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April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014

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Partly cloudy today and mostly clear tonight. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows in the lower 40s. See page 2.
Friday, April 11, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Red Cross honors volunteers, p3 Wildcats win road game, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
ODOT kicks off 2014 orange barrel season
Herald Staff Reportsnews@delphosherald.com
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 kicked off the 2014 road construction season Thursday at Lima Harley-Davidson. Highlights were pre-sented of the overall construction program slated for 2014 state-wide and within the eight coun-ties of ODOT District 1, which are Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.ODOT’s 2014 construction season includes 936 different projects throughout the state totaling $2.5 billion.For area motorists, work will continue on the Ohio 117/309 interchange on the east side of Lima and Project 2 and 3 on Interstate 75 will affect traffic from the Auglaize County line to  just North of Ohio 81 in Lima.
Ohio 117/309 interchange
Traffic on Ohio 117/309 in the area of the Interstate 75 inter-change has been shifted to the south side of the roadway to allow pavement work to take place in the westbound lanes. Traffic con-tinues to be one lane in each direc-tion through the interchange area.The Ohio 117/309 interchange is in full operation and all ramps are open.
The I-75 Project
Project 2 will reconstruct the existing lanes of Interstate 75 from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81 in Lima. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Fourth Street, Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309 interchanges; a safety upgrade to Ohio 309 east of the Interstate 75 inter-change; and the reconstruction and realignment of Ohio 81 from Neubrecht to Stewart Road. This phase is expected to be complet-ed in 2015.Project 3, from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, will begin in 2014. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Breese Road and Ohio 65 inter-changes as well as the replace-ment of the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over Interstate 75. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.Beginning Monday, Breese Road over Interstate 75 will close for 150 days, with the north-bound entrance and exit ramps closing 90 days later. Then 30 days following the closure of the northbound ramps, the south-bound entrance and exit ramps will close.The entire interchange will be closed for the last 30 days of the 150-day closure.Also beginning Monday, restrictions on I-75 both north-bound and southbound will occur during daytime hours while con-crete is trucked in and poured on the deck of a new bridge struc-ture over the CF&E railroad.
See ODOT, page 10
There will be three egg hunts offered to children in Delphos in the coming weeks.First Assembly of God will hold its Easter Egg Hunt from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Jack and Peggy Adam’s home, “the Peltier House,” at 327 Bredeick St.The hunt is for children in preschool through grade 5.There is no registration.All children and adults are welcome. Free hot dogs, music and other activi-ties will be offered.A community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. on April 13 at St. John’s Annex soccer fields for ages 0-12.The Optimist annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. April 19 at Waterworks Park.Children ages 2-9 will find eggs filled with candy and slips of paper for special prizes.
Easter Egg hunts set
Baseball (5 p.m.): Jefferson at Pauld. (NWC) (from April 17); Lincolnview at Ant.; Elida at Celina (WBL).Softball (5 p.m.): Cont. at Lincolnview; Celina at Elida (WBL).Track and Field: St. John’s/Jefferson/Columbus Grove at Spencerville Relays, 4:15 p.m.; Elida/VW at Bath Ehresman Inv., 4:30 p.m.
Baseball: Fort Jennings at Ft. Rec. (DH), 11 a.m.; VW/Nap. at Elida (DH), 11 a.m.; WT at Lincolnview (DH), noon; W-G at SV (DH), 1 p.m.; Jefferson at Bath (DH), 2 p.m.; Kalida at CV (DH), 2 p.m.Softball: W-G at SV (DH), 1 p.m.; Ottoville at Leipsic (PCL), 2 p.m.
