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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Library 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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2, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Wildcats capturenon-league victory, p6At the library, p7
Van Wert teen’s murderer up for parole
From blockparole.com
April 12, 1974, GoodFriday, was a typical night inthe Felger home in Van Wert.Cheryl Felger, 19, had madedinner for her father and17-year-old sister Kay. Afterher mother’s death, the oldestdaughter assumed many of her mother’s duties, includ-ing cooking dinner. Whendinner was over, Felger pre-pared to bike to a friend’shouse prior to a night out onthe town.Felger had recently gradu-ated from Van Wert HighSchool and was among thetop 10 students in a classof 270 seniors. She was afreshman at the Wright StateUniversity-Lake Campus.She did not know what shewanted to do; however,everyone who knew her wassure she would be very suc-cessful.She kissed her father good-bye and said good-bye to hersister and left on her bike forher friend’s house.They would not see heragain until her body was foundin a field in Adams County,Indiana, that Saturday.While Felger was biking toher friend’s house, she encoun-tered Ernest Richard Topeand Timothy Lee Heckert.Heckert, aformer VanWert resident,was planningon visiting hisbrother. Topeand Heckertwere regu-larly in trou-ble and werewell-knownthroughoutDecatur fortheir badbehavior.Accordingto an interviewwith Heckert,they saw Felgerriding her bike while theywere repairing the muffler ontheir car at a Van Wert gasstation. He said they left thegas station with Tope driv-ing Heckert’s car and drovetoward town for three blocksand then turned around to goto Decatur. As they neared anintersection, they saw CherylFelger again on her bike.Tope then told Heckert hewanted to gosee a relativeand turnedonto the streetwhere Felgerwas riding herbike. Heckertsaid Tope toldhim, “Let’spick her upand have alittle fun.”T o p epulled the carin front of Cheryl’s bike.Heckert said,“I told her toget in the car ina rough voice and opened thedoor. She offered some resis-tance and I used force to puther in the front seat.”Tope and Heckert thentook back roads to Decatur.Heckert said, “ I knew whoshe was by this time. I askedher name and she answered,‘I am Cheryl Felger’.”Heckert said she asked,“Why has it got to be me?”Heckert said at some pointthey were each in the backseat with Felger and she didnot try to escape because heand Tope told her when theygot to Decatur they wouldrelease her.Heckert said he told Topeto let her go and Tope stat-ed, “I’m going to kill her. Iwant to know how it feels tokill somebody,” and pulledthe car into a small drive-way next to a barn in AdamsCounty. He took a huntingknife from the glove com-partment, walked around thecar and took her out of thecar by the arm.Hecker said, “She triedto get away and I saw herrun, but he [Tope] pulled herback. I saw her go to theground and I saw his handgo up and down. Tope was in
Cheryl Felger
To “block” Tope’sparole, visit www.blockparole.com/Story_CherylFelger.html, scroll to the endof the story and clickon “block parole form.”Letters should be sentto Indiana Parole Board,Indiana GovernmentCenter, 402 W.Washington St., RoomW466, Indianapolis,IN 46204. The lettersshould reference ErnestR. Tope, and his inmatenumber, DOC#5277.Letters must be receivedin Indianapolis beforethe April 14 hearing.
See MURDERER, page 10
Mostlycloudytonight; lowin low 30s.Chance of afternoonshowers Sunday 30 per-cent. High in mid 50s.
Registrationdeadline forprimary Tuesday
The Van Wert, Putnamand Allen County boardsof election announce theclose of registration for theMay 3 Primary Electionis 9 p.m. Tuesday.The Board of Electionoffices will be openfrom 8:30 a.m. to 9p.m. on Tuesday.Anyone not currentlyregistered or who has movedsince the November GeneralElection and not changedtheir address with the Boardof Elections should stop byone of the following locationsand update their registration.The registration loca-tions in Van Wert Countyare the Van Wert LicenseBureau; Brumback andDelphos Public Library;WIC; Department of HumanServices; Treasurer’s,Auditor’s and Title officesin the Courthouse; and theBoard of Elections officeat 120 E. Main Street.Any questions regard-ing voter registration maybe answered by contactingthe board office in Lima at419-223-8530; in Ottawaat 419-523-3343; or VanWert at 419-238-4192.
