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City schools show progress “ E Hanes reviews district’s success at annual program

ent Rick Hanes gave a glowing State of the Schools presentation to about 50 city and business leaders Thursday morning. The event was sponsored by the Piqua Chamber of ComBY SUSAN HARTLEY merce Legislative Committee Executive Editor and held at the Piqua YWCA. shartley@dailycall.com “We appreciate all the support PIQUA — Calling the schools our community gives us,” Hanes “the most important investment said. “Exciting things are hapin the community,” Superintend- pening in our classrooms, in our

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facilities.” Hanes also promised that the district will “continue to live within our means,” a goal that he and school administrators have worked to achieve over the past few years. Hanes shared several points from the district’s strategic plan, which is currently being updated.

xciting things a r e happening in our classrooms, in our facilities.

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PIQUA — Piqua Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are helping to stock Piqua food pantries as part of the national Boy Scout of America “Scouting for Food” drive. Scouts distributed bags throughout the city last Saturday asking for food donations. They will collect bags filled with food Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. The Scouts are looking primarily for canned items. All the food collected goes to Piqua food pantries. If your food donation is not picked up, or you did not receive a bag and want to contribute, your donation can to dropped off at Piqua Kroger. There will be a food barrel near the front of the store from March 17-25. If you have any questions, contact Al Fledderman at 773-5330.

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years,” said Superintendent David Larson. For the complete press release on the trade, see page two. District leaders are interested in the 3.7 acres near the high school for future building purposes. The defeated bond issue included the price to purchase the land. Through the trade, the district got the land at no cost to tax

SIDNEY — “You have kind of a Jekyll and Hyde personality,” Judge James F. Stevenson told the defendant Jamie J. Seitz Thursday, before sentencing him to serve five years in prison for his conviction of second-degree felony kidnapping. Seitz, 46, 1510 W. North St., Piqua, also was sentenced to serve 180 days for his misdemeanor assault conviction, which is to be served SEITZ concurrently. In addition to the prison time, Seitz was fined $500 and ordered to pay $672.13 in restitution, as well as court costs. He will be subject to three years of community control sanctions following his release. He was given 84 days credit for time served. Stevenson said the presentence investigation had revealed a history of community service, as well as previous violence against a girlfriend in similar circumstances. He said throughout the trials, Seitz had not expressed remorse or regret for his violent actions. “Instead,” Stevenson said, “you chose to hide behind excuses. Your conduct that night was reprehensible,” adding that there

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Alex Santon, left, and Dave Pinard of The Green Panel, of Brighton, Mich., wire solar panels on the roof of Piqua Battery on Tuesday. Each of the 10 panels produces 275 watts on electricity for a 2.75 kilowatt capacity. The panels are resistant to hail and winds to 90 mph.

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ness is now also offering green technology and Do you have an idea for a Local Front story? renewable BY WILL E SANDERS Let Susan Hartley know at 773-2721 ext. 14 or e-mail to energy. This Staff Writer shartley@dailycall.com week, a large wsanders@dailycall.com solar array was installed at its faPIQUA — Long known for bat- cility which will assist with powteries, a well-known Piqua busi- ering the business’s warehouse.

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Ralph Quinter, president of Piqua Battery, said going from various types of batteries to batteries and alternate energy like solar arrays and panels was a natural decision. “We are moving our business from batteries to batteries and See Piqua Battery/Page 2

Covington BOE approves deal School officials praise land transfer BY JENNIFER RUNYON For the Daily Call editorial@dailycall.com COVINGTON — At the Thursday night’s monthly meeting of the Covington Exempted Village School Board of Education, board members approved a land transfer

with the Covington Church of the Brethren and Covington resident Robert Smith. Through the transfer, the district gained ownership of 3.7 acres of land northeast of Covington High School. In return, the church was given the west lot of the middle school that is currently used for church parking. “The thing that made it a no brainer for the district is that it’s (the land) going to be used for exactly what it’s been used for

Students eagerly put their imagination to work Edison College to host Destination Imagination competition Saturday BY SUSAN HARTLEY Executive Editor shartley@dailycall.com PIQUA — If you find yourself driving past Edison Community College on Saturday, better take cover. Word has it that a fire-eating dragon is out to re-claim China’s biotic engine from England’s M15. Got your attention? That’s the goal of the Destination Imagination program — to get kids’ minds reeling with all the possibilities they can use in problem-solving. And that’s just what several

groups of High Street Primary and Washington Intermediate students, as well as Piqua Catholic students, have been doing after school in recent weeks — coming up with skits, props, costumes and solutions to problems for Saturday’s Destination Imagination Regional Tournament at Edison Community College. Each team hopes to win a trophy they can proudly display in their school’s hallway. But that’s not all they want to win — these students also know that by participating in Destination Imagination, they also are learning new skills and talents that will help them in their future. “It helps your education,” said Washington sixth-grader John Chambers. See Imagination/Page 2

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Greg Offenbacher, left, and Rylee Gambill work on the construction of food robot Lilla Miller at High Street School on Wednesday. The second grade students were practicing for their upcoming Destination Imagination event.

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Troy man indicted for child rape Grand jury also brings charges against Beavercreek resident BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@dailycall.com TROY — An adoptive Troy father who allegedly raped three children in his care and also compelled child prostitution through online advertisements involving the children has been indicted by a Miami County grand jury on dozens of child rape charges, said Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal. The grand jury returned an indictment against Kenneth H. Brandt, 39, of Troy, on Monday after hearing disturbing testimony that resulted with 31 rape charges being filed against him. Eleven of those rape charges involve a victim under the age of 10 and are punishable with 15 years

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to life in prison. The remaining 20 rape counts are punishable by up to 11 years in prison, Nasal said. In addition, the same grand jury returned an indictment against Jason M. Zwick, 29, of Beavercreek, who authorities allege responded to Brandt’s online advertisements. He has been charged with three counts of rape. All three of Zwick’s rape charges are punishable by up to 11 years in prison. The grand jury returned the indictments against both men on Monday and both Brandt and Zwick were served their indictments Thursday, Nasal said.

Brandt remains behind bars at the Miami County Jail on a $800,000 bond while Zwick remains jailed on a $500,000 bond. Nasal said an arraignment date for either of the two men had not been scheduled in common pleas court as of Thursday. However, such arraignments will likely take place sometime over the next month. Nasal declined any further comment on the case. Both Brandt and Zwick had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf during their initial court appearances in municipal court. Authorities raided Brandt’s Troy home earlier this month once the allegations were made and confiscated several items, including computers and media devices. All three of the children, ages 9, 10 and 12, are currently staying with relatives and are being supervised by Miami County Children Services, according to the Troy Police Department.

Covington schools receive land in deal Village resident, church involved in exchange STAFF REPORT COVINGTON — Covington Exempted Village School District, the Covington Church of the Brethren and Covington resident Robert Smith have announced a land transaction. Smith is donating a 3.7 acres parcel of land adjacent to Covington High School to the Covington Church of the Brethren. In turn, the school district is trading the west lot of the Middle School campus, which is currently being used as a parking lot for the church to the church in exchange for the 3.7 acres adjacent to Covington High School. According to Superintendent David Larson, the detail of the land exchange has been ongoing for quite some time. The Covington Church of the Brethren has maintained interest in ownership of the west lot of the Middle School campus to preserve its parking lot for the future. Over the last decade, however, the school district and the church were unable to create a solution to provide the Church with the lot, Larson said. Likewise, Covington school dis-

trict has been interested in the land to the northeast of the high school campus over the last several years. In 2010, the school district negotiated the option to purchase these 3.7 acres from Smith for the development of a new school facility. When the building bond project failed, the land option was maintained; however, future plans to utilize the land have been on hold. Although no specific plans are in place, the district has maintained interest in this land for potential future development for a new facility. When the time is right for the school district to plan for new construction, renovation, or expansion the land will be available. Smith, in his generosity, Larson said, has been interested in helping the Covington Church of the Brethren and Covington schools for some time. Smith and school officials have discussed the value of the district owning land for potential expansion for the last few years. Smith’s interest in helping the Church of the Brethren has been a life-long desire. When he was a young boy, his mother passed away leaving a family of nine children, who turned to Aunt Mae Palser for guidance and comfort. She also raised baby sister Waneta. Mae Palser was a resident of Covington

and a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren. Smith describes her as a very generous and caring person who, “always extended her hand to help others.” On behalf of his sister Naomi Brumbaugh of Piqua, Smith donated his land to the Covington Church of the Brethren in memory and dedication to Mae Palser. Smith saw the opportunity to assist both the Covington EVSD and the Covington Church of the Brethren with this donation of property. Knowing the school district’s interest in his land for expansion of its Chestnut Street campus and the church’s desire to preserve the off-street parking opportunity for its members, Smith, school officials and members of the church met on several occasions to develop a plan to maximize the benefits to all parties. “We are happy to announce that the plan has been finalized with the help of Covington Attorney Jim O’Donnell,” Larson said. “Special thank you goes out to Church of the Brethren trustees and members Don Mack, George Furrow, Mel Longendelpher, Dave Lentz and Sandy Bowman. We deeply appreciate the generosity of Mr. Smith and many generations of Covington families will be blessed by his thoughtfulness.”

payers. “I think it’s going to benefit Covington Schools, the Church of the Brethren and the community, Larson said. According to Larson, the trade will be finalized this coming week. Also during the meeting, the option of duel enrollment at the high school was discussed. Next year, the district will offer dual enrollment in calculus. Through the program, students will take calculus at Covington High School. If they chose to take part in dual enrollment and get a

grade of C or better, they will receive credit from Urbana University giving them a head start on their college careers. Twelve Covington students are registered to take calculus next year. Principal Ken Miller surveyed the students and 10 out of 12 were interested in dual enrollment. “I was happy to see the interest was that high,” he said. District leaders are now looking into how the program would be funded. Some districts using dual enrollment have the students pay the entire cost while some of the districts

cover all or a portion. “My recommendation would be not to cover it all just because of the financial situation we’re in,” Larson said. According to Miller, the cost would be $75 a credit hour. More dual enrollment classes may be added in the future. Also, Larson shared that the second of the district’s new buses recently purchased is about “twothirds of the way ready.” He hopes to have it in the fleet by the end of the month. He also said that the district is working on a surveillance system focus-

ing on the high school and elementary school. The system would have cameras on entry ways and some locations outside like on the playground. It should be in place within the next few weeks. And, in the athletic board report, member Alex Reck shared that $10,000 was given to the school by the Community Chest. The money will be used for bleacher restoration with work beginning after the track season concludes. The board of education will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on April 19.

warehouse the solar panels are on the roof of. “It gives us something to show our customers,” Quinter said. He also pointed out that batteries are green energy, so moving in the direction of solar panels was a natural move in the right direction. “That’s the whole idea. We are green and we wanted to greener,” Quinter said. “Batteries are green and they are the number one recycled product out of all other consumer products. … We

want to make this available for both commercial and home installations.” While solar panels have been around for decades, they are now becoming increasingly popular, especially with commercial businesses. Many homeowners in Miami County also are implementing such renewable energy resources. The business will be selling the panels and also are capable of installing them for their customers, Quinter said.

Piqua Battery Continued from page 1 alternative energy,” Quinter said. “It makes a lot of sense. Batteries and alternative energy just go together.” The business, located at 128 S. Main St., also will be leading by example as they will now be offering the installation and sale of the alternate energy resources. Quinter said the company had been thinking about getting into such energy sources for about the last year. They spent the last three months

preparing for the installation of a large solar array atop their warehouse facility, which was put in this week by The Green Panel, Brighton, Mich. Each of the 10 solar panels installed on the warehouse’s roof produces 275 watts of electricity for a 2.75 kilowatt capacity and are highly durable. The panels can withstand hail and up to 90 mph winds. Now fully operational, Quinter said the array will provide a portion of the power to operate the

Piqua police arrest suspect after search STAFF REPORT PIQUA — Authorities conducted a search warrant at 412 Garnsey St. on Thursday morning, seized evidence including drugs and made one arrest, according to the Piqua Police

Department. Venucci M. Estepp, 30, who lived at the residence, was charged with two counts of trafficking drugs, marijuana and crack cocaine, and was taken to the Miami County Jail.

He was expected to be arraigned on those charges, both fourth-degree felonies, today in municipal court. Piqua Deputy Chief Tom Christy said the warrant and the arrest is a part of an ongoing drug in-

vestigation and said “additional arrests are possible in the future.” He added that “a number of investigative resources were used to develop the investigation to gain the search warrant.”

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Geralyn ‘Susie’ Smith SIDNEY — Geralyn “Susie” Smith, 48, of 528 Jefferson St., Sidney, died Wednesd a y , March 14, 2012, at her r e s i dence. S h e w a s b o r n June 8, 1963, i n SMITH Piqua, to Leo Schemmel of Daytona Beach, Fla., and the late Geraldine (Langston) Schemmel. Survivors include three sons, Jeremy Schemmel of Piqua, Sean Jackson of

Piqua and Dusty Jackson of Piqua; five sisters, Diana Kellems of Sidney, Kathy Hurley of Piqua, Sandy Causey of Piqua, and Renee (Mark) Bolin of Piqua and Wendy (Shane) Jasper-Norris; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Michelle Jackson. A service to honor her life will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua. Visitation will be from 3-4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.

Pauline Laverne (Peneton) Stine LAKELAND, Fla. — Pauline Laverne (Peneton) Stine, 91, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, w i t h h e r daught e r STINE Linda by her side. Born March 16, 1920, in Springfield, Pauline was the daughter of Raymond and Nona (Thomas) Peneton and was a graduate of Rockway School in Springfield, and a business school graduate. Pauline worked as a personal secretary at Gum Products and also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Piqua, where she had a walking route and also a rural route. Pauline played the organ at the VFW, Elks, Ramada Inn and at her church and also played the organ and sang at the Winter Garden in Piqua, and her signature song was “Pennies from Heaven.”

