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Echo Hills project unveiled Federal funds pay for stream restoration work BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA — A year-long project in the making came to a successful end for the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which held an open house at the Echo Hills Golf

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The city of Piqua unveiled the Echo Hills Golf Course stream restoration project to the public Tuesday afternoon.

Course clubhouse Tuesday. The event was to celebrate the completion of the stream restoration project at the site thanks to a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Surface Water Improvement Fund. The grant of $149,484 covered 100 percent of the design, permit and construction done by Brumbaugh Construction of Arcanum. See Project/Page 2



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Church to host free holiday meal PIQUA — God’s Table, a communitywide free lunch, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St. The meal will consist of turkey or ham sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole and dessert. Everyone is invited to come share this Christmas lunch.

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Piqua Fire Department medics treat the driver of a vehicle that crashed into the McDonald’s on East Ash Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said the driver’s foot apparently slipped off the brake sending the car through the plate glass window and into the store.The driver was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. A passenger in the vehicle was not injured. Fortunately for everyone, the section of the store that the car hit, sending glass flying, had just been closed to get ready for a visit Wednesday evening from Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald. Piqua police are investigating the crash.

Democrats drop millionaires tax Lawmakers eager to avoid gridlock BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats backed away from their demand for higher taxes on millionaires as part of legislation to extend Social Security tax cuts for most Americans on Wednesday as Congress struggled to clear critical year-end bills without triggering a partial government shutdown. Republicans, too, signaled an eagerness to avoid gridlock and adjourn for the holidays.

With a bipartisan $1 trillion funding bill blocked at the last minute by Democrats, GOP lawmakers and aides floated the possibility of a backup measure to run the government for as long as two months after the money runs out Friday at midnight. With time beginning to run short, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., met with President Barack Obama at the White House, then returned to the Capitol and sat down with the two top Republicans in Congress, Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell

PIQUA — Several Piqua teachers and their students were able to celebrate Christmas a little earlier this year, thanks to grants from area McDonald’s restaurants. In total, some 119 area teachers received $52,392.15 in grant money — up to $500 each — for grades kindergarten through eighth grade all in thanks to the McDonald’s MAC grant or Make Activities Count program. One of those recipients was Washington Intermediate fourth-grade teacher, Tiffany Williams. This is the first year See Grants/Page 8

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B.J. Adams of Troy is greeted by Piqua girls basketball team members Tasha Potts, Maddie Hilleary, Imari Witten and Chelsea Hill, l-r, as he exits the Miami Valley Centre Mall on Saturday afternoon. Team members volunteered with the Salvation Army as a community service project.

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Tax Continued from page 1 of Kentucky. Taken together, the developments signaled the end game for a year of divided government with a tea party-flavored majority in the House and Obama’s allies in the Senate that has veered from near-catastrophe to last-minute compromise repeatedly since last January. The rhetoric was biting at times. “We have fiddled all year long, all year,” McConnell complained in a less-thanharmonious exchange on the Senate floor with Reid. He accused Democrats of “routinely setting up votes designed to divide us … to give the president a talking point out on the campaign trail.” Reid shot back that McConnell had long ago declared Obama’s defeat to be his top priority. And he warned that unless Republicans show a willingness to bend, the country faces a government shutdown “that will be just as unpopular” as the two that occurred when Newt Gingrich was House speaker more than a decade ago. It was a reminder as if McConnell and current Speaker John Boehner of Ohio needed one of the political debacle that ensued for Republicans when Gingrich was outmaneuvered in a showdown with former President Bill Clinton. At issue now are three year-end bills that Obama and leaders in both parties in Congress say they want. One would extend expiring Social Security payroll tax cuts and benefits for the long-term unemployed, provisions at the heart of Obama’s jobs program. Another is the $1 trillion spending measure that would lock in cuts that Republicans won earlier in the year. The third measure is a $662 billion defense bill setting policy for military personnel, weapons systems and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus national security programs in the Energy Department. After a two-day silence, the White House said Obama would sign the measure despite initial concern over a provision requiring military custody of certain terror suspects linked to al-Qaida or its affiliates. U.S. citizens would be exempt. The measure cleared the House, 283-136, with a final vote expected today in the Senate. Officials said Democrats


Obituaries were drafting a new proposal to extend the payroll tax that likely would not include the millionaires’ surtax that Republicans opposed almost unanimously. Republicans minimized the significance of the move. “They’re not giving up a whole lot. The tax they wanted to implement on business owners was something that couldn’t pass the House and couldn’t pass the Senate,” McConnell said in a CNBC interview. Jettisoning the tax could also require Democrats to agree to politically painful savings elsewhere in the budget to replace the estimated $140 billion the tax would have raised over a decade. In its most recent form, the surtax would have slapped a 1.9 percent tax on income in excess of $1 million, with the proceeds helping pay for the extension of tax cuts for 160 million workers. Senate Democrats have twice forced votes on the proposal in what officials have described as a political maneuver designed to force GOP lawmakers to choose between protecting the wealthy on the one hand and extending tax cuts for millions on the other. The spending bill was hung up and there was no agreement why. Republicans and at least one Democrat said agreement had been reached earlier in the week, but Reid disputed that and pointed to provisions relating to travel to Cuba and funding for the Commodities Future Trading Commission as examples. “It’s pretty clear to all of us that President Obama and Sen. Reid want to threaten a government shutdown so they can get leverage” on the payroll tax bill, said Boehner, noting that so far, the Senate has failed to pass legislation on the issue. Wednesday’s maneuvering occurred the day after the House passed a payroll tax extension that contained no higher taxes. That House measure drew a veto threat from Obama that cited spending cuts the White House said would harm the middle class without requiring a sacrifice from the wealthy. The bill would extract nearly $43 billion from the year-old health care bill; extend a pay freeze on federal employees while also increasing their pension contributions and raise Medicare premiums on seniors with incomes over $80,000 beginning in 2017.

Project Continued from page 1 Troy Myers, project manager for Brumbaugh, was on hand Tuesday, along with designer Hugh Crowell of Hull and Associates, City Manager Gary Huff, members of the CAC, Linda Raterman of the Miami Soil and Water and Water Conservation District, local watershed group members and city stormwater coordinator Devon Alexander. After becoming informed by Hull and Associates at a CAC meeting of the funding offered by the EPA, the city applied for the grant with the focus being the restoration of the stream at Echo Hills. “You had to make an improvement that would overall affect stormwater,” said Alexander, explaining that the project involved steep eroding slopes being rebuilt at a shallower angle and then covered with textile material of a woven straw blanket, along with the addition of mulch, seeding and plants. While the efforts of this project doesn’t look like much now, said Crowell of the new plants and still-obvious work areas, in two years the plantings will be well-rooted and will help stabilize the banks. It was a problem that gave birth to the project in an effort to reduce the amount of sedi-


ment flowing into Echo Lake. It will also restore the floodplain while redirecting stress away from the banks, thanks to placement of instream rock structures that will redirect flow to the center of the stream. Some 5,600 plantings of trees, shrubs and live-staking in the area, including sycamore, red maple and swamp white oak, were added to the 1,050 feet of the 2,500 feet of stream on the golf course property that was restored. Work on the restoration project began Nov. 1 with the total cost at roughly $122,000. The remaining funds will be returned to the EPA’s Surface Water Improvement Fund. Brumbaugh has been involved in many community bridge and street projects in Darke County. For more information visit or

Lorene I. Link PIQUA — Lorene I. Link, 83, 1744 W. High St., Piqua, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 4 , 2011, in Piqua. S h e w a s b o r n July 20, 1928, in P i q u a LINK to the late Eugene D. and Catherine (Foster) Ralston. She married David B. Link on Sept. 30, 1946, in Piqua; he preceded her in death Dec. 26, 2009. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Link of Piqua; nieces and nephew, Gail Pearce (Steve) Staley of Piqua, Scott (Debbie) Pearce of Maryville, Tenn., Terri (Randy) Hendricks of Conover and Kris (Mark) Gunston of West Milton; great-nieces and nephews, Melanie Pearce (Tony) Cusmano, Michelle Pearce, Josh Lowe, Adam Gunston, Alex Gunston, Taylor Cusmano, Pearce Cusmano, and Jackson Pearce; and a special cousin Karen D. Foster. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Ralston; and a sister, Charlyne (Babe) Pearce. Mrs. Link was a 1946 graduate of Piqua Central

High School. She worked as a cashier at the former Malone’s Market, a clerk for the JC Penny Department Store in Piqua, and retired as a bookkeeper from the former Piqua Poultry Company. She was a member of the Piqua Church of the Brethren, the American Business Women’s Association and the former Creepers to Capers Mother’s Club. She enjoyed ceramics, cooking, painting, gardening, and volunteering at the Bethany Center. She loved being the matriarch of her family! She was very social and loved talking to people, especially her friends at Sterling House. A funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Lutz officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373 or the Church of the Brethren, 525 Boal Ave., Piqua, OH 45356 Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Martha Jan Reedy PIQUA — Martha Jan Reedy, 63, of Piqua died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. She was born in Lawrence County, on May 22, 1948, to the late Thomas and Viola (Witt) O’Leary. On Sept. 13, 1969, in St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, she married Gregory A. Reedy. He survives. Martha is also survived by two sons, Sean Reedy of Port Clinton and Kevin Reedy of Piqua; one daughter, Margaret Reedy of Cincinnati; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Janet O’Leary of Columbus and Martin and O’Leary of Athens; two sisters. Mary June Lavelle and Jean Kelly, both of Ironton; and four grandchildren, Sage Reedy, Cedar Reedy, Lucy Gee and Chelsey Stonerock. Martha graduated from St. Joseph High School, Ironton. She then graduated from Huntington

East Vocation Technical School, W.Va. with her LPN. Martha was an LPN at Heartland of Piqua for 30 years. She was then an LPN at Harborside, Troy for 1 ½ years. Martha collected angels and blue plates. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church, Ironton, with the Rev. Fr. David Huffman as Celebrant. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Ironton. Local arrangements are being handled by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite G100, Dayton, OH 45449. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Linden Cottrell LUDLOW FALLS — Linden Cottrell, 73, of Ludlow Falls, son of Charles and Effie (Bowman) Cottrell was born Dec. 28, 1937, in Darke County, and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2011. He graduated from Franklin Monroe High School Class of 1955. He was the co-owner and operator of Carlin Fuel and was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church. On June 22, 1957, he was married to Carol Hussey, enjoying 54 years of marital bliss. They had three sons, Bruce and wife Brandy, Brent and wife Kelly, and Steve. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Pete and wife Linda; two sisters, Lois Schaurer and

husband Ralph. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Marvin Bowman, and two infant grandchildren. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren, 8376 PitsburgLaura Road, Arcanum. Interment will follow at Mote Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 10 S. High St., Covington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County. Online memories may be left for the family at

Two-year-old Troy child injured in fall STAFF REPORT TROY — A two-year-old boy was injured Tuesday night when he fell out of a second story window at 203 S. Mulberry St. Police responded to the incident, which was called in at 8:48 p.m. The boy, Trent C. Lucas, was transported by Troy Fire Depart-

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Ann L. Vondenhuevel SIDNEY — Ann L. Vondenhuevel, 48, of 2340 N. Broadw a y Ave., Sidney, passed away Tuesd a y , Dec. 13, 2011, at 8:52 a.m. at VONDENHUVEL h e r home surrounded by her family. Ann had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She was born on April 2, 1963, in Sidney, the daughter of the late John A. Frantz and Mary (Eilerman) Frantz, who survives and resides in Sidney. On June 11, 1988, she married Mark S. Vondenhuevel, who survives along with three children, Olivia A. Vondenhuevel, Sam M. Vondenhuevel and Joe A. Vondenhuevel all at home. Also surviving are two brothers, Frank Frantz and Tom Frantz and his wife Stephanie, both of Sidney and one sister, Mrs. Jeff (Lottie) El-

liott of Urbana, and also many nieces and nephews. Ann was a homemaker and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney. Ann dearly loved her pet dogs and specially her family, she loved watching all her children’s sports and other activities and will be truly missed by all of them and her many friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Schmitmeyer officiating. Entombment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney. The family respectfully request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lehman High School Scholarship Fund for the Ann Vondenhuevel Endowment. Condolences may be expressed to the Vondenhuevel family at

