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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
ACME sectional action, p6Anti-tax diehard loomsin spending showdown, p4
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 9TV 104th of July pictures 12
PartlycloudyWednesday;20 percentchance of showers; highin upper 80s. See page 2.
www.delphosherald.comThis year’s festival added a dunking tank. St. John’sbasketball coach Dan Grothouse volunteered to the delightof residents who paid just $1 for a chance to dunk the coachin the hour he volunteered. Kiwanis K-Kids raised $630 forGarfield Park.Perennials such as miniature golf, rides and games of chance were also part of theevent as Jared Lucas played the ring toss.
Mike Ford photos
Boys and girls ages 2-12 and their families gathered around the canalat Stadium Park Monday morning to compete in the Kiwanis FishingDerby, which concluded at 10:30 a.m. with an awards ceremony.Winners were as follows: In the 2-4 age group (above, right) HeathMcNeal, right, 1st Place Boys Division, age 4; Noah Rinehart (not pic-tured), 2nd Place Boys Division, Aubree Bayman, center, 1st Place GirlsDivision, age 4 and Chelsea Brotherwood, left, 2nd Place Girls Division, age 2.5-8 age group (bottom, left) Joseph Haynor, right, 1st Place BoysDivision, age 5; Daniel Meyers, 2nd Place Boys Division, age 6; CarsonWhite, 3rd Place Boys Division, age 5, Makenna Cooley, 1st Place GirlsDivision, age 7, Julia Schleeter, 2nd Place Girls Division, age 6 and ErinColhoun, 3rd Place Girls Division, age 8 (not pictured).9-12 age group (bottom, right) Tom Catlin, right, 1st Place BoysDivision, age 11, Evan Querry, 2nd Place Boys Division, age 11 (notpictured), Justin Sterling, 3rd Place Boys Division, age 10, BrittneySchleeter, 1st Place Girls Division, age 11, Katlynn Schleeter, 2nd PlaceGirls Division, age 11 and Reagan Clarkson, 3rd Place Girls Division, age 9.
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — It’s impossible toimagine more perfect weather forthe Independence Day celebrationsDelphos residents enjoyed overthe weekend. According to theDelphos Kiwanis Club and Parks andRecreation Department, the weatherwasn’t the only thing that was per-fect.“The whole weekend just wentreally well,” Kiwanis member JameyWisher said. “The weather’s beenreally generous to us this year. Thecrowds died down a little during theday but with the long weekend weexpected that. It always picks backup in the evening. The kickball tour-nament has been a great addition anda big success. Aside from that and thedunking booth, everything has prettymuch stayed the same except the cel-ebration just keeps getting bigger andbigger each year.”Even with all of the people andalcohol at Stadium Park, things wentsmoothly with minimal complica-tions.“There were no major issues andI guess you could say that everythingwent off without a hitch,” CraigMansfield of the Parks and RecreationDepartment said. “The new additionshave gone over really well, the dunktank and kickball the Kiwanis did;and of course the weather has coop-erated beautifully.”As for the fireworks, Wishers saidthey would be just as good, if not bet-ter than last year.“The donations we received havebeen great,” he said. “We spent about$8,000 on the fireworks display thisyear. It should be a good show.”Mansfield expressed the Parksand Recreation Department’s grati-tude to the Kiwanis for making their job easy.“We really appreciate the Kiwanistaking the lead this year,” he said.“They’ve put in a lot of volunteerhours and a lot of work and I thinkit’s really paid off. The community isvery happy with it.”
4th of July fest goes off with a bang
Stacy Taff photos
Fishing Derby winners
VFW Post 3035 Commander Jim Weeden stands with the overall win-ners and presents them with bikes donated by the VFW. Overall GirlWinner: Lydia Hablitzel, age 5; Overall Boy Winner: Caden White, age4Prizes were also awarded to the individuals who caught turtles; $10 wentto Noah Rinehart for catching the first fish and $5 went to Emma Will forcatching the smallest fish.
Families Take Actionwill meet at 5 p.m. Thursdayat the Delphos City SchoolDistrict administration build-ing. The group supportsthe board of education’s .5percent income tax measureto appear on the Aug. 2 bal-lot to bring in revenue forthe district’s general fund.
