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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 8Classifieds 10Television 11World briefs 12
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NHS to sponsorPolar Fun Run
A 5K Polar Fun Runis being held by theSpencerville High SchoolNational Honor Societyat 10 a.m. on March 10.Registration forms areavailable at the school oron the school’s web siteat spencervillebearcats.com. Pre-registrationdeadline is March 1.The cost is $10 perperson ($18.50 with aT-shirt) or $45 for a teamof 5 ($85 with T-shirts).Prizes will be awardedto top two finishers inthe following age groups:15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49 and 50 and over aswell as best team time.For more information,contact Angel Wagner at419-647-4111 ext. 3131;or by e-mail at wag-nera@svbearcats.org.
Help Me Growsets screenings
Putnam County Help MeGrow will offer free screen-ings (hearing, development,speech, vision, behavioraland play skills) for infants,toddlers and preschool-ers by appointment from1-4 p.m. Feb. 21 at theEducational Service Center.Call Ann or Marcieto schedule an appoint-ment at 419.523.6059or 1-877-738-1866.Sunny Thursdaywith high inupper 30s.See page 2.
Stacy Taff photo
 Franklin hosts ‘Pint Size Heroes’ blood drive
DeeAnn Reed of the American Red Cross draws a pint of blood from Delphos CitySchools Treasurer Brad Rostorfer during the Pint Size Heroes blood drive at FranklinMonday afternoon. The drive collected 55 units. American Red Cross RepresentativeMegan Pape introduced the program for those too young to give blood to help gener-ate donors to Franklin and Landeck Elementary School students on Jan. 10. Studentsthen “recruited” donors for Monday’s drive.
Crash victim’s family starts 911 petition
Staff reports
ROCKFORD — Followingthe shocking accident whichclaimed the life of 17-year-old Brianna Coon over theweekend, the girl’s family issuffering further heartbreakfrom the release of the audioof the 911 call she made rightafter her car plunged into aPutnam County pond.The tragic crash happenedSaturday night around 11p.m. Coon’s car went off theleft side of County Road Pand wound up in a pond justnorth of Ottoville. She wasable to make a call to 911 at11:03 p.m. The car was notlocated for about two hours.However, a recording of that 911 call soon appearedon YouTube, broadcastingthe last few moments of thegirl’s life. That recording wasthen picked up by other mediasources, including an Englishnewspaper and web site.That article also includedpictures of Coon and mem-bers of her family. The photoswere attributed to Facebook,meaning they were takendirectly from either the girl’sprofile page or from the pageof a family member. A mem-ber of the family stated that atleast one of the pictures hadnot been seen before by anyof the family members.The family is also hopingfor people to sign an onlinepetition to have the 911 audioremoved from the publicsites. The original postingon YouTube has now beenremoved but the audio is stillpresent on the site based inEngland, as of Tuesday eve-ning.The web address forthe petition is http://www.change.org/petitions/remove-the-911-callA relative also told localmedia a television news crewfrom Dayton had causedadditional heartache for fam-ily members as they emergedfrom a Rockford funeralhome after making funeralarrangements.“They came to me andsaid that they’d like to gowith the angle that prom iscoming up and they wantedto promote kids driving safe.But of course when they airedthe story, they didn’t mentionanything about prom safety,”said Amie Coon.The investigation into thecrash is continuing. Coonsaid a check of her niece’sphone records showed shewas not texting at the time of the accident.
