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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Religion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
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Friday, March 7, 2014
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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www.delphosherald.comMostly sunny today with highs in the mid 40s. Mostly clear tonight with lows in the upper 20s. See page 2.
Delphos seat belt usage lowest in Allen County
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Motorists in Delphos are among the least likely to buckle up, according to survey data collected by the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition.A survey done at the intersection of South Main and Suthoff streets in June 2013 revealed those driving vans were less likely to be belted at 68.4 percent versus cars at 73.3 percent, SUVs at 100 percent, light trucks at 78.6 percent and heavy trucks at 75 percent. Usage by men was lower than women at 72.3 percent compared to 76.3 percent. Those ages 26-64 were belted least at 72.2 percent, fol-lowed closely by those ages 15-24 at 79.2 percent and those over 65 at 75 percent.The numbers were an improvement over September 2012 figures that showed those driving SUVs less likely to be wearing seat belts at 42.9 percent. Only one in two women were buckled in comparison to 80 percent of the men. While the youngest drivers were at the bottom with 50 percent, those ages 26-64 weren’t much better at 54.5 percent. All driv-ers ages 64 and older were buckled when passing through the intersection.Also in the 2012 survey, the intersection at East Fifth Street and State Route 190 (Fort Jennings Road) was observed with those driving pickup trucks wearing seat belts the least at 41.7 percent. Men were less likely to buckle up at 58.2 percent versus women at 62.7 percent. Age also seemed a factor with drivers ages 15-25 belted at only 30 percent and with 60 percent of those 64 and older using the safety device.Other survey sites of the 19 checked in Allen County in 2012 included the highest usage at St. Marys and Allentown roads with 95 percent and US 30 and SR 309 in Marion Township with 90.7 percent buckled. The least buckled behind Delphos were at the intersection of Broadway and North streets in Spencerville with 65.8 percent and Bentley and Augsburger roads in Bluffton at 69.2 percent.St. John’s High School Junior Class is selling mulch to help fund its Post Prom event.The deadline to order March 28.Mulch will be avail-able for pick up 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).
St. John’s juniors set mulch sale
Men and those under the age of 64 least likely to wear their seat belt when driving in Delphos. (Metro photo)
The Delphos FFA will hold its annual Member auction at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Jefferson High School cafeteria.An FFA member can be bought for a total of eight hours at a minimum of $7.50 per hour or $60. The pay-ment is tax-deductible.The work is to be com-pleted between Tuesday and March 11, 2015, or on designated work days scheduled June 11, June 20 and July 10 and 11.Members are able to per-form lawn and landscape care and general maintenance, wash vehicles, paint, bail, provide farm labor, etc.The FFA will offer a light meal at 7:15 p.m. for its supporters.
FFA member auction Monday
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
LIMA — President Obama’s proposed defense bud-get of $595.6 billion — $133 million less than expected — outlining cuts to personnel and depicting a smaller military much more reliant on technology, will not imme-diately affect operations at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.Public Affairs Officer Brian Hahn said currently, the production line is set for foreign military contracts into 2015.“Domestic product is already secured in contracts through March of 2015,” Hahn stated.Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, previously the Lima Army Tank Plant, provides the United States Military with an industrial facility capable of manufactur-ing, repairing, refurbishing and testing the full spectrum of combat vehicles and defense systems.Hahn reported at this time, the facility employs close to 500 government civilians and contractors — with the majority being contractors — which is similar to the num-ber of employees working at the facility pre-9/11.“In 2009, there were 1,250 employees due to the war surge,” Hahn said.He explained the government does not decide how many employees will work at the facility and it is totally up to the contractors. In the long run, reduced production levels will decrease the amount of employees needed at the facility.“The next generation of tanks are being developed,” Hahn detailed. “General Dynamics is currently under con-tract to produce the new tank prototypes in 2017.”The Lima Army Tank Plant, a part of the Army Tank-Automotive Material Readiness Command, was largely developed in the early years of World War II. Further construction took place during the Korean War and the late 1970s.
