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DELPHOS — Five areayoung men achieved the rankof Eagle Scout and were rec-ognized at a recent Courtof Honor at the DelphosEagles.Austin Etzler, KyleKlausing, ZacharySiefker, Derrick Ermanand Jacob Violet reachedthe highest distinction fora Scout.
is the son of Davidand Michelle Etzler. HisEagle project was creating astone parking lot at SueverPark. During Scouting, healso earned 23 merit badg-es while serving as SeniorPatrol Leader, Librarian,Troop Guide and Scribe of Delphos Troop 65.He is a graduate of ElidaHigh School, where he wasactive in football, swim-ming, track, National HonorSociety, FCA and FFA.Etzler is currently attend-ing Valparaiso University,where he is majoring in civilengineering and is a memberof the football team.
is the sonof Charles and BarbaraKlausing and older brother of Bradley, Lanna and Annette.His project was completingthe entrance signs at FassettFarm Equestrian Therapy.He is a freshman at theUniversity of Dayton study-ing mechanical engineeringand is participating in severalcampus extra-curriculars,including JetFliers and theSupermileage Club.Klausing enjoys bike rid-ing, hanging out with friendsand being outdoors. He wasrecently employed at FederalMogul during the summermonths.
is the son of Tomand Julie Siefker. He gradu-ated from Elida High School,where he was active in soccer,FFA and student council.His project was develop-ing the cross country coursefor Elida Schools.Siefker is currently attend-ing the University of Dayton,studying mechanical engi-neering and participating inthe Rowing Club, Jet FliersClub and SupermileageClub.
is the son of Clay and Karla Ermanand is a 2011 graduate of Jefferson High School. Forhis project, he coordinat-ed making improvementsto the storage pit used byJefferson Band at StadiumPark. His project includedraising the floor of the pitat the entrance, cleaningand painting.Erman is currently attend-ing the University of Toledomajoring in pharmacy andis a member of Kappa Psifraternity.During his high schoolcareer, he participated inband, Quiz Bowl and schoolmusical. He has worked atTaco Bell for three years andis a member of Trinity UnitedMethodist Church.
is the son of Trevorand Cindy Violet and bigbrother to Jennifer andRebecca. He is a senior atJefferson High School.For his project, Violetpurchased and refurbishedlaptop computers for theteachers at the Center forAutism and Dyslexia inLima.He is active in the LandeckSt. John’s Youth Groupand Choir and also partici-pated on the Jefferson golf team. He is a member of theNational Honor society andthe Varsity D Club.After high school, he wantsto study computer/electricalengineering in college.
Monday, January 14, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Golden Globes, p10 Local sports roundup, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly sunnyTuesday withhighs around30 and lowsaround 20.See page 2.
Relay kickoff setat bowling alley
The 2013 Relay for Lifeof Delphos Kickoff is the“Strike” out Cancer eventfrom 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 27 at theDelphos Recreation Center.Three games of bowling,shoes, two slices of pizzaand a large soda are $15 perperson. Pizza and soda are just $5. There is no charge to just come out and have fun.Other events will includea 50-50 raffle, “Strike”Jackpot, other raffles, LaserBowling and door prizes.Teams will be made upof 4-5 bowlers. RSVP byJan. 24. Space is limited.
MBBUA offersumpire classes
The Midwest BuckeyeBaseball Umpire’sAssociation will holdinstructional classes forthose interested in obtain-ing an OHSAA license toumpire high school baseballgames for the 2013 season.Classes will be held at 6p.m. every Monday begin-ning Feb. 4 at Van Wert HighSchool until the conclusionof the course on March 18.The cost of the class is$135, which includes allinstructional materials as wellas local and state associationdues for the 2013 season.To register for the course,contact Ron Golemon atcrg930@centurylink.netor call 419-513-0439.Franklin ElementarySchool will register chil-dren for kindergartenscreening for the 2013-14school year Feb. 4-8.Parents/guardians shouldcome to Franklin and pickup registration materials andset up an appointment tohave their child screened.The office is open from8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.Children who willbe 5 years old by Aug.1 are eligible.The KindergartenScreening Clinics will beheld from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.on March 7, 14 and 21.The clinic lasts approxi-mately 45 minutes.For more information,call Franklin Elementaryat 419-692-8766.
