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www.delphosherald.comGuess who?
‘WomanlessBeauty Pageant’set Oct. 22
The Delphos Ladies Clubwill hold a “WomanlessBeauty Pageant” at7 p.m. Oct. 22 at theDelphos Eagle Lodge.Contestants will competein three categories: RunwayWalk, Talent and Q&A.Snacks and bever-ages will be available.The event benefits theclub, which in turn usesthe funds to support localschools, the Delphos PublicLibrary, its Angel of Hopeprogram that provides gasgift cards for those withill family members andother local organizations.Tickets are $15 or $105for a table of eight. CallAmy Zalar at 419-233-6540 or Kimberly Poling at419-604-0754 for tickets.
Death warrant signed for killer of Ohio mom, kids
BY BRENDANFARRINGTONThe Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —A man convicted of mur-dering an Ohio mother andher two daughters after theirDisney World vacation 22years ago is scheduled to beexecuted Nov. 15 after Gov.Rick Scott signed his deathwarrant Monday.Oba Chandler, who turned65 on Tuesday, was convictedof murdering Joan Rogers, 36,and her daughters, Christe, 14,and Michelle, 17. He strippedthem from the waist down,bound them with duct tapeand yellow rope and tied con-crete blocks to ropes aroundtheir necks before throwingthem overboard into TampaBay, according to authori-ties. But the bodies, despitebeing weighted, floated to thesurface.Prosecutors weren’t cer-tain whether Rogers and herdaughters were alive or deadwhen they were thrown intothe bay. The cause of deathwas either strangulationfrom the ropes or drowning,authorities said.Rogers, who had gonewith her children to Tampaen route back to Willshireafter visiting Disney World,had stopped and askedChandler for directions toher Tampa motel on June 1,1989. She and her daugh-ters disappeared that night.The motel manager contactedpolice after maids noticed noone had been in the roomfor a week. Authorities thenfound Rogers’ car abandonedbeside a boat ramp on a cause-way that connects Tampa andPinellas County.Inside they found a bro-chure on which Chandlerwrote directions to the motel.For three years the killingswere a mystery until inves-tigators posted Chandler’shandwriting in hopes some-one would recognize it. Oneof Chandler’s neighbors did
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Members of the Delphos Mohawks Cheer Squad opened the Relay for Life TailgateParty Tuesday evening in the First Federal Bank parking lot.
2012 Relay for Life openswith tailgate party
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Relay for Life of DelphosCommittee members, team captains and membersgathered Tuesday evening for a tailgate party to kickoff the Relay season.The Delphos Mohawks Cheer Squad opened theevent with several cheers and participants decoratedluminary bags which were lit for a short ceremony.2012 Relay Co-Chair Cindy Metzger welcomedeveryone and gave a brief overview of events lead-ing up to Relay, including a decorate-a-bra contestcalled “Dress up the Girls,” “Paint the Town Purple,”“Purple Glove Dance” video and “Relay Recess,”formerly called Mini Relay for local elementaryschool children.Teams can now sign up for the 2012 event; theorder of registration is how campsites will be chosen.Survivorship Chair Cindy Burgei thanked DorothyKohorst for sharing her survivor story. Kohorst is atwo-time cancer survivor; she had breast cancer andappendix cancer.Other committee members include: Co-chairDiane Will; Christie Allemeier, team developmentand fundraising; Bob Ebbeskotte, sponsorship;Jeff Will, luminaries; Elaine Evans, finance; DanaMcRedmond, registration; Max Wisher, entertain-ment; Jeff Jacomet, logistics; Sandy Suever and SueApple, caregiver; Ashley Kill, food and hospitality;and Kelly Beining, Melissa Myers, Cathy Hughes,Mary Lou Wrocklage, Dorothy Kohorst, KendraWieging, Brian Hines, Holly Jacomet, Karen Martin,Carolyn Brickner, Marcia McNamee, Danielle Carderand Lisa Shafer.The 2012 event is set for June 22-23 at theDelphos Community Track. Opening ceremoniesbegin at 6 p.m. on Friday and closing ceremonies areat noon on Saturday.To date, Relay for Life of Delphos has raisednearly $851,000 toward a cure for cancer.
2012 Relay for Life of Delphos Co-Chair Cindy Metzger accepts a check for more than$834 from Flower Fort Relay Fighters team captain Jeff Will. The group held a quarterauction to raise the money; the first on the books for 2012.
