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November 27, 2013
An endless series of semis have stopped in the alley behind the Democrat in recent weeks, each dropping off another load of inserts for the Thanksgiving edition, and the newspaper’s antiquated — but effective —method of unloading pallets full of ads has been called into action. As the days leading up to Thanksgiving drew ever-closer, the so-called “back shop” at the Democrat has turned into a maze of pallets and stacks of advertisements. Five employees — Vickie Baker, Melissa Bergman, Jonathan Huffman, Norman Bergman and John Bollinger — and Breisch herself, have worked additional hours to sort and organize those ads by hand. In total, about 120 hours will be spent prepping Thursday’s paper alone. And before those employees can celebrate the holiday with their own families, there is still a lot of work to be done while most of the See THURSDAY, Page 2
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Behind the Black Friday ads
Democrat’s mail room employees spent weeks preparing for Thursday’s edition
By AUDRA BUTLER and J SWYGART The Daily Democrat will publish on Thanksgiving Day, and readers who pick up that day’s newspaper from their doorstep or at their favorite convenience store will be treated to a whopping 1.9-pound edition. Admittedly it’s normal to weigh your turkey, not your newspaper, on Thanksgiving Day, but Democrat mail room manager Donna Breisch did just that in the days leading up the DDD’s largest edition of the year. She was just curious. Not that Breisch or her crew of mail room employees at the Democrat have had a lot of time for levity in the past few weeks. Snuggled inside Thursday’s Democrat will be 15 inserted advertising fliers designed to entice shoppers to head out on Black Friday — the busiest shopping day of the year. And those ads don’t wind up inside the newspaper — and subsequently in our readers’ hands — by happenstance.
Jailer fired; no reason given, yet
By MIKE LAMM The Adams County Commissioners conducted both an executive session Tuesday morning and a special session Tuesday afternoon in Adams County Circuit Court to consider terminating the employment of an individual with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. By unanimous vote, the commissioners determined to terminate the employment of James McCullough, a former jail officer with the sheriff’s department. The reason for McCullough’s termination was not disclosed during Tuesday’s special session, but Adams County Attorney Mark Burry indicated written findings detailing specifics of the termination will be released “within a week to 10 days.” Commissioners initially conducted a closed executive session in the circuit court Tuesday morning to hear testimony from Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg as well as McCullough and others concerning allegations leading up to his proposed dismissal. Rekeweg reportedly recommended McCullough’s employment with the sheriff’s department be terminated. Commission Chairman Doug Bauman stated in the special session Tuesday afternoon, which was open to the public, that following the morning’s executive session all three commissioners agreed with Rekeweg’s determination to dismiss McCullough from his staff and the county’s employment. Each commissioner then individually voiced their agreement in terminating McCullough, before doing so officially by a unanimous 3-0 vote in favor of the dismissal. Near the end of the brief special session, McCullough, who was seated in the audience, requested that information surrounding the two sessions as well as his termination be kept out of the newspaper, but Burry informed him that information surrounding the actions taken by the county commissioners was a matter of public record and therefore available to both the media as well as the general public.
The Democrat’s Thanksgiving edition will chew up some six tons of newsprint and take employees a combined 120 hours to prepare. Mail room manager Donna Breisch, above, has been through it all before during her 25 years at the Democrat.
Above, Melissa Bergman works behind a stack of advertising inserts. At left, the Democrat’s method of unloading those ads may be a little crude, but it’s effective. Photos by J Swygart
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By JANNAYA ANDREWS With the Thanksgiving holiday almost upon us, it’s time to take a moment to think about fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, Thanksgiving day is the number one leading day for home cooking fires. Currently, one of the most common causes of burn injuries and fires is individuals attempting to deep fry a turkey without taking proper precautions. Here are a few tips to safely deep fry a turkey this Thanksgiving. Remember to follow all safety instructions provided with your deep fryer. The following are a few guidelines, but should by no means be taken as the only precautions necessary to avoid a fire or injury. First, only use a commercially built deep fryer and follow all safety instructions. Do not try to make your own, or modify an existing deep fryer for your turkey. Place your deep fryer outside and well away from any flammable material, including your home, garage, outdoor utility shed, shrubbery and trees. Place your fryer on a noncombustible, flat surface to reduce the risk of tipping. When deep frying a turkey, the turkey should be no more than 12-pounds. Be sure to remove all innards, pop timers,
and children well away from the and wrappings, as well as the wingfryer. tips and tail of the bird. It is imperative not to overfill the Once the turkey is cooked, carefuldeep fryer with oil. To prevent this ly remove from oil. Let the oil cool from happening, experts recomcompletely and dispose of properly. mend you place your turkey in it’s Do not pour grease down the drain basket, then place it into the empty as this may clog sewage pipes. deep fryer. Add water until the tur Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim key is covered, with an additional Hitchcock offered these words of half-inch of water above the turkey. Hitchcock wisdom to area residents for a safe, At this point, remove the turkey injury and fire free Thanksgiving: from the water and mark the water line on the fryer. This will tell you how • Keep children away from the cooking much oil to add without overfilling. Be area, enforce a “kids-free zone” to stay at sure to thoroughly dry the fryer and the least three feet away from the stove; • Make sure the cooking area is kept turkey to prevent a flare up. Fill the fryer to your mark with an oil clean to prevent grease build up; that has a high smoking point, such as • Keep all flammable items — pot holdcanola or safflower. It may be best to avoid ers, oven mitts, food packing, towels, peanut oil due to peanut allergies. Be sure curtains and loose clothing to name a few to keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher on — well away from the cooking area; hand. Never use water on a grease fire as • Never leave home while cooking and this will cause the fire to spread. Should a check food regularly; fire occur, if the fire is manageable use the • Make sure smoke alarms are workall-purpose extinguisher and call for help. ing; Always wear appropriate attire when • Have a fire extinguisher available; deep frying a turkey, such as protective By taking a few precautionary measures eyewear and fire resistant gloves. Place you can make this holiday season a safe, the turkey in the oil very carefully to avoid memorable occasion for all, minus a trip spilling. Never leave the fryer unattended to the emergency room or a visit from our for any reason and be sure to keep pets local fire department.
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Santa will make an appearance at the Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion, with cookies and hot chocolate in hand. Santa’s visit is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Parents are invited to bring their children to visit with Santa before he makes his trip back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Day. A photographer will be available, and each child will receive a free photo with Santa. Children ages 2-7 will be able to participate in a coloring contest at the pavilion when they visit with Santa. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in each age category. All coloring contest entries will be posted through the pavilion for the remainder of the holiday season. The Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion is located at 1201 Emmental Drive, Berne. For more information about Santa’s visit, call 589-4496 or visit www.
Berne council wraps up 2013
By JANNAYA ANDREWS With the end of the year quickly approaching, city and county governments are once again looking at updated contracts for 2014, which is what Berne City Council did during its regularly scheduled Monday night meeting. Bids were opened during the Berne Public Works and Safety meeting held Nov. 20, allowing City Workforce Manager Kurt Dailey time to review the bids and make a recommendation prior to Monday’s meeting. The city received only one bid for concrete, from Liter Concrete, as well as one bid from Harvest Land Cooperative for fuel and diesel. Both bids were accepted and approved, 5-0. Bids for street repair and heavy equipment came from Brooks Construction and Milestone Construction, with Dailey recommend-
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The Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day and will be open New Year’s Eve from 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. and New Years Day from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ing Brooks for the contracts, stating they quoted the lower price on “nearly everything we use.” Council accepted the recommendation and approved the contract, 5-0. In other news a public hearing was held regarding the annexation of the streets near the Berne Fire Station. According to Mayor Bill McKean, when the area was originally annexed, streets surrounding the station were inadvertently overlooked and not included in the annexation. “This really doesn’t change anything, there’s no additional services needed because it’s already being serviced.” McKean said, with City Attorney Jim Beitler adding, “It’s more a matter of congruity.” The council approved the motion, 5-0, and the matter will be moved on at the next council meeting.
U.S. 31 byPass OPEN IN KOkOMO
Daily Democrat employees Vickie Baker and Jonathan Huffman work around a mountain of advertising fliers that will be inserted into Thursday’s KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) Thanksgiving Day edition. — A new bypass along Photo by J Swygart
U.S. 31 that circumvents stoplight-plagued Kokomo has opened to motorists, and just in time for Thanksgiving holiday travelers. The $155 million, 13-mile freeway section that allows travelers to avoid 15 traffic lights through the city opened Tuesday afternoon once road crews removed barricades along the new roadway. The opening came a few hours after a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by Gov. Mike Pence, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and other officials. After the ribboncutting, a caravan of cars traveled the new highway and crews began removing barricades.
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rest of the county is still asleep. Norm Bergman, who drives each day to the newspaper’s printing plant in Columbia City and also helps with other numerous and assorted chores in the mail room, will head out around midnight tonight to collect the paper from the printing plant and head back toward Decatur. Breisch said the rest of the crew “plan on getting here (at the newspaper) around 2 a.m. Thanksgiving day.” From that point on the “back shop” team will be working nonstop into the wee hours of the morning, putting the final touches on the paper and getting it out to the hands of newspaper carriers, who deliver to homes all over the local area. In total, six tons of newspaper will be
distributed on Thursday alone. This whole experience is not new to Breisch. As the Democrat’s longest-tenured employee, she’s seen it all in her 25 years at the newspaper. “Last year was very disorganized, but we’re hopeful that this year will run more smoothly,” she said. “The mail room has been working extremely hard in putting together the package of inserts from the various advertisers,” DDD Publisher Ron Storey said. “This is accomplished completely by hand inserting which takes many hours of advance preparation. Additionally the mail room has come in extremely early this morning to put the finished package together for home delivery. “Without their efforts we could not bring you the finished product every day, let alone today.”
