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City firm picked for project Classic Metal Roofing to help build environmentally friendly home BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — A Piqua business that is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty residential metal roofing systems recently learned they would be participating in a project that is being built in conjunction with the International

Builders Show in Florida. Classic Metal Roofing System, based in Piqua, was selected for use on the Cool Energy House, which is being constructed to show off some of “today’s latest technology in making homes more environmentally friendly,” said PROVIDED PHOTO the company’s president, Classic Metal Roofing System, based in Piqua, a leading manufacturer of specialty Todd Miller. The company maintains residential metal roofing, was recently selected to take part in the Cool Energy House. It is being built in conjunction with the International Builders Show. Above See City firm/Page 2 is the company’s sales and marketing office, located at 9234 Country Club Road.


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PIQUA — The Piqua High School Show Choir, The Company, will host its 29th annual invitational beginning at 8 a.m. with evening finals at 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets for today’s invitational will be available at the door and include: • All day ticket for $13. Daytime show tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Evening tickets are $8. Also today, the Piqua invitational will host a chicken and noodles dinner starting at 6 p.m. before awards ceremony for $6.



A car sits on the sidewalk near the intersection of Ash and Downing streets following a two-vehicle crash Lottery that occurred just after 12:30 p.m. Friday. The impact sent one of the vehicles into the side of the Ameriprise CLEVELAND (AP) — Financial building, 228 W. Ash St., where it struck a natural gas meter. Vectren was called to repair the meter. Friday’s winning Ohio Lottery At least one victim was transported by Piqua Fire Department medics to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. Piqua police are investigating the crash. numbers: Night Drawings: ■ Rolling Cash 5 03-04-09-21-36 ■ Pick 3 Numbers 5-8-8 ■ Pick 4 Numbers BY WILL E SANDERS stolen property. 8-7-6-2 The Piqua Police Department Staff Writer Day Drawings: and the Miami County Sheriff’s Of■ Midday 3 fice charged the suspects, Gary 5-8-0 PIQUA — Two men who came Hearn, 32, and Terry “Sam” ■ Midday 4 back for seconds at a city residence McReynolds Jr., 29, both of Piqua, 2-0-6-7 For Mega Millions, visit where they were allegedly stealing with two counts of felony breaking items Thursday, including two and entering. ATVs, were nabbed at an area salSee ATV thefts/Page 2 HEARN vage yard attempting to unload the MCREYNOLDS

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TROY — A New Carlisle man will spend a week in jail after a long, drawn-out court battle related to the mismanagement of an animal shelter he operated in Piqua that came under the scrutiny of authorities. Jeff Burgess, 57, ran the now closed One More Chance Animal Rescue and Adoption facility, located at 125 Clark Ave., Piqua. It was shut down and declared a public nuisance last January after authorities investigated the property. On Friday, Burgess faced a judge and the 14 charges authorities filed against him that were related to rabies immunization, quarantine and unsanitary condition violations. Municipal Court Judge Mel Kemmer issued a 180day jail sentence against Burgess, but all except for a week was suspended. In addition, he was ordered to pay a fine totaling See Shelter/Page 2


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Gems plan to ‘Jam it for Jimmy’ Fundraiser to aid Tipp City teen who is battling cancer BY ALISHA MCDARRIS Ohio Community Media TIPP CITY — Parents hope that their child will never be diagnosed with an illness as frightening as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,


but for one Tipp City family, the support and love of an entire community has given them courage and hope. Tina Jenks was horrified when she received the news in October that her 17-year-old son, Jimmy Jenks, a senior at Tippecanoe High School, had more than bronchitis. The coughing he had been experiencing for days was not the result of a virus, but an abnormal mass in his lung and several cancerous masses in his lymph nodes.

Jimmy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which has no specific known cause and is fortunately much less dangerous than its cousin Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He is getting ready to start his last of four rounds of chemotherapy, which will be followed by several weeks of radiation. Tina and Jimmy are looking forward to March when the See ‘Jimmy’/Page 9

How to go: ■ WHAT: Dayton Gems hockey game, with a portion of the proceeds to aid Tipp City cancer victim Jimmy Jenks, 17. ■ WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28 ■ WHERE: Hara Arena. ■ TICKET INFO: Tickets are $8 until Thursday; then $10-14. To reserve tickets, call (937) 275-7777 and ask for Shawn.

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Suspect faces variety of charges BY WILL SANDERS Staff Writer PIQUA — Authorities charged a city man Friday morning after executing a search w a r rant at h i s home stemming f r o m t h e man al- PETERS legedly breaking into the same city residence last week and again Thursday night. Police executed the search warrant at 909 Boal Ave. and took Brandon Peters, 22, into custody on a variety of charges related to his alleged breaking and entering into a home located at 1303 Clark Ave. Peters has been charged with both breaking and enterings, two counts of criminal trespassing and

an unrelated count of public indecency, which stems from an incident in December where Peters allegedly exposed himself to a juvenile female. According to Piqua Deputy Chief Tom Steiner, Peters broke into the home and entered the kitchen of the home last week on Jan. 12 and on Thursday night broke into the home’s detached garage. Police managed to track the suspect back to his home Thursday night following the crime, Steiner said. Peters did not know the home owner who lived at the Clark Avenue address, police said. “It appears he found a place he could get into so he decided to return there,” Steiner said, who added the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed. “We are happy to get somebody like that picked up and hopefully calm down some of these breaking and enterings that we have had,” Steiner said.

City firm Continued from page 1 its corporate headquarters at 8510 Industry Park Drive and a sales and marketing office at 9234 Country Club Road. The company’s Oxford Shingle aluminum roofing system was chosen for the Cool Energy House, which is a joint effort between the Building American Retrofit Alliance and the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings and will be open for viewing during the annual builders show in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 8-11. Miller said the Oxford Shingle was introduced by the company 12 years ago and is a system of interlocking aluminum roofing shingles designed to withstand punishing weather that is regularly faced by hurricane-prone Florida and other coastal states. In addition, Miller said he is “very pleased” that the product was chosen for this “very important house, which has been designed to use today’s latest green building technologies to produce a house that is sustainable, energy-efficient and very livable.” Founded in 1980 by his father, Donald Miller, the company has about 45 team members locally with additional operations in Kentucky, Texas, Iowa and Montana. The products are known for their durability, energy efficiency, low weight, fire

safety and other environmental benefits, Miller said. “The Cool Energy House is being constructed to show some of today’s latest technology in making homes more environmentally friendly,” Miller said. “The roof system on any home is a big key to energy efficiency. A roof system can either absorb summertime heat and increase the home’s dependence on air conditioning, or it can reflect that heat.” In addition, Miller said being chosen for the Cool Energy House shows the company is “on the leading edge of roofing technology, offering products homeowners that will beautify their homes and reduce their energy costs.” Miller said he believes the shingles were chosen because they are produced from metal that is 95 percent recycled in content, is highly durable and features a special heat-reflective coating that reduces a home’s air conditioning load by up to 20 percent or more in many climates. Additional information on Classic and Oxford Shingle is available at the company’s website, “We enjoy being a part of the Piqua community and have been here since our beginning,” Miller said. “We intend to stay here and continue to be a vital part of our community.”

Class of 1953 to meet Thursday PIQUA — The Piqua High School Class of 1953 will meet for their bimonthly luncheon at noon Thursday at China East.

Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, call Regina Favorite at 778-0694 or John McCoy at 773-3374.

Plane makes emergency landing HEBRON, Ky. (AP) A plane landed safely at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after the pilot declared an emergency. Airport officials said

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Roy E. Wilson TROY — Roy E. Wilson, 95, of Troy, passed away at 12:07 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 9 , 2012, a t Springmeade Health Center, T i p p C i t y, f o r m e r l y WILSON living on Garfield Avenue, Troy for 75 years. He was born in Troy on Jan. 27, 1916, to the late Delbert E. and Rose E. (Hartley) Wilson. Roy is survived by several nieces and nephews, Scott (Donna) Hogan of Troy, Bev (Dan) Blair of Dayton, Sherry Swank of Fox Lake, Ill., Jodie (Joe) Groneck of Bellevue, Ky., Jack Schneider of Cincinnati, Jeanne (Neal) Hailey of Wexford, Pa. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Schneider, Virginia Louise Miller and Rosemary Hogan, and nephew, Joe Schneider. Roy was a 1934 graduate of Troy High School. He retired in 1978 after 40 years from Hobart Corpo-

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ration and was a member of the QuarCenter tury Club. He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He was a technical sergeant with the 921st Brigade at Ellington Field, Texas, served in the European Theatre Operations, and was honorably discharged Dec. 16, 1945. Roy was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Troy, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was a former member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery Chapel, Troy, with the Rev. Ed Ellis officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the cemetery chapel. A military service by the Veteran Memorial Honor Guard of Troy will follow the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery Troy. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Shelter Continued from page 1 $150 and court costs. Following his weeklong stay in jail, he will be placed on probation for five years. Piqua Law Director Stacy Wall, who handled the prosecution of the case, said “the city cannot thank the volunteers enough for all of their help. It is hoped that through the sentencing of Miami County and Clark County, Burgess will be rehabilitated and there will be no future risk of harm to dogs or any other animal.” The matter was scheduled to go to trial several times, including once in June and again in October, but a trial was not held because Burgess pleaded

guilty to the charges. The dog adoption center was declared a public nuisance and a health hazard in February. City officials said inside the shelter more than 100 dogs were living in their own filth and did not have adequate food and water. Only a few dogs died, and all of the other dogs were later adopted out to happy homes, officials with the clean-up process said. Burgess was convicted on charges of animal cruelty earlier this year in Clark County related to a similar shelter there and as a result he was given probation and ordered not to own a dog for one year. At the Clark County shelter, Burgess had as many as 400 dogs.

ATV thefts Continued from page 1 The men are expected to have preliminary hearings later this month and are both being held at the Miami County Jail on $10,000 bonds. Another man who was with the suspects in their vehicle was uncharged and had no involvement in the crimes, according to the Piqua Police Department. Hearn and McReynolds are believed to have went to a home at 700 Brook St. and began loading up items, which caught the attention of a neighbor, said Piqua Deputy Chief Tom Steiner. The suspects returned a second time, and that’s when the neighbor called the resident of the home and later that resident’s brother spotted the men and began following them, Steiner said. Authorities later took the men into custody at

Poling’s Auto Parts, 2226 N County Road 25-A, as they were attempting to sell some the stolen items, police reports indicate. Aside from the ATVs, which were seized by police at the home of one of the suspects, the men also were in possession of a mini bike, tools and a riding lawn mower, Steiner said. The matter is still being investigated and there is a possibility that more charges could be filed in the case.

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Marroquin (Raymond) and Lori Walters; step children, Gayle Alley and Donna Whitmer; a sister, Mary Wackler of Bradford; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. She had many friends and family members who also cherished her. The family would like to send a special thank you to the wonderful staff of Hospice of Miami County. With their love and passion, the family was able to allow their mother to come home for the remainder of her life. Mildred was such a beautiful lady and she was very unselfish. She gifted her body to Wright State University. There will be no services.

