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Partly cloudy today with a chance of snow showers this morning. Mostly clear tonight. Highs around 15 and lows around -5. Wind chills -5 to -15. See page 2.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Calamity-day bill hits snag,  p3
Wildcats fall in sectionals, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Agriscience 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9
www.delphosherald.comBY ANNE COBURN-GRIFFISSentinel Editor
PUTNAM COUNTY — “Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the current face of heroin,” said Ohio Governor John Kasich during a speech to the Ohio Newspaper Association on Feb. 6. “We have a heroin epidemic in this state, in every county, in every suburb.”Hoffman died on Feb. 2 in New York City following a heroin overdose. In Hoffman, the nation sees the loss of a gifted actor. But this is not the image that usually comes to mind when one thinks of a heroin addict, much less any substance abuser. Television and film give us images of skeletal degenerates who shoot up to get their euphoric fix. We don’t see the decline of a person who gets hooked on heroin.“Those that are truly addicted will take it sim-ply not to feel bad because of the withdrawal. They’ll  just take it to be normal again,” explained Aaron Baumgartner, director of Pathways Counseling Center, Ottawa.Heroin, an opiate drug derived from the poppy plant, is a stimulant that produc-es euphoria. Though it has some medical applications, recreational use is illegal in the United States. In decades past, heroin was considered an elite drug. Think John Lennon, River Phoenix and Janis Joplin. Now the drug is relatively cheap, according to Doug Engel, Chief Deputy, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also the com-mander of a multi-area nar-cotics task force which covers Putnam, Defiance, Williams and Fulton counties.“Actually the heroin is relatively cheap nowadays. It’s approximately anywhere from $40 to $80 a gram,” said Engel. “It depends on the
quality and the quantity of it. You can buy an injection, or a loaded syringe, off the streets. Or you can buy the powder. It’s sold in multiple ways.”Engel and his fellow offi-cers have seen an upswing in heroin use the last two to three years. “We’re seeing a lot more of it coming into the community. A lot of it is being abused by the persons who had been abusing prescription opiates. Now they’re turning to using heroin because of law changes with prescription medications.”
Putnam County is not immune to heroin epidemic
Latta backing bill to ease propane issue
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4076, the Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act, sponsored by Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA). The bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday would provide a guaranteed extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) emergency declarations until May 31, ultimately providing relief to Midwest residents, who are experiencing life-threatening shortages of propane and other home heating fuels.“This winter’s extreme weather conditions have threatened the lives and livelihoods of those who rely on propane to heat their homes and farm-ing operations,” said Latta. “Access to heat is no longer an option, but a requirement for survival for residents throughout the Midwest and espe-cially in my home state of Ohio. We must do everything we can to trans-port as much propane to those in need as quickly as possible. Therefore, I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the HEATT Act to provide relief to Americans throughout the coun-try who are experiencing the harmful effects of the severe snow and extreme cold that have plagued our area.”Propane is used to heat more than 12 million homes throughout the United States. The current shortage is expected to continue through the end of winter due in part to a num-ber of infrastructure challenges in high-demand areas. The HEATT Act would provide the certainty needed to address these critical heating fuel transportation and distribution issues throughout the Midwest.Congressman Latta has led mul-tiple efforts to bring relief to hom-eowners throughout the Midwest. In January, he led a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx from the Ohio Congressional delegation, requesting the agency extend the hours of service emergency exemp-tion.
St. John’s seniors set Chicken BBQ
The senior class at St. John’s will hold a Chicken BBQ to raise money toward a class trip to NYC. The BBQ will be held March 6. Dinners may be picked up in the breeze-way between the elemen-tary and All Saints build-ings from 4:30-6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $8 from any senior, at the high school office or the parish center. Tickets must be purchased by Friday. No tickets will be sold on the day of the BBQ.
See HEROIN, page 3
Wrestlers collect canned goods at fundraiser 
Jefferson wrestling seniors Adam Crabtree, Dustin McConnahea and Tanner Vermule show the non-perishable food items collected at a recent fundraiser for the program. The “Gear Up Pizza Buffet” fundraiser allowed guests to bring in non-perishable food items in return for raffle tickets. More than 300 items were collected and donated to the Delphos Thrift Store’s Food Pantry. The wrestlers appreciated the community for the generous donations and continued support of the wrestling program. (Submitted photo)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of fasting, prayer and almsgiving for Christians. Join many others in the community and do all three at once by praying together, running and offering money to the needy. On Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., a prayer service will be held at 5:45 p.m. with the distribution of ashes at the community track behind Jefferson High School. At 6 p.m., a “Run You Ashes Off” 5K, with run-ners and walkers wel-come, will begin. Long-sleeve T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants to register. Additional T-shirts will be available to purchase for $15, with proceeds going to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Pre-register at St. John’s Ministry Center, the high school or elementary school offices, with a $10 donation to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Runners and walkers of all faith traditions are welcome and encouraged to participate.
