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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly sunnyThursday withhigh near 80.See page 2.
• Delphos St. John’s • Delphos Jefferson• Fort Jennings• Spencerville• Ottoville• Columbus Grove• Elida • Kalida• Lincolnview• VanWert • Crestview
Don’t miss the FallSports Preview inThursday’s Herald.
Group to unveilnew fundraiser
All Delphos area non-profit organizations areinvited to a 7 p.m. meet-ing today at Trinity UnitedMethodist Church at 211E. Third St. to explorea new fundraiser —Delphos for Delphos.This new fundraisingpossibility would allow peo-ple to support and earmarkfunds for local non-profits.For information, contactthe Rev. David Howellat 419-692-0651.
Canal DaysParade entrydeadline Sept. 1
Entries for the Sept. 18Canal Days Parade will beaccepted until Sept. 1.Entry forms can be pickedup at the chamber office.The theme for this year’sparade is “United WeStand.” All parade unitsare asked to begin to lineup at 1 p.m. along LincolnHighway west of Delphos.Numbers will be assignedat that time. Marchingunits, military, floats, clownunits, classic cars, trac-tors, fire trucks, politicaland anything creative canparticipate in the parade.Judging will take place forany commercial entries, civicorganizations and/or com-munity entries and awardswill be handed out to thetop three in each category.There is no cost to par-ticipate in the parade.For more informa-tion, call Parade ChairmanDana Steinbrenner at419-695-2911.
Evacsbeginon NCisland
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP)— Evacuations began on atiny barrier island off NorthCarolina as Hurricane Irenestrengthened to a majorCategory 3 storm over theBahamas today with the EastCoast in its sights.Irene’s maximum sus-tained winds increased to near115 mph (185 kph) with addi-tional strengthening forecast,the U.S. National HurricaneCenter in Miami said.The evacuation in NorthCarolina was a test of whetherpeople in the crosshairs of the first major hurricane alongthe East Coast in years wouldheed orders to get out of theway.The first ferry to leaveOcracoke Island arrived justbefore 5:30 a.m. in nearby
St. John’s Elementary holds open house
Nancy Spencer photos
St. John’s ElementarySchool students gota peek at their class-rooms, met their teach-ers and filled their deskswith supplies Tuesdayevening following anassembly in the RobertA. Arnzen gymnasium.Left: Second-graderJillian Dickman enliststhe help of her father, Josh Dickman, in put-ting a cover on one of herbooks. Right: Second-graders Lola Hershey, left, and Adelyn Martinput their folders andother school items intheir desks. Classesstart Monday for localstudents.
 Allen County Fair Cheer Competition
Spencerville cheerleaders (above) won the Spirit Award at the Allen County Fair annual Cheer CompetitionTuesday evening. Spencerville High School also placed fourth in their division. St. John’s High School cheerlead-ers took third in their division. Lima Central Catholic placed first in both the high school and junior high divisionswith Fort Jennings second in high school and Lincolnview fifth. In the junior high division, Lincolnview placedsecond and Fort Jennings was third. Below: St. John’s cheerleaders include, front from left, Kaitlyn Slate, OliviaMiller, Kylie Fritz, Morgan Jostpille and Sam Miller; and back, Jessica Koverman, Lyndsay Mohler, AlyssaMartin, Meagan Hempfling and Lindsey Warnecke. See more photos on page 10.
