NFL: Imperfect weather for Browns’ perfect parade

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — The weather conditions will be suitably brutal. Like the Cleveland Browns’ season. Despite temperatures forecast in the single digits, thousands of disillusioned fans are expected to attend a parade today to commemorate — and protest —...

NFL: Steelers overcome distractions

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — If Cam Heyward’s being honest, he’s lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise. The weeks would pass and something that had nothing to do wi...

NFL: Raiders expected to announce Gruden as coach Tuesday

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders never really recovered from the decision to trade Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay 16 years ago. There was a Super Bowl trip the following season when Oakland lost to Gruden’s Buccaneers and another playoff...

College football: Can Smart outfox Saban?

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA — When Kirby Smart returned to his alma mater, he already had a pretty good template for success. He might as well have been wearing a wrist band with the letters “WWND.” What Would Nick Do? In just two short years, Smart has taken...

Walk the walk with fitness ministry

By BRENNA GRITEMAN LIFE EDITOR Your usual excuses for putting off exercise — “gym-timidation,” or lack of time, resources or suitable weather conditions — are no longer valid. For that you have Karin Johnson and the Walk 15 program to thank. Based on...

Church and Religious Events

Concordia Lutheran Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will host the Rev. James Fundum, admissions counselor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach the 9 a.m. adult Bible class and the 10:15 worship service Sunday, when he will preach on...

Girl Scouts kick off new century of cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio kicked off their 101st year of cookie sales Friday. Eight types of cookies can be ordered from local Girl Scouts this year, including S’mores, the most popular flavor to launch in the organization’s history of selling cookies. Other...

Letters to the Editor 01-06-18

WRITER BRUSHED ASIDE MISSTEPS One cannot be overly surprised that Gerald Leguire (letter, Jan. 3) feels annoyed by the #MeToo movement, or that he feels they are “self-styled victims.” One only has to look back on his body of work to see that he is fervently opposed...

Thumbs

DOWN: Since the November defeat of a sales tax issue that would have financed needed repairs and maintenance at the Hancock County jail, and helped address the continuing overcrowding at the jail, there has been little public dialogue about what to do now. The situation...

Jekot Scores 21, No. 21 Villanova Women Beat Xavier 75-57

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kelly Jekot scored 10 of her 21 points in the decisive third quarter and Megan Quinn finished with 10 points to help the No. 21 Villanova women beat Xavier 75-57 on Friday night. Jekot hit three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. Alex...