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944 E. Fifth St.
Cloudy.Showerslikely allday. Highsin thelower 70s.Mostly cloudy overnight.Lows in the upper 50s.Partlycloudy inthe morn-ing thenbecomingmostlysunny. Highs in the mid70s. Lows in the mid 50s.Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower80s. Lows in the lower 60s.Mostlyclear.Highs inthe upper70s.Lowsin the lower 60s.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Ohio counties designated atdisaster areas, p3 Golf previews, p7
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
 Rain doesn’t dampen spirit of garage sales
The Lincoln HighwayBuy-Way sales areoffered today throughSaturday along the route.The rain didn’t dampenthe spirit of 13-year-oldRodney Brown, aboveleft, Emily Brown, 7, Lizzie Chung, 8, CooperChung, 12, Alexa Chung, 10 and Sara Brown, 14, as they watch NathanBrown, 10, stand on hishead to attract businessto their garage sale onFifth Street today. Thechildren stood on thesidewalk holding signsand dancing, trying toget people to come totheir saleLeft: Ten-year-oldSamantha ‘Sammi’Knepper donned aslicker and sets up herBarbies in the parkinglot of Delphos EaglesLodge.
Claire Cohen photos
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment is selling seasontickets for its 2012 footballseason in the high schooloffice.Last year’s reserved-seatholders ($42 for 6 homegames) and those buying gen-eral admission ($35) this sea-son can purchase theirs from8 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.through Friday. High/gradeschool tickets ($20) can alsobe bought at these times. Theywill also be sold 7-7:30 p.m.Tuesday.If a 2011 reserved-seatholder does not pick up theirtickets before Tuesday (ornotify the office), the ticketswill be sold to someone on thewaiting list. New requests forreserved seats may be madeby calling the office duringnormal hours.The policy of the MAC isfor students to buy a seasonticket or pre-sale individualgame ticket for $4; all ticketsat the gate will be $6.Volleyball/JV passes (10home matches) will be soldfor the following: adults, $45;students, $35. At the gate:adults, $6; students, $4. A junior high volleyball pass (10home matches): adults, $25;students, $15. At the gate:adults, $3; students, $2.
Football Scrimmages:Liberty-Benton at ColumbusGrove, 6 p.m.
Football Scrimmages:St. John’s at Elida, 10 a.m.;New Bremen and Antwerp atCrestview, 6 p.m.Boys Golf: St. John’s andSpencerville at Indian BrookTournament (Fostoria), 9a.m.; Columbus Grove at FortJennings (PCL), 9 a.m.; St.Joe’s and Liberty-Benton atKalida, 10 a.m.
Football Scrimmages: Bathat Jefferson, 10 a.m.; Versaillesat Van Wert, 6 p.m.
AEP Ohiocustomersmay see7 percenthike in bills
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohio custom-ers of American Electric Powercould see an estimated 6 per-cent to 7 percent increase in theirmonthly bills during the first yearof a new pricing plan beginningthis fall that Ohio utility regula-tors approved Wednesday.The three-year plan comes asthe Columbus-based companytransitions from decades as a reg-ulated monopoly to a player in acompetitive market.The Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio decidedWednesday to freeze AEP’s basegeneration rate, which typicallymakes up the largest portion of acustomer’s monthly bill. But cus-tomers will still see an increase totheir bills starting in Septemberbecause of other fees in the newlyapproved pricing plan and vari-ables such as fuel costs.Commission Chairman ToddSnitchler said the increase thefirst year is a rough estimateand increases the remaining twoyears of the plan are not yetknown. Snitchler told reporters hecouldn’t provide a dollar estimatebecause certain fees attached tobills would be determined by thenew competitive market.But no resident, business orother customer would be respon-sible for paying more than a 12percent rate increase in their billduring the three-year period, hesaid. And if regulators see abnor-malities in customers’ bills, thecommission can go in and makeadditional adjustments to the rateplan, Snitchler said.Ohio’s utility consumeradvocate, the Ohio Consumers’Counsel, was reviewing the planWednesday but said that cus-tomers could see “hundreds of millions of dollars” in new rateincreases following the decision.“Unfortunately, Ohioans willbe asked to pay dearly for AEP’stransition to competition,” saidBruce Weston, who heads theconsumer agency.The commission approved apricing plan for AEP in December,but revoked it in February afterweeks of criticism from custom-ers, including some school dis-tricts that said the plan wouldnearly double their electric bills.One small company complainedof an increase of about $28,000 inannual electric bills.“This order more evenly dis-tributes the rate impacts amongcustomers,” Snitchler said.Commissioners also decidedhow AEP would recoup certainfees that its competitors will soonstart paying the company to com-pete in its territory.Regulators in July had set thefee at $188.88 per megawatt-day,but required AEP to charge sup-pliers a lower market-based price,currently $20.01 per megawatt-day. The commission had saidAEP could recover the differ-ence in the amount between theso-called capacity charges. OnWednesday, they said the total