‘Run Your Ashes Off’ 5K Wednesday
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editoregebert@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — You may not know the name but you surely know the music. “
 Rubberband Man
 I’ll Be Around 
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
,” and “
Working My Way Back To You
” are some of the more popular songs he has made famous with his vocal group, The Spinners.Henry Fambrough is the last remaining original member of the group which began performing in 1954 and is still going strong. The Spinners will be performing Saturday night at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in a 7:30 p.m. perfor-mance. Fambrough claimed that The Spinners are still working hard to bring that familiar sound to the peo-ple.“We still have the same audience. The people who liked us then are still here with us. They still like the music,” he said in a strong baritone voice. “Most of them will say, ‘We raised our kids on your music and our kids are raising their kids on your music!’ The people are still coming to see us. We still get the same recep-tion.”Fambrough has no idea how many concerts he has given but he has been performing since some school kids started singing together in the outskirts of Detroit in the mid-1950s.He remembered, “We started when we were in school back in ‘54. Actually we were playing basketball. The guys would play and somebody would start humming around, and somebody would start singing a song, and somebody listening would come in, and that’s how we started. People started saying, ‘Why don’t you all start a group? You sound good; why don’t you start a group?’ They kept on doing that and we said, ‘Let’s try it out!’ So we started rehearsing and went on from there.”They sang as amateurs until meet-ing up with a man named Harvey Fuqua, the leader of the doo-wop group, the Moonglows.“We met him and he started a record company called Tri-Phi Records, and we were the first artist on the label. Him and his wife Gwen wrote this song, “
That’s What Girls  Are Made For
,” and they released it and it went up to No. 27 across the nation.”The Spinners recorded for Tri-Phi Records through the 60s with only slight chart success. The group became very well-respected but a hit didn’t come until after they signed with Motown in 1969. The first taste of success was “
 It’s a Shame
,” a song produced by Stevie Wonder. But the association with Motown did not last.
The Spinners bringing distinct style to Niswonger
The SpinnersSee SPINNERS, page 3Ohio has experienced a propane shortage since January. (Web photo)See PROPANE, page 3TODAY
WrestlingState at Ohio State, 3 p.m.Girls Basketball District TournamentDivision IVAt Lima Senior: Crestview vs. P-G, 6:15 p.m.; Ottoville vs. Leipsic, 8 p.m. (Saturday’s final at 7 p.m.)Division IIIAt Elida: Columbus Grove vs. O-G, 6:15 p.m.; (Saturday’s final at 7 p.m.)
WrestlingState at OSU, 10 a.m.Boys BasketballSectional TournamentDivision IVAt Van Wert: Fort Jennings vs. Crestview, 6:15 p.m.; St. John’s vs. Ottoville, 8 p.m.At O-G: Kalida vs. MC, 6:15 p.m.; Columbus Grove vs. Leipsic, 8 p.m.At Coldwater: Spencerville vs. NB, 6:15 p.m.; Division IIIAt St. Marys: LCC vs. Allen East, 6:15 p.m.; Van Wert vs. St. Henry, 8 p.m.Division IIAt Lima Senior: Elida vs. St. Marys, 6:15 p.m.
2 The Herald Thursday, February 27, 2014
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 183
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc. 
Lori Goodwin Silette
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Windy. Highs around 15. West winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills 5 below to 15 below zero.
: Cold. Mostly clear. Lows around 5 below. Northwest winds around 5 mph through midnight becoming light and variable.
: Mostly sunny in the morning then becom-ing partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 20s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 15 below zero in the morning.
: Mostly cloudy through midnight. Then cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow after midnight. Not as cold. Lows 15 to 20. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow. Highs in the lower 30s.
: Snow likely. Light snow accumu-lations possible. Lows 15 to 20. Chance of snow 60 percent.
: Snow likely. Highs in the lower 20s. Lows around 10. Chance of snow 70 percent.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 20.