Jefferson wrestlers host-ing canned food drive
The Jefferson wrestlingteam is holding its cannedfood drive during its tri-match Tuesday at home. Fansattending will receive $1 off the price of admission percanned good (limit of 2).
Jays set time change
The St. John’s girlsbasketball game at homeversus New Knoxville willbe a varsity-only matchup,with a 7 p.m. tip-off.
 Reames Delphos New Year’s Baby
Brelynn Ava Reames is the 2013 Delphos New Year’s Baby. She was born at 4:21a.m. on Jan. 6 at Lima Memorial Hospital to Erica Stransky and Zac Reames of Delphos. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 pounds and was 20 inches long. Grandparentsare Jeff and Tess Deuel of Delphos, the late Bryan Reames, Tonya Stransky of Delphos, Mike Stransky of Ada and Ray (Melissa) Hackel of Shreveport. La. Great-grandparents are Roger Stant of Delphos and the late Ginny Stant and Paul (Cindy)Reames of Lima and the late Sandy Reames. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)Delphos Boy Scout Troop 65 held a Court of Honor on Jan. 6 to honor five Scoutswho achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They are, from left, Austin Etzler, Kyle Klausing, Zachary Siefker, Derrick Erman and Jacob Violet. (Submitted photo)
Troop 65 honors 5 Eagle Scouts
Flu reports light in area
BY STEPHANIE GROVESslgroves@delphosherald.com
Despite disturbing nationwide reports on epidemic-likeflu outbreaks, Allen County has seen a slight increase in thenumber of hospitalized flu cases, where Putnam and Van Wertcounties remain steady.Becky Dershem, Director of Nursing at the Allen CountyBoard of Health, reports that the county has seen 89 residentshospitalized with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) since October,as compared to 66 last year during the same time frame. Recentdata from the Ohio Department of Health indicate that patientER visits with ILI symptoms have decreased from 5.1 percentto 3.32 percent and most flu cases are influenza A, which iscovered by the current vaccine.“Since Oct. 1 to the present, Ohio has logged 1,962 ILIcases and tallied more than 850 hospital admissions,” Dershemaccounted the latest statistics.Dershem strongly urges everyone to get a vaccination assoon as possible and if already sick, stay home and out of pub-lic spaces. If it is necessary to go out while ill, avoid spreadingthe virus to others by wearing a mask. Take every precaution toavoid contracting the virus by washing hands with warm waterand anti-microbial soap and use hand sanitizer as many timesas possible throughout the day.Vaccinations through the Allen County Board of Healthare available from 8-9 a.m. or 3-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdaysand Fridays or by appointment. The vaccine is recommendedfor everyone 6 months of age and older. Cost is $25 cash orcheck; Medicare/Medicaid, Anthem, and Med Mutual insur-ances are accepted.The Putnam County Board of Health has had 13 hospital-ized cases with ILI symptoms since the beginning of October.Sheri Recker, registered nurse at the agency, reports the coun-ty is not seeing a decline in ILI-related doctor visits. Reckeremphasizes the importance of making an appointment for andgetting a flu vaccination as soon as possible and stresses thatpeople who are ill should stay home.“If experiencing a cough, avoid cross-contamination bycoughing into the elbow and/or sleeve of clothing,” Reckerwas adamant with her directive.Flu vaccinations are available by appointment and can bemade from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. for Tuesdays and until6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Also, appointmentscan be made from 9:30-11:45 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month. Other days of the week are by appointment witha nurse. Bring a child’s current vaccination record. Medicaid
St. John’scheerleadershold Mini Cheer Camp
The St. John’s varsityand junior varsity bas-ketball cheerleaders andcoach Tricia Patton host-ed a Mini Cheer CampSaturday afternoon. Forty-nine girls in grades K-4learned a cheer, a chantand a dance to performat halftime of Saturdaynight’s basketball game.At left: Varsity cheer-leader Lauren Utrup, left, helps teach the minicheerleaders the routine.See more photos at del-phosherald.com. (DelphosHerald/Stacy Taff)See FLU, page 2
Franklin takingkindergartenscreening sign-ups
2 The Herald Monday, January 14, 2013
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 153
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.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 willbe accepted in towns or vil-lages where The Delphos Heraldpaper carriers or motor routesprovide daily home delivery for$1.48 per 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
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Stolen car recovered, thief sought
2-year-old foundwandering neighborhood
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Thelma E. Miller
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 61, low was34. Weekend precipitationwas 2.62 inches. High a yearago today was 38, low was20. Record high for today is62, set in 1995. Record low is-14, set in 1977.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Clear. Lows15 to 20. Northwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Mostly sunny.Highs around 30. North windsaround 10 mph.
