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February 22, 2014
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Weatherspotting seminar set
The Adams County Emergency Management Agency will sponsor the annual weather spotters training seminar at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Bellmont Middle School cafetorium. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the event is open to the public. Rick McCoy, director of the Van Wert County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be the featured speaker. McCoy has been director for the past 23 years and is considered an expert in the severe weather field. McCoy has appeared on The Weather Channel’s “Forecast Earth” and “Storm Stories,” and has been featured on National Geographic and the History Channel. McCoy has a meteorological background with Mississippi State University and also worked part-time for the CBS affiliate WANE TV15 in Fort Wayne as a weekend weather personality from 19952000. He is currently the Storm Ready chairman for EMA Directors in Ohio.
Preparing for the worst
And hoping for the best
By MIKE LAMM It’s just been that kind of winter for Adams County Emergency Management Agency Director John August. After several months of heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures, which kept his department extremely busy moving from one crisis to another caused by the winter weather, he is now preparing for the possibility of flooding in the local area, as temperatures rose to unseasonable levels this week. While the county had stored filled sandbags from previous flooding events for future use, August stated they had all frozen solid this winter and have since been put into use by the town of Monroe. However, county residents may come to two locations in the county to fill sandbags for their own personal use. Two truckloads of sand were delivered to the solid waste district transfer station at 3775 N. C.R. 200E earlier this week, where the public may now go to fill sandbags and use them on their own property at no cost, August said. “We’ve already had several people out there this morning,” he added, noting that while the facility is not heated, it is out of the elements, sheltering people from wind and rain. A second sandbagging site has also been set up behind the new Monroe fire station, August stated, while pointing out the location is out of doors. Bags and shovels are provided at both locations, with August adding interested residents might consider bringing their own shovels to ensure there are enough to accommodate everyone. Both sites are open to the public until 4
Adams County Solid Waste District transfer station employees Marvin Joseph, Supervisor Cary Oetting and Jeff Rambo filled sandbags this week in preparation for possible flooding some residents may experience. Photo by Mike Lamm
p.m. each day, August said. Should supplies of sand run low at either location, “we’ll get more sand,” he stated, adding “We have plenty of bags.” August indicated the information he has received does not equate to a major flooding event for either the St. Marys or Wabash rivers, since temperatures are expected to fall in coming days. “Everything I’ve heard says that river flooding should not be a problem,” he said. “More likely, individual property owners may experience flooding problems associated with drainage concerns were the water can’t get off their property,” August observed. The EMA director also expressed the hope that while considerable snow has fallen on the county
this year, the large piles that have resulted from snow removal efforts may actually prove advantageous. Since the mounds of frozen precipitation serve as their own insulation, they slow the melting process and conversely the amount of runoff draining into local waterways and ultimately contributing to flooding in the area.
Ag broadcaster to speak in VW Sunday
Orion Samuelson, the Agribusiness Director for Chicago’s WGN radio since 1960, will present an agricultural speaker/lecture program at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 S.R. 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. Samuelson, affectionately known by fans as “The Big O,” has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agri-business for his lifetime commitment to agriculture. He is considered by many as the most recognizable agricultural journalist in the industry, with more than 60 years experience of broadcasting. Tickets for the performance are currently on sale at $20 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at the box office or online at www.NPACVW.
Cost of new Decatur police station estimated at $825K
Mayor says no new taxes are necessary
By BOB SHRALUKA The City of Decatur’s twin projects to provide a new city hall in a nowunoccupied building and an all-new police station continue to move forward. At its Feb. 4 meeting, city council made several decisions on the renovation of the former First State Bank building downtown, and at this week’s meeting, Pyramid Architecture & Engineering of Indianapolis was hired to construct a new city police station. The separate projects will be funded through a $1.9 million bond issuance and, as Mayor John Schultz stressed again at Tuesday’s city council meeting, that process means no new taxes will be needed to complete the projects. The police station will cost “right in the neighborhood” of $825,000, the mayor said. The building will measure 86 feet by 56 feet, including a car port and a salley port (a controlled entrance). It will be a one-story structure, although with storage space at the top. It may also include a basement which could be used as
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IN COUNTY MERGED
By J SWYGART Abby Dyer was elected chairman of the Adams County Board of Elections Thursday, and former Berne Mayor John Minch joined the panel as its newest member. Minch was appointed by Adams County Democratic Party Chairman Barb Engle to fill a spot on the board formerly held by Geneva resident Alan Baumgartner, who died earlier this week. Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart is the third member of the board. Dyer’s tenure on the election board could be short-lived, pending the success of a family member in the upcoming election cycle. Her father-in-law, Ed Dyer, is a candidate for the clerk of courts seat and, if successful in the May primary and November general elections, Ed Dyer’s election would require his daughter-inlaw to resign from the board. By Indiana statute, the clerk serves as one of three members of the election board. Reinhart also said she believes state law prohibits Abby Dyer from working the polls during the May 6 primary, because her father-in-law is involved in a contested race that day. During more routine business at Thursday’s board meeting, the members agreed to combine some polling places for the primary election. By a 3-0 vote, the board agreed to merge several precincts into single polling places. New locations include Decatur 2, moved to the Knights of Columbus hall; Kirkland, now at Preble Fireman Park; and South Washington, now at Monroe United Methodist Church. Polling locations for the primary include: Berne A — Berne Nazarene Church, 604 N. Sprunger St. Berne B — Lehman Park pavilion, 212 Park Ave. Berne C — Swiss Village, 1350 W. Main St. Blue Creek — Mt. Hope Nazarene Church, 5005 E C.R. 500S Decatur 1 — North Adams administration office, 625 Stadium Dr. Decatur 2 — Knights of Columbus Hall, 1703 High St. Decatur 3 — Bridge Community Church, 1403 Winchester Road See POLLING, Page 2
The current police station on Third Street was built in the early 1960s when the department had approximately eight officers. It now has a staff of 17.
a storm shelter. The station will be built across Jefferson Street from the Decatur Fire Department building on city-owned land off Seventh Street. It will be constructed on the south end so as not to hamper any future plans to bring Madison Street through the city land. Madison Street currently is not connected between Seventh and Eighth streets. It has been estimated that the new police department could be completed in seven or eight months. Pyramid, Schultz pointed out, constructed the police station/EMS garage in Berne several years ago. “It’s time (to do this). The police have been very patient,” the mayor said. “It’s time to be moving forward,” Councilman Matt Dyer added. The current police station off Third Street was built in the early 1960s when the department had approximately eight officers. It now has 17, plus two other employees, all working out of the same building.
Closed-door session of AC board
The Adams Central Board of Education will meet in executive session at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss goals of the board.
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... Do cuckoo clocks drive you cuckoo or nuts? Themselves
Occasionally, I read about people who take a year or so off to find themselves. Hmmm, I wonder where they lost themselves. I never lost myself. Maybe it’s because I’m pretty good at finding myself…even when I’m not lost.
Number’s Up
In Roman times, July had 31 days and was named after Julius Caesar. When Augustus succeeded him, August was named in his honor, but it had just 30 days. In addition, at that time, February had 29. Now, since Augustus didn’t want Julius to one-up him, he took a day from February and added it to August which now also gave it 31 days. As for Julius, he didn’t have to worry anymore about the number of days, because his number was already up.  
Decatur 4 — Bridge Community Church, 1403 Winchester Road Decatur 5 — Cornerstone Church activity center, 909 E. Monroe St. East Root — Decatur Baptist Church, 8070 N. Piqua Road French — Berne Evangelical Church, 5481 S. C.R. 450W Geneva — Town hall Hartford — Berne Bridge Community Church, 1403 Winchester Road Jefferson — Mt. Hope Nazarene Church, 5005 E C.R. 500S Kirkland — Preble Fireman Park, 4073 W. U.S. 224 Monroe A — Monroe United Methodist Church, 201 S. Van Buren Monroe B — Monroe United Methodist Church, 201 S. Van Buren
N. Washington — Knights of Columbus Hall, 1703 High St., Decatur Preble —  Preble Fireman Park, 4073 W. U.S. 224 S. Monroe - Monroe United Methodist Church, 201 S. Van Buren S. Washington — Monroe United Methodist Church, 201 S. Van Buren St. Marys —  Township hall, Pleasant Mills Wabash — Lehman Park pavilion, 212 Park Ave. Berne W. Root — Decatur Baptist Church, 8070 N. Piqua Road, Decatur
In other business, board members discussed upcoming voter registration efforts at all three county high schools. The deadline for registration to vote in the May 6 primary is April 7. Reinhart said online registration is available at www.in.gov on the Secretary of State page.
GEOgRAPHY BEE WINNER CROWNED AT ST. JOE
A Geography Bee was held at St. Joseph Catholic School in Decatur Feb. 17. More than 40 students in grades 5-8 competed by answering questions covering topics such as U.S. geography and world facts. Seventhgrader David Noetzel, right, took top honors, with seventh-grader Nick Teeple finishing in the runner-up position. Photo provided
Blue Laws
Indiana is the only state where you can’t buy carryout beer, wine, or booze on Sunday. These laws, (blue laws), were started by the Puritans in the 1600s, who wanted to make sure everyone attended church on Sunday. The term “Blue” was a disparaging remark concerning their strict moral codes. Nowadays, is doesn’t seem like there are any moral codes and the only time Hoosiers are really blue, is when they get can’t get their booze on Sunday.  
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Elkhart woman sues for wrongful imprisonment
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman has filed a federal lawsuit against two police officers over the faulty fingerprint evidence that led to her spending eight years behind bars for the killing of a blind 94-yearold woman. Lana Canen of Elkhart was released from prison in 2012 when a judge overturned her murder conviction after experts determined that an Elkhart County sheriff’s detective had misidentified a fingerprint found in the slain woman’s apartment as one from Canen. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in South Bend claims Canen suffered false imprisonment because Det. Dennis Chapman wasn’t qualified to identify fingerprints and misled prosecutors. The suit blames the other officer for vouching for Chapman as a fingerprint analyst. Chapman’s attorney, Michael DeBoni, tells the South Bend Tribune his client didn’t intentionally violate Canen’s rights but that he had not yet closely reviewed the lawsuit. Canen was convicted in 2005 on murder charges in the Thanksgiving Day 2002 slaying of Helen Sailor in the Elkhart apartment building where they both lived. Canen maintains that she had nothing to do with killing Sailor. At her trial, prosecutors said she conspired with her co-defendant, Andrew Royer, to rob Sailor, and that Royer strangled the woman. Royer remains in a state prison under a 55-year sentence. Canen said that during her years in prison she missed her daughter’s wedding and her grandson grew from a toddler to a 10-year-old boy. ‘‘I’m trying to reconnect, get those relationships back,’’ she said. Canen lived with her mother for a time after her release, but now has her own apartment. She said she still wants compensation for the eight years she was imprisoned and for someone to take responsibility.