 Filling the holes winter left behind 
Winter has taken its toll on the roadways this year and Delphos’ streets are no different. City employee Jeff Stockwell works on a pothole at First and Pierce streets Thursday afternoon. Stockwell said he was working on a long list of the pits left behind after weeks of plowing and salting and many days of sub-zero temperatures. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Studies show PrEP reduces HIV infections
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people who have STDs (sexually transmitted disease) such as gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free. The same behaviors that put people at risk for acquiring STDs can put them at risk for getting HIV.Each year, April marks the observance of STD Awareness Month and it is the time for individuals, health care providers, and community-based organizations to encourage and bring a renewed sense of enthusiasm and focus to STD awareness and prevention efforts throughout the month.PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is one of the newest treat-ments being studied for the prevention of HIV infections. The CDC reports that several studies showed that PrEP was effec-tive in reducing the risk of getting HIV infection.Allen County Health Department Director of Nursing Becky Dershem said the research of the PrEP medication is in the preliminary stages. In 2013, the county documented nine new HIV/AIDS cases.PrEP is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s a pill that contains two HIV medications — used to stop the virus growing in people who are already infected — which must be taken everyday and used with other prevention options such as condoms.• Among men who have sex with men who were given PrEP medication and said they took most of their daily doses, PrEP reduced the risk of HIV infection by 73 percent or more, up to 92 percent for some.• Among coupled men and women where one had HIV infection and the other did not and said they took most of their daily doses, PrEP reduced the risk of HIV infection by up to 90 percent.• Among men and women who entered the studies as indi-viduals and who said they took most of their daily doses, PrEP reduced the risk of HIV infection by up to 85 percent.In one study, only about 1 in 4 women had PrEP medication found in their blood when it was checked and that study found no protection against HIV infection.Dershem cautions people about the “cavalier” mindset that predominates society, which is, there’s a pill or medication for everything. She said they are only kidding themselves and every person has to be accountable.
See PREP, page 10
The DAAG first Annual Spring show had 20 local stylists, artist and vendors offer a runway show with more than 20 models showcasing artistry from the local salons and artists. Above left: Jefferson high-schooler Ashley Quinn, left, was the Lucky Dream Prom winner. She was nominated by her teacher, Missy McClurg. She will receive products and services to make her prom special. DAAG President Shauna Smith congratulates her. Above right: A model styled by Maureen Teman shows Teman’s Spring Urban Chic design. (Submitted photos)
 DAAG presents first-ever Spring Show
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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. 214
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
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Judith A. Miller
Nov. 15, 1940-April 9, 2014
OTTOVILLE - Judith A. Miller, 73, of Ottoville died at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born Nov. 15, 1940, in Fort Jennings to Erwin and Florence (Rekart) Martz, who preceded her in death. On May 19, 1962, she married Virgil F. Miller, who survives in Ottoville.Also surviving are four children, Lori (Rick) Fischer and Todd (Elaine) Miller both of Ottoville, Mindy (Troy) Fairbanks of Milan, Mich., and Alan (fiancé, Marcia Hoffman) Miller of Ottoville; nine grandchildren; and a sis-ter, Connie Birkemeier of Cridersville.She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Miller; and a brother, Thomas Martz.Judy was a registered nurse for Dr. Armbruster in Lima. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia.A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, with Fr. Jerry Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville.Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where there will be a Scripture service at 6 p.m. Saturday.Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefu-neralhome.com.Wheat $6.35Corn $4.66Soybeans $15
Rita M. Byrne-Lewandowski
HOLLAND — Rita M. Byrne-Lewandowski, 80, of Holland and formerly of Ottoville, died at 5:26 a.m. Thursday.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township. Her funer-al will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville.Arrangements are under the direction of Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.
A boy was born April 8 to Kelly Bender and Brad Looser of Delphos.A boy was born April 9 to Valerie and John Parent of Delphos.A girl was born April 9 to April and Aaron Fast of Spencerville.A girl was born April 10 to Tracy and Marcus Offerle of Cloverdale.
Support after the storm
Greatness and goodness can be willed out of tragedy. That was evident in Ottoville on April 5 as the Ottoville Mother’s Club held a 5K Run/Walk for its neighbor-ing community, Cloverdale, after it was hit by a tornado on Nov. 17, 2013.A huge thank you goes to the Ottoville Mother’s Club for successfully plan-ning and promoting the 5K Run/Walk. Businesses big and small from surround-ing communities, as well as private individuals, who donated items for the silent auction and bake sale, we thank you. The local restau-rant that prepared delicious BBQ chicken dinners, our thanks. Thanks to volun-teers who helped make the Run/Walk a success. A big thanks, also, to the good people who came and sup-ported the activities. Our heartfelt thanks to every-one involved. Without your participation, we couldn’t continue to provide support after the storm for those in need. It didn’t tear us apart, it brought us closer togeth-er. We feel fortunate to be surrounded by caring and wonderful close-knit com-munities.