Ryan Twiss, left, from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was a recent guest of the Decatur Rotary Club. His organization represents 10 area counties, including Adams, helping the area establish businesses by utilizing programs such as the “Vision 2020” to identify five key economic growth areas, resulting in more local businesses. The partnership supports education in the schools and are working for all residents in the region. Twiss is pictured with Rotary program chair Josh Wenning. Photo provided
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is recommending drivers make sure they are ready for winter emergencies while traveling. The department says a survey it conducted of Indiana residents showed about three-fourths said they did not have preparedness kits in their vehicles. Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says drivers should have extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves, at least two blankets or a sleeping bag, and flashlight and batteries in case of car trouble or slide-offs. He also recommends the kit include jumper cables, emergency flares, a shovel, bottled water and non-perishable foods, as well as first-aid kit and necessary medications.
Survey shows most drivers unprepared
Mary Cheney headlines gay marriage event
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is coming to Indianapolis to help raise money to fight a proposed amendment banning gay marriage. Mary Cheney plans to headline a fundraiser for Freedom Indiana on Dec. 11. Tickets range from $30 to $5,000. Cheney is a married lesbian who supports same-sex marriage throughout the nation. ‘‘No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve,’’ Cheney wrote in the fundraising appeal sent Tuesday. Cheney has recently been fighting publicly with her sister, a conservative Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming. Senate candidate Liz Cheney recently said earlier this month that she continues to believe marriage should be limited to being between one man and one woman. Cheney is seeking to oust U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in next year’s Republican primary. However, in Indiana, the fight is not over legalizing gay marriage, but rather strengthening and expanding the state’s existing ban on gay marriage. Lawmakers are considering a measure which would add the state ban to the constitution, but also expand it to bar future approval of civil unions or employer benefits for same-sex couples. Supporters of the strengthened ban say it is needed to block a judge from potentially overturning state law, while opponents say it would drive new businesses from locating in Indiana. If approved during the upcoming legislative session, the measure would head to Indiana voters for approval, which has the potential to turn 2014 into a high-dollar, national battle.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Auditor Dwayne Sawyer announced Tuesday that he’s resigning to deal with family issues, just a few months after being appointed to the job. Sawyer wrote in a brief, two-paragraph resignation letter that he’s leaving office Dec. 15 ‘‘due to family and personal concerns.’’ He did not explain what those concerns were. ‘‘His reason for resigning had to do with personal and family circumstances, and I respect his decision to step aside,’’ Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. Sawyer is the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana and had been expected to seek a full term as the state’s chief financial officer in next year’s election. Mike Claytor is seeking the Democratic nomination for auditor. Sawyer’s surprise announcement, after four months on the job, put Pence back in the position of trying to find someone to fill the role overseeing the state’s payroll, disbursements to local governments and other financial obligations. Sawyer was serving as president of the Brownsburg Town Council when Pence picked him in August. Sawyer beat out a handful of other Republicans who had asked Pence for the job, including state Rep. Tom Saunders and Cecilia Coble, now a candidate for Fishers City Council. Pence’s selection of Sawyer resulted from some shuffling throughout the party at the end of former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ tenure. Daniels ally Eric Holcomb announced he was ending his run as state party chairman, along with a handful of other top party officials and staffers. Pence asked former Auditor Tim Berry to fill the role as chairman and also filled out some other jobs within the party. Sawyer was selected to fill out the rest of Berry’s second term as auditor and had said he would seek re-election to a full term next year. Sawyer’s surprise announcement also reopens the possibility that Treasurer Richard Mourdock could seek the office. Mourdock has been quietly shunned by many top-level state Republicans since losing the U.S. Senate race last year to Democrat Joe Donnelly.
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Antoinette Sorg
Antoinette “Toni” Sorg, 69, Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. She married Maurice “Mort” Sorg Nov. 28, 1963, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Yoder; he survives. 
Toni served as the director of the Food Bank at Hessen Cassel for several years. She was also a member of the Poe V.F.D. Auxiliary and the IVFAA, where she served as president for two years. 
 Surviving are two sons, Edward (Teresa) Sorg and Richard (Dawn) Sorg; two daughters, Beverly (Andrew) Lockwood and Rebecca Sorg; a brother, George (Michelle) Rupright; a sister, Susan (Mark) Carmin; and six Sorg grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel. Friends will be received from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, with a Rosary service to be held at 4 p.m. and an IVFAA service to be held at 8 p.m. Friends will also be received one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
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Winter storm barrels toward East Coast
CHICAGO (AP) — A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails Wednesday for Thanksgiving. So far, the deadly storms barreling into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not resulted in many flight delays or cancellations, but forecasters were expecting the weather to worsen throughout the day. ‘‘The timing of the storm couldn’t be worse,’’ said Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. ‘‘We are seeing numerous threats as the storm is beginning to develop and intensify.’’ Heavy rain and breezy conditions were to strike the East Coast from the Carolinas to the Northeast on Wednesday, with ice and snow a possibility in the Appalachians, western Pennsylvania and western New York. Snow totals from the Ohio Valley to the interior of the Northeast were expected to be less than 10 inches, the weather service said. The storm system, which developed in the West, has been blamed for at least 11 deaths, half of them in Texas. It limped across Arkansas with a smattering of snow, sleet and freezing rain that didn’t meet expectations. ‘‘It’s just really cold. We had drizzle but no snow,’’ said Courtney O’Neal-Walden, an owner of the Dairyette diner on U.S. 270 in Mount Ida,
Warning issued for lake-effect snow in Indiana
LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Snow has started falling in parts of northern Indiana, with up to a foot of lake-effect snow possible on one of the year’s busiest travel days. The National Weather Service has issued a heavy snow warning for northern Indiana’s LaPorte, St. Joseph, Starke and Marshall counties through Wednesday night. The snow’s coming as winds around 20 mph are blowing off Lake Michigan.
DPD arrests three Three persons were in custody this morning at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center following their arrest this morning by the Decatur Police Department. Jennifer M. Wellman, 26, and David A. Brewster, 28, both of Clermont Avenue, Decatur, were arrested at 1:16 a.m. today for domestic battery. David Brewster was also charged with invasion of privacy and violation of a no contact order. Both are being held without bond. Ashley M. Jones, 27, N. Fourth Street, Decatur, was charged at 5:09 a.m. with battery resulting in bodily injury. She is being held without bond. ACSD holds four The Adams County Sheriff’s Department arrested three persons in the past 24 hours. Shane E. Harkless, 35, rural Decatur, was charged on a warrant for unlawful possession of a syringe. He is being held at the Adams County Law Enforcement Center under a $200 cash and $7,500 surety bond. Michael O. Beers, 27, Fort Wayne, and Bernardo Garcia, 31, S. 14th Street, Decatur, were each arrested on a warrant for a probation violation. Both are being held without bond. Tyler W. Hoersten, 21, E. Main Street, Berne, was arrested on charges of theft and burglary. He faces a $50,000 bond.
Union Township Lions to sell fruit this weekend
The Union Township Lions Club will hold its annual sale of oranges and grapefruits this weekend at the Walmart shopping center. Fruit will be available Friday from 12-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., or by calling Richard Marbach at 724-9310.
Four suffer minor injuries in Tuesday morning crash
Four persons were injured in a single-vehicle mishap at 4:54 a.m. Tuesday and taken by EMS to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne according to an Adams County Sheriff’s Department report released today. Police said Trent O. Hosbein, 24, Fort Wayne, was southbound on U.S. 27 near C.R. 350W when the van he was driving went off the roadway and into a median. After being in the median for approximately 100 feet, the van got back onto the road but soon left the road on the west side and entered a deep ditch where it struck an embankment head on. The impact caused the van to flip over and land on its left side. Hosbein said he hit a patch of black ice on the road causing the accident to occur. Hosbein suffered a shoulder/upper arm injury while three other passengers were also injured. They included Irma Sanchez Francisco, 30, Fort Wayne, with bleeding to her head, Cecilia Ramirez, 20, Fort Wayne, with back pain, and Derek M. White, 19, Fort Wayne, with contusions and bruising to his check. Lutheran officials today said Hosbein, Francisco, and Ramirez were all treated and released for their emergency room but they did not have a record of having treated White. Damage to the van was estimated at between $2,501-$5,000. Tuesday crashes Three accidents were investigated Tuesday by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. At 3:01 a.m., Todd W. Owens, 51, W. Line Street, Geneva, was southbound on U.S. 27 near C.R. 850N. An animal ran onto the road and he was unable to avoid hitting it. Between $1,001-$2,500 in damage was done to his car. At 5:29 a.m., Terry L. Ayres, 37, New Haven, was stopped for traffic on U.S. 27 just south of C.R. 350N. A following vehicle operated by Kevin M. Ortega, 21, Lemoore, California, tried to stop but slid on the ice-covered road and rear ended the Ayres car. A few moments later, another vehicle driven southbound by Jesse J. Serna, 53, Harrison Street, Decatur, also tried to stop but slid on the ice and struck the Ortega vehicle which caused that car to strike the Ayres vehicle a second time. Police estimated damages to the three vehicles at between $25,001-$50,000. At 6:12 a.m., Donna L. Anderson, 43, Ridgeville, was northbound on U.S. 27 near C.R. 350W when she lost control of her car on the ice and went off the roadway. Her SUV sustained between $5,001-$10,000 as a result of the accident.
