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Sex offender gets 10 years to life Zwick pleads minutes before trial to begin BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer TROY — A Beavercreek man entered a last-minute no contest plea Tuesday morning and was found guilty of one count of child rape just minutes before

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his four-day trial was to begin and as prospective jurors waited in the wings. Jason Zwick, 30, originally charged with three counts of child rape, was found guilty by Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee, who sentenced the convicted pedophile to serve 10 years to life in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Tony Kendell said it was one of the most disturbing cases he has handled in his 20

years with the prosecharges “would simulcutor’s office. taneously merge for “It is the most despithe purpose of sencable case that I have tencing” and the most ever had to deal with,” Zwick could have reKendell said after the ceived was 10 years to court hearing. “The life. fact we have grown Zwick, also labeled men who are actively a tier III sex offender, looking to hook up ZWICK was convicted of rapwith other men who ing a 10-year-old child will share their sons with who was in the care of a Troy them.” adoptive father, Kenneth Kendell said two charges Brandt, who allowed the sexual were dropped because research conduct after the two men met indicated the three child rape through an online classifieds


website. Brandt had two other adoptive children living in his home at the time, ages 9 and 12. Brandt, 40, was sentenced to 60 years to life in December after pleading guilty to six counts of child rape in a plea agreement where 25 charges were dismissed. In accordance with that plea agreement, Brandt was supposed to be called to testify against Zwick, along with the child victim, had the case went to trial.

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New Miami County Board of Elections Director Andrew Higgins discusses the Ohio Association of Election Offices conference with Deputy Director Pam Calendine while looking over a Diebold Election System on Tuesday at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy. tor position. A Republican, Higgins said he felt this was a great opportunity for him and said he is excited to get started. Monday was his first day working in the office. “Politics has always

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TROY — Following the surprising resignation of Miami County’s former elections director just a month shy of the presidential election in November, the board of elections made an appointment to the post during a special meeting Monday morning. The elections board tapped Andrew Higgins, 41, of Piqua, to be the successor of ex-director Steve Quillen, who abruptly resigned from the position Oct. 19 just three weeks away from one of the largest elections in the country’s history — an election that brought out near-record voter turnout across the county. Higgins, a 1989 graduate of Milton-Union and Wright State University graduate with a political science degree, has worked in various capacities within county government for the last six years, including in the probation department and as the county’s lab technician, before deciding on applying for the elections direc-

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Beeman re-elected president of Covington Village Council BY TOM MILLHOUSE News Editor

TROY — A West Milton man charged with of raping a 5-year-old girl was sentenced to prison and labeled as the worst kind of sex offender in common pleas court JOHNSTON Monday. In addition, an elderly Tipp City man was charged with seven counts of child molestation. Steven A. Johnston, 46, was convicted of a lone count of rape, a felony of the first-degree, and an additional criminal specification since See Prison/Page 7

been an interest to me, so this will be a very nice job to me,” Higgins said after the board made the appointment. “It’s a little overwhelming, but I am very honored and humbled. I appreciate everything the board of

PIQUA – At their Organizational Meeting Tuesday, the Piqua City Schools Board of Educat i o n t o o k t h e first step in placing a renewal for the d i s trict’s E m e r - HITE gency Operating Levy on the May ballot. According to Superintendent Rick Hanes, the levy brings in $2.1 million of the district’s operating budget. “This is a renewal. We are not looking at additional dollars,” Hanes said. The board will take the next and final step involved with getting the levy on the ballot at their Jan. 24 meeting. Also Tuesday, board

COVINGTON — Kicking off the new year Monday night, Covington Village Council completed a light agenda in plenty of time for sports-oriented members to get home to watch the opening kickoff of the national championship college football game between Alabama and Notre Dame. It took less than 30 minutes for council to complete the agenda. The first major item of business was the election of a council president, with Doris Beeman being re-elected for another term. She was sworn in by Mayor Ed McCord.

Handling an annual duty, McCord made a number of appointments. Jeff Shields, Chris Beckstedt and Scott Tobias were appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board. They were also appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals, BEEMAN being joined on that board by Donald “Bud” Weer and Carl Reck. Both boards will meet at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. McCord also appointed Rike Miller, See Covington/Page 7

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Samuel D. Shie Springfield High School of Bergholz, and Edison South High School, Richmond, from which he retired. Additionally, he served as organist and choir director of several churches including the First Presbyterian Church of Carrollton, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Steubenville and the Presbyterian Church of Hamilton. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and was an avid Ohio State University football fan. A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joseph M. Hinds officiating. His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. An additional a service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 Adams St., Steubenville, OH 43952 with Fr. Steven McKeown officiating. Private burial will be in Westview Cemetery of Carroll County. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St., Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

George Rayburn Pruitt TROY — George Rayburn Pruitt of Troy, passed away from complications related to lung cancer Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. Born on Feb. 22, in Chicken Bristle, Ky., Rayburn was the son of the late George Bryant and Ruie Mae (Edwards) Pruitt. Rayburn is survived by his wife, Maggie; two daughters at home, McKenzie Ellen and Meredith Rae; and three adult children, George Pruitt Jr. of Japan, Kelly Hinderman of Troy and Chris Pruitt of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and one sister, Lyndell Smith of Glasgow, Ky. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisabeth; two sisters, Shirley Ayres and Barbara Dunn; and his brother, Dale Pruitt. Rayburn was a graduate of the University of

Louisville where he earned degrees in industrial relations, economics and business. He was retired from Goodrich Corporation in Troy, where he served as vice-president of administration and human resources. There will be no visitation. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bradford Exempted Village Schools, 750 Railroad Ave., Bradford, OH 45308, or The Miami County Foundation, P.O. Box 1526, Piqua, OH 45356. The family would like to thank the dedicated nurses and support staff of Hospice of Miami County for their constant love, support and care throughout the past two years, and to our special friends, Patsy and Garry Burnside of Pleasant Hill. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Death notices PIQUA — Helen M. Snyder, 86, of Piqua, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Piqua Manor Nursing Home, Piqua. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. TROY — Eleanor A. Thoma, 90, formerly of 1901 Park Ave., Piqua, died at 8:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Upper Valley Medical Center. Her funeral arrangements are pending through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. BYRAN — Donald E. Widney, 73, of Bryan, died early Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. Service arrangements

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are pending with Krill Funeral Service, Bryan. WEST MILTON — Michelle Lou Shepherd, 50, of West Milton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Funeral services will be held Friday at the HaleSarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. SIDNEY — Jeffrey R. Todd, 55, of Sidney, died at his residence Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Memorial services will be held Saturday at the North Broadway Church of Christ, Sidney. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, Sidney, is handling the funeral arrangements.

PIQUA — Phyllis Jean Shuttleworth, 71, of Piqua, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at her residence. She was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Piqua, to the late William Logan and Clara (Hickey) Kerrigan. She married Ned F. Shuttleworth on Sept. 1, 1961; he preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. Shuttleworth is survived by three children, Mark, Stefanie and Erik; one grandson, Noah Krill; a brother, Richard Kerrigan; and a sister, Pauline Kettlehake. She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Zarecky; and a brother, William “Bill” Logan Kerrigan. Phyllis was a 1959 graduate of Piqua Central High School. She attended the Richard Weston Beauty

Academy and worked as a hairdresser in Troy at the Classique for many years. Phyllis spent the last 23 years working in the fine jewelry department of J.C. Penney in Piqua. An open house to celebrate Phyllis’s life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Harrison’s on Second, 106 E. Main St., Tipp City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Arrangements for the family are being conducted through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

Joy Darleen (Avey) Cotrell TROY — Joy Darleen (Avey) Cotrell, 69, of Troy, passed away peacefully at t h e home of h e r daughter at 9 : 1 0 a . m . S a t u rd a y , Jan. 5, COTRELL 2013. Jo y was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Sidney, the daughter of the late Harold M. and Anne M. (Sipe) Avey, and they are deceased. She was married to Perry Eugene Cotrell Sr. and he preceded her in death. Joy is survived by her children, LeeAnn and her husband Dwayne Fisher of Sidney, Perry Jr. and his wife Sherry Cotrell of Mobile, Ala., and Kim Crawford, of Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Harold L.

(Sonnie) Avey, Robert E. (Susie) Avey and Marilyn Y. Jeffers, all of Troy. Joy was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Parris; and one brother, William J. Avey. Joy was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Troy. She loved to go shopping for herself and anyone who would have a need for something. She was a bargain shopper and would always find the best bargains. Joy also did volunteer work for the Awanas/Cubbies group. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. An open visitation is set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Grace Baptist Church, 1400 Market St., Troy. All arrangements are in care of the staff at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Thomas Dana Wagner TROY — Thomas Dana Wagner, 62, of Troy, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his residence. He was born Nov. 7, 1950, in Stambaugh, Mich., to the late Norbert Joseph and Geraldine (McDonnell) Wagner. Mr. Wagner is survived by his girlfriend, Mary Bertsch of Sidney; three sons, Zebulon Norbert Wagner, JD of Bellefontaine, Caleb Thomas Wagner, MD of Columbus and Gabriel Preston (Melanie) Wagner of Columbus; eight brothers, John Norbert (Lois) Wagner of Piqua, Raymond Joseph (Teresa) Wagner of Ashburn, Va., Frank Michael Wagner of Anchorage, Alaska, Peter Richard (Karen) Wagner of Arlington, Wash., Norbert Mathew (Margaret) Wagner of Reynoldsburg, Leonard Anthony (Roseann) Wagner of Ashland, Joseph Patrick Wagner of Piqua, and James Robert (Patty) Wagner of Richmond Hill, Ga; five sisters, Virginia Cecelia

(David) Shiroda of B a t o n Rouge, La., M a r y Claire (George) Coker of Fredericksburg, Va., Alice Geraldine (Eldon) Lindstrom of Scottsdale, Ariz., Catherine Joan (Ken) Hardesty of West Chester and Carol Jane (Jaime) Folkerth of London, Ky. Mr. Wagner served in the U.S. Army from 197274. He was currently employed by Spinnaker Coating in Troy, worked at Panasonic from 19892004, and Troy Lumber Co. prior. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Friends may call from 12-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside of Miami County, 1625 North Troy-Sidney Road, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through

COVINGTON — Jane Nadine Burgess-Darrah, 78, of Covington, was welcomed i n t o Heaven by her L o r d a n d S av i o r Jesus Christ n o Tuesd a y BURGESS-DARRAH Jan. 8, 2013. She was born June 28, 1934, to her parents Forest “Forky” and Gladys (Roberts) DeNise. Jane graduated from Vandalia Butler High School, Class of 1952. She was a full-time mother for many years and worked at Covington Care Center and The Little Herb Shop. She was a member of the Everton Southern Baptist Church in Connersville, Ind., where she served as a Sunday school teacher and played the piano and organ. She will be missed and remembered by her loving husband Joseph Darrah; children, Denny and Debbie (Harrison) Burgess of Covington, Dede and LeRoy Divens of Anna, David and and Kim (Tobias) Burgess of Covington, Debby and Kent

SIDNEY — Peter “Pete” Lambert, 86, 235 Pomeroy St., Sidney, went to meet his Lord at Heaven’s doors at 7:10 p . m . Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at t h e Georget o w n V e t eran’s Home in LAMBERT Georgetown. Pete was born on November 9, 1926, in Slegle, W.Va., to the late Walter T. and Merille “Tony” Lambert. He was married to Kathryn Wooten and she preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2002, just prior to their 50th wedding anniversary. Surviving are his children, Randy Lambert of Sidney, Dave Lambert of West Carrollton, Joe (Katie) Lambert of Sidney, Marcella (Randy) Varney of Sidney, Kristine (Darrell) Branscum of Sidney, and Kathy (Frank) Favors of Sidney; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Lois Butcher of Belvidere, Ill., Barbara A. Fannin of Kenova, W.Va., Mary Ruth (Chuck) McAvoy of Las Vegas, Nev., and Walter T.