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Hurricane Irene
See IRENE, page 2See QUAKE, page 2
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MINERAL, Va. (AP) —Office buildings, schools andtowering landmarks werebeing inspected today forhidden structural flaws a dayafter initial checks turned uplittle damage from a rare EastCoast earthquake.Public schools and a hand-ful of government buildingsin Washington remainedclosed for further assess-ment, and engineers were tak-ing a closer look at cracksin the Washington Monumentand broken capstones at theNational Cathedral. Some res-idents of D.C. suburbs were
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 61
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
Phyllis R. JohnsMartha A. Carder
Jan. 10, 1926-Aug. 23, 2011
Phyllis R. Johns, 85, diedat 11 a.m. Tuesday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born Jan. 10,1926, in Coldwater to Boband Nettie (Miley) Neumeier.On Nov. 19, 1945, shemarried Carl H. Johns, whodied Aug. 4, 1998.Survivors include sonTerry L. (Linda) Johns of Delphos; daughters Ruth M.Johns of Delphos and Sharon(Ron Williamson) Earley of Elida; half sisters Patty Nixonof Delphos and Pam (Tony)Picozzi, of Florida; half broth-ers Dave Neumeier of Fairbornand Jim (Bonnie) Neumeier of Ada; and six grandchildren, 17great-grandchildren and fourgreat-great-grandchildren.She was preceded indeath by her brother, JohnNeumeier.Mrs. Johns was a home-maker and a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch. She enjoyed crochet-ing and watching television.She liked parakeets and lovedher cat, Buddy, very much.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in ResurrectionCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake service will beheld at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the DelphosSenior Citizens Center.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Delphos weather
High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 82 degrees,low was 53. Rainfall wasrecorded at .82 inch. High ayear ago today was 77, lowwas 64. Record high for todayis 95, set in 1948. Record lowis 45, set in 1944.
: Mostly cloudywith showers and thunder-storms likely in the evening;partly cloudy after midnight.Lows in the lower 60s. Westwinds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
: Mostlysunny. Not as warm. Highsaround 80. Northwest winds10 to 15 mph.
: Mostly clear. Lowsin the mid 50s. Highs around80. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 50s. Highsin the upper 70s.
: Partly cloudy.Lows in the upper 50s. Highsin the upper 70s.
Leila A., 82, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial will begin at 11 a.m.Thursday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff offi-ciating. Burial will be at a laterdate. Friends may call from2-8 p.m. today at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake begins at 7 p.m.Memorial contributions are toSt. Rita’s Hospice.
MaryTheresa, 63, of Rockford,Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 9:30 a.m. Thursdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake begins at 7:30p.m. Memorial contributionsmay be made to the JamesCancer Center in Columbus orVan Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter.
March 31, 1932-Aug. 20, 2011
Martha A. “Marty” Carder,79, died at 1:55 a.m. Saturdayat Van Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter.She was born March 31,1932, in Kalida to George andAgnes (Deitrich) Warnement.On Feb. 14, 1953, she mar-ried Delbert Carder, who pre-ceded her in death.Survivors include sonsMichael E. (Pam) Carderof Delphos, Stephen G.(Jeannine) Carder of Indiana,Bruce E. (Janet) Carder of Columbus and Randal J.(Jannette) Carder, NormanJ. (Kim) Carder and Eric L.(Angie) Carder of Delphos;daughter Pam (John)Horstman of Delphos; and 16grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.She was preceded in deathby her brothers, Albert, John,Edmund, Eugene, Richard andWilfred; and sisters LucilleGilgenbaugh and EmmaHansen.Mrs. Carder retired fromOrbitron after 18 years. Shewas a member of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471 Auxiliary,Veterans of Foreign Wars Post3035 Auxiliary in Delphos andAmerican Legion Post 715Auxiliary in Fort Jennings.She was a 1950 graduateof Kalida High School. Shewas an avid fan of The OhioState University Buckeyes,Cleveland Indians, JeffersonWildcats, the Delphos ball-park and all sports. She wasinvolved with Relay for Lifeand was a 16-year cancer sur-vivor.Services will begin at 6p.m. Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, theRev. Charles Obinwa officiat-ing. Burial will be at a laterdate.Friends may call from noonuntil the time of the serviceSaturday at the funeral home,where a CLC service willbe held at 4 p.m., an EaglesAuxiliary service at 4:30 p.m.and a VFW Auxiliary serviceat 5 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Delphos AreaVisiting Nurses or Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.