Commissioners meet Monday
The Adams County Commissioners have released the agenda for their next regular meeting, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Service Complex. Only the normal, weekly cast of county officials is slated to address commissioners, with Auditor Mary Beery first to appear at 1:30 a.m. followed by County Engineer Tim Barkey at 1:40 p.m., Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel at 1:55 p.m. and concluding with Building Maintenence Supervisor Dave Meyer at 2:05 p.m.
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NWS warns Hoosiers of flooding dangers
ing if you think rising water may cut off your access routes to and from home. On the road • Never attempt to cross a flooded road, even if it seems shallow. Water can conceal dips, or worse, flood waters can damage roadways, washing away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground. • Do not drive around barricades at water crossings. They are there to protect the public. Disregarding warning signs and attempting to cross flooded roads endangers everyone in the vehicle as well as the first responders who may need to come to the aid of those that are stranded. • Remember, just a few inches of moving water is enough to carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-up trucks. • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize high water danger. For more information on flooding and severe weather preparation, visit GetPrepared. in.gov.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be aware of the possibility of flooding in some areas of the state The National Weather Service said the combination of melting snow, rain, and a deeply frozen ground may cause flooding.  The NWS urges residents to make sure cell phones and other electronic devices are fully charged in case of a power outage. Be ready to take shelter in your home, place of work or other location if the need arises, preferably in the lowest level of a building away from windows and doors. If you live near bodies of water (ponds, rivers, streams, etc.) • Monitor local weather and river forecasts and keep an eye on any waterways along roads near your residence.  • Water levels can change rapidly and flooding can begin with little or no warning.  • Consider evacuating in advance of flood-
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Lawmakers spend service day reading to students
State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, along with House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis and fellow House legislators and staff recently joined students at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis to read to students as part of the bipartisan House service day. House members read children’s books to underprivileged kindergarten, first and second grade students at the community center, which is dedicated to supporting impoverished children in the fight against poverty. “A young Hoosier’s early years are a highly formative and influential time to lay a path for further their success,” Lehman said. “Many of the students at Shepherd Community Center come from low-income families that are less likely to receive a quality early education, which is why the work they are doing is not only admirable but critical,” Lehman concluded. A press release from Lehman’s office points out that “children living in poverty are more likely to be further behind their peers when they begin their K-12 education. These children are less likely to be enrolled in pre-K programs or have meaningful educational experiences prior to entering kindergarten.” The release went on to note that “a child in an impoverished family is read to an average of 25 hours before they
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State Rep. Matt Lehman reads to a student at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. Photo provided
start kindergarten, compared to an average of 1,000 hours for children in middle-class families.” “I am encouraged
Just like athletes, Olympic Indiana GOP punishes advertisers go for the gold outspoken Sen. Delph
NEW YORK (AP) — The pressure to win during the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nearly as intense for marketers as it is for the athletes themselves. Just like there are medals handed out during the Games, there are winners and losers in advertising. It’s a huge stage for marketers. Companies pay as much as $100 million for exclusive rights to sponsor Olympic teams, while others shell out tens of thousands hoping to score gold by backing individual athletes. The catch? Advertisers’ fates are often tied to external factors. There were a number of distractions this year due to controversy over security, gay rights laws and Olympic preparedness in Sochi. But fortunately for many U.S. sponsors, those things were overshadowed by the athletic prowess of nation’s Olympic athletes: The U.S. has won more medals than any country so far — good news for advertisers since experts say being associated with a medal winner is the easiest way to capture the goodwill created by the Olympics. Still, the best advertisers find ways to connect even when their athletes underperform. The advertising winners this year managed to both harness the feel-good nature of the Olympics and convey a message about their products. The losers, meanwhile, failed to make memorable ads or worse, made an unfavorable brand impression to the millions of people watching. ‘‘Marketers have to be ready to capitalize on a good performance, but you still have to plan for a mediocre showing,’’ from sponsored athletes said Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Business in Northwestern. MEDAL WINNERS — Procter & Gamble, a longtime Olympic sponsor, won points early with its feel-good ad ‘‘Pick Them Back Up.’’ The spot is a part of its popular ‘‘Thank You Mom’’ campaign that shows moms supporting young athletes when they fall down. Since the consumer products company debuted the ad online before the Olympics began, the spot has been viewed 18 million times on YouTube. And Ace Metrix, which measures the effectiveness of ads, has ranked it the most effective Olympic ad. ‘‘They won by getting out early,’’ said Ammiel Kamon, senior vice president of products and marketing of Kontera, which monitors how much online conversation brands generate. — Visa, another top Olympic sponsor, focused on responding to many events real time on social media. It helps that the payments company sponsored 37 Olympians and Paralympians, including gold medalists ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White and skier David Wise. Visa was able to respond quickly on Facebook when its athletes won gold medals, and that paid off. A photo mosaic tribute to Davis and White has received 54,000 likes and nearly 3,000 shares. Another for Wise received 39,000 likes and more than 1,600 shares. ‘‘What they’ve been posting on Facebook has been well timed and gained traction,’’ said Debra Aho Williamson, principal analyst of social media at research firm eMarketer. NO MEDALS — Unpredictability is what the Olympics are all about. That can work in a brand’s favor if an underdog sponsored athlete suddenly wins gold. But there’s another side to this, as Under Armour found out. The athletic wear company spent years developing a high-tech suit for the U.S. speedskating team, which was heavily favored coming into competition. But then the team failed to medal, and worse, some blamed the Under Armour suit. It is not clear the suit had anything to do with the team’s performance and some experts say the flap likely won’t hurt domestic sales of its core products like shoes and T-shirts. But it was a blow to the brand because it came in front of a global audience right at the time when Under Armour is seeking to expand internationally. And experts say it put the company on the defensive instead of garnering positive Olympic goodwill. ‘‘It was an opportunity for them to shine on the Olympic stage and they fell,’’ said branding expert Laura Ries. — McDonald’s was limping out of the gate from the start. Before the Games began, the burger chain tried to introduce a seemingly innocuous hashtag on Twitter, CheerstoSochi. Getting a hashtag to go viral is a marketers’ ultimate goal, since it is basically free publicity. But in this case, the hashtag was picked up by activists in tweets condemning the Russian gay rights limitations and assailing McDonald’s for not speaking out forcibly against it. Next, none of its three sponsored athletes managed to get a medal.
by the work Shepherd Community Center is doing, and I am proud to support such an honCounty orable organization,” Adams Prosecuting Attorney Lehman concluded. Chris Harvey announced several pending criminal cases came closer to final resolution in the Adams County Circuit Court this week. Amanda M. Johnson, 32, Bluffton, pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence, a Class C felony. According to Harvey, in June of 2013, Adams INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The top Republicans in County Sheriff’s Deputy the Indiana Senate have removed a conservative Larry Butler investigated senator from leadership positions in the wake more than 11 separate of an intraparty fight over amending the state’s thefts of personal property taken from variconstitution to ban gay marriage. ous vehicles parked at Senate President Pro Tem David Long and the residences of rural other members of his leadership team told Sen. Adams County residents. Mike Delph that he would lose his ranking Johnson admitted she within the GOP caucus, his seat in the Senate was involved with the chamber among other Republicans and his press thefts and will be sensecretary. Delph will now sit among the Senate tenced in March. Democrats. Stefan A. Fultz, 23, The sanctions against Delph follow more than whose only address listed a week of infighting over the failed effort to place was the county jail, pleadthe proposed amendment on the ballot this ed guilty to two counts of November. dealing in methamphet Delph accused Long and others of purposely amine, each a class B delaying a public vote, shortly before the Senate felony. pushed off the issue until at least 2016. Fultz reportedly admitted to delivering methamphetamine in September of 2012 to an informant working with the DETECT Drug Task Force. The crimes were the result of a covert drug operation supervised by Chief WASHINGTON (AP) as measured by both Deputy Eric Beer of the — Safety researchers fatal crash rates per driv- Adams County Sheriff’s expressed concern a er and per vehicle miles Department.Harvey noted decade ago that traffic driven than middle-age the case was delayed accidents would increase drivers, defined in the after Fultz fled and had to be extradited back to as the nation’s aging study as ages 35 to 54. population swelled the From 1997 to 2012, Indiana from a western number of older drivers fatal crash rates per state. Fultz will be senon the road. Now, they licensed driver fell 42 tenced in March. say they’ve been proved percent for older drivers Miranda S. Roberts, 22, and 30 percent for mid- Decatur, pleaded guilty wrong. Today’s drivers aged dle-age ones, the study to two counts of deal70 and older are less found. Looking at vehicle ing in a schedule II conlikely to be involved in miles traveled, fatal crash trolled substance, each crashes than previous rates fell 39 percent for a class B felony. In April generations and are less older drivers and 26 per- 2013, Roberts reportedly likely to be killed or seri- cent for middle-age ones delivered hydrocodone to a confidential informant ously injured if they do from 1995 to 2008. crash, according to a The greatest rate of working with the DETECT study released Thursday decline was among driv- Drug Task Force superby the Insurance Institute ers age 80 and over, vised by Wes Haight of the nearly twice that of mid- Berne Police Department for Highway Safety. That’s because vehi- dle-age drivers and driv- and Leonard Corral Jr. of the Decatur Police cles are getting safer and ers ages 70 to 74. seniors are generally get- ‘‘This should help Department. Roberts will ting healthier, the insti- ease fears that aging be sentenced in March. baby boomers are a Ashley M. Jones, 27, of tute said. The marked shift safety threat,’’ said Anne Decatur, pleaded guilty to began taking hold in McCartt, the institute’s battery resulting in serithe mid-1990s and indi- senior vice president for ous bodily injury, a class cates that growing ranks research and co-author C felony. On Nov. 23, 2013, Jones reportedly of aging drivers as baby of the study. boomers head into their ‘‘No matter how we attacked another woman retirement years aren’t looked at the fatal crash at the Flippers/Riverside making U.S. roads dead- data for this age group Tavern in Decatur. As — by licensed drivers or a result of that attack, lier. Traffic fatalities overall miles driven — the fatal the victim suffered sevin the U.S. have declined crash involvement rates eral facial fractures and to levels not seen since for drivers 70 and older severe pain, Harvey said. the late 1940s, and acci- declined, and did so at Jones will be sentenced
Criminal cases resolved in Adams Co. circuit court
over marriage stance
New data show older drivers getting safer
in March. Casey Hawkins, 26, Decatur, was convicted and sentenced for possession of methamphetamine, a class B felony, possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. According to the prosecutor, on Nov. 5, 2013, Decatur Police Officer Kevin L. Gerber pulled over the car Hawkins was operating for a traffic violation. During said traffic stop, Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Franze and his K-9, Kaja, walked around Hawkins’ car and Kaja alerted, indicating the presence of drugs. A search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a coffee filter used to filter and still containing methamphetamine. Hawkins received a six-year prison sentence, with five years suspended, to be served on probation. He will serve one year in county local jail and and will be placed on home detention following his release. He was ordered to complete substance abuse counseling. Roxanne K. Voirol, 32, rural Monroe, was convicted and sentenced for manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony. According to Harvey, on Sept. 25, 2013, Decatur Police Detective Leonard Corral Jr. and officers with the Adams/ Wells DETECT Task Force went to Voirol’s residence to serve an arrest warrant on Voirol’s husband. While at the residence, officers found drug paraphernalia and wet coffee filters which were used in a methamphetamine lab. A search warrant was obtained and a further search found indications of methamphetamine labs. The State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team was summoned and police seized lithium, coffee filters, ammonia nitrate, acid, Coleman fuel and other precursors used to make methamphetamine, in addition to several bottles containing remnants of methamphetamine labs. Adams Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan sentenced Voirol to 12 years in prison.
