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Friday, 29 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day as it is Friday and the holiday weekend will start up this evening.  There will be people out travelling so please drive safely, also the police will be out patrolling more as well.  What fun plans do you have for Labor Day weekend?  Not sure what we will be doing as of yet.

It is cool out with a light wind out and our temperature is  60 degrees with the humidity of 87% at 6:30am.  There are a few clouds up in the sky but it is mostly clear with the stars shining bright out there.  There are no school delays for today.

We have our Euchre players coming in around 1 o'clock today to have their card game.

A reminder again we will NOT be open on Monday, September 1, 2014, due to it being Labor Day.  We will re-open on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 for regular business hours.

Also a little note that there will not be any blog for next week as well.  I will be on vacation but will return the week after.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Kendallville Public Library offers building readers program.  Parents can set reading goals and keep themselves and their children accountable for reading daily through the Kendallville Public Library’s Building Readers program.

This program offers parents a simple calendar to track their children’s reading each month and includes activities to make reading fun.


To participate, parents can pick up a calendar at the library or the Limberlost Public Library in Rome City. After getting a calendar, parents should read to their children or encourage independent reading for 20 minutes each day.

Activities can be completed, and the reading and activities can be recorded on the calendar.

When parents complete the calendar, it can be returned to the one of the libraries for a prize.   Reported by KPC News

In LaOtto, tractor pulls to benefit Riley Kids.  A tractor pull to benefit Camp Riley is planned Saturday, Aug. 30 at LaOtto Community Park.

Weigh-in will be at 8 a.m. with the pull beginning at 10 a.m.


Division I includes up to 7,500 weight with 16-inch maximum drawbar. Must be 100 percent stock. No hanging weights, 3 mph speed limit.

Division II includes 18-inch maximum drawbar, hanging weights allowed, 3.5 mph speed limit.

Cost is $10 per hook.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Riley’s Children’s Foundation to help send local physically-disabled kids go to Camp Riley.

Members of the Cedar Creek Antique Engine and Tractor Association are organizing the event.

For more information contact Dawn Aschleman at 925-2060; Max Trubey at 927-7930 or Chuck Arnett at 337-5031 or 260-267-8101.   Reported by KPC News

Today and the weekend's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 69°

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.



Hi: 83°

Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Lo: 68°

Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely through midnight...then chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall through midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.



Hi: 82°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 69°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.



Hi: 82°

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Lo: 66°

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend and week!




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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and it is getting closer to the holiday weekend.  Just remember to watch your speed while your out and about as there will be police out enforce to make sure everyone stays safe.  It was a bit cool this morning with the temperature of 59 and the humidity of  96% at 7:40am.  There are no delays for the schools today.  I will try to get those delays posted when I see them come in.

Today we have Annette with SHIP.

Lets see what's going on in the news.   Community-wide garage sale starts Friday.  A communitywide garage sale in Kendallville begins today and continues through Sunday.

Residents are encouraged to join by selling their goods from their homes, garages and yards.


The Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce is taking addresses to create a list for free online promotion of sales. People may call the chamber at 347-1554 today and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Reported by KPC News

Also the popcorn stand  will be open for final weekend.  This will be the final weekend for the city’s downtown popcorn stand.

Kendallville Lions Club members will be selling popcorn from the drive-up stand at Main and William streets from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.  Reported by KPC News

Marshmallow Festival brings fun to all to Ligonier.  The Marshmallow Festival in Ligonier is just days away. This year’s festival, which starts Friday and has activities lasting through Monday, has the theme “Marshmallow Legends.”

A few local legends have been illustrated by Gran Roberts of Albion and formerly of Ligonier on shirts, which can be found at the festival. Roberts included Happy the Marshmallow, the clock at Triangle Park, Glen Steele and Mary Schlotterback.



Steele, a West Noble graduate, was an All-American defensive end for the University of Michigan and played for the team when it was the undefeated national champion in 1997. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for them for six years.

Schlotterback operated Schlotterback’s Grocery for 67 years until she retired in 1989. Many Ligonier locals have fond memories of her sweeping the sidewalk in front of her store, the penny candies she sold and her world-famous pretzel rods.

Expect to see even more “Marshmallow Legends” at the Grand Parade on Monday at 2 p.m.