Our special thanks, Cloverdale Mayor, Judd SpencerCloverdale Task Force
The following individuals appeared Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:
ArraignmentsJoshua Kessler, 
 25, Hamilton, Ind., entered a not guilty plea to a charge of carry-ing a concealed weapon, a felony of the fourth degree.He was released on a surety bond and ordered to appear for a pretrial on April 30.
Tyler Mohr,
19, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to grand theft, a felony of the third degree.His bond was set at $50,000, with 10-per-cent cash and his case was set for pretrial on Wednesday.
Matthew Southerland,
31, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to trafficking drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.He was released on a surety bond and ordered to appear for a pretrial on April 30.
Ryan Schaadt, 
 29, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to possession of heroin, felony of the fourth degree.He was released on a surety bond and ordered to appear for a pretrial on April 30.
Raymond Washington,
32, Lima, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of violating a civil protection order, a felony of the fifth degree.He was released on a surety bond and ordered to appear for a pretrial on April 30. He was also ordered to have no contact with any person named in the civil protection order as a part of his bond.
Plea changesRoger Hibbard,
37, Paulding, changed his plea to guilty to a reduced charge of domestic violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree. He was previously charged with domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree.The Court ordered a pre-sentence investi-gation and set sentencing for April 30.
Timothy Schlatman,
32, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of pos-session of drugs, each a felony five. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of the counseling.
Terry Warren Jr.,
27, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to theft, a felony of the fifth degree.The court ordered a pre-sentence investiga-tion and set sentencing for May 21. His bond was revoked until he qualifies for electronic house arrest due to a recent failed drug test.
Probation violationDale Wright Jr.
, 22, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation in two prior cases by being unsuccessfully terminated from The WORTH Center.He was sentenced to prison for nine months in each case, consecutive to one another, and given credit for 62 days in one case and 111 days in the second case.
SentencingAlisha Stemen, 
 22, Van Wert, appeared for sentencing, having previously been found to be in violation of her community control.She was re-sentenced to three years com-munity control under the same conditions plus 58 days jail. A nine-month prison term was deferred.
One Year Ago
As part of Indiana Tech’s Warrior Pride program, each month the athletic department will name one male and one female athlete the Warrior of the Month. The Warrior of the Month Award winner is Josh Miller of the baseball team. Miller, a senior from Delphos Jefferson, helped the team get off to a great start posting a 5-0 record in five starts with a 1.22 ERA.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Lori Brinkman, seventh-grade student at the Middle School, and her teacher, Karen Courtney, displayed the plaque Brinkman received at the regional spelling bee in Fort Wayne. Brinkman, accompanied by fam-ily and friends, ranked sixth among 19 participants. Joel Kammeyer, Paulding, won the regional and will compete in national competition.Members of Guiding Hands League, Ohio Child Conservation League, met recently at the home of Kathy Dickman. Co-hostesses were Carolyn Brickner and Marcy Brickner. Devotions were given by Ginnie Hellman. The goody basket was won by Carolyn Brickner. Guest speaker was the Rev. James Peiffer of St. John’s Church who showed slides and spoke on his trip to the Holy Land.St. John’s boys and girls track teams placed fourth in the Spencerville Bearcat Relays. Marion Local won the boys event outdistanc-ing Spencerville 97-87. In the girls competition, Spencerville and Marion Local tied for first with 92 points. Columbus Grove took third with 61. St. John’s was fourth with 30.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Pupils of the four par-allel seventh grades at St. John’s School, attended a lecture Thursday afternoon in the Little Theater. Donald Schimmoeller of the Delphos Fire Department was the speaker. Schimmoeller dem-onstrated the proper use of different kinds of fire extin-guishers. The four seventh-grade teachers are Sister Mary Angelora, Charles Gedert, Richard Pantalone and Sister Mary Azeveda.Richard Rinehart, presi-dent of the EUB Men, was the toastmaster at the Father-Son Banquet held in the social rooms Thursday evening. Toast to sons was given by Elmer Dray and the toast to dads was given by John Dray. The Gospel Aires Quartet of Spencerville furnished a number of gospel songs. Charles Wells gave the closing prayer.Delphos Recreation Board will sponsor a free two-day tennis clinic at Stadium Park on May 2 and 3. It will be under the direction of Donald Patthoff, Sr., former Delphos coach. Youth Director Nelson Lauless, Lima Senior High School tennis coach for the past 16 years, will assist the second day of the clinic.