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February 14, 2014

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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Religion 4Community 5Sports 6-7 Classifieds 8 Television 9World news 10
Friday, February 14, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Lady Jeffcats close with victory, Jays falter in home finale, p6-7When red is not a good color, p5
www.delphosherald.comMostly cloudy today with a chance of flurries. Partly cloudy tonight. Highs in the mid 20s and lows 5 to 10. See page 2.ELIDA (AP) — Police in Elida took a middle school student into custody after the boy allegedly brought knives to school and had a notebook containing threatening comments.Elida Schools Superintendent Don Diglia says no one was hurt and the boy was suspended and is facing expulsion.Diglia says the 13-year-old boy walked into the middle school principal’s office shortly before noon Wednesday asking about school lockdown procedures.Diglia says that after ques-tioning, the boy produced a small knife and a box cut-ter and that authorities then found two more knives and a notebook with threaten-ing comments in the boy’s book bag in his locker.According to authorities, the seventh-grader is being held in juvenile detention.
Elida student brought knives to school
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — This has been one harsh winter season with tempera-tures holding in the negatives and an over-abundant amount of snow. Van Wert County Ohio State Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young said the snow has been a benefit to the winter wheat crops.“The extreme cold temperatures could have been detrimental to the crops,” Young stated. “The snow has been a godsend since it acts like a insulation blanket.”Young explained that winter wheat germinates in the fall and then goes dor-mant. He said if it survives the winter, it will then green up and begin to grow.“Will it survive?” Young asked rhetorically. “There’s no guarantee and we will have to wait until spring.”He said the growing part of the plant (stem) is right at the soil level and if exposed to the ambient air temperatures with the snow as a buf-fer, that part of the plant would have frozen.“The blanket of snow held the ground warmth beneath it and close to the stem of the plant,” Young said. “Recharging the soil with moisture for plants to utilize will be very ben-eficial later in the growing season.”Young said hay crops overwinter-ing in the fields will benefit as well.One negative aspect to the con-sistent cold weather is there are no freeze-thaw cycles (FTC).“Without the cycles, we don’t get the soil breaking up,” Young explained. “It almost acts as a roto-til-ler breaking up compacted soil from harvest season.”Young said there are compromises one way or another.He said another aspect to watch for is the effect the winter weather has had on the killing off of some agricultural pests.
Young says snow a ‘godsend’ for wheat
According to OSU-Extension Educator Dr. Curtis Young, the snow insulates the winter wheat from the extreme temperatures. (File photo)See WHEAT, page 10
Ottoville names 2014 Homecoming Court 
Ottoville High School’s senior homecoming attendants include, front from left, Eden Schlagbaum, Megan Schnipke and Danielle Trenkamp; and back row, Cory Honigford, Lucas Maag and Luke Schimmoeller. Ottoville’s underclassmen homecoming attendants include from left, front row; junior Annie Lindeman, sophomore MaKayla Hoersten and freshman Maizee Brinkman; and junior Kyle Bendele, sophomore Drew Williams and freshman Eric Von Sossan. Homecoming ceremonies will take place Saturday during the boys basketball game verses Leipsic and the dance will be held from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in the auditeria. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Toby Keith at 2014 Allen County Fair
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Allen County Fair General Manager David Grimm has announced superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith will perform at the 2014 Allen County Fair on Aug. 23. The concert will be a part of the 2014 Toby Keith “Shut Up & Hold On Tour” presented by Ford F-Series.From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest release “Drinks After Work,” Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit-makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, “Made in America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest-rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen.
