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Obituaries 2State/Local 3The Next Generation 4Community 5Sports 6Business 7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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www.delphosherald.comThe Franklin Elementary Relay Team will hold a Taco Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 with carry-out only.Tickets are $7 and include three tacos, rice, chips and salsa and a cookie.Contact Shelly Kroeger at 419-692-2409 or Joyce Wiechart at 419-303-2443.Proceeds go to the Delphos Relay for Life.
Relay team sets taco dinnerTownship to hold variance meeting
The Marion Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public variance hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 for property located at 3909 N. Kemp Road, Elida, Allen County. The owner is asking for a road frontage variance.The meeting will be held at the Marion Township Office located at 5405 Kiggins Road, Delphos.The first-ever Party with a Purpose Pub Crawl is scheduled for March 21.Check in starts at 5 p.m. at the Delphos Eagles. There will be food specials at the Eagles from 5-6:30 p.m. Buses will leave at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Pub Crawl stops include Millie’s Café in Ottoville, Hoyt’s Tavern in Kalida and The Fort in Ft. Jennings, ending back at the Delphos Eagles around 11:15 p.m.All the bars will provide drink specials and Hoyt’s is providing free pizza for all the crawlers. Ticket includes transportation, custom can koozie, pizza, drink spe-cials and a surprise gift at the end of the night.Best Poker Hand, Heads or Tails and a 50/50 tick-ets can also be purchased and there will be special raffles between stops. Winner of all the games will be announced at the Eagles when crawl-ers return. The Eagles will also have a DJ/Karaoke and drink specials until 1 a.m. for all participants.Tickets are $25 per person (must be 21), are limited and can be purchased from Cindy Metzger, Sandy Fischer or Laura Peters. Tickets must be paid for to reserve a seat.Small coolers are wel-come on the bus.
Party with a Purpose Pub Crawl March 21
Cloudy today with snow in the morning and a chance of snow this afternoon with accumu-lation around an inch. Areas of blow-ing and drifting snow throughout the day. Highs in the mid 20s and lows zero to five. See page 2.
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VAN WERT — Exercise your right to vote on Saturday and judge the contestants in the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.The show starts at 7 p.m.Acts will be coming from all around the region, with the top vote-getters taking home $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.The benefit show for Community Health Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center features 20 performers:— Jon Albert of Fort Wayne, Ind. is a dancer combining popping, b-boying and hip-hop; — Hayleigh Bacome and Amanda Leis of Delphos are a contemporary dance duo;— Gabriel Beming of Sidney and Caroline Prakel of Versailles are a creative piano duet with antics inspired by Victor Borge;— Shay Bolton of Rockford is a vocal soloist who also plays piano and dances;— Ann and James Brake, a brother-sister duo from Ohio City; James plays piano and Ann dances;— Makenna Cabe of Sidney was the first-place winner of the Shelby County Apple Fest Talent Contest;— May Coppler of Fostoria studies voice, ballet, flute and piano. She was the winner of her age group in Fostoria’s Got Talent 2012 and 2013;— Yan Coppler of Fostoria received clas-sical training in high school and is a previ-ous winner in her category in Fostoria’s Got Talent;— Hailey and Heather Harshbarger from Anna. Hailey plays piano and they share lead vocals and harmony;— Kaden Hohman and Sayler Wise of Van Wert are an award-winning dance duo. They placed third at Ohio Has Talent! in 2012 and got a casting call for America’s Got Talent;— Michaella Johnson of Van Wert loves music. She takes voice lessons and plays trumpet and piano;— Schylar Miller and Cole Wilson of Spencerville perform a vocal/alto saxophone duet;
Ohio Has Talent! set for Saturday
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COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich on Monday invited Ohioans interested in attending the 2014 State of the State address in Medina on Feb. 24 to submit their names online at http://governor.ohio.gov/tickets/ to be eligible for a random ticket drawing. This is the third year that tickets have been made available to the public via the lottery.Ohioans seeking tickets can sign up until 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 and request a maximum of two tickets. Individuals selected for tickets by random lottery will be notified via e-mail by noon on Feb. 19.Since coming into office, Kasich has broken with the prac-tice of previous governors who delivered their State of the State addresses at the Statehouse in Columbus. After his first address there in 2011, Kasich decided to take state government to Ohioans and since then has delivered the address at Wells Academy, a public elementary school in Steubenville and the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima.
