July 22, 2014

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Thursday night incidents keep officials busy
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, July 19, 2014 2:00 PM )


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VAN WERT — Law enforcement stayed busy Thursday night dealing with a shooting northeast of Van Wert and a police standoff near Grover Hill.

At 5:25 p.m. the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a domestic situation on Road 151 in the Grover Hill area. A female caller advised her husband, Daniel L. Nantz, 56, had a gun and had threatened her, and she was locked in a room. The responding deputies at the scene were able to remove the woman out an upstairs window, using a ladder. With the woman out of danger, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team took over as additional manpower and resources were called in from Van Wert and Allen counties. The scene was treated as a barricaded subject with a firearm.

After about four hours of attempting to make contact with Nantz, he finally began communication and agreed to surrender himself to law enforcement. Nantz was arrested without incident and was taken to Paulding County Jail and was charged with domestic violence. He later posted bond.

Luersman learns nonverbal signs from horses as equine massage therapist
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 6:42 PM )
Katie Luersman massages her horse, Tinley. The horse is cocking her right back leg indicating she is relaxed. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)


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DELPHOS — Licking their lips, putting their heads down and cocking their legs are all good signs from Katie Luersman’s clients; it means the horses are enjoying their massages.

Luersman, 20, of Delphos is an equine sports massage therapist.

“Just like humans get massages, horses can too,” Luersman said. “Horses can become sore from people riding them or tripping on a rock or laying down and rolling on something. A massage will help them not be sore just like it would humans.”

Luersman graduated from Delphos St. John’s High School in May 2013. By the end of June, she was enrolled at NE Indiana Equine Sports Massage and Rehab Facility in Decatur, Indiana.

“I’ve always wanted to do something with animals, especially horses. I have a passion for horses,” Luersman said. “Every girl has a phase where she wants a horse, I just never grew out of mine.”

When she had an experience with a horse that had behavioral problems, she learned that an equine sports massage therapist career existed.

“The horse’s attitude completely changed after the massage,” she said.

Now Luersman is certified nationwide as an equine sports massage and rehab therapist.

Before each massage, she gives the horses an evaluation to see what may be causing the pain and where. She checks different pressure points for signs from the horse to indicate pain, like pinning its ears back or kicking its legs.

“If a horse is in pain, there’s a reason,” Luersman said. “I can tell what’s wrong with it and see if a massage will help or if a chiropractor is needed.”

Students compete in FCCLA STAR event
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Lexi Carpenter and Sara Zalar


SAN ANTONIO, Texas — More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference. The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.”

FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation and Fashion Construction to name a few. Members compete at the District, State and National level.

Delphos library to host mobile training lab
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

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DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library had announced the return of the Mobile Technology Training Lab.

The lab features the most popular mobile devices and updated desktop computers with touch screen monitors. The devices included are iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Kindle Fire HDX and Nook HD and Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8.1 training will also be offered.

The lab will be at the library from July 29 through Aug. 4.

Gold trim highlights Courthouse renovation
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
The new gold additions to the Van Wert County Courthouse. (DHI Media/ Ed Gebert)


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VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Courthouse has taken on a new hue lately. With work finishing on the building’s renovation, an accent color has been added — gold.

County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger admitted that the commissioners like the result. “We’re tickled with what he did,” he said, referring to Jeff Hollis of All Trades Historical Restoration. The amount of gold on the historic landmark has grown through the project. The cap of the topmost spire is the last to be covered in gold paint.