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Romney tries to build on win Campaign shifts to N. Hampshire; Bachmann quits BY KASIE HUNT Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney eagerly pocketed an endorsement from two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain on Wednesday and bid to convert a single-digit victory in

Iowa into a Republican presidential campaign juggernaut. Unimpressed, Newt Gingrich ridiculed the former Massachusetts governor as a liberal turned moderate now masquerading as a conservative. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sought to rally conservatives to his side after coming achingly close to victory in Iowa, saying he “hoped to surprise a few people just like we did” in the campaign’s first contest. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bach-

added former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who skipped the Iowa caucuses in hopes of making his mark in next Tuesday’s first-inthe-nation primary. Romney is the odds-on favorite to win the New Hampshire primary, though, and it is unclear how much campaign cash any of his rivals has available to try to BACHMANN slow or even stop his momentum. ROMNEY mann ended her campaign after a Additionally, in a measure of his dreary 5 percent showing in Iowa, establishment support, the former the state where she was born. See Romney/Page 2 “This is a wide-open race still,”

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Piqua Spelling Bee set Tuesday PIQUA — The Piqua City Spelling Bee, involving students from Piqua City Schools and Piqua Catholic will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Piqua High School Center for Performing Arts. One winner and runner up will be chosen to represent Piqua in the Miami County Spelling Bee.

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, (AP) — Defying Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama on Wednesday barreled by the Senate and installed a national consumer watchdog on his own, provoking GOP threats of a constitutional showdown in the courts. Setting a fierce tone in the election-year fight for middle-class voters, Obama said: “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer.” Obama named Richard Cordray, a respected former attorney general of Ohio, to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after giving up on hopes for a confirmation vote in the Senate. The appointment means the agency is able to oversee a vast swath of lending companies and others accused at times of preying on consumers with shady practices. In political terms, Obama’s move was unapologetically brazen, the equivalent of a haymaker at Republicans in the Senate who had blocked his nominee. Acting right after Tuesday’s presidential caucuses in Iowa, which showered attention

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City partners with MVRPC on new program BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA — As city planner Chris Schmiesing spoke about at Tuesday night’s Piqua City Commission meeting, the city of Piqua is “Going Places.” Partnering with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) to produce a vision for growth and development in the area, commission adopted a

resolution to endorse a future land use scenario as outlined by the MVRPC. MVRPC has various functions in regional planning activities, including air and water quality, land use and research, and is responsible for transportation planning in Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties, along with parts of northern Warren County. The idea behind the Going Places initiative is to help rehabilitate under-used or undevel-

oped areas, maintain infrastructure, improve transportation between communities and preserve or expand natural areas and parks. MVRPC has been working on the initiative since 2006, and last winter invited citizens to share their own visions in regards to regional development and land use that involved three phases. Phase one consisted of evaluations and assessments of the Miami Valley region by assessing

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Tipp man faces weapons charge Deputies make arrest following family quarrel BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media TIPP CITY — Miami County Sheriff Office officials charged Edward Huelsman, 49, of Tipp City, with fourth degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon after an altercation with a family member in Tipp City on Tuesday. Officials were dispatched to 6733 Bejay Drive, Tipp City, after a report that Huelsman was allegedly trying to run over his brother, Louis Huelsman, with his vehicle. Officials stopped Edward Huelsman on Evanston Road, and prior to the stop, was warned of the possible threat of Huelsman carrying a handgun. According to the report, Huelsman was ordered to have both of his hands out of the driver’s window and he complied. Huelsman admitted to having a .38 pistol in his front pants pocket. Huelsman exited the truck with his hands in plain view and without incident. Officers retrieved a cloth sack from his right front pocket. Huelsman was asked if he had a license to carry the con-

cealed weapon. Huelsman told the officer the Second Amendment gave him the right to bear arms. According to the report, Huelsman was asked again if he had a concealed carry license and he answered no. Officers found the .38 pistol fully loaded with six rounds and one in the chamber, ready to fire. Huelsman was read his Miranda rights and didn’t speak to the officer. According to Paul Huelsman, who was at the initial location of the report, Edward arrived at the residence at Bejay Drive, Tipp City, to take him to Bible study when his son Louis arrived unannounced. According to the report, Louis harassed Edward about returning some of his property. When Edward got into his vehicle to leave, Louis jumped onto the hood to keep him from leaving. According to Paul Huelsman, Edward drove slowly for a short distance with Louis on the hood before ultimately stopping. Louis left in a van without further incident. According to the report, Edward Huelsman was not charged in relation to the incident with his brother Louis. Edward was transported to the Miami County Jail and incarcerated on one charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit or a license to carry, a fourth degree felony.

Romney Continued from page 1 governor announced he would campaign with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday, as he was joined by McCain in New Hampshire. “The time has arrived for Republicans to choose a presidential nominee, a new standard bearer who has the ability and determination to defeat President Obama,” said McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and a man with a demonstrated appeal to the state’s independent voters. Already, the Republican field of challengers was dwindling. After suggesting he, too, might withdraw, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided otherwise. “Here we come, South Carolina!!!” he tweeted. That primary is Jan. 21, and will mark the first balloting in the South as well as in a state that is part of the Republican Party’s conservative, political base nationally. Iowa, for months ground zero in the Republican race, yielded an almost impossibly close finish. Romney emerged with an eight-vote victory over Santorum, whose grassroots campaigning produced a late surge that fell just shy of victory. Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished third, followed by Gingrich, Perry and Bachmann. A survey of Iowa caucusgoers highlighted the internal divisions in the GOP as it sets out to find a challenger for President Barack Obama in the general election campaign. Romney, who campaigned as the man best positioned to defeat Obama, was the favorite by far among caucus-goers who said that goal was their priority. Paul was preferred by those who said what mattered most was backing a true conservative. Santorum ran particularly well among those who said they were looking for a candidate with strong moral character. Paul outpolled his rivals among younger voters and gained an estimated 48 percent share of self-iden-

tified independents, a group that traditionally plays a major role in determining the outcome of New Hampshire’s primary. “If you look to bringing new people in, the frustrated young people that Obama had, you have to look at my campaign. I mean that’s where the enthusiasm is,” he said. McCain and Romney clashed sharply as rivals in 2008 before reconciling for the fall campaign. The Arizona senator did well among younger and independent voters in his two New Hampshire primary campaigns. Now, in a supporting role, he said, “Our message to President Obama is, you can run but you can’t hide from your record.” Romney was more scathing. Paraphrasing the president, he recalled, “He said, ‘If I can’t turn this economy around in three years, I’ll be looking at a one-term proposition.’ “Well, I’m here to collect,” he added. Before leaving Iowa, Romney made the round of early morning interview programs, sounding at times more like an analyst of a race than a competitor. “I think there’s a real boost coming out of Iowa, not just for me but also of course for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul,” he said. At the same time, he brushed aside suggestions that his share of the vote in Iowa, less than 25 percent, was a sign of weakness. “Ronald Reagan got 29 percent of the votes here and ultimately he was able to become our nominee,” said, referring to the 1980 campaign that put Republicans in the White House.


Bryan S. Johnson TROY — Bryan S. Johnson, 34, of 1448 Covent Drive, T r o y, died at 2 : 3 4 p . m . Mond a y , Jan. 2, 2012, at t h e U p p e r JOHNSON Va l l e y Medical Center. He was born May 23, 1977, in Piqua. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Gary L. and Teresa Johnson of Ft. Myers, Fla.; mother and stepfather, Donna F. (Dunnick) and Michael DeBrosse of Piqua, wife, Stephanie M. (Dappert) of Troy, whom he married in Florida Dec. 13, 2009; four children, Austin Eidemiller, Lilly Johnson, Damyan Johnson, Bryan Johnson, all of Troy; stepchildren Brandon Japczyk and Nathan Japczyk, both of Union Grove, Ala.; siblings, Wendy F. DeBrosse of Portsmouth, Va., Chuck DeBrosse of Piqua, Nicholas Hatter of Lehigh, Fla., Tim Hatter of Helen-

wood, Tenn., Sarah Best of Cape Coral, Fla., Samantha Lee of Jacksonville, N.C., Joshua Manning of Ft. Myers, Fla.; several grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Bryan attended Piqua City Schools and graduated in 1995 from Riverdale High School of Ft. Myers Fla. He recently relocated from Florida to Troy and was employed as a painter with Comer Construction and previously worked for Brian Brothers Painting Company both of Piqua and Service Painting of Ft. Myers, Fla. A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Lisa C. Ellison officiating. Visitation will be from 57 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Greene Street United Methodist Church, 415 W. Greene St., Piqua, OH 45356 for the benefit of Bryan’s children. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Sharon K. Collett PIQUA — Sharon K. Collett, 69, of Piqua, died at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. She was born in Piqua on March 9, 1942, to the late Carl and Alberta (Orndorf) Haller. On April 5, 1958, in Piqua, she married Elmer B. Collett Sr. He survives. Sharon also is survived by one son and daughterin-law, Elmer and Sherrie Collett Jr. of Bradford; two daughters and sonsin-law, Debra and Terry Reid of York, Pa. and Charlotte and Melvin Wooddell of Sidney; two brothers, John Haller of Texas and Jerry Haller of Fostoria; two sisters, Susie Jackson of Pleasant Hill and Janet Cook of Tiffin; four grandchildren, Kimberly Druck of Pennsylvania, Carmen Collett and Deven Collett, both of

Bradford and Howard Wooddell, Sidney; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tammy Sue Collett; and two great grandchildren, Haiden and Alexander. Sharon volunteered for Hospice of Miami County and at Bethany Center, Piqua. She was a homemaker. Sharon was a full time wife and mother. She will be missed by all her family and friends. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are handled by being Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network, 611 Saint Joseph Ave. Marshfield, WI 54449. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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‘Going Places’ Continued from page 1 The second phase ended with the creation of seven scenarios on potential land use and/or development that people could vote on. It was these 1,200 voter responses that culminated in six open houses in August and the final phase to develop a preferred vision, create a framework and get its approval. Working strictly by the values of those in the region, the initiative presented by MVRPC’s Going Places is informational rather than directional, meaning development is under the control of the citizens and her leaders. It is a resource tool, as discussed at Tuesday’s commission meeting, where concerns both past and present were voiced in relation as to whom would have jurisdiction over development. Schmiesing put those

concerns to rest as he explained how MVRPC has no authority and that the resolution request was simply a show of support or endorsement of the end product. “To indicate your awareness of the document, and your support,” said Schmiesing. Under the resolution endorsing the preferred future land use scenario, Piqua would recognize and respect individual property owner rights and an amendment to the final principles section will include, “The preservation of agricultural land, green space and parkland would be a priority, upon agreement by the property owner, as well as encouraging more connection and cooperation between the region’s communities.” For more information on the Going Places initiative visit

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Phyllis Maxine Gunckel Lear BRADFORD — Phyllis Maxine Gunckel Lear, 80, of Bradf o r d , passed a w a y Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012, at her r e s i dence. S h e w a s LEAR b o r n July 12, 1931, in Greenville, the daughter of the late Francis M. and Earlene M. (Thompson) Lyme. She worked at Poultry Producers in Versailles, the Cozy Corner of Bradford and the Coffee Shop of Greenville. She is preceded in death by her parents; previous husband, Earl L. Gunckel; sons, infant Keith and Duane Hoffman; grandson, Zachary Yohey; brothers, Forest A., infant Dale Jr. and Richard H. Lyme; sister, Catherine L. Brown.

