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Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 8-9Classifieds 10TV 11World News 12
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Former Delphosbusiness ownerpasses away
The owner of the for-mer LN Drerup Upholsteryin Delphos has died.Leo Drerup, 82, diedWednesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.Drerup also worked onthe railroad from 1944-91and a U.S. Army veteranof the Korean War.Drerup was born July 7,1929, in Putnam County,to Frederick and Francis(Kreinbrink) Drerup.On April 19, 1952, hemarried Bernice Maag,who survives in Delphos.He was a member of St.John’s Catholic Church,enjoyed polka dancing,garage sales and goingto local coffee shops.See full obitu-ary on page 2.
Library celebrates 100 years
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosher-ald.com
DELPHOS — TheDelphos Public Library willcelebrate 100 years thismonth in conjunction withNational Library Week setApril 8-14.Several activities areplanned. Kicking off theweek will be Monday MovieMadness at 3:30 p.m. withthe Muppets. A children’smake-it-and-take-it craftfrom 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdayin the First Edition Building.Children will make an ediblecraft and one to take home. Ashoebox will be needed. OnWednesday, humorist BethWeisenburger will speak toadults at 6:30 p.m. in the FirstEdition Building. The LimaSymphony Orchestra willpresent “American Idols &Heroes” for music lovers of all ages at 6:30 p.m. April 12.The week of celebration willculminate with an open housefrom 1-4 p.m. April 15 atthe library and First EditionBuilding. Musician PaulaSchumm will perform at thelibrary and a children’s scav-enger hunt will be offered.With its humble beginningas a Carnegie FoundationLibrary, what patrons nowsee is five times larger thanthe original structure builtand furnished for $11,785 in1912.The first organized librarycame to Delphos through theBrumback Library in VanWert. The branch librarywas established in 1901 inthe law offices of Judge B.J.Brotherton at 219 N. CanalSt. where the ReadmoreHallmark store now stands.Brotherton’s daughter, Jane,and other family memberswere in charge of the collec-tion offered to patrons twoafternoons per week.On April 14, 1911, a statelibrary organizer came toDelphos and spoke to theCitizens Commercial Clubabout organizing an indepen-dent library for the town. Inthe meantime, the DelphosSchool Board authorizedclerk George Weger toaddress Andrew Carnegiewith a proposition the schoolprovide $1,650 yearly tomaintain a library if Carnegiewould provide the $16,500construction costs for thebuilding.The Carnegie Foundationrejected the offer, stating Itwould rather the city providefunding and a building site.Council pledged $1,250 forannual support of the libraryand the use of the villagepark at the corner of Secondand Jefferson streets for con-struction of the building.A building committee wasappointed to develop plansfor the library and includ-ed: Sylvester Shenk, H.L.Leilich, John H. Wahmoff,E.L. Mendenhall, William J.Steinle, John Ricker, BurriettJ. Brotherton, BenjaminJauman, Charles Weger, EdCordell and Fred Kollsmith.The architectural firm of McLaughlin & Hulsken washired to do the blueprints,which had to be submittedto Carnegie for his approval.The project was put out to bidon Aug. 14, 1911.Steinle Construction of Fremont was selected tobuild and furnish the libraryfor $11,785. The buildingwas designed to be made of buff brick and stone trim butthe Building Committee wasunable to raise local fundsto supplement the CarnegieGrant, so cuts were neces-sary. The stone cornice waschanged to galvanized iron,the marble wainscoting waschanged to burlap and steelposts replaced the scagliolacolumns. The walls of thebuilding were also reducedto 13 inches thick and left-over building materials fromthe construction of JeffersonHigh School, now JeffersonMiddle School, were used,producing a substantial butplain building.While the building wasunder construction, a boardof trustees was appointed byMayor J.K. Williams. By statelaw, the six members couldbe composed of no more thanthree women or three of thesame political party. The firstboard of trustees consisted of W.J. Steinle, John Wahmoff,Olivia Jettinghoff, Mrs. A.S.Perkins, John Fisher andE.L. Mendenhall. Fisher andMendenhall quit the first yearand were replaced with I.F.Matteson and Louis Laudick.At the same time, theDelphos Library Associationwas formed to raise