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21, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Catholic Church still needspriests, p8 Wildcats, Jays win league girlsmatch-ups, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Church 8World News 9Classifieds 10TV 11
Twenty per-cent chanceof snowSaturday;high near 20.See page 2.
Browns Backersset annual meeting
The Delphos Area BrownsBackers will convene for itsannual meeting at 1 p.m. onJan. 30 at the Rustic Cafe.Items on the agendainclude a recap of 2010 activ-ities, election of officers for2011, door prizes and raffles,followed by a pizza party.All members andprospective membersare urged to attend.Members are reminded the2011 dues of $5 are now due.
Relay teamcaptains meetingTuesday
A Relay for Life teamcaptains meeting is set for6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. PeterLutheran Church.The Chili Cook-off on Feb.13 will be discussed.
Girl ScoutCookie salesstart today
Girl Scouts of WesternOhio announce the2011 Girl Scout CookieSale begins today.This year, Girl Scoutsare participating in a pilotprogram with Little BrownieBakers called the “SuperSix.” Girl Scouts will sellThin Mints, Tagalongs,Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-dosand Lemon Chalet Cremes.When Girl Scouts sellingcookies, they are developingfive essential skills – goal-setting, decision-making,money management, peopleskills and business ethics.Orders will be takenthrough Feb. 8Cookies arrive and deliv-eries begin on Feb. 26.
Economic developmentconfusing to lay person
By KIRK DOUGALHerald correspondent
VAN WERT — There aremany common mispercep-tions about economic devel-opment, especially in smallercommunities like Van Wert.Some people believeplaces like Van Wert onlyneed to wait and businesseswill come. Others believe allit takes to have a businessmove to a community is toget next to the right personand convince them that yourhometown is perfect for anew manufacturing facility.Nearly everyone would bewrong if they were to guesshow long the process takesfrom the company believingthey might need a new facil-ity to opening the doors andproducing the first widget.The process begins withmarketing. The days whenlocal government officialscould sit back and wait forbusinesses to knock on thedoor are gone. Courting pro-spective companies now fuelsthe fire of economic develop-ment.“Most of our leads comefrom one of two places,”Van Wert County EconomicDevelopment Director NancyBowen said. “Existing com-panies happy they are heretell us directly that they areworking with a customer orsupplier that they think weshould be in touch with.”That kind of informationis often gleaned from theactive Business Retention andExpansion program run bythe Economic Developmentoffice.The other main source forleads comes from the OhioDepartment of Development’sLeads Program. Companieshave approached the stateand sought the properties andcommunities which are readyfor new business.Bowen said she usuallyreceives a couple of thoseper week that match whatVan Wert can provide. Notall leads are a good fit. Oneexample is a food processorwith a water demand toohigh for the community tomeet.Trade shows also provideleads to companies lookingto expand into new facili-ties. Bowen attends several of these per year but they tend tobe less targeted and the ratioof businesses that do not fitis much higher. Typically,the companies involved aresmaller and may not have thefinancing a large conglomer-ate might have. A perfectexample of this is the greenenergy firms that manufac-ture solar panels.When complete, the VanWert supersite will employa slightly different process.Because it will be marketedto a large Original EquipmentManufacturer (OEM), the fed-eral government and the OhioDepartment of Transportationare likely to be involved.The first step after receiv-ing a lead, is for Bowen’soffice to deliver overviewinformation. Buildings, utili-ties, workforce demographics— all of these items and moreare included to show a site isready for a new facility.“At that point, you arehopeful there is a follow-up and they will want tovisit your community,” saidBowen. “That is your chanceto really sell yourself.”The goal is continuedcommunication between thecommunity and the com-pany: Did they receive thepackage? Is everything in thepackage that they need? Thisis all-important as the com-munity tries to get to the nextstep: a follow-up call fromthe company.According to Bowen,people would be surprised atwhat the most important fac-tor is at that point.“Speed,” she explained.“Accuracy of data, too, butspeed is of the essence.”She said oftentimes, heroffice may only have a dayto answer.That is why it is so impor-tant the economic develop-ment office constantly updatesits information so it can pointpotential employers to itsweb site or pull a file and getit out the door immediately.It shows the willingness towork with the company andreveals preparedness.This is where companiesbegin asking for details suchas skill-sets, recruiting needsfrom outside a 50-mile radius,workforce demographics andmore. Companies also wantto talk to existing businessesin the city — 1-on-1 withoutany economic developmentor local officials — so theycan ask direct questions.“Workforce really turnsout to be the number oneissue,” continued Bowen.“They want to know fromsomeone already here if wewill follow through withtraining, let them know whenthere are new programs inplace and if we continue tomeet with them. That’s whythe Business Retention pro-gram is so important.”Moving forward usuallymeans bringing in other offi-cials from the local and statelevels.