Ark. ‘‘You can see (ice) on the power lines, but the roads are fine.’’ But even a weaker than expected storm system is potentially bad news the day before Thanksgiving — the anticipated busiest travel day of the year. More than 43 million people are to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA. The overwhelming majority — about 39 million people — will be on the roads. But more than 3 million people are expected to filter through airports, and the weather could snarl takeoffs and landings at some of the busiest hubs on the East Coast, including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. Travel experts suggested airline passengers might be able to have penalty fees waived if they wanted to change their bookings because of the weather.
Library closed Thanksgiving Day
The Decatur Public Library will be open Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and will be closed Thanksgiving. Doors will reopen Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.. The Geneva Public Library will be open Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and will be closed Thanksgiving. Doors will reopen Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Saturday.
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“The dysfunction is evident to everyone. The breakdown of trust is serious. We need some kind of reconciliation process to move forward...” The above comments were made last week by Indiana State Board of Education Member Andrea Neal following weeks of acrimony and controversy between Indiana Governor Mike Pence and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz over the role, authority and power granted to Pence’s newly-created Center for Education and Career Innovation. The tensions reached a boiling point last Wednesday when ICkIN IT Ritz, who serves as chairwoman of the state board AROUND of education, BY MIKE LAmm stormed out of a board meeting after Republican members attempted to usurp her authority and transfer responsibility of coordinating the development of state academic standards from the Department of Education to the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Ritz asserted state statute gives that responsibility to the Department of Education, and accused Pence of “not (just) seeking a power grab, but rather, a complete takeover” of Indiana’s education policy,” Ritz said. She stated she would do everything in her power to “strengthen the Department of Education, not dismantle it.” Pence created the Center for Education and Career Innovation by executive order in August of this year without ever consulting Ritz or letting her in on the formative process. Money to fund the agency (in excess of $3 million) was taken from the Department of Education and other areas during the state budgetary process. In a recent online poll, the Munster Times of Northwest Indiana, nearly 75 percent of respondents felt Pence should have worked with Ritz in establishing the Center, rather than circumventing her authority. Although the agency is tiny by state standards, with only a 15-person staff and no power under Indiana statute, the Center has a far-reaching mission, inserting itself into all aspects of Indiana’s education and workforce development system. There has even been talk of eliminating Ritz’s position entirely and making it a position appointed by the governor. The State Board of Education, meanwhile, has a staff of 228 people with myriad responsibilities supporting the state’s various school districts and the administering both state and federal programs and grants. It is responsible, under state law, to “establish the educational goals of the state, developing standards and objectives for local school corporations.” In addition, the state board also sets K-12 education policy for the state, makes recommendations to the governor and legislature, and insures the validity of the ISTEP testing program. For many, the dispute between Ritz and Pence has little to do with education and everything to do with politics. “The intent (of the Center) on the surface sounds really good,” Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association commented, adding, however, that upon closer examination, “it sure sounds like he’s (Pence) trying to create something and move power away from the education department.” According to Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Indiana is the only state in the nation where the superintendent chairs the state board. She also notes that Indiana is one of only 11 states in the country with an elected superintendent. In the vast majority of states, the position is either appointed by a state board
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By DIANA WEST Now that U.S. and Afghan negotiators have agreed on terms of a seemingly open-ended — if reduced — U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration alike breathlessly await the verdict of the world’s greatest deliberative body — the “loya jirga.” It is alarming to realize that this treaty renewing America’s military commitment to Afghanistan under wholly disastrous terms for the United States seems to hinge on the say-so of some 3,000 “village elders” now gathered in Kabul — and not, apparently, that of our own elected representatives. News reports consistently underscore the official focus on the coming decision from the “loya jirga” (the embodiment of sharia justice and tribal enlightenment) without mentioning deliberations to come in the U.S. Congress. “We have agreed on the language that would be submitted to a loya jirga, but they have to pass it,” Secretary of State John Kerry said. They have to pass it? The Associated Press puts it this way: “The U.S. declined to release specific details about the negotiations and stressed nothing was final until the gathering known as the loya jirga makes its decision.” What does our Constitution say? Yes, the president “shall have Power ... to make Treaties,” but “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate ... provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.” To date, however, just five senators — Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky — have heard this constitutional call of duty. They support an amendment to require the president to win approval from Congress on this new defense pact with Afghanistan. This amendment should pass unanimously, unless, that is, the Senate wants to relinquish all powers to an increasingly dictatorial executive branch, and, more urgently, wants to see all powers of the U.S. military subordinated to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This, according to the agreement posted online by the Afghan foreign ministry, is the essence of the pact. The U.S. State Department calls this online document a “draft,” but given that deliberations are underway in Kabul, it seems logical to presume that this same “draft” is now under loya jirga consideration. It comes down to who is in command, and, according to the draft agreement, it’s not the U.S. For one thing, U.S. forces can’t conduct combat operations in Afghanistan without Afghan approval. For another, U.S. forces can’t conduct counterterrorism operations, even against al-Qaida-brand terrorists, without Afghan approval. For years, I have believed that there are no American interests in Afghanistan, certainly not any that are advanced by a standing military presence. The situation is even worse under an agreement that subordinates American actions to Afghan approval. Under this draft agreement, even when Afghans deem joint action “appropriate,” it must include “full respect for Afghan sovereignty and full regard for the safety and security of the Afghan people, including in their homes.” In other words, the draft agreement is a blueprint for making an Afghan’s home the Taliban’s castle -the guaranteed safe haven against U.S. counterterrorist actions, a place where the rules of engagement will continue to incur undue risk for U.S. servicemen, and serve enemy ends. And that’s what the U.S. “gets” for the privilege of serving as Hamid Karzai’s rent-a-cop. In exchange, Afghanistan continues to receive all manner of goodies, only now as an “obligation”: “The United States shall have an obligation to seek funds on a yearly basis to support” the defense and security of the Afghan state, the draft agreement states. Sounds to me as if the Obama administration has just negotiated a new and massive entitlement program. Call it Afghan-O-care. Instead of community organizers serving as “navigators,” the new entitlement provides “relevant Afghan institutions” to administer the moolah. “Taking into account Afghanistan’s annual priorities, the United States shall direct appropriate funds through Afghan Government budgetary mechanisms, to be managed by relevant Afghan institutions ...” The graft goes on. But the Obama administration is claiming victory if only for having preserved U.S. jurisdiction over military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan. (American contractors and their American employees, however, are on their own under Afghan law.) What seems troubling, however, is a provision that allows the U.S. to give consent to surrender or transfer military personnel to the custody of an international tribunal or other state. Why is that even in there? Would a government so blind to American interests be able to resist bilateral or multilateral or transnational or sharia calls for “justice”? It’s yet another point of concern for the U.S. Senate, which must start advising and, I trust, not consenting — and soon. Diana West is a syndicated columnist.

or by a governor. But Indiana elected Ritz in the same manner as they did Pence, by voters casting a ballot in statewide elections. In a major upset, Ritz captured 53 percent of the vote, a larger margin of victory than was posted by either Pence or Republican Senator Joe Donnelly. She is the first Democrat to serve in the office in 40 years. The vote to elect Ritz reflected negatively on former state Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Bennett, who admitted to altering the grades of several of Indiana’s charter schools in order to make it appear as thought they had performed better than an earlier evaluation had indicated. Ritz’s election and subsequent disagreements over such issues as a state takeover of struggling schools, vouchers to attend private schools, new teacher evaluations linked to standardized test scores and the adoption of Common Core standards (to name but a few) set up conflicts between her and the board, whose members were all appointed either by Pence or his predecessor, Mitch Daniels, also a Republican. As The Indianapolis Star stated in an editorial last week, “First, Republicans must get over the fact that they lost last year’s election for state superintendent. Ritz won, legitimately. And she has all the legal authority that comes with that victory.” Now, it is time to admit the Center is just another layer of unnecessary government bureaucracy; one which confuses rather than clarifies educational issues and the type of duplicitous governmental service that Republicans often claim oppose. The goal of incorporating career, technical and vocational education into the statewide curriculum is an admirable one, but doing so in such a way as to undermine the job of the state Department of Education is counter-productive to achieving that end. We should never play politics with the education of our children.
BY BOB FRANKEN Let’s face it — too much of the coverage we provide from Washington is “inside baseball,” easily ignored by those who live in the real world. Sometimes, though, this stuff matters. A case in point is the decision by Harry Reid and his Democratic gaggle to invoke the “nuclear option.” It’s called that because Reid and his partisan majority blew up the traditional filibuster. Utilizing a parliamentary maneuver, they were able to circumvent the usual twothirds vote necessary to change the rules and used a simple majority to do away with the biggest delaying tactic that has helped define the “deliberative” United States Senate. Republicans are having a cow. “You’ll regret this,” sputtered Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box.” He was trying to make the obvious point that if the R’s take over, it’s the D’s who will have lost their power to stop a conservative agenda. Unwittingly, however, McConnell was offering a justification for doing away with a stalling tactic that he and his partisans were using to thwart the winner of the last election. The voters choose who will head the nation. Last time around, that was Barack Obama, meaning he gets to select the ones to fill openings on the federal bench, and also who will head the departments and agencies of his administration. Forgive the civics refresher, but while the Constitution’s advise-and-consent power provides the Senate an ability to block nominees, it is supposed to be used sparingly. The key word is “consent,” but at an unprecedented level, the Republicans were filibustering judicial and executive appointments put forth by President Obama. It came to a head when they blocked three of his choices to fill appeals-court openings. The Republicans were daring Reid to make the nuclear move — in truth, they triple-dared him, so he did.