New activities this year

Show off your singing chops by taking part in the open mic and karaoke throughout the day on Sunday. Then on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, decide who is the best at the karaoke contest on the main stage.

The Marshmallow Man will be available for photos at the gazebo next to the fire station on Saturday and Sunday from noon-1 p.m.

New musical acts this year include the Junk Yard Band on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Allie Shermetaro on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Old favorites return

Most favorites will return this year. Fireworks will be held at dusk on Friday at Kenny Park.

The car show will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street. Registration will be from 8-10 a.m. at the corner of Union and Main streets. A motorcycle show will be held Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

The Strongman Competition is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lake City Bank drive through parking lot.

Food for everyone

The free marshmallow roast, one of the largest in the country, will be held fron 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Kenny Park.

Show off your baking expertise at the marshmallow bake-off at noon on Saturday at the Ligonier Fire Station. Entries will be accepted from 11:30-11:59 a.m.

Pizza lovers be advised: The pizza eating contest will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the gazebo next to the Fire Station. Preregistration is required by 5 p.m. on Friday at the Cavin Street Pizzaria. The cost is $5 per person.

A free-will donation pancake and sausage breakfast, sponsored by the Ligonier Lions Club, will run from 7-10 a.m. on Monday at Gazebo Park.

Grand marshals usually have basketball on their mind

This year’s grand marshals for the Ligonier Marshmallow Festival can usually be found on the basketball court. West Noble boys basketball coach Jim Best and girls basketball coach Dale Marano will be honored for their success on the court for the 2013-14 basketball season.

Best led his team to a sectional final and an 18-6 season. The Chargers were 8-2 in conference play, a record only beat by Westview and Prairie Heights.

Marano led the Lady Chargers to a 6-4 conference record and 11-10 overall record.

For more information, visit   Reported by Kassie Barroquillo  KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 78°

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 63°

Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.






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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It is still a bit humid outside but not like the last couple of days.  Our temperature this morning is at 65 degrees with the humidity of 95% at 7:37am.  We are at the middle of the week already and September is getting closer.  Do you have any plans coming up for Labor Day weekend?

We will not be open on Monday, September 1, 2014 for Labor Day.  We will open back up Tuesday, September 2,2014 for regular business.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  The Bluegrass Festivals opens Thursday.  For 24 years, the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association has brought America’s truly original music to Kendallville with the Tri-State Bluegrass Festivals over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends at the Noble County Fairgrounds.

On Thursday, the 24th Fall Tri-State Bluegrass Festival opens and continues through Sunday, featuring more than 30 hours of bluegrass music on stage by national and regional bluegrass bands.


Once again, festival organizers have the local community in mind with free admission Thursday.

“It’s a way to thank the community for having us and supporting us,” said Jim Winger, association president, who has led the association since the first festival at the fairgrounds in May 1990.

“We had explored several locations in Indiana and southern Michigan when Linda (association secretary-treasurer and Winger’s wife) and I met Ross Jett,” said Winger.

Jett, a longtime member of the Noble County Community Fair board of directors, died in 2009. He told the Wingers they could rent the fairgrounds for the festival.

“He had no idea who we were or who the club was, but we shook hands and we have never left,” Winger recalled.

The first fairgrounds festival was held Friday through Sunday in May 1990.

“It rained that Friday. We had no tent, only the activities pavilion,” Winger said. “Ross told us to use the show arena (beef and dairy). With a lot of volunteers, we moved the sound and set it on a hay wagon with bales of straw around it. Ross saved the day.”

Before the association came to Kendallville, the festival was held at Baughman’s Happy Acres campground near Melrose, Ohio, and before that at two locations near Angola. Winger said the fairgrounds, with its shade trees, parking and buildings, is popular with festivalgoers.

Many of the regular festival attendees arrive a week or two before the festival opens to set up camp at their favorite locations. They visit area tourist attractions such as Shipshewana and stop by, for example, local garage sales during the week.

Eleven bands from seven states will perform Thursday from 6:30-9:50 p.m.; Friday from 6:15-10:25 p.m.; Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 10:15 p.m. Among the bands scheduled are: New Mountain Heritage, Diamond Hill Station, Out of the Blue, Cumberland Gap Connection, the Missy Werner Band, Bull Harman and Bull’s Eye, Kentucky Blue and Trinity River.

