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MAIN OFFICE161 W. Third St.Ottoville, Ohio 45876419-453-3313LENDING CENTER940 E. Fifth St.Delphos, OH 45833419-695-3313
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Adele cleans up at Grammys, p9A Wildcats NWC wrestling champs, p7A
Obituaries 2AState/Local 3APolitics 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-8AAnnouncements 9AClassifieds 11ATV 12AWorld News 13A
Snow Tuesdaywith around aninch of accu-mulation. Highin mid 30s.See page 2A.
Investigators seek answers to Houston’s death
LOS ANGELES —Investigators worked Sundayto piece together whatkilled Whitney Houston asthe music industry’s big-gest names gathered for aGrammy Awards show thatat times felt as much like amemorial as a celebration.Coroner’s officials saythey will not release anyinformation on an autopsyperformed Sunday at therequest of police detectivesinvestigating the singer’sdeath. The singer was foundin the bathtub of her room atthe Beverly Hilton Hotel, butAssistant Chief Coroner EdWinter declined to say any-thing more about the room’scondition or any evidenceinvestigators recovered.He said there were noobvious signs of trauma onHouston’s body, but that offi-cials were not ruling out anycauses of death until they havetoxicology results, which willtake weeks to obtain.Beverly Hills Police Lt.Mark Rosen said that hisagency may release moredetails today about Houston’sdeath, but it will depend onwhether detectives feel com-fortable releasing any infor-mation.A member of Houston’sentourage found the 48-year-old singer unresponsive inher hotel room at the BeverlyHilton Hotel on Saturday, just hours before she wassupposed to appear at a pre-Grammy gala.Rosen said there wereno indications of foul playwhen Houston was found bya member of her entourage.Paramedics worked to reviveHouston, but were unsuccess-ful and the singer was pro-nounced dead shortly before4 p.m. He said he could notcomment on the condition of Houston’s room or where shehad been found.Meanwhile, Houston’sdaughter was transported byambulance to a Los Angeleshospital Sunday morning andlater released. A source closeto the family who did not wantto speak given the sensitivityof the matter said she wastreated and released for stressand anxiety. Bobbi KristinaBrown, 18, who is Houston’sdaughter from her marriageto singer Bobby Brown, hadaccompanied her mother toseveral pre-Grammy Awardsevents last week.“At this time, we ask forprivacy, especially for mydaughter, Bobbi Kristina,”Bobby Brown wrote in astatement released about anhour after she was transport-ed from the hotel. “I appreci-ate all of the condolences thathave been directed towardsmy family and I at this mostdifficult time.”Sunday’s Grammys fea-tured a musical tribute byJennifer Hudson, whose ver-sion of Houston’s most famoushit, “I Will Always LoveYou,” ended with Hudson’spersonal note, “Whitney, welove you.” Early in the show,LL Cool J introduced a clipof a glowing Houston at the1994 Grammys singing hersignature ballad, the mostdownloaded song for muchof Sunday on iTunes.Houston herself wonsix Grammys and had beenexpected to perform at thepre-awards gala Saturdaynight thrown by music impre-sario Clive Davis, her long-time mentor.Davis went ahead withhis annual party and con-cert, which were held at thesame hotel where Houston’sbody was found — andwhere it remained for most of Saturday night. He dedicatedthe evening to her and askedfor a moment of silence.Houston had been atrehearsals for the Davis con-cert on Thursday, coachingsingers Brandy and Monica,according to a person whowas at the event but was notauthorized to speak publiclyabout it.The person said Houstonlooked disheveled, wassweating profusely andliquor and cigarettes couldbe smelled on her breath. Itwas the latest of countlessstories about the decline of auniquely gifted and beautifulartist, once the golden girl of the music industry.The Rev. Al Sharptonremembered Houston whilepreaching Sunday morning atthe Second Baptist Church inLos Angeles.“Yes, she had an outstand-ing range,” he said. “Yes, shecould hit notes no one elsecould reach. But what madeher different was she wasborn and bred in the bosomof the black church.”The congregation applaud-ed and answered him withshouts of “Amen” and “Tellit!”“A lot of artists can hitnotes but they don’t hit us.Say words but they have nomeaning. Have gifts and talentbut no anointing. Something
Boys tourney drawsDivision IV
At Van WertFeb. 28: Lincolnview vs.LTC, 7 p.m. (winner vs. No. 1Crestview 6:15 p.m. March 2).Feb. 29: No. 2 St.John’s vs. Ottoville, 6:15p.m.; Fort Jennings vs.Perry, 8 p.m. (winners toplay 8 p.m. March 2).At Paulding: Feb. 29:Kalida vs. Ayersville,6:15 p.m. (winner vs. MC/Antwerp 8 p.m. March 2).At O-G: Feb. 29:Columbus Grove vs.North Baltimore, 6:15p.m. (winner vs. Arcadia/PG 8 p.m. March 2).
