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February 25, 2014
Democrat
IN BRIEF
Berne business is about to get a booster shot in the way of a planned expansion of Mid-America Foundation Co., doing business as Poseidon Barge, which will bring approximately 42 new skilled jobs to its new Berne location. MAFC, which manufactures barges and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, plans to expand its business base in Berne with the purchase of a part of the former Ficosa Complex, located at 725 Parr Road. With the purchase, MAFC will be investing approximately $2.4 million in manufacturing, logistics and information technology equipment, and some $6 million in real estate improvement, according to Larry Macklin, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corp.
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Pair face fines Former Ficosa site picked from county for Poseidon Barge venture election panel By JANNAYA ANDREWS
The Adams County Election Board has set a March 7 deadline for two elected office-holders to file their delinquent financial forms or face a $50 fine. The election board, which met Feb. 20, noted that Decatur City Councilman Ken Meyer and Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kuklehan have not turned in final expense reports from the previous election cycle. The forms were due in January. Newly-appointed election board member John Minch made a motion to waive any fines for the time being and to give Meyer and Kuklehan until the March date to submit their required forms. If the reports are not submitted by that time, both men will be fined $50. The board has the authority to impose fines up to to $50 per day.
Barge business brings jobs to Berne
A former business located across the street from the proposed site produced barges for a short time as a contractor for MAFC. When that business stopped operations, MAFC temporarily leased the smaller building to fill existing barge orders, as well as keep the 20 or so employees working at the facility employed. At that time, MAFC began searching for a site to build, or for an existing building in which they could expand this portion of their business. Macklin said that search did not initially include Berne. After learning there was a possibility for MAFC to locate a portion of its business in Berne, Mayor Bill McKean and Macklin met with representatives of MAFC and began the process of enticing the company to expand in Berne. Currently, Poseidon manufactures one or two barges per week, according to Mary Habegger-Fox, president See BERNE, Page 3
Larry Macklin, executive director of economic development for Adams County, addresses Berne City Council Monday evening alongside Mary HabeggerFox, president of Mid-America Foundation Supply Co. Macklin was there in support of a tax abatement for the company’s planned Berne expansion. Photo by Jannaya Andrews
TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME
County’s GIS system upgrade gets approval
Stutzman staffers to visit
The office of U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman has announced his mobile office will be in Decatur from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the county commission/ council chambers in the Service Complex, 313 W. Jefferson St. A press release from the congressman’s office states members of Stutzman’s staff will be available to assist local residents
Library book sale ends on May 3
A recent story in the Daily Democrat about the spring book sale at the Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library System listed May 3 as the date of the event when, in fact, May 3 will be the final day of the week-long fundraiser run by the Friends of the Library. The story, written by a former reporter who is on the Friends of the Library board, did not state that the book sale will run during regular library hours from Sunday, April 27, to Saturday, May 3. The last two days, May 2 and 3, will be $1-perbag days for all remaining items: books, tapes, records, etc.
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The Adams County Crimestoppers took on staffers from K-105 radio in a fundraising game Monday night at Bellmont High School. All money raised during the benefit game will go to the CrimeStopper’s Tipster Fund. Among the participants were CrimeStoppers President Sarah Ellenberger, at left, and BHS varsity cager Courtney Scherer, above, Photos by J Swygart
By MIKE LAMM Adams County Data Processing Director Landon Patterson found the Adams County Commissioners a more receptive audience for the upgrading of the county’s integrated technology system than he had at recent county council meetings. The commissions approved the purchase of software to expand the capabilities of the county’s geographic information system, used by both the county treasurer and the county building/ planning and zoning commission. Latitude Geographics Group Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia, offers their Geocortex Internet Mapping software as an add-on to “work on top of our GIS program” and both simplify and expand its the capabilities, Patterson told commissioners. Geocortex Essentials provides “flexible core elements as well as out of-the-box tools, processes and features to build, maintain and evolve web-based mapping and GIS applications,” according to their website. The software “allows permitting directly from our (county) website,” Patterson explained, and “has the capability of offering feedback from the public.” Surveyor files can be expanded to include document attachments and photographs to verify violations, Patterson added. The software “will also allow us to quickly and easily build our own forms” electronically, he said. Patterson recommended the purchase of a three-year licensing agreement with the company at an annual cost of $11,500, which includes added extensions to the program and personalized training at no additional charge to the county. Commissioners agreed and unanimously approved the request. Also approved was a contract to hire James Westbrook Engineering, Inc., Johns Creek, Ga., to perform water storage tank inspections of the Geneva water tower to determine if it can adequately support the addition of a communications system. According to Patterson, the move could cut in half the expense of erecting a communications tower in the southern part of the county for that same purpose. Patterson had asked for proposals from three companies specializing in the analysis of structures for this purpose, but only two responded. The third responded they were too See UPGRADE, Page 2
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Owls to take center stage at Limberlost
Indiana Audubon’s first-ever Young Birder of the Year, Alexandra Forsythe, will lead a presentation on owls and their amazing adaptations to the wild from 2-3 p.m. March 2 at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center in Geneva. The 14-year old will include live owls in her program. A children’s owl craft activity will also be offered. “We are very pleased Alexandra is doing this program at Limberlost,” said Randy Lehman, Limberlost State Historic Site manager. “She is an exciting young talent in the birding world and her knowledge of birds
is that of someone far exceeding her age.” The program, free and open to the public, will include light refreshments. Donations are accepted and will benefit the State Historic Site and the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, who is providing the live owls.   The presentation is sponsored by the Limberlost State Historic Site. For more information on this event, contact Curt Burnette, naturalist and program developer for Limberlost, at 368-7428 or by email at cburnette@indianamuseum.org.  
PEACE AND LOVE — Mothers and sons, all of whom missed out on the psychedelic ‘70s, had the opportunity to step into the past over the recent weekend as the Decatur Parks and Rec Department hosted its annual Mother-Son Dance Saturday evening at Riverside Center. Photo provided
Hospital board meets Wednesday
The Adams County Memorial Hospital board of trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Adams Memorial board room. Items on the agenda include discussions on pending litigation, job performance of evaluations of employees, recruitment of health care providers, preparation of competitive marketing and to engage in strategic planning.
Muncie camp for disabled is closing
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana camp that’s provided summer activities for disabled children and adults for 60 years is being shut down. Leaders of the organization that oversees Camp Isanogel near Muncie are blaming the decision on the cost of running it when the group’s funding has been reduced. The camp is expensive to run and most of those attending are unable to pay much, Hillcroft Services CEO Debbie Bennett told The Star Press. Hillcroft Services faced a difficult decision to close the camp. It’s been losing money for years and has growing maintenance costs, she said. ‘‘It was something that broke a lot of people’s hearts here,’’ she said. ‘‘There was something that went on there that was magical.’’ The camp had capacity for 250 people, but drew about 170 last summer. It dates back to 1953 after teacher Ellen Isanogel donated 150 acres of farmland. It offered day camps until residential camp programs started in the 1960s. Campers — children and adults — got to do traditional summer camp activities and variations on them, including crafts, wheelchair dancing and basketball, picnics, gatherings around the campfire, sing-alongs, swimming in the specially outfitted pool, even a night spent sleeping in tents or a large teepee. Bennett said Hillcroft leaders decided to spend money on direct programming for its clients rather than continuing maintenance and facility costs at Camp Isanogel. Reducing the number of weeks when camps were offered wasn’t feasible because staffers hired — particularly college students working as counselors — were looking for work for the whole summer, not just a few weeks, she said.
