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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - March 21, 2008, Indiana, Pennsylvania The IndianaGazette 24 pages — 2 sections 50 cents Vol. 104 — No. 209 www. indianagazette. com Who’s in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about these area people: Heidi and Jon Higbee, Bill and Shirley Lloyd, Edna Allen. Snow is likely tonight, accumulating 3 to 5 inches with an overnight low of 28. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and a high of 35./ Page 2 Obituaries on Page 4 BALLAS, Ryan A., 33, Altoona GARLAND, George K., 72, Indiana, formerly of Bolivar JOHNSON, Gregory F., 57, Elderton McNAMARA, Patrick J., 79 PEER, Louise M., 92, Indiana, formerly of New Florence STEPHENS, Gerald F., 93, Buffington Township, Indiana County SIEVERS, Edward R., 79, Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Dilltown TREESE, Bryan E. “ Bud” Sr., 59, Alverda WINEBARK, Joann, 73, Rossiter Late death FISHER, Maxine Flo, 74, Moyock, N. C., formerly of Elderton Deaths Georgette Johnston, of Penn Run, is this week’s winner in the Gazette’s Home Improvement Sweepstakes. She will receive $ 100 in “ home improvement bucks” to spend with local merchants sponsoring the contest. There are seven more chances to win. See Tuesday’s Gazette and Sunday’s Leisure for contest rules and an entry form. Sweepstakes winner Index Classifieds...................... 18– 24 Dear Abby ............................ 18 Entertainment....................... 9 Family................................... 10 Lottery numbers ................... 2 Sports ............................. 13– 17 Today in History.................. 18 TV- Comics ............................. 8 Viewpoint .............................. 6 21 Friday Weather Newspaper contents copyright © 2008 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pa. This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper. Please recycle. Inside STINGRAY DEATH: A 75- pound stingray killed a woman Thursday when it flew out of the water and struck her in the face as she rode a boat in the Florida Keys./ Page 11 PATERNO GOES UNDER SCOPE: A fall class at Penn State will examine Joe Paterno’s interaction with the media and his role as a communicator./ Page 13 NO SCHOOL NEWS: No columns this week as the writers are on Easter break. Teddy “ History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up.” Anonymous Faithful gather on Good Friday Police add weapon to catch speeders State Dept. probes breach of Obama’s passport file Judge OKs proposal for new voting district Two Great Chefs: Easter Buffet... 11: 00- 3: 00. ( 724) 349- 4900 Under 21 Dance At Wolfies Sunday March 23rd 7 p. m.- 11 p. m. Yarnick’s Farm Open! ( 724) 349- 3904 Meet Jess From “ Rock Of Love”. In Person, Live At Wolfies Tonight! Strike Zone Tonight; DJ Brian 9: 30- 1: 30 Open Requests. The Coventry Inn! Open Easter Weekend... Dinners, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Reservations, 724- 463- 0776... Home Made Restaurant Friday; Great Fish Specials. Saturday Chicken And Dumplings, Closed Easter Looking For An Internet Sunday. Service, Call Your Inter. net For Special Pricing, ( 724) 463- 0105. Celebrate Easter Sunday, Grace Church, 9 a. m. And 11 a. m. Easter Flowers, Trees And Shrubs. Musser Garden Center... ( 724) 465- 5684 Easter Gifts: The Woods Spa. ( 724) 349- 2192. Hi Speed Internet... Call ( 724) 465- 8100 www. indianalocal. net Affordable Interiors All Types Of Floorcovering On Sale. Special Financing Available. Call ( 724) 349- 8821 Brownie’s Easter... Prime Rib ( 724) 726- 8102 Advertising Your Business In The Indiana Gazette Gets Results. ( 724) 465- 5555 Experts predict regional flooding La Niña pattern creates wet cycle By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID AP Science Writer WASHINGTON — Government forecasters said Thursday that the floods washing over large parts of the Midwest are just a taste of things to come, with one meteorologist complaining about a jet stream “ on steroids.” Record rainfall and melting snow packs will continue to cause rivers to overflow in large areas of the country, the National Weather Service said. The greatest flooding danger includes much of the Mississippi River basin, the Ohio River basin, the lower Missouri River basin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York, all of New England and portions of the West, including Colorado and Idaho. “ Overall moisture is unprecedented for this time of year over an area that extends over 1,000 miles,” said Doug LeComte, a meteorologist at the government’s Climate Prediction Center. Joanna Dionne, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Hydrologic Services section, added that “ all the ingredients are there for flooding in this broad area and up into the Northeast.” Continued on Page 12 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a snow advisory, which is in effect from midnight today to 9 a. m. Saturday. Indiana, Armstrong and Jefferson counties are included in the advisory area. Snow is expected to move into the area later this evening and continue overnight with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches likely by Saturday morning. A snow advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. The weather service urged motorists to be prepared for snow- covered roads and limited visibility