NKorea reported readyto halt WMD tests
By MANSUR MIROVALEVThe Associated Press
MOSCOW — North Koreais ready to impose a morato-rium on nuclear missile tests if international talks on its nuclearprogram resume, a spokes-man for Russia’s president saidtoday after talks between thetwo leaders at a Siberian mili-tary base.Russian news agencies,meanwhile, reported that NorthKorean leader Kim Jong Il saidhis country is ready to resumetalks “without preconditions.”Kim and Russian PresidentDmitry Medvedev met todayat the hotel of a military gar-rison near the city of Ulan-Udein Buryatia, a predominantlyBuddhist province near LakeBaikal. It was Kim’s first trip toRussia since 2002.The six-sided nuclear talksinvolving North Korea and theU.S., China, Japan, Russia andSouth Korea have been stalledsince December 2008. But facedwith deepening sanctions andeconomic trouble, North Koreais pushing to restart them. TheUnited States and South Koreamaintain the North must haltits nuclear activities, includinguranium enrichment, before thetalks reopen.The Korean peninsula hasseen more than a year of ten-sion during which the Northshelled a South Korean islandand allegedly torpedoed a SouthKorean warship.Medvedev spokeswomanNatalya Timakova was quotedby the ITAR-Tass news agencyas saying that Kim expressedreadiness to return to the talkswithout preconditions and “inthe course of the talks, NorthKorea will be ready to resolvethe question of imposing a mor-atorium on tests and productionof nuclear missile weapons.”Experts on North Koreawere of mixed minds on theNorth Korean concession.One at the University of Sydney said North Korea’swillingness to impose a mora-torium on weapons of massdestruction represents “a veryimportant step forward” thatshows Kim’s sincerity aboutreopening the nuclear talks.“The United States andits allies want a demonstra-tion of sincerity from NorthKorea,” Leonid Petrov told TheAssociated Press, arguing thatthe “ball” is in their court now.But he warned that NorthKorea may halt its conciliatorygestures if the United Statesfails to issue clear guaranteesfor Pyongyang’s survival in thefuture.Another expert hailed thereclusive nation’s willingnessto freeze its missile and nucleartests, but noted there was noclear mention of the North’suranium enrichment program,which can also make nuclearweapons.“The North already hasweaponized plutonium, andenriched uranium is somethingthat can be proliferated in aneasier manner,” said YangMoo-jin, a professor at theUniversity of North KoreanStudies in Seoul. “I think NorthKorea leaves the matter to talkswith the United States.”On another subject,Medvedev said Russia andNorth Korea moved forward ona proposal to ship natural gas toSouth Korea through a pipelineacross North Korea.North Korea had long beenreluctant about the prospect of helping its industrial power-house archenemy increase itsgas supply, but recently hasshown interest in the project.The South wants Russian ener-gy but is wary of North Koreaninfluence over its energy sup-ply.Medvedev, in televisedcomments, said the two coun-tries will create a special com-mission to focus on “bilateralcooperation on gas transit.”He said two-thirds of the700-mile (1,100-kilometer)pipeline would traverse NorthKorea to stream up to 10 billioncubic meters of gas a year to theSouth. Russia’s state-controlledgas monopoly, Gazprom, saidthe pipeline is likely to carrygas from the giant offshorefields near the Pacific island of Sakhalin.The two leaders also dis-cussed restructuring NorthKorea’s Soviet-era debt toRussia, said a Kremlin official,speaking on condition of ano-nymity. That debt totals about$11 billion, according to a topRussian official.North Korea pledged tofreeze its long-range missiletests in 1999, one year afterthe country shocked the worldby firing a missile that flewover northern Japan and intothe Pacific Ocean. However, ithas since routinely tested short-range missiles and it launcheda long-range rocket in April2009.
