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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
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NFL free agency begins, p6Schools get 4 more calamity days, p3
www.delphosherald.comSnow today with accumula-tion of 6 to 7 inches. Snow may be heavy at times this morning and areas of blowing and drifting snow possible throughout the day. Cold and mostly cloudy tonight. Highs in the lower 30s and lows near zero. See page 2.
City schools to purchase new school bus
By NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A new 72-passenger Stock Transit Unit bus will arrive at Delphos City Schools in the near future.School board members accepted the pur-chase from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service for $88,983 Monday evening.Cardinal has also offered a $5,000 trade-in for two 1998 64-passenger buses. School board members asked Superintendent Kevin Wolfe and Treasurer Brad Rostorfer to make sure that was the top dollar the district could expect from trading and/or selling the two older buses.The district is also in need of substitute bus drivers. To apply, contact Wolfe at the administrative office.Franklin Elementary and Jefferson High School will receive boiler control updates. Services for the project were accepted from New Idea in Wapakoneta, a divi-sion of All-Temp in Delphos. New Idea submitted a bid for $14,084 for Franklin and $16,846 for the high school. Wagner-Meinert from Fort Wayne submitted bids for each project, both in the $20,000-plus range.The board also approved continuing the district’s relationship with the Allen County Education Service Center for services relat-ed to multiple-disabilities students, such as speech therapy. Rostorfer said the contract with the ESC was approximately $40,000 less than last year at $493,000.“The special needs instructors have said they want to step up and provide more of those services in-house,” Rostorfer said. “So we took them out of the contract with the county. Those two teachers are go-getters and want to be more involved with their students.”Rostorfer added that the reduction in the contract with the county would be offset by the additional time the local teachers will spend with the students.“We aren’t really saving that money,” Wolfe added. “It will just be spent here instead. It will also bring more continuity to the program.”Supplemental contracts to fill next year’s winter sports coaching roster were approved. The board re-issued contracts to: Mike Wilson, head wrestling coach; Dave Hoffman, head girls varsity basket-ball coach; Jamie Lewis, junior varsity girls basketball coach; Denise Lindeman, eighth-grade girls basketball coach; Larry “Bub” Lindeman, seventh-grade girls bas-ketball coach; Marc Smith, head boys basketball coach; Mark Jettinghoff, junior varsity boys basketball coach; and Greg Gossman, eighth-grade boys basketball coach.The remaining position, seventh-grade boys basketball coach, is open. The board accepted the resignation of Chris Sommers Monday. Wolfe said the position has been posted in-house and if not filled, will be posted to the general public.Heather Brickner was also hired as junior varsity softball coach.A town-hall-style meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 6 in the Jefferson High School cafeteria. Members of the district are encouraged to attend to have questions answered or talk with any of the school building principals, Wolfe, Rostorfer and Technology Coordinator Josh McElroy.
Delphos City School Board members Joe Rode and Erica Pimpas get pancakes ready for sophomores taking a portion of the Ohio Graduation Test on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Arts Festival rolls all-county band, choir and art show into one
BY ANNE COBURN-GRIFFISSentinel Editornews@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — In previ-ous years, the Putnam County All-County Band/Choir per-formance and All-County Art Show were held as two sepa-rate events. Sunday afternoon, Ottoville High School hosted the inaugural Putnam County Arts Festival in which the two spectaculars were combined into one big attraction by the Putnam County Educational Service Center.The art show opened the day at 1 p.m. in the school’s auxiliary room. The exhib-it featured artwork in vari-ous mediums and as many themes as Putnam County youth could imagine. Fifteen students were awarded blue rosette ribbons for their piec-es which were judged best of show.At 2 p.m., 104 students took to the floor of the school gymnasium for performances of the All-County Choir and 82 students in the All-County Band. According to the Putnam County Educational Service Center, this repre-sents nearly 10 percent of all high school students in Putnam County.