Library may hire part-time pages to put away books
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees kept its monthly meeting short Wednesday eveningwith only four members present.Director Nancy Mericle brought the board’s attention tothe proposed wall decorations for The First Edition build-ing. The board has expressed a desire to have old Delphosphotographs from the library’s archives copied and enlargedas canvas prints.“I went to a local box store and looked at their prints andtheirs had a cardboard border but you could pay extra for thewooden border that the canvas is stretched around,” Mericlesaid. “Also, the picture was shinier than I would like. So, Iwent over to another store and had them do up an examplefor us and I think it turned out really well. It’s $59 for a16X20 print and that includes the wooden frame.”The board is planning to use donated funds to pay for thedecorations.“We still have $2,000 from the Dienstberger Foundationbut I think we’ll have to decide whether or not to use thatfor the floor repairs in the activity room,” Mericle said. “Wealso have $500 from the Eagles Auxiliary we could use.”In other news, the board is considering the possibility of hiring pages to help put books away.“We’ve got some employees who would like to get extrahours but they don’t want to spend them putting booksaway. Someone suggested we get volunteers to do it butmost of the volunteers we have are senior citizens who helpout with the book sales and I don’t think we want to havethem putting books away,” Mericle said. “ I think we’re justgoing to have to break down and hire a page to help outin the evenings and on Saturdays. Maybe two pages, whocould split the hours. We thought it would be a good idea tohire high school students, one from each school. I think weneed to get the younger people in here. If we did have them,it would really, really help.”The board agreed to consider placing applications in eachof the high school offices when classes start in September.
Stacy Taff photo
Three-year-old Madison Kill, daughter of Andrewand Tisha Kill, picks books out at the library Wednesdayafternoon.
Jefferson appareldeadline Monday
The first JeffersonAthletic Booster fall appareldeadline is Monday.Order forms are avail-able at Delphos SportingGoods, where clothing ison display; DSG Facebookpage; and all school offices.Apparel will also beavailable to purchaseat Meet the Team.
St. John’s sellingfootball tickets
See AEP, page 2
2 The Herald Thursday, August 9, 2012
For The Record
Openingsoon inDelphos
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 41
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
J. David EvansMary C. YoungBetty Lou Eutsler
Delphos weather
Man faces domestic violence chargeRockfordwoman arrestedon warrant
Police probe theftfrom residenceVehicles damaged
June 12, 1940-Aug. 8, 2012
J. David Evans, 72, of Van Wert, died at 3:35 a.m.Wednesday at the Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.He was born June 12, 1940,in Van Wert, to Raymond andIrene (Brown) Evans, whopreceded him in death.He married Barbara (Otte)Evans, who survives in VanWert.Other survivors includechildren, David (Beth)Evans, Bob (Kim) Evans,Lisa (Gary) Giessler of VanWert; brothers Wilbur (Judy)Evans of Delphos and Robert(Margaret) Evans of Van Wert;a sister, Carlene Gerdeman of Delphos; nine grandchildren,Tera (Rob) Huffman, Thomas(JaNahn) Evans, Seth (Abbie)Evans, Lauren Evans, Michael(Jordy) Evans, Matt Evans,Mark Evans, Dan Giessler andJesse Giessler; and five great-grandchildren.He was also preceded indeath by a brother, LarryEvans; and a sister, MargaretKramer.Mr. Evans retired fromAmerican Ready Mix, VanWert, after 40 years. Hewas currently a part-timeVan Wert County Engineertruck driver. He was amember of St. Mary of the Assumption CatholicChurch, Van Wert; the VanWert Sons of the AmericanLegion; Middle Point LionsClub; and the Van WertHorseshoe Club. He lovedcamping and playing cardswith his family and friends.He was a loving and caringhusband, father and grand-father.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home &Crematory, Van Wert, wherea vigil wake will begin at 7:45p.m.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 12:30 p.m.Saturday at St. Mary of theAssumption Catholic Church,Van Wert, the Rev. StanSzybka officiating. Burial willbe in Ridge Cemetery, MiddlePoint.Preferred memorials areto the church or Van WertInpatient Hospice Center, VanWert.Condolences may beexpressed at alspachgearhart.com.
