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Winter’s first blast hits area Storm gives some drivers fits BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer

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PIQUA — The good news is the world didn’t end Friday, but the bad news is the wintry season is now upon us. While a windy and snowy blast from Old Man Winter on Friday caused several area school districts, including Piqua schools, to cancel classes for the day, the weather did not present any significant problems with police and fire departments, and for that matter, even motorists and Tayan Chamber Christmas shoppers. Third grade Only two vehicle crashes were reported in and around Piqua by Springcreek noon Friday, and of those no serious injuries were reported, said MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO Call to close early Fire Chief Mike Rindler. Snow, high winds and icing conditions made area roadways hazardous on Friday as a number of moHe said the department had Christmas Eve had difficulty transitioning to the wintery conditions. This two-vehicle crash on County Road torists The Piqua Daily Call only had a few weather-related 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road was one of many handled by area law enforcement agencies on Friday. See offices will close at 3 p.m. See Winter blast/Page 8 related weather photo on Page 8. Monday in observance of Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays to your families from ours! Office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.




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Eric Pence, left, and his wife, Heather, pose in front of Eric’s newly-restored 1978 Corvette just minutes after family and friends surprised him with it. Eric was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and family and friends wanted to do something nice for the family so his Corvette was completely restored. His cancer went into remission last month.

City man shocked by fully restored Corvette BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer

pulled around the corner and, and I could see it. I mean how can you miss this? It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. I love it. I love it.


PIQUA — The charred remains of Eric Pence’s 1978 Corvette rested dormant in storage for more than 12 years. This once pristine automobile was a gift to Pence from his grandmother and as time went on its dark blue tint faded and a garage fire more than a decade —Eric Pence ago took what was left of the pristine machine. When Pence, 41, was diagnosed with meaningful set of wheels on another lung cancer on the day after Father’s spin. But then something happened — Day in 2011, the father of two and husband thought he might not ever be something special. granted a chance to take his special and See Corvette/Page 2

PIQUA — Every Dec. 6, individuals gather by candlelight to lay white flowers at the feet of an angel in remembrance of a child they have lost. The angel they visit is a unique statue standing 8 PROVIDED PHOTO feet tall with a This angel statue has found a wingspan of 5 feet home at a Centerville retirement that is based community and is based upon upon author Richard Paul Evan’s best-selling Richard Paul book, “The Christmas Box.” As a Evans’ best-sell- symbol of hope and healing, Forest ing book, “The Hill Cemetery Superintendent Jim Christmas Box.” Roth is asking for assistance from Jim Roth, super- the public to help bring a Christintendent of For- mas Box Angel of Hope statue to est Hill Cemetery, the Piqua community. wants to bring this symbol of is host to some 27,000 hope and healing to monuments. Piqua. “The more I read about “It’s a story about a this story, the more I read mother who loses her about the Christmas Box child,” said Roth as he ex- angel, the more I became plained the inspiration be- interested,” said Roth, hind his desire to bring who had tossed the idea the Christmas Box Angel around for nearly four of Hope statue to Forest years before, “we finally Hill, a 120-acre cemetery made the decision to go for where more than 29,000 it.” individuals are buried and See Angel/Page 2


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Carol R. Millhouse TROY — Carol R. Millhouse, 78, of Troy, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Caldwell House, Troy. She was born Jan. 17, 1934, in Greenville, to the late Leslie C. and Gladys L. (Brown) Rike. She married Ronald Millhouse on Aug. 24, 1956, and he preceded her in death on June 5, 2008. She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Willie Brown of Johnson City, Tenn., Connie and Vernon Ratliff of Troy, Cindy and Kevin Schindel of Troy, and Lisa and Dan Wallen of Conover; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Terry Millhouse of Troy; 12 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-

grandchild. In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Millhouse was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Rike; one grandson, Kyle Davis; and one great-grandson, Travis Gwinn. She was a member of Hope Bible Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with Pastor Steve Zimbelman officiating. Interment will be in Casstown Cemetery, Casstown. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through


Law enforcement officers from all over the county along with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County Victim Witness advocates and Miami County Adult Parole all participated in the delivery of Christmas gifts and meals Thursday night throughout the county. Community Outreach Program Services raised money throughout the year through fundraisers, private donations and contributions through Meijer and the FOP Lodge 58, for 78 children and 51 families this year according to Billy Ray. Here a delivery is made at the home of Mandy Kolker in Piqua.

Angel Continued from page 1 There are a total of 117 Christmas Box Angels of Hope around the world, all created in a foundry in Salt Lake City, Utah. Made of bronze, the angel’s face is based upon one of the daughters of the statue’s designer and any inscription may be placed on the granite pedestal. The plan, with help from public donations for the $30,000 that will cover everything from her commission to transportation and installment, is to bring the angel home to the new cremation section and garden at the cemetery. Roth hopes to have all the funding in place by June as the statue can take up to 90 days to be received. “We’d like to have the angel here, done, set, ready to dedicate by Dec. 6, 2013, the Day of the Child,” said Roth. “That night, at 7 p.m. in the

evening, people gather around this Christmas Angel of hope, and they bring in white roses and have a candlelight vigil to remember the children.” As guardian of God’s children, the angel in Evan’s book has inspired many, drawing people to remember a loved one not only on a singular December night but much more. As Roth presented several photos of a Christmas Box Angel of Hope in a Centerville retirement community. The visit made the superintendent and several others with him on the trip more excited, inspired and determined to bring the angel to Piqua as

he explained how a gentleman who lost his daughter purchased the statue for the community there. “I talked to him and he said every day there is a rose or a letter from someone,” Roth said of the angel that brings much peace on a daily basis to visitors, and has also inspired the creation of two homes for neglected and abused children in Salt Lake City. According to an email from Lisa Johnson, angel coordinator, the foundry is currently working on a statue for the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Conn., and one will be “dedicated on March 11, in Japan, in

honor of the children lost in the Tsunami.” Upon her dedication, whether in Connecticut, Japan or Piqua, a representative from the organization or Richard Paul Evans himself will be in attendance. “We think its going to be an absolutely wonderful addition to the cemetery,” said Roth of this very unique and rare opportunity — one the Forest Hill superintendent and advocates are asking the public for finance assistance so as to bring this symbol of hope, good will and Christmas spirit to the community. “It doesn’t have to necessarily be dedicated to only children but to everyone we’ve lost.” Those interested in donating to the Christmas Box Angel of Hope for the Forest Hill Cemetery may contact Jim Roth at 7732614 or visit All gifts are tax deductible.

drive home and as he rounded the corner spotted his pride and joy in the best condition it has ever been in as a small crowd of loved ones watched for his delighted expression. In the history of surprises, Pence said this one took the cake. “I pulled around the corner,” Pence said, “and, and I could see it. I mean, how can you miss this? It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. I love it. I love it.” Almost moved to tears, Pence was nearly speechless as he took the keys for the first time in more than 12 years, hopped in and took the completely restored Corvette on a test

drive as he grinned ear-toear. As the bright yellow Corvette drove away one could not help but notice the personalized plates: MY 78 VET. Pence’s wife, Heather, 40, said the individuals that contributed the financing to turn Pence’s dream into a reality wish to remain anonymous. What Pence didn’t learn until Wednesday was that his Corvette was being restored ever since he traveled to Illinois last year to receive radiation treatment. Since that time, a whole host of people have been conducting a wide variety of restoration

tasks. First Choice Paint and Body preformed the body work and paint, Bob Williams of Sidney replaced the engine and Lewis Detail Factory worked on detailing and polishing. Pence, a father of two, Colton, 14, and Brooke, 19, said it was the kindest thing anyone has ever done for him. “I’ll never forget this,” Pence said. “How could you forget this? This is just so special.” He laughs: “And it’s just in time for Christmas.” And it just keeps getting better: Pence learned last month his lung cancer went into remission.

Description of Christmas Box Angel With the face of a child with arms raised up as a child waiting to be lifted, the Christmas Box Angel provides a place for grieving parents to visit. This memorial stands as a symbol of hope and healing for all parents and families who have experienced the death of a child of any age. Look closely at the angel’s wing and see “HOPE.”

Corvette Continued from page 1 Perhaps at one of the lowest points of his life, Pence’s family and friends secretly set into motion a truly moving and inspirational 18-month endeavour to restore the Corvette, and in doing so restored a little piece of Pence right along with it. And on Wednesday — a day that to Pence was just any other average Wednesday — there sat a special, brightly-colored and high-octane present in the driveway of his the Nicklin Avenue home. After working his shift with the Piqua City Schools, Pence made his

Ohio unemployment rate continues to fall November rate falls to 6.8% BY MITCH STACY Associated Press COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate continued its slow downward march in November, state officials reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent down slightly from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.

It’s the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008, and it’s down more than a full percentage point from November 2011, when it stood at 8.1 percent. Ohio’s unemployment rate has remained below the national rate, which was 7.7 percent in November and 7.9 percent the previous month. “Our outlook hasn’t changed at all,” said Angela Terez, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. “We still think we’re in a recovery,

it’s just a slow recovery. We expect there to be small increases and decreases.” The number of unemployed Ohio workers dropped by 5,000 to 391,000 last month. Meanwhile, the state’s non-farm payroll increased by 1,600. Ohio gained about 3,700 jobs in goods-producing industries in November, and manufacturing added 4,700. Construction lost 1,000 jobs, and mining and logging remained unchanged from the previous month. The agency said Ohio

gained 100,400 non-farm jobs between November 2011 and the end of last month. A total of 132,000 have been added since the beginning of 2011.

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CASSTOWN — Gary Owen Nason, 69, of Casstown, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. Born in Dayton on March 20, 1943, he was the son of the late Robert W. Nason and Margaret L. Nason. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Susan Lynn Nason; two daughters, Valerie Williams of California and Melissa Smith of Piqua. In addition, three granddaughters, Natalie Williams of California and Megan and Molly Smith of Piqua, survive. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Elsie L. Marshall; and brother-inlaw, John S. Marshall, both of Troy; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia Shroyer of Piqua, Carol Osner and her husband Toby of Fountain City, Ind.; and one brother, Robert J. Nason of New Lexington.

A sister, Barbara J. Draving a n d b r o t h e r, William Nason, preceded him in death, along with sister-in-law, Brenda Hiser of Dayton. Gary had many special friends and relatives, including Khaos Charisse of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and a great-nephew, Ryan Nicholas Evans of Covington. Gary proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. During his eight-year tour in the Navy, he received a Purple Heart. He was a long time member of the Troy VFW and the Troy AMVETS. There will be no memorial service as Gary’s wishes were to donate his body to the Wright State University School of Medicine for cancer research. His past life on this earth will be celebrated by close friends and family members, in loving remembrance.

Charles E. Hacker GERMANTOWN — Charles E. Hacker, 86, of Germantown,, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Kettering Hospital. He was born in Scioto County, on July 30, 1926, to the late Levi M. and Julia M. (Adams) Hacker. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati-College of Pharmacy; and owned the former Hacker & Town Pharmacy. He was a member of the Germantown First Church of God; and a board member of the former Germantown Savings & Loan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Blanche Humphreys. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Onalee (Reser) Hacker; three sons,

E r i c (Carol) Hacker of T r o y , Jo n a t h a n Hacker of Alexandria, Va., Samuel (Linda) Hacker of Germantown; two daughters, Julie (Randy) Stiver and Janice (Bob) Cloud, all of Germantown; 13 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Family and friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dalton Funeral Home, corner of State Route 4 and Weaver Road, Germantown, where the funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with Pastor Steve Carney officiating. Burial will be at Germantown Union Cemetery. Please share condolences with the family at

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

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MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Foundation recently had the opportunity to surprise Miami County schools with an unexpected gift. “We had some extra money that was not already designated through our regular grant programs. We feel the schools are one of the best areas to which we can give money for the youngest and brightest of our kids,” said Dan Dickerson who serves as chairperson of the School Grant Screening Committee, and personally handed the checks to leaders of 14 area schools and Edison Community College. A total of $47,000 was gifted to the schools, amounts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Dickerson stipulated the PROVIDED PHOTO schools use the money for technology. Covington Elementary student uses “Since our first grants were awarded a clicker. The teacher can use these in 1986, we have given more than devices to measure the students’ $850,000 to the schools in Miami level of understanding before a lesCounty,” Dickerson said. “It is our pleas- son and then after a lesson. Clickers ure to be able to help Miami County can be used to gain an understandschools and the college, and we intend ing of how individuals in that particto continue awarding money through ular group learn best and lessons grants as requested.” can then be customized to each Grant checks went to Bethel, Brad- class. ford, Covington, Edison Community College, Lehman Catholic High School, Miami East, Milton-Union, Newton, Piqua, Piqua Catholic, St. Patrick, Tipp City, Troy, Troy Christian and Upper Valley Career Center. “On behalf of the Bradford Board of Education, Superintendent Mr. Dave Warvel, staff and especially our students, we wish to thank the Miami County Foundation for their ongoing generosity,” said Scott Besecker, director of technology in th Bradford school district. “This grant will allow us to continue our efforts in placing the technologies in our students’ hands in preparing them for the future. I truly cannot say enough about the great work that the Foundation has and continues to do for all the citizens of Miami County.” Mike Barhorst, president of Lehman Catholic High School said the teachers have already decided how to spend the grant money. They have requested a software program to simplify student tests. The Miami County Foundation, serving as a catalyst, provides support for programs in the arts, community development, education, health and human services. Qualifying organizations may submit requests by the last day of February or August. Generous Miami County donors, through restricted scholarship funds, provide annual scholarships for county residents pursuing post-high school education in any accredited college, trade/vocational, nursing or health related facility. The Miami County Foundation was chartered in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt to honor his wife, DeMaries, his mother, Blanch and his children Philip and Ginger. A Troy native, Hunt organized Miami County Broadcasting in 1946, a year later the county’s first radio station, WPTW-AM, went on the air. With his deep ties to Miami County, it had long been his dream to establish a local foundation, and upon his wife’s death, he formed the Miami County Foundation. Today the Foundation has assets in excess of $11 million. For more information, to establish a designated fund with the foundation, to make a financial contribution or to apply for a grant or scholarship call 7739012 or visit