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VW County Girl Scouts help overseas military families
The Girl Scouts of Van Wert County have an ongoing service project – helping overseas military families. TheGirl Scouts have been clipping coupons, above, and sending them to an Army base in Germany. The coupons arethen placed in the PX and BX for families of service men and women to use. They are able to use the manufacturers’coupons up to six months after the expiration date. The Times Bulletin has partnered with the Girl Scouts by allowingthem access to the coupon booklets in the unsold newspapers. The leaders take the coupons to meetings and events forthe girls to clip, sort, total and ship. Since March, they have shipped more than $300,000 worth of coupons.
Contractorindicted forOttovilleman’s death
Twenty-two-year-oldAndrew Roeder was rentinga house in Ottoville whenit exploded in September of last year. Roeder died as aresult of his injuries and autility company contractorhas been indicted for recklesshomicide.Douglas Beindorf of Gibsonburg is believed tohave failed to check for gaslines when conducting trenchwork and a propane tankbecame compromised andlater exploded.Sheriff Jim Beutler saidthe reckless homicide chargestems from the incident beingan accident.“It’s not like this was anintentional act; it was reck-less. His reckless behaviorcaused the death of another.Now, you can do that negli-gently, too. Intentional, neg-ligent and reckless are differ-ent because there are differ-ent standards and burdens of proof,” he said.Roeder, a MarineReservist, was thought to bein the basement and turnedon a clothes dryer at the timeof the explosion. He passedaway on Oct. 9 in Toledo,where he was being treated.
Beindorf faces up tofive years in prison if con-victed.
Opening receptionset for art show
The opening receptionfor the first Delphos AreaArt Guild High SchoolInvitational Art Show willbe from 2-5 p.m. Saturday inthe 2nd Floor Gallery of theDelphos Museum of PostalHistory, 339 N. Main St.Awards will be pre-sented at 3 p.m. in fourcategories: Painting,Drawing, Three Dimensionaland Miscellaneous.Schools represented in theshow are Botkins, Crestview,Jefferson, St. John’s, FortJennings, Lincolnview,Marsh Foundation,Ottoville and Van Wert.Former art teacher forDelphos City Schools PatRayman judged nearly200 pieces of artwork.The exhibit will remainat the gallery until Feb. 11and the Delphos Museumof Postal History will alsobe open for tours duringthe exhibit hours: 1-5 p.m.on Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturdays; and1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Extension gets$25,000 fromcommissioners
Two years ago, the AllenCounty commissionersremoved all local funding tothe OSU Extension office.Because the organizationwas funded by a match, allpublic funding disintegrat-ed. Private funding has kept4-H afloat but its director,Mark Light, has resigned.This would mean closing theprogram, so commissionersstepped in to save it.4-H Program AssistantLeeana McKamey is the onlyperson left in what is now aone-woman show until Lightis replaced.“This week, the commis-sioners offered to give ussome funding because Markdid leave to go to anothercounty. So, we will try tohire a 4-H educator to bringback into the county,” shesaid.The commissionersrelocated $25,000 in con-tingency funds that is justenough to replace Light andprevent permanent closure.McKamey said this is a stepin the right direction buther office is not out of thewoods.“The funding is what’srequired by the state at thistime to get an educator inhere. The only thing we’regoing to get from the countyis enough to get an educatorafter they gave us zero fund-ing two years ago,” she said.“For two years, we’ve beenrunning on private donationsand the money that keepsme here in my position is allprivate. After two years withno funding from the com-missioners, it’s great to havethis funding. So, it’s a step inthe right direction and it’s agreat step.”The OSU Extension wouldhave closed the office, result-ing in the utter end of all4-H activities, which haveremained afloat with privatefunds. The match remainsintact, restoring $50,000for one person to an officethat lost $267,000 in countyfunds in 2009.
