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21 Putnam teachers earn STEM awards
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM


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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Academy of Science today selected 57 Ohio schools and 486 teachers to receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education for their accomplishments during the 2013-2014 school year. Each school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science.

Ottoville teachers are: Kyle Kumfer (technology/business), Judy Bosch (second grade), Jeanne Wehri (science/math), Andi Wertenberger (technology/English), Pam Hickey (Family Consumer Science), Susan Jones (science), Shelley Mumaw (technology coordinator), Diane Wurth (third grade), Alicia Haselman (social studies/language arts), Aaron Verhoff (math), Jim Hoersten (industrial tech), Kevin Blake (science), Sherri Edelbrock (third grade) and Jim Brown (math).

Those Were the Days — Aug. 23, 2014
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, news of the good and bad varieties dominated the baseball world. On the good side, at the age of 42 Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson on August 22 to become the only player in Major League history to strikeout 5,000 batters in a career. On the bad side, Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Pete Rose for life for betting on baseball games. The ruling came after the release of the Dowd Report in May of that year.

Lincolnview Superintendent Charles Cooper reported the school would start as planned after he received multiple telephone calls in the previous days. The question of a delay had arisen after the teachers union, Lincolnview Local Education Association, announced the teaching staff had authorized the negotiating team to file a 10-day strike notice with the State Employment Relations Board as required by law. They also authorized the formation of a strike coordination team.

Elwer, Fritz Champion Showmen
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:04 PM

Kylie Fritz, above, of Delphos Livestock 4-H earned Champion Of Senior Showmanship and clubmate Troy Elwer, at right, was Champion of Junior Showmanship at the Allen County Fair. They both participated in Champion of Champions and the judge said they were a tie but because he had to pick one, Elwer was a bit more relaxed, so he went on to Showman of Showmen. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

Restoration continues at Peltier House
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:02 PM
Since purchasing the historic landmark Peltier home in 2009, Jack and Peggy Adams have been working diligently to restore the famous astronomer’s home into a bed and breakfast. Last year, the Adamses optimistically projected completing the renovations by Christmas 2013 and they have experienced a few unforeseen detours from that plan. Peggy said the upstairs is almost complete and at this time, she and Jack are waiting on floor joists to be repaired before they can reconstruct the original staircase leading from the living room to the second floor. Above: All but the finishing touches — curtains, artwork and a gas fireplace installation — have been completed in Dorotha’s room. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
Case of journalist Foley lays bare debate over paying ransom
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.

By paying ransoms, governments in the Mideast and Europe have become some of the biggest financiers of terror groups. By refusing to do likewise, the U.S. and Great Britain are in the thankless position of putting their own citizens at a disadvantage.

Foley’s captors, the Islamic State militants, had for months demanded $132.5 million (100 million Euros) from his parents and political concessions from Washington. They got neither, and the 40-year-old freelance journalist from New Hampshire was savagely beheaded within the last week inside Syria, where he had been held since his disappearance in November 2012.

Extremists called his death a revenge killing for the 90 U.S. airstrikes, as of Thursday, that have been launched against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq since Aug. 8. But the ransom demands began late last year, even before the Islamic State — one of the world’s most financially thriving extremist groups — had begun its brutal march across much of western and northern Iraq.

“They don’t need to do this for money,” said Matthew Levitt, a counter-terror expert at the Washington Institute think-tank. “When you ask for $132 million, for the release of one person, that suggests that you’re either trying to make a point ... or you don’t really need the money.”