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Technical career fair set today PIQUA —The Upper Valley Career Center will host a Technical Career Fair from 3-7 p.m. today at the Applied Technology Center, 8901 Looney Road. Opportunities on how to upgrade work skills will be offered.

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Students at Bennett Intermediate School in Piqua take cover on the bottom floor of the school Wednesday as they participate in the annual statewide tornado drill. At 9:50 a.m. students across the state took part in the exercise as part of Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Casstown couple face charges Pair allegedly wield guns during incident

report of a woman trespassing on the property. Michelle Waker, 39, of 4550 Sodom Ballou Road, Casstown, was reportedly told by the resident Jordan Geisler, 21, to leave the 4850 Sodom-Ballou Road address. Waker then got in her car to leave, but allegedly tried to hit Geisler with her car. Geisler reportedly ended up on the hood of her car, trying to avoid being struck. Waker reportedly went home

and told her husband, David Waker, 52, about the incident and both returned to the house. Deputies arrived at the 4850 Sodom Ballou address and found David Waker on the back patio with his hands raised above his head. Waker had a fully loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his right hand and a stun gun in his left with indicator light activated on the device. Waker

WASHINGTON — Concluding three days of fervent, public disagreement, a Supreme Court seemingly split over ideology will now wrestle in private about whether to strike down key parts or even all of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law. The justices’ decision, due this June, will affect the way virtually every American receives and pays for care. The court wrapped up public arguments Wednesday on the overhaul, which is designed to extend health insurance to most of the 50 million Americans now without it. The first and biggest issue the justices must decide is whether the centerpiece of the law, the requirement that nearly all Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty, is constitutional. Wednesday’s argument time was unusual in that it assumed a negative answer to that central question. What should happen to other provisions, the justices and lawyers debated, if the court strikes down the requirement? If the justices are following their normal practice, they had not even met to take a preliminary vote in the case before all argument concluded. Questions at the court this week days showed a strong ideological

The Favorite Stove and Range Co. built a twostory brick office building STAFF REPORT in 1913 on the southwest corner of Young and CASSTOWN — A man and his Weber streets. wife were arrested early Sunday Courtesy of the Piqua Public Library after brandishing two guns, a stun gun and hitting a young Lottery male with a car. At 12:27 a.m. Sunday, Miami CLEVELAND (AP) — County Sheriff’s Office responded The following are WednesSee Couple/Page 2 See Justices/Page 2 to 4850 Sodom-Ballou Road, on a day’s lottery numbers: Night Drawings: ■ Classic Lotto 08-10-24-38-40-44 ■ Rolling Cash 5 04-05-06-21-38 ■ Pick 3 Numbers 8-5-6 ■ Pick 4 Numbers BY WILL E SANDERS 1-9-9-8 at the Piqua YWCA. Gearing grew up in JackDay Drawings: Staff Writer son Center and graduated ■ Midday 3 from there in 1998 before at8-6-9 PIQUA — With only two tending the University of ■ Midday 4 years on the force, Piqua po- Toledo. He graduated with a 9-8-7-2 lice officer Miles Gearing, bachelor’s degree in criminal who was justice. Index named After e does a lot of good working Classified....................10-12 t h i s work without for the Comics...............................9 year’s Podrawing attention F i n d l a y Entertainment ..................5 lice OffiHoroscope .......................9 cer of the to himself, so it is nice to Police DeLocal ................................3 Year, says see his peers and supervi- partment, not Gearing Obituaries ...........................2 he sors recognizing that he is only loves and his Opinion ..............................4 w i f e , Religion ........................6 his job, going above and beyond. Nicole, School ..........................7 but also the city made the Sports ....................14-16 —Chief Bruce Jamison d e c i s i o n he paState/Nation .....................8 to come Weather ............................3 trols. Gearing was announced back to the area in order to be as the Piqua Police Officer of closer to home, so he jumped the Year on Wednesday night at the chance to serve on the during the 12th Police and Piqua Police Department. WILL E SANDERS/STAFF PHOTO Piqua police officer Miles Gearing was recently announced as the Piqua Fire Community Apprecia6 2 See Gearing/Page 2 Police Department's Police Officer of the Year. tion Dinner, which was held 7 4 8 2 5 8 2 1 0 1

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City residents urged to support Ash St. merchants Businesses open during construction PIQUA — Piqua city officials would like to remind residents that businesses located along East Ash Street are open for business. The street construction project prohibits through vehicular traffic, but there remains alternative access to each of the local business within the construction zone. Remember to patronize these businesses during the construction period:

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Gearing Continued from page 1 The Gearings are now expecting their first child. Hired in December 2009, Gearing said he loves every aspect of his job. “I like shift work and not knowing what is going to happen day-today. It never gets routine,” Gearing said. “I love being able to help people. There is nothing about this job that I don’t like.” A humble officer, Gearing said he is honored to be recognized by his peers and supervisors. “It seems weird getting an award for doing my job,” he said. “I didn’t do anything anybody else here would not have done. That says a lot about the people who work here. They are all a great group.” Gearing said what makes him feel especially honored is that he has only been on the department for just over two years. Another thing he likes about being a police officer for Piqua is the city itself and how the community is so interactive.

Justices Continued from page 1 division between the liberal justices who seem inclined to uphold the law in its entirety and the conservative justices whose skepticism about Congress’ power to force people to buy insurance suggests deep trouble for the insurance requirement, and possibly the entire law. The divide on the court reflects a similar split in public opinion about the law, which Congress approved two years ago when Democrats controlled both houses. The justices’ decision is sure to become a significant part of this year’s presidential and congressional election campaigns, in which Republicans have relentlessly attacked the law. Both liberal and conservative justices appeared on Wednesday to accept the administration’s argument that at least two important insurance changes are so closely tied to the musthave-coverage requirement that they could not survive without it: provisions requiring insurers to cover people regardless of their existing medical problems and limiting how much those companies can charge in premiums based on a person’s age or health. Less clear was whether the court would conclude the entire law, with its hundreds of unrelated provisions, would have to be cast aside. The justices also spent part of the day considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of

Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison said Gearing’s award shows “quite a bit of respect on all levels of this police department.” That’s because, Jamison said, nominations for the recognition of Gearing were received not only from his fellow peers, but also his supervisors. “He is out there hitting the streets so hard,” Jamison said. “He does a lot of good work without drawing attention to himself, so it is nice to see his peers and supervisors recognizing that he is going above and beyond.” The award process involved an awards committee and each officer up for the award was rated on the criteria of productivity, community involvement, judgement, peer relationships, appearance, and discipline. “His productivity is high, he uses good judgment, presents a professional appearance to our department and is very well disciplined,” Jamison said. In an upcoming edition of the Piqua Daily Call a story will be published on this year’s Firefighter of the Year.




Howard F. Valentine PIQUA — Howard F. Valentine, 93, passed away Tuesd a y , March 2 7 , 2012 at the Alterra Sterl i n g House, VALENTINE Piqua. He was born Nov. 3, 1918, in Piqua, the son of Vernie and Gertrude (Dill) Valentine. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Valentine; two brothersin-law, James (Darlene) Johnston of The Villages, Fla. and William (Margaret) Johnston of Troy; sister-in-law, Joan (Lester) Rosenbaum of Troy; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Robert (Jean) Valentine; and three sisters, Elizabeth (Herman) Crotinger,

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Dortha (Steve) Denman and Loretta Westfall. He graduated in 1938 from Piqua Central High School. He was employed at the former Waco Aircraft Co. in Troy and Lear Aviation of Piqua. He was later transferred with Lear to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1944, where he and his wife, the former Margaret Johnston lived until 2001. They have resided at the Alterra Sterling House since that time. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Ed Ellis officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Peggy Sue Houser

PIQUA — Peggy Sue Houser was born Sept. 19, 1962, and was murdered in the summer of 1981. Her mother, Hattie M. Oglesbee of Piqua, died in 2001, and her stepfather, Donald P. Oglesbee of Piqua, who died in 1997. She is survived by her father, Steve T. Houser Sr. of Tampa Bay, Fla.; two brothers, Larry D. Houser and Stevie T. House, both of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Sandra Houser-Prieser of Tampa, Fla., and Karen Houser-Wood of Sidney and formerly of Piqua. In addition she leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews, which she wasn’t given a chance to enrich their lives. “Mom, can I come home?” were the last words our mother heard from Peggy. “Yes, come home, I love you,” was her answer. As mom waited, minutes became hours, then days and now over the 30 years it took to the federal-state Medi- bring Peggy home. A caid program for low-in- promise us kids gave to come Americans an important feature which alone was expected to extend coverage to 15 million people and which no Continued from page 1 lower court has rejected. announced he had a gun Audio of Wednesday and stun gun and was ormorning’s argument can dered to put the weapons be found at: on the ground, and he ; complied immediately the afternoon argument and was handcuffed. at: Waker was ZOP . charged with felonious Solicitor General Don- assault, aggravated menald Verrilli Jr. took a few acing, aggravated tresseconds at the end of the passing and having a Medicaid argument to weapon while intoximake a final plea for the cated. David Waker was court to uphold the entire charged with aggravated law, which he said would menacing, aggravated “secure the blessings of trespassing and having a liberty” for millions of weapon while intoxiAmericans by providing cated. Both were incarthem with affordable cerated at the Miami health care. County Jail. Verrilli told the court Mr. Waker said his wife that Congress had made had told him that a fea policy decision to fight male at the residence, the high cost of medical identified as Michelle care through the new law. Brandenburg, 21, of Tipp “I would urge the court to City, had told his wife in respect that judgment,” a text message that she he said. had been in a domestic Paul Clement, the situation with someone lawyer for the states chal- living at the home. Waker lenging the law, retorted said he came down with that it would be a strange his wife to get Brandendefinition of liberty to burg to help resolve the make people who may not situation. Both Wakers want it buy health care admitted to have been insurance. And he called drinking prior to the inciCongress’ threat to cut all dent. Medicaid funding from states that refuse to expand the program “a direct threat to our federalism.” Not since 2000, when the court resolved the Bush v. Gore dispute over Florida election returns that sealed George W. Bush’s election as president has a Supreme Court case drawn so much attention.

mom a few years before she passed away was, “If you find Peggy, and she is not alive and I am not here no more, bring Peggy home and bury her beside me.” And at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, a graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Section 5, with Pastor Dan Hathaway of Piqua Apostolic Temple officiating. Peggy will be laid to rest inches from our mother. Peggy attended Tampa City Schools and Piqua City Schools. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She was sweet, soft-spoken, and free-spirited with compassion towards life, but she had the strength to hold her two feet on the ground when she needed. She gave smiles and laughter and joyful times. We were grateful to have Peggy for a short time and we will never forget her. She was our friend, our sister, and our daughter. She was stolen from our lives, but not from our hearts. “Peggy you are home!”


Several witnesses inside the house confirmed that Michelle Waker had brandished a small silver handgun and was waving it around when she arrived at the house. Geisler said he asked Waker to leave and she refused. Waker reportedly revved her car engine, spun the car’s tires and drove up the driveway towards him. Geisler said he had to jump on the car’s hood to avoid getting run over. He admitted to punching the windshield and throwing a beer bottle at the car after the incident. Several witnesses at the house confirmed the incident of Waker waving a gun prior to the incident and saw Waker try to run Geisler with the car. Brandenburg said she had no idea why the couple was referring to a text message about a domestic incident and showed the officials her text messages on her phone which confirmed her story. Waker’s .38 caliber pistol was recovered from the car she was driving.

Hillsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Robert Lavy of Covington; grandchildren, Patrick and Nadine Lavy of Covington, Craig and Pam Denlinger of Pleasant Hill, Nick and Becky Weldy of Covington, Rusty and Jaime Sink of Piqua, Greg and Aislinn Miller of Union City, Todd and Alexa Longenecker of Rossville, Ind., Abe and Vicki Sink of Hillsboro, and Aaron Sink and fiancée Sheila Kauffman of Hillsboro; 24 great-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren; sisters Virginia Peters of Covington, Ann Bowman of Clayton, Etta Mae Garber of Greenville, Mildred Denlinger of New Paris, Thelma Garber of Greenville and Lucille Bussey of Greenville; brothers, Ray Flora of Piqua, Hollis Flora of Greenville and Wade Flora of Rio Verde, Brazil. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 6360 Farrington Road, Covington. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. Family and friends may gather from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington. Online memories may be left for the family at

Jane Davis Zwayer PIQUA — Jane Davis Zwayer, 92, formerly of 1615 Washington Ave., Piqua, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Piqua Manor. She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Delaware, Ohio, to the late John E. and Grace (Miller) Davis. She married Gerald “Jerry” Zwayer on Dec. 19, 1943, in Delaware; he preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2004. Survivors include a son, Gary (Laura) Zwayer of The Villages, Fla.; a daughter, Janet Converse of Piqua; two grandchildren, Amanda (Ed) Frantzen of LaGrange, Ill., and Joseph Converse of Toledo; and three greatgrandchildren, Max, Emily and Zander Frantzen. She was preceded in death by a brother, Zach Davis; and a sister, Ruth Davis. Mrs. Zwayer was a 1937 graduate of Frank B. Willis High School in Delaware, Ohio, a 1939

graduate of Bliss Business College and attended The Ohio State University. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jane was the past president of Entri Nous Women’s Club of Peoria, Ill. and was an avid golfer and bridge player while living in Peoria, Western Springs, Ill., and Piqua. She worked for Pretty Penny, a women’s shop in Western Springs, and upon returning to Piqua, she worked for Barclay’s for four years. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. are Arrangements being conducted through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Piqua Education Foundation, 719 E. Ash St., Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Death notices PIQUA — Nova M. Wright, 76, Piqua, died at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Covington Care Center, Covington. The body will be cremated and there are no services. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements. MAPLEWOOD — Geneva Smith, 78, of Maplewood, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Dorothy Love Retirement Center, Sidney. Services will be held Friday at Adams Funeral Home, Sidney, with the Rev. Keith Mathews officiating. Burial will take place in Pierce Township Cemetery, Cincinnati.

Earl Scruggs dies at 88 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped change country music with Bill Monroe and later with guitarist Lester Flatt, has died at 88. Scruggs’ son Gary said his father passed away Wednesday morning at a

Nashville, Tenn., hospital. Scruggs was an innovator who pioneered modern banjo sound. His use of three fingers rather than the clawhammer style elevated the banjo from a part of the rhythm section or a comedian’s prop to a lead instrument.


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COVINGTON — Helen Woneda Sink, 91, of Covington, passed away Tuesd a y , March 2 7 , 2012, a t Upper Va l l e y M e d - SINK i c a l Center. She was born March 28, 1920, in Covington, to her parents Cornelius Jonathon and Naomia May (Mohler) Flora. Woneda spent all of her life in the Covington area. She attended Covington High School and on April 12, 1941, she married Clinton Wilbur Sink. Together they owned and operated Sinks Cannery in Covington and, following retirement, Woneda and Clinton would enjoy spending several months a year in Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Wilbur Sink; grandchildren, Douglas and Tony Lavy; sister, Elda Flora; brothers, Hubert Flora, Paul Flora, CJ Flora Jr., and Buford Flora. She is survived by her sons and daughters-inlaw, Wayne and Judi Sink of Covington and Wilbur and Barbara Sink of


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Community spotlight Lorie Reiser, right, of Winan’s Coffee Shop, gave some detailed information about a coffee bean to Dr. Robert Allen and his wife Nell at last week’s Java and Jazz program, the first in a Library Lounge series of evenings sponsored by the Friends of the Piqua Public Library. Joe Reiser spoke about the origination of coffee flavors and then offered three exotic flavors of coffee to be sampled by the 80-plus persons in attendance. Jazz music was provided by the Adam Elfers Trio of the Dayton Jazz Arts Studio. The next Library Lounge program, Fine Wine on a Beer Budget, is scheduled for Friday, April 27.