Hospital: Giffords moves to rehab facility today
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)— Fresh from a sunny out-ing that brought a smile,Gabrielle Giffords is movingto a Houston rehab centerwhere her husband hopes the“fighter” continues on thepath to a full recovery.University Medical Centerstaffers took the woundedcongresswoman to a deck atthe hospital Thursday, whereshe breathed in the fresh airand felt the sun, trauma sur-geon Peter Rhee said.“I saw the biggest smileshe could gather,” Rhee said.“We are very happy to haveher enjoying the sunshine of Arizona.”Giffords has been makingprogress nearly every day inher recovery from a bulletwound to the brain.Doctors ticked off othermarkers of her continuingimprovement: She scrolledthrough an iPad, picked outdifferent colored objects andmoved her lips. They areunsure whether she is mouth-ing words, nor do they knowhow much she is able to see.Her husband, Houston-based astronaut Mark Kelly,believes she has tried tospeak and can recognizethose around her.“I can just look in hereyes and tell,” Kelly said at afinal briefing Thursday at theTucson hospital. “She is veryaware of the situation.”This morning he tweeted:“GG going to next phase of her recover today. Very grate-ful to the docs and nurses atUMC, Tucson PD, SheriffsDept....Back in TucsonASAP!”Kelly said he hopes she’llmake a full recovery.“Congresswoman Giffordsis a fighter,” her aide C.J.Karamargin said today onCBS’ “Early Show. “She’sas tough as nails. She’s com-municated with her husbandin positive ways,” he added,calling it a sign that she’ll be“back very soon. There’s noquestion about it.”The doctors who will helpher offered a more sober out-look.“Not everyone alwaysgets 100 percent restora-tion, but we help them toget to a new normal,” saidCarl Josehart, chief execu-tive of the rehab hospital thatwill be the Arizona congress-woman’s home for the nextmonth or two.Giffords is expected to bemoved today, traveling byambulance to Davis-MonthanAir Force Base with an escortfrom a group of motorcycleriders from a Veterans of Foreign Wars post who knowher.Kelly; Rhee; Giffords’mother, Gloria; an intensivecare unit nurse and Giffords’chief of staff will be amongthose on the medical flight toWilliam P. Hobby Airport inHouston.From there, she will bemoved by helicopter to TIRRMemorial Hermann hospital.U.S. Capitol police arrivedThursday afternoon to set upextra security measures at the119-bed facility that is part of the massive Texas MedicalCenter complex.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 180
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 25 degrees,low was 18. Snowfall wasrecorded at 1 1/2 inches. Higha year ago today was 32, lowwas 17. Record high for todayis 59, set in 1951. Record lowis -23, set in 1983.