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PIQUA — Samuel D. Shie, 69, of Piqua, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence. H e w a s b o r n M a y 2 4 , 1943, in Sidney to SHIE Martha A. “Pat” (Konz) Shie of Piqua and the late Virgil A. “Pete” Shie. He married Mary M. Burkhart on Sept. 5, 1964, in Orrville; she preceded him in death in 1986. In addition to his mother, Sam is survived by a son, Phillip D. Shie of Columbus; and two sisters, Patsy (Andrew) Passmore II of Sparks, Md. and Peggy (Jay) Darner of Cedarville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father and wife, he was preceded in death by a special friend, Sherry Schmied. Mr. Shie was a 1961 graduate of Piqua Central High School, obtained his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1965, and additionally obtained his master’s degree in music education. His long and effective career as a music educator included Massillon Washington High School, Taft High School of Hamilton,

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YWCA Piqua sponsors Martin Luther King community event PIQUA — YWCA Piqua will celebrate the 5th annual Martin Luther King Community Event from 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The event is sponsored by the YWCA Racial Justice Reading Circle with additional support provided by Upper Valley Medical Center. The keynote speaker is Jeff Brown, executive director of the Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio. His speech will focus on Nonviolent Communication. Brown is

a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and is trained in restorative justice practices. Christin Libbee, daughter of Chris and Susan Libbee, will read her essay that was awarded first place for the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Libbee is a PHS jun-

ior and a student at the Upper Valley Career Center. John Wright, musical director at St. Mary Catholic Church, will provide musical selections for the program and the Youth Choir from Cyrene AME Church, under the direction of Suzie Reed and accompanied by Jill Ferguson, will also participate in the event. Clayton Brown Sr. will offer the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Piqua Police

Chief Bruce Jamison with Lauren Seman, a PHS Senior and the 2012 YWCA Young Woman of Tomorrow honoree, signing the pledge. Linda Grimes, facilitator of the Racial Justice Reading Circle, will serve as MC for the event. The MLK Community Event is free and open to the public. The YWCA Piqua is handicap accessible. For more information, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., call 7736626, or e-mail

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Warming trend settles in A nice warming trend continues through the rest of the week. The next chance of showers will be Thursday, and it does look warm enough for rain rather than snow. We should be into the 50s by the end of the week. No doubt, a January thaw is on the way. High: 46 Low: 32.



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The second season of the Piqua Arts Council’s Dancing with the Stars is scheduled for April 6 at the Learning Place, Piqua. This year’s cast includes (l-r) Amy Booher, Cheryl Burkhardt, Margaret French, Bob Jordan, Tony Lyons, Frank Patrizio, Randy Sever, and Sue Peltier. Their dance pro partners (not pictured) are Bill Hogston, David Siefring, Amy Garrett, Vicki Davis, Jim Davis, Scott Clark, Maria Hogston, and Dr. Kristene Clark. PIQUA — The stars, the glittering costumes, the ballroom setting, the voting competition, and of course, the spectacular dancing are all back for a second season of the Piqua Arts Council’s hit fundraising event, Dancing With The Piqua Stars. Eight area residents have been paired with local ballroom dancers to compete for the title of 2013 Champion, under the direction of Rick and Judy Bowerman of RJ Ballroom. The 2013 cast includes Amy Booher, Margaret French, Tony Lyons, Frank Patrizio, Sue Peltier, Randy Sever, Bob Jordan, and Cheryl Burkhardt. Their dance pro partners are Bill

Hogston, David Siefring, Amy Garrett, Vicki Davis, Jim Davis, Scott Clark, Maria Hogston, and Dr. Kristene Clark.

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PIQUA — The members and friends of Piqua High School Class of 1944 will meet at China East Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, for lunch.

Boeke benefit slated Saturday SIDNEY — A benefit for Gerry Boeke will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 700 Fair Rd., Sidney. The benefit is hosted by SWI Wrestling. Boeke was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011. Proceeds from the benefit will assist with medical bills and expenses

relating to terminal can- E-Reader or have one and cer. are confused and unsure of how to use it,” said Lynn Marroletti, YWCA Program PCHS of ‘61 Director. “Brad will help luncheon adults become better inPIQUA — The Piqua formed and more educated Central High School Class with this hands on class.” of 1961 will meet for lunch Membership is not required at Heck Yeah Sports Grill, to take the class. 5795 N. County Road 25For more information A, Piqua at 12:30 p.m. on class fees or to register, Thursday, Jan. 17. Orders stop at the YWCA Piqua will be taken from the at 418 N. Wayne St., call menu. 773-6626 or e-mail

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“For students who know they’ll be pursuing a degree after high school, PSEOP is an excellent way to not only get college credits for free, but to get a feel for what taking courses at a college level will be like,” said Velina Bogart, coordinator of early college programs at Edison. “We’ve had as many as 20 students in the past few years complete enough courses to receive their twoyear associate’s degree before they’ve graduated from high school. That’s the equivalent of receiving two years of college for free, and those credits are transferrable throughout the state.” Currently, more than 600 students from high schools in Miami, Darke and Shelby counties are enrolled in the program at Edison, which saved families more than $1 million in 2011. “Being a PSEOP student at Edison helped me to get a feel for what college would be like, so if I decided to go to a large university, I’d feel more prepared,” said Alexis Roe, who took college credit classes at Edison while attending Sidney High School. “Even though I was away from my high school half of the day, I was still able to participate in activities at my high school, which was very important for me.” Students and parents who are unable to attend one of the sessions and want to learn more about PSEOP can call Velina Bogart in the admissions office at 7787854.

another immediate ticket sellout, two shows will be held again this season. An afternoon matinee and an evening dinner performance will take place, with the winners announced at the evening show. Contestants will be rehearsing and soliciting votes over the winter. Online votes may now be placed at the Piqua Arts Council’s website where event details, including contestant bios, can be seen. Tickets will go on sale in February. Proceeds benefit the Piqua Arts Council’s programs and educational efforts within BBQ and pork chop dinner announced the Piqua community, and BRADFORD — The bers or by calling Joanne votes are tax deductible. Bradford Lions are having a Ferree at 620-7225 or Kathy barbecue chicken and pork Myers at 448-2667 by the chop dinner on Sunday, Jan. deadline purchase date of 27. All dinners are carryout Sunday, Jan. 20. Dinners Alumni spaghetti and presale tickets at $7 may be picked up on the 27 each are needed. Tickets are at Clarks’ Pizza from 11 a.m. dinner planned on sale at the Bradford to 1 p.m. CASSTOWN — The branches of Covington SavAll profits will go toward Miami East Alumni Asso- ings and Loan, and eyeglass purchases and acaciation spaghetti dinner Greenville National Bank, as demic recognition of students will be held from 4-6 p.m. well as Littman-Thomas In- through awards and scholarSaturday, Feb. 2. Dinner surance. Tickets also may be ships, as well as other comwill be served before the purchased from any Brad- munity projects of the game against Graham ford Lions or Lioness mem- Bradford Lions. and the Troy Pop Rocks halftime show. Freewill donations will be accepted. Proceeds go toINFORMATION ward scholarships for Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson ■ Editorial Department: (937) 773-2721 2013 Miami East gradu- Executive Editor - Susan Hartley FAX: (937) 773-4225 Advertising Manager - Leiann Stewart ates. E-mail: ■

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PIQUA — Parents and guardians of high school students who are interested in saving as much as $40,000 in college tuition costs are invited to attend the PostSecondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) information sessions being held by Edison Community College throughout the month of January. The sessions will be held Jan. 8 at Edison’s Darke County Campus, Jan. 9 at Edison’s Piqua Campus and Jan. 15 at the Sidney Moose Lodge on 1200 N. Broadway. All sessions will run from 6– 7:30 p.m. and Edison staff will be on hand to answer questions about enrolling in the program, cost savings, transferability of credits and more. PSEOP allows students in grades 9 through 12 attending Ohio’s public and non-public schools to earn college credit while simultaneously earning a high school diploma at no cost. The purpose of the program is to promote adacademic vanced opportunities for qualified high school students prior to their graduation. Students attend classes at both their high school and on the Edison campus, earning credits that can then be used toward a two-year associate’s degree at Edison or transferred to other colleges and universities throughout the state. Most PSEOP students take classes at their current school and Edison, and remain very active at their high schools.