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Take time to think about things that are The Usual Eccentric truly important The wedding that keeps Another Christmas holiday season is upon us. In spite of the recent tragedy in Connecticut and the “fiscal cliff ” that our president seems determined to drive us over, we do have much to be thankful for. This time of year has a way of showcasing the good in our fellow men and women. Area school children were regular visitors to nursing homes and assisted living centers over this past month. At each stop, the smiling faces of residents reflected the joy brought into their facility by their caroling young visitors. This past week, a story was relayed to me from a local resident, a long-time area educator. She was visiting a local laundromat due to water issues at her home, when a gentleman entered and began to pass out envelopes to folks doing their laundry. The stranger handed each an envelope then, unceremoniously, left the establishment. The customers baffled opened their envelopes to find a $100 bill inside. It seems the anonymous MIKE ULLERY good Samaritan was out spreading Christmas Chief Photographer cheer, taking to heart the saying, “Goodwill toward men.” There have been several reported instances from around the area of anonymous folks going into the layaway department of stores and paying off the accounts of people they never met. I have been using up some vacation days this past week. Since I was not working, I decided to do some Christmas shopping the old fashioned way … actually going to a store to shop, as opposed to ordering online. The chaos was amazing. Most of the employees of the retail establishments that I visited seemed to be taking the purchasing blitz in stride. I must say that I was pleased at the smiles on the faces of most workers. What did not surprise me was the shopping-with-blinders attitude of many out looking for gifts less than a week before Christmas. People were scurrying about in every store, many oblivious that they were sharing the world with others. I saw people stepping in front of others and cutting people off as if their own shopping mission was far more important. Driving was an even bigger adventure. Of course, far too many people had their cell phone growing out of their ear, one hand on the steering wheel and a glazed look in their eye as they concentrated on what they believed the most important task at hand … getting to the next stop on their shopping trip, when they should have been worrying about driving safely. I have mentioned before that I believe that many of us put far too much emphasis on purchasing gifts for Christmas. Sure, we have good intentions and the thought of giving to others certainly cannot be faulted. But, we have been brainwashed by retailers and given in to peer pressure that we need to buy bigger and better each year. As we head down the home stretch to Christmas 2012, I hope that you will all take the time to sit back, take a deep breath and relax. Think about what are really the important things in life. Let us remember the real reason for Christmas. Also, remember that it is a time to spend with family. I know of several area families who have family members, a couple of them children, dealing with serious health concerns this Christmas season. I hope that all of you will take a few minutes to pray for those families in need of some extra help, maybe even a miracle, this Christmas. Many times, the best things we can give others, aren’t things we can actually see and touch. I wish all of you are very Merry Christmas.

on giving — and giving mere logic would not n the immediate afallow her to do so. She termath of our wedeven preserved and ding reception we froze 15 gallons of green possessed nary a beans. thought to the vast Look, I’ll let you in on amount of leftovers that a little secret. I love once comprised our green beans. Sometimes wedding bounty. Short certain hearty meals deof a refrigerated storage mand green beans. locker we were left with WILL E SANDERS There have been days little options. So instead Staff Writer when I have devoured a we turned our stalwart whole can of green attentions toward more beans in one sitting, unmeaningful activities, like opening wedding presents and cards cooked. Yet that in no way means I want and judging family and friends for their to sit around all day force-feeding myself 15 gallons worth of wedding green beans. financial contributions. Not all of the wedding leftovers surIn all we were left with a large flock of chicken breasts (about three cubic vived. That’s right; there were causalities square feet), 15 gallons of green beans, a along the way. The mashed potatoes did bathtub-sized portion of mashed pota- not make it. The little guys never stood a toes, and boxes upon boxes of wine. Noth- chance, and they were quickly reintroing classes up a wedding reception to me duced into the local ecosystem. After giving us all the food, my mother like boxes of wine — and lots of them. I hate wasting food, but there were handed me a large plastic bag filled with simply too many matrimonial matters to ornamental plastic silverware. Not packmanage at the time. I think you’ll find aged plastic silverware, loose silverware, that after nine months of planning and a grab bag of plastic silverware. Apparon the night of your wedding reception ently my mother painstakingly went that individually packaging pieces of through each bag of trash after wedding poultry doesn’t rank too high on the old reception and rescued and washed each priority list. Even if the meal carried an spoon, fork and knife. Let me tell you something. When I am expensive price tag that rivaled the gross domestic product of most Caribbean is- eating 15 gallons of green beans there is nothing I love using more than nasty, lands. I even had to kiss an entire keg of beer gruesome tableware that has been goodbye that night. I don’t know how it plucked out of nearby trash receptacles. feels to have a child taken away from Or so my mother thinks. Since then we have began the tall task you, but as I watched that full keg roll out the door I couldn’t help but think the of attempting to eat three times our body states of mind were similar. I remember weight in chicken and green beans while briefly thinking that I could take it with simultaneously consuming generous us on our honeymoon. Then I realized a amounts of boxed wine. And it’s tough, marriage should not have “secret honey- it’s so, so tough. For the last three months I have lived moon keg-drinking” as one of its cornerstones, and it wouldn’t set a healthy entirely off of chicken, green beans and precedent for our budding marriage if I wine. I’m not even sure if I should be eating this much chicken. This can’t be did. It wasn’t until our arrival back home healthy. I’ll probably wind up giving mythat we learned of my mother’s generos- self botulism, but it’s worth the risk. I just hope I’m not counting my chickity, along with a closer look into her psyche. Unbeknownst to the both of us my ens before they hatch. mother took it upon herself to package To contact Will E Sanders email him each and every piece of chicken after our reception, which she stowed in her large, at To learn more about Will E Sanders, to read past industrial-sized freezer. You should have witnessed all of the columns or to read features by other Crechicken carcasses in there. It looked like ators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, the Kentucky Fried Chicken version of visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2012 the Jeffrey Dahmer murders. And my mother didn’t stop there. No, CREATORS.COM


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WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel Inouye, the secondlongest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii. Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell. The rare ceremony demonstrated the respect and good will he generated over the years. Only 31 people have lain in the Capitol rotunda; the last was former President Gerald R. Ford nearly six years ago. The last senator who died in office and was accorded the honor was Democrat Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, in 1978. “Daniel Inouye was an institution, and he deserved to spend at least another day in this beautiful building to which he dedicated his life,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Inouye’s closed casket was draped with the American flag during the morning ceremony and placed atop the same catafalque that supported the coffin of Abraham Lincoln. His family and staff looked on as Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to a man whom Biden said made him proud to be called a senator. Inouye was Hawaii’s first congressman. In his early days in Washington, Inouye’s modesty would never have allowed him to think he would walk the halls of the Capitol for the next five decades, Boehner said. “He couldn’t have fathomed all the good that he would do here, helping to build a new state, gaining rights and benefits for veterans, supporting agriculture, speaking out against injustice, becoming one of the most revered senators in our history,” Boehner said. Inouye died Monday from respiratory complications. The soft-spoken but powerful Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee was 88. Before Inouye made his mark as a politician, he did so as a war hero who lost his right arm while leading his platoon into battle on a ridge in Italy. He later was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor. ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614) 466-9354 ■ State Sen. Bill Beagle, 5th District, Ohio Senate, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; (614) 466-6247; e-mail: ■ State Rep. Richard Adams, 79th District, House of Representatives, The Riffe Center, 77 High St. 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-8114, Fax: (614) 7193979; ■ Jon Husted, Secretary of State, 180 E. Broad St. 15th floor, Columbus, OH 53266-0418 (877) 767-6446, (614)466-2655; ■ David Yost, State Auditor, 88 E. Broad St., 5th floor, Columbus, OH 43215, 800-282-0370 or 614-466-4514









Saturday, December 22, 2012


Airing of ‘V for Vendetta’ stuns viewers Time to drive home a point in long-distance relationship


In this Oct. 15, 2011 file photo, a protester with the “Occupy Seattle” movement wears a Guy Fawkes mask and takes a photo with a mobile phone as he demonstrates, in downtown Seattle. Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of “V for Vendetta’s” famous line: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” The airing of the movie Friday night, Dec. 14 on China Central Television stunned viewers and raised hopes that China is loosening censorship. BY LOUISE WATT Associated Press BEIJING — Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of “V for Vendetta’s” famous line: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” The airing of the movie Friday night on China Central Television stunned viewers and raised hopes that China is loosening censorship. “V for Vendetta” never appeared in Chinese theaters, but it is unclear whether it was ever banned. An article on the Communist Party’s People’s Daily website says it was previously prohibited from broadcast, but the spokesman for the agency that approves movies said he was not aware of any ban. Some commentators and bloggers think the broadcast could be CCTV producers pushing the envelope of censorship, or another sign that the ruling Communist Party’s newly installed leader, Xi Jinping, is serious about reform. “Oh God, CCTV unexpectedly put out ‘V for Vendetta.’ I had always believed that film was banned in China!” media commentator Shen Chen wrote on the popular Twitter-like Sina Weibo service, where he has over 350,000 followers. Zhang Ming, a supervisor at a real estate company, asked on Weibo: “For the first time CCTV-6 aired ‘V for Vendetta,’ what to think, is the reform being deepened?” The 2005 movie, based on a comic book, is set in an imagined future Britain with a fascist government.

The protagonist wears a mask of Guy Fawkes, the 17th-century English rebel who tried to blow up Parliament. The mask has become a revolutionary symbol for young protesters in mostly Western countries, and it also has a cultlike status in China as pirated DVDs are widely available. Some people have used the image of the mask as their profile pictures on Chinese social media sites. Beijing-based rights activist Hu Jia wrote on Twitter, which is not accessible to most Chinese because of government Internet controls: “This great film couldn’t be any more appropriate for our current situation. Dictators, prisons, secret police, media control, riots, getting rid of ‘heretics’ ... fear, evasion, challenging lies, overcoming fear, resistance, overthrowing tyranny ... China’s dictators and its citizens also have this relationship.” China’s authoritarian government strictly controls print media, television and radio. Censors also monitor social media sites including Weibo. Programs have to be approved by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, but people with knowledge of the industry say CCTV, the only company with a nationwide broadcast license, is entitled to make its own censorship decisions when showing a foreign movie. “It is already broadcast. It is no big deal,” said a woman who answered the phone at movie channel CCTV-6. “We also didn’t anticipate such a big reaction.” The woman, who only gave her surname, Yang, said she would pass on questions to her supervisor, which weren’t answered. The spokesman for the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said he had noticed the online reaction to the broadcast. “I’ve not heard of any

ban on this movie,” Wu Baoan said Thursday. The film is available on video-on-demand platforms in China, where movie content also needs to be approved by authorities. A political scientist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who used to work for CCTV said the film might have approval, or it could have been CCTV’s own decision to broadcast it. “Every media outlet knows there is a ceiling above their head,” said Liu Shanying. “Sometimes we will work under the ceiling and avoid touching it. But sometimes we have a few brave ones who want to reach that ceiling and even express their discontent over the censor system. “It is very possible that CCTV decided by itself” to broadcast the film, Liu said. If so, he added, it would have been “due to a gut feeling that China’s film censorship will be loosened or reformed.” “V for Vendetta” was released in the United States in 2005 and around the world in 2006. China has a yearly quota on the numbers of foreign movies that can be imported on a revenue share basis, making it tough to get distribution approval. Other movies that failed to reach Chinese screens in 2006 include “Brokeback Mountain” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Chinese moviegoers that year were able to see “Mission: Impossible III” with Tom Cruise and “The Painted Veil,” which was filmed in China and set in a Chinese village. Warner Brothers, which produced and distributed “V for Vendetta,” declined to comment. China doesn’t have a classification system, so all movies shown at its cinemas are open to adults and children of any age. A filmmaker and Beijing Film Academy professor, Xie Fei,

published an open letter on Sina Weibo on Saturday calling for authorities to replace the movie censorship system that dates from the 1950s with a ratings system. The airing of “V for Vendetta” raised some hopes about possible changes under Xi, who was publicly named China’s new leader last month. He has already announced a trimmed-down style of leadership, calling on officials to reduce waste and unnecessary meetings and pomp. His reforms are aimed at pleasing a public long frustrated by local corruption. State media say they have reduced reports on officials’ trips as part of this drive. The official Xinhua News Agency warned this week that media outlets should “learn to play professionally in today’s information age as an increasingly picky audience is constantly” putting them under scrutiny. An American business consultant and author with high-level Chinese contacts said there is no less commitment to one-party rule in China, so any media reforms will only go so far. “You can’t have a totally free media as we would have in the West and still maintain the integrity of a one-party system,” said Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who wrote the book “How China’s Leaders Think.” He said he thinks restrictions are being eased, “but it has to be limited.” The new leadership has to tread carefully, Kuhn said, because in the age of the Internet, talk about reforms won’t be forgotten. “High expectations, if they are not fulfilled, will create a worse situation,” he said.