Nov. 3, 1919-Aug. 8, 2012
Mary C. Young, 92, of Delphos died at 4:48 a.m.Wednesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Nov. 3, 1919,in Delphos to Arthur and Clara(Laudick) Mueller, who areboth deceased.Her husband, Richard F.Young, who she married onAug. 16, 1947, preceded herin death on Aug. 3, 1980.Survivors include two sons,Steve Young of Clifton, Va.,and Dave Young of Cincinnati;three daughters, Barb (Don)Miller of Granville, SisterMary Clarine (Rebecca) of Toledo and Mariam (Greg)Scherger of Delphos; 10grandchildren, Allison Miller,Bryan (Pranati) Miller, Tim(Jillian) Miller, Ryan, Ashley;Riley, Peter and MollieYoung, Stephanie (Aaron)Gonya, and Nathan Scherger;and great-grandchildren EillieMiller, Benjamin Miller andAleah Gonya.Also preceding her in deathwas a brother, Richard C.Mueller.Mrs. Young worked as astaff nurse at St. Rita’s andVan Wert County Hospitaland did private duty. She alsovolunteered at the St. John’srectory. She was a memberof St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, CD of A andthe Altar Rosary Society. Shewas also an associate of theSisters of Notre Dame. Sheled the rosary before funeralsfor many years. She graduatedfrom St. John’s High Schoolin 1937 and from St. Rita’sSchool of Nursing in 1940.She was also a member of theWomen’s Bible Study Group,a mentor of the St. John’sWidows’s Club and a leaderof the Get-Well Prayer Group.She loved to crochet and shemade many gifts for her fam-ily and friends.Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church. Burial willbe in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral home, wherea Parish Wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Memorial Contributionsare to the St. John’s TeacherEndowment Fund of theSisters of Notre Dame.
May 18, 1927-Aug. 7, 2012
Betty Lou Eutsler, 85, of Spencerville, died at 10:08 p.m.Tuesday at Lima MemorialHealth System.She was born May 18, 1927,in Spencerville to Edwin andMary Ellen (Adams) Heil, whopreceded her in death.On Aug. 26, 1944, she mar-ried John Eutsler, who died July28, 1983.Survivors include childrenRobert “Bob” (Suzanne) Eutslerof Spencerville, Janet (Thomas)Kroeger and Brenda (Dale)Hemker of Delphos and Rita(Steven) Barnes of Spencerville;grandchildren Sally Richardsonof Middle Point, Kevin(Michele) Kroeger of Lima,Matthew Kroeger and Keith(Stacey) Kramer of Delphos,Michael (Nicole) Kramerof Powell, Jason Barnes of Spencerville and Dustin Barnesof Van Wert; stepgrandchil-dren Joseph Ruwoldt of OhioCity, Kathryn Wilson, Kristine(Tony) DeVita and Karen (Dan)Hittle of Spencerville, Thomas(Lori) Kroeger and Kimberly(Norman) Carder of Delphosand Laura Wright of Lima;and eight great-grandchildren,21 stepgreat-grandchildren andfour step great-great-grandchil-dren.She was also preceded indeath by a son, John Eutsler,who died in 1969 in theVietnam War; a grandchild; andsiblings Belva Suever, MaryBurnett, George Heil, Roy Heil,Bernetta Havenar and infantsister, Kathryn Heil.Mrs. Eutsler was a life mem-ber of First Baptist Church inSpencerville. She attendedSpencerville schools, whereshe had been a cheerleader.She was a homemaker and hadworked at H&R Block Co. inDelphos for 25 years. She wasa member of the Gold StarMothers, Veterans of ForeignWars Post 6772 Auxiliary andAmerican Legion Post 191Auxiliary in Spencerville. Shehad been residing at RoselawnManor Nursing Home.Services will begin at 11 a.m.Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Pastor JimFletcher officiating. Burial willbe in Spencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today and one hour priorto services Friday at the funer-al home, where a VFW andAmerican Legion Auxiliaryservice will be held at 8 p.m.today.Memorial contributions maybe made to John W. EutslerAMVETS Post 698, MiddlePoint; First Baptist Church;or Spencerville VeteransMemorial Park.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was89 degrees, low was 68. Higha year ago today was 83, lowwas 64. Record high for todayis 102, set in 1934. Recordlow is 48, set in 1964.