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Congress who roadblock n early December, a bipartisan agreements. CBS News poll found On the fiscal cliff deal, all the 112th Congress’ but 16 “nay” votes in the approval rating was 9 House were Republican. percent. That’s the lowIn the Senate, McConnell est rating since CBS has used the filibuster, or began measuring Conthreat thereof, to block gress’ approval in 1977. countless bills from comThat 9 percent is so close DONNA BRAZILE ing to a vote in the chamto the margin of error ber. that it might not be posColumnist I’ve always told people, sible to sink lower without a shovel. On New Year’s Day, “Elections matter.” But, the mantra of the Republican Congress jumped over the fiscal cliff, trying to pull the nation with it. Like in Leadership has been “Election’s don’t an old-fashioned serial, though, the matter.” Only the Bush-years statusSenate grabbed the edge by its finger- quo matters, and any tactics were justitips until House Speaker John Boehner fied — even if those tactics weakened was forced by reality to back off and the public’s faith in the legislative back down, allowing the nation to crawl branch. That’s not a partisan statement, dear reader; it’s factual history. its way out of immediate danger. Our two-party system has changed, As we begin a new year, a new Congress and a new term for President radically, in the last 40 years. Until Barack Obama, we should all look at Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy” how we allow ourselves to be governed. and “positive polarization,” our two parties were basically centrist. But as modWhy did we go over the brink? The president tried to negotiate with ern media psychology gained ground in the House speaker. But Boehner can- campaigning and winning elections, didly admitted he did not want a “grand both parties have moved from the cenbargain” — you know, compromise that ter-right and center-left to further left might actually help people. Why? Be- and right, respectively. Huddled in the cause Democrats wanted it. Boehner middle, and now constituting the macomplained that Obama had offered jority, are unaffiliated, independent vothim “nothing” in the grand deal. The ers. Political science research confirms “nothing” Obama offered included almost doubling the income level exempt this simple objective description: For from the new tax rate — $400,000 is the every step the Democratic Party has new middle class — effectively cutting moved to the left, the Republican Party Social Security payments using a dif- has moved three steps to the right. As a ferent cost-of-living index, and reducing result, a minority of a minority controls the rate on estate (inheritance) taxes. the party’s primaries. When the general The rich would have made out like, election comes along, the nominees “talk the talk” of moderation, but when well, bandits. Just not robber barons. Boehner went to “Plan B” and found it comes to voting, they don’t dare “walk he couldn’t control his own caucus. the walk” or they’ll face a primary chalEven with a solid Republican majority, lenge. Now we’re coming to more Republihe didn’t have the votes to pass “Plan B.” So Boehner passed the buck to the can-created cliffs. McConnell anU.S. Senate. Senate leaders Harry Reid nounced he plans to hold hostage — and Mitch McConnell then exchanged a again — the good faith and credit of the series of proposals until, with the cliff U.S. to slash the social safety net with 48 hours away, Reid decided enough crippling cuts and force austerity on the was enough and said he was done with American economy. Anything to avoid giving Obama the minimum revenue he counteroffers. In charged the cavalry — or even campaigned on, and that which econobetter, Vice President Joe Biden. Nego- mists say he needs to balance the tiating for Obama, Biden put together a budget. Obama was elected — and re-elected deal with McConnell — a jury-rigged, stripped-down deal — that pulled us — because the public wants out of the back to solid ground. (A majority of financial ditch (which became an abyss) House Republicans still wanted us to of Bush economics. The public wants plummet into the financial abyss: 151 the American Dream back, achievable Alicia A. Caldwell covers politics for The Associated Republicans, including Minority through individual hard work and iniPress. Leader Eric Cantor, voted against rais- tiative, with mutual support and biparing taxes on .7 percent of Americans, tisan cooperation. We’re in a new year. We’ve rung out and against extending unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans. But the old, and rung in the new. We’ll soon don’t breathe easy, because we’re still see if the 113th Congress represents not too far from the edge. McConnell merely, “Out with the old, and in with announced immediately after the deal the old.” passed that there would be more Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic cliffhangers to come. Obama retorted by saying he was done with cliff-hang- strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and ing. We’ll see. But what should be apparent by now a contributing columnist to Ms. Magais that it’s the Republican members of zine and O, the Oprah Magazine.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government’s enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank. The report on Monday from the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan group focused on global immigration issues, said in the 2012 budget year that ended in September the government spent about $18 billion on immigration enforcement programs run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US-Visit program, and Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol. Immigration enforcement topped the combined budgets of the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Secret Service by about $3.6 billion dollars, the report’s authors said. Since then-President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986 which legalized more than 3 million illegal immigrants and overhauled immigration laws the government has spent more than $187 billion on immigration enforcement. According to the report, “Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery,” federal immigration-related criminal prosecutions also outnumber cases generated by the Justice Department. The 182-page report concludes that the Obama administration has made immigration its highest law enforcement priority. “Today, immigration enforcement can be seen as the federal government’s highest criminal law enforcement priority, judged on the basis of budget allocations, enforcement actions and case volumes,” MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, a co-author of the report, said in a statement released with the report. Critics are likely to bristle over its findings, especially those who have accused the administration of being soft on immigration violators. “There has been some progress,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas. “But the bottom line is that we are far from having operational control of our borders, particularly the Southwest border, and there are no metrics to quantify progress.” Meissner said since the 1986 law was passed, immigration enforcement “is a story of growth. The sum of its parts is growth.” Demetrios Papademetriou, MPI’s president, said that the authors reviewed immigration enforcement policies and spending from 1986 on amid ongoing disagreements in Congress on whether border security and enforcement efforts needed to be solidified before reform could be tackled. “No nation anywhere in the world has been as determined, has made as deep and expensive a commitment to or has had as deep a reach in its enforcement efforts as the U.S. has had,” Papademetriou said. “The reach spans from local court rooms and jails all the way to the ability of goods and travelers to the United States to actually be able to travel to the United States.”

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Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Warren Tribune Chronicle If you still have any doubts that the shale oil and gas industry is making an economic impact on our region, we would direct you to a survey recently released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. The numbers show that while the Utica and Marcellus shale industry supported nearly 39,000 jobs in Ohio during 2012, that number could grow to as many as 266,000 jobs by 2035. Even more important than the raw numbers, most of that growth is expected to occur in Eastern Ohio, from Monroe to Trumbull counties. Looking at it from another angle, as the number of wells and processing facilities in Ohio increases, the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy is expected to grow as well. Last year, the industry directly contributed $4.1 billion into Ohio’s gross state product, a number that is projected to grow to more than $35 billion by 2035…. Workers for Halcon Resources began working this week on the first Trumbull County well that is expected to reach the Utica formation. The well is in Burghill. BP, meanwhile, plans to drill 10 Trumbull wells by April. All this could be the precursor to pipelines to midstream processing plants to downstream factories, all of will would provide a long-term boost to the local economy. When you take a close look at the numbers in the survey, they support this anticipated boost.

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Russian Duo to perform TROY — Russian Duo, an international project, born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance, will perform Russian Folk music at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s ballroom stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Oleg Kruglyakov is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia and Terry Boyarsky is an American concert pianist with Russian heritage. Together they have joined forces to create vibrant, magical concerts. Their program combines the diverse flavors of traditional Russian music, lilting voices, chamber music classics and unique transcriptions of favorites from around the world. Since the inception of Russian Duo, in 2007, Oleg and Terry have performed from Canada to Florida, and from Massachusetts to Minnesota. They are with the Ohio Arts Council “Artists on Tour” program and on the roster of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. Their first recording was released in 2009.


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Letterman sees psychiatrist weekly BY DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was. The late-night talk show host gave an extraordinary interview to Oprah Winfrey in which he talked about his feud with her and Jay Leno, and about his efforts to make amends for his affairs with “Late Show” staff members that became public in 2009. “For a long time I thought I was a decent guy,” Letterman said. “But yet, thinking I was a decent guy, I was still capable of behavior that wasn’t coincidental to leading a decent life. That’s what I’m working on. I want to really be the person I believe that I was. I wanna be a good person.” The interview aired Sunday on Winfrey’s OWN network and will be repeated Jan. 20. It was recorded in November.

Letterman said his wife, Regina, has forgiven him, and he tries every day to regain her trust. He said he still hasn’t forgiven himself. Letterman said he went through depression that he described as a sinkhole that he thought he wouldn’t come out of. But with medication, he said, he pulled through and told Winfrey he now has compassion for others who have gone through depression. “I always thought, ‘Aw, you’re depressed? Go do some push-ups and you’ll feel better,’” he said. “But it’s not that.” Details of the affairs emerged after a television producer threatened to unveil them if Letterman didn’t give him money. The producer was later jailed for four months. Letterman took control of the story in 2009 by coming clean about his affairs on his show before the details came out. He acknowledged before making the announcement that he had other motives. “In the back of my mind — and this will give you the ex-

tent, the breadth and width of what a weasel I could be — I was thinking, eh, maybe I can make this, maybe I can get a little sympathy out of this deal here,” he said. Winfrey interviewed Letterman for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” at Indiana’s Ball State University, after being interviewed publicly by Letterman before students at the CBS comic’s alma mater. They cleared the air on their own feud, which fueled Letterman’s comedy for years. Letterman said he believed it began when he called to ask Winfrey to appear on “Late Show” when he was going to do some shows in Chicago and Winfrey would not agree to appear. Winfrey said she declined because she had been on Letterman’s show before and there were drunk people in the audience who made it uncomfortable. “I didn’t want to have that experience again,” she said. “That’s really all it was for me.” Letterman said he didn’t remember that appearance and was sorry for what Win-

frey went through. He took her hand and kissed it. “I hope we can put this behind us, Oprah,” he said. “Let us do it, David,” she said. Despite Letterman’s often withering comments about his NBC rival Leno, he said they were friends before Leno was picked over Letterman to be “Tonight” show host. Letterman believes they are still friends. “He is the funniest guy I’ve ever known,” Letterman said. “Just flat out, if you go to see him do his nightclub act, just the funniest, the smartest, a wonderful observationalist and very appealing as a comic. Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known ... I could never reconcile that.” Letterman said some of the trash-talking between the two is simply the way comics often act toward one another. Bruce Bobbins, a Leno spokesman, said Monday the NBC comic had no comment on Letterman’s interview.

Review: ‘Quartet’ has a winning, classy charm BY DEBORAH YOUNG The Hollywood Reporter LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Hoffman’s directing bow at 75 finds a perfect match in the well-heeled subject of “Quartet,” a charming tale of aging musicians whose passion for life continues undiminished in a stately English manor filled with humor, caring and of course great music. This optimistic fairy tale about aging and the continuing possibilities it offers for emotional satisfaction should strike the fancy of older audiences who turned the British indie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” into a breakout hit released

around the world. Leading a cast of real-life musical veterans, Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay put the stamp of quality on a lushlooking production, albeit one that adheres to genre rules with an iron grip. Smoothly adapted by Ronald Harwood (“The Dresser”) from his 1999 West End play, the film has a lot to do with “Tosca’s Kiss,” a 1984 documentary by the late Swiss director Daniel Schmid about Milan’s Casa Verdi, founded by Giuseppe Verdi as a retirement home for impoverished singers and musicians. Hoffman’s respectful treatment of those

slightly otherworldly souls who have dedicated their lives to art is a touching salute that will be appreciated by classical music lovers, for whom arias from Rigoletto to The Mikado should prove ear candy. The posh Beecham House, nestled in the untainted English countryside like a leftover from a Jane Austen novel, is populated by a crew of genteel, able-bodied oldsters who sing and play classical music all day long. In the music rooms, the conservatory and breakfast room, not to mention assorted gazebos scattered around the sprawling English garden

and grounds, it’s the kind of place where a little Bach is always welcome. Arthritic hands play the piano while retired tenor Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay) holds a music theory class for young people from the area. His witty lesson on the difference between opera and rap shows his thinking is still youthful. As a matter of fact, there is very little doddering going on here, no visiting relatives to quarrel with, and a lot of reassurance by the home’s director, the good Dr. Lucy Cogan (Sheridan Smith), that the end is still a long way off.

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Online affairs with pupils put teacher’s job at risk DEAR ABBY: My husband is now involved in his third computer affair. He’s a teacher, and his first one was with a student. He was almost fired over it. He apologized to me and to his supervisor, said it was an “error in judgment” and promised it would never happen again. Last week I found an email he had sent to another former student, and the things he said to her were disgusting. The current one is a student, too. I have a nice home and my husband is good to me except for his wandering eye. He gives me anything I want and takes me with him whenever he travels. But he is a Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to a computer and young girls — all younger than his daughter, I might add. I know if this gets back to his boss he’ll be fired. He’s a brilliant man and an excellent teacher. So what do I do? I have considered doing nothing, and if he gets caught let him suffer the consequences. Or, I can confront him and try to get him to see a counselor before he ruins his career, and makes me a laughingstock of the community. We’re financially comfortable and I hate to give it up, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life like this, either. Any suggestions would be appreciated. — NOT LAUGHING IN WASHINGTON STATE


Advice ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I have excellent medical care and my doctor is optimistic. She told me she has treated many women who have survived 10 years and are still doing fine. I intend to do everything in my power to be one of those women. I have tried meeting men on the Internet or through groups I belong to. I explain on the first date about my health issues because I don’t want anyone to think I’m disUnfortunately, honest. several men I would have liked to see again told me flat-out that they “can’t deal with the cancer thing.” I don’t want to spend the rest of my life — however long it may be — alone. Should I wait to tell a man about my illness until we’ve seen each other a few times? Or should I continue as I have, and hope I eventually find someone with enough compassion willing to take the chance? — HEALTHY NOW IN WISCONSIN

DEAR NOT LAUGHING: Your husband has a serious problem. He is playing Russian roulette with his career — and it’s only a matter of time until he acts inappropriately with the wrong student. If you love him at all, confront him and insist that he talk to a counselor and learn to strengthen his impulse control. When his activities become public knowledge, as is sure to happen, you won’t be the laughingstock of the community, but your husband WILL be scorned and jobless. If you want to protect your lifestyle as well as your husband’s female students, insist he get professional help NOW.