Pauline married Emerson H. Stine on Oct. 21, 1941, and they were married 24 years until his passing Nov. 23, 1965. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emerson; son, Steven Stine in 2006; sister, Evelyn Schuffe who perished in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and brother, Billy Peneton. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Linda Weldy of Lakeland, Fla., and son, Michael (Kathy) Stine of Lebanon; grandDonna, children, Stephanie, Jennifer, Angela, Mic, Matt and Mark; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Erma Caffeo; and many other family members. Calling hours will be held 5-6 p.m. today at the Stine Kilburn Funeral Home, Lebanon. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Tufts officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.stinekilburnfuneralhome.com.

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Team member Ben Schmiesing agreed. “It makes you stretch your imagination,” he said. The boys, along with team members Amanda George, Meredith Butt and Leanne Price, were putting the finishing touches on their Coming Attractions skit Wednesday. The group’s skit will portray “spies” from China and England, who are enemies. England somehow came into possession of a biotic engine that helps power China’s fire-eating dragons — and China wants the engine back. The students admitted do doing “a little research” online about the two countries, but “some of it was knowledge we already had,” Price said. Destination Imagination is an international program for students in grades kindergarten through college. In Piqua City Schools, students in second grade on up may participate. So far, the program includes students from High Street and Washington, grades 2-6. Plans are still in the works to introduce it to the junior high next year, as this year’s sixth-graders move on, said Pam George, music teacher and DI adviser. Susan Subler is the adviser at High Street. Several parents also volunteer as team leaders. At Piqua Catholic, 46 students will be competing Saturday in Destination Imagination. “We have seven teams going, which represents nearly 25 percent of our school. We think th is pretty impressive,” said Liz Robbins, director of development and involvement. “They have been working on their projects and preparing for this day for weeks — since the beginning of the school year.” The DI program encour-

ages students to work together to creatively come up with new and innovative was to solve problems. Students select a competition category, for example, Coming Attractions, and follow the category’s rules to create their problem and implement their solution. Coming Attractions requires students to present a movie trailer involving characters from at least two nations, design a cinematic special effects and feature it in the trailer and create an original soundtrack. Other categories for this year include fine arts, using forms of technology and engineering. Another is called Project Outreach, which involves some type of community service. The Destination Imagination goes along with Piqua City Schools’ 21st Century goals, said Pam George. “I’ve seen direct benefits,” she said. “Destination Imagination does not leave children in their comfort zones, but pushes them.” Each team also will be asked to participate in an Instant Challenge by judges on Saturday, where students will be posed with a challenge to solve on site. The competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Edison with presentation of awards around 3:30 p.m. Schools from Troy, Tipp City and Ft. Loramie, as well as from Clark County, will be part of the event.

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No let-up in warm temps Warm temperatures continue. The atmosphere is becoming a little more unstable, and the potential for a spotty thunderstorm will be there at any time over the next few days. It looks like no let up in the 70 degree forecast highs through the weekend and into early next week. High: 75 Low: 60.

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Front Row: (l-r) Dre’Sean Roberts, Anna Rohrbach, Corbin Forror, Blane Ouhl, Colleen Cox, R.J. Bertini, Second Row (l-r) Colin Mills, Carly Caulfield, Jaylynn Roberts, Macy Jackson, Spencer Lavy, Grace Monnin Third Row: Nick Rigola, Jaylan Johnson, Ben Schmeising, Samantha Martin, Kelsey Magoteaux and Carris Meckstroth PIQUA — The Piqua Optimist Club held its annual Tri Star Basketball competition on Saturday, March 3. Physical Education teachers in our local schools held preliminary competitions within their schools and sent representatives from each school to the competition. Students are asked to demonstrate skills in

passing, shooting and dribbling for the contest. Trophies are given for boys and girls placing first, second and third in three age categories. The winners were: 8-9 year olds Boys First place: Dre’Sean Roberts, second place: Corbin Forror, third place: Blane Ouhl Girls

First place: Colleen second place: JaCox, lynne Roberts, third place: Anna Rohrbach 10-11 year olds Boys First place: Ben Schmeising, second place: RJ Bertini, third place: Colin Mills Girls First place: Grace Monnin, second place: Samantha Martin, third

place: Carly Caulfield 12–13 year olds Boys First place: Spencer Lavey, second place: Jaylan Johnson, third place: Nicholas Rigola Girls First place: Kelsey Magoteaux, second place: Macy Jackson, third place: Carris Meckstroth

Piqua library to honor Rachel Johnston PIQUA — In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Piqua Public Library is honoring Rachel Johnston and other women associated with the Johnston farm and trading post in Piqua. When dashing John Johnston arrived in Philadelphia, Rachel Robinson could not resist his Irish charm. In 1802, against her parents’ wishes, they eloped. Still a teenager, Rachel found herself headed for the western frontier with her new husband. Although historic accounts are rarely shared from the viewpoint of the women in-

volved, this presentation will focus on the women’s perspective. Participants will learn about daily life in the 1800s, the family’s interactions with the Miami, Shawnee, Wyandot and Seneca tribes (among others) that visited their trading post, and the demands of running a household and raising children far from city conveniences. Presenter of the “The Johnston Women” is Marla Fair, an artist and historian living with her husband David in a restored townhouse on the square in Troy. She is a prolific writer of books based on historic

events. Her book titled “In the Midst of Danger” is based on the lives of Rachel and John Johnston. Employed by the Piqua Historical Area, Fair has an intimate knowledge of the Johnston family’s daily lives, serving as an interpreter leading tours of the Johnston farmhouse. In addition, Fair regularly teaches art classes at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center. The Johnston Women program will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Pre-registration is not required.

REGIONAL ALMANAC Temperature High Yesterday 72 at 3:31 p.m. Low Yesterday 61 at 6:01 a.m. Normal High 49 Normal Low 31 Record High 79 in 1977 Record Low 8 in 1891

Gunner Sorrell Age: 3 Birthdate: March 16, 2009 Parents: Jimmy and Angel Sorrell of Piqua Grandparents: John and the late Paula Sorrell of Piqua, Brenda and the late Carry Fair of Piqua and Bruce and Kaye Plantz of Casstown Great-grandparents: Arnold and Eva Green of Vinton and Jim and Hazel Sorrell of Wellston

south of Fletcher. The menu includes deep-fried fish and chicken, as well as french fries, applesauce, cole slaw, bread and butter and a beverage. Serving time is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Adult meals are $8, kids 5-

12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free. Proceeds from this event will be used to supplement operating expenses of the fire department. The Fletcher fire district covers Springcreek and Brown

A photo published in Thursday’s paper for Smoke Signals for the Academic Challenge was incorrectly Townships and the village placed with the Sophomores take the OGT story. The of Fletcher, as well as por- Call regrets the error. tions of Lostcreek, Green and Orange townships in Miami and Shelby counties. The department also provides mutual aid servINFORMATION ice to all surrounding fire Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson ■ Editorial Department: districts. Executive Editor - Susan Hartley (937) 773-2721

Applications open for Hemmert Scholarship PIQUA — The Mills/Bogart Brothers Scholarship Committee will be awarding a Betty Hemmert Scholarship again this year. This scholarship(s) is intended to be presented to a high school senior or graduate of either the Piqua City School District or Lehman High School. They should either be attending an accredited college, music school or other post high school institution, or are a high school senior pursuing music, music education or the performing arts field of study. This is a renew-

able scholarship. Hemmert, a longtime Piqua resident, taught more than 300 vocal and piano students between the years 1945 to 1999. She first came to Piqua in 1945 to teach music at Wilder Junior High School and Piqua Central High School. After her marriage to Piquad Fritz Hemmert, she began to teach piano privately. She was organist and choir director for several churches in the area, including Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. Mary Catholic Church and Greene Street

Methodist Church. She was the founder and director of the Piqua Community Chorus and was organist for hundreds of weddings. Hemmert was director of The Skylarks, a girl’s vocal ensemble in the 1940s and The Silhouettes, a girl’s trio in the 1970s, who entertained at different community functions. The Betty Hemmert Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004, by her family as a way to honor Hemmert and to benefit students from both Piqua and Lehman Catholic

high school music programs. For more information, contact the Piqua Chamber of Commerce at 7732765, or can be reached via e-mail: s.ford@piquaareachamber.com. Applications are available at the chamber office or can be downloaded from the chamber of commerce website www.piquaareachamber.com. The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation to be turned in to the chamber is May 1.

ance counselor, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 773-2765 or can be reached via email: s.ford@piquaareachamber.com. Applications also may be downloaded from the chamber of commerce website at www.piquaareachamber.com. The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation to be turned in to the chamber is May 1. The Mills Brothers began their career in 1925 as “Four Boys and a Guitar.” Their parents, John H. and Ethel M. Mills moved to Piqua in 190809. The “Four Boys” got their professional start with the local Greenamyer Orchestra. Their first record was cut in 1927, and during the next 50

years, the group cut more than 1,246 records. The Mills Brothers biggest hits included “Tiger Rag,” “Glow Worm,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Similarly, the Bogart Brothers began their careers locally with their starring roles on the Lehman Catholic High School stage. They are the sons of Kathy and Bob Bogart of Houston. Matt, Daniel and Dominic received the Mills Brothers Scholarship and have pursued careers in professional music performing in various roles on stage around the country. Kevin chose not to pursue a career in the arts. He plays guitar as a hobby and for various musical productions.

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rolling marble moved horizontally across the screen, reminiscent of the popular 1980s video game Pac-Man. At least, to me, as I got a little excited thinking it was going to be like a video game, all controlled by my mind. But I didn’t say anything; I did not want neurofeedback technician Pamela Maxwell at the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development on Garbry Road to think I was weird. I don’t want my secret out, yet. Bad enough my brain waves were there on the screen before her, where I could not seem them, eliciting both my curiosity and worry. What were those waves telling her as I tried to concentrate on the rolling marble? That I was making out a grocery list while thinking about the pages I had yet to lay out and stories to write at work? Of course, I knew the specifics were not something she could see, but I’m a writer. I’ve an imagination. I wanted to control the marble folding over a series BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer of dots like Pac-Man. Maybe that just shows broyer@dailycall.com I’m a kid at heart? When I finally inquired about those brain waves, she said mine were pretty stable which surprised me. I honestly expected her to say the waves were going in so many different directions she was going to have to draw their extensions on the wall behind her. Me, calm? No way. She also discussed my first session results with the Qik CPT which is a computerized visual continuous performance test. It was developed to assess my attention and impulse control. My sustained attention, impulse control and consistency of response were all very well and normal. However, my speed of response was below average, something Maxwell explained as showing a cautious, perhaps leery attention to details. The irony was huge. Nearly two years ago my husband of 10 years and I divorced. It was difficult, as any divorce is and put my life on a very different, rather unexpected trajectory. While many of the changes in my life were immense blessings and positives (I refuse to dwell on the negatives) it came with a few health issues with vertigo being one from all the stress, anxiety, bouts of low points (i.e. depression) and did I mention anxiety? When the possibility of reconciliation between my ex-husband and I came unexpectedly into the picture over the fall into winter my anxiety levels went through the stratosphere. I found myself in the emergency room twice with intense stomach pain and was put through a plethora of tests, from X-rays, a HIDA scan for a potentially bum gall bladder, an ultrasound, blood work, an eventual endoscopy for an assumed ulcer. All came back with zilch. Nadda. Nothing. They could find no physical cause. Meanwhile, I was living on rice and applesauce and wondering if I hadn’t completely lost my mind. My cup had runneth over in terms of coping mechanisms after two years of intense attention to all the details in my life. As a psychology student I knew there was therapy, medication, but what the Hahn-Hufford Center offered was something different. As Maxwell pointed out, a person will go to the gym to work out their body to keep it physically fit but what of the brain? What indeed?

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To the Editor: The family of Jeffrey Liles wishes to thank our family and friends who were there to support us during his illness and death. The kind thoughts, prayers and memories brought us comfort during our difficult times. With the special stories from his friends confirmed to us how much Jeffrey meant to so many people and the countless amount of lives he touched. We would like to express a special thanks to Hospice of Miami County and Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home of Tipp City. He will always hold a special place in our hearts, as will all of you. — Jeff, Mary Liles and Many college courses fter the news hit family and lectures are available last year that Navy Troy for free online. I’ve SEAL Team 6 got watched several lectures Osama bin Laden, the from professors at Yale, Twitterverse lit up with MIT, Princeton and Stan13-year-olds tweeting, ford, schools that certainly “Who’s Osama bin Whatnever would have let me ever? Was he in a band?” in as a paying student but And, really, how would JIM MULLEN don’t mind me watching they know about sometheir classes for free. thing that happened when Columnist But I’m finding out the To the Editor: they were in diapers? We would like to thank The sad thing is that they weren’t ask- high-tech world has made me a worse ing their parents who Osama was, or student, not a better one. I’m finding out everyone for all that was Googling him, or looking him up on that memory is a muscle, and if you don’t done during the loss of our loved one, Bill Stewart, Wikipedia, or looking him up in their his- use it, you lose it. When was the last time you memo- beloved husband, father, tory books. They were asking those infallible fonts of all knowledge — other rized something? A phone number. A son, brother and grandfa13-year-olds, which is the same place poem. A shopping list. Why bother? If we ther. A very special thank they get all their answers about sex, need them, they are a click away. I know a 90-year-old man who can re- you to Vickie and Jill from drugs and nutrition. What could go cite verse after verse of poems he learned the activities department wrong? I mention this only because it’s easy to in grade school. I can’t even remember of the SpringMeade nursforget that with all the brain rot on Face- grade school, and I completed more than ing facility, Tipp City. And Swihart Industries of book and Twitter, there’s still lots of room a few of the grades twice. So I watched the first lecture on how Dayton for all the food left on the Internet for amazingly useful stuff. I just enrolled in a free online class to build my own search engine and took and services they proin computer programming that promises all the quizzes and was buzzing right vided at the time of our I will be able to build my own search en- along. Piece of cake — until the home- loss. 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DEAR ABBY: My mother is dying of old age and heart failure. It’s not unexpected and we are preparing for the end to come soon. The problem is I’m not a good housekeeper, and I am in marginal health. My husband is disabled and is, frankly, a slob. I have given up trying to keep a clean house while caring for him, my mother and myself. I just don’t have the strength to do it all, and my husband does nothing except lie around on his bed watching TV or sleeping all day. I know when my mother passes, people will want to come here to visit