COLUMBUS — Lorene N. Ball, 79, of Columbus, (formerly of St. Paris a n d Rosewood area) passed away at BALL 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Kobacker House, Columbus. Born Oct. 12, 1932, in Whitesburg, Ky., Lorene was a daughter of the late Thomas Shell and Lillie Emma (Fairchild) Webb. She married her beloved husband Junior Ball on April 25, 1955, and he preceded her in death on April 10, 1999. Together they raised seven children, six of whom survive, Jane (Dennis) Perkins of Bradford, Michael (Jennifer) Tower of Columbus, Cathy (Dennis) Smith of St. Paris, Christine Ball of Columbus, Betty Clevenger of St. Paris, and Andrea (Rob) Ross of St. Paris; a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Chuck) Violette of Pleasant Hill also survives. Lorene was a loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren, Bobby (Heather) Shaffer, Randy (Terisa) Shaffer, Samantha Clevenger, Ginny Ross, Aaron (Stephanie) Morgan, Ethan Morgan, Nicole (BJ) Adams, Pam (Jim) Hart, Penny (Mark) Higgins, Erin (Daniel) MacLeod, David Smith and Brycen Smith; 18 great-grandchildren and four great-greatgrandchildren. She also is survived by a brother, Donald (Pauline) Webb of Prestonsburg, Ky.; sisters, Pauline Edwards of Dwarf, Ky.; Margaret Sue (Buddy) Ousley of Prestonsburg, Ky., Jeannie (Elmon) Spradlin of Pinewood, S.C; and Linda (Doug) Hicks of

Lexington Ky., brother-inlaws, Dewey (Susan) Ball of West Liberty, Ky., Raymond (Wanda) Minton of Crescent Springs and Ranie Young of Bradford; sister-in-laws, Marjorie (Larry) Cantrell of West Liberty, Ky. and Brenda Shell of Noblesville, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Tommie Morgan; a grandson, Patrick Perkins; a granddaughter, Ashley Mae Smith; a great-granddaughter, Miranda Shaffer; three sisters; two brothers; her step father, Bill Webb; and two step sisters. Lorene especially enjoyed family gatherings, attending church, Sunday school, Women’s Ministry Group Meetings, Bible Study and listening to southern Gospel music. She also enjoyed “puttering” around with her garden plants and collecting Bibles and cook books. Lorene was a born-again Christian and a member of the St. Paris Community Church of the Nazarene and also attended the Cooke Road Church of the Nazarene in Columbus. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the St. Paris Community Church of the Nazarene, 3560 N. State Route 235, St. Paris, with Pastor Andy Monnin presiding. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow at the Rosedale Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may be sent to w w w. s h i v e l y f u n e r a Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, St. Paris, is serving the family.

Death notices SIDNEY — Barbara V. (Vicki) Kinsella, 70, of Sidney, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. A celebration of her life will be held Friday Greatstone Castle, Sidney. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, Sidney, is handling the arrangements. SPRINGFIELD — Dr. John E. Barga, 91, of Springfield, formerly of Troy and Greenville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Arrangements are pending at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.

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She is survived by her husband, Harold Lear of Bradford; sons, Steven Yohey of Greenville, Dennis Yohey of Greenville, Richard Yohey of Tennessee, and Edward W. Hoffman of Florida; step children, Keith Lear, Bonnie Lingo and Brenda Hinkle; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several great-greatgrandchildren; numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Norman E. Lyme of Versailles. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Burial will follow in Harris Creek Cemetery, Bradford. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Condolences for the family may be sent to

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In Brief

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Community spotlight

Class of 1951 to meet for lunch

Warming trend to continue It looks like the weather will remain dry through the end of the week. The warming trend continues through the end of the week. High: 42 Low: 25.

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Class of 1951 will meet at Buffalo Jack’s in Covington at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10. No reservations are required. Orders will be placed from the menu. Mates and friends are welcome to attend.


BY MELODY VALLIEU Ohio Community Media TROY — Taking a year off to volunteer and decide where her future will lead her is something Amanda Polhamus will never forget. As a National Civilian Community Corps volunteer, an AmeriCorps program, the 2010 Troy High School graduate recently began 10 months of duty with the program that will take her to several places throughout the U.S. “I’ve always enjoyed doing community service, I’ve always liked giving back,” Polhamus said. “I like knowing I’m making a difference in the world.” Polhamus said she wanted to take a year off before starting college. Her family, made up of her parents, David and Cherilyn Polhamus; sister, Ashlee, 24; and brother, Jake, 15 — as always — were supportive of her decision, according to Polhamus. “I knew I wanted to travel and I knew I wanted to help people,” she said. “I wanted to take a year off because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in college. “They have always been really loving, proud and supportive.” Polhamus said the community’s support at home also has been tremendous. “Troy is a very supportive community,” said Cherilyn Polhamus. “People are always asking about her,

Dec. 27 Theft: An employee at Crane Pumps and Systems, 420 Third Street, reported that two shop keys and three personal home keys were stolen while he was at work. Theft: A woman in the 700 block of Boal Avenue reported that she let her adult son borrow her car on Christmas and he had not returned it. A charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was filed against the son.

making sure she’s OK.” After a month of training in Denver, Colo., Polhamus landed in Bastrop, Texas, where she began work on her first of four long-term service projects on Nov. 14 — also her 20th birthday. Until leaving for a holiday break Dec. 16, Polhamus volunteered in Bastrop, where wildfires, which started on Labor Day weekend, affected 1,714 homes and businesses in the area and two lives. More than 700 homeowners reached out to AmeriCorps, which organize volunteer groups and provide vital information about resources to those in need, according to team leader Sharla Kachelhoffer. More than 80 percent of Bastrop State Park — 34,356 acres — was lost, and Polhamus said she and other volunteers spent the first several weeks sleeping in a tent at the entrance of the park the only land not taken by the fires. Polhamus said her team — made up of 12 members

sponded to the 800 block of Caldwell Street after a resident reported a burglary and the theft of a large screen television. Neighbor complaint: Police responded to the 400 block of South Roosevelt Avenue after a resident complained about dog feces in the street with the leaves. Disorderly conduct: Police responded to the intersection of East Ash and North Main streets on the report of a male staggering in and out of traffic. The man could not be located upon the arrival of the police.

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Disorderly conduct: Police responded to the 600 block of Spring Street regarding an adult female, Burglary: Police re- 18, and a 17-year-old male

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from 12 different states worked as the volunteer reception center staging other volunteers, helping homeowners find needed resources such as food and furniture and even helped to clear debris. And, just listen. “I’ve talked to a lot of homeowners and let them vent about what has happened here,” said Polhamus, who started a second-grade Little League football program in Troy and coached for two years to get the program up and running. “It’s very humbling, very rewarding.” For Thanksgiving and Christmas, Polhamus said volunteers also delivered the fixings for entire meals to 40 families, including more than 200 people, affected by the wildfires. Polhamus said her volunteer work so far has been an eye-opener. “It gives a person a greater appreciation for what they have knowing people have less than you,” she said. Kachelhoffer said Pol-

engaging in sexual activity.

Dec. 31 Theft: Police responded to the 1100 block of Young Street after three juveniles, two males and a female, stole a wooden Santa decoration from a resident’s front porch. Shots fired: Revelers at a New Year’s part in the vicinity of Armory Drive and East Water Street were having a party with loud music and decided to shoot off guns.

Jan. 1 Theft: Police responded to Boone Street after someone stole two dollars from an unlocked vehicle overnight. In addition, at least three other incidents of this nature were reported to the

hamus has been a big influence on her team of volunteers. “This project (in Bastrop) has been amazing,” Kachelhoffer said. “She’s an amazing, compassionate person. There are not many 20 year olds like her.” Today, Polhamus — who will meet back up with her team — leaves to prepare for her next assignment in Oklahoma City where they will help provide handicapped access to homeowner’s in need. She said they will build access ramps, handicapped stalls and widened doorways. AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18-24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development and team building skills. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at

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Volunteers needed to assist at Eagles’ Wings

PIQUA — Eagles’ Wings Stable is seeking volunteers to assist students in their Winter Session of classes. Eagles’ Wings provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to children and adults who have various disabilities. Volunteers should be at least 14 years of age, able to walk for one hour and have a desire to help other people. Classes are scheduled for one hour and will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and are conducted in an indoor heated arena. VolPROVIDED PHOTO unteers are asked to comAmanda Polhamus helps clear debris in Bastrop State Park, where wildfires that mit to a one-hour time slot started Labor Day weekend destroyed 34,356 acres and displaced 700 families. once per week for the du-

Police Beat These are selected incidents provided by the Piqua Police Department. For a complete listing of all police briefing logs, visit www.piqua o lice_briefing_log.htm.



First Grade Students at High Street Primary School collaborated with Scholastic magazine on a project called “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.” As part of the school’s “caring” social skill for the month of December, parents were asked to send in new pajamas of all sizes.These were sent to Scholastic Book Club. Scholastic will donate a book to go with the pajamas to someone in their “Pajama Program.”Thirty-four sets of pajamas were donated by the first-graders.

Troy High School grad volunteers to help others Polhamus completes first phase of duty



Leisure Club to meet Monday PIQUA — The Piqua Leisure Club will meet Monday, at the Eagles in Covington. Lunch will begin at noon. Entertainment will be provided. Guests are welcome.


ration of the 6-week session. The session will run Jan. 16 through Feb. 25. An orientation session for volunteers will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Eagles’ Wings’ arena. The orientation will last approximately two hours and is necessary for new volunteers. Eagles’ Wings Stable is located at 5730 N. Washington Rd., just south of Piqua. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is a Piqua Area United Way member agency serving the upper Miami Valley and surrounding counties. For more information visit or call their office at 778-0021.

WACO to host free lecture TROY —The WACO Air Museum will host a free lecture for adults at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the museum, 1865 S. County Road 25-A. Dan Patterson will present “Wilbur Wright: A life of Consequence.” This is a prelude to an upcoming exhibit in Dayton about the life of Wilbur Wright and the celebration of his life. This exhibit will include a gathering of artifacts, photographs,

documents, notebooks, and letters. He also will relate his experiences with the Smithsonian Journeys Program lectures on Celebrity Cruise Line Ships where he spoke about aviation history. This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call the WACO Air Museum at 335-9226 or e-mail

Kelsey Bachman

Age: 11 Birthdate: Jan. 5. 2001 Parents: Kirk and Anita Bachman of Piqua Sibling: Colton Bachman Grandparents: Duane and Mary Jane Bachman of Piqua, Amelis Beeman of Piqua and the late Edward Beepolice, but nothing was man Kelsey Bachman missing from two of those reports. The third report stated a stereo, an amplifier and two speakers were stolen out of another vehicle.

Jan. 3 Suspicious: Police responded to the 1000 block of Elm Street after a woman called to report that she had a stalker and she saw someone standing in her yard. Police checked the area, but found nothing. Alarm: Police responded to Quality Forms, 4317 State Route 66, after an alarm at the business was sounded. There was an alarm malfunction. A key holder arrived on scene and reported recent problems regarding the system.

