1 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Portland, Indiana cents CFO decision coming June 6 By JACK RONALD Jay County Commissioners will take action on proposed changes in zoning rules for confined feeding operations at 9:30 a.m. June 6. But what action they will take at that time is unclear. While all three commissioners Faron Parr, Jim Zimmerman and Doug Inman have been studying the planning unit s recommendations for several weeks, there has been little public discussion of the proposals at the commissioners meetings. Plan commission recommended longest setback at 1,100 feet There have been indications, however, that the commissioners may send the matter back to Jay County Plan Commission for further review and possible tweaking rather than simply adopting the recommendations into the zoning ordinance. Commissioners attorney Bill Hinkle stressed Monday that the June 6 meeting will not be a public hearing. Any public comment allowed at the meeting will be up to the commissioners. The changes recommended by the plan commission would require setbacks of 750 feet from residences for confined feeding operations with 100 to 500 cattle or horses, 300 to 8,800 sheep, 300 to 10,000 swine, 500 to 24,000 ducks, 500 to 48,000 starter turkeys, 500 to 30,000 turkeys, and 5,000 to one million chickens. Operations with more animals than those limits would require a setback of 1,100 feet. Current regulations call for a setback of 750 feet for all operations with more than 200 cattle or horses, 400 swine or sheep, 5,700 fowl or ducks dry and 5,000 ducks wet. The county has been wrestling with possible changes in confined feeding regulations since the summer of 2014 after J Star Farms started construction of a large-scale poultry operation without the proper permits. The commissioners formed a study group, which looked at a variety of issues and made recommendations in October. See CFO page 2 FRMS to get a new leader By RAY COONEY FORT RECOVERY The search was already on for one principal. Now Fort Recovery Local Schools is looking for two. Fort Recovery School Board accepted the resignation of middle school principal Matt Triplett at a special meeting Monday. The board also reviewed and approved its five-year financial forecast and made additional appropriations for fiscal year Triplett is leaving Fort Recovery after seven years to become the new athletics director for Parkway Local School District. Parkway School Board approved him for that job Wednesday. His resignation follows that of FRHS principal Jeff Hobbs, who announced on April 20 that he would be leaving to become superintendent at Fairlawn. The decision was mostly about family for Triplett, who has three children, ages 7, 5 and 11 months. It s getting tougher as they get older and are getting involved in things, said Triplett, who lives in the Parkway district where his wife grew up. It s just harder. For me, ultimately it came down to trying to do what I felt and what my wife felt would be best for our family. Triplett s resignation from the position he held for seven years at Fort Recovery is effective July 31. His first official day at Parkway is Aug. 4, but he said he plans on finding time in the interim to work with current athletics director Doug Hughes on the transition. Hughes is staying on staff at Parkway as a teacher. In addition to athletics, the AD position will also likely include teaching one or two periods per day. Triplett noted that his father-in-law, longtime Parkway coach Mike Schumm, also started his career in Fort Recovery. He told me when I took the job that some of the best people I would work with in my career would be here in Fort Recovery, said Triplett. And he was 100 percent correct. I m excited about the move, but it is bittersweet because I really enjoy what I ve done here in Fort Recovery. See Leader page 2 By VIRGINIA CLINE DUNKIRK Bids are in, but council will take some time to review them before awarding a contract. Dunkirk City Council opened bids Monday for its Layne Addition sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. Council also took steps toward creating a road improvement plan and heard an update on the opening of the city pool. Mitch Hansel of Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering opened five sealed bids for By FOSTER KLUG and NANCY BENAC Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam President Barack Obama today pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country s economy, stability and regional power. On his second full day in the southeast Asian nation, Obama met with activists, including pastors and advocates for the disabled and sexual minorities, to underscore U.S. support for improved rights. Yet a handful of the sewer project, which will include installing trenchless pipe lining, sanitary sewer pipe and lateral clean-outs. Insituform Technologies of Indianapolis came in the lowest with $351, The highest bid was $580,414 from others were prevented from meeting with Obama, prompting the White House to protest to Vietnam s government. One of those denied access to the meeting was Nguyen Quang A, an economist who had tried unsuccessfully to be selected to the National Inland Waters Pollution Control Services of Detroit. Other bids included Performance Pipelining from Ottawa, Illinois, for $389,989, Liqui-Force Services USA from Romulus, Michigan, for $429,660, and Lane Inliner from Assembly. He said that when he left his home to attend the meeting, security men grabbed his hands and legs, threw him in a car and drove him into the countryside, then held him there until Obama had left town. They told my son, Your father, we have to /Ray Cooney Lining up Eric Jutte, left, and Jonathan Jeffries work together Monday evening to line up bricks as they work on the new Veterans Park in Fort Recovery. Jutte, of Jutte Landscaping, spent the evening cutting bricks to create one of the points of a star in the center of the park. The new memorial is located on the east side of Monument Park bordering First Street. Council waiting to award sewer bid Orleans for $473,136. The Liqui-Force bid did not include the clean-outs. At the recommendation of council member Jesse Bivens, the group decided to wait until its June 13 meeting to award the project. See Bid page 5 Unemployment drops to 4.8 percent By RAY COONEY April was a good month for unemployment rates throughout the state. Jay County s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in April according to estimates Indiana Department of Workforce Development released Monday. That s down 0.8 percentage points from March, and matches the county s rate from April Unemployment rates were down throughout the state, and each of the five counties contiguous to Jay saw drops of more than half a percentage point. Blackford County had the biggest improvement as its rate dropped by 1.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent. The state rate matched that of Jay County as it came in at 4.8 percent, down 0.7 percentage points from March. It was at 4.6 percent in April More than 80,000 Hoosiers joined the workforce in the last four months, which doubles Indiana s labor force growth for all of 2015, IDWD commissioner Steven J. Braun said in a press release. Correspondingly, nearly 60,000 more Hoosiers joined the employed ranks in This suggests Hoosiers are increasingly confident in finding gainful employment. Wells County had the lowest unemployment rate in the area, dropping 0.8 percentage points to 3.7 percent. That s tied with LaGrange County for fifth-lowest in the state, trailing only Hamilton (3.4 percent), Dubois (3.4), Bartholomew (3.5) and Boone (3.6). Hamilton and Dubois counties also shared the lowest rate in the state in March at 3.9 percent. Greene and Vermillion counties continued to have the highest rates in the state, both coming in at 7.3 percent in April. Lake County was the next highest at 6.9 percent. Area unemployment rates are as follows: Adams County: 4.0 percent, down 0.6 percentage points, t-13th lowest. Blackford County: 5.7 percent, down 1.1 percentage points, 17th highest. Delaware County: 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage points, 18th highest. Jay County: 4.8 percent, down 0.8 percentage points, 44th highest. Randolph County: 5.0 percent, down 0.6 percentage points, t-36th highest. Wells County: 3.7 percent, down 0.8 percentage points, t-fifth lowest. Obama pushes for greater freedom block him, A said in an interview. Obama took note of those denied access to the meeting, but said that while there are still areas of significant concern, the country has made remarkable strides in many ways. See Pushes page 6 Deaths Weather In review Coming up Freda Rogers, 61, Montpelier Details on page 2. The high temperature reached 78 degrees Monday in Portland. The overnight low was 58. Tonight s low will be 62, and the forecast calls for partly sunny skies Wednesday with a high of 82. For an extended forecast, see page 2. Grade cards for all Jay County High School students will be mailed Wednesday. The last day of school for students was May 18, and graduation is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 5. Wednesday Coverage of tonight s Portland Storm Water Management Update. Friday Results from the FRHS baseball team s regional semifinal game.
