August 28, 2014

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Berelsmans can count on champion sheep
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:02 PM
Kyle Berelsman of Allen County Does & Kids earned Reserve Champion of Senior Sheep Showmanship and sister Kelsey Berelsman, also from Allen County Does & Kids, earned Champion of Junior Sheep Showmanship at the Allen County Fair. They also received first and second place in their classes, respectively. Kyle has been in 4-H for four years and will start classes at Rhodes State College this fall. Kelsey is an incoming junior at Jefferson High School. Their parents are Denny and Sandy Berelsman. (Submitted photo)
Parrots close out music series
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:01 PM
Sunday evening, the Parrots of the Caribbean played the final concert of the season in the Delphos Rotary Club’s Music in the Park Series at Hanser Pavilion at Stadium Park. A couple enjoyed dancing to the song “Margaritaville.” (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
Strong California quake shakes famed wine country
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.

Dazed residents who had run out of their homes in the dark and were too fearful of aftershocks to go back to bed wandered through Napa’s historic downtown, where boulder-sized chunks of rubble and broken glass littered the streets. Dozens of homes and buildings across the Napa Valley were left unsafe to occupy, including an old county courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

College student Eduardo Rivera said the home he shares with six relatives shook so violently that he kept getting knocked back into his bed as he tried to flee.

“When I woke up, my mom was screaming, and the sound from the earthquake was greater than my mom’s screams,” the 20-year-old Rivera said.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for southern Napa County, directing state agencies to respond with equipment and personnel. President Barack Obama was briefed on the earthquake, the White House said, and federal officials were in touch with state and local emergency responders.

Sommers visits Optimists
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM
New Jefferson varsity football coach Chris Sommers, left, was the guest speaker at the Delphos Optimist meeting. Coach Sommers profiled some of his returning players and gave his outlook on the coming season. Delphos Optimist member Roger Gossman presented him an “Optimist” mug and thanked him for his presentation. (Submitted photo)
Allen County Agriculture Hall of Fame inducts 2014 class
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM



LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce has inducted Louis Harrod and Ray Whetstone into the 2014 Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame during the Aug. 22 monthly Wake Rattle & Roll breakfast program at the Allen County Fairgrounds. According to the Chamber’s agri-business committee chair Beth Seibert, “our goal with the Hall of Fame is to annually recognize local agriculturalists that have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally-related field. Both of our 2014 inductees truly reflect the award’s purpose of honoring and giving public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.”