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February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

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Obituaries 2AState/Local 3AChurch 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-7AWorld news 8AClassifieds 1BSalute to Boy Scouts 2-3B Television 4B
Friday, February 28, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Buettner eliminated at state wrestling, p7AHeating assistance still available, p5A
www.delphosherald.comMostly sunny this morning the becom-ing partly cloudy. A chance of light snow tonight. Highs in the mid 20s and lows around 20. Wind chills this morning -5 to -15. See page 2A.St. John’s is sell-ing tournament tickets for today’s game.Tickets are avail-able in high school office until 1 p.m. today.This is a split session. St. John’s is the home team and fans will sit oppo-site the team bench.Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets at the game are $6. Parking is $2.All season tickets will be punched. No tickets will be sold in the grade school.
St. John’s selling tourney tickets
Delphos VFW Post 3035 will hold a steak dinner and comedy night on Saturday.The dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, applesauce, roll and cake for $8.At 7 p.m., three comedians and karaoke will be offered for $5 person and $7 at the door. Tickets are available a the post or call 419-692-8816.
VFW offers steak dinner, comedy nightSt. John’s juniors set mulch sale
St. John’s High School Junior Class is selling mulch to help fund its Post Prom event.Triple-cut premium black hardwood mulch and double-cut red cypress mulch are $4.50 a bag. One bag covers two cubic feet.The sale begins today with the deadline to order March 28.Mulch will be avail-able for pickup between 8 a.m. and noon April 26 in the school parking lot. Delivery is free with the pur-chase of 10 bags or more.Contact any junior, Stacy and Keith Kramer (419-695-3307) or Linda and Duane Schulte (419-695-3532).
Equestrian Therapy offers volunteer training
The Equestrian Therapy Program will hold a volun-teer orientation and train-ing session from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Fassett Farm, 22532 Grubb/Browsher Road, Cridersville.If interested in vol-unteering, contact Sarah Potts at 419-657-2700 or sarah@etpfarm.org.
Council to hear permanent 2014 Budget Monday
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Delphos City Council will hear a slim but balanced 2014 Permanent Budget Monday, according to Finance Committee Chair Josh Gillespie.Gillespie told the com-mittee Thursday evening he and Interim Safety Service Director Sherryl George and department heads met and reviewed their respective budgets line item by line item and were able to meet Auditor Tom Jettinghoff’s target for 2014 at $14,706,053 in expenditures.“We were able to bal-ance the budget against our proposed income for 2014,” Gillespie said.George cautioned that all pay with non-union employ-ees was figured on a 74-hour work week, accounting for the 3-hour weekly furlough.“If council chooses to bring everyone back up to a 40-hour work week, those numbers will change,” George said.George said Parks and Rec Superintendent Craig Mansfield was able to trim 1,000 man-hours from his budget and most other depart-ments were close to last year’s budget.“The budget will be up for first reading on Monday and we need to pass it by the end of March,” Gillespie said. “After that, we need to start working on cuts to put in place if the income tax doesn’t pass in May.”Jettinghoff said that if nothing is done, the Water Fund will see a $55,000 defi-cit at the end of 2015 and the Sewer Fund will have a nearly $500,000 gap.Council will meet in regu-lar session at 7 p.m. Monday.
Delphos City Council Finance Committee Chair Josh Gillespie, left, and committee member Mark Clement listen to figures in the permanent 2014 Budget during a commit-tee meeting Thursday evening. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Snowfall causes near white-out 
Erratic, heavy, short-lived snowfall on several occasions early Thursday afternoon caused near white-outs as shown looking north on Main Street from The Herald build-ing shortly after noon. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
FJ Telephone purchases storage space in Delphos
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Fort Jennings Telephone vehicles have been a more common sight in Delphos over the last month. The company based in the neighboring village has purchased the former Cintas (Van Dyne Crotty) business office on East Fourth Street.According to General Manager Mike Metzger, the company will use the space for equipment and the park-ing lot for several vehicles.“Right now, we are stor-ing equipment here to ser-vice our Delphos customers better. Our fiber runs along Washington Street,” Metzger said. “There will be at least one service vehicle here for an employee who lives south of Delphos to make it more convenient for after-hours calls.”FJ Telephone has resi-dential users in Heritage Meadows and services many businesses on Main Street and Elida Road. It offers tele-phone, cable TV and/or high-speed Internet services to nearly 2,300 customers over-all and has six employees.
