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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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14, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Legion setschildren’s party
Delphos AmericanLegion Post 268 will hostChristmas for the childrenand grandchildren of Legionmembers from 6-7:30p.m. Friday at the post.Children will be pro-vided with snacks and candyand a chance to have theirphoto taken with Santa.
Relay team offersFlowers for Year
St. John’s RelayFor Life team is sellingFlowers for a Year cards.The cost is $60 and theycan be ordered from MelissaMyers at 419-302-2205,smyers@watchtv.net ormyers@delphosstjohns.org.
Boosters set NewYear’s Eve bash
The Big Green AthleticBoosters will host its sec-ond annual New Year’sEve celebration at theOttoville Parish Center.Doors will open at 6:30p.m. and a steak dinnerwill be served at 7:30 p.m.Entertainment will be pro-vided by Ultra Sound.Snacks, ice, water andparty favors are included,as well as complimen-tary taxi service at theend of the evening.The cost is $35 perperson and tables will bereserved upon request.For tickets or questions;please contact ShannonSchlagbaum at 419-453-3553.CloudyThursday with50 percentchance of showers andhigh in mid 50s. See page 2.
School board bidsfarewell to 3 members
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — TheDelphos City SchoolsBoard of Education isaccepting letters of intentto fill the unexpired termon the board. Members bidfarewell to 18-year veter-an Deb Gallmeier, MalisaSmith (one term) and BoardPresident Ron Ebbeskotte(one term current, one termin past) at Monday’s meet-ing.Newcomers Joe Rodeand Michael Wulfhorst willfill the seats left by Smithand Ebbeskotte. Gallmeier’sunexpired seat is open fortwo years.Letters need to be sentto the administrative build-ing at 234 N. Jefferson St.and postmarked by Jan. 1for consideration. Candidatesneed to also supply the reasonthey would like to serve onthe board.Gallmeier said her timeon the board has been fun,interesting, challenging andfrustrating.“I hope I have been a pro-ductive board member andhave given a positive contri-bution,” she said. “The thingI have enjoyed the most isfollowing a class through itsentire school years.”Smith has spent four yearson the board. She said shehad learned a lot.“There is a significant dif-ference in how the schoolboard here is run and howthey are run in Tennessee.There was a lot for me tolearn,” she said. “It has beena worthwhile experience andI met a lot of great people.”Ebbeskotte served a termon the board in the past andreturned and finished a sec-ond four-year term.“The past four years hasbeen challenging with theeconomy,” he said. “I haveenjoyed being involved andlearned a lot about schoolfunding serving on theFinance Committee.”Franklin and LandeckPrincipal Mark Fuerst gavethe spotlight report. He saidhe has adopted a schedule sohis presence is felt in bothschool buildings.Fuerst also reportedLandeck and Franklin havereceived refurbished laptops for a computer lab fromgenerous supporters as wellas 25 new-to-the districtcomputers in classrooms atFranklin.With teachers taking turnsmonitoring the cafeteria andplayground, collaborationtime has been reduced. Fuerstsolved this problem by occa-sionally taking over the moni-toring so grade-level teacherscan have lunch together andwork out lesson plans.Classes will be dismissedat the public and parochialschools at 1:30 p.m. Dec.21 for the Christmas break.Classes resume on Jan. 3.Board member JohnKlausing will serve as presi-dent pro tem beginning Jan.1 and until a new board presi-dent is elected at the 7 p.m.Jan. 12 organizational meet-ing. The regular meeting willfollow at 8 p.m.
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Outgoing Delphos City School Board members Ron Ebbeskotte, left, Deb Gallmeierand Malisa Smith attended their final meeting Monday.