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At WapakonetaFeb. 28: Jefferson vs.Bluffton, 7 p.m. (win-ner vs. No. 1 LCC 6:15p.m. March 2).Feb. 29: No. 2 Spencervillevs. Parkway, 6:15 p.m.(winner vs. Allen East/Coldwater 8 p.m. March 2).
Division II
At Lima SeniorFeb. 28: No. 1 Elida vs.Shawnee, 6:15 p.m. (win-ner vs. Wapak-St. Marys6:15 p.m. March 2).Feb. 29: Van Wertvs. Celina, 8 p.m. (win-ner vs. No. 2 Bath/Kenton8 p.m. March 2).
Ricker plays matchmaker withAnimal Protective League
By Brittany FullenkampTimes Bulletin
CONVOY — Mary Rickeris a professional match-maker. Running the AnimalProtective League (APL),she pairs loving families withneedy pets.Ricker, who grew up inFort Jennings but now residesin Convoy, got involved withthe APL when she was look-ing for a pet of her own.“I called [the owner of the APL] to inquire abouta pet that I had seen listedin the paper. Her daughteranswered the phone and saidher mom had passed away.Then, it was several monthslater and I hadn’t seen it in thepaper so I called the veteri-narian’s office and asked forcontact information for theleague. Soon after, I startedputting the ads in the paper,”explained Ricker.The APL is not a shelter andis not affiliated with the HumaneSociety. Rather, Ricker keeps alist of those wishing to adopt apet and those that have pets foradoption.“If somebody has an ani-mal they want to get rid of,they give me a call and Itake down their informationlike name and phone num-ber and information about thepet. Then I put it [the list]the newspaper, and if some-body’s interested, they giveme a call and I give themthe name and number of thepeople that have the pets,”Riker said. “They talk to eachother and set up a time andday to see the animal and thenit goes from there. Then usu-ally, one of them will call andlet me know that the pet wasadopted.”The APL keeps lists of dogs, cats, puppies and kit-tens that are available in thearea. All of the pets are free.Ricker also keeps a list of specific requests: “I get callsfrom people who are lookingfor a specific breed. I havefolders that I keep of the dogsand another for the cats andthen people that are lookingfor a particular breed, I havea folder for that. So I can keepit separate and it makes it alittle easier for me to find.”Ricker shared there areseveral benefits to adoptingpets rather than buying frombreeders.“It would be appreciatedif The Animal ProtectiveLeague would be consideredfirst for adopting a pet,” shesaid. “One benefit from theAPL, is the animals are free.The owners are not allowedto charge for them. Also, youcan get to know the owner bet-ter. When you get a pet froma shelter, the shelter only haslimited information. If you goto a breeder, they’ll have a lotof information and be regis-tered. However, you’re pay-ing for them to be registeredand ‘purebred.’ But you canget a purebred animal throughthe APL. I just don’t advertise‘purebred’.”When you adopt a pet, youare also saving a life. TheASPCA estimates at least 5million pets are put up foradoption every year and 60percent of those animals willbe euthanized. They also esti-mate that 25 percent are pure-bred, although they stress thata well-behaved animal doesnot have to be purebred.Ricker has been with theAPL for nearly three yearsand loves the work she does.“My favorite part is see-ing the dogs and cats find anew home... I wouldn’t tradeit for anything in the world,”she said.The Animal ProtectiveLeague can be contactedby calling 419-749-2976 9a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.Donations or correspondencecan be sent to PO Box 321,Van Wert, Ohio 45891.
It’s My Passion
Nancy Spencer photo
 House fire under investigation
The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating an early morning blaze at 2324N. St. Marys Road (SR 66) reported at 4:24 a.m. today. Delphos Fire and Rescueand American Township Fire Department assisted the Spencerville Invincible FireDepartment with the fire. Delphos sent nine firefighters with one piece of equipmentand was back on station at 8 a.m. No further information was available at press time.