TMD offerscanned-gooddrive for Rahrigs
Toledo Molding andDie on State Route 697 inDelphos is holding a canned-good drive for the DougRahrig family who losteverything in a fire on Oct. 5.Canned goods andmonetary gifts can bedropped off in the lobbyduring business hours.
Landeck CLCsets turkey party
The Landeck CLC willhold its annual TurkeyParty at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6at the Catholic Order of Foresters Hall in Landeck.A light meal will beserved at the end of the party.All proceeds willbe given to charity.For more informa-tion, call CatherineHeitz 419-692-9753.
Food Bank at FR/SJ foot-ball game
The West Ohio FoodBank will be at the St. John’shome game Friday night vs.Ft. Recovery, collecting foodand monetary donations.Anyone who donatesgets a chance to spin theprize wheel and win aprize that has been donatedfrom local businesses.
District needsbus drivers
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Those witha commercial driver’s licensemay want to contact DelphosCity Schools SuperintendentFrank Sukup about sub andregular bus driver positionsopen in the district.Sukup told board membersat Monday’s meeting he hasvery few subs and severalregular drivers have expresseda desire to either retire or seekother positions.“We don’t have a problemright now but if we have sev-eral drivers off, we could runin to one,” Sukup said.Those interested can callSukup at 418-692-2509.Treasurer Brad Rostorferpresented the new five-yearforecast; he will submit itto the Ohio Department of Education later this month.The final numbers indicatea General Fund balance of $266,556 on June 30, 2013;$180,569 on June 30, 2013; anegative $414,844 on June 30,2014; a negative $1,413,382on June 30, 2015; and a nega-tive $2,646,783 on June 3,2016. Rostorfer cautionedboard members that anythingbeyond 2013 is pure specula-tion using historical finan-cial information. The figuresdo not include levy renewalsthat will come before voterswithin the five-year forecasttime frame.The district will makeits final payment for roof-ing repairs at the FranklinElementary building once engi-neers perform a final inspec-tion of the project. AdvancedRoofing Services of Maumeeremoved the concrete ballastsand old roofing and applied aglue-down rubber surface. Theproject was bid at $147,280 andthe district received a $6,000discount. The final payment is$20,962.40.In other business, theboard:
• Approved the agreement
to reorganize the NorthwestOhio Area Computer ServiceCooperative as a RegionalCouncil of Governors. Thereorganization will allowNOACSC to provide the sameservices they have in the pastbut the company will assumeall liability; and
• Approved St. John’s
remedial teacher PamHummel’s move to the mas-ter +15 pay scale.
Going green savinggreenbacks at local plant
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Thoughthe nation is a long way frompowering itself in a natural,environmentally-friendly man-ner, moving in that directiondepends on municipalitiesplaying their part. Locally, theCity of Delphos has chippedin by installing solar panels atthe wastewater treatment plant.In December, 351 panels wereactivated and the money addsup, according to Safety ServiceDirector Greg Berquist.“Our solar panels at thewastewater treatment plantproduce 77 kilowats of elec-tricity at maximum capacity.Yesterday, they produced $23worth of power and saved 249kilograms of carbon. Theyday before that, it was $26, sowe’re still hitting the mid $20s,whereas, back on March 14,we produced $124 worth of electricity,” he said.“Our solar panels aredesigned to pick up low-altitude sun. When the sun isdirectly overhead like it justpassed through the equinox,it is not getting the maximumexposure. If we had movingpanels, they could track the sunbut that would be a lot moreexpensive.”Autumn and spring are thebest time of year for the type of panels Delphos has.“You might think summer isbest for producing power but itisn’t because inside the panelsthemselves, if they get over 90degrees, they shut themselvesdown to protect themselves.So, we’re coming up on ourbusy season now because wedon’t have panels that move.This will be the most produc-tive time of year and this willbe the first time we’ve hit thatbecause we haven’t had them afull year yet,” he said.Though the panels are farfrom generating a lot of power,they do mean Delphos is doingits part to develop renewableenergy and it didn’t cost localtaxpayers any direct invest-ment.“We got these through agrant and the purpose in pursu-ing it was to find a complimen-tary source of energy to powerthe wastewater facility. Weknew the solar panels wouldn’tproduce enough for anythingmore than the administrationbuilding but the city had noth-ing more in it than my time,”Berquist concluded.