Cooler temperatures return It will be a sunny but cooler today with high pressure keeping things dry. The next storm system has sped up a bit. It now appears it will bring in some rain for Friday followed by a pretty decent weekend forecast. High: 68 Low: 40.


fee and other refreshments will be available. Between sets there will be an opportunity for local teens to discuss their issues and concerns with YMCA Teen Leadership Director, Joe Hinds. The YMCA Youth Center is currently planning more Teen Coffee House events at featuring popular local musi-

cians. The Miami County YMCA is offers this event in partnership with The Elks of Miami County, Troy Lodge 833, and the Elk’s National Foundation as funding partner. For more information, call Joe Hinds at the Youth Center at 7785247.

Tai Chi techniques for mind and body PIQUA — Join Fred and Linda Verceles as they introduce class participants to Tai Chi for an 8-week session be-

ginning Monday, April 9. Classes will be held from 7-8 p.m. Mondays. Fee for the class is $40 plus a YWCA membership ($30 plus applicable taxes). The Verceles couple have been teaching Tai Chi for eight years. “We are excited to bring this class to the Piqua YWCA. Tai Chi started out in 12th century China. Its techniques aim to address the body and mind as an interconnected system and are traditionally be-

lieved to have mental and physical health benefits to improve posture, balance, flexibility and strength,” said Linda Verceles. “Tai Chi accumulates energy and leaves you refreshed and relaxed when you finish. The graceful, slow speed of our styles, coupled with an emphasis on deep breathing and mental focus creates balance, flexibility and calmness, which relieves stress and allows for the integration of your mind and body.” For more information or registration, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626 or e-mail

Library offering spring break getaway PIQUA — Piqua Public Library will becomes a Spring Break getaway for area students April 2-6. All Spring Break programs begin at 2 p.m. daily. There will be movies shown on Monday and Wednesday. The Monday film is a recent Academy award winner about a young man on his own in a Paris train station, and the Wednesday movie is a total 1980s throwback film featuring David Bowie as king of the goblins. On Tuesday, teens are encouraged

to bring in their unwanted games, cards, movies, etc. for a Stuff Swap. Registration for the Stuff Swap is required, call 773-6753. Thursday is Wii Gaming day. The Louis Program Room on the first floor will be set up with Wii screens projected onto the walls for oversized game play. Friday’s Pizza Taste-Off rounds out the week. Pizza restaurants from all over town are donating their goods for this challenge. With teens as the judges, who knows what could

happen. In order to participate in the Pizza Taste-Off, you MUST have come to at least two other programs during the week. “In theory, Spring Break is great,” said Beka Lindeman, Information & Reference Specialist. “But for many of us there is only so much sleeping in you can do before it becomes pretty boring. We encourage you to sleep late and enjoy your days off, but come to the library at 2 p.m. for a more social way to spend your waking hours.”

Lifeguard class offered at Troy YMCA TROY — The Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch will offer a lifeguard class to train youth in the basic skills and knowledge lifeguards need in pool, lake, surf and waterpark environments. The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to lifeguard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and by taking action to help those in danger when necessary. It also covers safety skills every lifeguard needs to know, accident prevention, scanning and guarding techniques.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning April 10 through April 26 at the Robinson Branch, located on County Road 25A between Troy and Tipp City. Classes will take place from 5-10 p.m. Participants must be 16 years old and able to pass a water competency test conducted in three phases that includes swimming 300 yards (need to know breaststroke, sidestroke and freestyle), tread water for two minutes with legs only, and pass a third phase that in-

cludes spring 25 yards, retrieving an object, treading water while holding the object, hoisting themselves out of the pool, performing one minute of compressions on a CPR mannequin and following directions given by a lifeguard instructor. The class is a blended learning class that involves online coursework that will be completed outside class. For more information or to register, contact Kathi Roetter at 440-9622 or

Ballet classes for girls, boys begin at YWCA PIQUA — Boys and girls will have the opportunity to learn coordination and grace skills while developing an appreciation for the fine arts in new ballet class sessions beginning on Monday, April 16, at the YWCA Piqua. Denise Uhlenbrock of Piqua, a 22-year veteran of ballet, will instruct children in the 10-week program. Classes are divided into several age groups. A pre-

school class for children 3-5 years of age meets on Monday mornings from 9:45-10:30 a.m. and 5-7 year olds meet from 3:45-4:25 p.m. Ballet students 7-10 years of age have class from 4:30-5:10 p.m., while advanced students (teacher approved) will meet from 5:15-6 p.m. “Ballet at any age is important for young girls or boys to build self-esteem

and it lays an excellent foundation for physical activity and socialization skills,” Uhlenbrock said. A maximum of eight students will be accepted in each class. A short recital at the conclusion of the session will showcase the students’ new skills. Participants should have ballet slippers,

tights and leotards or shorts. The cost for the classes is $25 along with an annual membership fee of $10 for children 6-11 years of age. Membership for teen girls is $15 plus applicable taxes. Current class members are reminded to register early to continue classes. For information or registration, visit the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St., Piqua, call 773-6626, or email

Students move on to Ohio SkillsUSA Competition PIQUA — The Upper Valley Career Center Chapter of SkillsUSA showcased members’ job and leadership skills at in local and regional SkillsUSA competitions. Top finishers in each local contest were eligible to compete at the regional contest conducted the first two Saturdays in March. The top three competitors in each regional category now advance to the Ohio SkillsUSA competition to be held at the State Fairgrounds and Expo Cen-

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Center to host teen coffeehouse PIQUA — The Miami County YMCA Youth Center will host a Teen Coffeehouse from 7-10 p.m. Friday. The Youth Center is located at 307 W. High St. in Piqua. There is no charge for this event, which is open to the community. The Coffeehouse will feature music from local bands and individuals. Cof-



ter, Columbus, April 27 and 28. Four Upper Valley Career Center students finished first in their area of competition: Zack Carlock, Automotive Refinishing, Piqua High School the son of Kathy Glasco; Brittney Murphy, Cosmetology, Piqua High School, the daughter of Michael Murphy and Amanda Valsques; Josh Dulaney, First Aid/CPR, Houston High School, the son of Larry and Martha Dulaney; and

Dustin Snell, Covington High School, Residential Wiring, the son of Mark Snell and Andrea Nelson. Other competitors advancing to state competition with a second or third place finish in regional level competition include: Jacob Bowman, Automotive Service, Versailles High School; Robert Lee, Industrialized Motor Control, Jackson Center; Sheena Scott, Medical Terminology, Troy High School; Lexie McKinney, Nail Care, Piqua High

School; Kayla Hole, Nail Care, Houston High School; Starr Osborne, Open and Closing, Anna High School; Leah VanGorden, Open and Closing, Piqua High School; Heidi Knight, Open and Closing, Newton High School; Andrew Luthman, Open and Closing, Piqua High School; Sharice Hibbler, Open and Closing, Troy High School; Oliver Walters, Open and Closing, Piqua High School; Lyndsey Coverstone, Open and Closing, Ft. Loramie.

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In brief Literacy program TROY — The Troy Literacy Council, serving all of Miami County, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy. Adults seeking help with basic literacy or wish to learn English as a second language and those interest in becoming tutors, can contact our message center at (937) 660-3170 for more information.

Montessori applications TROY — The Miami

Montessori School, located in Troy, is currently scheduling classroom observations and accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. The school’s students, ranging from age 2 1/2 through sixth grade, progress through the curriculum at an individual pace. Founded in 1979, this academic school serves students from Piqua, Sidney, Troy, Tipp City, Vandalia and surrounding communities. Interested persons are invited to call the school at 3390025 to obtain information or to schedule a classroom observation. The school’s website is

Piqua school news PIQUA — The following activities and programs are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • Congratulations to the Piqua Junior High School Science Olympiad Team. The team competed in the Regional Competition on March 17 and qualified to compete at state level. The young team placed 6th out of 18 teams. Events placing in the top six were: Awesome Aquifers, Compute This, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Forestry, Keep the Heat, Meteorology, Mission Possible, Optics, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar, Water Quality, and Write It Do It. State competition will be held in April at The Ohio State University. • The Piqua Junior High School Model United Nations students attended the OMUN conference March 11-13. Both groups did an outstanding job of presenting their resolutions to more than sixty other students. They also competed in the talent showcase with Cambodia and Norway, making it to the semi-finals. The nation of Cambodia came home with a runner-up trophy. Congratulations to Jack Schmiesing, Rupert Delacruz, Kyle Jones, Derrick Gullett, Noah Lyman, Erin Patrizio, Annie Fletcher, Selaina Rion, Taesha Wheeler, Trevor Snapp and

Josh Hanes. • Joe Sullivan, a fifth grade student at Wilder Intermediate School, earned the highest score in the State of Ohio on Light EnergyPenalty Kick from Study Island. Joe’s score of 480 was 30 points higher than any other student in Ohio. The program allows students to learn advanced concepts and develop advanced skills far beyond the normal curriculum. • Springcreek Primary students will have their art work displayed at Brukner Nature Center during the month of March and April. Congratulations to Jordan Slife, Noah Parick, Mahala Bragg, Zachary Henne, Preston Fugate, Coltin Byron, Brielle Penley, Elaini Grove, Reagan Sloan, Rylee Weaver, Daylin Bowman, Elizabeth Carnahan, John Estep, Alison Miller, Mia Whitsell, Izayah Joyal, Donyana Godin, Paige Hinkle, Daniel Fields, and Trenton Glaze. • Autism: Making the Pieces Fit will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Wilder Intermediate School in Room 300. Melinda Janson, Intervention Specialist will be the speaker. This event is open to educators, parents and community members. For additional information, contact Susan DeBrosse, parent mentor, 773-2017 Ext. 5008 or

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ver since you were little your mom has told you, “watching that much television will fry your brain.” But, now in most cases it seems to be destroying women and young girl’s bodies across the globe. From a young age it seems that we are taught that beauty means, “Being skinny.” Women and young girls everywhere have developed many eating disorders in search of the perfect body that the media says they need to have to be accepted in society. An example that the media does affect body image is the views of body image among the Fijians. The Fijians had never heard of body image issues, or eating disorders, prior to the broadcasting of television shows from the United States to the Fijian Islands. The Fijians believed that being “fat” was a sign of wealth and happiness in life. “According to Anne Becker, in the book “Body, Self, and Society,” the Fijians embraced the full figured women and found them to be the most desirable. When Becker returned it was after the United States had been pageant broadcasting shows on television to the Fijian Islands. She had found that the views of the Fijian’s were skewed by the LINDSEY ELLIOTT media. The men no long Guest Column found the bigger women to be desirable. When she surveyed the women she found that 11 percent of girls reported vomiting to control weight, and 62 percent of the girl’s surveyed that they had dieted in the previous months.” This just goes to show how powerful the media can be in influencing women regarding body image. Take a look at your childhood Barbie for example, when you are young you are taught that Barbie is the perfect woman. Everything is based around how she looks and her happiness comes from her being the perfect woman. “According to the author of Find your True, Barbie is 5’9” tall, 39” bust, 18” waist, and 33” hips. Barbie weighs in at about 110 pounds saying she is a “full figured” woman.” If you look at Barbie’s BMI she fits the criteria for being anorexic. She would most likely not menstruate, and would have to walk on all fours because of her proportions. The author of Find your True also points out, “in 1965 Slumber Party Barbie came out, it came with a bathroom scale permanently set to 110 pounds The doll also came with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight.” And inside this book it gave the advice: “Don’t Eat.” The Barbie was then recalled because of the criticism it was getting and was reintroduced with a more realistic figure. I think that body image issues have became a huge issue in all societies. Most women always think to themselves “If I could change something about myself, then other will accept me.” That expression affects most women across the globe and is getting worse. I believe that it is the most un- healthy thought to think of yourself. I feel that not just women but people in general should take a healthy approach on life which not only is about physical health, but mental health also. Take Jillian Michaels for example, she helps millions of Americans get healthy on The Biggest Loser television show every year. She puts on her website that every day, she has to have some dark chocolate to get through the day. According to Michaels, “it’s all about portion size, moderation, and developing healthy eating habits for a lifetime of healthiness.” Since the 1950s, eating disorders have grown rapidly and just seem to be getting worse. Each year countries release their statistics on their number of eating disorders reported in their country. Each year it seems that the numbers grow larger and now seem to be exceeded the numbers of obesity. I believe that beauty comes from within, and young girls seem to be looking right over that concept because of what they learn that beauty is from a young age. You need to not only be physically healthy but, also mentally healthy. Young girls should watch the commercials on television and just laugh because they know that it is un-realistic and those women aren’t healthy. Maybe if the government embraced the eating disorder controversy as much as they do obesity we would help these young girls, but until there is action taken to help these individuals the rates are going to keep rising.


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from the 1960s Patterson described as a “fedn classical music an overeration of the fed-up,” a detone is what’s present but scription that might be not easily discernible. The applied to today’s conservabeauty of Brahms’ music is tives. enhanced by resonances you Goldwater had been one of can barely hear. The clear, inthose who encouraged George spiring musical utterances of Romney to run for governor Bach are enriched by Byzanin the first place. Indeed, the tine harmonic structures. So, too, with the unfin- DAVID SHRIBMAN two seemed broadly similar — “rugged and amiable men ished symphony of the 2012 Columnist from the West,” according to Republican presidential Clark R. Mollenhoff in a 1968 nomination struggle. This campaign may sound like an atonal biography, “and each said just about what string quartet by Schoenberg. But listen he thought on even the most controversial carefully — search beneath the discordant issues of the day.” But as Goldwater closed in on the nominotes — and you may determine that the strains you hear, of ideologues fighting reg- nation, Romney worried that in the rush to ulars, of a party steeped in primogeniture the right, the ethos of the Rambler autostruggling with questions of entail, of a mobile — “a happy medium,” in the demovement coming to blows but not to scription of Tom Mahoney in his 1960 peace over the nature of conservatism, are Romney biography, “offering the interior space and comfort of big cars and at the overtones of 1964 and 1968. It is not entirely a coincidence that in same time the ease of handling and econboth those long-ago years Gov. George W. omy of small cars” — was being jeopardized Romney of Michigan, the father of the inside the GOP. Later, when he was trying 2012 contender, looms as a prominent fig- to win passage of an anti-extremism plank ure. Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s father was in the platform, Romney employed a vivid one of the giants of Republican politics automotive metaphor. He said the Repubthen — the former chief of American Mo- lican Party ought to have a “big wheelbase.” Today his son faces many of the same tors Corp. and one of the masterminds behind the famous Rambler automobile, pressures — but has taken a different known for its reputation, as the GOP in path. Mitt Romney is a born moderate, reared that day was, as smart and thrifty. Then, as now, the Republican Party was at the private Cranbrook Schools to be acundergoing one of its periodic changes. commodating. But he learned at Harvard Americans of a certain age grew accus- Business School to be calculating, and he tomed to regarding the Republicans as the knows that he cannot win the nomination models of stability, committed in their poli- of the modern Republican Party without cies as in their own profile to resisting appealing to the GOP’s new base, which change rather than promoting it. But that views moderation as, to employ the famous is a lazy misreading of the party, which Goldwater phrase, “no virtue.” The younger Romney has reason for this began as an ardent advocate of a strong federal government (and of civil rights). reckoning. Look, for example, at the exit The Republican Party has been changing polls this month from Alabama, a state the Republicans have won in every election and evolving for generations. In the mid-1960s, new forces and per- since the Goldwater campaign with the exsonalities rocked what seemed for a while ception of 1976, when a Southerner, like the classic party of social rest, pro- Jimmy Carter, was the Democratic nomipelling the Republican Party rightward, nee. Only 5 percent of Alabama Republiadding emotional energy and intellectual can voters described Romney as a “true power to conservatism even as it moved conservative”; some 51 percent applied away from the comfort zone of moderate that description to former Sen. Rick SanAmerican politics. The engine of this trans- torum of Pennsylvania. Which brings us to the 1968 election, formation was Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, a handsome Western romantic when the older Romney was again reand political realist as much at ease on garded as a leading contender. His camhorseback as President Lyndon B. John- paign was sunk by his famous remark son, perhaps even more so. Standing about getting “the greatest brainwashing against that rightward movement were that anybody can get” in Vietnam, though three Republican governors, William if you go back and watch the television Scranton of Pennsylvania, Nelson A. Rock- broadcast you might find little fault with efeller of New York — and George Romney. his comments. That’s not what’s relevant here. The How significant a threat to the Democrats was Romney? John F. Kennedy be- year 1968 was the breakthrough election lieved he might be facing the Michigan for the Republicans in the South, a politigovernor in 1964, according to the recently cal desert for them for a century. That year released Jacqueline Kennedy tapes. In his former Vice President Richard M. Nixon newest LBJ volume, “Passage of Power,” to and former Gov. George C. Wallace basibe published May 1, Robert A. Caro writes cally split the South, which by 1980 would that on the day after Kennedy’s assassina- become a Republican redoubt. The younger tion, George Romney called the White Romney has been stymied from the start House from National Airport to see if he in the South, where Santorum has shown could arrange a meeting with the new greater strength. Every election is bathed in overtones president. Johnson, who thought Romney might be his opponent 11 months later, from the past, but in this one they are unusually audible. The former Massachupicked up the phone himself. The struggle for the 1964 GOP presi- setts governor from the start has been dential nomination was bitter and brutal struggling with issues first raised in 1964 — exceeding “in savagery and signifi- and 1968, elections in which his father cance,” as political chronicler Theodore H. played important but ultimately unsucWhite would write, “any other in modern cessful roles. In the weeks to come, Mitt politics.” Commentators write easily about Romney must do more than break free periodic struggles “for the soul of the Re- from his remaining political rivals. He publican Party,” but the 1964 contest, in must break free from 1964 and 1968, and which Goldwater forces argued that “in their overtones. your heart, you know he’s right,” was worDavid M. Shribman is executive editor thy of the description. The new Goldwater conservatism was of the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette and is a what Atlanta Constitution editor Eugene veteran political columnist.