Actually, it wasn’t a complete filibuster wipeout. There is an exception for the Supreme Court nominees, and it still can be deployed to shut down legislation. That brought some criticism from those who believe that the GOP agenda is all about obstruction. If Barack Obama asked Congress to approve a Happy Thanksgiving resolution, it would be filibustered in the upper chamber Republicans vow revenge. They have plenty of tools for continuing the gridlock. The Senate rules are packed with delaying tactics. So they can retaliate against the nuclear option with the death of a thousand cuts. The budget deals that need to be done, for instance, can be sunk if they simply refuse to negotiate. Depending on how vindictive they choose to be, we could be facing another government shutdown or debt-ceiling crisis. If you’re wondering just what all this has to do with running the country, the answer is nothing. Those on the right point out that when they’ve held the power, the liberals have also embraced procedural blockades. But the Republicans have reached new highs. Or would it be lows? Never
forget that in the ugly world of politics, things rarely improve — they get worse. It’s not just on Capitol Hill. Every administration has tried to control the news media. But in Obamaland, the situation has gotten so objectionable that the White House Correspondents’ Association has formally complained about “routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties.” What set this off was the common practice of denying news organizations independent access to the various events on the Obama schedule. Instead, the world has to suffice with an official shot. All we get is a sanitized picture. That’s propaganda, pure and simple. Inside baseball? Yes, it is, but the game affects all of us. If the legislative branch can substitute political pettiness for law-making, we will continue to deteriorate. And if we can’t get even a glimpse of what our elected officials are doing, it’s hard to make informed choices about our leader. Neither is what a democracy is supposed to be.
Franken is a nationally-syndicated columnist.
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Today is the 331st day of 2013 and the 67th day of autumn. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize. In 1942, the French navy sank its
fleet at Toulon to prevent its use by the Nazis. In 1973, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of House Minority Leader Gerald Ford, a Michigan Republican, as vice president, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew. In 2005, French surgeons completed the first known partial face
transplant, grafting a new nose, lips and chin.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.” — James Agee, “Let Us Now Praise famous Men”
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“Stockings for Soldiers” received a five stocking donation from the Adams County Coin Club. Free stockings for stuffing are available at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home or American Legion Post 43. The deadline for submission is Dec. 2. Recommended items include candy canes, hard candy, chewing gum, mints, multivitamins, moisturizer, lip balm, shampoo, eye drops, sun block, batteries, deck of playing cards, crossword puzzles, dominos, CD’s and DVD’s, books, bandanas, drink packets and granola bars without SOLDIERS — From left are Jack Macklin, Coin Club member, Jon Zwick with chocolate. Once a stock- Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Carole Macklin, Coin Club member and Mark ing is full, fold over top Jahn with Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home. and close securely. Photo provided
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27: 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. Celebrate Recovery, 6-7 p.m., small groups, 7-8 p.m., The Bridge Community Church. Adult Children of Alcoholics, a 12-step support program for those raised in alcoholic families, 7 p.m., The Bridge Community Church, 403 Winchester Rd. THURSDAY, Nov. 28: Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room. Rotary club, 12 p.m., Back 40. Senior Citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside Center. Monroe United Methodist Church Farmer’s Wagon, 1 p.m. Line is to form no e 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. 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. A.A. (open) Big Book meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, Berne. FRIDAY, Nov. 29: 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. SATURDAY, Nov. 30: A.A., 7 p.m., (open speaker/discussion) Cross United Church, Berne. SUNDAY, Dec. 1: Fleamarket, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Center.
50 YEARS — Monmonth High School class reunion of 1963 members are shown in Front from left is Eileen (Keuneke) Zwick, Sharon (Schaekel) Banning, Ruth Ann (Beery) Harris and Judy Thieme Witte. In the second row is Elroy Haugh, Janet (Fuelling) Hoffman, Delores (Fuhrmann) Maldeney, Norwin Stoppenhagen, RuthAnn (Hoffman) Penrod, Kay (Stevens) Foy, Karen (Bieberich) Hall and Arlene (Becker) Fuelling. In the third row is Don Elder, Clarence Scheumann, Vern Witte, Robert Auer, Richard Weiland and Nancy (Conrad) Ladd.
The Monmouth High School Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th class reunion with a luncheon at The Galley restaurant, Sept. 7. After a short business meeting the classmates shared stories of Monmouth High. Later in the day, the class was the hon-
MONDAY, Dec. 2: Decatur Church of Christ food pantry, 700 E. Monroe St., Decatur, 8-10 a.m. Last names beginning with A-L served on first and third Monday, M-Z served second and fourth Monday. Photo provided Senior citizens play Bingo, 1:30 p.m., Riverside Center. A.A. Big Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Decatur Church of God. American Legion Auxiliary 43, 7 p.m., post home.
TUESDAY, Dec. 3: MOPS, 9-11 a.m., First United Methodist ored guests at the Monmouth Church. High School Reunion held at TOPS Club, 10 a.m., Riverside Center. the Knights of Columbus Hall in Adams County senior citizens, 11:30 a.m., Decatur. Riverside Center.
Love INC is sponsoring Christmas gifts for children who are signed-up through the Emmanuel Project. As of Nov. 19 there were 510 requests, with only 317 sponsors who have agreed to purchase gifts. Anyone may sponsor a child by calling Love INC at 728-4503. Sponsors will receive an order form giving a child’s first name, phone number, age, sizes and possible gift suggestions. Complete instructions will come on how to package and where to take the gifts.
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SWEET! — Photo shows just a few of the treats that will be available during the Sweets Extravaganza at Zion United Church of Christ.
Photo provided The annual Holiday Sweets Extravaganza sponsored by the Women’s Guild of Zion United Church of Christ, 315 N 3rd St., Decatur, will be held from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 14, in the Fellowship Hall. Treats for sale include cookies and candy by the pound. The church will not have homemade noodles this year. Proceeds will go toward local charities and worldwide missions.
Sense & Sensitivity
It May Be Too Late To Save Friendship
DEAR HARRIETTE: There is someone who I used to be really close friends with -- to the point where I considered her more like a sister than a friend. We haven’t spoken to each other since her birthday (near Thanksgiving) last year. She threw herself a birthday party the night before Thanksgiving, which happened to be the night that my entire family drove up for the Thanksgiving dinner that I was hosting. I was planning on attending her party for a couple of hours to show face and support her. I tried to call and let her know that I would be running late due to my work schedule, but rather than listening, she hung up on me without letting me get a word in. Naturally, after being treated so badly, I second-guessed going at all. After an internal struggle, I decided not to go. I called the next day to wish her a happy birthday, and the response that I got was unexpected. She said some of the most disrespectful, foul and unnecessary things -- things that I wouldn’t even say to an enemy. And she ended the conversation with, “I don’t want this friendship. I don’t need this friendship.” That was almost a year ago. She tried calling me this summer to apologize. At this point I can forgive, but the damage has been done, and I don’t know that I will ever look at her the same way. My family thinks that I should try to resolve things and reach out to her since she has extended an olive branch, but I’m not really interested in inviting the dramatics back into my circle. As a sign of forgiveness, I am considering wishing her a happy birthday via text. Should I reach out or leave things as they are? -- On the Fence, Brooklyn, N.Y. DEAR ON THE FENCE: Before you reach out to her, decide what outcome you would like. It is smart to forgive her, as holding onto a grudge hurts you more than anyone else. You might even want to have a conversation with her to hear her out and let her hear you out. Doing so does not mean you will rekindle your friendship. What it can do is help you both understand where you were and where you are now. If you are ready for such a communication, send her a birthday message. If you do not want to open this door again, do nothing right now. If you find yourself thinking about this friend, go ahead and reach out to her. Some relationships require closure -- or at least clarity -- in order for people to be free of them. When you do not drum up the courage to face a challenging relationship, it can fester in your soul. Then, even when you do not mean to harbor bad feelings, you might be doing that, something that is unhealthy in every possible way you can imagine.
The Union Township Lions Club will be selling Texas navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, pecans and chocolate covered peanuts from 12-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The sale will also be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every Saturday in December, also in the parking lot. Oranges are $28 per case, grapefruit are $26 per case, pecans $8 per pound and chocolate peanuts $4 per pound. All items are now available for delivery by calling 724-9310. Proceeds will go to support various local, state and national proiects.