July 22, 1932 - Jan. 20, 2011
Donna J. Maloney, 78,of Delphos died at 1:06 a.m.Thursday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.She was born July 22,1932, in Delphos to Alva andLucille (Best) Wollet, whopreceded her in death.On Nov. 19, 1955, she mar-ried Leonard Maloney, whodied Nov. 14, 2004.Survivors include sixdaughters, Cathy (Paul)Harris of Lima, Karen (Barry)Shilling of Elida and Alice(Don) Gamble, Donna (Rick)Bonds, Elizabeth (Kenneth)Utrup and Mary (Thomas)Goergens of Delphos; sistersMarjorie (Hubert) Truman andMarlene Hoak of Delphos;and 17 grandchildren and 15great-grandchildren.She was preceded in deathby siblings Claudine Dotson,Carl Wollet, Ruth Ashbaugh,Betty Lou Friemoth and Alva“Little Junior” Wollet; anda great-grandchild, GraceMcClure.Mrs. Maloney was a home-maker. She was a memberof St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in St. John’scemetery.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. today at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake servicewill be held at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to RheumatoidArthritis Foundation or theNational Kidney Foundation.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostlycloudy. Lows 0 to 5 above.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.Wind chill as low as 5 below.
: Cloudy. Aslight chance of snow show-ers in the afternoon. Cold withhighs around 20. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph with gustsup to 20 mph. Chance of snow20 percent. Wind chill as lowas 5 below in the morning.
:Mostly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showers.Lows 5 to 10 above. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph with gustsup to 20 mph. Wind chill aslow as 5 below.
: Mostly cloudy.Cold with highs 15 to 20.North winds 5 to 10 mphbecoming northeast in theafternoon. Wind chill as lowas 5 below in the morning.
: Mostly cloudy.Lows around 10 above. Highsin the mid 20s.
: Mostly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows 10 to 15. Highsin the upper 20s.
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13-14-15-23-25-32-36-38-39-41-50-55-59-60-62-67-72-77-78-80At 4:25 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos police received atelephone call in reference toa possible impaired driver.Upon checking the area of the 100 block of Elida Avenue,they located the vehicle. Asa result, officers stopped thevehicle and found it drivenby Paul Merschman, 49, of Delphos, at which time offi-cers arrested Merschman oncharges of operating a motorvehicle while having his driv-ing privileges suspended andfor operating a motor vehiclewhile impaired.Merschman was citedinto Lima Municipal Courton the charges and was laterreleased.
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Linda M., 59,of London, visitation will beheld 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, where crema-tion will follow. Memorialcontributions can be madeto Tidwell Hospice, VeniceBranch, 220 Wexford Blvd.,Venice FL 34293 or theAmerican Cancer Society inLinda’s name.
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Corn: $6.37Wheat: $7.19Beans: $13.67KIEV, Ukraine (AP) —The crocodile in “Peter Pan”happily went “tick-tock”after swallowing an alarmclock but a crocodile inUkraine has been a little lessfortunate.Gena, a 14-year-old croc-odile at the DnipropetrovskOceanarium, has been refus-ing food and acting listlessafter eating a cell phonedropped by a woman try-ing to photograph him lastmonth.The phone kept ringinginside the crocodile for sometime.Phone owner RimmaGolovko says she wants herSIM card back as it containsher photos and contacts.The crocodile will be takento a clinic for an X-ray nextweek to see if the phone isstill there. Medics are consid-ering surgery as a last resort.