: Showers andthunderstorms in the evening,then showers likely and isolat-ed thunderstorms overnight.Lows in the lower 60s. Eastwinds 5 to 10 mph shiftingto the northwest overnight.Chance of precipitation 80percent.
: Cloudy.Showers likely in the morningthen chance of showers in theafternoon. Highs in the lower70s. Northwest winds 5 to 15mph. Chance of precipitation60 percent.
: Cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers in the evening, thenmostly cloudy overnight. Lowsin the upper 50s. Northwestwinds 10 to 15 mph.
: Partlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming mostly sunny. Highsin the mid 70s. Northwestwinds 10 to 15 mph.
: Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 50s. Highs inthe upper 70s.
: Partlycloudy. Lows in the lower60s. Highs in the lower 80s.
: Mostly clear.Highs in the mid 80s. Lows inthe lower 60s.At 4:44 a.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were calledto the 500 block of SouthMain Streetin referenceto a domes-tic violencecomplaint ata residencein that area.Uponofficers’arrival, theyspoke with amale subjectidentified as Richard Cook,42, of Delphos, at which timehe advised that he and a fam-ily or household member hadgotten into a dispute at whichtime it escalated resulting inthe victim being injured. Thevictim was in need of medicalattention, at which time theDelphos Fire and EMS werecalled and later transportedthe victim to a local hospitalfor medical attention.Cook was arrested oncharges of domestic violenceand was transported to theAllen County Jail. He willappear in Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge.At 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday,DelphosPolicearrestedJessicaBeveridge,24, of Rockfordon an activearrest war-rant issuedout of LimaMunicipalCourt for a prior trafficoffense.Beveridge was taken intocustody and transported to theAllen County Jail.At 6:12 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were contact-ed by a resident of the 300block of South Main Street inreference to a theft complaint.Upon officers speakingwith the victim, it was foundsomeone had gained entry intotheir residence and had takenitems from inside.The case has been turnedover to the Detective Bureaufor further investigation.At 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were called tothe 400 block of West SeventhStreet in reference to damageto vehicles in that area.Upon officers speaking tothe victim, it was found some-one had caused damage to twovehicles that were parked at aresidence in that area.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
Classic Lotto
04-17-20-25-30-39Estimated jackpot: $15.09million
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Estimated jackpot: $29million
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03-07-11-15-28,Powerball: 12Estimated jackpot: $216.8million
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06-11-12-17-19-21-26-33-34-38-39-41-42-45-49-54-56-67-72-77Corn: $8.26Wheat: $8.89Beans: $16.04The following individualsappeared Wednesday beforeJudge Charles Steele in VanWert County Court Of CommonPleas:
ArraignmentsHeather Haines, 
33,Camden Mich., pled not guiltyto aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifthdegree.She was released on a suretybond with a pre-trial scheduledfor Aug. 15.
Jerad Smith, 
24, Van Wert,pled not guilty to possessionof heroin, a felony of the fifthdegree.He was released on a suretybond with a pre-trial scheduledfor Aug. 15.
Alisha Monroe, 
29, VanWert, was arraigned on a chargeof theft, a felony of the fifthdegree.She pled not guilty and wasreleased on a surety bond with apre-trial scheduled for Aug. 15.
Katie Zimmerman, 
26,Van Wert, pled not guilty toaggravated possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.She pled not guilty and wasreleased on a surety bond with apre-trial scheduled for Aug. 15.
Taylor S. Baker, 
20, VanWert, pled not guilty to domes-tic violence, a felony of the thirddegree.His case was set for pre-trialon Aug. 15.Bond was not set today ashe is being held on a MunicipalCourt charge for the next 30days.
Stefan Dirham, 
20,Van Wert, pled not guilty toAggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifthdegree.He was released on a suretybond with a pre-trial scheduledfor Aug. 15.
Ralph Moorman, 
41, of theNew Castle Indiana CorrectionalFacility, pled not guilty to twocounts of rape (both felonies of the first degree) and one countof diseminating matter harmfulto juveniles (felony of the fourthdegree).No bond was set in his caseas he is currently a prisoner inthe Indiana Prison System.His case was set for pre-trialon Aug. 15.
