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Ohio’s teacher pay system could be1st of its kind, p3A Track results, p7-8A
Obituaries 2AState/Local 3APolitics 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-8AAnnouncements 9AClassifieds 10ATV 11AWorld news 12A
Showers andthunderstormsTuesday withhighs in themid 70s andlows in themid 50s. Chance of rain70 percent. See page 2A.
Relay teamcaptains meetingset Tuesday
There is a Relay for Lifeteam captains meeting at6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at St.Peter Lutheran Church.It is important someonefrom each team attends. Animportant change has beenmade at the Relay’s loca-tion this year and all T-shirtorders will need to be final-ized that evening. Bankerswill also be available.
Red Cross blooddrive Tuesday
The K of C hall inDelphos will host anAmerican Red Cross blooddrive from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday.Donors must be at least 17years of age, be in good gen-eral health and meet heightand weight requirements.Call 1-800-RED-CROSSor visit redcrossblood.org toschedule an appointment.
‘Bowling for theBoyz’ Saturday
Jay Holdgreve will host“Bowling for the Boyz” from3-9 p.m. Saturday at theDelphos Recreation Center.Bowling is $15 per per-son and includes 3 gamesof bowling, shoe rental, poptickets and snacks. Children12 and under can bowl for$10 if they start before 5p.m. After 5 p.m., it is $15.Prizes, raffles, a 50-50drawing and an auction arealso included. Entertainmentincludes karaoke and more.Proceeds benefit the JayHoldgreve Endowment forTesticular Cancer Research atThe Ohio State University’sJames Cancer Hospital.Payment can be madeon-site or re-register bysending a check madeout to Holdgreve at 6268Kendall Ridge Blvd.,Dublin OH 43016.
Meadows to hostscrapbooking event
The Putnam CountyDistrict Library will pres-ent “Heritage PhotoScrapbooking” withHelen Kaverman at 6:30p.m. Tuesday at KalidaMeadows in Kalida.Kaverman will bringsamples and show fun waysto display heritage photos.
US default couldbe economicallydisastrous choice
BY TOM RAUMThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — TheUnited States has neverdefaulted on its debt andDemocrats and Republicanssay they don’t want it to hap-pen now. But with partisanacrimony running at feverpitch, and Democrats andRepublicans so far apart onhow to tame the deficit, theunthinkable is suddenly beingpondered.The government now bor-rows about 42 cents of everydollar it spends. Imaginethat one day soon, the bor-rowing slams up against thecurrent debt limit ceiling of $14.3 trillion and Congressfails to raise it. The damagewould ripple across the entireeconomy, eventually affect-ing nearly every American,and rocking global markets inthe process.A default would comeif the government actuallyfailed to fulfill a financialobligation, including repay-ing a loan or interest on thatloan. The government bor-rows mostly by selling bondsto individuals and govern-ments, with a promise to payback the amount of the bondin a certain time period andagreeing to pay regular inter-est on that bond in the mean-time.Among the first directlyaffected would likely bemoney-market funds holdinggovernment securities, banksthat buy bonds directly fromthe Federal Reserve and resellthem to consumers, includingpension and mutual funds;and the foreign investor com-munity, which holds nearlyhalf of all Treasury securi-ties.If the U.S. starts miss-ing interest or principalpayments, borrowers woulddemand higher and higherrates on new bonds, as theydid with Greece, Portugaland other heavily indebtednations. Who wants to keeploaning money to a dead-beat nation that can’t pay itsbills?At some point, the gov-ernment would have to slashspending in other areas tomake room for any furthersales of Treasury bills andbonds. That could squeezepayments to federal contrac-tors, and eventually evenaffect Social Security andother government benefitpayments, as well as federalworkers’ paychecks.A default would likelytrigger another financialpanic like the one in 2008and plunge an economy stillreeling from high jobless-ness and a battered housingmarket back into recession.Federal Reserve ChairmanBen Bernanke calls failure toraise the debt limit “a recov-ery-ending event.” U.S. stockmarkets would likely tank— devastating roughly half of U.S. households that ownstocks, either individually orthrough 401(k) type retire-ment programs.Eventually, the cost of most credit would rise —from business and consumerloans to home mortgages, autofinancing and credit cards.Continued stalemate couldalso further depress the valueof the dollar and challengethe greenback’s status as theworld’s prime “reserve cur-rency.”China and other coun-tries that now hold about 50percent of all U.S. Treasurysecurities could start dump-ing them, further pushing upinterest rates and swelling thenational debt. It would be avicious cycle of higher andhigher interest rates and moreand more debt.The U.S. has long been theglobal standard for financialstability and creditworthiness,with Treasury securities seenas a fail-safe investment. Butafter the near-shutdown of theU.S. government and a newcredit-rating report this weekquestioning the country’s fis-cal health, Treasury bills andbonds are losing luster.