Scouts hold annual father-son cake bake
Nancy Spencer photo
Drew Palte, left, waits while his parents, Bill and Sandy Palte, place the top on hiscarousel cake Sunday at St. John’s Annex during the Cub Scout Father-Son Cake Bake.See the winners in a future edition of The Delphos Herald.See HOUSTON, page 2A
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The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 185
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
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Robert Eugene“Bob” Ralston,89, died Jan.15 at SouthernTennesseeMedical Center in Winchester,Tenn.He born in November 1922in Delphos to Saul and Goldie(Hunsaker) Ralston. His step-father, Alvie Ashbaugh, isalso deceased.His wife, Adine Marie(Gebhart) Ralston survives inTennesee.Also surviving are three sonsRobert (Veronica Ruppert),Frank (Elaine Patricco) andScott (Faye Shores) Ralston;three grandchildren, Robert,Kelly and Kevin Ralston;and three stepgrandchildren,Randy (Jennifer) Prince,Melanie (Billy) PrinceChipman and Shannon(Martin) Prince Stephens;one great-grandchild AidenRalston; stepgreat-grandchil-dren Brittany and BrandonPrince and Evan Chipman; abrother, Paul Edward (Eileen)Ralston; and sister Linda(Eugene) Haunhorst.Mr. Ralston graduatedfrom Jefferson High Schooland served in the Army dur-ing World Ware II. He landedat Normandy, was woundedin the Battle of the Bulge,received a Purple Heart, wasawarded 5 Bronze Stars andhonorably discharged withrank of Sergeant on Dec.4, 1945. After the war, heenrolled in Tri-State Universityin Angola, Ind., where hereceived a degree in chemicalengineering. He went to workfor Mallory Battery Company,where he was instrumental inthe research, invention andpatent development of the bat-tery that would later becomeknown as the Duracell. Hisseven patents between theyears of 1964-74 relating tobattery design and recharge-able battery cells were pio-neering for the time period.He was an expert marksmanand avid target shooter, bothsmall-bore rifle and shotgun.He competed for many yearsat the national championshipsat Camp Perry and the GrandAmerican at Vandalia. A truecraftsman, lifelong hobbiesincluded woodturning, metalworking, knife making andgunsmithing. He truly appre-ciated being chosen to par-ticipate in the 2008 HonorFlight from Franklin Countyand spoke often of his enjoy-ment of the experience.Cremation was arranged byWatson-North Funeral Home.Interment will be in thefamily plot in Walnut GroveCemetery.Alfred Baldauf, 83, of Delphos died today at SarahJane Living Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 28 degrees,low was 15. Weekend snow-fall was recorded at .5 inch.High a year ago today was46, low was 34. Recordhigh for today is 66, set in1990. Record low is -8, setin 1944.
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BEIRUT — Syrian rebelsrepelled a push today by gov-ernment tanks into a key cen-tral town held by forces fightingPresident Bashar Assad’s regimeas the country’s 11-month-olduprising looked increasingly likea nascent civil war.The Britain-based SyrianObservatory for Human Rightssaid the attempt by regimeforces to storm Rastan in therestive central province of Homs left at least three soldiersdead. Rastan has been held bythe rebels since late January.The town was taken bydefectors twice in the past onlyto be retaken by Syrian troops.It is the hometown of formerDefense Minister MustaphaTlass, who held the post formore than three decades, mostlyunder Assad’s father and prede-cessor, the late Hafez Assad.Calls to town’s residentscould not get through ontoday and the telephone linesappeared to be cut, as they usu-ally are during military opera-tions.“Troops maneuvered bymoving on the northern edge of town then other forces attackedform the south,” said RamiAbdul-Rahman, who heads theObservatory. He added thathundreds of army defectors arein Rastan.The Observatory also saidthat troops bombed the rebel-held Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr that has been undersiege for more than a week. Itreported clashes in the villageof Busra al-Harir in the south-ern province of Daraa betweentroops and army defectors.In the central city of Hama,a sniper shot dead a civilian,the group said.The Syrian uprising beganas mostly peaceful protestsagainst Assad’s authoritar-ian regime, but it has turnedincreasingly