Defense cuts won’t immediately affect JSMC
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — There are many, many good reasons for pet parents to spay or neuter their dog or cat. It is a proven way to reduce overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them and reduces breed-ing-related health risks. According to The Humane Society, each year in the U.S. there are 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs — about one every 10 seconds — put down. Close to 16,000 cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters each day and only half find life-long homes.The Delphos Animal Hospital’s Dr. Bonnie Jones says there are many health benefits to spaying and neutering for both male and female pets.“Pets that are sterilized live 40 percent longer,” Jones said.An ovariohysterectomy (spay) is the surgi-cal removal of the female reproductive organs which includes the two ovaries, the uterine horns and the body of the uterus. A castra-tion (neuter) is the surgical removal of the testicles.She advises pet parents not to let their pet go into a single heat or hit sexual maturity.“With females, every heat cycle stimulates them for malignant breast cancers and life- threatening uterine infections (pyometra),” Jones explained. Females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.“With younger pet patients, the anesthetic risk is less,” Jones said. “Those that are 7-10 years old will take much longer to bounce back after surgery.”It is much easier on a pet to be spayed before going through a heat cycle since the reproductive tract is much smaller.“Unneutered middle aged dogs are prone to malignant tumors around their anus, prostate cancer and cancer of the testicles,” Jones said. “It feminizes them; they grow breasts and the pigment of their abdomen skin darkens.”She said aggressive behavior increases with both males and females that are not sterilized and the violent behavior may be towards other pets or towards people. The behavior is typically seen when pets reach sexual maturity. If the pet is older and already becoming aggressive, castration is likely to help. In male cats, aggression is usually seen as fighting, with screeches and howls.“The most likely patient to get hit by a car is an unneutered male cat or dog,” Jones said.Jones said with dogs, both males and females exhibit territorial urine-marking behaviors.According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the behavior is a normal form of communica-tion and the urine marks contain a dog’s infor-mation such as the identity, the sex and the reproductive status of the marker. Unneutered males are more likely to urine mark, especial-ly in the presence of females or rival males.Unspayed females will mark, especially prior to coming into and during heat cycles, to advertise their availability.However, even spayed females sometimes urine mark. Unneutered male cats spray and mark furniture and walls, which creates a very pungent odor.“Neutering will not change a pet’s person-ality,” Jones said. “Pet’s learn how to be ‘a good citizen’ during their social age, which is 2-8 weeks of age for cats and 9 weeks to 4 months for dogs.”She explained after neutering, pet’s per-sonalities should get better, roaming will decrease and their love for the pet parent increases.Sterilization does not lead to a pet becom-ing fat and lazy. She said pet parents are in control of the food dish.
One healthy, adoptable animal is put down every 10 seconds
Cure for heroin epidemic is elusive
BY ANNE COBURN-GRIFFISSentinel Editor
agriffis@putnamsentinel.com
PUTNAM COUNTY — On Nov. 18, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his office’s Heroin Unit which will include investigators, lawyers and drug abuse awareness specialists, will assist in combating issues associated with the heroin epidemic, such as crime, addiction and overdose deaths.“New data our office has gathered suggests 11 people die in Ohio every week from a heroin over-dose,” said Attorney General DeWine. This data collect-ed from 47 Ohio coroner’s offices showed a 107 percent increase in heroin deaths among more than half of Ohio’s counties.There have been no her-oin-related deaths recorded in Putnam County in the last five years, according to Putnam County Coroner Anna Horstman.
Ohio Congressman Lynn Wachtmann (R-81) isn’t so sure about that: “Even if the coroner is correct, there are family members who are robbing their loved one’s blind to feed their habit. A lot of times, particularly in rural counties, the coroner will choose to not call it what it is to avoid embarass-ing the families. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will this year.”