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 Penny stall benefits PC children
Sixteen children in Putnam County will have a bigger Christmas this year thanksto the students and staff at Fort Jennings High School. Recently, the 185 students ingrades 7-12 stalled classes by dumping pennies on the teachers’ desks. The teach-ers had to count the pennies before beginning class. Overall, students contributed238,800 pennies to purchase Christmas gifts for the “adopted” children. The fresh-men contributed the most ($571.14), followed closely by the juniors ($546.58.) In aneffort to make sure they did not have Sociology class 9th period, the juniors gave Mr.Myerholtz 50,374 pennies. An afternoon of shopping proved to be challenging as fiverepresentatives from the school purchased 218 gifts of clothing and toys.
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St. John’sspelling beewinners
St. John’s ElementarySchool held its spellingbee Friday. The win-ner was eighth-graderLanna Klausing, left, andrunner-up was seventh-grader Mackenzie Stose.Evyn Pohlman was third.Klausing won on the word“amethyst.”
US urges ban ontexting, talkingwhile driving
LOS ANGELES — RenBishop is one of manyAmerican drivers who texts,tweets and talks on her cell-phone while she’s behind thewheel — and thinks it shouldbe up to drivers to use theirdiscretion when it comes tosafety.Though she admits thumb-ing her phone while drivingis bad habit, the University of Missouri student says drivers“are mature enough to under-stand when it is appropriateand when it is not.”The NationalTransportation Safety Boarddisagrees, and it declaredTuesday that texting, email-ing or chatting while drivingis simply too dangerous tobe allowed anywhere in theUnited States.The board is urging allstates to impose total bansexcept for emergencies fol-lowing recent deadly crashes,including one in Missouri aftera teenager sent or received11 text messages within 11minutes.The unanimous recom-mendation from the five-member board would applyeven to hands-free devices,a much stricter rule than anycurrent state law.NTSB chairwomanDeborah Hersman acknowl-edged that complying wouldinvolve changing what hasbecome ingrained behaviorfor many Americans.“We’re not here to win apopularity contest,” she said.“No email, no text, no update,no call is worth a humanlife.”Currently, 35 states and theDistrict of Columbia ban tex-ting while driving, while ninestates and Washington, D.C.,bar hand-held cellphone use.Thirty states ban all cellphoneuse for beginning drivers. Butenforcement is generally nota high priority, and no statesban the use of hands-freedevices for all drivers.The immediate impetusfor the NTSB’s recommenda-tion was last year’s deadlypileup near Gray Summit,Mo., involving a 19-year-oldpickup driver.The board said the ini-tial collision was caused bythe teen’s inattention whiletexting a friend about eventsof the previous night. Thepickup, traveling 55 mph, hitthe back of a tractor truckthat had slowed for highwayconstruction. The pickupwas rear-ended by a schoolbus, and a second school busrammed into the back of thefirst bus.The pickup driver and a15-year-old student on one of the buses were killed. Thirty-
Jays selling Minster cagetickets
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment is selling ticketsfor its boys basketball roadgame at Minster (6:30 p.m.JV tip Friday) during schoolhours in the high schooloffice until 1 p.m. Friday.Ticket costs are $6for adults and $4 for stu-dents. All tickets willbe $6 at the door.
Jefferson site change
 The Jefferson girls basket-ball game vs. Ft. Recovery onDec. 27 will now be playedat the Jefferson MiddleSchool (6 p.m. JV start).
Thursday’s slate
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):Jefferson at Crestview(NWC); Minster at St. John’s(MAC); Ottoville at MillerCity (PCL); Spencerville atAda (NWC); Lincolnviewat Bluffton (NWC); Elidaat Wapak (WBL); LimaCentral Catholic at ColumbusGrove (NWC); Van Wertat Shawnee (WBL).Wrestling: Bath andCelina at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Swimming and Diving:Elida at Wapak, 5:30 p.m.
Members of the Silver Sneakers at Peak 24-HourFitness held a Christmas party Tuesday. Above: MaryLou Krietemeyer tries to pull a candy cane from a linewhile balancing a marshmallow on a spoon during thegames.