Ag impact of warmerwinter mostly on soil
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
Mother Nature’s seasonalcycles provide somethingof a natural tilling farmersare accustomed to in winter.Normally, cold temperaturescause the ground to harden.Then, soil is “fluffed up” whenit softens as temperatures rise.However, that isn’t looking tobe the case this year becauseof the warm winter the regionis experiencing.Dr. Curtis Young is theVan Wert County OSUExtension educator and anentomologist. He says someareas of fields may be com-pacted this spring.“The biggest problem isthat soil hasn’t been manip-ulated by the freeze-thawcycle. We have a lot of dam-age out in the fields; there’sa lot of rutting from harvestwhere it would have beenalleviated if the ground hadhardened and thawed. Thatfluffs up the soil, whereasit’s compacted. So, we couldhave some major compactedareas when we get to plantingseason,” he said.In addition, trees, shrubs andother plants, as well as insects,normally go into an “overwin-tering state” to survive throughwinter. If they come out of it,thinking it’s springtime, theycan’t simply return to their pro-tective mode.“The lack of cold can havea negative impact on insects;more than a consistent winterwould have. I don’t expectany major swings in insectpopulations but some of thebeneficial insects can benegatively-impacted. Wehave a ton of little wasp-likeinsects that eat other insects.That controls the populationof those other insects and if wasps go into their overwin-tering state, come out of itearly and die from the coldtemperatures if it gets coldagain, we will lose that natu-ral population control of theother insects,” he said.Young added that he can’tpredict how things will turnout because this is unchartedwaters.“We haven’t experiencedthis before and some of thoseinsects whose population hasbeen controlled and haven’tbeen a problem beforebecause of that could cometo the forefront and becomea problem but we don’tknow because we haven’texperienced this before,” hesaid. “If the jet stream comesdown into the United Statesand it gets cold again, itcould have severe impact oninsects and plant life thatcome out of their overwin-tering state thinking winteris over. If they’ve alreadyreset their clocks and are onthe upswing preparing forspring, they can’t simply goback into their overwinteringstate and the cold would behard on them.”
Stacy Taff photos
 Actor usesskits, riddlesto explainscripture
Christian actor FrankRunyeon traveled fromHollywood to speak to St.John’s Elementary Schoolstudents Tuesday. Runyeonuses skits and riddles toexplain Scripture. Above:Runyeon, left, uses stu-dents as court officials andmilitary leaders to tell thestory of King Herod.Right: Runyeon usesAustin Moenter as a saltshaker to explain theBiblical phrase “salt of theearth.”
Council awaitsword onFeathers’replacement
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — Membersof city council observeda moment of silenceto remember recently-deceased Councilman DickFeathers during Monday’smeeting. Feathers diedunexpectedly on Jan. 24.The Allen CountyRepublican Committee hasuntil March 14 to appointFeathers’ replacement oncouncil from eligible wardresidents. If they fail todo so, council then has 30days to appoint his replace-ment. If they also fail to fillthe seat, the mayor then hasthe discretion to appointsomeone.Council passed an ordi-nance approving the elec-tricity aggregation planbe submitted to the PublicUtilities Commission of Ohio. The city will securea discount on the genera-tion costs of electricity thatwill be passed on to localqualified consumers.Council also passedlegislation amending sec-tions 923.07 and 923.11 of existing City of Delphoscodified ordinances regard-ing delinquent water andsewer charges. In part, thisreduces the time line forapplications of liens ondelinquent properties from180 days to 120 days. Itprovides the administrationwith the ability to imposesuch liens directly withoutcouncil approval, as previ-ously accomplished.Council also passed anordinance to include “otherdelinquent charges,” aneffort to broaden the scopeof property delinquencybeyond sewer and watercharges.Council heard a newordinance authorizing themayor and/or safety servicedirector to enter into con-tracts for the purchase of materials and commoditiesnecessary for the operationof the city’s various depart-ments for one year, includ-ing stone, water meters,chemicals, etc.Also heard on firstreading was an ordinanceamending section two of Ordinance 2010-14 regard-ing the pool director sal-ary. The ordinance will beamended to read:“The pay range of thePool Director shall beseparated into two cat-egories: pre-seasonal andseasonal. The pre-season-al rate shall be an hourlyrate of $10 per hour not toexceed $300. The seasonalpay range is from $509.06- $636.32 weekly not toexceed 16 weeks. Thework schedule will be setby the Superintendent of Park Maintenance, keepingin mind the nature of theweather and the needs of the equipment at the pool.”The ordinance originallycalled for the pool direc-tor salary to be $509.06-$636.21 per week, not toexceed 20 weeks.Van Wert County com-missioner candidate BillEvans spoke to council,outlining his campaign forthe seat in the March 6Primary Election.In other business, coun-cil approved a donationof two family season poolpasses to the Delphos AreaChamber of Commerce tobe used as a raffle item atthe annual chamber dinner.
Jays selling Ottoville tick-ets
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment continues sell-ing tickets for its road girlsbasketball game Saturday(6 p.m. JV start) at Ottovillein the high school officeuntil 1 p.m. Friday.Adult tickets are $6 each,student tickets are $4 each.