St. John’s host-ing soccer camp
The St. John’s girls soccerprogram will host a soccercamp — on behalf of theDelphos Soccer Association— July 16-17 at the St.John’s Annex soccer fields.The ages and times areas follows: 5 to 10-year-olds, 9-11 a.m.; 11 yearsand up, 1-3 p.m. The costis $25 per person, whichincludes a camp T-shirt.Registration will be 9-10a.m. Saturday at the Annex.Kristy Hasenkamp willbe the camp director, soif there are any questions,interested players can callher at (567) 204-2745 ore-mail her at siefk30@yahoo.com. Make checks pay-able to Lady Jays Soccer.
DC softball sum-mer camps
The Defiance Collegesoftball program has itsseries of camps slated forJuly 27-29 at Sal HenchField on the campus of Defiance College.For more informationon the DC summer softballcamps, please visit www.dcsoftballcamps.com.July 27: Hitting SessionI, 9-11 a.m. (grades K-6);Hitting Session II, noon-2 p.m. (grades 7-12).July 28: Defense SessionI, 9-11 a.m. (grades K-6);Defense Session II, noon-2 p.m. (grades 7-12).July 29: Pitching SessionI, 9-11 a.m. (grades K-6);Pitching Session II, noon-2 p.m. (grades 7-12).As well, DC has releaseda schedule for the 2011 FallSoftball League. The leagueis open to girls entering ahigh school grade in the fall.Registrations for the leagueare being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.The fifth annual fallleague will be hosted onSundays from September 11through October 23 at HenchField. The 8-team league willbe limited to 112 participantsand there is a cost for theleague. The schedule consistsof a skill-development clinic,five doubleheaders and a sin-gle-elimination tournament.For additional informationabout the DC Fall SoftballLeague, including fees,visit the web site above.
Families TakeAction to meeton Thursday
Nov. 28, 1936-June 2, 2011
William H. Ludwig, 74,of Van Wert, died at 5:50p.m. Saturday at VancrestHealthcare Center in VanWert.He was born Nov. 28, 1936,in Van Wert, to Owen andDorthea (O’Leary) Ludwig.On Aug. 26, 1959, he mar-ried Evelyn (Mason) Ludwig,who survives in Van Wert.Other survivors includedaughter Sue (Daniel) Jonesof Delphos; son Jeff Ludwigof Delphos; eight grandchil-dren and three great-grand-children.He was preceded in deathby a son, Michael Ludwig, anda brother, Richard Ludwig.Mr. Ludwig was a UnitedStates Navy veteran who wasretired from Federal Mogul andthe Van Wert County Sheriff’sDept. He was a member of theVan Wert Elks, had servedon the Hospital CommissionBoard for many years, andwas a life member of the VanWert VFW. He was a memberof the former Calvary UnitedMethodist Church and was a1954 graduate of the Hoaglin-Jackson High School.Services will be held at10:30 a.m. Wednesday atAlspach-Gearhart FuneralHome and Crematory in VanWert. The Rev. Paul Millerwill officiate. Burial will be inMohr Cemetery in Van WertCounty with military gravesiderites by the combined unitsof the Van Wert AmericanLegion & VFW Posts.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. today at the funeralhome.Preferred memorials toVancrest Health Care CenterActivities Fund.
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For The Record
Delphos Weather
The high temperatureMonday in Delphos was 87and the low was 69. A yearago today, the high was 89and the low was 72. Therecord high for today is 100,set in 1955 and the record lowof 47 was set in 1968.
: Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 60s. Westwinds around 5 mph shiftingto the southwest after mid-night.
: Partlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of showers and storms.Highs in the upper 80s.Northwest winds around10mph.
:Partly cloudy. A 20 percentchance of showers and stormsin the evening. Lows in themid 60s. Northeast wind 5mph.
: Mostlysunny. Highs in the lower 80s.Northeast winds5 to 10 mph.
: Mostly clear. Lowsaround 60. Highs in mid 80s.