Mary Louise Smick JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — Mary Louise Smick, 84, died Jan. 18, 2012, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Jensen Beach, Fla. Born Jan. 24, 1927, in Troy, Ms. Smick was the daughter of the late Eugene and Loretta Smick. She retired from The Dayton Power and Light Company, Dayton, after a career of 30 years, before relocating to Stuart 25 years ago. Ms. Smick was a member of the Miles Grant Country Club in Stuart, Fla., and was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, Fla. She is lovingly survived by her longtime companion of 60 years, Ellen Tarbutton of Jensen Beach, Fla.; sister, Katherine

Jean Massie of Troy; brother, Joseph E. Smick of Troy; nieces, Mary Anne Massie of Talent, Ore., Susan Christian of Troy, Beth Smallwood (and husband, Rick) of Conover; and nephew, Tom Massie (and wife Debbie) of Fairborn; several great nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Smick’s honor to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997 Condolences may be offered to her family at w w w. a y c o c k f u n e r a l . Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, Fla., with a memorial service being planned at a future date. Interment will follow at Fernhills Memorial Garden, Stuart.

Death notices PIQUA — Ruth J. Leach, 79, of Piqua, died at 10:56 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua, with the Rev. Fr. Thomas Grilliot as Celebrant. Arrangements are being handled by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. WEST MILTON — Wayne Eugene Clemons, 66, of West Milton, formerly of Jackson, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Englewood Manor, Englewood. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the HaleSarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. with Pastor Jeff Seekins officiating. There will be additional funeral services in Jackson, Mich., with burial to follow at Roseland Memorial Gardens, Jackson, Mich. COVINGTON — John E. Beeman, 88, of Covington, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Piqua Manor. Services are pending. Arrangements in care of Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, Covington. BROOKVILLE — Robert Hinkle, 74, of Brookville, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Arrangements are pending at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.

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Warm-up arrives after storm A strong storm will impact the area through this morning. A wintry mix with icy conditions may start the weekend, and some accumulating snow is possible. The highest snowfall totals will be across the northern counties, with 2-4 inches possible. A warmup arrives Sunday and Monday. High: 28 Low: 18.





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As one person spreads ice melter on the sidewalk in front of CVS Pharmacy on Water Street, another scrapes ice from the windshield of her vehicle as sleet and freezing rain moved into the area just in time for the Friday evening commute.

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SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic High School students will be joining hundreds of thousands of marchers from across the United States on Monday for the annual Right to Life March in Washington, D.C. The January event coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, and is one of the annual activities of Lehman Pro-Lifeguards. The Pro-Lifeguards is a group of Lehman students who actively work on various pro-life issues. Since the controversial Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, it is estimated that more than 28 million abortions have been performed in the United States. “That number is more than 10 times the number of American causalities in all the wars ever fought,”

Lehman Pro-Lifeguard President Colleen Kinninger stated. Since the decision was rendered, members of the pro-life movement have gathered every January in a peaceful protest of the decision. Lehman students will travel by bus to the nation’s capital accompanied by Father Dan Hess, school chaplain, and several parent chaperones. School officials note that the event is a pilgrimage, not a field trip or sightseeing junket. “The students are reminded that they are there to be advocates for the unborn,” Father Hess stated. “Part of the experience is realizing that, in a democracy, political debate over sensitive issues is allowed and all voices have the right to be heard. The trip also provides the students the opportunity to see that they are not alone in their

beliefs and there are many people who embrace the pro-life position across the nation,” Father Hess said. On Sunday evening, 50 Lehman students will join students from the Teens for Truth from Botkins to attend a candlelight vigil at the Women’s Center in Kettering. The Women’s Center is the closest facility where abortions are performed. Following the candlelight vigil, the students and their chaperones will board busses for the trip to Washington, D.C. They are scheduled to return home Tuesday morning around 4 a.m. “I have participated in the March for Life for many years,” Father Hess said. “This will be the first time that I will be attending the event with Lehman students. It is great to see so much student interest in this pil-

grimage. It is one sign of the students’ social awareness and their desire to be part of the solution to a terrible problem,” Father Hess noted. When they arrive in Washington, the group will attend a Catholic Youth Rally and Mass in the morning. They will then join the large crowd to hear speeches and to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Supreme Court in support of life. “It’s cool to see hundreds of thousands of people fighting for the same, good cause,” said senior Emily Pax, first vice president of the Lehman ProLifeguards. In addition to Kinninger and Pax, other officers include William Duritsch, second vice president; David Freytag, secretary; and Logan Monnin, treasurer.

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Some media claims don’t make sense nother tragedy occurred this past week when the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia sunk on Italy’s western coast. The event served to bring to light one of the irritating traits common in today’s world. That is the tendency, maybe I should say, the habit, of exaggerating severity and comparison of dangerous and tragic events. I am in no way saying that the fate of the Costa Concordia, passengers and crew is not a tragedy. Any loss of life is a tragedy. The habit of exaggerating tragedy and danger is the fault, in large part, of the big media outlets. Sensationalism is not a new media ploy. The tactic has been used for centuries. It seems that as many media outlets become more unscrupulous about their practices, the tendency to exaggerate rears its ugly head far more often. To put a point on the Costa Concordia sinking, there have been a number of stories attempting to make comparison to the sinking of the Titanic. I fail to see where the loss of less than 50 crew and passengers compares with the 1,514 people who lost their lives on Titanic. I fail to see where MIKE ULLERY the collision with a reef, within sight of land in Chief Photographer 2012 is even in the same league with striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic, nearly 100 years ago, where the water was so cold that one could not survive more than minutes in the water. The sinking of the Costa Concordia is tragic, yes. Is it “titanic?” I think not. Just as frustrating are the inevitable questions that occur after such a tragedy. Headline after headline asks, “Is cruising safe?” Granted, cruise ship lines have had a fair amount of bad press in the past dozen years, or so. I suppose that much of it is deserved. Since the closest I have been to a cruise is watching “The Love Boat,” maybe I am not as qualified as some to be the judge. The question that the media keeps asking, (I don’t know, maybe people really do want to know,) is if going on a cruise is safe. We have this sinking, of course. There have been a couple of other incidents, I seem to recall of ships running aground or colliding. There have also been several instances of passengers coming down with food poisoning. I believe that a couple of cruise ships have run afoul with pirates, as well. These incidents must be weighed against the number of cruise ships and passengers who arrive safe and happy at their destination. Going on a cruise is not unlike anything else that we want to do by way of a vacation, a weekend adventure or everyday life. There is an element of danger to everything. Your cruise ship could sink. You could get hit by a bus. A Russian satellite could fall on your house while you are sleeping. I see no purpose in worrying about such things. Is sailing on a luxury cruise ship safe? It has to be safer, and more comfortable, than making the same trip in a rowboat. It is all about perspective. As I see it, if you want to go on a cruise, don’t let the big media outlets make the call for you. You only live once. There is one more lesson to be learned from this latest tragedy. In 1912, the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic sailed into history when she struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage. One hundred years later, in spite of amazing technological advances and man’s efforts to prove his superiority over all things, a great luxury ocean liner/cruise ship is still only as safe as the fallible and fragile human being making decisions on her bridge.

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allowed up there! — I ne of my most recommand him to stay. cent schemes has Then, after a few been trying to minutes, I pat him on help Silas, my Doberthe head, give him some man Pinscher, lose his of my Cracker Jacks virginity. I’m sorry, but I and tell him, “Atta boy, feel after all of these Devil Dog!” years of endless loyalty It’s hilarious because that I owe him … somedogs have no concept of thing. WILL E SANDERS irony. And I think that’s Staff Writer Silas would make a what he wants. great stud, but I never But what I want to bothered registering know is this: How come if a dog breeder does the exact same him with the American Kennel Club thing, it’s peachy-keen, while if I do when I got him. The AKC is a joke. Think something like that, it’s just creepy and about it: It’s an association that does possibly against the law? (I haven’t nothing but keep meticulous records of dog rapes. That’s why I never registered checked yet.) Sometimes, I catch Silas staring in- Silas, which I think involved coming up tently at me as he eats the pizza rolls with a ridiculous-sounding, lofty canine from my paper plate, and we have this name such as Demon von Assassin Van wild, trans-species connection — and I Halen. One of these nights, I’m going to uncan just tell. It’s like Silas is trying to tell me, in this awesome German accent, I hook him from the leash and just let him imagine, “Dude, while I appreciate you run around the neighborhood for about not getting me neutered and all, I’m al- an hour or so for all of the solids he has most 9 years old, which is like 63 years performed for me over the years. Seriold in human years. I don’t think they ously, who am I to impede his yearning to propagate the Earth and prolong his make doggie Viagra. What gives?” I mean, would that really make me a kind? Dog dating is awkward and gross, and bad person? Or just a cool pet parent? Or possibly some sort of sick and twisted I don’t pretend to understand it. A few years back, Silas had this crush on a pet pervert? Or worse, a pet-ophile? I feel bad for Silas, too. I’m sure he’s Great Dane named Rigby, whose yard confused. I never got him neutered be- we would pass each morning during my cause, well, I am a guy. That kind of stuff daily morning dragging around the vildoesn’t sound very pleasant to me. I usu- lage of Laura, Ohio. But it was doomed from the start; ally err on the side of caution when it comes to any type of genitalia removal Rigby never returned Silas’ urine markand so far in life, that philosophy has ings. By the way, what do you get when you served me quite well. I feel like I owe it to Silas the Devil breed a Doberman with a Great Dane? I don’t know, but I’ll bet it’s a Great Dog for his years of boundless allegiance and constant watchdog surveillance of Big Dane Problem — veeth eh Jerman the squirrels outside. At times, he’s my axent! Unfortunately for Silas, it just isn’t best friend. At other times, he has cut a devastating swath of destruction going to happen. As much as I might through my living room, snatching every want another little Devil Dog running bite-sized food snack along the way. Yes, around, one is more than enough for me, he is the most tennis ball-tearing, casse- and I’m pretty sure Silas couldn’t afford role-eating, crotch-licking, butt-sniffing, the child support payments, either. I just hope I’m making the right decisquirrel-chasing, siren-howling dog in sion because there is nothing I hate this galaxy, but he is still my dog. And there is no possible way to repay more in life than screwing the pooch. him for that. To contact Will E Sanders, visit his Except for one. The whole situation is really hurting website at, or send him an email at To Mike Ullery is the Chief Photographer of the Piqua Silas’ self-esteem, too. Daily Call. The opinions expressed are those of the writer I do what I can, but it’s hard to lift a find out more about Will E Sanders and and do not necessarily reflect those of the Piqua Daily dog’s spirits without a bone-shaped treat read features by other Creators SyndiCall. or a freezer filled with frozen pizza rolls. cate writers and cartoonists, visit the Sometimes, when he’s next to me on the Creators Syndicate website at www.crecouch — even though he knows he isn’t Moderately Confused


