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Thursday, 24 April 2014


One of our NTS Riders Taulby Ray Terry of Rome City has passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the young age of 78 years.  He was born in Handshoe, Kentucky on November 22, 1935 to Andy Terry and Gracie (Handshoe) Terry.  Taulby worked at Newnam Foundry and Lane Foundry both in Kendallville and Foley Patter in Auburn for 46 years.  He retired at the age of 61 in 1998.  He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman.  He also liked playing cards and horseshoes.  He especially loved his little dog Lucy.

Survivors include:
Special friend, Doris Schaf of Kendallville.
Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents; sisters, Dawsie Handshoe and Naomi Patrick; and brothers, Chandler, Ellis, Edward and Jack Terry.

Visitation will be Friday, April 25, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Hite Funeral Home.

Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Clarence Combs.

Burial will be at Sweet Cemetery in Albion.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the family.

Casketbearers will be Shawn Caldwell, Joe Handshoe, Chris Terry, Gage Caldwell, Ivan Browning, Jackie Terry, Benny Terry and David Monroe.

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


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Posted by noblecocouncilonagin at 8:37 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day today.  It was cool this morning with our temperature at 44 degrres and a light breeze at 7:57am.  There are no delays for today.  It is a bit cloudy out and when I looked at the radar it looked like we were to be having some rain but there was none falling.

Sounds like our senior trip was a big hit and we took 3 of our big wheelchair vans.  So if you want to go on any of our trips check out our website under senior outings and it will have the list for the year.  If there are changes I will get them done as quickly as possible so that you will know what is going on for the trips.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  The Impact Institute to perform free vehicle checks.  Impact Institute’s automotive programs will offer free vehicle inspections Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Impact Institute building, 580 Fairview Boulevard, next to Goody’s.

Auto technology students will conduct thorough inspections of cars and light duty trucks, checking tires, batteries, belts, lights, liquid levels and other exterior features and look for leaks. Vehicle owners will be encouraged to take their cars and trucks to their dealers and repair shops if problems are found. Students will only be doing inspections.


Students have school on Saturday as a snow makeup day.    Reported by KPC News

Also the "5K Fridays" begin at the Y.  The Cole Center Family YMCA and city of Kendallville are partnering again this year to provide a weekly non-competitive group for interested walkers and runners.

Every Friday through Oct. 10, “5K Fridays” will be offered at 5 p.m. at the Y, 700 S. Garden St., starting at the Garden Street door.


Participants may walk, run or bike a scenic route through Bixler Lake Park. There is no cost to participate, and those participating can modify to shorter distance.

Those who participate 10 times will receive a T-shirt.  For more information, call the Y at 347-9622.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 65°

Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Lo: 46°

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers through midnight... Then cloudy with showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Take care and be safe.





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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day today!  It is a bit chilly outside with our temperature at 33 degrees and our windchill of 25 degrees at 7:46am.  There is a breeze out there that is making it feel colder so make sure you wear your coat to keep you warm.  There are no delays for today.

Today is the day for our Senior Trip to Annie Oakley and the Lucky Hospital.  You all have a great time and have some fun!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Spring cleanup begins Saturday in Kendallville.  Residential Spring Cleanup Week in Kendallville begins Saturday and continues through Saturday, May 3, and will include problem-waste collection.

Residents can dispose of unwanted household items at the Kendallville Street Department, 720 Weston Ave., with half-price tickets available from the city clerk’s office next to City Hall, 234 S. Main St., beginning Thursday.


Proof of residency may be required, using an ID or a city utility receipt. Tickets are $12 per car load, and $17.50 for loads with trucks, vans, SUVs and small trailers.

Unwanted items such as furniture, bicycles and lumber can be dropped off by showing a ticket to an attendant.

Tires 16 inches or smaller are $2.50 each, and tires 17 inches or larger are $10 each. Tires still attached to rims will not be accepted. Pay the tire fee at the clerk-treasurer’s office before going to the drop-off site.

The Northeast Solid Waste Management District is collecting paint, household chemicals and electronics at the Weston Avenue site during cleanup week.

For a $5 fee, unwanted paint, oil and chemicals for recycling can be disposed of at the site. Unwanted television sets, monitors, laptops and computer central processing units for recycling can be dropped off for a $5 fee for each item. Unwanted refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners with or without Freon will be $25 each.

All other electronics may be disposed of for free.

Pay the fee for these items to a management district representative at the site.