Katelyn Knepper holds a luminaryin honor of her grandmother, DorothyKohorst, who is a two-time cancersurvivor.
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“You might thinksummer is best forproducing powerbut it isn’t becauseinside the panelsthemselves, if theyget over 90 degrees, they shut them-selves down to pro-tect themselves. So, we’re coming upon our busy seasonnow because wedon’t have pan-els that move.”
— Greg Berquist,Delphos safety service director
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is IsaacKlausing.CongratulationsIsaac!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ColinMcConnahea.CongratulationsColin!
Scholars of the Day
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Helen I. Dunlap
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April 22, 1925-Oct. 11, 2011
Helen I. Dunlap, 86, of Delphos, died at 10:45a.m. Tuesday at VancrestHealthcare Center.She was born April 22,1925, in Allen County to Benand Fae (McDonel) Flory.On June 21, 1941, she mar-ried Ray W. Dunlap, who diedon Jan. 24, 1979.Survivors include sonsRay (Fern) Dunlap of BentonRidge, Dennis (Sharon)Dunlap of Bluffton and Gary(Kristine) Dunlap of Antwerp;daughter Phyllis (Harold)Simon of Lima; half sisterRita (Norbert) Schnipke of Fort Jennings; 15 grandchil-dren, 29 great-grandchildren,three stepgrandchildren andfive stepgreat-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by her grandson, JohnWilson Dunlap.Mrs. Dunlap worked forthe RG Dunn Cigar Factoryfor 32 years, was a member of the Teamster Retirees, EaglesAerie Auxiliary 370 in Limaand Ottawa River Church of God.Services begin at 11 a.m.Friday at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, Pastor MarkWalls officiating. Burial willfollow in the church cemeteryin Rimer.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayand for an hour prior to theservice Friday at the funeralhome.Memorials are to theAmerican Cancer Society.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 77 degrees,low was 51. High a year agotoday was 72, low was 51.Record high for today is 86,set in 2008. Record low is 26,set in 1987.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated Press
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THURSDAY
: Showerslikely and a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Highs in themid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to10 mph shifting to the Southin the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
THURSDAY NIGHT
:Mostly cloudy with a 50 per-cent chance of showers. Lowsin the lower 50s.
FRIDAY
: Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs In the upper50s.
FRIDAY NIGHT
: Partlycloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.
SATURDAY,SATURDAY NIGHT
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SUNDAY NIGHT
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Jan. 31, 1954-Oct. 9, 2011
Daniel C. “Red” Hoersten,57, of Ottoville died 10:22a.m. Sunday at his residencefrom malignant melanomaskin cancer and chroniclymphacytic leukemia.He was born Jan. 31,1954, in Lima to Anthonyand Bernadine (Berelsman)Hoersten, who preceded himin death.On July 8, 1978, he mar-ried Barbara Simmons, whosurvives in Ottoville.Also surviving are his twochildren, Robin Davis andTaylor Marie Hoersten of Ottoville; two grandchildren,Brooke Lynn Davis, who wasborn on Grandpa’s birthday,and Bridget Joann Davis;nine sisters and brothers,Nancy (Eugene) Schmersal of Kalida, Judy Hoersten of VanWert, Ruth (Ron) Schulte,Jane (Mike) Merschmanand Norma (Chip) Rampeof Kalida, Steve (Carol)Hoersten of Ottoville, Mark(Christie) Hoersten of NewHaven, Ind., and JeffreyHoersten and Paul (Jody)Hoersten of Ottoville; a sister-in-law: Mary Lou Hoerstenof Ottoville; mother-in-law,Katy Simmons of Lima; andsix brothers and sisters-in-law,Dominic “Butch” DeGrandsof Bedford, Va., Kathy (Rex)Mowery, Mike (Karen)Simmons, Patti Marlatt andGloria (Ed) Greeley of Limaand Don (Betty) Simmons of Westerville.He was preceded in deathby a brother, Robert “Bob”Hoersten; a father-in-law,Gene Simmons; a sister-in-law, Nancy DeGrands; twonieces, Brenda Hoersten andEmily Kahle; and two neph-ews, Blaine Hoersten andMarc Simmons.Mr. Hoersten retired fromGeneral Motors in Defianceafter 40.3 years. After retire-ment he became “Mr. Mom”and was an active grandpa.He loved his girls and grand-daughters. He was a memberof Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, Ottoville,where he was on the liturgycommittee and was an usher.He was on the St. Mary’sCemetery Board and was amember of the Knights of Columbus 2238, UAW 211and Lima Eagles Aerie 370.He was a loyal CincinnatiReds and Bengals fan anda fan of No. 3 and No. 88NASCAR. He was a talentedstained glass craftsman.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Thursday at ImmaculateConception Catholic Church,Ottoville, the Rev. John Stitesofficiating. Burial will fol-low in St. Mary’s Cemetery,Ottoville.Visitation will be from2-8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township, where ascripture service will beginat 2 p.m. Memorials may begiven for Masses, ImmaculateConception Church SteepleFund, St. Mary’s CemeteryFund or American CancerSociety.Condolences can be sentto www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Daniel C. ‘Red’Hoersten
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 97
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 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 $1.48per 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
ST. RITA’S
Twin girls were born Oct.10 to Eric and Jennifer Lirotof Delphos.A girl was born Oct. 10 toKoby and Leslie Gladen of Delphos.A boy, Marshall Paul, wasborn Oct. 1 at Blanchard ValleyRegional Hospital to Nicoleand Matthew McConnahea.He weighed 7 pounds, 9ounces and was 20 incheslong.
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and called authorities.Chandler was convicted of the killings in 1994. At trial,prosecutors used details of an unrelated rape for whichhe was never tried. A womantestified Chandler took herby boat to see the sunset outon the bay and raped her andshe believed the reason shewasn’t killed was because afriend was waiting for her atthe dock. Based on the simi-larities of the cases, prosecu-tors hypothesized that Rogersand her daughters were luredonto the boat with the prom-ise of seeing the sunset andwere then sexually assaultedbefore being murdered.Chandler’s lawyer, BayaHarrison, said his client hastold him to avoid frivolousappeals to keep him alive.“He is not putting a lotof pressure on me to go run-ning around at the end tofind some magic way out,”Harrison said. “He is notgoing to make a scene. He’snot going to bemoan the legalsystem. What he has told meis this: if there is some legalway that I can find to try toprevent him from being exe-cuted, he would like me to dowhat I reasonably can.”Chandler hasn’t admittedhe committed the murders,but is simply tired of life ondeath row, Harrison said.“This is an old man, atired man, a broken man,”Harrison said. “I’m afraidthat there’s simply not manyissues left. I’ve got a coupleof cards I can play, but I’mgoing to get my pleadingsfiled as soon as I can so wedon’t have this last-minuterunning around like chick-ens with our heads cut off because that’s absolutelymiserable for everybody.”Seven months ago,Chandler was offered to beinterviewed for potentialclemency - a standard proce-dure in death cases - and hedeclined, Harrison said.“He didn’t do it in an arro-gant or obnoxious or angryway at all,” Harrison said.“’He knew he was not a seri-ous candidate for clemencyand he didn’t want to takeup their time. He didn’t wantto go through the exercisehimself.”Chandler, who is beingheld at Union CorrectionalInstitution in Union County,also had a previous felonyconviction for armed rob-bery.