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Above: BarbWiechart, left, Gertrude Mox andMarie Spanglerpass candy canesand gifts backand forth during“The Right”game, whereparticipantspass items left orright when thosewords are said ina story.Right:BarbaraPuma playspaddle ball in arelay race.See BAN, page 2
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is CaseySanders.CongratulationsCasey!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ZackaryWannemacher.CongratulationsZackary!
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 141
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Irma G. Warnecke
June 26, 1925-Dec. 12, 2011
Irma G. Warnecke, 86, of Fort Jennings died on Mondayat her daughter’s residence inColumbus Grove.She was born June 26,1925, in Delphos to Leo andElvera (Kroger) Hotz, whopreceded her in death.On Aug. 3, 1946, she mar-ried Richard W. Warnecke,who died Feb. 12, 1992.Survivors include her chil-dren: Phil (Karen) Warneckeof Sidney, Kathie (Lee) Bogartof Columbus Grove, Karen(John) Bensman of Delphosand Bob (Gaya) Warneckeand Vera (Anthony) Millerof Fort Jennings; 13 grand-children and 22 great-grand-children; two sisters, Connie(Bob) Warniment of Delphosand Darlene “Dolly” (Jerry)Hoover of Roanoke, Va.; andtwo brothers-in-law, UrbanFuerst and Art Fischer of Delphos.Also preceding her in deathwere three sisters, Ann Fuerst,Gert Fischer and MarriettaHotz.Mrs. Warnecke was retiredfrom the former PhilipsDisplay Components of Ottawa. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church,Fort Jennings, and its AltarRosary Society and CatholicLadies of Columbia. Sheloved to crochet.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m. Fridayat St. Joseph Catholic Church,the Rev. Joseph Przybysz offi-ciating. Burial will follow inthe church cemetery.Visitation will be from2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township, corner of St. Rts. 224 and 634, where ascripture service will be heldat 2:30 p.m.; and one hourprior to services at the churchon Friday.Memorials may be given tothe American Cancer Society.Condolences may beexpressed to: www.lovefu-neralhome.com.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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06-07-11-14-19-21-24-30-41-44-48-51-59-63-66-68-72-75-76-77Corn: $5.95Wheat: $5.71Beans: $10.99A boy, Parker William,was born Dec. 4 at BlanchardValley Health System toWhitney Best and JacobWright of Findlay.He weighed 7 pounds, 2ounces and was 20 incheslong.Grandparents are LarryBest of Delphos and Jamesand Mary Wright of Toledo.Great-grandparent isDarlene Best of Delphos.A girl, Magdalen Marie,was born Dec. 11 at Mt.Carmel East Hospital toRalph and Marie Mertz of Pickerington.She weighed 7 pounds, 13ounces and was welcomedby her big brothers, Vincentand Oden.Grandparents are Ed andCarol Odenweller of Delphosand Ralph and Darla Mertzof Columbus.Great-grandparents are Jimand Margaret Schimmoellerof Fort Jennings, Donand Alice Fischbach of Wapakoneta and RichardPlace of Buckland.A boy, Luke Holden, wasborn Dec. 5 to Matt andHayley Neumeier.He weighed 10 pounds,9 1/2 ounces and was wel-comed home by a brother,Jake, and a sister, Natalie.Grandparents are Bryanand Cathy Thompson.Great-grandparents areBob and June Neumeier.Bob and June also wel-comed a great-granddaugh-ter, Estella Faye, on Nov. 5born to Kellie Runyan andAndrew Siler. Grandmotheris Kristy Runyan and great-grandmother is Sharon Siler.
A girl was born Dec. 12 toKayla Feathers of Delphos.A boy was born Dec. 13to Jamie and Noah Bryan of Delphos.
: Showers andchance of thunderstorms.Windy. Near steady tem-perature in the upper 40s.Southwest winds 15 to 25mph. Chance of precipitation90 percent.