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Wright gets first adult turkey
Cody Wright, 11, son of David and Jenny Wright of Delphos, harvested this 22-pound turkey on opening dayof Ohio’s Spring Youth Turkey Season in Morgan County.The gobbler had a 10 1/2 inch beard and 1 inch spurs. Thisis Wright’s second turkey and his first adult turkey.BY TOMOKO A. HOSAKThe Associated Press
 Japan (AP) —
A line of som-ber soldiers walked methodi-cally through a drained swamptoday, with each step sinkingtheir slender poles into themuck beneath.If one hit a body, he wouldknow.“Bodies feel very distinc-tive,” said Michihiro Ose, aspokesman for the Japanesearmy’s 22nd infantry regi-ment.The men were among25,000 troops given the mor-bid duty of searching the rub-ble, the seas and the swampsof northeastern Japan for thebodies of the nearly 12,000people still missing in lastmonth’s earthquake and tsu-nami.The two-day operation wasthe biggest military searchsince the March 11 disaster.With waters receding, offi-cials hoped the troops, backedby police, coast guard andU.S. forces, would make sig-nificant progress. By this eve-ning, they had found 38 bod-ies, the military said.In the town of Shichigahamamachi, abouttwo dozen Japanese soldiers inblack boots, white masks andwaterproof jumpsuits traveledsilently in unison across thesoggy earth, made even softerby torrential rains an hour ear-lier. In some areas, the mudcame up to their knees.The search focused on along, narrow marsh drainedin recent weeks by the armyusing special pump trucks.Once the soldiers reachedthe end of the marsh, theyturned around and walkedback. And then back again.“It’s important not to missanything,” Ose said as hewatched the soldiers nearlycamouflaged by the dark graymud. “As long as there is timeleft in the day, we will keepgoing up and down.”In another part of town,several dozen soldiers clearedmountains of rubble by handfrom a waterfront neighbor-hood filled with gutted andteetering houses. Four peoplein the neighborhood weremissing, said 67-year-oldSannojo Watanabe.“That was my house rightthere,” he said, pointing to afoundation with nothing atopit.He surveyed the neighbor-hood: “There’s nothing lefthere.”A total of 24,800 soldiers— backed by 90 helicoptersand planes — were sent tocomb through the rubble forburied remains, while 50 boatsand 100 navy divers searchedthe waters up to 12 miles (20kilometers) off the coast tofind those swept out to sea.The search is far more dif-ficult than that for earthquakevictims, who would mostlybe under rubble. The tsunamicould have left the victimsanywhere.“We just don’t know wherethe bodies are,” Ose said.In all, 370 troops from the22nd infantry regiment lookedfor a dozen people still miss-ing from Shichigahamamachi.The regiment had been search-ing the area with a far smallercontingent, but tripled thenumber of troops for the two-day intense search, said Col.Akira Kunitomo, the regimen-tal commander.Bodies found so manyweeks after the disaster arelikely to be unrecognizable,black and swollen, Ose said.“We wouldn’t even knowif they would be male orfemale,” he said.The work is personal forthe unit. More than half its900 troops hail from Miyagiprefecture, which was hit hardby the tsunami, and nearlyall are from northern Japan.It lost one of its own to thetsunami — a soldier in his 30swho was on break but triedin vain to rush back to campafter the earthquake.
12,000 still missing, Japan keeps searching
Dena Martz photos
 Hundreds enjoy Easter Egg Hunt 
Hundreds of local children enjoyed the annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt atWaterworks Park on Saturday. Hunters gathered more than 4,000 eggs stuffed withcandy and slips of paper for prizes.One and a half-year-old Zoey Richard-son found an egg.Drew Ulm, 3, pulls candy out of oneof his eggs.