Fort Jennings Telephone Co. has secured the former VanDyne Crotty business office at Fourth and Washington streets in Delphos. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)See FJ, page 8ABY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — You’ve heard it before this winter but a familiar warning has been sounded: watch out for a big snow storm this weekend.Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy issued the news on Thursday.“The new computer models are out and it looks like there’s going to be a really big storm system that’s going to produce a lot of severe weather across southern states. The north end of it is going to be an ice- and snow-maker across the southern part of the state and that will extend back to almost Oklahoma. Up here, it’s going to be cold enough it doesn’t look like we are going to see any overrunning warm air which gives you the freezing rain, so it looks like it will be a complete snow event here,” he stated.The new snowfall this weekend would make this winter the third snowiest in recorded history in Van Wert County.“With the snow coming in, the light snow could begin Saturday evening,” McCoy explained. “The heavier snow won’t start until after midnight and continue at least 24 hours into Sunday night and possibly Monday morning. So with the prolonged period of snow, it looks like up through here, everybody should see six inches of snow across the region and there will be isolated areas of at least 10 inches.”Although meteorologists are still debating where the heaviest snow totals will fall, the conventional wisdom now puts the heavy stuff coming down south of U.S. 24.
Another big snow storm on tap for the weekend
The Delphos Ministerial Association donated a faith gift of $1,000 for the recon-struction of the Delphos First Assembly of God’s activity building, The ROC. The roof of the ROC collapsed on Feb. 9. The association presented Dan Eaton, pas-tor at First Assembly of God, with a check during the group’s monthly meeting Thursday morning. Pictured are members of the DMA, front from left, the Rev. Angela Khabeb, Pastor Jane Brown, Pastor D.J. Fuerstenau and Pastor Linda Wannemacher; and back, the Rev. Gary Fish, the Rev. Dave Reinhart, Pastor Eaton, the Rev. Harry Tolhurst and the Rev. Ron Lumm. The Rev. Dave Howell was not present for the picture. (Delphos Herald/ Erin Cox)
 Delphos Ministerial Association donates to rebuilding of the ROC
See SNOW, page 8A
2A The Herald Friday, February 28, 2014
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wants to correct published errors in its news, sports and feature articles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in published information, call the editorial department at 419-695-0015. Corrections will be published on this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 184
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
Lori Goodwin Silette
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 Joseph I., 88, of Van Wert, funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Preferred memo-rials 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.alspach-gearhart.com.
 William F. “Bill”, 86, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon today at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father John Stites and Father David Ross offici-ating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Central Catholic Athletic Boosters. Condolences may be expressed at chil-es-lamanfh.com.
 Mary Ellen Hemker, 80, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Father David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation. To leave condolences online for the family, go to www.harterandschier.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 15 below zero in the morning.
: Partly cloudy through midnight…Then most-ly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow after mid-night. Not as cold. Lows around 20. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon.
: Snow likely. Light snow accumu-lations possible. Lows 15 to 20. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.
: Snow likely. Highs in the lower 20s. Chance of snow 60 percent.
: Snow likely. Lows 5 to 10 above. Chance of snow 70 percent.
: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20.
: Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below.
: Mostly cloudy. Highs 15 to 20.
: Partly cloudy. Lows zero to 5 above. Highs in the lower 20s.
: Mostly cloudy. Lows around 15.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s.
A girl was born Feb. 26 to Emily and Kiel Diller of Elida.A boy was born Feb. 26 to April and Joshua Cribbs of Elida.A girl was born Feb. 26 to Jacqueline and Kevin Deitering of Fort Jennings.A girl was born Feb. 27 to Lindsey and Adam Wisher of Delphos.
One Year Ago
Every wrestler goes to the OHSAA State Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center with hopes of a podium finish, if not a title. Of the five Tri-County athletes that made it to the state meet, only one, Jefferson senior 195-pounder Colin McConnahea, won his first match in the Division III rank.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Delphos Young Farmers-Young Farm Wives were recently named area winners by the Ohio Young Farmers Association. Mike Miller, advisor of YFA, said, “The state is divided into five areas and the Delphos chapter was picked as the best in agricultural promotion and as an all-around chapter in the northwestern part of the state.”Winners of the Ottoville Jaycees tri-skill basketball contest were Jenny Wenzlick, Chris Horstman, Gary Herman, Chad Eickholt, Jeff Landin, Cory Miller, Scott Horstman, Kevin Klima, Paul Ricker, Kurt Ruen, Brad Martz, Rick Altenburger, Duane Boecker, Jon Langhals and Aaron Burgei.St. John’s 6-4 junior center Steve Jettinghoff was named the Midwest Athletic Conference’s player of the year in voting by league coaches. Jettinghoff averaged 20.3 points as the Blue Jays won the MAC with a 9-0 record and fin-ished 14-7 overall. Teammate Curt Mager, a 5-11 senior guard, who averaged 16.4 points, also received all-conference honors.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Scout Pack 65 held its Blue and Gold banquet Thursday evening in the Franklin School building. Cubmaster Howard Raabe presided and awards were presented by John Giller to the following boys: Bob Violet and Thomas Theis, Bobcat pins; Scott Wolery, John Anthony and Scott Lucas, Wolf badges; and Don Raabe, gold arrow point.Delphos Green Thumb Garden Club held its February meeting Tuesday at the House of Vogts with a luncheon. During the business session, Mrs. Paul Birkmeier reported on the new plantings inside the public library. Mrs. Ralph Best and Mrs. Hubert Geise were in charge of the program.Plans for a July 18 picnic were made at the meeting of the Guiding Hands League held Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. C. M. McKinney, Carolyn Drive. Members will have their husbands as guests at the picnic. Mrs. Carl Mox and Mrs. Ralph Craig will be in charge. Guiding Hands will meet again March 18 at the home of Mrs. William Hinton, Jr.