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DA: Chances to closeabortion clinic abounded
PHILADELPHIA —Regulators ignored report afterreport of horrific conditions ata squalid abortion clinic, pros-ecutors said, leaving a trail of missed chances over the yearsto stop a doctor from perform-ing illegal, late-term abortionsthat killed at least two patientsand hundreds of newborns.The officials’ failure to fol-low up on complaints againstDr. Kermit Gosnell cameamid a “live and let die” polit-ical climate that effectivelyended inspections of all abor-tion clinics in Pennsylvania,according to the grand jurythat indicted Gosnell.Gosnell, 69 — a familypractice physician not certifiedto perform abortions — wasarraigned Thursday on charg-es of murdering seven babiesand one patient. The indict-ment against him detailed agruesome litany of failuresand refusals to uphold eventhe most basic public healthguidelines.Authorities allege thatGosnell and a fleet of under-trained — sometimes untrained— workers ran a ghoulishoperation in Philadelphia inwhich labor was induced invery late-term pregnancieswith unsanitary equipment,the viable babies born aliveand killed with scissors to thespine, and their body parts leftin jars — or clogging plumb-ing into which unattendedwomen had given birth.Nearly a decade ago,according to legal documents, aformer Gosnell employee gavethe state’s Board of Medicinea complaint that “laid out thewhole scope of his operation:the unclean, unsterile condi-tions; the unlicensed workers;the unsupervised sedation; theunderage abortion patients;even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resalevalue on the street.”Nothing was done.In its report, the grand jury said failures of thePennsylvania Department of Health and other agencies —including the Department of State, under which the Boardof Medicine falls — allowedthe clinic to operate nearlyunimpeded since the late ’70s.It hadn’t been inspected since1993 and wasn’t closed until itwas finally raided as part of adrug bust early last year.“We think the reason no oneacted is because the women inquestion were poor and of color, because the victimswere infants without identitiesand because the subject wasthe political football of abor-tion,” the grand jury wrote.A spokeswoman forRepublican Gov. TomCorbett, who was inauguratedthis week, said Thursday thatCorbett held a morning meet-ing about the matter with hisnew nominees for secretariesof health and state.“He called it horrific, andcertainly public safety is oneof his major concerns,” saidadministration spokeswomanJanet Kelley. Officials arereviewing the grand jury reportand working on a response,she said.“It’s essentially looking atinformation gathering and cer-tainly changing things for thebetter,” she said.The Health Departmenthas not commented despiterepeated requests from TheAssociated Press. LawyerWilliam J. Brennan, who rep-resented Gosnell during theinvestigation, has declined tocomment.Former Health Departmentofficial Janice Staloski per-sonally inspected the clinicin 1992, but “let Gosnellslide on the violations thatwere already evident then,”the grand jury said. A decadelater, when she headed thedivision that was supposedto regulate abortion provid-ers, Staloski failed to orderan investigation of the clinicdespite having received sev-eral complaints about Gosnell,the report said.Staloski, who retiredlast year, declined to com-ment Thursday. Her lawyer,Arthur Donato, said Staloskiacknowledged to the grand jury that she made mistakes.
Armed “Obamarobber” hitsAustria banks
VIENNA (AP) — Say, isn’tthat the president with a gun inhis hand? Actually, no, but itsure looks like it.Austrian authorities aresearching for a bank robberwho uses an unusual disguise:He wears a Barack Obamamask during his holdups.Police say the man, nick-named the “Obama Robber”by local media, is wanted forsix heists since 2008. The mostrecent took place Thursday inthe hamlet of Handenberg,where the Obama-resemblingsuspect made off with anundisclosed amount of moneyafter threatening bank employ-ees with a gun.Police official MarkusMitloehner said today the manis thought to be a local sincehe speaks the regional dialect.with nary a trace of Obama’smore professorial accent.
