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With roughly two weeks left until
Selection Sunday, college basketball
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Agents stop destructive
beetle at CVG
Customs agents at Cincinnati/
Northern Kentucky International
Airport found a khapra beetle in a
passenger’s luggage earlier this
month. The beetle can damage or
destroy tons of grain if it establishes
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Statue will honor Johnny Bench
Artwork of former Reds superstar
to be unveiled at ballpark this year
By John Erardi
[email protected]
The man widely regarded as
baseball’s greatest catcher ever will
begin receiving visitors at Great
American Ball Park later this season.
A bronze statue of Johnny
Bench, currently in miniature clay
model form, will be unveiled in
front of the Reds Hall of Fame and
Museum on Sept. 17.
The statue of Bench, one of the
stars of the Big Red Machine, will
feature him in a throwing motion toward an imaginary second base.
Throwing out would-be base stealers is the skill for which he was most
renowned, although it was only one
of his many skills.
“He was a great hitter,” said
sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, “but he is
known as baseball’s greatest catchSee BENCH, Page A13
Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya works with a clay model of the Johnny Bench
sculpture to be erected at Great American Ball Park.
‘The water was so swift it just took the buggy and tipped it over’
Four Amish children die
in DC
Joins governors
at White House
By Elizabeth Bewley
Gannett Washington Bureau
Associated Press/Stephen Lance Dennee
Seven children and two adults were riding in this buggy when it overturned in the dark in a rain-swollen creek. Four of the children were swept
away and their bodies were recovered by searchers.
Rain turned small creek into a furious flood
By Bruce Schreiner
and Kristin M. Hall
Associated Press
MAYFIELD, Ky. – A horsedrawn buggy carrying an Amish
family toppled in a rain-swollen
creek in rural Kentucky, killing four
children who were swept away in the
swift-moving water, authorities said
The group was traveling in a
downpour in the dark about 8:30
p.m. Thursday CST when the buggy
flipped just a mile from their house.
The creek is normally a trickle, but
often floods during heavy rains.
Those killed were a 5-month-old;
a 5-year-old; a 7-year-old and an 11year-old girl. Three of the children
were siblings and one was a cousin.
Two adults and three other children escaped. The horse that was
pulling the buggy also survived.
The father of the 11-year-old girl
killed said the family had traveled a
few miles to his house to use an Amish community phone. Afterward,
the families shared supper before
Emanuel Wagler, 29, and his family
started for home.
“That’s the main reason they
came out,” Samuel Wagler said. “To
call my dad.”
Associated Press/Stephen Lance Dennee
The body of an 11-year-old girl, the last of the four to be recovered, is
placed in a boat in Roscoe Creek Friday.
The two brothers call their father
in Missouri every couple of months.
Samuel Wagler’s daughter, Elizabeth, planned to spend the night
with her cousins and joined them for
the ride home to his brother’s farm,
he said.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne
Redmon, who had headed up the
search effort, told reporters he had
not interviewed family members.
“We’re trying to give the family
some time by themselves right now
to grieve,” Redmon said. “There’s no
doubt that this was just a terrible accident.”
The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the
county, said meteorologist Rachel
The warning had gone out about
an hour before the buggy overturned, after storms had already
dropped heavy rain, she said. Trevino said it was possible the family,
which likely eschewed electricity,
had not heard about it.
The uncle of the 11-year-old girl
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Business ......................B1
Comics ........................E4
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Homestyle ....................E1
Lotteries ......................A2
Movies .........................E5
Obituaries .................C6-7
Opinions ....................A15
Puzzles ........................E8
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went to help search after the buggy
flipped, and the creek was flowing
with waist-high water.
“She was just an all-around good
girl,” a shaken Levi Yoder, 30, said of
his niece.
Three bodies were discovered
shortly after midnight, with search
teams using floodlights and fourwheelers to comb the area. The 11year-old girl’s body was discovered
about 9:45 a.m. Friday.
The tattered, covered black buggy sat beside the creek in a cornfield.
Its wheels were mud-caked and
slightly buried in the thick brown
soup. Part of the buggy’s side had
peeled away. A red blanket hung out
the cabin door.
The family had been traveling in
the farming community of Dublin,
heavily populated with Amish, in far
western Kentucky.
The creek flows through farmland along a narrow, paved road.
“Whenever they crossed it, the
water was so swift it just took the
buggy and tipped it over,” Redmon
The Amish community in and
around Dublin is conservative and
private, said Teresa Cantrell, mayor
Steve Beshear and 13 other
Democratic governors met
Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other
administration officials
Friday at the
White House
to talk about
jobs and the
rain Beshear
spattered his
suit on the White House lawn,
Beshear told reporters the
meeting was “very productive.”
“The governors got together because we’re concerned
about job creation in our
states,” he said. “That is the
No. 1 priority of every Kentuckian, is to have a job.”
Part of that job-creation effort, Beshear said, should involve increasing small businesses’ access to loans.
“A lot of our businesses are
ready to expand and grow and
to create more jobs but they
can’t get a loan” despite having good credit histories, he
said. “They need to be able to
expand and grow by making
Securing long-term federal
funding for highways and
transit systems is also crucial,
he said.
“We talked about getting a
transportation reauthorization act passed, because building roads, building bridges,
doing the kinds of things to invest in our infrastructure not
only is going to help us in the
future but it’s going to put people to work,” Beshear said.
Local authorities have
urged federal funding for
highway projects such as rebuilding the Brent Spence
Bridge, which connects Cin-
up to
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