: Cloudy.Chance of showers in themorning, then chance of rainin the afternoon through earlyevening. Windy. Highs in themid 50s. Southwest winds 20to 30 mph becoming west 15to 20 mph in the afternoonthrough early evening. Chanceof measurable precipitation 50percent.
:Partly cloudy. Colder. Lows inthe lower 30s. West winds 15to 20 mph becoming northwest5 to 10 mph after midnight.
: Mostly sunny.Colder. Highs in the upper 30s.North winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Partlycloudy. Lows in the upper20s. Highs in the mid 30s.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 43 degrees,low was 26. Rainfall wasrecorded at .51 inch. High ayear ago today was 19, lowwas 6. Record high for todayis 66 set in 1975. Record lowis -5, set in 1914.
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Paramedics and a passersby help the occupants of an overturned Chrysler sedan in afield along St. Rd. 116 Tuesday morning.
Crash sends two Delphos women to hospital
Two Delphos womenwere injured Tuesday morn-ing in a car rollover accidentsoutheast of Van Wert.At approximately 10:45a.m., the driver of a 1992Chrysler sedan lost controlof the vehicle on the slip-pery pavement of St. Rd.116, traveled into a fieldand flipped over onto itsroof.Mary Mullen, 84, lostcontrol at the curve at theintersection with RogersRoad. She and her passen-ger, Bettie Bohnlein, 89,were each pulled from theoverturned car by paramed-ics. They were transport-ed to Van Wert Hospitalby Middle Point EMS.Bohnlein was treated andreleased. Mullen was latertaken by Samaritan helicop-ter to Lutheran Hospital inFort Wayne.
Charles A.Rohrbacher
Nov. 13, 1934Dec. 13, 2011
 Charles A. Rohrbacher,77, of Delphos died at 12:15p.m. Tuesday at VancrestHealthcare Center.He was born Nov. 13, 1934,in Lima to Albert and ChloeEvick (Rison) Rohrbacher,who preceded him in death.He married Gwen(Frericks) Fischer, who sur-vives in Delphos.Other survivors are sonCharles A. Rohrbacher of Delphos; daughters Suzi (Jim)Bechtel of Goshen, Ind., Sheryl(Don) Quan of Canton, Mich.,and Sharla (Brian) LaVelle of Columbus, Ind.; sisters Joy(Charley) Carr of Gautier,Miss., and Josephine (Lewis)Neff of Lima; brother Jay L.Rohrbacher of Lauderhill,Fla.; grandchildren Nikia,Mikai and Kirei Quan andEmma, Samual, Benjamin andChloe LaVelle; stepgrand-children Jamie Bechtel andRandy (Christina) Bechtel;stepgreat-grandchildrenAshley, Nicholas, Amy andJacob Bechtel; and first cousinSister Susan Morris of SouthBoston, Mass.He was also preceded indeath by a brother, CliffordRison; and a daughter, SharynRohrbacher.Mr. Rohrbacher retired asa design engineer from FordMotor Co. Lima Engine Plantafter 27 years. He was a Navyveteran, avid antique collectorand dealer and loved to goto auctions. He was a mem-ber of St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, and a fan of the St. John’s Blue Jays andThe Ohio State Buckeyes.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 9:30 a.m.Saturday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff officiating. Burial will be inResurrection Cemetery, withmilitary rites by the DelphosVeterans Council.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake service will beheld at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the St. John’sTeacher Endowment Fund orthe American Cancer Society.
