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December 31, 2013
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Tragic tale of hunter’s death voted No. 1 by employees of Decatur Daily Democrat
With family ties throughout the county, and perhaps the prevalence of hunting in the Adams County community, the tragic story of a Decatur hunter who chose to end his own life following a devastating spinal injury in early November landed at the top of the list of Adams County news stories for 2013. Tim Bowers, 32, was doing what he loved the morning of Nov. 2 when the avid outdoorsman fell about 16 feet from an elevated tree stand, suffering a severe spinal injury that left the newlywed and father-tobe paralyzed from the shoulders down. Although Bowers’ brain was not affected by the fall, he was dependent on a ventilator to breathe. The prognosis wasn’t good. When faced with the news, Bowers’ family asked doctors at Lutheran Hospital if he could be brought out of sedation long enough to be told of his condition and decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die, according to the Associated Press. The doctors said yes. See No. 1 STORY, Page 3
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Overcrowding at the county jail was the year’s No. 6 story according to the results of balloting among employees of the Democrat.
It is my hope that I have been able to contribute a small portion in return of what I have received.” The search to replace Pettibone was a daunting one but the board seemed to hit the bulls-eye when it hired Dr. Lori Richmond to take the reins. Richmond is originally from Lake County. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a masters degree in educational leadership, both from Indiana University. She went on to receive a specialist superintendent rating from Indiana State University, and completed her college education with a PhD in educational leadership, administration and foundations. With more than 25 years experience in public, private and Christian education, Richmond served as a teacher from 1986-2002. During her time as a teacher, and continuing afterward, she has held the positions of director, principal, administrator and senior administrator, assistant superintendent, superintendent, and National Education Director.
No. 2 - Attempted murder
The final chapter of the year’s No. 2 story has yet to be written, but the unsettling series of events began in October when a Berne woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to suffocate her own child. Sasha J. Hunt, 22, Berne, was arrested Oct. 16 on charges of attempted murder and neglect of a dependent after court documents allege she placed a sock in or over the mouth of her 3-month-old son and wound tape around his head to hold the sock in place. Hunt then allegedly wrapped her son in a blanket, placed him face down on a pillow inside a closet, closed the door and walked away. Hunt’s husband, Nathan, told Berne Police Sergeant Dean Amstutz that on the night of Oct. 13 he left the house for approximately 15-20 minutes. He said that when he returned, Sasha Hunt was walking down the stairs from the second floor of the home, according to an affidavit filed in the case. After Sasha Hunt indicated she was ready for bed, Hunt Nathan Hunt stated he heard a muffled cry coming from the second floor of the home. He told Amstutz it sounded as if his son had rolled over on his face. Nathan Hunt told Amstutz he found his son face down on the floor of the closet with his arms wrapped next to his body. There was yellow tape wrapped around his head and a sock over his mouth, according to the affidavit. Nathan Hunt picked up his son and unwound the tape from his head, removing the sock covering his mouth. After ascertaining his son was okay, Nathan Hunt said he confronted his wife about what she had allegedly done, to which she reportedly responded “That’s not me.” Sasha Hunt told Nathan Hunt what she had done had scared her and she “just lost control.” Nathan Hunt reportedly told Sasha Hunt she could turn herself in and go to Contact Us Behavioral By phone: 724-2121 Health at By Fax: 724-7981 A d a m s Memorial On The Web Hospital, www.decaturdaily or he was democrat.com going to turn her into the police, according to
the affidavit. Sasha Hunt ultimately was arrested and charged with the class C felonies. She was ordered held on a $100,000 surety bond after probable cause was found at her initial hearing on Oct. 17. A jury trial will convene at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2014. Hunt is being represented by attorney Mark A. Thoma, Fort Wayne, who filed motion to conceal to court records.
No. 3 - New school leaders
A pair of veteran educators wrapped up their impressive careers in 2013 as Wylie Sirk and Mike Pettibone, superintendents at North Adams Community Schools and Adams Central Schools, respectively, walked away into retirement. Those transitions were voted the No. 3 news story of the year in Adams County. Sirk left the North Adams school district on the final day of June after 36 years in the education field — 19 of them at North Adams Community Schools. He was hired in June of 2007 to replace retiring superintendent Jim Compton, who served as North Adams’ superintendent for 11 years. After teaching stints in Whitley and Wells counties, Sirk came to North Adams in 1991 as principal at Monmouth Elementary, a position he held for two years before taking a year to attend Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He returned to North Adams in the fall of 1994 as a middle school science, language arts and reading teacher and served as principal at Southeast Elementary School from 1998-2007. Taking over as North Adams superintendent was Brent Lehman, who came to North Adams from Randolph Eastern School, Corporation, where he spent the past three years as superintendent. Lehman previously served as assistant principal at Norwell High School and as principal and assistant principal at South Adams High School and is a former assistant principal at Bellmont High School. After a decade at AC, Pettibone left at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year. In announcing his retirement, Pettibone said he felt fortunate to have served as superintendent at Central, noting he developed a deep appreciation for the commitment of the staff and the community to maintain a culture of caring and excellence at the school. “ ... Because of the genuine kindness of the folks involved with Adams Central, my life has been enriched in a spiritual manner,” said Pettibone. “My life has been impacted through colleagues, friends of the school, and an abundance of talented students.
No. 4 - Peace Monument
A large crowd gathered on the west side of the courthouse square Aug. 24 to celebrate the re-dedication of the Adams County Peace Monument designed and built 100 years earlier. The Chicago Art Institutes’ Charles Mulligan designed the monument, with construction by local lead contractor George Wemhoff. The idea for the monument was first introduced by French Quinn, who
in 1912 broached the possibility of a monument to honor Civil War veterans. Quinn was a controller of the interurban electric trolley that ran between Decatur and Fort Wayne at the time. He quickly garnered support from the local chapter of the GAR, or Grand Army of the Republic, whose members circulated petitions that subsequently were presented to the county commissioners for support. The county officials, in turn, imposed a new property tax – seven cents on the dollar – to finance the $10,000 monument. “The monument was created with the conviction that our country was worth defending and worth honoring,” State Sen. Travis Holdman emphasized. The service drew veterans who served in World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Grenada/ Panama conflicts, and those military personnel that recently served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. All were gathered to promote peace with the hope of ending political and military conflicts, as well as to honor those that served to protect American freedoms. Key guests included Holdman, State Rep. Matt Lehman, R- Berne, Berne Mayor Bill McKean and Decatur Councilman Ken Meyer, a substitute for Mayor John Schultz who was recovering from minor surgery. “This is a tremendous event celebrating those who have served our nation. A monument that represents the brave soldiers past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” Meyer said. The service began with honoring the veterans that were present. Asked to stand in applause, they rose before all as the most honorable among guests. There were moments of thanks and gratitude, even from young children who got to meet an American “hero.” McKean read the following statement from Gov. Mike Pence: “This is an Indiana moment and will leave Indiana a little brighter.”
No. 5 - Pedestrian killed
The re-dedication of the Adams County Peace Monument was voted the No. 4 story of 2013.
The death of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle while attempting to cross Monroe Street at the intersection of 5th Street in Decatur on Sept. 17 was the fifth top story of the year. Seventy-two year old Decatur resident Beverly K. Case was walking southbound and legally entered the crosswalk on Monroe Street when she was struck and knocked to the pavement by a vehicle turning eastbound onto Monroe Street from 5th Street, driven by Rejena M. Bluhm, 47, E 250 N, Decatur. Case received incapacitating head injuries in the accident and later died at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. See No. 5, Page 2
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a cold, crisp afternoon with stiff winds snapping to attention the flags of the legion color guard. Honored for posterity with their names, the date of their death and pictures etched into the black granite monolith were: William E. Allison, 1967; Carey W. Ellenberger, 1967; Stephen E. Breiner, 1968; Boyce D. Phillips, 1969; Duane G. Landis, 1969; and Merlin G. Beer, 1969. Also etched into the stone is the fact that from 1965 through 1975, 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict. Lee, himself a Vietnam veteran, had spearheaded the efforts to erect a memorial in honor of Adams County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. It was through his research that the six individuals who are listed on the memorial were identified.
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Bluhm was not cited by Decatur police in the fatality, with Police Chief Ken Ketzler later stating that, following an extensive investigation by his department, it was determined Bluhm’s actions “absolutely did not justify” the issuance of a citation. “It was a tragic accident,” Ketzler pointed out at the time, but quickly added “we don’t feel there was anything out of the ordinary” to warrant a citation. Bluhm was not speeding, was not texting and was not using her cell phone at the time of the accident, Ketzler said. His department determined Bluhm was not negligent and was not driving in a criminal manner, Ketzler said. For all those reasons, Bluhm received no citations, Ketzler stated. The reliability of electronic crosswalk signals entered into the discussion of the accident, since Case was crossing Monroe Street at a designated crosswalk which had indicated through electronic symbols that she had the right-of-way to cross the intersection. However, while the traffic system indicated it was safe for Case to cross the street, the electronic traffic lights at the same time indicated by symbol that Bluhm could legally make her left turn from 5th Street onto Monroe St. According to Dana Plattner, a professional traffic engineer with the Fort Wayne office of the Indiana Department of Transportation, it was the responsibility of both Case and Bluhm “to ensure they can enter the intersection safely.” He added “The only way we could come close to ensuring the safety of pedestrians crossing a roadway is to shut down all vehicle traffic completely. Obviously, we can’t do that,” Plattner said. Plattner did clarify that “The pedestrian always has the right of way when he/she is crossing a roadway at a designated crosswalk.” The onus is on the driver of a motor vehicle to ensure there are no obstructions prior to entering an intersection, Plattner stated.