DEAR HEALTHY NOW: Compassion? How about someone intelligent enough to grasp that nobody has a guarantee about how long someone will live — including him? The appropriate time to discuss your medical history is after you have gotten to know someone well enough that you can talk frankly about it, and the relationship is beyond casual. First dates do not fall into that category. No man who cares about you would ever walk away. And any man who would isn’t worth having, so consider yourself lucky. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a divorced “empty nester” who would like to meet a nice man to spend time with. I’m attractive, slim and active. A year and a half

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Second-hand low five of dummy’s hearts would be tricks anyway, while if East had the jack, the queen play might limit dummy to two tricks. South could not have recovered from this play and would have finished down one, scoring only two tricks in each suit. It is true that a defender usually follows low when he is second-hand and seldom plays a high card in order to force a higher one from dummy


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Playing second-hand low on defense is generally a sound practice, but, as with all generalities, there are occasional exceptions. West led the five of spades against three notrump, taken by South with the ten. With only eight tricks in view, the most promising source of a ninth trick obviously lay in the heart suit. So at trick two, declarer led a heart and finessed the eight after West followed

low. East won with the jack -- he could have saved a trick by ducking -- and returned a spade. Eventually South scored 10 tricks consisting of four hearts, two spades, two diamonds and two clubs. However, West could have beaten the contract by playing the queen on the first heart lead instead of mechanically following low. This could not have cost him a trick. If declarer had the jack, all


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■ Surviving Diabetes

Obtaining that elusive ‘no-hitter’ Thanks for support, sharing the good news hope everyone had fabulous holidays! We sure did, and I received a late gift that was absolutely amazing. Two days after Christmas, I got what’s referred to in the diabetes community as “a no-hitter.” I’ve had my Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring sensor since December 2010. Keep in mind I don’t wear it all the time, but I’ve had it since then. There are dotted lines that mark my high level, 180, and my low level, 80. A solid line marks what my blood sugar is. With Dexcom you can view multiple graphs to see how your sugar has been the last three hours, six hours,


12 hours or 24 hours. It’s been a goal of mine to keep my blood sugar line in between those two stinkin’ dotted lines for a full 24 hours ever since I got the thing, but something always happens. Emphasize that always, please.

What’s in store A LOVINA EICHER The Amish Cook on Wednesday. The children go back to school on Monday. Husband Joe will head back to work at the factory, also on Monday. Daughter Susan has two more ponies here to train. One is a little miniature pony and the other is a bigger sized pony like our pony Stormy. Her friend Mose’s Dad gave Susan the pony to keep for her own. She is excited and eager to train her. Benjamin and Susan have the pony, which is named Roxy, hitched to the pony cart now for the first time. It always makes me a little nervous until she has the ponies going good. Benjamin, 13, enjoys helping her train the ponies. Jacob, Emma, and family went to Berne, Ind. to have Christmas with Jacobs’ family. While there they stopped in to say hi to brother Amos, Nancy and family. Amos sent along a roll of his homemade summer sausage he made. It was very good and disappeared quite fast around here. We appreciated it very much. Looking for an easy cupcake recipe? Try this! NEVER FAIL CUPCAKES 1 egg 1/2 cup sour milk 1/2 cup shortening 1 tsp. soda 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 cup cocoa 1 1/2 cups flour


Columnist about writing the columns during my pregnancy. I know this is cliché, but it literally feels like yesterday that I was sharing stories about the latest ultrasound or doctor’s appointment with you. How fitting that I signed her up the same day I’m writing this. Thanks again for all your support during the pregnancy! Jennifer Runyon has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She can be reached at

January Variety Series brings a talented group to Dorothy Love SIDNEY — Dorothy Love Retirement Community will host the New Carlisle Area Community Chorus at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to the Amos Community Center. The New Carlisle Area Community Chorus originated in May 1985, for the purpose of providing a recreational outlet for members of the community who enjoyed singing. The musical repertoire of the New Carlisle Area Community Chorus includes an

assortment of choral styles from broadway, patriotic, popular, classic to sacred music. The chorus has approximately 35 voices from four different counties and is currently directed by Becky Funderburg, while accompanied by Beth Funderburg on the piano. They celebrate through song the reflections and the memories of our past, our traditions and our heritage. For further information, contact Lu Ann Presser at (937) 497-6542.

Four generations

■ Grandparenting

Part-timer Dear Grandparenting: Occasionally your column is about someone who is less than thrilled about being a grandparent. Count me in. Call me a reluctant grandparent. It’s not all that complicated. My grandchildren aren’t monsters. I enjoy being with them – up until a point. A little bit can go a long way. Long ago I discovered that I enjoy being with them more if a babysitter is on duty. The thing is, it’s become pretty clear that my children were counting on me to be a full-time grandparent instead of a parttimer. They expected me

TOM & DEE HARDIE KEY KIDDER Columnists to stop everything and be there 24/7. Do I feel guilty? Not in the least. I’ve more than done my share. Am I supposed to slave over my grandchildren and then lay down and die? No thank you. It’s See Part-timer/Page 7

four-generation photo was taken on Christmas Day in the home of Angie Humes, London, Ohio. Pictured above are great-grandmother Regina Favorite, grandmother Edey Mills of Piqua and Angie Humes holding her son, Harrison Carl Humes.


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whole brand new year lies ahead. What does it have in store for us all? Only God knows so let us put our trust in him. I hope everyone had a great, safe holiday.We had a very nice holiday after the flu bug finally left our house. Christmas Day was spent here at home. Elizabeth’s friend Timothy and Susan’ s friend Mose joined us for the day. It was a memorable day playing games and just being together as a family. Our thoughts and prayers went out to the ones missing family members this holiday season.They are missed even more during the special holiday time. I put a breakfast casserole in the oven to heat while everyone opened their gifts. Days like that go way too fast. Sunday we had the annual Christmas potluck dinner after church services.As always there was more than enough food. Daughter Loretta made cupcakes and frosted and decorated them to take along. Monday evening Jacob, Emma and family came in honor of Joe’s birthday, which was Dec. 22. Joe grilled chicken and hot wings while I made scalloped potatoes. We also froze homemade ice cream for our dessert and Emma brought donuts. Jacob, Emma, and family, Timothy and Mose also spent New Year’s Day here. We had a brunch, which was a” breakfast haystack.” Our breakfast haystack menu was biscuits cut into bite sized pieces, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, chopped bacon, and diced ham, shredded cheese, green peppers, diced tomatoes, diced onion, cheese sauce, salsa, hot peppers, and sausage gravy. After dishes were washed we exchanged gifts with Emma and Jacob’s family. We had a name exchange, which was interesting to see who all had who. Then everyone went sledding in our hayfield except for Jacob, Joe, Emma, and I. We stayed in the warm house and played board games. Timothy had a sled tied behind his pony and gave some pretty fast rides around the hay field. It looked liked it was a challenge to stay on the sled when he took some fast curves. They also had fun sliding down the hill in the sled. The snow made some nice gliding downhill.When they were all tired from sledding they came back in to warm up. We set snacks out for everyone. Emma brought a lot of snacks too. I heated up the leftover chicken and wings from the evening before. The rest of the afternoon was spent playing games. Daughter Elizabeth went back to work at the factory

One click — the 3-hour line looks good, two clicks — the six hour line is right on track, three clicks — 12 hours and I’m still coloring between the lines, four clicks – oh, those few minutes back 20 some hours ago ruin it! Well, not this

time! On Dec. 27, I clicked through all four graphs and my line was never below the 80 line or above the 180. Yes! Now that’s the diabetes equivalent of a no-hitter. It’s probably a little crazy how excited I was about this, but hey that is hard work, if I do say so myself. It certainly deserved me taking a picture of Dex with my phone and sending it to my family and friends, then posting it in two different places on Facebook and now sharing it with all of you, right? Of course! That’s what I thought, too. For anyone not living with this disease, this may not seem to be a big deal, but if you battle diabetes

every minute of every day, you realize the difficulties involved with keeping your sugar within a 100 point range. I’d compare it to losing weight. It’s the New Year — we’re all on diets, right? I’m going to say it’s like trying to keep your weight within a range of plus or minus 2 pounds. Like weight, everything affects it, food, exercise, sleep, health, stress, so it’d be pretty difficult, right? My comparison may not be perfect, but it’s the best I’ve got. Thanks for letting me share my good news. Now, please bear with me while I slip into mom mode. I signed Jenabella up for pre-kindergarten today. Yes, pre-kindergarten. As I stood in line to sign her up, I just kept thinking


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Sex offender Continued from page 1 Brandt and Zwick, along with another man, Patrick Rieder, 32, of Dayton, were indicted by a Miami County grand jury in March after each was arrested the month before at the conclusion of an investigation by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force into Brandt allegedly compelling child prostitution via online advertisements. Brandt pleaded guilty to seven counts of rape in neighboring Montgomery County last month and he is currently awaiting sentencing on those convic-

tions, which will take place Feb. 26. Rieder has been charged with four counts of rape in that county and is awaiting trial. Brandt is expected to testify against him if the case moves to trial. The child victims have since been placed in the custody of relatives and are under the supervision of children services. An attorney for Zwick, Joseph Stadnicar, was not available for comment and a phone call to his office was not returned. It wasn’t immediately known if Stadnicar plans to appeal the case.

Elections Continued from page 1 resignation created “turmoil.” “I know with the resignation last election that there has been a little bit of turmoil,” he said. “Hopefully I can correct that and get rid of the turmoil.” Following Quillen’s resignation, Beverly Kendall, one of the office’s most experienced elections employees who has assisted

in every election in the last 15 years, ran the office as interim director until Higgins was named as the permanent director Monday. In a brief and handwritten resignation letter, Quillen cited “stress of the upcoming presidential election” as the reason for his departure in October. Elections Deputy Director Pamela Calendine, a Democrat, will continue to serve in her role.


VERSAILLES — Versailles Health Care Center would like to invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a free total joint replacement class offered the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, orthopedic surgeon, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and

rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session. Light refreshments will be provided. There also will be a doorprize to all participants, featuring a giftcard, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn. Call Shannon Condon at (937) 526-0130 for more information or to RSVP.

Part-timer Continued from page 6 not my fault I enjoy doing what pleases me more than I enjoy catering to my grandchildren. All this feelgood stuff in your columns about fitting into my grandkid’s busy lives doesn’t work for me. They’ll have to fit into my busy life. Stop putting grandparents in the backseat. It’s my life, and I’m driving it. — Lucky Springfield, Mass. Dear Lucky: We agree that a new set of expectations is in order. In years past, there were fewer options for grandparents whose children asked for childcare help – what else were aging men and women to do, and who better to mind the children? With today’s limp economy and more women working, grandparents are squeezed by family demand for their time and services on the one hand, and their separate wants and needs on the other hand. But there’s a new landscape for today’s grandparent generation, and it stretches further and wider than in years past. In short, there are more choices, and with better health and an increased life expectancy, more deci-

sions about how to spend the decades between middle age and the end of life – how to make the most of the next 20 or so years. Not everybody is willing to chuck it all for the grandkids, nor are they willing to sacrifice their future or economic security. You said it best – they’ll have to fit into your busy life, not vice-versa. We never prescribed a quantity of time to spend with grandchildren. We just hope it’s quality time. To each their own. GRAND REMARK OF THE WEEK Sue Smith from Seattle, Wash. asked grandson Mark what he wanted for Christmas. “Maybe some nice sneakers,” he replied. “Just don’t get me any gab. Uncle Bart already did.” “Gab?” What’s that?” “I don’t know. But Uncle Bart keeps saying I sure got the gift of gab.” Dee and Tom, married more than 50 years, have eight grandchildren. Together with Key, they welcome questions, suggestions and Grand Remarks of the Week. Send to P.O. Box 27454, Towson, MD, 21285. Call (410) 9634426.