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eight other people were injured.In Missouri, texting is ille-gal for drivers 21 and under,which means the law wouldhave applied to the 19-year-old. But the ban isn’t aggres-sively enforced, NTSB memberRobert Sumwalt said.“Without the enforcement,the laws don’t mean a wholelot,” he said.The law didn’t apply to22-year-old Bishop when shewas pulled over Monday nightfor swerving while texting onthe University of Missouri cam-pus.She blames a late night andschoolwork. The officer whostopped her told her to put herphone in the back seat and senther home with a warning.“I definitely have the badhabit of tweeting and driv-ing, texting and driving, andupdating my Facebook sta-tus,” Bishop said. “I probablyshouldn’t but the technologymakes it too easy.”About two out of 10American drivers overall —and half of drivers between 21and 24 — say they’ve thumbedmessages or emailed from thedriver’s seat, according to a sur-vey of more than 6,000 driv-ers by the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration.At any given moment lastyear on America’s streets andhighways, nearly one in every100 car drivers was texting,emailing, surfing the Web orotherwise using a hand-heldelectronic device, the safetyadministration said. Thoseactivities were up 50 percentover the previous year.NTSB investigators saidthey are seeing increasing tex-ting, cellphone calls and otherdistracting behavior by driversin accidents involving all kindsof transportation. It has becomeroutine to immediately requestthe preservation of cellphoneand texting records when aninvestigation begins.In the past few years, theboard has investigated a traincollision in which the engi-neer was texting that killed 25people in Chatsworth, Calif., afatal accident near Philadelphiain which a tugboat pilot wastalking on his cellphone andusing a laptop computer, and aNorthwest Airlines flight thatsped more than 100 miles pastits destination because bothpilots were working on theirlaptops.Last year, a driver was dial-ing his cellphone when his truckcrossed a highway median nearMunfordville, Ky., and collidedwith a 15-passenger van. Elevenpeople were killed.While the NTSB doesn’thave the power to impose restric-tions, its recommendations carrysignificant weight with federalregulators, Congress and statelawmakers. But the board’sdecision to include hands-freecellphone use in its recommen-dation is likely to prove espe-cially controversial.
Allen County Refuse pro-vides garbage and recycle col-lection in Delphos.The Allen County portion of Delphos is collected on Thurs-days, with residents placinggarbage containers on the curbWednesday evening and recycleevery other Wednesday.The Van Wert County por-tion of Delphos is collected onFriday, with residents placinggarbage containers at the curbon Thursday evening and recy-cle every other Thursday.If a holiday falls during theweek, collection is pushed backa day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in Al-len County will be Friday andin Van Wert County it will beSaturday.Big item collection is heldfrom 8 a.m.-noon the first Sat-urday of each month in theparking lot across from the citybuilding. Participants need toshow proof of residency like acity utility bill.See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
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Marion Township Trustees
The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regu-lar scheduled meetingon Monday at the MarionTownship Office with thefollowing members present:Howard Violet, Jerry Gildenand Joseph Youngpeter.The purpose of the meet-ing was to pay bills and con-duct ongoing business. Theminutes of the previous meet-ing were read and approvedas read. The trustees thenreviewed the bills and gaveapproval for 17 checks total-ing $23,652.71.Road Foreman Elwer hadno report.Fiscal Office Kimmet gavethe trustees the Fund Balanceand Bank ReconciliationReports for Nov. 30 for theirreview and signature.He also gave them therevised Certificate of allSources Available forExpenditures and afterreview, Trustee Gildenoffered a resolution to acceptit which was seconded byTrustee Youngpeter with allvotes “YES.”Trustee Youngpeterthen offered a resolution todecrease the appropriationin the Gas Tax Fund andthe Fire District Fund due toreduced revenue which wasseconded by Trustee Gildenand upon roll call all voteswere “YES.”He also passed out newinsurance booklet to thosecovered.Police Vermillion advisedtrustees that there are nofire arms available for theDRMO.Trustee Gilden advisedthat he contacted Brad Blymerfrom Farmer’s Equipmentregarding the charge for fend-ers and Brad will see whatcan be done.He then brought up theupcoming fire contract with theCity of Delphos. WashingtonTownship trustees and ZoningInspector and Delphos FireChief McNeal were presentregarding this and after muchdiscussion, the trustees statedthey would attend the coun-cil meeting on Dec. 19 andgive reasons why they feel anincrease on the contract thatthe city has offered is not war-ranted. Washington Townshipexpressed similar concernsand will attend the meetingalso and pursue their contractaccordingly.Trustee Youngpeterbrought in another quoteregarding purchasing tractorsand after much discussion hemade a motion to purchasetwo John Deere Tractorsunder the Ohio HeavyConstruction Contract buy-ing one from Kennedy-Kuhnand the other from NorthwestTractor which was secondedby Trustee Gilden and passedunanimously.There being no furtherbusiness, a motion to adjournby Trustee Gilden was sec-onded by Trustee Youngpeterand passed unanimously.