Advice or bring food. My house is so dirty and deplorable I don’t want anyone to come here. What should I do? I have thought about hiring a service, but I’m not sure I can afford it. Any other suggestions? — OVERWHELMED AND TIRED IN TEXAS DEAR OVERWHELMED AND TIRED: Please accept my sympathy for the impending loss of your mother. Even when death is accepted as inevitable, it is nonetheless heart wrenching. I’ll offer two suggestions: The first is to talk to your religious adviser about your concerns, because it’s possible some volunteers from your mother’s church — or your own — might be kind enough to help you get your house in order to receive guests after the funeral. The other would be to request that guests meet afterward at the church reception hall or funeral home for refreshments. DEAR ABBY: I find it hard to deal with my P.E. teacher. She is rude, mean and she always calls me out. When you need to make a correction on your test, she throws the quiz at you and then you have to pick it up. She is very impatient also. Do you have any advice on how to deal with such a person? — DONE WITH HER IN NORTH CAROLINA DEAR DONE WITH HER: Your teacher appears to be a troubled woman. The way to deal with her would be for your parents — and the parents of any other students she is treating this way — to bring it to the attention of the principal of the school so it can be addressed. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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South Korean conductor Chung Myung-whun, center and inset, directs the last rehearsal of members of North Korea's Unhasu Orchestra with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris on Wednesday. Chung Myung-whun invited North Korea's Unhasu Orchestra for a unique joint concert with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris on Wednesday night at the Salle Pleyel Concert Hall. BY MASHA MACPHERSON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A North Korean and a French orchestra performed a landmark concert on Wednesday, adding a note of harmony to longstanding tensions between the isolated nation and the West. Under the baton of noted South Korean conductor Chung MyungWhun, North Korea’s Unhasu Orchestra and Radio France Philharmonic played to a packed house at Paris’ Salle Pleyel music hall. “We are witnessing a historical moment that I hope will not be an isolated event,” Radio France’s first violinist Svetlin Roussev said before the concert opened, crediting “Maestro Chung” for making the joint concert possible. Chung was born in the South but his mother was from North Korea, making the concert a musical bridge toward reconciliation of a divided people. “For now, this is an experience lived through our hearts with the music expressing our feelings, our emotions,” Roussev said, adding optimistically, “This could be the first stone to build on towards something that could be immense, for history and the world.” Korea was split at the end of World War II into the communist North and the U.S.-backed South. The two sides fought a three-year war that ended in a truce in 1953

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There have been other signs of improving relations between North Korea and Western nations. Late last month, the United States and North Korea announced an agreement that calls for Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear activities in exchange for food aid. Days later, a senior North Korean nuclear envoy traveled to the U.S. to attend a university forum. Most of the 90 North Koreans

musicians — many under age 30 — were performing with a Western ensemble for the first time. Earlier in the week, they had the chance to do some sightseeing, including a visit to Versailles Palace, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday. Roussev said that exchanges during the four rehearsals were about typical subjects — fatigue from jet lag, the weather, the beauty of Paris but “no sensitive issues yet.” Roussev hoped for more substantive conversation at the dinner following the concert, but said the North Koreans are “well supervised and quite reserved even if the barriers are falling.” Kwon Hyok Bong, a musical adviser who is leading the North Korean delegation, said he believed the collaboration would boost ties between France and North Korea. “It’s the first time for musicians from our two countries, (North) Korea and France, to be performing a joint concert together,” he told reporters. “I believe it’s a historical event that will improve bilateral relations between our two countries.” Chung, meanwhile, hoped to also bridge the north-south divide on the Korean peninsula. He opened the concert with a traditional Korean song and closed it with another, “Arirang,” a piece that he said earlier this week “not one single Korean ... would not know.” He dedicated it to his mother.

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but has left the Korean Peninsula divided by a heavily fortified border. Relations between North Korea and the U.S. and its allies have been tense over the years, particularly over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. North Korea has tested two atomic devices in the past six years. France is among Western nations that do not have official diplomatic ties with North Korea, although it opened an office in the capital Pyongyang last year to foster cultural exchanges.

looks much more dangerous than a suit contract, so a jump-raise of partner's diamonds (forcing) is therefore best. The double raise also leaves room for partner to use Blackwood or make a cuebid in hearts if he is interested in a slam. If he actually does bid four hearts next, you should take a stab at six diamonds. 2. Pass. In view of partner's minimum rebid, game is now unlikely. Trying to improve matters by bidding again might easily result in making them worse. Partner will probably make no more than eight or nine tricks in diamonds, so there is no good reason to bid again. 3. Two spades. It is unusual to bid a three-card suit, but there is no better

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Two notrump rather than three diamonds is an alternative possibility, but it would be a bit more dangerous. 5. Three notrump. Here you have ideal notrump distribution and strength in the unbid suits, so you have no real choice other than to bid three notrump. It would be wrong to bid only two notrump, which is not forcing in this sequence. If you did, you might find yourself left at the post. Tomorrow: A first-rate performance.

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DEAR FREAKED OUT: Find another doctor. (I was tempted to say, “Run for your life!”) As warm, charming, caring and attentive as your doctor may be, her poor hygiene is a danger to your health. That she would present herself to patients in the condition you have described and practice such poor hygiene makes me wonder how qualified she is to practice medicine. One other thing you should consider doing — because you like her — is to write her a letter explaining why you won’t be seeing her anymore. She obviously needs a wake-up call.

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Should parent of 3 and 4 year olds lighten up? Q: My kids, 4 and 3, are very loud. They yell and run inside the house. They bang toys, get into loud conflicts, and my son likes to scare his little sister by growling like a dinosaur. I know most of this stuff is normal, but I’ve got a new baby on the JOHN ROSEMOND way, and I’m worried that Columnist the baby isn’t going to be able to get enough rest said he could do someduring the day. Should I thing…I found out later punish or just lighten up? his Daddy said no such thing). Is it okay to do a consequence A: I don’t know if you dramatic need to lighten up or not, (e.g., no trains for a week) but you most definitely for those sorts of things at have the right to protect this age? yourself — and baby-onA: To set the record the-way — from aural asIt is not straight, I rarely advocate sault. unreasonable to expect “big bombshell” consechildren to play quietly. quences with children Fun and quiet are not in- under the age of 4, and then only for persistent compatible. Your kids are old misbehavior that either is enough to understand the or has the potential of be“Three Strike Rule.” They coming serious. You’re not start the day with no describing anything more strikes. When they get too than typical “flack.” If you loud, for whatever reason, over-react to flack, you they both get a strike, no are very likely to end up matter who was the in a major power struggle. louder one or who started Yes, I do advocate nipping in the it. Just walk in to where misbehavior they are and say, “That’s proverbial bud, but you strike one,” and walk out. can send the “I won’t tolThey’ll get it in no time. erate that” message withWhen they get to three out pulling out a weapon strikes, they spend one of mass destruction. hour in their respective When it comes to conserooms. Use a timer to quences, overkill can creavoid dealing with “Can ate more problems than it we come out now?” The solves. Your son is asking if he slate is then wiped clean and they start over. If can have his toy or privithey get to three strikes lege back “tomorrow” betwice in the same day, cause tomorrow is about they spend the rest of the as far into the future as a day in their respective 3-year-old can envision. In rooms and go to bed early. addition, “tomorrow” to a That’s a very system- 3-year-old is anything in atic, yet simple way of the future. His question is dealing with this sort of simply an attempt to problem. Done with dis- make sure that whatever passion and consistency, you’ve taken away isn’t that strategy should have gone forever. It merits no you saying “There is no concern whatsoever. When he doesn’t listen place like home!” within a right away, take somefew weeks. thing away until “tomorQ: My son just turned 3. row.” When you think he When I punish him by might be lying, just say, “I taking something away don’t think so” and walk from him (a particular toy away. At this age, the ocor book taken for a day), casional lie about small he immediately follows stuff is to be expected. The with “But maybe tomor- less a “big deal” you make row?” like it doesn’t phase of these little deviations, him at all as long as he the more quickly they will has an end in sight. I have die a natural death. All told, it sounds like been reticent to do a big bombshell takeaway like you’re doing fine. Stay the you advocate in some of course! And while you’re your books, only because at it, don’t forget to laugh. his infractions, taken indiFamily psychologist vidually, are minor. The worst things are occasion- John Rosemond answers ally not listening and an parents’ questions on his occasional lie (he told me website at www.roserecently that his Daddy mond.com.

School discipline Flurry of new bills introduced in legislation BY LOUIS FREEDBERG AND SUE FREY AP Report Against the backdrop of a recent federal report showing African American students being disproportionately suspended or expelled from California schools, a flurry of bills have been introduced in the state Legislature over the past several weeks to reform California’s extensive set of laws governing school discipline. The range of bills introduced reflect the complexity of the issue, and point to the already extensive set of statutes in the California Education Code governing suspensions and expulsion in California schools. While the statutes governing the most serious threats to school safety require school districts to institute expulsion proceedings, the education code also gives local school districts considerable discretion over how to respond to most other student behaviors and discipline problems. The chief sponsor of several of the bills was the Public Counsel Law Center, the Los Angeles-based public interest law firm. Other sponsors were the ACLU of Northern California, the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California. One bill, Senate Bill 1235, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would require, rather than encourage, schools to address high rates of suspension. Initially, the bill would only

apply to schools that suspend 25 percent or more of their students, or a similar percentage of a numerically significant racial or ethnic group in a school. Under Steinberg’s bill, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction would be required to publish a list of schools with elevated suspensions rates, as well as strategies that appear to be working in reducing those rates. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-SF, is the author of Assembly Bill 1729 requiring school officials to use suspension as a last resort. Schools would have to document alternatives to suspension they had attempted to implement before the student was suspended, such as a restorative justice program or a “positive behavioral approach.” The purpose would be to address the “root causes of the pupil’s specific misbehavior.” Another bill, Assembly Bill 2242, authored by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, takes on the largest single reason students are suspended — a loosely defined category known as “willful defiance.” Over 40 percent of suspended students fell into this category during the 2010-11 school year, according to Dickinson. His bill would bar school districts from giving students an “out of school” suspension for “willful defiance.” Instead, students could be sent to a specially supervised classroom in the school to serve out their suspension. In a lengthy statement, Dickinson

explained the rationale for his legislation, including the following assertion: Students who are subjected to outof-school discipline not only lose important instructional time, they are far more likely to drop out of school and enter the juvenile delinquency system, at great cost to the state, than students whose problem behaviors are addressed proactively with researchbased supports and interventions in school and with parents. Assembly Bill 2145, also authored by Dickinson and Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, would require school districts to report data on expulsion and suspension broken down by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, student enrollment, and other student characteristics. Assembly Bill 2537, by Assemblyman Manual Perez, D-Coachella, would give districts the option of reporting certain suspensions and expulsions to local law enforcement. It would also give them the option of recommending suspension and expulsion, instead of being required to do so under other legislation.The bill would also limit the reasons for mandatory expulsion to students who possess a firearm or an explosive on campus or at a school activity off school grounds. To give expelled students additional opportunities to succeed in school, Senator Current Price, D-LA, has introduced a bill, Senate Bill 1088, which would bar a school from denying enrollment or readmission to a school if the student has had contact with the juvenile justice system. It would also require a school board to make an additional reevaluation if it denies readmission of an expelled student.

More Ohio teens are waiting to get their driver's license BY CAITLIN FERTAL CFertal@News-Herald.com Remember the weeks, perhaps even months that lead up to the day you would finally get your driver’s license? Obtaining that hardplastic ID was a symbol of responsibility, a rite of passage and a sign that you were cool; who cares if you were riding around in mom’s minivan? That eager attitude has faded as teen drivers are waiting until they’re 18, 19 or in some cases, 24 to get on the road.

Garret Travis of Willowick has put off getting behind the wheel over the years for various reasons. The 24-year-old has walked and biked to his destinations in the past, but has since decided it’s time to take his transportation to the next level. When he was younger, Travis was in a minor car accident that ended up putting the brakes on his desire to drive. “It took me a long time to finally figure out that while it is basically a ton of glass, metal and plastic flying at 60 miles an hour, bad things

don’t always happen,” he said. Financial limitations have also stood in the way, and limited availability of a family car didn’t help either. Although Travis had special circumstances that kept him from seeking his license, the trend is increasing for young teens across Ohio. A Dayton Daily News analysis found a 9 percent drop in 16- and 17-year-old drivers as well as a 4.7 percent decline for 18-year-olds that are licensed in the state between 2006 and 2010.

Heights Driving School CEO Dan Cox said that although this is the busiest time of the year for driving schools, the decline has been noticeable over the past few years. “The teenagers, because of all the (social) networking, they don’t really need a car to pick up their friends and do this stuff; they’re chatting with them every which way,” he said. Cox said that a few years back, almost every single student was 15 or 16 years old when they went to get their license, but more commonly they are waiting.