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Pope Francis issues mission statement for his own papacy
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy Tuesday, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed. In the 85-page document, Francis pulled together the priorities he has laid out in eight months of homilies, speeches and interviews and put them in the broader context of how to reinvigorate the church’s evangelical zeal in a world marked by indifference, secularization and vast income inequalities. He explained his most controversial remarks criticizing the church’s ‘‘obsession’’ with transmitting a disjointed set of moral doctrines, saying that in the church’s ‘‘hierarchy of truths,’’ mercy is paramount, proportion is necessary, and that what counts is inviting the faithful in. He went even further Tuesday, saying some of the church’s historical customs can even be cast aside if they no longer serve to communicate the faith. Citing St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, Francis stressed the need for moderation in norms ‘‘so as to not burden the lives of the faithful.’’ At the same time, Francis restated the church’s opposition to abortion, making clear that this doctrine is non-negotiable and is at the core of the church’s insistence on the dignity of every human being. The document, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel), is the second major teaching document issued by Francis but is the first actually written by him since the encyclical ‘‘The Light of Pope Francis Faith,’’ issued in July, was penned almost entirely by Pope Benedict XVI before he resigned. Francis wrote the bulk of it in August, during the Vatican’s summer lull, said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. Francis’ concerns are laced throughout, and the theological and historical citations leave no doubt about his own points of reference and priorities: Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, who presided over the Second Vatican Council, which brought the church into the modern world, are cited repeatedly. And in a first for an apostolic exhortation, as this type of papal pronouncement is called, Francis cited various documents of bishops’ conferences from around the world, an indication of the importance he places in giving the local church greater say in church governance and decision-making.
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Airport chaplains help fliers connect with heavens
The job is unlike other church assignments. There isn’t a permanent congregation. No baptisms, weddings or funerals. Instead, airport chaplains preach to a crowd that is transient by nature. Trust must be earned quickly. There’s little time for small talk. Everybody is rushing to catch a flight. ‘‘You only get one chance to impress them; one chance to help them,’’ says Bishop D.D. Hayes, a non-denominational pastor at DallasFort Worth International Airport. ‘‘Many times, we touch lives we never see again.’’ There are daily or weekly services but most ministering occurs elsewhere. Chaplains see troops off to war and are on hand when bodies of the fallen return. They comfort fliers visiting sick relatives and those traveling for medical treatment themselves. During weather delays, chaplains take the heat off gate agents by standing nearby — passengers tend to be on their best behavior when in the presence of a priest. They aren’t at airports to proselytize and — surprisingly — very few passengers confess to a fear of flying. Often, they just roam terminals offering a friendly face and occasional directions. Some walk up to seven miles a day. ‘‘When I came into the job, my predecessor said you have to buy good shoes,’’ says the Rev. Jean-Pierre Dassonville, a Protestant who just retired after 12 years at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Frank Colladay Jr. stood at the end of the gate waiting. On the arriving plane was a passenger whose husband had just died of a heart attack on another flight. Her name was Linda Gilbert. The two had never met before. Colladay’s parish happens to be the world’s busiest airport. His flock consists of people passing through who might need comfort, spiritual advice, or someone to pray with. On this day, a traumatized Gilbert needed even more. Colladay guided her through HartsfieldJackson International Airport, drove her in his silver Ford Fusion to the medical examiner to see her husband’s body and arranged for a flight home for both of them. ‘‘He didn’t say a whole lot. But just his presence being there, it just felt comforting and reassuring,’’ Gilbert says. ‘‘I didn’t know that airports have chaplains.’’ Most people don’t. Airports are minicities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 partand full-time chaplains worldwide — Roman Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh. The positions are highly sought-after and considered glamorous, with chaplains saying they love the excitement and unpredictability of airports.
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Braves open mat season with lopsided win over Eagles
By DYLAN MALONE In the 42nd meeting of the Bellmont Braves and the Columbia City Eagles, it was BHS who came away with an impressive 57-12 victory to open the season with a win at the Teepee Tuesday night. Bellmont, now 39-3 all-time against City, defeated the Eagles by a similar score on the road last season to open their campaign, 51-19, and they looked no less effective this time around. "A lot of our kids were first time varsity wrestlers and they went out and did alright tonight," praised Bellmont coach Brent Faurote. The Braves had underclassmen at seven of their 14 wrestlers in the starting line-up against the Eagles. One of the more impressive of the young group was freshman Bryce Baumgartner who enters the high school wrestling game this season as a newbie but is by no means new to the sport. "Bryce is an outstanding freshman," noted Faurote. "You'll see a lot of great things from him this season. That was a senior he battled with tonight and he's not going to give opponents a lot." Baumgartner was down 2-1 after one period but came back with six points in the second eventually holding on to the lead after a scoreless final frame for the 7-3 decision against Columbia City senior Landon Hodges at 160. Bryce enters his freshman year with impressive credentials as a national contender in middle school events winning multiple state championships and a few national titles to boot. The Eagles actually started out the night with the first three points as Jon Becker fell victim to a 15-11 decision against Hunter Langeloh at 113. After falling behind 13-6, Becker earned three points on a near-fall flipping Langeloh on his back almost earning the fall. "That kid is solid," noted Faurote of the Eagles' Langeloh. "He qualified for state last year and what I liked about that match was that Jon went and got right back into the match with some late points and made it interesting at the end." Bellmont righted the ship with 16 straight points to lead by 13 on a pin from Trevor Gray over Logan Noah Ray at 120 followed by Daniel Gunsett's 12-3 major decision over Matt Wright at 126 and Diego Hutker's pin in 40 seconds over Seth Rosen at 132. "Gray hit a really nice single-leg and changed off to a side-cradle to get a quick fall for us," noted Faurote. Junior Joe Becker lost to Michael Wright at 145 in a spirited effort that ended by pinfall at 3:48 after a 2-2 tie following the first round. "Joe has been fighting an inner-ear infection and he's still just not 100% quite yet," analyzed the BHS coach. "He sat out a whole year with injuries and it's been awhile for him to be on the mat in a varsity match but people will be impressed with him when he comes around." Bellmont made it 22-9 when Danny Baker retaliated with a pin at 145 against Cross Dietrich in a great soph-versus-soph battle won in 4:41. "Baker had a great fireman's carry in a back-and-forth match. He got the fall late and it's something we've been working on a lot lately and he executed it perfectly." Logan Neher battled a feisty Riley Harter at 152 settling for a tech fall at 19-3, then Baumgartner and Love earned backto-back decisions for a 33-9 lead. Corey Coshow pinned Cody McClure in 1:40 at 182 followed by a dominate showing from Carter Friedt at 195 over Mydrae Brown. "Carter got a quick takedown against a freshman. He just headhunted the kid. He's gonna be up there in the heavier weights and as a sophomore he'll run into some upperclassmen this year," explained Faurote. With the match out of reach, the Eagles scored their final three points with a back-andforth battle between the Braves' Fletcher Shaneyfelt and Tristin Anglin at 220. Anglin eventually took advantage of a missed takedown from Shaneyfelt that would have given the senior the lead but instead pushed the lead to three points on the reverse. After a forfeit at 285 for Aaron Bergman, Mason Mendez ended the festivities for the Braves with a bang, pinning Dylan McClure in 55 seconds. "Mason is going to be a force at 106 for us this year. His technique and attitude are like someone training to be a varsity wrestler and I expect great things from him." The JV nipped the Eagles in six matches 17-16. Grant Gutierrez and Chris Laughlin earned pins for Bellmont, while Anthony Busse had a tech fall (19-4). The Braves look forward to this weekend when they travel to the Yorktown Super Duals starting at 8:30 a.m.
Col. City 12, Bellmont 57 113-Langeloh (CC) dec. Jon Becker, 15-11 (0-3) 120-Gray (BEL) pin Noah Ray, 0:50 (6-3) 126-Gunsett (BEL) m.d. Wright, 12-3 (10-3) 132-Hutger (BEL) pin Rosen, 0:40 (163) 138-Smith (CC) pin Jos. Becker, 3:48 (16-9) 145-Baker (BEL) pin Dietrich, 4:41 (229) 152-Neher (BEL) t.f. Harter, 19-3 (27-9) 160-Baumgartner (BEL) dec. Hodges, 7-4 (30-9) 170-Love (BEL) dec. LaRue, 4-1 (33-9) 182-Coshow (BEL) pin C. McClure, 1:40 (39-9) 195-Friedt (BEL) pin Brown, 0:27 (45-9) 220-Anglin (CC) dec. Shaneyfelt, 18-15 (45-12) 285-Bergman (BEL) ff. (51-12) 106-Mendez (BEL) pin D. McClure, 0:55 (57-12)
WASTING LITTLE TIME—In one of the quicker decisions of the night, Bellmont’s Carter Friedt stands just after his pin of Columbia City’s Mydrae Brown at 195 pounds. The Braves’ sophomore pinned his NHC foe in just 27 seconds aiding in the 57-12 win over the Eagles. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
Lingenfelter engineering wins GM award
L i n g e n f e l t e r Performance Engineering took home this year’s GM Design Awards “Best New High-Performance Chevrolet Product,” which was presented November 8 to CEO/ Owner Ken Lingenfelter during the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. 