Paul Eichelberger Jr. THORNTON, Colo. — Paul Eichelberger Jr., 61, of Thornton, Colo., died at 4:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at the Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colo. He was born March 15, 1950, in Piqua, to the late Paul Eichelberger and is survived by his mother Mary Ann (Davis) Eichelberger Betts of Piqua. He married Susan J. Robinett on Aug. 30,1972, in Covington; she preceded him in death in August 2005. Other survivors include a daughter, Ginger and (Larry) Castle of Thornton, Colo.; three grandchildren, Sarah Castle, Rachael Erwin and Tyler Castle; two great-grandchildren; a brother Michael (Joyce) Eichelberger of Piqua; a sister,

Jeannie Hahn of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Eichelberger served in the National Guard and was a retired school bus driver. A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Chalk officiating. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County Inc., P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Mona Yantis PIQUA — Mona Yantis, 78, of Piqua, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Oakwood Village, Springfield. She was born on July 24, 1933 in Cairo, W.Va., to the late Burl N. and Edith (Null) Parks. Her husband, Richard F. Yantis, survives. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Yantis is survived by her son, Rob Dysinger of Bradford; daughter, Sandy Nelson of Texas; brother, Bud Parks of Maine; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and g r e a t - g r e a t grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Yantis was pre-

ceded in death by her first husband, Don Dysinger; daughter, Maria Floyd; son, Rodney Dysinger; and one brother, Paul Parks. She was a member of the AMVETS No. 66 and VFW Auxiliary. Mrs. Yantis was a Realtor and later ended her career at Walmart. Services will be conducted at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Southwest Region Office, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Death notices URBANA — Joseph A. Hamilton, 67, of Urbana, passed away at approximately 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in VanCrest of Urbana. Funeral services will be held Friday at AtkinsShively Funeral Home, St. Paris, with Chaplain Pam Gaylord of Vitas Hospice of Dayton presiding. Burial will follow in Newson Cemetery, St. Paris. PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — Richard L. Gilmore, 76, of Pinellas Park, Fla,, formerly of Piqua, died

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Hospice House-Woodside, Pinellas Park, Fla. Private services will be held for his family. Policy: Please send obituary notices by e-mail to or by fax to (937) 773-4225. Deadlines: Notices must be received by 6 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Friday, and by 4 p.m. on Monday for Tuesday’s online edition. Questions: Please call Editor Susan Hartley at 7732721, ext. 207 if you have questions about obituaries.

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Mild weather about to end A warm front moves through bringing milder temperatures to our region through today. Another cold front arrives today with more rain. Cooler temperatures roll in behind the front for Friday, but at least we will dry out. The weather doesn’t look too bad for the final full weekend of Christmas shopping with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s to low 40s through early next week. High: 58 Low: 52.





Dec. 9 Trespassing: Police responded to the Piqua Public Library, 116 W. High St., after a black male was acting strange and yelling at himself in Winans and the library. He was warned for trespassing and later left without incident. Fraud: Police responded to Hubbard Roofing, 800 S. Downing St., after it was reported that a credit card belonging to that business was used for an online purchase not related to the business. An investigation is pending. Theft: Police responded to Hartzell, 1 Propeller Place, after unlocked tool


Wilder Intermediate School fifth-grader Mick Karn, center, skis across the gym floor during physical education class on Wednesday. Students in Mick Leffell’s gym classes are currently running obstacle courses made from or decorated with Christmas ornaments.

FCS to give to local students studying ag Applications now accepted for scholarship program VERSAILLES — Farm Credit Services of MidAmerica — a $17.5 billion agriculture lending cooperative serving farmers and rural America in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee — is allocating more than $100,000 in scholarships to students studying agriculture and other related majors during 2012. In addition to offering scholarships through the 4-H and FFA and several universities across the association’s four-state territory, Farm Credit will be awarding 42 scholarships to FCS members or children of members who are

attending college. The values of the FCS scholarships are between $1,000 and $1,500 and are awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities, and community involvement. “For the last several years, we have offered scholarships to youth as a way to demonstrate our commitment to help prepare them for tomorrow’s world. As agriculture continues to grow and evolve, we want to make sure that the next generation of rural community leaders are at the forefront of the industry, and grow with it,” said George Stebbins,

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



boxes on a work truck were entered and five chainsaws were stolen. The victim later told police about a possible suspect, and once police made contact with the suspect, the chainsaws were returned. No charges were requested by the victim once he got his property back. Theft: Police responded to the Kroger gas station, 1510 Covington Ave., after a thief stole six CDs out of an unlocked vehicle that was parked in a handicap parking space.

Dec. 10 Suspicious: A Dominoes pizza delivery driver reported to police a suspicious vehicle was following him on his last two deliveries. He stated the car continued to follow him until he started to drive towards an Ohio

State Highway Patrol cruiser. Theft: Police responded to the 300 block of East Main Street after it was reported that a Smith & Wesson 9mm was stolen from a nightstand. The gun was missing for at least a month and the caller had no suspects. Theft: Police responded to the parking lot of Sears at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, 987 E. Ash St., after a female had her purse snatched while shopping. The purse was located in another part of the store and nothing was missing from the purse.

Dec. 11 Theft: Police responded to Elder-Beerman, located at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, 987 E. Ash St., after a loss prevention officer reported that a male and a female were

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County Sheriff's officials were dispatched to 990 Michaels Road, Tipp City, after a resident reported hearing a loud "boom!" outside. Officials found a mailbox had be struck by a motorist. Sheriff's deputies were able to identify the vehicle and later tracked down Edith Jacobs, 53, of Tipp City, at 1400 Main St., Tipp City. Jacobs' vehicle was missing its right side mirror and body molding. Jacobs'

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Piqua High School band announces holiday concert PIQUA — The Piqua High School Band Department announces its annual Holiday Concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at Piqua High School. The concert will be conducted by Mitch Mahaney, director of bands and Carl Phlipot, co-director. Preceding the High School Band Department at 6:30 p.m. will be the elementary school bands under the direction of Carl Phlipot. The combined fifth grade bands will perform first, followed by the combined sixth grade bands from Bennett, Wilder, and Washington schools. The PHS Chamber Ensemble will perform “African Bell Carol,” “On A Cold Winter’s Night” arranged by Ohioan

James Swearingen, and “Christmas Feast” by David Shaffer. The Chamber Ensemble meets daily. The Symphonic Band, which meets every day, will play a fun piece, “Scherzo For Santa” by Matt Conaway, the traditional “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Here We Come A’Caroling.” The Show Choir’s combo, “Audio Hype,” will also perform. They will be playing jazz numbers “It’s The Holiday Season,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” The award-winning ensemble will conclude with “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Mitch Mahaney, director of bands, during school hours at 773-6314.

chair of the Farm Credit Services of Mid-America board. FCS Scholarships are available to customers, their dependents and spouses of the ag lending cooperative. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29. To apply, go online to and click on Community, then Scholarships to download the application. You may also call (800) 206-3001 to talk the local office about obtaining an application. If you are interested in applying for the university scholarships or the scholarships offered through the state offices of the 4-H and FFA, you can find contact information on COLUMBUS — Ohio the 2011 Governor’s Award — click on community, Parks and Recreation As- for Parks and Recreation, then scholarships. sociation (OPRA) has an- a “best-in-show” award nounced its 2011 Annual which includes a $500 conAwards of Excellence win- tribution to the parks and ners and a number of local recreation foundation of shoplifting. The agencies have been recog- the agency winner. The awards are judged shoplifters ran once nized. Locally, the Miami in a two-tiered process, caught, and were later taken into custody. The County Park District won which includes a panel of property was recovered. three 1st place awards in parks and recreation proBoth were charged with the following categories: fessionals from around theft and the male half Partnerships for the 2010 Ohio, as well as, the assohad a warrant out for his Designers’ Show House — ciation’s Board of DirecHistoric Knoop House, tors. arrest. Sex offense: Police are Youth and Family Prohandling a complaint re- grams for the Fall Farm 1 Hour garding suspicious activ- Fest and Environmental Massage ity that occurred the Programs for Family Nature Quest previous night involving a 339-1971 The OPRA Annual male who allegedly “exGift posed himself to a five- Awards of Excellence will Certificates be presented at a banquet year-old girl.” hosted by the association INNER BALANCE on Feb. 7, at the Kalahari MASSAGE THERAPY Resort and Conference 1100 Wayne St., Unruly juvenile: Po- Center in Sandusky, Ohio. lice responded to the 400 One first place award win- Suite 1319 • Troy, OH block of Adams Street ner will be presented with Checks & Cash Accepted after a 10-year-old boy who was biting his mother. Theft: Police responded INFORMATION to the Piqua High School after two juvenile females Regional Group Publisher - Frank Beeson ■ Editorial Department: (937) 773-2721 were stealing items from Executive Editor - Susan Hartley FAX: (937) 773-4225 at least six other females. Advertising Manager - Leiann Stewart

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Sheriff’s Reports Information provided by had prior history. Upon inthe Miami County Sher- vestigation, officials found iff's Office: a baggie of marijuana in the car. Sheriff's officials also found an opened bottle of Bud Light, which No headlight leads to Scott admitted was his. drug charges: Miami Scott Reedy was charged County Sheriff's officials with possession of drugs stopped a vehicle with and open container. Eric only one operating head Reedy was charged with a light on Hemm Road and headlight violation. S. Main Street, Piqua. Officials found the driver, Eric Reedy, 33, of Piqua and passenger Scott Intoxicated driver Reedy, 24, of Piqua both strikes mailbox: Miami

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speech was slurred and she admitted to taking Xanax and said "I shouldn't be driving." Jacobs failed all three field tests and submitted to a drug test at the sheriff's office. Jacobs was charged with OVI, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident. Jacobs later was charged with charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and open container after the investigation.


PIQUA — The schedule of holiday concerts and events for the Piqua City Schools is as follows: • Dec. 15, 7 p.m. PJHS 8th Grade Choir Concert at PJHS • Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. PHS Holiday Choir Concert and Cookie Walk at PHS • Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. Grades 5/6 Holiday Band Concert at PHS; Springcreek Primary Grade 3 Music Program at 7p.m. at Springcreek; PHS Holiday Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. at PHS • Piqua High School students from the Ohio Northern Dual enrollment class of U.S. History recently returned from a three day trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park. While there, they toured the major Civil War Battlefield sites. These sites included: Buford’s Cavalry Charge, Pickett’s Charge, Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, Peach Orchard, Culp’s Hill, and The Soldiers National Cemetery. Kaele Snapp, one of the students who attended said, “Being able to stand in the place where thousands of people who defended our country were and where President Lincoln gave his famous address was very neat. I am so appreciative to have experienced this history on a hands-on level.” • In the spirit of the holiday season and as a way of giving back to our supportive community, the Piqua City School District participated in the Salvation Army canned foods drive on Friday, Dec. 9 collecting more than 3,500 canned goods. Students from Piqua Junior High School participated by collecting the items from the various schools in the district for delivery to the Salvation Army.