Wachtmann chairs the Health and Aging Committee for the Ohio House of Representatives. Last spring, Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-69) appoint-ed a special task force, the Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Legislative Study Committee, to travel around Ohio to learn about the opiate addiction prob-lem. Wachtmann serves on that task force chaired by Congressman Robert Sprague (R-83) of Findlay.“The number of heroin-related deaths reported in Ohio mostly happen in urban areas where you don’t have the local influence of family,” said Wachtmann. “Most peo-ple don’t realize how big and how devastating this problem is, even in God’s Country—Putnam County.”According to Doug Engel, Chief Deputy with the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, multiple heroin-relat-ed overdoses and deaths are being seen by the Putnam, Defiance, Williams and Fulton counties multi-area narcotics task force that he commands: “There are over-doses of heroin, or the over-doses are going to be caused by a mixture of drugs mixed in with the heroin: phentonol, morphine, oxycodone, oxy-cotin. And some of it is just bad heroin.”Engel said that area addic-tion treatment organizations are seeing a huge increase in people coming for help.Pathways Counseling Center, Ottawa, has seen an uptick in heroin addiction. Pathways Director Aaron Baumgartner reported that drug and alcohol coun-selor Monty Montgomery is relieved when he sees someone who doesn’t have heroin as their drug of choice. “I asked Monty, ‘What’s the big deal about heroin?’ He said that the problem with the heroin addiction is coming off the substance is very difficult for the person because of the side effects, of the with-drawals.”
See CURE, page 10See BELTS page 10See ADOPTABLE page 10
Signup for youth base-ball/softball is set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and March 15 at Franklin Elementary School.Fees are payable at that time. A parent or guardian must sign the registration form.Boys wishing to play in the 7/8-year-old Junior Baseball; 9- to 12-year-old Minor/City leagues; and 12- to 15-year-old Pony League must sign up.Any 9/10-year-old with a birth date between May 1, 2003, and April 30, 2005, must bring a birth certifi-cate or other proof of age.Girls who attended grades 2-8 during the 2013-14 school year are eligible for softball. Those wishing to play must sign up on these dates. No late registration is allowed. Forms may be picked up at the schools.Children eligible for Knothole League include boys ages 5-6 and girls who attended kindergar-ten or first grade during the current school year. There is no fee but a registration form must be completed.
Baseball/softball signup set
 
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Vol. 143 No. 189
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc. 
Lori Goodwin Silette
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
TONIGHT
: Mostly clear through midnight then becom-ing partly cloudy. Not as cold. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
SATURDAY
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT
: Mostly cloudy through mid-night then becoming mostly clear. Colder. Lows 15 to 20. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT
: Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 30s. Lows in the upper 20s.
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the mid 30s.
TUESDAY
: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the mid 30s.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
: Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of snow. Lows 15 to 20.
Sheriff release monthly dog warden report
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VAN WERT — Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Van Wert County Dog Warden activity report for the month of February.The dog warden traveled 893 miles while answer-ing citizens’ complaints and assisting other agencies.The warden handled 26 complaints, four animal cru-elty complaints, received 40 calls from residents and impounded 20 dogs. Three dogs were returned to owners and one dog was adopted.The warden also picked up four dead animals and con-ducted six license checks with three dogs being unlicensed. Five door hangers were left at residences to contact him; he issued two warnings and handled one wildlife call.