Ariana Lynn Basil Age: 11 Parents: Ben and Malissa Clouse and Norman Basil Siblings: Allen Thurmond, Jazlyn Persinger, Aaron and Abigail Clouse and Drei Basil Grandparents: Don and Lynn Shough, Jim and Tish Goodrich, all of Columbus, Michael Clouse of South Carolina, the late Dennis Basil Great-grandparents: Pat and Wayne Creson,

Ariana Lynn Basil Duane and Patti Campbell, all of Indiana and Alma Salvatore of Columbus


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Iowa voters see Romney as best bet BY ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won strong support Tuesday from Republicans seeking a candidate who can topple President Barack Obama in November’s elections, according to an entrance poll of GOP voters attending Iowa’s presidential caucuses. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, countered with solid backing from tea party supporters, religious voters and other conservatives. And Texas Rep. Ron Paul scored highly with young voters, independents and people concerned about huge federal budget deficits. The divisions helped explain a night in which Romney and Santorum were running neck and neck with Paul a close third and ahead of their three other competitors in the year’s first votes as Republicans started selecting their presidential nominee. Given a choice of four qualities they wanted in their party’s nominee, about 3 in 10 said they wanted someone who could defeat Obama this fall. Forty-nine percent of that group said they were backing Romney, more than twice as many as cited any other candidate. Santorum, whose candidacy surged in recent days while emphasizing family and faith, was leading among those seeking a candidate with strong moral character, with 39 percent picking him. Santorum and Paul, a libertarian, were running about evenly among those who said they wanted a true conservative as their standard bearer. Nearly 3 in 10 supporters of the conservative tea party movement were supporting Santorum, and about the same proportion of born-again or evangelical voters were also backing him. That gave Santorum a clear lead among both groups, important because each account for about 6 in 10 Iowa GOP caucus goers. Paul had the backing of 48 percent of voters under age 30 and nearly as many independents, giving him large leads in both categories. That could be good news for Paul in New Hampshire, where independents represented almost 4 in 10 voters in that state’s 2008 GOP presidential primary. Nearly a quarter of Iowa’s GOP voters Tuesday were independents, up from 2008, so their proportion in New Hampshire might grow this year as well. Asked the campaign’s top issue, about 4 in 10 named the economy. Romney led among that group with support from about a third of them, underscoring the appeal of his background running an investment company before entering politics and his emphasis during the campaign on his business experience. About a third of GOP caucus goers said they were most concerned about budget deficits, and 3 in 10 of them picked Paul, more than any of his rivals. Far fewer cited abortion or health care as their major concerns. Romney entered the caucuses widely viewed as the favorite to ultimately win his party’s nomination, and the opinions expressed by voters in Tuesday’s entrance poll underscored his strengths and weaknesses in the GOP contests ahead. Besides his perceived strength as an Obama opponent and among those worried about the economy, Romney was running ahead of his rivals among the 42 percent of Iowa caucus voters who were not born again or evangelical Christians. He was also doing well among those age 65 and up, people earning $100,000 annually or more and the 53 percent who said a business background was more important than government experience to be an effective president. Alan Fram covers politics for The Associated Press.

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Santorum’s voice underappreciated the unborn. This isn’t a mericans are “lookmilitant message, but a ing for a president loving one, even as its adwho believes in vocates feel that their misthem,” Rick Santorum said sion has become on the first day of his camincreasingly urgent. paign for the Republican This is in large part the nomination for president, message that Santorum and he’s repeated it many and his family carry with times since. them. With his eldest Santorum’s latter-day KATHRYN LOPEZ daughter taking time off surge in the run-up to the Columnist from college to work on the Iowa caucus is both well earned and ironic. He tirelessly labored in campaign, and his youngest daughter all counties of the state. And despite his Bella’s determination to live despite being rock-ribbed conservatism, which plays diagnosed “incompatible with life” more well with similarly minded caucus-goers, than three years ago as a constant source he is, in many ways, just what voters — of inspiration, his is a message about haptea partiers, occupiers of Wall Street, and piness, restoration and healing in our lives everyone in between — seem to uniformly and our culture — about the fullness of freedom and its preservation. recoil at: a Washington insider. Santorum has a hard-won wisdom that He did, after all, serve 16 years in Congress, in both the House and the Senate. only shows up in the long view. You can see He’s worked at a think tank (one of my snatches of it during the Republican prifaves, the Ethics and Public Policy Cen- mary debates, when he schools Ron Paul ter). But in his sweater vests (which have on foreign policy and America’s obligations taken on a Twitter account of their own), to its allies and its own self-defense. Sanhe speaks about policies that empower torum projects a self-confidence that is not working families and don’t leave the poor paternalistic, but straightforward and reout in the cold, or perpetually dependent spectful. He has the air of authority that on an unsustainable state. He points to comes with experience, and the refreshing the kind of populist style that resonates authenticity of a guy who is a happy father and husband, a guy who clearly misses his with people. And while the most radical activists for family while on the long campaign trail. Even while Santorum is ridiculed by certain social issues love to paint him as harsh, there’s compassion in his words the left for being a culture warrior, my own and views. As anyone who has ever made Facebook page experienced some firethe mistake of Googling his name knows, works the other day as he was blasted as Santorum, a former senator from Penn- a “pro-life fraud” for some endorsements sylvania, has been caricatured as some- he’s made over the years, the kind one can thing of a right-wing bogeyman for agree or disagree with but which also sugdecades, but his message is not a harsh gest some appreciation for forming alone. Take, for instance, his public profes- liances in an imperfect world — in other sion of faith. “We want leaders who un- words, for governing. His is the confidence of a man for whom derstand that faith is essential to the sustenance of democracy,” he told me ear- experience has helped generate optimism, lier this year, “that faith is an agent for the realistic sort that comes with knowlgood, that it protects the weak and de- edge of something greater than oneself fenseless, that it motives people to con- and one?s campaign, even one’s exceptional nation. As a person who has worked front injustice.” Leaders, in other words, who do not with him puts it: “He is a man who simply force religious charities to choose between loves his work, without an ounce of cynitheir principles and receiving the govern- cism. And I’ve never heard him say ‘no’ to ment funding they need to stay in busi- a request, schedule permitting. If it can be ness, leaders who don’t compel taxpayer done, he wants to do it.” We are not the ones we have been waitfunding of abortion and leaders who reing for. Nor is Santorum. Which is prespect the conscience rights of voters. New Yorkers gathered at the Church of cisely why he wakes up every day and the Holy Innocents on that church’s name- works, and why Iowa voters see something sake feast day to pray for the conversion of what they’d like to see in Washington of the hearts of political leaders; for young, (again) in him. scared mothers to have the courage to Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of seek out the necessary help to bring their children into the world and provide for National Review Online (www.nationalrethem; for the healing of those who have She can be contacted at been hurt by abortion; and for the lives of



Excerpts of recent editorials of interest from Ohio newspapers: Cincinnati Enquirer For the new year, Congress and President Barack Obama should resolve to tone down the rhetoric and start taking steps to whittle long-term debt. Stop the posturing but even if they can’t stop it during a presidential year, at least make some real decisions even as they posture for votes. We need consensus on the core problems behind those finances how much government spends on programs and how much it collects in taxes. There is middle ground such as curbs on the growth of entitlements coupled with broad tax reforms that increase revenue. Finding middle ground will be very difficult in such a polarized atmosphere. … … Every issue is couched not in terms of what’s the best policy for the nation, but in what maneuvers will benefit one party and embarrass the other. Little wonder that Congress has had a record low public approval rate this year as low as 9 percent and that Obama now loses to a “generic” Republican opponent in most opinion polls. Those reactions show that the public sees little commitment in Washington to solving problems. For 2012, those we elect to office must act more responsibly. And Americans, with the power of the voting booth behind them, should enforce that responsibility. ___ The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer When the Senate left Washington late last month, it also left a stack of pending judicial nominations so large it amounts to dereliction of duty. Right now, the federal bench has roughly 80 vacancies. More than a quarter of them could be filled with nominees who already have been cleared by the Judiciary Committee most with little or no opposition but have yet to receive a confirmation vote by the full Senate. You can blame calculated, partisan politics. As Richard Cordray can attest, Republicans have blocked qualified nominees of all sorts a practice that is unlikely to change in an election year. GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell pointedly pulled the plug on pre-holiday confirmation votes because, he said, the White House refused to promise not to make recess appointments short-term selections made while the Senate is on vacation, to avoid the confirmation process. Even worse, this fall has seen the return of partyline filibusters on judicial nominations a practice out of favor since the bipartisan Gang of 14’s 2005 intervention; at the time, it was minority Democrats thwarting the will of a Republican president and Senate majority.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 5 Strict mom wins New amusement park boss applause despite looks beyond big thrills teen’s complaints PIQUA DAILY CALL • WWW.DAILYCALL.COM

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DEAR ABBY: I was sure “Emotionally Abused in California’s” letter (Nov. 2) was inspirational, but fictional. The 15-year-old writer felt her mother was unreasonable because of the rules Mom enforced and the chores the teen was required to do. Then I started re-reading my high school diary. There were many parallels between this girl’s complaints and my own as a teen. My mom also didn’t let me go to parties if she didn’t know the parents and confirm they’d be home; my curfew was 11:30 p.m. on weekends because Mom couldn’t sleep until I was in for the night. She always offered to host Friday pizza-and-movie night at our home to ensure my friends and I had a safe place to hang out. Like “Emotionally Abused,” I also resented my lack of freedom, but because of her efforts, I never had run-ins with the law, never got an STD or became pregnant, and I didn’t try drugs or alcohol. When I expressed my frustration, Mom would say, “When you’re a parent, you’ll understand.” Now that I have two small children, I DO understand. I hit the Mom jackpot! I’m grateful for her guidance, love and the boundaries she set for me. I’ll be sending her that column and a copy of this letter to you as a thank-you for making decisions that kept me grounded and safe. — WON THE JACKPOT IN MICHIGAN


Advice how we function as a society in the future. — CONCERNED DAD IN LAS VEGAS DEAR ABBY: I am a teacher of many spoiled, lazy, irresponsible and incompetent students. If all parents were as dedicated in rearing their children as this teen’s mother, my job would be wonderful. She has the necessary parenting skills to mold her child into a responsible, productive and mature adult. She’s an awesome woman! — TEACHER IN NASHVILLE, GA.

DEAR ABBY: It’s about time parents raise their children appropriately. I grew up with much less than “Emotionally Abused,” but with more rules and restrictions. My mom divorced my physically abusive father when I was 3. There was no alimony or child support. Mom did it all on her own. She even went back to school to get a college degree. Parents are not meant to be their children’s BFF. They are responsible for raising their children with morals and social values. Welcome to the REAL world. — JACKSON, WIS., READER DEAR WON THE JACKPOT: When that DEAR ABBY: My l5letter hit print, I was overwhelmed with mail year-old daughter often from readers supporting gives me a hard time for my response and shar- being a diligent mom. I ing experiences that val- laughed out loud at your idated “Emotionally response and let her Abused’s” mom’s parent- read it. She said, “Wow, ing techniques. I took that’s totally US with special note of the re- the exception of Catholic sponses from teens, school.” She has started which I’ll share tomor- being nicer to me. row. Today, some com- Thanks, Abby, for validating my efforts to be a ments from adults: good mom. — DOING MY DEAR ABBY: It’s refreshing to know there BEST IN COLORADO are still parents who acDEAR READERS: tually care about how they raise their chil- To read a longer version dren. Bringing a child of this column, go to into this world is a tremendous responsibilDear Abby is written ity. It requires years of 24/7 vigilance, teaching by Abigail Van Buren, and love to produce a also known as Jeanne and was moral, loving and pro- Phillips, ductive pillar of our so- founded by her mother, ciety. Some parents Pauline Phillips. Write today do not take their Dear Abby at www.Dearresponsibility seriously. or P.O. Box How we raise our chil- 69440, Los Angeles, CA dren will directly affect 90069.

