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Ohio Supreme Court justice makes VW stop
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Justice Sharon Kennedy speaks at Willow Bend Country Club Friday. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)


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VAN WERT —One of the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court paid a visit to Van Wert on Friday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election this fall, was the speaker at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club.

After being introduced by the event’s emcee, Bill Purmort, Kennedy recounted her history and her beliefs about the judiciary branch.

“One of the unknown, unspoken truths of our system of government in this republic is that there is one branch that is actually put upon to keep two others in check while remaining restrained themselves,” she remarked.

Having started in law enforcement in Hamilton, Ohio, Kennedy moved to a legal career, eventually serving as the administrative judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division from 2005-2012. In 2012,, she was elected to an unexpired term of the Ohio Supreme Court and became the 154th justice of the court.

In her address Friday morning, Kennedy stressed that her job as justice is to uphold every word of the law.

Canal Days names entertainment
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Joe Denim


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DELPHOS — The Canal Days Committee has announced the entertainment for the 2014 offering set Sept. 18-21.

Joe Denim will liven up the Social Tent from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday after his local debut at the Toast to the City on Thursday evening.

“Joe is the brother-in-law of Core Committee member Jim Grothouse so we had someone from the inside to help us secure him for the The Toast and Friday night,” Canal Days Coordinator Diane Sterling said. “He’s really good and I think people will like his sense of humor and his parodies of famous songs.”

For the past 10 years, Denim has been playing all over the country in front of hundreds of thousands of people with such acts as Uncle Kracker, on the Kenny Chesney Tour, Jaron & the Long Road To Love with Toby Keith Tour, Steve Holy and Jack Ingram. Denim is a classical-trained pianist and writes or co-writes his stand-up material and his songs. Denim’s blend of quick-witted stand-up and music connects with the audience regardless if he is performing at a rough biker bar or a comedy club in Nashville.

Kalida dad's heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:10 PM

KALIDA (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face.

The response has been overwhelming.

From the Archives — July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:09 PM

One Year Ago

The members of the Green Thumb Garden Club met for their regular monthly afternoon meeting at the First Edition Building. Club members have been busy planning a 65th anniversary celebration display to be shown at the Allen County Fair during its run Aug. 17-24.


Putnam Co. Communities Program releases traffic fatalities update
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:08 PM



PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County Safe Communities Coalition reports that for the months of April 1-June 30- there were two traffic deaths in Putnam County.

“It is up to each of us in Putnam County to be smart and to buckle up, don’t drink and drive. Please, be aware and not distracted while you are driving in a motor vehicle,” Mike Klear, Putnam County Safe Communities, said.