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship and agreed to split our visits 50-50 between our cities. Initially, it worked great. Unfortunately, his work schedule has changed, and for the past year he has come here to visit me only once every month or so, while I frequently drive for hours to see him. He says that because he’s away from home for work, it’s only fair that I travel to see him since it’s “less trouble” for me. I understand that he puts in a lot of time with travel for work, but at what point does the ratio become unbalanced and unfair? I miss weekends in my city with my friends, and it makes me sad that he won’t make the effort to see me. What do you think is right in this matter? — UNCERTAIN IN SAN FRANCISCO DEAR UNCERTAIN: “What’s right” is the original agreement you had with your boyfriend, or something close to it. Because he is no longer willing to live up to his part in the bargain, consider seeing him less often. Perhaps if he has a chance to miss you, he will feel impelled to make more of an effort. And if he’s not, then you won’t have to cut off your social relationships at home — relationships you may need if this romance doesn’t work out the way you would like. DEAR ABBY: My wife of 32 years has delusional jealousy. It is so bad that she has checked my genitals and questioned the neighbors’ wives. I have stayed in this marriage only because of our children, who are now adults. I am at a crisis point where I want a divorce. I detest throwing 32 years away, but I have no love for this woman. We have sought counseling three times. However, once I start describing her delusions, the sessions quickly stop. — WANTS OUT IN COLORADO DEAR WANTS OUT: Nowhere in your letter could I discern a question, but from my vantage point, I disagree that you would “throw 32 years away.” You used that time


Advice to make sure your children were grown and independent. I’m sorry about your wife’s delusions, but because she is unwilling to follow through with counseling, there is nothing you or I can do about them. If you want my permission to end this marriage, I can’t grant it; only you can do that for yourself. DEAR ABBY: My sister is engaged to a severe alcoholic. I host the annual Christmas dinners and I feel stuck. When he was here last year, he broke a wine glass that held special meaning for my husband and me and generally made a fool of himself. Should I invite my sister and tell her that her fiance isn’t welcome? (They live together.) He has gotten even worse this year. He broke three bones because he was so drunk he fell, and he left rehab three times in one month. I’m a cancer survivor and do not need the stress in my life. — NERVOUS IN NEW YORK DEAR NERVOUS: I agree that you shouldn’t subject yourself to unnecessary stress. Your health must come first. If you haven’t discussed this with your sister, do it NOW. A way to include her and her fiance would be to serve no alcohol during your Christmas celebration. However, if that isn’t feasible, then tell her that until her fiance is able to stay “dry,” you regret that you will be unable to entertain them. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Mrs. Greenberg now cashed dummy’s king of clubs, and East was a dead duck. He tried to lead South astray by discarding the ace of spades, but this made no impression whatever on Mrs. Greenberg, who next led the spade queen. East won with the king and had to lead a heart from


This deal occurred in a national open pairs championship. South was world champion Gail Greenberg, playing with her husband, Jack. South’s three-heart bid was made in the hope that North could bid three notrump. When North raised to four hearts and

East doubled, Mrs. Greenberg retreated to five diamonds, also doubled by East. West led the ace of clubs, East following with the deuce. West then shifted to his singleton heart, hoping to get a ruff later. That proved to be the opening declarer needed, and she exploited it to the hilt. She took East’s nine with the queen, cashed all of her diamonds and crossed to the king of hearts to bring about this position:


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Baby news Shroyer family welcomes son




Fruitcake: Love it or hate it, it's a Christmas classic

Kolton Lee Shroyer ric and Kimberly Shroyer of Anna announce the birth of a son, Kolton Lee Shroyer, born Nov. 1, 2012, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney. Kolton weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 21 inches in length at his 8:46 p.m. birth. Maternal grandparents are Willy and Candace Chua of Sidney. Paternal grandparents are David and Bonnie Shroyer of Piqua.


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Jamie L. Mescher and Jeremy T. Smith

Jamie L. Mescher and Jeremy T. Smith, both of Piqua, announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Chris and Jane Mescher of Bradford. Luther Smith of Troy and Carol and Ty Hay of Englewood are parents of the bridegroom. The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Franklin Monroe High School and 2003 gradu-

ate of Edison Community College. She is employed as a customer service rep at Clopay Building Products in Troy. Her fiance is a 1996 graduate of Northmont High School and is selfemployed as a general contractor in the Miami County area. A June 29, 2013, wedding is planned.

Holy checks? $500 million in checks left at Jerusalem holy site JERUSALEM (AP) — Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism's holiest sites. But half a billion dollars? Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalem's Western Wall, said a worshipper found an envelope at the site Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each. They were not addressed to anyone, and it's doubtful they can be cashed. Rabinovitch said most

are Nigerian. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some were from the United States, Europe and Asia. Rabinovitch says he has found similar checks in Western Wall charity boxes before, but they all bounced. He says most of them were written by people from Africa. The rabbi says he thinks the check writers “wanted to give all they had to the Creator of the universe.”

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Former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson famously joked that there was only one fruitcake in the world, it's just regifted year after year. Fruitcake does, however, have some fans, like the people responsible for the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake. The website features recipes and links to other fruitcake sites. And Fruitcake Rescue is a site that offers to find new homes for unloved fruitcakes and provides helpful tips on fruitcake care. Add Sylvia Stockwell to the second category. The 80-year-old North Baltimore resident has been making fruitcake for years. “Some people, you even mention fruitcake and they're like ‘ew,'” she said. But not Stockwell, who said she got the recipe years ago from a neighbor, Helen Emahiser. “I can’t remember (how or when I got it), but she probably gave me a sample,” Stockwell guessed. Helen Emahiser died in

2003, but her daughter, Janice Emahiser, still lives next to Stockwell. She said her mother got the recipe at church from Clara Fast, a registered nurse. And Fast, she said, got the recipe from someone she knew during nurses’ training. “It’s been around a long time,” Janice Emahiser said. She noted that her mother did make some modifications to Fast’s recipe, like dicing up the candied fruit in smaller pieces and adding more nuts to the mixture. “I think that’s why people liked it better,” she said. “There was not as much citrus and they didn't get a big mouthful of candied fruit.” She likes her mother’s fruitcake and said most of the people in her family do, too. “It wass’t an annual thing,” Janice Emahiser said. “She probably made it every other year. She didn't want anyone to get tired of it.” Stockwell, meanwhile, tries to make at least one batch of the rich, fruity cake every Christmas. “I already don't have

Ancient cake was once food for the afterlife •Ancient Egyptians used to fill the tombs of the dead with all the supplies that they would need to enjoy the afterlife, including food and water. Fruitcake was often put into the tomb of a deceased person because a fruitcake soaked in a natural preservative like alcohol or fruit juice would last a long time. It was thought that the preserved fruitcake would not spoil on the journey to the afterlife. • The first fruitcake recipe written in the United States was published in “American Cookery” in 1798. Author Amelia Simmons called it Plumb Cake. • Buffalo got in on the action when it joined forces with the International Federation of Competitive Eating to host a fruitcake-eating contest in 2003. The winner ate just under 15 pounds of fruitcake in 10 minutes.

enough of it to give to who I want to give to, so I'm going to have to make another batch,” she said. She's also been busy in the kitchen this year making chocolate fudge, divinity candy, popcorn balls, caramels, party mix, three kinds of cookies and banana nut bread. “I like to cook if I have somebody to cook for,” she said. Stockwell didn’t always have the time to cook and bake like this, she said. She graduated from North Baltimore High School in 1950. The next year, she married Bob Wymer and moved into the house catty-cornered from her parents' on West Maple Street. She said her mother used to come over and help her cook and can when her children were small. “You hung out clothes then. She’d come over when I'd do laundry. She'd come over and help me can,” said Stockwell. She recalled one time they picked a bushel of elderberries together. “They’re these little teeny tiny things on these little tiny stems. It took us all day to pick them off. And the next day we made jell(y), then the next day after that we made pies.” “Elderberry jelly is wonderful. That’s my favorite but you can't always find it,” she said. Stockwell worked 25 years for the North Baltimore School, starting out as an aide and then a clerk in the cafeteria. When she retired in 1995, she was working as an assistant to the school treasurer. “I like to cook and bake, like I said, if somebody's coming I like to do that,” she said. Most of the cookies Stockwell made this year, chocolate chip, Scotcheroos and peanut

butter, were packed up and sent to her stepson. Bob Wymer died in 1981. She married Ross Stockwell in 1994. He died in 2007. Meanwhile, a batch of popcorn balls went to a granddaughter who lives in New York. “I like to make popcorn balls, too. Right now I don't have any. I've got to make some more ... but the kids were asking, where's the popcorn balls? So that's coming up next,” she said. And then there's the fruitcake. Stockwell said she was never a big fan of fruitcakes from the store.

For Missouri monks, cakes support solitary lifestyle AVA, Mo. (AP) — Once the bane of pot-luck parties, the fruitcake has been turned into a soughtafter treat by Trappist monks secluded in the Missouri Ozarks who some say bake cake that's nothing short of heavenly. Between February and mid-December, monks at the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Mo., produce about 25,000 fruitcakes. The monks have gained a national reputation for carefully controlling the production. They marinate the fruit, age the cakes and even package and ship the product from their foothills monastery. Before each two-pound cake leaves the abbey, it gets a special prayer from the monks aimed at all those who eat the cake. At $31 apiece, the cakes allow the monks to live out solitary lives of work and prayer on their compound southeast of Springfield.

• According to the Guiness World Records website, the largest fruitcake weighed 8,432 pounds, 10 ounces and was made by Just Bake in India. It was displayed at the 2011 Food & Kitchen Expo in Karnataka, India from Dec. 9-11, 2011. The cake, a traditional Christmas Plum Cake, measured 29 feet in length and 19 feet in width. Pieces of its were sold after the exhibition.





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COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge upheld Ohio’s new restrictions on exotic animals on Thursday after several owners sued the state over the law, which was enacted after a man released dozens of his wild creatures including lions and tigers last year and then committed suicide. U.S. District Court Judge George Smith in Columbus sided with the state, saying the court recognizes some businesses may be negatively affected and some owners may not be able to keep their beloved animals but the owners failed to prove constitutional rights were violated. The court said the case came down to the public interest and protecting the public from potential dangers of exotic animals. “While the named Plaintiffs may be responsible dangerous wild animal owners, there are some that are not,” the ruling said. Ohio officials have defended the law as a common-sense measure to address the growing safety problem of private ownership of exotics animals. The state “felt all along like this law was in the best interest of the public and public safety, and in the health and the welfare of these animals, and the judge reaffirmed that,” Ohio Department of Agrispokeswoman culture Erica Hawkins said. The seven owners who sued the state were disappointed by the decision and plan to appeal, said their attorney, Robert Owens. Those owners said the new regulations force them to join private associations and possibly give up their animals without compensation. They also challenged a requirement that animals be implanted with microchips before being registered with the state, so the creatures can be identified if they get lost or escape. The Humane Society of the United States, which joined the case to defend the law, praised the ruling.

Ex-state worker accused of tampering COLUMBUS (AP) — A former Ohio Education Department employee has been charged with tampering with records and forgery involving high school diploma equivalency certifications in Ohio. The Ohio inspector general’s office said Thursday that 41-year-old Kathleen Garner of Columbus was indicted last week in Franklin County on two counts of tampering with records and one forgery count. The state says she resigned from the education department in August. The inspector general began the investigation in April after Education Department officials said Garner was suspected of issuing GED diploma certifications without necessary backup documentation. Authorities say she allegedly issued questionable GEDs to her husband and other people including family members and friends. Court records don’t list

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Real estate transfers PIQUA


Joseph Dellinger, P. Jean Dellinger, attorney in fact, Stephen Dellinger, attorney in fact to James Dellinger, Stephen Dellinger, Mary Kay Schieltz, Susan Spieker, two lots, $0. Theresa Tipton to Carl Brush, one lot, $0. Sue Jones to Gina Miller, Owen Miller, one lot, $25,000. Citifinancial Inc., Olympus Asset Management Inc., attorney in fact to Debra Gariety, Michael Riley, a part lot, $30,500. John W. Neblett Jr., Victoria Neblett to Shelley Baugh, a part lot, $36,000. Douglas Davis, Joele Carr Davis to Shelley Baugh, a part lot, $36,000. Frank Harris, Monica Harris to Brandon Voisard, three part lots, $65,000. Lisa Kellis, Wallace Kellis to Clinton Kellis, one lot, $49,500. James Shepard, Rebecca Shepard to Forrest Blythe, Shirley Blythe, one lot, $185,000. Cooper, Christine Christine Copeland, Jeffrey Copeland to Christine Copeland, one lot, $0. Bac Home Loans Servicing LP, Bank of America N.A., successor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, one lot, $0. Flossie Berry, James Dotson, attorney in fact to Mark Richard, Peggi Richard, two part lots, $23,500. McNellie, Carlisle, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich Co. LPA, Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National Mortgage Association to Mark Allen, one lot, $77,000. Estate of Mary R. Schulze to Wilfred Schulze, one lot, $0. Jeanette Wagner to David Bowers, Robbi Lynn Schwable, one lot, $0.

