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BY ED GEBERTStaff writer
VAN WERT — If you area property owner in Van WertCounty, you have no doubtseen her name. Nancy Dixonhas served the county as audi-tor since 1973 — the longestof any county departmenthead. Although her tenure asauditor spans almost 38 years,Dixon has been working inthat office since 1959.“I was right out of schooland I was working in a gro-cery store that my mom anddad had leased to anotherman,” she remembered. “Myhusband and I were runningthe grocery. My dad wasauditor at the time and oneof the deputies up here diedand he asked me to learn thatwork, so I came on full timehere then.”Dixon admits that over thecourse of the last 52 years,there is not much that shehas not seen while on the job.And surprisingly, even withthe technological advances inthat time, much of the audi-tor’s job is the same as it waswhen she went to work asa deputy under her father’ssupervision.“We used to do all of ourentries by hand but now wedo it by computer. We usedto typewrite our warrants andnow that’s on computer,” list-ed Dixon. “We used to havea big page of all the namesand how much everybodygets for their payroll and thenthey would just go over andsign for their cash. Of course,that’s done by check now.They are pretty much thesame results as we had backthen, just a different way todo it.”Dixon has seen her fairshare of changes, though.Changes made through theStatehouse continually keepher on her toes. But she claimsthe biggest change came rightafter she took office.“There was a dramaticHouse Bill in the 70s thatreally changed things with thetaxation process. Then the taxrates didn’t change but nowthe rates change as the valu-ations change. That’s beenthe most significant change intaxation but there have beena lot of other changes,” shestated.One of Dixon’s yearlytasks is to help the countycommissioners with the annu-al budget. Over the years,she has worked with manydifferent commissioners onthe process, but this part of her job has remained fairlystable.“The budgeting processhasn’t really changed,” sheinsisted. “Of course, we do iton computer now but as faras the data and what we startout with and the input fromthe departments, the processhasn’t changed much exceptthat the numbers have gottenbigger.”The auditor’s part is to col-lect the departmental requestsand provide the figures head-ed into budget consideration.Lately, the county has beenlooking at budget deficitsonce the figures are put intoplace but Dixon said that isnothing new. “There usuallyis a deficit at budget timebecause everybody asks forwhat they want and every-body knows they aren’t reallygoing to get all they ask for,”she explained. “But in thelast 10 years we’ve had adeficit budget but that has tobe made up by appropriationtime in January. So, if wedon’t have enough carryoverto pick that up, then we haveto cut the budget.”
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Ohio Senate gave pay raises after cuts
By JULIE CARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Staffersfor both Republicans andDemocrats in the Ohio Senategot pay raises this summer inthe aftermath of state budgetcuts and the passage of alaw limiting public employeeunions, state records show.Payroll data reviewed byThe Associated Press show19 Senate caucus employees— not quite 20 percent of thestaff — got pay hikes sinceJuly worth about $160,000combined. Four employees— the chief of staff, dep-uty chief of staff, financedirector, and clerk — sawbumps of more than $8,000 ayear each on salaries alreadyaround $100,000.The raises were first report-ed Tuesday on the liberalpolitical blog Plunderbund.Republican SenatePresident Tom Niehaus saidhe ordered a pay review inDecember after experiencedstaff members began leav-ing during the transition of administrations. He says hewas looking to see if he couldmake pay for experiencedemployees more competitiveso the Senate could retaintheir expertise.