See KEITH, page 10Keith
St. John’s Alumni Band  plays final basketball game
St. John’s Alumni Band played its final girls basketball game Thursday evening. The band has been performing at Blue Jay girls basketball games for more than 20 years. Director Dan Duncan and the pep band of nearly 20 members have delighted home and visiting crowds at over 200 Blue Jay games. At left: Duncan accepts a plaque of appreciation from St. John’s Athletic Director Todd Schulte. (Delphos Herald/Tom Morris)FRIDAYBoys Basketball
Jefferson at Allen East (NWC), 6 p.m.LCC at Spencerville, 6 p.m.Lincolnview at Paulding (NWC), 6 p.m.Bath at Elida (WBL), 6 p.m.Continental at Kalida (PCL), 6 p.m.Columbus Grove at Ada (NWC), 6 p.m.Van Wert at Wapakoneta (WBL), 6 p.m.Crestview at Bluffton (NWC), 6 p.m.St. John’s at New Bremen (MAC), 6:30 p.m.Girls BasketballMiller City at Fort Jennings (PCL), 6 p.m.WrestlingSectionals, 5 p.m.Co-Ed Swimming and DivingDistricts at Cleveland State, 11 a.m.
SATURDAYBoys Basketball
Jefferson at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Bath at St. John’s, 6 p.m.Leipsic at Ottoville (PCL), 6 p.m.Pandora-Gilboa at Fort Jennings (PCL), 6 p.m.Kalida at Van Buren, 6 p.m.Columbus Grove at Miller City (PCL), 6 p.m.Spencerville at New Bremen, 6:30 p.m.Crestview at New Knoxville, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Columbus Grove at Pandora-Gilboa (PCL), 1 p.m.
Sectionals, 9 a.m.
2 The Herald Friday, February 14, 2014
For The Record
Vol. 144 No. 174
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
Lori Goodwin Silette
, circulation manager The Delphos Herald (USPS 1525 8000) is published daily except Sundays, Tuesdays and Holidays. The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for $1.48 per week. Same day delivery outside of Delphos is done through the post office for Allen, Van Wert or Putnam Counties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year. Entered in the post office in Delphos, Ohio 45833 as Periodicals, postage paid at Delphos, Ohio. 405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER: Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly cloudy. Chance of flur-ries. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.
: Cold. Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly clear. Lows 5 to 10 above. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero.
: Partly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero in the morning.
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows around 15. South winds around 5 mph shifting to the east after midnight.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. Lows around 15.
: Cloudy. Chance of freezing rain and sleet possibly mixed with snow in the morning. Then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of rain and snow through mid-night. Lows in the upper 20s.
: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.
: Mostly cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of rain. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the upper 40s.Wheat $5.76Corn $4.23Soybeans $13.50ST. RITA’SA boy was born Feb. 12 to Jill and David Martz of Delphos.Two cases were heard Thursday morning by Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:
Dezmond Bywaters, 
 22, Van Wert, appeared for a probation violation for being unsuccessfully ter-minated from the WORTH Center. He admitted the violation and was sen-tenced to 12 months prison with credit for 140 days served.
Dennis Gallaspie, 
 65, Lima, was arraigned on a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree, with a specifi-cation that he used a 2006 Honda Civic and $240 cash in the commission of the offense.He entered a not guilty plea and was released on a surety bond until his pretri-al scheduled for March 12.
One Year Ago
The 59th annual Putnam County Science Fair showed off the best area students had to offer on Saturday at Glandorf Elementary School. Seven students received a score of 40 on their projects. They included Madison Heckman and Tyler Ebbeskotte from Glandorf; Kelsey Miller from Continental, Abigail Hilvers and Alexis Thorbahn from Ottoville, Victoria Warnecke from St. Anthony’s and Abby Schroeder from Miller City-New Cleveland.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Lee Farris, manager of the new Hardee’s Restaurant, 203 W. Fifth St., is prepared for the restaurant’s grand opening Saturday. A boys bicycle and a girls bicycle will be raffled at the grand opening. Ferris said 73 people from the area are employed at the restaurant.Jefferson defeated the Perry Commodores 52-24 Monday in the first round of the Northwest Conference freshman tournament at Spencerville. Doug Haunhorst led Jefferson with 12 points. Todd Reynolds had nine points and Max Wisher, Mike Ahten and Dan Schleeter, eight points each.Angie McKee, a senior at Jefferson High School, was recently presented with the La Sertoma Youth Service Award from the Lima chapter. It is given to students for their involvement in community, school and church. Angie wrote about her experience with the First Assembly of God Church Youth Group, which went to Cleveland and worked in the inner-city parks.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Alva Ditto was hostess to the members of the Sorosis Study Club Thursday afternoon in her home on South Franklin Street. Roll call respons-es were given with a patent medicine. Mrs. Nile Brenneman was in charge of the program and reviewed the book “One for a Man – Two for a Horse” by Gerald Carson.Enlarged operations are being completed by Schumacher Soil Service of Columbus Grove, it was reported this week by Arthur Schumacher, operator of the company. Shumacher will be  joined by his brothers Vernon and Nelson in the operation of the company.Mrs. Hubert Altenburger entertained the Once-A-Month Pinochle Club in her home at Ottoville this week with first award going to Mrs. Carl Greulich, second to Mrs. Harry Thomas and low to Mrs. Robert Fortener. Mrs. Andy Altenburger received the traveling prize. Mrs. Harry Thomas will be hostess to the club for a buffet supper March 2.