: Partly cloudy. Lows zero to 5 above.
: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 15 to 20.
: Partly cloudy. Lows zero to 5 above. Highs in the lower 20s.Wheat $5.80Corn $4.33Soybeans $14.08Two cases were heard Wednesday by Judge Kevin Taylor in Van Wert County Common Please Court on Wednesday:
Larry Brincefield
, 51, Delphos, entered a plea of guilty to a Prosecutor’s Bill of Information charging him with domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree.He was released on a surety bond and sentencing was set for March 19.
Cai Evans
, 20, Van Wert, was sentenced on a charge of possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.His sentence was: three years community control, up to six months in WORTH Center, 100 hours com-munity service, substance abuse assessment and treat-ment, two years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed coun-sel fees.An 11-month prison term was deferred pending comple-tion of community control.
Information submitted
VAN WERT — The Van Wert Municipal Court has released the activity report for the month of January.There were a total of 411 cases for the month as follows: 295 traffic cases, 61 crimi-nal cases and 55 civil cases.The Court performed no weddings.Fines and costs in the amount of $59,286.06 were distributed to government agencies by the Municipal Court as follows: $18,579.17 to the State of Ohio, $34,121.94 to the City of Van Wert, $4,725.25 to the County of Van Wert, $100 to the Van Wert Sheriff’s Department, $17 to Crime Stoppers, $50 to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, $250.52 to Capital Recovery, $275 to ODNR, $25 to the Village of Ohio City, $55 to the Village of Convoy and $1,087.18 to the County Law Library.The above disbursements include $1,385 to Legal Aid, $2,431.50 to Victims of Crime and $1,789.00 to Computerization.The total amount collected in back fines from Capital Recovery for the year is $1,440.35. The Court’s Supervision Fund brought in $1,852 for the month for a total of $1,852 for the year.Monies collected for judgment credi-tors by garnishment for the month totaled $28,684.98. The nature of the offense and the arresting authority are factors which affect the distribution of the fines.The charging authorities were: traffic cases - driving under the influence (20), State Patrol (seven), SHF (three) and SVW (10); general traffic (275) - Ohio State Patrol (187), Van Wert Police (62), Delphos (zero), Sheriff (25) and Village (one); Criminal charges (61), City Police (43), Ohio State Patrol (two), Sheriff (nine), Delphos (five), Village (zero) and ODNR (two); civil cases (55); regular, money-only complaints (48); evictions (four); other-BMV driving privi-leges (zero); and small claims complaints (three).Judge Jill Leatherman signed one search warrant during the month.Traffic/Criminal Activity: The Court had 255 scheduled arraignments - 234 pre-trials, 11 trials to the Court, zero suppression hear-ings, one preliminary hearing, 18 probation violation/show-cause hearings, zero bond hearing, four sentencings, six change of pleas, zero no contest hearings, one extradi-tion hearing, zero 12-point suspension hear-ings, zero scheduled jury trials and zero ALS Hearings.The following information has been submitted to the judge from the probation department for the month.Number of Persons off Probation: 30Total Intakes for probation: 22Total Office Visits: 42Total Home Visits: zeroTotal No. of Persons on Probation: 294Total No. on Intensive Probation: 45Total persons arrested by Probation: zeroTotal community service hours completed: 44.5In-Home Alcohol Units: threeNumber placed on Electronic House Arrest: fiveCases Reviewed by Court: 72Total Successfully Completing EMHA: oneProbation Violations filed: sevenIgnition Interlock Units Issued: nineUDSs completed: 12Diversions: zeroRehabilitation Placement: zeroFingerprints: zero
One Year Ago
Lt. Governor Linda Steinbrenner visited to install new Kiwanis officers. New officers include Secretary Janet Metzger, Treasurer Cindy Metzger, Vice President Jim Fortener and President Jamey Wisher. Three new members were also inducted: Lisa Bergfeld, Max Wisher and Vickie Fischer.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Elida Future Farmers of America member Tim Hittle presented a 3-week-old chicken to Misty Norway, a third-grader in Sarah Oleson’s class at Elida Elementary School as part of the FFA’s Food for American program. This year’s program consists of a videotape on how pizza is made, agricultural facts literature and Adopt-A-Chick for a Week program.Two St. John’s wrestlers: Shawn Kimmet and Dan Vonderwell; qualified for the 52nd annual State Tournament by placing in the top four Saturday in the Division III district meet at Fostoria. Three other St. John’s wrestlers: Mike Kramer, Don Vonderwell and Nathan Wannemacher; qualified for the dis-trict but did not advance.Elida and Bath played a cat-and-mouse game for three quarters before the Bulldogs lowered the boom in the fourth and won the Division II girls district tournament Saturday, 64-48, at Cory-Rawson. Julie Heil led Elida with 14 points. Stephany Purdy and Cindy Baker added 13. Chris Warris added nine points and had 15 rebounds.