Jefferson wrestlers host-ing Pizza Night tonight
The Jefferson WrestlingTeam is hosting a PizzaBuffet Night at the DelphosEagles from 5-8 p.m. tonight;all-you-can-eat pizza, saladand breadsticks; for $6 forAdults and $3 for ages 10 andunder. All proceeds benefitthe DJHS Wrestling program.A raffle will also beconducted for a chance towin monetary prizes total-ing $2,000. Ping-pong ballswill be sold for $5 each or5 for $20 – each individu-ally numbered. The first balldrawn will be worth $1,000,then increments of $500,$250, $100, $50, $50, $25and $25. Balls can be pur-chased at the Eagles untilthe drawing tonight.
Grove holding specialmeeting
Columbus Grovewill be holding a specialSchool Board meeting at4:30 p.m. tonight in thehigh school library. It isexpected that they will hirea new football coach.
 
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Community AnnouncementGI Physicians, Inc.Ven S. Kottapalli, MD, C.N.S.P.
is pleased to announce hisnew office location
Effective January 2, 2012
Lima Memorial Professional Building Two1005 Bellefontaine Ave., Suite 360Lima, Ohio 45804419-228-2600 telephone419-228-1100 faxAffiliated with Lima Memorial Health Systemand St. Rita’s Medical Center
Elida Road, Lima
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Public Invited
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American Legion Post 715
100 Legion Drive, Ft. Jennings, Ohio
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starting at 4:30 p.m.
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The Legion Hall is available for Weddings, Receptions andParties. For information call 419-286-2100 or 419-286-2192
 
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is AlainaBuettner.CongratulationsAlaina!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ShelbyKoenig.CongratulationsShelby!
Scholars of the Day
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,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
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VAN WERT COUNTY COMMISSIONER JAN. 3, 2013 TERM
Louie A. Vasquez
Delphos weather
Aug. 3, 1939Feb. 5, 2012
Louie A. Vasquez, 72,of Lima, died peacefully at8:46 p.m. Sunday at St. Rita’sMedical Center, surroundedby his family.He was born Aug. 3, 1939,in St. Henry to Luis andHerlinda A. Avila VasquezSr., who preceded him indeath.On Feb. 12, 1977, he mar-ried Vickie R. Williams, whosurvives in Lima.Other survivors includesons Tony (Debbie) Vasquezof Dayton and ArmandoVasquez; daughters Aletia(Jeff) Hartzler and Dr. April(Robert) Shattuck of Elidaand Dr. Amber Vasquez of Hilliard; brothers Andy (Lois)Vasquez and Arnold Vasquezof Lima; sister Armida(Averal) Nicely of LeHigh,Fla.; and grandchildren ErinWinghart, Hannah, Jeffy andAlexis Hartzler and Taylorand Payton Shattuck.Mr. Vasquez was a vet-eran of the United StatesNaval Reserve who retiredin 2002 from the OakwoodCorrection Facility after 19years. After his retirement,he worked part-time for theAmerican Legion and atClymer Medical Transport.He was a 1958 graduate of Bath High School. He was amember of the Loyal Orderof Moose. He enjoyed clas-sic movies, bowling, billiardsand his morning coffee andfriends at the Lickity Split.He was extremely proud of his children’s accomplish-ments and he valued his timewith his family.Services will begin at10 a.m. Saturday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and CremationServices - Shawnee Chapel,Lima, with military rites byVeterans of Foreign Wars 1275and the Navy Honor Guard.Burial will be in GethsemaniCemetery at a later date.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Friday at thefuneral home.In lieu of flowers, memo-rial contributions may bemade online to the WoundedWarrior Project at http://sup-port.woundedwarriorproject.org.High temperature Tuesdayin Delphos was 37 degrees,low was 30. A trace of snow-fall was recorded. High a yearago today was 22, low was 3.Record high for today is 68,set in 1925. Record low is -17,set in 1967.Corn: $6.42Wheat: $6.47Beans: $12.16A boy, Hudson Lee, wasborn Feb. 2 at St. Rita’sMedical Center to Joseph andBrittany Tucker.He weighed 6 pounds, 11ounces and was 20 incheslong.He was welcomed home bysibling Phoenix Tucker.Grandparents are Rob andBeth Kriegel and Loren andLinda Tucker.Great-grandparents areJune Dunlap and Jack andMarilyn Stiles.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Mostly clear.Lows in the lower 20s. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY
: Sunny.Highs in the upper 30s. Westwinds 10 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT
:Mostly clear. Lows in the mid20s. Southwest winds 10 to15 mph.