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Dr. Gerard Francisco, thehospital’s chief medical offi-cer, will coordinate her care.“It’s going to be a verybig team that will address dif-ferent impairments, but theywill have to work together,”he said.First, they’ll check hervital signs — make sure herblood pressure and heartrate are good. Then special-ists ranging from physicaland occupational therapiststo speech therapists and psy-chologists will give a slew of tests to see what she can andcannot do.The strength of her legsand her ability to stand andwalk. The strength of herarms, and whether she canbrush her teeth or comb herhair. Whether she can safelyswallow on her own. Howwell she thinks and communi-cates — not just her ability tospeak but also to understandand comprehend, Franciscosaid.It’s unclear if she is able tospeak. And while she is mov-ing both arms and legs, it’suncertain how much strengthshe has on her right side;the bullet passed through theleft side of her brain, whichcontrols the right side of thebody.Giffords will stay atMemorial Hermann untilshe no longer needs 24-hourmedical care — the averageis one to two months. Thenshe can continue getting up tofive hours a day of physicaland other rehab therapies onan outpatient basis, Josehartsaid.“It’s hard to speculate onthe trajectory or course thatany one patient will have,”he said.Despite the steady prog-ress, Giffords has a long roadto recovery. Doctors are notsure what, if any, disabilityshe will have.Sometimes, areas of thebrain that seem damaged canrecover, said Mark Sherer,a neuropsychologist at therehab center.“Some of the tissue is tem-porarily dysfunctional, so thepatient appears very impairedvery early on after the injury,”but may not be permanentlydamaged, he said.A gunman shot Giffordsand 18 other people Jan. 8as she met with constituentsoutside a grocery store inTucson. Six people died andthe others wounded. All sur-vivors, except Giffords, havebeen released from hospitals.The suspect in the attack,Jared Loughner, 22, of Tucson, is being held in fed-eral custody.“The last 12 days havebeen extraordinarily difficultfor myself, my family, butnot only us,” Kelly said. “Ithink it’s been very difficultfor the city of Tucson, south-ern Arizona and our country.Kelly added that Giffordswould be proud of the wayTucson has responded.Memorials continued to growThursday outside the hospi-tal, in front of her office andat the scene of the shooting.“I know one of the firstthings Gabby is going to wantto do as soon as she’s ableto is start writing thank younotes,” he said.
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In addition to the tradeand industrial and serviceprograms, there are threespecialized technical busi-ness programs at Vantage.For the technological-ly-creative student, theInteractive Media programoffers exciting opportuni-ties. Interactive Media isthe study of a combinationof elements such as music,sound, computer-generatedgraphics and video used forpurposes of entertainment,presentation, advertising,or public relations. Careersinteractive Media involvecreating, designing, andproducing interactive mul-timedia products and ser-vices, including the devel-opment of digitally-gener-ated or computer-enhancedmedia used in business.Students become skilled inmanipulating images andinformation from a varietyof sources including audio,video, still photos, anima-tion, text, soundtracks anddigital data using computerapplications and visual andsound techniques. Internetapplications and Web sitecreation are also includedin this program. Studentsinterested in the Medicaloffice field can get a headstart in the Medical OfficeManagement program,where they will learnbusiness skills, account-ing, software, medical ter-minology, abbreviationsand Anatomy/Physiology.Build knowledge of medi-cal terminology, abbre-viations and anatomy.Develop skills in medicaltranscription, utilize medi-cal coding, billing andaccounting systems andprocedures. Students alsolearn specialized computerapplications. The demandis great for students withthis educational back-ground. Interested in see-ing how a computer andits systems work from theinside out? The NetworkSystems program providesstudents with the oppor-tunity to work on state-of-the-art equipment whilelearning to make basicrepairs, network manage-ment and troubleshootingwithin the system. Theydesign, build, install andrepair complex computernetwork systems, devel-op programming skillsfor game creation, andapply computer forensicsand information securitysoftware to keep systemssafe. Areas of study alsoinclude VB programming,computer architecture andforensics, information andnetwork security, work-station management andbusiness applications. Allof the Vantage businessprograms are Tech Prepprograms, which meansstudents can prepare forfurther education, possiblyearn college credit for highschool coursework, andapply for Tech Prep schol-arships to Rhodes StateCollege.If you are interested infinding out about careeropportunities in any of these fields or have ques-tions about the businessprograms at Vantage,please call Student ServicesSupervisor Ben Winans at419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 140 or emailhim at winans.b@vantage-careercenter.com.The annual VantageOpen House andScholarship Dinner will beheld from 5:30-7:30 p.m.Feb. 7.Visit the labs, meet theteachers, see the blueprintsfor the renovation andexpansion project.A Vantage ScholarshipFund chicken dinner willbe served from 4:30-7 p.m.with drive-thru and carry-out available.