All Chief’ssponsoring GoodNeighbor Day
All Chief Supermarketswill sponsor its GoodNeighbor Day at all storelocations on Tuesday.Chief will donate apercentage of sales to sup-port local food pantries.Customers are also encour-aged to bring in non-perish-able food items while theyshop on Tuesday and can alsoadd a monetary donation totheir order for any amount.In addition, Chief will alsodonate $1 (up to $5,000) foreach new Chief Facebookfan through April 30.More than $70,000 hasbeen donated to local foodpantries since 2009.
Stacy Taff photo
The junior class officers stand in front of the poster the class won through the Stubsprom contest. From left, Secretary Justin Rode, Vice President Hayley Drerup, TreasurerElizabeth Schosker and President Megan Gilden.
Jefferson junior class wins$1,000 for 2011 prom
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—In manyways, junior year of highschool can be just as stress-ful as senior year. Studentsare gearing up for their lastyear of high school, worry-ing about scholarship appli-cations for college and of course, planning their prom.One of the biggest challeng-es when planning prom, ismaking sure there’s enoughmoney to make the seniorclass proud.This year at JeffersonHigh School, the junior classreceived a little help withtheir prom fundraising.“Every year the promcompany Stubs holds a con-test and they give gift cer-tificates to the winners to puttowards their prom,” PromAdvisor Stephanie Braunsaid. “There are prizes forthe top three in the nation andthen one in each of the 50states. We won $1,000 giftcertificate and only missedthe top 3 by about 400 votesin the last hour of the con-test. The kids were prettyupset because that would’vemade a difference of $5,000in prizes.”In order to win prizes, theparticipating junior classeshad to get as many people asthey could to go to the Stubsweb site and vote for them.“We entered last year, too,but didn’t do so well. We putit on the high school webpage and the kids spread theword,” Braun said. “I keptthe teachers updated withe-mails.”Throughout the contest,there were assorted prizes tobe won at each stage.“We won a poster that’shanging in the junior hall-way now, 100 personalizedcandy bars and $300 worth of reusable decorations,” Braunadded. “We’ve got a wholelist of prizes we won.”This year’s prom will beheld on May 7. The theme willbe “Shipwreck Serenade.”
Corn, soybeans may have record year nationwide
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT— The USDepartment of Agricultureexpects a record year forcorn nationwide. A depart-ment press release indicatesfarmers intend to plant 92.2million acres of corn for allpurposes in 2011. This wouldbe up five percent from lastyear and seven percent higherthan in 2009.If realized, this will be thesecond-highest planted acre-age in the United States since1944, ranking just behind the93.5 million acres planted in2007. Acreage increases of 250,000 or more are expectedin Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska,North Dakota, South Dakotaand Ohio.However, this doesn’tnecessarily mean Tri-countycorn farmers will plant moremaize than usual. Dr. CurtisYoung is now the OhioState University ExtensionEducator here. He officiallystarted with the Van Wertoffice Friday, having servedas the extension educatorin Allen County. After thatextension office closed dueto funding challenges, Youngjoined extension offices inHancock and Miami countiesbefore returning to the Tri-county region.As for the government’sforecast, he doesn’t think thenumbers will prove true here.Young expects area farmersto sow grains in their typicalvolume.“There may be someincrease but most of our farm-ers stick to their plan in termsof crop rotation between cornand soybeans, which is alsoat a very respectable price.Typically, we don’t see anymajor fluctuations — theystick to their plan because itisn’t easy or simple to justjump out of your crop rota-tion. Messing that up cancause greater long-term prob-lems than what it’s worth inthe short term,” he said.Farmers usually go backand forth between the twotypes of plants for the goodof soil, and managing insectsand possible diseases.Nonetheless, he under-stands why this is expectedto be a record year for corn.“The price of corn is his-torically high and has beenthrough most of winter. Thatwould encourage more cornplanting in order to takeadvantage of the price. Thereis high worldwide demand; Isuspect we are continuing toexport to developing countriesand anybody who will buycorn. Some economies aredoing better than the UnitedStates; in China, for example,the average Chinese nationalhas more luxury cash. Thatusually brings about dietarychanges as people incorporatemore meat into their diet andthat causes increased demandfor feed stock to support theproduction of that meat,” hesaid.According to the 2011Prospective Plantings reportby the USDA, the nation’ssoybean farmers will plant76.6 million acres of soy-beans this year. The depart-ment estimates this year’ssoybean crop may be onepercent lower than last yearbut if the numbers hold, the2011 soybean crop could bethe third-largest planted areaon record.