Kasich sets lottery for State of the State tickets
By NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — City council tidied up loose ends on the proposed one-quarter-percent income tax increase voters will see on the ballot on May 6.Council had failed to pass a neces-sary ordinance prior to passing the resolution to place the earned income tax increase on the ballot. Council suspended the rules and passed on emergency the ordinance stating the need for the tax increase and the resolution to place the measure on the ballot.The additional tax, if passed, will generate $400,000 to be used for parks and recreation.Mayor Michael Gallmeier said he is in the process of setting up inter-views with six potential candidates for the safety service director posi-tion. He will let council know once those meetings have been set.Council also suspended the rules and passed on first reading an ordi-nance amending the contract with Fenson Contracting for the Gressel Drive water line project.According to Fenson, when the new line was tested, the old valves on the pre-existing lines failed and more materials and labor was needed to fix the problem. Fenson asked for and received $4,139.19.Nathan Lee of Lee Restoration has petitioned council for water and sewer services to his property on Grone Road. Council agreed to offer the services to Lee if he signs an agreement to annex the property into the city within one year. A 10-inch sanitary sewer line is within 100 feet of the business and a storm sewer is also available to tap into for the property.Ordinances allowing an agreement for contracting with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office for dispatching servic-es, to establishing the new position of records clerk for the police department and allowing a 1-year extension on the city’s refuse and recycling contract with Allen County Refuse were heard on second reading.Councilman Kevin Osting asked for a job description for the records clerk before the next meeting.“I am not going to vote for this until I know what the clerks are going to be doing,” Osting said.An ordinance establishing the employee share of health insurance fees which includes Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, reinsur-ance fees and market share fees was defeated on third reading. The city will pick up the tab for fees unless further legislation is introduced.Council also declined to amend the city’s policy for overtime com-pensation for non-collective bargain-ing unit employees. As currently written, the policy states employees can “bank” up to 40 hours of comp time to be taken at a later date at straight time.“We have to stop letting employ-ees build up all this time that has to be paid out in one lump sum when they quit or retire,” Osting said. “We haven’t prepared for that and with the budget the way it is now, we won’t be able to.”
City finalizes tax increase paperwork
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State Representative Tony Burkley has filed petitions to run for re-election in the May primary.Burkley is currently in his first two-year term as State Representative in the 82nd District, which includes the counties of Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert and part of Auglaize. Burkley previously served as county commissioner for 16 years.He currently serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, State and Local Government and Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committees.Burkley resides at rural Payne with his wife, Nancy.
Burkley seeking re-election
BurkleyMother Nature fulfilled the forecast Tuesday evening with snow arriving in Delphos at approximately 4:30 p.m. and blanketing the streets by 8 p.m. According to Interim Safety Service Director Sherryl George, Delphos has an ample supply of salt for this storm. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Salt problem lies in distribution
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
City officials in local communities have been busy preparing for the next round of snow events forecasted for the region. Lima and Delphos officials had enough salt to take care of the roadways for this snow event. In contrast, Van Wert has had a difficult time getting another delivery of the ice-melter.Early Tuesday, Van Wert Safety Service Director Jay Fleming said his crews and plows were ready but at that time, they didn’t have much salt to use on the roads. Fleming said the city has never used this much salt before and that they could only take delivery of the amount they could store.