YMCA celebrating a century in Van Wert
Information submittedVAN WERT — The YMCA of Van Wert County is celebrat-ing its 100-year anniversary. That celebration officially began on Monday with a ribbon-cutting with the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce.The featured event for the centennial is a public open house, Saturday, April 5, from 12-4 p.m. At that event, free cake and punch will be served, a bounce house will be on-site for chil-dren and historical building tours will be available to observe this historic milestone. Those tours will be given by YMCA board members, management staff and designated YMCA ambassadors.The YMCA of Van Wert County was incorporated in 1914, when John Strandler left one-third of his estate for a struc-ture and the remainder in an endowment fund to be used to establish a local YMCA. Along with the Strandlers, several other Van Wert residents donated funds and land for a YMCA. Those residents includ-ed the Woodruff Family, the Priscilla Buckingham estate, Mr. Earl Gleason, D.L. Brumback, John P. Reed, C.A.L. Purmort, E.I. Antrim and C.F. Wassenberg. The building was dedicated on April 15, 1917.
YMCA of Van Wert staff, board members and members joined with local well-wishers to hold a ceremonial ribbon cut-ting Monday to kick-off the YMCA’s Centennial Celebration. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)See YMCA, page 10See ARTS, page 10
Lenten sermon:‘Broken Vessel’
This week’s Lenten Luncheon will feature Pastor Harry Tolhurst offer-ing “Broken Vessel.”Luncheons are held at noon on Thursdays at St. Peter Lutheran Church.An offering of $3.50 is suggested for lunch.
Visitors view one of the best-of-show entries in the Putnam County art show during Sunday’s Arts Festival. (Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)Jays seeking girls varsity soccer coach
St. John’s is looking to fill position of head girls varsity soccer coach.If interested, please e-mail letter of interest — as well as resume — to Athletic Director Todd Schulte at schulte@delphosstjohns.orgThe Delphos Canal Commission is now taking reservations for the annual Boatman’s Breakaway dinner at 6 p.m. March 23 at the K of C hall on Elida Avenue.Dinners are $25.Call 419-692-4496 or con-tact any trustee by Monday.
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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. 192
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc. 
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Barbara A. OstingEllen ‘TootieMay Swartz
Aug. 16, 1953-March 9, 2014
DELPHOS — Barbara A. Osting, 60, of Delphos died Sunday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born Aug. 16, 1953, to James and Rita (McRedmond) Miller, who preceded her in death.In 1975, she married Daniel Osting. They had went together since she was 15 years old. He survives in Delphos.Survivors also include two sons, Jason J. Osting of Landeck and Aaron L. Osting of Fort Jennings; a brother, Dennis (Karen) Miller of Orlando, Fla.; three grand-children, Lauren Neumeier Osting, Cody Osting and Ethan Osting; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Miller of Fort Jennings.She was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Kenneth Miller.Mrs. Miller was a house wife and had also worked at Huffy, Teleflex and Rite Aid and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was an amazing mother and wife. She loved to fish and work outside. She was a caregiver to her mother, who had lived with her for four years. She was always willing to help and was a per-son people would go to.Funeral services will begin at 8 p.m Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiat-ing. Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.