fundsto provide additional booksand magazines for the newslibrary and the organizationcontinued to do so for manyyears.By October 1912, thenew building was ready tobegin its service. A weekof celebrations and ceremonyopened the facility, highlight-ed by speeches at JeffersonHigh School and a proces-sion of school children to thelibrary.Yet to be resolved waswhat to do with the BrumbackBranch Library still in JudgeBrotherton’s law offices.The two libraries operatedfor about a year. During thesummer of 1913, followinga newspaper editorial, thebranch collection was movedto the new Delphos PublicLibrary. Books were sentto Delphos from BrumbackLibrary until the 1950s.The first decade of theDelphos Public Library wasrough at times. World WarI reduced the availability of new books and magazines
Texas residents sift through rubble from tornadoes
FORNEY, Texas (AP)— As a twister bore downon her neighborhood, SherryEnochs grabbed the threeyoung children in her homeand hid in her bathtub. Thewinds swirled and snatchedaway two of the children.Her home collapsed aroundher.Miraculously, no one wasseriously hurt.Enochs, 53, stoodWednesday amid the wreck-age of what was once herhome in the North Texascity of Forney, among thehardest hit by a series of tor-nadoes that barreled throughone of the nation’s largestmetropolitan areas a day ear-lier. No one was reporteddead, and of the more than20 injured, only a handfulwere seriously hurt.“If you really think aboutit, the fact that everybody whowoke up in Forney yester-day is alive today in Forney,that’s a real blessing,” MayorDarren Rozell said.The National WeatherService is investigating thedamage caused by the torna-does, which appeared to flat-ten some homes and grazeothers next door. The twist-ers jumped from place toplace, passing many heav-ily populated areas overheadand perhaps limiting whatcould have been a more dam-aging, deadly storm. Most of Dallas was spared the fullwrath of the storms.While tornadoes can strikemajor cities, having twomajor systems strike a singlemetropolitan area is highlyunusual, meteorologist JesseMoore said. The Texas twist-ers would have done moredamage had they stayed onthe ground for more of thestorms’ path. But weatherexperts and officials creditedthe quick response to torna-do warnings for preventingdeaths or more injuries.In the Diamond Creeksubdivision where Enochs’home was destroyed, resi-dents put on work glovesWednesday and began clean-ing up. Many noticed thingsin their yards that didn’tbelong to them.Enochs doesn’t have aclear memory of exactly howthings happened Tuesday,but she was found holdingher grandson in the bathtub,which had blown into thearea where her garage oncewas. A 3-year-old she waswatching was found wander-ing around the backyard. Aneighbor pulled another childEnochs had been taking careof, 19-month-old AbigailJones, from the rubble.“I heard the rumblingfrom the tornado and I didn’teven hear the house fall,”Enochs said.Abigail was taken to thehospital but released. Theblonde, smiling child withbows in her hair was bruisedall over her body, but notseriously hurt. Her mother,Misty Jones, brought herback Wednesday to see whathad happened.Seven people were injuredin Forney, none seriously.An additional 10 people werehurt in Lancaster, south of Dallas, and three people inArlington, west of Dallas.National Weather Servicecrews in Forney, east of Dallas, spotted storm dam-age that suggested the twisterthere was an EF3, with windspeeds as high as 165 mph.Other tornadoes in Arlingtonand Lancaster appear to havebeen EF2 tornadoes, withwind speeds up to 135 mph.Tornadoes can range fromEF0, the weakest, to EF5, thestrongest. An EF2 or higheris considered a significanttornado.
Fort Jennings tak-ing applications
Fort Jennings AthleticDirector Todd Hoehn (419-286-2238, ext. 2200) is tak-ing applications until Fridayfor the following coachingpositions: boys varsity/assistant/JV/Jr. Hi./elemen-tary basketball; girls varsityassistant/Jr. Hi/elementarybasketball; boys varsity/JVsoccer; girls varsity/assistantsoccer; baseball assistant;and assistant track; as wellas cheerleading advisors andmusical assistant director.
SATURDAY (partial)
Baseball (noon):Spencerville at Waynesfield(DH), 11 a.m.; Elida andNapoleon at Van Wert,11:30 a.m.; Jefferson atBath; Fort Jennings atPerry (DH); Wayne Traceat Lincolnview (DH).Softball: Waynesfieldat Lincolnview (DH),noon; Ottoville atLeipsic (PCL), 2 p.m.Track and Field:Fort Jennings at AnnaInvitational, 9 a.m.
