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The419 visits the Trevi Fountain!

Photographer & the419 intern Paige Apkarian brings the419 to Italy.

the419 goes to… Rome

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the419 goes to… San Miniato

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the419 goes to… Siena San Gimignano

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the419 goes to… Fiesole

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the419 goes to… SACI school

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Peyton Hollinger, Braydin Bohn, and Ryleigh Clark wait for their turn in line for the rides at Faurot Park.

Photos Paige Apkarian

The 2016 Star Spangled Spectacular at Faurot Park was just that – a spectacular display of community pride full of events including the Veteran’s Auto Show, carnival rides, balloon artists and more.

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More than 1,000 school kids attended the annual D.A.R.E. event Thursday at the Lima/Allen County Civic Center to celebrate graduation from the 10-week program.

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LIMA – More than 1,000 school kids from nine area schools and two from Van Wert attended the annual D.A.R.E. event Thursday at the Lima/Allen County Civic Center to celebrate graduation from the 10-week program. Read more about the celebration and learn about upcoming events via the419’s coverage of the show »

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SHAWNEE – Pastor Bryan Bucher of the Shawnee United Methodist Church offered a blessing to roughly 1,000 bike riders along with the help of Larry E. Inskeep, Chaplain- Lima Fire Department. This was the sixteenth year the church has hosted this day of blessing. The event has many to thank including over 100 volunteers from the congregation.

Todd and Tara Joyce from Lima Harley Davidson have been partners in the event since its beginning. There were special bikes on display provided by Jim Godwin of Jim’s Harley of Mendon.

A day of fun and fellowship was had by all with the church parking lot being the launch location. Free coffee and donuts were offered complimentary thanks to Tim Hortons. To view videos and additional pictures from the event, go to the Shawnee United Methodist page.

Some notable current and former Lima residents are memorialized on a mural in downtown Lima.

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LIMA – Some notable current and former Lima residents are memorialized on a mural in downtown Lima.

Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph's Sherman Dean, left, tries to pass the ball against Lima Central Catholic's Nick Taflinger during the OHSAA Division III boys' high school basketball championship game Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Lima Central Catholic beat Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 66-42. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

MARCUS HARTMAN, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tre Cobbs scored 24 points as Lima Central Catholic beat Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 66-44 in the Division III state championship game Saturday at Value City Arena.

For Cobbs and his fellow seniors, it was the culmination of a yearlong wait to avenge a 63-50 loss to the same team in the same game.

“We worked for it as soon as we got back. We put in the time for it and the results are showing,” Cobbs said.

This time around a crowd of 11,109 watched the Thunderbirds (28-1) dominate after halftime to beat the Vikings (23-6), their opponent in the title game for a third straight season.

Cobbs had 14 points in the first half as LCC led by as many as six.

LCC coach Frank Kill said he felt his team was tight early, but he liked what he saw after the intermission as the Thunderbirds outscored the Vikings 14-4 in the third quarter and 25-14 in the fourth.

VASJ was 1 for 9 from the field in the third quarter after going 11 for 22 in the first half. The Vikings shot 36 percent for the game.

“We talked about being lion-hearted the entire season, and we came out and just got stops,” Kill said. “We got rebounds. We contested every shot. We were then able to transition.”

Dantez Walton scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Thunderbirds while Ethan O’Connor added 11 points.

Higgins led VASJ with 15 points.

LCC won its third state title. The Thunderbirds beat VASJ 64-62 in the 2014 matchup and won the crown in 2010 over Orrville.

Vikings coach Babe Kwasniak said he saw many similarities between his team and the newly crowned state champs — with one key difference.

“I think they’re a lot like us,” Kwasniak said. “Except this year they’re a lot more talented.”

LCC’s only loss this season was to Lima Senior, which advanced to the Division I title game.

Westerville South's Kaleb Wesson (32) is fouled by Lima Senior's Marquevious Wilson (0) as Xavier Simpson (5) watches during the third quarter of the boys' Division I basketball championship game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Westerville South won 57-55. (AP Photo/Phil Long)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jordan Humphrey was modest about how he ended up being the hero of Westerville South’s 57-55 win over Lima Senior in the Division I championship game Saturday night.

“Time was running down and somebody had to score,” Humphrey said. “It was a tie game, and I was just happy to be in that position.”

The Wildcats (26-4) led most of the way, but Lima Senior tied the game in the final minute on a Rico Stafford layup set up by a slick drive and dish from 2016 Ohio Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson.

With the game even at 55, Westerville South coach Ed Calo called for his team to spread the floor and put the ball in the hands of Humphrey, who already had a team-high 17 points.

He made it 19 with a spinning shot in the lane that fell through the hoop with less than two seconds left.

“We didn’t want to give them a chance to get a rebound and come back the other way,” Calo said. “We’d be content to go into overtime. And Jordan did a great job all tournament of finding a seam and shooting it.”

After Simpson’s half-court heave at the buzzer was no good, Lima Senior’s hopes to become the first team to go undefeated in Division I since Zanesville in 1995 were officially dashed.

“Coming down to the last play, the guy made a tough shot,” Spartans coach Quincey Simpson said. “Any time you can make a guy turn and shoot a jump shot, we’ll live with that. He made a tough shot. Good offense usually beats good defense. That’s kind of how it ended.”

Andre Wesson scored 14 points for Westerville South as the Wildcats won their first state title.

They lost their first try a year ago 65-57 to Huber Heights Wayne.

“We had a different mindset this year,” Humphrey said. “Work hard every day, just keep attacking. Outwork our opponent every night.”

Simpson led the Spartans (29-1) with 17 points and seven assists while Ruben Flowers III added 12 and Stafford had 10 for Lima Senior.

Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) participated in an MSNBC town hall moderated by Willie Geist at the Lima Pallet Company in Lima, OH today.

The Today Show’s Willie Geist moderated Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Town Hall Meeting Friday at the Lima Pallet Company located at 1470 Neubrecht Road in Lima, Ohio. The full town hall event will air Friday evening at 8 p.m. on MSNBC.

Photos courtesy Jay Phillips, JP Media Productions