Sept. 3, 1941-March 10, 2014
TOLEDO — Ellen May Swartz, 72, went home to see Jesus and receive her crown on Monday surrounded by her loving family and friends in her home after succumbing to Alzheimer’s.She was born on Sept. 3, 1941, in Toledo to Donna May.She was a 1959 graduate of Whitney Vocational High School where she was active in Glee Club Special, chorus and Literary Club.In 1960, on May 28, Ellen married Jack L. Swartz of Delphos. They would have celebrated their 54th anni-versary this year. Together they raised three boys, Jack (Dana), Rob (Judie) and David (Sherrianne) Swartz. She was blessed with eight grandchildren within the span of six short years: Corby, Joshua, Kent, Jacob, Clayton, Samantha, Sarah and Shelby Swartz, who loved her deeply and knew her as their “Oma.” She also has a great-grandson, Ashton Swartz.Ellen’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends at the lake, swim-ming and playing cards. God gave Ellen a beautiful singing voice and she was most happy singing in the church choir and as a soloist.Ellen was preceded in death by her mother, Donna May Streicher, and stepfather Carl Streicher. She is also survived by her brothers Carl (Rose) Streicher II and Reg (Debbie) Streicher; sister-in-law Judy (Dale) Johnson and Pam (Larry) Splane; best friend Lynn (Marilyn) Gauthier and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.Friends and family are invited to visit from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Ave., Toledo. A final viewing will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday with the funeral ser-vice at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Toledo Memorial Park.Those wishing to donate in Ellen’s memory can give to Hospice of NW Ohio or Calvary Bible Chapel. Visit: walterfuneralhome.com.Wheat $6.32Corn $4.48Soybeans $14.21
One Year Ago
The Delphos American Legion Post 268 hosted the 77th annual Past Commanders and Presidents Banquet on Saturday night, where past leaders and award winners were recognized. Keith Hall presented Americanism Test winners: St. John’s High School senior Tricia Warnecke and Jefferson High School senior Elizabeth Winhover with their awards. Auxiliary President Sharon Miller introduced Buckeye Boys and Girls State delegates, including St. John’s senior Jessica Recker and Jefferson senior Wes Roby, and pre-sented them with their awards.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Members of Spencerville Future Farmers of America will be entering state competition after receiving awards at the District Four Ohio FFA evaluation meet-ing. State farmers degree applications of Mike Mueller and Bryan Seffernick were in the top 3 percent of the district’s 1,160 FFA members. Steve Klausing placed first in district competition in sales and service proficiency. Mueller placed first in the area of cereal grain production.Delphos Community Fire Protection Association recently held its annual meet-ing and election of officers. Elected for three-year terms were Mike Bockey, trea-surer; Dan Kramer and Ed Ulrich, direc-tors. Other officers include Ed Etzkorn, president; Dave Moenter, secretary; Larry Hoersten, auditor; and John Burgei, Tom Hempfling, Thomas Pohlman and Norbert Renner, directors.Members of Lincolnview Future Farmers of America team who won the bi-county basketball tournament at Paulding recently include Mike Kramer, manager; Mark Roediger, Jay Evans, Earl Gerdeman, coach; Mike Milson, Rob Friemoth, Bill Evans, Troy Bowersock, Brandon Schaadt, Ben Etgen, Jerome Blankemeyer and Brian Conenwett.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Delphos Kiwanians met Tuesday eve-ning at the House of Vogts for their regu-lar weekly dinner meeting. President of the club Gene Hayes presided at the meet-ing. A special election was held to fill the post of vice president, with Edward Clark being elected. The Rev. Warren G. Campbell, who heads the club’s Support of Churches committee, introduced the Rev. Don R. Yocum, who presented a Lenten talk.Psi Chapter, Alpha Delta Omega National Sorority, attended Phi Delta’s style show Tuesday night and later held a meeting at the home of Mrs. Keith Kiggins. Plans were made for a char-ity project, a bake sale and key chain bracelet event. The next meeting will be held March 24 at the home of Mrs. Don Macwhinney, East Fourth Street.Roll call responses were given by 27 members of the Daughters of Ruth Class of Trinity Methodist Church during a meeting held Monday at the church. The meeting was called to order by the vice president, Mary Beamer. Devotions were given by Mrs. Grover Keel. The lesson was presented by Mrs. O. M. Arnold.
75 Years Ago – 1939
St. John’s won its way to the finals of the sectional basketball tournament Friday night by defeating Willshire, 49 to 30, in the semifinals. The finals will be played Saturday evening with St. John’s meeting Dunkirk. Soon after the opening of the first quarter, St. John’s took the lead and there was no doubt in the minds of the spectators from that time on as to the final outcome of the battle.A large new oven is being installed at the M. L. Koehl Bakery on North Main Street. Although the installation will not be completed for about a week, Koehls will continue to sell quality baked goods as usual. The new equipment is being installed to fill a long-felt need of increased baking capacity and will pro-vide uniform baked goods for Delphos patrons.For her rendition of Gounod’s “Ave Maria” last Sunday afternoon, June, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Conley, Van Wert, will receive a wrist watch. June sang in the amateur program over radio station WLOK, Lima. The presentation will be made during Sunday’s amateur program when June will sing again.