“Every member of seniorstaff in our caucus wasapproached about leaving,and we almost lost severalother key staff members,”Niehaus said. “It becameobvious when I heard whatsome of the offers werethat they were in part leav-ing because of money, so Iasked our chief of staff, MattSchuler, to do a review of salaries.”Niehaus said many amongcaucus staff of both partieswere determined to be uncom-petitive with the private sec-tor and certain choice govern-ment positions, he said. OhioGov. John Kasich, a fellowRepublican, was paying sala-ries for some key positionsabove those of his predeces-sor, Democrat Ted Strickland— though his office says itsoverall budget was reduced.The GOP had also taken overother statewide offices whereSenate staff were landing top jobs.Niehaus said the Senatewas able to bestow the raiseswithout increasing its bud-get because the chamber hassaved money over the yearsby working efficiently, shar-ing resources, and being fru-gal on equipment and otheramenities. It waited until thebudget passed to make surethat was the case, he said.In an Aug. 4 emailto Schuler, the SenateDemocrats’ chief of staff,Amanda Hoyt, requested rais-es for nine top aides. The APobtained the email through arecords request.Hoyt listed a dozen officestaffers whom she thoughtdeserved raises.In a statement Wednesday,Hoyt said Democrats soughtpay increases to maintain“some semblance of parity”with Senate Republicans,who have held the chamber’smajority since 1985, and makemore. She also noted that pay
It’s My Job
Dixon’s career spans 52 years
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Above: Gary Mack, center, of the Delphos Stadium Club accepts a donation fromthe 10th annual John Ardner Memorial Golf Outing. Representatives include, fromleft, Carey Ardner, Nolan Ardner, Shawn Ardner and Jen Ardner.Below: Gary Mack, second from left, accepts a donation for the Delphos StadiumClub from the Stose Family, including from left, Mackenzie, Stacey and SamanthaStose, at the 7th annual Bil Stose Motorcycle Run.
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Killer of Van Wert woman dies in prison
By ED GEBERTStaff writer
NEW CASTLE, Ind. —He was responsible for oneof the most notorious crimesin the Van Wert area. Now heis dead, completely serving alife sentence.The Indiana Departmentof Corrections has con-firmed that Ernest R. Topedied last week in New CastleCorrectional Facility in cen-tral Indiana. Tope’s cause of death is officially listed asend-stage lung cancer. Hewas 58.Tope was responsiblefor the abduction, rape andmurder of Cheryl Felger of Van Wert on Good Friday of 1974. The 19-year-old Felgerwas riding her bicycle to afriend’s house when she wasconfronted by Tope, then 21,and his accomplice, TimothyAllen Heckert. She was appar-ently coerced into Heckert’scar and was driven acrossthe state line into Indiana.According to Heckert, bothmen raped the young womanbut it was Tope who decidedto kill her. The autopsy reportstated that Felger’s body had90-95 stab wounds. Her bodywas found near a desertedbarn west of Berne, Indiana.Earlier this year, Tope wasdenied parole. He was serv-ing a life sentence for first-degree murder issued from
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The Delphos Knightsof Columbus has slated around-robin Table TennisTournament for Oct. 8 atthe hall, 1011 Elida Ave.It will be presented by theDelphos Table Tennis Club.Registration is at 9 a.m.and play starts at 10 a.m.The entry fee is $20 andthe limit is 30 entries.Send entry fee (with name,address and telephone num-ber) to Donald McDougall,832 Metbliss Ave., Delphos,Ohio 45833. Call McDougallat (419) 234-3034 with anyquestions, including con-cerning USATT rules.
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The Iota Sigma chapterof the Phi Beta Psi Sororityis taking teams for its 18thannual Janet Lane MemorialGolf Outing Sept. 17 atHawthorne Hills Country Club.The entry fee is $60 forthe 18-hole scramble begin-ning with an 8 a.m. shotgunstart. Breakfast and lunchwill be provided with cashprizes for the top teams.Proceeds from the outingwill benefit cancer research, thenational project of the sorority,as well as local cancer projects.For entry info, call RhodaDeitsch at 419-733-1497.Deadline is Monday.The Joint Board of Supervisors of the Auglaize,Allen, Putnam, Shelby, VanWert and Mercer countySoil and Water ConservationDistricts will hold viewingand preliminary hearings forassistance to improve drain-age on the Auglaize River at2 p.m. Tuesday at the FortJennings American Legion,100 American Legion Drive;and at 7 p.m. Tuesdayin the Jr. Fair Buildingon the Auglaize CountyFairgrounds in Wapakoneta.
