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Joseph finishes 4-H career as Reserve Champ
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:03 PM
Allen County Does and Kids 4-H Club member Megan Joseph completed her Junior Fair competitions at the Allen  County Fair with a Reserve Grand Champion Born and Raised Goat and Reserve Champion Junior Breeding Doe. She also received five first-place class winners and will be competing in the carcass show with her two market animals. Joseph leaves her 9-year 4-H career behind with nothing but good memories. She will continue on as an advisor with the Allen County Does and Kids. She looks forward to helping other 4-H members have the good experiences and success with their projects that she enjoyed. She is attending Ohio Northern University working on a bachelor’s in athletic training with the ultimate goal of a doctorate in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Norm and Kim Elwer. (Submitted photo)
 
Berelsmans can count on champion sheep
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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
Written by Stephanie Groves   
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
Written by Associated Press   
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
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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)
 
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