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staying in shelters becauseof structural concerns at theirapartment buildings.Further south, Tuesday’s5.8-magnitude quake alsoshattered windows andwrecked grocery stores nearits Virginia epicenter. Therewere no known deaths orserious injuries.The head of the FederalEmergency ManagementAgency said the quake servesas a reminder for residents tobe prepared.“We talk about hurricanesthis time of year, but we for-get that A: earthquakes don’thave a season and B: theyare not just a western haz-ard,” FEMA administratorCraig Fugate said in an inter-view today on ABC’s GoodMorning America.When the quake struck,many feared terrorism inNew York and Washington— places where nerves areraw as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacksapproaches. The tremblorsent many pouring from high-rises like the Empire StateBuilding.“I ran down all 60 flights,”accounting office workerCaitlin Trupiano said. “Iwasn’t waiting for the eleva-tor.”Chris Kardian, workingin his garage in suburbanRichmond, Va., not far fromthe epicenter, opted for themore prosaic and plausible:He blamed the shaking ontwo of his children in theoverhead playroom.“I just thought they wererunning around and beingreally loud,” he said. “Afterabout 15 seconds, it didn’tstop and I thought, ‘I don’thave that many kids in thehouse!”’The most powerful earth-quake to strike the East Coastin 67 years shook buildingsand jarred as many as 12million people. The U.S.Geological Survey said it wascentered 40 miles northwestof Richmond in Mineral.The U.S. Park Serviceevacuated and closed allmonuments and memori-als along the National Mall.The Pentagon, the WhiteHouse, the Capitol and fed-eral agencies in and aroundWashington were evacuated.Roads out of the city wereclogged with commutersheaded home.Stressed-out D.C. motherof four Marion Babcock, whospent two hours traffic insteadof her normal 25 minutes, didthe only sensible thing forher frazzled, frightened kids:“I treated their post-traumaticstress with copious amountsof chocolate mint and cookiedough ice cream.”Between cell phones andsocial networks, news of thequake seemed to travel fasterthan the temblor itself.Jenna Scanlon of FloralPark, N.Y., ended a phonecall with someone in McLean,Va., and announced to heroffice colleagues there hadbeen an earthquake. Secondslater, 7 World Trade Centerbegan to shake.The scope of the dam-age — or lack of — alsoquickly became clear onsocial networks. Instead of collapsed freeways, peopleposted images of toppledlawn chairs and yogurt cups,broken Bobbleheads, pictureframes askew on walls.On Facebook, people jokedwith posts such as “S&P hasdowngraded earthquake to a2.0,” a swipe at the ratingagency that recently loweredthe federal government’screditworthiness. Anothersuggested New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie, a large man,had just “jumped into” thepresidential race.A 5.8-magnitude quakereleases as much energyas almost eight kilotons of TNT, about half the powerof the atomic bomb droppedon Hiroshima, Japan, duringWorld War II.Still, those along the WestCoast who are used to theearth moving couldn’t helpbut take a jab or two.“Really all this excitementover a 5.8 quake??? Come onEast Coast, we have those forbreakfast out here!!!!” wroteDennis Miller, a lifelongCalifornia resident whosePleasanton home sits on afault line.A 5.8, he said, wouldn’teven wake him from hissleep.“We were laughing,” said26-year-old San Franciscoresident Stellamarie Hall, “butwe definitely understand thatNew York and certain metro-politan areas are not designedaround earthquakes.”
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Hatteras with around a dozencars on board.It won’t be easy to get thou-sands of people off OcracokeIsland, which is accessibleonly by boat. The 16-mile-long barrier island is hometo about 800 year-round resi-dents and a tourist populationthat swells into the thousandswhen vacationers rent roomsand cottages. Tourists weretold to evacuate today. Islandresidents were told to get outon Thursday.It wasn’t clear how manypeople on the first arrivingferry this morning were tour-ists, but the first two cars todrive off it had New York andNew Jersey plates.Getting off the next ferryabout an hour later was a familythat included newlywed JenniferBaharek, 23, of Torrington,Conn. She and her husband,Andrew, were married Mondayand planned to spend their hon-eymoon on the island.“We just got to spend oneday on the beach and then wewent to bed early to get up forthe evacuation,” she said.State workers questionedpeople who tried taking theferry to the island turned a fewcars around. In addition to theferry line to Hatteras, therewere two other ferry lines thatwent to and from the island.Federal officials havewarned Irene could causeflooding, power outages orworse all along the East Coastas far north as Maine, even if it stays offshore. The projectedpath has gradually shifted tothe east and Irene could makelandfall anywhere from SouthCarolina to Massachusettsover the weekend.