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busy to provide an estimate. Allstate Tower, Henderson, Ky., submitted a bid of $8,750 for the project, while Westbrook’s estimate totaled $4,500 for the same service, with commissioners unanimously
accepting the Westbrook proposal. According to Patterson, work on the project will begin in the near future, depending on the weather. He indicated an estimated cost for installing the communications equipment atop the Geneva water tower “will depend on the findings of their analysis.”
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Bill to allow alcohol at state fair still alive at Statehouse
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This state’s distinction of having one of the last dry state fairs could end if legislation clears the Indiana House. The bill would allow the Indiana State Fair to sell beer, wine and liquor for the first time since 1947. Indiana and North Carolina are the only two states that don’t allow drinking during their state fairs. North Carolina allows fairgoers to sample wine and buy bottles of wine for home consumption. Fair officials say they want to showcase beer, wine and distilled spirits just like other products of Indiana agriculture. Opponents question the safety of the measure and worry it could threaten the fair’s family atmosphere. The state Senate passed the bill 33-13. The bill Monday cleared the second of its required three readings in the House. tions on industries. Opponents say it would have tied regulators’ hands and blocked them from creating Indianaspecific requirements. Wolkins says he’s been trying to pass the legislation for about two decades. The previous Senate committee chairwoman refused to review the bill and later called it ‘‘bad public policy.’’
Court rules ex-student can sue Wabash fraternity
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court is allowing a former Wabash College student to go forward with a lawsuit against the fraternity where he was seriously injured during possible hazing. The court ruled that Brian Yost can seek a trial on the claims against Wabash’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The court’s ruling, however, dismisses the fraternity’s national organization and the private all-men’s college in Crawfordsville from the lawsuit. The lawsuit maintains Yost suffered a severe brain injury in 2007 when fraternity members tried to force him into a shower and his head hit the floor. Yost’s attorney, Patrick Elward, tells The Indianapolis Star he’s pleased by the ruling. Wabash College attorney Tom Schultz says he believed the court ruled correctly the schools didn’t have a duty to protect Yost.
The Decatur Lions Club met Feb. 17 at the Galley Restaurant with Decatur Mayor John Schultz as the guest speaker. The mayor explained the many projects with which the city is currently involved. Schultz, left, is pictured with Program Chairman Jim Baumgartner. The Decatur Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month. Guests are always welcome. Photo provided
Animals safe amid gas leak at Indianapolis Zoo
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A spokesman for the Indianapolis Zoo says animals have remained safe during a natural gas leak. Spokesman Jon Glesing tells The Indianapolis Star that Citizens Energy workers shut off the gas supply to the area of the leak Monday. Citizens Energy Group issued a statement saying a 4-inch plastic gas main was damaged at the zoo. The zoo was closed to visitors Monday.
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Prisoners donate hair to Locks of Love
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A barbershop that helps Indiana prison inmates work their way back into society has begun donating hair to a program that helps children who’ve lost their hair due to medical conditions. The Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility barbershop became a registered donation site for the Locks of Love campaign Feb. 19 and collected its first donation. The Shop is an Indiana Department of Correction minimum security level facility that works to provide offenders with the skills needed for rejoining society. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to an autoimmune disease that causes scalp hair to fall out in patches. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment or have other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.
Bill to limit environmental rules is dead
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state senator has killed legislation that would bar Indiana environmental regulators from creating standards harsher than federal rules. Senate Environmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Charbonneau held the bill during the committee’s last meeting of this year’s legislative session Monday. The House earlier passed the bill 68-28. Bill sponsor state Rep. David Wolkins of Winona Lake says the bill would have kept the state from imposing unnecessary and expensive regula-
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Actor-director Harold Ramis dead at 69
Chicago Tribune Harold Ramis not only may be the most successful comedy writer-director that Chicago has produced, but some wouldn’t even confine that statement to Chicago. “Harold was clearly the most successful comedy writer-director of all time,” said Tim Kazurinsky, who followed Ramis at Second City and later became his friend. “The number of films that he has made that were successful, that were blockbusters, nobody comes close. Even in light of that, he was more successful as a human being.” Ramis’ career was still thriving in 1996, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highestgrossing comedies of all time, when he decided to move his family back to the Chicago area, where he grew up and had launched his career. On Monday, Ramis was surrounded by family in his North Shore home when he died at 12:53 a.m. of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the
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R. Timothy Krueckeberg
R. Timothy “Tim” Krueckeberg, 66, of Decatur, Indiana, passed away at 6:44 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at his residence following an apparent cardiac event. Tim was born on Thursday, May 15, 1947, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Edgar Krueckeberg and the late Leonora (Bruick) Krueckeberg. Tim was united in marriage to Norma Kraner on Nov. 20, 1970, in Van Wert, Ohio and she survives. Tim was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Decatur, and American Legion Post 43 in Decatur. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Tim retired from B. F. Goodrich after 42.5 years of employment. He also helped Leonard Thieme on the farm, which was a great enjoyment for him. Among his hobbies, he enjoyed fishKrueckeberg ing with Tami and grandkids, Indiana University basketball, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, antique tractors, playing cards, and attending the many extra-curricular events in which his grandchildren were involved. Surviving are his wife, Norma Krueckeberg, of Decatur; two daughters, Tina (Neil) Slusher and Tami (Heath) Reidenbach, both of Decatur; a brother, Gary Krueckeberg, of Utah; and two grandchildren, Bailey Slusher and Brevin Slusher. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Koeneman officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Preferred memorials are to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Decatur; American Legion Post 43 or the donor’s Choice.
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blood vessels, said his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69. Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk and suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company. He never fully recovered. Ramis leaves behind a formidable list of achievements, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), “Stripes” (1981) and “Ghostbusters” (in which Ramis also co-starred), plus such directing efforts as “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This” (1999). Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City’s groundbreaking television series “SCTV,” and more recently he directed episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”
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of Mid-America Foundation Supply Co. That figure is expected to grow as the expansion is completed and skilled employees are hired. Habeggar-Fox said the majority of positions in the company are welding and fabrication jobs. She said she is aware it may be a challenge, initially, to find qualified employees, but the company is working with several agencies to help fulfill those positions. Taking things a step further, Habegger-Fox has spoken with all three area schools regarding the type of skills the company is seeking and and said she received overwhelming support. The company also plans to work with Work One in Adams County, and will provide in house training as well. Macklin urged the council, although that urging seemed unnecessary, to grant a tax abatement to MAFC for redevelopment of the property. The council unanimously agreed, 5-0, and a hearing was set for March 10. “I just want to say thank you,” said Habegger-Fox. “It’s been exciting to work with Larry (Macklin) and Bill (McKean). I’m excited to be bring our business, and jobs, back to this community.”
Robert J. Solik
Robert J. Solik, 81, of Decatur, passed away on Feb. 22, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 16, 1932, in Chicago to the late Joseph F. and Mary (Kostalansky) Solik. On May 29, 1954, he married Shirley M. Mulryan; she passed away on Jan. 28, 2007. Robert was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. He worked for Central Soya and served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. Bob is survived by four sons, Robert A. (Beth) Solik of Schaumburg, Ill., Dr. William B. (Shari) Solik of Columbus, Ind., James E. Solik of Merriville, and Kevin D. Solik of Cumming, Ga.; three daughters Cynthia J. (Harold) King of Fort Worth, Tex., Andrea J. (Clay Callon) Solik of Plano, Tex., and Solik Kristen P. Solik of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Dr. Alex (Patricia) Solik of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic , with Father Patrick Joseph presiding. Burial will take place on Friday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL. Friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to ACCF Angel Cancer Fund or ACCF Angel Diabetes Fund. Funeral arrangements were handled by HaggardSefton & Hirschy Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.hshfuneralhome.com.