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Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Akron Beacon Journal As the economy continues its slow recovery, a chronic frustration festers. Many employers report difficulties finding skilled employees, despite high unemployment levels. The skills deficit was noted again in a recent report on Ohio by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The Cleveland Fed found hiring slow in the manufacturing sector, adding that those firms that were hiring had difficulty recruiting professionals and highly skilled production workers. … In setting priorities for the year, John Kasich rightly has reaffirmed a commitment to couple the state’s educational system with work force development. Fortunately, the governor can build on the work of his predecessor, Ted Strickland. One goal is to improve graduation rates at public-supported universities, increasing the state’s attractiveness to hightech, high-growth employers. Kasich also correctly sees the need to align the state’s entire educational system with existing work opportunities. That means more industry partnerships with community colleges, a greater use of vocational and co-op programs and realigning training programs to operate more effectively. More than anything, the harsh recession has provided a brutal reminder of the long-term transformation of Ohio’s economy. Meeting the challenge requires providing companies with the skilled workers they need, so all can prosper. Online:

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Saturday, January 21, 2012


The curious case of Grammy Walls are poor conductors for a nominee Linda Chorney CHRIS TALBOTT AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. ) — Linda Chorney is the feelgood, do-it-yourself success story of this year’s Grammy Awards. Or she’s an unworthy impostor who broke the unwritten rules regarding self-promotion for music’s top showcase. It just depends who you talk to. How the little-known 51-year-old singer-songwriter parlayed pluck into a career milestone provides an interesting window into the inner politics of the Grammys and the role influence can play in shaping nominations. Chorney’s nod for best Americana album at the Feb. 12 ceremony has drawn a range of reactions, not all of them kind. She’s been mocked on Twitter and by a majority of tastemaking bloggers, and only occasionally has anyone come to her defense. Since her Nov. 30 nomination for her self-produced independent double album “Emotional Jukebox,” she’s been taking advantage of the opportunities while turning some of the criticism back on itself in the same irrepressible way she’s carved out a career in music over the past three decades. “It’s not cool,” she said. “But what can you do?” The positive reaction has outweighed the negative, she says: “I’ve had an outcry of letters from people my age who have said what an inspiration this is. That it gave them hope. So that’s been pretty nice. I didn’t expect to hear that, which was really beautiful.” Her critics say Chorney’s use of a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences socialnetworking site to introduce her music to voters ran afoul of informal rules about lobbying. David Macias, a Grammy winner based in Nashville, thinks her nomination could have damaged the credibility of music’s most prestigious showcase. “The Grammys run the risk of being diluted,” Macias said. Chorney has defended herself, saying she simply took advantage of the socialnetworking program the academy encouraged her to use. And Neil Portnow, the academy’s president, agrees. He says her story shows there truly is a level playing field for all artists. “It shows everybody has a shot,” Portnow said. “That really is the truth.” Her competition is previous category winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Levon Helm, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Ry Cooder


In this Jan. 11 photo, Grammy award nominated musician Linda Chorney poses for a portrait in New York. Chorney is nominated for a Grammy Award for best Americana album. — owners of nearly two dozen Grammys collectively. Chorney’s detractors say she doesn’t belong. In what seemed to be a veiled swipe at Chorney, when Lost Highway Records congratulated Williams on her nominations on its website, it added: “One might think Lucinda would be up for the award alongside the likes of amazing albums such as ‘KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)’ from Hayes Carll or Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Ready for Confetti,’ but alas, here is a full list of the Americana Album nominees,” then listed Chorney’s name first. Chorney, a resident of Sea Bright, N.J., has made a living as a musician for 30 years outside the label system, visiting all seven continents and releasing six albums along the way. While she never achieved her larger goals, she engineered a career with a willingness to barter and surprisingly lucrative gigs in resort locales — at one, she memorably sang in exchange for rounds of golf. “Will sing for greens fees,” Chorney said. “Seriously. It’s an alternative way. I tried making it in the business, to get the big record deal, but I’ve had a pretty good life singing all around the world. I like to climb. I went to Mount Everest. So it’s been pretty rewarding.” Along the way she made lifelong friends who contributed to her career in interesting ways. One gave her a pass that allowed her to fly standby anywhere in the world for seven straight years and she crisscrossed the globe. Another friend, anesthesi-

ologist Jonathan Schneider, sent her career in a completely unexpected direction when he offered to pay for “Emotional Jukebox,” dropping around $80,000. Backed by a strong crew of musicians that included “Saturday Night Live” band member Leon Pendarvis, “Late Show” bassist Will Lee and famed session singer Lisa Fischer among others, Chorney produced what she feels was the best album of her career. The first disc includes eight original songs and covers of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. A second disc includes an original classical symphony. She became an academy member at another friend’s suggestion. With two weeks to go until the close of nominations, someone else urged her to use the website to seek voter support. About 1,500 of the academy’s 12,000 voters accepted her contact and after that it was up to them to listen to her music and make a decision. “I think the system is a wonderful opportunity for independent artists,” Chorney said. “Basically a one-year membership is $100. Grammy365 to me is, you buy your $100 lottery ticket and the odds are like winning the lottery. Except, rather than having a number, you have your music, which can make your odds better if your music speaks for itself and gives you an edge.” It’s that edge Macias objects to. He says over the years, NARAS officials had made it clear in “unwritten rules” that blatant

self-promotion was out of bounds. Not only was it always difficult to determine who voters were, if a publicist or artist did cross into forbidden territory they were asked to step back in line. Macias, a Nashvillebased artist manager who runs the management and marketing firm Thirty Tigers, is one of the few members of the loose-knit roots rock community willing to talk on the record about Chorney’s nomination. He makes it clear that his opinion is his own and not that of the Americana Music Association, of which he is the outgoing president. AMA’s executive director Jed Hilley declined comment. And interview requests extended to the publicists or managers of the category’s nominees and the artists who produced the top 10 mostplayed Americana albums in 2010 went mostly unanswered. Macias realizes that he’s coming off like a jerk for going after Chorney, but he believes she broke the unwritten rules about promoting yourself, depriving artists like Carll, Jason Isbell and John Hiatt of a well-deserved nod. “I guess it just comes down to the question: What do the Grammys mean?” he said. “… Honestly, I think people voted for it because she asked them to and she worked really hard. And I think the Grammy voters by and large — I hate to say it — I feel like maybe they just weren’t paying as close attention.” Portnow and Bill Freimuth, the academy’s vice president of awards, said it’s as easy as ever to make educated decisions, however. A listening function available to voters offers more than 90 percent of music that’s eligible for nomination. That’s one of a handful of recent changes that Chorney was able to capitalize on while seeking her nomination. Freimuth said about four years ago the academy changed its outlook on lobbying and now embraces the practice within certain guidelines. Along with the website, the academy worked with Billboard Magazine this year to produce a voter’s guide that included “for your consideration” style advertising, for example. Chorney simply used the system to her advantage. “She kept herself very busy reaching out to the voting membership and tried to make sure as many people as possible, especially those who were voting in that category, knew about her work,” Freimuth said. “All of that is perfectly legitimate as far as our process goes.”

casual conversation DEAR ABBY: What do you think about people who attempt to converse with you from another room? My boyfriend does it fairly often. He may be on the computer while I’m reading or watching TV, and he’ll yell out a question or tell me something. Most of the time I answer him, but then he’ll continue the conversation — all from the other room. I find it rude, and to be quite honest, disrespectful. I also think it makes no sense because with the TV on it’s difficult to hear him. If I want to speak to someone in another room, I get off my “keester” and go directly to him or her. That’s common sense. My former roommate used to do the same thing. Do you think this is a “guy thing”? — CAN’T HEAR IN NEW YORK DEAR CAN’T HEAR: Nope. It’s just lazy. And it continues because you allow it. Tell your boyfriend that if he has something he wants to say to you, he should come and say it. Point out that you give him that respect. And if he “forgets,” stay put and don’t answer from the other room. DEAR ABBY: I have a friend with whom I exchange birthday and Christmas gifts. I make a great deal of effort to find things I know she would like, and I have been quite successful. My friend, however, buys me things I suspect she would like for herself. Example: I’m always hot while she’s always chilly. She bought me heavy pajamas and a warm robe for Christmas. I don’t like spicy food — she does. She gave me two large containers of seasoning containing chili pepper. I love to read fiction while she prefers nonfiction. For my birthday I received a book about history. This kind of exchange has been going on for years, and I don’t remember receiving one gift I could really use. What can I say to her? — PEEVED IN PITTSBURGH DEAR PEEVED: To say something would be rude. I do have a suggestion, however. On the next


Advice gift-giving occasion, give your friend some things YOU would like. Example: A pretty fan to accessorize a summer dress, a jar of your favorite jam, a novel or two you would enjoy reading — and then you can agree on a gift exchange. Problem solved. DEAR ABBY: I have a 2-year-old son, “Seth.” His father, “Ray,” and I went our separate ways during my pregnancy. He came to see Seth a few times when he was a couple of months old and promised he’d continue, but he didn’t follow through. Ray has married since then, and hasn’t called to ask about his son. I don’t call him either. He didn’t show up for court and the DNA test, so the judge ordered him to pay child support by default, which he has been doing. I don’t believe in forcing a man to be a father, and I would never make my son visit him. It is obvious Ray has no interest in his child. I contacted the grandparents and they are just as cold. What do I tell Seth when he asks about his father? — SOLE PARENT IN ALABAMA DEAR SOLE PARENT: Tell him the truth. Explain that when he was born, Ray wasn’t ready to accept the responsibilities that go along with being a dad — and that as time has passed, Ray has been unwilling to step forward. As sad as that may be, it would be worse to give your son false information or false hope that his biological father will ever be willing to give him more than the court ordered him to. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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The aim is to win In the actual case, West wins and must concede a ruff-and-discard or return a club. Either way, South makes the rest of the tricks. The outcome is the same if East has the club length. It is true that by playing in this way, South might lose 30 points by giving up the chance to make four club tricks instead of three. But this is a trifling loss when compared with what he could lose — 1,730 points at rubber-bridge scoring — if he neglected to invoke the safety play.

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to shape his play so that he will make the contract if the adverse cards are divided favorably, while at the same time keeping his options open in case they are divided unfavorably. He might not be able to achieve this double-edged position in all hands, but that is what he tries to do. He hopes for the best, but prepares for the worst. Take this deal where South wins the diamond lead with the queen and plays the A-K-Q of trumps. He sees that the In the great majority of slam is in the bag if the deals, declarer attempts clubs are divided 3-2 and



Saturday, January 21, 2012



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This photo shows a portion of the original Bahia Honda trestle bridge in the Florida Keys, at Bahia Honda Key, Fla. The bridge was built in the early 1900s to carry Henry Flagler’s Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad on the lower deck. Following the railroad’s demise in 1935, a top deck on the bridge was created to carry automobiles. A different and wider bridge for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway was constructed in 1972.The centennial anniversary of the completion of the railroad is Sunday.