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It’s all about cut, color and accessorizing BY PATRICIA ANN SPEELMAN Ohio Community Media pspeelman@sdnccg.com If you’re a girl who wants to be “in” when it comes to the perfect dress for the prom, think feathers. If you’re a guy, think slim-cut tux. “The more feathers on the dress, the better,” said Peggy Wireman, store manager at the Bridal Emporium in Wapakoneta. “About half our dresses have a feather somewhere.” Peacock feathers, black feathers and blue feathers seem to be the most popular, but they come in a variety of colors. The wispy tufts also show up in hair ornaments, along with flowers and “bling.” Tuxedos are available in any number of styles and cuts. “They’re coming out with one that fits a little tighter, a slimmer cut,” said Juanita McCrum, owner of Ron & Nita’s in Sidney. “It fits more like a young man’s suit.” Bert Harrison, the owner of Barclay’s Men-Women Clothiers in Piqua, noted that jackets are “a tad shorter” this year. “A lot of guys are adding pocket squares to go with the girls’ outfits. It’s a splash of color,” McCrum said. And color is very important to young women, Wireman said. The top color choices for dresses this year are LUKE GRONNEBERG/STAFF PHOTO teals, blues and purples. “Reds are going to be hot, because they pop and the P.J. Kiernan, 16, of New Knoxville, tries on a tuxedo at like them,” she added. Animal prints, which were girls Ron & Nita’s in Sidney in preparation for the prom. big a year ago, are not as popular in 2012, although they He is the son of Paulette and Patrick Kiernan.

are still available for the girls who want them. Dress hems may be high or low, but this year’s fashions show some leg. In some cases, Wireman said, a dress, itself, may be short but it has a long, detachable skirt. Or it will have a short hem in the front and be long in the back. As for accessories, girls “like a lot of bling,” said Cindy Garland, owner of the Ivy Garland in Sidney. “Rhinestones on head bands for hair pieces and rhinestone jewelry.” Because many of the dresses are sparkly, Wireman sees a trend to long, dangly, rhinestone earrings instead of necklaces. Purse choices are small, clutch bags, Garland said, which can also be studded with rhinestones. According to Garland, the favorite flower for corsages is the rose, in colors to complement the dress. And the corsage of choice is worn on the wrist. Boutonnieres are roses, too. “Some people get other flowers, but usually, it’s roses,” she said. Dresses at Bridal Emporium cost from $250 to $700, with most in the range of $300-$400. Accessories at the Ivy Garland run from $14.99 to $29.99. Harrison cautions young men to order their tuxes as early as possible. Because many area proms are on the same weekend, the really popular choices get rented quickly. “Don’t wait to see what color your date’s dress is,” he said. “Get the tux ordered and worry about a color of tie or vest later. The earlier you can get in, the better you are at getting the style you want.”

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Taking the indecisive out of prom night dining choices BY SHERYL ROADCAP Ohio Community Media As spring approaches, many plans are being made for one of the most memorable events in the life of a teenager — prom night. With many local proms scheduled for April and May, there stands to be a lot of preparation and activity surrounding these big nights. So who better to defer to concerning these events than the juniors and seniors themselves who will be attending the dance? From dress shopping, to scheduling hair and nail appointments, to deciding where to eat, Piqua High School junior Taylor Mayberry and senior Kassidy Liptock are two such girls who are excitedly in the midst of planning their prom nights. “People started talking about it (prom) like a month and a half ago, at least. Everyone talks about it,” Liptock said. “I’m already getting my tan on and already made my hair appointment,” Mayberry said. Each of the girls are planning to go with big groups of 10 or more with“probably more people joining in as the day gets nearer,” said the girls. They explain that everyone meets together at a friend’s house,in which the parents, armed with cameras, document their special evening. Liptock recalls that last year her group of 15 went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner before prom, but they are still undecided where their dinner reservation will be this year. Mayberry says that her group is considering

going to The Greene in Beavercreek. “I think everyone in my group kind of wants to go to The Greene because it is really nice there and will look good for pictures. We have a lot of people in our group, so we were going to go there, maybe, because there are so many choices, and everyone might want to go to different restaurants with just a couple of people,” Mayberry said. Liptock confirms that hearsay about past groups of Prom-goers touring through Walmart before the dance are true, and she admits to also wasting some time there before homecoming last fall, “just to be funny.” In light of the indecision that many teenagers may be facing when considering

dinner destinations, below are a few local restaurants between Sidney, Piqua and Troy that are offering some type of deal for those attending prom. • The Bridge, in Sidney, which sponsored the Prom tickets bought by students of Sidney and Lehman Catholic High Schools, has attached a coupon to each ticket for the opportunity to buy one entrée and get one half off. The Bridge is located at 127 W. Poplar St., in Sidney, and can be contacted at (937) 492-2542 or at www.thebridgesidney.com. General manager Jason Steeber said, “Since those two schools are local,we are giving them coupons to come here.” • In Piqua, Beppo Uno Pizzeria’s owner

Darla Williamson says that they are offering Prom specials as well. Williamson said that the teenagers can buy any two pasta entrées, which comes with a salad and garlic bread, and a dessert (to share), for $30. There are several dessert options to choose between, from a Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, to a white chocolate truffle with raspberry sauce, to tiramisu. “I think that’s reasonable for them to be able to take their date out.They don’t need a coupon or anything, they just need to say that they are here for the Prom special,” Williamson said. Beppo Uno Pizzeria and Trattoria is located at 414 W. Water St., in Piqua, and can be contacted at (937) 6151100 or at www.beppouno.com. • The Troy Filling Station is offering a selection of two dinner entrées for $20 for prom-goers.Dinner entrées vary from a fried shrimp platter to an 8 oz. sirloin, which includes two side dishes.They also plan to offer a special virgin drink menu created especially for prom night. Dining room manager Kevin Ingersoll said, “We have a large game room here, so they would have something to do if they have some time to kill before prom, after they eat, because we are also giving $2 worth of tokens for each entrée purchase.” The Troy Filling Station is located at 2331 W. Market St., in Troy, and can be contacted at (937) 339-4800. Or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/troyfillingstation

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Prom accessories are going to the next level this year, with brighter colors, more elaborate elements and more options. “Corsages are more like a small arrangement or bouquet that goes along with the theme of the dress,” said Lori Stotler, owner of Your Personal Florist in Troy. Basic corsages start at $18 at Your Personal Florist, and at $18.50 at Dekker Flowers in Sidney. Each place has corsages that can be built on from the basics, with each element causing a slight price increase. Dekker offers a prom corsage for $22.50. “It’s all blinged out with jewels and everything,” said Tiffany Terry, man-

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ager of Dekker Flowers. “An average wrist corsage is not all blinged out and done up like we do for prom. We always put the extra things in for prom.” At Dekker, Terry uses different beads, gems, feathers, pearls and rhinestones to spice up corsages for prom. Stotler offers girls the option of adding beads, rhinestones, jewels,

pearls, ribbons, butterflies, feathers and other accent elements into their corsages. Feathers are a new trend this year, Stotler said. “They can soften it and add a pop of color,” Stotler said. Offered in bright colors and inexpensive, Stotler said feathers can work as a filler in a corsage without

stealing the focal point from the flowers. Feathers aren’t the only element that is adding a pop of color to corsages, flowers in colors to accent the color of the dress are also becoming more popular. “It used to be all white,” Stotler said. “Stem-dyed blues are really pretty.” Traditional sweetheart roses are the most popular for prom, Stotler said, but she prefers when customers go with what she calls a “more elegant touch.” For more elegance, Stotler suggests orchids or gerbera daisies. To glitz up corsages even more, girls can decorate the elastic bands that go around their wrists and hold the corsages. “They’ve gone to quite elaborate wrist bands,” Stotler said.

The bands can be beaded, feature rhinestones or pearls and can be worn as a bracelet after prom, Stotler said. Wrist corsages aren’t the only option, Stotler also offers upper arm corsages, necklace flowers, hair flowers and anklets. Terry offers upper arm flowers, but hasn’t had any requests for anklets. At Dekker, boutonnieres cost $8.50, Terry said guys usually try to match their boutonniere to

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Community input also is being sought on the strategic plan, Hanes said. Those who would like to participate may visit the district’s website at www.piqua.org to view a copy of the plan. The five strategic plan areas include academic performance, facilities, staff, school/community relations and finance. The plan includes a number of goals and objectives to help Piqua City Schools succeed, with a primary focus on student and staff success and stewardship of resources. “We look at once students are beyond our walls, what makes them different and marketable,” Hanes said of some of the goals being set. The district has enjoyed a steady progress on the Ohio Report Card, meeting 21 of 26 state indicators for the 2009-10 year, and 23 of 26 during this past year. “Our goal as a district is to meet 26 of 26 this year. Some of our buildings have broken that ceiling,” Hanes said. “We’re working on it as a district.” Other district initiatives Hanes said include the $3.77 million HVAC renovation project currently taking place at the high school. Phase I was completed in December and includes new heating and cooling in the academic wing. Phase II will begin this coming summer, with the same work being completed in the gym, commons area, administration wing and kitchen area. Plans call for completion of Phase II next winter. Hanes said the project includes a “green initiative” with an ice storage system put in place behind the high school building. When cooler temperatures are desired, air will flow over the ice and directly into the building, he said, also noting that with new technologies, individual room temperatures at the high school can now be controlled from the board of education offices. Hanes also said administrators will be looking into implementing this technology in the three new facilities the district will be building beginning next spring. “It’s a huge advancement,” Hanes said. “We can shut areas down when they’re not in use and kick them back on at 6:30 a.m. before students begin arriving.” Hanes also touched base on the district’s upcoming building projects. “People keep asking me when they’re going to see the construction,” he said. “We’re very excited about the construction project for three new schools. But we’re just getting our big toe into the design/construction phase. We’re hoping for the next few years we have a winter like this one.”

The construction project’s schedule calls for schematic design of the three buildings taking place from now through April of this year, with construction plans being completed between October and January 2013. Project bidding is set for February 2013, with groundbreaking planned for May 2013 and occupancy of new the buildings in the fall of 2015. The new buildings will include a 4-6 Intermediate school at the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site and two Pre-K-3 Primary schools, one at the Springcreek site and one at the Washington Intermediate site. The State of the Schools also touched on some of the programs currently in place within the district, including being one of four districts in the United States participating in a Discovery Education program hosted by the Discovery Channel and a successful volunteer partnership with several area businesses, which brings more than 970 volunteers into the schools on a regular basis. Piqua also is moving ahead with bringing a variety of technologies into the classroom environment, Hanes said. “We may have purchased the last of our textbooks in order to put ‘tech’ books into place,” he said. The district completed its wireless infrastructure project last year and now has 125 access points districtwide for students and staff to access technologies. Piqua currently has 195 iPads, 99 document cameras, 37 student response systems, which can be used in testing, 340 netbook computers and mobile labs for netbooks and iPads And, at the high school, several new courses will be available for the 2012-13 school year, including three new courses in conjunction with the high school’s partnership with Ohio Northern University. The new courses will include pre-engineering, engineering CAD I and engineering CAD II, integrated algebra II, robotics, ONU sociology, ONU calculus and ONU electronics. Students who enroll in the ONU courses receive both high school and college credit. District Treasurer Jeff Price also gave a financial report of the district, noting that two of the district’s levies will be up for renewal by 2013 — a 1.80 mill, five year permanent improvement levy, which was last passed in 2009 and a 4.70mills, five year emergency levy, which was on the ballot in 2008. Price also said he was pleased with voter support the district saw last November with passage of the bond issue for the three-facility construction project. “A huge thank you goes out to the community,” he said.

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Ashworth’s parents also spoke before sentencing, and Susan Elsass, of Shelby County Victims Services, read a letter on her behalf. Debra Ashworth, of Tipp City, spoke of her daughter’s suffering during her 12-hour ordeal, as well as the lingering pain and humiliation that followed during her slow recovery and the course of two trials. Elsass read of Seitz’s lack of remorse and said he had violated a “position of trust” as Ashworth’s employer. He was a coowner of the Broad Street Grille, where she worked as bar manager. Elsass went on to say that Ashworth exercised poor judgment in her relationship with her married boss, but “poor judgment is not a crime.” Edward Ashworth, of Troy, scoffed at Seitz’s claim of not having choices on the night in question.

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Jamie Seitz, left, stands with his lead attorney Christopher Bucio. Sitting is Shelby County Prosecutor Ralph Bauer.The three listen to a victim’s statement by Debra Ashworth of Tipp City during Seitz’s sentencing Thursday. “He chose to do this” Ed- said. ward said. “No person The victims’ statements should have to endure this made repeated efforts to because she made bad Seitz’s lack of remorse and choices,” noting repeatedly sizable ego. that Seitz “severely beat, “He chose to do what he strangled and tortured” did to make people fear Scarlet. him,” Scarlet’s father said. “I could hardly recog- “He chose to do what he nize her from the beatings did to make himself feel that she took,” Edward superior.”

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The Delaware Gazette has an excellent opportunity for an Advertising Sales Director to lead our eager and dedicated sales team. As part of our management team, you will lead a staff of 7, driving our print and online sales strategies. This position plays a pivotal role in the implementation of our strategic plan to aggressively grow revenue streams across niche products, print and online platforms by focusing on the success of our advertisers. If this sounds like you, please email your cover letter and resume along with your salary history and expectations to Scott Koon, Publisher, Delaware Gazette. skoon@ohcommedia.com

Due to growth, we are accepting applications for caregivers in the entire Miami Valley area, as well as Part time RN or LPN to serve in a supervisory role in the Montgomery County Area.

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Performs patient related clerical/quality assurance duties necessary to promote the Behavioral Health Unit. Facilitates communication between the unit and referral source. Work involves general defined duties with the exercise of independent judgment in performing certain tasks and assuring timely completion of reoccurring statistical details. Associate Degree in related field and/or one year experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Qualified candidates may apply on-line at:

Candidates will have demonstrated experience in prospecting and growing an account list, handling incoming leads and closing sales. He or she will be skilled in envisioning big ideas, then executing advertising programs that attract customers and generate significant revenue. In addition to maintaining and growing existing relationships, candidates must possess expertise in working with clients on both strategic and creative levels. Candidates will have an in-depth understanding of print and online advertising and the desire to stay informed about area trends.