Indiana business tax cut not dead yet
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana House lawmakers is set to consider a series of amendments that would overhaul the Senateapproved plan for cutting the state’s property tax on business equipment. The amendment comes amid a continuing back and forth between House and Senate budget leaders searching for a way to cut the state’s business personal property tax without cutting into local budgets too deeply. Senate Republicans proposed eliminating the tax for small businesses, cutting the corporate income tax from 6.5 percent to 4.9 percent and eliminating various tax credits to offset most of the cost. But the House amendments would effectively overhaul the Senate plan to resemble the House-passed bill, which would allow counties to decide whether to cut the tax. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley has suggested the issue might need to be reviewed by a study committee after this year’s legislative session before lawmakers take any action. But other lawmakers, including House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Chairman Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, have said they expect at least some cut to be approved during the 2014 session. Republican Gov. Mike Pence originally sought the elimination of the equipment tax, but trimmed back his request in the face of strong opposition among local government leaders, including many Republican mayors. The governor has said he is open to paying for any money lost by locals through the Senate proposal, but also said he would like to see the House plan pass. A Pence spokeswoman said he wants at least some amount of tax cut to pass, instead of being stuck with no more than
lawmakers studying the issue in a committee over the summer. The House Ways and Means Committee was scheduled to debate the changes when it met this morning.
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Sherry Winget, 29, of Decatur, passed away at 6:53 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at her residence.  She was born Tuesday, April 24, 1984, in Grandberry, TX. She married Eric Winget on July 31, 2011, in Decatur, and he survives.  Also surviving is a son, James Brock, and a brother, Chris Mays, of Fort Stockton, Tex.    Family and friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington Street, Geneva. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Union Chapel Cemetery in Decatur. Preferred memorials are to the family to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com
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In custody Two persons were arrested Monday by the Decatur Police Department and remained in custody this morning at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center. Jesse Combs, 49, N. Tenth Street, Decatur, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His bond is set at $500 cash and $2,500 surety. Amanda C. Bowersox, 34, Winchester Street, Decatur, was arrested on a warrant from Noble County for driving while suspended with a prior arrest on that charge. She is being held locally without bond pending a transfer to the custody of authorities in Albion.
City mishaps Two accidents were investigated in the past two days by the Decatur Police Department. At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Phylliss Brunner, Winchester Street, Decatur, reported to police she discovered her car had been struck by an unknown vehicle. Damage was reported to be under $1,001. At 4:30 p.m. Monday, Renee Runyon, 38, Van Wert, Ohio, was westbound on Monroe Street and had stopped for a red light at Fifth Street. When the light turned green she started to go forward but a vehicle in front of her operated by Stuart Lefever, 53, Williams Street, Geneva, was in the process of turning and Runyon collided with the Lefever auto. Police estimated between $1,001$2,500 in damages were done to the vehicles. Rural accidents The Adams County Sheriff’s Department probed two crashes on Saturday. At 7:34 p.m., Doyle L. Martin, 59, rural Bryant,
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was southbound on U.S. 27/33 near C.R. 850N when he missed his turn so he pulled into a nearby driveway. He then backed up onto the berm of the highway and started to turn around but failed to see a southbound SUV driven by John D. Burroughs, 69, Master Drive, Decatur. The vehicles collided causing between $25,001-$50,000 in damages. A passenger in the Burroughs’ SUV, Leslie D. Burroughs, 57, Master Drive, Decatur,
complained of chest pain following the crash and was taken to the Adams Memorial Hospital for treatment by paramedics. At 9:15 p.m., Hannah N. Webb, 39, Stucky Street, Berne, was southbound on C.R. 500W near S.R. 218 but failed to see high water that was across the roadway. She told police she thought she could make it through the water, but her van engine failed. An estimated $2,501-$5,000 in damage was done to the van in the incident
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City speeders Three drivers were cited for speeding in the past 24 hours by the Decatur Police Department. Stopped were Keith R. Lefort, 46, Bell Brook Boulevard, Decatur, 43 in a 30 in the 1100 block of Winchester Street; Eric D. Orr, 34, W. Franklin Street, Berne, 44 in a 30 in the 1000 block of Winchester Street; and Gueorgui Mihaylov, 37, S. Third Street, Decatur, 43 in a 30 at Winchester and Studebaker Streets.
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States today. Before we feel too sorry for Perkins, it should be noted his net worth is estimated at $8 billion. He sits on the board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which lists among its holdings Dow Jones & Company (publisher of the Wall Street Journal), book publisher Harper Collins and the Fox Entertainment Group (owners of 20th Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting). Perkins points out that, “I wouldn’t say taxation is a form of persecution, but the extreme progressivism of the tax system is.” The top one percent of this country’s richest individuals is “carrying the government,” Perkins added, noting, “Government is a giant beast that has to be fed and it’s fed by taxes.” His assessment seems to take the position that money is the only thing of value in this country, and that the accumulation of wealth is the only viable measure of success in today’s society. Unfortunately, the wealthiest Americans in this country already experience a grossly disproportionate voice in both politics and the operation of our government, through changes to campaign finance regulations, lobbying and policy making. The American form of democracy envisioned by our forefathers has recently come to look more like a plutocracy, wherein an elite or ruling class of people derive their power from their wealth and dictate the inner workings of government through their political surrogates. This trend must be reversed for our democracy to function to the benefit of all its citizens — not just the wealthy. While Perkins may not want to admit it, all Americans pay taxes in one form or another, whether it be through sales taxes, property taxes or other forms of taxation. His
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Wealth doesn’t equal to a ‘ruling class’
The extremely wealthy in this country apparently have a different perspective on the right to vote than the rest of us common folk. It seems our basic belief in the fundamental equality of all citizens in a democracy is not shared by some members of the one percent. HE ECAtUR AILY EMOCRAt Take billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins for example. Back Ron Storey, Publisher in January, Perkins created quite a stir by submitting a letter to the J Swygart, Opinion Page Editor editor of the Wall Street Journal comparing the “progressive war on the American one percent” to the Holocaust, and the “demonization of the rich” to Nazi Germany’s anti-semitism. He claimed the one percent currently A shocking explosion of bloodshed in the cenICkIN IT faces a “rising tide ter of Europe — Ukraine’s capital, Kiev — gave of hatred” akin way Friday to a fragile accord that may be the AROUND to Kristallnacht, last chance to prevent civil war in a nation of when tens of 48 million people. Thanks to marathon mediation BY MIKE LAmm thousands of by the Polish, German and French foreign minisJews were arrestters, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and ed and moved to three opposition leaders agreed on a pact manconcentration camps. He later dating early elections, constitutional reforms and apologized for making comparisons a new coalition government. to the Nazis but stood by his letter, The gunfire, mostly from government forces, only clarifying that “In the Nazi era it was racial demonization; now its that killed scores in Kiev’s Independence Square class demonization” and maintainon Thursday mercifully ceased Friday morning. ing his position that the wealthy There was encouraging news from parliament, where government deputies joined the opposition are persecuted through taxation. In a public event in San in quickly passing a constitutional reform stripFrancisco earlier this month titled ping Mr. Yanukovych of many of his powers, fir“The War on the One Percent,” ing the hard-line interior minister and approving Perkins proposed an idea he suga bill that could free imprisoned opposition leader gested “would change the world.” Yulia Tymoshenko. The Obama administration, Under Perkins’ plan, only those which had sanctioned top Ukrainian leaders on who pay taxes would be allowed Wednesday, quickly and rightly endorsed the to vote, and “if you pay a million deal. dollars in taxes, you should get a million votes.” Although he later Ukraine, however, is not out of danger. The suggested he wasn’t being entirely accord is a compromise between the country’s serious, he reiterated his position pro-Western and pro-Russian forces, neither of that the super rich are a “victimwhich is capable of imposing its agenda on the ized minority group” in the United whole country. Mr. Yanukovych, though weak-
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comments disrespect the country’s most fundamental currency, which is the basic value of each and every citizen in the United States. It is a currency far more valuable than gold. Voting is undoubtedly the most visible indicator of our upsidedown democracy. In the 2008 presidential election, turnout among voters making $150,000 annually or more was 78 percent. Among those making less than $15,000 a year was 41 percent. These statistics indicate that, unfortunately, the rich cast ballots at twice the rate as do the poor. In addition, the 2012 election cycle indicated approximately 31,000 individuals, representing the one percent of the top one percent, accounted for nearly 30 percent of all campaign funding in the U.S. There appears to be a trend among the wealthy indicating that through the payment of higher taxes than the majority of Americans, the ultra-rich are more worthy than everyone else and conversely, government should function primarily for their benefit. A religious component to the school of thought even exists, wherein the “prosperity gospel” implies that wealth is the way God rewards his favored and those whom he most loves. Perkins and wealthy individuals like him should remember the Gospel of Matthew 19:24, which states “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Wealth on earth does not equate to a free pass into Heaven, and should not dictate a disparity of rights between the super wealthy and the remaining 99 percent who comprise American society.