dent rates have come down for other drivers as well. But since 1997, older drivers have enjoyed bigger declines
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a faster pace than the rates for drivers ages Ice jam causes flooding near Lafayette 35 to 54,’’ she said in a report on the study’s LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) says the ice jam is along — A central Indiana sher- Wildcat Creek near the results. iff says an ice jam along spot where that stream a creek that’s caused flows into the Wabash floodwaters to swamp River. He says the mileat least eight homes is long ice jam is filled with about one mile long. big and small slabs of ice completed the Family in Tippecanoe County as well as trees and tree Transition program. Sheriff Tracy Brown limbs. The marriage of Robert and Bonnie Mann of Decatur was dissolved. The marriage of Rita Urick of Decatur and Vit a m i n s, He rbs Gr o ce r ie s George Urick of Willshire, You can rely on our knowledgeable staff for personalized, professional service. Ohio, was dissolved. We Appreciate Our Loyal Customers!!!! Ask about our “E T Healthy Rewards Card” Civil case judgments In Adams Superior Court, J & S Apartments was awarded $1,854 260.589.3675 H Hwy 27 North, Berne H Since 1982 H 1.800.292.2521 from Ron and Jill Everett Our selection, prices and service are worth the drive! Hours: Mon-Fri. 9am-6pm, Sat. 9am-1pm of Decatur. www.earthentreasuresonline.com H Like us on Facebook!
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By STATE REP. MATT LEHMAN I want to start this column with some good news: Springtime is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to see my yard again. While cold temperatures linger and the snow reminds us that it is still winter outside, we in the Indiana General Assembly have been in full swing. Last week, we began the second half of the legislative session by hearing bills that were passed in the Senate. The biggest issue that has consumed the headlines and pervaded discussions around most office water coolers is the marriage amendment, or HJR-3 as it is officially called. This amendment passed the General Assembly in 2011 and needed to pass the current Legislature with the same language to be on the ballot this fall for Hoosiers to decide if they wanted to amend the constitution. HJR-3 was amended in the House, and the Senate passed the same language. This starts the process over, and now the new language that passed this session will need to pass the next elected Legislature. If that happens, the amendment will appear on the ballot as early as 2016. While I fully supported the amendment and will continue to support it in the future, I am glad the focus has turned to other issues facing Hoosiers. I want to touch on a few issues of interest, and as always, I invite you to call or email me with specific questions. I am delighted to say that one of my bills is moving with great excitement, and I look forward to seeing the future impact it will have on Hoosier farms, big and small. House Bill (HB) 1039, the Indiana Grown Initiative, will put the power of the Indiana Department of Agriculture behind the promotion of Indiana farms by creating a program that advertises and promotes Indiana-grown products. When you walk into the supermarket, locally grown products will be prominently displayed. Advertisements will be featured at athletic events, over the airways, on roadway billboards and on social media. From the farmers market to the supermarket, we will move Indiana from a state that asks the farmer to promote Indiana to a state that promotes the farmer. There has also been a lot of discussion on the elimination of the business personal property tax. HB 1001 gives counties the option to exempt new investments from being taxed under the business personal property tax. The revenue from this tax is used to fund local governments, and its elimination would need to be offset with some form of replacement revenue. While the Senate and the House have differing solutions, I feel that at the end of the day we need to have a long-term discussion about the state of our current tax structure and about the best way to draw large and small businesses, as well as families, to Indiana. On a far less positive note, meth continues to be a problem in Indiana. Meth is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug that is growing in production and use. The main ingredient in meth is a chemical that can be found in products like Sudafed, a popular sinus relief medication. For the past several years, actions have been taken to restrict the amount of Sudafed sold, but
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An outbreak of sanity
By COKIE RObErTS and Steven V. Roberts Reports by presidential commissions are often like those statues that dominate public squares in Washington: massive in size, but opaque in origin and quickly obscured by a thick layer of grime. But one commission presented a report last month that reflects an unusual amount of bipartisan cooperation and good sense. It deserves far more attention than it’s received so far. The panel was formed by President Obama to recommend improvements in our election system after many Americans had to wait for hours to vote in 2012. In a masterstroke, the president appointed the top election lawyers from each party as co-chairs: Democrat Robert Bauer and Republican Benjamin Ginsberg (Ginsberg is a law partner of Cokie’s brother). These men differ on many issues, but at heart they are professionals, not politicians. And in a capital where compromise is far too often equated with betrayal, they embraced a search for common ground. “We looked for the areas where we could agree without abandoning our principles, as opposed to the areas where we knew we would end up disagreeing,” Ginsberg told “PBS NewsHour.” Moreover, they started with facts, not fantasy. They reasserted the valuable principle that there is an objective reality that can be described and documented, a shared basis for pragmatic prescriptions. “We looked at the evidence,” Bauer said on PBS. “We took testimony from state and local election officials. We heeded the advice of experts and looked at the most recent social science. And we looked at ... the interest and evolving expectations of voters.” This is a more important — and elusive — ideal than it sounds. Washington is overrun today by ideological warriors who don’t look at the evidence, but simply assert their prejudices and deny reality. Experts overwhelmingly agree, for example, that immigration and trade don’t cost jobs, they create them; that climate change and evolution are scientifically sound; that Obama was born in Hawaii, not Kenya or Indonesia. Yet myths, rumors and outright falsehoods denying these indisputable facts continue to spread. That’s why it’s so refreshing to encounter a panel that assiduously listened to the evidence and the experts. And that’s why their recommendations are so useful. Election rules can be highly controversial, tending to favor one party or the other, but the panel played it straight. As election law expert Heather Gerken of Yale Law School wrote, the report “offers something we don’t often see in policymaking circles these days: sanity.” Some of the report’s recommendations: • Expand online registration. Americans increasingly use digital tools for banking and shopping, gaming and dating, and as Bauer put it, “the voting process has to evolve in accordance with the way Americans currently live.” • Extend opportunities for early or mail-in voting. Voter participation in the U.S. is usually about 60 percent, well below other industrialized countries, but rates go up when voting becomes easier. In some states, the GOP has actually opposed more flexible rules, fearing they will help Democrats, but the Republicans on this panel rejected that cynical calculation. • Improve voting technology. Machines in many jurisdictions, upgraded after the Florida Fiasco of 2000, are now breaking down. Says Bauer, “Voters should be treated ... the way customers (are) at our best-run businesses.” • Open more schools as voting places. They are per fect for the job -- easy to find, with plenty of space and parking. But after the Newtown shooting, many communities turned skittish about allowing outsiders into their schools. The panel’s suggestion: Keep students and teachers at home on Election Day if security is a concern. • Encourage states to exchange data from voter and motor vehicle lists. Fraud is “rare,” the panel said, but Republicans care deeply about this issue, and the Democrats agreed to a suggestion that could further diminish deception. The commission report has limits. Republicans in a number of states have passed voter ID laws designed to discourage voters who lean Democratic — the poor, young and disabled. And the Supreme Court last year struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, weakening federal supervision over election rules in states with a history of racial discrimination. Both developments could restrict, rather than expand, the right to vote. The Obama administration is correct to challenge them, in the courts and in Congress. In the interest of consensus, the commission avoided both topics, but the issues they did address are still vitally important. About 8,000 local jurisdictions supervise our elections and every one of them should read the commission’s report and implement its recommendations.
the problem still continues to grow. It is putting a large strain on law enforcement, and we have to find a way to get ahead of this problem. There have been many pro- IN LEHMAN’S TERMS posals this session, some dealing with the aftermath associated with meth lab explosions and disclosing the exposure and clean-up of meth labs in homes. Unfortunately, another option, a preventative solution, that would make pseudoephedrine a prescription-only medication is unlikely to pass this session. I guarantee that this item will move up our priority scale if the meth problem persists in Indiana and continues to cause more harm to our communities. On the transportation front, HB 1002 authorizes the Budget Agency to transfer up to $400 million, which was already set aside in the biennial budget, to the State Highway Fund to pay for current infrastructure needs. From this amount, $25 million of it would go to a local infrastructure grant fund for local governments. This money will be used to make needed repairs to state and local roads and bridges, as well as to start new construction projects. As we look at Senate bills, I will keep you posted on their progress. There are a lot of interesting subjects still to be debated, and I certainly look forward to those discussions. As always, it is truly an honor to serve the great people of the 79th District.
By GENE LYONS Back in 1993, a Washington Post reporter asked me which Clinton was smarter, Bill or Hillary. As a magazine journalist long residing in Arkansas, I’d never covered state government and would have described the president and first lady as friendly acquaintances, nothing more. I said that we had a saying in the Central Arkansas Beagle Club that you can’t train no dog that’s smarter than you. Since both Clintons clearly topped me in the IQ department, I had no way to judge their relative brainpower. Needless to say, this was the wrong answer, deeply violative of journalistic protocol. Making glib pronouncements about near strangers is what we do. So when I read that Hillary told her friend Diane Blair that the press has “big egos and no brains,” I’m neither shocked nor offended. Is there anybody in politics who doesn’t think that? Anybody in the world? Nor was I astonished that Hillary admitted to her friend during the 1996 Whitewater media feeding frenzy that “I know I should do more to suck up to the press ... I know it confuses people when I change my hairdos, I know I should pretend not to have any opinions, but I’m just not going to. I’m used to winning and I intend to win on my own terms.” And so she did. If you’ve forgotten, 1996 was the year all the best minds in the Washington press, heeding Kenneth Starr’s leako-matic prosecutors, were predicting her imminent criminal indictment.