Penny Thompson, Stephen Thompson to Dalas Thompson, Josephine Thompson, a part lot, $0. Inverness Group Inc. James Filipiak, to Stephanie Filipiak, one lot, $171,000. Kelly Schaefer to Chelsea Harris, James Hobbs, one lot, $79,900. Jane Frances Kriesberg, Standford Kriesberg to Bradley Rohlfs, Natalie Rohlfs, one lot, $165,000. Andreana Brown Scarberry, executor, Estate of Vernon Dale Smith to AH4R-OH LLC, one lot, $135,000. Galen Urick to Adam Boaz, one lot, $72,500. Jennifer Gant, Michael Gant to Amy Winner, Robert Winner, one lot, $189,500. Hope Lykes, Robert Lykes to Roger Lykes, one lot, $0. 1159 Pond View Drive Land Trust, Susanne Mosier, trustee to Corby Schoeder, Michelle Schoeder, one lot, $199,900. Amanda Asbury, a.k.a. Amanda Boltin, Andrew Asbury to Patrick Amanda Asbury, $0. Chad Burns to Lisa May, one lot, $134,600. Ilene Allmond, William Allmond to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., one lot, $185,000. Robert Leath to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., two part lots, $48,000. Angela Goldsboro to Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National Mortgage Association, one lot, $56,700. Carl Dresback, Linda Dresback to Troy Re Investments LLC, one lot, $300,000. Kenneth Murray, Patricia Murray to Ronald Rickard Jr., one lot, $184,900. Anthony Detrick to Pamela Detrick, one lot,

$0. HSBC Bank USA N.A., Coleen Overbay, Gary Overbay to HSBC Bank USA N.A., trustee, Renaissance Home Equity Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, one lot, $0. Jason Hedrick to Kimberly Haun, Kimberly Hedrick, one lot, $0.

TIPP CITY Dorsey Arthur, grantor trustee, Arthur Revocable Trust to Dorsey Arthur, one lot, $0. Clifford Turner, Krista Turner to James E. Hunt Jr., Rebecca Hunt, one lot, $236,000. River Park Farms LLC, Tweed Investments LP to Lawrence Riesser, four lots, four part lots, $514,000. Judith Riesser, Lawrence Riesser to River Park Farms LLC, four lots, four part lots, $0. Robert Holman, Violet Holman to Richard Alexander, one lot, $125,000. Rosewood Creek LLC to Jeffrey Rayborn, Michelle Rayborn, one lot, $89,900. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss, attorney in fact to 25A Beverage and Deli Inc., a part lot, $42,500.

COVINGTON Sara Jane Harshbarger to Christopher Harshbarger, two part lots, $0. Estate of Blake Wayne Fisher, Melvin Fisher, heir to Wells Fargo Bank N.A., a part lot, $64,000.

WEST MILTON Rachel King, a.k.a. Rachel Kraus, Sheldon King to John Bodiker, one lot, $90,000. Lisa Homan a.k.a. Lisa Parmelia, Mark Permelia to AH4R-OH LLC, one lot, $130,000. Gelena Schwind, Stephen Schwind to Joey

one lot, Ostendorf, $82,000. S & S Investments, J. Steven Sarver, John Sarver to Sarver Investments LLC, one part lot, six lots, $0.

John Enke, Mary Enke to Jill Gilfillen, Matthew Gilfillen, one lot, $275,000. Hidden Acres LTD to Jessica Low, Nathan Low, 3.199 acres, $115,000.



Mandy Addison, Mark Addison to Carol Cottrell a.k.a. Mandy Ferrell, one lot, $157,000.

Kristen Bailey, Paul Bailey to AH4R-OH LLC, one lot, $136,000. NVR Inc. to James Rowe II, Regina Rowe, one lot, $224,700. Villas at Benchrock LLC to Aloysius Berberich, Marlene Berberich, one lot, $209,000. NVR Inc. to Irene Nutter, Ronald Nutter, one lot, $274,700.

Frederick William Drees, trustee, Drees Family Revocable Living Trust to Cheryl Drees, Mark Drees, one lot, $325,000. Esther Flora to Daryl Flora, Eldon Flora, Kenneth Flora, $0. Barbara Sink, Judith Wayne Sink, Sink, Wilbur Sink to Robert Lavy, Sharon Lavy, 21.009 acres, $173,400. Robert Fantasia to John Osburn, Kathy Osburn, 21.001 acres, $377,900. Hobart Edwin Ely to Dennis William Ely, Rus Alan Ely, 81 acres, $0.



BCAPB LLC Trust Deutsche 2007-AB1, Bank National Trust Company, trustee, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., attorney in fact to Trent Groff, one lot, $42,500.

Estate of Robin Millhouse, Richard Millhouse, administrator to Daniel Warner, David Warner, Dinah Warner, Margaret Warner,95.804 acres, $737,700.



Fifth Third Bank to Dec Land Co. I LLC, $0.

Nicholas Anderson to Federal National MortAssociation, gage $76,700. Elizabeth Eastman, Frank Eastman to Paul Tate Jr., one lot, $246,500. Fannie Mae a.k.a. Federal National Mortgage Association to JII Properties, one lot, $107,500.


BROWN TWP. Kevin Williams, S. Gayle Williams to Pamela Sager, Thomas Sager, 1.503 acres, $174,000.

CONCORD TWP. Jeffrey Frigge, Lisa Frigge to Jeffrey Frigge, Lisa Frigge, a part lot, $5.489 acres, $0 Cynthia Snipes, James Snipes to James David Snipes, Carol Spears, one lot, $0. Angela Karr, Patrick Karr to Angela Karr, cotrustee, Patrick Karr, cotrustee, Karr Family Revocable Living Trust, $0.

STAUNTON TWP. Kere Utz to Kere R. Utz Revocable Living Trust, Cherie Oda-Utz, co-trustee, Kere Utz cotrustee, $0.

UNION TWP. John Ratajack to Adam Simpson, 1.0 acre, $105,000.

Marriages Ronnie Lee Short II, 29, of 309 Pinewood Ave., Piqua to Maureen Kimberle McVay, 29, of same address. Jordan Lee Jackson, 24, of 20 Laura Circle, Laura to Chrysa Marie Spear, 25, of 2444 Luray Drive, Troy. Michael Todd Gephart, 46, of 1519 Henley Road, Troy to Marla Michelle Hall, 49, of same address. Chris Thomas Striley, 26, of 624 W. Walnut St., Tipp City to Megan Amanda Black, 25, of 7245 Singer Road, Dayton. Robert Todd Daniels, 28, of 12076 State Route 363, Minster to Reba Yvonne Smith, 28, of 10220 N County Road 25A #46, Piqua. Sean Matthew Johnson, 22, of 125 Third Ave., Stratton to Olivia Ruth Anna Spoon, 22, of 1925 Fenner Rd., Troy. Aaron William Cozatt, 31, of 1920 Greenbriar Drive, Troy to Alaina Lee Spurlock, 30, of same address. Charles Anthony Halcomb, 45, of 1320 Ginghamsburg-Frederick

Road, Tipp City to Angela Louise Hawkins, 45, of same address. Todd Allen Simpson, 33, of 5 1/2 Chestnut St., Laura to Paula Marie Ric, 37, of same address. Glenn Elden Schaaf, 73, of 697 Reynard Ave., Cincinnati to Kathleen Ann Jordan, 64, of 1841 W. Parkway Drive, Piqua. Daniel Mark Anthony, 63, of 5734 Drake Road, Piqua to Anita Lynne Hensley, 53, of same address. Timothy Richard

Cantrell, 29, of 536 Boone St., Piqua to Elizabeth Ann Hypes, 32, of same address. Mackenzie Lee Snyder, 34, of 338 S. Harrison St., Covington to Dana Marie Icenogle, 31, of same address. Larry Smith, 58, of 3919 Fenner Road, Troy to Debra Faye Spurlock, 53, of same address. John Esta Falldorf, 56, of 765 S. Willow Glen Ave., Tipp City to Tara Ellen Engel, 51, of same address.

Milo Grove Oyler, 23, of 1486A Clayton Road, Brookville to Carrie Lynn Boone, 21, of 9244 W. State Route 36, Covington. Jeff David Royer, 34, of 4488 E. State Route 41, Troy to Christina Marie Banwart, 26, of same address. Robert James Rudisill, 18, of 3280 Lefevre Road, Troy to Skie Elisa Davona Latoy Johnson, 19, of 1107 N. Mystic Lane, Troy. Steven Carter Stacy,


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Winter blast Continued from page 1 calls, and of those many were flu-related. In the meantime, Rindler said his department is hard at work with winterizing their equipment and emergency vehicles to prepare for the winter season ahead. Police Chief Bruce Jamison said the department had “minimal issues” with the wintry storm that passed through the area Thursday evening and into Friday morning and night. Jamison encouraged motorists to exhibit common sense while driving to avoid anything from a fender bender to a serious automobile collision. There were no reports of downed wires or trees, but Jamison said the high winds have caused some alarm systems to give false signals well into Friday morning. Meanwhile, the city did not experience any power outages as a result of the storm, said Ed Krieger, power system director Traffic was snarled on southbound I-75 in between Piqua and Troy on Friday morning after a semi tractor-trailer jackknifed off the roadway. No serious injuries were reported. According to National Weather Service meteor-

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After a winter last year that saw Piqua City Schools using no calamity days the entire school year, students woke up Friday morning to learn that their Christmas break started a day early due to inclement weather conditions. ologist Brian Coniglio, the worst is over until the next expected snowstorm the day after Christmas. “The snow is almost over but there may be a few flurries,” Coniglio said of the weather Friday. “High pressure is moving in (Saturday through Sunday) and it will be mostly sunny all weekend.” Coniglio said the next chance for precipitation

will be Monday, which will be a toss-up between rain and snow with highs in the upper 30s. Coniglio said the chances of a “white Christmas” will be unlikely this year and the next chance for snow will be the day after Christmas. The Miami County 9-11 Emergency Center said emergency calls in rural were keeping areas

Miami County Sheriff ’s Office deputies busy throughout the wind and snow on Friday. “We’ve had reports of multiple slide-offs more so than accidents,” Jack Staudt said. “Fortunately, the city roads have been much better than rural roads have been.” A semi-truck jackedknifed on Interstate 75 near the County Road 25-

A exit and several other vehicles were involved in the early afternoon incident. The accident report was unavailable at press time. Staudt said medics were called to the accident but he believed no one was transported from the scene. Reporter Melanie Yingst contributed to this story.

NRA leader calls for guns, officers in all schools WASHINGTON — (AP) Guns and police officers in all American schools are what’s needed to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings,” the National Rifle Association declared Friday, taking a no-retreat stance in the face of growing calls for gun control after the Connecticut shootings that claimed the lives of 26 children and school staff. “The only thing that stops


a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive officer. Some members of Congress who had long scoffed at gun-control proposals have begun to suggest some concessions could be made, and a fierce debate over legislation seems likely next month. President Barack Obama has demanded “real action, right now.”

The nation’s largest gunrights lobby broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a defiant presentation. The event was billed as a news conference, but leaders took no questions. Twice, they were interrupted by bannerwaving protesters, who were removed by security. Some had predicted that after the slaughter of a

score of elementary-school children by a man using a semi-automatic rifle, the group might soften its stance, at least slightly. Instead, LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings in a culture where children are exposed daily to violence in video games, movies and music videos. He argued that guns are the solution,

not the problem. “Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,” LaPierre said. “And by that I mean armed security.”

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, one of Washington’s most r e spected voices on fore i g n p o l i c y, as his n e x t secretary of state. T h e KERRY move is the first in an expected overhaul of Obama’s national security team heading into his second term. As the nation’s top diplomat, Kerry will not only be tasked with executing the president’s foreign policy objectives, but will also have a hand in shaping them. The longtime lawmaker has been in lockstep with Obama on issues like nuclear non-proliferation, but ahead of the White House in advocating aggressive policies in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere that the president later embraced. “He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training,” Obama said, standing alongside Kerry in a Roosevelt Room ceremony. “Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry.” He is expected to win confirmation easily in the Senate, where he has served since 1985, the last six years as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012


Leaders say still time to dodge cliff

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Obama tells lawmakers to take action BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press


Shown above with representatives of the The National Air and Space Intelligence Center are Piqua High School students left to right, Jesica Brown, junior and David Neal, sophomore and Stacy Falcone, English teacher. Brown and Neal did a“lot of the leg work,” Falcone said, to help collect items for those on the east coast who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in late October.With help fromThe National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the supplies are being delivered to Staten Island, N.Y. In addition to the 800 pounds of supplies the Piqua community collected, the NASIC raised another 400 pounds of donations and planned on shopping with an additional $500 in monetary funds that they received through donations. At right members of the NAISC load a truck with the school supplies.

WASHINGTON — With Congress in gridlock and stocks taking a fall, President Barack Obama issued a stern summons to lawmakers Friday to pass legislation to prevent year-end fiscal cliff tax increases on millions and avoid an imminent expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Obama himself must give more ground to reach an agreement. He added, “How we get there, God only knows.” Congress was shutting down, and Obama was headed to Hawaii to join his family for the holidays. But both men indicated they’d be back working to beat the fast-approaching Jan. 1 deadline with an agreement between Christmas and New Year’s. One day after House anti-tax rebels torpedoed Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ legislation because it would raise rates on million-dollarearners, Obama said he still wants a bill that requires the well-to-do to pay more. “Everybody’s got to give a little bit in a sensible way” to prevent the economy from pitching over a recession-threatening fiscal cliff,

he said. He spoke after talking by phone with Boehner architect of the failed House bill and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Boehner’s office quickly issued a statement saying the Ohio Republican intends to return to the Capitol after Christmas “ready to find a solution that can pass both houses of Congress.” At the same time, spokesman Brendan Buck said, “we remain hopeful he (Obama) is finally ready to get serious about averting the fiscal cliff.” At the White House, Obama projected optimism as he struggled to deal with the wreckage of weeks of failed negotiations and political maneuvering. “So call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done,” he said of an elusive deal. The president spoke at the end of a day in which stocks tumbled and congressional leaders squabbled as the fiscal cliff drew implacably closer. Boehner spoke in the morning, describing the increasingly tangled attempts to beat the Jan. 1 deadline and head off the perilous combination of across-theboard tax hikes and deep spending cuts. Obama spoke shortly before a scheduled departure to join his family in Hawaii for Christmas, but in an indication of the importance of the issue, he told reporters he would be returning to the White House next week.

