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Strong California quake shakes famed wine country
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of northern California, ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m.

Dazed residents who had run out of their homes in the dark and were too fearful of aftershocks to go back to bed wandered through Napa’s historic downtown, where boulder-sized chunks of rubble and broken glass littered the streets. Dozens of homes and buildings across the Napa Valley were left unsafe to occupy, including an old county courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

College student Eduardo Rivera said the home he shares with six relatives shook so violently that he kept getting knocked back into his bed as he tried to flee.

“When I woke up, my mom was screaming, and the sound from the earthquake was greater than my mom’s screams,” the 20-year-old Rivera said.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for southern Napa County, directing state agencies to respond with equipment and personnel. President Barack Obama was briefed on the earthquake, the White House said, and federal officials were in touch with state and local emergency responders.

Sommers visits Optimists
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM
New Jefferson varsity football coach Chris Sommers, left, was the guest speaker at the Delphos Optimist meeting. Coach Sommers profiled some of his returning players and gave his outlook on the coming season. Delphos Optimist member Roger Gossman presented him an “Optimist” mug and thanked him for his presentation. (Submitted photo)
Allen County Agriculture Hall of Fame inducts 2014 class
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Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM



LIMA — The Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce has inducted Louis Harrod and Ray Whetstone into the 2014 Allen County Agricultural Hall of Fame during the Aug. 22 monthly Wake Rattle & Roll breakfast program at the Allen County Fairgrounds. According to the Chamber’s agri-business committee chair Beth Seibert, “our goal with the Hall of Fame is to annually recognize local agriculturalists that have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Allen County, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally-related field. Both of our 2014 inductees truly reflect the award’s purpose of honoring and giving public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.”

From the Archives — August 25, 2014
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM

One Year Ago

Delphos FFA member Jake Horstman, son of Todd and Nichole Horstman will bring home two blue ribbons from the Allen County Fair this year. The seven-year show veteran earned Grand Champion Born and Raised Steer and Champion Senior Beef Showman and fellow FFA member Justin Siefker is the Champion of Champions Beef Showmanship winner.


25 Years Ago – 1989

In the 1989 Allen County junior fair poultry show Chris Trentman, 17, a senior at St. John’s High School, won two trophies and rosettes. He showed the grand champion meat chicken and captured the senior poultry showmanship award. An eight-year member of the Delphos Rulers of Tomorrow 4-H Club, Chris is the son of Jim and Janet Trentman of Delphos.

Mary Friedrich, manager of Effortless Figure Salon, 113 N. Main St., presented a check for $552.60 to Diane Stevenson, emergency medical technician-ambulance. The money was raised by the salon from a recent exercise-a-thon and will go to the Delphos Emergency Medical Service new ambulance fund. Participants in the exercise-a-thon got pledges for the time spent on each exercise table.

In the majorette squad and baton/flag corps competition Wednesday afternoon, the squad from St. John’s took second place. They are junior Jenni Fischer, senior and captain Tracey Miller and junior Jenny Osting. Tracey also competed in the featured twirlers part of the show and brought home the third-place award.

Therapy dogs: A little fur goes a long way
Written by Andrew Cohen   
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Animal handler Mike Nichols of Cairo interacts with Sophie and Sky, his therapy dogs that travel to hospitals, schools and nursing homes around the Tri-County area. He is registered with Pet Partners that sponsors the dogs. (DHI Media/Andrew Cohen)


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DELPHOS —They can lower blood pressure and calm a crying child in the emergency room. They aren’t found on a doctor’s prescription pad; they come packaged with four paws, fur and warm brown eyes. They are Sophie and Sky, Mike Nichols’ therapy dogs.

Nichols, of Cairo, is a retired animal handler who takes care of Sky and Sophie. They are a black Labrador/German Shepherd mix and will turn 8 years-old this November. He found the dogs at the Kenton Animal Shelter located in Kenton. Surprisingly, his son picked them up and put them under the tree Christmas morning. Nichol’s said they were a wonderful addition to the family.

All types and ages of people can get therapy dogs. Nichol’s travels all around with them, including to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and even assisted living facilities. The dogs are sponsored through an organization known as Pet Partners. Formally known as the Delta Society, Pet Partners is an organization which encourages the use of therapy dogs in the respective communities. According to its mission statement, the agency encourages positive human-animal interaction. According to Nichols, he wanted therapy dogs because he liked the concept of dogs helping other people and has enjoyed the experience so far.