The writer is a general assignment reporter with the Decatur Daily Democrat.
ened, will remain in office as late as the end of this year, the deadline for a new election; that will be difficult for the opposition to swallow after the murderous attacks by riot police on Independence Square. The question of whether Ukraine will sign an association agreement with the European Union or move toward Vladi­ mir Putin’s would-be rival Eurasian Union is left unresolved — a limbo that could make it difficult for a new cabinet to manage an ongoing economic crisis and avoid defaulting on the country’s debts. That’s why it’s vital that U.S. and European officials work in the coming days to neutralize the extremists on both sides who will reject the deal. Some are in the opposition: right-wing militants who demand that Mr. Yanukovych be put on trial and who were responsible for at least some of the gunfire on Thursday. But the biggest potential source of trouble is Mr. Putin’s Kremlin, which has played the precipitant in Ukraine’s descent into violence. President Obama took the initiative to call Mr. Putin on Friday, and a U.S. official portrayed the conversation as “constructive,” saying the leaders “were able to talk positively about implementing the agreement.” Nevertheless, until now Mr. Putin has been unrelenting in playing Ukraine as a zero-sum contest for influence between Russia and the West. It was his pressure and bribes that caused Mr. Yanukovych to trigger the crisis three months ago by backing away from the E.U. agreement; it is he who pushed the government to attack rather than negotiate with the opposition, which Russian state media portray as “terrorists” and “fascists.” It’s possible Mr. Putin will try to use force to impose his dominion over Ukraine once the Sochi Olympics end this weekend. But Ukrainians have sent him a powerful message. Hundreds of thousands across the country demonstrated that they were willing to put their lives on the line to defend their sovereignty. The E.U. ministers deserve credit for brokering Friday’s accord, and the Obama administration played a helpful background role. But it is Ukrainians who created this chance.
The heterosexual menace
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telemarketers are heterosexual. The heterosexual agenda, which advocates that all American men spend every waking moment on a sofa watching sporting events while drinking tasteless American beer, is making our nation weak and about to collapse from within like ancient Rome. Coincidentally, 90 percent of the population of ancient Rome was heterosexual. If you have ever been bumped from an airline, a heterosexual person probably got your seat. Over 90 percent of the screaming, ill-behaved children on that same plane have been raised by heterosexual parents. Long lines in grocery stores consist overwhelmingly of heterosexuals. More than 90 percent of Congress is heterosexual. Almost 100 percent of outof-wedlock teen pregnancies are caused by heterosexuals. Nearly 100 percent of divorces are between heterosexuals. Around 95 percent of all sexual harassment complaints are against heterosexuals. Over 95 percent of all military
By JIM MULLEN Experts estimate the number of homosexuals in the population is somewhere between 2 percent and 10 percent. Since many people are reluctant to tell their sexual preferences, it is hard to make an accurate assessment. Whichever number is true, it would mean that: Ninety percent of the people convicted of felonies in this country are heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all theft is committed by heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all wife-beating is done by heterosexual men. Ninety percent of the ex-girlfriends murdered each year are killed by heterosexual men. The Washington Post American public schools, with around 90 percent heterosexual teachers, are consistently rated among the worst in the industrialized world. Ninety percent of our rising healthcare costs are due to the care of heterosexuals dying of lung cancer, liver failure and heart disease, most of which have been selfinflicted by smoking, drinking and overeating. Over 90 percent of ugly clothing is bought by heterosexual men. Over 90 percent of the problems on all soap operas are caused by heterosexual characters. Over 90 percent of all annoying
courts-martial are of heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all drug users are heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all gang members are heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all traffic accidents are caused by heterosexuals. Ninety percent of all violence against women is done by heterosexuals. Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-Un are all heterosexuals, as were “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. Ninety percent of welfare and Medicare fraud is perpetrated by heterosexuals. Ninety percent of our prison cells are filled with heterosexuals, costing us billions of taxpayer dollars a year. Ninety percent of income-tax cheating is done by heterosexuals, costing us billions of dollars a year. Ninety percent of the “too big to fail” banks that cost billions of dollars to bail out were run by heterosexuals. Which leaves only one question: Should we let heterosexuals marry, adopt children, lead the Boy Scouts, run for office or play in the NFL?
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February 25, 2014
Today is the 56th day of 2014 and the 67th day of winter. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1836, Samuel Colt received the patent for his revolving-cylinder pistol. In 1901, J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel
Corporation. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to levy income taxes, went into effect. In 1991, the Warsaw Pact, a mutual defense agreement between Central and Eastern European communist states, was declared disbanded.
TODAY’S FACT: Pierre-Auguste Renoir continued to paint in his later years, despite being wheelchair-bound and suffering from such severe rheumatoid arthritis that he could not pick up a brush on his own. An assistant had to place the brush in Renoir’s hand.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 • Page 5A
King and queen crowned at Adams Heritage
Decked out in reds and pinks, the newly crowned King and Queen sat in the community room at Adams Heritage in Monroeville enjoying their new found celebrity status. The tables were lined with heart shaped centerpieces and curled red and silver ribbons added a finishing touch to the Valentine’s Day celebration. Headlining the festivities were the 2014 King and Queen, Lewy James and Betty Thieme. They sat in the front table with crowns perched on their heads and smiles on their faces, wondering what came next. “This is an annual event at Adams Heritage,” said Activity Director Angie Rekeweg. “The king and queen are chosen by their peers and staff. We try to make it a real fun day and everyone seems to enjoy it.” Lewy has been a resident since May 2013. He is 88 years old and from Decatur. He owned and operated Anaconda wire and cable in Marion for 38 years.  He served as a paratrooper in the military and has three sons. At Adams Heritage he enjoys playing bingo and listening to the live music groups that perform. Betty is an 88 years old. She states she “loves living here” at Adams Heritage, where
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
TUESDAY, Feb. 25: Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. Root Township Home-makers meeting and Valentine’s Day party, 11:30 a.m., West End. Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex. Bring your own bags. Senior Citizens Play Cards, 1p.m., Riverside Center. Zumba, Southeast Elementary School, 4-5 p.m. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church food pantry, 5-6 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m. Bread of Life food pantry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
King Lewy James and Queen Betty Thieme
she enjoys playing bingo, watching TV and socializing with others.   The king and queen
Adams County sowing time is nearly here
Planting a garden can add aesthetic appeal and functionality to a property. Vegetable gardens can transform landscapes while putting healthy and homegrown food on the table. By growing their own fruits and vegetables, homeowners have total control over what foods can be harvested, and they can ensure sustainable, safe practices are used to care for the plants. Vegetable gardens can be compact or expansive, depending on how much space is available to cultivate. However, first-time gardeners may want to begin small so they can hone their skills and experiment to see which plants are most likely to thrive in their gardens. Expansion is always a possibility down the road. but you also want a location with adequate drainage so your garden does not succumb to flooding or fungus during and after heavy downpours. Don’t place the garden too close to rain gutters or near a pool, where splash-out may occur. Select a location that is isolated from pets so the plants are not trampled and cats and dogs do not relieve themselves nearby. require similar soil conditions, so that you can adjust the pH and mix of the soil accordingly. This will serve as good practice, particularly the first year of your garden. After you have mastered the basics, you can branch out into other produce.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, duties include riding Decatur. in a convertible in area Free meal, 5-6 p.m., First United Methodist parades and represent- Church, 6th St. entrance. Adult Children of Alcoholics, a 12-step suping Adams Heritage. port program for those raised in alcoholic families, 7 p.m., The Bridge Community Church, 403 Winchester Rd.