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IRS warns of tax scamtargeting Social Securityrecipients in Ohio
COLUMBUS — TheInternal Revenue Service isasking Ohio residents to be onguard against tax scams pro-moted by individuals tryingto persuade them to file falsereturns. These scams have, inmany cases, targeted elderlytaxpayers in the Midwest buthave since spread to statesnationwide, to include Ohio.The IRS has noted anincrease in tax-return-relatedscams involving unsuspect-ing seniors and others whonormally do not have a fil-ing requirement in the firstplace. These taxpayers areled to believe they shouldfile a return with the IRS formoney to which they are notentitled.“Scammers are posing astax return preparers, targetingthe elderly and others receiv-ing Social Security benefits.The scammers promise largetax refunds, and lure unsus-pecting victims into payingfor the preparation and fil-ing of fraudulent tax returnsclaiming false withholding,credits, refunds or rebates,”said Jennifer Jenkins, IRSspokesperson. “This summer,scammers hit Erie, Pa. Wenow have reports the scamhas crossed the border intoOhio. Please protect yourself.Not only will you be out themoney paid to have the falsereturn prepared by the scam-mers, but you’ll also havecompromised your personaland financial information,opening the door to ID theft.”Most paid tax return pre-parers provide honest andprofessional services, butthere are some who engage infraud and other illegal activi-ties. Unscrupulous promot-ers of tax scams often preyupon low income individualsand seniors. They build falsehopes of a refund and chargepeople good money for badadvice. In the end, victimsof these scams discover theirclaims are rejected or therefund barely exceeds whatthey paid the scam promoter.Meanwhile, their money andthe promoters are long gone.Flyers and advertise-ments for free money fromthe IRS have been circulatedat community organizationsincluding churches and orga-nizations that assist seniors,exploiting their good inten-tions and credibility. Theflyers suggest that taxpayerscan file a return and get arefund with little or no docu-mentation. These fraudulentschemes are often spread byword of mouth among unsus-pecting and well-intentionedpeople telling their friendsand relatives.“Return preparer fraud islike a contagious disease – itaffects not only the preparer, butthe individuals who have filedfalse information with InternalRevenue Service,” said TraceyE. Warren, Acting SpecialAgent in Charge, IRS-CriminalInvestigation, Cincinnati FieldOffice. “Taxpayers should bevery careful when choosing areturn preparer. It is importantto know that even if someoneelse prepares your return, youare ultimately responsible forall the information on the taxreturn.”Anyone victimized orapproached by these scampromoters should contact thelocal IRS Taxpayer AssistanceCenter. Others with questionsabout tax credits or refundsshould visit the IRS web siteat www.IRS.gov or call theIRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.
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These Vantage preschoolers and high school studentsAngela Wells (Crestview) and Joseph Shoppell (Lincolnview)enjoy time on the slide out in the playground. There are stilla few openings for Vantage Preschool this year.