Spencerville hires Flowers as solicitor
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville Village Council hired Jason Flowers of Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk, LLC, in Lima as its village solicitor.Mayor P.J. Johnson announced he and coun-cil members had inter-viewed two candidates for the position and after the interviews, council agreed Flowers would be the best fit for the village. He will take the position effective March 1.“Both candidates were given the scope of the duties and responsibilities,” Johnson said. “The annual contract of $11,000 will be based upon future needs with the water treatment plant.”Johnson said the candi-date is fully aware of what is happening with the project and the firms have experts in those areas. He said any work over and above regular duties will be charged to the village at a rate of $150 per hour. Furthermore, the village will be made aware of any over and above charges ahead of time.“I will call the candidates with our decision and work on the ordinance and con-tract,” Johnson said.Council approved the sec-ond reading of an ordinance allowing a one-time carry- over of accrued vacation time for village employee Darin Cook. Members also sus-pended the rules and passed on first reading an ordi-nance creating a new Police Enforcement Fund.Members approved paying the village’s bills in the sum of $18,552.Village Administrator Sean Chapman gave an update on the progress of the water treatment plant project (WTP). He said the meet-ing with Industrial Fluid Management (IFM) and Peterman Associates yielded a discussion and clarification of the current and proposed operations of the village’s three wells and how they are controlled.
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy. Snow in the morning. Then chance of snow showers in the after-noon. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
: Cold. Mostly cloudy. Lows zero to 5 above. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero.
: Partly cloudy. Colder. Highs around 10. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
A boy was born Jan. 31 to Jennifer and Jason Bockey of Delphos.A boy was born Jan. 30 to Janet Painter and Tyler Schulte of Delphos.
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2014. There are 329 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court  justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was attempting to “pack” the nation’s highest court.On this date:In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.In 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s King George III.In 1914, “Beat Generation” author William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis.In 1919, movie studio United Artists was incorporat-ed by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Charles Chaplin.In 1922, the first edition of Reader’s Digest was published.In 1940, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “Tuxedo Junction” for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label.In 1953, Walt Disney’s animated feature “Peter Pan” was first released.In 1967, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” pre-miered on CBS-TV.In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.In 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire took effect.In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan.In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sen-tenced to life in prison. (Beckwith died Jan. 21, 2001 at age 80.) Sixty-eight people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.Ten years ago: CIA Director George Tenet offered a forceful defense of prewar intelligence in a speech at Georgetown University. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the country’s top nuclear scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, for leaking weapons technol-ogy to Iran, Libya and North Korea.Five years ago: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. USA Swimming suspended Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps for three months after a photo showing him inhaling from a marijuana pipe became public.One year ago: President Barack Obama asked Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that would delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts scheduled to kick in on March 1. (The president and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement, and the $85 billion in federal spending cuts, known as sequester, went into effect.)Today’s Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 80. Actor Stuart Damon is 77. Tony-winning playwright John Guare is 76. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 75. Actor David Selby is 73. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 73. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 72. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 72. Movie director Michael Mann is 71. Rock singer Al Kooper is 70. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 68. Racing Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip is 67. Actress Barbara Hershey is 66. Actor Christopher Guest is 66. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 66. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 53. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 52. Actress Laura Linney is 50. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 50. World Golf Hall-of-Famer Jose Maria Olazabal is 48. Actor-comedian Chris Parnell is 47. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 46. Singer Bobby Brown is 45. Actor Michael Sheen is 45. Country singer Sara Evans is 43. Actor-singer Darren Criss (TV: “Glee”) is 27. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 25.
One Year Ago
The Delphos Knights of Columbus Council 1362, in conjunction with the Ohio State Knights of Columbus, recently awarded the $1,000 “Christopher Fund Scholarship” for the 2012-13 school year to St. John’s High School senior Jessica Recker. Recker, the daughter of Fred and Teresa Recker, currently carries a GPA of 4.0 and ranks first in a class of 75.