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Eugene Shenk has a posi-tion in the television devel-opment laboratory of RCA Communications. He is working in the RCA build-ing at 66 Broad St. in down-town New York City. Shenk, son of Postmaster and Mrs. Alex J. Shenk of Delphos, graduated recently from the RCA Institute in New York City. He is a graduate of St. John’s High School and is well known here.A group of 20 Delphos students, eight from Jefferson and 12 from St. John’s, were taken on a sight-seeing trip to Columbus Monday through the courtesy of the Commemorative Post, Delphos American Legion. The trip was a local reward given to winners of the Legion essay contest, which was conducted in the Delphos high schools this season.Arrangements for a skating party to be given Thursday night at the rink on North Washington Street were completed Monday evening at a regular meeting of the Catholic Youth Organization conducted in the clubrooms on East First Street. A cor-dial invitation is extended to the public to attend. William Gladen, Jr., is in charge.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, April 11, the 101st day of 2013. There are 264 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba. (Napoleon later escaped from Elba and returned to power in March 1815, until his downfall in the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.)On this date:In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sov-ereigns of Britain.In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of the Spanish Succession.In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.In 1914, the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion” had its London premiere. Canadian film animator Norman McLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland.In 1921, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax, at 2 cents a package.In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.In 1963, Pope John XXIII issued his final encyclical, “Pacem in Terris” — “Peace on Earth.”In 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.In 1974, a jury in Media, Pa., convicted former United Mine Workers of America president W.A. “Tony” Boyle of three counts of first-degree murder for ordering the killings in 1969 of union rival Joseph A. Yablonski, Yablonski’s wife and daughter. (The convictions were overturned, but Boyle was found guilty in a re-trial.) Palestinian gunmen killed 16 civilians, mostly women and children, in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona.
 Patricia “Pat” E., 74, of Landeck, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Landeck St. John the Baptist parish. Online con-dolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com
 W. Daniel, 73, of Lima, graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Cemetery in Fort Jennings with Father J. Norbert Howe officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be made at siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.
 James W., 87, of Fort Jennings, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, with Fr. Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by Fort Jennings American Legion. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, with a Scripture service at 6 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Saturday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
 Kyler, 25, an open house will be held from 2-5 p.m. April 19 at the home of John and Dorothy Hohlbein.
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LIMA — The American Red of West Central Ohio recognized volunteers in Allen County at its annual awards event held Thursday at the Chapter House, 610 S. Collett St., Lima.Those recognized includ-ed volunteers who help with blood drives, assist at fundrais-ing events, do casework with Services to the Armed Forces, help in the office and are on the scene assisting disaster vic-tims, locally and nationally.The Clara Barton Award recognizes a volunteer who has displayed significant leader-ship and commitment to the Red Cross mission. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a volunteer who tirelessly carries out the mission of the Red Cross. Several other awards were also given in each county.Honorees included:The Allen County Chapter’s Clara Barton Award was presented to Larry Flick of Elida. Flick, a volunteer since 1988, provides leadership at the local level with the Disaster Action Team, but also is an integral part of the regional disaster support unit for the Northwest Ohio Region.The Allen County Chapter’s Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Carol Hume of Cridersville and Janet Eilerman of Lima. Hume orga-nizes and recruits volunteers for the blood drives held at the Chapter House and other drives in the county as needed. Eilerman has volunteered as an office receptionist since 2002 and has also helped with special events as needed.The Allen County Chapter’s Youth of the Year Award was given to Jasmine Binod, a student at Shawnee High School. She began volunteering with the Red Cross in 2013 and helps at the chap-ter blood drives and other blood drives in the county as needed.Your Hometown Stations in Lima received the Organization/Business of the Year Award in Allen County for the station’s commitment to furthering the cause of the Red Cross with PSAs as well as Public Service Director Tom Hendrixson’s leadership in creating the PSAs.The Frances Miller Award was pre-sented to chapter board member Paul Brown of Lima for his service, commit-ment and dedication to the Red Cross. Brown is a board member and has vol-unteer with the Red Cross since 1988.The Flickinger Leadership Award was presented to volunteer Timothy “Bo” McComas of Lima. McComas, a volunteer since 2008. He is a Services to Armed Forces caseworker, serves on the Disaster Action Team and gives Be Red Cross Ready presentations at schools.