2 Page 2 Local/Indiana Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Obituaries Freda Rogers Aug. 9, 1954-May 21, 2016 Freda K. Rogers, 61, Montpelier, formerly of the Portland area, died Saturday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Born in Jay County to Chester and Ruby (Simmons) Abbott, she was a 1971 graduate of Portland High School. Her husband Pastor Steve Rogers, whom she married on Aug. 16, 1980, survives. She attended Walnut Corner Church, where she was a song leader. Surviving in addition to her husband are several nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and nephews; three great-great-nieces CR almanac Lotteries Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $203 million Powerball Estimated $80 million jackpot: Hoosier Midday Daily Three: Daily Four: Quick Draw: Evening Daily Three: Daily Four: Quick Draw: Cash 5: Markets Estimated jackpot: $284,000 Poker Lotto: 2C-5S- 10C-4D-5D Ohio Midday Pick 3: Pick 4: Pick 5: Evening Pick 3: Pick 4: Pick 5: Rolling Cash 5: Estimated jackpot: $419,000 Classic Lotto: Kicker: Estimated jackpot: $7.2 million Closing prices as of Monday Trupointe Fort Recovery Corn June corn Beans June crop Wheat July crop Cooper Farms Fort Recovery Corn June corn July corn Oct. corn POET Biorefining Portland Corn June corn Hospitals Jay County Hospital Portland Admissions There were four admissions to the hospital on Monday. Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Jay County Hospital Board, conference rooms A and B, JCH, 500 W. Votaw St., Portland. 6:30 p.m. Dunkirk Park Board, city building, 131 Main St. 7 p.m. Fort Recovery School Board, board conference room, Fort Recovery High School, 400 E. Butler St. and nephews; and in-laws. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier with Pastor Herb Hummel officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Portland. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Rogers Memorials may be sent to Walnut Corner Church, 2022 N. 500 West, Portland, IN Condolences may be expressed July corn Aug. corn Central States Montpelier Corn June corn Beans June beans Wheat New crop The Andersons Richland Township Corn June corn Beans June beans Wheat July wheat Dismissals There were six dismissals. Emergencies There were 37 treated in the emergency rooms of JCH. Citizen s calendar Thursday 5 p.m. Portland Historic Preservation Commission, Community Resource Center, 118 S. Meridian St. June 1 4:30 p.m. Jay County budget committee, commissioners room, Jay County Courthouse, 120 N. Court St., Portland. June 2 10 a.m. Portland Board of Works, mayor s office, city hall, 321 N. Meridian St. Weather courtesy of American Profile Hometown Content Service at Recycling containers have arrived By RAY COONEY The new recycling containers are in. Jay County Solid Waste Management District Board learned at its meeting Monday that the recycling containers it ordered for indoor use have come in, and the lids to create outdoor bins are expected to be delivered this week. The board also agreed to purchase advertising on four billboards in September to promote its annual Tox Away Day. Board members decided last month to purchase 10 containers for indoor recycling and 20 lids to make outdoor containers as part of a program similar to Hancock County s Lend a Bin. Local organizations can sign out the bins for use at short-term events, and the district also plans to place outdoor bins at CFO... Continued from page 1 The plan commission took several months to review the study group s findings before sending recommendations to the commissioners. Meanwhile, commissioners said Monday they saw no reason that Jay County/Portland Building and Planning director John Hemmelgarn should not go ahead and issue a permit for a proposed turkey confined feeding operation on county road 125 West between 300 North and 400 North. Leader... Continued from page 1 The Fort Recovery Middle School principal job was posted for applications this morning. Superintendent Justin Firks, who is currently in the process of interviewing seven candidates for the high school job, said he hopes to have both jobs filled by the June 21 school board meeting. It s very similar to the high school principal, he added of what he s looking for in a middle school principal, emphasizing the need for creating a positive atmosphere and making a long-term commitment to Fort Recovery. We re looking for an individual who is an instructional leader and Capsule Reports Wal-Mart crash A rural Portland man collided with a pole at 6:26 p.m. Monday in the parking lot at Wal-Mart, 950 W. Votaw St., Portland. Jonathan G. Runyon, 38, 2062 S. Como Road, told a Portland police officer he was turning left in the lot in the 2005 GMC truck he was driving and hit a stop sign pole. Damage is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000. Purse found A rural Portland man reported at 6:13 p.m. Saturday that he found a purse in a trash barrel. Travis C. Weaver, 899 W. 275 South, told a Portland police officer he found Felony arrests Possession A Dunkirk woman was arrested Monday morning for possession of drugs. Romona Mae Miller, 45, 107 N. Franklin St., was arrested for possession of cocaine, narcotics or methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a Class B misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia and resisting an officer, both a Class A misdemeanors. She was booked at 2 a.m. into Jay County Jail and is being held there on a $4,500 bond. local junior league fields, pools and Freeman Scouting Facility. District director Ronyelle Edwards told the board that one indoor container is already on loan to Portland Lion s Club. She has sent letters to about 50 other organizations informing them about the program. I think that would be great for us to just keep buying those lids to where they re just basically then sitting about everywhere, said board member Faron Parr, noting that the district receives the barrels for the outdoor bins free from POET Biorefining in Portland. We ve got an endless supply of the drums. It s going to be the least expensive way to really advertise (recycling). Board members Jeanne Houchins, Doug Inman, Randy Geesaman, Bill Gibson, Tom Johnson and Parr, absent Jim Zimmerman, also Some neighbors of the proposed operation had written letters to the commissioners and Hemmelgarn in opposition to siting a CAFO at that location. It meets the specifications, said Hemmelgarn. That s what we go by, responded Zimmerman, himself an operator of a large chicken operation. What you have to go by is what s in the ordinance. Hemmelgarn told commissioners he had met with some of those in has high character. Someone who has high visibility in the community and with staff. Treasurer Lori Koch reported to the board that the school district s financial outlook is strong, with an $801,983 budget surplus projected for this year. That s the highest excess we have ever seen, she said. Additional surpluses of more than $625,000 and more than $350,000 are expected in 2017 and 18 respectively. Fort Recovery had a budget surplus of $609,849 in The reason for the surpluses is an increase in property tax collection and keys, a purse and several items in a trash barrel at 215 W. Water St. An officer picked up the items behind the residence and placed them in lost and found. Runaway juvenile A Portland teen was reported missing Monday. Holly Ann Waltz, 947 S. Massachusetts Ave., Portland, told a Portland police officer Noah Haywood ran away from Youth Service Bureau, 603 W. Arch St., Portland, and was last seen walking north of Pleasant Street. She described the Wells County teen as having long hair, a dark beard and green eyes. He is 285 pounds and 5 feet, 11 inches, tall. Fraud A Portland woman reported at 9:30 a.m. Monday to Portland Police Department that she was a victim of fraud. Sandra Lee Hirschy, 401 REDKEY N. Canterbury Lane, Apartment 28, told a Portland police officer on Thursday that someone posed as her cousin on Facebook offering her a grant. She was told there was a grant from the National Endowment and Humanities Foundation that could offer her a $90,000, but was asked for $5,000 for shipping, insurance and other fees. Hirschy sent $3,200 from a credit card. SALE PRICES WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY MAY Ground Beef Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast... $ 1 99 lb. Pork Steak...$ 1 99 lb. Whole in the Bag (Sliced Free) New York Strip... $ 5 99 lb. Freezer Wrap 25 lb. Single Steaks $6.99 lb. Sirloin Steak... $ 4 59 lb. Eckrich Smoked Sausage 42 oz... $ 6 99 Smoked Chops... $ 3 99 lb. Mixed Case Pepsi... $ 4 99 an influx of additional funding from the state level. The schools received $2.23 million in property tax funds this year, which is up more than $250,000 from 2015 and more than $500,000 from State funding was up by $330,000 for fiscal 2016, which ends June 30. Fort Recovery is projected to end 2016 with a general fund cash balance of $4.56 million, about double the balance of $2.7 million it had in It is expected to continue to increase to about $5.5 million by the end of fiscal Board members Jose Faller, Ginny Fortkamp, Mike Grube and Mitch Ervin, absent Aaron in 5# Bags = $1.99lb Lesser Quantities $2.69 lb. Eckrich Smoky Links Like us on Facebook and watch for more in-store sales agreed to pay $2,120 for four billboards from Burkhardt Media to advertise in September for Tox Away Day. The billboards will be on Indiana 67 on the northeast side of Redkey and at county road 200 South, and U.S. 27 just south of Bryant and at county road 600 South. The event is scheduled for Oct. 8. In other business, the board: Heard from Edwards that the district brought in $20,219 in tipping fees for 11, tons dumped at Jay County Landfill in May. After paying claims of $15,417.93, that left the district with a balance of $493, Learned 191 vehicles attended the free day Saturday at Jay County Landfill. Edwards and district educator Bettie Jacobs said traffic was also steady for free shredding Saturday. opposition and with Andrew Yoder, who is seeking the permit along with his wife Denise, at the location to try to allay some of the concerns. Parr wondered aloud about whether the zoning ordinance could require that a CAFO operator reside at the site. That s the one thing I hear the most, he said. But I don t think legally we can (require it). We don t live physically on the property where our chicken house is, acknowledged Zimmerman. 5 lb Idaho Potatoes... $ 1 99 Bananas...49 lb. Prairie Farms 1 lb. Butter... 2/$ 6 00 Prairie Farms 16 oz Dips & Sour Cream... 3/$ 5 00 Eckrich Franks... 5/$ 5 00 Colby or CoJack Cheese in precut chunks... $ 3 69 lb. Yoders Shredded Cheese... 2/$ pk Charmin... $ 7 99 Kraft 7.25 oz. Mac-n-Cheese /$500 Guggenbiller, also made additional appropriations totaling $45, The largest chunk of that is $25,000 for the purchase of laptop computers. Rather than waiting until after the new fiscal year begins in July to buy the computers as has been done in the past, they will instead be purchased in advance. That will allow the school s technology staff more time to prepare for the start of the new year. In other business, the board: Accepted the resignation of Dustin Woods as a teacher, aide and bus driver. Judges grill attorney in feticide case INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana appeals court judges grilled an attorney for the state Monday over whether there was evidence a woman found guilty of neglect and feticide in a self-induced abortion knew she had given birth to a live child. During a hearing on Purvi Patel s bid to have her convictions thrown out, Judge L. 