No garbage, plastic bags, tanks or cylinders will be accepted.

There is no curbside pickup.

The Weston Avenue collection site will be open Saturday, April 26, through Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will stay open until 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. The site will be closed Sunday.

People using the service must pick up tickets and pay fees at the clerk’s office before taking items to the collection site.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Also "Passport" event promotes Noble County attractions.  The Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick off the 2014 tourist season May 1-4 with “Passport to Fun: Explore Noble” to encourage visitors and area residents to visit the county’s attractions.

Passport will be inserted into KPC Media Group’s daily newspapers, The Star, The News Sun and Herald Republican, on Monday. The passports also may be picked up at the attractions taking part.


Visitors may have their passport punched and initialed at each participating attraction they visit from May 1 through May 4.

On May 1-2, Annie Oakley Perfumery, Ligonier, will participate in the tour.

Three events will be on May 3 only. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary’s opening day and the 100-year celebration for the Noble County Public Library are both in Albion. Mirror Lake Bed & Breakfast, Rome City, also will take place May 3 only.

May 4 will see events at Stone’s Trace near Ligonier.

Ten locations will take part May 3 and 4 — Chain O’ Lakes State Park and the Sweet Church Community Center, both near Albion; Fashion Farm of Ligonier; Freedom Acres of Cromwell; Maple Acres near Avilla; the Mid-America Windmill Museum and Orchard Hill Farms near Kendallville; Moose Lake Christian Craft Village near LaOtto; and Sundaes on Sylvan and the Lavender Lane, both near Rome City.

Visitors who attend three or more attractions or events from May 1 through May 4 may enter their passport in a drawing to win one of three gift baskets filled with items from Noble County’s tourism partners.

To enter the drawing, write name, address and contact information in the space provided and leave the passport at the last site visited. The bureau will collect eligible passports, conduct the drawing and notify the winners.

For more information, call the tourism bureau at 599-0060.    Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 57°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 42°

Mostly cloudy. Chance of sprinkles after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east after midnight.

Take care and be safe.




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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

One of our NTS Riders Beth Eileen Brumbaugh of Albion has passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the young age of 94 years. 

Mrs. Brumbaugh was born on September 1, 1919 in Swan Township, Noble County, a daughter of Robert and Ada (Graber) Cooley.

On March 30, 1935 she was married in Noble County to R. Gerald Brumbaugh.

Mrs. Brumbaugh was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.

Mr. Brumbaugh preceded her in death in June of 1986.

The surviving relatives include son, Ken (Susan) Brumbaugh of Albion; daughter, Karen (Paul) Helmkamp of Fort Wayne; daughter – in – law, Janet Brumbaugh of Albion; sister, Jean Lockheart of Kendallville; 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren..

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her son, Loren J “Jake” Brumbaugh and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Churubusco United Methodist Church, with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church or St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Vincent’s Church, Fort Wayne.

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


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Posted by noblecocouncilonagin at 7:49 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day.  It did rain a little bit during the night as it looks like it got the grass wet and the the cars.  Does look like it will be a nice day today with our temperature at 46 degrees at 7:34am.  There are no delays this morning.  Just saw in the paper that the Senior Prom is this weekend.  So be careful out on the roads and Seniors have fun!

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

Don't forget tomorrow is our trip to Annie Oakley and to the Lucky Hospital.

Lets see what's going on in the news.   East Noble prom planned for Saturday.  East Noble High School’s 2014 prom grand march will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in the high school gym.

The public is invited. Seating is first come, first served. The theme for the prom is “Shake Your Bonbon,” a candy-themed night.


The closed prom, open to only juniors and seniors and their invited guests, is scheduled for 7-11 p.m. at the Kendallville Event Center.

Early photography will be available at the event center from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and also is offered during the closed prom.    Reported by KPC News

Also East Noble High School students to get exposure to careers.  A career day will take place Thursday for East Noble High School’s approximately 1,200 students.

Coordinator Mark Cockroft calls it a Career Exposure and Project Base Learning for the school’s Career Pathways Program. It coincides with national “Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day.”


Students have been given two options: They can shadow their parents at work or do a project in their chosen career pathway.

“The purpose of this day is to expose students to careers available after high school,” said Cockroft. “We like our freshmen to be thinking about post-high-school.”

Students may change their mind about a career after being exposed to it on a day like this, he added.

Parents have been informed about the day’s activities.