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griculture is a pillar of the 8th District’s economy, and like so many families and small businesses across the country our farmers and ranchers are facing government imposed obstacles to growth. They are being hit by uncertainty from the constant threat of new taxes, out-of-control spending, and unnecessary regulation from a government that is always micromanaging, meddling, and manipulating. House Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators focuses on removing these government obstacles to private-sector job creation, including the constant threat of more onerous federal government regulations. For the agriculture community of the 8th District, one of these obstacles is the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to revise standards for particulate matter. Revised standards would significantly impact economic growth and jobs for any business that creates dust, like the farmers and ranchers in southwest Ohio. On Dec. 8, the House took action and passed the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633). This legislation would protect our farmers and jobs by establishing a one year prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter and limiting federal regulation of dust where it is already regulated under state and local laws. In short, it would prevent an excessive JOHN BOEHNER Washington regulation from hurting farmers and ranch- 8th District Congressman ers, and destroying Ohio jobs. Sponsored by Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD), H.R. 1633 is a common-sense bill that tackles regulations that the American Farm Bureau Federation says would ‘result in decreased productivity, increased food prices, and lost jobs in the rural economy.’ Ohio families and our state’s economy cannot afford any legislation that destroys jobs and raises prices on families struggling in President Obama’s economy In addition to taking action on regulations that are going to affect Ohio’s small businesses today, the House has also passed legislation that stops unelected bureaucrats from being able to strangle small businesses in excessive red tape in the future. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 10) is Pledge to America legislation that requires Congressional approval of government regulations with a major impact on our economy. In order to encourage long-term economic growth, we must continue to remove government obstacles to job creation today and reform government processes for tomorrow. With the passage of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act and the REINS Act, there are now more than 25 bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills that are collecting dust in the Democratic-controlled Senate. I encourage you to learn more about each of our jobs bills awaiting Senate action by visiting It’s time for the Democrats who run Washington to work with Republicans to support common-sense legislation that will put Americans back to work, starting with the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.” Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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A defining fight for Republicans tion. ne graduated from The old tug-of-war beBaker High, a public tween social and economic school in Columbus, conservatives, which began Ga.; the other from Cranto emerge as Reagan debrook, a private school in parted the scene, supplied Bloomfield Hills, Mich. One part of the storyline of 2012. has a Ph.D. in history from The Iowa caucuses were supTulane; the other has an posed to be the social conserMBA from Harvard. One steeped himself in the details DAVID SHRIBMAN vatism sweepstakes, the New Hampshire primary the ecoof the colonial educational inColumnist nomic conservatism showstitutions of the Belgian down, South Carolina would Congo; the other in the minutiae of failing companies in the United present a Saturday social conservatism encore, and then the party would get down States. One almost always wears a tie in public; to business 10 days later in Florida. But the rise and fall of a number of the other increasingly is abandoning his Brooks Brothers gray suit and crisply Romney challengers and the eventual knotted rep tie for the sort of dress-casual emergence of Gingrich has changed all look you might see dockside at the cocktail that. The NBC News-Marist Poll shows hour or on campus for the tailgate just be- Gingrich ahead in Iowa and 16 points before the Princeton game. One is extempo- hind in Romney’s New Hampshire redoubt. The race is on for the former raneous, the other scripted. One has been in politics for more than a supporters of Herman Cain — Gingrich is third of a century; the other only for half the clear favorite there — and the characthat long. One went to France as a young ter of the contest is altered immutably. For a long time, Romney managed to man to explore the battlefields at Verdun; the other as a missionary to win converts. make the GOP contest a referendum on One worked for Nelson Rockefeller in the other people while maintaining a steady 1968 Republican presidential nomination but not overwhelming lead. Now that’s fight; the other supported George Romney. changed, too. Both Time (“Why Don’t They One can tell you how many Catholic- Like Me?”) and The New Republic (“You school teachers were in Leopoldville, the Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry”) last other how many employees each Staples week released covers on presidential timber and temperament, treatment until outlet needs. One delighted in obliterating the Re- now reserved for Gingrich, who has inpublican power elite; the other is a direct spired stunningly little support for his blood descendant of the GOP establish- personal style and character. It’s now ment. One thinks out loud, tossing ideas Romney’s turn. But portraying one as a prig with his around like political-convention confetti; the other is careful and deliberate, with nose in the air and the other as a pugilist nary an impulsive remark. One lacks dis- who’s happiest busting his opponent’s nose isn’t getting anyone anywhere and returns cipline; the other lacks spontaneity. This is what the Republican presiden- the contest to issues and mechanics. Romney is, or has become, a convential nomination fight has come down to — a struggle between two men who have al- tional 21st-century conservative, opposed most nothing in common, who have differ- to taxes, Obamacare and the notion that ent temperaments and outlooks, who have humankind has contributed to, or can aldivergent views of the origins and nature leviate, global climate change. Gingrich of conservatism, who personify two holds most of these views most of the time, streams of the modern Republican Party but can be counted on grafting an unusual — the incendiary, rootless radicalism rep- aside, or an acidic critique, onto his reresented by Newt Gingrich, the historian marks. Romney would methodically undo with contempt for the Republican past, much of Obama’s work; Gingrich would and the respectable, Midwest-rooted, busi- take on the task with relish and revenge. Romney’s campaign was built the tradiness-oriented strain represented by Mitt Romney, the businessman whose style tional way — slowly, deliberately. Gingrich’s was built the Gingrich way, with grows out of the GOP past. There hasn’t been a nomination fight volcanic eruptions of energy and ideas, completely out of sync with the usual like this since 1964. To be sure, recent nomination struggles rhythms. His is a campaign so underhave featured battles between regulars funded that former Sen. Rick Santorum and insurgents. Ronald Reagan, the sup- has attracted more maximum $2,500 ply-side, small-government apostle from donors than Gingrich. His campaign is so Hollywood, took on Gerald Ford, the very underorganized that the candidate’s New model of the post-New Deal get-along Re- Hampshire headquarters was open only publican lawmaker, in 1976, and George 16 days when the state’s largest newspaH.W. Bush, the striped-pants son of a sen- per endorsed him last month for president. ator with a Wall Street partnership, in Ordinarily it’s too late to try to build an or1980. Gary Hart, the new-ideas senator ganization a month before Iowa and too from the ascendant Mountain West chal- dangerous to float dramatic new ideas a lenged Walter F. Mondale, the established month before New Hampshire. Gingrich is personification of the New Deal coalition challenging not only conventional ideas about policy but also conventional caand Minnesota liberalism, in 1984. Both of these fights involved urgent dences of politics. But in the last few days this has also bequestions of identity and ideology. Both represented divergent paths for the two come a deeply personal struggle for each parties. But neither of them involved the man’s legacy. If Romney, a former Massaemotional antimatter and stylistic compe- chusetts governor, loses, he’s a footnote in tition, contention and collision at the cen- history, not even a William G. McAdoo or a ter of the struggle between Romney and George Romney, both of whom aimed at the presidency twice and are largely forGingrich, deny it as both sides might. The fight for the Republican nomina- gotten today. If Gingrich, who ended four tion finally means something. A fortnight decades of Democratic House control, ago it seemed merely a prologue to the Re- loses, he’s still a historic figure. It’s a fight publicans’ effort to defeat and repudiate for the ages, and for the future. President Barack Obama. It remains that, David M. Shribman is executive editor of course — but first the Republicans need to decide what sort of party they will have of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is a vetas they move into the 2012 general elec- eran political columnist.


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Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer So it’s disappointing that the state Senate is focusing much of its attention on a bill that, while a matter of serious moral conviction among its proponents, is not only unlikely to prevail but poorly thought out, unworkable and divisive the anti-abortion Heartbeat Bill (H.B. 125), which would ban the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. … No one should question the sincerity and passion of abortion opponents who have advanced H.B. 125, including its principal sponsor, Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon. But it’s fair to question whether this is the right measure and a wise tactic right now. … If enacted, it would be the nation’s toughest abortion law. The problem is, a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, sometimes before a woman knows she is pregnant. … It’s so divisive that it has fractured the state’s anti-abortion forces, with 10 county chapters of Ohio Right to Life breaking away from the state organization. An Ohio Right to Life leader testified the bill is “likely to backfire” and hurt antiabortion efforts. It could backfire politically as well. Opponents such as Rep. Shirley Smith, D-Cleveland, are linking it to SB 5, the collective bargaining reform defeated overwhelmingly by voters last month, as “another attack on individual rights.” This legislation and the debate around it will lead nowhere. Lawmakers should not be entertaining this heartfelt but misguided bill.

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DEAR ABBY: If the sticker incident is the worst that can be said about the 4-year-old’s behavior that day, what’s the harm? Had she thrown a tantrum during the service or before placing the stickers, I’d agree that the child should not have been there. But since the behavior took place after “Saddened” made an issue of the stickers, the situation could have been handled more effectively. All “Saddened” had to do was wait until the service was over, take the funeral director aside privately and ask him to remove the stickers before the deceased was interred. No drama, no scene, no tantrum, and everybody goes home in peace. Funerals, like any other event, are only as stressful DEAR MOM: Thank as you want them to be. — NO DRAMA, you for sharing a clever PLEASE solution. I felt that the child’s placing of stickers DEAR ABBY: I own on her grandmother’s body was disrespectful the West’s oldest funeral and the mother was firm and I disagree with wrong to permit it in spite your answer. Funerals are of the grandfather’s ex- about learning that we are pression of disapproval. mortal. To stand on cereWhile I viewed it as a des- mony when a young child ecration of a corpse, read- is participating in one of ers felt differently. My life’s most important lesnewspaper readers com- sons misses the point. Memorials are not about ment: formality but humanity. DEAR ABBY: “Sad- Let the child place those dened” should never have stickers and let everyone removed the 4-year-old learn something from from the casket. It was not that. — DAN IN SAN her place. The child was FRANCISCO giving her grandmother a goodbye gift. If the woman DEAR ABBY: Our wanted to remove the stickers before the casket grandchildren love stickwas closed, she should ers, put them all over have done it after the themselves and their clothing, and are thrilled child left the room. I have seen many if they can share them friends and relatives with me to “wear” for a place things in caskets as while. If any of our grandgifts and remembrances. kids are still young It is not disrespectful to enough to want to “decothe deceased, but gives rate” ME in my casket closure and a warm mem- when I go, I would hope ory to those who are still everyone around me would appreciate the gesliving. Putting stickers on ture and smile at the lovGrandma was the child’s ing relationship I had way of saying goodbye. A with that child. — GRANDMA OF funeral is a celebration of (ALMOST) 13 life and no matter what



Luckily for Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” is one of his finest action flicks, just what’s needed to potentially restore some of this fallen star’s box-office bankability. For director Brad Bird, though, the fourth “Mission,” rock solid as it is, ranks only as his secondbest action movie, after the animated smash “The Incredibles.” Cruise may be the star here, but Bird’s the story, a director who’s only making his fourth movie and, remarkably, just his first live-action feature. This is the best of the “M:I” movies, far better than Brian De Palma’s original, No. 2 by John Woo and even the franchise’s previous high with No. 3 by J.J. who stuck Abrams, around as producer on this one. Those three filmmakers had years and years of action stuff behind them with real, live actors. Yet along comes Bird to show that the enormous talent behind his Academy Award winners “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” and his acclaimed cartoon adventure “The Iron Giant” transfers mighty nicely from animation to the real world. Granted, this is the real world, “M:I”-style, where Cruise’s missions and stunts truly are impossible by the laws of physics and normal, plausible storytelling constraints. But Bird applies the anythingcan-happen limitlessness of cartoons and just goes for it, creating some thrilling, dizzying, amazing action sequences. If you have the slightest


In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt in a scene from “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” fear of heights, grip the arm rests tightly and press both feet flatly to the floor during Cruise’s attempt to scale the world’s tallest building; even safe in your seat, an unnerving feeling of vertigo is bound to result as you stare down from the 130th floor. For all the complexity of the action and gimmicks, Bird and screenwriters André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (executive producers on Abrams’ “Alias”) wisely tell a simple, good-guys-againstbad-guys story. They keep Cruise surrounded by a tight, capable supporting cast in Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, who co-starred in “Mission: Impossible III.” The movie starts with a clever jailbreak by Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, stuck in a Moscow prison for reasons unexplained until late in the story, then serves up an openingcredit montage fondly

reminiscent of the old “Mission: Impossible” TV show. Once free, Ethan is dispatched to infiltrate the Kremlin along with Impossible Missions Force agents Jane Carter (Patton) and Benji Dunn (Pegg). But it’s all a setup by madman Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), who sets off a devastating explosion at the Kremlin to cover his theft of a Russian nuclear launch device and manages to finger Ethan’s team for the blast. With U.S.-Russian tension at its worst since the Cuban missile crisis, the threat that’s always hung over the IMF team comes to pass: the secretary (Tom Wilkinson) disavows knowledge of their actions, leaving Hunt and his comrades on their own as they try to clear their names and stop Hendricks from instigating nuclear war. Joining them is Wilkinson’s aide, William Brandt

(Renner), a guy who takes to field work a little too easily to be the deskjockey analyst he claims he is. Cruise looks shaggy, and sure, we could blame his bad haircut on the fact that Ethan’s just out of prison. But it doesn’t help an aging screen idol to look so unkempt; the “Mission: Impossible” world routinely defies reality, so would it have been so farfetched for Ethan to stop by a salon before heading back into action? What Cruise does on screen is pretty much the same-old. Ethan runs, leaps, Ethan Ethan bashes faces, Ethan violates traffic laws, Ethan runs some more. Cruise has two main modes in his acting repertoire: flash that thousand-watt smile or play the stone-face, and he mostly does the latter here, so honestly, Ethan’s not all that interesting when he’s standing still and talking.