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3 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Family Page 3 Photo provided Pennies raised Girl Scout troop No raised $130 for Pennies for Patients. Pictured in front from left are Olivia Kahn and Emmy Crouch. Middle row from left are Cathryn Grile, Alexis Shaneyfelt, Sophie Heckman and Samantha Kahn. Back row from left are Katlin Schoenlein, Makinsey Murphy, Kallie Richardson, Jaycee Hall, Zoey Shaneyfelt and Maddie Sills. Births Rice Owen David, a son, was born May 13 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur to Amy and Ryan Rice, Decatur. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Raymond and Susan Nichols, Portland. Paternal grandparents are David and Susan Rice, Decatur. Great-grandparents are Norma Nichols, Bryant, Pat Ginter and Estella Rice, both of Decatur. Great-greatgrandmother is Mary Bergman, Bryant. Grant applications are available online By VIRGINIA CLINE The Portland Foundation Women s Giving Circle is accepting grant applications. The grants will focus on Programs for Impoverished Jay County Residents. Applications are available at and are due by 5 p.m. on July 5. For more information, call Jessica Cook at (260) or June gathering The 13th Annual National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture Gathering of Great Lakes Nation will be held June 11 and 12 at the Tri-State Gas Engine Association grounds in Portland. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the gathering, should call Kay Neumayr at (765) Alumni Banquet The Portland High School Alumni Association will host the annual Portland High School Alumni Banquet on Saturday, June 18. The event will be held in the commons at Jay County High School, with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner will follow. Classes to be honored Taking Note will be 1931, 36, 41, 46, 51, 56, 61, 66 and 71. The cost is $15 per person and checks can be made payable to Portland Alumni Association or a money order can be sent. Reservations are due by June 1 and can be mailed to Portland Alumni Association, Neil Medler, Treasurer, 524 N. Meridian St., Portland, IN For more information, call (260) LifeStream seminars LifeStream Services will present a Active Senior Seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Farmland Community Center, 100 N. Main St, Farmland. Presentations will be given by Julie Hale, LifeStream wellness manager, and Lana Remaly, Randolph County Options counselor, and will focus on health, technology, safety and more. Reservations can be made by calling (765) Also LifeStream Cafes are held at 11:30 a.m. each Monday at the community center. Meals are provided for those 60 years and older, and their spouses, with a suggested donation. Those under the age of 60 can enjoy a meal for a small fee. Reservations for meals should be made at least one business day in advance by calling (765) Exhibit to begin Arts Place in Portland will have the exhibit Planar Shift by Andrew McPherson beginning Friday. Arts Place is located at 131 E. Walnut St. College graduates Area students recently graduated from Manchester University in North Manchester. Melinda Penrod, Pennville, earned a degree in art. Randa Gillespie, Portland, earned a degree in biology-chemistry. Dean s list Bryan Schwieterman, Portland, Heather Miller, Ridgeville, and Spencer Wood, Fort Recovery, were named to the 2016 spring dean s list at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne. Katelyn Aker, Portland, was named to the spring semester dean s list at Indiana University East in Richmond. Co-worker is tired of giving to charity Community Calendar Notices will appear in Community Calendar as space is available. To submit an item, Virginia Cline at Today Dear Abby DEAR ABBY: A co-worker has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She s not sure how long she may have. She is relatively young, so it s tragic. We have excellent insurance from work, national health care and disability insurance. Another co-worker sent out an with a link to a crowdfunding site as well as an invitation to a party selling products. The proceeds will be donated to fulfilling a cancer bucket list, which includes pampering, trips and other luxuries. I sympathize with anyone having a terminal illness, but why does that mean I have to give money? Do they have a right to be pampered on other people s dime? This kind of fundraising, without real financial need, seems to happen often: Coworkers who have had accidents, fires, unexpected or stressful incidents all have office collections set up, even when they are fully insured and the damage is covered by their policies. A friend (or Human Resources) contacts everyone who has had even a passing interaction with the individual and solicits donations. I am happy to write letters and notes to people I know are having a hard time. I visit with closer friends and may bring a meal or flowers to their home. JAY COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL Will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the exhibit hall small meeting room at the Jay County 4- H Building. JAY COUNTY HISTORI- CAL SOCIETY Will But people I ve spent only a few hours of my life with asking for money for luxuries seems nervy to me. Am I a tightwad, or is a financial donation necessary to express condolences? TIGHTWAD IN CANADA DEAR TIGHTWAD: Because you receive a solicitation does not mean you are obligated to respond to it. (Unless the solicitor is holding a gun, in which case I would advise you not to argue.) Whether to make a donation for something like this is your CHOICE, and if you choose not to join in, you should not feel or be made to feel guilty if you decline. DEAR ABBY: My daughter is being married in June. Her father my ex has let her know she must invite his new wife s parents to the wedding. They are drinkers, and have in the past been very rude to my have a program on the history of the Portland Fire Department at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the museum, 903 E. Main St., Portland. A film by Mitch Southworth, featuring past fires, will be shown and former firefighters are welcome. CELEBRATE RECOV- ERY A 12-step Christian recovery program, the group will meet at 10 a.m. daughter. She has no relationship at all with them and doesn t want them at her wedding. She is aware that this will cause hard feelings with her stepmother and her father. My soon-to-be son-in-law called me asking for advice. I said maybe they should be invited to keep peace in the family, but my daughter is very upset at the idea of having these people around on her special day. Any advice? WEDDING INVITE IN WIS- CONSIN DEAR WEDDING INVITE: Your ex-husband s new in-laws are not related to your daughter and do not appear to have made an effort to befriend her. Because of that, I see no reason why they must be invited, unless your ex is footing the bill for the wedding. If this is the case, and the and 6:30 p.m. each Thursday at A Second Chance At Life Ministries, 109 S. Commerce St. in Portland. wedding is a large one, the couple could be seated in Siberia, which might be a less than satisfactory, but workable, solution. (Why they would insist on coming under these circumstances, I can t say, but some people will do almost anything for a free dinner.) Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order How to Have a Lovely Wedding. Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL For more information, call Judy Smith at (260) or Dave Keen at (260) Sudoku Puzzle #4009-M Hometown Content Sudoku The objective is to fill a nine-by nine grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine three-bythree boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each. Sudoku Solution #4008-M 2009 Hometown Content Medium Monday s Solution Wednesday WEDNESDAY MORN- ING BREAKFAST CLUB Will meet at 8 a.m. in the east room of Richards Restaurant. All women are invited to attend. Includes activities and devotional time. PORTLAND ROTARY CLUB Will meet at noon each Wednesday at Harmony Cafe, 121 N. Meridian St. ALCOHOLICS ANONY- MOUS Will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday upstairs at True Value Hardware, North Meridian Street, Portland. For more information, call (260) AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP New Beginnings, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Zion Lutheran Church, 218 E. High St., Portland. For more information, call (260) Thursday NOBLE BUSY BEES Will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Richards. Katherine Heiby is the hostess and Florence Stoner will have devotions. Be Proud of Your Grads! Jay County Fort Recovery South Adams Share a memory of your student today! 3 1/2 (wide) x 2 (tall) only $25 Anytime up to June 4th, 2016 Commercial Review (260)
4 Page 4 Opinion Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Events bring community together Two different venues. Two different audiences. But both spoke well of a healthy community. On Saturday, the Arch Bridge Kroozers held the car club s May Kroozin the Courthouse event in downtown Portland. While the first few cruise-ins sponsored by the group had a great turnout, the last few because of weather and other factors had been something of a disappointment. Editorial Foundation ties should be broken By ALBERT R. HUNT Bloomberg View The Clintons have been targeted by trumped-up scandals from Whitewater to Benghazi. There also are self-inflicted wounds: President Bill Clinton s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky and Hillary Clinton s use of private servers while secretary of state. They may be on the verge of creating another one: The Clinton Foundation, which has done extraordinary good works over the past 15 years, would present an inherent conflict of interest should she become president, and may be problematic for her even now as a candidate. Clinton has suggested that if she is elected, the foundation which collects contributions from wealthy interests including foreign governments would continue basically as is. The work that it s done has been extraordinary, she said in March when asked whether there would be any ethical concerns about continuing the foundation. The answer is transparency. Ethics experts reject that. They say there wouldn t be any way to avoid the appearance of conflicts if she wins the presidency. If Bill seeks to raise large sums of money from donors who also have an interest in U.S. policy, the public will rightly question whether the grants affected United States