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What a difference …
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM

Ten years ago this month I was biting my nails and agonizing over my son’s high school graduation. Several weeks before, I had accompanied Cameron to school to meet with teachers and figure out what was needed to put a high school diploma in his hand.

As we moved from room to room, the list kept getting longer. I was starting to believe that even though my son had been going to school, it was for some other reason than to obtain knowledge.

List in hand we went home and the law was laid down: “You will do nothing but work on what has to be done to get a diploma.”

In the six months leading up to his point, all heck had broken loose. The second Cameron turned 18 he packed his car and moved in with another senior friend and I began a morning ritual of going to their house and pounding on the door because school had called and Cameron was a no-show.

Needless to say, those few months were filled with frustration, anger and bewilderment that my child could make so many bad choices, some more than once.

He moved back home and then a different mantra began. It seemed all I kept saying was, “All you do is eat and sleep. Get up and do something — anything!” There was little we agreed on and more contention than ever.

Delphos mayor thanks local voters
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 PM


To the citizens of Delphos

I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported the ¼% income tax issue on May 6. The monies raised will be used to support our parks, and in turn, will free up monies for other essential services for our city.

The passing of the income tax and the good news we received on the Lakeview Farms expansion means the city finances will improve but it will take some time to get us back to where we need to be.

Turning the tide of drug abuse in our communities
Written by Rob Portman   
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM




Over the past few weeks, I traveled across our state, visiting with small business owners, steel workers, and students to hear their views on the challenges facing our communities. While they often spoke about how to create more jobs, bring down the cost of healthcare, and get our economy moving again, there was one issue that was on a lot of people’s minds—illegal drug use and how to prevent and treat it, especially in the wake of a heroin epidemic that is taking the lives of four Ohioans every day.

I have been involved in this issue for more than twenty years. In 1995, I joined with leaders from across southwest Ohio to form the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. I served as chair of the coalition for nine years, and I’ve taken the knowledge I’ve gained from that experience to author half a dozen laws that marshal resources and channel them towards proven approaches in drug prevention and treatment.

Well done, Chrisley
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

Many of us have friends that represent different aspects of ourselves. Some are a compliment to our own way of thinking and some have the opposite or contrary opinion.

I find that my best friend is a little of both. How boring would it be if you always agreed with one another? We have argued and told each other we are silly or stupid or closed-minded and yet still have remained fast friends. She has been my friend for more years than we care to count because then we would realize how old we are.

We often get together on Saturday afternoons for a movie. We talk about things that have happened to us during the week, the people we have come in contact with and those we share a mutual relationship with.

So now we have found a new obsession. I can’t explain it and I won’t even try.

“Chrisley Knows Best.” Last Saturday we re-watched the first three episodes and enjoyed them just as much as the first time.

If you haven’t seen it, the first season finale is already here and gone so you’ll have to catch reruns. The new reality show on USA is about Todd Chrisley, a self-made multi-millionaire and his family: a wife, five children and two grandchildren and his mother who lives with a woman she took in because she needed a place to stay.

I know, I know. I Googled him, too! Gasp! All is not what it appears on a “reality” TV show. I don’t care. I love to listen to him talk. He has fun Todd-isms and his parenting skills are off the hook. He does not play around.

His oldest two children, a daughter and son, no longer live in the Chrisley household. The daughter married without her parents’ blessing and the son got into trouble with a married woman, was sent away to do missionary work, returned and now has a daughter of his own. He lives with Todd’s mother (70) and her friend (80).

Let me lay out a few of my favorite scenes. Scene 1: Todd has asked the children to put away their cell phones for a weekend celebration of his mother’s birthday. As you can imagine, they act like he wants to cut their arms off! The middle boy sneaks his phone on the boat and when Todd finds it, he looks at the screen, says, “Hey, you’ve got five missed calls,” and throws it at his son who is in the lake swimming. Bye, bye phone.

Congressman requests hearing on Redskins name
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of Congress is requesting a hearing on the Washington Redskins’ name, calling it “another example of racial insensitivity in sports” in the wake of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., sent a letter Friday to the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce citing the derogatory nature of the word “redskins” and suggesting the committee use its influence to persuade team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL to change the name.