Mostly clear.Lows around 20. Highs inthe mid 30s. Southwest windsaround 10 mph with gusts upto 30 mph.
 Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 20s.
 Mostly clear. Highs in thelower 30s. Lows in the lower20s.
Partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 30s. Lows in themid 20s.
Partlycloudy. Highs around 40.Lows in the mid 20s.At 1:37 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos Police went to aresidence in the 400 blockof South Jefferson Street inreferenceto servean activearrest war-rant on asubject inthat area.Uponofficers’arrival,they madecon-tact withChristopher Lindeman, 24, of Delphos, at which time he wasarrested on the warrant issuedout of Van Wert CommonPleas Court ProbationDepartment.Lindeman was transportedto the Van Wert County Jailand will appear in Van WertCommon Pleas Court on thewarrant.At 9:46 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos Police were calledto the 200 block of NorthPierce Street in reference toan abandoned vehicle at therear of a residence in thatarea. Upon officers’ arriv-al, they located the vehiclewhich was involved in anaccident. Witnesses statedthey saw a male juvenilepark the vehicle and take off running from the area.Officers contacted theDetective Bureau and beganprocessing the vehicle forevidence. At 10 p.m., policereceived a call from an adultsubject who was at a localschools basketball game.The caller stated that whenshe went to leave the game,she discovered her vehiclehad been stolen. The vehi-cle officers were processingcame back to the caller andwas taken to the DelphosPolice Department by a localwrecker service due to heavydamage to the vehicle forfurther processing.The case is still underinvestigation and police areasking anyone with informa-tion in this case to contactthem at 419-692-4015.At 11:43 a.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were calledto the area of South Main andLincolnstreetsin refer-ence to apasserbyfinding a2-year-oldchild wan-dering thearea aloneand beingpoorlydressedfor the weather conditions.Upon officers’ arrival, theymet with the passerby and thelost child. First Respondersand EMS were called to tendto the physically-cold child.Officers performed a door-to-door search of the area inan attempt to locate wherethe child had came from,during which time officersfound a neighbor who identi-fied the child and where thechild lived. Officers went tothe residence and found thedoor to the residence stand-ing open with no one at theresidence.Allen County Children’sServices was contacted toassist with the child.As officers were preparingto leave the scene, a neighborpointed out a family mem-ber had just returned to theresidence. Officers identifiedthe subject as Donovan Ford,24, of Delphos, an uncle tothe child. Upon speaking withFord, it was found he waswatching the child and hadleft the residence leaving thechild there unattended.Ford was cited on the chargeof child endangering and wascited into Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge. Thechild and Ford were trans-ported to the Delphos PoliceDepartment and was met byChildren Services, who tookover the investigation.At 5:24 p.m. on Saturday,while on routine patrol,Delphos Police came into con-tact with Tiffany McKee, 34,of Wapakoneta, at which timeit wasfound thatMcKeewas operat-ing a motorvehiclewhile hav-ing herdrivingprivilegessuspended.McKeewas citedinto Lima Municipal Court onthe charges.