 
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was 61degrees, low was 55. Rainfallwas recorded at 1.5 inches.High a year ago today was74, low was 52. Record highfor today is 96, set in 1922.Record low is 39, set in 1986.
Aug. 12, 1928-Sept. 7, 2011
Franklin B. Hermiller, 83,of Columbus Grove, died at7:25 a.m. Wednesday at St.Rita’s Medical Center.He was born Aug. 12,1928, in Columbus Grove toHerman and Anna (Leopold)Hermiller, who preceded himin death.On Sept. 30, 1950, he mar-ried Leonissa “Betty” Miller,who survives in ColumbusGrove.Other survivors includethree sons, David, Steve(Sue) and Gary Hermiller of Columbus Grove; three daugh-ters, Linda (Dave) Galyk andSharon (Doug) Rellinger of Ottoville and Pam (Steve)Wiseman of ColumbusGrove; a son-in-law, RobertSiebeneck of Waukegan, Ill.;a daughter-in-law, GloriaHermiller of Columbus Grove;a brother, Clifford Hermillerof Columbus Grove; a sis-ter, Jeannette Gerdeman of Ottawa; and 14 grandchildren,Sean (Jessica) Siebeneck,Chris Siebeneck, Wendy(Shawn) Schimmoeller, SaraHermiller, Ben Rellinger,Adam Rellinger, Cassie (Benji)Troyer, Laura Hermiller,Mandy Hermiller, DanielleRellinger, Jessica Hermiller,Samantha Rellinger, StephanieWiseman and MadisonWiseman.He was also preceded indeath by a son, Leonard “Len”Hermiller; and a daughter,Barbara Siebeneck.Mr. Hermiller attendedColumbus Grove High Schooland was a life-long farmerand retired from the formerScott Lad Foods in Lima. Hewas a member of St. AnthonyCatholic Church, ColumbusGrove; a charter memberof Columbus Grove EaglesAerie 2772; and a member of the local Teamsters Union. Heenjoyed playing cards, espe-cially euchre.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10 a.m. Saturdayat St. Anthony CatholicChurch, the Rev. ThomasExtejt officiating. Burial willbe in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday atHartman Sons Funeral Home,Columbus Grove, where a scrip-ture service will begin at 8 p.m.Preferred memorials areto St. Anthony’s SchoolEndowment Fund or Life TeenProgram of St. Anthony.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Aman with extensive ties towhite supremacists pleadedguilty Wednesday to federalcharges he planted a bombthat was intended to hurl poi-son-laced shrapnel into themulticultural crowd marchingin a Martin Luther King Jr.Day parade last January.Kevin Harpham, 37,reached a deal with federalprosecutors for a recom-mended sentencing range of 27 to 32 years in prison justdays before his trial was tobegin in U.S. District Court.The pipe bomb was load-ed with lead fishing weightscoated in rat poison, whichcan inhibit blood clotting inwounds, officials have said.Harpham told U.S.District Court Judge JustinQuackenbush that it tookhim about a month to buildthe bomb. He acknowledgedplacing the device along theparade route in an attempt tocommit a hate crime.The backpack bomb wasdiscovered before the paradeby event workers in down-town Spokane and disabledbefore it could explode.The annual parade drew acrowd of about 2,000 adultsand children on a cold wintermorning, and was forced ontoan alternative route after thebomb was found. Harphamwalked in the parade and tookpictures of young black chil-dren and of a Jewish manwho was wearing a yarmulke,prosecutors have said.“This community wasterrorized on Jan. 17 whenthis occurred,” U.S. AttorneyMike Ormsby said after thehearing. “Hopefully the heal-ing that needs to occur as aresult of this happening canbegin.”Harpham acted alone,Ormsby said.“There is no evidenceto suggest anyone else wasinvolved in this event,” hesaid.Ormsby praised the vari-ous law enforcement agen-cies that gathered evidenceleading to Harpham’s arreston March 9. There was noparticular tip that led officersto Harpham, Ormsby said.Rather, it was evidence fromthe bomb itself, he said.The detonator was aremote car starter purchasedover the Internet. The shrap-nel that would have maimedvictims was purchased fromWalmart. Harpham’s DNAwas on the handle of thebackpack that held the bomb.After the arrest, officers founddeleted photos in a digitalcamera that included picturesof Harpham and other march-ers at the parade.A key was discoveringhuge numbers of postings byHarpham, using a pen name,over a period of years on a whitesupremacist website calledVanguard News Network.“He told others he was awhite supremacist and whiteseparatist,” said assistant U.S.Attorney Joe Harrington.The bomb was planted“to further his racist beliefs,”Harrington told the judge.The judge asked Harpham if he placed the bomb in an effortto hurt people because of theirrace, color or national origin.“Yes,” Harpham replied.Ormsby said Harpham hasoffered no explanation forwhy he chose to commit ahate crime now.The plea deal chargedHarpham with attempted useof a weapon of mass destruc-tion, and the hate crime of placing the bomb in an effortto target minorities. Harphamspoke in a clear voice whenhe said “guilty” to each of thetwo counts.He will be sentenced Nov.30.