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The Chamber Ambassadors along with Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua conducted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Michalo’s Pizza and Wings, located at 413 N. Main St., Piqua. Michalo’s Pizza and Wings is under new management. Pictured in the center is Chris Covington and Scott Sumner, coowners along with Swisher, chamber ambassadors and chamber president Kathy Sherman. MCMURRY

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Tablets sales are sizzling this holiday season. But can investors make money? Maybe, but it’s not easy. The biggest problem is that profit margins are thin. Except for Apple and Microsoft, tablet makers are selling their devices nearly at cost in an effort to stake a claim in the growing market.

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Hopes for new leader to pressure Bank of Japan BY YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Hopes are high in Japan Inc. for the new prime minister. Stocks are recovering. The central bank is set to supercharge an already loose monetary policy. The soaring yen, a big minus for exporters, is reversing course. The bullish mood in the air is all about “Abenomics” — a reference, as dubbed by experts and market players, to Shinzo Abe, the shooin comeback prime minister when Parliament votes next week. But experts are already wondering how long that celebration is going to last. “This is just the honeymoon,” said Masaaki Kanno, chief economist at J.P. Morgan in Tokyo. Abe has made reviving the economy a priority, and is pushing for a 2 percent inflation “target,” double the central bank’s “goal” now. That’s designed to fight a problem that was until recently relatively unique in the world — deflation, or continually dropping prices, which deadens economic activity. The Japanese economy has been stuck in deflation for two decades. The Bank of Japan, ending a two-day policy board meeting Thursday, further loosened its super-easy

monetary policy, pumping more money into the financial system by expanding its asset purchase program by about 10 trillion yen ($119 billion) for a total of 101 trillion yen ($1.2 billion). The bank has now eased monetary policy five times this year. Japan’s benchmark interest rates are already at zero. The central bank also paid respect to Abe. It said it will consider pricing goals and report back at the next meeting in January. Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa made clear in his news conference after the meeting the bank was responding to Abe’s requests. “One by one, my election promises are becoming realized,” Abe told reporters, noting Shirakawa had telephoned him to assure him that monetary easing will be enhanced. Abe’s pro-business, conservative Liberal Democratic Party was voted back into power in a landslide in Sunday’s elections. Before a change of power in 2009, the party ruled virtually without interruption for a half-century, engineering Japan’s stellar growth into the world’s thirdlargest economy. Besides generous promises to boost public-works spending — by as much as 10 trillion yen ($119 bil-

lion), according to party officials — Abe is pressuring the central bank to work more closely with the government. Such pressures are a departure from the past. But they are also growing in other parts of the world, including in the U.S. and parts of Europe. What remains unclear is exactly how the 2 percent inflation target will be achieved. A weakening yen, though favorable for Japanese businesses, is likely not enough to get a lagging economy back on course. In the long run, Japan needs widespread economic reforms, opening up of markets and freeing up of tight protective regulations, to get new life back into the economy, analysts say. Job growth in recent years has been limited, often in low-pay part-time sectors. Hopelessness among the young generation is intensified by the prospect of having to foot the bill for one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies. “Getting out of deflation can’t be done by monetary easing alone. It’s not a fixit-all. It’s not a magic wand,” said Katsuyuki Hasegawa, chief market economic at Mizuho Research Institute. “You need a whole package of measures.”

Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet lags the Kindle Fire in popularity, but of all U.S. tablet makers, the bookseller has the most riding on its tablet sales. It’s effectively betting that it can turn itself into a digital entertainment company. It’s a big bet that makes for a volatile stock.

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TROY — The partners of Dungan & LeFevre Co., L.P.A. announce that William J. McGraw III, a partner at their Troy office, has been named a 2013 Ohio Super Lawyer. Only 5 percent of attorneys in the state of Ohio are chosen to be listed in Ohio Super Lawyers. McGraw is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer every year since its inception in 2004, and was named one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Ohio. McGraw is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is the Immediate Past Board Chair (2009-2011) of the Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has published numerous articles and serves on the Editorial Board of the Ohio Probate Law Journal. A 1972 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law, cum laude, McGraw is a frequent speaker on estate planning, trust and probate issues throughout Ohio. The partners of Dungan & LeFevre Co., L.P.A. are also announce that Glen R. McMurry, an associate attorney at their Troy office, has been named a 2013 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star. Rising Stars names outstanding young lawyers in the state of Ohio (those 40 years old or younger, or those who have been in practice for 10 years or less). No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state achieve this honor each year. Mr. McMurry, a 2007 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law,













HOROSCOPE BY FRANCES DRAKE For Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) In the month ahead, the Sun will be traveling at top of your chart, which casts you in the limelight. This is why bosses, parents and VIPs notice you more than usual. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Do whatever you can to expand your horizons in the next four weeks. You’re hungry for adventure, and you want to learn more! GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ll feel passionately intense about everything in the coming month. However, this is also a good time to wrap up loose details with shared property and red-tape matters. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Because the Sun will be opposite your sign for the next month, you will need more sleep. (The Sun is your source of energy, and it will be far away from you.) LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Because you are inspired to get better organized, give yourself a chance to do this! Get the right tools to do a great job. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A playful month ahead! Flirtations, vacations, sports events, parties and all social occasions will appeal. Enjoy playful activities with children. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Home, family and your domestic needs will be your top priority during the next month. Interactions with a parent could be more significant. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) In the month ahead, the rhythm of your days will accelerate due to increased activities. Short trips, busy errands, conversations with everyone, plus increased reading and writing, will keep you on the go! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You’re giving more thought than usual to your earnings and your cash flow scene in the next month. Look for ways to make money on the side or boost your income. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) The Sun will be in your sign for the next four weeks, boosting your energy and increasing your confidence. This is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Because your year is ending soon, give some thought to what you want your new year to be all about. If you specify some goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Your popularity will increase during the next month. Accept all invitations. Enjoy schmoozing with others. Discuss your hopes and dreams to get others’ feedback. YOU BORN TODAY You’re an explorer. You get excited about the possibility of introducing new ideas, concepts and approaches to life to others. You think things through carefully and plan ahead. You are down-toearth, candid and very firm about your beliefs. You like to improve the lives of others. In year ahead, a major change might occur, perhaps as significant as something that took place around 2004. Birthdate of: Catriona Le May-Doan, athlete; Eddie Vedder, singer/songwriter; Susan Lucci, actress. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc.






Saturday, December 22, 2012



Saturday, December 22, 2012


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Rogy's Learning Place is currently hiring for position of

Fulltime Cook. Expereince required. Please mail resumes and transcripts to: Rogy’s Learning Place 2280 Industrial Dr. Sidney, Oh 45365

Gettysburg, Ohio

In observance of the

CHRISTMAS Holiday the Classifieds Dept. of the Sidney Daily News Troy Daily News Piqua Daily Call and Weekly Record Herald will be closing at 3pm on Monday, 12/24 We will be available on Wednesday, 12/26 at 8am to assist you with classified advertising needs Any cancellations made by voicemail will be effective with the December 27 edition

125 Lost and Found FOUND: key in front of Piqua newspaper box by post office on Saturday, 12/15. Call to describe and claim, (937)916-3082.

135 School/Instructions ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 877-295-1667 MATH TUTORING- Caring, Patient and Qualified. Licensed at all levels. (937)492-5992

140 Happy Ads BUTCH EMSWILER Happy Birthday. Congratulations on making it to 80 years old! Love, your sons - Jamie and Adam

200 - Employment

235 General

MAINTENANCE Reliable Castings Corporation is currently seeking entry level up to skilled maintenance technicians. The ideal candidates should have experience and/ or education in:

• • • • • • •

Hydraulics Pneumatics Electrical mechanical PLC Robotics Automation

Reliable Castings offers competitive wages and benefits. Please submit resume to: Reliable Castings Corporation Attn.: HR Manager 1521 W. Michigan Street P. O. Box 829 Sidney, OH 45365 Or fax to: (937)492-1233 An Equal Opportunity Employer

DELIVER PHONE BOOKS Work Your Own Hours, Have Insured Vehicle, Must be at least 18 years old, Valid DL. No Experience Necessary!

(800)518-1333 Ext. 224 www.deliver

This position requires all aspects of maintenance experience with preference towards mechanical, fabrication, hydraulic and pneumatic skills. Duties will include maintenance of the manufacturing plant and equipment. Specific concentrations will include machine repair and rebuilding of manufacturing equipment. Electrical experience is a plus. All candidates must be willing to work 2am– 10am, overtime and other shifts when required. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, 401(K) and many others. For confidential consideration, please forward your resume and salary history to: with Maintenance in the subject line. No phone calls please

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240 Healthcare Visiting Angels seeks experienced caregivers for in-home, private duty care. Immediate need for live-in, nights, and w e e k e n d s . 419-501-2323

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Part Time and Full Time. Long Term Assignments. May train on 1st shift for up to 3 months. $13.00 @hr for full time. $12.00 for Part time. 2nd Shift Starting pay $13.90 for Full time. $12.90 for Part time. Pay raises based on hours worked. Maximum pay $16.30 after approx. 2 yrs. Paid time off + 7 paid holidays for full time employees. Must have High School Diploma or GED. Must have good work history. No terminations within past 3 years. Must submit to background check and drug screen plus written and physical testing. To apply: Log onto: WWW.SPHERION.APPONE.COM

BOOKKEEPER Insurance agency seeking part time bookkeeping help. Experience required. Submit resume: Department 1017 c/o Sidney Daily News 1451 N Vandemark Rd Sidney, OH 45365

Chiropractic Assistant

877-844-8385 275 Situation Wanted FLORIDA, Move your households, RV, or vehicle to Florida/Southeast Call (937)570-9101.

280 Transportation

Class-A CDL Driver • • • •

2500-3000 mi/wk avg No-touch truckload van freight Good balance of paycheck and hometime Terminal in Jackson Center, OH.

2 yr experience required 1-800-288-6168

DAILY DRIVER NEEDED Must have valid CDL with two years recent driving experience, fairly clean MVR. This would be an afternoon start driversame route, same truck each day. We offer paid holidays, paid vacation, group health and 401k. If interested call Ed Kraetschmer at Bee Line Inc 419-453-2273.

Busy Chiropractic office hiring for Assistant position to work directly with patients M, T, F 1pm-close and Saturdays 7:30amClose (22-24 hrs/wk).


Interested applicants may fax resume to: 937-773-0828 Attn Sara no later than 12/21/12

Class A CDL required

DENTAL HYGENTIST Capable of administering local anesthetic needed for high quality periodontal practice on Thursdays only. Send resume to: 1569 McKaig Ave Troy OH 45373


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320 Houses for Rent EXECUTIVE HOME, 3 bedroom. Custom built ranch with basement, pool & clubhouse, upscale with all amenities, 1341 Paul Revere, Troy, $1700 monthly, (937)335-6690,

PIQUA, 910 New Haven. 3 bedroom, 1.5 car, CA, fenced yard. $850, deposit. (937)778-9303, (937)604-5417. TROY, 1142 Lee Road, 3 bedrooms, garage. $750 month + deposit. Available 1/1, (937)552-9644.

325 Mobile Homes for Rent IN COUNTRY, Near Bradford, 2 bedroom all electric trailer, $400 plus deposit, (937)417-7111, or (937)448-2974

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305 Apartment EOE

PIQUA, 8394 Piqua-Lockington Road, 2 bedroom, fenced in yard, detached garage, $600 + deposit, (937)206-7754

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Automotive manufacturing facility has 2nd shift openings available in Anna, OH.

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FRESH & BRIGHT Piqua home with basement on double lot, quiet area, remodeled, roomy, washer/ dryer hook-up, $600 month + deposit. 2 bedroom, (937)750-9800. PIQUA, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 car garage, 421 Summit Street, $550 monthly, $250 deposit, (937)214-0431.

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

Quality Assurance Test Welders

EVERS REALTY TROY, 2 Bedroom Townhomes 1.5 bath, 1 car garage, $695 (937)216-5806

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

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



Norcold, Inc., recognized as the leader in refrigerator manufacturing for the RV, trucking and marine industries, is currently accepting resumes for a 3rd Shift Maintenance Technician at our Gettysburg, Ohio facility.

Smail Trucking LLC is looking OTR drivers for van freight. No touch. No HazMat, No NYC. 42¢ all miles.

CAUTION Whether posting or responding to an advertisement, watch out for offers to pay more than the advertised price for the item. Scammers will send a check and ask the seller to wire the excess through Western Union (possibly for courier fees). The scammer's check is fake and eventually bounces and the seller loses the wired amount. While banks and Western Union branches are trained at spotting fake checks, these types of scams are growing increasingly sophisticated and fake checks often aren't caught for weeks. Funds wired through Western Union or MoneyGram are irretrievable and virtually untraceable. If you have questions regarding scams like these or others, please contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office at (800)282-0515.