: Clear.Lows in the lower 60s.
: Mostly clear. Highsin the upper 80s. Lows in themid 60s.
: Partly cloudy.Highs around 90.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
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By KAREN ZRAICKAssociated Press
NEW YORK — Thenation’s most extravagantdisplay of July 4 fireworksMonday was a triumphantcelebration that turned soberbriefly to commemorate the10-year mark since the Sept.11 attacks.Tens of thousands of peo-ple from around the worldstreamed to Manhattan’s WestSide to see the pyrotechnicsshow over the Hudson Riverbetween New York and NewJersey, featuring more than40,000 shells exploding inchoreographed, multicoloredprogression.“It’s beautiful,” said RosaRiveras, a 57-year-old healtheducator from Manhattan, asbursts of light filled the sky.“It’s amazing. I’m loving it.”NBC ran an exclusivebroadcast from a pier alongthe river, with Nick Lacheyof the show “The Sing-Off”hosting. Viewers got pre-recorded performances byBeyonce, filmed in front of the Statue of Liberty, andcountry music star BradPaisley. Then the fireworkslit up the sky, tightly choreo-graphed to a half-hour sound-track from Katy Perry, LeAnnRimes, Jennifer Hudson andother artists.Beth Cochran of Scottsdale,Ariz., was with two child-hood friends from Fishkill,N.Y. The group of three peri-odically broke into renditionsof “God Bless America” andother patriotic songs.“We do not take friend-ship or freedom for granted,”said Cochran, wearing anAmerican flag tank top. “I’mproud to be an American.”John Woods, a 52-year-old information technologyconsultant from Wimbledon,England, said he appreciatedthe diversity of the crowd,which included many immi-grants and tourists fromaround the country andabroad.“I think it’s just a celebra-tion of being an American,”he said.The show, sponsored byMacy’s, paid tribute to the125th anniversary of theStatue of Liberty’s debut inNew York Harbor. Fireworksblasted off from six bargesalong the river to heights of 1,000 feet.As “Amazing Grace” wassung, bursts of golden fire-works lit up the sky to paytribute to victims of 9/11. Bigcheers broke out in the crowdduring the finale.All across the country,Americans marked the 235thanniversary of the sign-ing of the Declaration of Independence with parades,fireworks, barbecues — pluspresidential campaigning, aWhite House birthday andcompetitive eating.Thousands showed up nearthe Washington Monument toeagerly await the annual fire-works show on the NationalMall, while others werethrowing on Hawaiian shirtsand shorts to ski the still-snowy slopes at resorts fromCalifornia to Colorado.Earlier in the day on NewYork’s Coney Island, theannual Nathan’s Famous JulyFourth hot dog-eating con-test brought out the biggestnames in competitive eatingfor a clash that was short intimespan but high in calo-ries.Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., wolfed down62 hot dogs and buns duringthe 10-minute contest, win-ning his fifth straight title.Sonya “The Black Widow”Thomas chowed her wayto victory in the first-everwomen-only contest, eating40 hot dogs, one shy of her2009 total.In Boston, the annualBoston Pops concert was amust. In Akron, Ohio, theRib, White & Blue FoodFestival was enticing. Andthen, there were Nevada’scasinos, which promised apyrotechnics extravaganzathat could be a gambler’s bestbet.At the mountaintophome of Thomas Jeffersonin Charlottesville, Va., offi-cials continued a nearlyfive-decade-old tradition of swearing in new U.S. citi-zens. Seventy-seven peopletook their oaths during anaturalization ceremony atMonticello.The holiday is celebratedas the nation’s birthday, but italso was Malia Obama’s 13thbirthday. The president’seldest daughter had to shareher parents with hundreds of others as Barack Obama andfirst lady Michelle Obamainvited troops and their fami-lies to attend a special barbe-cue and USO concert on theSouth Lawn.Speaking to U.S. troops,Obama told them, “Americais proud of all of you.”“You represent the lat-est in a long line of heroeswho have served our countrywith honor, who have madeincredible sacrifices to pro-tect the freedoms that we allenjoy,” the president said.Some of the Republicanshoping to replace Obama inthe White House spent part of the day campaigning in stateswhere presidential politics areas much a part of the holidayas fireworks and barbecuesU.S. Rep. MichelleBachmann, of Minnesota,marched in a parade inClear Lake, Iowa. InNew Hampshire, formerMassachusetts Gov. MittRomney and former UtahGov. Jon Huntsman bothmarched in the Amherstparade. Businessman andGOP hopeful Herman Cainskipped the parades but threwout the first pitch at a minorleague baseball game inManchester, N.H.“Aside from the politick-ing and the handshakingand the enthusiasm that ourcampaign is determined togenerate in this state, we’regoing to reflect on what itmeans to be an American,”Huntsman told reporters. “Toshare inalienable rights, toshare our Constitutional priv-ileges.”There were also fireworksmishaps Monday, including atleast one death in Oklahomaafter fire officials said a20-year-old man was struckin the throat by a rocket-typefirecracker. In Kansas, fire-works were blamed for start-ing at least one house fire inthe Topeka area.