Death
Few clues in baby disappearance
KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) — Authorities searchingfor a missing baby in KansasCity have marched shoulder-to-shoulder through acres of woods, rappelled down cliffsand combed through land-fills. They’ve interrogatedher parents for hours andcalled in firefighters to searcha 36-foot well that seemedlike a possible place to hide achild’s body.But after receiving morethan 300 tips and chasingdown many others, policestill have no idea what hap-pened to Lisa Irwin, a fair-haired, big-eyed baby, whosefirst birthday is now only amonth away.A full week has passedsince Lisa’s parents, JeremyIrwin and Deborah Bradley,reported their daughter miss-ing. Jeremy returned homefrom a late shift at work Oct.4 and told police he found thehouse lights on, a windowtampered with and his childgone.Police have since searchedthe home with metal detec-tors, and FBI and police re-enacted a possible abduction,all done while camera crewsfilmed from the street.Police spokesman Capt.Steve Young has said policeare pursuing all leads andtaking a no-holds barredapproach to the investiga-tion.“I challenge you to namesomething, and I can assureyou we have done it twice,”Young said early in the inves-tigation. But he has also saidall along that he and otherpolice can’t comment on theinvestigation.Lisa’s parents appearedon television several timesthat first week but have sinceretreated from the media,saying they want to focusall their attention on findingLisa. They declined to com-ment Tuesday. A relative saidfamily members had watchedpart of the well search ontelevision.A private security consul-tant said Wednesday that a“high-asset” family he knowshas hired him to investigatethe baby’s disappearance.Bill Stanton, of New York,said he would be working onthe case for an undeterminedamount of time and that he’s“hopeful this child is safe andalive.” He would not identifywho hired him but says it wasnot the child’s family.A spokesman for thebaby’s family said Stantonwould be handling mediaquestions, but did not com-ment on Stanton’s role, if any, in the investigation.Corn: $6.41Wheat: $6.21Beans: $11.79
 
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By ANDY BROWNFIELDAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Theincreasingly bitter ballotfight over the possible repealof the state’s new collec-tive bargaining law had bothsides sparring Tuesday overstarring characters in eachother’s television ads on theissue.The group that wants thelaw repealed says its oppo-nents stole footage of aCincinnati great-grandmoth-er from one of its ads withoutpermission, while the groupcampaigning to keep it inplace says a firefighter fromits opponent’s first TV spotgave the media misleadinginformation about his publichealth benefits.The law bans public work-er strikes and limits the col-lective bargaining abilities of more than 350,000 teachers,firefighters, police officersand other public employeesaround the state.An ad opposing the law byunion-backed We Are Ohiofeatures 78-year-old MarleneQuinn thanking firefightersfor saving her great-grand-daughter Zoey from a fire. Inthe ad, Quinn asks voters torepeal the union law, whichshe said will lead to fewerfirefighters.Republican- and business-backed Building a BetterOhio, which supports thenew law, uses the same foot-age in its ad but cuts outQuinn’s repeal call.“I think that it shows thatthey are willing play tricks,to do anything to win thiscampaign, including takinga great-grandmother’s wordsand twisting them,” saidWe Are Ohio spokeswomanMelissa Fazekas.In a statement, Quinnsaid: “I’ve lived a long timeand seen a lot of things, butI’ve never seen a group of people sink so low. I thinkit’s dishonest and downrightdeceitful that they would usefootage of me to try to playtricks and fool voters.We Are Ohio has sent aletter to TV stations askingthem to pull the Building aBetter Ohio ad off the air-waves and is looking at itslegal options. So far, eightstations have removed it. Weare Ohio also has an onlinepetition asking TV stations totake down the ad.Former Democratic Gov.Ted Strickland told TheAssociated Press in a tele-phone interview that theuse of Quinn’s image in theBuilding a Better Ohio adwas “deceitful and dishonor-able.”Strickland speculated thatit could cause a backlashagainst the law’s supporters.“I think it could be the turn-ing point in the campaign,quite frankly,” he said.“What they have donehere, I think, demonstratesthe level of deceitfulness thatthey will use in order to tryto win. This is really as bla-tant as anything I’ve seen,”Strickland said.He said the supporterspurposefully distorted thewoman’s image and exploit-ed her.“It will say somethingabout the character of thegovernor and others, if theydo not, in my judgment, stepup and very publicly say thatthis is wrong and disassoci-ate themselves from it.”Rob Nichols, a spokes-man for Republican Gov.John Kasich, declined tocomment.Building a Better Ohiowon’t be pulling the ad andis sending a letter to sta-tions telling them why it islegal, spokeswoman ConnieWerhkamp said.“We strongly believe thatthe victim’s story actuallymakes the case for votingyes” on the law, she said.“This is just a trend againthat their campaign is basedon distorting reality and rely-ing on a campaign of misin-formation.”Building a Better Ohioearlier in the day alleged thata Cincinnati firefighter fea-tured in We Are Ohio’s firstad gave incorrect informa-tion to multiple media outletsabout how much he paid forhis health benefits.Firefighter Doug Sternreportedly told members of the media he paid 20 percentof his health-insurance pre-miums, but The ColumbusDispatch reported thatCincinnati firefighters pay 5percent of the premium.On Tuesday night, Sterndefended himself, clarifyingthat he pays 20 percent of his health care costs, not of insurance premiums. Sternsaid his policy requires himto pay the first $600 in healthcare costs and then 20 per-cent of additional costs upto a total of $6,000 out of pocket.As such, Stern said, thenew law won’t add up to anycost savings for Cincinnati.“There are no real costsavings to the bill,” he said.“What they’re calling reason-able reforms aren’t reforminganything.”Fazekas said she couldn’tcomment on Building a BetterOhio’s accusations withoutfirst talking to Stern.“I’m not getting into aback-and-forth with them,”she said. “What they didwith this ad and attacking afirefighter is low, and theyshould be ashamed of them-selves.”