No. 8 - ‘The Godfather’ enters Hall
No. 6 - Overcrowded jail
The dramatic increase in the number of criminal cases in Adams County during 2013 related to the use, manufacture or sale of meth-amphetamines created a serious overcrowding situation at the county jail, where some inmates were forced to sleep on mattresses laid directly on the floor. The story was voted the sixth biggest in Adams County during 2013. The county jail was originally built in 1981 at a cost of $1.7 million, including cell blocks, offices, landscaping and a paved drive. Initially, the jail could accommodate 32 prisoners, with most cell blocks constructed so as to house four prisoners each. Later, a majority of the single cots in the cells were replaced with double bunk beds, bringing the jail’s total capacity to 60 inmates. Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg stated in October that over the past several years, there had been occasional spikes in the jail’s population for short periods of time, but during 2013, the population never dropped below the 60 bed limit, requiring the use of mattresses on the floor to accommodate all those incarcerated in the facility. On a number of occasions, the number of inmates totaled 90 or more prisoners, and the total jail population never dropped below 60, Rekeweg stated. The reason for the continued escalation of inmate numbers was directly attributed to the rise in the number of individuals charged with meth-related offenses in the county. According to Dan Mawhorr of the Indiana State Police, there were nine meth lab busts in Adams County between 2005 and 2011. In 2012 alone, seven labs where located in the county, with 13 discovered in the first ten months of 2013. Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey noted that to date, more than 60 meth labs have been busted in the county. “In talking with the guys who deal with this every day, they expect (meth lab busts) to be in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s next year,” Mawhorr commented, adding that in actuality, there are likely double or triple that number who law enforcement is unaware of their existence. Rekeweg provided similarly bleak statistics, noting that “when you have meth start to move into your county, whatever (numbers) you see this year, you should expect to see double next year.” Concerning the near-epidemic proportions of meth users in the county, Harvey stated “We have the ability to fight this, but it will take the involvement of the entire community to combat its spread.” T h e jail overcrowding issues finally forced Adams County Councilors and Commissioners to table discussions in November for the construction of a combined new courthouse and superior court facility, which had been in the planning stages for the past three or four years, opting instead to consider designs and concepts for a new county jail, possibly incorporated the jail into a new judicial center housing all three facilities.
The induction of the late John Friedt into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February was voted the No. 8 news story of the year.
Allen was present at the dedication to say a prayer over the building, firefighters and members of the community, “Let us find joy and peace in the service of one another,” she prayed. Prior to the construction, Fire Chief Russell Cook asked the council to donate the five acre plot of land in Monroe Business Park, stating that the building on South Polk Street had “served its purpose” and was no longer capable of housing modern fire trucks and equipment. “The area of Monroe is growing,” said Cook, “and our needs are becoming that of any other town.” The new station includes office space for the town clerk and police department, as well as a meeting room and kitchen area that may be used by the town, “and is a great asset for the town and the surrounding areas we provide protection for, including five townships and providing assistance to neighboring departments when needed,” Council President Al Lehman noted. “People don’t realize you guys get up in the middle of the night, and you’re not paid for it,” said Councilor Debra Giessler. “You’re up at all hours, all the hours of training that you do. People just don’t have a clue how much time you guys put in.”  The new station is large enough to house all of the department’s equipment, including pumpers, water tankers, the Jaws of Life and the rescue unit. The building also includes a bay specifically for the town marshal vehicle. Town attorney Jeremy Brown said Clerk/Treasurer Rachel Burkhart previously housed many of the town’s files in her home because there is no room in the current building. With the new station, those documents can be moved to the new clerk/treasurer office and made more accessible. Cook said the new building design takes the possibility of further town growth into consideration and may easily be added on to in the future should it be needed. Since the grand opening celebration, many new additions have taken place, including a new drop-off utility payment box and a phone service that gives the community access to each department including individual voicemail.
The late John Friedt graduated from Bellmont High School in 1973, his prep wrestling career over. “He could have quit in ‘73, but John never left the wrestling room,” said John’s teammate, friend, and coaching buddy, Dave Schirack. “No doubt, John was that one person you think of when you look at our program. We all contributed a little bit, but John Friedt was the Godfather of Bellmont wrestling.” Friedt, who died in 2011, was posthumously inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 17 at the organization’s annual banquet. To all those who knew him and were touched by him, it was obvious that the honor was absolutely appropriate. That event was voted the No. 8 news story of 2013. “Of all the guys inducted today, John was the only one that everyone in the room stood up for. I was going to stand up if I was the only one,” added Schirack. John’s wife, Mary, who also has also given tirelessly to Bellmont wrestling for four decades, was on hand to accept the Hall of Fame plaque, along with their children, Dan and Jenny, and Bellmont coach Brent Faurote. A large contingent of family and friends was also present. Former Adams Central coach Barry Humble made the presentation, and pointed out his long association with John, starting back in the mid-1970s when John and friend Phil Thieme worked hard with area kids in the Decatur Wrestling Club. Current and former Bellmont coaches all sang the same praises for the soft-spoken Friedt, who was a master at coaching technique, and added plenty of inspiration to youngsters of all ages in the program. “John Friedt is going into the Hall of Fame deservingly. What he did for Bellmont wrestling, for the community, with the youth program, middle school and high school was special. He contributed at all levels,” said Faurote. “I’m the fifth head coach, but nobody else has been more influential on this program than John Friedt. When you look at our wall (of fame at BHS), we have 99 guys there (with state places); only Phil Lengerich, our first champ in 1969, was not influenced by John,” said Faurote.
No. 10 - Former mayor dies
“It’s a sad day for Decatur,” said mayor John Schultz when informed of the passing of former Decatur mayor Harold Miller, 83, who died Oct. 2 at Woodcrest Retirement Community. Mr. Miller’s death was voted the No. 10 news story of 2013. Schultz said he feels those who step forward to serve the community are greatly unappreciated, and Miller was no exception. “He was a great mayor,” he said, “and a personal friend of mine. In fact, he’s the one who got me involved in politics. There’s a special bond between mayors. You put politics aside and appreciate each other.” Former mayor Fred Isch echoed Schultz’s sentiments when informed of Miller’s death. “Once you go through the office and see what really happens with the citizens, the various boards, the media ... there’s definitely a bond there.” Isch, who followed Miller as mayor, and Schultz were deeply saddened by the news, and extended their sympathies to Miller’s family. “He was a good man, a good friend and very wellliked,” said Isch. “He did a lot for the city of Decatur. He was a people’s mayor.” Miller served as Decatur’s mayor from 19761988. Harold was the owner of Miller’s Meat Market from 1979-1993. He was a 50 year member of the Moose, President of the Decatur Little League and a Hall of Fame Bowler in Adams County.
