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Tuesday, 31 March 2015


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you all have a great day as it does look like it will be a wonderful day.  Course this is the last day of March and April will be here tomorrow!!!  I know it is now Spring as I heard the peep frogs last night and I have been hearing them this morning while I'm here at work.  Don't forget that this Sunday is Easter and it is coming up fast!!  Peter Cottontail will be out and about on Sunday making all the kids looking for hidden Easter Eggs that are filled with candy, money and whatever else he/she puts in them!  

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Wolcottville hosts Easter Egg Hunt.  For nearly 100 years now, the Wolcottville Lions Club has been hosting an Easter egg hunt for the town’s children, and this year will be no different.

The annual Easter egg hunt returns to Taylor Park on the town’s south side this Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. Grand prizes for this year’s event include four bicycles.

 

Children will be divided into two age groups and then sent out to hunt for special prize bags. Each child will then receive a special ticket with a number and allowed to head into town to hunt for those grand prizes at local businesses and shops.

All prizes are offered by the owners of Wolcottville’s businesses.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/31/2015

Hi: 54°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 33°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds around 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly

 

 


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Monday, 30 March 2015


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope your weekend was a good one.  I know it was a nice but chilly out and then yesterday afternoon and evening we had some freezing rain and a few snow flakes coming down.  At least it didn't stick or make things slick around town for this morning.  I hope you have a great day today as it does look like it is supposed to be nice and warmer.

Today we have Chandler House coming in around noon to call the numbers for our Bingo players.  So come on in and have some fun!!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Park hosts Easter egg hunt.  The Kendallville Park and Recreation Department’s fourth-annual Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt will be Thursday at 8 p.m. on the east side of Bixler Lake Park.

Everyone should meet in the Bixler Lake campground Lions Pavilion.

 

Children ages 2-12 can participate and should bring a flashlight and basket to collect eggs. Prizes will be awarded.

Those needing additional information should call the park office at 347-1064.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/30/2015

Hi: 51°

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Lo: 41°

Cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly

 


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Wednesday, 25 March 2015


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Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day today.  It was misty this morning when I came into work and now looks like most of the rain is out of the state now.  So we should hopefully start to warm up today.  

Would like give our thoughts and prayers to all the people who lost their lives in the airplane crash in the Alps yesterday.  It is a heart breakingto hear this and so many children on board but it was their time to go in my opinion.  God Bless them all!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  School leaders call for a change.  Saying that a steady stream of changes to Indiana education policy has created an environment in which districts are now in “crisis,” LaGrange County superintendents stood together Tuesday afternoon and asked a room full of people to tell their state elected officials to stop hurting rural public schools.

Westview School Corp.’s Randy Zimmerly, Jeff Reed of Prairie Heights Community School Corp. and Eva Merkel, the interim superintendent of Lakeland School Corp., each took their turn at a podium set up in the community room of the LaGrange County Public Library and addressed a crowd of about 40 people. The superintendents said new rules and changes to Indiana’s public education system over the past six years are doing more harm than good for students.

 

One of the biggest problems now facing local districts is the changing landscape of public school funding, Zimmerly said. State funding, he said, favors wealthier school districts over those serving less affluent populations, and takes away money from rural school districts.

The General Assembly is presently considering school funding as it works to craft a biennial budget.

“We don’t need an ever-changing funding formula that determines winners and losers every two years,” Zimmerly said. “Our LaGrange County public schools are funding losers in the current funding formula. Why?”

Zimmerly went on to tell the audience that state lawmakers need to slow down on efforts to reform education and pay attention to the “unintended consequences” those laws are creating for “solid, well-performing and improving school districts, and those (laws) are harming our children.”

He said the solution is to balance the funding formula and support policies that improve rural education.

Merkel said much of the good work done every day by the county’s three school districts isn’t being acknowledged at the Statehouse, and she suggested audience members remind legislators about the dedication shown by local educators to their students.