TOLEDO — Stuck in a dreary staff meeting this summer, the new president of the nation’s thirdbiggest amusement park chain decided to shake things up by taking everyone for a spin on one of the world’s fastest roller coasters. As they neared the coaster, a young woman noticed an executive wearing a tie and somewhat jokingly asked if he could get her group to the front of the line. “As a matter of fact, I can,” Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.’s Matthew Ouimet told her. “It just made my day, and it made theirs,” he said. Ouimet, who was named Cedar Fair’s president this summer and adds the chief executive post this week, wants to bring more such magical moments to the company’s parks in the Midwest and along both coasts. He knows how to do it after spending 17 years managing Walt Disney Co.’s resorts, theme parks and cruise line. He sees adding more rides that entire families can enjoy together and using technology to better connect with guests before they arrive and once they’re inside the parks. And there might be a few surprises added along the way. “We’ve always got to be known for great thrills,” Ouimet said in a recent interview. “It has served us well. But I also want to be known for great connections, and that this is where families come together.” Once a regional amusement park chain, Cedar Fair has become an industry giant with 17 amusement and water parks, including Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio and Knott’s Berry Farm near Los Angeles. It also has five hotels near its parks. Its parks are known for big roller coasters and kiddie rides themed to the “Peanuts” comic strip characters. Cedar Fair drew a record 22 million visitors in 2010 and is expected to announce even larger numbers for 2011, mainly because more people are


This undated photo provided by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. shows Matthew Ouimet. Ouimet, the incoming chief executive of the nation’s third biggest amusement park chain, wants to bring a little Disney magic to the company’s parks in the Midwest and along both coasts. Ouimet spent 17 years managing Disney’s resorts, theme parks and cruise line. looking for fun close to home. “If during a recession were doing record attendance, there’s still something very solid about the product,” Ouimet said. He came to the company in June to replace Richard Kinzel, who retired after running Cedar Fair for 25 years. He’s spent the last six months getting to know the Sandusky-based company’s staff and its properties. “The vast majority of our guests come from within 300 miles,” he said. “They grew up with these parks. They want it to be as good as they remember when they were kids.” His philosophy is fairly simple: Open the gates and rides on time; keep the park is clean; and make sure the employees are friendly. “You never lose focus that it’s the people who work in the park who are most important to your success,” Ouimet said. “If it’s a choice between having a great roller coaster or a great team, I’ll take a great team.” One of the first new

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■ Contract Bridge — By Steve Becker

The vicissitudes of fortune

It has been said that bridge has all the excitement of war, with only 10 percent of the danger. But in some hands, even the 10 percent can be re-

duced to zero, as witness this deal played in four hearts. East won the spade lead with the ace and returned a spade to South’s king. Declarer drew two rounds of trumps ending in his hand and then led a low diamond to the jack. East took the queen and returned a spade, ruffed by South. Declarer now cashed the A-K of diamonds, hoping the suit would divide 3-3, in which case he would discard a club from dummy on his fourth diamond. But when the diamonds failed to break evenly and East later turned up

moves under his direction will come in January when a new online platform will make it easier to buy tickets and daily parking passes and find information for Cedar Fair’s four biggest parks. Sites for the rest of the parks will go live before their seasons open. The company also is looking at how to reach visitors through their smartphones while they are in the park. “I can tell you which lines are shorter, where Snoopy is,” Ouimet said. “You will have a better experience if we can get you better information.” Cedar Fair’s formula in recent years has been to develop its parks by adding big steel coasters to bring in crowds. The drawback, Ouimet said, is that they aren’t attractions an entire family can ride. “The biggest gap we have, or opportunity, is to find rides or shows that everybody enjoys,” he said. “That’s what Disney pulls off very well.” Focusing on more than big thrills is a smart move,

said Dennis Spiegel, a theme-park consultant who is president of Cincinnati-based International Theme Park Services Inc. “There’s more to this business than roller coasters,” he said. “Because when you attend as a family, you spend as a family.” Spiegel, who helped build several of the parks Cedar Fair now owns, said Ouimet will bring a broad vision to Cedar Fair and expects him to emphasize “doing the little things nobody does better than Disney.” Ouimet wants to create some surprises in the parks, starting this summer. That might mean seeing more costumed characters or finding unexpected performers pop up in the parks. Some will be announced while others will be hidden finds. “It’s not always what you expected that you remember. It’s what you came across,” Ouimet said. While with Disney, he oversaw the financial management of its resort, theme park and corporate real estate projects in CalFlorida and ifornia, France. He later became president of the cruise line and Disneyland Resort. Ouimet also spent two years as president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts before leaving the company in 2008. It’s doubtful that Cedar Fair will be building any hotels soon, he said, even though it has plenty of room around several parks, including Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.; Kings Dominion, near Richmond, Va.; and Carowinds, in Charlotte, N.C. That’s mainly because the company still has a heavy debt of about $1.5 billion lingering from its acquisition of Paramount Parks Inc. in 2006. Instead, Ouimet would rather partner with existing hotels and develop the company’s land with campgrounds and other attractions. The goal is to get people to stay a second day, making for more spending and a more relaxed visit. “The world is more complicated and stressful than we want it to be,” Ouimet said. “I’m successful if you’re smiling and laughing.”

with the ace of clubs, South had to go down one. Certainly South was unlucky. He would have made the contract if West had held the queen of diamonds, if the diamonds had divided 3-3, or if West had held the ace of clubs. Nevertheless, declarer should have made the contract despite his bad luck. He should have started by drawing trumps ending in dummy, ruffed dummy’s last spade and then led a low diamond to dummy’s eight! East would win with the ten but would be endplayed. Whatever he returned —

whether a diamond, a club or a spade (if he had one) — would cost his side a trick, as well as the contract. Nor could West alter the outcome by putting up the nine on the first diamond lead toward dummy. Declarer would simply cover the nine with the jack, and East would again find himself endplayed. Indeed, regardless of the actual lie of the opposing cards, the deep diamond finesse reduces declarer’s chances of losing the contract to zero. Tomorrow: Test your play.

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Yahoo names PayPal exec as its CEO BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer

State Representative Lynn Wachtmann testifies during a Health, Human Services & Aging Committee hearing about H.B. 125, also known as the heartbeat bill, Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Columbus.

‘Heartbeat’ bill sponsor clarifies some confusion so I just take responsibility for it because it’s my bill.” His letter also contained legal background about the revisions from David Forte, a law professor at Cleveland State University who helped write the heartbeat measure. Forte said the revisions were born out of conversations he had with senators, who he said wanted to strengthen the legislation. Asked whether the office mix-up caused the Senate leader to suspend hearings, Wachtmann said, “In the end, I’m not 100 percent sure. But I wanted to clarify what happened and why it happened.” Wachtmann said he had a “positive” conversation with Niehaus about the bill before Christmas. Some suggested revisions would align the bill with other abortion measures and court rulings. One adjustment clarifies that a physician should use appropriate means of detecting the heartbeat, not a specific test. Physicians would be required to note the method, date and time of the test, and results on the woman’s medical records. The heartbeat bill passed the Republicancontrolled Ohio House in June. It had been stalled in the GOP-led Senate for months, until initial hearings got under way in the beginning of December. Supporters of the Ohio measure hope to provoke a legal challenge and overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. The ruling upheld a woman’s right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually at 22 to 24 weeks. The fate of the heartbeat measure remains unclear. Niehaus said in a recent interview with the AP that he’s asked Senate health committee members to review the amendments, and recommend what to do next with the bill. Gov. John Kasich, an abortion opponent, has not indicated whether he would sign the bill.

The company logo is displayed at Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. COLUMBUS — The Yahoo Inc., confirmed Wednesday, it has picked PayPal chief Scott Thompson as sponsor of an Ohio bill its next CEO. that would impose the naeral potential suitors, in- “Payments and ads are in more than three years. tion’s most stringent aborcluding China’s Alibaba not the same thing,” he Yahoo stock price stood at tion limit has taken Group, which may part- said. $15.85, down 44 cents in responsibility for some ner with private equity While PayPal was ex- Wednesday’s afternoon confusion over proposed changes to the measure firms in a joint bid. tending its lead in online trading. Wednesday’s announce- payment processing, Despite his misgivings that caused hearings on ment signals that Yahoo Yahoo’s revenue has been about Thomson’s online the bill to be suspended is not looking to sell the dwindling at a time when advertising inexperience, last month. A Dec. 15 letter written entire company. advertisers have been Gillis applauded the exby state Rep. Lynn WachtBartz, too, was hired to funneling more money ecutive for a “a good run” sheds new light on mann help turn Yahoo around into the Internet. Ana- at PayPal. the sudden hold that was but she had no experi- lysts estimate Yahoo’s “He’s certainly going to put on the divisive legislaence in Internet advertis- revenue totaled $5 billion have an opportunity to tion dubbed the “hearting — Yahoo’s main last year, down from $7 prove himself,” he said, beat bill.” Backers had revenue source. This im- billion in 2007. Thanks adding that it “remains to it was headed tobelieved mediately raised doubts largely to cost-cutting be seen how desirable ward passage before the about her qualifications. measures imposed by this job was. Thompson, 54, also Bartz, Yahoo has become “Whoever steps in this holiday break. In the letter obtained lacks any background in more profitable. Analysts role is not going to have by The Associated Press, media or online advertis- estimate Yahoo earned an easy time,” Gillis said. told the Wachtmann ing. He was PayPal’s chief nearly $1.1 billion last Yahoo’s stock fell 38 leader of the Ohio Senate technology officer before year, up from $660 mil- cents, or 2.3 percent, to that “miscommunication” he became the payment lion in 2007. $15.91 in morning tradservice’s president four But the lack of revenue ing following the an- with his office resulted in the revisions reaching years ago. Under Thomp- growth has disappointed nouncement. son’s leadership, PayPal’s investors, a letdown that Shares of eBay, mean- only the vice chairman of revenue more than dou- has been aggravated by while, dropped $1.21, or the Senate’s health combled, rising from $1.9 bil- Yahoo’s squandered op- 3.9 percent, to $30.13. mittee, and not the chairlion in 2008 to an portunity to sell the en- Gillis, though, said man who was conducting estimated $4.4 billion tire company to Microsoft Thompson’s departure the hearings. “I would like to take full last year. Corp. for $47.5 billion, or won’t hurt eBay. responsibility for the conBut Thomson will be $33 per share, in May “PayPal is much bigger fusion that has recently grappling with a much 2008. Microsoft withdrew than any one individual,” ensued with respect to the different business at that offer when Yahoo he said. “Some new blood amendments offered for Yahoo, said BGC Part- balked, and Yahoo shares may even help reinvigobill, and I apologize this ners analyst Colin Gillis. haven’t traded above $20 rate it.” for any inconvenience,” wrote Wachtmann, a You’re invited Napoleon Republican. AP obtained a copy of his letter through a public records request. Senate President Tom TIPP CITY — The theme for the January luncheon Niehaus halted hearings after losing his first bid for of the Troy-Tipp Women’s Connection is “A Journey of on the bill on the last a Life Time.” Georgia’s governor in 1966, The group will meet from 12-1:45 p.m. Jan. 11, at scheduled day of the 2011 and said his wife Rosalynn legislative session, saying went through a rough the First Baptist Church on the Corner of Tipp lawmakers needed more patch when he lost to Cowlesville Road/Evanston Road, Tipp City. The feature will be Kimberly Dunn of Covington. time to weigh the roughly Ronald Reagan in 1980. 20 amendments proposed Music will be presented by Pat Trostle of Troy. But he said he retrenched by bill supporters. Speaker will be Sandi Lemmon from Toledo on “Conduring those dark times Niehaus, a New Richmond and worked to remind him- fessions of a Work-a-holic.” Republican, had said the A complimentary nursery will be provided if reself of the role religion has quested. Nursery is located at the Nazarene Church “eleventh hour” changes to played in his life. the bill were creating un“If there is no basis for on State Route 55 near I-75. certainty about an already All ladies are invited to attend the luncheon, cost is our faith … then how do we account for the presence of $12.50 inclusive. Reservations must be made by Sat- contentious issue. The heartbeat bill Jesus Christ in hundreds of urday by calling Nancy at 339-7859 or Joan at 335would outlaw abortions at millions of lives across the 3001. the first detectable fetal globe?” he wrote in the Women’s Connection’s are affiliated with Stonecroft book. “How could Jesus still Ministries, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. heartbeat — sometimes as be alive to me? How could There are no dues for membership and all ladies are early as six weeks into pregnancy. so many hearts be touched welcome to enjoy a relaxing time out. Wachtmann said in an and minds stimulated by Jesus to seek ultimate interview the purpose of truths about life and the his letter was to set the world around us?” record straight about His book casts some poFLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist where the suggested litical debates with reli- Church will offer a free class at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. amendments originated. gious overtones. 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Olympians of Science

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‘Tis the season...for exams




To the average person, science isn’t exactly fun. For those of us that think otherwise, there is Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad is an awesome way to put your knowledge and application skills of science to the test. Science Olympiad is an academic competition where students face off in events pertaining to a specific, scientific subject. There are more than 20 events in each tournament, ranging from earth science, physics, chemistry, and biology to computers and technology. Sister Ginny and Tracy Hall coach the Science Olympiad team at Lehman. Both teachers have their own specific events they help coach. Hall deals primarily with environmental sciences and biology events, whereas Sister Ginny helps coach the engineering and chemistry events. Each event they coach takes a great deal of dedication by the students as well as themselves. Each event has a weekly meeting to help practice for the tournament events. Volunteers from the community also help with the coaching, including Jim Hemm, Gary Schultz, Kim and Steve Wenning, and Don Carnes. These people all work professionally in science or engineering fields. “Science Olympiad allows me to challenge myself through intense scientific workouts and to apply science to everyday life,” Kane Pickrel said. Lehman has had a fine run in the state tournament over the past several years, and expects the same this year. With many brilliant minds on this year’s team, we should be a serious threat in all of our competitions.