Fireworks, parades:US celebrates 4th of July
7 missing afterboating accident
TIJUANA, Mexico —Mexican rescuers were scour-ing the Gulf of California forseven Americans whose fish-ing boat capsized two days ago,saying they were extendingtheir search because the miss-ing tourists could still be alivein the warm, calm waters.One American has beenconfirmed dead in the accident,which came after a flash stormupended the boat before dawnSunday, spilling dozens of tourists and crew members intothe water. The identity of thedead man was not released.By early Monday, 19 of thetourists and all 16 crew mem-bers had been picked up bythe navy or other fishing boatsafter clinging to coolers, rescuerings and life vests for morethan 16 hours.Mexican Navy, army andstate officials met late Mondayto discuss the search and therewere reports they would call off rescue efforts. But instead theyannounced the search wouldcontinue over an extended area.Mexican navy Capt.Benjamin Pineda Gomez saidthat with the warm weather andwater temperature in the Gulf of California, it’s still possible thatthe missing tourists are alive.“A person who casts awaycan survive many days. Thatsea is calm,” he said.The U.S. Coast Guardoffered Mexico help in thesearch and rescue operationand said it will continue itsoperations.The 115-foot (35-meter)vessel, the Erik, sank about 60miles (100 kilometers) south of the port of San Felipe around2:30 a.m. local time Sunday,the second day of a weeklongfishing trip the group had orga-nized for several years eachIndependence Day holiday.The boat capsized lessthan two miles (three kilome-ters) from shore, but the navyextended its search 60 miles(100 kilometers) deeper intothe gulf later Monday aftersearching the area by helicop-ter and airplane and findingnothing, Pineda said.Most of the 27 men on thefishing excursion are fromNorthern California and hadmade the trip before.“I’m beyond concerned,”said Kristina Bronstein, whois engaged to missing touristMark Dorland of Twain Harte,California.She heard about the acci-dent Monday morning froma trip organizer’s wife, whotold her Dorland, 62, was oneof the first people to fall intothe water. He wasn’t wearinga life vest.The couple are to be mar-ried next month.
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, July 5,the 186th day of 2011. Thereare 179 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On July 5, 1811, Venezuelabecame the first South Americancountry to declare independencefrom Spain.
On this date:
In 1865, William Boothfounded the Salvation Army inLondon.In 1911, French PresidentGeorges Pompidou was born inMontboudif.In 1935, President FranklinD. Roosevelt signed theNational Labor Relations Act.In 1946, the bikini, created byLouis Reard (ray-AHRD’), wasworn by Micheline Bernardiniduring a poolside fashion showin Paris.In 1947, Larry Doby madehis debut with the ClevelandIndians, becoming the firstblack player in the AmericanLeague.In 1948, Britain’s NationalHealth Service Act went intoeffect, providing government-financed medical and dentalcare.In 1971, President RichardNixon certified the 26thAmendment to the U.S.Constitution, which loweredthe minimum voting age from21 to 18.In 1975, Arthur Ashebecame the first black man towin a Wimbledon singles titleas he defeated Jimmy Connors.In 1984, the Supreme Courtweakened the 70-year-old“exclusionary rule,” decidingthat evidence seized in goodfaith with defective court war-rants could be used againstdefendants in criminal trials.In 1991, a worldwide finan-cial scandal erupted as regulatorsin eight countries shut down theBank of Credit and CommerceInternational. Actress MildredDunnock died in Oak Bluffs,Mass., at age 90.