75 Years Ago – 1939
A lengthy discussion treating on “Prohibition” took place Monday evening when the mem-bers of the CYO held their regular meeting in their clubrooms. Norman Geier and James Hotz served as leaders of the discussion. The CYO will sponsor a skating party to be held at the rink on North Washington Street Thursday evening of this week.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 14, 1924, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. of New York was formally renamed International Business Machines Corp., or IBM.On this date:In 1014, Henry II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Benedict VIII.In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.In 1895, Oscar Wilde’s final play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opened at the St. James’s Theatre in London.In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into separate depart-ments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union as President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation.In 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down.In 1949, Israel’s Knesset convened for the first time.In 1963, Federico Fellini’s art-house classic “8” was first released in Italy.In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kid-napped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world’s first heart-liver trans-plant recipient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until Nov. 1990). Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain won the gold medal in ice danc-ing at the Sarajevo Olympics.In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,” a novel condemned as blasphemous.Ten years ago: Guerrillas over-whelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and free-ing dozens of prisoners. Twenty-eight people were killed when the glass-and-concrete roof of an indoor water park in Moscow collapsed.Five years ago: Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to celebrate the just-passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a “major milestone on our road to recovery.” Jazz drummer Louie Bellson, who’d performed with Duke Ellington and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, died in Los Angeles at age 84. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Jr., 90, died in New York.One year ago: Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged with mur-dering his girlfriend at his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the “Blade Runner” for his high-tech artificial legs. Billionaire Warren Buffett agreed to buy H.J. Heinz Co. for $23.3 billion in the richest deal ever in the food industry. American Airlines and US Airways announced an $11 billion merger that turned American into the world’s biggest airline.Today’s Birthdays: TV personal-ity Hugh Downs is 93. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 80. Actor Andrew Prine is 78. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 75. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 72. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 71. Movie director Alan Parker is 70. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 70. Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is 67. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 66. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 66. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 63. Actor Ken Wahl is 57. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 55. Actress Meg Tilly is 54. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 54. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 53. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 51. Actor Zach Galligan is 50. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 50. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 48. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 47. Actor Simon Pegg is 44. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 42. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 42. Actor Matt Barr is 30. Actor Jake Lacy is 28. Actress Tiffany Thornton is 28. Actor Freddie Highmore is 22.