Now that the holidays are over, it is time for the dreaded semester exams. Christmas break was supposed to be a time to spend with family and friends, enjoying a much needed rest and relaxation from the pressures of school. For most students at Lehman, we didn’t have that opportunity, because we were worried about studying for the exams that soon follow the short lived break. Just as quickly as Christmas was here and gone, so will be the end of the semester. Unfortunately, the timing of exams affects both the students taking them and the teachers who have to prepare the tests and their students for success. There have been a few years that exams were taken before Christmas break so there were no worries after the school bell rang on the official last school day of the year. There are pros and cons to having the exams at the beginning of the New Year. Most students would rather have exams before the break so there is more time to spend with friends doing what high school kids do, such as sledding, going to the movies, or just hanging out with each other. Nevertheless, break is over and now exams are upon us. Students have many different techniques on how they prepare. Erin Looney is one who has diligently studied during break. She has organized note cards that are color coordinated by class, which shows that she is truly dedicated to study. Other students took the word “break” literally. Senior Ben Weber enjoyed his full holiday break and waited to study until after classes resumed, leaving only a few days to cram. Semester exams are scheduled for Jan. 11-13.

A school without cheerleaders is a school without spirit. Cheerleaders may be overlooked, but they bring that pride, enthusiasm, and most of all spirit to every school. Lehman cheerleaders do just that! This winter the Lehman cheerleaders will be involved with many different things such as basketball cheer, competition, and spirit activities. The JV basketball squad consists of: Stephany McEldowney, Meghan Burner, Shannon Looney, Abby O’ Connell, and Lauren Vanderhorst. The Varsity squad consists of Nicole Larger, MacKenzie Brown, Emily Bensman, Madilyn Brown, Samantha Grise, Kaitlyn Schutte, and Lauren Goettemoeller. They are involved with Junior Cavs, pep-rallies, basketball team treats, decorating the school, and promoting this year’s theme, “Welcome to the Ice Box,” inspired by Coach Ice. The two squads went to a summer Ohio State camp and have endless amounts of practices to prepare for the season. Coach Melissa Safreed said, “For this basketball season our goal is to raise as much spirit as possible and to fill the Ice Box. The competition squad consists of MacKenzie Brown, Nicole Larger, Masie Sherman, Emily Bensman, Madilyn Brown, Lauren Goettemiller, Kaitlyn Schutte, Samantha Grise, Meghan Burner, Shannon Looney, and Lauren Vanderhorst. They have one competition in January, two in February, and one in March. The final goal for this year’s competition squad is for all of their hard work and preparation to get them to State and Nationals. Last year’s squad was named National Champion for Americheer Great Lakes Open Nationals in Chicago. “I am excited for this year’s competition season. We are off to a great start and should finish the season in the same way, “ Larger said. No mater wht the cheerleaders do, they love to do it with spirit. This winter will be a great time with all of the fun activities and getting the school fired up for the basketball season.

(Goodwin)ning! BY MARIA YANNUCCI If you have ever walked by the gym between 3-5 p.m., then you have heard the shouts of Lady Cavs Basketball Head Coach Gene Goodwin. While it is true that he is known by his yelling, it is only a result of true love of the game. “I only yell to encourage the girls to be as good as I know they can be and so they can reach their true potential,” said Goodwin. If you ask the girls on the team, this is apparent to them. “Yea, we may get annoyed when he yells at us, but what coach doesn’t yell?” said senior Katie Williams. “In the end, we know he just wants us to get better.” Coach Goodwin was the assistant varsity coach to Coach Mark Lindenauer the last couple years and has filled the head coaching spot very nicely. While installing many new plays and defenses, his philosophy has always been “keep it simple.” He has done just that. With the absence of intricate and involved plays, the players are allowed to focus and improvise. Although the team this year is small, Coach Goodwin has taken what he has and run with it. Because of his leadership, the program is evolving into something respectable. This was proven early in the season by their heartfelt competition with Minster, the No. 1 team in the state, losing only by five points. The team obviously has respect for Goodwin and trusts him. He is always open to input and new ideas. This has brought the Lady Cavs to new levels and they hope to have a promising season. Best of luck Coach Goodwin and girls basketball.

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Piqua Catholic filled with optimism as new year starts PIQUA — The New Year at Piqua Catholic School is filled with optimism for continued success and gratitude for community support in all the school does. Students and staff extend a heartfelt thank you and look forward to another year of collaboration to benefit the school and community as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. • The smiles of happiness and gratitude said it all. Members of the Piqua Catholic Junior Optimist club know their annual efforts to bring joy to the children at the Kids Learning Place are appreciated. The seventh and eighth graders presented over two hundred gifts they carefully selected, purchased and wrapped for the youngsters. After Santa handed out

LIZ ROBBINS Director of Involvement and Development for Piqua Catholic School the gifts the students spent time with the children playing with their new toys. The group has been sponsoring this party for more than 25 years. • The Junior Optimist Club will continue to sell dog licenses this month. Licenses are sold at the Miami Valley Centre on Friday nights from

6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from noon until 2 p.m. • Residents at the Covington Care Center are looking forward to more visits with Piqua Catholic students. Sixth and third graders interact with the older generation to learn about how life has changed over the years. They also spend time playing games, performing plays, singing and sharing a snack. Thanks to a Piqua Community Foundation Grant the children and residents have a collection of new board games to enjoy. • Congratulations to Piqua Catholic’s Spelling Bee champion and runner-up. Fifth grader Madison Heffelfinger, daughter of Chad and Kelly Heffelfinger of Piqua, im-

pressed her classmates will her spelling talents. The runner-up title goes to eighth grade student Jack Wright, son of John and Deborah Wright of Piqua. Good luck as you advance to the next round at the Piqua City Spelling Bee later this month. • Piqua Catholic is preparing for its seventeenth annual Daily Drawing. Each ticket is eligible to win a $20 cash prize each week day when the drawing takes place. The winning ticket is returned to the hopper making it possible for all entrants to win multiple times. Two special drawings are held for Christmas and Easter. Organizers say the real winners are the students at Piqua Catholic School who are sup-

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ported with this fundraiser. • Thank you to the K-12 Gallery for bringing a wonderful, artistic, after-school enrichment program to Piqua Catholic School. Students are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity while gaining a greater appreciation for art (perhaps without realizing it). This opportunity is supported by grant money awarded by the Piqua Community Foundation. • Piqua Catholic is looking for its alumni and their families, and former employees to help celebrate its silver anniversary. Please contact the school to be a part of this “milestone of success” and related activities and the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates.

Piqua City Schools News The Covington Elementary School held its annual Spelling Bee in December. Fifth-grader Gray Harshbarger, left, took first place when correctly spelling the word “laborious.” First-grader Morgan Pridemore received second place. Harshbarger will represent Covington Elementary at the Miami County Spelling Bee, which will be held later this month.


PIQUA — The following events are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • Attention Piqua Alumni: Show your Piqua pride by keeping in touch with your alma mater and former classmates. Go to and click on the “Our Community” tab and select “Alumni.” You will find the registration screen to share information and communicate with former classmates. • The Piqua Board of Education Organizational Meeting for 2012 will be held at 4 p.m. today in the media center at Piqua High School. • Congratulations to Piqua Junior High School students Justin Kerrigan and Jordan Schneider. Justin, a seventh grade student, was the winner of the PJHS Spelling Bee. Jordan, also a seventh grader, was runner-up. The Piqua Citywide Spelling Bee will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Piqua High School CPA. One winner and runner-up will be chosen to represent Piqua in the countywide spelling bee.




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Obama Continued from page 1 on his opponents, Obama sought to make a splash as the one fighting for the rights of the little guy. Presidents of both parties long have gotten around a stalled confirmation by naming a nominee to a job when the Senate is on a break through a process known as a recess appointment. But Obama went further by squeezing in his appointment during a break between rapid Senate sessions this week, an unusual move that the GOP called an arrogant power grab. The White House said what the Senate was doing gaveling in and out of session every few days solely to avoid being in recess was a sham. Obama’s aides said the president would not be stopped by a legislative gimmick, even though it was Senate Democrats who began the practice to halt President George W. Bush’s appointments. “When Congress refuses to act, and as a result hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them,” Obama said from Ohio, a state vital to Obama’s re-election bid. Consumer groups hailed Obama’s decision; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce balked and warned it was so legally shaky that the consumer bureau’s work may be compromised. The response from Republicans was blistering. The top Senate Republican, Minority Leader


President Barack Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray at Shaker Heights High School on Wednesday, in Shaker Heights. In a defiant display of executive power, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will buck GOP opposition and name Cordray as the nation's chief consumer watchdog. Outraged Republican leaders in Congress suggested that courts would determine the appointment was illegal. Mitch McConnell, said tion goes beyond the pres- pointment, the fight place can the consumer Obama had “arrogantly ident’s authority, and I ex- speaks to the heart of a bureau keep “dishonest” circumvented the Ameri- pect the courts will find presidential campaign mortgage companies, paycan people” and endan- the appointment to be ille- under way. day lenders, debt collectors gered the nation’s systems gitimate.” Obama is presiding over and others from harming of checks and balances. Mitt Romney, a leading a troubled but improving consumers, Obama said. Republican Sen. Orrin Republican presidential economy. To try to win over Speaking from a high Hatch of Utah called it a candidate, accused Obama voters, he is employing two school in the Cleveland “very grave decision by of displaying “Chicago- strategies: in-your-face pol- suburb of Shaker Heights, this heavy-handed, auto- style politics at its worst.” itics against a Congress Obama said Republicans cratic White House.” It was not immediately held in low public regard, were only blocking CorAnd House Speaker clear who might file a suit and a campaign pitch that dray because they wanted John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the matter. Most likely, he would represent the to water down consumer said: “It’s clear the presi- a private party regulated crunched middle class bet- protections. dent would rather trample by the consumer agency ter than any of the RepubRepublican senators our system of separation would have the legal licans he would face. have called the consumer of powers than work with standing. The Cordray appoint- bureau too powerful and Republicans to move the More than a standoff ment fits both. unaccountable, and held country forward. This ac- over one significant apOnly with a director in off on Cordray’s bid as a