As freshmen, all students are asked to choose one of six career pathways based on what they would like to do after they graduate from high school, said Cockroft, who also coordinates the school’s internship program and teaches business classes. The six career pathways are: Business/Information Technology, Arts and Communications, Human and Social Services, Engineering/Manufacturing, Agriculture/Natural Resources and Health/Related Services.

Approximately 328 students have registered to shadow their parents at work.

“We’ve got students going with their parents to Parkview Noble Hospital, Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Lincoln Life in Fort Wayne and many local and area industries and businesses,” said Cockroft.

Freshmen who do not participate in shadowing with their parents will be staying at school to work with East Noble juniors and seniors enrolled in Impact Institute programs. Those programs are Criminal Justice, Culinary, CAD Drafting, Cosmetology, Welding, Marine Mechanics, Primary Health Care, Health Occupations, Auto Technology, Precision Machining, Interactive Media, Construction Trades and Auto Body Repair. The Impact Institute students will conduct demonstrations in their areas of study.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors who do not participate in shadowing their parents will participate with their Career Pathways.

Students in the Business and Information Technology path will delve into social media to create interest in the high school’s campus beautification project. A Facebook page has been created about the project, and the students will look through old yearbooks to add East Noble alumni as friends to the beautification project.

In Arts and Communications, students will take one of three field trips to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, a tour of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre or the KPC Media Group office building in Kendallville.

Students in the Human and Social Services Pathway will watch a mock trial in Cole Auditorium featuring Noble County Prosecutor Steve Clouse, attorney Seth Tipton and Noble Superior Court II Judge Michael Kramer.

“We will make this a jury trial as true-to-life as possible,” Cockroft said.

Engineering and Manufacturing Pathway students will tour Courier Kendallville, Bollhoff and Performance Food Group in Kendallville.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Pathway students will plant flowers for local businesses and collect and test water invertebrates and water insects from Bixler Lake, Henderson Lake and Deibele Creek.

In the Health and Related Services Pathway, students will visit Biomet in Warsaw, the University of Saint Francis or Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and learn about health services careers and the education needed for careers in those fields.

All high school faculty members will be involved in the day, Cockroft said.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 54°

Mostly sunny. Windy. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph becoming 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph in the morning.

Lo: 30°

Clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph through midnight.

Take care and be safe.



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Monday, 21 April 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you had a great Easter Sunday!!!!  I do hope you have a good day today as well.  It is cool out with the temperature of 48 degrees and the windchill of 48 degrees as well at 7:12am.  They do say we have rain for today but the temperature is supposed to be up in the 70's.  

Today we have Hickory Creek coming in to call the numbers for our Bingo Players around noon today.

Also don't forget that Wednesday is our Senior trip to Annie Oakley and to Luckey Hospital.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  A week in review, April 13-19.  Erica Dekko’s father, the late Chet Dekko, received the Kendallville Citizen of the Year Award in 1993. Wednesday night, it was her turn to be honored at the Kendallville Event Center, during the annual banquet of the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Erica Dekko “has set a great example of selflessly sharing time, talents and treasure to make our town a better place to live,” said 2013 Citizen of the Year Mike Axel, who read a tribute to Dekko before presenting her the surprise award.

State reports high school graduation rates

INDIANAPOLIS — Six of northeast Indiana’s 12 public high schools exceeded the state average in graduation rates for 2013, according to figures released Wednesday.

The overall graduation rate for all schools was 88.6 percent, virtually unchanged from the prior year’s rate of 88.7 percent, the Indiana Department of Education said.

DeKalb High School recorded the area’s best graduation rate of 92.2 percent. Other high schools topping the state average were Lakeland at 91.8 percent, Garrett with 91.6, Eastside at 91.1, Westview with 90.7 and Fremont at 89.7.

Suspect in Angola bank robbery arrested

ANGOLA — A Farmington Hills, Mich., man arrested Saturday in Colorado is blamed for the April 1 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Angola, police said.

Jason J. Radigan, 39, is charged with a bank robbery in Perrysburg, Ohio, and is also the suspect in a robbery earlier this month in Angola. He has not been formally charged with the Steuben County crime, and the investigation continues, said Angola Police Detective Tim Crooks.

Board sees revised elementary school plan

WATERLOO — A revised plan for the McKenney- Harrison school renovation project that would tear down the 1930s-era Harrison building and construct a new facility with 30 new classrooms is being considered by the DeKalb Central school board.