foreign policy, says Stephen Gillers, a legal ethics expert at New York University School of Law. Ethics rules, he notes, are not merely to prevent bad behavior but to foster public trust in the integrity of government choices. He s open, however, to the idea of the Clintons daughter, Chelsea, running the foundation. But others say any connection is unacceptable. Joel Fleishman, a foundation expert, says the Clintons have to sever the relationship completely and put it in the hands of independent trustees. They have to pick a leader of impeccable integrity and let it go its own way in raising money, says Fleishman, who ran a foundation and has written a book on philanthropy. The Clinton Foundation and its various offshoots have raised about $2 billion from wealthy individuals, corporations especially Wall Street and foreign governments. Much of its work is widely praised. A major initiative provides care to poor people Albert R. Hunt in developing countries, chiefly in Africa, to combat H.I.V./AIDS and malaria. It has negotiated with pharmaceutical companies for reduced prices for drugs and diagnostic equipment. It also has programs on clean water, food security and climate change. These efforts have encouraged citizen and volunteer involvement. This has not been without controversy. Some of the donors have been influence-seekers, including a Canadian businessman who, according to critics, may have sought to parlay his Clinton connections to reap business benefits with dictators. The foundation also set up a Canadian subsidiary that effectively skirted some disclosure requirements. An article in the Wall Street Journal this month raised questions about a financial commitment that the Clinton Foundation made to a for-profit company run by politically connected close friends. Some of these issues surfaced during Hillary Clinton s time as secretary of state. It s a bigger problem now that she s the leading presidential candidate, and it would be critical if she gets to the White House. The corrective would appear to be to follow Fleishman s advice, separate totally from the foundation and select an unimpeachable leader. The current president, Donna Shalala, a respected former cabinet member and university president, has not said whether she will stay on beyond the end of this year. To be sure, Donald Trump would face huge conflicts of his own, particularly regarding his connection to his business empire, but also when it comes to issues involving the U.S. government, such as, for example, a dispute over a Trump golf course overseas or trademark regulations. President Barack Obama, his critics notwithstanding, has run a remarkably scandal-free administration; there have been very few ethical lapses. That s a record that Hillary Clinton, or any next president, should try to emulate. That means separating from the Clinton Foundation. Hunt is a Bloomberg columnist. Follow him on That wasn t the case on Saturday. Hot rods and classic cars turned out in significant numbers. So did the crowds of onlookers and car buffs. It was an outstanding event, just about as good as things like this get. On Sunday, the crowd was younger. While the cruise-in audience had an average age somewhere in the 60s, the mini-festival kicking off Arts in the Parks drew a decidedly more youthful crowd. In the arts park across Walnut Street from Arts Place, inside Arts Place, and in the street itself, there was a flurry of activity. All of it was free, and all of it was aimed at kids and families. Like juggling? There was an excellent juggler. Want to hear the Jay Community Band? They were on hand in force. Need your face painted or want to decorate an Arts in the Parks T-shirt or express yourself by painting on a huge chunk of limestone from the U.S. Aggregates quarry? You had your chance. On the surface, the two events couldn t have been more different in terms of their focus and their audience. But both of them drew folks out of their homes, off of their sofas, away from the television and the internet to interact with one another. And by our calculus, that s evidence of a healthy community. J.R. Rokita s bill is misguided By JOHN KRULL TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS The plan U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has devised to cut back free and subsidized meals for poor school children reminds me of an old and cruel joke. The joke goes like this. A scientist who wanted to prove a point started experimenting with a frog. The scientist cut off one of the frog s legs and yelled, Jump! The frog jumped. The scientist made a note. The scientist lopped off another leg and yelled again. Once more, the frog jumped. The scientist made another note. Another leg came off. Somehow the frog jumped. Another note. The scientist took off the last leg and yelled, Jump! The frog just sat there. The scientist wrote down his conclusion: The frog no longer can hear. Rokita s plan to cut back on meals for poor kids springs from two impulses. The first is a desire to attack the federal government s debt. Rokita says his approach could produce $300 million in savings. The second comes from the ongoing campaign to reform education largely by playing financial games with the ways we fund schools by redirecting taxpayer dollars to private or religious schools. We ll deal with this second impulse first. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about our education wars is that most of the research now indicates how truly pointless they are. While we argue and argue and argue about vouchers and charters and other questions that increasingly matter only to rabid partisans, entrenched ideologues and the increasing number of self-proclaimed education experts who live John Krull on fat tax-funded contracts, the research shows us something else. The ways we can make the greatest gains in educational performance and, down the line, in increased productivity among our young people involve two things. The first is starting the educational process earlier when young brains are ready to soak up knowledge at a phenomenal rate. The opportunity costs for not aggressively funding and establishing strong preschool programs are staggering. The second is that we need to limit as much as we can the adverse childhood experiences abuse, neglect, divorce of parents, poverty and, yes, hunger that delay intellectual, emotional and psychological development. The costs of not dealing with those issues also are crushing, both in terms of lost productivity and human tragedy. But both of these solutions would call for a greater, rather than a smaller, public investment in education. That brings us to the concern about the debt, about which Rokita and other conservatives do a great deal of public hand-wringing. The federal debt stands at roughly $19 trillion now. Between $13 trillion and $14 trillion of that debt wouldn t exist if Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had balanced budgets when they were in office. They didn t because doing so would have required them either to raise taxes, particularly on the wealthy, or cut back on military spending and adventurism. Either option would have required asking some sacrifice or self-discipline from the wellheeled. That was not appealing. Conservatives, it seems, do believe in free lunches just not for poor kids. The issue with the debt is less the size of it than what we get in return for spending the borrowed funds. Some of the greatest periods of economic growth the period after World War II, for example have occurred when the ratio of our federal debt to our gross domestic growth was at its greatest. The reason is that we spent a great deal of that money educating people through the GI Bill and creating a federal transportation system that made growth possible. We reap the benefits of that public investment to this day. Perhaps it is because he understood this fundamental truth that an obscure Republican by the name of Abraham Lincoln began his political career by calling for massive government investment in improvements that would make it easier for what he called the common people to build better lives for themselves. Perhaps that is also why the bipartisan National Governors Association, the School Nutrition Association and just about everyone who is not a Republican member of Congress has come out in opposition to Rokita s bill. It didn t matter. The bill moved out of committee on a partisan vote. It appears that it s not just frogs with no legs who have trouble hearing. Krull is director of Franklin College s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of No Limits WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. him at US PS HUGH N. RONALD ( ), Publisher Emeritus is published daily except Sundays and six holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) by The Graphic Printing Co. Inc., 309 W. Main St., Portland, Indiana Periodical postage paid at Portland, Indiana. Postmaster: Send address changes to, 309 W. Main St., P.O. 