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Fridaynight at the Annual PeonyPageant, last year’s winnerAyla Eley relinquished herthrone to Mari Young of Crestview High School.Shortly before beingcrowned Queen JubileeXXVI, Young was asked whoshe would want to be if shecould be anyone else.“My mother,” sheanswered. “She’s just anamazing woman. Truly aninspiration to me.”In addition to winning thecrown, Young also won Bestin Talent for her tap per-formance to “Jive Ho” fromSlumdog Millionaire.Young is a member of cross country, track, band,secretary of Student Council,Big Brothers/Big Sisters,Mass Media, Knight Vision,DARE and Buckeye GirlsState. She also has dancedwith Kim Hohman’s DanceWorks for 15 years. She alsois involved with the schoolmusical.She has received severalawards, including scholar ath-lete, her varsity letter, Senatorat Buckeye Girls State 2010,Junior Rotarian and the Blueand Red clubs.During her leisure time,Young enjoys spending timewith her family and friendsShe will be attending afour-year college majoring inpsychology and dance ther-apy.The first runner-up wasAbby Evans from Parkway,who was also voted MissCongeniality. Korey Boggsof Jefferson was awarded sec-ond runner-up.
Peony Pageant ContestantKorey Boggs from Jeffersonperforms a tap dance to thesong “Smooth Criminal,” inhonor of her idol MichaelJackson.
2011 Peony Queen crowned
Mari Young of Crestview High School was crownedQueen Jubilee XXXVI Friday night during the PeonyPageant. From left: Renee Chen of Van Wert, LaurenHoltsberry of Wayne Trace, Kaitlin Relyea of Paulding, First Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality Abby Evans of Parkway, Talent Winner and Queen Jubilee XXXVI MariYoung of Crestview, Second Runner-Up Korey Boggs of Jefferson High School, Hillary Ludwig of Lincolnview andAmelia Wiseman of Vantage Career Center.
Baseball: St. John’s/Lincolnview at Antwerp,11 a.m.; Hardin Northern atColumbus Grove (DH), 11 a.m.;Spencerville at Perry (DH),noon; Elida at Findlay, 1 p.m.Softball: Kalida at HardinNorthern (DH), 11 a.m.;Columbus Grove at VanBuren (DH), 11 a.m.; Minsterat Jefferson (DH), noon;Lincolnview at Pandora-Gilboa(DH), noon; Spencerville at4-team doubleheader, noon;Bellefontaine at Elida, noonTrack and Field:Spencerville at Versailles BoysInvitational, 9 a.m.; Elida atCelina Invitational, noon
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Jay and I couldn’t have been prouderThursday evening as our little Ringo earnedhis first of what we hope are many diplomas.He made it! He was a Puppy Kindergartengraduate.Of course, we are graduates, too.Puppy Kindergarten has been an adventure.When we started, we thought we’d have themost rotten, misbehaved puppy in the bunch.Turns out, most of them start that way. Dianewhipped us and Ringo into shape in no time.We also had a few ah-ha moments. There is alot you forget once your dog is mature.There have been some mishaps. The firstnight we went through the agility course,there was a small tinkling incident in the tun-nel. Seems Ringo has an over-excitable blad-der. Please don’t ask Auntie Amanda aboutthis. It’s just too embarrassing. Don’t ask hisdoggie daddy, either. He’s been peed on moretimes than I have fingers on one hand.We always are meanest to the ones welove, aren’t we?The first night we switched puppies I hadto apologize in advance to lady who wouldtake Ringo. She was sorry, too. See, they’reall alike in the beginning.Week 5 we were introduced to our first cat.When that conversation started I felt sweatpopping out on my brow. Are you kidding?But Ringo came through like trooper. Hesniffed the rather large tabby from nose totail and back. He didn’t really have an opin-ion one way or the other. The other puppiesthought the kitty was OK, too.When we got in the car that night, Ringoasked me if kitties taste like chicken. Shameon you Ringo.Then came graduation day. The last dayof Puppy Kindergarten is a costume contest.We scoured the Internet for an appropriatecostume. We found a white studded Elviscostume that was just too cute; also too priceyfor one day. Then we found the Super Dogcostume. It seemed like fate. When we gotRingo his ID tag, we chose the Supermanemblem.When the costume arrived in the mail, itwas in three pieces. All said and done, Ringohad five string