Miami to Keys ‘over the sea’ railroad turns 100 SUZETTE LABOY Associated Press


things that slowed down the completion of the railroad were the mosquitoes and the lack of alcohol,” said Kelly McKinnon, executive director of the Pigeon Key Foundation, a preservation, education and research nonprofit. Concerns that Flagler, in his 80s, might die before the railroad was finished led to marathon 12-hour shifts by workers toward the end of the project, McKinnon said. The efforts gave the Keys city of Marathon its name. Some 10,000 people turned out to greet Flagler and his family on Jan. 22, 1912, as they arrived by train in Key West. “It was the most exciting thing that had ever happened,” said Claudia Pennington, executive director of the Key West

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Museum of Art & History at The Custom House. “Everybody from schoolchildren who had never seen a train in their life to people who thought it would be a great way to transport freight and improve the economy was there.” Lamar Louise Curry, now 105 years old and a resident of Coral Gables, was a 5-year-old living in Key West when the railroad arrived. She rode it over the old Seven Mile Bridge a few times with her parents and remembers the porcelain drinking cups and railroad trestle. “We were told to look out the window. There was nothing but water. I was too young and took it for granted,” said the former American history teacher. Passengers could travel from Miami to Key West


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for $7.18 in 1925 in less than three hours. A oneway trip from Jacksonville, Fla., to Key West was $20.34 and from New York to the Keys was $77. Flagler even offered a 48hour trip from New York to Havana, by train and steamship, with accommodations in Flagler hotels on the way. In those days, riders thought the train was flying at 25 mph. “It was the idea of warp speed to them,” Pennington said. “Passengers were able to get on a train with their winter coats from New York, Boston or Washington and the next day they were in Florida where it was sunny and warm.” Flagler died 18 months after the railroad’s completion. Thousands of people took the train over the next two decades, but the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression took their toll. By the 1930s, the train and resorts scaled back as “the elegance of the Gilded Age was slipping away,” Pennington said. Then the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane wiped out 40 miles of track. The railroad was never rebuilt, though portions of old bridges stand today over open water and remain among the Keys’ most visited spots. The Keys are marking the centennial of the railroad’s completion Jan. 22 with a Key West parade, Henry Flagler re-enactor, museum exhibitions, and more. Other exhibitions and events are taking place across Florida, from Jacksonville and St. Augustine in the northeast to Palm Beach and Miami in the southeast. And even today’s vacationers acknowledge the indelible impact the railroad had on launching the state’s tourism industry. “I think he set the groundwork for all of this,” said Vincent Rich, visiting the Keys this week with his wife from Pittsburgh, Pa. “He had a big influence by bringing life down here.”

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Paul Jellinek, right, a Henry Flagler re-enactor, reacts to remarks by Lamar Louise Curry at her home in Coral Gables, Fla. Curry, now 105 years old and a resident of Coral Gables, was a 5-year-old living in Key West when the railroad arrived. She rode it over the old Seven Mile Bridge a few times with her parents and remembers the porcelain drinking cups and railroad trestle. “We were told to look out the window. There was nothing but water. I was too young and took it for granted,” said the former American history teacher.



MARATHON, Fla. — Florida is marking the centennial of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad, which steamed through the Florida Keys Jan. 22, 1912, carrying residents and tourists from Miami through the once-isolated island chain to Key West for the first time ever. The engineering feat, referred to by some at the time as the “eighth wonder of the world,” launched the Florida Keys’ tourism industry. Its track stretched 156 miles, nearly half of it on bridges over water or swamps, built by 4,000 men working 10- to 12hour days, six days a week. “It is perfectly simple. All you have to do is build one concrete arch, and then another, and pretty soon you will find yourself in Key West,” Flagler is quoted as saying in the book “Henry Flagler: The Astonishing Life and Times of the Visionary Robber Baron Who Founded Florida” by David Leon Chandler. In the days of cigar rolling, Key West was the most populated city in Florida and the richest city per capita. Flagler hoped to make it a major port, investing some $50 million of his own money (some experts say it was more) into the project that took seven years to complete. Work began on the Seven Mile Bridge in 1908 with over 500 concrete piers across the route’s longest stretch of open water. Innovative tools and machinery were introduced to cut through trees and swamps and work over the ocean. Pigeon Key, a 5-acre coral island, served as the home base for 400 workers between 1908 and 1912. Most workers came from New York, lured by wages of about $1.60 a day to work in the hot Florida sun, plagued by mosquitoes. They got food, housing, and Sundays off for church services. Alcohol and women were banned. “They say the two


family-social support.” The military’s stubbornly high suicide rate has proven that more help is needed, and that is why it has been investing in helping troops transition back from war zones. Few units know that more than the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. The Camp Pendleton battalion nicknamed “The Dark Horse” lost 25 members in some of the heaviest fighting ever seen in the war. More than 150 Marines were wounded. More than a dozen lost limbs. The Marine Corps brass, concerned about the traumatic deployment’s fallout, ordered the entire 950-member unit to remain on the Southern California base after it returned home. The 90 days was the same amount of time crews aboard war ships usually spend upon returning home. During that time, the Marines participated in a memorial service for their fallen comrades. They held barbecues and banquets, where they talked about their time at war. Before the program, troops would go their separate ways with many finding they had no one to talk to about what they had just seen. Mental health professionals are monitoring the group, which has since scattered. They say it is too early to tell what kind of impact keeping them together made. Combat veterans believe it likely will help in the long run. The Marines have ordered every unit since then to stick together for 90 days. “They share a commonality because they’ve gone through the same thing, so it helps them to come down,” said Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey, the commanding general of one of Camp Pendleton’s most storied units, the 1st Marine Division. “I can tell you from experience that this will help,” said Bailey, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new practice is one of a slew of initiatives ushered in by the new commandant, Gen. James Amos, who has made addressing mental health issues of Marines a top priority. He was concerned by the branch’s suicide rate, which has ranked among the highest of the armed services. Commanders have tried to remove the stigma that seeking help is a sign of weakness. The Marines have set up hotlines and designated psychologists, chaplains and junior officers to identify troubled troops. “We’ve been in this 11 years and the medical staff and Marine officials are better educated now on dealing with combat stress,” Bailey said. All service members also now undergo rigorous screening of their mental stability both before and after they go to battle. While Veterans Affairs and Department of Justice have said veterans don’t commit more crimes per capita than others, the VA has launched efforts to help veterans in trouble with the law receive help rather than just be locked up.


CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) When the Marine unit that suffered the greatest casualties in the 10-year Afghan war returned home last spring, they didn’t rush back to their everyday lives. Instead, the Marine Corps put them into a kind of decompression chamber, keeping them at Camp Pendleton for 90 days with the hope that a slow re-entry into mundane daily life would ease their trauma. The program was just one of many that the military created as it tries to address the emotional toll of war, a focus that is getting renewed attention as veterans struggling to adjust back home are accused of violent crimes, including murder. While veterans are no more likely to commit such crimes than the general population, the latest cases have sparked a debate over whether they are isolated cases or a worrying reminder of what can happen when service members don’t get the help they need. “This is a big focus of all the services, that we take care of our warriors who are returning because they have taken such good care of us,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, pointing out that tens of thousands of veterans return home to lead productive lives. Some, however, fall on hard times, getting into trouble with the law. Others quietly suffer, with their families and friends trying to pull them out of a depression. In the latest case, a former Marine who was based in Camp Pendleton whose family said was changed man by his deployment to Iraq is accused of killing four homeless men in California. In Washington state, an Iraq War veteran described as struggling emotionally killed a Mount Rainier National Park ranger and later died trying to escape. Suffering from combat stress is as old as fighting itself. What’s new is the kind of wars that troops fight now. They produce their own unique pressures, said psychologist Eric Zillmer, a Drexel University professor and coeditor of the book “Military Psychology: Clinical and Operational Applications.” The war on terror “is very ambiguous, with no front lines, where you can’t tell who the enemy is. During the day, he may be a community leader and, at night, a guerrilla fighter. You never know when an assault takes place. It’s very complicated, and people feel always on edge,” he said. Add to that, multiple deployments that tax the central nervous system, said Zillmer, adding: “The human brain can only stay in danger mode for so long before it feels like it’s lost it. It gets exhausted.” He compared going into combat like “diving to the depths of the ocean and when you have to go back to the surface you have to decompress. “It’s the same process,” he said. “It’s almost a biological process.” A 2009 Army report concluded that the psychological trauma of fierce combat in Iraq might have helped drive soldiers from one brigade to kill as many as 11 people in Colorado and other states. The study found the soldiers also faced “significant disruptions in


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People interview for jobs with the Hollywood Casino on Thursday at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green. The casino, which will be located in Toledo, will employ approximately 1,200 workers. The last of three job fairs will be held Monday at Owens Community College in Perrysburg. The casino is expected to open this spring.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A caretaker had been buying 2,000 pounds of chicken weekly for exotic animals later set free by their eastern Ohio owner who killed himself, according to reports released Thursday. In documents posted online by the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator writes that the caretaker said “those cats were not starved” when interviewed about two months after owner Terry Thompson opened their cages and shot himself. Police killed 48 of Thompson’s 56 animals, including Bengal tigers, lions and bears, as they spread into the community outside Zanesville on Oct. 18-19. Thompson, 62, had been home only a few weeks after spending a year in prison on a gun conviction and was described by a probation

officer as being overwhelmed by the farm’s condition. The cage’s doors had been opened, and holes were cut in their walls. Thompson was found near a pair of bolt cutters and a revolver from which one round had been fired. Documents show the gun had last been purchased in 1984 by a sheriff’s deputy, who told officials he had obtained it and sold it to himself when he was a firearms dealer who ran a part-time business called “Shooter’s Outfitters.” He was unable to produce any further records or details about the gun’s history. The documents also reveal that investigators found a lion that appeared to have died in one of the cages days before Thompson’s suicide, and was being eaten by other lions.

Real estate transfers PIQUA Park National Bank, Unity National Bank, division of National Bank to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, one lot, $0. Estate of Ruth V. Copsey, Terry R. Copsey, executor to James R. Meeks, two part lots, $39,900. Tammy James to Roger S. James, a part tract 0.024 acres, 0.097 acres, $0. CPI Housing Fund LLC to Michael Jones, a part tract 0.926 acres, $21,900. Mary K. Benkert, executor, Estate of Mary E. Johnson to Jacinta Campbell, two part lots, $41,000. Andy Aulds, Emily Aulds to Angela Mayse, James Mayse, one lot, $139,400. Sheryl Griffith, successor trustee, Hershel J. Griffith Declaration of Trust, Sheryl A. Griffith Declaration of Trust to Federal National Mort-

gage Association, Hershel Griffith, a part lot, $30,000. Michael Wilcox to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas trustee, RALI 2006QS14, one lot, $122,300. Estate of Marcia Meiring to Debra Fogt, two part lots, $0.