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5 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Local/Nation Page 5 In review Urging COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among 10 Republican governors urging the Federal Communications Commission to give states more autonomy in combatting cellphone use by inmates who have them illegally in prison. Haley on Monday wrote to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler encouraging him to give states flexibility and authority to deal with the issue, universally seen as a security threat. States need FCC permission to block cell signals, and Haley has been vocal in her opposition to required FCC approval. Approved VALPARAISO, Ind. Officials in a northwestern Indiana city have approved a local ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Valparaiso City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to become the latest Indiana community with such an ordinance after a push for statewide protections failed in the Legislature this year. The Valparaiso council dropped a religious exemption for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Testified NORRISTOWN, Pa. Andrea Constand told authorities that Bill Cosby violated her sexually after giving her three blue pills that made her dizzy, blurry-eyed and sick to her stomach, her legs like jelly, according to a police report read in court today. The testimony was introduced at a preliminary hearing held to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put the 78-year-old TV star on trial on sexual assault charges that could bring 10 years in prison. Associated Press Republicans pull LGBT language Riding to remember Lynne Frazier Overman, right, ride captain for Patriot Guard Riders, waits on the I- 40/Whitten Road overpass as she looks for veterans participating in the annual Run the Wall motorcycle cross-country trip Monday in Cordova, Tenn. The veterans are traveling 10 days from Ontario, California, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a mission to honor military personnel who were killed in action and to support veterans and their family and friends. HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country. Most people entered in the Rap Back database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in positions of trust, such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal appeals court is set to take a second look at a strict Texas voter ID law that was found to be unconstitutional last year. Texas law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification. The state and By LISA REIN The Washington Post WASHINGTON Republican leaders avoided another explosion over gay rights on the House floor this week when they stripped language from a VA bill that would have rolled back expanded rights for LGBT employees who work for federal contractors. The broader bill would provide greater access for veterans to private medical care outside the VA system, particularly in rural areas. Long sought by the Department of Veterans affairs, the legislation was set for a vote on the House floor Monday night. But early Monday, Republican House leaders pulled a provision that had quietly passed the House Veterans Affairs Committee, after Democrats and the gay rights groups protested. The little-noticed language would have allowed private doctors and other medical providers to sign contracts with VA even if they offered no protections from discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and Texas ID law will be reviewed other supporters say it prevents fraud. Opponents, including the U.S. Justice Department, say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-income, African- American and Latino voters. Hawaii may be first Fischer of the FBI s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners. I don t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us. transgender employees. The language would have overridden an executive order President Obama signed in 2014 that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Republicans eventually pulled the entire VA bill from consideration because of objections from veteran groups to a separate provision on cost-of-living adjustments. But the move to strip the LGBT language was a clear sign that House Republicans find themselves in a politically uncomfortable spot in the bitter national debate over gay and transgender rights. Late last week, lawmakers erupted in chaos on the House floor as they debated a similar measure that started in committee as a religious-based amendment tacked onto the annual defense policy bill. That language also would have stripped away gay and transgender rights in federal contracting, but on the basis of religious objections from the contractors themselves. Democrats moved to repeal the measure when it reached the House floor, but GOP leaders had trouble finding the votes to block their opponents amendment. Republicans eventually were able to whip their members to vote down the Democratic plan, but not before Democrats shouted shame at their colleagues and accused them of promoting bigotry and discrimination over proposals GOP leaders say are intended to protect freedom of religion from government overreach. Associated Press/The Commercial Appeal/Yalonda M. James In Loving Memory Of Freda K. Rogers August 09, 1954 May 21, 2016 Freda K. Rogers, 61, of Montpelier, IN., formerly of the Portland area, passed away at 10:25 PM on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. She was born on Monday, August 09, 1954, in Jay County, IN. She married Steve Rogers on Saturday, August 16, 1980 in Jay County, IN. Freda was a 1971 graduate of Jay County High School. She attended Walnut Corner Church in Jay County. She was a homemaker. She helped in the church with her husband and was also the song leader. Freda enjoyed working in her flower beds. Loving Survivors Include: Husband - Pastor Steve Rogers, Montpelier, IN., several Nieces & Nephews, 7 Great Nieces & Nephews, 3 Great, Great Nieces & Nephews, Mother-inlaw - Thelma Rogers, Hartford City, IN., Brother-in-law - Wendell Rogers, Hartford City, IN., and Brother-in-law - Tom Bales, Williamsburg, IN. She was preceded in death by her Father - Chester Abbott, Mother - Ruby (Simmons) Abbott, Sister - Sheila Bales, and Father-In-Law - JR. Rogers. Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home 109 W Windsor St Montpelier on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A service to celebrate Freda s life will be at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 26, 2016 with the Pastor Herb Hummel officiating. Interment will follow in the Center Cemetery, Portland, IN. Preferred memorials: Walnut Corner Church 2022 N. 500 W. Portland, IN Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier. Online condolences may be made at Bid... Continued from page 1 That will give Hansel time to review the credentials and bids. The deadline to complete the project is Sept. 30. Council members Tom Johnson, Bryan Jessup, Jack Robbins, Lisa Street and Bivens also agreed to have Hansel proceed in developing a transportation asset management plan that is required by the Indiana Department of Transportation to be eligible for grants. The plan will rate streets and roads in the city and develop a fiveyear maintenance plan for future improvements. The cost of the plan is not to exceed $11,000. Johnson, who oversees the parks department, said Dunkirk City Pool is set to open June 6. In other business, council: Paid $8,200 for four sets of gear and $ for two fire masks for the Dunkirk Fire Department; $3,232 to purchase chlorine for the city pool; and $1, to WW Williams Company from Bluffton for rewiring well sites to the generator at the Dunkirk Water Department. 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6 Page 6 World Tuesday, May 24, 2016 By IAN WISHART Bloomberg Five years after handing Greece the biggest sovereigndebt write-off in history, European policymakers have come full circle to the point they had all hoped to avoid: a real discussion on debt relief. Despite all the efforts to shrink Greece s debt since the start of the financial crisis, the country s economy has shrunk at a faster pace, so its obligations have become increasingly onerous. With the country s debt-togross domestic product almost 70 percent larger than it was in 2008, the International Monetary Fund is insisting that more restructuring is required to make the nation s finances sustainable. With almost all of Greece s debt now held by official lenders, it s taxpayers who will be footing the bill rather than investors. Euro-area finance ministers convene in Brussels today, primarily to discuss the disbursement of a proposed 11 billion euros ($12.3 billion) in aid for Greece, but also for talks on how to ease its 321 billion euros of debt through lengthening loan maturities, lowering interest rates and postponing payments. The IMF and officials from European creditors will join the ministers to wrangle over the scope Leaders to discuss Greece s debt of relief with the Washingtonbased fund urging for the most drastic measures. Everybody agrees that Greek debt needs to be sustainable, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in Brussels on Monday. Finance ministers will assess Greek debt and look at some measures for the short, medium and long term. Tuesday s meeting may become a showdown between the IMF and euro-area nations led by Germany that are restrained by domestic electorates that have grown weary of helping the Greeks, with elections due next year in the Netherlands and the region s biggest economy. The European hard-liners are resisting the fund s demand that debt forgiveness be nailed down before Greece s bailout program ends in 2018, fearing that without that carrot, Greek authorities could take their foot off the gas. The IMF argues that clarity is necessary to restore investor confidence. Debt relief conditional on policy implementation should not extend beyond the program period, the IMF said in its preliminary debt sustainability analysis for Greece published on Monday. The IMF and the European creditors are also at odds over the length of loan-maturity extensions, the postponement of payments and the future strength of the Greek economy with the fund disputing the euro area s assumption that Greece can sustain a primary surplus of 3.5 percent of GDP. Hopefully there will come an agreement and, with that, confidence from investors in Greece will return, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who is leading Tuesday s meeting, said at Leiden University in the Netherlands on May 23. The gathering will be the first time that finance chiefs and creditors will discuss Greek debt seriously, he said. Migrants moved from site By COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press IDOMENI, Greece Greek authorities began the gradual evacuation of the country s largest informal refugee camp today, persuading more than 1,500 people to leave the Idomeni site for other organized facilities in northern Greece. An estimated 700 police were participating in the operation, but there were no reports of violence or protests. Greece s left-led government has pledged that no force will be used, and says the operation is expected to last between a week and 10 days. Journalists were blocked from entering the camp. By late afternoon, 32 buses carrying a total of 1,529 people had left Idomeni on the country s border with Macedonia, police said, while earthmoving machinery was used to clear abandoned tents. Associated Press/ANA-MPA/Yannis Kolesidis Vicky Markolefa, a representative of the Doctors Refugees and migrants wait today to embark into the buses during a police operation at a Without Borders charity, makeshift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni. said the operation was Greek authorities sent hundreds of police into the country's largest informal refugee camp to support proceeding very smoothly and without incident. the evacuation of the Idomeni