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No. 9 - Monroe fire station
No. 7 - Vietnam memorial
Through the efforts of local veteran John Lee, a granite memorial commemorating the six residents of Adams County who gave their lives in the Vietnam conflict was dedicated on Nov. 10 at the northeast corner of the courthouse property. The dedication came one day prior to the celebration of the official Veteran’s Day national 24 Hour Access Safe and Secure holiday. The story ranked No. 7 in the DDD poll. American Legion Post 43 Commander Jan Smith served as master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured comments from Lee Locally Owned and Operated Since 1986! and Pastor Jim Compton. Local resident Rosie 5 Locations To Better Serve You! Over • 3303 S. Winchester St., Next to Schwan’s Distribution Fairchild provided musi• 1320 Village green Drive, Behind Courtesy Motors 750 Units to cal interludes, while Post • 615 Bellmont Road, Beside D&D Convenience Store 43 Chaplain Carl Thieme choose from! • 2221 Guy Brown Drive, Industrial Park closed the ceremony with • 1740 Morningstar Drive, Northwest of Kmart Please visit us at: DecaturStorageUnits.com a prayer. More than 100 local residents and veterans attended the dedication, which was held on Office located at 2221 Guy Brown Drive • Decatur
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Commish okay addition of 4th deputy coroner
By MIKE LAMM County Coroner Leslie Cook appeared before the Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon during their final meeting of the year to request they lift their hiring freeze to hire a fourth part-time deputy coroner for the county. Cook informed commissioners her department is comprised of the coroner, chief deputy coroner, and (currently) two deputy coroners. According to Cook, the addition of a third deputy coroner is needed since all employees of the office hold full time positions elsewhere, and the situation could arise where all four other individuals could potentially be out of the area. She informed commissioners, “I have had money in my budget allocated for a fourth deputy for several years, I just haven’t found the right person,” she said. Commissioners unanimously voted to break their hiring freeze and allow Cook to add the fourth deputy coroner to her staff. Cook then announced the individual she selected as Dean Amstutz, a law enforcement officer from Berne. Deputy coroners in Indiana do not need a medical background, but must take a class and pass a certification exam to qualify for the position. Amstutz will be paid $600 per year, Cook stated. Adams County Engineer Tim Barkey requested the encumbrance of funds totaling $223,970.89 to cover the cost of miscellaneous items from outstanding contracts started in 2013 but not scheduled to be completed until 2014. In addition, Barkey submitted a list of projects he hoped to start in 2014, including major structural repairs to the bridge on Winchester Road over Holthouse Ditch; the replacement of a bridge on C.R. 125N over Yellow Creek; resurfacing of the bridge deck on C.R. 500W over Holthouse Ditch; and the approach to a bridge on Piqua Road over Caffee Ditch. Also, Barkey would like to replace culverts on C.R. 200E at 4400 North and C.R. 600W over Beery Ditch, as well as paving, expansion joint repair and erosion control projects at various locations throughout the county. County Highway D e p a r t m e n t Superintendent Mark Mitchel reported his department has been working to repair several roads along the southern county line which were washed out by the recent flooding in the area. His department has also been working to clear several culverts of corn stubble which were clogged by high water. Building Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer said the first phase of the window project at the Service Complex has been completed. He asked commissioners when they might want to start the replacement of windows on the east side of the building, where the windows in Building/Planning and Zoning Commissioner Mark Wynn’s office have become a particular problem. The commissioners asked that he wait until spring, allowing for time to ensure the first phase replacement windows perform as anticipated. County Attor ney Mark Burry announced the appointment of Louise Ray to the Adams County Hospital Board, and the appointment of Ryan Noblitt to a twoyear term on the Wabash Heritage River Corridor board rather than one year, as had previously been reported to commissioners.
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Josephine E. Baker
Josephine E. Baker, 94, Berne, passed away at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Chalet Village Health and Rehabilitation in Berne. She was born Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1919, in New Corydon to the late Charles A. and Nellie (Switzer) Walter. Mrs. Baker was 16 when she graduated in 1935 from Jefferson High School. She married Floyd “Whitey” Baker Sunday, Sept. 26, 1937, in Newport, Ky. at the age of 18; he preceded her in death in 2006; they had been married for 69 years.  Mrs. Baker was very active on the family farm and enjoyed reading and gardening. She formerly worked at Nussbaum Novelty and was a member of Pleasant Neighbors Home Economics Club and the New Corydon Baker United Methodist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Eugene) Lehmann and Mary Jane (Russell) Nichols, both of Berne; a sister-in-law, Edith Walter of Berne; seven grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-great-grandchild. Preceding Josephine in death were two brothers, John Walter and Jay Walter; a sister, Jesteene Michael; a sister-in-law, Clara Walter; one greatgrandchild and two great-great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate Mrs. Baker’s life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington St., with Rev. Marvin Taylor and Rev. Roger Bixler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Berne.   Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, also at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Chalet Village, 1065 Parkway, Berne, or the donor’s choice.                        Arrangements were handled by Downing and Glancy Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.
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Gloria J. Bell
Gloria J. Bell, 61, Berne, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her residence. Survivors include two daughters, Traci Bell of Berne and Trina M. (Brian) Fornwalt of Bluffton; a sister, Carol A. Ford of Decatur; and a brother, Steven A. (Deborah) Maller of Thornville, Ohio. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at GoodwinCale and Harnish Memorial Chapel with Pastor Travis Combest officiating. Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday, both at the funeral home.
Perhaps the most difficult decision ever to be made, that of removing a loved one from life-support, is more times than not left to family members who must speak for the patient. This is something Jenny Shultz, Bowers’ sister, an intensive care nurse in Las Vegas, had seen many times. With Schultz’s medical training, she understood exactly the severity of her brother’s injuries. His C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae were crushed, and although his brain was not injured, his body was irreparably broken. Surgery could fuse the vertebrae, allowing Bowers to sit up, but he would never walk or hold his baby. He might live the rest of his life in a rehabilitation hospital, relying on a machine to help him breathe. He’d never return to those outdoor activities that gave him such peace. ‘‘We just asked him, do you want this? And he shook his head emphatically no,’’ Shultz said in an AP interview. Unable to talk due to the ventilator tube, Bowers emphatically wanted the tube removed, even after being told they were unsure how long he would live once the tube was removed. But when she asked if he wanted the tube reinserted if he was struggling, he shook his head no. Doctors asked Bowers the same questions and got the same responses. The tube came out Nov. 3. The last five hours of Tim Bowers’ life were spent with family and friends, about 75 of whom gathered in the hospital waiting room. They prayed and sang songs. Through it all, Shultz said in the AP interview, her brother never wavered in his decision to die. ‘‘I just remember him saying so many times that he loved us all and that he lived a great life,’’ she said. ‘‘At one point he was saying, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready.’’’
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses. Lawmakers let these tax breaks lapse almost every year, even though they save businesses and individuals billions of dollars. And almost every year, Congress eventually renews them, retroactively, so taxpayers can claim them by the time they file their tax returns. No harm, no foul, right? After all, taxpayers filing returns in the spring won’t be hurt because the
Wren decorating winners named
The Wren, Ohio, Christmas Society has announced the winners of the 2013 Outside Home Display decorating contest. The winners are as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Brad Michaud; Jenny Worthman; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tumbleson; and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Demo. All
tax breaks were in effect for 2013. Taxpayers won’t be hit until 2015, when they file tax returns for next year. Not so far. Trade groups and tax experts complain that Congress is making it impossible for businesses and individuals to plan for the future. What if lawmakers don’t renew the tax break you depend on? Or what if they change it and you’re no longer eligible? ‘‘It’s a totally ridiculous way to run our tax system,’’ said Rachelle Bernstein, vice president and tax counsel for the National Retail Federation.
winners were presented with gift certificates from Manley Meats, Decatur. According to a press release, the Wren Christmas Society “would like to thank all who decorated their homes this year, which added to the beauty of Wren and its surrounding area during this Christmas season.”
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Pair cited Two drivers were ticketed in recent days by the Decatur Police Department for vehicular infractions. Cited were Ethan J. Geels, 22, rural Decatur, for speeding 56 in a 45 at U.S. 27 and U.S. 33 and Scott E. Foudray, 48, Winchester, for driving while suspended.
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Rural mishaps The Adams County Sheriff’s Department investigated three accidents in recent days. At 7:02 a.m. Saturday, Shawn M. Brister, 32, Willshire, Ohio, was headed northwest on Piqua Road near S.R. 101. A deer entered the path of his pick-up truck and Bristler was not able to avoid hitting the deer causing an estimated $5,001-$10,000 in damage to his vehicle. At 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Chelsea A. Landis, 18, rural Decatur, was eastbound on C.R. 500N near C.R. 200W when her car left the roadway on the south side. She over-corrected and then began to skid out of control causing her vehicle to enter a ditch. The car eventually came to rest on the driver’s side in a nearby field with an estimated $2,501-$5,000 in damage done. At 4:50 p.m. Saturday, a hit-skip incident was reported to police by Dewey Gillespie, N. Third Street, Decatur. Gillespie said his vehicle was parked on Paradise Lane near C.R. 400N and he saw another vehicle strike the trailer attached to his pick-up truck and leave the scene. Gillespie told police he saw the vehicle leave and pull into a nearby residence. Gillespie’s wife, Angela, who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash (Gillespie said he was walking away from the vehicle at the time), told police she had pain in her side so an EMS unit was summoned to the scene. After being checked by paramedics, she refused transportation to the hospital. Police were interrupted at the scene of the investigation to help at the scene of another serious traffic accident that injured five persons. When they later returned to complete the investigation, they located the driver of the van, William L. Howard, 41, rural Decatur. Under $1,001 on damage was done to the vehicles in the crash. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Karsten J. Balliet, 23, rural Decatur, was northbound on C.R. 200E near C.R. 1000N when a deer ran onto the road onto the path of her car. She was unable to avoid hitting the animal. The collision caused under $1,001 in damage to the Balliet vehicle.
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Six in custody Five persons were arrested by police in recent days and jailed at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center. Michael A. Brown, Jr., 20, rural Decatur, was detained today by the Decatur Police Department on a warrant for violation of probation, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. There is no bond for the probation charge while the other two offenses carry a $300 cash and $5,000 surety bond. Rocky R. Roof, 31, W. Hoosier Street, Berne, was arrested Saturday by the Berne Police Department for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and for possession of a legend drug. His bond is set at $250 cash and $7,500 surety. Colton L. Strait, 23, Evergreen Lane, Decatur, was charged Sunday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. His bond is $250 cash and $7,500 surety. David L. Kidwell, 19, Ohio City, Ohio, was held Friday by the sheriff’s department on a warrant for violating probation. He is being detained without bond. Chad A. Smith, 27, N. Jackson Street, Berne, was arrested Friday by the sheriff’s department on two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and on another warrant for attempting to deal in methamphetamine and theft. He faces a $50,000 bond. Smith was also charged on a warrant for failing to appear in court and there is no bond for that charge. Shannon R. Gephart, 29, N. Seventh Street, Decatur, was arrested Sunday by Decatur police for being a habitual traffic violator. She posted a $200 cash and $7,500 surety bond for her release from custody. Abram H. Brooks, 19, Versailles, Missouri, was charged Tuesday by the Decatur Police Department on charges of possession of paraphernalia and for operating a vehicle without a proper registration.