FRIDAY
: Partly cloudy inthe morning then becomingcloudy. A 40 percent chanceof snow showers. Highs inthe mid 30s. Southwest winds10 to 15 mph shifting to thenorthwest in the afternoon.
FRIDAY NIGHT
: Mostlycloudy with a 30 percentchance of snow. Lows 15 to20.
SATURDAY
: Partlycloudy. Highs in the lower20s.
SATURDAY NIGHT-SUNDAY NIGHT
: Mostlyclear. Lows 15 to 20. Highs inthe upper 20s.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Ten OH Evening
08-09-16-19-22-24-28-29-32-39-40-44-52-53-63-67-68-74-76-77VAN WERT — A yearago troopers were asked onesimple question under thePatrol’s new mantra, TrooperShield - What are you goingto do today to contribute to asafer Ohio?Troopers answered withhard work which translatedinto increased OVI arrestsand drug seizures anda decrease in the numberof people killed in motorvehicle crashes. This hardwork contributed to saferroadways and an increasedquality of life in Ohio com-munities.Provisional statisticsreveal 997 confirmed deathson Ohio’s roadways in 2011,with an additional 32 uncon-firmed deaths. Even if all theunconfirmed fatalities maketheir way into the confirmedcategory, there is still a sig-nificant decrease over 2010- when 1,080 people lost theirlives in motor vehicle crashesin Ohio.“Even though we madegreat strides in 2011, wewill remain focused on con-tinuing these successes into2012 and beyond,” said Lt.Ray Haas commander of theVan Wert Post. “We have alot of work left to do. Toomany people are losing theirlives on Ohio’s roadwaysand too many criminals con-tinue to traverse our high-ways.”As part of the TrooperShield mantra, the patrolplaced an increased empha-sis on their criminal patrolefforts. By doing this, troop-ers were able to seize anunprecedented amount of drugs — removing them fromOhio communities. Overallincreases were seen in everysignificant category of ille-gal contraband: prescriptionpills seizures increased by 46percent, cocaine was up 663percent, heroin was up 69percent and marijuana was up7 percent.To view a complete break-down of the drugs seizedand the patrol’s overview of enforcement in 2011 pleasevisit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/2011_recap.pdf 
Patrol’s 2011 Trooper Shieldyields impressive results
PROWANT, 
LelasKathleen, 87, of Cloverdale,funeral services will begin 11a.m. Thursday at HeitmeyerFuneral Home, Continental,Pastor Justin Sterrett offi-ciating. Burial will fol-low in Monroe Cemetery,Continental.Visitation will be from2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. todayand one hour prior to servicesThursday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions maybe made to a charity of thedonor’s choice. Condolencesmay be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.
Russian scientists reach lake under Antarctica
By VLADIMIRISACHENKOVThe Associated Press
MOSCOW — After morethan two decades of drillingin Antarctica, Russian sci-entists have reached the sur-face of a gigantic freshwa-ter lake hidden under milesof ice for some 20 millionyears — a lake that mayhold life from the distantpast and clues to the searchfor life on other planets.Reaching Lake Vostokis a major discovery avidlyanticipated by scientistsaround the world hopingthat it may allow a glimpseinto microbial life forms,not visible to the nakedeye, that existed before theIce Age. It may also pro-vide precious material thatwould help look for lifeon the ice-crusted moonsof Jupiter and Saturn orunder Mars’ polar ice capswhere conditions could besimilar.“It’s like exploring anoth-er planet, except this one isours,” Columbia Universityglaciologist Robin Bell toldThe Associated Press byemail.Valery Lukin, the headof Russia’s Arctic andAntarctic Research Institute(AARI), which is in chargeof the mission, said intoday’s statement that histeam reached the lake’s sur-face on Sunday.Lukin has previouslycompared the Lake Vostokeffort to the moon race thatthe Soviet Union lost to theUnited States, telling theRussian media he was proudthat Russia will be the firstthis time. Although far frombeing the world’s deepestlake, the severe weatherof Antarctica and the loca-tion’s remoteness made theproject challenging.“There is no other placeon Earth that has been inisolation for more than 20million years,” said LevSavatyugin, a researcherwith the AARI. “It’s a meet-ing with the unknown.”Savatyugin said scien-tists hope to find primevalbacteria that could expandthe human knowledge of the origins of life.“We need to see whatwe have here before wesend missions to ice-crustedmoons, like Jupiter’s moonEuropa,” he said.Lake Vostok is 160miles (250 kilometers) longand 30 miles (50 kilome-ters) across at its widestpoint, similar in area toLake Ontario. It lies about3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles)beneath the surface andis the largest in a web of nearly 400 known subgla-cial lakes in Antarctica. Thelake is warmed underneathby geothermal energy.The project, however,has drawn strong fears that60 metric tons (66 tons)of lubricants and antifreezeused in the drilling maycontaminate the pristinelake. The Russian research-ers have insisted the borewould only slightly touchthe lake’s surface and that asurge in pressure will sendthe water rushing up theshaft where it will freeze,immediately sealing out thetoxic chemicals.Lukin said about 1.5cubic meters (50 cubicfeet) of kerosene and freonpoured up to the surfacefrom the boreshaft, proof that the lake water streamedup from beneath, froze, andblocked the hole.The scientists will laterremove the frozen samplefor analysis in Decemberwhen the next Antarcticsummer comes.