50 Years Ago – 1964
A new motion screen was installed Wednesday night at the Capitol Theatre. The screen is one of a series of improvements aimed at upgrading the quality of movie showings at the Capitol, manag-er Walter Miller told The Herald. Miller said the Technikote screen is a new type that gives more depth, clarity and brightness to pictures projected on it.Mrs. Roger Hoverman will serve as commentator for Phi Delta Sorority’s style show which will be held March 10 in the Franklin School auditorium. Local stores participating in the revue will be The Betty Jane Shop, Penn’s Jack and Jill Shop, Lion Clothing Store and Shenk’s Dry Good Store.Mrs. Rudolf Lucas was hostess to the members of the Priscilla Circle of Trinity Methodist Church Wednesday evening in her home on North Clay Street. Flossiee Burgess and Mrs. Cecil Stopher served as assistant hostesses. The meeting was opened with a prayer by the circle leader, Mrs. Robert Dorman, and Mrs. Gene Kaskel gave the les-son.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Spanish War situation will form the timely topic of discussion Monday night when the members of the Catholic Youth Organization of St. John’s parish convene in the clubrooms on East First Street for their regular meeting. The discus-sion will be led by Gerald Will and Donald Say. The CYO will pres-ent “Shamrock Minstrels” as their contribution to the St. Patrick’s Day entertainment which will be given March 19 in St. John’s auditorium.The Knights of Pythias will meet in regular session on March 1. Following a brief business session, there will be another of a series of Pinochle Parties with Alba Burgess and Charles Morgan directing the contest. On March 8, the rank of Knight will be conferred on a class of Esquires.County basketball tournaments were completed in this district on Saturday night. Elida, Coldwater, Ohio City, New Bremen and Alger won the county titles and the right to compete in the sectional tourney to be played at Shawnee starting this week.
Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2014. There are 307 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 27, 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, was first performed in Vienna. (Also on the program was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, which had premiered in Dec. 1813.)On this date:In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.In 1911, inventor Charles F. Kettering demonstrated his electric automobile starter in Detroit by starting a Cadillac’s motor with just the press of a switch, instead of hand-cranking.In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote.In 1933, Germany’s parliament build-ing, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire as justifica-tion for suspending civil liberties.In 1939, the Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp., effective-ly outlawed sit-down strikes. Britain and France recognized the regime of Francisco Franco of Spain.In 1943, during World War II, Norwegian commandos launched a raid to sabotage a German-operated heavy water plant in Norway. The U.S. govern-ment began circulating one-cent coins made of steel plated with zinc (the steel pennies proved very unpopular, since they were easily mistaken for dimes).In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.In 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)In 1968, at the conclusion of a CBS News special report on the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite delivered a commentary in which he said the conflict appeared “mired in stalemate.”In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.)In 1982, Wayne Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period. (Williams, who was also blamed for 22 other deaths, has maintained his inno-cence.)In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, President George H.W. Bush declared that “Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated,” and announced that the allies would suspend combat opera-tions at midnight, Eastern time.Ten years ago: America’s top bish-op, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers in the Roman Catholic priesthood were “history” as two reports showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous half-century. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the state’s top court to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex mar-riage licenses until the justices could decide whether the weddings were legal. (The justices halted the wed-dings the following month.) In the Philippines, a bomb blamed on Islamic extremists killed 116 people aboard a ferry in Manila Bay.Five years ago: President Barack Obama told Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. that he would end combat opera-tions in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010 and open a new era of diplomacy in the Middle East. The Rocky Mountain News ceased publishing after nearly 150 years in business.One year ago: The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary by a vote of 71-26. President Barack Obama unveiled a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. Van Cliburn, the internationally cel-ebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition launched a spec-tacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star sta-tus, died in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 78.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Joanne Woodward is 84. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 80. Opera singer Mirella Freni is 79. Actress Barbara Babcock is 77. Actor Howard Hesseman is 74. Actress Debra Monk is 65. Rock sing-er-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 60. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 57. Actor Timothy Spall is 57. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 54. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 54. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 53. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 53. Actor Adam Baldwin is 52. Actor Grant Show is 52. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 49. Actor Noah Emmerich is 49. Actor Donal Logue is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 43. Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Roderick Clark is 41. Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) is 36. Actor Brandon Beemer is 34. Chelsea Clinton is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Valentino is 34. Singer Josh Groban is 33. Rock musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant) is 31. Actress Kate Mara is 31.
