSITION AND HIS ATHLETICISM AT THE RIM WILL GIVE US A DYNAMIC WE NEEDED TO ADD."

>>UM-DEARBORN CANCELS FALL SPORTS

(DEARBORN, MI) -- THE DETROIT NEWS REPORTS THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AT DEARBORN HAS CANCELLED ITS FALL SPORTS SEASON DUE TO CONCERNS WITH COVID-19. UMD IS A MEMBER OF THE WOLVERINE-HOOSIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE, AS IS UNOH.

THEY ARE THE ONLY WHAC SCHOOL TO ANNOUNCE ITS FALL ATHLETIC PLANS.

>>NFL CANCELS HOF GAME, POSTPONES ENSHRINEMENT

(NEW YORK, NY) -- ESPN REPORTS THAT THE NFL HAS STEPPED IN AND CANCELLED THE HALL OF FAME GAME IN CANTON, OHIO. THE HALL HAD BEEN MOVING AHEAD WITH HOSTING THE COWBOYS AND STEELERS ON AUGUST 6TH. THE GAME WAS ALREADY SOLD OUT. THE LEAGUE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE COWBOYS AND STEELERS WILL MEET IN NEXT YEAR’S HOF GAME. ALSO, THE HALL’S ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY HAS BEEN POSTPONED. IT WAS SAID FOR AUGUST 8.

>>NYC MARATHON CANCELLED

(NEW YORK, NY) -- THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR DUE TO RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, THE EVENT'S ORGANIZERS ANNOUNCED. THE PRESTIGIOUS RACE, THE LARGEST MARATHON IN THE WORLD, WAS TO RUN ITS 50TH EDITION ON NOV. 1.

>>FIVE PLAYERS WITHDRAW FROM PGA EVENT

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL) -- BROOKS KOEPKA AND WEBB SIMPSON ARE AMONG FIVE PLAYERS TO WITHDRAW

FROM THIS WEEK'S TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. THE CADDIES FOR BOTH KOEPKA AND GRAEME MCDOWELL TESTED POSITIVE, PROMPTING THEM TO WITHDRAW, WHILE SIMPSON WITHDREW WHEN HE LEARNED A FAMILY MEMBER HAD TESTED POSITIVE. SIMPSON'S WITHDRAWAL COMES AFTER HE WON THE RBC HERITAGE LAST WEEK TO MOVE TO NO. 5 IN THE WORLD. TWO PGA PLAYERS, NICK WATNEY AND CAMERON CHAMP, HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SINCE THE PGA RETURNED FROM A THREE-MONTH HIATUS TWO WEEKS AGO.

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