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To publicize an excerpt from James B. Stewart’s Whitewater book “Blood Sport,” Time published a cover photo of the first lady that looked like a vampire movie poster. Maybe you remember Stewart, the eminent financial journalist who appeared on “Nightline,” NPR and anywhere else they’d have him, gravely accusing Hillary of bank fraud — all based, as it turned out, upon his own failure to read the second page of a two-page loan document. Last I heard the eminent Judge Starr, once ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, was president of some Texas bible college. So yeah, Hillary won on her own terms. Now something called the Washington Free Beacon, which unearthed these nuggets from the collected papers of the late Diane Blair, the accomplished University of Arkansas professor who was Hillary’s dearest friend and confidante, pronounces her “ruthless” and a “cutthroat political strategist.” This because she’d confided to Blair that President Clinton’s inability to “fire people, exert discipline, punish leakers,” and his lack of a strategy to deal with
Whitewater, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Arkansas state troopers and other partisan mercenaries made her crazy. “Inability to organize, make tough choices,” Blair wrote, “drives her nuts.” Indeed, history records that it was Hillary, who once served on the staff of Watergate independent counsel Leon Jaworski, that warned her husband it would be a terrible mistake to agree to an open-ended inquisition to finesse a temporary political problem. No independent counsel, no Monica Lewinsky, no Linda Tripp, no Lucianne Goldberg, no blue dress. None of it. So if that’s ruthless, cutthroat political strategy, the Clinton White House could have used a lot more of it. So do I buy Hillary’s rationalization for Bill’s infamous sexual misbehavior? First, let me repeat something I wrote back then: Other people’s marriages are a foreign country where you don’t know the language. Second, this whole business of pundits hiding their own naughty secrets while moralizing about the sins of others is both hypocritical and sadistic.
That said, I don’t put much stock in that psychologist who told her that Bill’s infidelity had its roots in his childhood, and that “most men with fidelity problems (were) raised by two women and felt conflicted between them.” I’d suggest it had its roots in his pants. Truth to tell, Bill Clinton’s behavior wasn’t so different from men in other occupations — athletes, musicians, actors, even the occasional professor — that attract groupies (journalists, of course, are universally known for their virtue). Did she privately call Monica a “narcissistic loony toon”? Most wives would have said much worse. Bill Clinton once described the White House to a mutual friend as “the jewel of the federal penitentiary system.” At the time, I remember thinking: well, you asked for it, pal. But then a politician’s life is incomprehensible to me. Blair summarized Hillary’s thinking in September 1998: “Ever since he took office they’ve been going thru personal tragedy, and immediately all the ugly forces started making up hateful things about them, pounding on them. “(Hillary) didn’t realize the toll it was taking on him,” Blair continued. “She thinks she was not smart enough, not sensitive enough, not free enough of her own concerns and struggles to realize the price he was paying.” Well, she loves the man, is all I can say. And he’s damned lucky to have her.
Lyons is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Arkansas Times.
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Today is the 53rd day of 2014 and the 64th day of winter. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1819, Spain signed the Adams-Onis Treaty, ceding Florida to the United States and redefining the boundary between U.S. and Spanish
territories from Louisiana to the Pacific Ocean. In 1993, the U.N. Security Council approved the creation of a war crimes tribunal to address atrocities committed during the former Yugoslavia’s civil war. TODAY’S FACT: Like Mozart, Chopin was considered a musi-
cal prodigy in childhood. By age 7 he had composed two simple marches.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR
SATURDAY, Feb. 23: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross Community Church, Berne. SUNDAY, Feb. 23: Decatur Eagles RC and Hobby Club, 2 p.m., Hobby site club house. MONDAY, Feb. 24: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpful. CAPS Support Group, 6:30 p.m., C and C Bible Fellowship, Berne. A.A. Big Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Community and Family Services executive board meeting, 7 p.m., 700 N. Walnut St., Hartford City. TUESDAY, Feb. 25: Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. Root Township Home-makers meeting and Valentine’s Day party, 11:30 a.m., West End. G.E. Retired women meeting, 11:30 a.m., The Galley. Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Bring your own bags. Senior Citizens Play Cards, 1p.m., Riverside Center. Zumba, Southeast Elementary School, 4-5 p.m. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church food pantry, 5-6 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m. Bread of Life food pantry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church. WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Free meal, 5-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6th St. entrance. Adult Children of Alcoholics, a 12-step support program for those raised in alcoholic families, 7 p.m., The Bridge Community Church, 403 Winchester Rd. THURSDAY, Feb. 27: Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Bread of Life food pantry, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. Rotary club, 12 p.m., Back 40.
DR. DAD — Louise Ray, member of the ACCF Board of Directors and grant committee member, is shown, on left, presenting a check to Teri Hogg, executive director of The Hope Clinic. The duo are shown in front of materials purchased with the grant. Pictured at right is the late Eric Mies, his “Scholarship for Travel and Adventure” may help local students travel, scholarship deadline is Feb. 28.
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The Adams County Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hope Clinic’s “Dr. Dad” curriculum. The program provides information about infant injury, illness, safety and wellness to new dads, giving them the knowledge and skills to better care for a new baby. Teri Hogg, executive director of the Hope
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Clinic, stated the clinic is excited to offer this program to its clients and that fathers will be able to earn “Baby Bucks,” which may be redeemed for items such as cribs, car seats and clothing.  Louise Ray, ACCF board of directors and grants committee member reports the ACCF is pleased to support a program focused on building family interactions and encouraging fathers to become more active in raising their children. The ACCF announced a scholarship is available for students who plan to travel. Through the help of the Eric Mies Fund, students may experience the benefits of traveling. Deadline for this schol-
arship is 4 p.m. Feb. 28. For more information about ACCF grants for nonprofit organizations serving Adams County residents, ACCF scholarships available to local students or how to create or contribute to a fund, contact the foundation at 724-3939 or email ACCFoundation@ earthlink.net.
ScHOOL AND sENIOR MENUs FEB. 24-28
Adams Central Monday, Feb. 24: Taco boat, refried beans, hamburger, cheese, lettuce, salsa, orange juice cup, cinnamon sugar churro, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Pepperoni pizza, corn, tropical peaches, milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Soft taco with fixin’s, refried beans, chips, salsa, apple, chocolate chip cookies, milk. Thursday, Feb. 27: Italiano pazazz, lettuce salad with dressings, Texas toast, pears, milk. Friday, Feb. 28: Chili or chicken noodle soup, crackers, peanut butter or butter sandwich, carrots with low-fat ranch, apples or applesauce, milk. milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Spaghetti with parmesan cheese, garlic toast, lettuce salad with fat-free ranch dressing, steamed broccoli, Mandarin oranges, milk. Thursday, Feb. 27: Breaded tenderloin, lettuce leaf, tomato slice, pickles, potato wedges, pineapple, cherry shape up, milk. Friday, Feb. 28: Pepperoni pizza, green beans, applesauce, crazy fruit roll up, milk. South Adams Monday, Feb. 24: Chicken fajita salad, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, tortilla chip strips, black beans, sour cream, fruit, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Chili soup or beef stew, peanut butter sandwich, string cheese, crackers, celery sticks, fruit, milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Popcorn chicken (K-5), Asian teriyaki chicken (6-12), rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, fruit, milk. Thursday, Feb. 27: Sloppy joes, augratin
potatoes, smart cookies, fruit, milk. Friday, Feb. 28: French toast sticks, syrup, sweet potato fried, fruit, milk. Senior menu Monday, Feb. 24: Swiss style beef patty, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole wheat roll, fruit and grain bar, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 25: Sliced ham, peach ginger sauce, broccoli cuts, sweet potatoes, white dinner roll, orange juice, milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26: Chicken divan casserole, cabbage and carrots, green peas, whole wheat bread, pears, milk. Thursday, Feb. 27: Chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, Normandy blend vegetables, whole wheat roll, apple juice, margarine, milk. Friday, Feb. 28: Beef stroganoff noodles, lemon and thyme carrots, chocolate chip cookie crème pie, grape juice, milk. Senior menu courtesy of Aging and In Home Services of NE Indiana.