VW Sheriff releases monthly activity report
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VAN WERT — Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Activity Report for the month of January.Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 20,944 miles while on patrol, answer-ing citizens’ complaints, serving crimi-nal and civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transport-ing prisoners to state institutions and  juveniles to juvenile detention center facilities. Of the 20,944 miles driven, 2,502 miles were made on inmate trans-ports for a total of 20 trips.There were 94 prisoners housed in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility.The average daily inmate count was 42 for the month. Inmates housed for other counties generated MTD $0, YTD $0.Other inmate programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund are: Inmate Work Release MTD $519.24, YTD $519.24; Inmate Phone Service MTD $604.74, YTD $604.74; Inmate Pay To Stay MTD $0, YTD $0; and Office of Child Nutrition Services - Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $237.09, YTD $237.09.The food cost per meal per inmate was $1.21. The inmate work crews worked a total of 796 hours at the Sheriff’s Office, Election Board and jail.Deputies handled a total of 80 citi-zens’ complaints with reports being filed and handled a total of 68 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation.There were 27 traffic accidents inves-tigated during the month. There were 25 traffic citations issued to motorists and 20 traffic warnings issued. Deputies filed five criminal cases. Deputies made 153 assists to motorists and other depart-ments during the month and handled three funeral procession escorts. While on patrol, deputies found 21 open doors at businesses, schools and residen-tial house checks. Eighty-four homes of vacationing county residents were checked for a total of 908 times and a total of 13 business and residential alarms were answered. Deputies served 144 papers received from the courts dur-ing January.There were seven Sheriff sales con-ducted during January and five Sheriff sales received.The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team worked 11 perimeter checks of buildings while on patrol, five building searches, three drug searches and one track.There were three new criminal inves-tigations forwarded to the Detective Bureau with three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge filed, seven assists to other agencies, no search war-rants and three subpoenas were pre-pared. Fifty-nine web checks were pro-cessed for residents.There were 18 sex offender registra-tions for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment or other offender status changes conducted dur-ing the month of January (18 YTD). There were 178 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities and pre-schools dur-ing the month of January (178 YTD). There were 1,653 automated emails sent to county residents from the Sheriff’s Office advising residents of sex offend-ers registering an address within one-mile of their residence during the month of January (1653 YTD). It is estimated that approximately 7.2 percent of Van Wert County residents are currently signed up to receive automated emails on sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Office.There were 25 new or renewed hand-gun Concealed Carry License issued during the month of January (25 YTD).
Larry E., 82, of Spencerville, funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the Rev. Jim Flatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Spencerville EMS. Condolences may be expressed at tbayliff@woh.rr.com.
 Roger Dean “Birddog,” Middle Point, calling will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Brickner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Brickner Funeral Home with Wayne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at King Cemetery Middle Point with full military honors rendered by the Combined Honors Unit of VFW Post 5803 and American Legion Post 178. Preferred memo-rials are contributions to the family. Condolences may be left on the web-site, www.bricknerfuner-alhome.com or sent to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.
Patrol’s effective traffic enforcement yields illegal weapon arrests
 Information submitted
LIMA — Through effective traffic enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is significantly impacting the criminal element on our public roadways and in our com-munities. By taking extra time during each traffic stop and paying close attention to possible indicators of criminal activity, what on the surface may appear to be a rather routine traffic stop can turn into something much more significant.In 2013, troopers made 550 arrests for possession of illegal weapons. This represents a 39 percent increase when compared to 2012. Illegal weapon arrests have risen each of the last five years, climbing 75 percent over this period.“Every day our troopers are out on the roadways taking felons out of your communities,” said Lt. Brant Zemelka, Commander of the Lima Post. “By being observant and spotting criminal indicators – drugs, illegal weapons and dangerous drivers are removed from the roadways.”The Patrol’s illegal weapon arrests occurred in 75 of Ohio’s 88 counties in 2013. These arrests happened most fre-quently in Cuyahoga (49), Franklin (34), Warren (31), Lucas (20) and Summit (20) counties. These five counties accounted for 28 percent of all the Patrol’s illegal weapons arrests.Additionally, in 36 percent of the Patrol’s illegal weap-on arrests in 2013, the offender was also charged with OVI. In 31 percent of the weapons arrests, the offender was also charged with a drug offense.Motorists are reminded that public participation is criti-cal to highway safety. Call # 677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.For a complete statistical analysis please visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Weapons_Bulletin_2014.pdf.