Patrol offers tips and warningsabout driving in winter weather
COLUMBUS – The OhioState Highway Patrol is warn-ing drivers about the dangersof driving in winter weatherand is offering some tips onwhat drivers should do in theevent of a vehicle break downor a crash.From December 2010through March 2011, 37,429crashes occurred on snow, iceor slush covered roadwayskilling 46 people and injuring7,844. Speed was reported asthe main cause in 77 percentof these crashes. To view abreakdown of these crashesvisit http://www.statepa-trol.ohio.gov/doc/Winter_Driving.pdf.In the event of inclementweather, the Patrol is urg-ing motorists to allow extratime to get to their destina-tion, maintain a safe distancebetween their vehicle and thetraffic ahead, pay close atten-tion to bridges and overpasses— as they are often the firstto freeze over — and to driveslowly, as everything includ-ing accelerating, turning andbraking, take longer on snow-covered roadways.“In case of a vehicle break-down, motorists should turnon their hazard warning lights,safely position the vehicle asfar off the road as possible,call 1-877-7-PATROL forassistance and remain in thevehicle until help arrives,”explained Colonel John Born,Patrol superintendent.Troopers further suggestthat if you get stuck in snow;make sure that your tail pipeis free of all snow and debris,to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.All motorists are encour-aged to prepare their vehi-cle for winter driving by— ensuring that the battery,cooling system, tires, wipersand defroster — are all inworking order. Drivers arealso encouraged to carry thefollowing winter car kit itemsin their vehicle in case of abreakdown:
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• Road flares or reflectors• Help or Call Police signs• First aid kit• Flashlight• Blanket/Sleeping bag• Small shovel• Bottled water and energy
• Candles and matches• Tow strap/chain
Up-to-the-minute roadconditions are alwaysavailable by logging ontothe Ohio Department of Transportation’s website,www.buckeyetraffic.org.
New limits added toOhio voucher bill
COLUMBUS (AP) — Alawmaker who wants to expandprivate school vouchers in Ohiois putting new restrictions onhis plan in response to publicschools’ concerns over losingtheir tax money.Schools in more than half of Ohio’s 614 districts havepassed resolutions over the pasttwo months opposing state Rep.Matt Huffman’s bill to widenthe program that gives parentstax dollars to pay their child’sprivate school tuition, TheColumbus Dispatch reportedTuesday.The Republican legisla-tor from Lima said at a newsconference Monday that hewants to protect public schoolsand doesn’t want “to see anydoomsday scenarios.” Huffmansaid he hopes the revised planaddresses those concerns, butthe changes are not likely to beenough to win the support of public school officials in Ohio’scash-strapped school districts,the newspaper reported.“It’s still transferring publicdollars to private schools, andit’s not limited to schools hav-ing difficulty. It makes vouch-ers available to any child in anydistrict,” said Damon Asbury,legislative director for the OhioSchool Boards Association.The changes would lowerincome guidelines to restricteligibility, cap the number of vouchers available in eachschool district and reduce theamount a student can receive.Under Huffman’s latest pro-posal, vouchers would be avail-able to families with householdincomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or$67,050 a year for a family of four. That would limit privateschool scholarships to not morethan 1 percent of students perschool district, or about 17,000students statewide.Huffman’s original proposalwould have expanded the pro-gram to families with incomesup to $95,000 a year.Voucher amounts wouldvary by school district. Avoucher must be equal tothe cost of the private schooltuition up to $4,500 a year,but no more than the amountof per-pupil state aid receivedby the district. Vouchers couldamount to only a few hundreddollars in districts receivinglittle state aid, while