Know when to plant
Decide what to plant
Choose a location
Spend some time examining your landscape. Vegetables generally need ample warmth and sunlight to thrive, so find an area of the yard that gets several hours of direct sunlight per day. A sunny spot is good,
When deciding what to plant, consider what you eat and how much produce the household consumes, then choose vegetables that fit with your diet. Some vegetables, like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and squash, produce throughout the season. Others, such as carrots and corn, produce one crop and then expire. Plan accordingly when you purchase plants or seeds, as you want enough food but not so much that it will go to waste. Choose three to four different vegetables and plant them in the garden. Select varieties that
Many of the foods grown in vegetable gardens, including tomatoes and peppers, are summer vegetables, which means they reach peak ripeness after the height of the summer season. Pumpkins, brussel sprouts and peas are planted to be harvested later on. These plants may be put in the ground a little later than others. It is less expensive to start seedlings indoors and then transplant them to a garden when the time comes. Seeds can be started three to four weeks before they would be put outdoors. Many vegetables are planted outside in April or May, but definitely after frost conditions have waned. Read seed packets to know exactly when to plant or consult with the
nursery where you purchased established seedlings. You also can visit The Garden Helper at www. thegardenhelper.com/ vegtips to find out when to plant, seed depth and how long it takes plants to reach maturity. Vegetable gardens can become central components of outdoor home landscapes. Not only do gardens add aesthetic appeal, but also they produce fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the season.
Plant Swap set for May 3
The Herbs’ Friends herb club will host the annual community Plant Swap from 7-11 a.m. May 3 at the Riverside Center in Decatur, 231 E. Monroe St. The public is invited to sell or swap excess plants, buy new plants or cuts. The event is held indoors with doors opening at 6 a.m. for those needing to set up a display. Tables for displays cost $10. If interested, or would like to reserve a table, contact one of the following: Sandy Uhrick at 724-4061 or at 7245305, Denise Franz at 724, 9145, President Mary Baker at 7242447 or Eileen Zeissig at 724-8574.
THURSDAY, Feb. 27: Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Bread of Life food pantry, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monroe United Methodist Church. Rotary club, 12 p.m., Back 40. Free federal and state tax e-file, no income or age restrictions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Decatur Library. Homebound call 223-5309. For appointments call 724-2605. Senior Citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside Center. Monroe United Methodist Church Farmer’s Wagon, 1 p.m. Line is to form no earlier than 12 p.m. Zumba, Southeast Elementary School, 4-5 p.m. TOPS Club weigh-in, 5:30 p.m.; meeting 6:15 p.m., Woodcrest Activity Building. Weight Watchers, 6 p.m., weigh-in; 6:30 p.m. meeting, Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Moose Lodge meal, 6-8 p.m., women cook 1st and 3rd week, men 2nd, 4th and 5th. Sober Beginnings, 6:30-8 p.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Berne Room. Divorce Care 4 Kids, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Free crafting and art class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Decatur Music and More, 833 N. 13th st., sketchbook helpful. A.A. (open) Big Book meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, Berne.
Explaining the Christian holy season
About one-third of the planet, or roughly 2.1 billion people, are Christians. Each spring, this large subset of the population celebrates the religious miracle that is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lenten season is one of the holiest times of the year on the Christian calendar. This is a period of 40 days and nights that begins with Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent, and lasts through Easter Sunday. Many Christians celebrate Easter but may not know the significance or meaning behind certain days on the Lenten calendar. Here is a primer on the Lenten season for Christians and nonChristians alike. In ancient times ashes were worn as a symbol of sorrow, repentance and acknowledgment of sins. Nowadays, ashes allow Christians to humbly display an outward sign that they are aware of their shortcomings and are cleansing their souls in the preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
FRIDAY, Feb. 28: Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E, Decatur. Operation Help Food Pantry for Decatur and Monroe residence, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service Complex, bring your own bags.f A.A. Happy Hour Discussion Group (closed), 5-6 p.m., Decatur Church of God. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Recovery Program, 7-9 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church.
Zion Lutheran Church and School to host public carnival
The Zion Lutheran School’s Parent Teacher League will host a public carnival from 1-4 p.m. March 2, in the Fellowship Hall, 1010 W. Monroe St. The event will include games, prizes, bounce house, cake walk, bingo, pizza, balloon animals, face painting and more.
Palm Sunday
Ash Wednesday
In the Christian Church, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the season when one prepares for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday always falls 46 days before Easter and will vary according to the calendar. Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means parishioners are expected to attend Mass to mark the beginning of the holy season. During the Mass, celebrants receive ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. The ashes are made from burning the blessed palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday Mass.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and it is a day of obligation when Christians attend Mass, and they receive fronds of blessed palms. Occurring a week before Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor Him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.
Good Friday
Sense & Sensitivity
By HARRIETTE COLE
Good Friday is also known as Black Friday but should not be mistaken with the postThanksgiving Black Friday. It is the day that Jesus had to march to His crucifixion site while carrying an extremely heavy wooden cross. Jesus was mocked, spit on, tortured, and forced to wear a crown of thorns during His journey after being betrayed by Judas and suffering at the hands of Pontius Pilate. After being nailed to the cross at His palms and ankles, Jesus suffered for six hours before He died. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the people.
Reader Wonders How To Handle Bad Referral
DEAR HARRIETTE: I got a call from an old friend -- well, acquaintance -- who wanted me to help another friend by meeting with him to see if I might hire his company for a job. As we talked, I realized that I could use this person’s services for a project I was working on. Excited about the possibility, I had my friend connect us. It seemed like this guy’s company could do a good job for me, so I hired him. Well, it has not worked out well at all. He has turned out to be a nightmare. I am surprised at how unprofessional he and his team have been. Now we are locked in a contract and trying to work our way through the whole thing, but it is a major problem. Part of me wants to handle this independently. Another part wants to let my friend know that this guy and his company are bad news. I would never hire them again, and I think she should know since I met them based on her referral. What do you think? -- Tattletale, Bronx, N.Y. DEAR TATTLETALE: You should handle your business with this man and his company independently of your friend. You hired him, and it is important that you remain professional. At the same time, when the dust has settled, you should also be in touch with the friend who referred him to you. Your friend should know that the referral went south. Be prepared to share specific details about what didn’t work in a spirit of sharing professional information. Do not bad-mouth the man or his company. Stick to the facts. DEAR HARRIETTE: My mother is getting up in age, and she is beginning to need a lot of help. My siblings live very near to her. Even so, they always call on me to take care of things, especially if there is ever a bill to pay. All of us work, and none of us is rich by a long shot. I think we should all be working together to help Mom. Whenever I make that suggestion, they balk and say, “What do you know? You aren’t even here to see what’s going on.” I do live farther away, but I come to visit almost every month, and I give whatever financial support I have. I feel like they are trying to guilt me into paying more since I can’t be there. I hate this. I would do anything for my mother, and I feel like they should not take advantage of that. -- Spent, Cincinnati DEAR SPENT: Call a family meeting when you can all be face-to-face. Suggest that in preparation for the meeting, everyone assess what your mother’s needs are. At the meeting, discuss every item listed and assign each task to someone. When it comes to paying for things, talk openly about your concerns, and ask your siblings to voice theirs as well. If you can itemize what each person will contribute in writing, it may make it easier to share the responsibility.
Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday, sometimes referred to as Holy Thursday, is the Thursday preceding Easter Sunday. It marks Jesus Christ’s last supper with his disciples. His act of breaking bread and offering it as His body and sharing wine as His blood has become an integral part of the Christian mass. It is representative of Christ giving up His life in place of our sins.
Easter Sunday
The holiest day of the season is Easter Sunday. On this day, Jesus rose from His tomb. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found Jesus missing. Jesus then approached her and showed how He was again alive. His disciples were shocked at the appearance of his resurrected self, fur thering their faith in him as the Son of God.
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Baylor boosts bubble case with wins
By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Baylor appears to be back on the right side of the bubble after a strong run over the past two weeks. Coming off a difficult stretch that had the Bears teetering away from an NCAA tournament bid, they put themselves back in the conversation with a four-game winning streak capped by Saturday’s decisive road victory over West Virginia. ‘‘We’ve got to keep working hard to get to the tournament,’’ said Baylor’s Royce O’Neal, who scored a seasonhigh 22 points against the Mountaineers. ‘‘But this means a lot against a good team that had been playing well.’’ It’s certainly a good step for a team that had been reeling. Baylor opened the season 13-2, its only losses to Syracuse and Iowa State. After that, the Bears went into a near freefall, losing eight of their next 10 games to go from what seemed to be an NCAA tournament lock to a team needing a strong push at the end of the season. Baylor started the stretch run with a dominating win over TCU, then padded its resume with victories over Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The win over West Virginia put the Bears at 18-9 overall and 6-8, with an RPI of 40. There’s still work to do and the final four games of the regular season won’t be gimmes, but Baylor is in much better position than it was just two weeks ago. Here’s a look at some of the other teams that rose and fell from the NCAA tournament bubble over the past week: MOVING UP SMU. The Mustangs, as you might recall, were among the teams teetering on the bubble last week. They moved a few steps away from it with a pair of victories last week. SMU took care of business with a win over Houston, then strengthened its NCAA credentials by knocking off No. 21 Connecticut in Storrs. That moved the Mustangs to 22-6 and back into The Associated Press poll at No. 23. BYU. A road loss to Pacific could have put a dent in the Cougars’ NCAA chances. Three straight wins, including Thursday night’s 73-65 shutdown of No. 25 Gonzaga has them looking pretty good now. BYU (19-10, 11-5 WCC) has a solid RPI of 33 and one of the nation’s toughest schedules, with five of its 10 losses to teams that were ranked at the time. Stanford. Already peeling away from the bubble, the Cardinal picked up a massive victory over the weekend, knocking off No. 23 UCLA at home. Stanford is 18-8 overall, 9-5 in the strong Pac-12 and an RPI of 39. Barring a late-season meltdown, the Cardinal appear to be in good shape.
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Earnhardt Jr. gets it done
By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was a moment late in the Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a moment to catch his breath. It was clearly his race to lose and the tension ran thick through Junior Nation, all the way into his car. Steve Letarte, the crew chief and cheerleader who had rebuilt Earnhardt’s crumpled confidence and returned him to a championship contender, used the moment under caution to settle his driver. ‘‘Having fun?’’ Letarte asked over the radio. ‘‘Yeah, but it’s the big prize, man. It’s hard to enjoy it,’’ Earnhardt said, before he paused. ‘‘I’m enjoying particular pieces of it, but the entire experience is driving me crazy.’’ That’s the albatross that was strapped to the back of NASCAR’s most popular driver as closed in on his second Daytona 500 victory. It had been 10 years since he won his first 500, and after three runner-up finishes the last four seasons in a race that had caused his family so much heartache and joy, the moment was overwhelming. There’s so much pressure on Earnhardt, who entered the season-opening showcase mired in a 55-race losing streak dating to 2012. He’d won just two races since joining mighty Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, and as he closes in on his 40th birthday, he is still searching for his first Cup championship. It’s been openly stated by the suits at NASCAR that when Junior wins, NASCAR’s popularity surges. So under that theory, if he could just get it together, the days of flat television numbers and sagging attendance would certainly spike. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one guy, and it hit him as he readied himself for the homestretch Sunday night. ‘‘It’s a big race and you want to win it so badly, and your team wants to win so badly,’’ he said afterward. ‘‘You realize at that moment that there are countless people watching on television and there are countless people sitting in the grandstands with your shirts and hats on, and your team is over on the pit wall and your family back home — there are so many people pulling for you and want to see you win. It’s a heavy weight.’’ This time, he delivered. He emerged from a rain delay of more than six hours with the strongest car in the field. As other drivers struggled to keep busy during the lengthy break, Earnhardt said his concern was not consuming too much of the junk food stored in his motorhome. He knew what he had in the No. 88 Chevrolet. ‘‘I knew it was something special,’’ he said. ‘‘I knew we had enough race car. I was a little bit nervous because the pressure was on me because there was plenty of car to do it.’’ Earnhardt handled every challenge over the final 50 miles. He shook off Greg Biffle, the peskiest foe, and then Carl Edwards. Lined up for a two-lap sprint to the finish, he found himself next to one-time protege Brad Keselowski, who had a car almost as strong as Earnhardt’s. But Earnhardt had teammate Jeff Gordon on his bumper to help on the final restart, and once he cleared Keselowski it was essentially over. Moves made by other drivers in the pack ruined Keselowski’s pursuit and Denny Hamlin stormed through the field but didn’t have the help he needed or enough laps to mount a proper charge. Hamlin, who won two races earlier in Speedweeks and was going for the trifecta, was dejected with second place. The late Dale Earnhardt won 34 races at Daytona International Speedway, but his only 500 victory came in 1998 in his 20th try. He was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race, triggered while he tried to protect a 1-2 finish for Michael Waltrip and his son, who both drove for him. Conspiracy has followed Earnhardt Jr. since his father’s death as fans wondered if some of his biggest career moments were freebies from NASCAR during a time of mourning. Third-place finisher Keselowski believes Daytona 500 win No. 2 cannot be challenged. ‘‘I think this particular race, there’s no drama. There’s no feeling I think anybody could legitimately have that there’s voodoo magic that he won,’’ Keselowski said. There was only euphoria. NASCAR’s favorite son won the biggest race and earned the first spot in the playoffs under a new championship format that rewards winning. Hendrick Motorsports got at least one week of respite from fans wondering why Earnhardt never wins. And Earnhardt, at least for this week, got to remove that albatross. And after finally joining Twitter, he rewarded his fans by posting a Monday morning selfie, standing in front of the statue of his father at Daytona.