      The GM Design Awards are given in 13 categories recognizing manufacturers and customizers for their innovation, creativity and contributions to the specialty equipment industry. Lingenfelter won its Design Award for the CAN2-002, a CAN-toanalog gauge and relay output module designed to convert CAN data, including GMLAN and J1939 data, to analog outputs. The CAN2-002 can display almost any data on a vehicle’s data network. Engineered for most 2006 and newer GM vehicles and crate engines, and compatible with heavy trucks, buses and marine engines equipped with SAE J1939, the CAN2-002 module enables control of gauges and other devices without the need to duplicate sensors already installed on the vehicle. Multiple modules can be used on one vehicle, with each module provid-
T’Wolves trade Williams to Kings
MINNEAPOLIS—Even just 16 games into the new season, one thing had become abundantly clear in Minnesota: Derrick Williams wasn't fitting in with the Timberwolves. Coach Rick Adelman was playing him only as a matter of last resort despite a glaring need for help off the bench, and Williams was growing increasingly frustrated with the sporadic minutes. With all that in mind, new Wolves president Flip Saunders swallowed hard and made the decision to part with the former No. 2 overall draft pick, sending him to Sacramento for defensive specialist Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. "We need to do something where coach can get some trust into his bench and play those guys more," Saunders said after the deal was completed on Tuesday. "Coach is going to play guys that he feels he trusts that can go out there and play for him and help him win." Williams was the highest draft pick in franchise history when the Wolves grabbed him in 2011. But his style of play didn't mesh with Adelman's system, he played the same position as the team's best player and the impasse reached a breaking point early this season. Williams missed one game because of back spasms and did not play in four other games as Adelman elected to go with Robbie Hummel and Dante Cunningham with the second unit instead. Adelman wanted to see more energy from Williams on both ends of court. But Williams often said that he had difficulty getting into the flow of the game when he only played in fits and starts. He bounced between small forward and power forward in two-plus years with the Wolves, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. And so the Wolves
ing up to four outputs. The outputs can control analog gauges, such as temperature, pressure, tachometer and speedometer. They also can control, via relays, fans, warning lights, reverse lights and other devices seeking an analog activation signal. 
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“LIFE IS GOOD”—From his time as a wrestler at Bellmont in the early 70’s until his passing recently, the late and great Dave Schirack contributed to wrestling at many levels as an official, participant and a big fan. During Bellmont’s opener at the Teepee on Tuesday night Dave was honored with a moment of silence and his seat was reserved along with his usual popcorn and coffee. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
cut ties with a 22-yearold whose value on the market had plunged right along with his playing time. "I just didn't foresee Derrick being able to play much," Saunders said. "And if a guy's not playing, usually your value is not going to go up. So when we've got someone we thought was going to fit what we were looking for, we just thought it was right." The Kings are hoping Williams can bring some offensive punch to a team that could use some more of it in the frontcourt alongside DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings have been searching for an answer at power forward after Carl Landry went out with a torn hip flexor in the preseason. They've used Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson to varying degrees of success and see Williams as a player who may just need a change of scenery to realize his potential.
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BUTLER— Three Lady Jets scored at least 15 points Tuesday night pulling out an overtime win on the road at Eastside 70-64 for their first victory of the season. Led by senior Abby Busse's 22 points, Adams Central finally found a way to put points on the board after struggling in their first two losses against Blackhawk and Bethany Christian. While scoring in the forties in their first two contests, the 70 points was a welcome sight to coach Sam Beer. "We rode the scoring tonight and we got key contributions from every player at various points in the game," noted the AC coach. After a 14-4 first quarter, the Blazers came back to within three points at the half trailing just 24-21 in a situation eerily similar to Central's first game against Blackhawk where the Jets blew a comfortable 15-point lead against the Braves. A high-scoring affair in the third saw Eastside lead 43-42 but Central would send the game into over time with a 20-19 advantage in the fourth. In the extra frame, Briona case made five of six freebies to seal the win as the Lady Jets defense held the Blazers to just two points earning their first win. Case aided in the scoring overall with 19 points,
Case free throws DDD SPORTs SCOREBOARd lead Jets to OT win at Eastside
while Megan Salway had one of her best scoring games as a starter with 15 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor. Both Busse and Case each had four triples in the game taking all but one shot from downtown for the Jets as Central shot a season-best 44% from 3-point land (8-18). While AC continues their free throw woes (1221 for 57%), the Lady Jets made them when it counted in the overtime. AC outrebounded the Blazers 36-20 with Busse nabbing seven boards, Katie Carroll grabbing six, and Salway and Sarah Fiechter each grabbing five. Also a first this year, the Jets won the turnover battle forcing 19 miscues and losing only 12 themselves. Four Blazers also scored in double figures led by Leah Ward who had 17, while Bri Moore had 16, Kaci Shook had 14, and Maddy Minehart had 12 with seven boards. Eastside took the reserve contest 39-33 using a 15-6 first quarter to aid the win. Taylor Biberstine had a break-out game for Central with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Abbie Hurst had six points. Central travels to Southern Wells on Saturday with the JV tipoff at noon.
A. Central 70, Eastside 64, OT Score By Quarters AC 14 10 18 20 8 70 ES 4 17 22 19 2 64
National Football League By The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct New England 8 3 0 .727 N.Y. Jets 5 6 0 .455 Miami 5 6 0 .455 Buffalo 4 7 0 .364 South W L T Pct Indianapolis 7 4 0 .636 Tennessee 5 6 0 .455 Jacksonville 2 9 0 .182 Houston 2 9 0 .182 North W L T Pct Cincinnati 7 4 0 .636 Pittsburgh 5 6 0 .455 Baltimore 5 6 0 .455 Cleveland 4 7 0 .364 West W L T Pct Denver 9 2 0 .818 Kansas City 9 2 0 .818 San Diego 5 6 0 .455 Oakland 4 7 0 .364 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct Dallas 6 5 0 .545 Philadelphia 6 5 0 .545 N.Y. Giants 4 7 0 .364 Washington 3 8 0 .273 South W L T Pct New Orleans 9 2 0 .818 Carolina 8 3 0 .727 Tampa Bay 3 8 0 .273 Atlanta 2 9 0 .182 North W L T Pct Detroit 6 5 0 .545 Chicago 6 5 0 .545 Green Bay 5 5 1 .500 Minnesota 2 8 1 .227 West W L T Pct Seattle 10 1 0 .909 San Francisco 7 4 0 .636 Arizona 7 4 0 .636 St. Louis 5 6 0 .455 PF PA 288 230 186 287 229 245 236 273 PF PA 263 260 250 245 142 324 199 289 PF PA 275 206 243 256 227 215 203 265 PF PA 429 289 270 179 269 260 213 269 PF PA 298 279 276 260 213 280 252 338 PF PA 305 196 258 151 211 258 227 309 PF PA 286 277 303 309 284 265 266 346 PF PA 306 179 274 184 254 223 266 255 iami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. M St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 4:05 Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 New Orleans at Seattle, 8:40 p.m. National Hockey League By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 24 16 6 2 34 68 46 Tampa Bay 24 15 8 1 31 72 61 Toronto 24 14 9 1 29 66 60 Detroit 25 11 7 7 29 63 70 Montreal 24 13 9 2 28 64 51 Ottawa 24 9 11 4 22 68 77 Florida 25 7 13 5 19 56 81 Buffalo 25 5 19 1 11 44 79 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 25 15 9 1 31 72 58 Washington 24 12 10 2 26 72 68 N.Y. Rangers 24 12 12 0 24 48 59 New Jersey 24 9 10 5 23 50 58 Carolina 24 9 10 5 23 49 67 Philadelphia 23 10 11 2 22 50 56 Columbus 24 9 12 3 21 62 71 N.Y. Islanders 24 8 13 3 19 68 82 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 25 17 4 4 38 92 71 St. Louis 23 17 3 3 37 82 50 Colorado 22 17 5 0 34 69 45 Minnesota 25 15 6 4 34 64 58 Dallas 23 12 9 2 26 67 68 Nashville 24 12 10 2 26 56 69 Winnipeg 26 11 11 4 26 69 76 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 27 17 7 3 37 83 71 San Jose 23 15 3 5 35 79 52 Los Angeles 25 16 6 3 35 67 53 Phoenix 24 14 6 4 32 80 78 Vancouver 26 12 9 5 29 67 68 Calgary 23 8 11 4 20 64 84 Edmonton 25 7 16 2 16 65 89 OTE: Two points for a win, one point N for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Boston 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Columbus 6, Toronto 0 Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 1 Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Rangers 0 Florida 3, Philadelphia 1 St. Louis 3, Minnesota 0 Nashville 4, Phoenix 2 Chicago 5, Edmonton 1 Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2, OT Tuesday’s Games Dallas 6, Anaheim 3 Wednesday’s Games Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Carolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Vancouver at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m. National Basketball Association By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 6 8 .429 — Philadelphia 6 9 .400 1/2 Boston 6 10 .375 1 Brooklyn 4 10 .286 2 New York 3 10 .231 2 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 11 3 .786 — Atlanta 8 7 .533 3 1/2 Charlotte 7 8 .467 4 1/2 Washington 6 8 .429 5 Orlando 5 9 .357 6 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 13 1 .929 — Chicago 6 7 .462 6 1/2 Detroit 6 8 .429 7 Cleveland 4 10 .286 9 Milwaukee 2 11 .154 10 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 13 1 .929 — Houston 10 5 .667 3 1/2 Dallas 9 6 .600 4 1/2 Memphis 7 7 .500 6 New Orleans 6 8 .429 7 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 13 2 .867 — Oklahoma City 9 3 .750 2 1/2 Denver 7 6 .538 5 Minnesota 8 8 .500 5 1/2 Utah 2 14 .125 11 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Clippers 10 5 .667 — Golden State 9 6 .600 1 Phoenix 7 7 .500 2 1/2 L.A. Lakers 7 8 .467 3 Sacramento 4 9 .308 5 ——— Monday’s Games Indiana 98, Minnesota 84 Boston 96, Charlotte 86 Miami 107, Phoenix 92 Detroit 113, Milwaukee 94 Houston 93, Memphis 86 Denver 110, Dallas 96 San Antonio 112, New Orleans 93 Utah 89, Chicago 83, OT Portland 102, New York 91 Tuesday’s Games Washington 116, L.A. Lakers 111 Brooklyn 102, Toronto 100 Orlando 109, Atlanta 92 Golden State 102, New Orleans 101 Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Golden State at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Portland at Phoenix, 9 p.m. New York at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL National League CHICAGO CUBS — Acquired C George Kottaras from Kansas City for a cash consideration. CINCINNATI REDS— Agreed to terms with INF-OF Skip Schumaker on a two-year contract. Designated OF Derrick Robinson for assignment. COLORADO ROCKIES — Named Blake Doyle hitting coach and Eric Young Sr. baserunning/outfield and first base coach. MIAMI MARLINS — Named Mike
Colts search for consistency late season