Ten years ago:
PresidentGeorge W. Bush named vet-eran prosecutor Robert Mueller(MUHL’-ur) to take over theFBI.
Five years ago:
North Koreatest-fired seven missiles into theSea of Japan, including at leastone believed capable of reach-ing the U.S. mainland. Enronfounder Kenneth Lay, who wasfacing decades in prison for oneof the most sprawling businessfrauds in U.S. history, died inAspen, Colo., at age 64.We would like to send aspecial thank you to every-one who supported our recentchicken dinner fund-raiser.A number of individualsworked countless hours plan-ning and preparing for thisevent to make it a huge suc-cess. As a result, we will beable to purchase supplies andpay for additional expensesduring the 2011-2012 sportsseasons.
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JULIE CARR SMYTHAP StatehouseCorrespondent
COLUMBUS — Ohio’snew Republican Gov. JohnKasich is a study in contradic-tions.He is candid yet secre-tive. He is acerbic yet person-able. He quibbles over mediaaccess yet is omnipresent onTwitter and Fox. He’s madea cause of taking on publicworkers after spending mostof his life as one.Critics call Kasich’s incon-sistencies arrogance. Fanssee him as bold and endear-ingly human. Polls havefound mounting dissatisfac-tion among voters. One thingshines through regardless:John Kasich is a man in ahurry.Six months into a four-year term, Kasich has dumpedhis Democratic predecessor’shigh-speed rail initiative andeducation overhaul. He’smoved to privatize Ohio’s jobcreation operation, state pris-ons and the Ohio Turnpike.He’s signed a bill limitingbargaining rights for 350,000unionized public work-ers that’s even stricter thanWisconsin’s polarizing first-in-the-nation restrictions.The state budget he signedon Thursday closes a yawningbudget gap that approached$8 billion while cutting estate,income and investment taxes.The pros and cons of Kasich have both Democratsand fellow Republicans see-ing the possibility that hisimpact could be importantas President Barack Obamaseeks to retake Ohio in 2012.Obama won with 51.5 percentof the vote in 2008, but it isessentially a race between theparties to see whose ideas —Obama’s stimulus and healthcare policies, or Kasich’sbusiness incentives and cutsto government — do more,faster for average Ohioans.Both know that to Ohiovoters, the economy is king.“Ultimately John Kasich’spopularity will not be themost important number todetermine whether Obamacarries Ohio. It will be theunemployment rate,” saidPeter Brown, assistant direc-tor of the Quinnipiac PollingInstitute.Indeed, Kasich, appear-ing Sunday on CBS’ Face theNation, said doing “what’sright” trumps any considerationof his political popularity.“At the end of the day youlook yourself in the mirrorand you say to yourself, ‘DidI do what was right for fami-lies and for children? If I paida political price, so what?”’Kasich said.And the former congress-man and chairman of theHouse Budget Committee inthe Clinton administrationadmonished Washington law-makers to re-evaluate theirown motivations.“I mean, there’s too muchposturing. There’s too muchthinking about your party,yourself.”Looking almost shell-shocked on Election Nightafter squeaking out a victoryover Ted Strickland, a once-popular Democrat, Kasichtossed two victorious fistsin the air. He grabbed hisrunning mate, Mary Taylor,for a twirl to the music, andgrinned. “Guess what? I’mgonna be governor of Ohio!”He punctuates his procla-mations with a pointed fin-ger, a verbal jab and a nodof his head of brown tousledhair. Long-time Statehouselobbyist Gayle ChanningTenenbaum says it’s a rareday when Kasich doesn’t saysomething that surprises.“It’s interesting to watchhim because you just don’tknow what particular thinghe’s going to be grabbing ontoat that particular moment,” shesaid. “When it’s something youare really interested in, suchas mental health or autism, italways pleases you.”Now 59, Kasich movesthrough his days with thedemeanor of the young manhe was when he arrived atthe Statehouse in 1978, mak-ing history as the youngeststate senator Ohioans hadever elected at 26. His youth-ful self-image shows throughwhen he declares he’ll changethe color of Ohio’s pink driv-ers’ licenses or restore snowdays schoolkids were losingin a legislative battle. He likesLady Gaga, Spiderman andwants Ohio to be cool.Yet a Quinnipiac Pollfound voters’ disapproval of Kasich rose from 46 percentin March to 49 percent inMay. Majorities disliked hishandling of the state budgetand