A weekend pass is $30, with camping included. Daily admission is $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

The festival is known as the Midwest’s biggest parking-lot pickin’ festival. Organizers encourage festivalgoers to wander in the camping area and stop to enjoy impromptu campfire jams. Musicians are welcome to join in.

There will be vendors offering, food, musical instruments, accessories, recordings and souvenirs.

Kids’ Korner is 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, with various projects and activities in the fairgrounds’ Mini 4-H Barn.

A band scramble — like a battle of the bands — is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. Saturday with a $250 first prize. Participants will be drawn at random by what instrument they play and placed into a band to perform three songs. Each band will have about 45 minutes to practice prior to performing on stage.

“Our priority is to provide a diverse and exciting cultural event, which appeals to all acoustic music fans, young and old,” Winger said.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 80°

Partly cloudy. Highs around 80. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 60°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.



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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and make sure you take your umbrella's with you just in case it does rain.  They say we have like a 40% chance but I will just wait and see.  Our temperature this morning is 68 degrees with the humidity of 98% at 8:24am.  It is sticky out there to me it doesn't really feel cool to be in the 60's.

Today we have our Bridge players coming in around 1ish to have their card game.

Also is the trip to the Limberlost Golf Club for some golf.

Lets see what's going on in the news.   Budget hearings scheduled for school board meeting.  Public hearings on the advertised 2015-2016 East Noble School Corporation budget, bus replacement plan and capital projects fund plan will be held Wednesday night during the school board meeting.

The advertised budget of $34.8 million has a general fund estimate of $23.8 million, with a debt service fund of $5.5 million, a capital projects fund of $3.1 million, a school transportation fund of $1.8 million and a bus replacement fund of $578,878. The state controls the general fund.


East Noble plans to replace five of its 55 buses in 2015.

For the proposed three-year capital projects plan, the school corporation estimates $4.5 million raised through property tax revenue and $195,268 raised through other taxes for a total of $4.7 million for 2015.

Proposed expenditures in the plan include: $600,000 for the boiler, chiller and roof for the high school; $400,000 for a new Avilla Elementary School roof; $1 million for future projects; $200,000 for professional services; and $1.1 million for technology and instruction related technology. The plan calls for $1 million raised in 2016 for the boiler, chiller and roof at the high school and another $600,000 in 2017.

In other business, East Noble Superintendent Ann Linson is expected to update the board on the start of the new school year.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the school corporation’s central office building at 126 W. Rush St.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 87°

Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Heat Index readings 95 to 100.

Lo: 66°

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. North winds around 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.



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Monday, 25 August 2014

One of our NTS Riders Katherine Marie Mullen of Avilla and formerly of Kendallville has passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the young age of 84 years.  She was born in Kendallville, Indiana on May 15, 1930, to the late Ralph Claude Becker and Miriam Warble Becker, and baptized in the First Evangelical Church in 1931.

The oldest of 10 children, Katherine attended Wayne Center through the 8th grade, and graduated from Kendallville High School in 1948.  She completed one year of nursing school and then worked at Kraft Foods in Kendallville. 
In 1954 Katherine married Hugh Thomas Mullen at Crescent Avenue Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.  She had a son, Craig, from a previous marriage whom Hugh adopted in 1955. They also had a daughter, Marjorie.

Katherine joined St. John Lutheran Church in 1960 and was involved in many church activities and organizations, including Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Altar Guild, and helped create a library at St. John Lutheran School.  Her love of her Lord and her family were very dear to her.  She was also a member of the Tuesday Night Women’s Bowling League.  She loved gardening and shared generously with friends, family and neighbors.  Katherine returned to nursing school and was among the first class in the state to graduate with a Geriatric Technician’s license.  She worked at Lutheran Homes, Inc. for many years and then worked at McCray Memorial Hospital.

Surviving Katherine are her son, Craig Mullen and daughter-in-law, Rose of Larwill; her daughter Marjorie Treff of Bloomington, Indiana; three grandsons, two granddaughters, and eight great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are four sisters: Jannis (Jim) Tuttle of Auburn; Rozanne Becker of Ft. Wayne; Linda and Fred McWhinney of Kendallville; and Victoria L. Becker of Kendallville; and one brother, Ralph and Sandy Becker of Ft. Collins, Colorado; brother-in-law, Alan Simon of Avilla, Indiana; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband Hugh; her parents; and three sisters: Louise Coil, Nancy Simon, and Marjorie E. Rider; and one brother, Richard E. Becker.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later

Hite Funeral Home of Kendallville has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran School library, Sacred Heart Home in Avilla or Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katherine's family and friends.  May our candle burn brightly forever.......