To the Editor: This is to make note of the passing of a true Piqua gentleman, Dr. John W. Gallagher. He was the beloved doctor to several generations of Piquads, delivering babies, sewing up cuts and in general, administering to the hopes and hurts of his patients, always with a loving sense of humor. To hundreds of Piqua High School athletes, he was the team doctor, attending games and taking care of their needs, all the while cheering on their efforts. In his spare time, he entertained the community with his talent in Piqua Players as well as the Heritage group that performed at the annual festival over Labor Day. John was a longtime member of the Greene Street United Methodist Church and supporter of local charities. He grew up in Dayton, bu he belonged to Piqua. To my husband and myself, he was a wonderful friend of some 60 years. You are missed, John. —Dorie Perry Piqua

Editorial roundup BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Excerpts of recent editorials of interest from Ohio newspapers: The (Toledo) Blade State officials must do their homework before they give money and tax breaks to companies that promise to expand and create jobs. They need to be vigilant about monitoring incentives already bestowed including those by previous administrations to ensure that the recipients are keeping their promises. The case of Perrysburgbased Willard & Kelsey Solar Group underscores the need for Gov. John Kasich’s administration to focus harder on this issue. Willard & Kelsey got $10 million in state loans in mid-2010, along with a $500,000 grant. Nine months after Gov. John Kasich took office in January 2011, the state learned that the solar-panel manufacturer had installed only one production line since it was formed in 2008. … In January, it laid off more than half of its work force. The company’s staffing apparently peaked at 72 workers. That’s far short of the 400 jobs required in its $5 million loan agreement with the Ohio Department of Development, and the 450 jobs required by a $5 million Ohio Air Quality Development Authority loan. State officials insist that the case is an exception.







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‘Bully’ A focus on intolerable cruelty


Advice principal of Kenny’s school, as well as having contacted the school board, your next step would be to discuss this with a lawyer. The fact that your son was hit so hard he needed medical attention should be all the proof he or she needs to help you deal with this. DEAR ABBY: I have muscular dystrophy and am beginning to need my wheelchair full time. My friends and family are doing whatever they can to make their homes accessible so I am not left out of activities. They mean everything to me, and I depend on them a great deal. My wheelchair can be unforgiving when going around doorways, hardwood flooring, etc. It’s inevitable that I will damage something in someone’s home and I will feel terrible about it. What should I do when this happens? I may not even know I did it. I can’t fix every scratch I make or clean every track I leave on the rug. I want to be invited, but I also want to be a good guest. What do you think? — PLANNING IN ADVANCE, COLUMBUS, OHIO

DEAR WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS: If your intuition is telling you that something is wrong, listen to it. Tell Darrel you’re feeling insecure and why. Start going with him to Las Vegas. Hire a pet sitter if necessary. It will be money well spent. If your husband isn’t open to it, hire a private investigator to tell DEAR PLANNING you what’s going on. IN ADVANCE: Because Clearly, something is up. you are wisely planning in advance, this is a conDEAR ABBY: My 7- versation you should year-old son, “Kenny,” is have with your family being bullied at school. and friends now, before He was punched so hard the need arises. Explain in the stomach that I had your concerns and offer to to get him medical care. I pay for the repair of any have called the school damage caused by your board and no one has wheelchair. I’m sure the done anything about it. offer will be appreciated, What else can I do? whether or not they take Kenny is small for his age you up on it in the event and weighs only 40 of an accident. pounds. I’m worried for Dear Abby is written by him. — WORRIED Abigail Van Buren, also ABOUT MY BOY IN known as Jeanne Phillips, TULSA and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. DEAR WORRIED: As- Write Dear Abby at suming that you have al- or ready spoken to your P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeson’s teacher and the les, CA 90069.


In this undated film image released by The Weinstein Company, Alex Libby is shown in the documentary film, “Bully.” CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic The documentary “Bully” is essential to see, whether you’re a parent or a kid, whether you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of such increasingly pervasive cruelty. But it’s also frustrating to watch, because while the stories included here are undeniably moving by nature, they’re not exactly told in the most artful way, rendering “Bully” far less emotionally impactful than it might have been. Director Lee Hirsch’s film grows repetitive and seems longer than its relatively brief running time. Tonally, it bounces with no rhyme or reason between a handful of students across the country who’ve suffered from bullying; technically, it feels a bit messy, with needless zooms and images that fade in and out of focus. Perhaps that was an intentional aesthetic choice. Either way, it’s distracting and headacheinducing. Still, if “Bully” does nothing more than provide the impetus for a dialogue, it achieves its purpose. Hirsch spent a year with about a half-dozen families with children who’ve been bullied at school — teased, abused, humiliated and ostracized — behavior which adults

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circle of friends who accept her as she is, including a girlfriend, and people who inspire her to get out of bed every morning, but she feels discouraged when she can’t open up more minds and hearts. Her parents’ evolution on the subject is inspiring to see. These are just some of the stories Hirsch shares in “Bully.” Any one of them might have served as its own complete film. This is especially true of a tale that comes toward the end: that of Kirk and Laura Smalley, whose 11-year-old son, Ty, took his own life because of bullying. These are admittedly simple, smalltown folks: avid hunters and St. Louis Cardinals fans with longtime family roots in the area who are forced to reexamine everything that defines them in a teary haze. Kirk’s honesty and purity of emotion are haunting, and our time with this family is tantalizingly brief. As the mother of a 2-year-old boy, I’m glad “Bully” exists. As a film critic, I wish it were more accomplished. “Bully,” a Weinstein Co. release, is not rated but contains some violence and disturbing situations involving kids and teens and some language. Running time: 94 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

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too often sweep aside with the cliche that kids will be kids. Among them are David and Tina Long of Murray County, Ga., whose 17-year-old son, Tyler, hanged himself. Tina bravely shows the closet where the family found him, in his bedroom since turned into an office, and the death has turned the Longs’ quiet suburban life into a crusade for awareness. Among the movie’s other stories is 12-year-old Alex, a scrawny kid from Sioux City, Iowa. His parents acknowledge he’s a bit weird but as his mom points out, he’d be the most devoted friend to anyone who would accept him. Hirsch’s camera captures Alex’s grueling daily school bus ride as big, mean kids use him as their punching bag. Alex has no idea how to stand up for himself and no adults seem capable of doing it for him (the assistant principal of his middle school comes off as especially clueless and inept). These moments are also the ones that earned “Bully” a ridiculous Rrating for language from the Motion Picture Association of America; The Weinstein Co. is now releasing the film unrated. In conservative Tuttle, Okla., 16year-old Kelby has been shunned since she came out as a lesbian, as have her parents. She finds a small

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West had the A-K of diamonds as well as five spades. But this possibility is distinctly against the odds, which strongly favor East having either one or both missing diamond honors. It’s not as abnormal as it might seem to let East’s jack hold the opening trick. It is virtually certain that West has the king when East does not play that card at trick one, so it isn’t necessary to win the first spade in order to assure two tricks in the suit. Tomorrow: Test your defensive play.

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DEAR ABBY: “Darrel” and I have been married 28 years. I thought we had an easy, comfortable relationship. We have no children; it’s just the two of us with a large family of furry animals. We don’t take vacations together because one of us has to be home to care for the animals. Last year Darrel took four trips to Las Vegas — two for business and two for special sporting events. I’m beginning to get little nagging signals that he may not have been on these trips alone. He shuts his phone off for hours at a time and changed the password on his computer after I had to get on it for a security update. The last time he went, he told me he had won two tickets in Las Vegas to a show, so I asked him to bring the extra one home so I could see it. When he returned, he didn’t have it. He said he had misplaced it. There are other things, too, and I don’t know what to think. I don’t want to hurt his feelings if there isn’t anything going on, but I need to know. What do I do? — WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS?

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Community Easter events Fish fry Easter “Egg” stravaganza PIQUA — The Easter “Egg” stravaganza, a community festival with lots of fun Easter events including Egg hunts and activities that’s for kids birth to fifth grade will be held Saturday, April 7 from 1-3 p.m. (registration starts at 12:30) at Upper Valley Community Church, located at 1400 Seidel Parkway in Piqua. Call 778-8822 for more information or look on the web at

Gifts of the cross COVINGTON — Stillwater Community Church will host Good Friday services at 7 p.m. April 6. Five pastors will speak on “The Gifts of the Cross.” The program also will include Easter music. The church is located off State Route 48 on Sugar Grove Road, south of Covington. For more information, call 473-5270.

Final Lenten fish fry PIQUA — The final Lenten fish fry at St. Mary Church in Piqua will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Dinner consists of all the fish you can eat along with french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, and coffee. Baked fish also will be available. Desserts and soft drinks are sold a-la-carte. Prices are $8 for adults; $6.50 for seniors; $5.50 for children 12 and under. Carry outs are also available for $6.50. The Lenten raffle ticket drawing will be held during the fish fry. Tickets are available at the parish office, 310 S. Downing St., or at the fish fry that night.

Fletcher Easter activities FLETCHER — Fletcher U.M. Church has set the following Easter activities and services: • Children’s Community Easter Celebration, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, for children in pre-school through 6th grade. Holy Week schedule: • Palm Sunday, April 1, 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services • Healing Service, 6 p.m. • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 5 • Community Good Friday Service, 7 p.m., April 6 • Easter Sunday, April 8, Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. and a Blended Service at 9:30 a.m.

LAHORE, Pakistan — It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry a Muslim boy. Only days later, Seema Bibi, a Christian woman in the province of Punjab, was kidnapped along with her four children after her husband couldn’t repay a loan to a large landlord.Within hours, her husband was told his wife had converted to Islam and wouldn’t be coming home. Seema Bibi escaped, fled the village and has gone underground with her husband and children. Hindu and Christian representatives say forced conversions to Islam have become the latest weapon of Islamic extremists in what they call a growing campaign against Pakistan’s religious minorities, on top of assassinations and mob intimidation of houses of worship. The groups are increasingly wondering if they still have a place in Pakistan. “It is a conspiracy that Hindus and Christians and other minorities should leave Pakistan,” says Amar Lal, the lawyer representing Kumari in the Supreme Court.“As a minority, we feel more and more insecure. It is getting worse day by day.” In the last four months, Lal said, 51 Hindu girls have been forcibly converted to Islam in southern Sindh province, where most of Pakistan’s minority Hindu population lives. After Kumari disappeared from her home on Feb. 24, Azra Fazal Pachuho, a lawmaker and the sister of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, told Parliament that Hindus in southern Sindh were under attack by Islamic extremists. Kumari’s family has gone to the Supreme Court to get their daughter back. But the case is hotly contested by the Muslim family, who say Kumari’s conversion was voluntary.They say the couple had known each other and exchanged Facebook messages and phone calls before she converted and they married. On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered Kumari kept in a women’s shelter in southern Karachi until it resumes hearing the case on April 18. “Christian and Hindu girls are targeted more and more,” says Father Emmanuel Yousaf, who heads the National Commission for Justice and Peace, an organization born out of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference. Yousaf, in the Punjabi capital of La-

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Night of worship PIQUA — A night of worship will start at 7 p.m., on Saturday April 14, with praise and worship music from Covington’s own Jim Rench and family. The evening will end with fellowship and refreshments in the lower level. Save the date, bring a friend or two and join us for a Night of Worship. United Church of Christ 115 N. Pearl Street Covington, OH 45318

VERSAILLES — The community is invited to attend Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Versailles Christian Church, 105 W. Ward St., Versailles. The services will include the Parade of Palm Branches, music, a media presentation, communion and a message by Pastor Dennis Wheeler. From 10-10:30 a.m., Cafe 105 will serve coffee, snacks and juice in The Gathering Place. Attendees also are invited to arrive early or stay after services and stroll through the Palm Prayer Walk in the church courtyard. A nursery for children birth through age 2 and a children’s ministry for age 3 through sixth grade also are planned.

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Good Friday Service, sponsored by the Piqua Association of Churches, will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 at St. Paul’s Evangelical & Reformed Church, 500 N. Downing St. The public is invited to attend this ecumenical service, which will focus on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Representatives from 17 Piqua churches will be leading the worship experience with scriptural readings, short sermons, special music, drama, hymns and prayer. The format will allow those in attendance to experience the fourteen “Stations of the Cross,” moments in the final day of Christ’s life, starting with Station I, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and extending through Station XIV, Jesus is placed in the Tomb. Following a welcome by the Rev. Dr. Keith Gebhart, host pastor, Kailyn Scott will lead the service from

one station to the next. Vignettes of drama will be scattered throughout by actors Luke Haines, Gary Weaver, Nathan Wise, Stephen Teale; special music will be presented by vocal soloists Pam Howard, Jason Townsend and Fred Lee; instrumental music will be offered by violinists Grace Jackson and Grace Winhoven with accompaniment by Laura Jackson and trumpeter Jonathon Millhouse with accompaniment by Linda Millhouse; and the church choirs from Cyrene AME Church and St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed will offer music ministry.

Meditations will be presented by the Rev. Christopher Ferguson, Pastor John Scott, the Rev. Mary Haldeman, the Rev. Dick Keeran and the Rev. Lincoln Robinson. Scriptures will be read by Jim Oda, Evelyn Jones, the Rev. Ronald Shreffler, Dana Babcock, Father Tom Grilliot, Ruth Hahn, Tom Hudson and Linda Grimes. The organist will be Jane Ann Vest and child care for children up to four years of age will be provided. The public is encouraged to attend — come on your lunch hour — and feel free to “come and go” to fit your schedule.