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2A The Herald Monday, April 25, 2011
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors in itsnews, sports and feature articles.To inform the newsroom of amistake in published information,call the editorial department at419-695-0015. Corrections willbe published on this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 266
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
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At 10:30 a.m. on Friday,Delphos police served an arrestwarrant issued out of Lima onJenni Carman, 24, of Delphos.Reports indicate that thewarrant was issued due to fail-ing to appear in court.While speaking to subjectsat the residence, officers alsofound Brian Springer, 28, of Delphos had an active arrestwarrant issued out of AllenCounty Common Pleas Court.Both Carman and Springerwere taken into custody andturned over to deputies fromthe Allen County Sheriff’sDepartment.At 1:34 a.m. on Friday,Delphos police were called tothe 700 block of Bank Streetin reference to an assault com-plaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thecomplainant stated a subjectvisiting the residence hadassaulted them when theywere asked to leave.Upon speaking to witness-es at the residence, officerswere unable to determine theprimary physical aggressor inthe matter.A copy of the report will beforwarded to the prosecutor’soffice for review and possiblecharges.At 11:56 a.m. on Fridaywhile on routine patrol in the 200block of King Street, Delphospolice came into contact withRoy Watts, 47, of Van Wert,at which time it was found thatWatts was operating a motorvehicle while having his driv-ing privileges suspended.Watts was cited into VanWert Municipal Court on thecharge.At 1:03 p.m. on Friday,Delphos police were called toa business in the 1100 blockof Elida Avenue in referenceto an assault complaint.Upon speaking with the vic-tim, it was found an altercationbetween subjects had occurredin the parking lot in that areaat which time the victim wasstruck while attempting to stopthe altercation.
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Showers andthunderstorms. Some thun-derstorms may produceHeavy rainfall. Lows inthe mid 50s. South winds 5 to15 mph withgusts up to 25 mph. Chanceof rain 90 percent.
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Showerslikely and chance of thunder-storms. Highs in the upper60s. Southwest winds 5 to15 mph. Chance of rain 70percent.At 5:42 p.m. on Friday,a collision occurred whentwo cars failed to maintain areasonable distance behind athird, stopped car.Christopher J. Will, 16, of Delphos, was headed east-bound in the 200 block of West Fifth Street when hecame to a stop while wait-ing for a car to turn. Scott A.Klausing, 17, of Delphos, wasfollowing behind Will andfailed to maintain reasonabledistance, rear-ending Will’svehicle. Sean P. Flanagan, 16,of Delphos, was followingtoo closely behind Klausing,resulting in a second rear-endcollision.There were no injuries andmoderate damage to all threevehicles.Klausing and Flanaganwere cited for assured cleardistance ahead violations.
Gary Gene,69, of Lima, funeral ser-vices will begin at 11 a.m.Tuesday at Shawnee ChapelChiles-Laman Funeral Home,the Rev. Ruth Solo offici-ating. Burial will follow atWoodlawn Cemetery, Lima.Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. today at the funeralhome, as well as one hourprior to the funeral Tuesday.Memorial contributions are todonor’s choice.At 11:50 a.m. on Saturday,Delphos police were calledto the 800 block of Suthoff Street in reference to a crimi-nal damaging complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thecomplainant stated a vehicleparked at a residence in that areahad the windshield broken.At 2:37 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos police were calledto the 700 block of East FifthStreet in reference to a domes-tic violence complaint. Uponofficers arrival the victim stat-ed that a family or householdmember had caused physicalharm to the victim and hadleft the residence prior to offi-cers arrival.At 12:29 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos police were calledto the 400 block of WestThird Street in reference to adomestic violence complaint.Upon officers’ arrival thevictim stated that a family orhousehold member had causedphysical harm to the victim andhad left the residence prior toofficers arrival. Both victimsrefused to pursue charges onthe family or household mem-bers in the matters. A copy of both reports were forwardedto the prosecutor’s office forpossible charges.At 2:14 p.m. on Friday,Delphos police were called tothe 100 block of South ClayStreet in reference to a crimi-nal damaging complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadcaused damage to a motorvehicle parked at a residencein that area.At 7:49 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos police were called toWaterworks Park in referenceto an assault complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated that a subjectknown to the victim assaultedthem by striking the victim inthe face.At 3:14 a.m. Sunday,Delphos Police were calledto the 700 block of ClimeStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated she was at abusiness in that area at whichtime the victim parked a vehi-cle at approximately 8 p.m.When the victim returned tothe vehicle around 2:30 a.m.,it was found someone hadtaken the vehicle.Reports indicate the vehi-cle is a 2004 2-door DodgeStratus, black in color withOhio license plate EDX2842.At 2:51 p.m. on Saturday,Delphos police were called toa business in the 1000 block of Elida Avenue in reference toa telephone harassment com-plaint.Upon officers’ arrival, themanager of the business statedseveral telephone calls froma subject had been receivedand the subject making thecalls refuses to stop calling thebusiness.The report was forward-ed to the prosecutor’s officefor review and approval of charges.