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 Hope 4 Hannah  Multi-Vendor and Quarter Auction set 
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VAN WERT — Hope 4 Hannah Multi-Vendor and Quarter Auction will be held April 22 at Wassenberg Art Center, 214 S. Washington St. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Auction starts at 6:30 p.m.Support Hannah Wireman, an outgoing and energetic 15-year-old soph-omore at Van Wert High School, who on Oct. 22, 2013, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that targets young people.There will be over 40 vendors, a 50/50 drawing, quarter auction and silent auction with a number of items, including a Cancun trip, a Ruger LC 9, sports tickets, artwork, Ming vase and pie safe just to name a few items. We will also be auctioning off our center-pieces which are being dec-orated by local vendors and businesses. There are over 200 auction items. Come and show your support.
Calling all area band members ….
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VAN WERT — On April 21, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for the upcoming concert season. The rehearsals are held each Monday in the new Van Wert High School band room, located off S.R. 118 from 7:30-9 p.m. The band is open to anyone wishing to play his or her instrument in a concert band. Current members vary in age and playing ability but have the common interest of performing and making great band music. The members come from Van Wert, Lima, Delphos, Convoy, Payne, Chat, Middle Point, Decatur and Rockford. It truly is a Van Wert Area Band.Retired Parkway Band director Richard Sherrick directs the band. The goals are to pres-ent a variety of music that is both musically enjoyable to the listener and challenging to the performer. If you have any questions regarding participation in the band, call 419-230-6808 or  just come to the first rehearsal. Please consider becoming a member of the organization this coming season.
 Ladies day at the range
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MIDDLE POINT — The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association will hold a Ladies Day Only at the range from 9 a.m. until noon May 3. This is for the ladies who are novices around firearms or who feel uncomfortable with them. The association will have .22 rifles and .22 pistols for the participants to use. Participants do not need to bring anything. Hearing and eye protection is provided.NRA-certified instruc-tors and range safety offi-cers will teach this class. Participants can be new to the shooting sports or  just have questions they would like answered. This would be a great class for mothers and daughters to take together to learn more about firearms. The young-est ladies may be as young as 10 years old but must be accompanied by her moth-er or grandmother.This is a free day for the ladies so there is no fee for this program. The first 20 ladies to register will be accepted. Preregistration is required to participate. For more information about this program or to reg-ister, call 419-203-5419. Remember, preregistration is required.
 Allen County OGS to meet 
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LIMA — Allen County Chapter of Ohio Genealogy Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. Our speaker for April will be Ray Crump speaking on the topic: “Growing up in Old Mexico.”Crump, son of a B-47 Stratojet bomber pilot, spent his childhood and teen years living in Ajijic and Guadalajara, Mexico, after his father’s death in 1955. He moved to California after graduating from high school in 1969 and returned to Mexico in 1976 to live there for another three years, then back to California, before moving to Ohio in 1999. He has been working on his family history for about 18 years, particularly his father’s family who were from North Carolina and he never knew well because of his father’s untimely death.The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
About 106,000 Ohioans enroll in expanded Medicaid
BY ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — More than 106,000 Ohioans have signed up for Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer funded health program, while thousands of others are waiting to hear whether they are deemed eligible.Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration moved forward with extending Medicaid eligibility last fall under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.The safety-net program for the poor and disabled provides cov-erage for one of every five Ohioans.The Medicaid expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain health care coverage. For a single adult, that’s about $16,104 a year.Ohio’s monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 106,238 residents had enrolled under the extension as of March 31. That’s about 29 percent of the roughly 366,000 newly eligible people estimated to sign up by the end of June 2015.Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, said he was not surprised by the number of Medicaid enrollees, which are slightly below original budget pro- jections.“We’re within what I would describe as a manageable range,” Moody said in an interview.Residents have been enrolling in Medicaid through the state’s new benefits website. Potential enrollees can use the site instead of visiting county Job and Family Services offices, where many low-income residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and other public programs.More than 345,000 people have sought Medicaid coverage through the state’s benefit site since Oct. 1. About 65 percent of the applications have been resolved, while roughly 120,000 are still pending. Many of those cases await eligibility determinations by the state’s largest counties.“It’s a sheer volume issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services county directors’ association. He said the larger, urban counties simply have more people who are eligible for the program. Plus, workers are navigating a new state eligibility system.

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