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Elwer, Fritz Champion Showmen
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
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
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.”

 
Gov. taking Nat’l Guard out of Ferguson
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone.

“The last two nights have been really good. I feel we’re making progress,” Nixon told KMOX-AM, noting that a state of emergency remained in effect in Ferguson.

Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missourians, just seven live in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

Meanwhile Thursday, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch reiterated he has no intentions of removing himself from the case, and he urged Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch’s ouster.

 
From the Thrift Shop
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 PM

BY MARGIE ROSTORFER

 

For mid August, we’ve sure had some football-like weather at night. Does this mean an early fall? I did hear someone say that for September we should expect a polar vortex to move through. What? Are you kidding me? Those words are supposed to be used only for the middle of winter! I sort of laughed, but was inwardly thinking, “Oh my gosh, are we going to have to wear winter coats to the football games in September already?”

Speaking of coats, we’ve displayed several racks of really nice warm and cozy-looking coats. There’s all sizes, so be sure to stop in and browse the racks! Come often, because the selection and the size you might be looking for changes often. If you’re going through your closets and weeding out what’s been outgrown, we can certainly use your gently worn items!

You know, with the start of school and the football games comes homecoming events. If you’re already thinking about finding that special dress, stop in and ask to see what we’ve got. For this special time of the year, and to accommodate our shoppers, we may just pull from our formal/bridal and special occasion collection dresses that are homecoming appropriate and provide a dedicated rack for those types of dresses. If you’re shopping early and they’re not out yet, be sure to ask to see them.

Of course, we’ve got Browns, Bengals, Ohio State, that team up North and lots of other spirit apparel, as well as our area schools’ spirit wear to support your favorite teams this season. You can even get your little cheerleader all decked out in a cute little skirt, top and pom poms. Come in and see what we’ve got.

 
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