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fray with two hearts, employing her partnership’s peculiar system of bidding what you have rather than what you don’t have. West raised two hearts to four, and this rolled around to South, who apparently thought she had not yet expressed the full value of her hand. Accordingly, she bid four spades! West, who no doubt could not believe her ears, found a double, and North retreated to five diamonds,

also doubled. Then came five spades and six diamonds, both doubled, at which point the bidding mercifully came to a grinding halt. Declarer finished down six — 1,700 points — and North-South were left with a gnawing feeling that perhaps something had gone wrong with their system. Tomorrow: quiz.



DEAR ABBY: “Saddened in New Jersey” (Oct. 2) complained that her sister’s 4-year-old daughter put stickers on the hands and face of her deceased grandmother during her wake. Perhaps the child’s mother didn’t anticipate her daughter’s actions. Children need to grieve, too. That said, they also should behave appropriately. I saw an article about one funeral home with an excellent solution. Before the dearly departed is placed in the casket, the inside fabric, pillow, etc. are removed. The children are then allowed to decorate the uncovered casket walls with farewell messages and drawings. The interior is then “reupholstered” and nothing is visible. The children are told that it is to keep their messages private. One story was particularly touching — a little boy wanted his mommy to know how much he loved her and for it to be as close to her as possible. He wrote “I love you, Mommy” on the casket pillow that was placed beneath her head. At the service, only he knew about the secret message he had left for his mom for all eternity. — A MOM IN TEXAS

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This Christmas, give gift of encouragement One of the best Christmas gifts we can give this year is the gift of encouragement. The Bible says we are to “encourage one another and build each other up.” (1st Thessalonians 5:11). One of the best ways to build up another person is to have faith in him or her even when others do not. A teacher had the custom of picking out one of the homeliest, most backward girls of her class each year. Every day, the teacher would tell the little girl something positive about her appearance or her personality. Even when the little girl came in dirty or unkempt, the teacher would think of something positive to say about her. Almost without exception, a gradual change would come over the girl until at the end of the school year she had blossomed into a radiant, beautiful, confident person. Jesus delighted in encouraging those that the establishment of his day saw as outcasts. He called Zacchaeus the tax collector down from a tree and transformed him from a stingy, despised man to a generous, likable fellow. He spoke words of confidence to a band of fishermen, and they were transformed into men who changed the world. He kindly forgave an adulterous woman and told her to

PAUL JETTER Columnist leave her destructive lifestyle. Someone once said, “The happiest wife is not the one that marries the best man, but the one that makes the best of the one she married.” How we encourage and build up those around us effects not only their happiness, but our own happiness as well. Persons who constantly degrade others are usually unhappy with themselves. By dwelling on the faults and imperfections of other persons, they secretly can win any comparisons they make. But in the process, they become unhappier with themselves as friends become more distant and rebegin to lationships crumble. The story goes that an old farmer was out hunting with his ancient bird dog. Every so often, the half-crippled dog would run forward, bark weakly, and point ahead. Even though no birds would rise, the farmer would take his old shotgun and

fire into the air. “Why do you shoot when there are no birds?” the farmer’s companion wanted to know. “Well,” said the farmer in his southern drawl. “I know there’s no birds in that grass. But old Spot’s nose just ain’t what it used to be. He’s been a mighty good friend and companion, and he’s doin’ the best he can. It just wouldn’t be right of me to call him a liar at this stage of his life.” Each day, we should all ask ourselves, “Will those I see today feel blessed or put down because I came in contact with them today?” The Bible says that love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.” (1st Corinthians 13:7). In other words, love always looks for the best in other persons. Jesus said that we are to extend such love even to those who give us a rough time. “”Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27) The reward of being positive to negative people is not that they will be changed, although that may happen. The real reward, according to Jesus, is that we will find peace as we become more like our heavenly Father.

Trail offers gives tourists chance to walk 40 miles in Jesus’s shoes CAPERNAUM, Israel (AP) — A new trail across northern Israel offers travelers the chance to walk — or trot — through New Testament sites in the footsteps of Jesus. The newly opened Gospel Trail winds for 39 miles, heading south from Nazareth, across gentle green hills, through Jewish and Arab towns and down to Capernaum, the fishing town where Jesus is said to have established his home base. The Tourism Ministry believes the new trail may attract up to 200,000 Christian pilgrims to northern Israel over the coming year. Christians are a rapidly growing segment of Israeli tourism, comprising about two-thirds of the 3.45 million people who visited in 2010. On the Gospel Trail, tourists can ride toward the Sea of Galilee on horseback, accompanied by escorts from a nearby ranch wearing jeans, big belt buckles and embroidered cowboy boots with spurs. The scene feels more Texas than Gospel, especially because according to the New Testament, Jesus’ mount of choice was a donkey. Horses were considered vehicles of war. But as the horses canter to Capernaum, past the occasional grazing cow in a

grassy pasture, with the sun setting over the distant hills of the Golan Heights, visitors can imagine for a moment that they have returned to the Holy Land of two millennia past. The Gospel Trail, planned and researched for more than a decade, cost about $800,000. The government paid for twothirds of it, the Jewish National Fund the rest. Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said the trail is one element of a branding strategy to sell Israel’s abundant religious sites to visitors. Despite the large numbers of Christian tourists, for years little comprehensive information was available to those hoping to hike alone through the Galilee. Walking trails were marked but maps were in Hebrew, Israel’s national language. This began to change when two entrepreneurs developed a path they called the “Jesus Trail” in 2008, following a slightly different route from Nazareth to Capernaum. Founders David Landis and Maoz Inon offer guided hiking tours and a colorful tour book for the region, the best resource available for trekking in the steps of Jesus. Inon also founded a backpacking hostel in

Nazareth. The new Gospel Trail, by contrast, is a government project. It heads south out of Nazareth, beginning at Mount Precipice, where a mob nearly threw Jesus off a cliff after a sermon he made in a local synagogue. The summit provides sweeping views across the Galilee, from ancient Nazareth and down through the Jezreel Valley, today considered Israel’s agricultural heartland. From there, the path goes to Mount Tabor, said to be the site of the Transfiguration, when Jesus spoke to Moses and Elijah and became radiant, and God called him his son. Today, priests celebrate Mass in a Franciscan church with soaring ceilings and pristine white marble floors. From there, the trail winds north, passing, in springtime, through a carpet of anemones and cyclamens. A side path, also marked, heads to Kfar Kana, where Jesus is said to have turned water into wine. Then the Gospel Trail passes double extinct volcanos known as the Horns of Hattin — famous as the site where Saladin’s Muslim army defeated the Crusaders in 1187. Now a lone mosque stands as one of the few remainders of an abandoned village on the site.


President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama, left, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, walk from the White House in Washington to attend a Sunday service at nearby St. John’s Church, Sunday.

Obamas walk to church across from White House STACY A. ANDERSON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family attended a worship service Sunday morning at an Episcopal church just across the street from the White House where presidents frequently have visited. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia made the short walk across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church. The sermon by Rev. Dr. Luis Leon was based on the story of John the Baptist, who told the religious leaders he was neither the Messiah nor the prophet, but a voice calling in the wilderness. Leon likened the story to the president and the expectations Americans may have of him. People

have illusions about the nation and about God, the pastor said, and urged the congregation to open its eyes not “to the God we have created, but to who he really is,” he said. Just before the announcements, the congregation laughed when a young boy ran to the front of the church and took a good look at the Obamas. The first family participated in Holy Communion before strolling back through the park to the executive mansion. Obama has worshipped at St. John’s previously, including Easter services in 2009. He has also attended other churches in the nation’s capital. One of the church pews has a small brass plaque designating it as “The President’s Pew.” Church history claims that every president since the na-

tion’s fourth chief executive, James Madison, has visited. Sunday night Obama spoke briefly of the story of Jesus’s birth during the 30th annual “Christmas in Washington” concert. He said the story of Jesus Christ has changed the world by teaching basic values such as loving one another, helping and serving the less fortunate, forgiving, drawing closer to family, being grateful and keeping faith. “Those are values that are shared by all faiths,” Obama said at the concert. “So tonight let us all rededicate ourselves to each other, and in that spirit, from my family to yours: Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.”

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S M O KS IEG N A L S Piqua High School drivers ed BY ROBBY BLOOM Staff Writer One of the big rites of passage to being in high school is being able to drive, and here are a few facts based on teen drivers at Piqua High School. This year, we have 173 people with parking passes driving to school — and that doesn’t include those trying to beat the system by not buying one. The number of drivers has gone down this year “Probably due to the economy,” said Linda DeMange, the attendance secretary, and the person in charge of selling the passes. The passes are only $10, so for those who don't buy one and park — get a job! On the darker side of driving are crashes, but we have no records of the number of crashes at our school. During inclement weather they plow the lots and salt the roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, “Our number one priority during the winter season is making sure everyone can get to and get into school safely.” DeMange said. In closing, all I have to say is in the words of Neil Shade, physics teacher at PHS, “Drive safely and wear your seatbelts.”

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ONU class goes to Gettysburg BY MAKYLIE KILLIAN

On Monday, students had the opportunity to see the many battlegrounds in Gettysburg. Some of these battlegrounds were Devils Den, Little Round Top, and Seminary Ridge. It was a great way for students to get perspective on one of the deadliest battles of all time. “It was vast, and shocking to know that they all covered that ground, and that so many infantries had fallen,” stated one of Hornbeck's PHS students who went on the trip to Gettysburg students, Annie Finfrock. spell out O-H-I-O next to the Ohio Infantry Monument. Besides getting a view Dickerson thought that of the battlegrounds, stu- take it.” Dickerson also why he it was neat that different dents also got to visit the explained town, its shops, a tavern, thought the cemetery in campsites or battleand restaurants before Gettysburg was most grounds were marked having to return home on moving. He mentioned with monuments dedithat the men who had cated to the different Monday afternoon. Chaperone Rob Dicker- died there had only num- states that fought in Getson, who attended the bers assigned to them, tysburg infantries. Dickerson also said trip to Gettysburg, said it and so all the headstones was a “really cool experi- of those men have num- that the bus driver who ence.” He went on to say, bers on them. There is no drove them to and from “Anytime you have an op- date of birth and death Gettysburg not only had portunity to have an ex- on the headstones; no one humor but also had much perience that you haven't knows who those men knowledge about Gettysburg. had before, you should are.