 Orval R., 87, of Ottoville, Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, with Father Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will fol-low in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville, with military rites by the Ottoville VFW. Memorials may be given to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefu-neralhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Snow may be heavy at times in the morning. Windy. Snow accumula-tion of 6 to 7 inches. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 20 to 30 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the afternoon.
: Cold. Mostly cloudy through midnight then clearing. Chance of flurries through midnight. Lows near zero. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph shifting to the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 15 below zero in the morning.
: Partly cloudy through mid-night then clearing. Not as cold. Lows in the lower 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.
: Partly cloudy. Chance of rain through midnight. Then chance of rain and snow after midnight. Lows around 30. Chance of measurable precipitation 30 percent.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Lows in the lower 20s.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow show-ers. Highs in the mid 30s. Lows 15 to 20.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s. Lows in the lower 20s.
: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Highs in the upper 40s.
Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On March 12, 1664, England’s King Charles II granted an area of land on the East Coast of present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York.On this date:In 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assumed command as General-in-Chief of the Union armies in the Civil War.In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.In 1914, American inventor George Westinghouse died in New York at age 67.In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio addresses that came to be known as “fireside chats,” telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis.In 1934, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook much of northern Utah along with parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.In 1938, the Anschluss merging Austria with Nazi Germany took place as German forces crossed the border between the two countries.In 1939, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.In 1951, “Dennis the Menace,” created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, made its syn-dicated debut in 16 newspapers.In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic prima-ry, but Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placed a strong second.In 1989, some 2,500 veterans and sup-porters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of a student’s exhibit.In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first women priests.In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who’d vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, who are serving prison terms for kidnapping her.Ten years ago: Marcus Wesson, the dom-ineering patriarch of a cultlike clan he’d bred through incest, surrendered to police who found the bodies of nine of his offspring, all but one minors, at their home in Fresno, Calif. (Wesson was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.)Five years ago: Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history. The Iraqi journalist who’d thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush received a three-year sentence. (Muntadhar al-Zeidi ended up serving nine months.) Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings announced that Chicago’s Sears Tower would be renamed Willis Tower. Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman to win the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden. Philanthropist Leonore Annenberg died in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at age 91.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Tuesday:
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By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — School districts across Ohio would get four extra calamity days because of this winter’s extreme weather under a compromise struck by state lawmakers Tuesday.Under the measure headed to floor votes in both legisla-tive chambers today, districts that have exhausted their five allotted calamity days could use the additional days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as on holidays or during vacations.The measure also allows districts to continue to make up missed days through 30-minute increments tacked onto regularly scheduled school days. They also have the option of using work-at-home “blizzard bags” and online lessons to help stu-dents catch up on missed work.Snow, ice and bone-chill-ing temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust all their calam-ity days, most commonly called “snow days,” on which schools can close without making up the lost instruc-tional time.Republican Gov. John Kasich backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis, and is expected to sign the compromise.Many public school dis-tricts across Ohio have can-celed classes for nine or more days this year. Some Guernsey County schools in the eastern part of the state have topped 17 such days.Tuesday’s decision fol-lowed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.The conference commit-tee removed a divisive pro-vision added in the Senate that would have tied extra calamity days to profession-al development training for teachers. It also expanded the number of proposed calamity days from three to four.Each school district adopts a contingency plan each year 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 allows districts to revise those plans, which were sub-mitted last September.Under the compromise bill, districts may also excuse graduating seniors for any makeup days that occur after commencement ceremonies.The legislation also extends the deadline for pro-cessing state-required testing of 4th through 8th graders to June 30. The state superin-tendent had earlier expand-ed the testing window by a week due to weather-related instructional delays.Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The Herald 3
Township trustees nominate delegate to planning commission
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MARION TOWNSHIP — The Marion Township trustees held their meeting on Monday with trustees Jerry Gilden and Howard Violet present.The purpose of the meeting was to pay bills and conduct ongoing business. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read. The trustees then reviewed the bills and gave approval for 16 checks totaling $10,809.53.Rick Keller from the Allen County Engineer’s Office was present with updated emergen-cy contacts for the county and townships.Road Foreman Elwer gave the trustees a quote to purchase a flail mower through the State of Ohio purchase program.Gilden made a motion to go forward with the purchase, which was seconded by Violet and passed unanimously.The trustees also decided to sell the 2005 mower at the auc-tion.Fiscal Officer Kimmet gave the trustees the Fund Status and Bank Reconciliation reports from Feb. 28 to review and sign.He also presented a letter from the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission asking for a delegate and alter-nate for the board and Gilden nominated Violet as the del-egate and trustee Youngpeter as the alternate, which was seconded by Violet and passed unanimously.Kimmet had the MVRs forms that needed signed by the township personnel for lia-bility insurance purposes. He also gave the trustees a copy of insurance coverage for the township for their review.Gilden received a letter of resignation from the Township Zoning Inspector effective April 1.There being no further busi-ness, Gilden made a motion to adjourn, which was seconded by Violet and passed unani-mously.