ties around his little body; a lotof work on a squirming puppy who isn’t surehe wants to play the dress-up game.We arrived at class and couldn’t wait tosee the other puppies all dressed up.Max had on a Michigan jersey. Teahyawas an Easter Bunny. Cajun was Simba from“The Lion King.” The competition was stiff.Teahya ended up winning the costume con-test and was presented a soft, plush oinkingpig she didn’t appreciate at all.Then the Puppy Games began. First, wewalked with our little friends. They have tostay by your left side. Yeah, right. Ringomakes it his job to veer off course everychance he gets. Max won that round.Then we all lined up and the pups had tosit and stay until we released them. Ringo hassitting down; it’s the staying he forgets about.Teahya won that.Down and stay was next. Did I mentionit’s the staying he forgets? Cajun won thatround.Then it happened. Ringo hunkered up anddropped a load. While he is not the first norI’m sure will he be the last, my face turnedred and my husband had to turn around tokeep from laughing. After I cleaned up hislittle mishap, it was time to move on.Jay and I were little nervous by then. Threeother puppies had stars beside their names bythis time and poor little Ringo had none.The come command was next. Ringowas up first. I took his lead off because Icould imagine it getting caught in somethingand that star would never appear beside hisname.Jay and I walked to the other end of thetraining course. We took a deep breath,yelled his name and said, “Come.” Our littleguy flew all the way across the room and satright down in front of us. Eight seconds flat.Impressive. At the end of this round, Ringohad his star.With the competition tied with one starall, the agility course was next. Ringo hastaken to this like, well, a star. He is fear-less.We were up first and we hit each sta-tion with near precision. Sixteen seconds!Wow. Again, impressive. What should haveimpressed everyone is that mom didn’t fallover or pass out. I had just run the agilitycourse, also.At the end of the Puppy Games, Ringohad the most stars and took home a muchdeserved goodie bag.It was hard to get (our bursting with prideswollen heads) through the door to leavebecause we were so proud. Ringo didn’t havethat problem. He hit a recent growth spurt andeverything go a littler bigger — except hishead. Poor Ringo.
On theOther hand
Delphos City SchoolsWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Chicken nuggets,bread and butter, oven pota-toes, rosy applesauce, lowfatmilk.Tuesday: Chicken and noo-dles, dinner roll, mashed pota-toes, sherbet, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Pepperonipizza, green beans, strawber-ries, lowfat milk.Thursday: Rotini casserole,garlic bread, tossed salad, fruit,lowfat milk.Friday: Fish sandwich,creamy rice, vegetable, applecrisp, lowfat milk.
St. John’sWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Popcorn chicken/rollor cold meat sandwich, bakedpotato/butter, salad, peaches,milk.Tuesday: Coney dog/onionsor roasted chicken breastsandwich, potato chips, bakedbeans, salad, pears, milk.Wednesday: Tacos/ soft/boat/ lettuce/ tomato/ cheese/onion or shredded chickensandwich, salad, strawberrycup, milk.Thursday: Stuffed crust pep-peroni pizza or cold meat sand-wich, corn on the cobb, salad,applesauce, milk.Friday: Italian dippers or cream of broccoli soup/ crack-ers/ cheese stick, green beans,salad, turnover, milk.
LandeckWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Chicken patty sand-wich, mashed potatoes, fruit,milk.Tuesday: pancakes and sau-sage, peas, applesauce, milk.Wednesday: Chili soup,crackers and cheese, butter/peanut butter bread, carrotsticks, fruit, milk.Thursday: Mini corn dogs,baked beans, fruit, milk.Friday: Toasted cheesesandwich, corn, fruit, milk.
Fort JenningsWeek of April 4-8
Chocolate, white or strawber-ry milk served with all meals.H.S. - Ala Carte - Pretzeland cheese available everyFriday; Salad bar with fruit andmilk for $2.00 available everyWednesday.Monday: Charbroil beef sandwich, fries, peas, cheeseslice, fruit.Tuesday: Cheesy rotini,breadstick, mixed vegetables,fruit.Wednesday: Pepperonipizza, corn, G-force bar, fruit.Thursday: Chicken nuggets,green beans, dinner roll, fruit.Friday: Grilled cheese or tunasalad sandwich, baked beans,sherbet, fruit.
OttovilleWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Hot dog/chili dog,baked beans, corn chips, pine-apple, milk.Tuesday: Sausage, tri tator,french toast stix, O.J., apple-sauce, milk.Wednesday: Hamburger,french fries, corn, jello, milk.Thursday: Chicken strips,baked potato, butter bread,peaches, milk.Friday: Grilled cheese, frenchfries, cookie, mixed fruit, milk.
Elida Elementary,Middle and High SchoolWeek of April 4-8
Daily every student is offeredthe choice of four differentlunches. These include the oneprinted here, pizza lunch, sand-wich lunch or chef salad lunch.Monday: Salisbury steak,mashed potatoes, assortedfruit, dinner roll, lowfat milk.Tuesday: Breaded chickensandwich, fresh carrots, assort-ed fruit, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Roast beef andcheese sandwich, curly fries,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Thursday: Beef soft tacowith toppings, seasoned corn,assorted fruit, garlic breadstick,lowfat milk.Friday: Grilled cheese sand-wich, yogurt, green beans,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.
Gomer Week of April 4-8
Monday: Salisbury steak,mashed potatoes, assortedfruit, dinner roll, lowfat milk.Tuesday: Breaded chickensandwich, fresh carrots, assort-ed fruit, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Roast beef andcheese sandwich, curly fries,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Thursday: Beef soft tacowith toppings, seasoned corn,assorted fruit, garlic breadstick,lowfat milk.Friday: Grilled cheese sand-wich, yogurt, green beans,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.
SpencervilleWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Salisbury steak,mashed potatoes, gravy, 8grain dinner roll, pears, milk.Tuesday: Soft shell, beef taco with toppings, corn, peach-es, milk.Wednesday: Pepperonipizza, green beans, apple-sauce, milk.Thursday: K-4th: Pigs ina blanket with cheese, celerywith peanut butter dip, banana,vanilla ice cream, milk. 5th-12th: Footlong hot dog sand-wich, celery with peanut butter dip, banana, vanilla ice cream,milk.Friday: Cheese ravioli withsauce, salad with veggies,cheesy garlic bread, peaches,milk.
LincolnviewWeek of April 4-8
Monday: Breakfast pizza,glazed carrots, pineapple, milk.Tuesday: Chicken and noo-dles, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, peach crisp, grapes, milk.Wednesday: Pizza casse-role, tossed salad, breadstick,applesauce, milk.Thursday: Hot dog/bun,coney sauce, baked beans,pears, milk.Friday: Egg patty, frenchtoast, hash brown, orange juice,milk.
Brother Marius,75, memorial Mass will beheld at 9:30 a.m. today at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch. Preferred memorialsare to St. John’s Schools.
A pup of scholarly proportions
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Steven Miehls, 49, of Delphos, died Friday at St.Rita’s Medical Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
By TOM BREENAssociated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. —The cliche notwithstand-ing, there are atheists infoxholes.In fact, atheists, agnos-tics, humanists and otherassorted skeptics from theArmy’s Fort Bragg haveformed an organization ina pioneering effort to winrecognition and ensurefair treatment for nonbe-lievers in the overwhelm-ingly Christian U.S. mili-tary.“We exist, we’re here,we’re normal,” said Sgt.Justin Griffith, chief orga-nizer of Military Atheistsand Secular Humanists,or MASH. “We’re alsoin foxholes. That’s a bigone, right there.”For now, the groupmeets regularly in homesand bars outside of FortBragg, one of the big-gest military bases in thecountry. But it is goingthrough the long bureau-cratic process to win offi-cial recognition from theArmy as a distinct “faith”group.That would enable itto meet on base, adver-tise its gatherings and,members say, serve moreeffectively as a haven forlike-minded soldiers.“People look at you dif-ferently if you say you’rean atheist in the Army,”said Lt. Samantha Nicoll,a West Point graduate whoin January attended herfirst meeting of MASH.“That’s extremely taboo.I get a lot of questions if I let it slip in conversa-tion.”The decision on rec-ognition goes first to anArmy agency called theInstallation ManagementCommand and may bereviewed after that by theArmy Chaplain Corps.Neither agency returnedcalls for comment. MASHmembers said chaplainsat Fort Bragg have beensupportive of their effort.Similar groups of non-theists at about 20 U.S.military bases aroundthe world are watch-ing the outcome at FortBragg in hopes it willlead to their recognition,too, said Jason Torpy,president of the MilitaryAssociation of Atheistsand Freethinkers.