Probation violation
Elizabeth Wyatt, 22, Marion,admitted in court that she hadviolated her probation by failingto complete her counseling pro-grams and moving without per-mission of her probation officer.She was sentenced to heroriginal prison sentence of fouryears with credit for 1,125 daysalready served.
SentencingsShane Chestnut, 
35, Bryan,was sentenced for violation of acivil protection order, a misde-meanor of the first degree. Hereceived three years communitycontrol, 30 days jail, 200 hourscommunity service, psychologi-cal assessment and treatment,is to have no contact with thevictim, not enter Van WertCounty without permission of his probation officer, two yearsintensive probation, pay partialattorney fees and court costs,180 days in jail and $1,000 finewas deferred pending comple-tion of community control.
Josh Burnett, 
32, Van Wertwas sentenced on a charge of assault, a misdemeanor of thefirst degree. He was given oneyear community control, is tohave no contact with the victim,pay restitution for the victim’smedical bills to be determinedand court costs, 180 days jailand $1,000 fine was deferred.He was also sentenced for vio-lation of his community controland given three years communi-ty control, 60 days jail, credit for51 already served and a 9-monthprison sentence deferred.
Hamilton Martinez, 
51,Phillipsburg, was sentenced ona felony five charge of theft.He was given three yearscommunity control, 30 days in jail, 200 hours community ser-vice, two years of intensive pro-bation, must pay restitution of $2,000 by Dec. 31, court costsand a nine-month prison termwas deferred.
Dustin Stuckey, 
26, VanWert, was sentenced for traf-ficking in drugs, a felony of thefifth degree.He was given three yearscommunity control, up to sixmonths in WORTH Center, 30days in jail, 200 hours of com-munity service, substance abuseassessment and treatment, twoyears of intensive probation,had his driver’s license sus-pended for six months, is to paypartial attorney fees and courtcosts and a had 12 months of prison deferred.
BeveridgeCook(Continued from page 1)
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 9,the 222nd day of 2012. Thereare 144 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Aug. 9, 1974, PresidentRichard Nixon and his fam-ily left the White House ashis resignation took effect.Vice President Gerald R. Fordbecame the nation’s 38th chief executive.
On this date:
In 1842, the United Statesand Canada resolved a bor-der dispute by signing theWebster-Ashburton Treaty.In 1862, during the CivilWar, Confederate forcesdrove back Union troops inthe Battle of Cedar Mountainin Culpeper County, Va.In 1902, Edward VII wascrowned king of Britain fol-lowing the death of his moth-er, Queen Victoria.In 1936, Jesse Owens wonhis fourth gold medal at theBerlin Olympics as the UnitedStates took first place in the400-meter relay.In 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at PortChicago, Calif., refused to loada munitions ship following anexplosion on another ship thatkilled 320 men, many of themblack. (Fifty of the sailors wereconvicted of mutiny, fined andimprisoned.)In 1945, three days afterthe atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the UnitedStates exploded a nucleardevice over Nagasaki, killingan estimated 74,000 people.In 1969, actress SharonTate and four other peoplewere found brutally slain atTate’s Los Angeles home;cult leader Charles Mansonand a group of his followerswere later convicted of thecrime.In 1982, a federal judgein Washington ordered JohnW. Hinckley Jr., who’d beenacquitted of shooting PresidentRonald Reagan and three oth-ers by reason of insanity, com-mitted to a mental hospital.