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There are a few spotsstill available for VantagePreschool. Registration ison a first-come, first-servedbasis.There is a $25 non-refund-able registration fee, whichcan be paid when you comein to complete the applica-tion.There are three options forpreschool classes this year.For all options, children mustreach the age of 3 by Aug. 1.The traditional half-daypreschool sessions are themost popular choice. Themorning preschool sessionmeets from 8:30-10:50 a.m.Monday through Thursdayand is taught by MarciaOsenga, Donna Myers andthe senior Early Childhoodstudents. This session is for3-year-old children and young4-year-olds.The afternoon session alsomeets from noon to 2:20 p.m.Monday through Thursdayand is taught by Osenga,Myers and the junior EarlyChildhood students. This isa pre-kindergarten class for4-year-olds and young 5-year-olds.The full-day option isavailable from 8:30 a.m. to2:20 p.m. Monday throughThursday. This is a pre-kin-dergarten class for 4- and5-year-olds. Preschoolerspack their lunch.Vantage Preschool pro-vides developmentally appro-priate activities for the totaldevelopment of children agesthree through 5 years old.The children experiencemany hands-on activities inlanguage arts, science, math,kindergarten readiness, lit-erature, and social skills.High school juniors andseniors who are preparing fora career in early childhoodeducation work directly withthe preschoolers by plan-ning and conducting the les-sons. A major benefit forthe children who attend theVantage Preschool is the verylow staff-child ratio. Thereis usually one high schoolteacher to every one or twopreschoolers, supervised bythe directors. The high schoolstudents also receive addi-tional training in first aid,CPR and common childhoodillnesses.To register, call 419-238-5411, ext. 137.
Chrysler may invest $72M in Ohio factory
PERRYSBURG (AP) —Chrysler Group LLC plansto invest $72 million in anorthwest Ohio plant, and thestate’s governor said Tuesdaythere might be bigger things tocome from the automaker.Chrysler wants to installnew equipment and modern-ize its Toledo MachiningPlant near Perrysburg, whichwill allow it to retain 640hourly and salaried jobs, thecompany said.The plant will producenew-generation torque con-verters and steering columns.It said the converters would bepaired with new transmissionsbeing made at Chrysler plantsin Kokomo, Ind., as part of theautomaker’s strategy to meetfuel economy requirements.The announcement cameas Ohio Gov. John Kasich metTuesday with General Motors,Ford and Chrysler in Detroitto talk about their investmentsin the state and their continuedpresence in Ohio.Kasich wouldn’t offermany details about what wastalked about but hinted thatthere are negotiations in theworks with Chrysler.The Blade newspaper of Toledo reported two weeksago that the automaker mightexpand its Toledo assemblycomplex and add more than1,100 workers at the plant thatmakes the Jeep Wrangler andLiberty and the Dodge Nitro.“I’m positive about it mov-ing forward,” Kasich said.Talks with the automak-ers included discussions aboutworkforce training and retain-ing jobs, he said. Kasich saidhe is hopeful that the successof the new Chevrolet Cruze,the best-selling car in the U.S.in June, could lead to morework at General Motors Co.’splant in Lordstown where thecar is made.Chrysler said it wouldinstall new equipment to mod-ernize the Toledo Machiningfacility and boost its capabili-ties. Work on the plant wouldbegin this year and end byearly 2013.“We’re very pleased thatChrysler is making the deci-sion to invest in the ToledoMachining Plant and theskilled workforce there,”United Auto Workers vicepresident General Holiefieldsaid in a statement. “This willhelp preserve and enhance jobs in the area and give agreater measure of security toour members and their fami-lies well into the future.”The facility employedabout 840 people as of lastmonth, most of them hourlyemployees, according its web-site. It currently makes steer-ing columns for eight assem-bly plants, including one innearby Toledo, and producestorque converters, whichallow the gears to be shiftedin automatic transmissions.Perrysburg Townshipadministrator John Hrosko toldThe Blade that the Chryslerinvestment is “great news.”“We knew (Chrysler offi-cials) were working very hardto get some money into thisplant. The governor and hispeople also were workingvery hard and we knew theywere going to try to get somefunding,” he said. “We senta lot of letters in support of those efforts. Obviously someof those letters helped andthey’re going to go ahead andinvest in the plant.”
“Taxpayers shouldbe very carefulwhen choosing areturn preparer.It is important toknow that even if someone else pre-pares your return, you are ultimatelyresponsible for allthe information onthe tax return.”