YWCA Geranium Sale kick off 
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VAN WERT — The annual YWCA Geranium Sale is going on now until 9 a.m. April 28.Geraniums are hardy root plants sold in 4 ½-inch pots. Colors available are red, white, lavender, fuchsia, pink and light salmon.Pots are $3 each. Don’t miss this opportunity to beau-tify your yard and support the YWCA this Mother’s Day!Geraniums will be available for pick up from 4-7 p.m. May 7 and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. May 8.Cash-and-Carry sales begin at 4 p.m. May 7.Hanging baskets will also be available for purchase for $18 on May 7 while supplies last.Don’t forget geraniums make the perfect Mother’s Day gift!The annual sale supports the work of the YWCA through-out the year, including the Transitional Living Program, Summer Food Program and Domestic Violence Services.Stop into the YWCA and place your order today!General operating hours are 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency.For more information, con-tact Tammy Branham, execu-tive director, at 419-238-6639.
Ohio ‘snow day’ bill clears conference committee
Seniors excused from make-up days after graduation
BY CYNTHIA YAHNAHerald Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
ELIDA — The first and short meeting in March for Elida Village Council addressed several issues.An ordinance to make appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the village during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31 was read for the third time by Fiscal Officer Janet Bonifas. It passed unani-mously.Also presented was an ordinance authorizing a working agreement between the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District and the Village of Elida. This ordinance will be voted on at a later date.Bonifas reported the listing of all records of the village with the Ohio State Auditor and the historical society has been signed and approved.“The Ohio Historical Society has made recommen-dations that we need to go digital in the near future. We really need to stay current with our records due to the fact that if people in the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office request to see our past records and we don’t have them, they can fine us up to $1,000,” Bonifas said.Council member Claude Paxton spoke before the meeting ended.“I would like to thank Mr. Scott Fessler, the village administrator, for the good job you did on reporting about the water department,” Paxton said. “I also would like to ask what Digital Data Technologies, Inc., that is listed on our payment listing?”Bonifas fielded his question.“That is a fee for software used for the village police cars so Allen County knows where they are; it is like a GPS system,” she said.The next scheduled meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 25.
 Health insurance sign-ups reach almost 79K in Ohio
COLUMBUS (AP) — Federal officials say close to 79,000 Ohioans have picked health plans in the new insur-ance marketplace created by President Barack Obama’s health care law.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Tuesday with the latest enrollment num-bers covering Oct. 1 through March 1. Officials say 78,925 Ohioans have signed up for coverage ahead of the March 31 open enrollment deadline.That number falls far short of the 152,000 Ohioans that the government projected would be enrolled by the end of February.The federal data shows that many Ohio residents obtain-ing coverage in the market-place are older. Eighty-five percent of enrollees are get-ting financial help to pay their monthly premiums.The report also said more than 193,000 Ohioans were found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.
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The Delphos Curves at 1875 E. Fifth St. is inviting both non-members and members to take part its annual food drive by bringing in a bag of non-perishable food to be donated to the Delphos Interfaith Thrift Shop and St. Vincent de Paul.Food can be dropped off through March 23Now in its 16th year, the Curves Food Drive has gath-ered and donated more than 75 million pounds of food to benefit local community food banks.