Last year hottest on record WASHINGTON (AP) — America set an off-thecharts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That’s a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998. Breaking temperature

records by an entire degree is unprecedented, scientists say. Normally, records are broken by a tenth of a degree or so. “It was off the chart,” said Deke Arndt, head of climate monitoring at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., which calculated the temperature records. Last year, he said, will go down as “a huge exclama-

tion point at the end of a couple decades of warming.” The data center’s figures for the entire world won’t come out until next week, but through the first 11 months of 2012, the world was on pace to have its eighth warmest year on record. Scientists say the U.S. heat is part global warming in action and natural weather variations. The

drought that struck almost two-thirds of the nation and a La Nina weather event helped push temperatures higher, along with climate change from man-made greenhouse gas emissions, said Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She said temperature increases are happening faster than scientists predicted.

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members accepted the retirement resignation of curriculum director Neil Long effective July 31. “Neil will be missed tremendously after July 31st,” Hanes said adding that the position would be posted today and that much time will be allowed for the research for a replacement. The board also approved resolutions allowing the superintendent to accept resignations and hire staff

Here are 2013 Piqua City Schools Board of Education meeting dates: Jan. 24 Feb. 28 March 20 April 25 May 22 June 27 July 18

Aug. 22 Sept. 26 Oct. 24 Nov. 21 Dec. 19 Meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Government Complex, commission chambers 201 W. Water St.

between board meetings. Andy Hite was elected the 2013 president of the Piqua City Schools Board of Education, while Mimi

Crawford was elected vice president. And, meeting dates for 2013 were set. Most meetings will be held the fourth

Thursday of the month as they currently are; however, there are exceptions. For a complete list of board meeting dates (see the pull out box). Piqua Board of Education meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Municipal Government Complex, Commission Chambers, 201 W. Water St. The board concluded their meeting with an executive session to discuss the purchase of real estate. No action was taken following the session.

to live outside the village. Busse lives in nearby Russia, where he was village administrator before taking the Covington position last year. During his administrator’s report, Busse advised council members the village saved $8,284 in tipping fees through the recycling program as residents recycled 177 tons of materials that would have been sent to the landfill. While participation in recycling has been strong, Busse said the village will employ an education program this year to encourage even more residents to

recycle. “We do have a lot of people who recycle,” McCord said, noting the program has made great strides since it was implemented three years ago. “Snow removal was a challenge during the holidays,” Busse said, noting that the forecast for warmer weather this week “will help us immensely.” Busse also reported an old paper shredder that quit working has been replaced by a larger shredder, which can handle up to 28 pages at a time. The village has installed 55 radio read utility meters

and work is continuing to put the high service pump back in service at the water treatment plant, according to Busse. In other business council: • Approved an ordinance establishing standard drawings for water system, sewer system and sidewalk construction in the village. • Approved the payment of $1,188 for village dues to belong to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. • Passed an ordinance for the village to enact the Ohio Basic Code for 2013.

lives, works or receives an education for the rest of his life. Due to the age of the victim, Johnston faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment Authorities alleged Johnston committed the sexual act occurred May 27 at a West Milton home and involved a 5-year-old girl who he was associated. The charges followed

an investigation prompted when the child told trusted adults of the sexual activity. Meanwhile in Miami County Municipal Court, a 72-year-old Tipp City resident was charged with several sex crimes. Willie Couch II was charged with seven counts of gross sexual imposition involving a child, each a third-degree felony that

carries a potential maximum prison sentence of five years in prison and sex offender registration. Couch, arrested over the weekend, remains jailed on a $175,000 bond on the charges, which involve two juvenile females and transpired in the last five years. A Jan. 17 preliminary hearing is scheduled for Couch.

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John Frock, Lois Newman and Marc Basye to the Volunteer Firefighters’ Dependents Fund Committee. Village council will continue to meet on the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. An exception will be the next council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, since that Monday is a holiday, Martin Luther King Day. The Safety Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Council approved a resolution permitting Village Administrator Mike Busse

Prison Continued from page 1 the age of the child involved was under that age of 10 at the time of the offense. For that conviction a judge ruled Johnston will spend the next 10 years to life in prison and was labeled as a tier III sex offender, which requires him to register on an annual basis withe the sheriff’s office in the county where he


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INSIDE ■ Bradford powerlifters start season, page 9. ■ Alabama routs Notre Dame in title game, page 10.




PYBSA to hold signups BRUNSWICK

The Piqua Youth Baseball and Softball Association will be holding signups on two different weekends at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in the old Arcade area. Signups will be held on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m.


Shaking off rust Lady Chargers beat Tiger JVs

SPRINGFIELD — After almost three weeks off, the Edison Community College women’s basketball team got back in action Tuesday night with The Piqua Youth Baseball & Softball Association a 76-67 win over the Wittenberg JVs. is seeking a secretary. “We had the game canFor more information, celled (with Lake Michicall Kyle Pratt at (937) gan), so the layoff was 451-7051. even longer,” Edison coach Kim Rank said. “I didn’t ■ Junior High think we played very well, but it had been so long since we played. “We still scored a lot of points, but you could see The Piqua eighth grade we were out of sync.” Kendra Brunswick led boys basketball team ran balanced attack with 17 a into a strong Wayne team points. Monday, losing 62-42. Jo Steva scored 16, Tori Storm Cook had 13 Purk netted 14 and added points, while Gage Smith Brooke Richards added had 10 points and five re13. bounds. “We are going to have to Nathan Monnin had pick it up with conference seven points and eight replay starting next week,” bounds. Rank said. “But, it was PIQUA SCORING Chappie 2, Cook 13, Patton 6, Hecker 2, good to just get back on Hawk 2, Smith 10, Monnin 7. the floor.” Edison will host OSULima Friday at 6 p.m. The Edison men will get back in action tonight, The Bradford junior high hosting WSU/Lima at 7 girls basketball teams lost p.m. Both team will open two close games to Miami Ohio Community College East. Conference action next The seventh grade lost week, playing at Cincin23-15. nati State Wednesday. Brooke Fair and Bailey EDISION SCORING Wysong scored four points Terra Vanover 1-2-4, Brooke Richards 52-13, Morgan Huelskamp 1-3-5, Kendra each. Brunswick 6-3-17, Emily Mowbray 2-0-5, Jo The eighth grade lost Steva 7-2-16, Kelsey Tester 1-0-2, Tori Purk 4-6-14. Totals: 27-18-76. 25-24. 3-point field golas — Richards, Alley Booker had nine Brunswick (2), Mowbray. Records: Edison 8-2. points and Olivia Hart added eight.

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Tate Honeycutt (left) and Josh Holfinger (right) shoot the ball for Piqua Tuesday night.

Piqua boys struggle on road Trotwood too much for Indians in GWOC TROTWOOD — The Piqua boys basketball team was playing a very strong Trotwood-Madison team Tuesday night in Greater Western Ohio Conference North action. The Indians got down early and never recovered, losing 81-46 on the road. “They are a good team,” Piqua coach Heath Butler said. “But, I thought a big thing was we struggled to rebound. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well, but when you give a team like Trotwood extra shots, that really makes it tough.” Colton Bachman led Piqua with 10 points, while Josh Holfinger added eight. Erik Vondehuevel scored seven, Xavier Harrison and Daniel Monnin both netted six, Ryan Hughes had five and Tate Honeycutt added four. “When we get off the bus, we just have to start getting ready for Troy,” Butler said. “It is a big rivarly game. We have to come out and play with emotion and play the way we can.” Piqua, 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the GWOC Colton Bachman drives to the basket Tuesday night. North, will host Troy Friday night.

BRADFORD SCORING Seventh Grade Stump 1, Fair 4, Gill 2, Houser 2, Wysong 4, Fout 2. Eighth Grade Brower 2, Hart 8, Booker 9, Brewer 1, Rosengarten 2, Bates 2.

Buccs, Roaders roll to victories

Lehman JH competes

East girls dominate Urbana C OV I N G T O N — T h e Covington girls basketballl team cruised to a 6636 win over Milton-Union Monday in non-conference action. "We've played well as a team of late," Covington coach Gene Gooding said. "Offensively, defensively and rebounding, the girls are working well together." Jessie Crowell poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Buccs. Jackie Siefring dominated in the paint and scored 16 points. Heidi Snipes added 10 points and Cassidy Cain scored in eight points. Covington will host Miami East Saturday in Cross County Conference action.

The Lehman wrestling team competed in the Piqua Junior High Invitational. Finishing second were Seth Brown, Brandon Simmons and Colin Haller. Finishing third were Jake Earhart and Wyatt Long. Alex Musser was sixth and Jacob Emrick was seventh. Blake Leffel showed improvement.


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Roaders roll BRADFORD — The Bradford girls basketball team cruised to a 44-24 win over Parkway Monday night. Bree Bates led Bradford with 15 points and Brooke Dunlevy added 14 points. Bradford will host Franklin Monroe Thursday in Cross County Conference action.



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Lehman update The Lehman-Versailles boys basketball game will be made up on the Jan. 29. Freshman start time is 4:30 The girls varsity basketball game at Versailles on Saturday will start at 2:30 p.m and is varsity only. Tickets for the Sidney and Lehman Basketball game will go on sale to the general public on Friday. scored 27 first-quarter points and it was off to the races against Urbana Monday night in Casstown. The Vikings had a 47-20 lead at half and coasted to a 90-51 victory behind Madi Linn's 19 points. Linn hit five 3-pointers on the night, while Angie Mack added three more and totaled 11 points. Two other Vikings reached double figures on the night, while a few others got close. Abby Cash scored 17 and Trina Current had 16. Emily Kindell and Ashley Current each added nine. Miami East will host Bethel Thursday and play at Covington Saturday in Cross County Conference action.


Roader lifters start season Boys win, girls second SPRINGFIELD — The Bradford powerlifting team kicked off its 25th season at the Northeastern Invitational Saturday. The Bradford boys won, while the girls finished second. Winning for the Railroader boys were Bryson Canan (127), Justin Parke (154), Nathan Voisard (170), TJ Pullins (187), Bryant Apple (205), Bailey Powell (227) and Steven Gayhart (280). Taking second were Frankie Setters (250) and Jeff Crowell (315). Finishing third were Robbie Loy (205) and David Withrow (315). fifth were Taking Mason Justice (138) and

Nick Hoover (154). Winning for the girls were Marah Hedges (101), Cheyenne Park (119), Courtney Addington (170), Rebeckah Lavey (187), Natasha Lee (205), Rachel Lavey (227) and Sierra Puthoff (250). Taking second were Lindsey Rose (138) and Selena Setters (205). Finishing third were Krystal Smith (110), Blake Brewer (127), Jane Bloom (127), Maria Vernon (138) and Kylee Floyd (154). Finishing fifth was Molli Lavey (154). Bradford will lift at West Liberty-Salem Saturday and Tri-Village the following week.