Dirk’s buzzer-beater erases Melo’s big night
NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki’s 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night. The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory. Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. He played strong defense on the Mavericks’ final possession, but was left standing in disbelief long after the buzzer after Nowitzki’s shot appeared to hit the backboard first, then the front rim, then bounced up before dropping. Vince Carter scored 23 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for Dallas (35-23), which has won nine of 11 and is a season-best 12 games over .500. Jose Calderon finished with 20 points, and Nowitzki had 15 for the Mavericks, who swept a three-game road trip and beat the Knicks for the 20th time in the last 25 meetings. Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds against his former team, sparking the Knicks’ comeback after they trailed 108-100 with 1:37 left. But New York (21-36) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell a season-worst 15 games below .500. WARRIORS 104, PISTONS 96 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Golden State clamped down on Detroit in the second half of a victory. Klay Thompson scored 19 points for Golden State, which has won four in a row. The Pistons have lost five of seven since firing Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with interim coach John Loyer. The Warriors were still without David Lee, who has been dealing with a stomach flu. Andrew Bogut returned from a left shoulder injury and played 29 minutes before fouling out. Greg Monroe had 23 points for the Pistons, who scored only 13 in the fourth quarter. The Pistons were down 63-62 at halftime but couldn’t replicate that offensive success. The Warriors, who began a six-game trip, have won six straight over the Pistons for the first time since a sevengame streak from 197576. Golden State’s reserves outscored Detroit’s 42-15. The Warriors (35-22) are a season-high 13 games over .500.
#4 Syracuse avoids a third straight loss, 57-55
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak. It was another close call for the Orange (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose previous four games were decided by a total of 12 points. Syracuse led 49-37 with 7:54 left but allowed Maryland to close to 56-55 with 47 seconds remaining. After C.J. Fair missed a jumper for the Orange, Baye Moussa Keita blocked a driving layup by Nick Faust to keep Syracuse in front. Trevor Cooney made one of two free throws with 4 seconds to go before Maryland’s Seth Allen’s game-ending jumper bounded off the back of the rim. Tyler Ennis scored 20 points and Fair had 17 to help Orange coach Jim Boeheim secure his 946th career victory. After opening the season with 25 straight wins, Syracuse dropped successive games to Boston College and Duke to lose its stature as the nation’s top-ranked team. Allen scored 22 points for the Terps. He was 6 for 9 from beyond the arc, but his teammates combined to go 2 for 13. No. 5 KANSAS 83, OKLAHOMA 75 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Naadir Tharpe had 19 points to lead five Kansas players in double figures, and the Jayhawks wrapped up a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship. Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins added 15 points each, and Joel Embiid had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2), who added to their nationleading 57 conference titles. Cameron Clark had 18 points and Buddy Hield finished with 16 for the Sooners (20-8, 9-6), who have lost 12 of their last 13 games against the Jayhawks, including both this season.
DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd
National Basketball Association By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 31 25 .554 — Brooklyn 26 28 .481 4 New York 21 36 .368 10 1/2 Boston 19 39 .328 13 Philadelphia 15 42 .263 16 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 40 14 .741 — Washington 28 28 .500 13 Charlotte 27 30 .474 14 1/2 Atlanta 26 29 .473 14 1/2 Orlando 17 41 .293 25 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 42 13 .764 — Chicago 29 26 .527 13 Detroit 23 34 .404 20 Cleveland 22 35 .386 21 Milwaukee 11 45 .196 31 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 40 16 .714 — Houston 38 18 .679 2 Dallas 35 23 .603 6 Memphis 31 24 .564 8 1/2 New Orleans 23 33 .411 17 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 43 14 .754 — Portland 38 18 .679 4 1/2 Minnesota 27 29 .482 15 1/2 Denver 25 30 .455 17 Utah 20 36 .357 22 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 39 20 .661 — Golden State 35 22 .614 3 Phoenix 33 22 .600 4 Sacramento 20 36 .357 17 1/2 L.A. Lakers 19 37 .339 18 1/2 ——— Sunday’s Games L.A. Clippers 125, Oklahoma City 117 Miami 93, Chicago 79 Washington 96, Cleveland 83 Toronto 105, Orlando 90 Sacramento 109, Denver 95 Brooklyn 108, L.A. Lakers 102 Portland 108, Minnesota 97 Houston 115, Phoenix 112 Monday’s Games Milwaukee 130, Philadelphia 110 Golden State 104, Detroit 96 Dallas 110, New York 108 L.A. Clippers 123, New Orleans 110 Utah 110, Boston 98 Tuesday’s Games L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. innesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. M Portland at Denver, 9 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. Brooklyn at Portland, 10 p.m. Houston at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Monday’s College Basketball By The Associated Press EAST Mount St. Mary’s 88, Bryant 73 Wagner 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 64 SOUTH Alcorn St. 64, Alabama A&M 56 Delaware St. 59, Morgan St. 56 Elon 78, Furman 49 Hampton 104, Md.-Eastern Shore 89 MVSU 75, Prairie View 69 Norfolk St. 66, Howard 60 Southern U. 87, Alabama St. 64 Syracuse 57, Maryland 55 The Citadel 81, Samford 71 MIDWEST E. Illinois 84, Chicago St. 62 Kansas 83, Oklahoma 75 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma St. 76, TCU 54 Texas Southern 65, Ark.-Pine Bluff 55 FAR WEST Portland St. 87, E. Washington 76 Monday’s Women’s Basketball By The Associated Press EAST Army 78, Lehigh 69 Bryant 70, Sacred Heart 66 LIU Brooklyn 56, Fairleigh Dickinson 40 Mount St. Mary’s 97, St. Francis (Pa.) 80 St. Francis (NY) 93, Robert Morris 82, OT Wagner 75, CCSU 63 SOUTH Alabama A&M 70, Alcorn St. 49 Alabama St. 73, Southern U. 63 Appalachian St. 72, Davidson 70, OT Belmont 72, E. Kentucky 68 Chattanooga 74, Samford 67, 2OT Furman 71, Elon 66 Hampton 90, Md.-Eastern Shore 62 Morgan St. 65, Delaware St. 54 Murray St. 84, Morehead St. 81 Norfolk St. 79, Howard 74 Prairie View 73, MVSU 70 Tennessee Tech 63, SE Missouri 61 UNC-Greensboro 87, Wofford 79 W. Carolina 74, Georgia Southern 72 MIDWEST Michigan St. 75, Minnesota 61 Nebraska 94, Penn St. 74 SOUTHWEST Baylor 96, Oklahoma 89 Texas Southern 67, Ark.-Pine Bluff 64 FAR WEST E. Washington 61, Portland St. 60 Monday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Designated LHP Chris Jones for assignment. Agreed to terms with OF Nelson Cruz on a one-year contract. DETROIT TIGERS — Agreed to terms with RHPs Jose Ortega, Luke Putkonen and Evan Reed; LHPs Kyle Lobstein and Drew Smyly; INF Nick Castellanos and OF Steven Moya on one-year contracts. TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with manager Ron Washington on a contract extension through the 2015 season. National League PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Designated INF Chase d’Arnaud for assignment. Claimed 3B Brent Morel off waivers from Toronto. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NEW YORK KNICKS — Waived G Beno Udrih adn F Metta World Peace. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed C Taylor Boggs and S Derrick Martin to one-year contracts. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed CB Taiwan Jones to a three-year contract extension. Canadian Football League B.C. LIONS — Signed RB Stefan Logan to a contract extension. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Named Gene Dahlquist quarterbacks coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLORADO AVALANCHE — Announced the retirement of F Milan Hejduk. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Placed D Fedor Tyutin on injured reserve. Recalled D Dalton Prout from Springfield (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned D Gleason Fournier to Grand Rapids (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Recalled F Drew Shore from San Antonio (AHL). Reassigned D Mike Mottau to San Antonio. NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Recalled F Simon Moser from Milwaukee (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Reassigned G Maxime Clermont from Albany (AHL) to Orlando (ECHL). Recalled D Eric Gelinas from Albany. NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Placed C John Tavares on the injured reserve list, retroactive to Feb. 19. Recalled Fs Mike Halmo, Anders Lee and Ryan Strome from Bridgeport (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Reassigned F Michael St. Claire from Greenville (ECHL) to Hartford (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Recalled F Brandon McMillan from Portland (AHL). Assigned D Brandon Gormley to Portland. ST. LOUIS BLUES — Recalled LW Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago (AHL). American Hockey League AHL — Suspended Rockford D Theo Peckham two games. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Reassigned D Josh McFadden to Cincinnati (ECHL). ECHL KALAMAZOO WINGS — Loaned F Ray Kaunisto to Utica (AHL). SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS — Released G James Wardrop as emergency backup. WHEELING NAILERS — Loaned D Barry Goers to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Central Hockey League ALLEN AMERICANS — Waived G Thomas Speer. Recalled G Eric Levine from Peoria (SPHL). Southern Professional Hockey League PEORIA RIVERMAN — Traded D Tyler Amburgey to Pensacola for F Justin Alonzo, the rights to D Mike MacIntyre and cash. SOCCER Major League Soccer CHICAGO FIRE — Traded D Austin Berry to Philadelphia for allocation money. CHIVAS USA — Signed F Luke Moore. COLLEGE ALABAMA — Named Ryan Freeburg assistant volleyball coach. HOFSTRA — Named Ryszard Gorski men’s assistant soccer coach. LA SALLE — Named Caitlin Rimgaila women’s volleyball coach. NYU — Named Douglas Kimbler baseball coach. RUTGERS — Named Mike Teel and Michael Zuckerman graduate assistant football coaches. WYOMING — Suspended junior G Charles Hankerson Jr. indefinitely from the men’s basketball team.