By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts coach Chuck Pagano keeps seeing the same problems on tape. The offense can’t convert third downs. The defense can’t get off the field. The slow starts have stalled Indy’s ground game, and the Colts are continually trying to dig themselves out of big holes. It’s a mess. ‘‘Everybody we play is good, you know that. Every team that you play is good, they’ve all got great players and so forth, so the margin for error is minute,’’ Pagano said Monday. ‘‘But that doesn’t mean that we’re going to go out there and play cautious and those types of things. I think we’ve just got to get back to playing football and playing better fundamentals and techniques and doing the things that we did early in the season.’’ Playing Colts football would be a start. Lately, nothing has gone right. Indy (7-4) opened this season talking about power running and protecting Andrew Luck. But Luck has been sacked 24 times, and when Luck’s rushing stats are subtracted, Indy has averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Fans are growing increasingly concerned after losses of 29 and 30 points in two of the last three weeks, and four straight first halves that have been nothing short of dismal. But it may not be as bad as it seems. The Colts (7-4) still have a two-game lead in the AFC South over Tennessee (5-6) and could virtually wrap up the division title and a home playoff game with a win Sunday over the Titans. Indy hasn’t lost back-toback games since Pagano took over last season, a span of 26 consecutive games, although a bunch
——— Thursday’s Game New Orleans 17, Atlanta 13 Sunday’s Games Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26, OT Jacksonville 13, Houston 6 San Diego 41, Kansas City 38 St. Louis 42, Chicago 21 Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11 Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21 Baltimore 19, N.Y. Jets 3 Carolina 20, Miami 16 Tennessee 23, Oakland 19 Arizona 40, Indianapolis 11 Dallas 24, N.Y. Giants 21 New England 34, Denver 31, OT Open: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle Monday’s Game San Francisco 27, Washington 6 Thursday, Nov. 28 Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. Oakland at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. New England at Houston, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Berger vice president, assistant general manager and Jeff McAvoy director of pro scouting. NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with OF Chris Young on a oneyear contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Agreed to terms with C Nevin Ashley and RHP Cody Eppley on minor league contracts. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with LHP Javier Lopez to a three-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Traded F Derrick Williams to Sacramento for F Luc Mbah a Moute. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL — Suspended Seattle CB Walter Thurmond four games for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse. ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed LB Jojo Dickson to the practice squad. ATLANTA FALCONS — Signed OT Terren Jones. Waived WR Brian Robiskie. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Agreed to terms with QB Alex Tanney. Claimed TE Andre Smith off waivers from Dallas. Waived OL Patrick Lewis and WR Brian Tyms. DALLAS COWBOYS — Released TE Andre Smith. Signed CB Sterling Moore. Released LB Taylor Reed from the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed LB Josh McNary from the practice squad. Waived TE Justice Cunningham and WR David Reed. Placed S Delano Howell on the injured reserve list. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Terminated the practice squad contract of OT Jamaal Johnson-Webb. Signed DB Kip Edwards to the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Released DL Marcus Forston and DB Justin Green. NEW YORK GIANTS — Placed C Jim Cordle on the injured reserve list. Signed C Stephen Goodin from the practice squad. Signed OL Steven Baker to the practice squad. Terminated the practice squad contract of DB Brandon Jones. NEW YORK JETS — Placed LB Troy Davis on the injured reserve list. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Activated WR Michael Crabtree from the PUP list. Waived QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed CB Perrish Cox. TENNESSEE TITANS — Agreed to terms with KR Leon Washington and DT Frank Kearse. Waived KR Devon Wylie and C Kevin Matthews. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed WR Josh Bellamy from the practice squad. Signed CB Peyton Thompson to the practice squad. Waived CB Jerome Murphy. Placed DE Stephen Bowen on the injured reserve list. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Carolina F Kevin Westgarth two games for boarding Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki during a Nov. 24 game. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Reassigned F Jeremy Morin to Rockford (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Placed F Jared Boll on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Recalled F Sean Collins from Springfield (AHL).
of those wins were with Bruce Arians serving as interim coach while Pagano battled leukemia. Somehow the Colts have managed to go 4-1 against teams currently in playoff position, with wins over Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and the Titans. Yet they are 3-3 against the rest of the league, and with a little help could be in position to earn a first-round bye — if they can pull themselves out of this tailspin. What will it take? That’s not entirely clear, either. Nothing has looked the same since the Colts lost Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne with a torn ACL late in their surprising Oct. 20 win over Denver. Luck has struggled to complete even 60 percent of his passes, and when the Cardinals took away receiver T.Y. Hilton on Sunday, it took Luck almost three full quarters to top 100 yards passing.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been named Philadelphia’s starter for the rest of the season. Coach Chip Kelly made the announcement Tuesday as the team returned from its bye week and began preparations for the Arizona Cardinals (7-4) on Sunday. The Eagles (6-5) are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. ‘‘Nick will be our starter,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘And hopefully we get Mike (Vick) back through a full week of practice and he’ll be able to be the No. 2 guy.’’ Foles, in his second season, replaced Vick, who re-injured his hamstring in a loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 27. The Eagles have saved their season after a rocky start and he’s been the focal point. Foles has played in parts of seven games this season. In five starts, he’s 4-1, and overall, he has thrown for 1,554 yards with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. What’s more, he’s thrown 199 passes, dating back to last season, without an interception. ‘‘I feel the same,’’ Foles said. ‘‘Nothing has really changed. I’m going to prepare the same way I always have.’’ His quarterback rating of 128.0 is on pace to break the regular-season record of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (122.5), set in 2011. Twice this season, Foles has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. On the flip side is Vick, who is still battling his way back, and was informed of the decision by Kelly Tuesday morning. ‘‘Chip is a straight-up guy,’’ Foles said. ‘‘He came in and told me I’m No. 1
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and told Mike he’s No. 2. It’s not like in the movies where everyone sits down and there’s tears.’’ Last week during the team’s bye, Vick said in a radio interview that as well as Foles was playing, he couldn’t be taken out of the lineup. ‘‘Coach and I have always been on the same page right from the go,’’ Vick said. ‘‘I’ve been playing in this league a long time, it’s great to see a guy who I know can play have great success. ‘‘It’s not disappointing at all. I’m still a part of this organization, who took great care of me. One that has given me all the opportunities and possibilities I could ever imagine. As a competitor, you want to be out there, you want to play. But at the same time, you can only control what you can control. Nick has done a great job.’’
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County auditor gets okay to add full-time employee
BY MIKE LAMM After informing Adams County Commissioners last week that she would attempt to initially fill a fulltime opening on her staff with a part-time employee, County Auditor Mary Beery Beery asked commissioners to rescind their earlier motion from the previous meeting and allow her to break the county hiring freeze by employing an individual full-time. Beery noted that after a week of thought on the subject, she determined it was not possible to fulfill all of the duties, responsibilities and obligations of the position with a part-time employee and that she would need to hire someone full-time. The commissioners acquiesced on their previous position of attempting to initially fill the position with a part-time employee and approved her request unanimously. In other business related to the auditor’s office, Deputy Auditor Angie Brite reported a total weekly payment of $19,197.63 to BeniComp, with no stop loss claims recorded. Brite also presented worker’s comp claims totaling $2,431.33 and a bill from Adams Memorial Hospital totaling $320 for the cost of flu shots for sheriff’s department employees. Brite disseminated a monthly report from Weights and Measures Inspector Larry Weaver noting the inspection of eight non-commericial scales from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, with all eight scales having been determined to be accurate. Commissioners also approved without discussion a new contract with Securion Dental for the county’s dental coverage plan. In addition, commissioners approved meeting and holiday dates for the 2014 calendar year. With the exception of a few Tuesday meetings dictated by Monday holidays, all other meetings in 2014 will take place at 1:30 p.m. each Monday in the Service Complex. County employees will receive 16 paid days off in 2014 on dates when county offices will be closed to the public for legal holidays. Those dates include: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Primary Election Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, General Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday thereafter, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the Friday following Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Also reporting to commissioners was Building Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer, who informed the group that Lee Restoration Ltd., Delphos, Ohio, has been hired to repair the soffit and fascia board of the courthouse bell tower, damaged last week by high winds. Estimated cost of the repair is less than $2,000, Meyer said, noting the county’s insurance policy has a $2,500 deductible. In addition, Meyer informed commissioners of the receipt of a new contract from EMCOR Services, Havel Bros., Fort Wayne, for maintenance on the Service Complex’s HVAC system for the 2014 calendar year. The contract was given to County Attorney Mark Burry for his review and approval. County Treasurer Tom Krueckeberg reported certified tax collections to date of $26,393,366.04, pointing out that 96.78 percent of county residents have already paid their property taxes.
Deal near on South Bend’s tallest building
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An attorney for the company planning to buy South Bend’s tallest building says he believes the deal could be finalized before the year’s over. A judge this month approved the agreement for Washington-based Harley Stanfield Global Corp. to buy the 25-story Chase Tower out of receivership for $5.2 million.