Rita D., 92, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial will be at 11 a.m.on Tuesday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,Delphos, with Father MelvinVerhoff officiating. Burialwill take place in St. John’sCemetery. Family and friendsmay call from 4-8 p.m.today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, where a ParishWake will begin at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions can bemade to the Roselawn ManorActivities Department.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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12-14-24-25-38Estimated jackpot:$278,000Corn $7.24Wheat $7.30Soybeans $13.83
May 27, 1925-Jan. 12, 2013
Thelma E. Miller, 87, of Van Wert, died at 12:15 a.m.Saturday at Van Wert InpatientHospice Center.She was born May 27,1925, in Delphos to Arthurand Cecelia (Kaskel) Kindley,who preceded her in death.On Jan. 25, 1947, she mar-ried Dr. G. Ken Miller, whodied May 11, 2008.Survivors include her chil-dren, Dr. Timothy I. (Linda)Miller of Ottawa, Ill., KristineI. (Kenneth) Minnich of VanWert, Kenneth M. (Jane)Miller of Fort Jenningsand Dr. Dennis J. (Cheryl)Miller and Pamela A. (John)Wannemacher of Van Wert; asister, Helen (Charles) Ardnerof Delphos; 15 grandchildrenand 19 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by a brother, RobertKindley; and a sister, RuthellaFoust.Mrs. Miller was a St.John’s High School gradu-ate and received her nurs-ing degree from the GoodSamaritan School of Nursingin Cincinnati in 1946. Sheworked in her husband’soffice and for the AmericanRed Cross, including teachinghome health care. She was amember of St. Mary of theAssumption Catholic Church,Van Wert, and its Altar andRosary Society.Mass of ChristianBurial will begin at 11 a.m.Wednesday at St. Mary of theAssumption Catholic Church,the Rev. Stanley Szybkaofficiating. Burial will be inWoodlawn Cemetery, VanWert.Friends may call from9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday atCowan and Sons FuneralHome, Van Wert.Preferred memorials are toSt. Mary of the AssumptionCatholic Church, Van WertCounty Hospital or theAmerican Red Cross.
A girl was born Jan. 9 toBrandy and Brandon Martinof Delphos.A girl was born Jan. 10to Jennifer and MatthewTuttobene of Spencerville.A boy was born Jan. 10to Vanessa Stephenson of Spencerville.
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and Anthem insurance accept-ed. No one is denied VFC (vac-cine For Children) vaccine dueto inability to pay. Flu shots are$20 for adults and $10 for chil-dren up to 18 years of age.It is helpful to check withthe insurance carrier prior tothe appointment to see if immu-nizations are covered.Infectious Disease Nurse atthe Van Wert County Boardof Health Linda Bissonettereports there have been threehospitalized cases with ILI,which is comparable to lastyear’s figures at this same time.Director of Nursing Kim Haasindicates that the agency stillhas plenty of vaccine for chil-dren aged 6-35 months and alimited quantity of flu mist forchildren 3-18. Adult vaccineswill no longer be availablethrough the agency. Instead,residents can make arrange-ments at Community HealthProfessionals, Family HealthCare of Northwest Ohio andCVS Pharmacy.“It is critical to wash handsand avoid touching mouth andeyes,” Haas detailed preventa-tive measures. “If sick, stayhome at least until your feverbreaks.”Van Wert County flu vac-cines are available from 9a.m. to noon on Wednesdaysthrough January. Medicaid,Medicare and some insurancesare accepted. The cost is $12for children, ages 6 to 18.The proportion of peopleseeing their health care pro-vider for influenza-like illness(ILI) decreased from 6.0 per-cent to 4.3 percent for the weekending in Jan. 5, but remainsabove the national baseline forthe fifth consecutive week.Twenty-four states and NewYork City are now reportinghigh ILI activity and 16 arereporting moderate levels of ILI activity; an increase from 9states in the prior week. SinceOct. 