— Tracey E. Warren,Acting SpecialAgent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation,Cincinnati Field Office
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COLUMBUS (AP) —Public schools in Ohio sawtheir graduation rates drop asdistricts nationwide move toa new federal formula used tocalculate who is finishing highschool.The new rates appearedon the state’s annual reportcards. The report shows whatacademic gains Ohio publicschools and districts havemade in the 2010-11 schoolyear. It features schools’ rank-ings, as well as their gradua-tion rates, attendance rates andother information.Several of the state’s larg-est public school districts sawtheir 2010 graduation ratesplummet under the new calcu-lation that’s required by fed-eral law.For instance, Dayton’sgraduation rate sank to rough-ly 59 percent under the newformula, compared with justabove 84 percent under thecurrent calculation. Cincinnatipublic schools saw a rate of 60.2 percent graduate usingthe new formula. That’s adrop from about 82 percentusing the current method. AndCleveland saw its record-highrate of 62.8 percent fall to 52.2percent with the new formula.Most states are requiredto convert to the new federalcalculation this year, but thenumber won’t count as part of federal No Child Left Behindbenchmarks until the 2012-13school year.Currently, if a student sayshe’s transferring to a newschool but never does, he’snot counted against the gradu-ation rate. The new formularequires schools to be morevigilant in tracking studentswho may have transferred ordropped out. It’s intended tocreate uniform reporting of graduation rates.Janet Walsh, a spokeswom-an for Cincinnati’s district, saidflawed data contributed to itsdisparity in rates. She said thedistrict found instances whereforeign exchange studentswere counted as dropouts, aswere parochial students whotook career education classes.
Ohio schools see graduation rates dropping
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio regulators have orderedthe new owner to change thename on a funeral home thatcremated the wrong child’sbody and had its licensesuspended.The Columbus Dispatchreports the state Board of Embalmers and FuneralDirectors approved a newlicense Tuesday for whathad been the Marlan J. GaryFuneral Home in Columbus.But the panel said newowner Thor Triplett shoulduse his own name and gavehim two weeks to revise thehome’s signs and website.Under its former owner,the home mistakenly cre-mated a 14-month-old boyagainst his parents’ beliefs.A judge last week stoppedthe funeral board fromblocking the home’s take-over over the name issue.An attorney says Triplettstill wants to keep the Garyname and may go back tocourt.
State ordersfuneral home tobe rebrandedafter debacleCounty boastsshortest coveredbridge in USTown wants tohand over its
oversize fagpole
ASHTABULATOWNSHIP (AP) — AnOhio county that’s home tothe nation’s longest coveredbridge now also has what’sconsidered to be the shortestone.An 18-foot span with awooden roof opened thisweek in Ashtabula County,in the state’s far northeastcorner. It replaces a dete-riorating bridge in Geneva,about 45 miles northeast of Cleveland.The new bridge will haveits formal dedication inOctober during the annualCovered Bridge Festival inthe county, which now has18 of them.Festival spokeswomanBetty Morrison tells TheStar-Beacon newspaper thenew bridge is so short thattour buses passing throughit will look like hot dogs ina bun.The longest U.S. coveredbridge — 613 feet long —was dedicated in AshtabulaCounty three years ago.RAVENNA (AP) — Anortheast Ohio communitywants to wash its hands of atowering flagpole well over100 years old that officialsfear is a tempting hazard.Within the last year, twopeople thought to be underthe influence of alcohol ordrugs climbed up the 150-foot flagpole in front of thePortage County Courthousein Ravenna. RavennaTownship Trustee Patsy Artzsays both were lucky to sur-vive and calls the flagpole“an accident waiting to hap-pen.”The Record-Courier news-paper reports the township isasking that either the city of Ravenna or the county takeresponsibility for the steelflagpole, which resembles abroadcast antenna.Artz said Tuesday thetownship should tear it downif no one else wants theresponsibility. So far, offi-cials with the city say it’s notinterested.

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