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Adams County wrestlers falter in state opening rounds
By JIM HOPKINS INDIANAPOLIS — When Kaine Luginbill's overtime shot failed against South Bend Washington's Michael Bates, resulting in a Bates' sudden win at 170 pounds, it was the last bullet in the gun for the Adams County Five. The Braves went 0-3 in the Friday night preliminary round at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals, and Adams Central lost both of its matches. Three of the matches were close, with Bellmont frosh Jon Becker falling 6-3 at 113 to Austin Holmes of Hamilton Southeastern, and BHS senior Logan Neher going down 7-4 to Isaac Rentas of Merrillville at 145 pounds, plus AC's Luginbill losing in the extra period. BHS frosh Bryce Baumgartner was felled in the first period by junior Gabe Koontz of Edgewood at 160. Central senior Derek Ellinger lost 7-1 to hard-riding Evansville Mater Dei senior Wyatt Seng at 138 pounds. Perry Meridian's threeyear grip on the state crown appears to be in trouble since the Falcons have only three advancing to Saturday's quarter-finals. Merrillville and Yorktown both have six wrestlers going on while Penn, Mater Dei and Cathedral all have five. The coaches state 3A champ Franklin Community advanced only three. Though veteran Bellmont coach Brent Faurote was hopeful, he admitted earlier this week that "we're underdogs in all three matches." In the 113-pound match, Becker fell behind early when Holmes blasted out and hit a single-leg takedown. Becker worked for an escape, then scored a takedown of his own with a double-leg charge. Holmes escaped late to tie the score at 3-3 at the first stop. Holmes escaped, then hit the crucial two-pointer of the match at the edge of the mat, knocking Becker off balance and latching on with just 19 seconds left in period two. Holmes hung on top of Becker in period three, received a warning but did just enough to stay on top and ride the BHS frosh out for the 6-3 win. Neher also fell behind when his fireman's carry was countered by Isaac Rentas of Merrillville. However, Neher hit a sidecradle and worked it for a reversal and a two-point nearfall to take the lead. Rentas rolled through and got the reversal to tie the match at 4-4 at the first stop. Rentas used his long body to wrap around Neher in period two, trying several times to turn the Bellmonter with a arm bar. Rentas escaped, then took Neher down in period three with a low single, then rode him out for the 7-4 victory. The key move in the Ellinger-Seng match came in the opening seconds when Seng took Ellinger down, then just held on, letting Ellinger do the work. A granby roll at the end of the first period made it a 2-1 score. A key changed call did AC's Ellinger no favor in period two. Seng hit a quick reversal to take a 4-1 lead, then just held on. Ellinger tried several granby rolls and finally flipped out on top, but Seng, already with a stalling warning for the same scenario in the first period, was hit with a stalling call and Ellnger received a point to make it 4-2 with time left in the period. However, former northeast Indiana offical Greg Moe, the side official, talked the head official into a stalemate call, erasing the point. Seng led 4-1 in the third, and finally caught Ellinger in a roll, scoring three points and riding him out for the 7-1 victory for Evansville Mater Dei. Bellmont's Bryce Baumgartner yielded a takedown to Koontz of Edgewood in the opening seconds of that match. Koontz barred him over for a two-point nearfall, and later he barred both arms and stepped over, flattening the freshman in 1:47. Luginbill lost in overtime when he shot in on Michael Bates or South Bend Washington, and was countered with a front headlock and butt drag for the winning points in a match which went back and forth. Luginbill, a junior, lost the first scramble in period one, scored a reversal in period two, then got up too high in his ride and yielded two, getting an escape at the buzzer to trail 4-3 going into period three. On top, Luginbill worked Bates over for a three-point nearfall, then yielded a reversal and nearfall to trail 8-6. A penalty point against Bates cut the lead, then Luginbill flipped over Bates in the final seconds of period three but was
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awarded only an escape when it appeared he had Bates in trouble. Luginbill then tried his shot in overtime, and fell in the first round of state for the second straight year. One area wrestler did advance as Heritage junior Sam Lovejoy outlasted Devin Childers of Tippecanoe Valley 7-6 at 132 pounds. Lovejoy led most of the way, but needed a second period escape and takedown to take charge. Other area winners included: three East Noble wrestlers, Garrett Pepple at 113, Connor Knapp at 120 and Brandon Joest at 220; Erique Early of Snider at 126, Kyle Jolas of Huntington North at 160, Hunter Langeloh of Columbia City at 106, Tristan Wilson of Carroll at 170, Wayne's Kanez Omar at 195, and heavyweight Eric Hemmelgarn of Jay County, a 3-1 overtime winner. (SEE results on in DDD Scoreboard, 2B)
Aggressive Tigers’ play rewarded with win over Braves, 51-45
By DYLAN MALONE The charity stripe loomed large for both teams on Friday night but the fortunes favored the Bluffton Tigers in a road win over the Bellmont Braves, 51-45. The Braves, who haven't defeated the Tigers since 2005-06, led 15-4 after the first period, a trend that has been prevalent in the last four basketball games played by Bellmont who eventually have lost the leads and the games in the remaining three quarters. Such was the case once again against Bluffton despite keeping the Tigers without a field goal in the opening eight minutes. It would seem appropriate in hind sight that the Tigers' only four points came at the foul line because they would end the game shooting 25-35 from the stripe taking advantage of 22 fouls by the Braves. Bellmont led after three quarters by a 33-31 margin and after exchanging one for two looks at the foul line, Josh Moriarity's lay-up made it 34-33 Bellmont. Another basket later by the junior tied the score at 36-36. A few plays later, Bluffton broke another tie for good when Kevin Moser finally sank his only three-pointer of the game after missing his first 11 tries to give the Tigers a 41-38 lead they would not lose. In the final three minutes of the game, the Tigers forced Bellmont out of their 2-3 set by holding the ball on the perimeter. Eventually the Braves' aggressive defense sent the Tigers to the foul line several times. Jake Garrett shot 4-6 in the fourth quarter to help seal the game late as he ended with a gamehigh 16 points. In all, the Tigers put the game on ice by shooting 9-14 from the foul line in the last quarter. By contrast, Bellmont shot themselves in the foot by leaving free points on the court going just 1-5 from the line. Two of those misses were the front end of a one-andone situation. "Free throws were obviously a huge part of the game," admitted Bellmont coach John Baker. "We tried to get to the line against their 2-3 zone like they did to us but Bluffton just did a better job of getting there and with better success." Jake Hall's three-pointer cut the lead down to 49-45 with nine seconds to play but two more free throws Michael Pearson and a miss on the other end put the game out of reach. Coach Baker could not explain the mental lapse suffered by the Braves in their recent games after the first quarter. Bellmont shot 5-8 from the field in the opening eight minutes, while playing stifling defense and holding Bluffton to 0-6. Baker's advice to his players as the game progressed? "Move forward and move on. We needed to continue getting the high percentage looks and get to the foul line. If we make some of those free throws it builds our confidence shooting the ball. We have to find some confidence in ourselves." Aaron Sturgeon hit a three to start the second quarter for Bluffton, their first field goal of the game, and the Tigers would cut the lead to 15-9 with another bucket. (SEE Bluffton outlasts Bellmont on 2B)
THE FAMILIAR PLACES—Former Bellmont coach Kevin Leising (left) barks orders to his Bluffton squad, while Jake Hall looks for an opening. The Tigers were winners over Bellmont Friday night 51-45. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Central wins county rivalry over Stars with late push, 57-41
By TYLER FENWICK BERNE— The Adams Central Flying Jets put their rivalry with South Adams on ice in the fourth quarter with free throws Friday night as they put away the Berne boys 57-41. Jets senior Nick Baumer hit the biggest shot of the game by draining a three late in the fourth quarter and giving his team a six point lead that would not be wavered. Baumer's three was only the second of the game for AC as they began the match missing 10 in a row from behind the arc. "They really defended us well, but we got him [Baumer] going to the rim to get some easy buckets," praised Jets coach Aaron McClure. The senior forward proved to the biggest threat of the night on either side by knocking down 8-12 shots from the field and 7-8 free throws on his way to 24 points, most of which came from the post where he established himself in the second half. The combination of Hayden Black, Alex Byerly and Baumer put away the Starfires by knocking down 10 free throws in the closing minutes. Another reason the Jets were able to pull away late in the fourth was an especially tenacious defense that held SA to only eight points in the final eight minutes as they struggled to find open shots. Turnovers haunted both teams as the Starfires and Jets combined to cough it up 33 times with a majority of those mistakes being travels. SA led the way with a total of 20 turnovers. "Both teams did a pretty darn good job defensively," analyzed SA coach Andy Brown. The Starfires' last slipup came with just over a minute remaining in the game and allowed AC to get to the line one more time before running out the clock. Both teams entered the game a little rusty ending in an 8-8 tie after the first quarter. The game became more of a physical battle before the half and into the fourth which led to 18 trips to the line in those two quarters between SA and AC. Junior Derek Wanner played a large role in helping SA back into the game during the third quarter with eight of his 20 points coming in that eight-minute slot. He was especially effective when rolling to the basket and giving himself a chance to muscle the ball up to the rim. Wanner started the fourth quarter in the same fashion with which he ended the third and pulled the Starfires to within two at 37-35, but he would be silenced for the remainder of the game. Wanner's 20 points was only second to Nick Baumer's 24 which all led scorers in this country rivalry. AC's Black added 19 points, three assists and four steals, while senior Blade Kable flirted with a double-double with seven points and seven boards. Jonah Tijerina and Byerly
got on the board with four and three points respectively. Stars guard Marco Vasquez contributed 13 points, including seven in the first half. Conner Sealscott dropped five points and Cal Clouser added three of his own. In the JV contest, South Adams topped the Adams Central reserves 42-28. Both teams will be in action again on Feb. 25 as the Jets go on the road to play Fort Wayne Blackhawk and the Starfires stay home to face Winchester. (Stats in DDD Scoreboard, 2B)
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Busch completes DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd race résumé with Daytona victory
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By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch made a little history at a pretty big track. Busch used a perfectly timed pass to win the NASCAR Truck Series season opener Friday night, becoming the first driver to win an ARCA race, a truck race, a Nationwide Series race and a Sprint Cup race at Daytona International speedway. Busch edged Timothy Peters in the final few feet to provide one of the closest finishes in series history. Peters was leading coming out of the final turn and did all he could to block Busch, even nearly forcing him into the wall. But Busch didn’t blink and drove by Peters just before the finish line. It was Busch’s 36th Truck Series victory and first at Daytona. ‘‘Well, it sounds awesome,’’ said Busch, acknowledging he would rather be a Daytona 500 winner. ‘‘This has been eluding me. I finally got one.’’ Busch also gave Toyota its eighth consecutive Truck Series win at Daytona. It was the automaker’s fourth victory in four races during Speedweeks. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have the other three. Johnny Sauter was third, followed by Ryan Truex, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ryan Blaney. Defending series champion Matt Crafton was 13th. This one will be remembered for the finish, which was the series’ closest in its 15-year history at Daytona. It was the eighth-closest margin in series history. ‘‘I thought I was going to throw it out there and see what happens,’’ Busch said. Peters and Busch both figured the leader would be a sitting duck in the final lap. Still, they both wondered how it would play out: Busch thought he waited too long to make his move, and Peters questioned letting Busch create enough space to
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Cam Bienz made four points in a row on consecutive baskets to bring the lead back up to 10. The Tigers would score the next eight points, however, as Bellmont would go on a five-minute drought finally ended by a basket from Evan Selking for the 21-17 lead. It was a two-point Bellmont lead when Ryan Okoniewski rebounded a three-point miss and put in a deuce as the buzzer sounded to give the Braves a 23-19 lead at the break. Things got chaotic for the Braves in the opening three minutes of the third quarter as they coughed up seven of their 17 turnovers in the game during that span, a period that gave the Tigers their first lead at 25-24. "Those were just not intelligent basketball plays," noted Baker. "We tried to dribble past three guys at times then made silly passes and it's just a matter of pitch and catch." Maverick Birch gave the Braves the lead back on four straight free throws on two trips to make it 30-29, then the Tigers took the lead right back on free throws from Pearson. Hall's three at the end of the quarter kept the Braves in the lead for the moment at 33-31. Aiding Garrett's 16-point effort for the Tigers was Pearson with 12 points, while Moriarity and Grant Prible added eight apiece. For the Braves, Hall's 12 points was tops with Birch nabbing 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Braves outrebounded the Tigers 29-21 but gave up 12 offensive boards that landed Bluffton 10 second-chance points in the game. Neither team shot the ball well from deep as Bluffton was 2-20 and the Braves ended 3-13. The Braves have Bishop Dwenger Tuesday on the road and finish the regular season with senior night against Jay County next Friday night. "There's still goals we can achieve," said Baker. "We can send our seniors off on the right note. We have to find a way to make these things happen." The JV won their tilt against the Tigers going away using a 23-10 second half to earn a 38-24 victory. Adam Weaver had 12
make a big run. ‘‘You never want to be the bridesmaid, especially when you’ve been to Victory Lane here before,’’ said Peters, who won the 2010 opener. ‘‘Second place at Daytona isn’t too bad. Kyle timed it right. I went up and tried to block it.’’ The race was delayed more than an hour after showers soaked the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway. When the green flag finally dropped, the trucks raced relatively incidentfree for 73 laps. But then like it happens so often at high-banked Daytona, a huge wreck wiped out a large portion of the field. Ross Chastain started the 17-truck melee when he tagged Parker Kligerman from behind. Kligerman’s truck turned sideways, sliding into Mason Mingus. Mingus turned hard right and slammed into the wall. He bounced back across traffic, collecting several others in his wake. ‘‘There really wasn’t anywhere for us to go,’’ Mingus said. ‘‘Unfortunately, we destroyed a really good truck.’’ Darrell Wallace Jr., John King, John Wes Townley, Joey Coulter, Brennan Newberry and Ben Kennedy also were involved. None of the drivers was hurt. Kennedy, the greatgrandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., was making his Daytona debut. Kennedy, who ran five races in the Truck Series last season, led the first 52 laps before stalling while driving off pit road. The mistake dropped Kennedy from first to eighth on the restart. He dropped back a few more spots from there, and was in the wrong place when the big one happened. Peters, too, was in the wrong place — leading in the final lap. ‘‘Oh-so-close,’’ he said. ‘‘Kind of kicking myself a little bit. He’s Kyle Busch. I should have done a better job of backing up to him. That’s the thing that stings. I got too far out. The bright side is he’s leading the owner’s points, but we’re leading the driver’s points.’’