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Northwest Ohio countiesdesignated as disaster areas
BOWLING GREEN — OnWednesday, the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture(USDA) announced it woulddesignate Williams Countyas a primary natural disasterarea and Defiance, Fulton andHenry counties will be desig-nated as contiguous counties.These designations allow forfarm operators within thesecounties to be considered forcertain assistance from theFarm Service Agency (FSA).Defiance and Fulton countieshave already been receivingassistance from FSA, how-ever Henry County is noweligible.Prior to the USDAannouncement, CongressmanBob Latta (R-Bowling Green)and Ohio Agriculture DirectorDavid T. Daniels toured farmsthroughout northwest Ohioon Monday to view areas of distress due to the drought.Congressman Latta andDirector Daniels met withfarmers to discuss the prob-lems and issues they haveencountered during thedrought this year, which hasbeen described as the worstdrought since 1956. Duringthe tour Congressman Lattaand Director Daniels sawfirst-hand the impact on localcorn, soybean, and tomatocrops in Fulton County and adairy farm, which milks 180cows, in Defiance County.“While there is no doubtthat this drought has had aharmful effect on our farm-ers and livestock producers,these conditions present alarger problem on an eco-nomic scale. Ohio’s food andagriculture industry yields$105 billion to the state’seconomy,” said Latta. “Asone of the largest agriculturaldistricts in the state, many of the communities in the FifthCongressional District, espe-cially rural communities, aresupported by the farms andsmall businesses within theagricultural industry.”“To the non-farmer, adrought means brown grassand the inconvenience of having to water gardens andflowers. To the farmer, aswe saw in our tour, it meansthousands of dollars investedin a season’s crop that mayyield next to nothing or live-stock feed costs that are sohigh many will not be able toafford to feed their herds andflocks. Without rain or relief,I fear some will not be ableto farm again next year,” saidDaniels.The latest drought monitorhas counties within the FifthCongressional District of Ohio experiencing moderateto severe drought conditions.The most recent USDA’scrop bulletin reported that 50percent of Ohio’s corn cropswere poor to very poor.“Farmers and ranchers areused to working in tough andunpredictable conditions, butit is critical that we work toprovide them with the man-agement tools to alleviate theemergency circumstancesthey are facing now,” saidCongressman Latta in refer-ence to Wednesday’s USDAannouncement.
E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: Do environmentalists thinkthe Endangered Species Act has been a successor failure with regard to protecting biodiversityin the U.S.?— Ron McKnight, Trenton, NJ
 While that very question has been a subjectof debate already for decades, most environmentaladvocates are thankful such legislation is in place andproud of their government for upholding such highstandards when it comes to preserving rare species of plants and animals.That said, critics of the legislation make somesolid points. For starters, only one percent of spe-cies (20 out of 2,000) under the protection of theEndangered Species Act (ESA) have recovered suf-ficiently to qualify for delisting. And the millionsof dollars spent on often failed recovery efforts aredifficult to justify, especially in these otherwise tougheconomic times.But even though the vast majority of speciesprotected under the ESA have not recovered doesn’tundermine the significance of those species—baldeagles, gray wolves, and grizzly bear to name afew—that have rebounded thanks to forward thinkinglegislation and wildlife management. Louisa Wilcoxof the Natural Resources Defense Council is gratefulto the ESA for the continued existence of grizzlybears in and around Yellowstone National Park.“After listing, the government cleaned up the mas-sive garbage problems in Yellowstone Park, whichreduced the habituation of bears to human foods—apattern that often leads to grizzly deaths,” she reports.Commercial sheep herds were moved out of coregrizzly habitat while hundreds of miles of roads onpublic lands in the region were closed to improve theiconic bears’ chances for survival.The result: The Yellowstone grizzlypopulation more than doubled whilehuman/bear interactions and incur-sions by hungry grizzlies onto localranches have declined. “So, by anyreckoning, the Yellowstone grizzlybear story is an ESA success,” con-cludes Wilcox.To test whether or not the ESAhas been effective on a granderscale, the Center for BiologicalDiversity (CBD), another leadinggreen group, compared for its 2012“On Time, On Target” report theactual recovery rate of 110 listedspecies with the projected recoveryrate in their federal recovery plans.The 110 species occupy all 50 U.S.states, include all major taxonomicgroups, and have various listinglengths.CBD found that the ESA had “a remarkably suc-cessful recovery rate: 90 percent of species are recov-ering at the rate specified by their federal recoveryplan,” adding: “On average, species recovered in 25years, while their recovery plan predicted 23 years—a 91 percent timeliness accomplishment.”CBD also confirmed the hypothesis that themajority of listed species have not enjoyed protectionfor long enough to warrant an expectation of recoveryyet. “80 percent of species have not yet reached theirexpected recovery year,” reports CBD, adding thaton average species have been listed for just 32 years,while their recovery plans required 46 years for suc-cess. This recent study’s findings echo the results of an earlier (2006) analysis in the Northeastern U.S.that found some 93 percent of federally listed spe-cies there were stabilized or improving since gettingESA protection and 82 percent were on track to meetrecovery goals. “When judged in the light of meetingrecovery plan timelines for recovery, the EndangeredSpecies Act is remarkably successful,” says CBD.“Few laws of any kind can boast a 90 percent suc-cess rate.”
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The Center for Biological Diversity found thatthe Endangered Species Act (ESA) had a verysuccessful recovery rate, with some 90 percent of species recovering at the rate specified by theirrecovery plans. The recovery of the YellowstoneGrizzly Bear is considered to be an ESA successstory.