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In this photo taken Sunday, March 11, a Pakistani Christian man works on a cross to be set up inside the church at the Christian colony in the center of Islamabad, Pakistan. hore, said his group was helping lims. “Extremism is a problem that is not Seema Bibi and a number of other Christians who had to leave their vil- just targeting the minorities. It is now lages because of threats from extrem- a general problem in our society,” said ists. Some of them were girls who were Ijaz Haider, whose Jinnah Institute’s forcibly converted and others, he said, website carries an Extremism Watch were falsely accused of acting against documenting cases of attacks and inIslam for allegedly insulting the timidation by militants. “The liberal Prophet Muhammad or abusing the mindset has had a severe setback and the government has no strategy. It Quran. There are dozens of cases of minori- tries to do damage control, and damties being accused of insulting Islam age control is to placate these groups.” Critics say the government is too under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. Often the cases are rooted afraid and weak to respond or in some in disputes with Muslim neighbors or as cases is even complicit as it panders to coercion to convert,and judges often feel extremist groups for votes. A report released last week by intimidated by extremists into convicting accused blasphemers, said Yousaf. Yousaf’s justice and peace commission “They know where you live and where laid out a series of grim statistics about minority women in Pakistan. The your children go to school,” he said. Roughly five percent of Pakistan’s study surveyed 1,000 women, three180 million people belong to minority quarters of whom said they had been religions, which include Hindu, Chris- sexually harassed at the workplace, tian, Shiite Muslims and Ahmadis, ac- discriminated against in schools or cording to the CIA World Factbook. pressed by teachers to convert to Ahmadis are reviled by mainstream Islam. Yet they rarely complained. “They Muslims as heretics. Over recent years, violence against the minorities sense security in being silent as dishas increased, as Islamic hard-liners’ closing it might bring shame on theminfluence over the country has selves and their family,” the report said. strengthened. Mohyuddin Ahmad, the information In May 2010 gunmen rampaged through an Ahmadi place of worship in secretary for the Punjab Provincial Lahore, killing 93. In February this government, says politicians and police year, gunmen stopped four buses in are afraid. “If you are killed by a terrorist, no northern Pakistan, picked out those with Shiite-sounding names and shot one will come for condolences,” he said. Even incremental steps have to be them to death, killing 18. Last year, a provincial governor who criticized the taken slowly and silently so as not to blasphemy laws was killed by his own ignite a firestorm by extremists, said bodyguard, and the government’s only Ahmad. The provincial government has quiChristian Cabinet minister — also an opponent of the laws — was gunned etly sought to increase women’s participation in the work force, he said. It down by militants. “In Pakistan one’s religious faith, or requires that a third of the members lack of one, has become sufficient to on government corporations and warrant execution and murder,” Per- boards be women; all government ofvez Hoodbhoy, a physicist and peace fices must have day care centers; 15 activist wrote in a column earlier this percent of all government jobs have to month. “The killers do their job fear- go to women; free land given to the poor is shared 50/50 by husband and lessly and frequently.” The violence has cowed Pakistan’s wife; and acid throwing on a woman is liberals and frightens even many Mus- now a terrorist act.

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S M O KS IEG N A L S P Students to visit Ohio Northern University

On April 13, the week after students return to school from Spring Break, Mr. Siefker’s AP World History class and Mr. Hornbeck's ONU classes will be taking a field trip to the Ohio Northern University campus for their annual Social Studies day hosted by ONU's Department of History, Politics, and Justice. During Social Studies day, ONU faculty members will present to students and teachers from local school districts about topics such as “Interest Groups in American Politics,” “Protest Music in American History,” “Idea of the Crusades,” “World War I and Veterans Day,” “Integrating GIS into the High School Classroom,” and “Documentary Making in the High School Classroom.” Along with these topics, students will also be educated on elections throughout history because of the presidential election in November. All educational lectures presented to students will be presented by experts in several fields of humanities. Associate professor at ONU, Dr. Russ Crawford, received an Ohio Humanities grant for $1,000 to assist with funding of the event. The Getty College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History, Politics, and Justice are also helping to fund the program. Social Studies Day was created with the intention to provide students with a greater appreciation for the social studies and to help social studies teachers earn continuing education units. Students will leave school that day at 7:45 and will not return until 2:45 when school is already completed.

Adviser: Debbie Allen

BY ERIC CRAFT Staff Writer Spring break is upon the students of Piqua High School, and is taking place during the week of April 2-6. Students, of course, have been gearing up for this exciting time of vacation, sleeping in and relaxation. I asked a number of students about their impending plans. Students Alex Tamplin and Eion Hogston said, “We are going canoeing with our youth group and just going to hang out with friends.” Then you have student Jazmyn Crusoe-Price who said, “I am working all spring break.” Student Courtney Bowman is “sleeping all of spring break because I am so tired from musical and working.” Then you have student Macy Lambert who says that she is “staying home and cleaning my room, and maybe possibly going to a lake.” Megan Jones is “working on Art Club’s Vans Shoe design project.” Lastly, Rachel Fornara is using her spring break time to “find a job.”

PHS to hold annual talent show BY ROBBY BLOOM Staff Writer This year’s talent show is scheduled for Friday, March 30, but the hype is already starting. This year there have been lots of people applying for a chance to win prizes, so tryouts were held due to time restrictions. The cut off day for entries was the March


The staff for this week is Megan Jones, Eric Craft, Robby Bloom and Sarah McCrea.


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15. On Friday, the schedule will be altered for a short day similar to the one hour early release schedule. Prizes for the show go as follows: first prize is $50, second prize is $25 and third prize is $10. “The talent show is the most fun event of the year; it’s exciting.

And normally it draws a lot of people,” stated Lois Hartings, the orchestrator of the event. Tickets to the event will be sold through Friday in the cafeteria during lunch. So, if you want to see all of the talent PHS has to offer, get your ticket while they are still available.


McDonald’s Student of the Week BY MEGAN JONES Staff Writer The McDonald's Student of the Week for the week of March 26 is Jeremy Tackett. Tackett is a sophomore at Piqua High School and is the son of Krista Tackett. Tackett is extremely involved at PHS by being an active member in Concert Band, Marching Band, MD peer tutoring, custodial assistance, and he is also a former ROTC member. Amy Meyer nominated Tackett for Student of the Week for being caring, trustworthy, and responsible. She said, “Jeremy is always motivated and responsible to be a leader for the MD students. He cares about others and can be trusted with the students. Jeremy is a great student who strives to do his best.” After high school, Tackett says he wishes to enlist in the U.S. Army and eventually become an officer. Congratulations on becoming this week’s Student of the Week.

Editor: Nick Boshonek Reporters: Nick Boshonek Lexie Froning Kennedy McIver Amy Watercutter Maria Yannucci Adviser: Elaine Schweller-Snyder

Issue #26 - March 29, 2012

Attitude is key BY KENNEDY MCIVER This time of year brings some things to mind, such as spring and the school year coming to a close. If you are anything like junior Sarah Titterington, you know this time of the year brings training, conditioning and hard work to mind. That’s right, it’s track season. Most people dread the idea of early morning practices, training and giving up weekends, but Titterington always has the right attitude. “I love running track,” Titterington said. She runs the 200 and the 400 which are both fast-paced sprints. Her

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fastest time in the 200 is 26 seconds and in the 400 is 59 seconds. These times have drawn the attention of Denison University. “The possibility for a scholarship has really pushed me to train harder this year,” Titterington said. Titterington made it to state last year with her relay team. Hopefully all this hard work and dedication will pay off this year. We are all wishing her and the rest of the Lehman track team the best of luck this season.

Year-booking yahoos BY AMY WATERCUTTER Taking pictures, interviewing, writing articles, and putting together yearbook pages are just a few of the tasks that members of the journalism class have been working on this quarter. Members of the journalism class include Madilyn Brown, Julia Harrelson, John Husa, Kennedy McIver, Abby Ciriegio, Emily Bensman, Amy Watercutter, Maria Yannucci, Lexie Froning, Colleen Kinninger, Nick Boshonek, and Meghan Bennett. Each student is assigned at least one two-page spread of the yearbook that they are responsible to design and create for each quarter of the year. The student must come up with his or her own creative design as to how to put the pictures together, while making sure that it is in keeping with the yearbook theme. As well as designing the yearbook, the journalism students are also hard at work writing pieces for the Cavalier Crier and the Lehman Spotlight. As the year progresses to the final months of school, nothing is slowing down in the classroom for these students. Pictures need to be taken and selected, and the writing continues. One project that the students are looking forward to is the end of the year exam. Yes, you read that correctly. As part of the final exam, the students are assigned a photography project in which they use the acquired skills they have learned throughout the year to take pictures from different perspectives and using different techniques. These newly found photography skills will surely make their way into the 2012 edition of the Lehman yearbook – “iLehman: Connections”.

It’s a boy! BY LEXIE FRONING During the last week of February, Lehman’s English teacher, Mrs. Maxson, returned to school after maternity leave. On Jan. 18 at 9:41 a.m., the Maxson family welcomed home their second child, Isaac Harold Maxson. He was 21 inches long and weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces. Mrs. Maxson’s first child, Darcy, who is 6 years old, could not be more excited about Isaac. After she gets home from school, all Darcy wants to do is hold her baby brother. When asked how she decided on a name for her new baby boy, Mrs. Maxson explained, “I had never had a student named Isaac and I wanted his name to be unique. Isaac has a great grandpa on both sides with the middle name Harold, so we chose the same for him.”

BY NICK BOSHONEK You rarely find an athlete dedicated to a sport the way DJ Hemm is dedicated to baseball. Hemm is a rare talent at Lehman and has a great respect, passion, and love for the game of baseball. “I love baseball because it’s very enjoyable and I’ve always been good at it,” Hemm said. “There is nothing better than a day at the ballpark. I love the game and play it with a lot of passion.” Lehman is not Hemm’s only team; he also plays for Troy’s Legion team during the summer. Hemm has started all four years for the Lehman varsity baseball team and has proven why with his annually high batting average and his ‘golden glove’ at first base. The reason Hemm is so remarkable at baseball is because of his great work ethic. During the offseason, Hemm is constantly practicing hitting in his batting cage. His batting cage is quite the facility. It is located in the Dan Hemm Body Shop in Piqua, which is part of his father’s old car dealership, and is the size of a very large garage. The whole team has access to this facility in the winter. Lehman has been successful in the tournament over the last several years and Hemm has expectations for this team to do the same. “My goals for the team are to win

as many games as possible and to go deep in the tournament. My personal goals are to hit 0.500 and to be named All-State first baseman,” Hemm said. “The best part about Lehman baseball is playing ball with my classmates and friends.” Hemm is taking his talents to Ohio Wesleyan University, a private college in Delaware, to play baseball at the collegiate level. “I feel I deserve to start at first base for Ohio Wesleyan because I work my bottom off and I am their best option at first base in the near future,” Hemm said. “It is going to take many hours in the batting cage and a lot of working out, but they love me for my glove and bat, and I will show them why they wanted me on the team in the first place.” “While at Ohio Wesleyan I hope to go as far as I can in the game of baseball, as well as academics. I am majoring in accounting because I am good with numbers.” Hemm will have a familiar face as a roommate, Lehman’s very own Ben Thieman.Thieman will be playing golf for Ohio Wesleyan. Hemm knows what it’s going to take to be successful this year and in the future. As he said, “The road to success is always under construction.”

Tennis boys getting ready for another big season BY MARIA YANNUCCI Four district qualifiers and a state contender. With a season like last year’s, it is easy to see why the Lehman Boys Tennis team is excited for their upcoming season. In addition to two returning coaches, head coach Kristy Sherman and assistant coach Jo Davidson, the team gains coaches Scott Greve and former player Troy Baker. Leading the team will be returning seniors Dan Sehlhorst, David Freytag, Matt Ulrich, and Michael Comer. Joining the team for the first time are seniors Alex Baker and Sean Looney. Freytag explains, “We graduated Christian Henderson, who went to state last year. He is a big loss, but we have such a talented team, we should be able to make up for it.” As the boys begin their practices, they anticipate a very successful season. Freytag says, “With four returning district qualifiers and the depth of our team, we have a shot to get to districts as a TEAM in the state tournament. So come out and watch us.” The first match was Monday.



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What to do after hitting ‘Mega’ jackpot A little planning can save cash, a person’s sanity BY JOHN SEEWER Associated Press With a half-billiondollar multistate lottery jackpot up for grabs, plenty of folks are fantasizing how to spend the money. But doing it the right way protecting your riches, your identity and your sanity takes some thought and planning. Making sure you don’t blow the nation’s largestever lottery jackpot within a few years means some advice is in order before the Mega Millions drawing Friday, especially if you’re really, really, really lucky. Q: What do I do with the ticket? A: Before anything else, sign the back of the ticket. That will stop anyone else from claiming your riches if you happen drop it while you’re jumping up and down. Then make a photocopy and lock it in a safe. At the very least, keep it where you know it’s protected. A Rhode Island woman who won a $336 million Powerball jackpot

in February hid the ticket in her Bible before going out to breakfast. Q: What next? A: Relax; breathe; take time to think about your next move. Don’t do anything you’ll regret for the next 30 years, like calling your best friend or every one of your aunts, uncles and cousins. It doesn’t take long to be overwhelmed by long-lost friends, charities and churches wanting to share your good fortune. You’ve waited a lifetime to hit the jackpot; you can wait a few days before going on a spending spree. Q: So whom should I tell first? A: Contacting a lawyer and a financial planner would be a lot wiser than updating your Facebook status. Make sure it’s someone you can trust and, it’s hoped, dealt with before. If you don’t have anyone in mind, ask a close family member or friend. Oklahoma City attorney Richard Craig, whose firm has represented a handful of lottery winners, says it’s essential to assemble a team of financial managers, tax experts, accountants and bankers. Q: Remind me, how


Johnny Maroun sells Mega Million lottery tickets to a customer at the familys Marathon service station in Moreland Hills on Wednesday, With massive multistate lottery jackpot up for grabs in Friday’s drawing, plenty of folks are fantasizing how to spend the money. much did I win? And you might need to pay A: As it stands now, the a city tax depending on the Mega Millions will pay out local tax rules. So count on a lump sum of $359 million about a third of your winbefore taxes. The annual nings going to the governpayments over 26 years ment. will amount to just over Q: Should I take the $19 million before taxes. cash payout or annual Q: How much will I payments? pay in taxes? A: This is the big quesA: This partly depends tion, and most people on where you live. Federal think taking the lump sum tax is 25 percent; then is the smart move. there’s your state income (AMEX:MVE) That’s not tax. In Ohio, for example, always the case. First, that’s another 6 percent. spreading the payments

out protects you from becoming the latest lottery winner who’s lost all their money. Don McNay, author of the book “Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery,” says nine out of 10 winners go through their money in five years or less. “It’s too much, too fast,” he says. “Nobody is around them putting the brakes on the situation.” Q: But what if I’m good at managing the money? A: Invested properly, the lump sum option can be a good choice. There’s more planning that you can use to reduce estate taxes and other financial incentives. Others, though, say that with annual payments, you are taxed on the money only as it comes in, so that will put you in a lower tax bracket rather than taking a big hit on getting a lump sum. And you still can shelter the money in taxfree investments and take advantage of tax law changes over the years. Q: Should I try to shield my identity? A: Absolutely. This will protect you from people who want you to invest in

their business scheme or those who need cash in an emergency. Lottery winners are besieged by dozens of people and charities looking for help. “There are people who do that for a living. Unless you understand that, you can become a victim very quickly,” says Steve Thornton, an attorney in Bowling Green, Ky., who has represented two jackpot winners. Q: So how can I protect myself? A: Again, it somewhat depends on where you live. In Ohio, you can form a trust to manage the money and keep your winnings a secret. In other states, you can form a trust but still be discovered through public records. And a few states require you to show up and receive your oversized check in front of a bunch of cameras, making it impossible to stay anonymous. Thornton set up a corporation in the late 1990s to protect the identity of a client in Kentucky who won $11 million. “No one had done this before, and there were legal questions about whether a corporation can win,” he says. “We were able to hide their names.”

JetBlue pilot charged RICHMOND HILL, Ga. — (AP) A JetBlue Airways captain who sprinted through the cabin of a Las Vegas-bound flight screaming about terrorists, Jesus and Sept. 11 was charged Wednesday with interfering with a flight crew, federal authorities said. Captain Clayton Osbon told his co-pilot that “things just don’t matter” shortly after JetBlue Flight

191 from New York departed Tuesday, according to an affidavit. Osbon, who was ultimately tackled by passengers while the plane made an emergency landing in Texas, told his copilot that “we’re not going to Vegas” and began what was described as a sermon, the court documents said. “The (first officer) became really worried when Osbon said ‘we need to take

a leap of faith,’” according to the sworn affidavit given by an FBI agent. “Osbon started trying to correlate completely unrelated numbers like different radio frequencies, and he talked about sins in Las Vegas.” Osbon left the cockpit soon after and tensions on the plane began to escalate, according to witness accounts compiled by investigators.