25 Years Ago – 1989
It wasn’t easy! It wasn’t always pretty but St. John’s hung on to grab a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference crown with a 59-53 victory Friday night over their hosts, the Parkway Panthers. Leading the way for the Blue Jays in scoring was Steve Jettinghoff with 22 points. Scott Suever added 13 and Curt Mager 11.Farm Fair ’89 chairman Dan Kimmet of Delphos and co-chairman Duane Metzger, Elida, showed some of the door prizes that will be available at the farm show at the Lima Mall. The show presented by the Elida Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives features 75 exhibits and free entertainment. Exhibits will be presented by window companies, fertilizer firms and farm equipment, farm communica-tions equipment, seed and tile dealers.The Jefferson Wildcats, behind a combined 38 points from Jon Boggs (16 points), Chris Renner (12 points), and Mark Youngpeter (10 points), soundly defeated an Ada Bulldog squad on Ada’s homecourt by a 59-46 count on a bitterly cold Friday night. For the eve-ning, Jefferson shot an outstanding 59 percent from the field on 19 of 32 and connected on 16 of 27 from the line.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Walter Miller announced Wednesday he has leased and will take over the management of both the Capitol and Van Del theatres. Among the special projects he has in mind are a one-day per week operetta film series and special kiddy matinees on Saturday. For the present, he plans to have the theatre open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and ulti-mately to be open five days a week.A Valentine theme was carried out in the decorations and appointments at the Delphos Country Club Tuesday when the monthly ladies day luncheon bridge was held. Lunch was served and the remainder of the afternoon was spent playing cards. Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Ted Stallkamp, Mrs. A. J. Meyer and Mrs. Ben Kill. Hostesses for the party were Mrs. Alfred Odenweller, Mrs. Harold Manore and Mrs. Elmer Scherger.The Texaco Service Station at First and Main streets has been re-opened after having been closed for the past few months. Don S. Foster is the new manager and offers regular service station accommodations, including car wash, greasing and tire services. The station is now known as Ben’s Texaco and is open for business.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Delphos Recreation Center, a WPA project, will be opened in the city building starting on Monday. The center was formerly located on East Fourth Street in the Imber building. Russell Judkins and Syl Thithoff are in charge of the project and supervise the work and play.The members of the Mary Martha Bible Class of the Christian Church held a regular meeting Friday evening at the home of Hazel Diltz, Spencerville Road. Audrey Vandemark was received into the class as a new member. Arrangements were made to serve a jitney supper in the church basement Feb. 16.Mrs. Joseph Boerger, North Franklin Street, was hostess to the members of the N. H. T. Club and one guest, Mrs. Henry Martin, at her home Friday evening. Tables were arranged for pinochle and at the conclusion of the games, Mrs. Otto Dolt was high; Mrs. Frank Rohr second; and Mrs. Syl. Boerger consoled.
 Lucille G., 92, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart will officiate. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986. Online condo-lences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
 Margaret Elizabeth, 92, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Ressurection Cemetery. Memorial contri-butions may be made to that of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.harterand-schier.com.