Staff Writer On Saturday, Dec. 10, Dustin Hornbeck’s ONU class left early in the morning to drive nine hours to Gettysburg. The trip was inspired by a popular book called The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Hornbeck had his students read this book because of its background on Gettysburg. “There's nothing better than bringing history to life; that's what teaching history is all about,” stated Hornbeck. Saturday night students stayed at “America's Best Value Inn.” Earlier in the year Hornbeck had his students do fundraisers. Those fundraisers included selling chocolate covered Chex mix or “puppy chow” and raising money by hosting a Dodge Ball game. This cut the cost of staying at the Inn by a lot.

Genetics conference enlightens Piqua students BY ISAAC HALE Staff Writer On Friday, Dec. 8, Biology teachers Deborah Retman and Megan Barr took students to Oakwood High School in Dayton to a conference yielding informative and up to date developments in the field of genetics. The conference featured Dr. Sam Rhine from Indiana University who gave a four hour lecture that explains the intricacies

of genetics and all of its implications. Retman described Dr. Rhine as, “A very dynamic speaker” and that his lecture was extremely sound and informative as well as deeply interesting. Students who took part in this trip are either current or former AP Biology students within Piqua High School. The students were not required to pay any sort of fee; the cost was covered by the ef-

forts of the successful annual blood drive that is hosted at the school. This, now annual, trip was started five years ago when Retman received an e-mail from an AP teachers mailing list suggesting the conference's merit for students in AP Biology courses. She and her classes have enjoyed the conferences ever since, even juniors who take AP Biology take part in the trip their senior year as well. Retman

explains that the conference is quite relevant and useful because Biology is a, “field that is changing monthly.” “I hope to open the kids’ eyes up to new careers in genetics,” explains Retman in light of the numerous developing jobs in the field. Senior Frankie Patrizio exclaimed, “The conference gave me a better understanding of where we are in the field of genetics.”

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McDonald’s Student of the Week BY HANNAH GOODWIN Staff Writer The student of the week for the week of Dec.12 is Daret Spradley. Spradley is a senior at Piqua High School and is the son of Mark Spradley and Barbara Miller. He is involved with many of the activities offered at the high school such as track, cross country, show choir, musicals, concert choir, and men’s chorus. Spradley was nominated by Mr. Burns, who is one of the psychology teachers at PHS. Burns says that, “Daret brings a great energy to our classroom. His participation in psychology class is awesome.” When asked where he wants to go after high school, Spradley said he wants to go to Cancun for some well needed rest and relaxation.

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Coach Isaiah “Ice” Williams scores big with players and fans BY JOHN HUSA You can see him jumping around on the basketball court, you can find him coaching in the huddle with energy and passion, and you can see him leading cheers at “Meet the Teams.” His name is Isaiah Williams and he is in his second year of coaching the Lehman boys basketball team. Coach Isaiah has brought a whole new energy to the team and to Lehman. He is a passionate man who expects his players to give their all, and he is truly able to get it out of us. Every practice is fast paced and we always improve as players and people. Senior Solomon King-White says, “I like Ice’s high energy. He knows how to get the team excited, because he still has that youthful energy. We are fortunate enough to have a coach who can literally get on the court and show us how to play the game. Not many teams get this luxury from their coaches.” Williams has had previous coaching experiences as a varsity assistant at Wayne High School for three years. While he was on staff, that team had a record of 60-15, three sectional titles, and one district title. He also coached AAU basketball for five years with a record of 160-50 with 16 tournament championships. Current players Alex Baker and Solomon King-White played on his team, the Dayton Nets. Williams is an ordained minister at his family’s church, Triumphant Ministries in Troy. He also works as a high school presenter for Marriage Works Ohio, which is a division of Elizabeth New Life Center in Dayton. Isaiah also has two children, a girl named McKinley and a boy named Isaiah-Michael. Williams said that his experience at Lehman has been wonderful. The players feel the same way, as we love playing for him and enjoy it as well. His energy rubs off on everyone, whether you are a player or spectator. As a player, my two years of basketball here at Lehman have been my favorite years of all basketball seasons, and I believe he has gotten the most out of me. Lehman is very fortunate to have Isaiah Williams, and we hope that he continues his career here for some time.

Tis the season to perform BY AMY WATERCUTTER It’s the Christmas season and that means it is time for the Lehman Limelighters to sing for community events. The Limelighters have always been in demand as entertainment for Christmas celebrations away from school. In addition to the Lehman Christmas concert on December 14, the Limelighters performed Dec. 2 for Christmas on the Green in Piqua and Dec. 3 for the First National Bank’s Christmas party held at the Sidney Moose Lodge. The group also performed for a Christmas luncheon at Dorothy Love Retirement Community on Dec. 14. The Limelighters are definitely a talented group of performers. The group consists of 19 singer-dancers and six combo members. The singer-dancers are seniors Natalie Davis, William Duritsch, and Dana Jenkins; juniors Dan Davis, Ethan Jock, Sarah Cabe, Michael Jacob, and Millie Wildenhaus; sophomores Gabe Berning, Katie Heckman, Meghan Safreed, MaKenna Cabe, Julia Harrelson, Kristopher Lee, Grace Jackson, Abby O’Connell, Olivia Sehlhorst, and Elaina Snyder; and freshman Jake Watkins. The combo members are seniors Emily Pax and Logan Monnin; junior Riley Pickrel; and sophomores Millie Cartwright, Erik Rodenburgh, and Alia Whitney. Julia Harrelson said, “We learned three songs with movement and one ballad (“O Holy Night”) for our Christmas performances this year. It has been kind of stressful because we still need to learn two more songs for our January contest, but it has been a lot of fun so far. I know that the rest of the year will be interesting and fun as well.” . Lehman wishes the Limelighters good luck as they prepare for their upcoming contests! Come out and watch the Limelighters as they continue to perform this year.

New bishop to celebrate Mass at Lehman BY KELLY WALL In April, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Rev. Joseph R. Binzer as a new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to assist current Archbishop Rev. Dennis Schnurr. Binzer replaced the late Rev. Carl Moeddel who retired in 2007. Binzer graduated from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati and earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Miami University. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 11 years before choosing a different path for his life by going to the seminary to become a priest. Ordained in 1994, Father Binzer was first assigned to St. Dominic Parish in Cincinnati. He then earned a master’s degree in church law from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He returned to Cincinnati to serve as Chancellor of the Archdiocese. As part of his duties as Auxiliary Bishop, Binzer has been visiting Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese. He will be visiting Lehman on Friday, Dec. 16, to celebrate Mass wtih the Lehman students and staff. It will not be his first visit to our campus, but it will be his first as bishop.

Santa’s helpers: Lehman music students BY LEXIE FRONING Every year the Lehman Catholic Music Department holds a gift wrapping fundraiser. From the first Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, volunteers are at the Piqua Mall every day to wrap presents for donations. Mrs. Pax is not only the parent of one of our senior band and show choir members, Emily Pax, but also the head of the fundraiser. Pax has been involved in the Music Boosters for five years. When asked if it is difficult to get volunteers to wrap presents, she replied, “Yes it is definitely a challenge. However, once people come out, they find that it is a lot of fun.” Pax finds that the most common gift that they wrap every year is clothes, and the strangest thing she has ever wrapped was a ‘Steelers steering wheel cover’. The Gift Wrap Booth is the biggest fundraising event the Music Boosters do. The money buys music for the band and choir, and helps to cover contest fees, transportation, instrument repairs, flags, and student awards. There is no suggested donation, so people who come to get their presents wrapped do not feel pressured. So give Santa a break and go to the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua to get your gifts wrapped by his special helpers.


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Grants Continued from page 1 that Williams has received the MAC grant. She plans to use the near $500 for her science class where students learn about parts of plants, plant reproduction and their life cycle. “In my classroom there is limited window space for growing seeds,” said Williams. “I do what I can to manage with the resources I have, but with the MAC grant I am ordering a GrowLab.” Williams said the twoshelved GrowLab unit “will allow me to extend the lesson through the school year and give kids better access to the plants as they grow, since it is accessible on both sides.” She noted that with plans for a school garden, they will be able to start plants for the garden in the classroom. “I am very excited about the learning possibilities this MAC grant has given our students,” Williams said. Washington Intermediate School librarian Misty Iddings was another recipient of the MAC grant. This is her second grant; the first she wrote for and received in 2009. She plans to use this year’s $500 to bring author Rick Sowash back to the school. Sowash, who resides in Cincinnati, offers several day-long programs for fourth- through sixth-grade students such as, Ohio Heroes Day, Tall Tales Day and Ohio Animals Day. “He is phenomenal and he’s always been really good to us,” Iddings said of Sowash’s programs where students also will use the


Some 119 area teachers received $52,392.15 in grant money, up to $500 each, for grades kindergarten through eighth grade all in thanks to the McDonald’s MAC grant or Make Activities Count program. Pictured are several recipients including: Elizabeth Pitzer, Cynthia Dickman, Kelly Murray-Gessner, Jenni Davis, Debra Owens, Pamela Spears, Tiffany Williams, Sarah Brashears, Myra Sanders, Local McDonald’s Owner Benny Scott Jr, and McDonald’s Representative Karen Kelly-Brown. day to honor a local hero ond-grade language arts to doing the project I am making a difference in the challenge her gifted stu- doing.” For Williams’ class, the dents, and first-grade math community. Wilma Earls, director of and science and phonics students will be writing biographies about each other the Bethany Center, was cards. Gessner also ordered 18 that will take them through the 2009 “Hero of the Day,” where students will make talking and flashing pens. the writing process, includ“I will be using them as a ing edits and final writing. an entire production of the day’s event including get- learning center during my When completed, the biogting into costume and doing guided reading groups,” raphies will be sent to a Gessner said. “I can’t wait Kansas publisher where a interviews. color, hardbound book will “The kids love it,” says to use them.” Piqua Catholic School include all of their stories. Iddings, who hopes to hold Students have already the event in March but has teachers Lori Williams and Joyce Thornberry also re- been busy designing a yet to pick a local hero. Covington Elementary ceived MAC grants. “I am cover, table of contents, a school first-grade teacher thrilled to have been cho- title and dedication page for Kelly Gessner received sen to receive the MAC the collection of biografunds from the grant to grant,” said Williams, who phies. “It is a great opportunity purchase hot dots learning teaches the fifth grade. cards that consist of first- “Without this grant I don’t for the kids to see how much grade language arts, sec- know if our class would be work goes into publishing

your writing,” said Williams, who went on to explain that thanks to the grant each child will receive their own book at no cost. She also said they will be host to an author’s reception where the students, parents and faculty will be invited to read and hear each biography. Students also will sign each others books, with one copy specifically being kept in the school library. “What a great learning project for the kids,” Williams said. “I am so thankful to McDonald’s for the opportunity to do this with the students.” As another recipient Thornberry will be using the funds to buy each of her eighth-grade science class students a mechanical animal to be put together. “The reason I do that is that it comes after my unit on simple machines,” said Thornberry, who has been receiving grants for this particular project for many years, one that her students at the beginning of each new school year anticipate. “It’s something that they enjoy.” Like all the other teachers, Thornberry is thankful to McDonald’s for the grant. “It really helps,” said Thornberry. “You can teach a student the principle of things but when they see the thing working it makes a great difference.” This is the ninth year for the MAC grants program with $390,000 having been granted to 900 area teachers. For more information about the program and a grant application, visit w w w. m c o h i o. c o m / m a c grants

Would drivers obey cellphone ban? Federal agency recommends end to phone use by nation’s motorists JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS — Junior Woods has a well-practiced routine for conducting business on the road: While driving throughout rural Arkansas, the electronics salesman steals a glance at his cellphone every so often, checking for text messages and emails. “I can keep both hands on the steering wheel and just look down my nose and read in 10-second intervals,” Woods said in a phone interview from Rogers, Ark. “I’m actually doing that right now.” Like millions of other Americans, Woods uses his car as a mobile office, relying on his phone almost every hour of every workday to stay productive and earn a living. So would drivers ever abide by a proposed ban on almost all cellphone use behind the wheel, even if it is hands-free? Could they afford to? Those are just a few of the questions looming over a federal recommendation that seeks to rein in what has become an essential tool of American business. Woods said the ban, if adopted, would devastate his sales. Because he lives in a rural state, his minimum drive is an hour and a half. “If I have a 3-hour drive to Little Rock, and I’ve got 100 messages to return, it’s going to turn that into a six-hour drive,” he said. “I’ve got no secretary. I’m the administrative assistant. I’m the salesman. I’m the sales director.” The National Transportation Safety Board declared Tuesday that texting, emailing or chatting while driving is just too dangerous to be allowed anywhere in the United States. It urged all states to impose total bans except for emergencies.