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This position is based in our Troy office and is full time with salary and commission. Benefits, cell phone allowance and mileage reimbursement are also available. For quickest consideration, please email resume to:

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Manufacturing Supervisor Position International Automotive Components (formerly known as Lear Corporation), a leading Tier-1 supplier of interior carpet components for the automotive industry, has a full-time Manufacturing Supervisor position open at the Sidney, Ohio location. This position is on 2nd shift and reports to the Operations Manager. A partial list of job duties/responsibilities include:  Provides direct supervision to manufacturing personnel in a union environment to ensure that safety, quality, productivity, schedule, and delivery goals are met on a daily basis  Investigates safety-related incidents and completes appropriate reports  Analyzes manpower and equipment availability and makes appropriate adjustments to maximize productivity and minimize problems (external and internal)  Completes daily reports  Investigates problems and issues discipline  Investigates and resolves employee complaints  Maintains good housekeeping  Maintains employees’ time records on a daily basis using KRONOS Successful candidates will possess the following:  Must be able to work any shift  Must be able to work weekends and overtime when necessary  Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook)  Strong interpersonal skills, including good written and verbal communication skills  Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment  Knowledge of the TS16949/ISO14001 standards  Experience in a union, manufacturing facility for the automotive industry preferred, but not required. If interested, please submit a resume and salary history to the following address:

www.wilsonhospital.com

or send resume to Wilson Memorial Hospital, 915 W. Michigan Street, Sidney, OH 45365

The successful candidate will manage a consultative sales approach through direct client contact. He or she will be motivated to meet and exceed person sales goals through internet and media advertising in any and/or all of Ohio Community Media’s fifty-seven publications.

Each office Independently Owned and Operated.

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Healthcare Unit Coordinator

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Are you a strong teacher/coach who has a passion for developing sales talent? Are you a leader who focuses on the positive? Are you an expert in recruiting the best staff? Can you lead by example in a competitive market? Are you a natural in building great business relationships within the community? Are you experienced in developing creative solutions?

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Develop and implement a comprehensive EMS Program for Wilson Memorial Hospital and Shelby County. Assumes responsibility for coordination of quality improvement review, medical direction and continuing education for pre-hospital care providers in the hospital’s service area. Facilitates building of relationships between and among EMS providers, the facility, and the Emergency Department Physicians and Staff and will improve patient care while expanding the hospital role in the pre-hospital arena. BSN or Bachelor degree, EMS management would be preferred. Qualified candidates may apply on-line at:

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210 Childcare

Thurs - Weds @ 5pm Sat - Thurs @ 4pm

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205 Business Opportunities Unemployed Parent receive Income Tax Return, $1500 for one child, $3000 for two children and $4000 for three children. Call now 1-800-583-8840. www.x-presstaxes.com

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DEADLINES/CORRECTIONS:

2000 Schlater Drive, Sidney, OH 45365 ATTN: HR Manager

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PIQUA DAILY CALL • PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM

CALL TODAY 937-339-1255

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CERTIFIED AIDS Seeking certified aides for home care in Piqua. Call (937)276-3099

FLEET MANAGER We are currently looking for a career minded individual in our Operations Department. This person will manage the activities of Regional Drivers primarily via computer and telephone to ensure the efficient & safe transport of our customers’ goods. This involves communicating instructions to drivers about freight pick-up and delivery, transmitting load assignments, routing, trip planning, promoting safety, and interaction with customers regarding pickup and delivery information. The ideal candidate must possess excellent computer, communication, time-management and decision making skills. Prior supervisory/management experience desired and 2 or 4 year degree preferred. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. For consideration send resume to mgoubeaux@ceioh.com or apply in person. Continental Express Inc. 10450 St Rt 47 Sidney, OH 45365

IN COUNTRY near Bradford, 2 bedroom trailer, $350 monthly. ( 9 3 7 ) 4 1 7 - 7 1 1 1 (937)448-2974 PIQUA, 1825 Wilshire, 3 bedroom ranch, 2.5 car garage, $750 plus deposit. No pets. (937)773-4493 PIQUA, 3 bedroom, 210 E North St. $500 + deposit Call for details. (937)473-2374

500 - Merchandise

510 MASSEY-FERGUSON Combine. Excellent condition. Seen at 8925 Cisco Rd. Sidney. $1500. (937)638-7714

Center hours 6am 11:55pm Center hoursnow 6 a.m. to 6top.m.

INFANTS 0-2 YEARS 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK CHILDREN 2 YRS AND UP 40 HOURS $70 WEEK 25 HOURS AND LESS $30 WEEK

CORNHOLE GAMES and bags. Order early for spring, great gifts for weddings, birthdays, graduations & fathers day, (937)489-2668 CRIB, Complete, small crib, cradle, guard rail, booster chair, walker, car seat, tub, pottie, blankets, clothes, collectable dolls, doll chairs. (937)339-4233 LIFT CHAIR, Franklin, brown, brand new only used one week. $450 (937)552-7936

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

WE KILL BED BUGS! KNOCKDOWN SERVICES

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• 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift • Tax Claimable • Price Negotiable for more than one child • Meals and snacks provided • Close to Nicklin & Wilder School District • Mornings, before and after school

1144 Fisher Dr., Piqua, OH 45356 AFTER HOUR childcare offered in my home 6:30pm-6:30am. I have 12 years experience, certificate in Early Childhood and am current with my CPR and First Aide training. For more information please call or email. sarah.kastle@yahoo.com. (937)570-6671.

• Lawn Maintenance and Mowing • Shrub Planting & Removal • Shrub Trimming • Tree Removal • Tree Trimming • Pavers & Wall Stone, Hardscapes

For 75 Years

937-493-9978 Free Inspections

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Mobile Veterinary Service Treating Dogs, Cats & Exotics

690 Computer/Electrical Office COMPUTER REPAIR. Call (937)778-1237.

“All Our Patients Die”

710 Roofing/Gutters/Siding

DC SEAMLESS Gutter & Service

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640 Financial

Bankruptcy Attorney Emily Greer

937-620-4579

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• Spouting • Metal Roofing • Siding • Doors

• Baths • Awnings • Concrete • Additions

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Commercial / Residential

All Types of Interior/Exterior Construction & Maintenance

765-857-2623 765-509-0070

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Gravel Hauled, Laid & Leveled Driveways & Parking Lots

HERITAGE GOODHEW Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Since 1977

Pole Building Roof & Siding 2263290

DO YOU HAVE MISSING SHINGLES OR STORM DAMAGE?

COOPER’S GRAVEL

625 Construction

Call for a free damage inspection. We will work with your insurance.

875-0153 698-6135

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Call Walt for a FREE Estimate Today

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PAVING, REPAIR & SEALCOATING DRIVEWAYS PARKING LOTS

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Roofing • Siding • Windows

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AMISH CREW

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ANY TYPE OF REMODELING

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30 Years experience!

Complete Projects or Helper

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

LAWN CARE D.R. Residential and Commercial

Mowing & Complete Landscaping Services Sprinkler System Installation

Decks, Drywall, Cement, Paint, Fences, Repairs, Cleanup, Hauling, Roofing, Siding, Etc. Insured/References

937-245-9717

Ask for Roy

Very Dependable

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2001 ROCKWOOD 5TH WHEEL

2005 SUZUKI BURGMAN

25 feet, sleeps 6. 1/2 ton towable, one slide out. Good condition. Asking $5000. (937)658-2434

6,107 miles, good condition, runs excellent $3600 Call after 4pm or leave message. (937)339-2866

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

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Handyman Services

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Wants roofing, siding, windows, doors, repair old floors, just foundation porches, decks, garages, room additions.

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Call today for FREE estimate Fully Insured Repairs • Cleaning • Gutter Guard

www.buckeyehomeservices.com

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• Specializing in Chapter 7 • Affordable rates • Free Initial Consultation

645 Hauling

& sell it in

• Licensed and Insured • Reasonable Rates • Free Estimates

Amy E. Walker, D.V.M. 937-418-5992

I am a debt relief agency. I help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. 2262644

• New Roof & Roof Repair • Painting • Concrete • Hauling • Demo Work • New Rubber Roofs

577 Miscellaneous

Tammy Welty (937)857-4222

Since 1936

Year Round Service

(937)367-5887 • (937)964-8131

675 Pet Care

CALL TODAY! (937)418-4712 or (937)710-5277

FURNITURE 5 piece solid oak entertainment center. Excellent condition! $1500 (937)489-4806

MOWER, Dixon, 30 inch cut. (937)418-1149

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570 Lawn and Garden

Residential Commercial New Construction Bonded & Insured

1st and 2nd shifts weeks 12 ayears We•Provide care for children 6 weeks• to6 12 years andtooffer Super • Preschool andprogram Pre-K 3’s, and 4/5’s preschool andprograms a Pre-K and Kindergarten • Before and after school care program. We offer before and after school care, •Enrichment Transportation to Troy schools Kindergarten and school age transportation to Troy schools.

CALL CALL TODAY!335-5452 335-5452

Creative Vision La ndscape

Cleaning Service

2464 Peters Road, Troy, Ohio 45373

Residential-Farm-Bush

665 Lawn, Garden, Landscaping

Sparkle Clean

LEARNING CENTER

560 Home Furnishings

MOVING? We have once used tubs, packing boxes: book to wardrobe sizes, $1-$3, (937)335-8527 after noon

1975 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Restored with fuel injection, sun roof, rack and pinion steering, sold new at Piqua Volkswagen, garage kept. (937)295-2899

660 Home Services

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535 Farm Supplies/Equipment

937-335-6080

KIDZ TOWN

Napier Tree Service

Roofing, Windows, Siding, Fire & Water Restoration

620 Childcare

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Please send resumes to: humanresources@ hughespeters.com (937)235-7100

320 Houses for Rent

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937-492-ROOF

620 Childcare

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

937-606-1122

for appointment at

• Pet Friendly

TROY, 2 bedroom, charming duplex/ house, C/A, easy access I-75, $550, plus utilities, (937)339-2201, homebase1255@hotmail.com

Backhoe Services

422 Buckeye Ave., Sidney

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Requirements: • 5 years experience in maintaining ISO-9000, TS 16949 quality standards preferred • Minimum 2-3 years experience ISO/TS auditing/ training • Experience with Warehouse Management Systems preferred • High school degree or equivalent, college degree preferred

WE DELIVER

Spring Break Special Buy 4 lessons & GET 1 FREE • No experience required. • Adults & Children ages 5 & up • Gift Certificates Available • Major Credit Cards Accepted Flexible Schedule Nights & Weekends 937-778-1660 www.sullenbergerstables.com

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Call 937-498-5125

PIQUA, Greene Street, large clean 2 bedroom, dining room, w/d hookup, all electric, $425, (937)773-7311

Shredded Topsoil Fill Dirt Available Saturday

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SchulzeTax & Accounting Service

• Close to 75 • Toddler Playground • Updated Swimming

Local electronics distributor is looking for a motivated Quality Assurance Manager to maintain the company's quality system and ISO-9000 certification.

GRAVEL & STONE

or (937) 238-HOME Free Estimates • Fully Insured • 17 Years of Home Excellence

Horseback Riding Lessons

www.cpapatterson.com

for a truck mounted 22 ton crane. CDL required. Mail resume to: MMI PO Box 1203 Piqua, Ohio 45356

QA MANAGER

635 Farm Services

It may be the best move you’ll ever make!

Electronic Filing Quick Refund 2260985 44 Years Experience

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Residential and commercial

(937) 339-1902

THRU APRIL 15th

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Certified Public Accountants

CRANE OPERATOR

Pool

(937)671-9171

1830 W. HIGH ST., PIQUA

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Consider the move to

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2 BEDROOM 1 BATH FROM $500 TO $490

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2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH FROM $565 TO $550

Make sure it’s for the better!

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BROOKHART GROUNDSCAPE • Mowing • Mulching • Hedge Trimming Call Brian Brookhart 937-606-0898 or 773-0990 • Mulch Delivery Or Pick Up Yourself Call Tom Lillicrap 937-418-8540

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INCOME TAX SPECIAL REDUCTION

If it’s time for a change...

Booking now for 2012 and 2013

#Repairs Large and #Room Additions #Kitchens/Baths #Windows #Garages

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

615 Business Services

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(937)216-5806 EversRealty.net

HALL(S) FOR RENT! 2249988

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

655 Home Repair & Remodel

2006 HARLEY DAVIDSON XL1200C SPORTSTER Vance Hines, Shortshots, Staggered, H-D bike cover, 19,250 miles, Tons of chrome! (937)710-4403

Better Business Bureau 15 West Fourth St. Suite 300 Dayton, OH 45402 www.dayton.bbb.org 937.222.5825 This notice is provided as a public service by A newspaper group of Ohio Community Media

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EVERS REALTY

655 Home Repair & Remodel

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630 Entertainment

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245 Manufacturing/Trade

600 - Services

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or send resume to Wilson Memorial Hospital, 915 W. Michigan Street, Sidney, OH 45365

To advertise in the Classifieds That Work Service & Business Directory please call: 877-844-8385

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www.wilsonhospital.com

Service&Business

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ly completed an approved Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program or three to six months related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of training and experience. Current certification in BLS is required. Qualified candidates may apply on-line at:

1, 2 & 3 Bedroom, Houses & Apts. SEIPEL PROPERTIES Piqua Area Only Metro Approved (937)773-9941 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

DIRECTORY

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Under the direction of the RN, carry out assigned treatments and procedures. Responsibilities include phlebotomy and EKG. Must have successful-

For Rent

305 Apartment

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Emergency

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Patient Care Technician

300 - Real Estate

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240 Healthcare

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


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PLACE YOUR AD IN THE CLASSIFIEDS THAT WORK 877-844-8385 OR ON THE WEB AT WWW.DAILYCALL.COM • PIQUA DAILY CALL

577 Miscellaneous

850 Motorcycles/Mopeds

899 Wanted to Buy

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS MIAMI COUNTY, OHIO

PIANO, nice, no bench. Needs tuned, $200, (937)214-5044.

2007 V-STAR 1100 Silverado classic. 12,000 miles, excellent condition, saddlebags, hard chrome exhaust, cover, 2 helmets. $5500 cash only (937)570-7362

WANTED, Model A cars, engines, wheels, non running, call (937)658-1946, (937)622-9985 after 6pm

Case No.: 85210 Judge: Wm. McGregor Dixon, Jr.