TROY Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National Mortgage Association to William S. Stoltz Sr., one lot, $19,000. Mary Peppo, Michael Peppo to Amanda Palsgrove, one lot, $109,000. Benjamin Sehlhorst, Beth Sehlhorst to Sandra Carson, Wayne Carson, a part lot, $98,900.

BRADFORD Barbara Marchal, John Marchal to Judy Huggins, one lot, $92,000.

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Association to Melissa Florey, Phillip Florey, one lot, one part lot, $25,100.

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Alexander Allen, Kathleen Allen to Donna Brandenburg, Robert Brandenburg, one lot, $250,000. Fannie Mae a.k.a Federal National Mortgage Association to Robert E. Conard, 0.656 acres, $0.

Terry Hamisch to Lisa Hamisch, one lot, $0. DJB LLC to Shaun Hodges, one lot, $120,700. Karla Carter, Robert Carter, Penny Carter Leist to Carter Leist Properties LLC, one lot, $0,

PLEASANT HILL Charles I. Renner to Union Savings Bank, one lot, $36,000. Mark Hussong to Bank of New York, trustee, Bank of New York Mellon, CWABS Inc., asset backed certification, one lot, $56,700.


WEST MILTON Heather Demmitt, Jayson Demmitt to Charles R. Tinnerman, 0.160 acres, $106,900. Dawn D. Teel, Mason Teel to Chase Home Finance LLC, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., one lot, $48,700.

Jerry Miller, Linda Miller to Elizabeth Cool, Ashley Northrup, 4.376 acres, $232,000. Yvette G. Van De Grift, trustee, Yvette G. Van De Grift Revocable Trust Agreement to Derek Busboom, Pamela Busboom, two lots, $448,700.



Villas at Benchrock LLC to James Flora, Nobuko Flora, one lot, $218,400. Joann C. Smith, Marc Smith to Joseph Gauder, Jacqueline Winner, one

James F. Caven, Linda Caven, Thomas Caven to Diane Yingst, John W. Yingst, a part tract 80.361 acres, 31.880 acres, 8.168 acres, $710,500.

LOSTCREEK TWP. Phillip Sisk to Jesse Filbrun, trustee, Tonya L. Filbrun, trustee, Filbrun Family Revocable Trust, $60,000. Shawn Sisk to L.E. Filbrun Farms Inc., $60,000.

NEWBERRY TWP. Edwin Liette, Jean Liette to Liette Realty V LLC, $0. Patricia Bader, trustee to Benjamin Mutzner, Julie Mutzner, 81.437 acres, 5.219 acres, $400,000.

NEWTON TWP. Mike Hawk Homes LLC to Wendy Bishop-

Pleiman, Jason Pleiman, 11.453 acres, $362,800.

MONROE TWP. Arlin to Melissa Melissa Arlin Amended and Restated Revocable Living Trust, U.S. Bank, N.A., trustee, one lot, $0. Sadie O. Gaster, et al, Kevin Lett to Federal National Mortgage Association, a part tract 5.000 acres, $220,000.

SPRINGCREEK TWP. Liette Realty IV LLC to Edwin Liette, Jean Liette, one lot, $0.

WASHINGTON TWP. Ed Liette Realty Inc., Edwin Liette, Jean Liette to Liette Realty V, LLC., $0. Catherine Barhorst, James Barhorst, Robert Barhorst to Michael Check, Anita Weaver, one lot, $104,500.

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Marriages Steven James Knepper, 24, of 408 1/2 E. Broadway St., Covington to Jeanetta Lynn Nickels, 21, of same address. Armando Diaz Cruz, 24, of 1410 Henley Road, Troy to Jessica Marie Cline, 24, of same address. Timothy Bart Martin, 41, of 807 Gearhardt Lane, Troy to Yamileth Collazos, 35, of same address. Bryan Kevin Hart, 37, of 981C Jasmine Lane, Troy to Angela Beth

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Food stamp families to critics: Walk in our shoes

Experts see tough road for Kodak to reinvent self

BY JESSE WASHINGTON Associated Press Some have advanced degrees and remember middle-class lives. Some work selling lingerie or building websites. They are white, black and Hispanic, young and old, homeowners and homeless. What they have in common: They’re all on food stamps. As the food stamp program has become an issue in the Republican presidential primary, with candidates seeking to tie President Barack Obama to the program’s record numbers, The Associated Press interviewed recipients across the country and found many who wished that critics would spend some time in their shoes. Most said they never expected to need food stamps, but the Great Recession, which wiped out millions of jobs, left them no choice. Some struggled with the idea of taking a handout; others saw it as their due, earned through years of working steady jobs. They yearn to get back to receiving a paycheck that will make food stamps unnecessary. “I could never have comprehended being on food stamps,” said Christopher Jenks, who became homeless in his hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul after a successful career in sales and marketing. He refused to apply for several years, even panhandling on a freeway exit ramp before finally giving in. A few months ago, while living in his car, he began receiving $200 per month. “It’s either that or I die,” said Jenks, who grew up in a white, middle-class family and lost his job in the recession. “I want a job. So do a lot of other Americans that have been caught up in this tragedy.” In 2011, more than 45 million people about one in seven Americans received benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the most ever. Fewer than 31 million people collected the benefits about three years earlier. Forty-nine percent of recipients are white, 26 percent are black and 20 percent are Hispanic, according to Census data. Food assistance emerged as a campaign issue after statements by GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum about African-Americans, the poor and Obama, whom Gingrich labeled the “best food stamp president in American history.” Critics accused Gingrich of seeking votes by invoking racial stereotypes about black welfare recipients with comments like “the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”


DAVE CARPENTER AP Business Writer CHICAGO — Even in bankruptcy, Kodak boasts some enviable strengths: a golden brand, technology firepower that includes a rich collection of photo patents, and more than $4 billion in annual sales of digital cameras, printers, and inks. But all that may not be enough to revive its declining fortunes in a Chapter 11 overhaul. Kodak is at a crossroads: It could go the way of fallen Montgomery Ward and Circuit City, two corporate names that never recovered from long declines. Or Kodak could prosper after bankruptcy like General Motors. Of the many restructuring experts interviewed by The Associated Press on Thursday, none are optimistic that Kodak can make a strong comeback. Selling select business lines and patents and making the right bets on a limited number of new technology products could allow the Eastman Kodak Co. to survive, several experts said. But none see a path back to anything close to the glory days of the former photography titan. “You can pick your metaphor: ‘Stick a fork in them,’ ‘They’re over the cliff’ — they’re done,” said Bill Brandt, chief executive of turnaround consultant Development Specialists Inc. in Chicago. “The Kodak as we know it is done, unequivocally.” The company’s only hope, Brandt said, is to reinvent itself as an intellectual property company. But first it will have to put its patent portfolio up for sale and determine whether it wants to sell them based on what’s offered, he said, or retain them and try to remake the company over a period of years. Kodak said only that it has appointed a chief restructuring officer to head the effort: Dominic DiNapoli, vice president of FTI Consulting. It expects to complete its U.S.-based restructuring next year. Whatever the company does now is likely to be too little, too late, said Gary Adelson, managing director of turnaround firm NHB Advisors in Los Angeles. “I can’t imagine a big future for Kodak,” said Adelson, who thinks the company should just sell its assets. “I think it’s going to be another one of those companies that didn’t make the transition to the future.” Some experts think the company can get by once it cuts debt by reducing pension and employee benefit costs in bankruptcy, then disposes of its least valuable products. Only a much leaner, more focused Kodak can survive, said Haresh Sapra, an accounting professor and bankruptcy specialist at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “They probably should go back to basics and focus on one or two of those business lines that are self-sustaining,” he said. The primary hope lies in digital businesses that generated some $4.5 billion in revenue last year, an amount Kodak said accounted for about 75 percent of total sales. That includes consumer devices such as self-service photo kiosks, printers and high-volume document scanners. “If they can take their existing products and improve them and make them much cheaper, I see no reason why the company can’t emerge with a healthier balance sheet,” said Edward Neiger, a partner at New York bankruptcy law firm Neiger LLP. “It’s going to be a shell of what the old company was, but I don’t think they need to liquidate.”


Chris Jenks, 54, who became homeless in his hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul after a successful career in sales and marketing, is shown outside a friends' home beside the car he lived in for a time in Rogers, Minn. Though refusing to apply for for food stamps for several years, Jenks began receiving aid. “I’m on food stamps because it’s either that or I die,” he said. Challenged at a GOP deSome critics say the pay $25 for a sack of potabate this week on whether Obama administration’s toes. the rhetoric was insulting, policies have pushed peo“Me, I’m dang lucky to Gingrich insisted it was not ple into dependency on food get to go to McDonald’s,” and received a standing stamps. Eligibility rules Russell said. ovation from the South were broadened in 2002 About half of those reCarolina audience. and 2008 before Obama ceiving food aid are chilLinda Miles is grateful took office; his 2009 stimu- dren. In Fresno, Calif., to have food stamps, al- lus package relaxed some Josephine Gonzales has rethough she’s not happy work requirements and ceived assistance since beabout why she needs them. temporarily increased pay- coming pregnant with her An Army veteran with a outs. first child last fall. She is master’s degree, Miles, who For others, the recession, trained as a medical assisis black, was laid off as a which pushed the unem- tant and previously worked substitute teacher in ployment rate as high as at an elementary school, Philadelphia amid deep 10 percent and increased but hasn’t found a new job budget cuts. After facing an poverty, is the primary cul- since giving birth. empty refrigerator for too prit. “I use food stamps belong, she recently started The Greater Philadel- cause I’m a single mom receiving $200 per month phia Coalition Against and I don’t work, so I need in food aid. Hunger has seen a dou- a way to survive,” said Gon“Food stamps are essen- bling of enrollments in sub- zales, who is Hispanic. “Intial, especially with the urban counties, with a stead of spending the little economy in the shape it’s smaller increase in the city cash I have on food, I can in,” she said. “I pay taxes. I itself. “These are much spend it on diapers and don’t steal anything from higher-income areas,” said other things for my baby. the government. I paid my Julie Zaebst, the coalition’s It’s just a small help. It’s dues to society; I’m a vet- policy center manager. not making our lives luxueran. You took something “This is part of the evi- rious.” from me by taking away dence showing that the Twanda Graham of my job. I wouldn’t need most important reason for Montgomery, Ala., started food stamps if you hadn’t the growth in the program receiving food stamps taken my job.” was the recession.” when she graduated from Miles started an unpaid It was an injury that high school 22 years ago. internship this week, and pushed Russell Johnson of She has worked all that also was certified to work Morgantown, W.Va., over time, currently in a clothin early childhood care the edge. He held down a ing store. She is unmarried while she looks for a per- steady refrigeration job with four children, and said manent job. until he fell off a roof six she does not earn enough “I’m not one of these peo- years ago. On Wednesday, to feed her family. ple who sit on their butt he and his wife, Carolyn, Graham, who is black, and just collect a check,” used their food stamp card believes she is paying for Miles said. “I’ve got a re- to buy $64.71 worth of gro- her assistance with taxes sume three pages long.” ceries. That was more than withheld from her payRonnie McHugh was half of their $102 monthly check: “They are not giving watching the GOP debate benefit. me anything for free.” from home in Spring City, “It’s not enough, but it Victoria Busby of OklaPa. When Gingrich re- helps,” Carolyn said. “I homa City is a white single ceived the standing ova- think it’s a great program mom with two children. tion, McHugh got so angry for the people who need it.” She has received food asthat she turned off the TV. The Johnsons, who are sistance intermittently “I’d give a million dollars white, maintain a big gar- since her first child was if I could find a job. I’m 64 den, hunt, fish and buy in born two years ago. A high years old, and no one wants bulk, like the 50-pound school graduate, she works to hire me,” said McHugh, sack of potatoes in their part-time building webwho is white, divorced, has cart. Carolyn also is dis- sites for a manufacturing no savings and lives off abled; they receive $763 company, and aspires to be$810 per month in Social per month in total disabil- come a nurse. Security. ity payments. She is not ashamed “I would like them to sit They are furious with about receiving aid. “I don’t in my shoes,” she said of Gingrich. “I’d rather work feel bad about it because the debate audience. “I than be on food stamps, my children need to eat. It’s would tell them I had a but, I mean, my body says helped quite a bit.” husband who made no. So what am I gonna Sophia Clark is a film $150,000 a year, I had a do?” Russell said. “If I sit school graduate in New good salary. We were both for too long, my back starts York City who works part laid off at the same time by hurting and my leg goes time at Victoria's Secret the same company, and I’ve numb. If I stand too long, while she freelances on never been able to rally the same old thing. And if I movie productions. In Defrom that.” walk too much, my legs cember she began receiving “If they had a chance to give out like they ain’t even $130 per month because sit in my shoes, they would there.” she couldn't afford to buy be happy to have a proHe said the people criti- food after paying for rent, gram to help people who cizing food assistance eat college loans and her cell did work all their life.” at fancy restaurants and phone.