Johnson can’t be stopped Wins PGA Tour opener KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson disappeared into a small valley of bushes and high grass as he searched for another errant tee shot, this one costing him a double bogey and making the final round of the Tournament of Champions far more exciting than he needed it to be. Undaunted by his mistakes or the thought of blowing a big lead, he blasted driver on the next hole despite the potential for more trouble. This one was pure, rolling back off the front of the green. Johnson chipped in from 50 feet for eagle and he was on his way. Such a wild sequence — double bogey-eagle — is par for the course for this big-hitting American. And it was only appropriate that this weird, windy start to the PGA Tour season would end Tuesday with such a wild ride. Johnson had a fiveshot lead after seven holes. His lead was down to one shot with five holes to play. He wound up closing with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory over defending champion Steve Stricker. "It was nowhere near ho-hum," Johnson said. Nothing was. The winners-only tournament didn't start until the fourth day because of gusts that topped 40 mph, forcing officials to shorten it to 54 holes. Once it finally got under way, it was over in 29 hours. Perhaps it was only fitting that a tournament delayed by a powerful wind was won by a guy who overpowered the Plantation Course at Kapalua. "It definitely got close out there today," Johnson said. "Sometimes I hit a couple of bad drives, but I was always able to bounce back and do what I needed to do to stay out front." He never felt truly in command until the final two holes, which are downhill. Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, was spotted with Johnson all week and watched from the gallery as he finished without drama at 16under 203. Johnson won for the sixth straight season since leaving college at Coastal Carolina, the longest streak since Tiger Woods won in 14 straight years. Only Phil Mickelson (nine) has a longer active streak of most consecutive years with a PGA Tour win. "It looks like very little fear in him," Stricker said.

"Because he'll hit one a little crooked, but he'll pull out that driver again and try it again. And he pulled it off, especially at 14. That was the deciding shot and chip for the tournament. Expect a lot of good things as he continues his career." And don't expect it to ever be dull. Johnson has all the tools for greatness, though his decision-making remains open to criticism. Instead of hitting an iron off the 13th tee — it's tough to get it close to the pin even with a short iron — he went with driver and invited all sorts of trouble. Remember, this is the guy who lost a threeshot lead in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by rushing through wild shots in a round of 82. He lost a shot at another major by not realizing he was in a bunker on the last hole at Whistling Straits. "I've done it enough times that it doesn't really bother me anymore," Johnson said. "I've been in this situation enough now and I've made enough double bogeys in my life. You know, it's just another hole, and you've got a lot more holes to go where you can make it up. Fortunately, today I made a double and then the next hole I made eagle. That definitely was the turning point of the day, because walking off 13, I was like, 'Oh, no, here it goes again.' "But I came right back, focused and hit two great shots." Johnson also added a peculiar footnote to his record. He now has won the last three PGA Tour events reduced to 54 holes because of weather — rain at Pebble Beach in 2009, a hurricane at The Barclays in 2011 and gusts that topped 40 mph in Hawaii from a freak weather pattern that led to a bizarre season opener. Stricker put up a good fight on one good leg. He has been feeling a shooting pain down his left side on every shot and limped his way around the most mountainous course on tour for 54 holes in two days. He closed with a 69. "I knew it was going to be tough, but I gave it a run for a little while," Stricker said. Brandt Snedeker went 5 under during a four-hole stretch on the front nine to get within one shot of the lead until he closed out the front nine with three straight bogeys. Snedeker had a 69 and finished alone in third, six shots behind.


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NFL Playoffs NFL Playoff Glance All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 5 Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10 Sunday, Jan. 6 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9 Seattle 24, Washington 14 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore at Denver, 4:30 p.m. (CBS) Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Jan. 13 Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX) Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 AFC, TBA (CBS) NFC, TBA (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27 At Honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 7 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6 p.m. (CBS)

Bowl Glance College Football FBS Bowl Glance Subject to Change All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Arizona 49, Nevada 48 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Utah State 41, Toledo 15 Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego BYU 23, San Diego State 6 Friday, Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. UCF 38, Ball State 17 Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State 28, Washington 26 Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU 43, Fresno State 10 Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Central Michigan 24, W. Kentucky 21 Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Washington San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati 48, Duke 34 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Baylor 49, UCLA 26 Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14 Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10, OT Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Rice 33, Air Force 14 Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Arizona State 62, Navy 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14 Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas 31, Orgeon State 27 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State 17, TCU 16 Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt 38, N.C. State 24 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Tulsa 31, Iowa State 7 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Clemson 25, LSU 24 Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20 Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Georgia 45, Nebraska 31 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. South Carolina 33, Michigan 28 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 Orange Bowl At Miami Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10 Wednesday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Louisville 33, Florida 23 Thursday, Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Oregon 35, Kansas State 17 Friday, Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13 Saturday, Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Mississippi 38, Pittsburgh 17 Sunday, Jan. 6 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13 Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Miami Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14 Saturday, Jan. 19 RAYCOM College Football All-Star Classic At Montgomery, Ala. Stars vs. Stripes, 3 p.m. (CBSSN) East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, TBA (NFLN)

Final USA Today Poll The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Pts Pvs Record 1. Alabama (56) 13-1 1,400 2 2. Oregon 12-1 1,322 3 12-1 1,253 1 3. Notre Dame 4. Georgia 12-2 1,213 5 5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,171 9 12-2 1,167 8 6. Stanford 7. South Carolina 11-2 1,064 10 8. Florida State 12-2 942 12 11-2 916 13 9. Clemson 10. Florida 11-2 886 4 11. Kansas State 11-2 841 6 10-3 775 7 12. LSU 13. Louisville 11-2 772 18 14. Boise State 11-2 633 15 10-3 600 11 15. Oklahoma 16. Northwestern 10-3 580 17 17. Utah State 11-2 444 20 9-4 398 25 18. Texas 19. Oregon State 9-4 366 14 20. Vanderbilt 9-4 248 NR 244 24 21. San Jose State 11-2 22. Cincinnati 10-3 186 NR 23. Nebraska 10-4 175 21 156 16 24. Northern Illinois 12-2 25. Tulsa 11-3 110 NR Others receiving votes: Michigan 101; UCLA 75; Baylor 52; Oklahoma State 36; Wisconsin 18; Central Florida 15; Arkansas State 13; Arizona State 10; Rutgers 9; Kent State 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Arizona 1; Ohio 1.

Final AP Poll The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Pts Pv Record 1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2 2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5 12-0 1,302 3 3. Ohio St. 4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1 5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6 11-2 1,230 10 5. Texas A&M 7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8 8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11 11-2 933 4 9. Florida 10. Florida St. 12-2 922 13 11. Clemson 11-2 889 14 11-2 871 7 12. Kansas St. 13. Louisville 11-2 781 22 14. LSU 10-3 756 9 10-3 615 12 15. Oklahoma 16. Utah St. 11-2 456 18 17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21 11-2 419 20 18. Boise St. 19. Texas 9-4 358 NR 20. Oregon St. 9-4 303 15 11-2 243 24 21. San Jose St. 22. N. Illinois 12-2 227 16 23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR 8-5 147 19 24. Michigan 25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23 Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.


NBA Standings National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 23 11 .676 — 19 15 .559 4 Brooklyn Boston 17 17 .500 6 Philadelphia 15 20 .429 8½ 12 22 .353 11 Toronto Southeast Division W L Pct GB 23 9 .719 — Miami Atlanta 20 12 .625 3 Orlando 12 22 .353 12 9 24 .273 14½ Charlotte Washington 5 28 .152 18½ Central Division L Pct GB W Chicago 19 13 .594 — Indiana 20 14 .588 — Milwaukee 16 16 .500 3 13 23 .361 8 Detroit Cleveland 8 28 .222 13 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 27 10 .730 — 22 10 .688 2½ Memphis Houston 20 14 .588 5½ Dallas 13 22 .371 13 9 25 .265 16½ New Orleans Northwest Division W L Pct GB 26 8 .765 — Oklahoma City Portland 19 15 .559 7 Denver 20 16 .556 7 18 18 .500 9 Utah Minnesota 15 15 .500 9 Pacific Division L Pct GB W L.A. Clippers 27 8 .771 — Golden State 22 11 .667 4 15 18 .455 11 L.A. Lakers Sacramento 13 22 .371 14 Phoenix 12 23 .343 15 Monday's Games Washington 101, Oklahoma City 99 Boston 102, New York 96 Chicago 118, Cleveland 92 New Orleans 95, San Antonio 88 Utah 100, Dallas 94 Portland 125, Orlando 119, OT Memphis 113, Sacramento 81 Tuesday's Games Brooklyn at Philadelphia Miami at Indiana L.A. Lakers at Houston Atlanta at Minnesota Phoenix at Milwaukee Wednesday's Games Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Utah at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Men’s AP Poll The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 6, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Duke (62) 14-0 1,622 1 2. Michigan (3) 15-0 1,553 2 3. Louisville 13-1 1,447 4 4. Arizona 14-0 1,442 3 5. Indiana 13-1 1,381 5 6. Kansas 12-1 1,322 6 7. Syracuse 14-1 1,211 7 8. Minnesota 14-1 1,121 9 9. Gonzaga 15-1 1,064 10 10. Missouri 11-2 1,006 12 11. Florida 10-2 922 13 12. Illinois 14-2 881 11 13. Creighton 14-1 789 16 14. Butler 12-2 761 17 15. Ohio St. 11-3 710 8 16. San Diego St. 12-2 591 19 17. Notre Dame 13-1 547 21 18. Kansas St. 12-2 472 25 19. Georgetown 10-2 441 15 20. NC State 12-2 438 23 21. Cincinnati 13-2 375 14 22. Michigan St. 12-3 267 18 23. Wichita St. 14-1 135 — 24. UNLV 13-2 113 — 25. New Mexico 13-2 102 20 Others receiving votes: VCU 94, Wyoming 87, Oklahoma St. 64, Marquette 41, UCLA 41, Maryland 29, Kentucky 27, Temple 13, Oregon 11, North Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1.

Women’s AP Poll The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Baylor (32) 12-1 984 2 2. Notre Dame (2) 12-1 945 5 3. UConn (2) 12-1 907 1

4. Duke (4) 13-0 903 3 5. Stanford 13-1 860 4 6. Kentucky 13-1 791 6 7. California 12-1 747 7 12-2 706 9 8. Penn St. 9. Tennessee 11-3 667 12 10. Maryland 10-3 596 8 11. North Carolina 15-1 581 15 12. Purdue 13-2 537 14 13-2 506 10 13. Georgia 14. UCLA 11-2 451 16 12-3 411 11 15. Louisville 16. Oklahoma 12-2 388 17 11-2 264 21 17. Kansas 18. Florida St. 12-2 255 19 18. South Carolina 13-2 255 18 12-4 241 24 20. Texas A&M 21. Oklahoma St. 10-2 229 13 12-1 225 22 22. Dayton 23. Colorado 11-2 121 20 24. Miami 12-2 115 — 11-1 91 — 25. Iowa St. Others receiving votes: Nebraska 74, Vanderbilt 59, Michigan 25, Syracuse 22, Arkansas 14, DePaul 7, Michigan St. 7, UTEP 6, Illinois 4, Villanova 3, Texas Tech 2, Wyoming 1.