SHOT GUNS, Winchester 12 gauge, semi-auto, Superx2, ducks unlimited, gold inlay, $750. 12 gauge Pump Springfield Stevens well used works great, $135. 20 gauge, single shot, 3" chamber, good first shotgun, works great, $120. SKS assault rifle, 6 bayonet, 30 round magazine, real nice, 7.62X39, $425. Ammo 7.62x39 $5 a box. Chuck (937)698-6362 or (937)216-3222 TANNING BEDS, 4 Cobra Commercial $700 each. Out of business (937)845-2459 WALKER folds & adjusts, tub/shower benches, commode chair, toilet riser, grabbers, canes, Elvis items, Disney phones, bears (937)339-4233

583 Pets and Supplies CATS, males and females, free to a good home. (937)451-0145 GERMAN SHEPHERD pups, 3 black , 3 sable, 3 males, 3 females, $200, born on 1-28-2012 (937)570-7668 MINI AUSSIE-POO puppies, Females blue merle and black with white feet. Vet checked, shots. $300 (567)204-5232

586 Sports and Recreation GOLF SET, 20 piece Acuity Furbomax Deluxe. Never used. 5 years old. Right hand. $280. (937)726-2653

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592 Wanted to Buy BUYING: 1 piece or entire estates: Vintage costume or real jewelry, toys, pottery, glass, advertisements. Call Melisa (419)860-3983 or (937)710-4603. CASH, top dollar paid for junk cars/trucks, running or non-running. I will pick up. Thanks for calling (937)719-3088 or (937)451-1019 WE BUY and haul junk cars and junk farm equipment. Call (937)869-2112. No job too big.

800 - Transportation

805 Auto 1998 MERCURY Mountaineer, 89,000 actual miles. $4000. 1998 Cadillac Deville, looks great, has problem,$1300. 2000 Ford Explorer 4x4, $4,300. (937)658-2421 2000 GMC Sonoma, extended cab, 4.3 V6, 81,400 miles, CD player, electric windows/locks, Alloy rims, newer tires. Bought new. $7250. Excellent condition. ( 9 3 7 ) 4 9 8 - 1 5 9 9 (937)726-3398 Serious inquiries only 2003 FORD, Taurus, remote starter, runs good, $1700, (859)814-9656

835 Campers/Motor Homes 2000 PALIMINO Pop-Up. Sleeps up to 8. Stove, refrigerator, furnace, garage kept. Excellent condition. $3000 OBO. Very little use. (937)726-4802

105 Announcements

CAUTION

If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.

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Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western Union branches are trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable.

In the matter of the estate of Vonna E. Foster, Deceased NOTICE OF PROBATE OF WILL BY PUBLICATION

LEGAL NOTICE DIRECTORY SHERIFF’S SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 11-222 U.S. Bank, National Association, as Trustee for Mortgage Pass Through Certificates, Series 2007-1 vs. Benjamin D. Davis, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the a.m. the following described premises, to-wit: Situated in the City of Piqua, County of Miami, and State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-033140 Prior Deed Reference: Volume 716, Page 561 Also known as: 519 Wilson Avenue, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Sixty Thousand and 00/100 ($60,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. Christopher J. Mantica, Attorney 3/16, 3/23, 3/30-2012 2266385

SHERIFF’S SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 11-798 Flagstar Bank, FSB vs. Christine S. Crowell, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the a.m. the following described premises, towit: Situated in the City of Piqua, County of Miami, and State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-042390, N44-042400 and N44098775 Prior Deed Reference: Official Record Volume 797, Page 564 Also known as: 227 East Main Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Fifty One Thousand and 00/100 ($51,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. Austin B. Barnes III, Attorney 3/16, 3/23, 3/30-2012 2266393

SHERIFF’S SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 11-699 Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. Carol L. Killian, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the a.m. the following described premises, to-wit: Situated in the City of Piqua, County of Miami, and State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-002850 Prior Deed Reference: D.B. 770/ 188 Also known as: 513 Spring Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Thirty Nine Thousand and 00/100 ($39,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. Jennifer N. Heller, Attorney 3/16, 3/23, 3/30-2012

The next of kin, Kay L. DeYoung whose whereabouts are unknown and who therefore cannot be served with Notice of Probate of The Will, will take notice that on January 19, 2012 the Last Will and Testament of Vonna E. Foster was admitted to probate in the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, Probate Division, 201 W. Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373, Case Number 85210. This notice will be published once each week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Michael E. Gutmann Attorney for the Estate of Vonna E. Foster McCulloch, Felger, Fite & Gutmann Co., LPA 123 Market Street P.O. Box 910 Piqua, Ohio 45356 3/9, 3/16, 3/23-2012

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SHERIFF’S SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 11-485 Bank of America, N.A. vs. Joshua F. Tidwell, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on April 4, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the a.m. the following described premises, to-wit: Situated in the City of Piqua, County of Miami, and State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-024750 Prior Deed Reference: Vol 0783, Page 407 Also known as: 1008 Boone Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Sixty Thousand and 00/100 ($60,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. Kelley L. Allesee, Attorney 3/2, 3/9, 3/16-2012 2262375

SHERIFF’S SALE MIAMI COUNTY COMMON PLEAS Case No.: 10-1019 Citifinancial, Inc. vs. Steven C. Millikin, et al Pursuant to the command of an Order of Sale in the above name cause to me directed by the Court of Common Pleas of Miami County, Ohio, I will offer at Public Sale in the lobby of the Sheriff on April 4, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the a.m. the following described premises, to-wit: Situated in the City of Piqua, County of Miami, and State of Ohio Parcel Number: N44-006100 Also known as: 920 Caldwell Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 A full legal description may be obtained in the Office of the Recorder of Miami County, Ohio. Appraised at Seventy Eight Thousand and 00/100 ($78,000.00) Dollars and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of the appraisement. TERMS OF SALE: 10% of appraised value down time of sale and .5% of appraised value for conveyance and recording, balance within 30 days of confirmation. Collette S. Carr, Attorney 3/2, 3/9, 3/16-2012

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Tony Stewart has yet to win after his victory in Las Vegas. Stewart only needs wins at Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway to do what no other current driver has done: Win a race at every active track. Jeff Gordon, who has yet to win at Homestead and Kentucky, is the only other driver with less than five tracks on the career bucket list.

Defending champion notches first career Cup win in Las Vegas By MATT TALIAFERRO Athlon Sports Racing Editor

GOOD START Greg Biffle has three 2 third-place finishes to start the 2012

It took 27 races for Tony Stewart to find Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year. Four additional wins followed in the remaining nine weeks and Stewart earned his third Cup championship in one of the more dramatic finales in the sport’s history. Stewart made it known on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that his No. 14 team will not only be a force in the Chase, but in NASCAR’s 26-race regular season, as well. Stewart dominated the Kobalt Tools 400, leading a racehigh 127 laps, holding off all challengers through three restarts in the final 34 laps to score his first win of the 2012 season. “It seemed like if we could get six or eight laps under our belt, we could start building that margin out again,” Stewart said of leading the field in the closing laps. “As soon as you started pulling away, the caution would come out again. You hate having to reset it like that, knowing for the first three laps you had to be spot on and not let them take advantage of a restart like that. “You sit there and go, ‘How many times are we going to risk losing this race because of a restart? Something is going to get taken away from us because of this.’ It’s very nervewracking.” Stewart’s eventual race-winning move came on the first of the final three restarts. When the green flag

season. The last driver to record top5 runs in each of the first three races was Mark Martin in 2007. Martin ran a partial schedule that season. In 2006, Jimmie Johnson began the season with three top-3 finishes (first, second, first). Johnson won his first of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles that year. STEP, DIFFERENT SERIES In 3 SAME the Nationwide Series, Richard Childress Racing’s Elliott Sadler also has three top 10s to start the season. Sadler won in Phoenix and has third-place showings at Daytona and Las Vegas. Sadler leads the NNS point standings by 15 markers over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse has three top 10s in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

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STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION The 70 laps Dale Earnhardt Jr. led in the Kobalt Tools 400 were more than he led all of last season combined (52). His laps led total in Las Vegas was his highest in any single race since he paced the field for 90 laps at Martinsville in 2010.

Sprint Cup Standings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

DRIVER (WINS) Greg Biffle Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth (1) Carl Edwards Tony Stewart (1) Martin Truex Jr. Joey Logano Mark Martin Paul Menard Kyle Busch

POINTS BEHIND 125 — 115 -10 113 -12 107 -18 102 -23 102 -23 100 -25 98 -27 98 -27 97 -28 89 -36 87 -38

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

Clint Bowyer Ryan Newman Jeff Burton Bobby Labonte Jeff Gordon Regan Smith Marcos Ambrose Dave Blaney

86 86 82 76 75 74 74 66

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

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DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND Elliott Sadler (1) 131 — Austin Dillon 116 -15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1) 114 -17 Trevor Bayne 112 -19 Cole Whitt 109 -22 Sam Hornish Jr. 98 -33 Taylor Malsam 90 -41 Michael Annett 82 -49 Justin Allgaier 76 -55 Joe Nemechek 66 -65

SPRINT CUP SERIES Race: Food City 500 Track: Bristol Motor Speedway Location: Bristol, Tenn. When: Sunday, March 18 TV: FOX (12:30 p.m. EST) Layout: .533-mile oval Banking/Frontstretch: 16 degrees Banking/Turns: Variable (24-30 degrees) 2011 Winners: Kyle Busch/Brad Keselowski Crew Chief’s Take: “Bristol is the fastest short track we race at and one of the most exciting, for sure. This is considered a short track, but the setups are very different from all other short tracks on the schedule. This is a mechanical-grip setup type track where we don’t focus on aerodynamics very much. It is a very physically and mentally demanding track on the drivers. Things happen very quickly, and you can get caught up in other people’s mess.” NATIONWIDE SERIES Race: Ford EcoBoost 300 Track: Bristol Motor Speedway When: Saturday, March 17 TV: ESPN (1:00 p.m. EST) 2011 Winner: Kyle Busch (2)

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Tony Stewart celebrates his win in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

waved with 34 laps remaining, Stewart, lined up in row three, shot his car to the tri-oval apron and around Brad Keselowski for the lead in Turn 1. “The big thing was, that was when Matt (Kenseth) and Jimmie (Johnson) had taken four tires and we had taken two. We knew if we could clear those guys, it would give us a little bit of a buffer and have some lap cars that would keep them occupied. We didn’t know we were going to have three or four restarts after that. It was key to get out front right away and try and build a gap.” Johnson held on for second, his second straight top-5 finish after a disappointing 42nd in the Daytona 500. Greg Biffle inherited the lead in the point standings with his third consecutive third-place run. Ryan

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Brad Keselowski saw a good run go bad when his car appeared to run out of fuel on a restart with 17 laps remaining while running second. Keselowski was fined last year for criticism of NASCAR’s new Electronic Fuel Injection system. “We’re not doing this because it’s better for the teams,” Keselowski said in November. “I don't think we’re really going to save any gas. It’s a media circus, trying to make you guys happy so you write good stories. It gives them something to promote. We’re always looking for something to promote, but the honest answer is it does nothing for the sport except cost the team owners money. “Cars on the street are injected with real electronics, not a throttle body (like in NASCAR). So we’ve managed to go from 50-yearold technology to 35-year-old technology. I don’t see what the big deal is.” Following the 32nd-place finish in Vegas, Keselowski took to Twitter, noting that the problem he experienced was not an empty gas tank, but a lack of fuel being delivered to the engine: “Just to be clear. On the last restart the engine ran out of fuel, the fuel tank still had gas. This means the fuel system had a problem.”

Newman and Carl Edwards rounded out the top 5. The win was notable for Stewart in that it was his first career Cup triumph as Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Darlington Raceway and Kentucky Speedway (which was added to the Cup schedule last season) are the only two active tracks where Stewart has yet to notch a Cup win. “I take a lot of pride in being good in different types of cars, at least being competitive in different types of cars, being competitive at different racetracks,” Stewart said. “This is one we’ve been close a couple times and it got away. To finally check this off the list … that’s what makes today so special — not so much the time of year we're getting it, just the fact we finally got this one.”

I The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel upheld NASCAR penalties against Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus on Tuesday. Knaus was fined $100,000 and, along with car chief Ron Malec, suspended six races for unapproved C-posts on the No. 48 Chevy in Daytona. The No. 48 team was also levied 25-point fines in the championship and owner standings. “Upon hearing the testimony, carefully reviewing the facts and historically comparative penalties, the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel was to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR,” the appeals committee stated. Hendrick Motorsports stated in a press release that it would request a hearing before the National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer, John Middlebrook, to continue its appeal of NASCAR sanctions related to the No. 48 Sprint Cup Series team. “The panel was generous with its time today, and we appreciated the opportunity to talk through our concerns,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “We feel strongly about this issue and will continue to pursue it at the next level.” Middlebrook’s decision will be final. In the meantime, Knaus and Malec are free to continue at-track duties.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Race: Kroger 250 Track: Martinsville Speedway When: Saturday, March 31 TV: SPEED (1:00 p.m. EST) 2011 Winners: Johnny Sauter/Denny Hamlin

Classic Moments Bristol Motor Speedway No one could have known the significance of the Bristol night race on Aug. 26, 2000, when the field took the green flag. Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart clearly had the cars to beat, and the duo finished first (Wallace) and second (Stewart). For Wallace, it was his ninth and final victory at the track where he earned his first career Cup win (1986). For two other titans of the half-mile bullring, it would mark their final starts at a track where they had enjoyed so much success. Darrell Waltrip knew this was it for him. A record 12-time winner at Bristol, he would retire at season’s end. But no one could foresee that Dale Earnhardt — a nine-time victor at BMS — would never grace the high banks again. Earnhardt passed away in an accident at Daytona the following February. Wallace, Waltrip and Earnhardt accounted for 30 wins over a 23-year span (46 races) in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Athlon Fantasy Stall Looking at Checkers: It’s hard to look past Kyle Busch’s four wins in the last six Bristol Cup races. Pretty Solid Pick: Matt Kenseth has two wins and 16 top 10s at BMS. Good Sleeper Pick: Greg Biffle isn’t known as a short track specialist, but he’s been good at BMS to the tune of 11 top 10s in 18 starts. Runs on Seven Cylinders: AJ Allmendinger has had a tough start at Penske Racing and Bristol will do him no favors. Insider Tip: Bristol winners run in waves. That makes Busch and Brad Keselowski attractive options.