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Lenore C. “Norie” Hemker,79, of Delphos, died at 8:30a.m. Saturday at her resi-dence.She was born on April 12,1932, in Delphos to Henryand Rosa (Kroeger) Rode.On June 11, 1955, she mar-ried William S. Hemker, whosurvives in Delphos.Survivors also include threesons, Steve (Lois) Hemkerof Landeck, Dale (Brenda)Hemker of Delphos and John(Laurie) Hemker of Kansas;a daughter, Amy (Steve)Warnecke of Delphos; a sis-ter, Alice (Tom) Kavermanof Fryburg; brothers Ralph(Maureen) Rode of Gomer,Arnie (Mary Ann) Rode of Ottoville and Melvin Rode of Delphos; and eight grandchil-dren, Mike and Dan Hemker,Craig (Lainy) Warnecke,Jenny (Jason) Bockey, TriciaWarnecke, Adam, Olivia andChloe Hemker; two stepgrand-children, Keith (Stacey)Kramer and Mike (Nicole)Kramer; and five stepgreat-grandchildren, Brittany,Samantha and Allison Kramerand Natalie and Ian Kramer.She was preceded in deathby both parents and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Rode.Mrs. Hemker retired fromHuffy Manufacturing. Shewas a member of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,Delphos Eagles Auxiliary andthe Delphos VFW Auxiliary.She loved gardening andflowers.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. MelvinVerhoff officiating. Burialwill follow at St. John’sCeremony.Visitation will be from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. today at Harterand Schier Funeral Home,where a parish wake begins at7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to St. John’sParish Foundation or theDelphos Public Library.
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Margaret Dorthea EliasLloyd Renner, 91, of Gomerdied at 5:58 p.m. Thursday atSt. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born on April 21,1920, in Gomer to WatkinReese and Catherine Prudence(James) Lloyd, both of whomwere immigrants from Wales.On May 23, 1974, she wasmarried to Orman Renner,who died on Jan. 28, 2003.Surviving are two step-daughters, Linda (JohnDavid) Whittington and JillRenner; three stepgrandchil-dren, Jerrod Renner, Cynthia(Scott) Neubert, Traci (Bart)Wheeler; nephew Duane VanDemark; nieces Helen (Gene)Morris and Eva Kinstle andnumerous great nephews andnieces and additional family.She was also preceded indeath by brother Ellis Lloyd;two sisters, Eva Lloyd andAnna Van Demark; and step-son-in-law Allan Renner.Mrs. Renner had workedat Westinghouse in account-ing for six years and spent 47years in California, where shewas a pioneer for women inlaw enforcement. She retiredas a police officer for theCity of San Fernando after25 years. She was a mem-ber of Gomer United Churchof Christ and a graduate of UCLA and did graduate workat USC.Funeral services were at1 p.m. Margaret Renner atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, Reverend DavidHowell officiating. Burial fol-lowed at Tawalfen Cemeteryin Gomer.Memorial contributionsmay be made to NorthwestOhio Welsh Society or charityof donor’s choice.
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Windshield bro-ken on vehicle
Victims refuse to press chargesin domestic violence cases
Resident reportsdamage to vehiclePerson assaultedin parkVehicle stolenfrom businessBusiness reportstelephoneharassment
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is BaileyKill.CongratulationsBailey!Jefferson’s Scholar of the Dayis AlexandriaRostorfer.CongratulationsAlexandria!
Scholars of the Day
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 59 degrees,low was 51. Weekend rainfallwas recorded at .22 inch. Higha year ago today was 68, lowwas 55. Record high for todayis 86, set in 1994. Record lowis 24, set in 1967.
Delphos weather
More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the undergroundvaults of Fort Knox in Kentucky.This is the largest amount of goldstored anywhere in the world.
Answers to Saturday’squestions:
An African elephant’sear can weigh up to 110pounds. Each of their earsmeasure as much as 6 feethigh and 4 feet across.The only performer tobe nominated twice post-humously for a Best ActorOscar was James Dean,who died in September1955. He was nominatedfor “East of Eden” (1955)and “Giant” (1956) butdidn’t win for either one.
Today’s questions:
What kind of animalwas the exotic pet namedBilly that President CalvinCoolidge kept in the WhiteHouse and later donated tothe National Zoo?How did the town of Snowflake, Arizona, endup with its wintry name?