Prep Boys Poll How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the first of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1, Cols. Northland (3) 8-0 110 2, Tol. Cent. Cath. (6) 6-0 96 8-0 87 3, Westerville N. (2) 4, Liberty Twp. Lakota E. (4) 11-0 84 5, Norwalk 11-0 61 8-2 58 6, Tol. Whitmer (1) 7, Cin. Walnut Hills 10-1 55 8, Cle. St. Ignatius (1) 6-2 54 9-1 49 9, Reynoldsburg (1) 10, Cin. Withrow 7-1 38 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cin. St. Xavier 37. 12, Mentor 35. 12, Uniontown Lake 35. 14, N. Can. Hoover 33. 15, Shaker Hts. 26. 16, Lakewood St. Edward 24. 17, Tol. St. John's 21. DIVISION II 1, Day. Thurgood Marshall (8) 8-0 160 2, Day. Dunbar (7) 9-1 159 9-0 92 3, Kettering Alter (1) 4, Cols. Watterson 5-1 74 5, Can. S. (1) 11-0 73 6-2 72 6, Cle. Cent. Cath. 7, Granville 8-0 47 8, Cols. Brookhaven 9-1 42 6-2 35 9, Akr. Hoban 10, St. Clairsville 5-1 30 Others receiving 12 or more points: 12, Tontogany Otsego 24. 13, Trotwood-Madison 19. 14, New Concord John Glenn 17. 14, Akr. SVSM (1) 17. 16, Franklin 16. 17, Sandusky Perkins 13. DIVISION III 1, Cin. Summit Country Day (8) 9-0 146 2, Lima Cent. Cath. (2) 8-1 107 8-1 94 3, Ottawa-Glandorf 4, Versailles (1) 8-0 90 5, St. Bernard Roger Bacon (1) 11-1 82 9-0 71 6, Bloom-Carroll (1) 7, Oak Hill (1) 8-1 49 8, Beachwood 6-1 48 7-0 47 9, Leavittsburg Labrae (2) 10, Findlay Liberty-Benton 8-1 42 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Ironton (1) 39. 12, Cin. N. College Hill 36. 13, Carey 20. 14, Millbury Lake 15. 15, Andover Pymatuning Valley 12. DIVISION IV 8-1 98 1, St. Henry (3) 2, Newark Cath. (4) 8-0 95 3, Cols. Africentric (1) 8-1 86 7-2 85 4, Cle. VASJ (5) 5, New Madison Tri-Village (1) 10-0 76 6, Arlington (2) 9-0 73 8-1 47 7, Vanlue 8, Old Fort 10-1 46 9, Ft. Recovery 8-2 45 9-0 39 10, Bristol (1) Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, McDonald 37. 12, Richmond Hts. 31. 13, Tol. Ottawa Hills 24. 14, Berlin Hiland (1) 21. 15, Edgerton 18. 16, Tol. Christian 17. 17, Convoy Crestview 15. 18, New Riegel 14. 18, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 14. 20, Malvern 12.

Prep Girls Poll How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the first of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1, Twinsburg (11) 13-0 161 2, Kettering Fairmont (3) 11-0 125 11-0 101 3, Mason 4, Reynoldsburg (2) 10-1 88 5, Wadsworth 11-1 67 11-0 58 6, Perrysburg 7, N. Can. Hoover (1) 9-1 50 8, Cle. St. Joseph 12-0 44 9-1 37 9, Centerville 10, Aurora 8-1 22 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Dublin Coffman 21. 12, Cin. Princeton 20. 13, W. Chester Lakota W. 19. 14, Solon 15. 15, Hudson 13. 15, Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 13. DIVISION II 1, Millersburg W. Holmes (8) 11-0 142 2, Clyde (2) 14-0 128 125 3, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown (6) 9-3 4, Tol. Rogers 8-2 73 5, Bellbrook 10-1 63 12-0 55 6, Jackson 7, Oxford Talawanda 13-0 46 8, Geneva 10-1 33 11-1 31 9, Port Clinton 10, Kettering Alter 9-2 24 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akr. Hoban 23. 12, Akr. SVSM 20. 13, Celina 16. 13, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 16. 15, Warsaw River View 15. 16, Beloit W. Branch 13. 17, Lancaster Fairfield Union 12. DIVISION III 1, Smithville (6) 12-0 129 2, Cols. Africentric (5) 7-3 99 11-1 89 3, Gates Mills Gilmour (2) 4, Archbold 11-1 66 5, Anna 8-2 61 9-1 54 T6, Orrville T6, Beachwood (1) 10-0 54 8, Versailles (1) 10-1 51 12-1 45 T9, Richwood N. Union (2) T9, Georgetown 11-1 45 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Proctorville Fairland 43. 12, Beverly Ft. Frye 40. 13, Middletown Madison 32. 14, Frankfort Adena 27. 15, Can. Cent. Cath. 26. 16, Casstown Miami E. 17. 17, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. 15. DIVISION IV 1, Ottoville (5) 10-0 122 2, Newark Cath. 8-0 88 10-1 80 3, New Madison Tri-Village (2) 4, Berlin Hiland (3) 8-3 77 5, Hamler Patrick Henry (2) 10-0 68 8-2 67 6, Ft. Loramie (2) 7, Ft. Recovery 9-2 61 8, Mansfield St. Peter's (1) 10-1 57 8-0 44 9, Bridgeport 10, Reedsville Eastern 9-1 43 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Continental 31. 12, Cle. VASJ 30. 13, Worthington Christian (1) 29. 14, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge 26. 15, Lordstown (1) 23. 16, New Riegel 21. 17, Zanesville Rosecrans 18.


Hyundai Scores Hyundai Tournament of Champions Scores Tuesday At Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course) Kapalua, Hawaii Purse: $5.7 mililon Yardage: 7,452; Par: 73 Final (FedExCup points in parentheses) Dustin Johnson (500), $1,140,000 Steve Stricker (300), $665,000 Brandt Snedeker (190), $432,000 Bubba Watson (123), $304,000 Keegan Bradley (123), $304,000 Rickie Fowler (95), $212,500 Tommy Gainey (95), $212,500 Carl Pettersson (85), $190,000 Ian Poulter (78), $175,000 Matt Kuchar (78), $175,000 Mark Wilson (68), $155,000 Webb Simpson (68), $155,000 J.J. Henry (56), $120,400 Johnson Wagner (56), $120,400 Scott Stallings (56), $120,400 Scott Piercy (56), $120,400 Nick Watney (56), $120,400 Jonas Blixt (51), $87,600 Ben Curtis (51), $87,600 John Huh (51), $87,600 Zach Johnson (51), $87,600 Jason Dufner (51), $87,600 Charlie Beljan (47), $73,000 Bill Haas (47), $73,000 Marc Leishman (47), $73,000 Hunter Mahan (45), $67,000 Ted Potter, Jr. (45), $67,000 Ryan Moore (43), $63,000 George McNeill (43), $63,000 Kyle Stanley (41), $61,000

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Browns search continuing on Team interviews Trestman BY JEFF SCHUDEL Willoughby Herald


The Alabama players give coach coach Nick Saban a Gatorade® shower after Monday’s game.

Thinking abut three-peat Alabama continues SEC dominance with rout of Notre Dame MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The championship was locked up by halftime. By the time the confetti landed, Alabama was already looking ahead to the next one. That's the way it is for the latest dynasty in Tuscaloosa. Win a title. Move on. Quieting the Irish on the very first drive, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game. The Bear would've been especially proud of this one — Nick Saban and the Tide romping to the second-biggest rout of the BCS era that began in 1999. Now, back to work. "The process is ongoing," said Saban, still tightlipped as ever and showing little emotion after the fourth national title of his coaching career. "We're going to enjoy it for 24 hours or so." The Crimson Tide (131) wrapped up its ninth Associated Press national title, breaking a tie with Notre Dame for the most by any school and gaining a measure of redemption for a bitter loss to the Irish almost four decades ago: the epic 1973 Sugar Bowl in which Ara Parseghian's team edged Bear Bryant's powerhouse 24-23. Bryant won five AP titles during his brilliant career. The way things are going, Saban might just chase him down. Lacy, the game's offensive MVP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the final minute of the opening half. He spun away from the vaunted Notre Dame defense not once, but twice, to cap a 28-0 blitz before the bands even got on the field. "They just did what Alabama does," moaned Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist. Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries, coming up with two of his best performances in the two biggest games of the year. He rushed for a careerhigh 181 yards in a thrilling victory over Georgia in the SEC title game, and was nearly as dominant against the Irish (12-1). McCarron wasn't too shabby, either, completing 20 of 28 passes for four touchdowns and 264 yards, adding another dazzling effort on top of being MVP in last year's title game. You could almost hear television sets around the country flipping to other channels, a hugely anticipated matchup between


Alabama's Eddie Lacy (42) runs past Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell Monday. two of the nation's most storied programs reduced to nothing more than the second straight BCS blowout for the Crimson Tide. And, it would seem, they're not content yet. "We're going for it next year again," said offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, only a sophomore but already the owner of two rings. "And again. And again. And again. I love to win. That's why I came here." While Saban insisted he was "happy as hell" and "has never been prouder of a group of young men," it was hard to tell. He was already talking about reporting to the office Wednesday and getting started on next season. "One of these days, when I'm sitting on the side of the hill watching the stream go by, I'll probably figure it out even more," Saban said. "But what about next year's team? You've got to think about that, too." Alabama scored 69 straight points against its title game opponents, going back to getting the final 13 against Texas in 2010, followed by a stifling 21-0 victory over LSU for last year's crown, then scoring the first 35 points on Notre Dame. Saban's team made the Irish look like a squad that would be hard-pressed to finish in the middle of the pack in the mighty Southeastern Conference, which has now won seven straight national championships. Saban, the diminutive man with the perpetual scowl, has guided Alabama to the top spot in the rankings three times since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and if he's serious about finishing his career with the job he has, there seems no reason he can't

win a few more before he's done with "The Process." Already, Saban is the first coach in the BCS era to win national titles at different schools, capturing his first at LSU during the 2003 season. Now, he's the first coach with backto-back BCS titles, and given the youthfulness of his team, Alabama figures to go into next season as a heavy favorite. In an interesting twist, Saban's fourth title came in the stadium where he had the only stumble of his coaching career, a twoyear tenure with the NFL's Miami Dolphins that ended ugly, with the coach insisting he wasn't planning to leave — then bolting for Alabama just two weeks later. His tactics may have been underhanded, but it's hard to argue with the call he made. Before a record Sun Life Stadium crowd of 80,120 that definitely included more green than crimson, Lacy ran right through Te'o and the Irish on a 20yard touchdown run before the game was 3 minutes old, capping an 82-yard drive that was longest of the season given up by the Fighting Irish. It would only get worse. Alabama marched right down the field on its second possession, this one a 10-play, 61-yard pounding that finished with McCarron completely faking out the defense and lofting a 3-yard touchdown pass to Michael Williams, standing all alone in the back of the end zone. On the first play of the second quarter, T.J. Yeldon powered over from the 1 to make it 21-0, the finish to another impressive drive — this one covering 80 yards — that included two long completions by McCarron. First, he went to

Kevin Norwood on a 25yard gain. Then, he hooked up with freshman Amari Cooper for a 27yard gain to the Notre Dame 6. By that point, it was clear to everyone that Notre Dame's hopes of winning its first national championship since 1988 were all done. But Alabama just poured it on. "We've got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there," said Brian Kelly, the Irish's third-year coach. "Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now — a championship football team. That's back-to-back national champions. That's what it looks like. That's what you measure yourself against there. It's pretty clear across the board what we have to do." Lacy's 11-yard touchdown reception with 31 seconds left in the half left the Irish fans shaking the heads in disbelief, while the Alabama faithful broke out that familiar "SEC! SEC! SEC!" Alabama made it 35-0 on McCarron's second TD pass of the night, a 34yarder to Cooper without a Notre Dame defender in sight. The Irish finally scored late in the third quarter, a 2-yard run by Everett Golson that served no other purpose except to end Alabama's remarkable scoreless streak in the BCS title games, which stretched to 108 minute and 7 seconds — the equivalent of nearly two full games — before the Notre Dame quarterback found the end zone. The only BCS title that was more of a blowout was USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in 2005.