said his policies are unfairto people like them.Kasich is among a handfulof new Republican governorsaround the country — includ-ing Florida’s Rick Scott andWisconsin’s Scott Walker —who are trying a new aggres-sive approach, often to thedispleasure of the public.Public Policy Pollingdeclared Kasich and Scott thetwo most unpopular gover-nors in America in May.Protests dog Kasich wher-ever he goes. Last week,thousands of teachers, fire-fighters, police officers andother unionized workersparaded through the streetsof Columbus against Ohio’snew collective bargaining law— many chanting, “O-H-I-O,John Kasich’s got to go!”On a recent afternoon at PortColumbus International Airport,Bill Parizek, a Republicanfrom suburban Dublin, tried toexplain the phenomenon, com-paring Kasich to New JerseyGov. Chris Christie, a fellowRepublican and fiscal conser-vative.“They have that cold, just-the-facts kind of approach.They do what they thinkthey need to do to right theship, and they’re not as warmand fuzzy as probably a lotof people would like,” saidParizek, 49, who works for aNew York investment fund.“I think that’s the profile of the kind of person you need tomake really tough, fundamen-tal structural change.”Kasich exudes confidencewhen he enters a room, evenbeing so bold as to deliverhis State of the State addresswithout a script. His style canlend itself to verbal gaffes.At Ohio Memory Day, aday of advocacy for peoplewith Alzheimer’s disease,he told the crowd he “drewa blank” trying to write hisremarks. He called a policeofficer who once pulled himover “an idiot” in front of agathering of Ohio EPA work-ers. Kasich later apologized.George Tucker, an AFL-CIO union leader for theToledo region, interprets suchmisstatements by Kasich as adisregard for other people. Hesaid the governor is “just outof touch.”“I don’t think he has anyfeelings or sympathy for work-ing people,” Tucker said. “Hedoesn’t have to look people inthe eye who are being put outof their jobs like we do andtell them, ‘You’re not goingto get that assistance you werecounting on.”’Kasich, known in Congressfor fighting for a balancedbudget, ran for president in2000 but dropped out beforethe Republican primary. Hiswork as a speaker, best-sell-ing author of books on hisconservative philosophies,former Fox News commen-tator and managing directorat since-failed investmentbank Lehman Brothers helpedmake him a millionaire — sohe says he’s not worried aboutbeing a one-term governor.He says he’s trying to fixOhio’s economy and can’t bedistracted by lousy poll num-bers, Statehouse protests andcritics who parse his everyword. By clashing with well-funded unions and specialinterests such as nursing homesand casinos, he says he neverexpected to be liked. In fact, hisis almost a holy mission.“Do you have any idea thepounding I’ve taken in sixmonths?” he asked a group of reporters and Cabinet direc-tors at a Friday event. “I kindof like it, I think it accruesto my benefit — not in thisworld, but by doing the rightthing, I get points, OK?”He started taking on report-ers even before he took office— denying them records andattempting to bar them fromhis ceremonial inauguration.After he was criticized, hewent beyond changing hismind to hosting the largestmidnight swearing-in anyonecould remember — with morethan 150 onlookers and hisentire Cabinet.Two months later, Kasichtried to bar recording equip-ment at the media’s technicalbriefing on his budget, hopingto focus attention on a publicbudget unveiling that eveningthat starred Ohio’s budget asApple’s latest iPad and Kasichas Steve Jobs.Confronted again, Kasichrelented — but not before thepolitical blogosphere lit up withallegations that he was becom-ing a serial obstructionist.Kasich has often answeredhis critics — bloggers, unions,Ohio Democrats and late-night comedians — with awell-timed appearance onFox News, where he usedto host “From the Heartlandwith John Kasich,” or upbeatTwitter posts like this onefrom Wednesday: “Proud of my partners in the legislature.Together, we closed an $8billion budget gap and cuttaxes!”With the Ohio vote soclosely divided between theparties, the question will bewhether Kasich can ultimatelywin over the state with hisbold approach.Right now, it seems forevery Ohioan who appreci-ates what he’s attempting,there is another who disagrees,like Democrat John Hisey, a60-year-old retired manufac-turing worker from Newark.Criticizing Kasich and his fel-low Republicans, Hisey said thegovernor is “bad for Ohio.”