In February 2005, an expansion of the 1961 building allowed for more computers andin 2007, Mike Bendele was commissioned to create the art piece above the computers inmemory of Alba Landwehr and her brother, Reno Bianchi.The Carnegie Library in Delphos was constructed in 1912 and dedicated in Octoberthat year.
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APRIL 2012
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is EricaSaine.CongratulationsErica!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ChristianStemen.CongratulationsChristian!
Scholars of the Day
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Aug. 22, 1990-April 4, 2012
Joel Ross Thatcher, 21,of Ohio City, died at 3 a.m.Wednesday from injuriesreceived in an automobileaccident.He was born Aug. 22,1990, in Lima to Audie andSue (Waterman) Thatcher,who survive in Ohio City.Funeral services will beginat 2 p.m. Saturday at CalvaryEvangelical Church, Van Wert,with Pastor Steven Watermanofficiating. Burial will be inWoodlawn Cemetery, OhioCity.Friends may call from 1-8p.m. Friday and from noonto 2 p.m. Saturday at thechurch.Preferred memorials are toVan Wert high School tackand field.Sympathy may be expressedat cowanfuneralhome.com
July 7, 1929-April 4, 2012
Leo N. Drerup, 82, of Delphos, died at 1:35 p.m.Wednesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.He was born July 7, 1929, inPutnam County, to Frederickand Francis (Kreinbrink)Drerup.On April 19, 1952, he mar-ried Bernice Maag, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors also include sonsDave (Martha) Drerup, NickDrerup, Tony (Mary) Drerupof Delphos, Jeff (Susie)Drerup of Powell and Fred(Janice) Drerup of Ottoville;daughters Janet (Dan) Bonifasof Landeck, Molly (Dave)Buettner of Delphos and Ann(Don) Like of New Bavaria;sisters Esther Knott and EdnaSalisbury of Cridersville; 21grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.He was preceded in deathby his daughter, Ellen Drerup;brothers Carl and RichardDrerup; a grandchild; and sis-ters Lucille Ringlein, FlorenceWeis and Ruth Drerup.Mr. Drerup was a UnitedStates Army veteran of theKorean War who owned LNDrerup Upholstery for morethan 30 years and worked onthe railroad from 1944-1991.He was a member of St. John’sCatholic Church, enjoyedpolka dancing, garage sales andgoing to local coffee shops.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Mondayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will follow in St. John’sCemetery with military ritesconducted by the DelphosVeterans Council.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Sunday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home wherethe parish wake will be held.Memorials are to St. Rita’sHospice.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was62 degrees, low was 45. Higha year ago today was 45, lowwas 35. Record high for todayis 83, set in 1988. Record lowis 12, set in 1982.
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Houston death reportdetails drug signs, last day
By ANTHONYMcCARTNEYAP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES — Thehotel room where WhitneyHouston died bore the hall-marks of a traveler — suitcas-es and room-service food anddrinks. But it also containedsomething tragically familiarfor the singer: signs of cocaineand its paraphernalia.The drug was foundthroughout Houston’s body,according to an autopsy reportreleased Wednesday that gavethe most detailed account yetof how the Grammy-winningsinger died just hours beforeshe was to appear at a pre-Grammy Awards party. By thetime an assistant found her facedown in a bathtub on the after-noon of Feb. 11, Houston hadlikely been dead for at least anhour. The water was so hot itscalded part of her body.Nearby, on the bathroomcounter, investigators founda small spoon described byinvestigators as having a “crys-tal like substance” in it andin a drawer they discovered awhite powdery substance. Thedozen prescription drug bottlesfound in Houston’s suite of theBeverly Hilton Hotel led inves-tigators to initially suspect shedied of an overdose, but afterfurther examination and toxi-cology results they concludedshe drowned accidentally.Heart disease, which causeda 60 percent blockage in oneof her arteries, and cocaineuse were listed as contributingfactors.Toxicology results alsoshowed Houston had marijua-na, Xanax, the muscle relaxantFlexeril, and the allergy medi-cation Benadryl in her system,but none are considered factorsin her death.The grim accounting of the room where Houston diedand