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“This com-munity wasterrorized onJan. 17 whenthis occurredafter the hear-ing. Hopefullythe healing thatneeds to occuras a result of this happen-ing can begin.”
U.S. AttorneyMike Ormsby
Dixon
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For many people, num-bers and accounting entriesare chores, but Dixon isat home working with fig-ures. Her office in the VanWert County Courthouse isarranged to allow her quickaccess to spreadsheets andreports.She admitted, “Personally,I like the bookkeeping depart-ment. That’s mostly what Ido — bookkeeping, taxationand distribution of the taxdollars, I do that, too. Thecommissioners come to mefor figures, as they should.That’s what I work in, andI’m happy to help them withfigures.”Dixon realizes she is alsoa rarity in Van Wert Countygovernment — a Democrat.With every other electedcounty post in control of theG.O.P., Dixon said the politi-cal differences simply do notmatter at this level.“For the most part, theofficials in Van Wert Countyget along with the rest of them,” Dixon stressed. “Theytreat me just like everybodyelse. Everyone is very goodto our office and we all try toget along.”Dixon and her team of full-time and part-time work-ers handle a lot of work in thecounty. Besides budgeting andreal estate assessments, theauditor’s office sells licenses,checks on vendors weightsand measures, and serves asagent on estate taxes.Asked if there was some-thing about her job she wouldlike to change, Dixon replied,“The hardest thing about this job is reappraisal. But youcan’t change it because youhave to do it by law. But it isvery hard to see people’s taxesgo up and have to explain tothem why they went up. ButI have no idea how to changethat.”Away from the office,Dixon’s life focuses on fam-ily. Her grandchildren arefrequent visitors, and familytrips and outings are sched-uled when possible.After all these years inthe auditor’s office, both as adeputy and as auditor, Dixonis coy about how much lon-ger she would like to stay inoffice.“Well, I have three yearsleft on this term,” she laughed.“That gives me three moreyears to think about it!”
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Allen County (IN) CircuitCourt. At the time of the trial,Indiana did not have the deathpenalty, so Tope was eligible forparole every five years duringhis time at prisons in Pendletonand Michigan City, Indiana. Alocal campaign to keep Topebehind bars was launched byKay (Felger) Miller, Cheryl’syounger sister. Many local resi-dents signed petitions placed atarea restaurants and conveniencestores to support the effort tourge the parole board to denyTope’s request for parole.According to Indiana Dept.of Corrections Media LiaisonAmy Lanum, Tope was sent toWishard Hospital in Indianapolison Aug. 22 and was returned toPendleton on Aug. 29 for hos-pice care. He died the next day.In recent years, Tope suedthe Indiana Dept. of Correctionsin an effort to overturn a banon magazines featuring nudityand sexual conduct in the prisonsystem and in a separate classaction suit was a lead plaintiff in a case challenging conditionsat the Pendleton Correctional/Industrial Facility.