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“It really becomes ateam sport,” she said. “Youare reaching out to all theresources and getting thatinformation quickly.”At this stage, the com-munity is down to about 10proposed sites in the eyes of the company.Bowen said this can alsobe one of the most disap-pointing times. For instance,if the company needs a cer-tain amount of rail accessto an existing building, VanWert could be out of the run-ning.“That is why planningis so important,” continuedBowen. “You need to be pre-pared with the infrastructurein place in order to be readyfor that prospect because theyare not going to wait aroundfor you to get the road andthe sewer and the water done.They won’t wait for that.”All of the steps to thispoint are leading up to a sitevisit by company officials.“In Van Wert, our goal isto land a site visit becausewe show very well. Everytime the companies come andsee it, they go away saying,‘You’ve got a great commu-nity.’ All of them,” he wenton. “Main Street shows sowell with the remodelings andour historic buildings showthe community pride. Thenyou add to that the jewelof the Niswonger PerformingArts Center that is such ahighlight. The new schoolsand the brand new hospitalemergency room facilities,the country club and the mixof housing — there is noth-ing we don’t have right now.And a major piece is VantageCareer Center. The fact thatthey are expanding and canprovide all the training acompany would need is theicing on the cake.”The attitude of the com-munity also matters. Whenprospective employers come,they try to get a feel for howthe community feels aboutitself and negativity can kill aproject. Bowen noted if offi-cials think the community is“on the fence” and may notcare if new businesses comein, they will look somewhereelse. They also watch to seehow other businesses lookingto move into the communityare treated.Making the final few meansmultiple visits to the com-munity. A recent prospectiveemployer made the first visita fact-finding mission. Thesecond visit involved multiplecompany officials who took atour, visited the site and metlocal officials. Bowen pointedto some companies that madevisits without the economicdevelopment office knowingbecause they wanted to see itwithout local officials. By thetime a community makes thefinal two sites, there have usu-ally been somewhere betweentwo and five visits.About 15 manufacturingand distribution projects areat different stages of the pro-cess. This does not count allthe leads still in the beginningstages.That is why local and stateofficials hope the communitydoes not focus entirely on thethree companies since 2006that have chosen other sites— all three in Indiana — afterVan Wert was a finalist.
Unemploymentdrops to 9.6%in December
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s unemployment rate hasdropped for the ninth month ina row although the state isonce again above the nationalfigure.The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services saidtoday the state’s jobless rateslipped from 9.8 percent inNovember to 9.6 percent inDecember.The national unemploy-ment rate in December was9.4 percent, down from 9.8percent in November.The number of unemployedworkers in Ohio dropped to567,000 last month, from580,000 in November.Officials say the number hasgone down by 71,000 in thepast 12 months.TOLEDO (AP) — A com-puter glitch delayed credit anddebit card charges made atthe University of Toledo fromshowing up on bills for fourmonths.The glitch affected Toledostudents, staff, faculty mem-bers and frequent visitors whomade dining hall purchasessince September.The (Toledo) Blade report-ed today the problem wasfixed earlier this week afteruniversity finance personneldiscovered the glitch.All charges since Septemberwere processed Tuesday.
Debate over gasdrilling methoddraws crowd
AKRON (AP) — A debateover a natural gas drillingtechnique gaining attention asdrillers eye a lucrative shaleformation drew a large crowdat an Ohio forum.The underground rockformation known as theMarcellus Shale stretchesunder Pennsylvania, NewYork, West Virginia and Ohioand is estimated to containmassive amounts of naturalgas.The Akron Beacon Journalreports that about 280 peopleattended a forum at a north-eastern Ohio middle schoolThursday to hear speakersdebate the method for extract-ing the gas.
Computer glitchdelayed Toledocampus billing
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