Pentagon to unveil plan guiding big cuts Obama seeks to scale back defense budget BY ROBERT BURNS Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is rewriting its defense strategy to absorb hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goal of being ready to fight two wars simultaneously. Underscoring the political dimension of Washington’s debate over defense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday to outline the new strategy. The administration says tighter budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition after a decade at war. In a presidential election year the strategy gives Obama a rhetorical tool to defend his Pentagon budget-cutting choices. Re-

publican contenders for the White House already have criticized Obama on a wide range of national security issues, including missile defense, Iran and planned reductions in ground forces. Obama also wants the new strategy to mark a turning point in his stewardship of defense policy, which has been burdened throughout his presidency by the wars he inherited and their drag on the budget. The strategy, to be outlined at a news conference also attended by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs chairman, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, is not expected to radically alter defense priorities. It may set the stage, however, for expected cutbacks in Europe and big weapons programs. It also will move the U.S. further from its longstanding goal of being able to successfully fight two major regional wars like the 1991 Gulf War to evict Iraqi forces from Kuwait or a prospective ground war in Korea at the same time. This takes into account a

German man charged in L.A. arson fires LOS ANGELES (AP) A German man was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson in connection with a rash of fires that terrorized Los Angeles over the New Year’s weekend. Harry Burkhart, 24, was charged with 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure, District Attorney Steve Cooley said. The complaint alleged the arson was caused by the use of a device designed to accelerate the fire. Court documents revealed an incendiary device was placed under the engine area of cars. More charges could be filed when Burkhart returns to court for arraignment on Jan. 24. He was ordered held on $2.85 million bail and could face several dozen years in prison if convicted. “The amount of harm he did to the psyche of the citizens of these particular communities and all of Los Angeles County, I think it merits a life term,” Cooley said.

bigger focus on immediate threats like cyber warfare and terrorism. The administration and Congress already are trimming defense spending to reflect the closeout of the Iraq war and the drawdown in Afghanistan. The massive $662 billion defense budget planned for next year is $27 billion less than Obama wanted and $43 billion less than Congress gave the Pentagon this year. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Wednesday that Obama was closely involved in the defense strategy review, meeting six times since September with top defense officials, including Panetta and Dempsey. Vietor said the review established priorities to ensure that defense spending reductions are “surgical.” As for Obama’s decision to make a personal appearance at the Pentagon, Vietor said, “It’s a sign of how personally engaged he is in this process and the level of importance he puts in shaping our priorities for the next decade.”

means to get changes. Cordray essentially starts right away, although his nomination will become official later in the week, the White House said. He is expected to serve until at least the end of 2013, which is the end of the Senate’s next session. In plowing ahead, the White House had to contend with some uncomfortable history. Just last year, a lawyer from Obama’s Justice Department said the office’s view was that recess appointments could only come during legislative breaks of more than three days. That doesn’t match up with what Obama did with Cordray, since the Senate was technically just in session on Tuesday. The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid of Nevada, said in 2007 he would keep the Senate in “pro forma” sessions to block Bush from making an end run around the Senate and the Constitution with controversial nominations. That’s exactly what Obama’s White House now calls a gimmick. Yet on Wednesday, Reid came out in support of what Obama did. As a senator in 2005, Obama opposed the recess nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying at the time that a representative who couldn’t get through a Senate confirmation would be “damaged goods” with less Obama credibility. spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was just talking about the merits of the Bolton pick.

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Julia Gonyer, left, poses with her father, Richard Stiff, and her daughter, Kourtney Gonyer, at their home in Sylvania Township on Monday. All three were born on Jan. 4, as was Marshall Stiff, Richard's late father. Richard Stiff holds a photo of himself with his father Marshall and daughter Julia, taken when they were celebrating their birthday in 1995. All four family members arrived on Jan. 4 through unscheduled, natural births.

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to sail around world BY MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile — An 84-yearold Ohio man making his seventh attempt to sail alone around the tip of South America was found tired but alive by the Chilean Navy on Wednesday after his mast broke far from land in the South Pacific. The Chilean Navy located Thomas Louis Corogin on his 32-foot sailboat more than 520 miles south of Easter Island, stranded but in relatively stable weather, with ocean swells of about 15 feet. Corogin activated his emergency beacon on Tuesday morning, prompting the Navy to send out an Orion

search and rescue plane, which searched a vast expanse of ocean. The plane had to return to Easter Island and refuel before going out again and spotting the tiny boat, Navy spokesman Capt. Jorge Bastias said. The Navy then arranged for a Japanese merchant ship, the White Kingdom, to pluck Corogin off the vessel, and its captain reported that he was in good health. The Navy said the White Kingdom, with Corogin on board, was en route to Chile and probably would arrive at Valparaiso on Saturday. Corogin, a lawyer who runs a small marina in Port Clinton, Ohio, set sail from Easter Island on Dec. 27. The broken mast wasn’t his only mishap during this adventure: He had sent an email saying he was briefly hospitalized in Ecuador with

a cut to his leg, said friend and fellow sailor Jack Majszak. “Tom is the most unique person I’ve ever met,” said Majszak, who invited Corogin to lecture to his Modern Sailing School and Club in Sausalito, Calif., last year after meeting with him in the Panama Canal. Majszak described Corogin as an experienced sailor and storyteller he even wrote a spy novel, “Agape” who felt comfortable on his Westsail32, a boat known for its stability more than its speed. “He should be fine. It’s a very stable boat,” Majszak said. “The 15-foot swells shouldn’t be too bad as long as they don’t come too quickly. If he battens up the hatches and goes down below the boat will bob like a cork and he should be fine. As long as he’s not seriously hurt, that’s the key.”












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INSIDE ■ Bengals quarterback misses practice, page 14. ■ Michigan wins Sugar Bowl, page 15.


IN BRIEF ■ Bowling

FM edges Cavs

Piqua teams split matches The Piqua bowling teams split matches with Norhtmont Tuesday. The boys lost 2,5-382,118. Zach Gephart led Piqua with games of 226 and 171, while Brandon Devaudriul had games of 180 and 209. Lee Small rolled games of 190 and 195 and Josh Homer added games of 187 and 191. Piqua had Baker games of 167 and 149. The girls won 1,8721,497. Michaelia Baker led Piqua with games of 166 and 172, while Shae Doll rolled games of 176 and 159. Hayley Ryan folled a 136 with a 197, while Haley Huebner had a 157 and Natalie Thobe had a 144. Piqua had Baker games of 155 and 161. The Indians will bowl at Vandalia-Butler Friday at Marian Lanes.

Houston loses ‘alarm’ game

■ Basketball

PC boys beat Holy Rosary ST. MARYS — The Piqua Catholic eighth grade boys basketball team improved to 6-2 with a 59-50 win over Holy Rosary. Colton Bachman had 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, six steals and four blocked shots, while Bradley Hohlbein had 10 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Stephen Monnin had five steals, one rebound and one assist while Zack Scott had three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Jared Brandt added three steals, two rebounds and one assist. Piqua Catholic shot 53 percent from the floor.


Ryan Hughes is coming off a strong game against Greenville, grabbing nine rebounds.

Something to play for Piqua looks to stay perfect in North BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

There is a lot at stake for the Piqua boys basketball team Friday night when the Indians 3-5 (2-0) travel to Sidney 0-8 (0-3) PIQUA CATHOLIC SCORING Bachman 30, Hohlbein 10, Schutt 9, in a GWOC North O’Leary 2, Pickrel 2, Brandt 2, Monnin 2, matchup. Smith 2. Not only is it a rivalry game, the Indians need a way to stay in a share of first in the GWOC North with Troy. The Bradford junior high “It is a bit of a rivalry girls basketball teams split game,” Piqua coach Heath two games with Miami Butler said. “It is nice East. when you go to the GWOC The seventh grade lost website and see us at the 27-26, with Mandi Bates top of the standings.” scoring 16 points. The eighth grade won 27-23, with Kenzie Weldy pouring in 19 points.

Bradford JH splits games


GWOC North Conf. Overall Team Troy 3-0 6-1 Piqua 2-0 3-5 2-1 4-3 Vandalia-Butler Trotwood-Madison 1-1 1-1 Greenville 0-3 1-7 0-3 0-8 Sidney Friday’s Games Piqua at Sidney Troy at Vandalia-Butler Trotwood-Madison at Springboro

But, Butler knows things will not come easy Friday night — and he is not fooled by Sidney’s record. “They have played a tough GWOC schedule,” he said. “They have played some tough games like Springboro. See PIQUA/Page 14 Taylor Wellbaum leads the Indians in scoring.

SIDNEY — Lehman looked to be in control, up 11 at the half and 13 in the third quarter, but Franklin Monroe gradually chipped away and, on a Travis Feitshans layup with nine seconds remaining, the Jets pulled out a 38-37 win Tuesday night at Lehman. Lehman falls to 5-3 on the season while F-M improves to 6-2 with its sixth straight win. After a back-and-forth opening period that saw four lead changes, there were three more to open the second quarter, the final being a Trey Mong basket that gave Franklin Monroe a 12-11 advantage. James Rego, though, put the Cavaliers back in front on their next possession and after Alex Baker connected on a jumper, the margin grew to 17-12 on two Drew Westerheide free throws with 3:19 left in the period. Lehman then used the three-ball to go up 27-16 at the break as Conner Richard connected on one from the left wing and Westerheide followed with an NBA three from the right wing in the closing seconds. The Cavaliers shot 36 percent from the field in the first half and were five of six at the foul line while the Jets shot just 23 percent and were two of seven from the stripe. A fast-break layup from Solomon King-White and a Ben Thieman basket gave Lehman its biggest lead of the night at 33-20 with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter, but Franklin Monroe started its comeback from there, scoring the final seven points of the stanza, the last four by Feitshans, to only trail by six. A Feitshans layup and later free throw cut the deficit to three, but the Cavaliers went back up five twice as Westerheide See BOYS/Page 14

Long night in Troy for Lady Indians

BRADFORD SCORING Seventh Grade Hart 4, Bates 16, Booker 2, Brewer 4. Eighth Grade Moore 2, Adkins 2, Weldy 19, Roberts 4.


Trojans pull away in second half BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

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QUOTED "Oh yeah, definitely, by far. By far." —A.J. Green on Wednesday being the coldest weather for practice


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TROY — For much of the first half, Piqua stayed within striking distance of Troy. But, two Chelsey Sakal bombs at critical times gave the Lady Trojans a double-digit lead and it turned into an onslaught in the third quarter in a 55-24 win over the Lady Indians. After struggling to score early and falling behind 70, a jumper by Maddie Hilleary and drive by Hannah Mowery had Piqua within 8-4 late in the first quarter before Sakal buried a three.

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In the second quarter, Piqua was within 16-9 after a putback by Tasha Potts with 2:22 remaining in the half. But, after a free throw by Shelby Schultz, Sakal buried another three from the corner in the final minute to make it 20-9 at the break. “We tried to stay close,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. “Chelsey Sakal hit a couple threes that really hurt us. We wanted to keep a hand in her face and she was able to hit a couple at big times.” Troy then scored the first 16 points of the second half, before a Potts basket with 2:40 remaining in the quarter got

Piqua within 36-11. The advantage was 4312 at the end of the quarter and Piqua never recovered. “Things just didn’t go our way,” Hoke said. “But, the good thing was the kids kept playing hard the whole game. They never quit.” Potts led Piqua with six points, while Shelby Vogler grabbed five rebounds. Tori Merrell had 12 to lead a balanced Troy attack. Sakal and Schultz scored 10 points each, while Kristen Wood added nine. Todda Norris grabbed See GIRLS/Page16



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Dalton misses practice Rookie has experience advantage over Yates


Andy Dalton missed another practice Wednesday.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton missed practice on Wednesday with the flu, leaving backup Bruce Gradkowski to run the Bengals offense during sub-freezing another workout at Paul Brown Stadium. Coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton should be back on Thursday. He's expected to play Saturday at Houston's Reliant Stadium, where he's never lost. The second-round pick grew up in the suburbs and played two games there in high school and another for TCU. The Bengals (9-7) will be trying to get their first playoff win since the 1990 season when they play the Texans. Reliant Stadium has a retractable roof, so weather won't be an issue. The challenge is to stay healthy until then. The temperature was 22 with a wind chill of 14 degrees when they hit the field on Tuesday. On Tuesday night, rookie receiver A.J. Green from Georgia tweeted: "It was so cold at practice today ... I couldn't feel my toes." Not a whole lot better on Wednesday, with a temperature of 35 degrees and a wind chill of 27 when practice ended. Players wore hoods under their helmets to try to stay warm.