The NTSB, an independent agency that investigates accidents and makes safety recommendations, doesn’t have the power to impose regulations or make grants. But its suggestions carry significant weight with lawmakers and regulators. Still, a decision rests with the states, meaning that 50 separate legislatures would have to act. And many lawmakers are just as wedded to their cellphones as Woods. “I think all of us have mixed feelings on this issue. How could you not?” said U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, whose northern Virginia district has some of the longest, most trafficchoked commutes in the country.

Before going to Congress, the Democrat spent most of his career at the county level, driving around Fairfax County with his cellphone. Now he commutes to Capitol Hill by carpool or mass transit so he can use his phone without getting behind the wheel. While he’s sympathetic to the NTSB’s safety concerns, he said, a blanket ban on cellphone use would be unenforceable. But he agrees that handsfree devices offer little improvement over those that are hand-held. “It’s a cognitive distraction,” he said. “The mental attention shifts … to that other party, not to the task at hand.” Dallas event planner

Debbie Vaughan said she would abide by any ban, but her service to clients would be diminished. “I know many people are frustrated when all they get is voicemail,” said Vaughan, who spends about 10 hours a week on her cellphone in her car. Bruce McGovern said he would have no choice but to defy the law. McGovern, who owns four Massage Envy and four European Wax Center franchises in the Dallas area, said he spends up to four days a week on the road, traveling between his businesses. “My business would go down. We’d have problems we couldn’t solve. My employees wouldn’t be able to reach me and get timely

answers,” McGovern said. “Customer issues that only I can resolve would have to be delayed. And in this day and age, customers want instantaneous results for things. They’re not willing to wait three or four hours,” he said. McGovern, who said he uses hands-free technology 90 percent of the time, said he’s been conducting business from his car for more than 20 years, starting with an early “bag phone” that predated today’s much smaller cellphones. “It’s a total overreach of the government. It’ll be enforced erratically. They can’t even enforce the speed limits,” McGovern said.


Ohio House OKs March primary to end map flap BY ANN SANNER Associated Press COLUMBUS — The Ohio House of Representatives passed a compromise bill to reunite the state’s primary in March and approve a new congressional map, ending months of political wrangling in that chamber. The 77-17 House vote came at the eleventhhour during the chamber’s last scheduled voting day this year. It’s aimed at ending a dispute over new GOP-drawn congressional lines. The agreement reached Wednesday by lawmakers would repeal the current congressional lines, reunite the state’s primaries to a single March date and establish a task force to make recommendations for changes to the mapmaking process. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate later Wednesday night. The primaries were separated in October to give lawmakers more time to compromise on new congressional district boundaries after a Republican-drawn map was challenged by Democrats, who have been gathering signatures in an effort to ask voters to repeal it on next year’s ballot. Currently, Ohio’s state, local and U.S. Senate primaries are planned for March, but the presidential and U.S. House primaries are scheduled to take place in June. The agreement would settle concerns over Democrats’ referendum efforts, and shift the primary to an earlier date to allow GOP voters to have a stronger say in the party’s presidential nominee. A second primary would cost taxpayers an additional $15 million. Wednesday, Earlier Karla Herron of the Ohio Association of Election Officials told a House panel that her organization endorses a single primary date. One date would eliminate voter confusion, alleviate any problems with preparing voting equipment twice, and keep officials from having to recruit poll workers for a second time.













HOROSCOPE Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 In the year ahead, you might find yourself involved in many projects that could have a larger-than-usual impact on others. Doing things on a grander scale than normal might be scary, but it also will be rewarding. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Try to focus on personal objectives if you can, because for some reason you’ll be luckier than usual with anything that serves your interests over that of others. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Although something beneficial for you is stirring, it may momentarily be screened from your view. Even some associates might know of it before you do. Just go with the flow and reap the benefits. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — In the final analysis of things, our real wealth lies in our relationships with others. You’re likely to be amply blessed with dear friends who esteem you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It behooves you to do what you can to please others, even if it means going out of your way. It’s one of those days when genuine kindness will be rewarded. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — If you keep your attitude positive and philosophical, you can guarantee yourself a good day. That old saying: “Smile and the world smiles with you,” will be in fine working order. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — There are always financial opportunities surrounding you, albeit not necessarily from previous sources. Once you find a new stream, it can be nurtured to productivity with relative ease. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Because you’re shrewd yet fair with your counterparts when cutting a new deal, even what needs to be negotiated on a one-on-one basis can work out quite well. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Something you have for sale that is very attractive to another might be more valuable than both you and your prospect know it to be. Before selling anything, get it appraised by experts. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your behavior is likely to enhance your popularity. When friends and associates see the real you, they can’t help but be impressed by your warmth and compassion for others. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If and when you choose to assert yourself, an unfinished endeavor can be concluded to your and everybody else’s satisfaction. It behooves you to make that choice instead of lying idle. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This can be an extremely productive day for you if you choose to assert yourself and work on a new project. Your enthusiasm and interests will be transmitted to the endeavor at hand. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — This could be a gangbusters day for amassing personal gain. You’ll be adequately rewarded for anything you produce that appeals to the masses, with a little extra thrown in. COPYRIGHT 2011 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.








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INFORMATION Call ROB KISER, sports editor, at 773-2721, ext. 209, from 8 p.m. to midnight weekdays.

INSIDE ■ Troy wins battle of unbeatens, page 15. ■ OSU handles South Carolina Upstate, page 16.


Piqua Daily Call •

IN BRIEF ■ Boosters

Both sides are excited

PIAB holding Christmas sale The Piqua Indians Athletic Boosters will be holding a Holiday Spiritwear Sale.Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the Piqua boys basketball home games. Go to to get an in stock order form.

Reinke signs with Edison BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

Edison Community College volleyball coach Faye Barhorst is understandably excited to add Piqua ■ Basketball senior Brooke Reinke to the Lady Chargers volleyball roster. Understandably so, as Reinke is a four-year starter, the school record The Piqua eighth grade holder in kills, a two-time girls basketball team deDivision I District 9 feated highly-touted of the Year and the Player Weisenborn 22-21 on GWOC North Player of Raynna Lavey’s 3-point the Year, who recently shot in the fourth quarter. played in the state all-star Haley Strevell led Piqua, game. 2-4, with eight points and And Reinke, the daughLavey scored seven. PIQUA SCORING ter of Carl and Becky Lavey 7, Strevell 8, Blankenship 4, Reinke, is equally excited Brown 2. MIKE ULLERY/CALL PHOTO to have an opportunity to Brooke Reinke signs her letter of intent to play for Edison Community College play for Barhorst a Divias her father Carl (left) and mother Becky (right) look on. In back are Piqua Ath- sion I college All-Ameriletic Director David Palmer and Edison Community College Volleyball coach can while playing for the Faye Barhorst. University of Dayton.

Piqua JH girls get big victory

Lady Buccs JH splits games

The Covington junior high girls basketball team split two games with Arcanum. The seventh grade, 4-2, lost 30-9. Lexi Long led Covington with four points. The eighth grade, 6-0, won 29-17. Jessie Crowell led Covington with 15 points. COVINGTON SCORING Seventh Grade Long 4, McReynolds 2, Cecil 2, Schaffer 2. Eighth Grade Crowell 15, Gostomsky 5, Shell 4, Richards 3, Olson 2.

Lady Roaders sweep Bethel


“She (Faye Barhorst) has had such an amazing career,” Reinke said. “I can wait to get to Edison and start working with her. I knew as soon as volleyball season was over that Edison is where I wanted to play.” Barhorst knows she is going to be a great addition to the program. “With the players we have coming back and other players were are recruiting, I think we have a chance to be very successBarhorst said. ful,” “Brooke (Reinke) is a girl who could have picked her own program and we are very excited to have her.” Reinke, a 5-foot-7 outside hitter, is coming off her second straight season with more than 300 kills. She finished her career See REINKE/Page 16

Piqua boys back on floor Indians will host Miamisburg Friday BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

The Piqua boys basketball has had plenty of time to enjoy a win over The Bradford junior high Tippecanoe. After 10 days off, the Ingirls basketball team dians will now play three swept two games with times in five days, beginBethel. The seventh grade won ning with Friday’s GWOC crossover home game with 28-20. Mandi Bates scored 16 Miamisburg. “That was a big win for points and Olivia Hart us,” Piqua coach Heath added 10. Butler said. “The time off The eighth grade won has helped us. Now we are 23-11, with Kenzie Weldy ready to get rolling. After scoring eight points. this, we will have a nice Bradford split two games with Franklin Mon- break before the holiday tournament — then we roe. The seventh grade won will be pretty busy.” Miamisburg comes in 018-15. 2, but those two losses Bates scored seven were to Springboro and points. West Carrollton. The eighth grade lost “They have lost to two 27-14, with Weldy scoring good teams,” Butler said. six points. BRADFORD SCORING “Springboro is one of the vs. Bethel Seventh Grade top teams in the GWOC.” Hart 10, Bates 16, Booker 2. The Vikings are led by Eighth Grade Moore 4, Weldy 8, Yohey 4, Carder 5, Nathan Chambers, who Roberts 2. averages 21 points per vs. Franklin Monroe Seventh Grade game. Hart 4, Bates 7, Booker 5, Brewer 2. “They definitely want to Eighth Grade

Weekend Boys Hoop Schedule FRIDAY Miamisburg at Piqua Miami East at Lehman Newton at Bradford Covington at National Trail Jackson Center at Houston Botkins at Russia Greenon at Graham St. Henry at Versailles SATURDAY Piqua at Stebbins Riverside at Lehman Fairlawn at Bradford Newton at Carlisle Russia at Fort Loramie

play uptempo,” Butler said. “It is kind of like a Rick Pitino. They come down and look to shoot the three, rather than the layup. They look to Chambers, but if he is covered, they kick it off to someone else.” Defense will be a key for Piqua. “We will look for the layup,” Butler said. “But, if it is not there, we will pull it out and be patient. Last year, Miamisburg hit their first five or six 3-point MIKE ULLERY/CALL FILE PHOTO

See BOYS/Page 16

Jordan Feeser blocks a shot against Tippecanoe earlier this season.

Harmon 1, Moore 2, Weldy 6, Carder 3, Roberts 2.

Holmgren gives Browns side


Piqua girls struggle

Admits McCoy was not checked for concussion

Who was the Q: Green Bay quarterback when Mike Holmgren coaches the Packers to a Super Bowl title?


Brett Favre

QUOTED "Their reaction to the way Colt was acting did not dictate that." —Mike Holmgren on the treatment of Colt McCoy

Lady Indians lose to Urbana

BEREA (AP) — Although James Harrison's devastating, illegal hit on Colt McCoy was witnessed by millions on television and thousands at Heinz Field, Cleveland's medical staff did not realize the severity of the blow when it treated the quarterback. That was the explanation given by Browns President Mike Holmgren on Wednesday, one day after NFL medical officials and representatives of the Players Association met with the Browns to discuss the team's controversial handling of McCoy's head injury and possible changes to the league's policies on concussions. Holmgren does not expect the league to penalize the Browns, who did not know McCoy had a concussion when they sent him back into Thursday night's game. See BROWNS/Page 16

URBANA — The Piqua girls basketball team found the going tough in an 81-38 loss to Urbana. Katie Allen led Piqua with eight points and Macy Yount added seven.