In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro in Havana on Wednesday.

Pope demands more freedom for Catholic Church in Cuba HAVANA (AP) Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against “fanaticism” in an unusually political sermon before hundreds of thousands at Revolution Plaza, with President Raul Castro in the front row. Later, the president’s brother, revolutionary leader Fidel, grilled the pontiff on changes in church liturgy and his role as spiritual leader of the world’s Catholics, a Vatican spokesman said. Benedict’s homily was a not-so-subtle jab at the island’s leadership before a vast crowd of Cubans, both in the sprawling plaza and watching on television. But he also clearly urged an end to Cuba’s isolation, a reference to the 50-year U.S. economic embargo and the inability of 11 American presidents and brothers Fidel and Raul Castro to forge peace.

“Cuba and the world need change, but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth and chooses the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity,” Benedict said. The remark built upon the famed call of his predecessor, John Paul II, who said in his groundbreaking 1998 visit that Cuba should “open itself

up to the world, and may the world open itself up to Cuba.” With the country’s leadership listening from frontrow seats, Benedict referred to the biblical account of how youths persecuted by the Babylonian king “preferred to face death by fire rather than betray their conscience and their faith.”


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$200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821

510 Appliances

NOTICE Investigate in full before sending money as an advance fee. For further information, call or write:

Better Business Bureau 15 West Fourth St. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45402 937.222.5825

TROY, 2 bedroom townhomes, 1.5 baths, 1 car garage, ca, w/d hook up, all appliances, $695

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YORKIE/ JACK RUSSELL Mix, 1 year old female, $150,, (937)339-1788.

HUSKY, all white with blue eyes. Turns 1 on April 24th, AKC. Moving cant take her with me. She is up to date on shots and everything. Call if interested. $600. (401)297-6916.

REFRIGERATOR, Whirlpool stainless steel, side by side. $675 Email or (937)552-7316

560 Home Furnishings COUCH with matching chair, $250. Swivel rocker, $75. 2 round cherry end tables, $200. Maple end table. Small desk with chair, $25, (937)394-2545.

OBEDIENCE CLASSES by Piqua Dog Club Starts April 9th at Piqua Armory. Bring current shot records No dogs on first night (937)663-4412

LIFT TABLE with drawers, oak, brand new, $400 or best offer. (937)214-1239 after 4pm

SIBERIAN HUSKY, female, ACA, dob 10-12-11, black & white, blue eyes, cage, $800 obo, (937)570-2972

570 Lawn and Garden

WESTERN SADDLE, pad, stand and winter blanket all in good condition. $500 (937)408-2827.

TILLER, Ariens 20 inch, rear tine, two speed, like new! with small trailer! $650 OBO. (937)676-2652 home or (937)214-2953 cell.

CRIB, Complete, cradle, guard rail, walker, car seat, tub, pottie, blankets, clothes, TY buddys, Boyd care bears, disney animated phones (937)339-4233

HANDICAP RAMP system, aluminum with platforms $4500 new asking $1500; Victory 4 wheel scooter, used 5 hours, $1300; Hoveround power wheel chair, never used, bargain priced $1950, OBO (937)773-4016 LIFT CHAIR, Franklin, brown, brand new only used one week. $450 (937)552-7936 SEWING MACHINE, Brother, model CS-6000I, great condition, with accessories. $100. (937)418-9271

WEIGHT MACHINE, $200. Treadmill, $200. Dehumidifier, $100. (937)448-0717

CAUTION Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western Union branches are trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable. If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.

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800 - Transportation

850 Motorcycles/Mopeds

805 Auto

1994 SUZUKI, model VS800GLR Intruder, black, 2400 miles, recently fully serviced, new battery. Excellent condition $1900 (937)307-3777

1993 CADILLAC Seville STS, Northstar, V-8, loaded, fair condition, $3,000 OBO. (937)541-1272

2000 TOMOS Targa LX moped, new seat, newer tires, runs great! $900. Please call (937)773-4591

1994 LAND Rover, Range Rover, county long wheel base, loaded, fair condition, $4000 obo. (937)541-1272

2005 YAMAHA V-STAR, 1100cc, windshield, saddle bags. 1 owner: bought brand new! Reason for selling: retiring from riding, $4500, (937)658-1946.

2000 GMC Sonoma, extended cab, 4.3 V6, 81,400 miles, CD player, electric windows/locks, Alloy rims, newer tires. Bought new. $7250. Excellent condition. ( 9 3 7 ) 4 9 8 - 1 5 9 9 (937)726-3398 Serious inquiries only 2001 PONTIAC Grand Am, 2 door, looks good, runs good. $2500. 602 Boal Ave.

2006 HONDA Shadow Aero. 750CC, 6,936 miles. Near mint condition. $3500. (937)638-7340 4-9pm. 2006 HONDA Shadow VT600 $3000 OBO (937)570-6267

2002 SATURN SL1, black, 124,000 miles. Auto, body in good shape, AC, power windows, doors, $2500, (937)493-4631

2010 HONDA Stateline (VT13CRA) Black, 1,900 miles. 1 Owner "press" bike. Lots of extras such as custom grips, saddlebags, tank cover, blvd. screen, and bike vault. Like new! $9500. (937)658-0320

425 Houses for Sale

425 Houses for Sale


586 Sports and Recreation


POOL TABLE with accessories, beautiful Olhausen. Must see to appreciate. $2750, (937)654-3613.

Empty Nester Special! Gorgeous pond lot. Handicap accessible. 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths, gas fireplace, cathedral ceiling, 3 season porch enclosure, huge kitchen, all appliances, garage and attic storage. $132,900.

608 Lambert (Deer Field)



588 Tickets TICKETS 2 Final Four tickets, New Orleans. March 31st & April 2nd. Section 649 Row 3. Face value $320. (419)628-2142

592 Wanted to Buy BUYING: 1 piece or entire estates: Vintage costume or real jewelry, toys, pottery, glass, advertisements. Call Melisa (419)860-3983 or (937)710-4603. CASH, top dollar paid for junk cars/trucks, running or non-running. I will pick up. Thanks for calling (937)719-3088 or (937)451-1019 WANTED TO BUY: old glassware, fishing, pottery, tools, jewelry, contents of estates, garage, or sheds, guns, anything old! Call (330)718-3843.

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105 Announcements

TROY area, 2 bedroom townhouses, 1-1/2 bath, furnished appliances, W/D hookup, A/C, No dogs $475. (937)339-6776.

582 Pet In Memoriam

Need a NEW Start?

SEWING MACHINE, Console, White brand name, excellent condition, manual included, $75, call (937)492-0357 TROY, 1 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 month.

WALKER, tub/shower benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grabbers, canes, dolls, Barbie, babies, cabbage patch, collector porcelain, doll chairs and more (937)339-4233

583 Pets and Supplies

DOLL, J Turner real babies, 1985, 21 inches, clean, dressed, good condition. $20 (937)339-4233

Pool Pet Friendly

105 Announcements For Rent

Mon - Thurs @ 5pm Weds - Tues @ 5pm Fri - Thurs @ 5pm

577 Miscellaneous


305 Apartment

got jobs? we do!

CLEAN, QUIET, safe 1 bedroom. Senior approved. No pets. $460, includes water & trash, (937)778-0524


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BRADFORD, 1 bedroom, $400 per month plus deposit, utilities included. (937)448-2927



3 BEDROOM, Troy, 1.5 bath, full basement, washer/ dryer hookup, $525 monthly, (937)658-3824


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2 BEDROOM upstairs in Piqua. Stove, refrigerator furnished, washer dryer hookup. Off street parking. Nice neighborhood. No pets. $400 monthly. (937)335-2254

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2 BEDROOM townhouse 1033 Jill Ct., Piqua, stove, and refrigerator, 1.5 bath, dishwasher $475 a month No pets. (937)726-0273

Inquiries call: 1-866-532-5993 russ@erwinbros

235 General

Cashland has a part time and full time Customer Service Associate positions available at our Piqua location. Applicants must have retail, sales, and cash handling skills. Great Pay & Benefits! Please apply at:

2 BEDROOM in Troy, Stove, refrigerator, W/D, A/C, very clean, no pets. $525. (937)573-7908

SmartWay Transport Partner

225 Employment Services


2 BEDROOM, appliances, central air, garage, lawn care. $565 plus deposit. (937)492-5271


280 Transportation

WAREHOUSE WORKERS Arett Sales, a leading lawn and garden distributor, is hiring Material Handlers to select orders, load, unload and receive merchandise. Forklift experience a plus. We will train the right people. $8.50 per hour to start. Apply in person: 1260 Brukner Dr, Troy. EOE. Drug Free Workplace. ARETT SALES. (937)552-2005.

10 MILES north of Piqua in Houston. 1 bedroom, stove and refrigerator $100 a week includes all utilities, (937)526-3264.

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2007 CADILLAC STS AW drive, 6 cylinder, 51,500 miles, sunroof, heated & cooled seats, keyless entry, Gold, showroom condition, excellent gas mileage, 100,000 warranty, $19,500 (937)492-1501

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1987 CHEVROLET K10 4 wheel drive, overdrive transmission. 79,295 babied miles, always garaged, no rust. $10,500. (937)339-4698



620 Childcare

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1979 AIRSTREAM 31', Excellent condition! $7500. (937)497-9673


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2001 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS LS Loaded with accessories. Very good condition. Only 75,300 miles. $5000 (937)339-8352



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It may be the best move you’ll ever make! TROY, 20 South Walnut Street, First Presbyterian Church, Saturday Only, 9am-3pm, Relay Recycle and Bake Sale, Baby to adult clothes, books, shoes, toys, and much more. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society

Shredded Topsoil Fill Dirt Available Saturday


PIQUA, 1611 South Street, Thursday - Saturday, 9am-5pm. Yard machinery, canning and household goods.

615 Business Services

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PIQUA, 1203 Maplewood Dr., Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday, 9am-12. 55" color TV, 0-3t boys clothing, lamp table, end tables, lamps, bedding, miscellaneous household goods, glassware, typewriter, antiques, child's old roll top desk, toys, junior clothes, Boyds.

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PIQUA, 1024 South St., Thursday, Friday only, 9am-5pm. Moving Sale! Scrubs, exercise equipment, household, holiday decorations, lots of clothing, miscellaneous. Lots to choose from. Everything must go - last sale!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012


Four Turns

Tracks on Tap

HORSESHOE Jimmie 1 JOHNSON’S Johnson was saved by the rain in California. As the skies opened up and with the field turning laps under caution, his oil cooler began leaking. When the cars were parked on pit road a puddle of oil formed beneath his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy. Luckily for Johnson, the race was called moments later and instead of a dismal finish courtesy of a blown engine, the five-time champion was credited with a 10th-place showing.

SPRINT CUP SERIES Race: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Track: Martinsville Speedway Location: Martinsville, Va. When: Sunday, April 1 TV: FOX (12:30 p.m. EST) Layout: .526-mile oval Banking/Turns: 12 degrees 2011 Winners: Kevin Harvick/Tony Stewart Crew Chief’s Take: “Racing at Martinsville is similar to the type of racing most of the drivers grew up doing. Tight quarters usually leads to beating and banging. There aren’t as many incidents as at Bristol because the pace is slower. The faster you run, the more you’re on the edge of grip. When you lose grip, you make more contact. It’s inevitable, but a driver has to keep cool. The ones who don’t like to be touched don’t do well here.”

Raining on a Parade

Tony Stewart wins second 2012 race in rain-shortened Auto Club 400

Stewart’s Auto Club 400 2 ONvictoryA ROLL was his seventh in the last 15 Sprint Cup races dating back to last season. The last time a driver put together as impressive a streak was in 2009-10 when Jimmie Johnson won seven of 14 races while winning championships Nos. 4 and 5. Prior to that, Kyle Busch (with Steve Addington as crew chief) won seven of 14 in the summer of 2008. THE TREND Joey Logano 3 BUCKING became the first non-series regular to win a Nationwide race this season when he took checkers in the Royal Purple 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Elliott Sadler (2), James Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. notched the first four NNS wins of the 2012 season. KNOW HOW Martin Truex Jr. 4 NAPA is off to his best start to a season in the Sprint Cup Series. Truex and his No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing team have recorded three top-10 finishes in the first five races and sit eighth in the point standings. Truex has enjoyed runs of seventh (Phoenix), third (Bristol) and eighth (Auto Club). He also has showings of 12th (Daytona) and 17th (Las Vegas) for an average finish of 9.4.

Sprint Cup Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

DRIVER (WINS) Greg Biffle Kevin Harvick Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart (2) Martin Truex Jr. Matt Kenseth (1) Denny Hamlin (1) Clint Bowyer Ryan Newman Paul Menard

POINTS BEHIND 195 — 188 -7 178 -17 177 -18 175 -20 173 -22 171 -24 157 -38 155 -40 148 -57


11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Joey Logano Carl Edwards Kyle Busch Jeff Burton Brad Keselowski (1) Jimmie Johnson Mark Martin Juan Pablo Montoya Regan Smith Bobby Labonte

146 146 143 142 139 131 129 123 118 108

-49 -49 -52 -53 -56 -64 -66 -72 -77 -87

Nationwide Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND Elliott Sadler (2) 214 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1) 196 -18 Austin Dillon 187 -27 Trevor Bayne 180 -34 Sam Hornish Jr. 160 -54 Cole Whitt 151 -63 Michael Annett 148 -66 Taylor Malsam 144 -70 Justin Allgaier 126 -88 Mike Bliss 119 -95

Tony Stewart (right) celebrates his win in the Auto Club 400 with crew chief Steve Addington.

By MATT TALIAFERRO Athlon Sports Racing Editor

In its 15-year history, Auto Club Speedway in Southern California has never been known for its exciting brand of stock car racing. A wide two-mile, moderately banked behemoth of a race track, ACS typically plays host to drawnout, parade-style competition. And when it’s nestled between shorttrack favorites Bristol and Martinsville — as it is this season — most fans simply want to get it over with as quickly as possible so everyone can move on. Sunday’s Auto Club 400 obliged that line of thinking, as heavy rains cut short the scheduled 200 laps to 129, and just over one and a half hours after the green waved, Tony Stewart was declared the winner. To his credit, the weather-stained victory was anything but a fluke for Stewart. Many rain-shortened races witness a litany of strategies as the weather approaches, but Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington were steadfast. Far and away the fastest car on the track, Addington kept Stewart on point when the rains hit, bypassing

pit road. Within minutes the red flag was displayed, and shortly thereafter — with no relief from the weather in sight — NASCAR called the event with Stewart the leader. “Steve (Addington, crew chief) said, ‘Stay out,’” Stewart explained. “I didn’t question it. The drops kept getting bigger and bigger. Obviously, when we pulled on pit road, they had definitely lost the track by that point. “You hate to have them end with rain like that, but I’ve lost some that way. The good thing is we didn’t back into the lead because we stayed out, the leaders came in. I mean, we were leading the thing and had earned that spot. (I’m) proud of that.” Not every crew chief made the same call. Stewart’s former pit boss, Darian Grubb, brought Denny Hamlin in for fuel and tires, gambling that the race would resume. When it did not, Hamlin — who started on the pole and ran in the top 5 all day — slipped from second to 11th in the finishing order. “This is the strategy you make,” Hamlin said. “We were planning on the race going back green. Otherwise, you lose a chance to win in the grand scheme of things.”