 Joseph I., 88, of Van Wert, visitations will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. The funer-al will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Preferred memorials are to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, St. Mary of the Assumption School and Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. Condolences may be left online at www.alspachgearhart.com.
 William F. “Bill”, 86, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father John Stites and Father David Ross officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Central Catholic Athletic Boosters. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.
 Mary Ellen Hemker, 80, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Father David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will be at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation. To leave condolenc-es online for the family, go to www.harterandschier.com.
Van Wert Municipal Court releases monthly activity report
CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
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Estimated jackpot: $216 million
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Answers to Wednesday’s questions:
The ostrich lays the smallest eggs in comparison to the mother’s size. Although an ostrich egg, at three pounds, is the heaviest laid by any living bird, it is only about 1.5 percent of its mother’s weight.The boy band One Direction, with
Up All Night 
, in March 2012, was the first British pop band to top the Billboard chart in the United States with its debut album.
Today’s questions:
How many tobacco seeds are in an ounce?What three movies, named for cities all starting with the same letter, have won Academy Awards for Best Picture?
Answers in Friday’s Herald.
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Calamity-day bill hits snag; debate continues
COLUMBUS (AP) — State law-makers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter’s hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken.The impasse came after the Senate passed its own plan Wednesday, dif-ferent from a version passed earlier by the House.Snow, ice and bone-chilling tem-peratures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year’s five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year. Some Guernsey County schools in eastern Ohio have topped 17 such days.Gov. John Kasich has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis. He has said if schools exceed their allowable days and have to extend the year, it can “wreak havoc” with schedules and school budgets.The House passed a bill last week to let schools receive up to four additional days off, with teachers having to report on two of those.Senators put their own mark on the measure Wednesday.The Senate unanimously passed a plan to let schools take up to four addi-tional days off this year, with teachers reporting for one day for training. But first, districts would have to use four contingency days before they could get the extra days off.Each school district adopts an annual contingency plan that includes adding at least five whole days to the school year if needed to make up any days missed beyond the excused calamity days. The bill would let districts revise their plans, which were submitted last September.Senators changed the bill dur-ing an education committee hearing Wednesday morning. They made addi-tional changes on the Senate floor in the afternoon to try to win House sup-port.“We all know that there are some issues that everyone has an opinion on and everyone wants to talk about: Calamity days is one of those,” said state Sen. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the education panel.She said she believed the committee had struck “a good balance between the need to keep our students safe and our need to keep our children well-educated.”“But we do have some who would like to make it a little different,” she said. She then offered an amendment to “keep perhaps some more people happy.”But the House rejected the Senate amendments, sending the bill to a joint conference committee to work on an agreement.Lawmakers in each chamber acknowledged that schools were wait-ing for an answer on the issue.“With no clear end to winter in sight, it is important that we as legislators take the necessary steps to protect our children from the current frigid envi-ronment,” state Rep. Tony Burkley, the bill’s co-sponsor, told fellow legislators earlier Wednesday.John Scheu, superintendent of the Sidney City School District, said blis-teringly cold temperatures and busted water pipes in one building forced his schools to go beyond the five allot-ted calamity days this year. The dis-trict, which is north of Dayton, used Presidents Day to make up one of the days.Scheu urged senators to grant dis-tricts more days.“It has been said that allowing addi-tional days will adversely affect learn-ing for our students,” he told the Senate Education Committee. “I would argue that tacking on an additional four days at the end of the school year is not going to increase learning for our stu-dents.”The Senate-passed bill also would allow districts to make up the time off by lengthening school days by 30-min-ute increments. High school seniors would be excused from makeup days that occur after their scheduled gradua-tion ceremonies.
