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The 2019 Liberty Center High School Homecoming Court includes (front row, from left) Calla Oelkrug, freshman attendant; Malia Murrey, senior attendant; Meredith Zeiter, queen; Madison Perry, junior attendant; Hannah Wachtman, sophomore attendant; (back row, from left) Matthew Orr, freshman escort; Aaron Shafer, senior escort; Alex Righi, queen’s escort; Max Phillips, junior attendant; and Dakota Shultz, sophomore attendant. Not pictured are crown bearer Meg Hill and ball bearer Drew Sharpe.

Sunday crash claimed two lives

FLATROCK TOWNSHIP — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported a Sunday morning accident claimed the life of two individuals.

A press release issued by Sheriff Michael Bodenbender stated deputies responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of state routes 281 and 108 at 10:59 a.m. Upon arrival, it was reported emergency personnel found the operators of both vehicles were deceased.

The sheriff’s office reported the individuals were identified as Benjamin C. Illiff, 18, of Holgate, and Joseph J.W. Hunt, 29, of Rising Sun, Ohio. It was reported no other individuals were involved in the accident, which remains under investigation.

The intersection was shut down for approximately two and a half hours. Deputies were assisted by Holgate Fire and Rescue, Henry County South Joint Ambulance District and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

(Information courtesy of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.)

Area walk-off inmate in custody

OTTAWA — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported a recent walk-off inmate has been located and taken into custody Sunday.

The office reported David J. Cole, 48, failed to report back to the Putnam County Adult Detention Facility Sept. 17 following his court-ordered work release from an employer in Leipsic.

Cole is currently being held at Putnam County Adult Detention Facility, awaiting a court appearance.

(Information courtesy of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.)

Trump visits 2 key states with leaders of India, Australia

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump’s run-up to the U.N. General Assembly was a dash on Sunday through two key political states with two world leaders at events that felt like his raucous campaign rallies.

In Wapakoneta, Ohio, Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited a recycled paper factory being opened by Anthony Pratt, an Australian businessman who is investing billions of dollars in the United States to create thousands of manufacturing jobs. Ohioans crowded into a hot factory chanted “U.S.A. U.S.A” when Trump talked about products emblazoned with the words “Made in America.”

“This great state of Ohio is open for business,” Trump told the cheering crowd at a new Pratt Industries plant still under construction.

“If it wasn’t for your presidency, this mill would not be here today,” Pratt said, praising the Trump administration’s economic and tax policies.

Earlier, in Texas, Trump joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the growth of U.S. exports to India and billions of dollars spent by India on U.S. defense equipment. Neither mentioned trade tensions. Deafening drums marked the entrance of Trump and Modi as they clasped hands and walked across the stage in a packed Texas stadium, sending a message of unity between the world’s two largest democracies.

The president also discussed border security, an important campaign issue for Texas, which shares a border with Mexico.

“We are taking unprecedented action to secure our southern border and stop illegal immigration,” Trump said.

About 50,000 Indian Americans attended the “Howdy Modi!” rally in Houston, where the crowd chanted “Modi! Modi! Modi!” as he took the stage to introduce Trump as “my friend, a friend of India, a great American president.”

Modi even used Trump’s political slogan to say the president had a strong resolve to “make America great again.”

“When I met him for the first time, he said to me ‘India has a true friend in the White House,’” Modi said. “Mr. President, this morning in Houston, you can hear the heartbeat of this great partnership in this celebration of the world’s two largest democracies.”

The event had the feel of one of Trump’s campaign rallies, complete with a packed venue and a roaring crowd, and Trump treated it that way at times.

He ticked off his accomplishments in office, highlighted a drop in the unemployment rate among Indian Americans and extolled their contributions to the U.S. as he pitched for their vote in a traditionally Republican state that Democrats have visions of pulling into their column next year.

Trump said Modi invited him to the rally — one of the largest U.S. gatherings of the Indian diaspora in history — when they met last month in France, and Trump seemed to explain his decision to attend by saying “I love India.”

Earlier this year, Modi won the biggest reelection India has seen in years and his support for Trump could help the president at the polls next year. The two are to meet Tuesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Trump is also scheduled to meet this week with Pakistani leader Imran Khan, who recently solicited the president’s help mediating the Pakistan-India conflict over Kashmir. India’s government has stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its semi-autonomy and launched a security crackdown last month.

Trump said U.S.-India bonds are expanding despite tensions over India’s trade surplus with the U.S. In June, the U.S. canceled special trade privileges that had allowed India to export certain goods with lower tariffs. India responded by slapping tariffs on more than two dozen U.S. goods.

The U.S. and India are discussing ways to negotiate at least a partial trade deal, which would let the president score a victory as he campaigns for reelection in November 2020. A partial deal could include Washington reinstating India’s special tariff status in exchange for concessions related to access to Indian markets, possibly in dairy and medical devices. Other issues are thwarting efforts to sign a larger trade deal.

In an address in Hindi to “my family,” Modi briefly mentioned the trade talks and expressed hope that an announcement can be made while he and Trump participate in the U.N. gathering.

Modi said that while Trump has called himself a “tough negotiator,” he has learned a few things from Trump about the art of making deals. After the speeches, Modi asked Trump to walk hand-in-hand around the perimeter of the stadium floor, looking up to the stands of cheering fans.

In Texas, Trump also was briefed on recent storm flooding in the southeastern part of the state when he stopped at a nearby U.S. Coast Guard station.

Hundreds of homes and other buildings across a region extending eastward from Houston and across the Louisiana border were damaged by Imelda, as the one-time tropical storm slowly churned across the Gulf region, dumping more than 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

Authorities blame the storm for at least five deaths.

Trump will spend most of the week in New York participating in the U.N. General Assembly .


Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

Deshler's Art on Main Street returns Saturday

WHAT: 3rd Annual Art on Main Street.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28.

WHERE: Sager Motor Sales building, 139 E. Main St., Deshler.

DETAILS: The event showcases the talents of local residents and students of Patrick Henry Local Schools.

Starting at 6 p.m., the Art on Main show will begin. Tables and chairs will be located in the open area west of Sager Motor Sales, where music and snacks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. All local artists are welcome to bring their artwork, which can include, but is not limited to, paintings, sketches, pottery, needlepoint, photography, refurbished furniture.

“It is amazing how many people from our area are creative and it is fun to see all the different creative forms of art,” said Hope Yarnell. “Some people do it as a career and some do it in their free time.”

A bucket raffle will be held to benefit the Deshler Community Center Food Pantry. Also, the Ohio State vs Nebraska football game will be broadcast on a big-screen TV that evening in the open lot west of Sager’s showroom.

Yarnell noted no artwork will be sold at the event, but it can be a networking opportunity.

Artwork can be dropped off at Sager’s starting today through Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., plus Thursday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. The artwork will be displayed from Saturday through Oct. 3, but artists will need to pick up their pieces by Oct. 3.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The rain location, if needed, will be the Deshler Fire Department.

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays Wednesday morning.

State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the bear and catch it in a large net when it fell out of the tree.

Jolley said the brown-colored black bear was placed in a trap in the bed of a pickup truck and driven to the Wasatch Mountains, where it was released. Pictures show him jumping out of the truck and running away.

Jolley says it is unusual for a bear to be roaming city streets that are several miles away from mountains east of the city where wildlife biologists think it came from.