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Urbana to get TSC URBANA — Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Urbana, the company’s 77th Ohio location. Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Ohio since 1948. The new Urbana Tractor Supply store will be located in a former Walmart space at 1637 East U.S. Highway 36, Unit 1A, and will employ 12 to 17 fulland part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A

fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. “Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Urbana business community,” said district manager Jim Bach. “Urbana is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area.” The contractor for the project, Buffalo Construction Inc. of Louisville, Ky., began construction Jan. 9. A completion date has been tentatively set for mid-March.

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Hearing set for Piqua man facing charges in Sidney standoff BY JENNIFER BUMGARNER Ohio Community Media SIDNEY — A Piqua man is scheduled to appear Friday at 9 a.m. i n Sidn e y M u nicip a l FISHER Court for a preliminary hearing. Sean M. Fisher, 33, 529 Boone St., Piqua, is facing four felony charges of burglary, one of attempted burglary and two counts of kidnapping in connection with the incidents at Village West Apartments on Wednesday. The burglary charges are felonies of the second degree and attempted burglary is a third-degree felony. One kidnapping charge is a second-degree felony and the other a

third-degree felony. According to Sidney Police Chief Kevin Gessler, the kidnapping charges come from when Fisher allegedly entered one of the apartments through an attic. Once in the apartment, Fisher allegedly “told them not to go. He was trying to prevent them from leaving.� The incident began Wednesday morning when Sidney police received a call shortly after 6 a.m. from a Village West resident about a suspicious person at one apartment. Police were joined at the scene by the Shelby County Tactical Response Team. More than 40 officers were involved in the incident. It ended when Fisher attempted to flee from the apartment complex around noon and was quickly apprehended by police. His bond is set at $50,000 cash or surety on condition he has no contact with his alleged victims or Village West.

LOCAL/NATION LOS ANGELES (AP) Etta James’ performance of the enduring classic “At Last� was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelicsounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait. In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde’s first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents. The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said. “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,� he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.� James’ spirit could not be contained perhaps that’s what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what

not, Jimmy continues to be his humorous, lighthearted self. “Jimmy is amazing. He hasn’t complained. He’s just himself. He’s cracking jokes during procedures and he’s been my hero through this whole thing,� Tina said. She admits that when she feels incredibly helpless, all she has to do is look at her son and she feels reassured. The community will have another chance to offer their help and support to the Jenks family next Saturday when the Dayton Gems hockey team will host a “Jam It for Jimmy� event during their game at Hara Arena. For every ticket sold, the Jenks will receive $1 to help with expenses like gas, bills, medical treatments, and food since Jimmy’s ravenous appetite, doubled due to treatment, has also doubled the Jenks’ grocery bill. In addition to money per ticket, the Gems have pledged to donate $2,000 to the Jenks if they sell out every seat in the house. There will also be youth


Rhythm and blues singer Etta James, died Friday. She was 73. made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock ‘n’ roll’s underrated legends. “The bad girls ‌ had the look that I liked,â€? she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, “Rage to Survive.â€? â€?I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be.â€? “Etta James was a pioneer. Her ever-changing sound has influenced rock and roll, rhythm and blues, pop, soul and jazz artists, marking her place as one of the most important female artists of our time,â€? said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Terry Stewart. “From Janis

jersey giveaways to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under and free cupcakes to the first 500 fans in celebration of Blade’s birthday, the team mascot. Jimmy will even get to throw out the first puck. Tina has already sold more than 200 tickets and the employees at the Hara Arena box office are stunned at the number of calls they have received for tickets. “It makes me feel humbled. I can’t even wrap my brain around it,� Tina said. She didn’t even know such a huge fundraising event was possible until a friend who made it happen told her what was going on. Jimmy’s game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $8 until Jan. 26, after which they will be $10-14. To reserve tickets and offer your support to the Jenks, call the box office at 275-7777 and ask for Shawn.

Joplin to Joss Stone, an incredible number of performers owe their debts to her. There is no mistaking the voice of Etta James, and it will live forever.� Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would always be remembered best for “At Last.� The jazz-inflected rendition wasn’t the original, but it would become the most famous and the song that would define her as a legendary singer. Over the decades, brides used it as their song down the aisle and car companies to hawk their wares, and it filtered from one generation to the next through its inclusion in movies like “American Pie.� Perhaps

most famously, President Obama and the first lady danced to a version at his inauguration ball. The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James born Jamesetta Hawkins was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: “I don’t remember everything. I wish I did, but I don’t.�

Ella Thomas Age: 6 Birthdate: Jan. 7, 2006 Parents: Keith and Erin Thomas of Piqua Sibling: Trevor Thomas Grandparents: Mike and Carol Thomas of Piqua; Ella Thomas Robert Termuhlen of Piqua Great-grandparents: Henry and Mary Ledbetter of Piqua

Damien Creager Age: 8 Birthdate: Jan. 21, 2004 Parents: James III and Tabitha Creager of Piqua Grandparents: Peggy and Larry Jones of Piqua; James Creager II of Piqua; Steve and Linda Nash of Piqua Great-grandparents: Dick and Janet Kolker of Piqua; James and Joy Damien Creager Creager of Piqua

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thing for us. People have helped more than they’ll ever understand,� Tina said. They’ve received meals from Tina’s singles’ group at Ginghamsburg, monetary donations from anonymous donors, gift cards and groceries, even packages left on their front porch from people wanting to help. “It’s been unbelievable,� she declared. Jimmy even gets his own private tutor for school. Because his white blood count is so low and it’s risky for him to spend much time with a crowd of people who could easily make him sick, Patricia Cahill, a teacher at Tippecanoe High School offered to come to him. She spends her evenings ensuring that Jimmy will be able to graduate this spring. “She’s hands down the best teacher I have ever known and she’s one of Jimmy’s favorites,� Tina complimented. Despite all of his trips back and forth to the hospital and having to remain indoors more often than


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REQUIREMENTS • Flexible schedule (days, nights, weekends) • 40 hour work week • Hourly wage • Ability to open and close store • Balance paperwork • Must pass drug screen and background checks Apply in person at: Goodwill 1584 Covington Ave. PIQUA

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Dan Hemm Chrysler is looking to add a sales consultant to its team. Ideal candidates should have excellent interpersonal communication skills and a strong desire to excel. Sales experience preferred but not required. 5 day work week with evenings and Saturdays.



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245 Manufacturing/Trade

Hartzell Air Movement is a leading manufacturer of industrial air moving equipment. We are seeking qualified candidates to join our team in PIQUA!

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Superior Auto, Inc. has a Location/Sales Manager position available in Sidney. We are a long established company in need of self-motivated individuals seeking management opportunities in a growing company. Our Sales/Location Managers are trained and responsible for customer relations, underwriting, sales, leadership, coaching and development, and branch management. Committed to developing our associates to achieve and become the next leaders in our organization. We provide an excellent training program and career growth potential in addition to competitive base, performance incentives, car demo and great benefit package. Individuals with a high level of integrity, ability to follow through, and strong communication as well as being resultsfocused with a desire for a career opportunity are invited to apply@


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DRIVERS WANTED JOHNSRUD TRANSPORT, a food grade liquid carrier is seeking Class A CDL tank drivers from the Sidney/Piqua/Troy area. Home flexible weekends. 5 years driving experience required. Will train for tank. Great Pay and Benefit Package. For further info, call Jane @ 1-888-200-5067 ◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆

OTR DRIVERS ◆ Class A CDL required ◆ Great Pay and Benefits! CDL Grads may qualify Call Jon Basye at: Piqua Transfer & Storage Co. (937)778-4535 or (800)278-0619 ◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆❍◆

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Material Planner – Sidney, Ohio facility

Apply in person to Scott Crawford, or email resume to chryslersales@

A newspaper group of Ohio Community Media

Help needed on Saturdays for someone with tractor trailer driving experience. Will be responsible for staging and parking semi's for the Mechanics at our terminal. CDL not required but must have tractor trailer experience. Pay based on experience. Call Continental Express at 800/497-2100 or apply at 10450 St Rt 47 Sidney, OH.

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Manufacturing Engineer – Sidney, Ohio facility This position plans, designs, and supports manufacturing processes analyzing the layout of equipment, workflow, assembly methods, and work force utilization and determines parts and tools needed in order to achieve manufacturing goals. Requirements: BS in Manufacturing Engineering or similar discipline, 5-7 yrs experience, working knowledge of Siemens and Allen Bradley PLCs, proficient in use of 3D software and Microsoft Office programs, and progressive experience with Lean principles and continuous improvement.