Ohio group claims anti-unionad stole grandmother’s image
A soulful Meghan Linseyand rockstar Joshua ScottJones’ life changed foreverafter winning CMT’s “CanYou Duet?” and signing arecord deal with Big MachineRecords.The real-life couple,more widely known as SteelMagnolia, wowed a panel of industry judges and earnedfans across the nation withtheir fresh sound, intermin-gling distinct voices andunbridled chemistry. Fromthe first few bars of their song“Ohh La La” on that showto their most recent CountryMusic Association’s VocalDuo of the Year nomination,Steel Magnolia has been ashooting star on the CountryMusic fast track. And thatfast track brings them fromtheir current REBA “AllThe Women I Am” Tour toVan Wert on Jan. 6 for oneshow only at the NiswongerPerforming Arts Center of Northwest Ohio! Tickets goon sale today at noon forCountry Music’s hot youngsuperstars.Tickets are available onlineat www.npacvw.org or at thebox office from noon to 4p.m. Monday through Fridayat 419-238-NPAC (6722).Tickets can also be purchasedin person during box officehours at 10700 State Route118 S., Van Wert.
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COLUMBUS (AP) —The number of crashes andthe amount of commercialtraffic reported along theOhio Turnpike rose slightlyduring the first six monthsof its higher 70 mph speedlimit compared with the sameperiod last year, accordingto data from turnpike offi-cials and the State HighwayPatrol.The limit increased inApril from 65 mph for the241-mile toll road that con-nects the Midwest and theEast Coast, allowing driversto legally zip along at 70mph for the first time in morethan three decades and add-ing Ohio to more than twodozen states that have thatspeed limit. Some turnpikeofficials and other supportersof the change hoped it wouldlure trucks back to the tollroad from parallel routes thatrun through smaller commu-nities and may be less suitedfor large vehicle traffic. TheOhio Trucking Associationopposed the change, arguingit might lead to more crashesas vehicles zigzag past slow-er-traveling trucks that topout at speeds several notchesbelow 70 mph.“If there’s a road that’sgoing to be at 70 mph, theOhio Turnpike is definitelyengineered and maintainedfor it,” highway patrol Capt.Chris Zurcher said. He notedthat wet weather and con-struction work, which alsoaffect crash data, vary fromyear to year.About 1,270 crashes wererecorded on the turnpike fromApril through September,including two that werefatal, according to the patrol.That’s up from 1,159 duringthose six months in 2010.The number of speeding cita-tions issued in that time alsorose by about 170, patrol datashowed.Through early October,1,912 turnpike crashes werereported. In the past fewyears, that annual total hasranged from about 2,100 tonearly 2,600.Officials say they needmore data to determinewhether the recent increasesin truck traffic and crashesare linked to the new speedlimit. When the limit for com-mercial vehicles rose from 55mph to 65 mph in 2004, thepatrol found injury and fatalcrashes also increased in thefollowing year and a half.Turnpike passenger traf-fic dropped slightly, possiblyaffected by a down econo-my and high gas prices, soturnpike officials see it as agood sign that truck traffic isup, interim executive direc-tor Dan Castrigano said. Theturnpike recorded more than21.4 million passenger vehi-cles from April to September,about 237,000 fewer than inthe comparable period lastyear. It logged about 5.3 mil-lion commercial vehicles, anincrease of about 95,000.
Ohio Turnpikecrashes rise withnew speed limit
COLUMBUS (AP) — AMichigan football fan has pro-posed to his girlfriend on thefield of Ohio Stadium.Johnny Wakefield paid$150 to pop the question thereTuesday to Abbey Zellers, aBuckeyes fan.The Columbus Dispatchreports that when Wakefieldled her to the 50-yard line,the 28-year-old Zellers fearedthey’d be kicked out. She saysshe was in “total shock” whenthe proposal came, and shesaid yes right away.She grew up near Akronfollowing Ohio State.
Ohio Stadiumused for proposal

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