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Braves get rematch with Col. City; Jets/Stars set for battle in sectional
By DYLAN MALONE The drawing for the 104th annual IHSAA boys basketball state tournament was held on Sunday featuring all three Adams County schools learning their post-season fate. The Bellmont Braves (5-13) will travel to the Norwell-hosted 3A sectional #23, while South Adams and Adams Central are on a collision course for the Stardome in Berne for class 2A's sectional #36. Bellmont will get another swing at NHC rival Columbia City (9-11) on Tuesday, March 4 in the second game (8 p.m.) just after Heritage and Norwell play. The Braves fell just short against the Eagles in early January on the road losing a 39-38 contest. Heritage (7-10) will handle the tall task of playing the sectional favorites in Norwell (15-5) a team they lost to 48-40 earlier this year. The winner of the Patriots/Knights contest will play Eastbrook (117) who earned the first bye, while the winner of Bellmont/Columbia City will face off with Mississinewa in the second semi-final on Friday. The championship is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. In the 2A sectionals, the Jets and Stars are rid of Bishop Luers who moved to 3A in all sports but now have to entertain two new top-notch basketball programs as Woodlan moves down from 3A and Canterbury moves up to 2A in all sports this season. In the seven-team sectional hosted by South Adams, Eastside (12-7) will play Woodlan (136) on Tuesday, the team they just happen to end the regular season with on February 28. There will be two games on Wednesday with the first at 6 p.m. between Bluffton (7-11) and Canterbury (8-11). The Jets (10-8) and the Stars (2-15) will do battle in the second game (7:30 p.m.) immediately after renewing their county rivalry once again in the postseason. Churubusco (6-14) drew the only bye and will play the winner of Woodlan/ Eastside, while the winner of the Tigers/Cavaliers will face off against either Central or South Adams in the other semi-final on Friday night. The championship is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday night. Bellmont is seeking their first sectional since 2005 and 14th overall. Adams Central is searching for their seventh title and first since they toppled Luers in 2012. For South Adams, currently on a 14-game losing streak, they hope to gain their sixth sectional crown that would put an end to a 21-year drought since their last in 1993.
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
FEBRUARY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH—A luncheon was held at the Back 40 Junction on Thursday, February 20 honoring the student-athletes nominated by their coaches and recognized by the Decatur Rotary Club for their stellar play in sports and in the classroom. This is now the 5th consecutive year that the Decatur Rotary Club has honored BMS student-athletes. Above (L-R): David Garner (boys swimming & diving), Logan LeMaster (wrestling), and Gabby Toenges (girls swimming & diving). (Photo provided)
Major League Baseball bans home plate collisions for 2014
By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season. In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate. ‘‘It’s not a radical departure from what it had been,’’ Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said. The new rule, 7.13, states ‘‘a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).’’ A runner violating the rule shall be declared out, even if the fielder drops the ball. ‘‘It’s good, I think it takes away the malicious intent behind the play at the plate,’’ Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia said. ‘‘Obviously the runner doesn’t always have to slide, and the catcher still has the ability to block the plate once he has the ball in hand.’’ Along with the rule, the sides agreed to a pair of comments umpires use for interpretation. The first comment says ‘‘the failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation.’’ The comment says players who slide appropriately are not in violation of the rule. The second comment says that ‘‘unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.’’ The runner shall be declared safe if the catcher violates that provision. In addition, it is not a violation ‘‘if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.’’
A Letter from coach Andy Heim...
Parents, relatives, fans, and supporters,
I wanted to take this time and thank you for your support this basketball season. Although this was not the ideal season for anyone, I am always grateful for the community support. Without all of you, high school sports would cease to exist. To many of you this will not be a surprise, but I feel basketball is the best sport. In my opinion, basketball is the sport that requires the most athletic skills. On top of that, it is mentally and physically difficult. It is a sport that teaches discipline, dedication, and teamwork. In the years to come, I hope to see girls of all ages dedicate themselves to basketball and get to experience these things first-hand. Looking ahead to next basketball season, we will continue to offer free basketball camps for elementary and middle school girls. Next year I will also be partnering with Decatur Parks and Rec. to hold park league games at BHS on Saturdays. This will be a great opportunity for girls in 1st-6th grade to come and participate in Squaw basketball. There are exciting things happening with the Bellmont Squaw basketball team, and I hope all of you encourage your daughters to participate in as much as possible. Things such as: AAU teams, free and paid camps, and open gyms will continue to be held at the high school so please check the newspaper or with your local schools for more information. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me at: heima@nadams.k12.in.us. Thank you again for the support! Coach Andy Heim
7th GRADE COMMODORES— The St. Joe seventh grade boys team went 20-10 this season ending as runners up in the Adams County tournament, the St. Francis Holiday tourney, as well as second in the CYO league and tournament this year. The team is seen above (front, L-R): Noah Macklin, Peyton Muncey, Nick Teeple, Cam Voglewede, Luke Strickler, David Noetzel, Justin Lengerich. Back: coach Ken Teeple, coach John Macklin, Corey Miller, Nick Moser, Brevin Slusher, Garrett Girard, Coach Greg Strickler, coach Neil Slusher. (Photo provided)
‘‘There are some things that often times can make the water a little muddy,’’ union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the New York Yankees. ‘‘Over the course of the offseason, the concern was protecting players, but trying to draw up something that not only made sense on paper, but also was going to make sense to the players that were playing on the field.’’ The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated. ‘‘It stops guys just going out of their way just to try to dislodge the baseball when they (catchers) have the plate,’’ Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Debate over plate collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco’s Buster Posey was injured as the Marlins’ Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate. Posey, an AllStar catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season. In Game 5 of last year’s AL championship series, Detroit backstop Alex Avila was pulled a couple of innings after being run over at the plate by Boston’s David Ross, a fellow catcher. ‘‘I think it’s fair. A runner’s path is to home plate,’’ Oakland catcher Derek Norris said. ‘‘Any deviation and he’s not trying to score, he’s trying to harm. A runner going out of the basepath trying to break up a double play is declared out. This is the same concept as a doubleplay slide.’’
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