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The pope and capitalism
Let me begin by acknowledging that I am not Catholic, and have frequently been a critic of the church, which has badly mishandled scandals surrounding pedophile priests and continues to express outdated positions on women and birth control. Having said that, however, I admit to finding myself become a big fan of Pope Francis I since he was elected head of the Roman Catholic Church in March, succeeding Pope Benedict XVI, who apparently found the responsibilities of the post overwhelming and, in a rare move, resigned to retire in Rome. In the nine short months since, Pope Francis has truly become a transformational figure as an advocate for the poor and a lobbyist for the less fortunate, taking on economic inequality and creating a dilemma for many in assailing the excesses of capitalism and its inherent “idolatry of money,” warning that worship of such a “golden calf” would lead to a “new tyranny.” In his 84-page apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (the joy of the gospel), delivered Nov. 26, Pope Francis laid out “the churches primary mission of evangelization in modern world.” The wide-rangICkIN IT the ing and decidedly populist document sharply criticized spiraling AROUND economic inequity and unrestrictBY MIKE LAmm ed markets and blasting “trickledown economics,” saying the theory “expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Francis wrote. “This opinion has never been confirmed by facts,” adding that “the marginalized and excluded are still waiting.” The world “can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market,” Pope Francis stated, calling for a support system “beyond a simple welfare mentality” that “attack[s] the structural causes of inequality. While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation,” he decried. He pointed out that “trickle-down theories” assume that economic growth ... “will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger. Nothing ever comes out for the poor,” Pope Francis stated. Conservatives immediately took offense, with right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh labeling Francis “a pure Marxist.” For his part, the pope took the higher ground, turning the other cheek and admitting that while “the Marxist ideology is wrong... I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended” by the intended put down. Decades of top-down economics has resulted in an American nation that is a true RINO, taking the oft-cited Republican conservative acronym and turning it into a catch phrase for Rich In Name Only. The emphasis on the monopolization, privatization and deregulation of industry, along with the destruction of labor protections, has resulted in 500 million Americans living in abject poverty, while fewer than 400 individuals own more than half the nation’s wealth. This is not the land of opportunity envisioned by our forefathers. Something is wrong in a democratically empowered society when four individual Walmart heirs enjoy a higher net worth than 40 percent of the nation’s population. As a recent headline in the Columbia Journalism Review put it, “The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think.” Pope Francis appears to clearly see what many Americans can’t, or don’t want to. That the ultimate tragedy of capitalism in our time may be the fact it has achieved its dominance in the world without a social compact; without a connection to any other metric for human progress other than the accumulation of material wealth. Unbridled capitalism, the pope stated, is a “tyranny” that has judged people purely by their ability to consume goods, adding that the “cult of money” was making people miserable. Economic growth has allowed humanity to escape the abject poverty that defined the common human condition for centuries. But the pope does not appear to be attacking growth, but rather, the view that the lopsided accumulation of wealth by a select few would lead to a “new tyranny” and a further division between rich and poor which is already far too wide. To such an economic system promoting exclusion and inequality, Pope Francis clearly states, “Thou shalt not.” It is a message we should all consider as we approach the beginning of a new year.
Can GOP avoid Obamacare trap?
By BYRON YORK 2014 will be the year Republicans are forced to deal with the Obamacare Trap, helpfully set for them by the Democratic authors of the Affordable Care Act. In 2009 and 2010, President Obama and his party took a health care system in which 85 percent had insurance coverage, and blew it up. Now, with Obamacare causing misery right and left, those same Democrats are screaming, “You can’t go back!” The national health care scheme they designed is so complex and has already embedded itself so deeply in the health care system, they argue, that it can never be repealed. The only course now is for lawmakers of both parties to “fix” Obamacare’s problems. The argument will be heard more and more as the burdens imposed by Obamacare — canceled policies, higher premiums, higher deductibles, narrower doctor networks, restricted choices of prescription drugs and more — become a reality for millions of Americans. The situation could become even more politically charged if, as many experts expect, the burdens that have so far beset those in the individual insurance market spread to the smallgroup market and ultimately to the larger universe of all people who receive coverage through their jobs. In such a scenario, Democrats will ratchet up their demands that Republicans join them in “fixing” the law. They will condemn Republicans who declare Obamacare beyond repair and decline to go along. And at the same time, Democrats will steadfastly refuse to back down in their full support of the law they — and they alone — passed that is causing all the trouble. The blame, they will argue, lies with the GOP. It’s an astonishingly brazen strategy. And it might work. Already, some Republicans appear to be wavering on the insistence that repeal must be the first step in minimizing the damage done by Obamacare. In a weird irony, the more serious the problems of Obamacare become, the less likely some Republicans are to demand repeal. “It’s so bad that you just can’t let it happen,” says one well-connected GOP strategist. “My sense is, at least at this point, it’s gotten so bad that as much as you don’t want to fix Obamacare, you just can’t let the impact of this happen.” Says a House Republican aide: “Measures that provide Americans some form of relief from the most painful parts of Obamacare don’t have to begin with repeal.” Of course, many ways Republicans would want to provide Obamacare relief -- Michigan Rep. Fred Upton’s keep-your-healthplan proposal, for example — won’t win Democratic support. But the more fixes the GOP signs on to, the more incentive Democrats have to keep stonewalling all calls for repeal. Other House Republicans are (finally) uniting behind an actual repeal-and-replace proposal. H.R. 3121 is the work of the Republican Study Committee, and, like another effort by GOP Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, would both repeal Obamacare and enact a package of Republican health care reforms. It would address the tax unfairness of purchasing health coverage for those who are not covered at work; the problem of pre-existing conditions; the purchase of coverage across state lines and excessive medical malpractice settlements. So far, 117 House Republicans
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have signed onto the bill. But 115, including the House GOP leadership, have not. And it is not clear whether passing an Obamacare alternative — one that begins with repeal — is really a priority for Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans. For example, on NBC recently, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan expressed satisfaction with the recent budget deal because Republicans “don’t want to have shutdown drama so that we can focus on replacing Obamacare.” That sounds like Ryan wants to pass an alternative. But while Ryan encourages Republicans to come up with “conservative solutions,” there’s no evidence he wants to throw his weight behind any one bill. In fact, in private discussions, House Republicans stress their differences over the details of an Obamacare alternative. For example, there’s no agreement on precisely how to fix the tax inequity for people who don’t receive health coverage at work. There are similar disagreements over all sorts of other points of policy. “Getting unanimity is a tall order for a divided, leaderless party,” says the GOP aide. Meanwhile, Obamacare threatens to turn into an enormous, rolling disaster. While Americans suffer, Republicans could find themselves arguing with each other, hung up on details, divided over the next step and under pressure to endorse Democratic fixes to a law they never supported — in other words, deep inside the Obamacare Trap.
Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.
FUTURE SCHLOCK
By BOB FRANKEN For those of us who cover the various issues that swirl around politics, it’s always a celebration — we get presents every day. With their never-ending outlandishness, they are the gifts that keep on giving. We careen from one crisis to another, peppered with egregious scandal and/or ridiculous comment. The controversies usually overlap, leaving those of us who happily chronicle them with an embarrassment of embarrassments. That brings us, in late December, to the ritual of the year-ender. We see these reflections everywhere, those pieces we all weave together on the major developments that dominated the news in the previous 12 months. Of course, some of the stories will slop over into 2014, but they qualify because they lurched to the foreground in 2013. Some are truly bizarre, like the focus right now on “Duck Dynasty” because of the truly hateful comments from the lead character on that TV show. The program is actually kind of funny, but it doesn’t compare with that comedy of errors that was the launch of Obamacare. What more needs to be said? Actually, we’ll see, as the Affordable Care Act really takes hold in January, or continues to slip badly. The best (or worst) is yet to come. Which is my point. Any fool can create a year-ender. It’s more challenging to do the year-beginninger. What lies ahead — and, for that matter, what lies lie ahead? For instance, the government shutdown threat seems to be behind us for now, what with the mealymouthed budget compromise, which is supposed to take shutdown off the table. But that doesn’t mean that our attention-starved leaders aren’t planning other ways to tiptoe up to the point of no return. No sooner had they finished their self-congratulations for avoiding an immediate disaster than everyone left town while leaving more than a million long-term unemployed in the lurch because Republicans opposed extending benefits and refused to budge. Democrats are planning to make this the first political battle of the year and score points as champions of the desperate. But there’s an even bigger crisis lurking: Each side is playing chicken as we once again face default of the national debt. According to government officials, the United States maxes out on borrowing ability in February. Without new permission from Congress to raise the amount, the nation would finally step over the edge and welch on its loans, seriously diminishing our proud country. It used to be
a prospect that was unthinkable, but the outcome is in the hands of the unthinking. The way they see it, 2014 ends Nov. 4. That’s when you and I decide who controls Congress. On Nov. 5, we will know if Democrats can take back the House of Representatives (highly implausible) and whether the GOP can wrest control of the Senate (quite plausible). The worstcase scenario for the White House is a very real one, and if it plays out, Barack Obama will spend his last two years in office setting records for vetoes. For the remainder of his term, he will preside over a lame-duck dynasty. Our attention will shift to the battle to replace him. If the current indications hold and Hillary Clinton secures her party’s nomination before the primaries even start, it’s the Republicans who will be the story. And what a show they’ll put on! What a cast of characters we can expect, even before we know who all the characters are. But we definitely will get a lineup of GOP candidates trying to outdo the others with his and her far-right fervor and, of course, contempt for Obamacare. That is unless the health-care package starts getting popular. That would be a surprise, but then there always are surprises. The biggest would be if people keep caring about all this foolishness.