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OLICEREPORT
Delphos mantreated andreleased aftercrash
A Delphos man was treatedand released from St. Rita’sMedical Center following atwo-vehicle accident reportedat 5:57 p.m. Tuesday.Thomas Williams, 61, of Delphos was traveling south-bound on North BredeickStreet and stopped at the post-ed stop sign at West FifthStreet and then proceededinto the intersection, strikinga vehicle traveling westboundon West Fifth Street driven bySamantha Lacy, 19, of VanWert. Lacy had the right of way.Williams was cited for fail-ure to yield.Both vehicles sustainedfunctional damage.
 
By JULIE CARR SMYTHThe Associated Press
STEUBENVILLE —Republican legislative lead-ers say they took away fromGov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech a renewedfocus on bolstering trainingprograms for Ohio workers,answering the governor’s callto find ways to better matchresidents’ skills with growingopportunities in energy, tech-nology and science.Lawmakers charged withpassing bills that enact thegovernor’s policy priorities saythat meant making sure com-munity colleges were moreclosely aligned with business-es’ needs, so vacant jobs couldbe easily filled.“We got to get peopletrained to get back to work,”said House Speaker WilliamBatchelder, a MedinaRepublican.During the speech Tuesdayin blue-collar Steubenville,Kasich announced a planto boost broadband net-work speeds, introduced anaward honoring courageousOhioans and said shale drill-ing shouldn’t come at theexpense of the environmentin an annual State of the Stateaddress mostly devoid of biginitiatives.He spoke for nearly 90 min-utes in a rambling, unfocusedaddress in the auditorium of a high-performing elementaryschool, taking the speech out-side Columbus for the firsttime in history.Kasich said Ohio has comefar from a year ago when itfaced an estimated $8 billionbudget hole and was ranked48th nationally in job creation.The state now has money in itsRainy Day Fund once againand is the top job creator in theMidwest, he said.“We just looked at the prob-lems honestly,” said Kasich, afirst-term Republican. “If youlook at a problem and you seewhat it is, and you design asolution, it’s amazing how faryou can go.”The broadband initiativehe announced will use newtechnology to open up thestate’s technology infrastruc-ture, increasing speeds from 10gigabits per second to 100. TheOhio Board of Regents said thestate will invest $8.1 million toconnect areas around the statewith the faster network con-nections.Republicans said theydidn’t think that the governor’sbroadband proposal neededlegislative approval, but theywere reviewing whether they’dhave to OK opening it up tobusiness.“That is the new infrastruc-ture for today,” said SenatePresident Tom Niehaus, a NewRichmond Republican. “Whilewe need the highways and weneed the bridges, you also haveto have high speed internetand certainly OARnet is a tre-mendous asset that we want tomake sure utilize for economicdevelopment in the state.”Kasich cited the broad-band upgrade, aerospacebreakthroughs taking place atWright-Patterson Air ForceBase in Dayton, and collabora-tive research and developmentefforts in higher education asamong avenues for economicgrowth.“If we can train, educate,forecast, use our location,use our great people, use ourresource, our assets, we’ll beNo. 1 in America, we’ll bethe most powerful state inAmerica,” he said. “I have nodoubt. We have the scale, thesize, and everything that weneed.”But Democrats blasted thespeech as long on rhetoric andshort on details.State Sen. Capri Cafaro of Hubbard called the address“more of a retrospective thana prospective.”She said the speech wassupposed to provide an over-view of Kasich’s plans for theyear, but “I did not get a lotof that.”Kasich’s new “Governor’sCourage Awards” honored awoman who lost her son toprescription painkiller addic-tion, another woman who sur-vived being a victim of humantrafficking