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

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

POINTS BEHIND 47 — 42 -5 41 -6 40 -7 38 -9 37 -10 36 -11 35 -12 34 -13 33 -14

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Biffle’s team was the one under the Roush Fenway banner that laid low during the offseason. The result has been third-place finishes across the board. Bristol is usually good to them, too. 2. Jimmie Johnson Johnson has notched a pair of top 5s during crew chief Chad Knaus’ appeal period. Since Hendrick Motorsports plans to appeal the decision, expect a few more top 5s over the coming three weeks. 3. Denny Hamlin We’ll take the 20th-place finish at Vegas as a hiccup. Although, after fourth- and first-place runs at Daytona and Phoenix, the dip at an intermediate track was notable. 4. Tony Stewart “Hey Darian, anything you can do, I can do better!” One week after Stewart’s former pit boss earned his first win with Hamlin, Stewart and new boss Steve Addington evened the score. 5. Kevin Harvick Worst finish so far this season is 11th. Harvick and the re-tooled No. 29 team have an uncanny knack for always being “there.” A couple wins in the next month or so could be on tap. 6. Matt Kenseth Kenseth was on the business end of a Carl Edwards late-race move once again. For some reason, those never work out too well for the 2003 champ. 7. Carl Edwards “The Aggressor” raced on to a fifth-place finish, his second top 10 of the year. Strangely, Edwards has yet to lead a lap this season. Is another hangover in store for last season’s runner-up? 8. Mark Martin Says he’s OK with Dale Earnhardt Jr. after their dust-up in Vegas. The odds of anything spilling over to Bristol were already long — those odds are off the board since Martin won’t even run Bristol. 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. The dominating run in the first half of the Vegas race was encouraging, but fading to 10th was a sign that this team still has a ways to go. Bristol should be another top-10 performance, though. 10. Kyle Busch “Rowdy” is ranked here more on 2012 potential than 2012 accomplishment. 11. Joey Logano So far, so good for the new Logano/Jason Ratcliff pairing. 12. Brad Keselowski A fifth is sandwiched between two 32nd-place finishes. Again, potential vs. accomplishment. 13. Paul Menard Has quietly enjoyed top-7 runs at Daytona and Vegas. He was fifth in last year’s spring Bristol race. 14. Martin Truex Jr. If this team ever learns how to finish a race it’ll be dangerous. 15. Marcos Ambrose An excellent Bristol darkhorse, Ambrose has three top 10s in six Cup Series starts. Just off the lead pack: Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman

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MARK MARTIN Although he’ll take the Bristol weekend off, Martin is off to a flying start with his Michael Waltrip Racing team, with finishes of 10th, ninth and 18th in 2012. His No. 55 team is what was David Reutimann’s No. 00 last season when it scored a total of three top 10s. AJ ALLMENDINGER He’s off to an inauspicious start with Penske Racing. Allmendinger’s No. 22 team has runs of 34th, 18th and 37th. Crash damage and a fuel system issue have contributed to the poor start to the 2012 season. Compiled and written by Matt Taliaferro. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattTaliaferro or email at Matt.Taliaferro@AthlonSports.com

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

IN BRIEF

Anna still perfect

OSU Has Halftime Lead

GROVE BORCHERS

Tri-Village run ends

■ Track & Field

Grove, Borchers run for OSU COLUMBUS — Former Piqua standout Kurt Grove and Russia standout Katie Borchers recently completed the indoor track and field season at Ohio State. Grove, a sophomore, had season bests of 1:21.84 in the 600-meter run and 1:55.14 in the 800. Borchers, a freshman, had a season best of 2:12.27 and was part of a school-record team in the distance medley, when they were clocked in 11:27.78.

■ Basketball

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Slagle has big game for BG BOWLING GREEN — Virginia Commonwealth's Andrea Barbour drove the length of the floor and hit a layup at the buzzer to give VCU a 72-71 win over the Bowling Green State University women's SLAGLE basketball team in a Women's National Invitation Tournament first-round game at the Stroh Center Thursday. Jessica Slagle, whose two free throws with 5.1 seconds left gave the Falcons a short-lived 71-70 advantage, finished with 23 points. Jessica Matthews had 13 points while Chrissy Steffen added 12 for BG.

■ Soccer

PYSA signups start Saturday The Piqua Youth Soccer Association will be holding signups at the Miami Valley Centre Mall this Saturday and March 24. Signups will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area where Radio Shack used to be. For more info, go to piquayouthsoccer.com

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Ohio State’s Aaron Craft steals the ball against Loyola Thursday night. Ohio State led 42-31 at halftime. The winner will play Gonzaga Saturday.

Syracuse survives scare Chalk talks in early going of NCAA tournament PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reserve forward James Southerland had 15 points and a season-high eight rebounds, and Syracuse avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 when it rallied for a 72-65 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday in the East Regional. The Orange entered the tournament without starting center Fab Melo, who was declared ineligible for academic reasons, and they almost left early with a piece of history no team wants. Instead, Syracuse (32-2) will play eighthseeded Kansas State in the third round Saturday. The Orange overcame a terrible game from 3-point range (5 of 23) to beat the much-smaller Bulldogs (24-10), who had talked Wednesday of becoming

the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1. J.P. Primm had 18 points for UNC-Asheville. The Bulldogs were up 34-30 at halftime — the third 16 seed to lead at the break — but the Orange took the lead for good with 6:17 left on a turnaround jumper by Southerland. The Bulldogs were within three points three times in the final 1:04 but got no closer. No. 8 KANSAS ST. 70, No. 9 S. MISS 64

Rodney McGruder scored 30 points and Jordan Henriquez added 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocks to lead Kansas State over Southern Mississippi. The Wildcats (22-10) advanced past their opening tournament game for

the third straight year. Neil Watson led Southern Miss (25-9) with 16 points, LaShay Page had 15 and Kentucky transfer Darnell Dodson scored all 14 of his points in the second half. But the Golden Eagles let a chance to win their first-ever tournament game slip away in the final minutes. No. 4 WISCONSIN 73, No. 13 MONTANA 49

In Albuquerque, Ryan Evans scored 18 points and Jordan Taylor added 17 points and six assists for Wisconsin, which ended Montana's schoolrecord 14-game winning streak. The Badgers (25-9) improved to 10-1 in NCAA tournament openers under Bo Ryan, the win-

ningest coach in the program's history. Wisconsin will face fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the third round Saturday at the Pit. Art Steward's 18 points led the Grizzles (25-7), who were familiar with the Badgers' style because one of their assistants, Freddie Owens, played at Wisconsin from 2001-04. Still, his inside information couldn't help the Grizzlies pull off the upset. No. 5 VANDERBILT 79, No. 12 HARVARD 70

In Albuquerque, John Jenkins made all six of his free throws down the stretch and finished with 27 points to help Vanderbilt hold off Harvard in a See NCAA/Page 15

COLUMBUS— Defending champion Anna ran its winning streak to 50 by defeating Findlay Liberty-Benton 58-41 in a Division III semifinal on Thursday. The Rockets (27-0) now have the 10th longest streak in Ohio girls history. They'll face ColumAfricentric on bus Saturday at 2 p.m. Anna, whose closest win this season was by 11 points, led 39-35 after three quarters. The team worked the ball inside to 6-foot-tall Ashley Frohne and outscored the shorter Eagles 18-4 in the fourth quarter. Frohne scored 10 of her 22 points in the fourth. The Rockets had 42 points in the paint; Liberty-Benton (23-3) had 20. Erica Huber had 13 points for Anna and Natalie Billing added 12. Cait Craft, an Associated Press co-player of the year along with Billing, had 15 points for the Eagles. D-IV Earlier in Columbus, McKenzie Miller had 17 points and Regina Hochstetler added 14 as Berlin Hiland will play for its fifth state title after defeating New Madison TriVillage 53-47 in a Division IV girls state semifinal on Thursday. The pair helped the Hawks (19-8) to a 28-23 halftime lead. The Patriots (25-2) cut a 10-point deficit to 47-45 with 1:15 left. But free throws, sealed the Hawks' win. Kayla Linkous, the Associated Press Division IV co-player of the year, scored all 19 of her points in the second half. Each team made eight threepointers in the game to set an all-division semifinal record for threes.

Bizarre finish to 1912 basketball PHS team’s season ends early due to lack of funds The 1912 basketball campaign was viewed as one of optimism, but it ended in mid-season for a reason that was to say the least ‘bizarre.’ The preview of the season may have been an omen of things to come. “Basket ball is the next athletic that P.H.S. will enter into. “While regular practice will not start until after the Christmas holidays, the boys are limbering up with light practice in the Y.M.C.A. gym. In this fast and speedy game, Piqua athletics have excelled, and notwithstanding the fact that there will be only three men from last year’s team, the ‘outlook’ for a good team is very promising. “The games as usual will be played at St. George’s Hall, but owing to the poultry show that will be on exhibition the second week of January, the first game will be played at the Y.M.C.A. gym.”

“A complete new outfit has been purchased for the team this year, instead of wearing the white uniforms they will wear a red and blue suit. “Among the trips planned for the basket ball team is one to Delaware, where the Ohio championship games are played. “Connected with this trip are heavy expenses, including railroad fare, entrance fees and hotel bills which will be for several days. While the P.H.S.A.A. will stand some of this expense, it is unable to pay all the bills. “If the P.H.S. 1912 team is of the championship caliber, it’s up to the public to get up a fund to help pay the boys expenses. If West Milton can raise $40 from their people, why can’t Piqua do the same?” Piqua hosted Xenia in the first game of the season. “The line-up for Piqua included Brown at right forward, Ginn at left for-

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ward, Bartholomia at center and Houser-Lyons at right guard and HinschHavemann at left guard. “The Piqua High School basket ball team won their opening game of the season from Xenia Hi by the overwhelming score of 45-7. “The visitors were outclassed in every point of the game, and the pass work that the Piqua boys handed these Xenia lads was shameful. The attendance last night was fair, but not what it should be. “Piqua rooters, you enthusiasts, you basket ball fans turn out, and see the P.H.S. games. You won’t

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be disappointed, but you will see a game that can’t be played better.” Springfield was the next opponent. “The Springfield High School basket ball team defeated P.H.S. last night at St. George hall in one of the most closely contested games of the season, the score when the final whistle blew being 38-32. “The score never varied more than six points, and was a tie four times during the game. Only a fair crowd witnessed the game. “With a few more games at home and the public not patronizing the High School Athletics, the association is bound to go broke and of course this would settle all games. “It’s up to the lovers of the game to turn out and attend the games. High school students, show your loyalty and come out and root for P.H.S.” Piqua traveled to Dayton to take on Steele High School the next week.

“The P.H.S. basket ball team journeyed to Dayton to play the Steele High team and were defeated by the score of 31 to 26. “Our team was not acquainted with the shape of the ball in the first half and could not get in much pass work, the playing space was marked off with a fence which caused many hard knocks. “In this half Piqua outplayed Steele but could not overcome the lead of the first half and when the final whistle blew the score stood at 31 to 26 in favor of Steele.” On February 16 an article appeared in the newspaper that was extremely unsettling. “At a meeting of the High School Athletic Association Thursday afternoon, the members were informed that if something was not done in the near future to help the finances of the basket ball season, the team would See HISTORY/Page 15


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At Pittsburgh 8.Kansas State 70, 9.Southern Mississippi 64 1.Syracuse 72, 16.UNC Asheville 65 7.Gonzaga 77, 10.West Virginia 54 2.Ohio State (27-7) vs. 15.Loyola (Md.) (24-8) At Albuquerque, N.M. 4.Wisconsin 73, 13.Montana 49 5.Vanderbilt 79, 12.Harvard 70 SOUTH At Louisville 1.Kentucky 81, 16.Western Kentucky 66 8.Iowa State (22-10) vs. 9.UConn (20-13) At Alburquerque, N.M. 3.Baylor 68, 14.South Dakota State 60 6.UNLV (26-8) vs. 11.Colorado (23-11) At Portland 12.VCU 62, 5.Wichita State 59 4.Indiana (25-8) vs. 13.New Mexico State (26-9) WEST At Louisville 6.Murray State 58, 11.Colorado State 41 3.Marquette 88, 14.BYU 68 At Portland 4.Louisville 69, 13.Davidson 62 5.New Mexico 75, 12.Long Beach State 68

In Louisville, Jae Crowder had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Darius Johnson-Odom scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half and Marquette withstood another furious rally by BYU. Brandon Davies had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (26-9), who looked for a brief while as if they might have a chance to top their historic comeback in the First Four on Tuesday night. After trailing by as many as 19 in the first half, BYU got within 52-46 with 15:28 left. But the Golden Eagles (28-5) were simply too big and too strong. Marquette (26-7) will

play sixth-seeded Murray advanced to play fifthState in the third round seeded New Mexico in the third round. Saturday. Siva, who had plenty of No. 6 MURRAY ST. 58, local support at the Rose No. 11 COL. ST. 41 Garden from his homeIn Louisville, Isaiah town of Seattle, added six Canaan scored 15 points assists to lead the Big in Murray State's return East tournament champito the NCAA tournament ons, who are making their after a two-year wait, and sixth straight appearance Donte Poole added 13 to in the NCAAs. Chane Belead the Racers past Col- hanan had 14 points and orado State. 11 rebounds for the CardiCanaan mishandled the nals, who led by as many ball in the closing seconds as 14. of a two-point loss to ButJake Cohen had 24 ler in 2010 as a freshman. points and 10 rebounds for He's the leader of this Davidson (25-8), which group now, and Murray was making its 11th tourState (31-1) expects a long nament appearance and run in this tournament as first since 2008, when the mid-major darlings. Stephen Curry led the unPoole scored Murray derdog Wildcatst. State's first eight points early, and the Racers No. 5 NEW MEXICO 75, shook off an 11-day wait No. 12 L. BEACH ST. 68 with an 18-2 rally to start In Portland, Kendall the second half. Williams scored 14 of his Pierce Hornung led Col- 16 points in the second orado State (20-12) with half and bottled up Long 12 points and matched a Beach State star Casper career high with 17 re- Ware defensively to help bounds for the Rams, who New Mexico hold off the were making their first 49ers. tournament appearance Drew Gordon added 18 since 2003. points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos. No. 4 LOUISVILLE 69, With most of the 49ers' No. 13 DAVIDSON 62 defensive efforts focused In Portland, Peyton on slowing down Gordon, Siva scored 17 points and New Mexico's punishing Louisville finally moved forward, Williams came on in the NCAA tourna- up with key shots when ment by beating David- the opportunities were son. there. After getting ousted in The Lobos (28-6) then their first tournament hit their free throws in the game the past two sea- final minute to close it out. sons, coach Rick Pitino Williams' length and and the Cardinals (27-9) quickness bothered Ware.