Kasich pushes change in battleground Ohio
“At the end of the day you look your-self in the mirror and you say toyourself, ‘Did I do what was rightfor families and for children? If Ipaid a political price, so what?”’
— Gov. John Kasich
CINCINNATI (AP) —Two southwest Ohio countiesthat had been sued in fed-eral court over jail “receptionfees” have resumed makinginmates pay something fortheir stays, to help with jailcosts. But this time, fees arebeing charged only to inmateswho have been convicted, notthose merely awaiting trial.The sheriff’s office in sub-urban Butler County begancharging convicts a $20booking fee on Friday, theCincinnati Enquirer reportedMonday.“Any revenue stream outthere is worth going after,”Chief Deputy AnthonyDwyer told the newspaper.Operating the jail is about a$5 million annual expensefor Butler County, which haslaid off nearly 100 sheriff’soffice employees during thelast two years.Hamilton County, whichincludes Cincinnati, has beencharging convicted inmates$40 each since 2008 to helpoffset the costs of housingthem, sheriff’s spokesmanSteve Barnett said. Accordingto county financial data, theprogram has raised close to$200,000 per year.Earlier inmate receptionfee programs in Hamiltonand Butler counties becamethe target of federal lawsuitsmore than a decade ago, andthe counties were ordered toreimburse some of the moneyas part of settlements.
SW OH counties charge jail fees, had drawn lawsuit
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s aging population hasbrought a surge in the numberof handicapped parking tagsgiven out in the state.The Columbus Dispatchreports the Bureau of MotorVehicles last year issued morethan 320,000 of the placards— greater than the numberissued in 2001 and 2002 com-bined.The tags allow vehicles topark in special spaces closerto businesses and facilities.Nearly 1.2 million Ohio resi-dents, or 10 percent of thestate’s population, held validhandicapped parking permitsin 2010.A doctor’s prescription isneeded for obtaining a plac-ard. The Dispatch reports thetags are issued only for spe-cific reasons laid out in statelaw, such as a motorist orpassenger not being able towalk 200 feet without needingto rest.
Handicappedparking tags inhigher demand
CANTON (AP) —Authorities in northeast Ohioare searching for a loosemountain lion.Police in Canton saysightings of the animal werereported Monday in Cantonand nearby Louisville. A dis-patcher told The AssociatedPress early Tuesday thatpolice believe the mountainlion escaped from an exoticanimal farm in the area.Police Sgt. Les Marino tellsThe Repository newspaper of Canton that residents shouldbe cautious and call 911 if they see the big cat.He says police are beinghelped in the search by sher-iff’s deputies, county parkrangers and state troopersusing a Highway Patrol heli-copter.
Loose mountainlion reported innortheast Ohio
DAYTON (AP) — MoreOhioans are registering asorgan donors, while dona-tions are down in the statethis year.Organ procurement agen-cy Life Connection of Ohiosays 2011 figures show nearly58 percent of Ohio motor-ists have declared themselvesorgan donors on their driverlicenses. That’s up from lessthan 48 percent in 2002.Meanwhile, the DaytonDaily News reports 13 peoplehave donated organs in Ohiothrough June 1 of this year,
Organ donationsdown, yet donorsign-ups rise

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