what investigators foundprovide a sad footnote to thesinger’s life, showing theimpact drugs took on her. Aninvestigator noted a hole in thesinger’s nose, listed under “his-tory of substance abuse.”Houston, 48, had been pre-paring for the annual party of her mentor, Clive Davis, whohelped launch her career twodecades earlier. She had fin-ished work on her return toacting by starring in a remakeof the film “Sparkle,” whichwould also feature her rendi-tion of the gospel classic “HisEye Is on the Sparrow.”The singer had a sore throatand her assistant suggested shetake a bath to get ready forthe party. The assistant left topick up some items at a depart-ment store and by the time shereturned, Houston was sub-merged in the tub, which wasoverflowing and had soakedthe carpet in another room.Efforts were made to revivethe Houston, including using adefibrillator, according to thereport.Coroner’s officials declinedto discuss details in the report,including whether toxicologyresults showing the level of cocaine in Houston’s bodycould be used to determinehow recently she took the drug.The office has said there weresigns of recent and chronic useby the singer.Beverly Hills police havebeen awaiting the report beforeclosing the report, although theagency has said there are nosigns of foul play in Houston’sdeath.The singer had battledaddiction for years, but friendsand family have said sheappeared committed to mak-ing a comeback in the monthsbefore her death.“The biggest devil is me.I’m either my best friend ormy worst enemy,” Houstontold ABC’s Diane Sawyer inan infamous 2002 televisioninterview with then-husbandBobby Brown by her side.Brown has faced his owntroubles since his ex-wife’sdeath. He was arrested andcharged last month with driv-ing under the influence of alco-hol in Los Angeles and faces acourt date later this month.The details of Houston’sdeath have not yet impactedplans to release “Sparkle” laterthis year. A trailer releasedMonday featured Houstonprominently in her role as thematriarch of a family of girlswho form a singing group andstruggle with fame and addic-tion.
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Ohio church readies forEaster after lightning strike
PERRYSBURG (AP) —Construction and cleanupcrews are racing the clockat a church in northwestOhio where a lightningstrike sparked a fire at thetop of a 170-foot steeple.St. Rose CatholicChurch officials say they’llbe ready for services todayand the rest of Easter week-end.Most of the damagefrom the Tuesday morn-ing fire at the church inPerrysburg was containedto the steeple, with minordamage to the sanctuary.The manager of a clean-up crew working to get thechurch ready tells WTOL-TV in Toledo that he’s amember of the church.Kevin Fisher says thedamage could have beenmuch worse.St. Rose’s pastor, theRev. Marvin Borger, sayshe thinks those attend-ing services this weekendshouldn’t notice any dif-ferences.
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District Science Fair participants from Fort Jennings High School include, front fromleft, Jeremy Smith, Cody VonLehmden, Alex Sealts, Jordan Neidert and Kyle Maag;center, Kyle Hellman, Quinton Neidert, Dillon Schimmoeller, Keri Eickholt, ReneeKraner and Aaron Neidert; and back, Emily Klir, Jenna Calvelage, Sarah Hellman, ErinEickholt, Alyssa Wiedeman and Troy Ricker. Kristen Maag was absent.
5 from Jennings qualifyfor State Science Day
On March 24, the DistrictScience Fair was held at OhioNorthern University in Ada.Students from NorthwestOhio who had received topscores in their local or countyscience fairs were eligibleto participate in the DistrictScience Fair.Fort Jennings sent 19 stu-dents to the fair. Each studentwas asked to give a short pre-sentation to a pair of judgesthat included science teach-ers, professors, college stu-dents, and industry experts.Judging for special awardswas also done by anotherset of judges throughout themorning.Five students from FortJennings received a Superiorrating and will be attend-ing the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Dayheld at Ohio State Universityon May 5.These students included junior Kristen Maag, fresh-man Emily Klir, eighth-grad-ers Jeremy Smith and KyleHellman and seventh-graderCody VonLehmden.Other students attendingDistrict Science Day andreceiving Excellent ratingsare: Jenna Calvelage, KeriEickholt, Sarah Hellman,Alyssa Wiedeman, IsaacFischbach, Aaron Neidert,Renee Kraner, Alex Sealts,Dillon Schimmoeller, ErinEickholt, Kyle Maag, JordanNeidert, Quinton Neidert andTroy Ricker.