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Today is the 365th day of 2013 and the 11th day of winter. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1759, the first Guinness brewery was founded in Dublin, Ireland. In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed
a bill admitting West Virginia into the United States. In 1879, Thomas Edison staged the first public demonstration of the electric light bulb. In 1999, the United States handed over complete control of the Panama Canal to Panama. TODAY’S FACT: West
Virginia, a new state created from Virginia counties that chose not to secede from the Union, was originally named Kanawha, after the Kanawha River. TODAY’S QUOTE: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse
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JAN. 1-14: EVENT PREVIEW
Children may enjoy the multitude of activities hosted by the Adams Public Library System - January 2 - Decatur will hold its New Year Super LEGO Circus from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Geneva will host its Teddy Bear Clinic on the same day from 1:30-3 p.m. If you
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TUESDAY, Dec. 31: 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. Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m. A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church. New Year’s Eve party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Hayloft, 15112 Brunson Rd., Hoagland.
are looking for excitement, the Harlem Globetrotters will preform at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum. Movie and popcorn will be the key activity Jan. 3 with Geneva library showing “Despicable Me 2” from 1:303:30 p.m. and Decatur showing “Monsters University” from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you’re into the rodeo - Hat Creek Arena in Van Wert, Ohio, will hold their indoor rodeo beginning at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday throughout the season. Jan. 6 is looking to be a busy day, with Preschool Play Time from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Berne Public Library and Cozy Christian Readers Book Discussion at APLS-Decatur from 10:1511:30 a.m. Moms Support Group will meet at Adams Memorial Hospital at 1 p.m. Those interested in a poetry coterie may visit APLSDecatur from 3:30-5 p.m. and those interested in exercise may check out the Village Meltdown at the Musleman Wellness Pavilion in Berne. Blood Pressure Checks will be the main event Jan. 7. Visit Mcdonalds in Berne at 8:15 a.m. or the Muselman Wellness Pavilion from 12-2 p.m. for your reading. If your in the mood for Elvis, you may want to visit the Embassy Theatre for “Elvis Live” beginning at 7:30 p.m Jan. 9. “Saturday Night at the Village” in Berne will be from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 11, at Swiss Village. Jan. 13 goes to the little ones. For playtime, Berne Public Library will host “Preschool Play Time” from 10-11:30 a.m. Moms Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at Adams Memorial Hospital. Community members will have two opportunities Jan. 14 to receive a blood pressure check. Visit Sack and Save in Decatur from 10-11 a.m. or the Muselman Wellness Pavilion from 12-2 p.m. Jan. 16 will feature “Avenue Q,” opening at the Van Wert Civic Theater. The Java Bean in Decatur will host a Poetry Jam from 4-5 p.m. Seniors interested in card making may want to visit the South Adams Senior Center from 12:30-3 p.m., Jan. 17. Childbirth Education Classes at Adams Memorial Hospital will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18. For the children, LEGO Club in Berne will be from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 1: 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. Women of the Moose chapter enrollment, 7 p.m., FOR THE HOLIDAYS — Mira McIntosh (2) is shown Moose home.
reading a book at the library in Decatur during their Candy Creations day. The young girl is in town visit- THURSDAY, Jan. 2: ing her grandparents, Coline and Elden Furhman of Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Monroeville. Decatur Room.
Rotary club, 12 p.m., Back 40. Photo provided Senior Citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside Center.
JAN. 1-14 MOVIES AND TELEVISION SERIES RELEASE DATES
The following are movie and television premier dates for the first part of January. If you’re into thriller and horror movies, Jan. 3 may be the best release date of the month. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked One” and “Open Grave” are both set to release on this day. Drama films, “The Best Offer” and “Beyond Outrage” will be airing. Lots of drama will hit the screens Jan. 10. “Lone Survivor,” “The Legend of Hercules” in 2D/3D, “Her,” “The Truth About Emanuel” and “Cold Comes the Night.” Drama not your thing? Thrillers, “The Banshee Chapter,” documentary, “Divorce Corp.,” romance, “Black Coffee” and adventure film, “The Adventurer: The Cures of the Midas Box,” are all set to show. Two movies will hit theaters mid-week Jan. 14 and 15 with the release of “The Bronx Bull” sequel and “Generation War,” respectively. Jan. 17, is gearing up to be a huge release day for theaters. If your craving action try “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Jamesy Boy” and “Ride Along” will come out on this day. Comedies “The Nut Job” and “Back in the Day,” as well as thriller movies “Devil’s Due,” “Big Bad Wolves” and “Reasonable Doubt,” are all set to be released. Television will bring back many popular shows during the beginning of January. Jan. 1 will air “Dance Moms” and “Kim of Queens,” (Lifetime); and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC). Jan. 2 will see the release of “Community,” “The Taste” and “The Assetts.” (NBC); Impractical Jokers (TruTV); and The Taste (ABC). Jan. 5 the much anticipated “Downton Abbey” (PBS), is set to air. Jan. 6 the return of “The Bachelor” (ABC); “Cracked” and “King” (Reelzchannel); and “Teen Wolf” and “Wolf Watch” (MTV). Jan. 7 features the return of “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood” (ABC Family); Intelligence (CBS); “Cougar Town” (TBS); and “Justified” (ABC). Jan. 8 you may catch “The People Choice Awards” (CBS); and “Chicago PD” (NBC). Jan. 9 is the release date of “Enlisted” (Fox). Jan. 12 the “Golden Globe Awards” (NBC) will air along with “Shameless” (Showtime); “True Detective” and “Girls” (HBO); “House of Lies” and “Episodes” (Showtime).
Jan. 13 will bring back “Switched at Birth” and “The Foster” (ABC Family); “Lost Girls”, “Bitten” and “Being Human” (Syfy); and “Cozen” and “Archer” (Fx).
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DEAR HARRIETTE: I cannot afford to go out on New Year’s Eve because restaurants, clubs and lounges are planning to charge top dollar to bring in the New Year in their respective venues. How can I bring in the New Year without going broke in the process? -- Where’s the Party?, Chicago DEAR WHERE’S THE PARTY?: Plan an activity at home with a few friends. Make the food yourself, or have others chip in. Buy your wine and spirits at a discount wine store if possible. Turn on the music and have a great time. You can theme your party or just keep it low-key. Honestly, many people enjoy the smaller events even more than the big and sometimes loud activities at public establishments. Do not feel that you are missing out by staying in. Instead, turn an at-home event into a night to remember! Your friends will thank you for it. DEAR HARRIETTE: I appreciate your response to “Snubbed” from Baltimore, whose husband would not buy her a gift. My husband was the same. His family simply did not celebrate holidays the way I did, so he really did not understand the expectation. I was truly hurt by this until I decided to make certain I was heard and advocated for myself. I remind my husband several weeks before each holiday, birthday and anniversary. I give him a list of things I would like, making sure to include differing price ranges. Sometimes it is chores, sometimes trips, sometimes just a dinner alone. I continue to remind him, and it becomes a humorous game. My list will look like this: To show you love me, you could purchase me my favorite chocolates. If you really love me, you can take me to my favorite restaurant. If I am the love of your life, you can take me on a weekend trip. Guess which gift I typically receive? Hope this helps Snubbed bring lightness to the situation, playfulness to her marriage and the gift she is looking for. -- Make it Fun, Chicago DEAR MAKE IT FUN: What a great idea! You absolutely do have to figure out how to open your spouse’s eyes to your likes and dislikes. Otherwise, your marriage can be an exercise in frustration and hurt feelings. That goes both ways, by the way! Women often falsely believe that they know exactly what their husbands want and need. I vote for asking your spouse and genuinely listening. Instead of superimposing your desires onto your partner, find out what his or her desires are and do your best to honor them. If you need to make a game, like yours, so be it. Being angry and moping serves no one. Put on your thinking cap, get creative and design your life so that your partner becomes excited about making you happy. Now wouldn’t that be nice?
OPTIMIST TALK CHRISTMAS — Rev. Jay Carter of Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethern, spoke recently to the Decatur Optimist Club and shared his thoughts about the true meaning of Christmas.  Pictured on left, Rev. Carter with past President David Haggard of the Optimist Club.