and to use caution while driving. Snowstorm on the way PAGE 7 ¡ New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has endorsed Obama for president. ¡ Hillary Rodham Clinton upped the tempo of her campaign fundraising and spending last month, only to be eclipsed by her rival. TOM PEEL/ Gazette AUTHOR AND TEACHER Bobbie Yagel spoke on “ How to Have a Really Good, Good Friday” at this morning’s 52nd annual Good Friday Community Breakfast at Rustic Lodge, sponsored by the YMCA of Indiana County. By RANDY WELLS Gazette Staff Writer Author and teacher Bobbi Yagel asked guests at this morning’s 52nd annual Indiana County YMCA Good Friday breakfast to share the images they have of where they are and where Christ is when they pray. Several participants described what Yagel called “ beautiful pictures.” But the Bible’s book of Colossians, she said, gives the answer to where Christ is. “ Christ in you — the hope of glory,” are the seven words she asked everyone to take home with them this Easter weekend. “ Where is Christ? Christ is in you,” she told the 275 people gathered for the breakfast’s fellowship, scripture, music and inspirational message. “ I want that to become something real in your life. … You can call on Christ — to do through you.” Mediocre golfers, she also said, might wish to have Tiger Woods as their personal coach. “ Think how good it would have been if Tiger Woods lived in you,” and how much improved your golf game would become, she said. “ You don’t need Tiger, but you need the Lord to live in you.” Yagel, 76, was born in Virginia and moved to Indiana in 1972 when her husband, Myron, accepted a position to teach special education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was in Indiana only a month before she was asked to lead a Bible study, something she had never done before. For the next 13 years Yagel taught the Wednesday Morning Ladies Bible Study at Graystone Presbyterian Church in Indiana. She wrote a Bible study guide, Building Better Relationships, for Aglow International. Continued on Page 12 By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON — The State Department says it is trying to determine whether three contract workers had a political motive for looking at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s passport file. Two of the employees were fired for the security breach and the third was disciplined but is still working, the department said Thursday night. It would not release the names of those who were fired and disciplined or the names of the two companies for which they worked. The department’s inspector general is investigating. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that for now it appears that nothing other than “ imprudent curiosity” was involved in three separate breaches of the Illinois senator’s personal information, “ but we are taking steps to reassure ourselves that that is, in fact, the case.” Continued on Page 12 By RANDY WELLS Gazette Staff Writer HOMER CITY — Homer City police officers today will tap a new technology in their efforts to reduce speeding at an intersection where three people died in crashes during a little more than 2 months last year. Police Chief Louis Sacco said his department will begin using ENRADD, an electronic, non- RADAR system that measures a vehicle’s speed as it passes through and breaks two sensor beams directed across a road’s surface. Continued on Page 12 By RANDY WELLS Gazette Staff Writer No one raised objections Wednesday at a brief court hearing to the proposal to split the White Township 3/ 1 voting precinct in two, creating a new precinct that will be called White 3/ 3. Indiana County President Judge William Martin issued an order of court granting the petition from the Indiana County commissioners to form the new precinct. Commission chairman Rodney Ruddock said the board will formally create the new precinct at Wednesday’s meeting. That will raise the number of voting precincts in the county to 69. The commissioners and the Indiana County Election Board proposed creating the new precinct because of crowded conditions and long waiting lines in recent elections in the White 3/ 1 precinct. The reconfigured White 3/ 1 precinct will have 1,348 registered voters and the new White 3/ 3 precinct will have 1,198 registered voters. Ben Franklin Road will be the line separating White 3/ 1 from the new White 3/ 3. Residents of White 3- 1, west of Ben Franklin Road, will continue to vote in Calvary Evangelical Free Church, and residents of the new White 3- 3 precinct, east of Ben Franklin Road, will vote in the Indiana Roller Rink along Shelley Drive. Indiana County Chief Registrar Donna Hoover said this is the only time she can recall during her 23 years in the county’s voter registration office that an Indiana County precinct has been split to create a new precinct. The opposite happened in 1988, when eight precincts — two each in Grant, Rayne and White townships and Indiana Borough — were consolidated into four precincts, Hoover said. MARCH SADNESS MATT SAYLES/ Associated Press CORNELL COACH Steve Donahue, right, and the team’s unofficial mascot, Big Red Bear, took the same position on the floor during the first half of their first- round basketball game Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. Stanford routed Cornell 77- 53. Find all your NCAA tournament coverage starting on Page 13 .