113-Austin Holmes (Ham. SE) d. Jon Becker (Bel) 6-3. 138-Wyatt Seng (M. Dei) d. Derek Ellinger (AC) 7-1. 145-Isaac Rentas (Merrillville) d. Logan Neher (Bel) 7-4. 160-Gabe Koontz (Edgewood) p. Bryce Baumgartner (Bel) 1:47. 170-Michael Bates (SB Washington) d. Kaine Luginbill 10-8, OT. 285-Eric Hemmelgarn (Jay) d. Guss Dajani (Bloom. So.) 3-1, OT. 106-Hunter Langeloh (Col. City) p. C. Cummings (Lowell) 0:59; Hildebrandt (Penn) d. N. Weimer (EN) 5-1. 113-Garrett Pepple (EN) p. T. Flood (P. Hts.) 3:10. 120-Connor Knapp (EN) d. E. Stansberry (Ham. SE) 5-0. 126-Erique Early (Snider) d. R. McCarty (N. Pales.) 12-5; J. Chastain (Ham. SE) d. L. Aldrich (Northrop) 7-3. 132-Same Lovejoy (Heritage) d. D. Childers (Tipp. Valley) 7-6. 138-Lykins (Franklin Com.) m.d. Garrett (B. Dweng) 10-1. 145-J. Sebehar (L. Cen.) d. A. Arney (Carroll) 12-6; T. Forte (Mish) p. S. Shroyer (‘Busco) 2:46. 160-K. Jolas (HN) d. Kemper (Ev. Central) 4-3. 170-T. Wilson (Carroll) d. Mote (Delphi) 7-6. 182-J. Morales (W. Boone) m.d. Anglin (C. City) 19-8. 195-K. Moss (B. Davis) t.f. Bo Davis (Garrett) 15-0; Omar (Wayne) d. Aven (Zionsv.) 5-3. 220-Tolley (Franklin) p. Sadelik (Carroll) 3:58.
Adams Central 57, South Adams 41 FLYING JETS (10-8) 2PT 3PT FT TP Byerly 0-1 0-0 3-4 3 Fox 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 Baumer 7-10 1-2 7-8 24 Voirol 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 Black 3-10 1-3 10-14 19 Kable 3-4 0-7 1-1 7 Tijerina 1-2 0-0 2-2 4 Spangler 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 Totals 14-30 2-13 22-31 57 STARFIRES (2-16) 2PT 3PT FT Vasquez 5-10 0-2 3-4 Teeter 0-0 0-4 0-0 Wanner 6-12 2-2 2-4 Nussbaum 0-0 0-0 0-0 Myers 0-0 0-0 0-0 Clouser 1-1 0-0 1-2 Grabau 0-2 0-3 0-0 Thompson 0-0 0-0 0-0 Sealscott 1-4 0-0 3-5 Totals 13-29 2-11 9-15 TP 13 0 20 0 0 3 0 0 5 41
Score By Quarters A.Central 8 15 14 20 57 So. Adams 8 9 16 8 41
Friday’s IN Prep Scores By The Associated Press BOYS BASKETBALL Adams Central 57, S. Adams 41 Austin 66, Seymour 59 Barr-Reeve 67, Vincennes Rivet 45 Batesville 63, Jennings Co. 50 Beech Grove 62, Triton Central 49 Benton Central 63, S. Newton 51 Blackford 59, Southern Wells 49 Bloomington South 63, Indpls Perry Meridian 57, OT Bluffton 51, Bellmont 45
Cavs end win streak; Bulls extend to five straight
TORONTO (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ sixgame winning streak with a 98-91 victory on Friday night. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each had 14 points as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors won for the fourth time in five games. Toronto reached the 30-win plateau in its 55th game, a feat that took 78 games to achieve last season. The Raptors also improved to 10-4 at home since Jan. 1. Luol Deng had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 17 as the Cavaliers lost for the first time since Feb. 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleveland failed to record its first sevengame winning streak since LeBron James led the team to eight straight in 2010. Tristan Thompson scored 13 points for Cleveland, whose threegame road winning streak also came to an end. BULLS 117, NUGGETS 89 CHICAGO (AP) — D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists, and Chicago won its fifth consecutive game. Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists. Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, which has lost six of seven. Aaron Brooks had 17 on 7-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes in his Nuggets debut, which also included a technical foul when he was involved in a tussle with Noah in the third. Denver acquired Brooks and forward Jan Vesely in a pair of trades on Thursday. PISTONS 115, HAWKS 107
Brownsburg 60, Lafayette Jeff 31 Brownstown 67, Eastern (Pekin) 40 Carmel 66, Warren Central 52 Carroll (Flora) 77, Clinton Central 65 Cass 85, Western 74, OT Centerville 67, Tri 31 Chesterton 48, Valparaiso 30 Churubusco 68, Fairfield 61, OT Clarksville 61, Borden 52 Clay City 57, Northview 55, OT Cloverdale 72, Eminence 56 Columbia City 51, Manchester 38 Columbus Christian 80, Indpls Lighthouse 58 Columbus East 59, Madison 50 Columbus North 64, Bloomington North 61 Concord 45, Jimtown 36 Corydon 53, Silver Creek 46 Covington 64, N. Putnam 44 Culver 52, Knox 35 Culver Academy 72, Ft. Wayne Canterbury 70 Danville 62, Crawfordsville 56 Delphi 49, Frontier 33 E. Chicago 58, Hammond Noll 53 Eastern Hancock 51, Morristown 42 Eastside 47, Angola 42 Edgewood 52, Mitchell 49 Edinburgh 74, S. Decatur 59 Elwood 45, Oak Hill 44 Ev. Bosse 67, Ev. Mater Dei 56 Ev. Memorial 65, Vincennes 62 Ev. Reitz 88, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 44 Frankfort 75, Tipton 44 Franklin Central 63, Terre Haute North 45 Franklin Co. 40, Connersville 39 Frankton 59, Alexandria 39 Fremont 65, Central Noble 53 Ft. Wayne Concordia 42, Heritage 28 Ft. Wayne Dwenger 53, E. Noble 38 Ft. Wayne North 71, Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 57 Ft. Wayne Snider 68, Homestead 63 Ft. Wayne South 69, Wawasee 45 Garrett 53, DeKalb 34 Gary Roosevelt 64, Gary Wallace 63 Gibson Southern 51, Wood Memorial 47 Glenn 65, New Prairie 55 Greencastle 52, Southmont 47 Greenwood Christian 66, Brown Co. 47 Griffith 48, Kankakee Valley 32 Guerin Catholic 47, Pendleton Hts. 32 Hagerstown 60, Shenandoah 39 Hamilton Hts. 68, Taylor 45 Hamilton Southeastern 78, Westfield 47 Heritage Hills 69, Tell City 40 Hobart 69, Highland 55 Huntington North 71, Logansport 67 Jasper 66, Floyd Central 47 Jay Co. 47, Union City 31 Knightstown 49, Waldron 34 Lafayette Catholic 82, Rossville 68 Lake Central 77, Crown Point 43 LaVille 62, Oregon-Davis 43 Lawrence North 38, Indpls Pike 36 Lawrenceburg 75, S. Dearborn 37 Leo 87, Lakewood Park 71 Linton 58, N. Central (Farmersburg) 48 Marion 80, Muncie Central 62 McCutcheon 70, Avon 51 Medora 60, Indiana Deaf 59, OT Michigan City 58, Merrillville 48 Michigan City Marquette 100, Wheeler 59 Mississinewa 82, Eastbrook 61 Monroe Central 83, Cowan 39 Mooresville 58, Greenwood 39 Munster 74, Andrean 51 N. Judson 55, N. Miami 44 N. Knox 48, Bloomfield 39
N. Posey 64, Boonville 43 N. Vermillion 59, Fountain Central 52 N. White 56, W. Central 55 New Albany 68, Bedford N. Lawrence 47 New Castle 72, Anderson 63 New Palestine 68, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 48 Noblesville 58, Fishers 54 Northeastern 93, Winchester 91, 2OT Northridge 66, Lakeland 40 Northwestern 55, Eastern (Greentown) 40 NorthWood 104, Bremen 54 Norwell 70, Woodlan 40 Orleans 62, Shoals 25 Owen Valley 52, S. Putnam 39 Penn 53, Mishawaka Marian 51 Perry Central 70, Paoli 68 Peru 51, Rochester 35 Pike Central 55, Forest Park 50 Portage 55, LaPorte 51 Providence 62, N. Harrison 56, OT Richmond 81, Kokomo 73 Riverton Parke 52, S. Vermillion 43 Rock Creek Academy 89, Madison Shawe 41 Rockville 62, Attica 49 Rushville 74, Greenfield 60 S. Bend Adams 101, S. Bend Clay 65 S. Bend St. Joseph’s 63, Elkhart Central 61 S. Bend Washington 48, Mishawaka 44 S. Knox 60, W. Vigo 39 S. Ripley 59, Rising Sun 51 Seeger 61, Turkey Run 25 Shakamak 74, Eastern (Greene) 72 Shelbyville 55, Delta 45 Southridge 48, S. Spencer 31 Southwood 75, Northfield 46 Speedway 55, Lapel 48 Springs Valley 59, Washington Catholic 57 Sullivan 76, Union (Dugger) 45 Switzerland Co. 50, Jac-Cen-Del 39 Tippecanoe Valley 55, Triton 51 Traders Point Christian 92, Anderson Prep Academy 43 Tri-Central 54, Clinton Prairie 42 Tri-County 62, Caston 49 Tri-West 80, N. Montgomery 45 Trinity Lutheran 68, Oldenburg 63 Twin Lakes 64, Rensselaer 42 W. Lafayette 53, Lafayette Harrison 50 W. Noble 76, Hamilton 54 Wabash 75, Lakeland Christian 17 Warsaw 73, Ft. Wayne Luers 46 Washington 67, Mt. Carmel, Ill. 61 Western Boone 62, Cascade 38 Westview 54, Goshen 41 White River Valley 55, N. Daviess 52 Whiteland 70, Martinsville 65 Winamac 73, Pioneer 36 National Basketball Association By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 30 25 .545 — Brooklyn 25 27 .481 3 1/2 New York 21 34 .382 9 Boston 19 36 .345 11 Philadelphia 15 41 .268 15 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 39 14 .736 — Washington 26 28 .481 13 1/2 Charlotte 26 30 .464 14 1/2 Atlanta 25 29 .463 14 1/2 Orlando 17 40 .298 24 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 41 13 .759 — Chicago 29 25 .537 12 Detroit 23 32 .418 18 1/2 Cleveland 22 34 .393 20