75 Years Ago – 1939
“Three Days of Gracie,” a three-act farce, will be presented by the junior students of Ottoville on Sunday evening in the parish hall. Students taking part are Mary Rellinger, Lillian Wannemacher, Mary Catherine Leis, Velma Martin, Louise Altenburger, Menard Koester, Jerome Altenburger, Arthur Miller, Mary Miller, Hilda Wannemacher, Dolores Thines, William Looser, Eugene Schmitt, Howard Wannemacher, Ambrose Koester, Virgil Brinkman, Syl. Grote and Vincent Eickholt.A varied program will be presented by the band of Jennings Consolidated School at Fort Jennings on March 12, when that organiza-tion makes a formal appearance in Jennings Memorial Hall. The band is yet in its infancy. The students have been working diligently in preparing for the concert. Jacob Meyer, music supervisor in the schools at Fort Jennings, is in charge.The members of the N.B.C. Club and one guest, Pauline Eversole, were entertained Monday evening at the home of Margaret Osmun, East Seventh Street. Bunco was played and at the conclusion of the games, Mrs. Nick Bardo held high score, Louise Fuerst, second and Pauline Eversole was consoled.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2014. There are 306 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pon-tificate shaped by struggles to move the Catholic Church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indif-ferent world. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.)On this date:In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, kill-ing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.In 1911, President William Howard Taft nominated William H. Lewis to be the first black Assistant Attorney General of the United States.In 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight.In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix struc-ture of DNA.In 1960, a day after defeating the Soviets at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., the United States won its first Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia’s team, 9-4.In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique, which called for normalizing relations between their countries, at the conclusion of Nixon’s historic visit to China.In 1974, the United States and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a seven-year break.In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in cen-tral Stockholm. (The killing remains unsolved.)In 1988, the 15th Olympic Winter Games held its closing ceremony in Calgary, Canada.In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day stand-off began.In 1994, Lorena Bobbitt was released from a state mental hospital in Virginia, five weeks after being acquitted by rea-son of insanity of sexually mutilating her husband, John.Ten years ago: Iraq’s U.S.-picked leaders failed to meet a deadline for adopting an interim constitution. Six-nation talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ended in Beijing with an agreement to hold more negotiations. The Bow Mariner, a tanker carrying ethanol, exploded and sank off the Virginia coast; 21 crew members died while six men survived. Former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin died in Washington, D.C. at age 89.Five years ago: Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died in Phoenix at age 90. Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley died when their boat overturned in rough seas off the coast of Florida.One year ago: President Barack Obama urged the Supreme Court to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country. Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified informa-tion in U.S. history, pleaded guilty at Fort Meade, Md., to 10 charges involv-ing illegal possession or distribution of classified material. (Manning, who has since adopted the female identity Chelsea Manning, was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison after being con-victed of additional charges in a court-martial.) In Seffner, Fla., a sinkhole opened up under a man’s bedroom and swallowed him up without a trace; Jeff Bush is presumed dead.Today’s Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 85. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 83. Actor Don Francks is 82. Singer Sam the Sham is 77. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 75. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 74. Actor Frank Bonner is 72. Actress Kelly Bishop is 70. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 67. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 66. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 66. Actress Bernadette Peters is 66. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 66. Actress Ilene Graff is 65. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 61. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 59. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 59. Actor John Turturro is 57. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 57. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 53. Actress Maxine Bahns is 45. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 45. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 45. Author Daniel Handler (AKA “Lemony Snicket”) is 44. Actress Tasha Smith is 43. Actor Rory Cochrane is 42. Actress Ali Larter is 38. Country singer Jason Aldean is 37. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 36. Actress Michelle Horn is 27. Actress Quinn Shephard (TV: “Hostages”) is 19. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson is 18.