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day today and try to stay inside if possible.  It is supposed to be hot and humid outside today.  Our temperature this morning is at 68 degrees with the humidity of 98% at 7:37am.  It does feel sticky outside at 5:30am this morning when I came into work.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you got to do some fun things.  One week left for the month of August and September will be here.  Sure is going fast and the kids will be in school a month in a couple of weeks.  Where does the time go?

Today we have North Ridge Village coming in around noon to call the numbers for our Bingo players.  Come in a have some fun!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  County seeks best EMS options.  If you live in northeastern Indiana and experience a medical emergency, an EMS ambulance will be sent to provide potentially life-saving care.

The mechanism used to provide ambulance services varies from county to county. Now, DeKalb County officials have begun researching what model they want to use moving forward.


Last week, DeKalb County commissioners said they would be writing specifications to advertise for bids to provide EMS service to their county. Since 1975, that service has been provided by contracting with DeKalb Health hospital, formerly known as DeKalb Memorial Hospital.

DeKalb EMS has been managed by the hospital since its inception, including hiring and salaries of personnel. The county has been under contract with the hospital, but with a financial dispute as a trigger, the county and hospital began work on a new contract.

Because of the contract’s value, potentially more than $150,000 per year, state law says the county will have to open up the service to bidders.

DeKalb County Councilman Rick Ring brings a unique perspective to the issue. He was with DeKalb County’s EMS at the beginning in 1975 and served as the service’s director from 1976-1991.

No longer employed by DeKalb Health, Ring is keeping an open mind but said if all things were equal, he would keep the arrangement with the Auburn-based hospital.

“DeKalb County has had excellent service over these last 38 years,” Ring said. “We’ve kept pace or gone ahead of most of the rest of the state” in terms of quality of care, he added.

Facing financial difficulties across the board, DeKalb County government is looking at all of its available options.

“We have to balance what is economically feasible,” Ring said. “We have to look at all the choices. We have to look at all the options. But public safety has to be the No. 1 priority.”

For potential models, the commissioners don’t have far to look for options.

Steuben County

Since its inception in 1972, EMS services have been run by county government. Started as part of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and staffed mainly by deputies and jailers, the service became its own government department in 1988.

“We are unique that way,” said Vicky Meek, Steuben County’s EMS director. “I know only one or two counties that operate like this.”

Everything from billing to personnel decisions is handled within the department, with Steuben County commissioners having ultimate authority.

“I have to prove it is viable to keep it for budgeting reasons,” Meek said. “It’s always been proven we do well this way.”

In 2013, operating costs for the service were $1.229 million, according to Meek. Revenue totaled $1.33 million. Because the service borrows through bonds for new equipment, the service ends up costing the county somewhere between $200,000 and $250,000 per year, Meek estimated.

“We don’t make a profit, but it’s close,” she said.

Steuben County’s EMS service owns five ambulances, but staffs only two for 24-hour coverage. The ambulance units are based in Angola and Fremont. Fourteen of the 16 full-time EMTs are licensed paramedics. The other two EMTs are considered advanced life support medics.

Noble County

Noble County owns its ambulances and the buildings in Cromwell, Kendallville and Albion where the three units are based.

The service itself is staffed and operated by Parkview Noble Hospital, said Noble County Commissioner Gary Leatherman.

Noble County government provides $150,000 per year from County Economic Development Income Tax money for new ambulances or to partially refurbish ones it currently has. The county also pays approximately $170,000 in supplemental expenses to Parkview to keep the service’s bottom line near the break-even point.

“I don’t have a problem with what Noble County contributes to the EMS,” Leatherman said. “It works very well from what I see.”

Leatherman sees a lot. He is a member of the EMS Advisory Board, which includes a representative from the county council as well as Parkview Noble Hospital’s CEO and Parkview-employed EMS director Tom Shoemaker.