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TUESDAY, DECEMbER 31, 2013
Five NFL coaches get the boot after missing playoffs
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job. Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver in the 1990s, spent four seasons with the Redskins and was 24-40. Frazier had a little more than three seasons with the Vikings to compile an 18-33-1 mark, and Schwartz coached the Lions for five seasons, finishing 29-52. Schiano only got two years with the Buccaneers, going 11-21. He had three years and $9 million left on his contract. Tampa Bay also fired general manager Mark Dominik. ‘‘It’s tough for the players to see your coaches go. You never want to see anybody get fired,’’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. ‘‘Me personally, I haven’t had any, consistently, in my career. Third head coach, going on my fifth year and three head coaches. Add up everybody, it’ll be six D-line coaches.’’ The Buccaneers, who also have fired the likes of Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, hired Schiano out of Rutgers in 2012 and went 6-4 before losing five of their last six games. They dropped their first eight games this season and finished 4-12. One coach allegedly on the hot seat was retained: Rex Ryan, who has one more year on his contract, is staying with the New York Jets after a surprising 8-8 record in his fifth season at the helm. While some of the fired coaches might have seen it coming, Chudzinski certainly didn’t despite going 4-12 and losing his final seven games and 10 of 11. ‘‘I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired,’’ said Chudzinski, who grew up a Browns fan. ‘‘I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success.’’ As the coaching searches begin, agents will float the names of their clients — Penn State’s Bill O’Brien seems to be the hottest
SILVER LINING—The St. Joe 7th grade boys participated in a double elimination tournament over the break in Fort Wayne finishing second place. Playing six games in four days, the Commodores downed Queen of Angels and St. Elizabeth on day one, then lost to St. Jude the next day before coming back to defeat Canterbury. The win set up a rematch with St. Jude in the finals where they won but were forced to play them a second time coming from the winner’s bracket. They would lose the night cap to take silver. The team is seen above: front (L-R) Nick Teeple, Cam Voglewede, Luke Strickler. Back: Justin Lengerich, Garrett Girard, Nick Moser, Corey Miller, Noah Macklin, Brevin Slusher. Not present: Peyton Muncey & David Noetzel. (Photo provided)
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By DYLAN MALONE
Squaws downed at Hot Dog tourney in Frankfort
The Bellmont girls basketball team fell to 0-13 for the season Saturday when they dropped a pair of games in the annual Frankfort Hot Dog Tournament. The Squaws dropped a 54-38 decision to Northwestern in their opening game and then were handed a 42-27 setback in the consolation tilt by Winchester. Frankfort ended up winning their tourney with a 56-46 victory over Northwestern. No details on either Bellmont game were made available.
SILVA’s INJURY DOMINATEs HEADLINEs DEsPITE WEIDMAN wIN
By JOSH GROSS Disbelief. Then horror. Both fights between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman triggered visceral reactions across wide audiences, and each will remain significant to mixed martial arts because they went well beyond watercooler events. I expect in time that Weidman will be given his due for accomplishing what he said he would. Beating the unbeatable “Spider” Silva to become UFC middleweight champion. Then doing it again to retain the title. For this, Weidman goes down as my top fighter of 2013. People saying otherwise will hang their argument on a “fluke.” That’s bogus. Fluke really means blind, dumb, surprising luck, yet that’s not how most people use the word. They intend it to diminish. As if, without that miraculous, perfectly timed punch in the first fight, Silva was bound to put down Weidman like he had everyone else. As if, without that miraculous, perfectly timed leg check this weekend, Silva was bound to put down Weidman like he had everyone else. I’m sorry, no. My thinking on Weidman’s rise and Silva’s fall starts and ends with this: I’m convinced the knockout in July and the leg break in December weren’t serendipity saying hello. The sooner some of you realize neither fight hinged on chance, the sooner you can find acceptance. And I’m telling you, the leg-check break didn’t just happen. Weidman countered an offensive attack with a defensive response. Leg check done right is as highlevel technique as you’ll see in MMA. Few fighters do it because shin to shin contact hurts. It really hurts. Even for hardened fighters, it’s the stuff of nightmares. Fighters often choose to absorb kicks to the meaty parts of their thigh in lieu of blocking them this
way, which should provide some indication of how scary checking a full-force kick can be. Of course it was shocking to see Silva fall both times. For obviously different reasons. But these weren’t moments that simply happened to go bad for the Spider. Weidman made them turn bad, and people should realize this. As for the cultural reaction to both fights, it’s important. MMA and the UFC are thought of by many people as little more than harbingers of violence. Certainly not a theater for sport. That’s why despite all of the growth and success of the UFC, mixed martial arts remains niche and will continue to be niche. It won’t have mass appeal in the U.S. like the as-violent NFL -- not that it needs to because a global market, which is what the UFC is attempting to carve out for itself, is truly valuable and powerful. The sports world tuned in Saturday night to see if the greatest example of a mixed martial artist could regain the title that represented his dominance. Instead, everyone saw something awful, which is all they’ll remember, as if Secretariat went down in the homestretch at Churchill Downs and had to be euthanized. Silva’s legacy is set. Neither Weidman fight does a thing to diminish his status or accomplishments. Let that also be true for Weidman, whose victories this year should be celebrated instead of relegated to fate’s random work.
TEBOw TAKEs ESPN COLLEGE JOB
ATLANTA (AP) — Tim Tebow has his next football job — talking about the sport on TV. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network in a return to his Florida glory days, but he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL. Tebow will appear on ‘‘SEC Nation,’’ a pregame show that will travel to a different campus each week after the channel launches in August. The multiyear deal ‘‘will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,’’ ESPN, which runs the network, said in a statement Monday. Tebow did not play in the league in 2013 after he was cut by the Patriots in August. In the span of just over one season, he went from a national sensation who led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, to a backup, to out of the NFL. ‘‘While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC,’’ Tebow said in a statement released by ESPN. ESPN senior vice president Justin Connolly called Tebow an ‘‘SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal.’’ Tebow will make his ESPN debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship Jan. 6. After winning the 2007 Heisman and two national championships for the Gators in the SEC, Tebow became one of the biggest stories in the NFL in his second season. He went 7-1 in his first eight starts in 2011 then threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to give the Broncos a 29-23 playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
candidate and has interviewed for Houston’s vacancy. The Texans (2-14), who own the top choice in May’s draft after losing their final 14 games, released coach Gary Kubiak late in the season. Whoever gets hired in each place will face mammoth rebuilding projects. Overall, the six teams seeking new coaches went 24-71-1. Shanahan had one season remaining on a five-year contract worth about $7 million a season. He blamed salary cap restraints for part of the Redskins’ collapse from NFC East champion in 2012 to 3-13 and eight consecutive losses. Washington was hit with a $36 million salary cap penalty over two seasons for dumping salaries into the 2010 uncapped season, and Shanahan said it prevented the team from pursuing free agents it had targeted. But his real undoing, along with the poor records in three of his four seasons, was a contentious relationship with star quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 did not speak with the media on Monday. Frazier took over for Brad Childress in Minnesota for the final six games of 2010. He got the Vikings to the playoffs as a wild card last season, riding an MVP year from running back Adrian Peterson. But he never solved the Vikings’ quarterback situation — three QBs started in 2013 — and the defense, Frazier’s specialty, ranked 31st overall and against the pass. ‘‘It’s a harsh business,’’ safety Harrison Smith said. ‘‘As a player, we all love coach Frazier, as a coach, as a man. You can’t meet a better guy. And also as a player, we didn’t make enough plays on the field. So you just feel like you let him down a little bit.’’ The Lions were considered an underachieving team the last two years under Schwartz. After a 6-3 start this year in a division where the Packers and Bears lost their starting quarterbacks for lengthy periods, Detroit fell apart down the stretch. It lost six of its last seven. He had two years and almost $12 million remaining on his deal, signed after the Lions hired him to fix a team that went 0-16 in 2008. ‘‘From where we were in 2008 to where we are now it’s a big difference,’’ quarterback Matthew Stafford said. ‘‘We owe a lot of that to him. He’s a really smart guy and helped us get to where we are. Obviously, we didn’t win as many games as we needed to or as we should have this year.’’