1, 3,710 laboratory-con-firmed influenza-associatedhospitalizations have beenreported; an increase of 1,443hospitalizations from the previ-ous week. This translates to arate of 13.3 influenza-associat-ed hospitalizations per 100,000people in the United States.Influenza-associated hospi-talizations are highest amongpeople 65 and older. Of the3,710 influenza-associatedhospitalizations that have beenreported this season, 46% havebeen among people 65 andolder.The proportion of deathsattributed to pneumonia andinfluenza (P&I) based on the122 Cities Mortality ReportingSystem is now slightly abovethe epidemic threshold for thefirst time this season.Two influenza-related pedi-atric deaths were reported dur-ing the week between Dec.30 and Jan. 5. One of thedeaths was associated with aninfluenza A (H3) virus, andone was associated with aninfluenza A virus of unknownsubtype. This brings the totalnumber of influenza-associat-ed pediatric deaths reported toCDC for 2012-2013 to 20.For more information visitthese sites cdc.gov, putnam-health.com, vanwertcounty-health.org and allencounty-healthdepartment.org
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Ohio gas pricestick up amidrecovery hopesWoman’s bodyfound mutilatedat Toledoapartment
Texas co. to acquirestake in Longaberger
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio gas prices are higher tostart the new work week.The average price for agallon of regular gas in Ohiowas $3.24 in today’s surveyfrom auto club AAA, the OilPrice Information Service andWright Express. That’s 5 centshigher than a week ago.Ohio’s prices are still below thenational average of $3.30, whichis about the same as last week.The lowest average price inOhio today was $3.16 in theToledo area.Experts say China and theU.S. appear to be on a solidtrack of economic recovery,which supports oil prices athigher levels. Prices are alsorising because of increasedenergy consumption in China,which is enduring its coldestwinter in nearly three decades.TOLEDO (AP) — Policehave arrested a man on a mur-der charge after authoritiesfound a woman’s naked, muti-lated body in a northwest Ohioapartment.The Blade newspaper reportsthat police were sent to thewest Toledo apartment at 9:30a.m. Sunday after a caller toldauthorities that a woman wasfound with her chest “open.”Authorities arrived at the apart-ment to find 49-year-old JoanAnnette Watson deceased.An autopsy is scheduled forMonday.A message seeking addi-tional details was left Mondaymorning with Toledo police.A Lucas County coroner’sinvestigator told the newspaperthat the homicide was one of the most graphic ones he’s seenin his 20 years of work.A resident at the apart-ment building told police hedidn’t hear any commotionon Saturday night or Sundaymorning.NEWARK (AP) — ATexas company plans toacquire a controlling stake in alongtime central Ohio basket-making company that has seensales and employment dip inrecent years.The Newark-basedLongaberger Co. and Dallas-based Computer VisionSystems Laboratories Corp.,or CVSL, have signed a letterof intent for CVSL to acquirea controlling voting interestin the company known for itshandcrafted baskets, home andlifestyle products — includingpottery. The companies madethe announcement Friday.Longaberger, which is alsoknown for its iconic basket-shaped home office, celebratesits 40th anniversary this year.It had $1 billion in sales and8,000 employees in 2000. Itnow has about $100 million inannual sales, according to thetrade publication Direct SellingNews, and fewer than 1,000employees at last count, TheColumbus Dispatch reported.Longaberger President andCEO Tami Longaberger toldthe company’s annual salesforce meeting that she intendsto transfer her majority sharein the company and said in arelease that “this is the perfectpartnership for us.”She said the acquisitionwould provide more capitaland opportunity for improve-ments and allow employees tobecome shareholders.Longaberger wrote in a let-ter to the sales force that oneof her father’s dreams “wasto make it possible for all of our extended family to owna piece of this company welove,” The (Newark) Advocatereported “I have found a cre-ative way for Longaberger tobe part of a public companywhile preserving 100 percentof our identity.”Terms of the deal were notdisclosed but will be negoti-ated in the coming