Milwaukee 10 44 .185 31 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 40 16 .714 — Houston 37 18 .673 2 1/2 Dallas 33 23 .589 7 Memphis 31 23 .574 8 New Orleans 23 31 .426 16 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 43 13 .768 — Portland 36 18 .667 6 Minnesota 26 28 .481 16 Denver 25 29 .463 17 Utah 19 34 .358 22 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 37 20 .649 — Phoenix 33 21 .611 2 1/2 Golden State 33 22 .600 3 L.A. Lakers 18 36 .333 17 1/2 Sacramento 18 36 .333 17 1/2 ——— Thursday’s Games Miami 103, Oklahoma City 81 Denver 101, Milwaukee 90 Golden State 102, Houston 99, OT Friday’s Games Orlando 129, New York 121,2OT Dallas 124, Philadelphia 112 Charlotte 90, New Orleans 87 Toronto 98, Cleveland 91 Detroit 115, Atlanta 107 Chicago 117, Denver 89 Memphis 102, L.A. Clippers 96 Phoenix 106, San Antonio 85 Utah at Portland, 10 p.m. Boston at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games New Orleans at Washington, 7 p.m. Memphis at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. New York at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 9 p.m. Boston at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Brooklyn at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, 1 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 6 p.m. Sacramento at Denver, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 9 p.m. Houston at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Winter Olympic Medals Table (as of 2p.m. Friday) By The Associated Press At Sochi, Russia Through Friday, Feb. 21 (88 of 98 events) Nation G S B United States 9 7 11 Russia 9 10 7 Canada 9 10 5 Norway 10 4 8 Netherlands 6 7 9 Germany 8 4 4 France 4 4 7 Sweden 2 6 6 Austria 2 7 3 Switzerland 6 3 2 China 3 4 2 Czech Republic 2 4 2 Japan 1 4 3 Italy 0 2 6 South Korea 3 2 2 Slovenia 2 1 4 Belarus 5 0 1 Poland 4 0 0 Finland 1 3 0 Britain 1 1 2 Australia 0 2 1 Latvia 0 1 2 Ukraine 1 0 1 Slovakia 1 0 0 Croatia 0 1 0 Kazakhstan 0 0 1
Tot 27 26 24 22 22 16 15 14 12 11 9 8 8 8 7 7 6 4 4 4 3 3 2 1 1 1
points as did Conner Hess leading the way for the Braves. For Bluffton, Trey Collins had 10 points.
Bluffton 51, Bellmont 45 TIGERS (7-10) FG 3PT FT TP Prible 2-7 0-2 4-6 8 Garrett 3-5 1-3 9-10 16 Sturgeon 1-4 0-2 2-3 4 Brigner 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 Moser 1-12 1-12 0-0 3 Pearson 2-4 0-0 8-8 12 Morgan 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 Moriarity 3-4 0-0 2-4 8 Totals 12-42 2-20 25-35 51 BRAVES (5-13) FG 3PT FT TP Brune 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 Bienz 3-10 0-5 2-2 8 Selking 1-4 0-2 0-0 2 Hall 5-9 2-5 0-0 12 King 1-2 1-1 0-0 3 Okoniewski 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 Birch 3-5 0-0 5-8 11 Macklin 2-4 0-0 3-8 7 Totals 16-35 3-13 10-18 45 Score By Quarters Bluffton 4 15 12 20 51 Bellmont 15 8 10 12 45
STATISTICS— REB: BLU 21 (Garrett 7), BEL 28 (Birch 11)...AST: BLU 4, BEL 5 (Hall 2)...STL: BLU 7, BEL 4 (King)... BLK: BLU 0, BEL 2...FOUL: BLU 15, BEL 22 (Bienz OUT, Hall 4)...TO: BLU 5, BEL 16. Bluffton 24, Bellmont 38 JV Scoring: (BLU) Lucabaugh 0-1-0-3, Carter 0-0-1-1, Walborn 1-0-0-2, Buskirck 2-0-0-4, Collins 3-1-1-10, Barker 1-0-0-2, Totals 8-2-2-24. (BEL) Fullenkamp 1-0-0-2, Weaver 4-1-1-12, G. Ainsworth 0-1-0-3, S. Ainsworth 2-0-1-5, Hess 4-0-4-12, O'Campo 2-0-0-4, Totals 13-2-6-38.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Singler made a pair of big 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit. The injury-riddled Hawks lost their eighth straight game despite shooting 17 of 20 during a 41-point second quarter. Detroit rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit. Atlanta was without guard Jeff Teague, who was out with a sprained ankle. Al Horford was lost for the season in December with a torn pectoral muscle. Paul Millsap had 23 points for the Hawks. Drummond sat out late in the game after the Hawks started fouling him intentionally.
NEARLY NEHER—Bellmont senior Logan Neher (right) goes for the lift against his opponent at the state wrestling match at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indy Friday night. All five Adams County grapplers went down in the prelims ending their seasons. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
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By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook’s largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. But it is likely to raise worries that Facebook and other technology companies are starting to become overzealous in their pursuit of promising new products and services, said Anthony Michael Sabino, a St. John’s University business professor. ‘‘This could be seen as a microcosm of a bubble,’’ Sabino said. ‘‘I expect there to be a lot of skepticism about this deal. People are going to look at this and say, ‘Uhoh, did they pay way too much for this?’’ Facebook, for its part, is taking the long view. WhatsApp has 450 million monthly users, 70 percent of whom use it every day. The service is adding a million new users a day. There are 19 billion messages sent and 34 billion received via WhatsApp each day, in addition to 600 million photos and 100 million video messages. At this rate, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is confident the app will reach a billion users. Services that reach that milestone, Zuckerberg said in a statement, ‘‘are all incredibly valuable.’’ It’s an elite group to be sure — one that includes Google (which owns YouTube), Facebook itself and little else. Facebook said Wednesday that it’s paying $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp. In addition, the app’s founders and employees — 55 in all — will be granted restricted stock worth $3 billion that will vest over four years after the deal closes. The transaction translates to roughly 11 percent of Facebook’s market value. In comparison, Google’s biggest deal was its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, while Microsoft’s largest was Skype at $8.5 billion. Apple, meanwhile, has never done a deal above $1 billion. Facebook’s $1 billion Instagram deal seems like a bargain in retrospect. Capturing mobile users — and young people — was a big reason behind Facebook’s 2012 purchase of the photosharing app. Even its reported $3 billion offer for disappearing-message app Snapchat pales in comparison. Snapchat spurned the bid. The deal stunned Gartner analyst Brian Blau. ‘‘I am not surprised they went after WhatsApp, but the amount is staggering,’’ he said. The world’s biggest social networking company likely prizes WhatsApp for its audience of teenagers and young adults who are increasingly using the service to engage in online conversations outside of Facebook, which has evolved into a more mainstream hangout inhabited by their parents, grandparents and even their bosses at work. WhatsApp also has a broad global audience. Zuckerberg said the service ‘‘doesn’t get as much attention in the U.S. as it deserves because its community started off growing in Europe, India and Latin America. But WhatsApp is a very important and valuable worldwide communication network. In fact, WhatsApp is the only widely used app we’ve ever seen that has more engagement and a higher percent of people using it daily than Facebook itself.’’ Blau said Facebook’s purchase is a bet on the future. ‘‘They know they have to expand their business lines. WhatsApp is in the business of collecting people’s conversations, so Facebook is going to get some great data,’’ he noted. In that regard, the acquisition makes sense for 10-year-old Facebook as it looks to attract its next billion users while keeping its existing 1.23 billion members, including teenagers, interested. The company is developing a ‘‘multi-app’’ strategy, creating its own applications that exist outside of Facebook and acquiring others. It released a news reader app called Paper earlier this month, and has its own messaging app called Facebook
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Eichhorn attends jewelry appraisal conference
Eileen Eichhorn, a graduate gemologist and certified senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), recently attended the NAJA’s 41st annual winter conference Feb. 2-3, held in Tuscon, Az., a press release from Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc., 130 N. Second St., states. According to Eichhorn Jewelry Marketing Director Heather Cruse, this year’s conference focused on several gemstones and jewelry items, the valuation of which confronts jewelry appraisers on a daily basis. The information gleaned from the lectures helps appraisers remain current across the industry. In addition to the update appraisal sessions, Eichhorn also attended lectures on American Indian jewelry, the precious gemstone yellow (or golden) beryl when branded as a registered Emeryl Jewelsone, organic materials, fair market value appraisals, gemology in the field and gem photography. Eichhorn performs a variety of appraisals throughout a range of jewelry-related appraisal services, including gem identification, insurance documentation, verification of gems and jewelry purchased online, estate appraisals and many others, the press release concluded.