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PHOENIX (AP) — ASouthwest Airlines flight fromPhoenix to California wasdiverted Friday to a militarybase in Yuma due to rapiddecompression in the plane,federal officials said.Ian Gregor, a FederalAviation Administrationspokesman in Los Angeles,said the cause of the decom-pression wasn’t immediatelyknown, but some passengerson Flight 812 to Sacramentosaid there was a hole in thecabin that caused a rapiddescent.“It dropped pretty quick,”said passenger Brenda Reese,who provided cellphone photo-graphs of the cabin damage onthe Boeing 737. The picturesshowed a panel that was hang-ing open in a section above theplane’s middle aisle.“It’s at the top of the plane,right up above where you storeyour luggage,” Reese told TheAssociated Press in a tele-phone interview. “The panel’snot completely off. It’s likeripped down, but you can seecompletely outside... Whenyou look up through the panel,you can see the sky.”Reese said the plane hadjust left Phoenix Sky HarborInternational Airport when sheawoke after hearing a “gun-shot-like sound” in the cabinand oxygen masks dropped forpassengers and flight atten-dants.Officials with Dallas-basedSouthwest said there were noinjuries among the 118 peopleaboard. However, Reese said“there were some people thatwere passing out because theyweren’t getting the oxygen.”She said one flight atten-dant’s oxygen didn’t workand that he fell and suffered abloody nose.Reese said there was “noreal panic” among the pas-sengers, who applauded thepilot after he emerged from thecockpit following the emer-gency landing.
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Marion Township Trust
The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regularscheduled meeting on Mondayat the Marion Township Officewith the following mem-bers present: Howard Violet,Jerry Gilden and JosephYoungpeter.The purpose of the meetingwas to pay bills and conductongoing business. The minutesof the previous meeting wereread and approved as read.The trustees then reviewed thebills and gave approval for 17checks totaling $12,303.61.Dick and Sonya Lee werepresent to see if anything hasbeen done regarding theirwater issue. After the trust-ees did some checking it wasdetermined that this was nota zoning issue but rather astorm water issue which fallsunder the County’s jurisdic-tion. Rick Keller was presentrepresenting the Allen CountyEngineer’s Office and statedthat the issue has been lookedinto and the county is takingthe proper steps to get thisissue resolved.Road Foreman Elwer pre-sented the road stripping pro-gram for 2011 and made sug-gestions to what needs doneand after some discussion thetrustees approved and signedthe program as presented.It was decided to order thematerial from DJL Materialsto do the crack sealing projectand rent the machine as in thepast.Elwer gave the trustees themaps they requested for plow-ing snow and copies will be putin each truck.He also stated that the roadand sign inventory was com-plete for March.Fiscal Officer Kimmetpassed out OBMV forms tobe verified and signed in orderto stay in compliance with theInsurance Company.The township received aletter from the Department of Commerce Division of LiquorControl stating that the Liquorpermit in the township willexpire on June 1 and if the town-ship has any objection to it beingrenewed it must do so by May 2.The trustees had no objection sonothing needs to be done.He read a letter from theAllen County Soil & WaterDistrict regarding the SiteReview Program they areimplementing and the trusteeasked Kimmet to see if some-one from their office couldattend the next meeting formore explanation.Let the minutes reflect thata copy of the Zoning Board’sdecision on the rezoning of theMiller property on Kill Roadwas received and a public hear-ing regarding this will be heldat 6:30 p.m. on April 11 atthe Marion Township office. Alegal notice will be publishedregarding this.It was decided that the 1997Ford Crown Victoria that wasthe previously used by thepolice deptartment will be soldat the April 11, 2011 meetingby sealed bids. Anyone inter-ested can send a bid to MarionTownship Office 5405 KigginsRd. Delphos, OH 45833marked “BID”. The trusteeshave the right to reject any andall bids.Police Chief Vermillionstated that to stay in compli-ance with federal regulation thetownship should have some typeof policy/procedure guidelinesregarding dealing with limitedEnglish proficiency persons. Hewould like to possibly get a con-sortium with adjacent depart-ment regarding this issue.He advised the trustees thata BJA grant is available forbody armor for 2012 which hewill apply for.In regards to replacing pres-ent snow plow/dump trucks thetownship has located two usedInternational trucks.Trustee Youngpeter madea motion to purchases a 1995International 4900 truck withsnow plow and rear spreaderwhich was seconded by trusteeGilden and passed unanimous-ly.Trustee Gilden made amotion to purchases a 2006International 7400 truck withsnow plow and rear spreaderwhich was seconded by trusteeYoungpeter and passed unani-mously,Letters of intents to buywill be sent to both townshipsinvolved.Trustee Violet presented aletter from the Allen CountyEngineer’s office that wasrequested by the township sum-marizing the drainage issues onMericle Road.The trustees then reviewedthe 2011 road program andafter some discussion it wasdecided the township would beable to fund the program with afew minor changes but the dol-lar amount would not change.There being no further busi-ness, a motion to adjourn bytrustee Gilden was secondedby trustee Youngpeter whichpassed unanimously.