Lauretta M. Kroeger Schaffer
Dec. 4, 1936-March 5, 2014
Lauretta M. Kroeger Schaffer, 77, of Landeck died Wednesday at her residence.She was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Ottoville to John and Philomena (Warnecke) Brickner, who preceded her in death.She married Richard Schaffer on Dec. 4, 1990, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1991.Survivors include eight sons, Larry (Nancy) Kroeger of Landeck, Rick Kroeger of Landeck, Jim (Patty) Kroeger of Leipsic, Ron Kroeger of Landeck, Leonard Kroeger of Lima, Jerry Jr. Kroeger of Rockford, Richard (Missy) Kroeger of Findlay and Dave (Shelly) Kroeger of Delphos; three daughters, Kay (John) Siefer of Kalida, Sue (Paul) Radabaugh of Landeck and Marianne (Larry) Wiech of Columbus; 25 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose (Otto) Wenzlick of Ottoville and Carolyn (Jerry) Schimmoeller of Ottoville; four brothers, Walt (Rose Ann) Brickner of Ottoville, Ralph (Sharon) Brickner of Ottoville, Steve (Sandy) Brickner of Columbus Grove and John (Joan) Brickner of Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, AnnaJean Bockey and Mary Brickner; Bill and Millie Kroeger; and her first husband, Gerald Kroeger of Delphos.She was preceded in death by her sisters, Doris Ricker and Sister Catherine Brickner; her brother, Cliff Brickner; and a brother-in-law, Walt Bockey.She was a housewife and also worked as a healthcare worker.She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and CL of C #84.Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, with Father Dave Reinhart offici-ating. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Landeck.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos with a CL of C ser-vice at 7 p.m. and a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to Landeck Church Maintenance Fund or American Diabetes Association.To leave online condolenc-es for the family, please visit www.harterandschier.com.Corn $4.61Wheat $6.19Soybeans $14.46
ST. RITA’S
A girl was born March 3 to Amber Coil and Michael George III of Spencerville.Two cases were heard Thursday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court — one by Judge Kevin Taylor, one by Judge Charles Steele:
Cai Evans,
20, Van Wert, appeared before Judge Taylor for a probation violation for refusing to go to treatment at WORTH Center.He admitted the violation and was sen-tenced to his previously deferred sentence of 11 months in prison with credit for 54 days served.
Robert Ericson,
52, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Steele to a two-count Bill of Information charging him with aggravated assault, a felony of the third degree; and assault, a felony of the fourth degree.The court ordered a pre-sentence investiga-tion and set sentencing for April 16.Ericson was originally scheduled for a jury trial Monday on charges of felonious assault, a felony one; and assault, a felony four.
LISK, 
 Alice C., 91, of Van Wert, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka offi-ciating. Burial to follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Preferred memorials are donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Community Health Professionals Hospice and Masses. Condolences may be left on our web-site, www.bricknerfuneral-home.com or sent to brick-nerfuneralhome@bright.net.
KELLER, 
 Cheryl Sue, 67, of Lima, funeral ser-vices will be at 3 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Dan Eaton offi-ciating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross or United Way. To leave condolences online for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.
One Year Ago
First-place winners in the Fort Jennings Pinewood Derby were Tiger Den, Brayden Hart; Wolves Den, Kevin Schumaker; Bears Den, Joseph Klir; Weblos I, Jared Liebrecht; and Weblos II, Brad Eickholt. Overall pack winner was Kevin Schumaker.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Members of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Delta Omega sorority met recently in the home of Betty Bowersock. The minutes were read by secretary Marge Morris with all other committees reporting. Doris Dienstberger, co-hostess, assisted in serving lunch. Next meeting will be at the home of Pauline Brandyberry.Three Van Wert County sheriff depu-ties recently completed a one-day train-ing school at the Police Officer Training Academy in London, according to Sheriff Stan D. Owens. Deputies attending the school were Jim Welch, Charles Klaus and Ron Owens.Ten Health Careers students from Vantage Vocational School recently com-peted in VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Skill Olympics. Winners for basic first aid were Terri Hilvers, Ottoville, first; Angie Relue, Continental, second; and Cheryl Klima, Ottoville, third. Winners in the advanced first aid contest were Jenni Carpenter of Mendon and Angie Van Scoder of Continental.