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levels in Ohio’s Legislaturerank near the bottom amongsimilarly sized states.Republican House SpeakerWilliam Batchelder has notgiven raises to any staff mem-bers this year, said spokesmanMike Dittoe.As the Senate pay reviewwas under way, the chamberwas considering two pertinentbills: a $50 billion-plus statebudget with a looming multi-billion deficit; and a collectivebargaining overhaul that limit-ed the ability of public workersto negotiate for wages, workingconditions and pension ben-efits.During debate over the col-lective bargaining overhaul,Niehaus announced the Senatewould concede a key point andallow unions to still negotiatefor wages. Sick days, workingconditions, and pensions wouldstill be off the table.“It’s quite hypocritical thatthe Ohio Senate started lookingat pay raises, they were pro-posing legislation that wouldn’tallow public workers to evennegotiate pay,” said BrianRothenberg, executive directorof ProgressOhio, a liberal pol-icy group. “Does anyone overthere walk the walk as well astalk the talk?”Niehaus said he sees noth-ing hypocritical about theraises.“I would say it’s consistent,”he said. “What Senate Bill 5does is ask that people be paidbased on performance. Thesewere clearly performance-basedpay increases. Secondly, whatwe’re asking people to do inSenate Bill 5 is make efficientuse of public resources, andthat’s what we’ve done.”He said that due to term lim-its for lawmakers, the institu-tional knowledge of high-levelstaff is critical to the Senate’swork.
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Van Wert County Fair Junior Fair awards
Jr. Fair Goat Show AwardsSenior Goat Showmanship
Julie BonifasAlt. Logan Miller
Intermediate GoatShowmanship
Lucy BonifasAlt. Alex Bonifas
Junior Goat Showmanship
Marie MuellerAlt. Morgan Miller
Champion Goat Showman
Amanda LobsigerAlt. Meagan Hempfling
Grand Champion Dairy GoatFemale
Amanda Lobsiger
Reserve Champion Dairy GoatFemale
Amanda Lobsiger
Grand Champion DairyMarket Goat
Logan Miller
Reserve Champion DairyMarket Goat
Amanda Lobsiger
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 1, 1st Place:
Colleen Schulte
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 1, 2nd Place
Meagan Hempfling
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 2, 1st Place
 Logan Miller
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 2, 2nd Place
Samantha Bonifas
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 3, 1st Place
Logan Miller
Boer Market Wether Goat, Class 3, 2nd Place
 Lucy Bonifas
Grand Champion Boer MarketGoat
 Logan Miller
Reserve Champion BoerMarket Goat
 Lucy Bonifas
Market Goat Best Rate of Gain
 Logan Miller
Market Goat 2nd Best Rate of Gain
Amanda Lobsiger
Jr. Fair Sheep Show AwardsSenior Sheep ShowmanWinner
Sophia Wilson
Intermediate Sheep ShowmanWinner
Austin Sorgen
Junior Sheep ShowmanWinner
Eathan Greviach
Champion Sheep Showman
Sophia Wilson
Grand Champion Ram
Taylar Boroff 
Reserve Champion Ram
Austin Sorgen
Grand Champion Ewe
Austin Sorgen
Reserve Champion Ewe
Taylar Boroff 
Champion Performance Lamb
Ryan Rager
Reserve ChampionPerformance Lamb
Ryan Rager
Best Rate of Gain
Mark Evans
Best Rate of Gain, 2nd Place
Mark Evans
1st Light Weight MarketClass
Casey Patterson
2nd Light Weight MarketClass
Brice Schulte
1st Heavy Weight MarketClass
Sophie Wilson
2nd Heavy Weight MarketClass
Eathan Grevlach
Grand Champion MarketLamb
Sophie Wilson
Reserve Champion MarketLamb