The board meets at least quarterly to discuss detailed information on runs, billing and reimbursement programs from government programs such as Medicare.

“They’re not making money,” Leatherman said. “They’re breaking even on it.”

Along with the three main ambulances, a fourth is stationed in the Wolcottville area during the day.

Commissioner Chad Kline said the EMS units are staffed by a mixture of paramedics and advanced life support EMTs. He said there is always one paramedic on each ambulance.

DeKalb County

Like Noble County, DeKalb County’s EMS services have been operated by a hospital. Direct government oversight has been provided in the form of monthly reports to the county commissioners.

There has been no advisory board such as Noble County’s. As far as Ring is concerned, it’s not needed.

“I think the county commissioners can serve that function quite well,” Ring said.

In each of the last three years, DeKalb County has paid DeKalb Health $225,000 per year in supplemental money. DeKalb County is in the process of purchasing a new ambulance, but has not purchased any in the last three years.

DeKalb County EMS provides 24-hour coverage with ambulances based in Auburn, Garrett and Butler. All of the EMTs on DeKalb County ambulances are paramedics.

The past

Services provided by EMS units have grown by leaps and bounds since then-Gov. Otis Bowen brought the concept to Indiana in the early 1970s.

A former state trooper, Leatherman remembers being at accident scenes waiting for medical help to arrive. Before the EMS, such services were provided by area funeral directors.

Some hearses were equipped with portable oxygen, but the level of care that could be provided was low.

“It was basically throw them in the truck and go,” Meek said. “We’ve come a long way.”

The advent of EMS services increased that level of care. When Steuben County formed its service, it was staffed by basic-level EMTs. These workers could not dispense medication, could not start an IV and had no cardiac monitors.

In 1988, Steuben County EMS became an advanced-level service, able to start IVs and provide cardiac monitoring. In 1990, it became a paramedic-level service.

The future

With costs of providing EMS services rising and federal government contributions decreasing — Meek said Medicare reimbursement has been cut by 2 percent this year — the financial viability of EMS services remains a big question mark.

Meek said her service always has done well, but she doesn’t know what the future holds.

“It all depends on our collections,” Meek said. “With Medicare and Medicaid cuts … that’s kind of scary.”

One option to cut some costs in DeKalb County could be to move from an all-paramedic service to a hybrid with some workers being advanced life support EMTs.

Ring said this is an option to consider, but said he would not endorse any plan that lowered the level of care currently being provided to his county.

Steuben County recently added a second advanced life support technician, but the issue was a lack of qualified people applying to be a paramedic.

“For us, it wasn’t really the cost,” Meek said. “It was availability.”

In Steuben County, the hourly rate for a just-starting advanced life support EMT is $0.60 per hour cheaper than a just-starting paramedic. According to Meek, if half of her 16-person EMT roster were switched to advanced life support, it would save the county approximately $10,000 per year.

She said the two advanced life support EMTs employed in her service are top-notch.

“They have to be well trained,” she said. “That’s the key.”

If the shoe was on the other foot and Noble County was needing to look at other models, being a standalone government operation wouldn’t be high on Leatherman’s list.

“I would not want to get into the ambulance service” business, Leatherman said.

Whatever model DeKalb County chooses, Ring said it is crucial to have a great working relationship with a hospital.

“There’s a synergy,” Ring said. “It’s where you’re going to be transporting 90 percent of your patients. No matter what model you’re working, you have to have that relationship with the hospital.”

Meek agreed that is key, even for her standalone service.

“We have affiliation with Cameron Hospital,” Meek said. “We have an excellent working relationship with the hospital. We have to have them.”     Reported by Matt Getts KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 87°

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds around 10 mph.

Lo: 71°

Partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.



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Friday, 22 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and make sure you take your umbrella with you this morning or whenever your out and a bout.  It is humid, muggy and sticky outside with our temperature 68 degrees and the humidity of 98% at 7:05am.  It looked like has rained off and on during the night.  We are also under a flash flood warning for Noble County.  So be careful if you come across standing water or running water as you won't be able to tell how deep it is and how fast it is moving.

Today we have our Euchre players coming in around 1ish. to have their card game.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Main Street barrels set for auction.  The decorative Main Street rain barrels will be sold at auction on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 86 in Kendallville.