Jim Lange, ‘The Dating Game’ host, dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audi-ences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.He also played host to many celeb-rity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contes-tants.Even a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as “an accom-plished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.The show’s format: a young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from view, to determine which one would be the best date.The questions were designed by the show’s writers to elicit sexy answers.“I’ve never been out on a date before. What do two kids like us do on a date?” a teenage Michael Jackson asked one of his potential dates on a 1972 episode of the show.“Well, we’d have fun,” the girl answered. “We’d go out to dinner, and then I’d go over to your house.”Lange was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in St. Paul, Minn., where at 15 he discovered a passion for local radio after winning an audition at a local station.“They wanted a boy and a girl,” he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest. “They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week.”He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.His big break on network TV came in 1962 when he was made an announcer and sidekick on “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.”Later, after “The Dating Game” brought him national recognition, he also hosted the game shows “Hollywood Connection,” ”$100,000 Name That Tune” and “The New Newlywed Game.”Lange also worked as a disc jock-ey for decades in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and upon his retirement from broadcast-ing in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL-FM, which specializes in playing classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s.“As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said. “He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.”Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that his favorite aspect of the medium was that “you don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that.”“Good radio is still the most fun,” he said, “It always will be. Plus, you don’t have to wear makeup and you don’t have to shave.”Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Friday, February 28, 2014 The Herald 3A
Putnam County SWCD has trees for sale
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PUTNAM COUNTY — Order trees now. Whether it’s for the yard or to use as a windbreak, the Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District has tree seedlings available for sale through March 7. Contact the office at 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa, or phone 419-523-5159.Available in packs of 10 are Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, Austrian Pine, White Pine and American Arborvitae. Individual trees that can be ordered include Black Walnut, Red Oak, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Common Lilac, Eastern Redbud, White Flowering Dogwood and Tulip Poplar.Trees that are ordered by March 7 will arrive at the Putnam SWCD office around the second week in April. People will be noti-fied when and where to pick up their trees.The right tree in the right place; trees can cool your home in the summer and tame the winter winds. All trees that are sold by Putnam SWCD are suitable for northwest Ohio.
Putnam Co. District  Health sets meeting  for Monday
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The annual meeting of the Putnam County District Health Advisory Council will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the first floor meeting room of the Putnam County Health Department, Buckeye Building, 256 Williamstown Road, Ottawa.The agenda includes appointing one mem-ber for a five-year term to the Board of Health to participate as a member of the governing board for the Putnam County Health Department and the Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice.Other agenda items include the 2013 Annual Review of the Putnam County Health Department and the Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice.
Cincy, Cleveland, Columbus make RNC convention cut
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s three largest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named the three among the par-ty’s eight finalists Thursday on Twitter. They  join Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.It’s the first time in modern memory that all three have bid to host the convention in the same year, with Cincinnati’s bid coming in just under the wire of a Wednesday deadline.Former longtime Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett says he’d like to see the perennial swing state chosen.“Not in all my time in politics I don’t ever recall three (Ohio) cities bidding at the same time,” Bennett said. “I’m in favor of it coming to the Midwest anyway, because Ohio is a battleground state.”Party and city officials in the three Ohio metropolises are counting on the state’s pivotal role in electing presidents to boost the chances that the party will pick one of their cities for its biggest event.No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio, and it’s been half a century since a Democrat — John F. Kennedy — won the presidency without Ohio.The state also is known as “the mother of presi-dents,” with eight to its name.“Ohio is the right state for a lot of reasons,” said Ohio’s Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who spoke at the 2012 convention and is considered a possible 2016 national-ticket contender. “One is, we are a classic swing state. Often the election hinges on what happens in Ohio.”It’s clear “the road to the White House runs through Ohio,” Ohio Republican Chairman Matt Borges said, pledging his party’s support to land a bid for any one of the cities. “Not only does Ohio have three world-class cities capable of hosting a national convention, but bringing one here would put our candidate and party’s message directly in front of voters,” he said in a statement.Landing a convention also is a potential boon to tourism for any host city, bringing visitors and attention to the area surrounding the event.“It’s tremendous publicity for the host city, not only nationally but internationally,” Bennett said. “It would help economic development statewide if an Ohio city is chosen.”With all three in the running, Ohio’s chances of hosting are heightened, though Las Vegas is widely considered the front-runner.Representatives from the cities will make presentations at the site selection meeting in Washington on Monday.RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the panel will announce by mid-March the sites it will visit and name a narrowed list of finalists in late spring after making the visits. The full Republican National Committee will cast ballots for the host city in late summer or early fall.Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, told supporters in an email Wednesday that Cincinnati’s bid has biparti-san and nonpartisan support. It also has the backing of political and business leaders in neighboring northern Kentucky.The Cincinnati group has been promoting the role of Hamilton County, in southwestern Ohio, as a pivotal area in the swing state. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Hamilton County since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and he won it again in 2012 to help him take Ohio a second time.Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has been aggressively pitching the state’s capital city as a national convention venue both to Republicans and to fellow Democrats.Members of both parties launched a joint effort in November — Columbus 2016 — aimed at land-ing one of the conventions for Columbus, which has never hosted.The group estimated that landing a convention could mean as many as 45,000 visitors — 15,000 of them U.S. and international media — and $150 million to $200 million for the city’s economy.