Katie Allen defends against Christy Finney.

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BOXSCORE Piqua (38) Katie Allen 2-4-8, Kelsey Deal 1-0-2, Christy Graves 11-3, Maddie Hilleary 1-1-3, Janise Hummel 1-0-2, Hannah Mowery 2-0-5, Tasha Potts 2-0-4, Shelby Vogler 1-0-2, Imari Witten 1-0-2, Macy Yount 3-1-7. Totals: 15-7-38. Urbana (81) Megan Cooper 1-0-2, Tamara Cochran 1-2-4, Katelyn Derr 1-0-2, Christy Finney 4-2-11, Ellen Henry 1-0-3, Kathryn Holland 0-6-6, Trischa Lacy 7-0-21, Sadie Melvin 0-0-0, Kaley Moss 6-0-15, Becca Poppel 3-0-7, Braxton Rogan 4-2-10. Totals: 28-12-81. 3-point field goals — Piqua: Mowery. Urbana: Finney, Henry, Lacy (7), Moss (3), Poppel. Score By Quarters Piqua 6 15 23 38 Urbana 20 44 62 81 Records: Piqua 1-4, Urbana 4-1 Reserve score: Piqua 29, Urbana 22.



Thursday, December 15, 2011


Houston, Russia boys record non-league wins Graham loses to Stebbins in overtime MINSTER — Houston upped its record to 2-1 on the season and left the Minster Wildcats looking for their first win of the season in a 46-44 thiller Tuesday at Minster. Houston looked to be in command with a 44-36 lead with 3:40 remaining, but Minster reeled off seven straight points to cut the lead to 44-43. Jesse Phlipot hit two free throws with :10 left for Houston, and Minster was unable to come back. Minster was able to get to the line with under five seconds left and Devon Poeppelman hit his first. He missed the second on purpose and teammate Ryan Hoying came up with the carom. But Houston was able to get a hand on the ball from behind to keep him from tying the game up. Houston returns to acANTHONY WEBER/OCM PHOTO tion Friday night at home against Jackson Center in Josh Snyder (left) and Garrett Mitchell battle Troy’s Zach Rohr for the ball. SCL play. Minster is also back in action Friday, hosting Delphos St. John’s in Midwest Athletic Conference play. Houston led from the start, but the lead was only three going to the final period. Ryan Curl came up big for the Wildcats as he BY JOSH BROWN finding the open man. Martinez (seven points) tossed in 17 points with “When we’re able to do scored on a drive then hit the aid of 5-for-6 from the Ohio Community Media that, it allows us to get Miller on a backdoor cut to free throw line. TROY — Miami East people on their heels. I extend the lead to six handled the ball well, did- was pleased with our exe- again, but Snyder canned n’t turn it over and kept cution on offense.” another 3 to make it 42Troy from running up and But neither team was 39. down the floor. happy with the way the But May answered with But the Trojans were other team performed on a 3 of his own and Miller perfectly content in the the offensive glass. stuck another offensive rehalf court, too. Both Troy and Miami bound back — and the Troy (3-1) beat the East collected 11 offensive see-saw battle continued Vikings at their own game boards, with Miami East all the way to the end. RIO GRANDE — The Tuesday night at the Tro- (3-1) scoring its first 10 “After last year’s game jan Activities Center, exe- points of the game either where we turned the ball Edison Community Colcuting in its half-court on direct putbacks or fol- over a lot and let them lege women’s basketball offense to near perfection, lowing offensive rebounds. run, we were pleased that team will open play in a sharing the basketball “We’ve been very ag- we only had nine tournament at Gallatin, and playing tough defense gressive in that way,” turnovers,” Mack said. Tenn., Friday. The Lady Chargers play to claim a hard-fought 69- Miami East coach Allen “Troy just shot the ball Community Dryersberg 60 victory in the inter- Mack said. “This was the well — 60 percent from College at 6 p.m. Friday, county rivalry. third of four games we’ve the field. before playing Volunteer “It was a good win,” been in double digits in of“They got a lot of good Troy coach Tim Miller fensive rebounds. looks, and it takes good State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Edison recorded a 90-55 said. “Anytime you can “But we had some trou- ball movement and offenwin in a backyard rivalry ble checking them off the sive execution to get those win over Rio Grande JVs Monday night to improve game, you’ll take it. glass, and they got some looks. “We’re four games into key ones.” “We’ve got to get better to 6-3. “Bri (Brianna Innocent) the season, and we’re not “I don’t think we did at defensively. had a big game,” Edison where we want to be yet. all (keep Miami East off “We dug a bit of a hole We’ve still got a ways to go the offensive glass),” at the half. We made run coach Kim Rank said. on both ends of the court. Miller said. “When you after run, but we never re- “The first time we played But a win’s a win’s a win.” allow (11) offensive re- ally closed the gap. We them (when Innocent didCody May posted his bounds in a game, that’s a tried to use so much en- n’t play), we won by nine. second double-double of lot of points. ergy to cut into their lead. So, she was a big part of the year with 16 points “We’ve got Trotwood We lost to a good ballclub.” the difference. “She played a great and 11 rebounds and Friday night. We’re going Troy faces reigning added five assists and a to have a gut check in that Greater Western Ohio game and we had some pair of blocked shots, regard.” Conference North Divi- other girls play well.” Innocent had 27 points while Tyler Miller scored Troy maintained an sion champion Trotwood and 12 rebounds to lead a game-high 18 points — eight-point lead through on the road Friday, while with all of them coming in most of the contest despite Miami East remains on the Lady Chargers, while the second half. numerous runs by the the road and travels to Jo Steva added 12 points and six rebounds. Zack Rohr gave the Tro- Vikings to chip into it. Lehman. Martina Brady scored BOXSCORE jans 10 points in the paint, With the score 34-26 at Miami East (60) also, as Troy’s guards pen- the half, Miami East drew Colton Bowling 0-0-0, Josh Snyder 4-0- 15 points. Ross Snodgrass 0-0-0, Luke Clark 0-0Kendra Brunswick had etrated the Miami East a technical foul, made only 10, 0, Michael Fellers 0-0-0, Bradley Coomes zone and dumped the ball one of the free throws — a 4-0-8, Gunner Shirk 5-2-14, Luke House 00-0, A.J. Hickman 4-6-15, Garrett Mitchell to the open player. trend throughout — and 4-5-13. Totals: 21-13-60. Zack Martinez and Seth Gunner Shirk hit A.J. Troy (69) Martinez 3-0-7, Devon Alexander 0Lucas had four assists Hickman on an inbounds 0-0,Zach Seth Lucas 2-0-4, Cody May 6-2-16, apiece and Kelley Kirtz play to cut the lead to five. Kelley Kirtz 3-0-7, Nick Wagner 0-0-0, Dylan Cascaden 1-0-3, Tyler Miller 8-2-18, had three. Miller later scored on a Jordan Price 0-0-0, Zack Rohr 5-0-10, Vaughan 0-0-0, Zack Miller 2-0-4. “We did a good job of ex- putback for Troy to make Quentin Totals: 30-4-69. ecuting on the offensive it 38-31, but a 3 and a 3-point field goals — Miami East: Sny(2), Shirk (2), Hickman. Troy: Martinez, end,” Miller said. “We did layup by Josh Snyder put der May (2), Kirtz, Cascaden. Score By Quarters a great job of running the Vikings within two. ME 12 26 41 60 what we wanted to run, It proved to be the clos- Troy 17 34 49 69 Records: Miami East 3-1. Troy 3-1. looking up the floor and est they got. Reserve score: Troy 46, Miami East 30.

Troy content to play halfcourt game Wins battle of unbeatens with East

Phlipot, held to just two points in the first half, went on to finish with 12. Minster got 15 points from Adam Niemeyer and 12 from Poeppelman. BOXSCORE Houston (46) Braun 2-2-6, Mullen 2-2-6, Clack 1-0-3, Phlipot 4-4-12, Curl 6-5-17, Phipps 1-0-2. Totals: 16-13-46. Minster (44) B. Hoying 2-0-6, Niemeyer 7-0-15, Poeppelman 4-3-12, R. Hoying 2-0-6, Wolf 0-1-1, Huber 2-0-4. Totals: 17-4-44. 3-point field goals — Minster: R. Hoying (2), B. Hoying (2), Niemeyer, Poeppelman. Houston: Clack. Score By Quarters Houston 10 20 34 46 Minster 7 17 31 44 Records: Houston 2-1, Minster 0-2.

Raiders go to 3-0 ANSONIA — Big first and third quarters proved to be plenty for the Russia Raiders, who raised their record on the year to 4-0 with a convincing 69-51 victory over Ansonia in non-league boys basketball action here Tuesday. The Raiders outscored the Tigers 42-16 in those two quarters and that was more than Ansonia could make up in the other two, even though the Tigers outscored the Raiders by 10 in the final period. Russia rolled to the early lead, taking a 21-6 bulge after one quarter and increasing it to 39-23 at the half. With the big third quarter, Russia held a 60-32 lead going into the final period. Russia had three players in double figures. Bryce Rittenhouse led the

way with 15, including 5for-5 at the free throw line. Treg Francis and Brandon Wilson added 12 points apiece. Russia faces an odd weekend, with County games both Friday and Saturday. They host Botkins Friday and travel to Loramie on Saturday. BOXSCORE Russia (61) Dues 1-0-3, N. Francis 3-0-6, T. Francis 4-2-12, Gariety 1-1-4, Monnin 4-1-9, Rittenhouse 4-5-15, Schafer 0-1-1, Sherman 3-1-7, Wilson 5-2-12. Totals: 25-134-69. Ansonia (51) Bergman 1-0-2, Brown 3-2-11, Holcomb 5-6-16, Kaiser 3-3-10, Keller 3-0-7, Schlechty 2-1-5. Totals: 17-11-51. 3-point field goals — T. Francis (2), Rittenhouse (2), Dues, Gariety. Ansonia: Brown (3), Kaiser, Keller, Schlecty. Score By Quarters Russia 21 39 60 69 Ansonia 6 23 32 51 Records: Russia 3-0, Asonia 2-2.

Falcons lose in OT ST. PARIS — The Graham boys basketball team lost to Stebbins 49-45 in overtime Tuesday night. Graham overcame a scoreless first quarter and led 26-25 after three. Grant Goddard scored 13 points for Graham and Devon Allen added 10. BOXSCORE Stebbins (49) Lucas 5-5-15, Marshall 1-0-2, McCormick 5-4-14, Perkins 0-0-0, Pickle 2-15, Porter 5-0-10, West 1-0-3. Totals: 19-10-49. Graham (45) Allen 3-1-10, Goddard 4-3-13, Hicks 3-09, Lowry 3-1-7, Morgan 1-0-2, Mosbarger 2-0-4. Totals: 16-5-45. 3-point field goals — Stebbins: West. Graham: Allen (3), Goddard (2), Hicks (3). Score By Quarters Stebbins 8 19 25 34 49 0 11 26 34 45 Graham Records: Stebbins 2-0, Graham 2-1. Reserve score: Graham 38, Stebbins 36.