Facebook spends $19 billion to buy popular WhatsApp messaging service
Messenger. ‘‘Facebook seems to be in acknowledgement that people are using a lot of different apps to communicate,’’ said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson. ‘‘In order to continue to reach audiences, younger in particular, it needs to have a broader strategy...not put all its eggs in one basket.’’ Facebook said it is keeping WhatsApp as a separate service, just as it did with Instagram, which it bought for about $715.3 million nearly two years ago. At $19 billion, Facebook is paying $42 per WhatsApp user in the deal. For Facebook, WhatsApp’s huge user base, fast growth pace and popularity is worth the money. ‘‘We want to provide the best tools to share with different sized groups and in different contexts and to develop more mobile experiences beyond just the main Facebook app, like Instagram and Messenger,’’ Zuckerberg said in a conference call. ‘‘This is where we see a lot of new growth as well as a great opportunity to better serve our whole community.’’ WhatsApp, a messaging service for smartphones,
Arts Place names Lane as new visual arts director
Arts Place, Portland Center, 131 E. Walnut St., Portland, has announced the addition of Lauren Lane as the new Visual Arts Director for the facility. Lane holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Missouri State University, and received a Master of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art in 2013. Prior to joining the Arts Place staff, Lane was employed by Craft Alliance in University City, Mo., as a gallery assistant. In addition, Lane served as lead organizer for the Skepticon Conference in Springfield, Mo., promoted as the largest free skeptic conference in the nation, for several years. The conference website describes Skepticon as “a skeptic/ freethinker/atheist conference...to support, promote and develop freethought skeptic and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming...to share ideas, knowledge and high fives.” Lane will coordinate and curate the exhibits at the Portland Center. In addition, she will direct the ArtWorks programs as the center, as well as the outreach programs associated with Arts in the Park. A press release from the center explains that Arts in the Park is a summer arts education program offered in 12 communities in east central Indiana and west central Ohio. The program is designed for children ages six through 14 as an introduction to a broad range of arts mediums. ArtWorks, on the other hand, is a longer-term program of instruction in the
lets users chat with their phone contacts, both oneon-one and in groups. The service allows people to send texts, photos, videos and voice recordings over the Internet. It also lets users communicate with people overseas without incurring charges for pricey international texts and phone calls. It’s free to use for the first year and costs $1 per year after that. It has no ads. ‘‘It’ll be tempting to read this as a sign Facebook is scared of losing teens,’’ said Forrester analyst Nate Elliot in an emailed note. ‘‘And yes, the company does have to work hard to keep young users engaged. But the reality is, Facebook always works hard to keep all its users engaged, no matter their age. Facebook is tireless in its efforts to keep users coming back.’’ Asked about the demographics of WhatsApp’s users, Facebook finance chief David Ebersman said that, ‘‘if you look at the kind of penetration that WhatsApp has achieved, it sort of goes without saying that they have good penetration across all demographics, we would imagine.” That said, ‘‘it’s not a service that asks you to tell them your age when you sign up,’’ he added.
PendaForm announces Bluffton expansion plan
PendaForm, Bluffton, has announced an expansion of their Bluffton, Indiana, facility. The move will create an anticipated 50 new jobs and potentially up to $4 million in new investments to the Wells County economy. According to PendaForm President and CEO Jack Slinger, Wells County was chosen for the company’s expansion because of the positive business climate, the ability to expand the existing building and the hard-working labor force. T im Ehlerding, Wells County economic development director, noted the decision by PendaForm to expand its Bluffton facility was “a team effort (between) the city of Bluffton, the state of Indiana and the Wells County Economic Development Department. “We are obviously pleased when a Bluffton business grows,” Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis stated, “and we were happy to work with PendaForm to assure these jobs stay in Bluffton and more jobs are made available for our Wells County community.” Ehlerding reported the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered PendaForm up to $160,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $35,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is not eligible to claim the incentives until employees are actually hired. The city of Bluffton rounded out the incentives through tax abatements, utility upgrades and street improvements, according to Ehlerding.
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Alexin promotes Morris to sales and marketing VP
Alexin LLC, Bluffton, a state-of-the-art aluminum billet extrusion cast-house, has announced the promotion of Paul Morris to vice president, sales and marketing for the firm. According to a press release, Morris has been with the company for over four years, initially serving as the company’s sales manager. “With 35 years of experience in the aluminum industry, Morris has been a valuable contributor from day one,” Alexin President Tom Horton said, adding “Paul is a proven leader within Alexin and we are excited to bring his talent to the executive team.” “Many people don’t realize the very foundation of Alexin is built around sustainable products and processes,” stated Morris. “I’m proud to share that we are the largest recycler on Wells County and our Bluffton facility leaves little to no emissions behind,” he added. Alexin LLC was found in 2008, and utilizes a high percentage of recycled aluminum to produce LEED certifiable billets. The facility is designed with maximum efficiency and sustainability in mind, from minimizing carbon emissions with a highly efficient natural gas system, to utilizing technologically advanced homogenizing ovens, high efficiency furnaces and packaging lines.
How Will Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement Income Strategy?
Have you given much thought to collecting Social Security? The answer probably depends on how old you are — but whatever your age, you’ll want to consider the best way of incorporating Social Security benefits into your retirement income strategy. Of course, if you have several decades to go until you retire, you might be wondering if Social Security will even be there for you at all. The basic issue is that the Social Security system is experiencing a sharply declining worker-to-beneficiary ratio. In plain English, this means that fewer workers are contributing to Social Security while the huge baby boom generation is retiring and taking money out. Still, Social Security has enough money to pay full retirement benefits to every eligible American until 2038, according to the Congressional Budget Office. After that point, benefits would have to be reduced unless changes are made to the Social Security system. And several changes have indeed been proposed. Given that we do have nearly 25 years until benefit cuts may need to be made, it seems reasonable that some type of solution could be reached to put Social Security back on solid ground. In any case, when thinking about your retirement income, you need to focus on those things that you can control — such as when to start taking Social Security and how you can supplement your Social Security benefits. Depending on when you were born, your “full” retirement age, as far as collecting Social Security benefits, is likely either 66 or 67. You can start getting your checks as early as 62, but if you do, your monthly payments could be reduced by as much as 30% — and this reduction is permanent. Consequently, if you can support your lifestyle from other sources of income — such as earnings from employment and withdrawals from your IRA and 401(k) — you may want to postpone taking Social Security until you reach your full retirement age. In fact, you can get even bigger monthly checks if you delay taking your benefits beyond your full retirement age, although your payments will “max out” once you reach 70. Keep in mind, though, that other factors, such as your anticipated longevity, should also enter into your calculations in considering when to take Social Security. As mentioned above, your retirement income may also include withdrawals from retirement accounts, such as an IRA and a 401(k), along with other investments, such as a fixed annuity. And these other accounts are quite important, because Social Security provides, on average, only about 40% of retirement income for the average 65-year-old today. Consequently, in the years and decades before you retire, contribute as much as you can possibly afford to these other accounts. Given the advances in medical care and the greater awareness of healthy lifestyles, people are living longer than ever — which means you could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. To enjoy those years fully, you’ll need adequate income. By planning ahead, you can determine how best to fit Social Security into your retirement income strategy. Every move you make to help “secure” your retirement can pay off for you in the long run. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
The fully-automated cast-house offers aluminum extruders an unmatched breadth of soft alloy extrusion billet and logs in numerous lengths and diameters. Alexin has a capacity of 225 million pounds annually and currently employs 70 team members.
Pence names Bassett new state director of finance
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A retired JPMorgan Chase executive in Indiana is taking over a state cabinetlevel position responsible for overseeing private and commercial banks in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday appointed Dennis Bassett as the new director of Indiana’s Department of Financial Institutions. He’s charged with overseeing commercial and private banks, trust companies, credit loans and other finance corporations. Bassett worked for numerous financial institutions throughout his career, including acting as Indiana chief executive officer for Bank One and Indiana president of Huntington Bank.
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Dems see opportunity to pick up governor seats
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats, facing fewer opportunities to pick up seats in the Senate and House, see a more fertile playing field in the three dozen governors’ races across the country this year. As a bonus, there’s even the potential of scoring an early knockout against a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender or two. In campaigns with broad presidential implications, Democrats see encouraging signs in their fight against Republicans’ hold of 29 of the nation’s 50 governor’s mansions. Republicans will have a large map to defend — the GOP controls 22 of the 36 seats up for election, including six in states that President Barack Obama carried twice: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Maine. ‘‘We know how to win national elections,’’ Obama said Thursday at a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. But he said all too often, Democrats get into trouble by ignoring state races ‘‘because I guess we don’t think it’s sexy enough. But the fact of the matter is that’s where a lot of the action is.’’ Part of the strategy aims to undercut a group of prominent Republican governors first elected in 2010 who have presided over improving economies and billed themselves as reformers in contrast to the dysfunction in Congress. Democrats have sought to tarnish New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was reelected last year, as he deals with home state scandals and hope to extend the scrutiny to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. All three are potential contenders for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. ‘‘The myth of Republican governors as reformers is dead,’’ said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who leads the Democratic Governors Association. Obama’s allies jumped on the release of thousands of emails this week involving former aides to Walker. The emails appeared to mix official and campaign business while Walker was serving as a county executive and running for governor in 2010. The approach drew comparisons to their focus on investigations involving Christie, including emails indicating that former aides and allies participated in a decision to shutter access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as political payback. Despite the ongoing home-state scandal, Christie plans to maintain an aggressive national travel schedule as the top fundraiser for Republican governors. But he was expected to keep a low profile this weekend as governors gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual National Governors Association meeting. Walker is facing voters for the third time in four years. He escaped a recall election in 2012, when Democrats and unions sought revenge after a bitter fight over collective bargaining rights for state workers. In the investigation involving his former aides, Walker was never charged with any wrongdoing. The probe closed last year with convictions against six of his former aides and associates. A second investigation is ongoing and reportedly looking into fundraising and other activities by Walker’s campaign and conservative groups. In Ohio, Kasich is up for re-election in the perennial presidential swing state. Recent polls suggest he holds a narrow advantage over Ed FitzGerald, a little-known Democratic county executive. A former House Budget Committee chairman, Kasich was humbled by an expensive battle with labor unions in 2011 that overturned restrictions he championed on unions representing police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers. Kasich briefly sought the presidency in 1999 and Republicans say he could pursue it again if he wins re-election. The GOP is waging a broad campaign to highlight improving economies and optimism under Republican governors from South Carolina to New Mexico. Republican strategists view Obama as a liability for Democrats, particularly in a number of Rust Belt states that elected GOP governors four years ago. But they acknowledge that the fall elections could influence the 2016 presidential race, when the GOP field could include Christie, Walker, Kasich and outgoing Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas.
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