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Governor proposes tax, education changes
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich rolled out an ambitious election-year policy document Tuesday that delivers a prom-ised income-tax cut through increases in tobacco and other taxes, and streamlines government offerings for jobseekers and the poor.The fate of the Republican governor’s plan is uncertain. Lawmakers he will ask to approve the measure face particularly competitive elec-tions this year.Testimony was set to begin on the bill today in the GOP-led Ohio House’s powerful Ways & Means Committee.Kasich, who also faces re-election this fall, proposes reducing Ohio income taxes by 8.5 percent over the next three years, which would lower the top tax rate to 4.88 percent by 2016. The administration estimates that would mean a cumulative tax savings from 2011 to 2016 of about $350 for a median-income couple with two kids.The bill also increases Ohio’s earned-income tax credit from 5 to 15 percent, and raises the personal income tax exemption allowed by low- and middle-income taxpayers.The nearly $2.2 billion reduction would be made up for through increases in taxes on com-mercial activity, cigarettes and drilling.Kasich said cutting income taxes and improv-ing education and training are already proving beneficial.“We’ve got to keep building on these ideas because they’re lifting our state, and with the continued partnership of the Legislature we’ll keep that progress going for Ohioans,” he said in a statement.Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Kasich’s presumptive Democratic challenger in November, criticized the governor’s tax package as primarily benefiting the wealthy.“As governor, I will focus on growing our economy from the middle out, rather than top down,” he said in a statement. “… Ohio’s seniors and most vulnerable should not have to pay for John Kasich’s giveaways to the very well off.”The Kasich administration says Ohio’s 9-year-old commercial activity tax, conceived as an alternative to traditional business taxes on gross receipts and inventory, is due to be mod-ernized. Its rate would rise from 0.26 percent to 0.30 percent, a 15 percent increase, under the plan.Per-pack cigarette taxes would go from $1.25 to $1.85 under the bill, up 48 percent, and other tobacco products — including e-cigarettes — would see similar tax hikes. The bill couples those increases with $26.9 million in national tobacco settlement money for smoking cessa-tion and prevention programs.The legislation takes a second crack at rais-ing the tax rate on Ohio’s big oil and gas drill-ers after an earlier Kasich effort fell flat at the Statehouse. Tuesday’s proposal imposes a sever-ance tax on gross receipts from well operations of 2.75 percent, exempting smaller drillers and allowing large drillers to recoup costs of $8 mil-lion per well before taxes.Kasich would earmark 20 percent of drilling-tax proceeds for local governments under the plan, with half the money flowing directly, a quarter set aside for competitive infrastructure grants, and a quarter directed to a “legacy fund” controlled by newly created shale gas regional commissions.API Ohio, representing drillers, said asking energy developers to pay 10 times more than the commercial activity tax is “simply unworkable.”“If this proposal becomes law, it has the real potential to place a chilling effect on the short- and long-term economic value of this shale play,” director Chris Zeigler said.The influential Ohio Business Roundtable praised Kasich’s tax changes.“Ohio as a state will be better with a modern-ized severance tax that recognizes the bounty of our natural resources, a consumption tax that discourages cigarette smoking, lower effective tax rates on business and reduced income taxes to enable our citizens to keep more of their hard-earned money,” President and CEO Richard Stoff said in a statement.It’s the second time that Kasich has intro-duced something similar to a budget bill half-way through Ohio’s two-year budget cycle. The practice follows the pattern in Washington, where Kasich served as a congressman and House Budget chairman.
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 Law increases access to overdose antidote
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law allowing friends or family members of addicts to administer a drug overdose antidote without the fear of prosecution.The legislation is aimed at reducing the state’s record-high number of fatal overdos-es from heroin and painkillers — which is now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.The bill signed Tuesday allows licensed prescribers to provide the drug naloxone to an addict’s friends or fam-ily members. People admin-istering the drug would be immune from prosecution as long as they call 911 imme-diately before or after giv-ing the antidote. It also must be obtained through proper channels.
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