Marc Trestman was in Berea being interviewed for the vacant Browns coaching job on Tuesday one day after being interviewed in Chicago for the head coach opening with the Bears, according to sources. Trestman, who turns 57 next Tuesday, emerged Sunday as a candidate to replace fired Pat Shurmur. He has been head coach of the Montreal Alouettes since 2008. The Bears and Browns are not the first NFL teams to show interest in Trestman, who had numerous NFL stops as an assistant from 1985-2004, including two years with the Browns. He was the Browns' quarterbacks coach in 1988 when Bernie Kosar, Mike Pagel, Don Strock and Gary Danielson played the position. Despite all the injuries the Browns finished 10-6, scored 304 points and made the playoffs. Trestman was the offensive coordinator in 1989 when the Browns finished 9-6-1 and advanced to the AFC championship game. left the Trestman Browns in 1990 to coach the Vikings' quarterbacks. He had stops with the 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, Dolphins and North Carolina State before getting his first head coaching job five years ago in Montreal. His teams have been in the playoffs all five years and won the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010. Last year, Trestman interviewed for the coaching vacancy with the Colts, but Colts owner Jim Irsay hired Chuck Pagano in-

stead. Pagano missed most of the 2012 season being treated for leukemia. In his absence, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as interim head coach and won nine games. Arians was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness on Saturday when the Colts lost to the Ravens in an AFC wildcard playoff game. He was discharged and returned to Indianapolis on Monday. The Colts had so much success when Arians served as head coach the Browns, Eagles and Bears want to interview him for their coaching vacancies. The Browns are expected to interview him this week. Last week, the Browns interviewed fired Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt plus Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. They also interviewed three college coaches — Chip Kelly, Bill O'Brien and Doug Marrone. Kelly decided to stay at Oregon and O'Brien decided to stay at Penn State. Marrone left Syracuse to be head coach of the Bills. The GM search The Browns want to hire their head coach before hiring a general manager, but they are still exploring GM candidates. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns are interested in Jets assistant general manager Scott Cohen, who has been with the Jets since 2008. Cohen worked in the Eagles' front office with Browns CEO Joe Banner from 2001-07.

Lewis taken aback by playoff struggle Offense struggled at critical time CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis was taken aback by the way his team fell apart. The Bengals played their worst all-around game in months, resulting in a 19-13 loss to Houston on Saturday in a wild card playoff. Even then, they had a chance to win it at the end, but Andy Dalton overthrew an open A.J. Green in the end zone. After winning seven of their last eight games, the Bengals were convinced they would finally snap one of the most enduring streaks of playoff futility. Instead, they've now gone 22 years without a postseason win, tied for seventh-longest in NFL history. "It was kind of interesting that a lot of things we went into the game understanding — the poise and the calmness we needed to play with — eventually ended up being our demise," Lewis said on Monday. Nothing was more stunning than the way the offense imploded. And nobody is under more scrutiny heading into another empty offseason than quarterback Andy Dalton. For the second year in a row, Dalton had a horrid time in the playoffs. He passed for only 3 yards in the first half and finished 14 of 30 for 127 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a 44.7 passer rating that was thirdworst in franchise history for a playoff game. As a rookie last year, he threw three interceptions during a 31-10 loss in Houston that left him with a passer rating of

51.4. In the two playoff games combined, Dalton has completed 57 percent of his passes for only 384 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. In his two biggest games, Dalton has failed to lead the offense to a touchdown. "Andy's an incredible quarterback," receiver Andrew Hawkins said on Monday. "To do the things he's done this early in his career — 17 wins, he took the Bengals to back-toback playoffs for the first time in 30 years. When you start winning, the standard gets raised. Now we're bums for losing in the first round where before we were bums for not making it to the playoffs. That's how football works. We understand that. "He's going to bring the Bengals a lot of wins and a lot of playoff wins for many years to come." A lot of the focus next season will be on Dalton, a second-round draft pick who exceeded expectations as a rookie but had his worst moments in the biggest games this season. Lewis met with him on Monday and urged him to continue taking control of the offense. "As I told Andy, 'You've done a lot of good things, now you have to continue pressing forward and putting your stamp on the football team,'" Lewis said. Another failure to get a playoff win would raise questions about whether he's capable of taking the team to the next level. "I know the type of player that I am, and I'm not too worried about it," Dalton said on Monday.















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

SMALL 3 bedroom house in country. Covington School district, $375. 2 bedroom trailer in country near Bradford, $400, all electric! (937)417-7111.

LOVESEAT, black reclining and red loveseat and chair both purchased at Front Room Furnishings in Dublin, Ohio. Like new excellent condition. Just moved to Sidney and don't have room for them. Each set $550 j l e n t z 6 1 @ ya h o o. c o m . (937)538-0601.

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TIPP CITY, Nice 2 bedroom, 1 bath, AC, appliances included, W/D hookup, garbage disposal, dishwasher. $490 month, $450 deposit. No pets, Metro accepted, (937)902-9894.

FRAMED LITHOGRAPH, 1950's print of Fredrick Remington's "The Smoke Signal," 24"x36" in antique frame, beautiful piece of art! $325, (937)214-2843 local.

CRIB, real wood, good condition, stationary sides, $75 (937)339-4233

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QUILTING FRAME, Next Generation, partially assembled, large enough for king-size, can be made smaller, excellent condition, instructional dvd, $150, (937)418-4758

REFRIGERATOR, older Whirlpool, runs and works well, $50. Call (937)214-6543. STOVE, older electric Frigidaire, $50. Call (937)214-6543.

530 Events Antique FISHING Lure & Tackle Clinic Jan 16-20 with FREE identifications evaluations & appraisals 8640 N. Dixie Dr. Dayton 45414. (937)475-7997

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TROY, 1 & 2 Bedrooms, appliances, CA, water, trash paid, $425 & $525 monthly. $200 Deposit Special! (937)673-1821

315 Condos for Rent CONDO IN country setting, located at 8490 Bennett Drive. Includes washer/ dryer, sewer, water, trash. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, $550. (937)773-4484.

320 Houses for Rent NICE, CLEAN, 2 Bedroom house, w/d hookup, no pets, (937)214-0689

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FIREWOOD, $125 a cord pick up, $150 a cord delivered, $175 a cord delivered and stacked (937)308-6334 or (937)719-3237 FIREWOOD, All hardwood, $150 per cord delivered or $120 you pick up, (937)726-2780. FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, $120 you pick up. ( 9 3 7 ) 8 4 4 - 3 7 5 6 (937)844-3879 FIREWOOD, split, seasoned, delivered (local) $140 cord; $75 half cord. (937)559-6623. Leave a message, and I will get back with you. Thank you. SEASONED FIREWOOD $150 per cord. Stacking extra, $120 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available, (937)753-1047

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GUN Winchester model 37, 12 gauge shot gun. $250. (937)581-7177

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2005 CADILLAC CTS, silver, with black leather interior, 125,000 miles. fully loaded: navigation, DVD, leather, heated seats, dual climate control, Sirius radio and much more! Wood trim. She's a beauty - don't pass her up!! $9000 OBO. Please contact me if interested! (937)418-4029



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WALKER, seated walker, wheel chair, tub, shower/ transfer benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grab bars, canes, entertainment center, more! (937)339-4233.


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HIDE-A-BED COUCH Sealy Hide-A-Bed gold couch. Excellent condition. $250. (937)773-9617 or (937)418-5880 LABRADOR RETRIEVER puppies, AKC, born 10/31, first shots & wormed, 2 black females, 2 black males, $225. Call/text (937)638-0496.

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2011 FORD F350 LARIAT SUPERDUTY 4x2 Supercab, 29,000 miles with warranty. Ford options for heavy campers, good economy, lots of comfort, safety and towing options. $35,500. Call (937)773-5811

WALKER, adult, folds, adjustable height, good condition, with or without wheels $20. (937)339-4233

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TIPP CITY, 2 bedroom, downstairs, water paid, all appliances. $400 month plus $400 deposit. 125 West Walnut St. (937)332-0969

CRIB, changing table, changing chest, doorway swing, swing, high chair, booster, travel bassinet, tub, clothes, blankets, movies, dolls, more (937)339-4233.


PLEASANT HILL, 310 1/2 North Main, upstairs, 2 bedroom, $400 plus utilities (937)418-2953 evenings

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PIQUA, 446 Wood, big 1 bedroom downstairs, yard, $375 monthly plus utilities, $200 deposit, (937)778-8093.

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1999 TOYOTA Camery LE. Black, grey interior, 4door. 144,000 miles. Excellent condition. Reliable! $5000 firm. (937)622-3941


3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES, Piqua, all appliances including washer/ dryer, 2.5 bath with 2 car garage. (937)335-7176

TROY, 1232 Keller, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, appliances, no pets. $775 + deposit. Call (937)506-8319

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2 BEDROOM. Stove, refrigerator furnished, washer/ dryer hookup. Off street parking. Nice neighborhood. No pets. $450 monthly. Metro accepted. (937)335-2254.


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Black Hand Gorge Ohio’s Licking River winds an east-west course through a high sandstone gorge known as the Licking Narrows. At the eastern end of the Narrows, the river cuts its smallest channel between twin cliffs. One twin rises to a height of 50 feet and overhangs the river approximately 15 feet. This is the Blackhand Rock, named for the large, dark, hand-shaped petroglyph that once marked this sandstone formation. The river’s deep passage between the twin cliffs is Blackhand Gorge. Historically, the area was very important. About 1,000 B.C., at the beginning of the Mound Builders era, use of the Vanport Flint from nearby Flint Ridge began to play an important role in the religious practices of the Adena and then the Hopewell cultures. Flint chips found atop Blackhand Rock indicate that it was a campsite and workshop. The black hand may have shown Native Americans who traveled from throughout the Eastern United States that they were close to the ridge and could leave their canoes to walk the last five miles to the campsite. The black hand also may have indicated the worksite as a place of peace. Many legends are tied to the black hand. According to one, the black hand marked the burial place of a missionary rabbi. Another said it was a stone slab bearing the Ten Commandments. Another said it marked the place where a Mingo Indian fleeing enemy Wyandots who had held him captive as a slave jumped to his death with a Wyandot maiden he loved. The sign of the hand itself is lost to modern viewers. In 1828, the Licking Narrows became part of the Ohio-Erie Canal. Workers blasted away the cliff face of Black Hand Rock that framed the image to make the towing path. By 1929, the canal was no longer in use. Eventually, new means of transportation—the steampowered central Ohio Railroad and then the electric CN&2 interurban trolley line—went through the gorge. Today, Blackhand Gorge is protected as one of Ohio’s scientific, educational and aesthetic treasures. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, and its 956 acres of rugged Blackhand sandstone, dry hilltops, wooded slopes and deep ravines, was dedicated in 1975 so future generations could enjoy the natural splendor and the stark remains of the old canal locks.

Cliffs of Black Hand Gorge (photograph courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas & Preserves)

Words to Know: gorge sandstone aesthetic petroglyph interurban ravines For Discussion: 1. The canal builders didn’t think it was important to preserve the black hand petroglyph. Why did they think this? 2. Can you think of things today that might not last or exist in the future? What will be lost when they are gone or forgotten? 3. Which of the legends concerning the origin of the black hand do you like best? Why? Which do you think is mostly likely the real explanation? Why? 4. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve has 10.26 miles of pedestrian trails. The average person can walk one mile in 20 minutes. How long would it take the average person to walk all of the trails?

Newspaper Activity: The Black Hand was a symbol, although no one knows exactly what it indicated. Modern companies and organizations use certain symbols, called logos, to represent them. Find examples of these logos in today’s newspaper. What does each represent? “Ohio: The Inside Story” is produced through a grant from The Ohio Newspapers Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization affiliated with The Ohio Newspaper Association. This is one of a series of 24 Ohio profiles.

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