WESTLAKE (AP) — Anortheast Ohio man accusedof carrying a loaded gun,ammunition and knives into ashowing of the Batman movielast weekend is now facingweapons charges.The Cleveland Plain Dealerreports that 37-year-oldScott A. Smith was chargedWednesday with carryingconcealed weapons and hav-ing weapons under disability.Police say Smith carried theweapons into a Westlake the-ater before a showing of “TheDark Knight Rises” Saturdaynight. An off-duty policeofficer working security andtheater manager searched hissatchel and found the weap-ons.Smith’s attorney said hemeant no harm, but had theweapons because he wantedto protect himself in casesomeone tried to copy lastmonth’s deadly Colorado the-ater shooting.
Ohio ‘Batman’moviegoer facesweapons charges
DAYTON (AP) — Gun-rights advocates say the surgethis year in concealed-weaponspermits in Ohio is likely due tonew laws that make it easier tocarry them.The state’s sheriffs issued18,823 permits to carry con-cealed weapons in the first threemonths of 2012. That’s abouta 40-percent increase from thesame period two years ago.The Dayton Daily Newsreports that advocates are cred-iting recent law changes withmaking it more comfortablefor people to carry concealedweapons. That includes allow-ing them in restaurants and barsthat serve liquor, as well as inschool safety zones.Ohio finished 2011 ranked11th nationally in estimatedtotal active permits and 25thin percentage of the populationthat holds one. Ohioans havebeen permitted to carry con-cealed weapons since 2004.
Concealedweapons permitsincrease in Ohio
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s elections chief is readyto share details of a new initia-tive he says will simplify theelections process in the presi-dential battleground state.Ohio Secretary of State JonHusted’s office said the initia-tive would be unveiled todayin what it billed as a “majorannouncement.” The officesaid the effort will changehow voters prepare for elec-tions.The next major election inOhio is Nov. 6, when voterswill cast ballots in one of thecountry’s most contested U.S.Senate races and help choosethe president.No Republican has evertaken the White House with-out winning Ohio and onlytwo Democrats have done soin more than a century.
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MANSFIELD (AP) —Visibly shaken in court beforeher abductor was sentencedto 25 years in prison, an Ohiowoman who was kidnappedin March thanked the man fornot killing her or her neigh-bors, whose house he alsoadmitted breaking into duringa nightlong crime spree.Jennifer Hurst of TroyTownship thanked family andofficials for helping her aftera March 13 abduction thatstarted as she walked her dog.She also addressed NathanTaylor, 29, who prosecutorssaid eventually abandoned herhours later in a vehicle.“I wanted to thank Nathan’sfamily for the love that theyhave for you. ... I want tothank you for stepping backfrom all of the horrible thingsthat were going on. ... For notkilling me and for letting mego, I’m grateful,” she said.Taylor and another man,23-year-old Tyrell Mallory,were accused of a home inva-sion and abduction that beganin the home of Scott Taylorof Troy Township, about 35miles north of Columbus,The Mansfield News Journal(http://ohne.ws/S2ld5B )reported. Nathan Taylor is notrelated to Scott Taylor.Prosecutors said Taylorand Mallory encounteredScott Taylor and his wife,JoAnn, as they prepared forbed, then beat and assaultedScott Taylor. His wife, foundin a closet dialing 911, wasnot harmed.Prosecutors said the pairlater abducted Hurst, theTaylors’ neighbor, as shewalked her dog. They enteredher home and forced her intoher car before Mallory got out.Taylor drove Hurst aroundand made purchases with herdebit card, then eventually leftHurst in the parking lot of theCleveland Browns Stadium,about 90 miles from TroyTownship.Taylor was later arrested inSouth Bend, Ind., and Mallorysurrendered in Waukegan,Ill.Richland County CommonPleas Judge James DeWeesesentenced Taylor on Tuesdayon two counts of aggravatedburglary, five counts of aggra-vated robbery and one countof kidnapping. He was alsogiven a six-year mandatorysentence for two gun charges,and was ordered five years of parole after he completes hissentence. Taylor had changedhis plea to guilty, avoiding apossible 88-year sentence, thenewspaper reported.During the hearing, Taylorturned to his victims and apol-ogized.“I’m terribly sorry. ... Iknow you guys may neverforgive me. I only hope andpray you do, that you may findit in your hearts,” he said.

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