Woman claims to have been abducted, assaulted
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VAN WERT — Van Wert Police are investigating a reported possible abduction and felonious assault in Van Wert. The dispatch center took a call at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday from a woman who claimed that she had been held for more than 24 hours before she was able to escape.A search warrant was issued for 412 1/2 S. Washington St. and the warrant was execut-ed at 10:46 a.m. the same day. Evidence found at the scene by the Van Wert Police Special Response Team led to the arrest of two men.Elmeco R. Crisp, 38, for-merly of Van Wert but now listed at a Lima address was arrested on charges of abduc-tion and felonious assault. James D. Wilson, 57, who lives at the home that was searched, was arrested for felonious assault.The two men are being held at the Van Wert County Correctional Facility. No fur-ther details have been released at this time. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
1 child dies, 1 hospitalized after cruise incident
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy died and a 6-year-old boy was revived and taken to a North Carolina hospital after both were pulled from a cruise ship swimming pool off the state’s coast Monday, according to officials who offered few additional details Tuesday.Norwegian said on its Facebook page that the ship’s emergency medical team responded to a report that the children were unre-sponsive on its pool deck and quickly administered CPR.“After extensive efforts, the younger child could not be revived,” the Facebook post read. “We extend our deep-est sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support.”It was unclear wheth-er the boys were related. The survivor was flown to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. The boy was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Hospital spokes-woman Chris Mackey said Tuesday that the boy’s par-ents did not want the boy’s condition shared with the public.Norwegian Breakaway, an 18-deck ship with a capacity of 4,000 passengers, is one of the cruise line’s newest ships and has a New York City theme with a colorful mural on the exterior hull designed by pop artist Peter Max featuring images of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. The ves-sel’s year-round home port is Manhattan.It has several pool areas, including an aqua park with a play area for young chil-dren. There’s also a super-vised program for children ages 3 to 17 called Splash Academy.Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews declined to spec-ify at which pool the chil-dren were found. She also declined to say whether the children signed into care at Splash Academy or were supervised by their family.Except for Disney Cruise Line, pools aboard cruise ships usually are not watched by lifeguards and swimming is at the patron’s own risk, though Norwegian ships have specific pools for chil-dren, said Andrew Coggins, a management professor at Pace University in New York City who studies the cruise industry.“In any event, children are not supposed to be in the pool unattended,” Coggins wrote in an email.
Child traffic deaths drop 43 percent over decade
ATLANTA (AP) — Children are dying less often in traffic accidents: Over a decade, the number who died in crashes dropped by 43 percent, according to a new government report.Health officials say the increased use of car seats and booster seats drove the decline. Still, one-third of the children 12 and under who died in 2011 were not buckled up.“The first step is buckling up. Every child, of every age, on every trip,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC report focused on crash deaths of children 12 and under and covered 2002 through 2011, when traffic fatalities overall declined to levels not seen since the 1940s.Young children traditionally have been only a small fraction of total traffic deaths. In the last year of the study, children accounted for 650 of the 21,000 deaths of drivers and passengers. Preliminary CDC figures for 2012 show child deaths continued to fall, to 637.“Children aren’t going drinking, and they’re not typically out at night,” said Jonathan Adkins, deputy director of the Governors Highway Safety Association.Teens and young adults account for the largest share of deaths, he added.The CDC study was not designed to answer why the deaths of younger children declined. But experts credited a large growth in state laws requiring car seats and booster seats, and in programs that promote buckling kids up.But there’s been a racial disparity in how well that’s worked. Almost half of the black and Hispanic children who died in crashes in 2009 and 2010 were not in safety seats or wearing seat belts, compared to a quarter of white deaths, according to the CDC.That may be related to income, experts said. Car seats can run well over $100 and be challenging to install. Larger proportions of minority families may have trouble getting the money or help to put them in. Frieden noted there are community programs that provide help and subsidies for car seats.Health officials urge parents to keep all children 12 and under in the back seat, and use car seats and booster seats until seat belts fit properly. They recommend that car seats should face the rear up to age 2.Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed new regula-tions to better protect kids in car seats from side-impact crashes.
Today’s smile
Braden Hammons
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Herald 3
Morrison presents ‘Treasures of America’s Civil War Battlefields’
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CELINA — The Feb. 27 meeting of the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable will feature speaker Denny Morrison.Morrison of Bluffton explores Civil War battlefields with a hi-tech metal detector. He has hunted the “Treasures of America’s Civil War Battlefields” in many of the places we remember from history or have discussed in our meetings.Morrison’s presentations are fun, informative and fast mov-ing. His presentation for the meeting will showcase some of his most interesting trips and some items gathered (legally) from the 150-year-old fields. He will also explain how those items related to the soldiers who lost them.The meeting will take place at 7:15 p.m. at Wright State University — Lake Campus in Celina in Room 117 Dwyer Hall. All are invited to attend.