Each barrel now has identifying plaques with theme, artist and sponsor.


All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served for a Pancakes for the Park fundraiser from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Legion. The public is invited to eat pancakes and join in the auction with WAWK personality Fred Inniger.   Reported by KPC News

Also, Company will tear down Kendallville Foundry.  Garrett LLC, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company that is tearing down the former Dalton Foundry, will demolish the long-vacant Kendallville Foundry and redevelop the site.

Crews have already begun cleaning up site, at the corner of U.S. 6 and Goodwin Place, in anticipation of a demolition kick-off event that starts at noon Monday.


The foundry’s proximity to the highly trafficked U.S. 6 corridor makes it an attractive property to redevelop, said Michael Heitz, founder of Garrett LLC.

“We thought it was a great opportunity,” he said Thursday.

Garrett LLC acquired the Kendallville Foundry Aug. 18 through a Noble County tax sale. Environmental assessments of the foundry site have been completed, and asbestos will have to be removed from the facility.

Demolition work will include neighboring vacant buildings, and those properties will be marketed together with the foundry site. In all, close to five acres will be redeveloped.

Heitz said it will take about two months to remove all of the asbestos and about 45 days to tear down the foundry.

“We don’t mess around,” he said.

In July, Garrett LLC began demolition work at the 67-acre former Dalton Foundry site on West Ohio Street — the company’s first project in Indiana. Demolition work was expected to take 90 to 120 days, and environmental cleanup work was expected to last one to two years.

“We’re ahead of schedule on our demolition, and we’re ahead of schedule on our cleanup efforts,” Heitz said of the Dalton Foundry site.

Garrett LLC specializes in redeveloping old industrial sites. Founded in 2002, it has worked on projects primarily in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Heitz said the company presently is working on more than 10 redevelopment projects.

Mayor Suzanne Handshoe, City Council members and others are expected to speak at the demolition kick-off event for the Kendallville Foundry at noon Monday.   Reported by Barry Rochford KPC News

Today and the weekend's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 86°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds around 5 mph.

Lo: 69°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. East winds around 10 mph.



Hi: 86°

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 67°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.



Hi: 86°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 69°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Take care and have a safe weekend.





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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and just in case you might want to take your umbrella with you.  They are calling for rain on and off today.  Our temperature is at 69 degrees with the humidity of 93% at 7:51am.    We are almost to the weekend again.  Have anything scheduled as of yet?

Today we have Annette with SHIP.

Lets see what's going on in the news.   The Kendallville Public Library celebrating 100 years with mini-golf.  The Kendallville Public Library is marking its 100th year with two main events featuring a mini-golf course in the library.

The library has teamed up with a company called Library Mini Golf to provide patrons with a miniature golf course, according to Jenna Anderson, the library’s marketing specialist.


On Friday, Sept. 19, from 6-9 p.m., the Indoor Mini Golf Country Club event is open to adults 18 and over. Guests will play a round of mini-golf, and enjoy food from Kendallville’s Big Racks BBQ & Catering, Gridiron Grill, Joanna’s Dealicious Treats, Scott’s Food Store, Si Senor, Burger King, McDonald’s and TeaLight Blessings.

Cost to attend is $30 per person or $50 a couple.

Deadline for registering is Wednesday, Sept. 17. Those wishing to register can stop by the library during business hours or register online at

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the library will offer free mini-golf for all and food. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a ticket for a free T-shirt that can be redeemed at noon when the library unveils its new logo and website. There will be bounce houses, inflatable games like Twister and sumo wrestling and a Tiny Tunes bubble party.

The Noble County Concert Association is sponsoring a free performance by The Amazing Barker Boys. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, TeaLight Blessings and Big Racks BBQ & Catering will have food. Kendallville Boy Scout Troop 57 will have snow cones.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Also Cromwell taxes likely to increase.  During the Cromwell Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Clerk-Treasurer Bob Leamon said the town should expect to see a proposed tax rate of $1.86 per $100 of assessed valuation for next year’s budget. That is an increase from last year’s approved rate of $1.51.

Leamon went on to explain that the town has a proposed budget of $10.35, but the published budget will show $8.8 million..


At a recent town budget workshop, sponsored by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Leamon said he asked how he could lower Cromwell’s tax rate, but no one could find an answer. Cromwell consistently has the highest tax rate in Noble County.