Under the latest option presented Tuesday, the gym, media center, stage, music room, art room, pre-kindergarten class and multi-purpose room of the school would be renovated. The remainder of the school, including a closed loop of classrooms for kindergarten through fifth grade, the office, cafeteria and kitchen, would be new construction.

The new plan carries a price tag of $16.48 million.

Toth to become new DeKalb principal

WATERLOO — After only one year as DeKalb High School principal, Kyle Kirby has resigned.

Tuesday night, the DeKalb Central school board accepted Kirby’s resignation and promoted Associate Principal Matthew Toth to the position of principal. The change will take effect at the beginning of the new school year. The board also appointed administrative intern Marcus Wagner to the position of associate principal.

Over the past three years, Toth has spearheaded the development of DeKalb New Tech, and the program is flourishing under his leadership, the news release stated.

Officer earns award for fire rescue

AUBURN — An Auburn Police officer was honored Monday night for saving a family from a February house fire.

Mayor Norm Yoder awarded Auburn Police Officer Derek Taylor a Police Commendation at a meeting of the Auburn Common Council.

Taylor, a third-shift officer, was on duty Feb. 12 when he was summoned to a house fire on Zona Drive at 2:23 a.m. Taylor was the first responder to arrive, and he found fire engulfing a vehicle and the garage of the home, with a family of four still inside.

Taylor went into the home and roused the family, helping the residents escape the blaze. He then gave them refuge in his squad car from bitter-cold temperatures and heavy snow.

“We are sure that his actions saved lives that night,” said Auburn Police Chief Martin McCoy, who has awarded only four commendations since he was named police chief in 2000.    Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 75°

Partly cloudy in the morning...then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 50 percent.

Lo: 49°

Cloudy with showers likely and a slight chance of a thunderstorm through midnight...then partly cloudy with a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Take care and be safe.



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Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

Happy Good Friday and I hope you have a great day.  It is the start of the weekend for alot of people whose work is closed for the holiday.  Most of your government offices will be closed but your schools and other places of work are open.  Here at Noble County Council on Aging and Noble Transit ARE open today.  I do hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter too!  Our temperature outside this morning is 46 degrees as well as the windchill of 46 degrees at 6:54am.  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend and Easter? 

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

We would also like to wish Linda, one of our homemaker's a wonderful Happy Birthday!!!   If you happen to see her out and about wish her a Happy Birthday!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Kendallville Park's department announces summer activities.  The Kendallville Park and Recreation Department has announced summer events for the entire family.

The Bixler Lake Campground opens Friday, May 2, with Bob Ransom as campground director. Rates begin at $17 per night and $20 per night during holidays and the Apple Festival of Kendallville. Reservations are accepted at 242-6898.

The Summer Day Camp for children in grades 1-7 as of fall 2014 will be June 16 through July 25. Supervised activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays include swimming, nature walks, crafts, games, sports, team building and an earn a badge program. The registration fee is $100 for residents and $85 for each additional child from the same family, and $115 for nonresidents and $100 for each additional child from the same family.

Registration forms will be available from the park office beginning in early May. Space is limited. Deadline for registering is May 30.

Special events include:

• PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors — Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lions Pavilion on the east side of Bixler Lake, free of charge. Elementary-age children are invited to explore the outdoors and environment with nature hikes and recycling activities. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the park office, 211 Iddings St., or online at

• Memory Lantern Release — Friday, May 9, 8:30 p.m., Bixler Lake Park west beach. Lanterns will be available at the park office for $5. At dusk, lanterns will be released over the lake to celebrate and honor memories of loved ones. Participants should bring lighters.

• Kiwanis Mother’s Day 5K Walk/Run — Sunday, May 11, 2 p.m., Lions Pavilion on east side of Bixler Lake. $15 fee for all participants if registered by Monday, May 3, and $20 with a T-shirt. After May 3, the fee is $20. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in each of six age groups for men and women. Registration forms are available at the park office or online at Click on park documents. Entrants can mail forms to Kendallville Kiwanis Club c/o Mindy Bobay, 445 W. Waits Road, Kendallville, IN 46755.

For more information about these activities and events, call the park office at 347-1064.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

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


Hi: 59°

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers in the morning...then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Lo: 37°

Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.



Hi: 60°

Sunny. Highs around 60. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 40°

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.



Hi: 70°

Mostly sunny. Warmer. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 50°

Partly cloudy. Lows around 50.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!  Be safe.