to become a socialworker and the family of a sol-dier killed in Afghanistan.The governor touted prog-ress in his war on prescriptionpainkiller abuse and received astanding ovation when he saidhe would declare a similar waron behalf of 1,000 Ohio teen-agers who have been co-optedinto prostitution.He also said the state needsto allow felons who haveserved their time to work cer-tain jobs such as cutting hairor driving trucks that are cur-rently off-limits.State Sen. Bill Seitz, aCincinnati Republican, said hesupports the so-called collat-eral sanctions proposal — alsoone of the few legislative ini-tiatives he heard in the speech.He called it “an upliftingand accurate recitation” of Kasich’s first-year accomplish-ments and Ohio’s assets.“Where I thought it was alittle short, unlike traditionalState of the State speeches,was on any specific legislativeagenda that he wants us to pur-sue,” Seitz said.Senate Democratic LeaderEric Kearney of Cincinnatisaid he had wondered wherethe governor’s plan was tohelp local governments aftercommunities took a hit in thestate budget.“Secondly, he said we’reout of the ditch. Well, I’d liketo know how we’re out of theditch when there are more foodpantries than there have everbeen in our state,” he said, add-ing that people are strugglingwith foreclosures.Kasich said he has askedOhio State University PresidentE. Gordon Gee to lead an effortamong universities to dovetailresources and come up withways to increase the state’scollege graduation rates.“It’s not good enough to doresearch if you don’t commer-cialize and create jobs, what’sthe point?” the governor asked.“I can find your research on thetop shelf of a building 40 yearsfrom now? Commercialize,create jobs, spin off compa-nies. We can get that done,but it’s going to take new andrenewed focus.”After the speech, Gee saiduniversity leaders are set tomeet with the governor in aweek to discuss their proposal.“In the end, we’ve got tostart thinking about Ohio andOhio higher education as anecological system, not as aseries of speedboats out thereracing around each other,” Geesaid.Sen. Mike Skindell, aCleveland-area Democrat, saidthat while he supports collabo-ration among the universities,he questioned Gee’s role.“To have the president of Ohio State lead that effort iskind of self-serving,” Skindellsaid.Overall, state Rep. TeresaFedor, a Toledo Democrat andformer schoolteacher, said shefound the governor’s speechlacking in detail about thefuture of public education inOhio.“Where is it? It wasdevoid of any real plan,” shesaid. “(Former) Gov. (Ted)Strickland put forward I thinka very bold, aggressive planfor the state of Ohio, and Gov.Kasich dismantled it.”On Tuesday, Kasichoffered to go door to doorwith Cleveland Mayor FrankJackson to lobby lawmakersfor changes needed for someof the mayor’s education pro-posals.Jackson wants to make per-formance a key factor in decid-ing how much teachers arepaid and to eliminate senior-ity in deciding who is laid off in the shrinking district. Themayor controls city schoolsthrough an appointed board.A handful of protesters,likely admitted to the speechon public tickets Kasich dis-tributed through an online lot-tery, temporarily interruptedthe speech about an hour and10 minutes into it — shouting“John Kasich is selling outOhio!”The ruckus came as Kasichwas talking about drilling fornatural gas in eastern Ohio.He said large energy com-panies flocking to the stateamid the Marcellus and Uticashale boom don’t want to leavethe state harmed. “We can’tdegrade the environment at thesame time we’re developingthis industry,” Kasich said.Outside the school, whichshares Steubenville HighSchool, more than 100 dem-onstrators gathered — someto oppose the use of hydraulicfracturing, or fracking, to reachOhio’s oil and gas resources.One sign read, “Frack Off Kasich.” Others demonstrat-ed in support of the Occupymovement.
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