The first budget hearing will be held at Town Hall at 6 p.m. Sept. 23, and the budget adoption meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21.

In other business, the council:

• Approved an ordinance to provide restricted parking for a police vehicle in front of the Lake City Bank branch.

• Heard that the town does not plan to work on paving projects in the next year because the money is budgeted to pay off a dump truck.

• Heard that the town has received one proposal for the renovation of Town Hall to incorporate the police department.

• Heard that an income survey is in the process of being mailed. The primary reasons for the survey are the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plant and distribution system, with the community gym demolition as a secondary reason.   Reported by Kassie Barroquillo KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 80°

Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Lo: 69°

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Take care and be safe.




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Wednesday, 20 August 2014


One of our NTS Riders Sandra "Sandy" L. Patton of Ligonier has passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the young age of 73 years.  She was born on July 29, 1941 the daughter of Wallace and Betty (McMann) Meyers . She is survived by four children, Lisa Coy of Goshen, IN, Robin (Ronnie) Galloway of Cromwell, Joey (Tracy) Patton of Wawaka, IN and Lori (Jeff) Hewitt of Franklin, IN; a sister, Ricki Lynn of Kansas City, MO; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family, collecting nick knacks, shopping and keeping things clean. A funeral service will be held in Sandy’s honor on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6PM at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South; Ligonier, IN. Pastor John Lutton will officiate. A private cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center in Ligonier. Family and friends will be received from 4-6 PM on Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy's family and friends.  May our candle burn brightly forever.......


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and try to stay cool.  It is muggy and humid outside this morning already.  There was no wind at 6:00am.  Our temperature right now is  68 degrees with the humidity of 95% at 8:56am.  Did you have any damage from the storm that came through yesterday afternoon?  We were at Walmart when it was coming through and the sky was wild looking and we heard that the wind in LaGrange was up to 60mph but we didn't see that much wind here that I am aware of.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Firefighters will "Fill the Boot" for MDA. 

Kendallville firefighters will celebrate their 60-year partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Friday and Saturday with their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.

Approximately 20 members of the Fire Department will collect donations from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of S.R. 3 North and U.S. 6. Individuals wishing to make a larger donation can do so at Fire Station No. 2, 304 E. North St. (U.S. 6).


“Throughout 2014, MDA and firefighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease,” said Alison Eckert, MDA northern Indiana fundraising coordinator. “Firefighters in the Kendallville area do so much for MDA and the families we serve, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and MDA summer camp.”

Funds raised benefit MDA worldwide research, specialized health care services and day-to-day support, which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a week-long, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Potawotami in Wolcottville.

MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Also a Special passenger train to pass through Kendallville.  A special train with restored passenger cars from the 1930s-1950s will pass through Kendallville next month.

The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO) Pine Tree Limited special train is scheduled to depart Chicago Thursday morning, Sept. 18, traveling east on Norfolk Southern’s former New York Central line. The train will travel 30-40 mph, and pass through Ligonier, Kendallville, Corunna, Waterloo and Butler.


Jack Braun of rural Kendallville is a member of AAPRCO and plans to travel on the train with his wife to Portland, Maine, for the AAPRCO annual convention.

“The association plans a train trip every year for members only,” he said last week. “I don’t know yet if the train will stop in Waterloo to pick us up or if we have to travel to Chicago to start the trip.”

The association’s original plan was to take the route of the former Nickel Plate Railroad through Fort Wayne, but Norfolk Southern requested the shift to the former New York Central route due to freight congestion and insufficient operating crews, according to AAPRCO’s website.

After passing through northern Indiana, the train will continue east to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse and Rotterdam Junction, New York; East Deerfield, Maine, and then Portland. The train will change lines and make stops along the way.

Of interest to local spectators are the 36 restored passenger cars, according to Braun.

“These elaborate cars have different colors, and owners have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, in some cases $1 million, restoring them,” he said. “There are sleeping cars and dome cars.“

Braun said on past trips the Pine Tree Limited attracted lots of waving spectators.

“Many people like to see it. We’ve had school children come out from schools to see it,” he said.

The train should pass through Kendallville about noon Sept. 18.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 65°

Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds around 5 mph shifting to the south after midnight.

Take care and be safe.




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