weeks, saidRussell Mack, a spokesmanfor CVSL and Longaberger.The deal would require lend-er, shareholder and regulatoryapprovals.CVSL will be a “dockingstation” for Longaberger andother direct-selling companies,and more shipping or manu-facturing operations fromother CVSL companies couldbe added to the Longabergerfacilities, he said.Mack, who said thatLongaberger has a great loca-tion, said there is “a greatpossibility that over time, jobscan be created in the area forCVSL using currently under-used Longaberger facilities.”The companies could notimmediately be reached forcomment Sunday. A securityguard said Longaberger offic-es were closed. A messagewas left for a telephone listingfor CVSL.The Longaberger headquar-ters office is in Licking County,and County CommissionerTim Bubb said he hopes anychange in majority ownershipwill help the company surviveand thrive.Tami Longaberger willremain president and CEOof the basket maker, and thecompany will continue operat-ing as a stand-alone business,Mack said.TOLEDO (AP) — Thedecision by Ohio utilityregulators to block plans forAmerican Electric Power Co.to use power from a southeastOhio solar farm is having animpact on a solar-panel makerin northwest Ohio.Isofoton North Americaexecutives were counting onthe $180 million project tobring new jobs to their solar-panel plant in Napoleon.The company has 33employees at the plant south-west of Toledo but had plans toeventually hire 330 workers.A company official saysthere are other projects in theworks but the company wascounting on the southeast Ohiosolar farm to get the factory off the ground.The Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio votedWednesday against fundingthe Turning Point project thatwas touted in 2010 as the larg-est solar energy project east of the Mississippi RiverRegulators said AEP hadn’tdemonstrated that investing inthe project would benefit rate-payers, nor that it was neces-sary to meet the company’srenewable energy require-ments. The solar farm plannednear the wildlife conservancycalled The Wilds was project-ed to create hundreds of jobsand produce enough electricityto power 25,000 homes.Under recent changes toOhio law, utilities are requiredto generate a portion of theirelectricity through alternativeenergy sources, including solar.AEP had agreed to pur-chase power from the facil-ity for 20 years to help fulfillstate renewable energy rules.The PUCO ruling blocked thatarrangement.Meanwhile, future job-cre-ation goals are up in the air atthe solar-panel plant in north-west Ohio, said Michael Peck,chairman of Isofoton NorthAmerica.“Turning Point representsthat kind of critical mass pur-chase order that you need toget a factory up and running,”he told The Blade.The European solar panelmaker put its North Americanheadquarters in Ohio mainlybecause of the Turning Pointdevelopment, Peck said.Isofoton received a $5 mil-lion loan from the Ohio AirQuality Development Authorityand a $3 million loan from theOhio Development ServicesAgency to get started.Peck said he still intends torepay the state.A spokesman for theTurning Point project has saidits developers are still hopefulthat the proposed solar farmcan be built.
Blocking of Ohio solar farm hurts panel maker
Plan to ship wastewaterinto Ohio is put on hold
COLUMBUS (AP) —A Texas-based companywants to use river barges tomove its potentially toxicwastewater in Ohio, butfederal officials must firstdecide whether it’s safe.The Columbus Dispatchreports that Grapevine,Texas-based GreenHunterWater has its plan on holdas authorities investigateenvironmental questionsregarding the wastewaterfrom the gas drilling indus-try.The industry uses waterand chemicals to stimulateproduction of natural gaslocked in shale. Some of that water comes back tothe surface. It gets recy-cled or is taken by truck toindustrial treatment plantsor deep injection wells fortreatment or disposal.The newspaper reportsthat GreenHunter Water hasbought liquid-storage tanksat an Ohio River terminal inNew Matamoras in south-eastern Ohio. The terminalcould serve as a transferpoint to truck the waste.

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