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Select-Arc, Inc. is seeking qualified welding technicians to work in its Fort Loramie laboratory facility conducting welding inspection and product evaluations. Candidates must have general welding training or possess general welding experience with the capability of providing quality inspection welding work. Process training in FCAW or GMAW a plus. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package offered. Apply here, email, fax resume to Human Resources at Select-Arc, Inc., 600 Enterprise Dr., P.O. Box 259, Fort Loramie, OH. 45845. Fax (888) 511-5217. E-mail No phone calls please. Select-Arc, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 2350431

PRODUCTION WORKERS KTH Parts Industries, Inc., a quality oriented manufacturer of stamped and welded auto parts, located in St. Paris, Ohio has immediate openings for second shift Production Associates. The successful candidate must have a good work history and be able to work overtime—including Saturdays. KTH Parts offers a very attractive benefit package, competitive wage, and a team oriented manufacturing environment, including: I Starting wage of $14.97/hr. plus shift differential I Pay increases every 6 months over the next two years I Health care (Rx card), dental, and vision coverage I Defined benefit retirement plan I 401(k) plan I Perfect attendance bonuses (quarterly) I Paid holidays, vacations, and shut-downs Qualified candidates should send a resume to:

P.O. Box 940 St. Paris, OH 43072 Attn: Production Recruiter Or Email: KTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Saturday, December 22, 2012


400 - Real Estate

800 - Transportation

545 Firewood/Fuel

577 Miscellaneous

577 Miscellaneous

HARDWOOD, Seasoned hardwood for sale. $125 a cord. Will deliver. (937)301-7237

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT Ab circle, $150 (NEW!) and A-frame, $40. (937)497-1018

WANTED! Need money? I buy guns, gold and silver coins. Fair prices. (937)698-6362

SEASONED FIREWOOD $150 per cord. Stacking extra, $120 you pick up. Taylor Tree Service available, (937)753-1047

577 Miscellaneous

GOOD STUFF Cheap for Christmas, Lead Crystal Compote, plus and others; oil painting 32x27; new and used- mens Burberry coat, London Fog jacket, all weather, silk and cashmere scarves; womens cardigan and pullover pure wool sweaters, Lambskin short coat; Beautiful China 10 place settings plus; William Rogers silverware 12 place settings plus, Swiss blue Topaz AAA necklace 8.5 ct, earrings 2.5 ct. each, all items fraction of retail, details, pricing, appointment, cell (937)497-1929 evening or later

545 Firewood/Fuel

AIR COMPRESSOR, Craftsman, 5 HP, 25 gal. tank, very good condition, $195 (937)773-4016

LEATHER JACKET, Cleveland Browns, size XXL, $250. Serious inquiries only, (937)339-4608.

FIREWOOD, $125 a cord pick up, $150 a cord delivered, $175 a cord delivered and stacked (937)308-6334 or (937)719-3237

ARC WELDER, Sears 230 amp electric, new helmet, works good, $125 (937)552-7752

LONGABERGER BASKETS, Boyd's Bears, purses, dresses, leather jackets, Bratz dolls, lamps, remote control car, clocks, (937)773-9025

For Sale 425 Houses for Sale PIQUA, 410 Cleveland Street, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, single family, 1116 sq.ft. Fenced yard, owner financing or cash discount! $1000 down, $289 month, (803)978-1539, (803)978-1607.

500 - Merchandise

560 Home Furnishings BEDROOM SETS (2), foosball table, love seat, 1 wool rug 8x10, and more call for price and details (937)332-9176 SOFA & LOVESEAT, like new. Call in mornings or email, $650, (937)308-8687.

510 Appliances WASHER/DRYER, na, light use, (937)773-4016


FIREWOOD, All hardwood, $150 per cord delivered or $120 you pick up, (937)726-2780. FIREWOOD for sale. All seasoned hardwood, $150 per cord split/ delivered, $120 you pick up. ( 9 3 7 ) 8 4 4 - 3 7 5 6 (937)844-3879 FIREWOOD, split, seasoned, delivered (local) $145 cord, $75 half. (937)559-6623. Thank you & happy holidays.

BERNINA sewing machine, good condition, make offer (937)251-9643 BICYCLE, New Womens Mongoose 24inch, 18 speed, make good Christmas present, Paid $135 and $23 for new seat, $75 firm, (937)606-2345 DOLLS, Cabbage Patch, Real Babies, Bratz, Barbies, My Size Barbie, doll furniture, Boyd and Care Bears, TY Buddies, animated Santa Claus and phones, movies, more, (937)339-4233

RIFLE, Winchester Model 94 SE, large loop lever, 30-30, 1987, never been fired, original box, saddle model. Barrels only 16". $600. (937)698-6362 SOFA BED, Serta, print, like new, Washer & Dryer, Homedic heated massager, used $75, (937)308-4986

Floral $350, $75, back twice,

STOVE TOP Frigidaire ceramic stove top, white $200. (937)698-6362

WHEELCHAIR, Manual, supports up to 600 lbs. $350. (937)698-6362

583 Pets and Supplies CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES born November 7th. 1 male, 3 females. $100 each. (937)489-1866 PUPPIES, Bishon Frise, Miniature Poodle, YorkiePoo, Morkie, males $275, (419)925-4339 WEIMARANER PUPPY AKC, 8 weeks old, vet checked, tails, nails and have been wormed. First shots, ready for good homes. (1) Blue, (2) Silvers, (3) females, Parents on premises. $600. (937)658-0045 YORKIE-POO PUPPIES. 1 female, 3 males. Small, non-shedding pups. Will be ready January 10th. Taking deposits now. $250, (419)582-4211.

592 Wanted to Buy CASH, top dollar paid! Junk cars/ trucks, running/ non-running. I will pick up. (937)719-3088, (937)270-2649

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805 Auto 1989 FORD VAN club wagon, good condition, new parts, runs good, $1600 OBO (937)552-7752 1993 HONDA Accord, 2 door beige sporty coupe, runs and shifts smoothly, automatic, $1500 (937)552-9986 1994 JEEP Wrangler, 4x4, nice, clean, mostly redone, low miles, great on gas, 4 cycle, 5 speed manual, $4500 OBO cash only, no trades (937)776-9789 (Piqua) 1996 HONDA ACCORD LX Manual transmission, 156,000 miles. $2950. Call (937)214-2373 1998 DODGE DAKOTA, well maintained, low mileage per year, $3750 OBO (937)773-4016

895 Vans/Minivans 2002 DODGE Grand Caravan Sport, 186k Miles, $2850, (937)214-5798

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WE PAY cash for your old toys, antiques, and collectibles! Star Wars, GI Joes, Magic the Gathering postcards, pre-1980's comics, much more, (937)606-0405.

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600 - Services

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615 Business Services

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660 Home Services • Carpet • Upholstery • Auto & More! Water Damage Restoration Specialist

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CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Approved) Approval of the minutes from the December 4, 2012 Regular City Commission Meeting RES. NO. R-151-12 (Adopted) A Resolution accepting the resignation of Jean Franz as a member of the Planning Commission OLD BUSINESS ORD. NO. 25-12 (3rd Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance repealing Schedule A of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code and adopting a new Schedule A of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code, relating to wages of certain municipal employees ORD. NO. 26-12 (3rd Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance repealing Schedule A-1 of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code and adopting a new Schedule A-1 of Chapter 33 of the Piqua Code, relating to wages of certain municipal employees ORD. NO. 27-12 (3rd Reading) (Adopted) An Ordinance repealing existing Chapter 33.08 – Insurance and enacting a new Chapter 33.08 of the Piqua Code, relating to employee policy ORD. NO. 28-12 (3rd Reading) (Adopted) An amended Ordinance to make appropriations for the City of Piqua, Ohio for the year 2013 NEW BUSINESS ORD. NO. 29-12 (1st Reading) (Adopted) An Emergency Ordinance to make Appropriations for the City of Piqua, Ohio for the year 2012 ORD. NO. 30-12 (1st Reading) (Given 1st Reading 12-18-2012) An Ordinance to vacate a portion of public right-of-way RES. NO. R-152-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing a purchase order to Nelson Tree Service, Incorporated for electric power line clearance RES. NO. R-153-12 (Adopted) A Resolution retaining the services of Cooperative Response Center, Inc. to provide professional Customer call answering and dispatch services for the Power System RES. NO. R-154-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for City Membership to American Municipal Power, Inc. RES. NO. R-155-12 (Adopted) A Resolution retaining the services of Sawvel and Associates to provide professional consulting and Engineering services for the Power System RES. NO. R-156-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Purchasing Agent to purchase #2 fuel oil on the open and spot market RES. NO. R-157-12 (Tabled until February 5, 2013 Meeting) A Resolution approving a contract with EFACEC ACS INC. to design, install and maintain a fiber optic Network for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) connectivity to electric substations, electrical switch and other municipal sites RES. NO. R-158-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to accept and enter into a water pollution control loan fund agreement for borrowing $3,345,100 on behalf of the City of Piqua for planning, design and/or construction of Wastewater Facilities; and designating a dedicated repayment source for the loan RES. NO. R-159-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing transfers of cash from the General Fund to the other funds for the Fiscal Year 2012 RES. NO. R-160-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing transfers of cash from the General Fund to the other funds for the Fiscal Year 2013 RES. NO. R-161-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with amendment with Burgess and Niple, Inc. for the management, oversight and preparation of the no further action letter for the environmental remediation and demolition of the Piqua Memorial Medical Center site at a cost not to exceed $231,154 and authorizing Burgess and Niple, Inc. to proceed with the project RES. NO. R-162-12 (Adopted) A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with amendment with Evans Landscaping, Inc. for the environmental remediation and demolition of the Piqua Memorial Medical Center site at a cost not to exceed $1,768,736 and authorizing Evans Landscaping, Inc. to proceed with the project RES. NO. R-163-12 (Adopted) A Resolution for the sale of Parcels Noʼs. N44-011205, N44-011206, N44-011207, N44-011208, N44-011209, N44-011211, N44-011212, N44-011213, N44-011214, and N44-011215 known as 624 Park Ave., Piqua, OH 12/22/2012


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


Piqua Daily Call •

INSIDE ■ Lady Buccs lose close one, page 15. ■ Playoffs start Sunday for Bengals, page 16.


IN BRIEF ■ Basketball

Ryan bowls well

Boys games postponed A number of high school boys basketball games were postponed because of the weather Friday night. Bradford will now host Mississinawa Valley on Feb. 12, while Newton will travel to Arcanum on Jan. 22. Also posponed Friday were Covington at Miami East, Russia at Fairlawn and Versailles at Lehman Catholic.

Lady Indians drop match Miamisburg defeated the Piqua girls bowling team Monday night at Poelking South 2 0 7 6 1900, Hayley Ryan had an impressive 415 s e r i e s RYAN w i t h games of 205 and 210. Shae Doll rebounded from a 113 opening game with a 203. Haley Huebner had a 285 series (134-151). and Piqua had Baker games of 165 and 135.

Piqua girls lose to Wayne The Piqua seventh grade girls basketball team lost to Wayne 32-30 Thursday. Kelsey Magoteaux had a big game for Piqua with 15 points and Grace Jennings added eight. The Lady Indians are now 6-2 on the season. Piqua plays at Springfield Jan. 8. PIQUA SCORING Magoteaux 15, Jennings 8, Williams 4, Schaffner 2, Brown 1.

Buccs win tri-match

■ Baseball

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Piqua’s Ryan Hughes drives to the basket against Sidney’s Jalen Herd Friday night.

Piqua can’t stop Jackets Sidney gets past Indians 88-77 in GWOC North action BY ROB KISER Sports Editor

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out giving up 54 points in the second half and 88 for the game was not going to be a winning formula for the Piqua boys basketball team Friday night against Sidney at Garbry Gymnasium. But, what concerned Piqua coach Heath Butler more was the way Sidney reached that point total. The taller Indians were outrebounded 34-33, with ■ Golf many of those being offensive rebounds for the Jackets that extended possessions — instead of being defensive stops for Piqua. HOUSTON (AP) — “I think a big part of the Rory McIlroy is the near defense was the offensive unanimous choice as the rebounds we gave up,” best male player by the Butler said. “That just Golf Writers Association of shows you how big the reAmerica. bounding is. The other McIlroy received 190 out night, we dominated the of the 194 votes cast by boards (41-20 against GWAA members. Stebbins). Three votes went to “Tonight, the stats are FedEx Cup champion going to reflect something Brandt Snedeker, and the different.” other went to Tiger Woods. It was a game of runs by both teams. STUMPER Piqua rallied from an eight-point deficit in the first half to lead 35-34 at the break after Eric Beigel hit three straight from beWhen the hind the arc in the openNew York Jets ing quarter for Sidney. drafted Mark “The Beigel kid came Sanchez, what team did out and hit some big shots they trade for them,” Butler said. with to aquire The Indians led much of that pick? the third quarter, going up 53-48 late in the third quarter after two baskets by Ryan Hughes and one by Xavier Harrison. But, when Tyree Manley went the length of the QUOTED court to close the third quarter it was tied at 55 “Honestly, I'm a and Sidney outscored Jet. That's all I've Piqua 19-8 in the first 3:31 of the fourth quarter to known." lead 74-63 and take control of the game for good. —Mark Sanchez Manley and Lorenzo on his future Taborn hit consecutive in the run. with the Jets threes “I think at one point we

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Xavier Harrison makes a move to the basket against Sidney Friday night. had a five-point lead at the ball,” Butler said. “Again, that is one of those things when you have a young team that hasn’t played with the lead a lot.” During that stretch, Sidney was able to get layups on four inbound plays from under their own basket. “That is just recognition,” Butler said. “That just shows you can’t go to sleep out there. I’ll take the blame for that. I probably should have called timeout after the first one and gotten that straightened out.” One positive note for Piqua was the breakout offensive games from Harrison and Tate Honeycutt. Harrison, a junior, scored 18 points and Honeycutt, a sophomore, added 15. “They both had good games,” Butler said. “They

kept us in the game. “That just shows you the kind of balance we can have.” Colton Bachman had 17 points and seven rebounds and Hughes had a doubledouble with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Manley had another big game for the Jackets with 30 points and eight rebounds, while Beigel finished with 20 points. The Jackets also put four players in double figures. Conner Echols had 13 points and six rebounds and Taborn scored 11 points. Piqua was 27 of 69 from the floor for 39 percent and 16 of 23 from the line for 70 percent. Sidney was 32 of 58 from the floor for 55 percent and 16 of 26 from the line for 62 percent. Piqua had 10 turnovers

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to the Jackets 15. Brandon Hohlbein scored 11 points for the Piqua JVs in a 53-45 loss to Sidney. Now, after another learning experience for a relatively young team, the Indians will host the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic, beginning Thursday. Piqua will play Covington in the opening round at 8:30 p.m. BOXSCORE Sidney (88) James Daniel 2-2-6, Tyree Manley 10-730,Lorenzo Taborn 5-0-11, Jalen Herd 1-02, Connor Echols 5-3-13, Eric Beigel 7-2-20, Preston Heath 0-2-2, Jacob Davis 0-0-0, Scott Stewart 2-0-4, Zach Scott 0-00. Totals: 32-16-88. Piqua (77) Tate Honeycutt 4-5-15, Luke Karn 2-0-5, Erik Vondenhuevel 0-1-1, Ryan Hughes 51-11, Josh Holfinger 3-2-8, Colton Bachman 6-3-17, Xavier Harrison 6-4-18, Daniel Monnin 1-0-2. Totals: 27-16-77. 3-point field goals — Sidney: Manley (3), Taborn, Beigel (4). Piqua: Honeycutt (2), Karn, Bachman (2), Harrison (2). Score By Quarters Sidney 23 34 55 88 Piqua 13 35 55 77 Records: Piqua 1-6 (0-2), Sidney 1-6 (11). Reserve score: Sidney 53, Piqua 45.