site near the Macedonian border. We hope it will continue like that, she said. Recently the camp had perilous sea crossing to The camp, which sprang begun taking on an image Greece, where many have up at an informal pedestrian border crossing for with refugees setting up crowded, unseaworthy of semi-permanence, died when their over- refugees and migrants small makeshift shops heading north to wealthier European nations, was cooking utensils to falafel selling everything from home to an estimated 8,400 and bread. people including hundreds of children most- refugees and migrants More than 54,000 ly from Syria, Afghanistan have been trapped in and Iraq. financially struggling At its peak, when Macedonia shut its border in March, the camp housed more than 14,000, but numbers have declined as people began accepting authorities offers of alternative places to stay. In Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said the evacuation appeared to be taking place calmly, and the U.N. refugee agency was sending more staffers to Idomeni. Pushes... As long as the movement of people from Idomeni is... voluntary in nature (and) that we re not seeing use of force, then we don t have particular concerns about that, he said. It often does help to move people into more organized sites, when they re willing to move to those places, he added. In Idomeni, most have been living in small camping tents pitched in fields and along railroad tracks, while aid agencies have set up large marquee-style tents to help house people. Greek authorities have sent in cleaning crews regularly and have provided portable toilets, but conditions have been precarious at best, with heavy rain creating muddy ponds. Continued from page 1 His visit to Vietnam included the lifting of one of the last vestiges of Vietnam War-era antagonism: a five-decades-old arms sale embargo. In a speech at the National Convention Center, Obama sought to balance a desire for a stronger relationship with Vietnam with efforts to hold its leadership to account over what activists call an abysmal treatment of government critics. Nations are more successful when people can freely express themselves, assemble without harassment and access the internet and social media, Obama said. Upholding these rights is not a threat to stability but actually reinforces stability and is the foundation of progress, Obama told the audience of more than 2,000, including government officials and students from five universities across the Hanoi area. Vietnam will do it differently than the United States does... But there are these basic principles that I think we all have to try to work on and improve. Freedom of expression is where new ideas happen, Obama said. That s how a Facebook starts. That s Greece since countries further north shut their land borders to a massive flow of people escaping war and poverty at home. Nearly a million people have passed through Greece, the vast majority arriving on islands from the nearby Turkish coast. In March, the European Union reached an agreement with Turkey meant to stem the flow and reduce the number of people undertaking the how some of our greatest companies began. Obama s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, told reporters that a number of activists set to meet with Obama were either prevented from doing so or made to feel uncomfortable attending, using a variety of different methods. He said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and White House officials raised the issue with Vietnam, adding that the U.S. would follow up to ensure those activists are free and aren t being punished. Clearly this was something that was the source boats sank. Under the deal, anyone arriving clandestinely on Greek islands from the Turkish coast after March 18 faces deportation to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece. But few want to request asylum in the country, which has been struggling with a deep, sixyear financial crisis that has left unemployment hovering at around 24 percent. Greek authorities are also eager to reopen a railway line the country s main freight train line to the Balkans that runs through the camp and has been blocked by of significant discomfort for the government, Rhodes said of Obama s meeting with activists. Obama also said that journalists and bloggers can shine a light on injustice or abuse when they are allowed to operate free of government interference or intimidation. He said stability is encouraged when voters get to choose their leaders in free and fair elections because citizens know that their voices count and that peaceful change is possible. The president also traced the transformation of the U.S.-Vietnamese protesting camp residents since March 20. Anastassios Saxpelidis, a spokesman for Greek transport companies, said today that the 66-day closure has cost transporters about 6 million euros ($6.7 million). Giorgos Kyritsis, a government spokesman on immigration, said the line should open in coming days. The government has been trying for months to persuade people to leave Idomeni and go to organized camps. This week it said its campaign of voluntary evacuations was already working, with police reporting that eight buses carrying about 400 people left Idomeni Sunday. Others took taxis heading to Thessaloniki or the nearby town of Polycastro. Expert: Remains indicate explosion By SAM MAGDY Associated Press CAIRO Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said today. The logical explanation is that an explosion brought it down, the official told The Associated Press. The official, who is part of the Egyptian team investigating the crash that killed all 66 people on board the flight from Paris to Cairo early last Thursday, has personally examined the remains at a Cairo morgue. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. However, the head of the government s forensic agency later today dismissed as speculation all media reports about human remains from the crash indicating an explosion. Whatever has been published is baseless and mere assumptions, Hisham Abdel-Hamid told Egypt s state MENA news agency. A statement from the government s investigative committee also warned media outlets to be cautious about what is published to avoid chaos and spreading false rumors and damaging the state s high interests and national security. The Egyptian expert told the AP that all 80 pieces that have been brought to Cairo so far are very small. There isn t even a whole body part, like an arm or a head, said the official, adding that one piece was the left part of a head. He said the body parts are so tiny and that at least one piece of a human arm has signs of burns an indication it might have belonged to a passenger sitting next to the explosion. relationship, from wartime enemies to cooperation. He said the governments are working more closely together than ever before on a range of issues. Now we can say something that was once unimaginable: Today, Vietnam and the United States are partners, he said, adding that their experience was teaching the world that hearts can change. He referred in the speech to China s growing aggression in the region, something that worries many in Vietnam, which has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with Beijing. In review Testing ISLAMABAD Pakistan s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, says authorities will perform DNA tests on the body of a man who was killed in an American drone strike to determine whether the slain man is actually Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour. Khan said today that Pakistan is still unable to officially confirm Mansour s death, however Washington, Kabul and some senior Taliban commanders have confirmed it. Granted COLOMBO, Sri Lanka The former president of the Maldives said Monday that he s been granted political asylum in Britain where he had traveled for medical treatment on leave from serving a prison sentence in his country. Mohamed Nasheed, who was the Indian Ocean archipelago s first democratically elected leader, was sentenced to 13 years in prison last year for ordering the arrest of a senior judge while in office. He traveled to Britain in January on medical leave apparently to undergo back surgery. Close race VIENNA A pro- European Union candidate eked out a victory Monday over a rightwing, anti-migrant rival to become Austria s next president, in a tight contest viewed Europe-wide as a proxy fight pitting the continent s political center against its growingly strong populist and anti-establishment movements. European mainstream parties joined Austrian supporters of Alexander Van der Bellen in congratulating him on his victory over Norbert Hofer. But with less than a percentage point separating the two, Hofer s Freedom Party and its allies across Europe also had reason to celebrate what they cast as a major political surge by one of their own. Record set BEIJING China s dancing grannies have taken their moves to the record books. Guinness World Records says more than 31,000 Chinese participants have set a record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations. Some 31,697 people in Beijing, Shanghai and four other cities set the new mark on Saturday by performing choreographed dance moves together for more than five minutes, Guinness said on its website. Associated Press