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Bears’ direction still up in the air
Cutler said he hoped to return, but can only let the negotiating unfold. He can be retained by the team with a franchise tag, but general manager Phil Emery has said he prefers not to use the tag because of the high cost. After a career-best 89.2 passer rating, there’s little doubt other offensive players want Cutler back after an 8-8 season. ‘‘One thing I know about Chicago: It’s been a long time since we had a quarterback like Jay Cutler,’’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. Perhaps as important as Cutler’s signing is how to restore a defense that collapsed amid pressure from injuries that took away starters Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, D.J. Williams and Henry Melton for big chunks of the season. Also lost to season-ending injuries were nickel back Kelvin Hayden and defensive tackle Nate Collins. ‘‘We lost six starters,’’ said Williams. ‘‘That’s over 50 percent of our defense. You lose two Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame guys like Peanut (Tillman) and Lance, and lose two starting D-tackles, we lost Kelvin. We lost me. It’s tough. But guys fought through adversity and came together and did what they had to do.’’ The injury-plagued defense finished last in the league against the run and allowed a leagueworst 5.3 yards per rush, half a yard more than any other team. The overall defensive decline has led to speculation about the future of defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Players called such talk unfair. Tillman, who is third in franchise history with 36 interceptions, will be 33 in February and is without a contract. He said he hasn’t thought about retiring and wants to return. ‘‘I think it’s the first time in my life that I’ve had to make decisions like this,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not worried about it. Whatever happens is going to happen. Whatever happens is going to be for the good.’’ Melton and cornerback Tim Jennings are the other two past Pro Bowl players not under contract for next season besides Tillman. Williams also is without a deal. Veteran return man Devin Hester and 34-yearold center Roberto Garza are free agents. Like all the defensive free agents, they want to return to complete what they think was left unfinished by Sunday’s defeat — the sixth time in seven years the Bears missed the playoffs. ‘‘You saw at times what we’re able to do and be able to finish as one of the top offenses and being able to go out there and score points,’’ Garza said. It’s possible others will leave for salary cap concerns, like defensive end Julius Peppers. Others could be added. Bennett would like to see the Bears get interested in trying to sign his brother Michael, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end.
By GENE CHAMBERLAIN Associated Press LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Uncertainty is following the Bears into the offseason. There are 27 unrestricted free agents on Chicago’s roster. As they cleaned out their lockers Monday, a day after their season-ending loss at home to Green Bay, players considered the possibility that there will be a lot of new faces around for coach Marc Trestman’s second season. ‘‘Every year every team is different,’’ tight end Martellus Bennett said. ‘‘It’s just part of the business. It’s almost like every year at school you get new kids that come to your school.’’ Signing quarterback Jay Cutler to a new contract easily ranks as the biggest issue facing the Bears, but hardly the only important one. Cutler led an offense that was second in NFL scoring with 445 points. After Sunday’s game,
IN THE PITS
What NASCAR wants for Christmas for next season
By JOHN OREOVICZ It’s the holiday season, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Festivus, there’s bound to be gift-giving involved. Trouble is, people are so hard to shop for. What do you buy the guy (or gal) who seems to have everything? Terry Blount was your personal shopping assistant for the past few years, but he got a gift of his own this year -- the opportunity to cover the Seattle Seahawks beat for ESPN.com in what could be a Super Bowl season. But relax ... I’m here to help. I’ve spent the past two decades crisscrossing the globe reporting on motorsports, so I’ve got a feel for what those racing types want or need. There’s still time to get gifts to your loved ones before the start of the 2014 season, so get your credit cards ready and place those orders! Meantime, here’s my wish list for racers: For Dario Franchitti: a happy and healthy life in racing, outside the cockpit of a car. Oh, and a couple pieces of Jim Clark memorabilia. For Tony Stewart: a return to the driver’s seat -- any car, any track, any time he wants to race. For John Force: a major sponsor for 2015 and beyond. A new manufacturer affiliation would be a ice stocking stuffer. For Sebastian Vettel: a little respect and courtesy from racing fans around the world. For the IndyCar Series: A blue-chip title sponsor that truly invests in promoting the sport. For Austin Dillon and Richard Childress: a break from Dale Earnhardt fans. It’s just a number (and a trademarked font), folks. For Helio Castroneves: a new Dallara/XTrac gearbox and another shot at an IndyCar Series championship. For Alex Zanardi: an invitation to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500. For Jimmie Johnson: a little appreciation from outside the NASCAR garage area and a positive reaction to his seventh Sprint Cup title, whenever it may come. For Clint Bowyer: a prescription for some antiitch medication that lasts all race long. For Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay: a little bit of publicity and recognition for these invisible champions. For Mark Webber: a successful sports car career with all four wheels on the ground. For Matt Kenseth: a do-over on the November Phoenix race weekend. For what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series: a new title sponsor, and a champion who is able to beat the Sprint Cup moonlighters on a regular basis. For Will Power: a year that starts like his 2012 season and ends like his 2013 campaign. For Mark Martin: true peace of mind in retirement. For Danica Patrick: as much happiness on the racetrack as she seems to be enjoying off the track. For Ferrari team manager Luca di Montezemolo: the upper hand in keeping the egos of drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in check. For Graham Rahal and Courtney Force: an engagement present for racing’s fastest couple. For Sam Hornish Jr.: a good ride for a good guy. For Hulman Motorsports leader Mark Miles: a successful inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis to kick start a new month of May tradition. For Kyle Busch: the opportunity to dominate in an era that doesn’t feature Jimmie Johnson. For Jeff Gordon: one more real shot at winning the Sprint Cup. For IndyCar Series fans: races where you want them, at places like Elkhart Lake and Phoenix. For Greg Zipadelli: a big dose of patience for the inevitable flare-ups that will occur with four emotionally volatile drivers in the Stewart-Haas Racing stable. For Nico Hulkenberg, or any other F1 driver who weighs more than 150 pounds: a rule change that includes the driver in the car’s minimum weight. For oval track operators across America: a warm, dry summer. For designers in the Chevrolet and Honda Indy car aero programs: a little bit of freedom in their quest to make the Dallara DW12 faster and better looking. For NASCAR’s technical directors: a “Eureka!” moment that inspires something to eliminate “the big one” at Daytona and Talladega. For Martin Truex Jr.: a place in the NASCAR Chase, with or without help from his teammates or team management. Finally, for auto racing fans around the world: a peaceful and joyous holiday season, and a healthy new year. See you at the track in 2014!
Wildcats still #1 fourth straight week
Arizona and Syracuse lead the same first five teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll for the fourth straight week. The Wildcats (13-0) saw their lead in firstplace votes change for the first time Monday. They received 60 No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel, three fewer than they got the past three weeks. Syracuse (12-0), which beat previously unbeaten Villanova on Saturday, was No. 1 on the other five ballots. Three Big Ten teams -- Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State -remained third through fifth. Oklahoma State moved up one spot to sixth, while Duke, Wichita State, Baylor and Oregon all jumped two places to round out the top 10. Louisville, which lost at Kentucky on Saturday, dropped from sixth to No. 14. Villanova fell three places to 11th. Eight teams remain unbeaten, and only Toledo (12-0) is unranked. The Rockets, however, play at No. 16 Kansas on Monday night and will try to end the Jayhawks' 67-game home win streak against nonconference opponents. There are still two Division I teams yet to get a win this season: Cornell (0-12) and Grambling State (0-7). Arizona has now been on top of the AP poll 33 times, breaking a tie with UNLV for ninth place on the all-time list. Next up on the list for the Wildcats is Ohio State, which has been No. 1 on 37 occasions, the last in 2010-11. UCLA is the leader with 134 weeks at No. 1. Then come Duke (127), North Carolina (111), Kentucky (93), Kansas (57), Indiana (54) and Cincinnati (45).