Denny Morrison
Ohio: 16 wildlife officers did no on-duty hunting
COLUMBUS (AP) — Sixteen of 18 wildlife officers a watchdog said illegally hunted while on duty have been cleared by the state and were returned to their jobs on Tuesday.The officers have their guns, trucks and law enforcement pow-ers back after being on administra-tive assignments since December as an internal review was conduct-ed, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said.One officer, in Highland County, has been referred for further disci-plinary review, McCorkle said. Another officer, in Columbiana County, has retired.McCorkle said the state review uncovered new evidence unavail-able to Inspector General Randall Meyer. She said phone records, logs and individual accounts determined the officers, who all have home offices, weren’t on duty when they hunted.“These officers take great pride in their work, and we’re pleased to have them back on the job,” McCorkle said. “This was never about their integrity. It was a record-keeping issue.”Meyer had requested to inter-view the officers, which they declined.Meyer had found in comparing deer harvest and payroll records that the officers had hunted while on duty or were off duty at the time their deer harvests were recorded and therefore falsified payroll records to collect pay for hours not worked.The inspector general’s report, issued in December, said “lack of accountability and supervi-sion along with failure of wild-life officers’ compliance with the communication policy” was not only a legal issue but a safety concern.Meyer launched the probe after an earlier investigation resulted in the convictions of two Brown County officers. He said he sus-pected it was more than an iso-lated incident.McCorkle said Meyer’s com-parison of deer harvest and pay-roll records failed to tell the whole story. She said the investigation considered officers on duty once they entered their vehicles, though they have “very flexible sched-ules” that can include making checks from home in the mornings and attending public meetings at night.The state has put new record-keeping protocols and officer edu-cation requirements in place to prevent similar problems in the future, she said.The department’s 140-member Wildlife Division has at least one wildlife officer in each of the state’s 88 counties. Officers returned to work Tuesday in Adams, Belmont, Butler, Champaign, Columbiana, Defiance, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Hocking, Holmes, Mercer, Sandusky, Stark, Vinton and Wyandot counties.According to Meyer’s findings, the Highland County officer har-vested deer while on state time on two dates in late 2009. On a third date in January 2011 he harvested a deer on state time or his work hours were reported improperly, the watchdog reported.
 Big Band  Dance set 
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LIMA — Persons age 60 and older are invited to a Big Band Dance from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 13. The dance will be held at the Eagles Hall located at 800 West Robb Avenue in Lima.Music will be provided by the Al Best Band. No reserva-tions are required and there is no cost to attend.Come join us and dance to the big band sound of the Al Best Band.
Auditors reach out on homestead exemptions
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
This year’s changes in the State Budget has impacted the Homestead Exemption, which is a form of prop-erty tax relief that results in a reduc-tion in real estate taxes for those who qualify. The exemption is an additional reduction in real estate taxes beyond the other property tax deductions and rollbacks that prop-erty owners will continue to receive.Allen County Auditor Rhonda Eddy-Stienecker said there has been a massive marketing push to get the information out to the folks who are not registered for the program.“We created brochures and sent them out to social groups and passed them out at the Allen County Fair during Senior Citizen’s Day,” she said.Eddy-Stienecker reported that at the end of tax year 2013, the county had 8,302 taxpayers enrolled in the Homestead Exemption, which saved taxpayers a total of $3,3000,581, an average of $397 per year.Putnam County Auditor Robert L. Benroth said the change in the law makes it harder for people to qualify.“Before, the exemption was age-based — those who turned 65 — or were permanently disabled were qualified,” Benroth said. “Now, it is income-based and includes individu-als making a $30,500 Ohio Adjusted Gross Income (OAGI) or less.”Benroth explained that the tax-payer receives a discount up to $25,000 in market value — $8,750 assessed value – 35 percent — on their value and the tax savings var-ies depending on the tax rate in each district.