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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day!!  Our temperature for right now is at 34 degrees with the windchill of 27 degrees.  There is a light wind out there but looks like it will be a wonderful day.  There no school delays as you would already know since it is after 8 o'clock.  

Don't forget that coming up this Wednesday, April 23rd is our senior trip to the Annie Oakley Perfumery and then afterwards is lunch at the Charger House and then off to tour the Lucky Hospital in Wolf Lake.  For more information about the trip or trips that will be coming up go to our website and look under senior outings.

Lets see what's going on in the news.   City offices will be closing on Friday for Good Friday.  City of Kendallville offices will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

Utility payments may be made at clerk-treasurer’s office with envelopes through the drop box.  Reported by KPC News

Also free park entry stickers available.  Free 2014 vehicle stickers for entry into Bixler Lake Park are available to Wayne Township and Kendallville residents from the Kendallville Park and Recreation Department office at the Youth Center, 211 Iddings St., and the city clerk-treasurer’s office, 234 S. Main St.

Residents must show vehicle registration to collect a sticker. Those not eligible can purchase season park stickers for $25 apiece for entry to the park.



Entry fee for anyone without a sticker is $3 per plated vehicle. Pavilion rental does not include vehicle entry.

People may call the park office at 347-1064 for more information.   Reported by KPC News

And street projects have been approved.  The City Council on Tuesday night approved improvements to Riley and Garden streets this summer and an accelerated, in-house crack-filling effort.

Engineering Department Administrator Scott Derby and the council’s streets and alleys committee recommended the projects for the 2014 street improvement program.


The list of worthy street projects is lengthy, and the committee is faced with a challenge each year of narrowing the projects down to fit within the city’s budget, Derby said in a memo to the council.

Most of the budget will go into improvements to Riley and Garden streets. Both are heavily traveled streets with potholes and deteriorating street surfaces, curbing and driveway accesses.

Riley Street between Diamond Street and U.S. 6 will be milled and resurfaced.

Garden Street between Vine and Diamond streets will be milled and resurfaced with casting and structure replacement and spot curb replacement.

Both streets will have corner ramp locations brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Contractors have to be hired, because both projects exceed the city’s equipment and manpower limitations, Derby said.

The preliminary estimated total cost is $380,000, but the true cost will depend on bid results, and some modifications may be required because of funding limits.

The street department will perform city-wide maintenance such as crack filling and asphalt milling and resurfacing of side streets and spot locations. Derby estimates 7,000 square yards of pavement will be placed, roughly equivalent to half a mile of roadway.

“We’ve done an extensive review of all city streets, and we plan an accelerated crack-filling program,” he told the council.

In other business, council members:

• approved by a 3-1 vote the third and final reading of an ordinance regulating garage sales and allowing up to two citywide garage sales. Gene Lash of Kendallville has spoken out against the ordinance at each reading. He opposes regulating garage sales and argued the ordinance won’t be enforced.

• approved moving the next scheduled council meeting from Tuesday, May 6, primary election day, to Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.     Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 60°

Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 44°

Mostly cloudy through midnight...then cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds around 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.






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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day.  It looks like it will be a nice day out there.  It is a bit cold this morning with a little bit of frost on the ground and some on the car windows.  Our temperature of 25 degrees with the windchill of 19 degrees.  There is a light breeze but not gusting of winds.  You might want to warm up your vehicles so that you will stay warm and the windows will be cleared of frost if any.  There are no school delays for today.  

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Kendallville's rail crossings will be closed this morning.  Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. today, all three railroad crossings in Kendallville will be closed simultaneously for about an hour to allow preliminary work by Norfolk Southern Railroad on its rail replacement project.

Norfolk Southern is planning to replace the rails through Kendallville this summer and make improvements to all three railroad crossings..


Motorists can use the S.R. 3 bypass or the Allen Chapel Road overpass for north-south access through the city while the crossings are closed.    Reported by KPC News

Also Kendallville deals with wasterwater problems.  The city of Kendallville has been forced to pay more than $75,000 to truck its wastewater treatment plant sludge for treatment at the Fort Wayne waste treatment facility, due to problems at Kendallville’s West Wayne Street wastewater plant, caused primarily by the harsh winter conditions.

The facility’s wastewater levels of effluent, ammonia, copper and total solids have exceeded Indiana Department of Environment Management allowable limits since June of last year.


Water Pollution Control Department employees have been working closely with IDEM operations specialists on site to correct the problems.