“The last half of the game was the worst game Piqua has played in this season, it being regular football in a great many instances. “The actions on the part of the Stivers team, their coach included, were anything but gentlemanly. “At the first of the game they showed their unsportsmanship in refusing to play if Brown was permitted to play for Piqua. Piqua overlooked this and Lyons was put in at Orr’s place, Orr being sick and unable to play. “We do not want to appear as bare losers, but when the Dayton spectators and even the Stivers rooters admit the game was unnecessarily rough, it is a very good argument that it was. “We are glad P.H.S. has such a high record for fair, clean, playing and that they acted in a true sportsmanlike manner in the game where such tactics were going on. “We were given the information from a Daytonian that Cress, the

Stivers coach, was very apt to instruct his team to use such tactics as were used last night.” traveled to Piqua Springfield the following week. “The Springfield High School basket ball team had no trouble in romping away from the team representing Piqua High School last evening at the new high school gymnasium by the score of 40 to 7, the game being played in two short periods so that the visitors could get the last car home.” Prior to the Springfield game, it was announced that the Piqua team was disbanding, but the locals played the game to avoid paying a fine. The local newspapers did not give the decision much attention, but the Piquonian shared its view. “The unfortunate result of the basket ball season which ended in the disbanding of the team is well known to all students of P.H.S. “It is further evident

game billed as "The Brain Bowl." Brad Tinsley scored 16 for the Commodores (2510), who followed last weekend's stunner over top-ranked Kentucky with a win over a school many consider to be a No. 1 — in the classroom, that is. The Crimson (26-5) won the Ivy League and made the tournament for the first time since 1946. Laurent Rivard led Harvard with 20 points, but the Southeastern Conference tournament champions built an 18-point lead on the Ivy Leaguers, then held them off despite not making a field goal for the last 5:22.

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At Nashville 6.Cincinnati (24-10) vs. 11.Texas (20-13), 12:15 p.m. 3.Florida State (24-9) vs. 14.St. Bonaventure (20-11) SOUTH At Greensboro, N.C. 2.Duke (27-6) vs. 15.Lehigh (26-7), 7:15 p.m. 7.Notre Dame (22-11) vs. 10.Xavier (21-12), to follow MIDWEST At Greensboro, N.C. 8.Creighton (21-5) vs. 9.Alabama (21-11), 1:40 p.m. 1.North Carolina (29-5) vs. 16.Vermont (24-11), to follow At Columbus 6.San Diego State (21-7) vs. 11.N. C. State (22-12), 12:40 3.Georgetown (23-8) vs. 14.Belmont (27-7), to follow At Nashville 4.Michigan (24-9) vs. 13.Ohio (27-7), 7:20 p.m. 5.Temple (24-7) vs. 12.South Florida (21-13), to follow At Omaha, Neb. 7.Saint Mary’s (27-5) vs. 10.Purdue (21-12), 7:27 p.m. 2.Kansas (27-6) vs. 15.Detroit (22-13), to follow WEST At Columbus 8.Memphis (26-8) vs. 9.Saint Louis (25-7), 6:50 p.m. 1.Michigan State (27-7) vs. 16.LIU (25-8), to follow At Omaha, Neb. 7.Florida (23-9) vs. 10.Virginia (22-9), 2:10 p.m. 2.Missouri (30-4) vs. 15.Norfalk State (25-9), to follow

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Cats cruise Gonzaga romps over West Virginia LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb could have left for the NBA last year. This is why they stayed. Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Lamb scored 16 and top-seeded Kentucky began its quest for an eighth national title with a staggering display of athleticism in an 81-66 victory over Western Kentucky on Thursday night. EAST REGIONAL No. 7 GONZAGA 77, No.. 10 W. Virginia 54 In Pittsburgh, Robert Sacre and Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 points apiece as Gonzaga routed West Virginia 77-54 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Kevin Pangos added 13 points and five assists for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (26-6), who will play Ohio State or Loyola (Md.) on Saturday. Gary Browne led the (19-14) Mountaineers with 15 points off the bench and Kevin Jones scored 13 in his final game for West Virginia, which endured its worst postseason defeat in 28 years despite a decided home-court advantage. Gonzaga never let the crowd get into it. The Bulldogs took control during a 13-0 run early.

History Continued from page 14 have to be disbanded. The games this year have not been well attended at all and as everybody knows, it takes good crowds to make the game come out even. “Result: If there are no crowds at the games, the finances suffer and the team has to be disbanded. Other cities half the population of Piqua supports High School athletics and do it with a spirit. Why can’t Piqua do the same thing? “Do you want our High School to lose the famous athletic record she has made, or do you want her to still retain it? If the latter, then come to the game this evening between Piqua and Wapakoneta High at St. George Hall at 8 o’clock.” “P.H.S. defeated Wapakoneta Hi in the basket ball game played at St. George’s Hall, the final score being 64 to 20. “The attendance at the game was very small but what the crowd lacked in numbers they made up for it in noise.

“From the time the first whistle blew, at 8 o’clock, it was seen that Piqua had the game well within her reach and it was a caution to say ‘challengers’ to watch the local boys drop the ball into the basket and at the same time keep the other team from doing the same. “Coach Bailey has been putting into the practice the theory of units of the whole team and not individuality, the wisdom of which was shown in last night’s game. “Piqua’s team work was almost perfect, the pass work being the best seen on the local floor this season. “The goal throwing also was a great improvement over that of last week’s game at Dayton. Attendance at the game – 125.” Piqua journeyed back to Dayton the next week, this time to take on Stivers. “Piqua High School was again defeated in Dayton last night, the victors this time being the basket ball five of Stivers High.

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that something was wrong that a team of so much ability and skill should be forced to give up all hope and cancel the remainder of the season. “Yet, this condition was not the fault of the players but as our coach explains it, ‘Lack of support on the part of the student body.’ This should be a fair warning to all interested in the school and the students should take it upon themselves to see that no such condition prevails in the coming base ball season. “A small attendance at the games, no student support and strong opponents are enough to discourage any team no matter how strong they are physically, and rather than meet further defeat Captain Bartholomai proposed disbanding. “This player stood loyally at his post with Mr. Bailey and although on the field each night and ready for work, they could hardly be censured for becoming discouraged. “No second team could


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Rucker deal announced BY JEFF SCHUDEL Willoughby Herald Dmitri Patterson, a key part of the Browns’ second-ranked pass defense in 2011, signed a three-year contract Thursday to stay with the Browns. Patterson will earn $16 million over the life of the contract. He was signed in training camp last year when the secondary was thinned by Eric Wright signing with the Lions. Patterson played in nickel situations and lined up over the slot receiver last season. He did not intercept any passes — neither did starting cornerback Joe Haden — but he broke up 12 passes and made 28 tackles. In other news, Frostee Rucker signed his free agent contract Thursday morning and will in all likelihood be the Browns starting defensive right end when training camp opens in July. Rucker agreed to a five-year, $21 million contract Wednesday, but the Browns do not announce signings until the player is signed. Rucker, a third-round draft choice by Cincinnati in 2006, made 47 tackles and registered four sacks for the Bengals last year. “Frostee is a player that we targeted in free agency, and we couldn’t be happier that he chose to become a member of the Cleveland Browns,” General Manager Tom Heckert said in a statement. “We really like the veteran presence that he

will give our young defensive line. He started last year for one of the top defenses in the NFL, and we feel as though he can come in and have that same impact on our defense.” Rucker has played in 53 games with 19 starts. He has 108 career tackles with seven sacks. He helped the Bengals to a seventh-overall defensive rankling last year. The Browns ranked 10th defensively. Jayme Mitchell started at right end last season. He lost his job but then got it back when Emanuel Stephens suffered a torn pectoral in the only game he started. Mitchell played in 14 games with 13 starts and made 32 tackles with 1.5 sacks last season. The Browns also announced they re-signed offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and tight end Alex Smith, and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering signed his tender as an exclusive rights player. Forget Tate Ben Tate will not be the running back replacing departed Peyton Hillis. League sources said there is nothing to the rumors speculating the Browns were trying to work a trade to acquire the Texans running back. Tate rushed for 942 yards and four touchdowns on 175 carries last season. The Texans drafted Tate 58th overall in 2010, one pick before the Browns drafted Montario Hardesty.

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Mike Holmgren on Thursday once again said he is not ready to "anoint" Colt McCoy, but he and General Manager Tom Heckert made one thing very clear in an hour-long conference call with season-ticket holders: The Browns aren't close to giving up on the young quarterback, either. Holmgren, beginning his third season as team president, sounded committed to keeping McCoy as the Browns' starting quarterback after failing to wrest the second pick in the draft from the Rams to use on Robert Griffin III. He said the Browns' offer to the Rams "was every bit the offer" the Rams accepted from the Redskins. The Redskins traded three first-round picks plus a second-round pick to be used on Griffin. Holmgren said reports the Browns also offered three first-round picks and a second-round pick were incorrect, but he refused to be specific about what the Browns did offer. "We were very, very aggressive, and it didn't work," Holmgren said. "The other plan we talked about was to use those draft picks to make our football team better immediately ... to help our quarterbacks on the team, or anybody else who would come on the team, be better because we've surrounded the position with better players." The Browns pick fourth and 22nd in the first round and fifth in the second round — pick 37 overall. They are guaranteed the opportunity to draft running back Trent Richardson or wide receiver Justin Blackmon if they hold on to the fourth pick as long as Andrew Luck goes first to the Colts and Griffin second to the Redskins, as expected. The Browns were 4-12 last year. McCoy, a thirdround draft choice in 2010,

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The Cleveland Browns still have high hopes for Colt McCoy. was 4-9 as a starter before missing the last three games recovering from a concussion sustained in Pittsburgh. Completing 265 of 463 passes for 2,733 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 11 interception earned McCoy a 74.6 rating last year. He ranked 27th among NFL starting quarterbacks. McCoy was 2-6 as a rookie starter. Only two teams scored fewer than the 218 points the Browns scored in 2011. The total was the second-lowest in the 13 seasons since the Browns returned in 1999. One caller skeptical of the West Coast offense was told it takes time to learn. It is a point Holmgren has made many times. "I grew up in the West Coast offense," Holmgren said. "We will stick with our system. The big thing is learning the system. I think in the second year of the system you will see more productivity from the offense.

"We're not going to change it, but it takes times to get good at it. If you can stick with your quarterback and you stick with the system and you stick with the coaches in the program, it works. You just have to trust me on that." Holmgren said McCoy was stunted in his development last year because there was no offseason program in a year in which a new offense was installed and there was no offensive coordinator. Childress was Brad named offensive coordinator last month. "Now we don't have those things to deal with," Holmgren said. "We don't have any more excuses, either. But those are real things that happened." Heckert said McCoy has "a big ceiling." The remark is consistent with what he said a week ago. "We do think Colt has a big ceiling," Heckert said. "It's my job to get better players surrounding him. After the season, we said

we have to protect him better. We have to be able to run the football, which we did at times last year. If you look at the games when we ran well and protected well, Colt played very well. "Colt has proven he can play in this league. As Coach Holmgren said, another year in the system and we get him better players, he has a chance to be really good." The Browns still have options if they want to commit to another quarterback, but those options are dwindling. They have not showed interest in free agent Matt Flynn, who was headed to Seattle on Thursday to visit with the Seahawks. They could use the fourth pick on Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M or more likely the 22nd pick on Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State. Kevin Kolb is another option if the Cardinals release him before he is due a $7 million bonus Saturday.

Linebacker signs with Bills around standout at end before moving to linebacker in the Texans' new 3-4 alignment last year. But he played only five games in 2011 before a torn chest muscle sidelined him. Buffalo targeted Williams to upgrade a defense that ranked 26th overall and 28th against the run. The Bills had only 29 sacks last year; Williams has 53 for his career. Earlier Thursday, guard Ben Grubbs agreed on a five-year, $36 million contract with New Orleans, where he will replace AllPro Carl Nicks, who left the previous day for NFC South rival Tampa Bay. Grubbs gets $16 million guaranteed, including a $10 million signing bonus. "Ben comes to us from an offense in Baltimore that experienced a lot of success, both running the football and in pass protection," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "He was a big part of that and we believe that he can come right in and fit into our program without missing a beat." Nicks is considered one of the league's best pass blockers and was a key part of the Saints' recordsetting offense. Grubbs made the Pro Bowl last season with the Ravens. Another offensive lineman switching teams was Steve Hutchinson, a fivetime All Pro with seven Pro Bowls who left Minnesota for Tennessee.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Megatron and Mario, the richest players in the NFL. When linebacker-end Mario Williams signed a six-year contract Thursday with the Buffalo Bills worth $100 million, $50 million guaranteed, he became the highest-paid defensive player in league history. Williams' megadeal followed by one day the $132 million contract the Detroit Lions gave their star receiver, Calvin Johnson. Johnson's haul is the most for any NFL player at any position. Other than Peyton Manning, whose search for a new team continues, Williams was the most sought free agent in this year's class; Johnson already was under contract in Detroit. "It's one of those things you don't get many chances like this, and opportunities to come in and be the guy who can help the team get across the hump," said Williams, who was in Buffalo since the free agency period opened Tuesday, having been flown in from his home in North Carolina. "And that's definitely what I'm here for. My whole intention is to come here, work with guys like Kyle (Williams) and (Marcell) Dareus and make this thing happen." The first overall draft pick by Houston in 2006, Williams became a pass rushing force and all-


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