Will McCoy be back at QB for Browns? Shurmur doesn’t make it clear BEREA — Get ready for another quarterback competition in Browns training camp next summer. And while keeping score on that battle, prepare for one at running back. Coach Pat Shurmur opened the question-andanswer question of season-ended press conference Tuesday by saying the “best quarterback” will start the 2012 season, but whether that means Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, a veteran signed in free agency, one acquired by trade or one picked up in the draft he wouldn’t say. The Browns go into the draft with the fourth pick in the first round, an undetermined pick belonging to the playoff-bound Falcons late in the first and the fifth pick in the second round. “We need to develop all the players, (McCoy) included,” Shurmur said. “We’ll do what we have to do to put the best quarterback on the field for our franchise. “I expect Colt to im-

prove, just like I expect Seneca to improve and whoever the quarterbacks are. I expect the quarterbacks here to develop in the offseason and we’ll play the best one.” Deciding who to commit to at quarterback and whether to re-sign running back Peyton Hillis are the biggest issues facing the Browns after finished 4-12 in 2011. They were also 4-12 in 2008. They were 5-11 in 2009 and 5-11 in 2010 when Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. Shurmur said he had “a great conversation” with Hillis at their exit meeting Monday and said “I really like what he did at the end of the season,” but as for the more pressing question, whether the organization has made a decision on Hillis, Shurmur would only say “That’s one of those questions I really can’t answer at this point.” Team president Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert will meet with the media on Thursday, but don’t expect them to clarify plans.

Shurmur said he will hire an offensive coordinator. He declined to say who he plans to interview but did say he is open to the O.C. calling plays on Sunday. One possibility is Brad Childress, the former Vikings head coach with whom Shurmur worked in Philadelphia. is current Another Browns quarterback coach Mark Whipple. Shurmur was the head coach and offensive coordinator in his first season with the Browns. He called plays in 2011 and could retain that job depending on who he chooses to draw up the game plan each week. “The Game Day thing, calling plays, that’s a fun thing for all of us to do,” Shurmur said. “I want to get the best guy I can. And if he’s outstanding at calling plays, listen, I want to win games and so I’m going to get the guys in there that are going to help us do that.” The Browns were 29th in the league in offense and 30th in points scored. McCoy was 4-9 as a starter. Wallace was 0-3.

Lehman had one last chance, but Baker’s jumper attempt went off the rim and the Cavaliers could not get a second shot up in time. Both teams struggled with the offense in the second half as Lehman shot just 23 percent to finish at 30 percent overall while the Jets shot 29 percent to end up at 26 percent. F-M also went 10 of 25 at the line compared to just five of seven for the Cavaliers as Lehman was whistled for 26 fouls to only 13 for Franklin Monroe. Westerheide led the Cavs with 13 points, but

no other Lehman player had more than six. James Rego collected 11 rebounds. Jaden Horner paced the Jets with 13 points while Feietshans posted a “double-double” of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Lehman returns to action Saturday at Houston.

Asked if it was the coldest weather he'd ever had for practice, Green said, "Oh yeah, definitely, by far. By far." Temperatures in the 40s are forecast for Thursday's practice. The Bengals are the only northern team without their own covered practice field either in use or under construction. They have the right under their stadium lease to cover one of their adjacent practice fields, but would have to pay for it. The University of Cincinnati approached the NFL team about jointly building a bubble-covered field when Brian Kelly was football coach, but the Bengals declined. The university then built a practice field with a removable bubble on campus. The Bengals could rent the bubble for four hours at a standard rate of $2,500, but decided against it. "The coaches determined there was not sufficient reason for us to get out of our regular element this week," club spokesman Jack Brennan said. The concern on Wednesday was getting Dalton healthy and ready for one more cold-weather practice followed by a trip home. He grew up in the Houston suburb of Katy and attended games at

Reliant as a fan. He won those three games there as well, making it feel like home. "You get a chance to play in Reliant Stadium as a high school kid, it's a really cool thing," Dalton said on Tuesday. "That's how Texas high school (football) is. You get to play in NFL stadiums." For the first time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, a playoff game will feature two rookie quarterbacks. T.J. Yates, a fifthround pick, took over after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart got hurt and led the Texans to the playoffs. Yates led a winning 80yard touchdown drove in the final 3 minutes for a 20-19 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Dec. 11. He and Dalton talked on the field afterward. "It was a big, game-winning drive for him," Dalton said. "It's good to see rookies — my class — doing well. It was unfortunate that it was against us." The overriding question with a rookie quarterback is how he'll handle playoff pressure. Dalton has the advantage experience over Yates because he won the starting job during training camp and started all 16 games. Yates started the last five games. "I have all the confidence in Andy," corner-

back Adam "Pacman" Jones said. "Andy is a well-composed guy, doesn't get rattled by too much. He likes to win and likes the pressure on him." Dalton looked like a rookie during a 31-24 loss at Baltimore on Nov. 20, throwing three interceptions that helped the Ravens get ahead 31-14 in the fourth quarter. He was much more careful over the last six games, throwing five touchdowns and only one interception in 184 attempts. During the loss to Houston, Dalton and the offense had a miserable second half, blowing a 163 lead. They managed 81 yards in the second half, including only 9 yards on 14 rushes. Dalton fumbled on the second play of the half to start Houston's comeback and was 7 of 11 for 77 yards after halftime. Dalton has been average overall much of the time, but that's been good enough to get Cincinnati into the playoffs. Four times, he's led the Bengals to victories with fourthquarter comebacks. "I don't think pressure's really been an issue for him," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "The greatest competitors are the guys that want to win. They want the heat. That's a good thing.”

“They are getting better every game and they are going to come in hungry for a win.” And it will be a rare game away from Garbry Gymnasium for the Indians — seven of the first eight have been at home. “It will be hostile crowd,” Butler said. “And they will have a good student section cheering for them.” And Piqua’s first road game, against Stebbins in early December, was a learning experience. “I think we did learn from that,” Butler said. “There wasn’t a hostile crowd down there, but there was a good crowd. We have changed a few things. “And I think the kids have matured a lot since that first road game.” The Yellow Jackets are led by 5-10 sophomore Patwaun Hudson, who is averaging 13.3 points, five rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. Dezmond Hudson, a 510 senior, is averaging 10 points and 5.6 rebounds, while 5-11 junior Tyree Manley is scoring 8.8 points a game. The Hudsons, Manley and 5-7 senior Zyler White have combined to make 34 3-point field goals. “They will play five

guys out and like to shoot the three,” Butler said. “They still use the same philosophy — they can make two threes before you can make three twos. “They will throw a couple different presses at us, so we are going to have to take care of the ball.” Piqua has been a balanced attack led by 5-8 guard Taylor Wellbaum, averaging 10.3 points per game and coming off a 21point game against Greenville. Trae Honeycutt, a 5-11 guard, averages 9.0 points, while Kindric Hughes and Ryan Hughes are averaging between seven and eight and posts Jordan Feeser and Josh Holfinger are averaging between six and seven. All six have been in double figures at least once this season. “We feel like we have five or six guys that can score seven or eight and score 20 on any given night,” Butler said. “The last game, Taylor (Wellbaum) was penetrating and making free throws — that is going to allow you to score.” Another key against Greenville was valuable minutes off the bench from Kyler Ashton and Joel Hissong. “It was good to get them

playing time when we had foul trouble,” Butler said. “Joel (Hissong) did a nice job and Kyler (Ashton) is a guy who comes in and gives the other guys a break. Those are guys we are going to need.” One thing Piqua has done well is finish games. All three Indian wins have come when they had a less than a double-digit lead at some point in the fourth quarter. “We have seven seniors,” Butler said. “So, these guys have a lot of confidence. “We just need to execute well and not put ourselves in a big hole. It is not that hard to come back from nine or 10 down at home, but it is tougher on the road. “One of the things we talked about was having a big goal of the GWOC North title — but having to take little steps along the way. Going from 2-0 to 3-0 in the GWOC North is one of those little steps.” Piqua will have a week off after this game, before hosting Troy. “That’s why this would be a nice win to get,” Butler said. “It would give us a little break before the Troy game.” Which Piqua hopes will be a battle of GWOC North unbeatens.

in a makeup of the “fire alarm” game Tuesday night in SCL boys basketball action. The Trojans snap a three-game losing streak with the win and go to 4-3 on the year with Fort Loramie coming to town Friday. Houston drops to 3-4 on the year and hosts Lehman on Saturday. The Trojans jumped on Houston early, and then withstood a late secondquarter rally to pull away to the win. “They got it down to six with the first basket of the third quarter, but we got it

back up,” said Brett Meyer, Botkins’ coach. “We took the ball to the basket a little more tonight, and we got good balance again, which is what we did in winning our first three games. Botkins was 27-for-49 from the field for a red-hot 55 percent, while limiting Houston to 42 percent on 14-for-33. The Trojans also outrebounded the Wildcats 2519, with 10 of those coming on the offensive end. Tyler Egbert poured in 21 to lead the Trojans, all but two of those after the

first period. Ethan Zimpfer added 11 and Gabe Lawrence chipped in nine off the bench. “Gabe came in and hit a coule of threes in the first half,” said Meyer. “And Nate Cisco really gave us a charge. “He only had five points, but he was all over the floor diving for loose balls. And the other kids picked up on that.” Jesse Phlipot was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 13, and Nate Ritchie added nine, including 7-for-8 from the line.

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Boys Continued from page 13 hit a baseline jumper and was later credited with a tip-in basket to make it 37-32 with 3:38 to play. Following a Devin Fourman foul shot, a layup by Feitshans trimmed the deficit to two at the 2:26 mark. Feitshans then made one of two at the line with 42 seconds left and, after a missed oneand-one attempt by Richard at the 29.2-second mark, he scored the game-winner with nine seconds to play as he received a pass at the left block, turned and went in for the layup.

Cats drop game BOTKINS — Being at home agrees with the Botkins Trojans. Playing only their second home game this season, the Trojans posted an impressive win over the Houston Wildcats, 67-44,



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Brendan Gibbons kicks the game-winning field goal in the Sugar Bowl.