Covington wrestlers improve to 12-1 MECHANICSBURG — The Covington High School wrestling team traveled to Mechanicsburg on Thursday night to face the Indians along with Brookville. The team put in a solid winning performance, both duals to extend their overall record to 12-1 this season. The Buccs opened with a 52-27 victory over Mechanicsburg. Ryan Ford (126), Jake Sowers (170), A.J. Ouellette (182), Justin Daniel (195), Brian Olson (220) and Jordan Wolfe (285) each earned wins by pin, while Cole Smith (152) picked up a major decision victory and Connor Ryan (106) and Michael Cox (113) each earned forfeits. Daniel Jennings (145) fell to state finalist Austin Reese, while Kyler Deeter (160) dropped a tight 2-1 decision in a battle of state placers with Mechanicsburg’s Max Erwin – the no. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at 160 pounds in Division III. Brandon Magee (170) and Alex Fries (182) also earned wins by pin for the Buccs. Covington continued to roll with a convincing 4621 win over Brookville. Picking up pins for the team were Ryan Ford (126), Kyler Deeter (160) and Jake Sowers (170), while Cole Smith (152) earned a major decision victory. Daniel Jennings (145) picked up a solid 11-6 victory over district qualifier Marcus Hummel, while Connor Ryan (106) came from behind for a gritty 87 victory over Jeremy Behnken. Michael Cox (113), Justin Daniel (195) and Brian Olson (220) picked up forfeits, while Brandon Magee (170) and Alex Fries (182) each finished with pins for Covington. ■ Covington’s Jr. High squad also wrestled well at the meet. Going 2-0 for the Buccs were Jared Ford (92), Nick Risner (98) and Josh Sowers (116). Joseph Thomas (104, 1 pin), Joey Schmelzer (110) See BUCCS/Page 15


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Putting scare into Patriots Lady Buccs lose close one BY BEN ROBINSON NEW MADISON — It may sound odd, but the Covington Lady Buccs walked off the court winners Thursday night despite falling short on the scoreboard at Tri- Village, 49-45. Sure, the kids may not feel that way and yes, it goes in the history books as a loss, but for Covington, it was a win because of the way this young group of kids played the game — with all heart and determination against a team that reached the state finalfour a year ago. Plus, Tri-Village entered the game unbeaten at 7-0. "It's always our goal to win, and we came over here expecting to win, but our kids should feel proud of themselves because of the way they played," said Covington coach Gene Gooding. "Our girls left it all on the court tonight and I couldn't be more proud of them for that." And it was junior Jackie Siefring who set the tone in the first half by dominating inside the paint, leading Covington to a 2220 advantage at the half. But it was a 20-point third quarter by Tri-Village that put the home team in the driver's seat with one quarter of play,

40-35. "Give them credit, they still have a lot of athletes (from last year)," said Gooding. "Sure, they lost the Linkous girl, but they have a lot back. It seems like they've been blowing everybody out. They're good." And by all indications, so is this young Covington team because it didn't go down without a fight — ouscoring Tri-Village 10-9 in the final frame "The girls played as hard as they possibly could," Gooding explained. "We had an incredible week of practice and it carried over to the game." Still, it wasn't enough to catch Tri-Village on he scoreboard as Covington suffered its second loss of the season by just four points. "They (Tri-Village) has scored 97 and 102 points in their last two games and we held them to 49," Gooding said. "Our defense kept us in the game. All of the girls played heir hearts out tonight." Jackie Siefring and Heidi Snipes led Covington with 10 points each, while Brittanie Flora, Cassidy Cain and Jessie Crowell scored 7 points each. The Lady Buccs drop to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the CCC. Covington hosts rival Newton tonight.

East handles Lady Indians Versailles stays perfect PLEASANT HILL — The Miami East Vikings may have shared opportunities well between themselves, but they didn't give Newton many at all. All in preparation for a game Miami East has been waiting almost a year for. The Vikings held the Indians scoreless in the first quarter and to only five field goals in the entire game, all while recording 25 assists on 26 baskets of their own in a 64-13 Cross County Conference victory Thursday. "We were applying enough defensive pressure to where if they got off a shot, it was a forced shot," Miami East coach Preston Elifritz said. "And we shared the basketball very well. We had some silly turnovers, but on the other hand, we were being aggressive." Abby Cash led the Vikings with 15 points and six assists, Trina Current had 12 points and five assists and Renee DeFord scored 10 points off the bench. Allison Wise led the Indians with four points. Miami East travels to Anna today in a rematch of last season's Division III regional championship game.

Lady Roaders win BRADFORD — The Bradford girls basketball team defeated Twin Valley South in Cross County Conference action 41-36 Thursday night. Brooke Dunlevy led the Lady Railroaders with 12 points and Michayla Barga added eight.

Raiders edge Cats RUSSIA — Russia edged Houston 40-34 in the third County game of the night Thursday. Russia goes to 4-2 in the County and 5-4 overall. Houston drops to 2-4 and 3-7. Russia opened up a 2412 lead after two quarters and still led by nine after three. Ashley Borchers led the Lady Raiders with 15 and Kylie Wilson finished with 12. Kortney Phipps and Macy Stang had eight each for Houston.

Buccs Continued from page 14 and Levi Brown (134, 1 pin) each went 1-1, while Luke Grieshop picked up a pin for the team. Deron White also finished 1-1, dropping one of his matches to a two-time JH state champ. Also competing for the Buccs were Izaiah Brandon (86) and Ross Bowman (122). The High School varsity


NFL Standings National Football League All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East y-N. England N.Y. Jets Miami Buffalo South y-Houston Indianapolis Tennessee Jacksonville North x-Baltimore Cincinnati Pittsburgh Cleveland West y-Denver San Diego Oakland Kansas City

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W L T Pct y-Atlanta 12 2 0 .857 8 0 .429 New Orleans 6 Tampa Bay 6 8 0 .429 Carolina 5 9 0 .357 North W L T Pct y-Green Bay 10 4 0 .714 8 6 0 .571 Minnesota Chicago 8 6 0 .571 Detroit 4 10 0 .286 West W L T Pct x-S. Francisco 10 3 1 .750 9 5 0 .643 Seattle St. Louis 6 7 1 .464 Arizona 5 9 0 .357 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Saturday, Dec. 22 Atlanta at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 Tennessee at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 1 p.m. Oakland at Carolina, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. New England at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

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NFL Playoff Scenarios AFC CLINCHED: New England, AFC East; Houston, AFC South; Denver, AFC West; Baltimore, playoff spot HOUSTON (vs. Minnesota) Clinches first-round bye with: — Win or tie, or — New England loss or tie, or — Denver loss Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: — Win, or — Tie AND Denver loss or tie, or — New England loss or tie AND Denver loss DENVER (vs. Cleveland) Clinches first-round bye with: — Win AND New England loss or tie, or — Tie AND New England loss BALTIMORE (vs. N.Y. Giants) Clinches AFC North with: — Win, or — Tie AND Cincinnati loss or tie INDIANAPOLIS (at Kansas City) Clinches playoff spot with: — Win or tie, or — Clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Cincinnati, or — Pittsburgh loss or tie CINCINNATI (at Pittsburgh) Clinches playoff spot with: — Win NFC CLINCHED: Green Bay, NFC North; Atlanta, NFC South; San Francisco, playoff spot ATLANTA (at Detroit) Clinches first-round bye with: — Win or tie, or — Green Bay loss or tie, or — San Francisco loss Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with: — Win, or — Tie AND San Francisco loss or tie, or — Green Bay loss or tie AND San Francisco loss SAN FRANCISCO (at Seattle) Clinches NFC West with: — Win or tie Clinches first-round bye with: — Win AND Green Bay loss or tie, or — Tie AND Green Bay loss WASHINGTON (at Philadelphia) Clinches a playoff spot with: — Win AND N.Y. Giants loss AND Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss SEATTLE (vs. San Francisco) Clinches playoff spot with: — win, or — Tie AND N.Y. Giants loss AND Chicago loss or tie, or — Tie AND N.Y. Giants loss AND Minnesota loss or tie, or — Tie AND Chicago loss or tie AND Minnesota loss or tie, or — Tie AND Dallas loss AND Washington loss AND Chicago loss or tie, or — Tie AND Dallas loss AND Washington loss AND Minnesota loss or tie, or — Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss AND Washington loss, or — Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss AND Dallas loss or tie AND Washington tie NEW YORK GIANTS (at Baltimore) Clinches playoff spot with: — Win AND Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss AND Dallas loss AND Washington loss or tie, or — Win AND Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss AND Washington loss AND Dallas tie

Bowl Glance competes next at the 52team Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association (GMVWA) Holiday tournament at the NutterCenter on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28-29, while the JV team travels to Versailles on Saturday. The JH team is also wrestling this Saturday – at the Tipp City HolidayInvitational.


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Tigers beat Minster VERSAILLES — The Versailles girls basketball team scored the final 10 points in a MAC showdown with Minster Thursday night to win 46-36. Christa Puthoff scored 11 points, Emily Harman had 10 and Kayla McEldowney added eight.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

College Football FBS Bowl Glance Subject to Change All Times EST Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Arizona 49, Nevada 48 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Utah State 41, Toledo 15 Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego BYU 23, San Diego State 6 Friday, Dec. 21 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ball State (9-3) vs. UCF (9-4)

Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-4), Noon (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Washington Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2), 3 p.m. (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4), 9:45 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Arizona State (7-5) vs. Navy (7-4), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2) Pinstripe Bowl At New York Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas (8-4) vs. Orgeon State (9-3), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State (6-6) vs. TCU (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. N.C. State (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (6-7) vs. Southern Cal (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta LSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Orange Bowl At Miami Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State (11-1) vs. Oregon (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Mississippi (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 6 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Miami Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, TBA (NFLN)


NBA Standings National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB 19 6 .760 — New York Boston 13 12 .520 6 Brooklyn 13 12 .520 6 12 14 .462 7½ Philadelphia Toronto 8 19 .296 12 Southeast Division L Pct GB W Miami 17 6 .739 — Atlanta 15 8 .652 2 12 13 .480 6 Orlando Charlotte 7 18 .280 11 Washington 3 20 .130 14 Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 14 10 .583 — 13 11 .542 1 Milwaukee Indiana 14 12 .538 1 Detroit 7 21 .250 9 Cleveland 5 22 .185 10½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Memphis 17 6 .739 San Antonio 19 8 .704 Houston 13 12 .520 Dallas 12 14 .462 New Orleans 5 20 .200 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 21 5 .808 Minnesota 13 11 .542 Denver 14 13 .519 Utah 14 13 .519 Portland 12 12 .500 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 19 6 .760 Golden State 17 9 .654 L.A. Lakers 12 14 .462 Phoenix 11 15 .423 Sacramento 8 17 .320 Thursday's Games Minnesota 99, Oklahoma City 93 Miami 110, Dallas 95 Portland 101, Denver 93 Friday's Games Atlanta at Philadelphia Orlando at Toronto Milwaukee at Boston Chicago at New York Indiana at Cleveland Washington at Detroit Dallas at Memphis. New Orleans at San Antonio Charlotte at Golden State Sacramento at L.A. Clippers Saturday's Games Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Detroit at Washington, 7 p.m. Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. Indiana at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Denver, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.