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EPA announces new grant application opportunities
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Potential applicants for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund grants can now view guidelines online and should plan to sub-mit a letter of intent (LOI) to apply by March 4 and a complete application by March 11.Application guidelines are posted for the spring and summer 2014 grant cycles. The LOI and applica-tion can be completed in the OEEF grant service in Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center.The LOI should include contact information for the project director and a short description of the proposed project. OEEF staff will normally approve LOIs and assign a grant application number within one busi-ness day, allowing appli-cants to begin entering their application informa-tion in the OEEF grant ser-vice. Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. March 11. The next application cycle will have an LOI deadline of July 8 and an application deadline of July 15.OEEF application guide-lines are written to align education projects with Ohio EPA’s regulatory pri-orities and environmental issues of current concern. During 2014, the OEEF has four targeted areas of focus:— projects that demon-strate and encourage the use of innovative storm water management prac-tices;— projects that demon-strate and encourage the reduc-tion of air emis-sions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation;— projects that encour-age and explain the impor-tance of habitat restoration efforts to increase biodi-versity and improve air and water quality; and— targeted efforts to encourage nutrient man-agement practices, includ-ing, but not limited to, awareness campaigns to reduce nutrient loadings to rivers and streams from urban and rural areas.Ohio EPA encourages prospective applicants to contact the OEEF staff at 614-644-2873 or oeef@epa.ohio.gov to discuss project ideas and request staff review of draft pro-posals before the submittal deadline.
University of Findlay recognized for energy saving efforts in new construction
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FINDLAY – The University of Findlay recently was recognized for its efforts to save energy by the building technology society ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) for the energy-saving heating and air conditioning technologies incorporated into the Davis Street Building addition, which opened for classes in August of 2012.UF worked with Greensleeves to design and install energy-saving geothermal HVAC systems in the addition. Greensleeves Chief Technology Officer Stephen Hamstra was given the 2014 ASHRAE Technology Award in Educational Facilities – New Construction for his work on the project.Greensleeves is focused on providing clean energy solutions. Greensleeves designs and markets propri-etary, clean technology products. The com-pany’s product line, the GeoModule™, is an intelligent thermal management system creating a superior HVAC system for com-mercial buildings. These solutions incorporate a unique blend of engineering, controls and hardware for geothermal. Greensleeves has locations in Findlay, Zeeland, Mich., and Winter Springs, Fla.Myreon Cobb, director of physical plant at UF, accepted UF’s honor at the 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference in New York on Jan. 18. The project also will be featured in the March 2014 issue of the ASHRAE Journal.Choosing energy-efficient options saved the University $83,000 (57 percent) of energy costs and $7,500 in maintenance costs during the first year the David Street Building addi-tion was open.“I am honored to work with The University of Findlay. The innovation and advancement of technology on this project has produced such outstanding results due to UF’s coopera-tion and desire to be green,” said Hamstra.According to Cobb, director of the physical plant, the building has a number of energy-saving features. The addition has a geothermal heating and cooling system, which required drilling 40 wells in the flood plain behind the building that drains into Howard Run creek. The system will take only 5.6 years to pay for itself in energy savings.The building is highly insulated. The mason-ry block outside walls were filled with sand and sprayed with foam insulation. The walls were finished with a brick veneer four feet from the bottom and then insulated metal siding was applied on the outside of the rest of the structure.The building also uses comput-erized sensors to adjust the amount of light provided, and every room also has a motion sensor that turns on the lights when the room is occupied and shuts them off shortly after no motion is detected in the room.The laboratories are equipped with sophis-ticated fume hoods that sense both human movement and the presence of chemicals, so that the hoods run when necessary but drop to low power or shut off to save energy when not needed. The building also has an air handling system that maintains a level of 10 percent fresh air at all times.The building also was designed regarding environmental impact. A system of piping is in place to control rainwater runoff from the building. Buried underground to the west of the addition is 300 feet of piping that is four feet in diameter, which will hold water runoff. A drainpipe six inches in diameter controls the amount and rate of water allowed to flow into Howard Run.
Van Wert YWCA plans Spring Travel preview
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VAN WERT — The pub-lic is invited to attend the Spring Travel preview at the Van Wert YWCA at 3 p.m. Feb. 23. The address is 408 East Main St. in Van Wert.Complete information about the 2014 travel sched-ule will be available. There will also be door prizes and refreshments.A full schedule of trips will be offered from extended to one day. Some of the des-tinations include Washington, D.C., New York City, New England and Nashville, Tenn. The spectacular show “Moses” in Lancaster, Pa., and Branson, Missouri, are also destinations. There are also several of the popu-lar mystery trips sched-uled including the “All Girl Mystery” on June 11.The yearly grandparents and grandchildren trip is on June 20.For more information call the YWCA at 419-238-6639.