militarized overthe past few months in the faceof a brutal military crackdownthat has killed thousands of people.Recently the conflict hastaken on the dimensions of acivil war, with army defec-tors clashing almost daily withsoldiers. The rebels have takencontrol of small swathes of ter-ritory in Homs and the north-western province of Idlib thatborders Turkey.The Observatory, whichhas activists around Syria, said45 vehicles, including tanks,arrived in the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib region.In Moscow, Russia’s for-eign minister there must be acease-fire in Syria before anypeacekeeping mission couldbe sent to the country, reject-ing calls for a joint Arab-U.N.force as premature.Sergey Lavrov told report-ers in Moscow that his coun-try will study an Arab Leagueproposal for a joint peacekeep-ing mission in Syria with theUnited Nations.“We should first havepeace, which would be sup-ported,” Lavrov said at a newsconference in Moscow withUnited Arab Emirates ForeignMinister Sheik Abdullah binZayed Al Nahyan.Russia, along with China,have given support to Assad’sregime at a time when Syriais facing broad internationalisolation over a crackdown thathas killed more than 5,400 peo-ple. The two powerful nationsupset the U.S., Europe andmany Arab countries earlierthis month when they deliv-ered a double veto to blocka U.N. resolution calling onAssad to leave power.At 12:28 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police served an activearrest warrant in the 600 blockof Bank Street. At the residence,officerslocatedJosephBriggs,21, of Delphosand tookhim intocustody ona warrantfrom LimaMunicipalCourt foran alleged charge of aggra-vated menacing.Briggs was transported tothe Allen County Jail.Bernadette Hasenkamp of Delphos died at 12:15 p.m.Sunday the Van Wert InpatientHospice Center in Van Wert.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Thursdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Wednesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home.Further arrangements areincomplete at the funeralhome.
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Mildred N. Wiseman, 87,of Delphos, died at 12:45 a.m.Sunday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.She was born June 20,1924, in Delphos to Charlieand Nellie (Martin) Stocklin,who preceded her in death.In 1941, she married RobertWiseman, who died on Feb.17, 2002.She is survived by her fivesons, Robert Wiseman, Jr.of Delphos, Roger (Monica)Wiseman of Ottoville, Terry(Stacey) Wiseman of Delphos,and Gale Wiseman and DaleWiseman; 11 grandchildrenand seven great-grandchil-dren.She was also preceded indeath by two infant children.Mrs. Wiseman was ahousewife and member of St.Peter Lutheran Church.A graveside service willbe held at 11 a.m. Tuesday atWalnut Grove Cemetery.Memorials are to theAmerican Heart Association.
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At 7:36 p.m. on SundayDelphos Police were calledto the 200 Block of CherryStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival,the complainant stated afamily member had goneto a friend’s residence withan iPod, at which time asubject at that locationstated the iPod was stolenfrom him and demanded itsreturn.Upon speaking with allsubjects involved the iPodwas taken by officers untilproper ownership could bedetermined.
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 about Whitney that wouldreach in you and make youfeel,” Sharpton said.A sensation from her veryfirst album, she was one of the world’s best-selling artistsfrom the mid-1980s to the late1990s. She awed millions withsoaring, but disciplined vocalsrooted in gospel and polishedfor the masses, a bridge betweenthe earthy passion of her god-mother, Aretha Franklin, andthe bouncy pop of her cousin,Dionne Warwick.Her success carried herbeyond music to movies,where she became a rare blackactress with box office appeal,starring in such hits as “TheBodyguard” and “Waiting toExhale.” Bishop T.D. Jakes, aTexas minister and produceron Houston’s final film project,a re-make of the 1970s release“Sparkle,” said he saw no signsshe was having any substanceissues. He said Houston wasa complete professional andmoved the cast and crew totears two months ago whenshe sang the gospel hymn “HerEyes on the Sparrow” for ascene shot in Detroit.