Sr. Design Engineer – Gettysburg, Ohio facility This position leads and directs development of design solutions including a variety of engineering work which may be related to applications, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, quality and/or safety. Requirements: BS in Chemical Engineering or BSME with a chem minor, minimum 5 yrs experience in product development and engineering support, strong project management skills, and proficient in use of Microsoft Office programs and 3D software. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, life, 401(K) and many others. For confidential consideration, forward resume in Word format with salary history and requirements to Please put the Job Title in the subject line. No phone calls please. Visit our website to learn more: EOE 2251648

The Troy Daily News is looking for a full-time reporter, preferably with experience in covering city government. Applicants may send their resumes to: Troy Daily News, Attn: Executive Editor David Fong, 224 S. Market St., Troy, OH 45373 or e-mail to




Circulation Manager The Sidney Daily News, Shelby County’s Hometown Newspaper since 1891, has an immediate opening to direct its circulation department.

Preferred candidate will posses: • The ability to manage circulation staff and independent contractor carrier force • Excellent customer service skills • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, emphasis on Excel • Financial budgeting and balancing skills, including tracking of expenses and revenue • The ability to initiate and process contractor pay Candidates with past experience in newspaper circulation/ distribution services, preferably as district manager and/or circulation manager would be a definite plus. The Sidney Daily News is an 11,000-plus daily newspaper and publishes Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Sidney Daily News is an Ohio Community Media newspaper and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary negotiable depending on experience. We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401(k) employee-owned retirement packages. We also offer paid vacation, holidays, sick, and personal days. Send resume with cover letter along with salary requirements to: Frank L. Beeson, Group Publisher, Ohio Community Media, 224 S. Market St., Troy, OH 45373. Inquiries, resume and cover letter can also be emailed to: PLEASE, NO TELEPHONE CALLS.




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325 Mobile Homes for Rent

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400 - Real Estate For Sale 420 Farms for Sale

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583 Pets and Supplies

805 Auto

850 Motorcycles/Mopeds

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592 Wanted to Buy 565 Horses/Tack & Equipment SLEIGH, 1 horse, $200, (937)216-0860.

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880 SUV’s 810 Auto Parts & Accessories

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IN BRIEF ■ Bowling

Piqua holding fundraiser The Piqua High School Bowling teams are putting on a fundraiser. It will be a Scotch Double Tournament at BrelAire Lanes at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Check in is at 5:30. The cost is $25 a team (the team consist of a man and woman). If your interested in bowling please call 2141604.

■ Basketball

Bradford girls sweep South The Bradford junior high girls basketball teams swept two games with Twin Valley South. The seventh grade won 40-12. Mandi Bates scored 14 points and Ally Booker added 10. The eighth grade won 20-12. Kenzie Weldy led Bradford with nine points. BRADFORD SCORING Seventh Grade Hart 8, Bates 14, Brower 6, Booker 10, Brewer 2. Eighth Grade Harmon 1, Moore 4, Weldy 9, Carder 1, Roberts 5.

Hoopfest set for Lima Lima Shawnee High School will be hosting its Little Indians Hoopfest 2012 (4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys' basketball tournament) on March 3. Interested coaches can get information by visiting Shawnee's webpage at and can reserve their spot in the tournament by contacting coach Don Vogt at


Jordan Feeser (left photo) and Luke Karn (right photo) shoot the ball for Piqua Friday night against Vandalia-Butler.

No repeat performance Vandalia boys even score with Piqua BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

VANDALIA — Many times, the sequel just doesn’t match the original. And that was certainly the case for the Piqua boys basketball team Friday night in a 76-42 loss to Vandalia-Butler at the SAC in GWOC North ac■ Football tion— a team Piqua beat 64-56 in the first meeting in December in Piqua. “I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we had won the first game,” Piqua coach Heath CINCINNATI (AP) — Butler said. “We had a lot The Cincinnati Bengals of guys just trying to do will train this summer in too much. And we got their home at Paul Brown caught standing a lot on Stadium. The NFL team said Fri- the defensive end.” As a result, Piqua got day it will end its 15-year just four shots off in the run of holding training camp at Georgetown Col- first quarter, turning the lege in Kentucky, some 70 ball over on seven straight possessions at one point. miles south. With five minutes to go The team says the home camp will allow play- in the first half, the Indians founds themselves in ers and coaches to make a 29-3 hole. use technology and weight “You can’t do that, espeand training facilities at cially in a GWOC North their stadium, while helpgame,” Butler said about ing them adjust to new the turnovers. “Sometimes league rules. it is as simple as making the next pass and we just STUMPER couldn’t do it tonight.” At the same time, Vandalia came out on fire and with Jordan Greer and Where did Sam Hershberger both Drew Brees scoring 10 points in the

second half. They did that. They didn’t play like they were in a hurry to get out of there. They came out and played hard.” Kindric Link led the Piqua attack with 12 points, while Jordan Feeser netted eight. Jordan Greer paced Butler with 25 points and Hershberger added 12. The Piqua JVs lost 5732. Jacob Sowry led the Indians with 13 points and Dan Monnin added 12. The Piqua freshman won 48-35. Tate Honeycutt led the Indians with 18 points and Brandon Hohlbein added 11. The freshman were coming off a 53-44 loss to Beavercreek, with Honeycutt pouring in 25 points. The Indians will look to bounce back Tuesday, when Springfield visits for a GWOC crossover game.

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Piqua’s Kyler Ashton battles Vandalia-Butler’s Richard Motter for a rebond. opening half, the Indians found themselves staring at a 40-14 deficit at the break. So, if there was a bright spot for the Indians, it was

the way they didn’t quit, only being outscored 36-28 in the final two quarters. “That is always a test,” Butler said about how Piqua would respond after

the first half. “This is a resilient team. They have been all season. I told them at halftime to just to calm down and come out and play like they did the

BOXSCORE Piqua (42) Trae Honeycutt 2-1-5, Taylor Wellbaum 02-2, Kindric Link 4-3-12, Ryan Hughes 1-02, Jordan Feeser 2-4-8, Luke Karn 2-0-4, Josh Holfinger 2-0-4, Kyler Ashton 2-0-4, Azjhon Taylor 0-1-1. Totals: 15-11-42. Vandalia (76) Dylan Cloud 2-0-5, Sam Hershberger 51-12, Jake Greer 3-2-8, Ryne Pugh 3-2-9, Jordan Greer 10-5-25, Alex Joiner 1-0-3, Richard Motter 2-0-4, Anthony Owens 0-00, Jalen Paige 2-0-5, Jordan Wiggins 2-05. Totals: 30-10-76. 3-point field goals — Piqua: Link. Vandalia: Cloud, Herhsberger, Pugh, Joiner, Paige, Wiggins. Score By Quarters Piqua 3 14 26 42 Vandalia 18 40 57 76 Records: Piqua 3-9 (2-3), Vandalia 6-7 (3-3). Reserve score: Vandalia 57, Piqua 32.

Houston pulls away for win Graham romps over Ben Logan in CBC/MRD A:


QUOTED “I'm not worried one bit about my contract or our ability to keep guys at key positions.” —Drew Brees on being a free agent


Adam Mullen drives to the basket.

HOUSTON — Houston pulled away at the end to claim a 51-40 victory over Botkins in Shelby County League boys basketball action Friday night. The win puts the Wildcats at 3-5 in the league and 5-7 overall, with a trip to Covington coming up tonight. Botkins lost its second in a row to fall to 3-4 in the league and 6-6 on the year. The game was much closer than the score shows. In fact,

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Houston trailed by four at the half, and was up by just two heading to the final period. “At the end, Botkins was trying to trap and for the most part, we handled it pretty well,” said Houston coach John Willoughby. Jessie Phlipot had 15 and Adam Mullen 14 to lead the Wildcats.

boys basketball team rolled to a 57-33 win over Ben Logan CBC/MRD action. Grant Goddard led the Falcons with 15 points and Floyd Lowry added 12.

Games postponed

Four other games were postponed Friday night. They included Twin Valley South at Bradford, Covington at Tri-Village, Miami East at Newton and VerGraham boys roll ST. PARIS — The Graham sailles at Coldwater.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

On collision course Brady, Ravens defense meet Sunday FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots made it to the AFC championship game with a high-powered offense that piled up points and yards. Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens got there with a hard-hitting defense that made it a major challenge for opponents to move the ball. On Sunday, one of those teams will advance to the Super Bowl because, most likely, of what they do best. "We've got our hands full this week," Lewis said. "You watched what they did last week against Denver, just the way they came out and ran their offense, how efficient (Brady) was, how many different receivers he hit with the ball. I think their offense, period, is playing at a very high level." From start to finish, Brady picked apart the Denver defense in a 45-10 divisional playoff win. The Patriots (14-3) needed five plays to score on their first series on Brady's 7-yard pass to Wes Welker. It took them seven plays to reach the end zone on their second series on Brady's 10-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski. By halftime, Brady had thrown five of his six touchdown passes. He had plenty of time to survey the field as the Broncos put little pressure on him. The Ravens don't plan to let that happen. "You don't want him back there just like, 'Oh, we're just going to play catch today,'" Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "You don't want him to zone in, get in his zone, so to say. So I think pressure is going to be crucial, but it's always crucial. But, particularly when you are playing these type of quarterbacks, it's pivotal." Brady's regular season was exceptional, even by his lofty standards. He threw for 5,235 yards, second most in NFL history, with 39 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions and the league's third best quarterback rating of 105.6, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. The Patriots, with Welker and Gronkowski doing most of the damage, were second in the NFL with 428 yards per game and third with an average of 32.1 points.


Tom Brady (left) will meet up with the Ravens defense Sunday. "It's a very clever offense," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "It's well put together." Just like the Ravens defense. Baltimore (13-4) allowed the third fewest average yards, 288.9, and points, 16.6, this season. It had four takeaways in last Sunday's 20-13 divisional playoff win over the Houston Texans, the last by Ed Reed with 1:51 left. Lewis had a team-high seven tackles. "They're great players. I've played against both those guys quite a few times," Brady said. "You always enjoy going up against the best because you can really measure where you're at. You can't take plays off against those guys. You can't take things for granted when you're out there against them. You have to see where they're at on every play because they're guys who change the game." And don't forget Suggs. He led the AFC with 14 sacks, and, with Lewis and Reed were picked as Pro Bowl starters this season. The Ravens have a "very attacking type defense," Welker said. "They're very physical. They run to the football really well. They rush well, cover well, tackle well across the board. They have a lot of great players and a lot of playmakers." But they haven't faced a passing attack with the weapons the Patriots have. Welker led the NFL with 122 catches and

1,569 yards receiving. Gronkowski was fifth with 90 catches and set an NFL record of 17 touchdown catches by a tight end. And Aaron Hernandez, a tight end who often lines up at wide receiver and had a 43-yard run out of the backfield against Denver, was 14th with 79 receptions. "They are not your typical offense," Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson said. "They'll give you a personnel group and line up nowhere close to what you think they are going to do. You just have to roll with it and know what's coming and adapt to it. "That's why communication in these games is so vital and not going crazy and overthinking things — just getting lined up and playing — because you can get anything. You don't know what you're going to get." The last playoff game between the teams two years ago was a huge surprise with the Ravens offense dominating. Ray Rice scored on an 83-yard run on the first offensive play and Brady threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the first quarter. The Ravens took a 24-0 lead into the second and won 33-14. "We don't really care too much about what's happened in the past. We've won some, we've lost some, but right now this team is focused with the Ravens," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "That's really all that matters. I don't think some game that happened two years ago or

five years ago or anything else, I don't think that really has an effect on this game." The home crowd could have a big effect. The fans were very loud last Saturday. And the Ravens are 4-4 on the road. "Anytime you go into a road playoff game, you know it is going to present its challenges in dealing with the crowd noise and things like that," Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco said. "We play a lot of good teams that have great crowds. It definitely prepares us for something like this. "You can let that have a positive effect for the home team. I think you have to do something mentally that was not very sharp in order to let that be a factor." There will be much bigger factors that determine the outcome of the game. The Big Two: the Ravens defense and the Patriots offense. "When you do watch how the games are played, nine times out of 10, I just truly believe defense is going to find a way to win the championship," Lewis said. "You can go back however many years you want to go back, and defenses have a way to come out to make a play that changes the outcome of games." Unless, of course, you're facing Brady. "I try to be the best I can be every week," he said. "I don't think longterm too often, especially in weeks like this."