I The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race set for Saturday, May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will consist of four 20-lap segments, concluding with a 10-lap sprint and a $1 million payout to the race winner. This year’s format will place a higher premium for drivers who win one of the four segments, however, as the winners of those segments will move to the front of the field and line up 1-4 prior to the field coming to pit road for a final mandatory pit stop. Wherever the drivers are positioned as they come off pit road after that pit stop is where they will line up to start the final 10lap segment. “This new addition to the format is going to provide even greater incentive for the drivers to go all out to win one of the four segments,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “It also puts even more focus on the pit crews and how they perform during that final pit stop.” The eligibility standards for the All-Star Race remain the same:

DRIVER (WINS) John King (1) Timothy Peters Justin Lofton Jason White Todd Bodine Chris Fontaine Ward Burton Ty Dillon Clay Greenfield Parker Kligerman

race winners from either the 2011 or 2012 season through May 12 or any past champions of the all-star event or Cup Series over the previous 10 years are eligible for the race. In addition, the top-two finishers in the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap preliminary race and the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, all advance into the All-Star Race lineup. Drivers currently eligible for the event (as of March 27) include: Marcos Ambrose, Trevor Bayne, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Regan Smith and Tony Stewart. The eighth annual NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge returns to kick off the all-star week’s competition, Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The event’s finishing order determines pit selection for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

NATIONWIDE SERIES Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Track: Texas Motor Speedway Location: Fort Worth, Texas When: Saturday, April 13 TV: ESPN2 (8:00 p.m. EST) 2011 Winners: Carl Edwards/Trevor Bayne CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Race: Kroger 250 Track: Martinsville Speedway When: Saturday, March 31 TV: SPEED (1:00 p.m. EST) 2011 Winners: Johnny Sauter/Denny Hamlin

Classic Moments Martinsville Speedway The media in attendance for the 1960 Virginia 500 are treated to a luxury unheard of in the formative years of stock car racing: An air-conditioned press box — a NASCAR first. It’s another NASCAR first as well, as Richard Petty wins his first of a series-best 15 races at Martinsville Speedway. Petty leads laps 316 through 333, but relinquishes the lead to Bobby Johns, who takes over for the next 48 laps until he suffers a rear-end failure. Jimmy Massey assumes the lead but is overtaken by Petty one lap later. The King leads the final 116 circuits to capture his second career Grand National win. Petty wins three races in the 1960 campaign and finishes second in the standings. It is another four years until he breaks through for his first title.

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1. Tony Stewart

Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington already have scored two wins this season — and in only five races. Hey, wins count above all else here. 2. Greg Biffle The points leader’s only misstep — and it was a only a small hiccup at that — was a 13th at Bristol. He’s been sixth or better in the other four events. 3. Kevin Harvick Harvick and his retooled No. 29 team have been nearly as good as Biffle. Their worst performance thus far are a pair of 11th-place runs. Otherwise, they’re seventh or better every week. 4. Jimmie Johnson Things couldn’t look better for Johnson and Team 48. Not only have all suspensions and point penalties been rescinded, but they’re rolling through top 10s even with blown engines. 5. Matt Kenseth Kenseth is either top 3 by day’s end or forgotten somewhere in the mid-teens. Still, this is one of a handful of teams that can win on any given weekend. 6. Brad Keselowski See: Kenseth, Matt. The only thing that kept either from a top-10 result at Auto Club Speedway was pit road penalties and a rain-shortened event. 7. Carl Edwards Edwards and the No. 99 gang have two fifth-place runs in the last three weeks. Inexplicably, though, this group has yet to lead a single lap all season. That needs to change. 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Yes, Earnhardt is still mired in a winless skid that dates back to 2008, but top-15 finishes in every race this season — including second- and third-place runs — find him trending in the right direction. 9. Clint Bowyer Bowyer’s solid start with the surprising Michael Waltrip Racing operation shows an average finish of 12.8 with sixth- (Vegas) and fourth-place (Bristol) runs highlighting the early spring. 10. Denny Hamlin Hamlin had the same look on his face after the California race that he did after Phoenix 2010. 11. Kyle Busch The Gibbs cars are showing some impressive muscle on the big intermediates. 12. Martin Truex Jr. Truex has a 9.4-place average finish thus far. It’s amazing what a contract year will do for an athlete. 13. Ryan Newman Three consecutive performances of 12th or better aren’t as splashy as his teammate, but not bad. 14. Mark Martin When he’s in MWR’s No. 55 — and even when he’s not — the team is showing serious growth. 15. Paul Menard Quietly hanging tough at 10th in the standings with three top 10s. Just off the lead pack: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray

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Hamlin’s teammate, Kyle Busch, remained on the track and finished second. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards rounded out the top 5. “I was surprised that everyone didn’t stay out,” Earnhardt said. “I was pretty certain by watching the weather and studying the weather all night long and all day today that once it began to rain, it wasn’t going to stop. I was surprised that some guys came down pit road and gave up track position.” The Stewart/Addington combination have now enjoyed two trips to Victory Lane this season as well as a win in one of the Daytona qualifying races. And after five wins in last season’s Chase — albeit with a different crew chief — momentum is clearly on Stewart-Haas Racing’s side. “It was a long offseason,” Stewart said. “To watch these guys work that hard, it’s nice to end the year on a high note like we did, and to be able to come out of the box and carry that momentum with a new competition director and new crew chief. I think it shows the depth of our program and our group of guys back at our shop.”

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IN BRIEF ■ Awards

Piqua baseball gets big win

Houston awards set for Sunday

Indians travel to Versailles Friday

The Houston Winter Sports Awards Program will be held on Sunday. They will be held at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium. It is open to the public.

■ Football

Jacobs will join San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the contract says veteran running back Brandon Jacobs and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms on a oneyear deal. ESPN first reported Jacobs would join the NFC West champion 49ers. A person confirmed the deal Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make a formal announcement. Jacobs was released March 9 by the New York Giants after he failed to reach agreement on a restructured deal. He is expected to play behind Frank Gore and could share the backup role with Kendall Hunter. Jacobs spent seven seasons with New York, winning two Super Bowls and beating the 49ers 2017 in overtime of the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park on Jan. 22.



Versailles High School senior Mitchell Campbell signs his letter of intent to play for Findlay. In front with Mitchell is his mother Jane Campbell. In back are his father Rocky Campbell and Versailles assistant coach Bob Stammen.

Plenty of options for VHS’ Campbell Multi-sport star will play for Findlay BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

VERSAILLES — Versailles High School senior Mitchell Campbell certainly had his options for college — not only in choice of school, but sport he would pursue at the next level. But, the multi-talented athlete, who has been selected to All-Ohio teams in both football and basketball has known for sometime what his future held TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cornerback Ronde Barber — and he made it official Wednesday afternoon in is returning to the Tampa the VHS cafeteria by signBay Buccaneers for his ing a letter of intent to 16th NFL season. play football at Findlay Barber signed a oneUniversity. year contract Wednesday “I always liked football to come back to the only better,” Campbell said. “I team he's played for. He always knew I wanted to started 16 games last seaplay football. This is someson for the Bucs, starting thing I never even every game since Week dreamed of. You always 10 in 1999 — the longest hope, but it means a lot to active streak in the NFL. be able to play at the next Barber has 43 career inlevel.” terceptions and 27 career Success on the athletic sacks, making him the field in the Campbell famonly player in NFL history ily is nothing new — with 40 or more picks and Mitchell’s older sister 25 or more sacks in a ca- Megan played on Verreer. sailles only state champiHe is a three-time Allonship basketball team, Pro and won a Super Bowl was a state placer in track at the end of the 2002 and field and was an Allseason. Ohio volleyball player, Tampa Bay also rewho currently plays for signed restricted free the University of Dayton. agent tackle Demar DotHis younger brother son to a two-year contract. Nick, along with Mitchell, made up one of the most prolific passing combinaSTUMPER tions in the state this fall, with both being named first team All-Ohio. “I think my sister set

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the bar pretty high,” the son of Rocky and Jane Campbell said with a smile. “As everyone knows, she plays volleyball for the University of Dayton.” Mitchell isn’t far behind when it comes to athletic endeavors. In football, he was an honorable mention MAC selection in football as a sophomore, second team All-MAC as a junior and All-MAC this past season, catching 58 passes for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns. Along with being AllSouthwest District the past two seasons, he was second-team All-Ohio as a junior and first-team AllOhio this past season. But, what the 6-3, 195pound receiver will probably remember most about this past fall was the quarterback throwing him the ball — his younger brother Nick, a sophomore. The two helped Versailles to return to the playoffs and record a postseason win over West Liberty-Salem. “I knew it was a possibility,” Mitchell said about teaming up with his brother. “You know, you catch a touchdown pass and you are out there celebrating and your brother is right there with you. It was a little unusual, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Campbell led Versailles to one of its most successful seasons on the hardwood this past winter. The Tigers finished 223, winning a district title

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after three straight years as district runnerup, before losing to eventual state champion Summit Country Day. Campbell was an offensive leader the last two seasons and a four-year starter. He was named second team All-MAC as a junior, before being named first team All-MAC this winter. He was also named second team All-Southwest District and honorable mention All-Ohio. “I will miss basketball,” Campbell said. “But, I am also looking forward to focusing on one sport.” Campbell has no doubts Findlay is the right place for him. “I really liked the coaches and the campus,” Campbell said. “They have a good program and great facilities. I am looking forward to it.” And he anticipates making a position switch — from receiver in the Tigers air attack to tight end at Findlay. “I think that is where they want me to play,” he said. “I know I didn’t do a lot of blocking in our (Versailles) five-receiver sets, but I did it some in practice and I liked it. “I am looking forward to it.” Campbell knows success at the next level won’t come easy. “I am hoping (to play right away),” he said. “It is going to take a lot of hard work if I want to do that.” In the Campbell family, there is no other option.

Normally, a 1-2 start wouldn’t be reason for a lot of optimism. But, Piqua baseball coach Jared Askins knows that given the competition, the Indians record is very deceiving. After facing as good a southpaw as the Indians will see in Indian Lake’s Trevor Jacobs Saturday, Piqua earned a split with favorite GWOC North Vandalia-Butler on Monday and Tuesday. And the loss on Tuesday came against maybe the best righthander Piqua will see in Taylore Cherry, the 6-9 fireballer who will pitch for North Carolina next year. “Taylore Cherry might be the best righthander we will see all season,” Askins said. “But, as good as he was, the Jacobs kid was just phenomenal for Indian Lake. “He is the best lefthander I have seen for a long time.” And while Piqua was shutout by both of those aces, it was the way the Indians have responded that pleases Askins. “They could have had their heads down after Tuesday, but they don’t,” Askins said. “Just like Saturday. I think we benefitted from seeing Jacobs, because we saw a lefthander against Vandalia and were able to hit him. The kids learned from Saturday.” With Cherry throwing Tuesday, Monday’s game at Hardman Field became a must-win game. “We wanted to sweep them of course,” Askins said. “But, it was important to win Monday’s game.” And the Indians battled through some tough situations to prevail 6-5. Piqua was leading 4-3 going to the sixth, before two errors led to two unearned runs and a 5-4 Butler lead. Luke Schneider and Taylor Wellbaum had hits, leading to a two-run single by Taylor Huebner to give Piqua the lead. “We definitely had to overcome some adversity to win the game,” Askins said. Andy Draving pitched into the seventh inning. “Andy was outstanding,” Askins said. “I think he gave up nine hits, but he was a bulldog out there. “I wasn’t going to let him go out there for the seventh, but he really wanted it. “The first batter walked and I was going to take him out, but he said he


wanted one more batter.” With one out, Draving induced a ground ball that could have ended the game. “Unfortunately, it hit the umpire on the shoulder,” Askins said. “At that point, there were two guys on and I had to go get him Andy Draving).” Huebner came in to strikeout two batters to end it. “It was just like last year,” Askins said. “Even though Taylor is a starter for us this year, he came in and closed the door.” ■ The Piqua JVs improved to 3-0 Tuesday, rallying from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 at Hardman Field. A pair of freshmen combined to pitch the Indians to victory. Michael Anderson pitched four strong innings before handing over the pitching duties to fellow freshmen Corbin Meckstroth. Meckstroth pitched the final three innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, picking up his first win of the season. Offensively, Piqua got off to a slow start. The Indians had four hits through the first five innings, but were never able to get a runner past second base. That was when Coach Lightle decided to make a few changes in the lineup in the sixth inning and it paid off in a big way. The first five batters reached safely in the bottom of the 6th to start the come back. Anderson led off the inning with a double. That was followed up by back-to-back singles by Brayden Dohme and Kyle Smith, cutting the lead to 4-1. Kalop Compton was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Ethan Trapp who then hit an RBI single to make the score 4-2. Jake Teague completed the sixth inning rally by blasting a two-run single to tie the game 4-4, going into the seventh. Meckstroth retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, setting up the Indians for victory. Once again it was Anderson who got things rolling when he was hit by a pitch and then quickly See BASEBALL/Page 14

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QUOTED “I said, ‘Fellas, the Buckeyes are going to the Final Four.’” —Thad Matta talking to several deer earlier this week


Piqua softball faces tough competition Improving with each game LEBANON — A young team, facing some of the best competition the GWOC has to offer, can lead to some difficult growing pains. And while the Piqua

softball team is experiencing just that, coach Rick Claprood can also see the light at the end of the tunnel. See SOFTBALL/Page 14

SIDNEY — The Troy boys and Russia girls won the Sidney Invitational Tuesday night. Piqua boys were led by Travis Nees’ win in the 200, 23.66; while Lehman’s Brad Montgomery won the discus, 136-08. Russia girls winners included Emily Borchers, 1,600, 5:48.77; Jackie Siefring, 300 hurdles, 49.32; and Becca Meyer,3,200, 13:15.74. BOYS Team scores: Troy 120, Stebbins 109, Sidney 80, Bellefontaine 75, Tecumseh 64.5, Piqua 55.5, Russia 36.5, Greenville

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35, Lehman 24, Bradford 22.5, New Knoxville 19, Stivers 19, Sidney B 3. Local Placers 3,200 Relay: 5.Russia (Colin Ball, Ethan Schafer, John Huening, Alex Herron), 8:56.73. 110 Hurdles: 6.Cody Campbell (Piqua), 17.46; 8.Tyler Francis (Russia), 17.62. 100: 4.Travis Nees (Piqua), 11.84; 5.Azjhon Taylor (Piqua), 11.96. 800 Relay: 4.Piqua (Jim Dembski, Tate Honeycutt, Trent Yeomans, Zach Lawrence), 1:36.80. 1,600: 6.Colin Ball (Russia), 5:06.46; 8.Nick Elsner (Lehman), 5:13.36. 400 Relay: 3.Piqua (Jim Dembski, Tate Honeycutt, Trent Yeomans, Travis Nees), 45.46; 6.Russia (Shane Mueller, Cody Heaton, Nathan Molitor, Dakotah Huffman), 49.21. 400: 5.Dylan Canan (Bradford), 52.85; 6.Kindric Link (Piqua), 52.98; 7.Erik Jackson (Lehman), 54.08. 300 Hurdles: 4.Corey Rench (Bradford), 42.22; 6.Tyler Francis (Russia), 42.79. 800: 8.Ethan Schafer (Russia), 2:14.88. 200: 1.Travis Nees (Piqua), 23.66; 4.Erik Jackson (Lehman), 24.13. 3,200: 8.Steven Stickel (Russia),

11:14.07. 1,600 Relay: 4.Russia (Ethan Schafer, Colin Ball, Tyler Francis, John Huening), 3:48.73; 5.Piqua (Justis Davis, Tate Honeycutt, Trent Yeomans, Zach Lawrence), 3:49.51. High Jump: 2.(tie) Kyle Poling (Russia), 5-6; 4.Josh Hoelscher (Bradford), 5-6; 7.(tie) Azjhon Taylor (Piqua) 5-2. Discus: 1.Brad Montgomery (Lehman), 136-8; 2.Kyle Poling (Russia), 117-3; 3.Austin Sell (Bradford), 116-11; 4.Zach Fitzner (Piqua), 115-4; 5.Brendan Fries (Piqua), 113-3. Shot Put: 3.Brad Montgomery (Lehman), 41-1 1-2; 7.Brendan Fries (Piqua), 38-2 1-2; 8.Kevin Watkins (Piqua), 37-7. Pole Vault: 6.(tie) Mitch Stevens (Piqua) 10-6; Josh Holescher (Bradford), 10-6; 8.(tie) Steven Stickel (Russia), 10-0. GIRLS Team scores: Russia 97, Sidney 84, Piqua 68, Bellefontaine 66, Tecumseh 65, Trotwood-Madison 62, Greenville 56,

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Thursday, March 29, 2012




Hanselman takes top prize at BMIpalooza Piqua driver wins $1,000 in BMI 100 Piqua driver Josh Hanselman was the big winner in the BMIpalooza held at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles. The inaugural event had a total of 269 entries, with Hanselman taking home $1,000 for winning the BMI 100 feature race. Rounding out the top five were Phil Schneider ($500), Brad Bowers

($300), Jake Shelley ($200) and Dusing Ingle ($100). Other feature winners included Kyle Flories, Clone Super Heave; Nick Bowers, Clone Lite and Senior Lite; Sam Weaver, Junior Clone, Junior Lite and Junior Heavy; Bill Hess, Clone Masters; Cameron Callend, Amateur; Ty Tilton, Super

Heavy; Korbyn Hayslett, Rookie and Young Gun Series Junior Sportsman; Mike Siebeneck, Opens; Jake Shelley, Senior Heavy; Josh McKnight, Senior Medium; Ryan Erkien, S.O.C.K.S; Aiden Williamson, Kid Karts; Cole Roberson, Young Gun Series Junior Champ; Jeremy Howe, Young Gun Series Senior Champ.