9 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Sports Page 9 Reds lose on Kershaw s two-hitter By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES Clayton Kershaw bailed out the Los Angeles Dodgers exhausted bullpen with his third shutout of the season, and he was quick about it, too. The left-hander allowed two hits and struck out seven on 102 pitches in a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Kershaw retired his final 17 batters after issuing just his fifth walk of the season to Joey Votto leading off the fourth inning. I ve seen about enough of Kershaw for the past seven or eight years, Reds manager Bryan Price said. Kershaw (7-1) had his franchise-record streak of six starts in a row with at least 10 strikeouts end, but the fans were appreciative, chanting MVP! MVP! in the ninth. I wasn t as good as I had been in the past, he said. Early in the game, I was falling behind. When you fall behind you re not going to get the strikeouts. As the game went on I got a little bit better with the fastball command and started throwing it for strikes. The Dodgers won back-to-back games for the first time since taking three in a row May They needed just 2 hours, 11 minutes, to beat the Reds after outlasting San Diego in 5:47 on Sunday. The Dodgers beat Cincinnati for the seventh straight time, their longest active streak against any opponent. We re building our team and we re going to get some guys back from the DL and a lot of these guys are playing in the major leagues for the time, Price said. We re taking steps. Los Angeles used a combined 13 relievers in consecutive extrainning games at San Diego last weekend. He knows how taxed they ve Insight... Continued from page 10 Instead, the Thunder played in the shadows of the Western Conference this year. The defending champion Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, who also had one of the great regular-season campaigns in NBA history with 67 wins, took most of the attention. It seemed Oklahoma City was just not in a position to compete this year. Perhaps though, the Thunder was lurking the whole time, just waiting for its chance to strike. The team located in the thirdsmallest NBA city stole game one in Oakland, where Golden State had lost just once all season. After the Warriors pulled even in game two, Oklahoma City made a statement Sunday night. Behind a combined 63 points from Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder struck a punch that may Local... Continued from page 10 Freddie Lingo led Pak-A-Sak with four singles, three RBIs and two runs. Aryan Montes ripped a triple to go with his two singles and two runs. Alex Miller and Tucker Snipes both had a double and two singles, and Snipes added three RBIs. Pioneer tops All Circuit A balanced effort offensively Monday helped Pioneer Packaging to a 15-1 victory over All Circuit Electrical in PJL s Rookie baseball division. Jayden Comer and Maddox Huffman both had two doubles and two singles to lead Pioneer, which also got a double and a pair of singles from Max Dues and Sam Wiggings. Dominick Bright chipped in with three hits and Bentley Comer contributed two singles. Grant Wendel had two singles for All Circuit. Nick Laux, Drew Schemenaur, Jayden Harrell, Sports on tap Scoreboard NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Final Toronto 105, Cleveland 99 Major League Baseball L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0 St. Louis 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Chicago White Sox 7, Cleveland 6 Cleveland 5, Chicago White Sox 1 Detroit 5, Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3 Miami 7, Tampa Bay 6 L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0 N.Y. Mets 7, Washington 1 Kansas City 10, Minnesota 4 been. It seems like every time he pitches it s coming off a tired bullpen, catcher A.J. Ellis said. You should have seen the reception he got when he came in from those guys. J.P. Howell was the first one over here to give him a big bear hug. Brandon Finnegan (1-3) allowed five hits in his first career complete game for Cincinnati, which had its season-worst skid extended to eight games. The left-hander, who struck out two and walked four in a careerhigh eight innings, hasn t won since April 16. well have their opponent reeling. They won by 28 in game three, and were leading by 37 heading into the final period. Toronto hasn t really been considered a title contender all year, despite finishing with just one fewer win than the Cavaliers. It was assumed that Cleveland would represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals again, and that belief was only bolstered when the Cavaliers seemed to take their game to another level in dispatching Detroit and Atlanta in back-to-back sweeps. Wins by 31 and 19 points in the first two games of the conference finals had Cleveland fans already contemplating whether their team could beat the Warriors this year with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. (Or if they could beat the Thunder, if an upset happened out West.) Shaun Harrell and Jensen Avery notched one hit apiece. MainSource wins MainSource Bank picked up a victory over Portland Optimist in the Willie Mays division of Portland Junior League on Monday. Kenny Carducci smacked two triples and drove in three runs to lead MainSource. Jayden Hartzell chipped in with two doubles and three RBIs, and Cody Rowles had a double, two singles and two RBIs. Koby Lewellen also drove in two runs on four singles. Brady Davis added a double, while Austin Curtis and Bryce Wenk each had a single. Dyllan Garringer led Optimist with a double and two singles. Landon Garringer and AJ Myers both had a double and a single, and all three players drove in two runs. PG-14 gets big win A six-run first inning helped PG- I ve gone up against some of the best pitchers in baseball and sometimes things just don t go your way, Finnegan said. Howie Kendrick grounded into a double play in the sixth, scoring Justin Turner for the game s only run. The Reds didn t get a runner past second base after the first inning against Kershaw. He s really tough when he throws that fastball low and away to a right-handed hitter, Reds third baseman Jordan Pacheco said. Kershaw singled leading off Then on Saturday night, Bismack Biyombo grabbed a teamrecord 26 rebounds and scored six straight points in a key stretch late in a game-three Raptors win. And Monday, the Raptors overcame an early Cleveland onslaught to control most of a game-four win that saw Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combine for 67 points. Let s be clear, Lowry and DeRozan are good players. But they are not Westbrook and Durant. Bismack Biyombo? He s been thrust into the starting role only because starting forward Jonas Valanciunas is injured. So here we are. The Eastern Conference Finals are tied at two games apiece. In the West, the best regular-season team in league history must win tonight to avoid falling behind to a 19-8 victory Monday over Inman U-Loc in PJL s Willie Mays division. Ryne Goldsworthy paced PG-14 with four RBIs. Allen Dues had two singles and three RBIs, and Landon Blowers also drove in three runs, but on one hit. Conner Specht had a two-run single, with Ryler Johnson also adding a hit and an RBI. Dawson Hundley and Sam Myers both had a double and a triple for Inman. Myers drove in three runs, with Lucas Straight and Tyler Ellsworth each adding two RBIs. Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in Los Angeles. Kershaw gave up two hits and struck out seven as the Dodgers won, 1-0. Local schedule Today Jay County Boys golf at Randolph Southern 4:30 p.m.; Softball sectional opener vs. Yorktown at Hamilton Heights 5 p.m.; Girls track regional at Ben Davis 5 p.m. South Adams Boys golf vs. Norwell and Oak Hill 4:30 p.m.; Softball sectional opener vs. Bluffton at Churubusco 5 p.m.; Girls track regional at Indiana Wesleyan 5 p.m. Wednesday Jay County Baseball sectional opener vs. Tipton at Yorktown 5 p.m. South Adams Softball sectional semifinal vs. TBA at Churubusco 5 p.m. Thursday Jay County Boys golf vs. Adams Central 4:30 p.m.; Boys track regional at North Central 5 p.m.; Softball sectional semifinal vs. TBA at Hamilton Heights 5 p.m. Fort Recovery Baseball regional semifinal vs. Defiance Ayersville at Patrick Henry 5 p.m. South Adams Boys track regional at Indiana Wesleyan 5 p.m.; Baseball sectional opener vs. Churubusco at Adams Central 5:30 p.m. Friday Jay County Baseball sectional semifinal vs. TBA at Yorktown 5:30 p.m. Fort Recovery Baseball regional final vs. TBA at Patrick Henry 5 p.m. South Adams Softball sectional championship vs. TBA at Churubusco 5 p.m.; Baseball sectional semifinal vs. TBA at Adams Central 5:30 p.m. Saturday Jay County Softball sectional championship vs. TBA at Hamilton Heights 6 p.m. TV schedule Today 7 p.m. Major League Baseball: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN) 7 p.m. WNBA Basketball: Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky (ESPN2) 9 p.m. NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Final Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, game 4 (TNT) 10 p.m. Major League Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (ESPN) Wednesday 2 p.m. Major League Baseball: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (WNDY-23) 8 p.m. Soccer: International Friendly United States vs. Ecuador (ESPN2) 8:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Final Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers, game 5 (ESPN) Thursday 7 p.m. College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional (ESPN2) 9 p.m. College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional (ESPN2) 9 p.m. NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Final Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors, game 5 (TNT) Friday 7 p.m. College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional (ESPN2) 8:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs: Eastern the third before the Reds turned the first of four double plays to end the inning. He was busy on the basepaths in the fifth. Kershaw grounded into a fielder s choice to shortstop, slid into second on a wild pitch by Finnegan, got up and ran to third, sliding safely on a throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart. He s a maniac out there on the bases. When he steps in the box, he wants to hit and help his team, Ellis said. Cincinnati committed a season high-tying three errors, including two by Barnhart. This is what makes playoff basketball so interesting. What happened during the regular season is meaningless. Reputation doesn t matter. It all comes down to how each team plays in each game. These last few days could all end up being much ado about nothing. Cleveland could bounce back for a big win at home Wednesday and then close out its series Friday. Golden State could catch fire and win each of the next three games by double digits. After all, an injury-depleted Cavaliers squad led the Warriors 2-1 in last season s NBA Finals before dropping the next three in a row. But let the current landscape serve as a reminder. There is no such thing as an invincible team. Every squad has its Kryptonite. Masonic beats Redkey REDKEY Masonic Lodge of Portland Junior League defeated Redkey 18-5 on Monday in Major softball interleague action. Rieley Brewster led Masonic Lodge with three hits. Mary Hartman, Justice Day and Emily Jackson both had two hits, while Kristen Wendel and Livie Maitlen had one hit apiece. Alexis Herman, Bella Rogers and Camille Gambill had one hit each for Redkey. Doubleheader split In a doubleheader Saturday, Masonic Lodge finished 1-1 in the Major