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U.S. Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. The justices said they will take up an issue that has divided the lower courts in the face of roughly 40 lawsuits from for-profit companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception. The court will consider two cases. One involves Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees. Hobby Lobby won in the lower courts. The other case is an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that employs 950 people in making wood cabinets. Lower courts rejected the company’s claims. The court said the cases will be combined for arguments, probably in late March. A decision should come by late June. The cases center on a provision of the health care law that requires most employers that offer health insurance to their workers to provide a range of preventive health benefits, including contraception. In both instances, the Christian families that own the companies say that insuring some forms of contraception violates their religious beliefs. The key issue is whether profit-making corporations can assert religious beliefs under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act or the First Amendment provision guaranteeing Americans the right to believe and worship as they choose. Nearly four years ago, the justices expanded the concept of corporate ‘‘personhood,’’ saying in the Citizens United case that corporations have the right to participate in the political process the same way that individuals do. ‘‘The government has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free,’’ said David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian public interest law firm that is representing Conestoga Wood at the Supreme Court. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the health care law ‘‘puts women and families in control of their health care by covering vital preventive care, like cancer screenings and birth control, free of charge.’’
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Dr. Mike’s treadmill desk is one smart solution; so is walking for 10 minutes after every 90 minutes of sitting. And start a daily walking routine, heading for 10,000 steps a day. 3. Reduce your stress with 10-20 minutes of meditation using progressive relaxation, mindfulness or breathing routines. Go to for more howto information. with BVO -- and stick with no-sugar-added natural beverages, water and black coffee or even caffeinated water. 3. Olestra: A fatblocker added to snacks like chips inhibits absorption of fatsoluble vitamins E, D, A and K and may cause dangerous declines in beta-carotene and lycopene levels. Canada and the U.K. say no. Solution: Reduce your fat absorption by eliminating saturated and trans fats from your plate; choose heart-friendly olive oil, walnuts, almonds and omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and sea trout. needed (10 fewer pounds takes 30 or more pounds of pressure off each knee with each step). Eat an antiinflammatory diet of lean proteins -- especially salmon or ocean trout; if you can’t eat them frequently, take 900 mg DHA omega-3. And go for nine servings of veggies and fruit daily, only 100 percent whole grains, and no added sugars or sugar syrups. Start walking; add a few steps daily, heading for 10,000. Plus: 10 minutes of upper and lower leg muscle strength-building sessions three times a week. Then ask your doc about trying hyaluronic acid injections to see if they keep you singing Rod’s hit “Can’t Stop Me Now.” unchecked, it can cause life-threatening infections in bones, blood, heart valves and lungs. So here are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to make all locker rooms more MRSA-resistant and protect athletes from an opponent who doesn’t ever play by the rules: --Make sure adequate soap and hot water is always available. --Do not share towels, soap, clothes or jewelry. --Establish routine cleaning schedules for shared equipment. --Encourage athletes to report skin lesions to coaches. Ask coaches to assess athletes regularly for skin lesions. --Train athletes and coaches in first aid for cuts and abrasions, and recognition of areas/lesions that could become infected. who don’t get any (that’s about 25 percent of North American adults). So even if you do physical work, put on your walking shoes (this will relieve a lot of stress) and stride at 100 steps per minute for 10-15 minutes; then increase your pace to 130 steps per minute for 2.5 minutes. Your goal is 10,000 steps daily. But to protect yourself even more (105 million people in North American with diabetes or prediabetes are at increased risk of HBP), here are four foods that’ll move you toward, or keep you at, our recommended BP level of 115/75. Eat two ounces of walnuts daily: After eight weeks you’ll relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Sip beet-root juice: One cup of beet-root juice can drop your systolic BP (the top number) by around five points six hours after sipping the niacin-rich drink. Grab some raisins: A handful of 60 raisins contains 1 gram of fiber and 212 mg of potassium; both help control blood pressure. Flax your muscles: Study participants eating 30 g of milled flaxseed daily for six months saw systolic blood pressure fall by around 10 points and diastolic (the lower number) by around 7.
By Michael Roizen, M.D., And Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Willie Nelson crooned the love tune “Sweet Memories.” But the truth is that sweets and memories don’t go together. For the 105 million North Americans who have too-high blood sugar levels, memories are more likely to be swept away than sweet. And, according to the journal Neurology, even for people who have normal blood sugar levels (70-100 mg/dL fasting), high-normal levels dampen verbal recall more than lower-normal levels do. What does this mean for you? Your ability to learn and consolidate memories is affected by your diet, physical activity and stress-management choices. (Soon we expect a smartphone app and attachment that gives minute-to-minute blood sugar readings -- you’ll know which foods and activities are protecting or damaging your memory!) So, to reduce your risk of memory problems, here’s a simple plan that’ll have you singing “Thanks for the Memories”! 1. Guard against midsection belly fat, which is linked to dementia, by eliminating the Five Food Felons (added sugars and sugar syrups, any grain that isn’t 100 percent whole, and saturated and trans fats). 2. Get up and moving -- sitting down too many hours a day raises triglyceride levels, lowers good HDL cholesterol and triggers insulin insensitivity (a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes).
In 1972, George Carlin’s “Seven words you can never say on television” routine spelled out what wasn’t acceptable for the media diet of American consumers. Too bad Carlin isn’t around to cook up a routine on “Three food additives other countries ban but the Food and Drug Administration says are acceptable for American consumers!” 1. Ractopamine: This beta-agonist is used to increase meatiness in 30 percent to 50 percent of cows, hogs and turkeys raised in North America. Russia stopped imports of North American meats because of ractopamine residue, and 160 countries ban its use in livestock. Why? Betaagonists in pork sickened hundreds in China and longterm consumption may trigger ADHD and chromosomal changes. Solution: Always opt for ractopamine-free organic turkey -- and nix red meat; it boosts risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. 2. Brominated vegetable oil (BVO): Used to help sodas and fruitflavored drinks retain their artificial coloring, brominate (a flame retardant) may cause neurological problems, changes in thyroid hormones and early-onset puberty. It’s banned by 100 countries. Solution? Read beverage labels, and don’t buy ones
Many of the 27 million people in North America with osteoarthritis of the knee probably agree with Rod Stewart: “If God had meant for us to do yoga, he would have put our heads behind our knees.” But fortunately for old rockers and others who want to keep rolling along, you don’t have to accept the pain or physical limitations of knee osteoarthritis. Since 1997, the initial go-to treatment for knee OA has been injections into the joint of hyaluronic acid. Recently, however, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons declared that there isn’t proof of significant benefits. But a major new arthritis study found that hyaluronic acid injections improved comfort and function significantly, helping people postpone total knee replacement up to three years! So what’s the smart step for you? We bet the injections’ effectiveness depends on a few factors, including your weight, fitness level and nutrition. We suggest: Lose weight if
What daily risk do competitive high-school fencers face? It’s “touche” that’s perilous -- but not because their opponent scores a point. Turns out contact with unsterilized equipment carries a serious risk of infection with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a nasty bacteria that can thrive on an unsanitized sensor wire worn underneath a fencer’s protective gear and passed around from team member to team member. Fencing isn’t the only sport where there’s this risk; MRSA is common in wrestling and football teams. It’s ended many NFL careers. Currently Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are off the field because of MRSA. Anytime there is a chance of skin abrasions, physical contact and shared equipment and facilities, there’s a threat of MRSA contamination. The first sign may be a painful boil that requires draining; but
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) may think his alter ego’s job-related physical exploits can protect him from high blood pressure. Think again, Ironman! A new study points out it’s leisure-time exercise, not physical activity at work, that helps lower your risk of HBP. Four hours of leisure-time exercise a week cuts your risk of HBP by 19 percent compared with folks
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Don’t jump to conclusions or make assumptions regarding work, status or even when it comes to your personal business. Nothing will be quite as it appears; taking time to get a clear picture will determine how well you do this year. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Get along regardless of how annoying a situation might be. It’s in your best interest to do what you can without making a fuss. Downtime at home will be your salvation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Take a trip down memory lane, reconnect with old friends and relive moments that will inspire you to reach for new heights. A new twist to an old plan will excel. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Don’t believe everything you hear. Get firsthand information before you make a move. Work-related incidents turn out to be beneficial as long as you don’t fold under pressure. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Travel plans will not run smoothly. Focus on small gatherings and making plans and promises with someone you feel comfortable sharing with. Love and romance will ease stress. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Keep a low profile and avoid damaging your reputation. Work quietly behind the scenes, trying to perfect whatever you are doing. Minimal interaction is in your best interest.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Spend time with the people who mean the most to you. Engaging in home improvements that will enhance your comfort and family fun should take top priority. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A problem with personal information will develop if you haven’t been completely honest about your past. Address issues before it’s too late, or you are likely to be compromised. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- No matter what you do, you will shine. Explore new possibilities and learn new skills. Opportunity will be in abundance if you are receptive to what’s being offered. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- A change of location or hanging out with different people will be enlightening. Don’t let problems that arise slow you down or hold you back. Deal with demands swiftly and move on. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Use your intellect and knowledge to wheel and deal your way into the limelight. The early bird catches the worm. Don’t waste time contemplating. Get the ball rolling. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Take care of pressing matters concerning home or family so that you can get back to jobs that lead to greater cash flow. Develop an idea and present it to unique groups. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Changing the way or where you live will be inspiring. Taking on a project that allows you to work from home will lead to even greater opportunities that involve travel and expansion.
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