-3 with a double and three RBIs and Michael Fellers was 2-for-3. John Copella and Joe Vondenheuvel had two hits each for Lehman. Vondenheuvel drove in three runs. East scored eight times in the third, with all eight runs being unearned. The Cavs drop to 3-1 heading to Riverside today. Miami East faces Versailles today.

could only manage one more hit the rest of they way.

Baseball Continued from page 13 stole second. It was Brayden Dohme who delivered the game winning shot, blasting a single to right center and driving in Anderson for the Indians victory. It was the first at bats of the season for Trapp, Smith, and Dohme, and they combined together to go an impressive 5-for-6 with three RBIs. Smith and Dohme led the Indians offensively with two hits each. The JV Indians will be back in action again Friday, hosting Versailles. That will be followed by a doubleheader with Tecumseh on Saturday at Hardman Field.

East scores 16 CASSTOWN — Miami East's offense took care of business from the start Wednesday, and Garrett Mitchell was tough on the mound in a 16-6 win over the Lehman Cavaliers in the Vikings' season opener. "The kids hit the ball well, and Garrett pitched a great game," Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. Mitchell struck out seven over four innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs, and Colton Bowling pitched the fifth. Bowling also went 2- for -4 with four RBIs, while Mitchell was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Luke Clark led the offense with a 2-for-4 night, hitting a home run and driving in four runs. Bradley Coomes was 2-for

Buccs lose 11-1 COVINGTON — Growing pains can be painful for a young baseball team, which the Covington Buccaneers found out on Tuesday with an 11-1 defeat to Anna in six innings. "We shot ourselves in the foot with five errors," said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. "Actually, our defense has been pretty good until tonight." After Covington scored in the top of the first on an RBI single by Ryan Craft, the wheels fell off in the bottom half of the first inning. Anna's leadoff batter reached on an error. A single and a walk followed to load the bases and the Rockets made Covington play with a bases-clearing triple. "We missed the play in the outfield to their leadoff batter and then they triple from there," Hirsch explained. "It sort of looked like we quit after that." Covington, who had two hits in the first inning,

Newton struggles LEWISBURG — Newton committed nine errors Wednesday, struggling in the field in an 11-1 loss to open Cross County Conference play at Tri-County North. Cody Alexander pitched a complete game, walking none and giving up nine hits. "I was proud of him," Newton coach Gregg Carnes said. "But the nine errors didn't help. We had a tough time fielding the ball." Logan Welbaum was 2 for 2 and drove in Newton's only run. The Indians (0-2, 0-1) host Ponitz today.

Russia drops game MINSTER — The Russia baseball tem ran into a strong Minster team and lost 10-3 Tuesday. “Treg Francis threw well in his first outing of the year, giving up only two earned runs in the four innings that he pitched,” Russia coach Rick Gold said. “Our defense was a little suspect tonight, but Minster’s hitters did a nice job at the plate. “They showed plate discipline and moved the ball well. They are a very talented team that is well coached.” Brandon Wilson and Eric Magoto were both 2for-3 with a double, while Colyn McEldowney was 2for-2.

Softball Continued from page 13 The Indians had four more errors against Lebanon Wednesday, running their season total to 16 for three games, in a 13-2 loss in six innings. “If you want to be the best, you have to play the best,” Claprood said about an early season schedule that also included Fairmont. “All three games (the Indians also lost 8-7 to Milton-Union Tuesday), we got way down in the first inning. Tonight was the same thing. It was 9-0 after the first inning. “After that we settled down. We just need to relax and play that way the whole game. It was 100 after the second inning. We scored and took the game to the sixth inning.” Haley Dotson homered in each of the Indians first two games, while Kaity McCawley was 3-for-4 against Milton-Union and Kaci Cotrell was 2-for-4. Alex Cox was 1-for-2. “We outhit MiltonUnion in the game,” Claprood said. “But, we had too many mistakes. We cut those errors in half, we will get a win Saturday.” Against Lebanon, Cotrell was 2-for-3 with a double, while Cox had a hit and scored both runs. “In every game, we have been hitting the ball later

in the game,” Claprood said. “We are working on getting better.” Piqua will play at Fairborn today, before hosting St. Ursula and Springfield Shawnee Saturday.

East blanks Cavs CASSTOWN — It took Miami East's offense a few innings to get going. Paige Kiesewetter was on fire all game, though. Kiesewetter pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking none in a 15-0 Viking victory Wednesday. But it was a 0-0 game until Miami East (2-0) put up five runs in the third and blew up for 10 in the fourth. "We hit the ball well in the first two innings. We just hit it at them, and they made plays," Miami East coach Brian Kadel said. "In the third, we started hitting it on a line. Like last year, we scored in bunches. One person got hot, and everyone followed suit. And Paige had a very strong outing on the mound." Jeni Accurso was 2-for2 with a double, a home run and four RBIs, Christy Brown was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Gabby Ryman was 2- for-3 with a double and four RBIs, Sam Denlinger

was 2-for-3, Kiesewetter was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Madison Linn doubled. Miami East travels to Versailles today.

Lady Buccs win COVINGTON — The Covington softball team opened the season with a 7-2 win over Anna Tuesday. “I think we should be farther ahead of where we are now,” Covington coach Dean Denlinger said. “The two runs that scored were on passed balls. “We were thrown out for a double play and we had some balls hit the ground that we should have tried to make an attempt to catch. “Those are plays we have to make.” Cassie Yingst struckout 16, while walking just one. “Cassie had a nice outing,” Denlinger said. “She missed on some spots, but she did have command of her fastball.” She helped herself with two hits, including a double. Hannah Pond also had two hits and Heidi Snipes doubled. Jesse Shilt and Connor Schaffer also had hits. Covington hosts Graham Friday in non-conference play.


Brodie Greene throws a runner out at first base Wednesday.

Role reversal for Baker, Ludwick Arroyo makes solid start for Reds GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reds manager Dusty Baker was going to send Ryan Ludwick home, but the outfielder sent Baker home with a win instead. Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo made solid starts, and Ludwick's twoout, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Cincinnati a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Ludwick was sent home on Tuesday because he felt nauseous. Baker intended to give him another day away from the team, but Ludwick showed up and talked him out of it. "He wanted to play," Baker said. "I was going to send him home. He said he felt better. I sent him (Tuesday) to quarantine him so the other guys wouldn't get sick." Ludwick, trying to win playing time in left field, homered in the ninth off Loek Van Mil, who also walked Chris Heisey. Haren threw 90 pitches in 5 2-3 innings for the Angels, allowing two runs

and nine hits. He struck out two. He has one more start to shake off a "dead arm" to get ready for the season. "My arm felt a little bit dead," Haren said. "It feels a little slow. I was laboring in the first couple innings, but that's what builds endurance. That's what spring training is for. Spring training is getting monotonous, but I'm right where I need to be." Arroyo worked six innings, his longest performance of the spring. He allowed two runs and four hits, including Vernon Wells' third homer. Arroyo rebounded from a ragged outing in which he walked five in four innings. He walked only one Angels batter. "Bronson threw the ball great," Baker said. "His command, everything was much better." Paul Janish hit a home run off Kevin Jepsen for Cincinnati. Roberto Lopez hit a two-run homer off minor leaguer Travis Webb to give the Angels a

4-2 lead. Jason Isringhausen, trying to win a job with the Angels, pitched a scoreless inning before Van Mil took over. "I was wondering when we were going to hit some home runs," Baker said. "I looked at the score sheet before Ludwick came up and we've been outhomered 32-20." NOTES: Reds RHP Josh Judy cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. ... Cincinnati catchers Corky Miller and Dioner Navarro were reassigned to minor league camp along with outfielder Daryl Jones. The Reds have 28 players in camp, excluding injured pitchers Ryan Madson, Jordan Smith and Nick Masset, who will start the season on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. ... Haren will make his next start Monday in an exhibition at Anaheim. ... The Angels have not officially announced their openingday starter.

Johnson ready to work some ‘Magic’ Part of group that buys Dodgers LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson is about to learn $2 billion only buys you so much. Now he'll need to bring the Los Angeles Dodgers the same success he brought the Lakers. News that Johnson and his partners agreed to purchase the team sparked a groundswell of excited chatter and optimism Wednesday that the

man who ran "Showtime" could restore luster to the once-proud franchise. The amount Johnson and his partners are paying would be mind-blowing if it was just for the team itself. But it also gives Johnson's group the right to reel in future riches from TV and real estate associated with the Dodgers. "A big part of the pur-

chase price is all those other things," said David Carter, executive director of USC Sports Business Institute. "You've got a great piece of property you can develop and make a game-day experience around Chavez Ravine. A likely billion-dollar cable (television) rights deal that will come out of it makes it a very unique sale."

1,600: 1.Emily Borchers (Russia), 5:48.77; 4.Kaele Snapp (Piqua), 5:52.0; 5.Macy Monnin (Russia), 6:01.66. 400 Relay: 3.Piqua (Cheryl Bell, Maddie Hilleary, Danajha Clemons, Teija Davis), 54.66; 4.Russia (Kirstin Voisard, Leah Francis, Taylor Magoto, Hannah Bornhorst), 55.20. 400: 2.Sarah Titterington (Lehman), 62.94. 300 Hurdles: 1.Jackie Siefring (Russia), 49.32; 8.Leah Francis (Russia), 55.15. 800: 3.Kaele Snapp (Piqua), 2:44.11; 4.Claudia Monnin (Russia), 2:44.45; 5.Courtney Bensman (Piqua), 2:44.94. 200: 2.Sarah Titterington (Lehman), 27.94; 3.Cheryl Bell (Piqua), 29.04; 4.Jackie Siefring (Russia), 29.10. 3,200: 1.Becca Meyer (Russia), 13:15.74; 2.Macy Monnin (Russia),

13:19.14; 4.Chelsea Dross (Bradford), 14:26.70; 6.Kaele Snapp (Piqua), 14:53.15. 1,600 Relay: 6.Piqua (Cheryl Bell, Courtney Bensman, Maddie Hilleary, Hannah Went), 4:41.78; 7.Russia (Emily Borchers, Claudia Monnin, Kayli Dues, Kristin Voisard), 4:41.99. High Jump: 2.Shay Lafollette (Bradford), 4-11; 3.Emily Borchers (Russia), 4-10; 4.Hannah Poling (Russia), 4-8. Long Jump: 3.Shay Lafollette (Bradford), 14-9 1-2; 7.Maddie Hilleary (Piqua), 14-2 1-4. Discus: 2.Maddie Evans (Piqua), 93-0; 4.Abby Drees (Russia), 81-5; 8.Caitlyn Cromes (Piqua), 72-7. Shot Put: 3.Maddie Hilleary (Piqua), 3110 1-2. Pole Vault: 3.Kaili Ingle (Piqua), 8-6.

Track Continued from page 13 Stivers 38, Troy 36, Bradford 26, New Knoxville 26, Stebbins 20, Lehman 16, Sidney B 3. Local Placers 3,200 Relay: 2.Russia (Emily Borchers, Claudia Monnin, Macy Monnin, Becca Meyer), 10:55.23; 5.Piqua (Olivia Barhorst, Courtney Bensman, Kylie Hays, Kaele Snapp), 11:30.0; 7.Bradford (Gabby Fair, Molli Lavey, Loren Sharp, Chelsea Dross), 12:03.74. 100 Hurdles: 2.Jackie Siefring (Russia), 17.52; 4.Shay LaFollette (Bradford), 17.81. 100: 5.Danajha Clemons (Piqua), 14.145; 6.Jackie Siefring (Russia), 14.149. 800 Relay: 5.Piqua (Kaele Snapp, Ivee Kaye, Kaili Ingle, Teija Davis), 1:59.01; 7.Russia (Kristin Voisard, Kayli Dues, Taylor Magoto, Hannah Bornhorst), 2:00.11.



Thursday, March 29, 2012


Owners change overtime rule Postseason rule expanded to regular season


Will Bill Parcells (right) be Sean Payton’s choice as interim coach?

Saints have key decisions to make Will consider Parcells as interim coach NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints owner Tom Benson left the NFL meetings Wednesday and headed back to New Orleans, where his team's top brass had major matters to discuss during what could be Sean Payton's last week of work in 2012. Team spokesman Greg Bensel said no decisions had been made on an interim coach after a meeting Tuesday with Bill Parcells. Payton has made it clear he is hoping Parcells can help New Orleans move forward whether he wants to get back into coaching or not. Payton considers Parcells his mentor, and has spoken with him several times since learning last week that the NFL intended to suspend him for all of the coming season — starting this Sunday —for his role in New Orleans' bounty program. Payton said most of those conversations concerned how Parcells might handle a similar situation, not whether he was interested in returning to the sideline in the Big Easy. Yet when asked why Parcells, a finalist for the Hall of Fame this season who turns 71 in August, would make a good fit as interim coach, Payton had some definite ideas. "He's a great teacher," Payton said Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach. "Certainly I'm biased, having worked with him. But he's a Hall of Fame head coach. And I would also say there's some things probably set up in the framework of our program that would be exactly how he would have set those things up had he been the head coach (in New Orleans) in '06. So there's some carryover that way." The Saints' bounty system overshadowed much of the business discussed at the NFL owner's meetings. "It's definitely necessary to mention it," said Ron Rivera, whose Carolina Panthers play the Saints twice a year in the NFC South. "The precedent has been set by the commissioner and they need to understand that and it is not to be broached again. Going forward, we won't have to go over these things again."