“There was no evidence inworking with her on ‘Sparkle’that there was any struggle inher life,” Jakes said Sunday.“She just left a deep impressionon everybody.”She had the perfect voice andthe perfect image: gorgeous,but wholesome; grounded, butfun-loving. And she influenceda generation of younger sing-ers, from Christina Aguilerato Mariah Carey, who whenshe first came out, sounded somuch like Houston that manycouldn’t tell the difference.But by the end of hercareer, Houston had becomea stunning and heartbreakingcautionary tale. Her albumsales plummeted and the hitsstopped coming; her onceserene image was shattered bya wild demeanor and bizarrepublic appearances.She confessed to abusingcocaine, marijuana and pills,and her precious voice becameraspy and hoarse, unable to hitthe high notes of her prime.“The biggest devil is me.I’m either my best friend ormy worst enemy,” Houston toldABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infa-mous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.In her teens, Houston sangbackup for Chaka Khan,Jermaine Jackson and others,in addition to modeling. CliveDavis, who as head of AristaRecords had already signed upWarwick and Franklin, wasinstantly smitten by the statu-esque young singer.“The time that I first sawher singing in her mother’sact in a club ... it was such astunning impact,” Davis told“Good Morning America.”“To hear this young girlbreathe such fire into this song.I mean, it really sent the pro-verbial tingles up my spine,”he added.Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too.Houston made her albumdebut in 1985 with “WhitneyHouston,” which sold mil-lions and spawned hit after hit.“Saving All My Love for You”brought the singer her firstGrammy, for best female popvocal. “How Will I Know,”“You Give Good Love” and“The Greatest Love of All”also became hit singles.Another multiplatinumalbum, “Whitney,” came outin 1987 and included “WhereDo Broken Hearts Go” and“I Wanna Dance WithSomebody.”Some saw her 1992 mar-riage to Brown, the formerNew Edition member andsoul crooner, as an attempt totoughen her image. It seemedto be an odd union; she wasseen as pop’s pure princesswhile he had a bad-boy imageand already had children of his own. (The couple had onedaughter, Bobbi Kristina, bornin 1993.)
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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohiogasoline prices have droppedby more than a dime after twoweeks of increases.The state’s average pricefor regular gas was $3.33 pergallon in a survey Mondayfrom auto club AAA, the OilPrice Information Service andWright Express. That com-pares with $3.45 last Monday.Last year at this time, gasprices were closer to $3, andOhio motorists were payingabout $3.04, on average.Oil prices have held rela-tively steady for the last fewmonths, but some analystsbelieve prices will be pushedlower this year because of anticipated weak global eco-nomic growth.MASON (AP) —Republican officials in south-ern Ohio say GOP presidentialcontender Rick Santorum willbe at two county party dinnersthis Friday.Warren CountyRepublicans say the formerU.S. senator from Pennsylvaniawill stop by their Lincoln-Reagan dinner in the northernCincinnati suburb of Mason.Santorum has a private recep-tion there. Virginia Gov. BobMcDonnell is the dinner’skeynote speaker.Republicans in BrownCounty say Santorum willheadline their Lincoln Daydinner Friday night, about 40miles east of Cincinnati.Santorum also is scheduledto speak Saturday at an OhioChristian Alliance luncheon inColumbus and later to SummitCounty Republicans in Akron.Ohio’s primary is March6.
Gas prices drop,still above $3GOP candidateSantorum adds2 Ohio stops
MANSFIELD (AP) — Theannual cleanup of the for-mer Ohio prison where “TheShawshank Redemption” wasfilmed has drawn dozens of people, including some insearch of paranormal activity.The News Journal inMansfield reports nearly 85people from Ohio and neigh-boring states met at the formerOhio State Reformatory overthe weekend.They swept floors andpicked up broken concreteand paint chips. Some werekeeping an eye out for signsthat would bolster the build-ing’s reputation as a hauntedprison.Ghost hunt manager ScottSukel says the group was ableto clean most of the buildingbecause there was more helpthan anticipated.Volunteer Joe James saysthe benefits of helping outincluded the chance to seeprison artifacts and help opennew tour areas.