 4-H Rabbit Club’s opening meeting set 
The Van Wert County Bunny Hoppers 4-H Rabbit Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday at the Van Wert Fair Grounds Extension Office. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and end about 8 p.m.Anyone interest in 4-H rabbits or rabbits in general are welcome to attend. A parent needs to attend this meeting with their child, since there are forms that need parental signatures. At the meeting, we will be getting organized for the year, completing membership forms, signing up for projects, learning new and changed guidelines in 4-H and the fair. There will be demonstrations on different breeds of rabbits.If you have any question, or need more information, please contact advisor Chris Heizman at 419-238-4554. (Photo Submitted)
Court rejects request  for AEP refunds
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an appeal seeking $368 million in refunds for American Electric Power customers.In a 5-2 decision Thursday, the high court said the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which represents utility ratepayers, and Industrial Energy Users-Ohio failed to show state utility regula-tors erred in denying the refunds.AEP and its operating com-panies collected the money from April 2009 to May 2011 to help compensate for certain risks asso-ciated with being a “provider of last resort.”Regulators at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ordered AEP in October 2011 to remove such charges from future bills and to refund the charges it had collected between June and October of that year.Justices said Ohio case law doesn’t require AEP to refund the $368 million it had collected earlier.
 Lawmaker facing new counts yields chairmanship
CINCINNATI (AP) — The speaker of the state House said Thursday a southwest Ohio law-maker has agreed to give up his powerful committee chairman-ship after a new indictment that alleges he engaged in a pattern of corruption.Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina, said Republican Rep. Pete Beck would relinquish chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, “effective immediately.”A grand jury in Cincinnati on Thursday brought 53 new counts against Beck, including one alleging a pattern of cor-ruption. Beck already faced trial in April after an indictment last year on 16 felony counts.
ODOT seeks comment on proposed projects
Information submitted
LIMA— The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects:
Allen County
SR 117/501-10.76/4.34 (PID: 84063) – The proposed proj-ect is located on Ohio 117 and includes the intersection of Ohio 117 and Ohio 501 (Wapakoneta Road). The project proposes the corrective reconstruction of this intersection and also the widening of Ohio 117 for the installation of left turn lanes at the intersection. This project will involve the replacement of a culvert along Wapakoneta Road  just north of the intersection. Traffic during construction of this project will be maintained with at least one lane in each direction. The construction of this project is scheduled to begin in early summer of 2016.Kibby Street (PID: 90217) – The proposed project is located in Lima on Kibby Street between South Pine Street and Bellefontaine Avenue. The project is proposed to reconstruct the roadway and also replace curb and gutter, sidewalks and improve drainage throughout the project area. Also, signage, pavement markings, roadway lighting and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk ramps are to be upgraded or installed as a result of this project. Traffic during construction of this project is to be maintained at all times. The construction for this project is scheduled for summer of 2015.
Van Wert County
US 224-11.64 (PID: 92451) – The proposed project is located on U.S. 224 approximately 0.2 miles south of the  junction with U.S. 30. The proposed project is an earthen side slope repair which includes several activities. These activi-ties include: remove existing guardrail, excavate slope/hill approximately five feet deep at edge of shoulder to remove eroded areas, regrade and revegetate existing slope/hill, add pipe drainage, widen paved shoulder, add curb for the entire length of guardrail, and add catch basins as necessary with out-lets at the bottom of the slope/hill. Traffic during construction of this project will be maintained at all times. A detour may be necessary; in which case, local traffic will be maintained at all times. Construction of this proposed slide repair is scheduled for late summer of 2015.More information on ODOT projects can be found here: www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D01/PlanningPrograms/ProjectsComments may be made by contacting the individual listed below. Please provide comments within 10 days from the day this was published. To help expedite a response please provide the project name and PID number provided above as well as contact information. Comments without contact information cannot be responded to.Project related issues the public may wish to comment on include, but are not limited to, historic or cultural resources, ecological resources and environmental justice issues.For further information contact: Stacy Schimmoeller, ODOT District 1, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; phone at 419-999-6854; or email stacy.schimmoeller@dot.state.oh.us.
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