Answers in Tuesday’sHerald.Today’s words:Hypostasis:
foundationor groundwork
Orrery: planetarium
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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohiogas prices are edging closer to$4 a gallon as supply problemsin Libya push oil to near $113a barrel.A survey from auto clubAAA, the Oil Price InformationService and Wright Expressputs the statewide averageprice for regular-grade gas-oline at $3.86 a gallon, up4 cents from last Monday’saverage of $3.82.Libyan rebels said Sundaythey won’t produce crude forat least a month as they repairfields damaged in fighting.Turmoil in Libya has contrib-uted to a 34 percent surge incrude oil prices since mid-February.Prices at Ohio gas pumpsare up 30 cents from a monthago, when regular was averag-ing $3.56. Last year at thistime the state’s motorists werepaying an average $2.76, $1.10less than the current price.
AAA: Ohio gasup 4 cents fromlast week
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s new law to limit col-lective bargaining for publicworkers could make it the firststate with a mandatory systemto pay teachers based on theirperformance.The measure passed by theRepublican-led Legislatureand signed by GOP Gov. JohnKasich bans strikes by pub-lic workers and replaces auto-matic pay increases with meritraises or performance pay.That means it eliminates salaryschedules and step increasesof 110,000 full-time publicteachers in the state, The PlainDealer reported Sunday.Ohio would be the first statein the U.S. to replace automat-ic raises with a performance-based pay system for teachersstatewide, said Kathy Christie,chief of staff for the Denver-based Education Commissionof the States, a nonpartisangroup that researches educa-tion policy.“That is the type of com-ponent that really, really reso-nates with the public,“ she toldthe newspaper. ”If you are notpulling your weight, if you arenot getting performance, if youare not tenacious and reallytrying to learn and all thosesorts of things you want to seeteachers doing, then you don’tmove up at all.“A Colorado school districtthat made a similar change inpay systems has found success,Christie said, and other schoolsthroughout the country havetried linking student achieve-ment to staff bonuses, thoughteachers were guaranteed anypay raises outlined in their con-tracts.A handful of states havetried performance-based payprograms, but Christie saidmany have had trouble findingan equitable way to offer payraises for everyone while giv-ing some merit pay.If the Ohio law remainsin place, state officials woulddevelop new standards to eval-uate teacher performance, andstudent achievement wouldconstitute half of an educator’sevaluation, affecting whetherany pay raise is awarded.The idea doesn’t go overwell with teachers, who areamong the opponents of theOhio law pushing for a ref-erendum to let voters decidewhether to keep it or overturnit. They argue the proposal formerit pay isn’t fair becausestudent learning is affected byfactors beyond a teacher’s con-trol, and they question howstudent achievement would bemeasured.“We are concerned about itbecause currently there aren’tany student growth measuresthat exist that are designed tobe valid and reliable for highstakes decisions like teachercompensation,” said MattDotson, of the Ohio EducationAssociation. He said if the sys-tem is perceived as unfair, itcould have a negative effect onthe recruitment and retentionof quality teachers.Existing teacher contractswould apply until they expireand would not be affected bythe new system, the newspaperreported.
Ohio’s teacher pay systemcould be 1st of its kind
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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2nd tornado confirmed in Van Wert County
The National WeatherService Office in NorthernIndiana has confirmed a sec-ond tornado also toucheddown in Van Wert County lastTuesday.A National Weather Servicedamage survey team, with theassistance of Van Wert CountyEmergency ManagementDirector Rick McCoy, wasable to pinpoint the locationwere an EF-0 tornado toucheddown with winds estimatedat 80 to 85 mph. This wasthe second tornado to hit thecounty Tuesday since WeatherService personnel had alreadyconfirmed an EF-1 tornadohad struck Monticello in thesoutheastern part of the Countyand then moved on into AllenCounty.McCoy said the tornadotouched down on LibertyUnion Road one-half milesouth of Lincoln Highway atthe George Adams residencewhich sustained heavy damage.The tornado continued north-east across an open field andlifted prior to reaching US224at Lincoln Highway. The torna-do then remained aloft behindthe homes along Lincoln high-way passing just to the southof the Van Wert Cinemas anddissipated just before gettingto John Brown Road north of KAMS Manufacturing. McCoysaid there was debris droppedfrom the Adams residence allalong the 2-mile path to nearJohn Brown Road. Ironically,this was nearly the same path asthe destructive 2002 Van WertTornado which cut through theentire county.The National WeatherService has advised that thespring season will continueto remain quite active withstorms and possible tornadoes.Because of the recent andongoing LaNina weather pat-tern which caused active winterstorms is now dominating thespring months. McCoy contin-ues to urge the public to watchthe weather closely as severestorms may occur again thisTuesday into Wednesday withadditional flooding rains likely.

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