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Local dancers studying in Mexico
The Dancer By Gina are participating in a cultural exchange program in Mexicothrough Sunday. Twelve dancers along with instructor, Gina Wiley, are taking classeswith The Talulah Dance Company in Playa del Carmen. The dancers will also performtheir own numbers prior to the main show at Iberostar Resorts in Cancun. They willshowcase jazz, tumbling, clog, and tap dancing to the guests at the all-inclusive resort.The opportunity arose last summer when the dance studio was invited to perform afterseeing them on Carnival Cruise lines in 2009. The girls raised money to help defray coststhrough varous fundraisers. The group took more than 50 friends and family along towatch their performances. Dancers include, front from left, Cassidy Schafer, Lexi Millerand Alicia Ankerman; center, Jessica Odenweller, Meagan Hempfling, Kaitlyn Klausingand Samantha Miller; and back, Alexis Thorbahn, Michelle Hitchcock, Sarah Hellman, Elaina Maag and Mallory Metcalfe.
Gospel Expo underway at Trinity Friends
he 10th Annual SouthernGospel Music Expo is under-way at Trinity Friends FamilyLife Center in Van Wert. TheBooth Brothers in Sundaynight’s finale.Groups from across thecountry will begin rolling intoday for the concerts start-ing at 5 p.m. both today andSaturday. In all, there will be22 groups and artists com-ing from 10 states for theevent. To see a complete listof scheduled performers goto www.trinityfriendschurch.com and click on the GospelExpo 2011 icon.In addition to Buddy Liles,a member of the SouthernGospel Music Hall of Fameand legendary bass singerfor the Florida Boys quar-tet for more than a quar-ter century, another specialguest again this year will beJohn Darin Rowsey. A well-known singer and songwrit-er who formerly sang withKaren Peck and New River,he has produced Trinity’s lasttwo CD projects, including“Heaven is Real” which wasjust released, and their 2009project “Welcome Home.”A number of the groupscoming to Van Wert for theevent will be sharing theGospel message through theirmusic on Sunday morning inchurches throughout the area.A capacity crowd isexpected for the finale con-cert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.The popular Booth Brotherswill return again and bringtheir smooth harmony andgreat song lyrics to encour-age, challenge and entertainpeople of all ages.Each nightly concert isfree and a love offering willbe received each evening tocover expenses.In addition, the TrinityFriends Youth Group willagain offer a great selectionof food, desserts, snacks anddrinks for concert-goers.Trinity Friends Church islocated at 605 N. FranklinStreet, at Van Wert’s north-east edge.
Rhodes State acceptingOutstanding Alumni nods
Rhodes State College isnow accepting nominationsfor the 2011 OutstandingAlumni Award. Nominationsmay be submitted by anyone.The Outstanding Alumniaward has been presentedannually since 1986 to alumniwho have distinguished them-selves in both their professionand community service activ-ities. These accomplishmentsmay emphasize professional,social, religious and/or edu-cational values.This year’s recipient willbe honored at the RhodesState commencement cer-emony on June 11.Those interested in nomi-nating someone can visitwww.RhodesState.edu or callthe Rhodes State DevelopmentOffice at 419-995-8044 toreceive a nomination packet,which is due April 15.
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