studentsin schools receiving more statemoney would be eligible for themaximum.Huffman said he wants tomake sure districts wouldn’tlose any local tax money. Healso is dropping a provisionthat allowed parents to depositunused voucher money into acollege savings account.School choice advocatessupport the bill.Jason Warner, legislativedirector for School ChoiceOhio, said “thousands of fami-lies” are waiting for the programso their children “can finallyhave access to a high-qualityeducation that best meets theirlearning needs.”Vouchers currently areavailable to students in low-performing schools regard-less of income. Schools in28 districts met the criteriathis year, with 15,219 studentsreceiving vouchers, accordingto the Ohio Department of Education
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COLUMBUS (AP) —Unionized teachers and retir-ees, local government offi-cials, and veterans are amongpublic workers running foroffice in an effort by OhioDemocrats to take controlof the state House after asuccessful fall campaign torepeal a collective bargain-ing overhaul championed byGov. John Kasich and fellowRepublicans.Without the option of agubernatorial recall likeWisconsin’s, a 2012 takeoverof the Ohio House, whereRepublicans hold a 19-seatadvantage, is Democrats’ bestnext step for capitalizing onvoter anger over the union-limiting law. A total of 21House districts will be with-out an incumbent next yeardue to term limits and otherdepartures.Taking control of the OhioSenate, which is about two-thirds Republican and hasbeen GOP hands since 1985,is a long shot for Democrats.But House control wouldgive them the ability to blockbills supported by SenateRepublicans and Kasich.The union-limiting billthat’s fueling the effort waslauded by its backers as atool for local governments tocontrol costs, but it promptedweeks of Statehouse protests,rallies and parades drawingthousands of opponents. Themeasure would have affectedmore than 350,000 teachers,police, firefighters and othergovernment employees. Aftera $30 million campaign, 60percent of voters rejected it inNovember.Now, Democrats are field-ing candidates in almost all99 Ohio House districts —even the reliably Republicanones — a rarity not seen fordecades. The public workersnewly running as Democratsnumber at least 20.
Dems hopeunion victoryspurs takeover
COLUMBUS (AP) — AnOhio prison doctor criticizedby the state corrections sys-tem after the suicide of aninmate under his care facesthe suspension of his medicallicense or worse at a hearingtoday.A state medical boardexaminer alleges that Dr.Myron Shank didn’t followup on allegations that patientswere selling pain pills heprescribed for them and thathe excessively prescribedsuch pills. He’s also accusedof failing to recognize thatseveral patients were “drug-seeking” individuals drivingsuspiciously long distances tosee him for pills.The examiner’s 77-pagereport on Shank alleges thatcare he provided to 11patients between 2003 and2008 “was below the mini-mum standard of care” in sev-eral ways.Shank argues to the boardin a separate filing that thedoctor who reviewed hiscases wasn’t qualified toexamine chronic pain treat-ment and that his treatmentof patients “met relevant carestandards.”The examiner recommend-ed a minimum six-month sus-pension of Shank’s license.The board could follow that,throw the charges out or per-manently revoke his license,among other options.The allegations don’tmention Shank’s work at theAllen Correctional Institution,from which he resigned ear-lier this year after the stateplaced him on administrativeleave.A prisons system review of Shank’s work found that hefailed to do proper follow-upwith patients and improperlystopped medication and treat-ment without first meetingwith patients.
Ex-prison doctorfaces suspension
East 105th Street and EuclidAvenue in Cleveland wasthe site of the first pedestrianbutton for the control of atraffic light. The boy chosenfor the 1948 newsreel todemonstrate its operation wasLouis Spronze.

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