Volunteers cleanOhio prison usedin ‘Shawshank’
Arson, accidental blaze test church’s faith
COLUMBUS — PastorRoger Williams entered thenew year praying that NewHorizons Baptist Churchwould be challenged, andwhat members got was a trialby fire — two blazes in onemonth.The Marysville buildingwas destroyed by arson, andthe congregation of about150 people lost some of itsremaining equipment in anaccidental barn fire fourweeks later. It proved to bea test of faith and forgive-ness, and along the way, thepastor says, they found resil-ience visible to any guestwho pulled up a plastic chairfor service on Sunday morn-ing in a school gym.“In the face of that adver-sity, seeing the ruins of whathoused our church ... we werenot to the point that we werebroken because we knew thatthat was just a building,”Williams said. “That’s notthe church. The church is thepeople. And we were stillstrong, and still together.”Williams lives in a par-sonage near the church andawoke on Jan. 10 to a sher-iff’s deputy alerting himto the first fire. As churchmembers gathered to watch,authorities offered a disturb-ing account of the suspect-ed cause, saying they hadtaken into custody a man theybelieved had driven a stolenBMW into the building, setit on fire and then watchedfrom a nearby playgroundswing as it burned.It was mind-boggling,Williams said, but manymembers had decided they’dforgive the suspect andpray for him even before heappeared in court on arsonand other charges. Then theyturned their attention to howto keep the church going.While the blaze was stillburning, another local churchleader had stopped by andsuggested that New Horizonscould continue its servicesby renting a school spacethat his own church had juststopped using. So Williamsand his congregants startedmakeshift Sunday worshipservices in the gym at MillValley Elementary, using a$1,200 set of drums, a mix-ing board and other donatedsound equipment donated.“The custodian and I are just trying to help them anyway we can,” said JoanneRausch, a school adminis-trative assistant who helpedNew Horizons make itsarrangements. “You just feelbad for them.”The sermon that firstSunday focused on hope andforgiveness, but afterwardWilliams continued withhis planned sermon series,titled “The Life You’ve BeenLooking For.”The church stored thesound equipment, along withother items it collected tokeep going, in a trailer ata congregant’s pole barn inRaymond. Then, last week,the barn caught fire, destroy-ing the congregant’s weld-ing shop and the trailer.Gone were the speakers, themicrophones, the snacks, thechildren’s toys and coloringsheets, the puppets and thepreacher’s wireless headset.The family was worriedabout the loss of the churchequipment; the church wasmore worried about the fam-ily’s livelihood.“The second time around,I think a lot of us were justkind of in shock,” church sec-retary Anita McKee said.They were relieved tolearn the barn fire was notset intentionally but appearedto be an accident that begannear an electrical outlet. Asthe family sorted throughdetails of its insurance, thechurch started making plansto rebuild, with hopes of picking a builder by the endof this week, Williams said.They’re focused on busi-ness as usual.“God has directions forus,” said Bob Adkins, a mem-ber of the deacon board. “Hehas a task for us to do, youknow, to kind of share hisword, and we don’t need stuff to do that.”So they filed into the ele-mentary school Sunday for aworship session, more sim-plified than usual, that beganwith the song “Victory inJesus.”
Snow causes crashes, interstate closures in Ohio
CLEVELAND (AP) —Blizzard-like conditionsacross parts of Ohio onSaturday contributed to threemajor chain-reaction acci-dents involving more than 60vehicles — including severaltractor-trailers — and closingmultiple stretches of high-ways for hours, but no seriousinjuries were reported.A snowstorm that centeredover a section of the OhioTurnpike contributed to astring of 18 crashes over amile stretch on the westboundside of the highway in theAkron area, according to theState Highway Patrol.It started with a two-carcrash around 1 p.m. By thetime it was over, 32 vehicleswere involved in rear-end orsideswipe crashes, blockingtraffic completely, the patrolsaid. Eight more vehiclescrashed as a result of thetraffic backup, it said. Twopeople were taken to hospi-tals with minor injuries.Westbound lanes of Interstate 76 in northeastOhio were closed for aboutsix hours after a series of crashes involving more thantwo dozen vehicles. One of the crashes involved 11 vehi-cles, including three semi-trailers, and sent 10 peopleto the hospital, according tothe highway patrol. Anotherinvolved 16 vehicles, includ-ing two semis, and sent fourpeople to the hospital. Noneof the injuries was consideredlife-threatening.Winds nearing 40 mph hadblown water from Lake Erieonto Interstate 90, icing theroad and causing at least oneaccident, according to ThePlain Dealer newspaper.Northeast Ohio wasn’t theonly region coping with slickroads because of the snow.County sheriffs as far southas Jackson County issuedadvisories warning drivers tobeware of icy routes or tostay home unless travel wasnecessary.The highway patrol report-ed at least two fatal crashes incounties with snowfall but didnot directly link the accidentsto weather-related problems.
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