Film foundation to hold film screening fundraiser
A sweeping red carpetand searchlights in the skywill make everyone in down-town Lima feel like a star at7:30 p.m. on April 28 at TheCity Club, 114 S. Main St.,3rd floor, Lima.The Northwest Ohio FilmFoundation invites the pub-lic to a special screeningof the award-winning fea-ture “Paradise Recovered,”followed by an exclusivemeet-and-greet with screen-writer and producer, AndieRedwine.“Paradise Recovered”is about a devout, youngwoman whose conservativeChristian beliefs collide withthe views held by her bohe-mian friends. The provoca-tive story is filled with lightcomedic touches, pointingout the need for self-explo-ration without ever attackingthe woman’s genuine, deeplyfelt faith.“Paradise Recovered”received the 2011 AudienceChoice Award at the inau-gural Film Festival last July.Since its debut, the filmhas screened all across thecountry and has won sev-eral awards, including BestPicture.“What better film to sharewith the community thanlast year’s audience favor-ite?” said Board MemberLinda McClure. “We wantthis event to be as classy andexciting as a Hollywood pre-miere and it’s only a sneakpreview of everything tocome at the 2012 NorthwestOhio Independent FilmFestival.”Tickets can be purchasedat the door and online atwww.nwoff.org for $10each. Popcorn and a cashbar will be available. Formore information, visitParadiseRecovered.com orcontact Executive DirectorLen Archibald at 419-979-9692. 
 About the Northwest Ohio Film Foundation:The Northwest Ohio FilmFoundation is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organizationthat promotes the culture of cinema through screenings,workshops, events, network-ing and the promotion of  future filmmakers and mediaartists from Northwest Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival isthe main event where the previously mentioned goalsare put into effect. It is anavenue for artists to shinewhere they may not have had the chance. This includestechnical artists, actors,musicians, writers, and allmovie lovers young and old  from around the world.
Toledo casinosite soon readyfor regulators
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Slotmachines are almost fullyinstalled and table games havebeen delivered to Ohio’s secondcasino, scheduled to open in lateMay in Toledo.That was among updates heardby Ohio regulators Wednesday inColumbus as the state preparesfor the openings of four voter-approved casinos in the next yearor so.Jeffrey Goodman, the vicepresident of casino operations forHollywood Casino Toledo, told theOhio Casino Control Commissionthat table games should be setup by mid-month, and that slotswould be ready for regulators totest around then, too.More than 510 table andpoker dealers have been trained,Goodman said, and surveillanceequipment is now installed.The casino is aiming to holdits grand opening May 29, butthat date is pending approvalfrom commission. Cleveland’scasino is slated to open about twoweeks earlier. Voters in 2009 alsoapproved casinos in Cincinnatiand Columbus.The commission onWednesday reviewed the finalsteps leading up to the openings.Each casino must do a test runseveral days before their grandopenings, so that state regulatorscan get a simulated look at whata typical day might be like at thefacilities.Invited guests to the so-calledcontrolled demonstrations couldplay the slots and table gamesand eat at the restaurants at thecasinos. The winners would get tokeep their earnings. The casinoswould still have to pay the state33 percent of gross earnings —defined as total amount wagered,minus winnings. And the rest of the casino’s net revenue from thedemonstration would go to char-ity, said Matt Schuler, the com-mission’s executive director.Background checks andlicensing of employees and ven-dors is on track to meet the open-ing dates, Schuler said.The commission onWednesday approved 861licenses for casino employees inToledo and Cleveland. So far,they’ve signed off on almost1,140 licenses. And today, a casi-no employee in Cleveland wasexpected to be presented with thefirst state-issued license.The state is also ramping upits efforts to tackle potential gam-bling addictions in the state.Laura Clemens, the commis-sion’s point person on problemgambling, told the panel that200 additional social workers,counselors and others have nowreceived training to treat thosewho are having gambling issuesor addictions.
Report: Ohioanaccused indismembermentconfesses
MECHANICSBURG(AP) — An Ohio manaccused of stabbing his on-again, off-again girlfriend,suffocating her and dismem-bering her body tells a news-paper she begged him to killher and forced a knife heheld into her own torso.Twenty-five-year-oldMatthew Puccio of Urbanais charged with murder inthe death of 21-year-oldJessica Sacco. He told theDayton Daily News from jailon Wednesday that he plansto plead guilty and deservesdeath.Puccio says the cou-ple had argued in theirapartment the night beforeher March 22 death andshe asked him to “slash herthroat, slash her wrists, dosomething.”Two other couples, onefrom Urbana and one fromFenton, Mich., are accusedof helping Puccio concealthe slaying.A message was left beforebusiness hours today forPuccio’s attorney.The hot dog was givenits name by concessionaireHarry Stevens, who wasfrom Niles, Ohio, afterdiscovering that peopleweren’t interested in buyinghis “snouts & sawdustsausages”.

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