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National Football League By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 N.Y. Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 N.Y. Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 West W L T Pct PF PA y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 -clinched playoff spot x y-clinched division ——— Sunday’s Games Tennessee 16, Houston 10 Minnesota 14, Detroit 13 Carolina 21, Atlanta 20 Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 7 N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 6 Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 17 Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 10 N.Y. Jets 20, Miami 7 Denver 34, Oakland 14 San Diego 27, Kansas City 24, OT Seattle 27, St. Louis 9 San Francisco 23, Arizona 20 Green Bay 33, Chicago 28 New Orleans 42, Tampa Bay 17 New England 34, Buffalo 20 Philadelphia 24, Dallas 22 NFL Playoff Glance By The Associated Press Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Kansas City at Indianapolis, 4:35 p.m. (NBC) New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. (FOX) Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Green Bay, San Francisco or New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Cincinnati, Indianpolis or Kansas City at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX) Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFL, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Indiana High School Boys Basketball Top 10 Teams By The Associated Press The Associated Press Top 10 Indiana high school boys basketball teams, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Dec. 29, rating points and previous rankings: Class 4A W-L Pts Prv 1.Carmel(14) 6-0 316 1 2.IndplsTech(2) 8-1 286 2 3.Brownsburg 6-1 218 5 4.IndplsPike 5-1 206 4 5.Penn 7-0 198 6 6.LakeCentral 7-1 116 8 7.Richmond 5-0 94 10 8.Hamilton SE 8-2 91 3 9.Ft.WayneNorth 8-0 80 NR 10. ColumbusNorth 5-2 59 7 (tie) Mooresville 8-1 59 NR Others receiving votes: Northridge 35. Indpls Perry Meridian 33. Carroll (Allen) 30. Marion 28. Jeffersonville 14. Indpls Cathedral 12. Lawrence Central 9. Munster 9. Ev. Reitz 8. Indpls N. Central 7. New Albany 6. Columbus East 6. Class 3A W-L Pts Prv 1.Greensburg(16) 9-0 320 1 2.BowmanAcademy 7-1 280 3 3.Batesville 5-1 224 6 4.IndplsBrebeuf 5-1 178 4 5.Corydon 6-0 170 7 6.GuerinCatholic 8-2 158 2 7.NewHaven 5-2 149 8 8.Brownstown 6-1 127 5 9.MuncieCentral 5-1 103 9 10. NorthWood 5-0 65 NR Others receiving votes: Vincennes 32. Heritage Hills 29. Ft. Wayne Dwenger 26. Ev. Bosse 18. Frankfort 14. W. Noble 8. Tippecanoe Valley 7. S. Bend St. Joseph’s 6. Madison 6. Class 2A W-L Pts Prv 1.IndplsParkTudor(15) 5-0 318 1 2.Frankton(1) 7-0 270 4 3.HammondNoll 6-0 262 3 4.Clarksville 7-1 177 7 5.Sullivan 6-1 164 5 6.Wapahani 5-1 163 2 7.Paoli 6-0 140 9 8.Providence 6-1 120 6 9.IndplsScecina 7-2 97 10 10. PerryCentral 5-1 49 8 Others receiving votes: Crawford Co. 43. Linton-Stockton 31. Westview 29. Tipton 16. Prairie Hts. 13. Union Co. 8. Cloverdale 7. S. Spencer 7. S. Knox 6. Class A W-L Pts Prv 1.Barr-Reeve(15) 7-0 318 1 2.Kouts 6-0 272 3 3.MichCityMarq.(1) 6-2 210 5 4.Borden 6-1 203 2 5.Tindley 5-0 182 6 6.LafayetteCatholic 4-2 180 7 7.Triton 4-2 143 4 8.Covington 5-0 124 9 9.Tri-County 6-0 71 NR 10. Culver 6-0 59 NR Others receiving votes: Orleans 41. Liberty Christian 38. Mor ristown 29. Elkhart Christian 26. Clay City 12. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk 6. Christian Academy 6. Monday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League TEXAS RANGERS — Acquired RHP Miles Mikolas from Pittsburgh for 1B Chris McGuiness. Designated OF Rafael Ortega for assignment. American Association FARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKS — Traded RHP Alex Caldera, LHP Nick Capito and RHP Nate Kilcrease to Laredo for the rights to OF Sawyer Carroll. Frontier League FLORENCE FREEDOM — Traded OF Byron Wiley to Kansas City (AA) for INF Justin Bass. Exercised the 2014 contract options on RHP Andrew Strenge, INF Bobby Joe Tannehill, RHP Brandon Mathes, LHP Brent Choban, C Brian Sheehan, RHP Casey Henn, RHP Chuck Weaver, OF Cole Miles, RHP Daniel DeSimone, OF David Harris, INF Jacob Tanis, C Jim Jacquot, RHP Jorge Marban, INF Junior Arrojo, OF Kyle Bluestein, RHP Michael Oros, OF Nick Stein, OF Pablo Bermudez, RHP Patrick Robinson and RHP Steve Matre. CYCLING USADA — Announced American cyclist David LeDuc tested positive for prohibited substances and accepted a two-year suspension. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS — Fired receivers coach Ike Hilliard. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed LS Brandon Hartson, CB C.J. Wilson, CB Demontre Hurst, TE Fendi Onobun, QB Jerrod Johnson, LB Lawrence Wilson, OT Rogers Gaines, S Sean Cattouse, WR Terrence Toliver, DT Tracy Robertson and TE Zach Miller to reserve/future contracts. DALLAS COWBOYS — Signed WR Tim Benford, G Ray Dominguez, WR Lance Lewis, DE Caesar Rayford, LB Jonathan Stewart and OT John Wetzel to reserve/future contracts. DETROIT LIONS — Fired coach Jim Schwartz. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Fired coach Leslie Frazier. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed OL R.J. Mattes and LB Taylor Reed to the practice squad. Released OL R.J. Dill from the practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Fired coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik. TENNESSEE TITANS — Signed T Jeff Adams, DT Chigbo Anunoby, CB George Baker, LBs Brandon Copeland and Jonathan Willard, C Tyler Horn, DE Adewale Ojomo and TE Adam Schiltz to reserve/future contracts. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Fired coach Mike Shanahan, special teams coordinator Keith Burns, advance scout Larry Coyer, coaching assistant Richmond Flowers, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, receivers coach Mike McDaniel, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, linebackers coach Bob Slowik and defensive assistant Bobby Slowik. 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ployment. Here are some of Williams’ tips For many of the service members leav- for those beginning a post-military career: ing active duty, one big question they face is, “What next?” The transition from military to civilian life isn’t always easy, and service Take Advantage of Available Resources members need to prepare themselves for life after service. * Transitional Assistance Program The U.S. Department of Labor’s Transition Retired Army Colonel Garland Wil- Assistance Program offers departing perliams, Regional Vice President for the sonnel workshops geared toward crafting Military Division of University of Phoenix, resumÈs, exploring market conditions and knows first-hand what it is like to make this assessing personal employability. life change. * Education - Service members need “The only constant about one’s mili- to assess their current education and levertary career is that it is going to end at some age tuition assistance while on active duty. point,” said Williams. “Those without proper Colleges and universities, such as University preparation and a college education may find of Phoenix, often award credits for milithey are a tough sell to potential employers. tary training to help reduce the credit hours However, for others, the endless options can needed for degree completion. be overwhelming as the individual tries to narrow down his or her future plan.” * Career Workshops/Fairs - Visit military career fairs and workshops. Many of A transitioning service member must these events provide insight into job availdevote adequate attention to presenting him ability and sought-after job skills. University or herself out of uniform,” Williams said. of Phoenix is hosting “Start Strong Veterans “Your primary job when transitioning is get- Events” in select cities nationwide. These ting a job. Your mindset needs to be focused events are designed to provide transitioning that way.” veterans, service members and their families with career resources. Visit www.phoeAccording to the Bureau of Labor Sta- nix.edu/militaryevent to learn more. tistics, job demand over the next decade will be especially strong for specialized workers in health care, information security, scienLearn How to Sell Yourself - You have tific research, law enforcement and finan- a lot to offer potential employers, but you cial services. And Williams says that service need to know how to present yourself as a members are more than capable of meeting civilian. that need. But they need to make sure they are ready. * Describe yourself - Interviews, resumÈs and general conversation about your Service members ideally should start military skills and experience need to be their transition planning two years prior to translated into civilian terms. For example, detaching from the military, and assess both lose the acronyms. Unless you are interviewthe professional skills acquired during their ing with a defense contractor, eliminate the military service and what education require- military acronyms from resumÈs and daily ments may be needed to secure future em- conversation.
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* Identify and Promote Transferable Skills - Consider how your skills and experience in the military can be translated to the civilian workplace. This can include, but is not limited to, leadership, technical skills, teamwork, communication and critical thinking. * Dress for success - You need a good fitting suit for interviews, and you will need appropriate attire for daily work. It is important to do away with a “camouflage-only” mindset. * Relax - You don’t have to stand at a modified attention to a boss; nor do you have to say “sir” or “ma’am.” Service members tend to be very direct, but civilians are more receptive to casual pleasantries, so soften the direct and to-the-point tone the military often uses. “The military teaches service members decision making skills, discipline and timeliness,” said Williams. “You can leverage those qualities with employers and have a successful transition to civilian life.” To learn more about University of Phoenix education programs for military students, as well as find additional tips and resources, visit www.phoenix.edu/military.
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You will feel a sense of wanderlust this year. Making changes may arouse suspicion. You will not always make the best decisions, but you will learn from your mistakes. Update your skills if you want to make professional advancements. Idleness is your enemy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You will have extra discipline today, so you should be off to a good start. Make careful plans, and network with people who can be helpful. Don’t be afraid to go your own way. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Allow yourself to think big. Make a point of being social, and you will have a chance to meet someone who will help you reach your goals. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Take a moment to re-examine your strategy before you head down the wrong path. Although you will have great stamina, your tendency will be to overdo things. Focus on efficiency. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Prepare to enjoy a spectacular event. Take the time to make everything perfect. It’s best to approach the new year with optimism. Be confident that you will do well. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may feel vulnerable, but a change in attitude is all that is needed to turn things around. Think carefully about what you want and what you need. GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
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-- This will be a memorable time. Opportunities will be vast. You should be able to pick and choose from an array of options. The only rule is to follow through on your aims. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- With high energy and fervent spirits, you are prepared to enjoy the wonder of life. Although you face changes, this year promises to reward you for all your hard work and tough sacrifices. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Nothing can get in the way of having fun. It’s time to cut loose and celebrate the past and the future. Things are beginning to heat up in your life, so enjoy the sizzle. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- It’s best to take a rest today. Overdoing it will lead to setbacks. Don’t be misled by others. Use your intuition and make independent choices. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- A shrewd change will help you follow your dreams. Make a New Year’s resolution that you will be able to uphold. It’s a busy time, and you should be at your best. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Acknowledging that you are reaching the end of a cycle will prepare you for the future. Make an effort to focus on your finances. Don’t repeat the cash flow crises you’ve experienced in the past. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You’ll be able to charm others with ease. Attending events may lead to opportunities for romance. The new year will be a time of reinvention. Invest in your goals with an open mind.
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