Brees not planning on leaving Saints Quarterback is free agent METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees has spent the past six years reinvigorating the Saints, rewriting NFL records and rebuilding New Orleans. His contract may be expiring, but the Big Easy's biggest sports star doesn't see himself changing teams any time soon. Brees said Friday he would be "beyond stunned" if he and the Saints are unable to agree on a contract extension during this offseason, echoing comments by coach Sean Payton this week. The former Super Bowl MVP added he doesn't believe his next deal will prevent the Saints from bidding for some other key members of their record-setting offense who will become free agents, including Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks and receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem. "My No. 1 priority, and it always has been this, is keeping our team together and making sure we have the right guys in the right positions to make a run at this for a long time," Brees said by phone from his offseason home in San Diego. "We all kind of work together on this thing. "Put it this way: I'm not worried one bit about my contract or our ability to keep guys at key positions." At the same time, Brees acknowledged that his powers of persuasion only go so far as it pertains to teammates' decisions to stay or go, and the franchise's decisions regarding how much to offer other players. "Is it realistic to think we can keep absolutely everybody? I don't know how realistic that is just because every year on a team there's turnover and I think that's just the business we're in," Brees said. "That's the biggest reason why it's so sad when the season ends. It's not because the season is over and you don't get to play anymore games or you know you're not going to win a championship that year. The biggest sadness comes in because you're

looking around the room and you know that there's guys you've become very close to that you might not be playing with anymore." Brees is expected to command an annual salary in the range of $18 million, which would be commensurate with the average yearly pay of New England's Tom Brady and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning. Brees' agent is Tom Condon, who also represents Manning. In 2011, Brees set NFL single-season records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a completion percentage of 71.2. His prolific passing numbers helped the Saints set a new NFL high for total offensive yards in a season with 7,474. Brees led the Saints to a 13-3 regular season record and second NFC South Division title. New Orleans defeated Detroit in the first round of the playoffs before falling in the final seconds of their second-round game at San Francisco, which hosts the NFC title game on Sunday. Brees has been invited to the Pro Bowl and plans to attend. By then, he hopes the emotional pain of losing in the playoffs will have subsided enough that he can look back fondly on New Orleans record-shattering season. "I haven't been able to enjoy it yet to be honest with you. It's been tough this week. I really have tried not to turn on the TV," Brees said. "It's hard not to think about what could have been. But you know what? I take solace in the fact that we fought our heart out, we gave it our best and you know what? It just wasn't meant to be. "If we're not playing for a championship, I guess there's no place I'd rather be than going to Hawaii for a week with the family and be able to enjoy the Pro Bowl and be around other guys that have earned that trip," Brees said. "And maybe that's going to be the time to decompress and reflect back on the season a little bit, but for now it still stings."

Giants, 49ers set to renew rivalry in title game Role reversal with New York’s potent offense, San Francisco’s stingy defense SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants boasted a physical, intimidating defense with athletic linebackers and stout linemen capable of stifling the NFL's most productive offenses. San Francisco featured a high-powered passing attack led by an eventual Hall of Fame quarterback in his prime with receivers capable of turning short passes into big gains. When the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants in the NFC championship game Sunday for a shot at the Super Bowl, the matchup conjures memories from a previous era of this great rivalry — even if the roles are somewhat reversed. The elite quarterback now is New York's Eli Manning, who connects on big plays to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in a similar fashion to how Joe Montana and Jerry Rice did for the dominant Niners in the 1980s. San Francisco's current

front seven led by relentless defensive lineman Justin Smith, rookie passrushing specialist Aldon Smith and fierce linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman resembles that old Giants group featuring Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. And who could have predicted this surprising pairing? The Giants (11-7) toppled defending champion Green Bay 37-20 last Sunday when everybody figured the road to the Super Bowl would go through Lambeau Field. Instead, New York is traveling West to San Francisco to face the upstart 49ers (143) in a meeting of franchises with so many fresh faces on the big stage. Jim Harbaugh's "mighty men" as he calls them stunned Drew Brees and the favored Saints 3632 when Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis for the game-winning 14-yard touchdown with 9 seconds

remaining. Smith knows both the 49ers and Giants showed it's anybody's game come playoff time. "Look at last week, I think everybody thought the road was going to go through Lambeau. I think everybody assumed the NFC championship game was going to get played there and look what happens," Smith said. "These teams at this point, everybody's as good as each other and it's all going to come down to how you execute on that day. “We're all capable of beating each other, that's for sure." Smith and Manning each orchestrated five fourth-quarter comebacks during the regular season, yet Manning missed in a 27-20 loss at San Francisco on Nov. 13 when Justin Smith batted away his last-ditch pass attempt on fourth down in the waning moments. "This is about the NFC championship. It's an op-

portunity to get this win and go on to the Super Bowl," Manning said. "We played them once before. We know they're a good team. There's no denying that. They're playing great football. They're playing with great confidence. It's going to be exciting going out there and having another shot and seeing what we can do." Niners long snapper Brian Jennings is the only one left on either side from San Francisco's last trip to the playoffs in January 2003, when the 49ers rallied for a stunning 3938 comeback victory against the Giants at Candlestick Park. San Francisco also had beaten New York during the regular season that year. It's sold out for Sunday's game with rain in the forecast as the 49ers look for their first trip to the NFC title game since the 1997 season. Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. will serve as honorary captain after team

president and nephew, Jed York, called him immediately after beating the Saints with the thoughtful invite. Fittingly, DeBartolo owned the team from 1977-98, when the 49ers won five Super Bowls. He was affectionately known as "Mr. D" to his players and coaches. The only other time these two franchises faced off in the conference championship the game finished in memorable fashion. On Jan. 20, 1991, Roger Craig fumbled with the 49ers leading 13-12 late in the fourth quarter and the Giants went on to win 1513 to deny San Francisco a chance at a third straight Super Bowl title. New York then beat the Bills to capture its second Super Bowl. These teams met six times in the playoffs between the 1981 and '94 seasons with the winner going on to win the Super Bowl four times.

There shouldn't be too many elements of surprise Sunday considering how recently they last played, though Harbaugh is always good for a few tricks. "That first game has nothing to do with what happens Sunday night," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. Davis had a career day against New Orleans with seven catches for 180 yards — the most yards receiving by a tight end in a playoff game — so the Giants certainly will try to neutralize him and put constant pressure on a n e v e r- m o r e - c o n f i d e n t Smith. Harbaugh has used the phrase "don't overcook it" with is players as a reference to sticking with what got them this far in a remarkable turnaround season. "Burnt meat, stale bread doesn't taste real good," Harbaugh said. "Like to get it just right. Not undercooked, not overcooked."


Saturday, January 21, 2012




Emotional ride continues for Philbin Dolphins hire Packers offensive coordinator as coach MIAMI (AP) — A month of wrenching emotion for Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin took another turn Friday when he landed the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job. The deal was sealed less than two weeks after Philbin's 21-year-old son drowned in an icy Wisconsin river. The Dolphins confirmed the hiring in a news release and plan a news conference Saturday. Philbin, who has never been a head coach, first interviewed with Miami on Jan. 7. The body of son Michael, one of Philbin's six children, was recovered the next day in Oshkosh. After spending a week away from the Packers, Philbin rejoined the team last Sunday for its divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants. Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003, serving as offensive coordinator since 2007. Coach Mike McCarthy called the plays, but Philbin put together the game plan for one of the NFL's most prolific offenses. The Dolphins' top choice, Jeff Fisher, turned them down a week ago to become coach of the St. Louis Rams. Miami owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland then conducted a second round of interviews this week with Philbin, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles, the Dolphins' interim coach at the end of the season. "Joe has all the attribAP PHOTO utes that we were looking Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is the Dolphins new coach. for when we started this process," Ross said in a and I felt Joe was the right phins back to the success The Dolphins are comstatement. "Jeff Ireland choice to bring the Dol- we enjoyed in the past." ing off a third consecutive

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losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s. Even so, Philbin called them "one of the premier franchises in professional sports." "The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around," he said in a statement. "And working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition." Ross fired Tony Sparano last month with three games to go in his fourth year as the Dolphins' coach. When the search for a new coach began, Ross said he would like to give the franchise muchneeded stability by hiring "a young Don Shula." Instead he chose the 50year-old Philbin, who has 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 years in college. With Philbin's help, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yardage each of the past five seasons, including third in 2011. A year ago they won the Super Bowl. "A huge congratulations to Joe Philbin," Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted. "No one deserves it more than this guy. The Pack will miss him!" The hiring might give the Dolphins an edge if they decide to pursue Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who becomes a free agent this offseason. Flynn set Packers records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns in their regularseason finale. Philbin played a major role in the development of Flynn and Pro Bowl quarterback

Aaron Rodgers. "Worked five years with Joe Philbin," former Packers executive Andrew Brandt tweeted. "Calm, cerebral, humble and a skilled offensive mind. His style will resonate with players." Assistants becoming first-time NFL head coaches have had mixed results in recent years. The group includes the Ravens' John Harbaugh, the Saints' Sean Peyton and the Steelers' Mike Tomlin, but also three coaches recently fired — Jim Caldwell by the Colts, Todd Haley by the Chiefs and Steve Spagnuolo by the Rams. Before joining the Packers, Philbin was Iowa's offensive line coach for four years. The former smallcollege tight end has been an offensive coordinator at Harvard, Northeastern and Allegheny College. Philbin becomes the seventh coach in the past eight years for the Dolphins, who went 6-10 this season and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past decade. It has been 19 years since they reached the AFC championship game, 27 years since they reached the Super Bowl and 38 years since they won an NFL title. Perhaps mindful of the drought, former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson offered this tweet: "Joe Philbin new Dolphin coach..good luck!" Philbin will now begin assembling a staff. Bowles might remain as a replacement for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who took the same job this week with the Atlanta Falcons.


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