The Saints are still trying to figure out to regroup from the fallout. It could be a few days before Saints, who are looking to make the playoffs for a fourth straight season, decide on an interim coach. Payton said he has not decided whether to appeal and has until Monday to so, a move that could give him a little more time at work. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he would expedite such an appeal, meaning Payton's suspension might not be delayed for long. Should there be an appeal, the Saints would want to see whether it results in a reduced penalty before deciding whether to look within or outside of the organization for Payton's stand-in. "It would just be considering all options, to be fair and really trying to do our homework on each option before making a decision," Payton said. "There's a lot of small steps here before we would get to that point of having to make a decision." If Parcells does decide to come to New Orleans, he would take the reins from a coach he hired as an offensive assistant in Dallas back in 2003. Payton worked under Parcells for three seasons before getting his first shot as a head coach in 2006, when the Saints returned to the city after being displaced for months by Hurricane Katrina. There are also three strong candidates among Saints assistants to take over as interim coach: offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Payton expressed confidence in the abilities of his own assistants to compensate for his absence, but also voiced some misgivings about saddling those coaches with additional responsibilities. "We feel like we've got a number of good candidates" on the staff, Payton said. "The trick then is what it does to affect their roles that they currently have." Payton spent only Tuesday at the NFL meetings and planned to be back at

work in New Orleans on Wednesday, trying to tie up as many loose ends as he could in the next few days. "I've got a lot of to-do things right now specific to football," Payton said. "The offseason calendar, all of that has been laid out already. Everything been basically has planned all the way up to the Hall of Fame game. ... Between now and then, there's a lot of little things that I'll try to make sure we get covered and handed over to our coaches so that they have a pretty good understanding as to what I'm looking for." General manager Mickey Loomis will be able to oversee the draft and work up until the season starts. Then he is slated to serve his eightgame suspension for failing to put a stop to the bounty system in a timely way. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who also coaches linebackers, is facing a six-game suspension. The NFL's investigation in New Orleans found that Payton initially lied to league investigators about the existence of a bounty and instructed his defensive assistants to do the same. Payton twice apologized for his role in an enterprise that offered payouts for knocking out opponents, saying he takes "full responsibility" for a system that operated for three years under his watch. As many as 27 players also could be sanctioned for their role in the scandal. Payton said he didn't want the scandal to "taint or tarnish" his team's recent success. "We'll get through this," he said. "This will be a challenge. ... You know, we've gone through a lot of adversity and we've won a lot of games in really a short window of time. And I know our players are leaders both within the locker room and the coaching staff will look at this as a challenge and a little bit as an opportunity." In addition to the penalties for Payton, Loomis and Vitt, Goodell also fined the Saints $500,000 and took away secondround draft choices in 2012 and 2013.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even though the NFL's new rule for postseason overtime has never come into play, it's being expanded for the regular season, too. NFL owners passed the playoff overtime rule for the regular schedule Wednesday. All games that go into overtime now cannot end on a field goal on the first possession. The opposing team must get one series, and if it also kicks a field goal, the extra period continues. Of course, if it fails to score it loses, and if it gets a touchdown, it wins. The rule has not been a factor since it was instituted in 2010, with only two playoff games going to OT. One ended on the first play, Tim Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas for a Denver victory over Pittsburgh. The other had several possessions for each team before the Giants beat the 49ers in the NFC title game this season. The vote on adopting the new overtime rule was 30-2. Owners also have given the replay official permission to review turnovers just as he reviews all scoring plays. Other rules changes: a team will lose a down for illegally kicking a loose ball; too many men on the field becomes a dead ball foul; and a player receiving a crackback block is now considered a defenseless player and the hit will result in a 15-yard penalty. Not passed were proposals to have the booth official handle video reviews rather than the referee, and outlawing the

horse-collar tackle made on quarterbacks in the pocket. Given the NFL's concern with player safety, the failure to extend the horse-collar rule seemed surprising. But competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the ownership "didn't think this can impact on player safety." "The rule was developed for the open field tackle when a defender has the chance to do something else (in making the tackle)," he said. "He's also able to use the runner's momentum against him. We didn't think that applied to the pocket, didn't see the injury risk." Several bylaw changes were tabled until the league meetings in May, including expanding preseason rosters to 90, designating one player suffering a major injury before Week 2 of the season as eligible to return from injured reserve, and moving the trading deadline back two weeks to after Week 8. McKay expects them to pass at the next meetings in Atlanta. "There were good ideas and suggestions, no resistance," he said. "We'll work on the language." Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the league's strong stance non-contract against bonuses such as the Saints' bounty program that got coach Sean Payton suspended for one year and cost New Orleans a $500,000 fine and two second-round draft choice. Goodell said the league will not allow any cash payments between players, whether the clubs

are involved or not. "It's not permissible and we are going to take that out of the game," he said. Goodell expects to speak with players' union head DeMaurice Smith before the end of the week and hopes to have the NFLPA's recommendations on punishment for players involved in the bounties by then or soon after. The league will be scheduling additional hearings in the investigation. Also: — The NFL will not be awarding the 2016 Super Bowl, its 50th, to any city this year. Goodell said he expects many bidders for the game. "It's an important game for us," he said. "We're looking at plans to make it spectacular." There's been speculation the league was hoping a suitable stadium would be in place in Los Angeles by 2016. The first Super Bowl was played in the LA Coliseum. — The league is prepared to make an agreement with the union on HGH testing if a population study is the only thing standing in the way. — The 18-game schedule has not been discussed and the NFL wants to go through a full cycle of the offseason schedule that came with the new collective bargaining agreement before reviewing the subject. — No consensus has been reached in the medical community on the value of having an independent neurologist on the sidelines during games. Discussions likely will continue.

Coaches will deliver message on bounties To be discussed with players PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NFL coaches plan to go right at the league's most sensitive subject — bounties — when they get together with players next month. Although a few shied away from commenting at owners meetings this week about the New Orleans Saints' extra payments, under which players were rewarded for big hits on specific opponents, most coaches said it's an important subject to address — with the media and with their players. "The whole league will talk about it," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. "The commissioner wants the entire league to make sure it's discussed — to go forward using it as an example, to stress there is no place for that in our league." Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for all of the 2012 season after the league investigated that team's bounties. Goodell also ordered every principal owner and head coach in the league to certify in writing that their team does not have any sort of pay-for-performance system. Several coaches echoed Coughlin, hoping they only will need to bring it up once with their players. Clubs will gather for workouts in mid-April. "It's definitely neces-

sary to mention it," said Ron Rivera, whose Carolina Panthers play the Saints twice a year in the NFC South. "The precedent has been set by the commissioner and they need to understand that and it is not to be broached again. Going forward, we won't have to go over these things again." Payton's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, is barred indefinitely for overseeing the system. Williams was hired as defensive coordinator in St. Louis earlier this year. Joe Vitt, Payton's assistant head coach, was suspended for six games, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis got eight games, and the team was fined $500,000. New Orleans also loses a secondround pick in each of the next two drafts. Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz stressed how easy it is to cross the line from acceptable rewards to something sinister. Schwartz said past awards he's given out while working for the Tennessee Titans and the Lions — baseball bats or a boxing glove for big hits — had league approval, because they didn't have any monetary significance. "It was part of the game-ball program. It wasn't part of anything else," Schwartz said. "A recognition system has been in effect for football since pee wee ball. We give out game balls. We give

out trophies at the end of the season for all different things. A lot of colleges give out stickers on helmets; high schools give out stickers on helmets. There's a big difference between things like that and things like bounties." Schwartz noted that it's not unheard of for QBs to buy gifts for their linemen, or for running backs to do the same if they have a big season. "That would all receive very good press," he said. "I think what this shows is how fine some of the lines are and how easy it is to go from something like that that's been around and has been part of football to something that should never be part of football and is not good for our game." The NFL sent lead counsel Jeff Pash and security director Jeffrey Miller to New Orleans to speak with the Saints about the bounties one day before they hosted Detroit in a wild-card game in January. The league officials told owner Tom Benson to make sure no bounty system still was in place. New Orleans had already beaten Detroit in the regular season, when Lions pass rusher Ndamukong Suh was serving a suspension for stomping an opponent. Was Schwartz aware of anything untoward by the Saints, either time? "Other than we got beat twice?" he said.



Thursday, March 29, 2012



Culture clash UK, Louisville rivalry runs deep in Kentucky Georgetown dialysis clinic. A 68-year-old Kentucky fan and 71-year-old Louisville fan were arguing Monday about who will win Saturday's game when the discussion quickly got out of hand. Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan says the Kentucky fan flipped off the Louisville fan, prompting the Cardinals fan to punch him in the face. Though police were called, Swanigan said the Kentucky fan declined to file charges. The fight likely wouldn't surprise Kentucky coach Calipari, who lovingly compares Wildcats fans to piranhas — yes, the flesh-eating fish. "If you're going to attack Kentucky, just be right," Calipari said of a fan base that feeds off every little bit of information about his school and dissects every game tape three times. "I'm just telling you: piranha — wahp-wahp-wahp-wahpwahp-wahp. They'll come and eat your yard, your house. These people are nuts." And Cardinals' fans enjoy poking fun at them. On Twitter and message boards, they joke how Kentucky fans turn Cats into two words — Ca-yuts. One of Big Blue Nation's retorts? favorite Loserville. Pitino jokes many marriages in the state fail because they have a Louisville woman marrying a Kentucky man. Nick Fenton and his wife, Christi, are working through their differences in Louisville. Fenton said they fly a "House Divided" flag in their front yard with the two schools' logos displayed. "Her family is all Cards fans, so they brainwashed her," said Fenton, who usually reserves the rhetoric for one week a year. "This Final Four game, though, it's going to be pretty wild." It took the governor to first get the two schools together on an annual basis. Kentucky never scheduled in-state schools under coach Adolph Rupp, and former assistant Joe B. Hall dutifully followed suit when he took over as coach. Gov. John Y. Brown stepped in following their matchup in the 1983 NCAA Mideast Regional finals — know around the state as The Dream Game. Louisville beat Kentucky in overtime in Knoxville, Tenn., in the teams' first meeting since 1959. "It created a lot of animosity and strong feelings toward each other, but at the same time I felt like the taxpayers were entitled to see the competition between two of the nation's premier programs," the former governor said. "If you ask either school what the No. 1 game on the schedule both in basketball and football, they'll say it's the rival school. "They have to live in shame, whichever one loses." Kentucky vs. Louisville is a matchup of cultural divide that's steeped in history with nine combined titles between the two schools, the same number as the more publicized North CarolinaDuke rivalry.


Ohio State is hoping to get more production from William Buford (44) against Kansas Saturday.

Buford could hold key OSU needs more production from senior BY CHRONICLE TELEGRAM COLUMBUS — When it comes to unpredictable, game-changing performers at a Final Four, most of the time the discussion revolves around a precocious freshman. Ohio State fans, however, have grown accustomed to warily keeping an eye on the Buckeyes’ lone senior. Which William Buford will show up? Will it be the one who lit up Purdue for 29, Northwestern for 28, Kansas for 21 in the first meeting and Duke for 20? The cool team leader who hit a nerveless shot at the buzzer with a hand in his face to earn the Buckeyes a share of the Big Ten title at Michigan State? Or the one who is shooting 34.7 percent from the field over the last seven games — arguably the Buckeyes’ seven biggest games to date — while averaging 11.3 points, three under his average? No one doubts that Buford can decide the outcome of a game. The problem is that works both ways. “He’s made more big shots — more perimeter shots for sure — than anybody playing in the tournament, without question,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose Jayhawks take on Buford and the Buckeyes in the national semifinals on Saturday night. “I wouldn’t even think that that’s close.” But it was also Buford who had a miserable game in last year’s round of 16


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — This Bluegrass State rivalry runs deep, and the divide is wide. Just 70 miles apart, Lexington and Louisville are worlds apart when it comes to college basketball. Come Saturday when the Cardinals and Wildcats meet at the Final Four in New Orleans, a berth in the national title game is just the beginning. Here, the game is likened to a civil war. Pick a side: Wildcats or Cardinals. Rupp's Runts or the Doctors of Dunk. Dan Issel or Wes Unseld. John Calipari or Rick Pitino. "If the excitement and frenzy and turbulence that's been stirred up in Kentucky this week could be harnessed, we could solve our energy crisis," Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. "Basketball fans from Kentucky have been waiting their whole lives for this game." This is the grudge match to end them all. It's the fifth time the schools will meet in the NCAA tournament — the two sides have split the four previous meetings — and it pits Louisville coach Pitino against onetime friend and now frosty foe Calipari. Not to mention Kentucky freshmen phenoms Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who have been steady in taking the Wildcats to the top, vs. a ragtag flock of Cardinals who've won eight straight with a rotating cast of mostly unknowns such as Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng. "It's not about (Pitino) or I; it's about these players," said Calipari, who's in his second consecutive Final Four still searching for the national title that's eluded him. "Hopefully we both have our teams ready to play, and I think we will, and we'll go at it." The Cardinals (30-9) lost this year's matchup vs. the Wildcats (36-2) 6962 on Dec. 31. Even though there is much more on the line Saturday, it will be difficult for the game to be much more intense. "There's going to be so much pressure on the players," former Louisville forward Earl Clark said. "It's going to go down in history. Kentucky is the No. 1 team, and Louisville is like the Cinderella of the tournament." Kentucky blue dominates most of the state of more than 4.3 million basketball-crazed fans, surrounding the outnumbered Cardinals fans who have fortified a stronghold in the state's largest city. The fan bases are about as different as they can be, and Pitino is one of the few who knows what it's like on both sides of the aisle. He coached Kentucky for eight years, bringing the 'Cats back to the pinnacle of greatness with an NCAA title in '96. He's been at Louisville for the last 11 years and is heading to his second Final Four with the Cardinals. "It's two different entities, really, it's two rabid fan bases," Pitino said. That was oh so clear this week when two senior citizens duked it out at a

— hitting just 2 of 16 shots from the field and missing a hurried but wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer — as the topranked and top-seeded Buckeyes were ousted from the tournament by Kentucky, 62-60. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta recognizes that many, many fans remain less than confident in Buford’s ability to have a big game in a pressurepacked environment like the NCAA. “For William, anytime there appears to be trouble, the blame has to go somewhere,” he said. “Like I’ve always said, I wish it would go to me and not the players.” Yet Buford is only concerned about the bottom line. He doesn’t appear to ever take the public criticism to heart. Asked about the highs and lows of his erratic season, Buford doesn’t address any personal disappointments. “My teammates, they always try to lift me up when I’m having bad games, but when we lose that’s the worst part,” he said. “When we’re winning, of course, that’s the high.” Ohio State All-American forward Jared Sullinger points to Buford’s many contributions other than scoring. “When Will knows he’s not having a good shooting night or they’re guarding him tough, he does other things,” Sullinger said. “He’s always helping on defense, passing the ball, getting rebounds and making hustle plays. Scor-

ing does not define William Buford any more. He has an all-around game.” Even before the first practice this season, Buford said he was still haunted by how poorly he played in the season-ending game last year. He said he felt good about his career to that point. “Yes, except my last game,” he said last October. “I got over it a little over the summer. It’s still with me, but I just don’t worry about it too much now. I just won’t ever let that happen again.” The thing is, he’s been shaky when shooting the ball recently. At the regional last weekend in Boston, the Buckeyes’ third-leading scorer was just 1-of-8 with four points in an 81-66 victory over downstate rival Cincinnati. Then, with a trip to the Final Four on the line and Sullinger saddled with early foul trouble, Buford faltered again against topseeded Syracuse. He was only 3-of-12 from the field, although he did finish with a respectable 13 points and nine rebounds. He is grateful others have picked up the scoring slack. “(My teammates) have been playing great in March,” he said. “When I do have a bad game, we still end up winning because we’re more together than we were at the beginning of the season when things like that would happen.” The soft-spoken and

self-effacing Buford is Mr. Dependable off the court, with the younger players teasing him while also looking up to him. He also can be the very picture of a money player, such as when he took it upon himself to hit the biggest shot of the season, quieting that raucous crowd at Michigan State. “People can say (he’s) erratic. Sometimes that happens when you have guys that score the majority of their points outside the paint,” Self said. “But to me, over the course of his career, he’s been a model of consistency as far as how he scores the ball and performs for Ohio State. He’s the fourthleading scorer in the history of the school, which is remarkable, because they’ve had some hardrockin’ guys come through there.” Matta refuses to pay any attention to Buford’s critics. “Just because somebody shoots a layup in the warm-up line of a JV game, that gives them an opinion on what you’re trying to do,” he said dismissively. Meanwhile, Buford perseveres. He’s thrilled to be headed to New Orleans. He clearly enjoys the time he spends with the other Buckeyes, particularly now. “I’m happy. We’re winning. We’re in the Final Four,” he said. “So as long as we’re winning and I’m doing whatever I can do to help my teammates win, that’s all that matters to me. It doesn’t have to be scoring.”


Justices split over health care law


Justices split over health care law