Ethan Grevlach
Jr. Fair Horse Show AwardsWestern Showmanship, age9-11
Katie McVaigh
2nd Place
Jenalle Bonifas
Western Showmanship, age12-14
Jacob Germann
2nd Place
Leah Lichtensteiger
Western Showmanship, age15-19
Ericka Priest
2nd Place
Beth Army
English Showmanship, age12-14
Leah Litensteiger
English Showmanship, age15-19
Lindsey Mosier
Champion Horse Showman
Ericka Priest
Hunt Seat Equitation, age9-13
Leah Lichtensteiger
Hunt Seat Equitation, age14-19
Ericka Priest
Hunter Under Saddle, age9-13
Lindsey Motycka
2nd Place
Leah Lichtensteiger
Hunter Under Saddle, age14-19
Ericka Priest
2nd Place
Jessica Burger
Western Horsemanship, age9-11
Reagan Priest
2nd Place
Cassie Priest
Western Horsemanship, age12-14
Haley Pollock
2nd Place
Lindsey Motycka
Western Horsemanship, age15-19
Beth Army
2nd Place
Ericka Priest
Novice Horsemanship, 9-19
Kylee Agler
2nd Place
Jeanalle Bonifas
Western Pleasure, age 9-11
Paige Motycka
2nd Place
Reagan Priest
Western Pleasure, age 12-14
Haley Pollock
2nd Place
Emily Bauer
Western Pleasure, age 15-19
Ericka Priest
2nd Place
Beth Army
Reining, age 9-13
Paige Motycka
2nd Place
Reagan Priest
Reining, age 14-19
Beth Army
2nd Place
Leah Lichtensteiger
Trail in Hand
Jeanalle Bonifas
Trail, age 9-13
Paige Motycka
2nd Place
Haley Pollock
Trail, age 14-19
Beth Army
2nd Place
Lindsey Mosier
Cloverleaf Barrels, age 9-13
Paige Motycka
2nd Place
Cassie Priest
Cloverleaf Barrels, age 14-19
Leah Lichtensteiger
2nd Place
LindseyMotycka
Poles, age9-13
PaigeMotycka
2nd Place
Emily Bauer
Poles, age 14-19
Lindsey Motycka
2nd Place
Leah Lichtenstiger
Speed & Control, age 9-13
Reagan Priest
2nd Place
Cassie Priest
Speed & Control 14-19
Leah Lichtensteiger
2nd Place
Jessica Burger
Cones & Barrels, age 9-13
Paige Motycka
2nd Place
Emily Bauer
Cones & Barrels, age 14-19
Lindsey Motycka
2nd Place
Leah Lichtensteiger
Easy Gaited Equitation, age14-18
Alyssa Faurot
Easy Gaited Pleasure, age14-19
Alyssa Faurot
Easy Gaited Pleasure 9-13
Aubrey Girbert
Pleasure Driving, age 9-19
Jeanalle Bonifas
Jr. Fair Rabbit Show AwardsJunior Showmanship Winner
Makenzie Kraft
Intermediate ShowmanshipWinner
Frankie Carey
Senior Showmanship Winner
Justin Overmeyer
Champion Rabbit Showman
Sarah Klinger
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Pathfinders of Delphos 4-H Club members garnered many awards at the Van Wert County Fair this year.Back from left, Michaela Hoffman, second place in Intermediate in the Mary Shackly Clothing DevelopmentAward; Whitney Bates, second place in swine and second place in Beef Black Inc. awards; Jordan Miller, third place in Beef Black Inc.; Kurt Hoersten, first place in Beef Black Inc.; Kim Schnipke, third placein swine and second in Beef Black Inc.; and front, Sophia Wilson, first place in Sheep Black Inc.; AnnMueller, senior trophy for Best Garden and Plant Science Project; and Meagan Hempfling, first place indairy and first in Goats Black Inc. Other winners include Nicole Winhover, senior award in Doris LimbackPurmont Food/Nutrition; Madelyn Buettner, junior trophy for Best Garden and Plant Science Project;Rebecca Violet, junior trophy for Best County Creative and Leisure Arts Award; and Alicia Buettner andAshley Hoffman, special 4-H Achievers for Pathfinders of Delphos.Pathfinder Sophia Wilson won Champion Senior Showmanship andSenior Showmanship in sheep.Pathfinder Marie Mueller was the Intermediate PoultryShowmanship winner.

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