softball division of PJL. It defeated Graphic Printing 15-4 before falling 16-9 to Jay County Monument. Reiley Brewster recorded three hits in each game for Masonic Lodge, which also got four total hits from Emily Jackson and two from Justice Day. Lita Chowning, Sidney Reedy, Natalie Miles and Aleah Pogue each had a hit for Graphic Printing. For Jay County Monument, Anne Huftel had three hits, including a home run. Brittney Mullens, Lexie Ferguson and Hannah Clayton notched two hits apiece. Conference Final Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors, game 6 (ESPN) 9 p.m. College Softball: NCAA Tournament Super Regional (ESPN2) Local notes Challenge continues June 4 The Adams County Run/Walk Challenge will continue June 4 in Monroe. The next race is the Monroe Lions 5K Run/Walk. The race is at 8:15 a.m. June 4 on the east side of Adams Central High School. For more information, contact Al Arnold (260) Baseball camp starts in June Jay County High School s baseball team will have a camp for students in first through eighth grades. The camp will be June 6 through 8 at Don E. Selvey Field at JCHS. First through third graders will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m., fourth and fifth graders will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth graders will be In review Have filed SAN DIEGO Tony Gwynn s widow and two children have filed a lawsuit seeking to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the Hall of Famer s death. The suit was filed in San Diego Superior Court by Alicia Gwynn and her children, Tony Jr. and Anisha Gwynn-Jones. The suit says Gwynn started dipping as a 17- year-old freshman ballplayer at San Diego State. He died of oral cancer in 2014 at age 54. Defendants include Altria Group Corp., the parent company of Philip Morris, and US Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC. According to the lawsuit, Once Defendants got Tony addicted to their products, he became a selfdescribed tobacco junkie who used 1 ½ to 2 cans of Skoal per day. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages. Diagnosed BOSTON The Concussion Legacy Foundation says former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death. Smith died in 2011 at 66. He s one of 90 former NFL players diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy since 2008 at a brain bank affiliated with Veteran Affairs, Boston University and the foundation. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE. Smith was the first pick in the 1967 NFL draft after a career at Michigan State, which led him to the College Football Hall of Fame. He played a total of nine seasons for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. Asked NEW YORK Tom Brady s lawyers asked a federal appeals court for a new hearing before an expanded panel of judges, telling them that it is not just a silly dispute over underinflated footballs it s the basic right to a fair process that is shared by all union workers. Setting the stage for the Deflategate scandal to stretch into its third season, and putting Brady s four-game suspension back in the hands of the courts, the players union asked all 13 judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case that a three-judge panel decided in the league s favor. In the appeal filed on Monday, Brady s lawyers said that Commissioner Roger Goodell s biased, agendadriven, and selfapproving appeal ruling must be vacated. Associated Press from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost is $25, and each additional camper from the same family is $15. Starfires hosting football camp The South Adams High School football team is hosting a youth football camp in July. The camp will be from July 25 to July 27 at Starfire Field, and is open to boys who will be in first through sixth grades for the school year. First through third graders will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with fourth through sixth graders from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per camper. 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10 Baseball sectionals begin Wednesday, see Sports on tap Page 10 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Sports Follow us on Rays of Insight Conference finals have become interesting By RAY COONEY All of a sudden, the invincible are not so invincible anymore. A week ago, just about anyone would have agreed that the Golden State Warriors were the favorite to win the NBA s Western Conference title. It seemed obvious, given that they won a record 73 games this year and lost just once at home. As recently as Saturday evening, anyone following the playoffs thought the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to walk easily to the NBA Finals. They had blown through the first two rounds of the playoffs with eight straight wins and had clobbered their seemingly undermanned conference finals opponent twice to extend their playoff winning streak to 10. Fifty hours later, the playoffs have a much different outlook. All of a sudden, Golden State looks like the underdog and Cleveland seems headed for a seven-game throwdown. Though Oklahoma City and Toronto had nearly identical records during the regular season 55 and 56 wins respectively their playoff ascendancies couldn t be more different. For Oklahoma City, the regular season had to be looked at as something of a disappointment. For a team with two stars the caliber of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it would seem the 60-win mark would be a clear goal. See Insight page 9 Raptors even series with Cavs By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO A series that once looked lopsided is now even. Lowry and Kyle Lowry scored 35 DeRozan total points, including a driving layup in the 67 points in final minute, and game 4 win DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 on Monday night. DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason and got back on level terms after big losses in Games 1 and 2. We ve been counted out, and we like that challenge, DeRozan said. The next challenge for Toronto? Game 5 on Wednesday night in Cleveland, where the Raptors are 0-3 this season, losing by a combined 72 points. We have to continue to make sure that when they punch, we punch back, Lowry said. And if they punch three times, we punch four times. The Raptors are 2-6 on the road in the playoffs. After a 10-0 start to these playoffs, the Cavaliers are counting on home court advantage to help them reach their second straight Finals. Going back home we have to play a lot better and I think we will, LeBron James said. Cleveland lost consecutive playoff games to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since dropping the final three games of the conference semifinals to Boston in We had a few defensive breakdowns that you can t have down the stretch of a game, especially in the playoffs, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. They executed every time we made a mistake. James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Cavaliers, who trailed by as many as 18 points. Channing Frye scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Lowry scored nine in the fourth and DeRozan had 12, connecting on five of six shots. It s a cakewalk for me when (Lowry) gets going, DeRozan said. It opens up everything. The Raptors led to begin the fourth but Frye made consecutive 3-pointers as Cleveland opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run, cutting it to The Cavaliers made their first 11 shots of the fourth quarter. It wasn t enough because we got off to a horrible first half once again in this building and you re playing catch up the whole game, James said. Associated Press/The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) scores on Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of the Eastern Conference final in Toronto on Monday. Toronto won, to even the series at two games apiece. Jay baseball ends with win ELWOOD The Patriots began their regular season with a narrow victory. They ended it with a commanding win. The Jay County High School baseball team scored four runs in the first inning Monday and continued to pad its lead for the final six innings in a 10-0 defeat of the host Elwood Panthers. It was the final regularseason game for the Patriots (12-12), who open Class 3A Sectional 24 tournament play at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Tipton at Yorktown. Chandler Jacks had a two-run single in the first inning, and Ethan Myers and Max Moser also had RBIs in the frame. The Patriots tacked on two more runs in the second and one in the third for a quick 7-0 advantage. Two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh pushed the game to its final score. Moser was 3-for-3 with a walk and a two runs. Ryan Schlechty and Jacob Geesaman both had a double and a single, with Schlechty scoring three times. Jacks finished with two hits, as Wyatt Geesaman, Andy Kohler and Michael Schlechty each added singles. Jacks was effective on the mound as well, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three in six innings. Local roundup JV drops pair CENTERVILLE Jay County s junior varsity baseball team lost both games in the Centerville JV tournament on Saturday. A rally fell short in the seventh inning in a 9-8 loss to the host Bulldogs. The Patriots dropped the second game to Franklin County, 6-2 Gabe Faulkner had two hits and two RBIs against Centerville. Conner Davis and Isaac Moeller each had two hits and one RBI, with Jordan Shricker, Christian King and Michael Steens also adding a single and an RBI. Chad Funk took the loss, giving up five runs three earned on six hits while walking four in 2 1/3 innings. Against Franklin County, Davis had two hits and two RBIs, and Garrett Rodgers also had two hits. Holton Hill, Daniel Fugiett, Schricker, Faulkner and Stevens also had singles. Davis took the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in four innings. Hartzell leads in win Cavan Hartzell was a double shy of the cycle in leading Barnett s Auto Parts to a victory Monday over Pak-A-Sak in Portland Junior League s Rookie baseball division. Hartzell smacked a home run, a triple and a single while driving in four runs. He also scored twice. Skyler Esparza chipped in with three singles, three RBIs and three runs, and Boston Barnett had a pair of doubles, a single two RBIs and scored twice. Sylas Wenk tallied three singles and three runs, and Benson Barnett had two hits and scored twice. See Local page 9