50 Years Ago – 1964
St. John’s eighth-grade cagers chalked up a 46-34 win over St. Gerard’s junior high cagers Thursday night at Lima in the first round of deanery tournament play. The young Blue Jays will meet the win-ner of the Lima St. John’s-St. Rose game Saturday at Bradfield. Spieles was St. John’s high point-maker with six fielders and eight from the foul line for a total of 20 points.St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Good Hope Group met Wednesday afternoon in the parish hall with devotions being given by Mrs. Clarence Mox. The Bible study was led by Mrs. Norman Mayer. A playlet on World Missions was given by Lucile Werner, Mrs. York Powell and Mrs. Ralph Theis.Mrs. Harry Thomas of Lima enter-tained the members of the Ottoville Once-A-Month Pinochle Club at a buffet dinner at her home Monday evening. In card games played, first honors went to Mrs. Henry Boecker, second and travel-ing to Mrs. Hubert Altenburger and con-solation to Mrs. Joseph Perrin.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Perry Gray of Rushmore, well known in Delphos, has won the Putnam County Checker Championship for the fourth time, his second in succession. The tour-nament was held at Pandora. In the elimi-nation, four participants took part. They were Laurel Bracy, Frank Niswander, Elmer Baumgardner and Mr. Gray. Gray is the only man to win the championship four times. Bracy has a record of three wins.For a period of about an hour Monday, the possession of a mere basketball was the ultimate aim in life for a group of sev-enth-grade lads of St. John’s. The line-up for the portable was John Remlinger, Donald Ditto, George Tegenkamp, Richard Schmelzer and James Wulfhorst. On the roster for the main building’s team were William Remlinger, William Bertling, Kenneth Miller, Raymond Stallkamp and Richard Brokamp.Paul Fuller, a member of the Delphos Jefferson varsity, will be awarded the Dr. Stippich Free-Throw Trophy, which is an annual award given each year by Dr. R. N. Stippich, local dentist, to the varsity member at St. John’s and Jefferson with the best free throw shooting percentage.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On March 7, 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., unanimously ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” that doesn’t require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the Roy Orbison song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)On this date:In 1793, during the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain.In 1850, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.In 1912, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived in Hobart, Australia, where he dispatched telegrams announcing his success in leading the first expedition to the South Pole the previous December.In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.In 1945, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violent-ly broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”In 1975, the U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previ-ously required two-thirds of senators present.In 1983, the original version of The Nashville Network (now Spike) made its debut.In 1994, the U.S. Navy issued its first permanent orders assigning women to regular duty on a combat ship — in this case, the USS Eisenhower.In 1999, movie director Stanley Kubrick, whose films included “Dr. Strangelove,” ”A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70, having just finished editing “Eyes Wide Shut.”Ten years ago: Fourteen Palestinians were killed in the deadliest Israeli raid in Gaza in 17 months. An investiture ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop. Actor Paul Winfield died in Los Angeles at age 64.Five years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Turkish leaders in Ankara, where she announced that President Barack Obama was planning to make his own visit, which took place in April 2009. Western-backed Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad submitted his resignation (however, he retained his position under a new government). Former Metropolitan Opera general manager Schuyler Chapin died in New York at age 86. Former child actor and singer Jimmy Boyd (“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”) died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 70.
NE Indiana fire kills 2 men, including rescuer
COESSE, Ind. (AP) — A man who re-entered a burning northeastern Indiana home to save his son-in-law died in the blaze along with the other man, a fire chief said Thursday.Firefighters found one of their bodies in the kitchen of the home and the other in a back bedroom, Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke said.“We all want to go in and try and save our family mem-bers,” Radke told WANE-TV. “Sometimes it’s a hard judg-ment call for a person to make, but if you’re out, it’s better to stay out.”The Whitley County Coroner’s Office was work-ing to positively identify the two men.Two children in the home woke some of the adults in the house and they escaped with their grandparents, but the grandfather returned to the burn-ing home to try to save his son-in-law, Radke said. The grand-mother and the two children did not suffer serious injuries.Firefighters who arrived at the home just before midnight Wednesday found the struc-ture fully engulfed in flames. Eventually, the home about 15 miles west of Fort Wayne was reduced to rubble.The grandmother of the children told investigators that as she fled the home, she believed the fire was concen-trated around a wood-burning stove, Radke said. However, the cause and the origin of the blaze remained under investi-gation.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Putnam County Arts Festival set for Sunday
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PUTNAM COUNTY — This Sunday will be the inaugural Putnam County Arts Festival. In previous years, there were two separate events, the All-County Band/Choir performance and later in the year, there was the All-County Art Show. This year the two events have been com-bined into an “Arts Festival”.The host school for the festival this year will be Ottoville High School. The art projects will be on display and open to the public beginning at 1 p.m.At 2 p.m., the All-County Band/Choir performance will take place in the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium at the school.Between the choir and the band per-formance, there will be a short awards ceremony recognizing the four-year members of the band/choir as well as the “Best of Show” winners from the art show. The final piece for the band/choir performance will be a combined piece featuring both groups of musicians performing a patriotic selection entitled “Salute to Freedom”. This will highlight the five military service organizations and there will be representatives from the local VFW participating as well.After the band and choir performance, the art show will remain open for view-ing until 4 p.m. There are 104 students participating in the All-County Choir this year and 82 students in the All-County Band. This represents nearly 10 percent of all high school students in Putnam County.