FitzGerald to challenge state’s early voting rules
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, the leader of the state’s largest county and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said Thursday that he plans to challenge a new Ohio law that bars county elections boards from mailing unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to voters in the political swing state.Absentee ballots allow Ohio voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person. They do not have to give a reason.FitzGerald said he plans to introduce legislation in the county’s council next month that asserts its home-rule authority to ensure the applications could be sent to voters in the county, which includes Cleveland.Last week, Republican Gov. John Kasich signed into law a bill allowing the secretary of state to send the appli-cations for general elections assuming the Legislature approves money for it. Other public officials would be banned from doing so.Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, accused FitzGerald of being “quick to jump at political opportunities at the expense of Ohio voters.”The law’s GOP supporters say the change helps achieve fairness and consistency across county lines. But voter advocates and Democrats argue that not every county is the same.Ohio’s larger, urban counties traditionally have sent voters the applications without residents requesting them.Residents in Cuyahoga County have been getting the unsolicited applications since 2006, said the county’s law director, Majeed Makhlouf. “Our voters became very accustomed to this way of voting,” he said.FitzGerald also laid the groundwork Thursday for potential legal action over the state’s early voting hours.Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, issued a directive this week setting the hours and days that voters can cast early ballots in person this fall. Ohio voters will get two Saturdays but no Sundays or evenings to cast in-person, absentee ballots. It’s based on a plan from the bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials.Husted’s office said the secretary of state supports the “fair and equal treatment” of all the state’s voters.
Search begins for Mrs. Van Wert County 2014
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VAN WERT — Emily Stark, the Ohio director for the Mrs. America Pageant sys-tem, has announced the search is on for the new Mrs. Van Wert County. Once select-ed, the community representative will then advance to compete in the Mrs. Ohio America Pageant to be held in the spring, in downtown Columbus. City and county titleholders will compete to win over $15,000 in prizes, one of which includes an all-expense-paid trip to the prestigious Mrs. America Pageant.Interested applicants must live or work in the Van Wert County area, must be married during the time of competition, a resident of the state for at least six months, a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.In its 38th year, the Mrs. America Pageant is the only nationally televised pageant dedi-cated to recognizing the one person who contributes so much to modern family life…America’s Married Woman! While beauty is a key element in the competition, Mrs. Ohio America contestants are also urged to voice their opinions on marriage and important issues of the day.Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition at www.mrso-hamerica.com or can request and receive free entry information by contacting Stark at the Mrs. Ohio America office at 303-593-1199.
Pictured are participants in the 2013 Mrs. Ohio America Pageant. (Submitted photo)
State agency examines group-home placements
COLUMBUS (AP) — Child welfare workers should have known more about the background of a group home resident who has been charged in the slaying of a jogger in a central Ohio park last fall, according to a new report.The report released Wednesday by Franklin County Children Services said it needs to better assess youths who end up in group homes. The agency also said it plans a review of its group-home placements.The 16-year-old boy is accused of the fatal stabbing of 55-year-old Jane Juergens, who was attacked on Oct. 20 as she went for a run in a park in Blendon Township near Columbus.The Columbus Dispatch reported that of 125 cases studied, about 15 percent of the group-home teens had violent, aggres-sive or self-harming behavior. About 10 percent were recom-mended for further assessment to determine whether they need a higher level of care. About 14 percent of the teens were on probation with the county juvenile court.The report said the jogger “yielded insights and opportuni-ties for practice change in several areas.”Evaluations need to take into account the child’s family and early life, the report said. The assessments should lead to better placements and services for troubled youths, not more incar-ceration, said Chip Spinning, the agency’s executive director.“The institutionalization of youths is not favorable long term. Ultimately, they come back to the community,” he said.The agency wants more placement options, including in the homes of foster parents who are trained and willing to care for troubled teens, so that they don’t have to be placed in group homes.
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