“For example, residents living in Ottawa are subject to taxes from the county, city, school district and township where they live,” Benroth detailed.He said for tax year 2013, there were 2,565 taxpayers receiving the Homestead Exemption, which saved each taxpayer $254.35 to $400.25. The total homestead reduction for the county was $797,992.Van Wert County Auditor Nancy Dixon said there are 2,897 tax-payers enrolled in the Homestead Exemption, which saves each tax-payer between $274.40 and $398.44 per year on their taxes.“The ‘grandfather clause’ is por-table and can be used in any Ohio county a resident would move to,” Dixon stated. “It allows anyone who qualifies for the 2013 tax year to be accepted without income verifica-tion.”Dixon emphasized it is very important that taxpayers who quali-fy under the grandfather clause are aware of this reduction. She said anybody with questions on qualify-ing for the exemption or who needs help with the paperwork can call or come into the auditor’s office. She said the paperwork can be mailed to the resident.To qualify for the Homestead Exemption without means-testing (income verification), a property owner must have turned 65 years old in 2013 or earlier; or be totally and permanently disabled as of Jan. 1, 2013, as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or be the surviv-ing spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death.To qualify for the Homestead Exemption with means-testing, an individual must have turned 65 years old in 2014 or later or be totally and permanently disabled as of Jan. 1 as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency and have an Ohio Adjusted Gross Income (OAGI) of less than $30,500.The application requires individu-als to show evidence of age, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or Medicare Card. For more infor-mation, call these county auditor’s offices: Allen 419-228-3700 ext. 8794, Putnam 419-523-6686 and Van Wert 419-238-0843.
 Health director to return to  private practice
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s governor says the state health director is stepping down later this month to return to private medical practice.Director Theodore Wymyslo has led the Ohio Department of Health since 2011. He previ-ously worked as a family phy-sician in Montgomery County.Gov. John Kasich said in a statement Tuesday he respect-ed Wymyslo’s desire to return to practicing medicine and working with patients.Wymsylo has advocated for so-called patient-centered medical homes, a model of primary care focused on keeping patients healthy. He’s also had a prominent role recently in an abortion clinic’s closure.Wymsylo revoked the license of a suburban Cincinnati clinic and ordered it closed, questioning whether it followed rules to provide patient backup care.A judge on Friday allowed the clinic to remain amid a court fight.
Girls spent days in apartment after dad died 
COLUMBUS (AP) — A central Ohio coroner still hasn’t determined what killed a man whose two young daughters apparently spent several days in their apartment with his dead body.Franklin County coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak tells The Columbus Dispatch that she is waiting on toxicology tests to help determine what caused the death of 48-year-old Earl Davis.Columbus police said offi-cers forced their way into the apartment last Thursday night and found Davis’ body. His two daughters, ages 5 and 6, were hiding upstairs.
Heart Land Patriots plan free screening of movie, Agenda
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VAN WERT — Your Van Wert County Heart Land Patriots begin 2014 with a showing of the critical movie AGENDA as the feature event of their next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Youth Room of the Trinity Friends Family Life Center, 605 North Franklin Street, Van Wert.AGENDA was birthed as the product of a “Letter To The Editor” written by Idaho leg-islator Curtis Bowers concerning the drastic changes which had taken place in the American culture. Bowers letter produced a fire-storm of reaction as for weeks after, local newspapers were filled with responses from readers. In addi-tion, folks protested at the State Capitol, and it became the subject of a feature news story on television. Bowers carefully leads viewers on a fascinating, historically-accurate journey, inves-tigating the people and groups that have success-fully targeted America’s morality and freedoms in their effort to grind down America.Produced in 2010, AGENDA features inci-sive facts and revelations from more than 15 conservative voices across the religious and political landscape. The voices heard in the film faithfully sound the alarm concerning the continuing deterioration of the liberties long enjoyed by Americans, and the moral strengths which at one time characterized the American populace. The Patriots strongly encourage area residents to invest the time to view this film, and follow the steps outlined in the closing moments which provide a genuine hope to stop America’s decline.Further information on the Patriots or the film may be obtained by contacting the Rev. Keith Stoller at 419-968-2869.

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