Putnam County veterans can get ID
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County would like to announce that the office will start making Veterans ID Cards on Monday by appoint-ment.Please call the office at 419-523-4478 to set up your appointment.Veterans must bring their DD FM 214 to obtain a Veterans ID Card.
YMCA of Van Wert County offers St. Patty’s Day Dance
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VAN WERT — The YMCA of Van Wert County has announced a St. Patty’s Day Dance from 6-9 p.m. March 14.This dance is open to the public for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade kids. There will be a $3 admission for each child and a concession stand available, including pizza.Information about this and other programs avail-able at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419-238-0443 or visiting www.vwymca.org.The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.
Deadline approaches for the 47th Annual EECO Conference
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MT. STERLING — The 2014 Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) Conference is scheduled for March 27-30. Registration deadline is March 14.The conference is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF).Children are spending less and less time outdoors, both at home and at school. Yet there are more and more resources and programs dedicated to reversing this trend.This year’s theme helps support the basics of Environmental Education by offering strands that help educators in all settings learn more about nature and how to utilize nature in their lessons, programs and projects.Conference strands include Ohio’s Natural History, Using the Outdoors as a Classroom, Citizen Science, Environmental Careers and Program Learner Assessment.The keynote speaker on March 28 is Lonnie Thompson, PhD, of The Ohio State University, Byrd Polar Research Center. Join us as Thompson presents the latest information on climate change and education.The March 29 keynote is Carolyn Watkins, Chief of the Office of Environmental Education, OEPA and the administrator of the OEEF. Watkins will present on the new Career Ambassador Program.The three partner organizations: OEPA, EECO and The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources; will recruit volunteer environmental career ambassadors who will mentor and present infor-mation to students or provide opportunities for them to shadow an environmental professional on the job.College credits through Ashland University will be available as well as Registered Sanitarian (RS) Credits. Educational field experiences will include the Columbus Zoo, Deer Creek Wildlife Area and Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio Native American Earthworks and Natural History Tour, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deer Creek Lake Dam Tour.The conference will take place at Deer Creek State Park Lodge, 22300 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143.Contact the Lodge at 1-800-282-7275 to book a room. Contact Deer Creek Lodge directly for additional information about lodging.If you have any questions about the program, the reg-istration process, or any other topics or issues, contact Brenda Metcalf at 740-653-2649, director@eecoonline.org or Jen Dennison, conference chair, at 614-265-6316, jen.dennison@dnr.state.oh.us for assistance.Online registration and conference agenda and fees can be found at www.eeco-online.org.
KY Sen. Paul to keynote Hamilton County GOP dinner
CINCINNATI (AP) — Potential 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky will be the key-note speaker for a major southwest Ohio Republican banquet, a GOP official announced Thursday.Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou said the party wanted a national fig-ure for its annual Lincoln-Reagan fundraiser dinner.“He is definitely part of the national conversation,” Triantafilou said. “He’ll energize our party.”The senator from an Ohio neighboring state is among several Republicans often mentioned as expect-ed presidential contenders. Ohio has two of its own possible Republican candi-dates in Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.The state is a peren-nial political battleground, and Hamilton County has become a swing county within the swing state, won twice by Barack Obama, who in 2008 became the first Democrat to carry the county since 1964.Kasich, who is run-ning for re-election this year, spoke at the dinner last year. Hamilton County native Portman, who was under consideration to be Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, will intro-duce Paul.Southwest Ohio has many active tea party groups, but Triantafilou said he thinks Paul has even broader support on a vari-ety of issues.Paul has been speaking out against the National Security Agency’s collec-tion of Americans’ phone records and recently sued the Obama administration.Triantafilou said details including time and place are still being worked out for the May 16 event.The Cincinnati region is also trying to land the 2016 Republican National Convention, citing the proximity to northern Kentucky hotels and attrac-tions across the Ohio River as part of its pitch.