Lawmakers pass new provisional ballot rules
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill setting forth when provision-al ballots are counted in the political swing state and what it takes to cast one.Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don’t bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct.The bill passed by the House and Senate Wednesday would put into law recent fed-eral court action that requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, but right poll-ing location, to be counted. The goal of the legislation was to reduce the number of ballots rejected for voting in the wrong precinct but correct polling place.Some polling places con-tain voting machines for sev-eral precincts.The measure, which Gov. John Kasich likely will sign, would cut the number of days provisional voters would have to prove their identity and eligibility to seven from 10. The bill keeps in place current rules that election officials not count the ballots for at least 10 days.The bill would also require voters to provide their date of birth and current address on the provisional ballot affirma-tion in order for the ballot to be eligible to be counted. It also bans provisional ballot cast in the wrong precinct and the incorrect polling location from being counted.The bill passed along party lines in the GOP-controlled House and Senate, typical of several recent voting-related bills. Republicans said the measure would simplify the process of casting provision-al ballots, while Democrats called it voter suppression.The legislation “is one of a series of bills that promote uniform access at the polls for all voters while modernizing Ohio’s elections processes,” said Rep. Mike Dovilla, a Republican from Berea in northeast Ohio and chair-man of the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.Opponents say it will increase the number of fields a voter must fill out for the ballot to count and criticized shrinking the number of days a voter has to return to a local elections board to show iden-tification.State Rep. Kevin Boyce, a Democrat from Columbus, said it violates the principles of the 1965 Voter Rights Act, calling it “a vote against civil rights for Ohioans.”
Justices hear local drilling rules dispute
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court justices vigor-ously challenged attorneys on Wednesday over the power of state-level oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws.One justice asked whether Ohio’s regulatory scheme vio-lates communities’ constitutional home rule protections, while another said an inability for cities to challenge state-issued drilling permits gives Ohio’s natural resources director seem-ingly god-like sway.The questioning came in a case brought by the Akron sub-urb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. The lawsuit is being closely monitored by both pro- and anti-drilling forces for its potential impact on community efforts to block hydrau-lic fracturing, or fracking, used by the industry to capture gas or oil from underground shale. A court decision is expected in a few months.The energy company in this case received a state-required permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2011 to drill a traditional well on private property in Munroe Falls. The city sued, saying the company illegally sidestepped local ordinances by not involving the city in the process.Deputy Solicitor Peter Glenn-Applegate, the state’s attor-ney, told the court Ohio’s natural resources director was empowered in 2004 to regulate drilling and that a permit can’t be gained without meeting established setbacks, fencing and other siting requirements.He and Beck’s attorney, John Keller, argued that state law-makers made the decision to centralize authority over drilling at the state level after a period of decades when local govern-ments were in charge.“That was a conscious decision by the General Assembly to eliminate the dual regulation as to the location of wells,” Keller said.Justice Paul Pfeifer drew a distinction between that process and the locating of windmills, which goes through a commis-sion. “For those who object there’s no place to go. … The director of natural resources is God in this case,” he said.Glenn-Applegate said although Ohio citizens can’t directly challenge drilling permits issued by the state, they have a remedy through the courts if they feel the natural resources director failed to adequately protect public health and safety.Munroe Falls attorney Thomas Houlihan argued that cities have the right to impose zoning restrictions as they plan their communities. He told the court the two levels of government can and should work together.The law says Ohio has sole and exclusive authority to regulate the location of wells, which Houlihan said is different from determining their location.
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On Feb. 5, the DOT announced it would extend the exemption, which pro-vides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehi-cles delivering propane and home heating fuels to affected areas and con-sumers, until March 1. On Feb. 14, he also led a bipartisan letter, with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and 33 other members of Congress, to President Obama, request-ing he declare a state of emergency for parts of the Midwest that are currently experiencing ongoing pro-pane supply shortages. An emergency declaration will ultimately lift weight limi-tations for vehicles car-rying emergency propane supplies to these areas, allowing more propane to be delivered faster to those in need.