Hoke restores another Wolverine tradition AP PHOTO

Urban Meyer should help Braxton Miller and the Ohio State offense

New day dawns at Ohio State Meyer brings modern offense BY TIM BIELIK Lorain Morning Journal The Gator Bowl loss to Florida on Monday did something that hadn’t happened since William McKinley was the president. Ohio State lost seven games this past season, doing so for the first time since 1897. And in all reality, it seemed like most of Ohio State’s coaches were coaching like they were stuck in 1897, and they were yanked from their hot tub time machine onto the Gator Bowl sideline. Thankfully, those days are over. No longer will Ohio State’s offensive coaching staff, most of whom were members of the Jim Tressel Best Friends in Coaching Club, hold this team back from where they should be. No longer will Ohio State continually run the dive play on first down regardless of who the running back is. No longer (hopefully) will the coaching staff not let the opposing defense get a huge edge by never changing up the snap count, as many players from teams like Michigan State and Florida said happened in their respective meetings. Aside from the obvious, why in the world do you never change the snap count? And it’s not a player issue. That’s been going on since the Troy Smith days as well at Ohio State, putting the blame back on the coaches — namely Jim Bollman, Dick Tressel and Nick Siciliano. Quite frankly, it’s amazing that Jim Tressel won as much as he did with these assistant coaches on board his staff. In football, the assistant coaches are supposed to micromanage portions of the game so that the head

coach doesn’t have to. And none of Tressel’s assistants with the exception of Luke Fickell and, at times, Jim Heacock, could do that. The offensive coaches really hurt the team this year because they had no ability to help develop this team and wasted several great defensive efforts all year long. Thankfully, their influence and incompetence will be long gone from Ohio State’s campus, probably to never be seen again. And in with Urban Meyer comes one of the best coaching staffs in the country. At the very worst, this group that Meyer has assembled will be the best staff in the Big Ten. He’s gotten quite an assortment of new blood on his staff including former Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and Temple wide receiver coach Zach Smith. And looking at their resumes, neither one was ever a video coordinator before becoming a coach (sound familiar)? The important thing for this upcoming season for Ohio State since they are banned from the postseason will be player development, namely that of Braxton Miller. The freshman quarterback certainly had his freshman moments all season long, but did make enough plays to get the Buckeyes to six wins this year. It may certainly be an experience for the young man to be coached by coaches who have actually coached successful offenses at the college level. That’s certainly a refreshing thought for Buckeye fans. But more than anything, the end of this season is the end of the archaic type of football

that Ohio State has had in the past several seasons. The offense will finally be ready to move into the 21st century and should prove to be worthy of the types of players the program is able to attract. It’s a new era in Columbus, as evidenced by Meyer’s team meeting just hours after the Buckeyes loss in Jacksonville. Turnover on downs The NBA has been getting off to a very entertaining start this year. The Thunder have been white hot, the entire Pacific Division including the newly-formed “Lob City” Clippers have been cold and the Heat suffered their first loss at the hands of ... Tracy McGrady? Didn’t expect that one, eh? McGrady certainly found his Fountain of Youth, at least for one night, on Monday night as he scored 16 to help the Atlanta Hawks stun the Heat to give them their first loss of the year. It’s really still stunning that it seemed like such a long time ago that McGrady along with former Toronto Raptors teammate Vince Carter were among the biggest stars in the NBA universe. And the other pleasant surprise to start this year is the long-awaited arrival of Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio in Minnesota. He hasn’t lit up the world scoring, but he has raised some eyebrows with his passing. The young man has averaged nearly nine points with about 6.5 assists per game, including a 12-assist performance against the Heat earlier this season. It’s too early to tell right now how good he and the young T’Wolves will be, but Rubio is certainly an exciting player to keep an eye on.

Michigan wins Sugar Bowl thriller NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here's another tradition that Brady Hoke has restored at Michigan: Winning. The coach who grew up in Ohio but revered the Wolverines since childhood ended his first season in charge holding up the silver Sugar Bowl trophy amid fluttering maize and blue confetti. The Michigan band provided the soundtrack for the raucous celebration: the school's familiar fight song. Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech at the Superdome on Tuesday night. The victory capped an impressive debut season for Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. In his usual style, he also deflected the credit from himself onto the senior leaders of "Team 132," as he calls the squad with a nod to the number of teams the historic football program has fielded. "I'm just real proud, real proud of our seniors. Real proud of how they took this football team last January and molded it and did a tremendous job," Hoke said, noting that only five Michigan teams have won 11 games in a season. "We always have a tremendous legacy of Team 132 that a lot of teams are going to have to try and match up to." Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to game MVP Junior Hemingway. "It shows our hard work," Hemingway said, his voice cracking with emotion. "It shows everything we put in from Day One, all the long days, long nights. “Man, I'm telling you, it feels too good, man. Too good." It is fair to say that an unusual rough patch that saw Michigan endure two losing seasons in the previous three is history, but Michigan still has more work to do to become a national title contender.

Virginia Tech gave the Wolverines all they could handle and might have won if not for some key miscues. "I'm about half-sick right now," Virginia Tech coach frank Beamer said. "Too many mistakes. ... They weren't stopping us; we were stopping ourselves." Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michigan's total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan's 12 but settled for four field goals in regulation by third-string kicker Justin Myer. However, Myer was unable to connect on his fifth try from 37 yards away in the opening possession of overtime. Robinson finished 9 for 21 for 117 yards passing and threw an interception. He rushed 13 times for a season-low 13 yards. "I feel like this was a team that didn't quit and we just kept fighting," Robinson said. "We held everybody accountable for what we had to do to win." Virginia Tech firstyear starter Logan Thomas was 19 of 28 of 214 yards with one interception. Thomas scored Tech's only touchdown on a 1yard keeper that tied the game at 17 — after a 2point conversion — early in the fourth quarter. Virginia Tech senior receiver Danny Coale, who ranks second alltime for the Hokies in catches and yards receiving, had eight catches for 117 yards, and nearly made a spectacular diving catch for a touchdown in overtime. Coale held on to the ball for what was initially ruled a score, but the play was overturned on video review, which showed the receiver narrowly landed on the sideline. "Danny's play is so close, and it seemed like there was just quite a few of those there tonight," Beamer said. The result of that third-down play forced Tech to try for Myer's failed field goal. Michigan then used three conservative runs to set up Gibbons in the middle of the field. Right

before Gibbons lined up for the game-winning kick, he said he thought of "brunette girls." "Every time we were like struggling in kicking, coach tells me to think about girls on a beach or brunette girls," Gibbons said. "So that's what we did. Made the kick." As his kick sailed Gibbons through, sprinted toward the Michigan sidelined and was mobbed by teammates while the Michigan band belted out the school's fight song, "The Victors," while Michigan fans, in rhythm, thrust a sea of maize pom-poms in the air. Virginia Tech fell behind late in regulation after gambling on a fake punt. Michigan's Jake Ryan stopped it at the Tech 45, leading to a short drive that set up Gibbons' go-ahead 39yard field goal with 4 minutes left. That was just enough time for the Hokies to tie it once more, even though they had to start at their own 9 after a holding penalty on the kickoff. Thomas marched the Hokies 83 yards in 3:58, setting up Myer's gametying 25-yarder. Hemingway staked Michigan to a 17-6 lead in the third quarter when he skied over Tech's Antone Exum for an 18-yard catch in the back of the end zone. The scoring drive was set up by an even more difficult grab by reserve Michigan linebacker Frank Clark, who leaped and reached high over his head to snag Thomas' pass at close range, returning the interception to the Tech 35-yard line. "I was just trying to dump it over his head. He timed his jump perfectly and got his hands on it and came down with it," Thomas said. "All the credit to him. He made a great play." Tech cut it to 17-9 on Myer's 36-yard field goal. Tech tied the game on a series kept alive by Thomas' 13-yard scramble on fourth and 11 from the Michigan 35. A few plays later, Thomas powered in from a yard out, then lobbed a short pass to Marcus Davis for a 2point conversion.


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Zambrano gets fresh start Cubs trade pitcher to Marlins MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Zambrano will get a much-needed fresh start with the Miami Marlins. The Chicago Cubs traded their former ace Wednesday for Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad, pending physicals and approval by Major League Baseball, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't announced a deal. Zambrano wore out his welcome in Chicago because of repeated meltdowns and tantrums. The most recent came when he cleaned out his locker and talked about retiring after giving up five homers and being ejected during a loss to Atlanta on Aug. 12. He was suspended without pay and then it was decided he would sit out the rest of the season. In Miami he'll be joining another former Chicagoan, Ozzie Guillen, who expressed interest in acquiring Zambrano when he was hired as the Marlins' manager in October after stepping down as the White Sox's skipper. Zambrano joins a franchise on the upswing after a winter spending spree resulted in the signings of All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. Zambrano finished last

year 9-7 with a 4.82 ERA. The Cubs expected more when he signed a $91.5 million deal over five seasons through 2012, including a $17,875,000 million salary last season and $18 million in 2012. As part of the trade, they'll likely pay much of his salary. Volstad went 5-13 last year with an ERA of 4.89, and his career record is 32-39. He has given up 69 homers over the past three seasons, which could mean trouble for him at Wrigley Field. Zambrano is 125-81 with a 3.60 ERA after breaking in with the Cubs in 2001, and he threw a no-hitter against the Astros. But he had difficulty controlling his temper. In 2007, he got into a fight with teammate Michael Barrett, first in the dugout and then in the locker room. Barrett ended up with a bruise under his eye and a cut lip. In 2009, he went on tirade against an umpire, throwing a baseball into the outfield, pretending to eject the umpire and slamming his glove against the dugout fence, a tantrum that led to a suspension. In 2010, Zambrano was placed on the restricted list for six weeks and sent to anger management after a verbal altercation MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTOS with then-teammate DerPiqua’s Tasha Potts shoots between Shelby Schultz (15) and Zechariah Bond (12) Wednesday nihgt. rek Lee.

Torre resigns from MLB

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Hopes to buy Dodgers NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Torre resigned Wednesday as Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations to join a group trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-10, then retired and was hired by MLB last February as a top aide to Commissioner Bud Selig. He is part of a group headed by real estate developer Rick Caruso. "In Rick I found a partner who understands consumers and fully appreciates that the Dodgers are a treasured LA institution," Torre said in a statement. "Since moving to Los Angeles, I have seen firsthand Rick's dedication to business and the people of Los Angeles.' The Dodgers were put up for sale by owner Frank McCourt in November, five months after the team filed for bankruptcy. Following months of bickering and accusations of mismanagement, an agreement between Mc-

Court and MLB said the team is to be sold by April 30, which coincides with the deadline for McCourt to pay former wife Jamie a $131 million divorce settlement. Initial bids for the team are due by Jan. 23 with the Blackstone Group, Frank McCourt's investment banker. The price likely will break the record for a baseball franchise, topping the $845 million paid by the Ricketts family for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. "Joe has a proven track record of fielding winning teams and I am looking forward to our group benefiting from his unique experience," Caruso said in a statement. "I am a lifelong Angeleno; “I love this city and have dedicated my career to creating world-class destinations that support this community and foster great customer experiences. Joe and I believe in the Dodgers and Dodger fans and know that together we will foster a winning culture." Piqua’s Hannah Mowery drives against Zechariah Bond Wednesday night.

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eight rebounds and Schultz pulled down five. Piqua was nine of 31 from the floor for 29 percent and six of 16 from the line for 38 percent. Troy was 18 of 46 from the floor for 39 percent and 16 of 30 from the line for 53 percent. Troy won the battle of the boards 29-22 and had 21 turnovers to Piqua’s 23. The Lady Indians will play at Springfield Saturday in a GWOC crossover game. The Lady Indians will travel to Springboro Tuesday. The Piqua JVs continued their strong season, improving to 7-1 with a 23-17 win over Troy. Potts scored six points for the Lady Indians and Kayla Schrubb added five. BOXSCORE Piqua (24) Kelsey Deal 1-0-2, Katie Allen 0-5-5, Maddie Hilleary 1-0-2, Christy Graves 1-02, Shelby Vogler 1-0-2, Hannah Mowery 20-4, Imari Witten 0-0-0, Macy Yount 0-1-1, Tasha Potts 3-0-6, Teija Davis 0-0-0. Totals: 9-6-24. Troy (55) Chelsey Sakal 3-2-10, Todda Norris 0-11, Tori Merrill 5-2-12, Shelby Schultz 4-210, Kristen Wood 2-4-9, Morgan Taylor 1-3-5, Zechariah Bond 1-2-4, Mackenzie Schulz 2-0-4, Courtney Mazzula 0-0-0, Kassie Lehman 0-0-0. Totals: 18-16-55. 3-point field goals — Troy: Sakal (2), Wood. Score By Quarters Piqua 4 9 12 24 Troy 11 20 43 55 Records: Piqua 2-7 (0-4), Troy 7-3 (5-0). Reserve score: Piqua 23, Troy 17.

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