Free parenting workshop begins  March 20
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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Hospital, in conjunc-tion with Convoy Preschool, will offer “1,2,3,4 Parents!”, a free workshop for parents of children ages 2-5.The three-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday eve-nings.Beginning March 20, each session will be held at the Convoy Village Ministry Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The center is located at 102 W. Tully St.This parenting workshop is funded by a grant pro-vided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the OCTF is to take a leader-ship role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in Ohio.For more informa-tion about this class, visit www.vanwerthospital.org. Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8618.
Jury weighing evidence in slave labor trial
YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — A man and his girlfriend used threats, intimidation and physical abuse to keep a mentally disabled woman enslaved her for two years along with her young daughter, a prosecutor told jurors who began consid-ering the charges Thursday.A defense attorney for the woman accused investigators of sensationalizing what happened and using unreliable wit-nesses, including two people who already pleaded guilty in the case.Jessica Hunt, 32, and Jordie Callahan, 27, are accused of raiding the woman’s bank account and public assistance and forcing her to engage in sexual acts.Jurors deliberated for about 90 min-utes before going home for the day. They will start again today.Prosecutors said the woman and her daughter were threatened with a python and pit bulls while being forced to live in a damp, dark basement with a lock on the door and no bathroom in the northern Ohio town of Ashland.Authorities said the ordeal lasted from early 2011 to late 2012. Police first got involved in the case when the alleged victim was arrested on a candy bar shoplifting case and asked to be jailed because people had been mean to her.Hunt and Callahan forced the woman to shop, cook, clean up after their dogs and do other household chores, said assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Rice.“They terrorized her to the point of silence,” Rice said. “She had to do these things in order to avoid beatings to her-self and her daughter.”Hunt’s attorney, Ed Bryan, said the woman was a roommate who was expect-ed to do chores and pay rent. He said prosecutors were relying on faulty evi-dence.He also blamed any trouble in the house on the two who already had plead-ed guilty.Dezerah Silsby, who was accused of using ice cream to lure the woman and her child, who was under age 5, into captivity, entered a plea under a sealed agreement. She earlier testified that she drove the woman and Hunt to an ATM to get money using the woman’s govern-ment funds debit card.Callahan’s attorney, Donald Butler, denied that the pair stole from woman. He said the money they got went toward covering the woman’s share of the rent.He told the jury that Hunt and Callahan and their friends used drugs and lived a different lifestyle, but that did not mean they mistreated the woman. He said that both of the defendants tried to help the woman and her daughter.“Even at the bottom of society, they relied on each other. That’s all this was,” Butler said.
Cleveland police chief announces new chase policy
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s police department will limit when and how long squad cars can chase suspects in new guidelines released Thursday, more than a year after a chase involving more than 100 officers ended in the deaths of two people.The revamped policy was in the works before the deadly 23-minute chase that is still being investigated, but what happened that night did influ-ence the new guidelines, said Police Chief Calvin Williams.One big change is that just two squad cars will be allowed in a chase unless a supervisor authorizes more cars to get involved.The changes come as the department is still deal-ing with the fallout from the November 2012 chase that involved five dozen cruisers and wove through residential neighborhoods, onto Interstate 90, and eventually ended with gunfire in East Cleveland. Officers fired 137 shots.Critics called the shooting a racially motivated execu-tion. Both victims were black, and no weapon was found. The police union defended the officers’ actions and said the driver was trying to ram them.
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