The public’s health has never been at risk, and the problems were not caused by local industry, Mayor Suzanne Handshoe reported at Tuesday’s Kendallville Board of Public Works meeting.

Handshoe said Kendallville citizens should know what is going on, explaining why the problems were reported at a public meeting.

Board members heard Water Pollution Control Department employee Mitch Winebrenner report a timeline of problems at the city’s plant. Asked after the meeting why Water Pollution Control Department Superintendent Bill Forbes had not given the report, Handshoe said Forbes submitted his resignation April 4 and no longer is involved with the facility.

According to the timeline, in May 2013 the department reported to IDEM that plant operations had exceeded the limit for total suspended solids. Changes to the sludge-handling program apparently corrected the problem, and the plant stayed in compliance through August.

In September and October, the plant exceeded the monthly average for copper allowed by IDEM guidelines. In November, two violations for total suspended solids were reported to IDEM, and in December the plant again violated the monthly average for copper and reported it to IDEM.

A water study was conducted in 2011 to increase the plant’s copper limit. The study’s results were sent to IDEM, and the city has been waiting for IDEM’s response, according to Winebrenner’s timeline report.

In January, extremely cold conditions and low flows caused the trickling filters and bio-tower to freeze on multiple days. The freezing caused the living biomass that treats the wastewater to die off and further complicate operations, according to the report. Plant employees had to use chain saws and axes regularly to free to distributor arms from ice buildup in the trickling filters. The department reported multiple violations to IDEM of the plant exceeding its total suspended solids limits.

February brought problems. A mechanical failure shut down the bio-tower for multiple days until parts could be fabricated and installed. Continued harsh winter conditions and accumulated solids in the system hampered growth of the living biomass, and violations were reported to IDEM.

Effluent again exceeded limits in March, when the condition of the biomass did not recover despite increased sludge pressing and operational changes to the sludge press effluent. The violations were reported.

On March 28, plant employees noticed a fish kill in Henderson Lake near the plant. Water from the plant that has been treated flows into the lake and then into Bixler Lake Ditch. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and IDEM were contacted, and spill response personnel attributed the fish kill to extreme winter weather, according to the report.

IDEM operation specialists on site helping to correct the plant’s problems believe the plant’s noncompliance with effluent limitations also contributed to the fish kill.

Ammonia samples taken March 28 exceeded the daily maximum limit for effluent in the lake and at the spillway. A sample taken from the Bixler Lake Ditch at the Sawyer Road bridge on the city’s western boundary did not exceed the daily limit.

This month IDEM, operation specialists directed Water Pollution Control Department employees to remove sludge from the plant site to begin the recovery process for biomass normalization. Warmer weather is expected to allow regrowth of the biomass.

Board of Works members Mike Post, Councilman Jim Dazey and Handshoe approved hiring Merrell Brothers Inc., a biosolids management company, to haul approximately 650,000 gallons of sludge to Fort Wayne’s waste treatment facility for $46,515. The board also approved paying Fort Wayne $29,250 to treat the sludge. The money will come from the water pollution control department budget.

“IDEM has been helpful through this process,” said Scott Derby, city engineering department administrator. “They have been more of a partner than an enforcer.”

Water Pollution Control Department employees and IDEM continue to work on the plant’s problems.

As of Monday, the carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand average for the plant was 15.6 mgL, above the monthly average limit of 10 mgL. The level is an indication of the pollution removal from the wastewater.

The total suspended solids average was 14.6 mgL, when the monthly average limit is 12 mgL. Ammonia average level was 3.86 mgL, when the monthly average limit is 1.3 mgL.     Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:


Hi: 50°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Lo: 34°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.




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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


One of our NTS Riders Annie R. Conkle of Avilla has passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the young age of 89 years.  She was born September 16, 1924 in Bredbury, Great Britain to Harry N and Pheobe (Davenport) Richards. Annie was a receptionist at the Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester England for 12 years before moving to the United States in 1976.

She was a member of the Garrett Presbyterian Church.

Annie married Harold A Conkle on January 26, 1976 in Manchester, England and he died July 28, 1999.

She is survived by a step daughter and a step son, Elizabeth Ann See of Garrett and David N Conkle of Garrett; 4 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren and several grandchildren and relatives living in Great Britain.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 2 sons, Robert C South and Richard B South.

A memorial service will be held Monday April 21, 2014 at 11 Am at the Garrett Presbyterian Church with Rev William Haworth officiating. Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery, Garrett
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Garrett Presbyterian Church.

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


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