GB — — 5 6½ 13 GB — 7 7½ 7½ 8 GB — 2½ 7½ 8½ 11

L.A. Lakers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Sunday's Games Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 3 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 5 p.m. Utah at Orlando, 6 p.m. Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

Men’s Schedule Men’s College Basketball Schedule Saturday, Dec. 22 EAST American U. at Georgetown, Noon Temple vs. Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, Noon Cornell at Boston U., 1 p.m. Dartmouth at Bryant, 1 p.m. Providence at Boston College, 2 p.m. Holy Cross at Harvard, 2 p.m. Sacred Heart at La Salle, 2 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Maine, 2 p.m. CCNY at NJIT, 2 p.m. N. Kentucky at Navy, 2 p.m. Georgia St. at Rhode Island, 2 p.m. Fairfield at Saint Joseph's, 2 p.m. Colgate at St. Francis (NY), 2 p.m. Loyola of Chicago at St. Peter's, 2 p.m. East Carolina at UMass, 2 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at Vermont, 2 p.m. VMI at George Washington, 3 p.m. Tulane vs. Hofstra at the Barclays Center, 3 p.m. Marist at Hartford, 3:30 p.m. Elon at Columbia, 4 p.m. Radford at West Virginia, 4 p.m. South Carolina vs. Manhattan at the Barclays Center, 5:30 p.m. Villanova at Monmouth (NJ), 7 p.m. Bucknell at Princeton, 7 p.m. Davidson at Drexel, 8 p.m. LIU Brooklyn vs. Seton Hall at the Barclays Center, 8 p.m. SOUTH Coastal Carolina at Coll. of Charleston, Noon McNeese St. at North Carolina, Noon Southern Cal at Georgia, 1:30 p.m. Mercer at Alabama, 2 p.m. Presbyterian at Appalachian St., 2 p.m. Florida St. vs. Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C., 2 p.m. Wake Forest at UNC Greensboro, 2:30 p.m. Richmond vs. George Mason at Richmond Coliseum, 3 p.m. Furman at Jacksonville, 3 p.m. Cent. Arkansas vs. Mississippi St. at Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Miss., 3 p.m. St. Bonaventure at NC State, 3 p.m. UALR at South Alabama, 3:05 p.m. The Citadel at Georgia Tech, 4 p.m. Marshall at Kentucky, 4 p.m. Spalding at Gardner-Webb, 4:30 p.m. Virginia vs. Old Dominion at Richmond Coliseum, 5:30 p.m. Winthrop at Auburn, 8 p.m. Duquesne at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. W. Kentucky vs. Louisville at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn., 9:30 p.m. Arizona at ETSU, 10:30 p.m. MIDWEST Murray St. at Dayton, Noon Coppin St. at Iowa, 1:05 p.m. SE Missouri at UMKC, 1:05 p.m. Ill.-Chicago at Miami (Ohio), 1:30 p.m. Evansville at Butler, 2 p.m. UMBC at DePaul, 2 p.m. Oakland at E. Michigan, 2 p.m. LSU at Marquette, 2 p.m. Texas at Michigan St., 2 p.m. Md.-Eastern Shore at Ohio, 2 p.m. Mount St. Mary's at W. Michigan, 2 p.m. Wofford at Xavier, 2 p.m. Purdue-Calumet at Valparaiso, 2:35 p.m. Austin Peay at Illinois St., 3 p.m. Saint Mary's (Cal) at N. Iowa, 3 p.m. E. Illinois at Drake, 3:05 p.m. Loyola Marymount at Saint Louis, 3:30 p.m. Wright St. at Cincinnati, 4 p.m. Mississippi at Indiana St., 4 p.m. Kansas at Ohio St., 4 p.m. Illinois vs. Missouri at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 6 p.m. Arkansas St. at Kent St., 7 p.m. Lafayette at Minnesota, 7 p.m. South Dakota at Green Bay, 8 p.m. Florida vs. Kansas St. at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 8 p.m. Southern Miss. vs. Wichita St. at Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan., 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Wisconsin, 9:15 p.m. Cent. Michigan at Nebraska, 11 p.m. SOUTHWEST Tennessee Tech at Oklahoma St., 1 p.m. Arizona St. at Texas Tech, 2 p.m. Tulsa at Oral Roberts, 3 p.m. Chicago St. at Houston, 4 p.m. Southern U. at Texas A&M, 4 p.m. Alabama A&M at Arkansas, 8 p.m. TCU at Rice, 8 p.m. FIU at Texas Southern, 8 p.m. Nebraska-Omaha at Texas-Pan American, 8 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at UTEP, 9 p.m. FAR WEST S. Dakota St. at New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. MVSU vs. Georgia Southern at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 3 p.m. Houston Baptist at Oregon, 3 p.m. Air Force at UC Riverside, 4 p.m. Prairie View at California, 5 p.m. Idaho St. at E. Washington, 5:05 p.m. North Florida vs. CS Bakersfield at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 5:30 p.m. San Diego St. at San Francisco, 6 p.m. NC Central at Utah Valley, 6:05 p.m. N. Illinois at Washington, 7 p.m. Nicholls St. vs. UC Davis at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah, 7:30 p.m. Bradley vs. Virginia Tech at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 8 p.m. Missouri St. at New Mexico St., 9 p.m. San Diego vs. Oregon St. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 9 p.m. Campbell at Seattle, 10 p.m. Canisius at UNLV, 10 p.m. S. Illinois at Utah St., 10:05 p.m. Colorado St. vs. Portland at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m. Weber St. at Portland St., 10:35 p.m. Fresno St. at UCLA, 11 p.m. San Jose St. vs. James Madison at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m. TOURNAMENTS Cable Car Classic At Santa Clara, Calif. Third Place, 9 p.m. Championship, 11:15 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic At Honolulu First Round Mississippi vs. Indiana St., 4 p.m. San Diego St. vs. San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. Arizona vs. ETSU, 10:30 p.m. Miami at Hawaii, 1 a.m. Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational At El Paso, Texas First Round Ark.-Pine Bluff at UTEP, 8:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Cent. Michigan, 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 EAST New Hampshire at Penn St., 11 a.m. Siena at Fordham, Noon Norfolk St. at Iona, 2 p.m. Kennesaw St. at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. SOUTH SC State at Clemson, 2 p.m. MIDWEST Brown at Northwestern, 1:30 p.m. Cleveland St. at Akron, 2 p.m. IUPUI at Ball St., 2 p.m. FAR WEST MVSU-Georgia Southern loser vs. CSU BakersfieldNorth Florida loser at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 3:45 p.m. New Orleans vs. Boise St. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 4 p.m. MVSU-Georgia Southern winner vs. CSU BakersfieldNorth Florida winner at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 6:15 p.m. James Madison vs. San Diego at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, 6:30 p.m. Virginia Tech-Bradley loser vs. Colorado St.-Portland loser at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 9 p.m. Virginia Tech-Bradley winner vs. Colorado St.-Portland winner at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m. TOURNAMENTS Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic At Honolulu Semifinals Mississippi-Indiana St. winner vs. San Diego St.-San Francisco winner, 5:30 p.m. Arizona-ETSU winner vs. Miami-Hawaii winner, 11:30 p.m. Consolation Bracket Mississippi-Indiana St. loser vs. San Diego St.-San Francisco loser, 3 p.m. Arizona-ETSU loser vs. Miami-Hawaii loser, 9 p.m. Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational At El Paso, Texas Championship, 7 p.m. Third Place, 9 p.m.



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Manning awaits battered Browns Cleveland â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; depleted by injury BEREA (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Preparing to play Peyton Manning was challenging enough for the Cleveland Browns even before losing three more starters. Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, tight end Jordan Cameron and defensive back Tashaun Gipson will not travel to Denver to play the Broncos (11-3). With playoff hopes dashed and a losing season assured, the Browns (5-9) will try to halt Denver's nine-game winning streak. Going in with a depleted defense isn't the best way. "It's definitely not what you hope for, but it seems like it's been that way all year," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. "We lost Chris (Gocong) and Scott (Fujita) early and stuff piles up. Some of these young guys have played here and there and now they will get a full test. We believe in them." But how much faith is reasonable against the top-rated quarterback in the AFC this year. The big year has brought Manning's career totals to 152 wins, 430 touchdowns and nearly 59,000 yards passing. "You don't sleep well the night before," veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown said. "You have to understand you are going to give up plays against him. You've got to make sure you make the tackles so you can live to see another down." A week ago, rookie Kirk Cousins shook off an early interception by Cleveland's T.J. Ward to lead Washington past the Browns in his first career start. Now, Ward and replacement Gipson along with linebacker starting James-Michael Johnson are out. Veteran cornerback Dmitri Patterson was released after the loss to Washington, too. "We've got to put together a plan," Shurmur had said earlier in the week before the injuries continued to mount. "We have to go play fast, aggressive." Eric Hagg will start at free safety, with Usama Young shifting to Ward's strong safety spot. Hagg had a season-high seven tackles in a win at Oakland on Dec. 2, but was inactive the past two weeks. "I think he's learned that he can play in this league," Shurmur said of Hagg, a seventh-round pick in 2011 from Nebraska. "He does a good job in

coverage. Anytime you play for a while and then you don't play, it gives you a little better view of it while you're watching it. I'm sure he's learned something as he's prepared." Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said preparing for the 36-year-old Manning can be frustrating. "He's effective against almost everything you do," Jauron said. "You will blitz. He reads it awfully quickly like he does most things in football. You've just got to keep mixing it up and then fight for 60 minutes and hope you can get some breaks. "There are very few teams that have any kind of record against him over the years. He doesn't win every one of them so we'll prepare and go out there and try to play our best game." Jackson said putting pressure on Manning would be best, though he pointed out that the Broncos' offensive line knows their primary project is protecting the future Hall of Famer. "He's not sacked that much because he gets rid of the ball so quickly," Jackson said. "All these years, his linemen know that if Peyton gets time, he's going to do damage." The Broncos are running better since Knowshon Moreno became the starter four weeks ago. He has averaged 97.8 yards on the ground since. His production keeps a defensive line from trying to tee off against Manning. "He's a good runner from the shotgun and he has a feel for finding a hole and he can break a tackle," Shurmur said. "He's a really good fit for them." Shurmur hopes that rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden can put together some long scoring drives to take the pressure off Cleveland's defense. "What's important is scoring points," Shurmur said. "It makes sense for their offense to not be on the field. I'll take it the other way. We can't have a whole bunch of three and outs." Shurmur said he hasn't looked past the Broncos or the final game in Pittsburgh, though finding a way to win either game wouldn't hurt his chances of coming back for a third year. "What we owe ourselves and each other is that you prepare as well as you can, you get hydrated, you get on the plane go out and play good football, and try to win."

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Andy Dalton and the Bengals can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Steelers Sunday.

Playoffs get early start Postseason on line for Bengals, Steelers PITTSBURGH (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants the league to consider expanding the playoffs. Consider the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals a litmus test. The official postseason doesn't start for another two weeks, but the AFC North rivals are getting an early start on Sunday in what amounts to an elimination game. The Steelers (7-7) need two wins to play into January while the Bengals (86) need at least one more victory to assure themselves a rare second straight playoff berth. Cincinnati hasn't made consecutive postseason appearances since 198182, or before all but five players on the current roster were even born. "We can't control the past," wide receiver A.J. Green said. Maybe, but the Bengals control the present. They've won five out of six â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only loss coming on a last-second field goal loss to Dallas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and can still capture the AFC North title with victories over the Steelers and Ravens and a little help. Heady territory for a franchise that has spent most of the last two decades serving as both a national punching bag for its two main rivals, though the Bengals are downplaying the chance to make a statement against teams considered part of the NFL's elite. "It's not as much about Pittsburgh as it is about

us," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "We've got an opportunity to go to the playoffs." Amazingly, the Steelers do too, despite their second-worst stretch in coach Mike Tomlin's six years on the job. Pittsburgh has dropped four of five, including baffling losses to Cleveland and San Diego. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been nursing a sprained shoulder and the nagging perception he and offensive coordinator Todd Haley won't be exchanging Christmas cards. Roethlisberger vented about the direction of the offense after a 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas last weekend, though he backtracked a few days later and Tomlin insisted his franchise cornerstone and his fiery coordinator are on the same page. Maybe, but the latest dust-up offered another chapter in an increasingly long series of melodramas that have evaporated the sense of optimism following a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 4 that appeared to cement the notion the Steelers were back after a slow start. Wide receiver Mike Wallace, in the midst of a contract season, was booed lustily after poor play against the Chargers, a loss running back Rashard Mendenhall didn't even bother to show up for after being made inactive. Tomlin suspended Mendenhall a game for conduct detrimental to the

team, though the mercurial back hardly seemed remorseful upon his return this week. Throw in the ongoing saga of Roethlisberger and Haley and it's no wonder things appear worse than they actually are in a place known for stability and sustained success. "I don't know what it is this year or what we've done to make people feel like everything we've done isn't football mistakes, it's off the field mistakes when that's not the case," Wallace said. "We feel like everybody is locked in." The Steelers don't really have a choice if they want to salvage their season. Pittsburgh has won five straight over Cincinnati â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a 24-17 win on Oct. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and 10 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2006. While cautioning they're not taking things for granted, playing and meaningful winning games in December is nothing new for the Steelers. Cincinnati, not so much. "I think that a lot of the guys in this locker room have 'been there before' and understand this is a playoff game for us," Roethlisberger said. "It does help us." Pittsburgh may need some help fending off a team that appears to be learning on the fly. The Bengals appeared out of it at the midway point, dropping to 3-5 after getting whipped by the Broncos on Nov. 11.








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Instead of folding, however, Cincinnati has flourished behind a defense that leads the league in sacks and a new attitude in the locker room that the status quo that's dogged the franchise for decades â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pockets of success surrounded by years of ineptitude â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is no longer acceptable. Coach Marvin Lewis challenged his young team to take responsibility for its actions, and the Bengals responded by not just winning games, but dominating them. Cincinnati's last five wins have come by an average of 18 points. "If we wanted to get to where we're at right now, we had to change some things," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "So we've played a lot better since then because we had to play a lot better." Something the Steelers haven't done much of lately. Save for a remarkable 23-20 victory in Baltimore three weeks ago behind backup quarterback Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh has been surprisingly dull the last six weeks, and the Steelers know time is running out. Then again, wasn't it just last year the Giants were 7-7 and floundering to make the playoffs? Less than two months later, they were Super Bowl champions. "We're upset with it but we still have a chance," Wallace said. "I like our team with our backs against the wall."