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Engel explained that phy-sicians and pharmacies per-form checks through the Ohio Automated RX Reporting System. OARRS is a state-wide pharmacy database that is operated by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Through OARRs, people who can legally prescribe medications are able to see what others are prescribing to an individual patient.But heroin is becoming more readily available in the Northwest Ohio communi-ty through illegal channels, according to Engel.“It comes into our nation through various ports. The transportation of it, trafficking of it, has increased. It’s com-ing in from Mexico, to Texas up through Northwest Ohio. It comes through Columbus, Dayton, Findlay, Toledo, Chicago, Fort Wayne Detroit and through here,” said Engel. When heroin arrives in the area, age doesn’t seem to be a factor in its use, although the officer did note, “If I had to pick a specific age group, I would say between 14 to 30.”He reported that heroin-related arrests are increasing in the region. According to Putnam County Common Pleas Court records, in 2013 there were seven drug traf-ficking or possession cases involving marijuana, five involving cocaine and five that in which the drug was not specified. There were two cases involving heroin. The difference between these two cases and those that involved marijuana or cocaine is that when heroin was noted as the drug, the record also included charges of theft and receiving stolen property.Baumgartner feels that the physical pain of withdrawal is what pushes people into theft, even prostitution. He explained that a heroin sup-plier, a “pusher”, will get indi-viduals addicted to the drug so that the addicts may be prostituted.“There’s some concern that it’s also involved in the human trafficking concern that the state has,” he added.
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Fambrough continued, “We left Motown when our contract was up. We got with Atlantic, and they put us with Thom Bell. Thom Bell started writing for the voices, not  just giving us songs like they were doing at Motown. He had his writing team produce for each individual voice. That’s how they came up with the different songs and how they came out great, man! We never had anyone to concentrate on the Spinners’ sound at Motown.”According to Fambrough, it was Bell who really appreciated their musicianship.“When we first met Thom, he remembered us from the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia. He was the keyboardist with the house band there who plays with all the groups that come in. He said he remembered the Spinners from our sound because no one else was singing the notes we were singing and he said we had it down pat because it was a little bit dif-ferent. But he said he remembered that one note that no one else was singing… He was a musician and he appreciated it.”There was something about the Spinners that made them stand out to Bell.“Atlantic Records had come after us,” Fambrough noted. “They gave Thom Bell the list of all the artists on Atlantic. We had just signed, so our name was last. But he said, ‘I want the Spinners.’ They said, ‘Wait a minute! We got Aretha Franklin. We got all these art-ists and you want the Spinners?’ And he said, ‘Yup.’ So that’s how we got with Thom.”Under Bell’s direction, the Spinners hit a streak of hits and became famous for their smooth sound and dance moves. Those moves are still a part of the show, even though Fambrough will soon celebrate his 76th birthday.“I’ll keep going until I can’t go no more! I have no plans to retire; I mean, what would I do sitting down at home?” Fambrought laughed. “As long as I can move and as long as my voice will hold out there.”So which will go first: His moves or his voice?“I hope neither one!” he chuckled. “But most likely it will be the voice. The vocal chords get weaker as you get older, so you have to keep it in good trim because if you don’t treat it right, it won’t treat you right.”After all those years since the musical bas-ketball games of grade school, Fambrough has found himself the last survivor of the original quintet. As new group members were hired, it was the responsibility of the veterans to teach the dance routines to the new members. Fambrough was called into service again, teaching the dance moves to the newest member, Ronnie Moss.“We’re back to five guys now in the Spinners,” Fambrough reported. “I had to teach each one that came in all the routines to all the songs we are doing. It’s just as excit-ing now as it was then because the groups out there now, and even back then, are not moving with the same dance style that the Spinners have. We have a different dance style.”In fact, when asked to describe the Spinners in one move, Fambrough went with “different.” Different dance moves, a different sound. Part of the reason for the group’s uniqueness Fambrough credited to Bell.“The songs and the things Thom wrote for us with his writing team concentrated on our sound, that sound that we have,” he said.Fambrough is joined by tenors Moss and Charlton Washington, bass Jessie Peck and baritone Marvin Taylor. The group is per-forming around 60 percent of the year — not near what the pace was like during the hit years of the 70s.“Back in the 70s it was 110 percent of the time!” joked Kimbrough.The dance moves and the songs will be familiar when the music starts Saturday night; after all that’s what the people want, Kimbrough reasoned.“The people want to hear what you put out, the records that they bought and the songs that they like. As the years go along, they still want to hear that,” he stated.The reason the audience comes is obvious but why does Kimbrough still enjoy singing and dancing after nearly 60 years of perform-ing?“It’s the people. To see the excitement in their eyes, and to see how they are enjoy-ing the show and just to be up there making someone happy,” he shared. “You can see it in their eyes and you can see them looking around and when they give you a standing ovation! That’s because they enjoy the sound and the show you put on for them. I still enjoy doing it.”

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