Lady Chargers get road win over Rio Grande JVs Lady Cavaliers lose to Marion Local 14 points and three steals, while Cori Blackburn added five assists and three steals. Edison made 31 of 63 shots from the floor for 49 percent and 19 of 27 shots from the line for 70 percent. Edison led 45-29 at halftime and was never seriously challenged in the second half. EDISON SCORING Kristen Winemiller 0-1-1, Cori Blackburn 1-1-4, Kendra Brunswick 4-3-14, MacKenzie May 2-0-5, Martina Brady 5-2-15, Brooke Gariety 3-0-6, Lottie Hageman 2-16, Jo Steva 4-4-12, Brianna Innocent 10-727. Totals: 31-19-90. 3-point field goals — Blackburn, Brunswick (3), May, Brady (3), Hageman. Halftime score: Edison 45, Rio Grande 29, Records: Edison 6-3

Lady Cavs lose MARIA STEIN — Lehman lost for the third straight time Tuesday in high school girls basketball action, falling to Marion Local 61-44. The three losses have come to teams with a combined record of 10-1 (Tri Village 5-0, Marion 3-0, Minster 2-1). Lehman is 2-3 and is at

St. Henry Saturday. “We ran into a buzzsaw,” said Lehman coach Gene Goodwin. The second quarter was the difference. Lehman trailed 17-12 after one period, but the Lady Flyers outscored the Lady Cavs 26-4 in the second quarter for a 43-16 halftime lead. Marion Local hit 12 of 13 shots from the field in the second period. For Lehman, Julia Harrelson led in scoring with 14, Lindsey Spearman had 12 and Kandis Sargeant finished with 11. Chelsea Winner had 12 and Lindsey Thobe 10 for Marion. BOXSCORE Lehman (44) Harrelson 6-1-14, Williams 1-0-2, Schmitz 1-0-3, Spearman 5-0-12, Hatcher 1-0-2, Sargeant 3-5-11. Totals: 17-6-44. Marion Local (61) Puthoff 1-0-2, Thobe 5-0-10, Smith 1-1-4; Kuether 3-0-7, Wuebker 2-1-6, Bergman 20-4, B. Winner 3-2-, C. Winner 5-0-12, Seitz 3-2-8. Totals: 25-6-61. 3-point field goals — Lehman: Spearman (2), Harrelson, Schmitz. Marion Local: C. Winner (2), Smith, Kuether, Wuebker. Score By Quarters Lehman 12 16 26 44 17 43 55 61 Marion Records: Lehman 2-3, Marion 3-0. Reserve score: Marion 37, Lehman 17.

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Browns Continued from page 14 Union chief DeMaurice Smith said the meetings allowed the NFLPA to learn more about McCoy's treatment. "We will review the findings with our team and take into consideration the public comments made by the Browns," Smith said in a statement. During a nearly onehour news conference, Holmgren explained that McCoy was not checked for a concussion on the sideline after the hit because he wasn't showing symptoms. Also, the team's medical and training staffs were unaware of the impact of Harrison's helmet-to-face mask hit because they were on the sideline working on other injured players. McCoy was evaluated by medical personnel and trainer Joe Sheehan, who told Browns coach Pat Shurmur the QB was "good to go." Holmgren defended the decision but acknowledged the injury may have been handled differently if the medical staff had seen McCoy get laid out by Harrison, who has been suspended one game by the league for his fifth illegal tackle on a quarterback in three years. "I want to make something very, very clear here," said Holmgren, who was at times emotional when discussing the topic and several others. "No coach that I know, certainly not our head coach, would ever overrule a doctor and put a kid in a game where a doctor said you can't play. I never did

it. Pat will never do it. It's not happening. "If anybody had that in the back of their mind because it's a big game, it's the Steelers, we had a chance to win the game, we're going to roll the dice a little bit and throw him in, that's not what happened. "That will never happen." Holmgren said one of the issues raised at the meeting was having the league observer at games — or someone — notify the field if there's a big hit and a player should be evaluated more thoroughly. Holmgren called the Browns' medical staff "the absolute best in football" and praised the club's handling of head injuries. in Thursday Earlier night's game, tight end Benjamin Watson and fullback Owen Marecic were both ruled out by the staff with concussions. The Browns have had nine concussions this season. McCoy was sent home before practice on Wednesday with a headache and it's doubtful he will play this Sunday when the Browns visit Arizona. Holmgren has not yet spoken to the second-year quarterback, who was scrambling from pressure and had flipped the ball to running back Montario Hardesty when Harrison drilled him in the chin. In giving a detailed breakdown "to set the record as straight as I can," Holmgren explained that when McCoy was hit,

Sheehan and Dr. Mark Schickendantz ran on the field not knowing exactly what had happened. "They were all working on other injured players, either in the bench area or behind players, so they did not see the play," Holmgren said. "Then, they heard a crowd reaction. Someone said, 'Colt's down.'" Holmgren said McCoy was "lucid and talking" when he was being treated and did not show any signs of having a concussion. Holmgren said Schickendantz "was looking at his face and his eyes, Joe was looking at the rest of him and he was complaining of his hand." McCoy sustained a badly bruised hand. Holmgren said McCoy was not unconscious and responded to everything the medical staff asked him to do. When McCoy got to the sideline, Holmgren said Dr. Tom Waters joined the others to check on McCoy, who also answered questions to satisfaction. At that point, Holmgren said McCoy was not showing any concussion symptoms so the standardized SCAT2 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool) was not given. "Their reaction to the way Colt was acting did not dictate that," he said. "They had not seen the play and he was talking, answering, knew how much time was left. So his response, following our normal protocol, did not dictate they administer the test."

have goals I want the team to accomplish each other,” Reinke said. “With the players Edison has coming back and some of the other players they have recruited, I think we can have a very good team. “I want to go as far as Edison teams have in the past and even further.” Reinke got a taste of playing at the next level when she played in the Ohio All-Star game last month in Wooster. “I was playing with all the girls I looked up too, like the girls from Ursuline,” Reinke said. “That

was an amazing experience. That is something I will never forget.” And Reinke hopes her opponents at Edison will make the same mistake may high school foes did the first time they faced the undersized hitter. But, her vertical leap and competitiveness allow Reinke to play above the net. “That is just something I do,” Reinke said about overcoming her height. “I hope I can catch them (Edison’s opponents) by surprise too.” Which would be a surprise to no one.

three-quarter court press as well as a couple different zone defenses, so we have to be ready for that.” Vandalia-Butler, 2-2, will visit Piqua on Tuesday for the GWOC North opener. While the twin towers elected not to play this season, Butler has a very balanced attack and also owns a win over Tippecanoe. Jordan Greer averages 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Ryne Pugh is good for 10 points and leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game. Jake Greer is averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Sam Hershberger is dishing out 5.8 assists per game. For a team like Piqua, that has not had a lot of recent success, the win over Tippecanoe was big — especially after a tough opener with Wapakoneta. And one big key was the Indians improvement on defense. “We are running a new system this year,” Butler said. “Wapakoneta did a great job running that Princeton offense and we

were late rotating to spots. We did a much better job against Tippecanoe. Ryan Hughes had a big steal for a basket. “When we have good intensity on defense, we are going to be successful.” Taylor Wellbaum leads the Indians with 14.5 points and 3.5 steals per game, while Jordan Feeser is grabbing seven rebounds per game. “We know we can shoot the ball,” Butler said. “A lot of it is just confidence. We haven’t had a lot of success and because of that, they tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves.” The Indians seemed to get untracked after a 1for-15 first quarter against Tipp. “Kindrick Link hit a big shot and Luke Karn hit a big three,” Butler said. “Sometimes that is all it takes. Taylor Wellbaum, Jordan Feeser and Trae Honeycutt all hit big shots after that.” Now, the Indians will try and parlay that into two wins in a row — something they haven’t had in a long time.

Reinke Continued from page 14 with 924 kills and has been a captain for the Piqua team for the last three years. “Brooke told me she has played volleyball since she was nine years old,” Barhorst said. “Brooke is a great player, but I think the think I like most about Brooke is she is a competitor.” That is a big reason Piqua has gone to the D-I district finals the last three years and the team improved in the win column each year — something Reinke hopes to continue at Edison. “Just like at Piqua, I


Sullinger impressive in return for OSU Buckeyes handle South Carolina Upstate OLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Everyone was pleased with how All-America forward Jared Sullinger played in his first game back after missing two because of back spasms. Everybody but Sullinger, that is. Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points and No. 2 Ohio State welcomed back Sullinger in an 82-58 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night. "I was terrible tonight," he said with a laugh after collecting a workmanlike 12 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. "I was tired. Taking two weeks off is a killer." The 6-foot-9 sophomore wasn't cleared to play until earlier Wednesday. He had missed the Buckeyes' win over Texas-Pan American and Saturday's 78-67 loss at No. 13 Kansas. Coach Thad Matta said Sullinger played just about the way he expected. "I thought he did a pretty decent job," Matta said. "He hadn't played since the Duke game (an 85-63 rout on Nov. 29). To get him out there and get him moving, he knew he was going to be rusty and probably a little bit winded. But now that gives him some confidence to get back (to where he was) and to go to work." Sullinger received polite applause when he entered the game at the 14:37 mark of the first half. He took his time getting into the pace of the game. "Sullinger looked like all really good players," Spartans coach Eddie Payne said. "He had quiet production. He had 12 and 10 and didn't seem like he did a whole lot." It was Sullinger who suggested to Matta that he not start. "That was actually my decision," Sullinger said. "Evan (Ravenel) worked so hard these past two weeks and I really didn't practice even yesterday. It's kind of unfair to Evan. He deserved to start. So I told Coach Matta, 'Start Evan tonight and have me come off the bench.'" Torrey Craig had 20



Continued from page 14 shots. We need to play good defense. We need to be aware of Chambers, but not just him. “It doesn’t do any good to guard one guy and give up an easy basket to someone else.” On Saturday, the Indians will travel to Stebbins. Khaleal McCormick leads Stebbins, averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Trent Lucas averages 14.5 points and Chaz Porter scores 9.5 as Stebbins is off to a 2-0 start. “They are a little bit like Miamisburg in that they rely heavily on Khaleal McCormick,” Butler said. “They like to play uptempo. “They are coming off a big win over Graham in overtime. “We want to keep the game in the 40s and Graham did a good job of that against them.” Butler said it will be a different challenge for the Indians. “Where as we won’t see any zone against Miamisburg, we will see a lot of zone against Stebbins,” Butler said. “We will see a



William Buford makes a move to the basket. points for Upstate (6-5), playing its third game in a monthlong, seven-game road swing. The Spartans, in their fifth season of Division I competition, and are 0-20 against teams from the six major conferences. The win was Ohio State's 31st straight at home, the second-longest streak ever at the school behind only the 50 in a row from 1959-64 while Lucas, John Jerry Havlicek and Gary Bradds were the stars. William Buford added 14 points for the Buckeyes. After the Spartans scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to 37-31, the Buckeyes pulled away. Sullinger, who played the last 14:37 of the first half and the first 7:20 of the second and a couple of minutes late, hit two free throws and Lenzelle Smith Jr. made a drive down the heart of the lane. After a basket by Upstate, Ohio State scored on its next three possessions — a dunk by Sullinger, Thomas off a long pass from Smith and Aaron Craft on lefthanded layup off a baseline drive. That made it 47-36 and the lead never dropped below nine points again. "I felt I played really well," Thomas said. "It's a learning process. I'm just trying to get better as a

player." It was Upstate which set the pace for most of the first half, playing sticky defense at one end and patiently distributing the ball at the other. The Spartans led 21-17, scoring 16 of 21 points after Sullinger entered the game. But order was restored late in the half. From a tie at 26, the Buckeyes sprinted to an 11-2 run to finish the half. Sullinger, who finished the half with eight points and five rebounds, started it with an uncontested dunk off a quick pass from Buford before Thomas hit a half-hook off an offensive rebound. After Adrian Rodgers hit a perimeter jumper for the Spartans, Buford poured in a 3 from the right wing. Sullinger hit two free throws in the final seconds and after a turnover by Rodgers, Sam Thompson tossed a long pass to Ravenel for a dunk with 3 seconds left. Thompson also had a stunning blocked shot during the surge, running down Ty Greene on a breakaway to swat the ball away. Suddenly, the crowd of 13,552 was breathing a lot easier. "We played 18 1-2 good minutes in the first half and then after that the experienced talent and coaching scheme and their team really hurt us," Payne said.


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