“What we want from our legislators and what we are suggesting is that they understand the hard work we do every day,” Merkel said. “We work tirelessly every day to provide the best education possible. We want our legislators to make the wise choices — that’s why we elect them — and so we want them to work with us, to dialogue with us to help us make our jobs easier and better for kids.”

She added lawmakers need to remember the needs of rural communities when creating education policy.

“Be fair to all children, including rural communities,” Merkel said. “And be consistent. Stop the moving target of finances and testing. Trust us to do the job we do best.”

Reed said a continuing erosion of funding to LaGrange County schools will ultimately cause a crisis in local classrooms because low pay is forcing good teachers to leave. Reed also said stagnant teacher pay is causing fewer and fewer people to choose a career in education.

“The cost of living is going up and pay is not,” he said. “How do you maintain academic success, or improve on academic success, if you’re going to be shuffling staff in and out every year? It’s not going to happen.

“None of our teachers went into this profession expecting to get rich. However, they do expect to make a decent living, or at least reflect the cost of living. And right now, it’s not.”

Beth Sherman, the executive director of the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce, which organized the forum, said the purpose of the event was to “bring awareness to our state legislators to make education funding fair to our rural communities.”

Responding to a question from the audience, Merkel admitted local educators had stayed silent on many education issues because they did not want to seem overly political. But she and her fellow administrators were standing up now because the results of policies enacted in Indianapolis can be seen in local classrooms.

“It’s finally gotten to a point where we’re seeing it adversely affecting the children in our classrooms,” Merkel said. “Educators tend not to be political. We’re there for our kids. But it’s to a point now where we have to say something, and we have to rally our communities. This is about our kids.”    Reported by Patrick Redmond KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/25/2015

Hi: 53°

Cloudy with rain likely in the morning...Then mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Lo: 35°

Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain through midnight...Then rain likely after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest toward daybreak. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly


 


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day today as it is supposed to warm up today and tomorrow!!  We will have Spring like temperature for a couple of days this week and then it drops back down but then it just comes right back up again.  Spring is on a roller-coaster ride this year.  I do have some tulips starting to come up and I just hope they don't freeze when the temperature drops again if the didn't from last night's cold temperature.  Right now our temperature is sitting at 17 degrees.  (brrrrrrrr)  

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

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Noble County Commissioners tackle meth cleanup issues.  The Noble County Board of Commissioners Monday clarified how to address cleaning up vehicles and residences in which methamphetamine labs have been found.

In an ordinance passed Jan. 5, there was an unintended consequence for vehicles that could have left towing companies stuck with an unsalable and unsafe vehicle was addressed, and the consequences for someone moving back into a residential meth lab site without cleaning it up were identified.

 

Avilla Motor Works owner Jeff Watson asked the commissioners to help with the problem of a hold being placed on a vehicle that had housed a mobile meth lab.

Watson said his workers had towed the vehicle to his lot at the request of law enforcement, and then a hold was placed on the vehicle by the Noble County Health Department because it had housed a mobile meth lab.

In the past, Watson would go through procedures to get possession of the vehicle, then would crush it since it had toxic chemicals all through it that could endanger later users. But the hold made it impossible to proceed in doing that, he said.

“In doing that, you created a financial burden on the towing companies that tow for law enforcement,” Watson said. “You’ve got to give us paths to dispose of the car.”

Noble County Health Officer Dr. Terry Gaff said the intent of the ordinance was to keep rolling meth labs from getting on the street to unsuspecting buyers without proper cleanup, not to create a burden for towing companies.

What Watson was doing was the best option in the case of mobile meth labs, Gaff said, adding, “We would prefer that they get crushed.”

County Attorney Dennis Graft will put together a form for the health department to release such vehicles to be destroyed, and the other procedural steps Watson has followed in the past will continue to be in place, Graft said.

The health department and Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp also raised concerns that people whose homes have been condemned due to meth labs inside are removing the signs and moving back in without cleaning up from the lab.

A violation of the ordinance is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a potential sentence of 180 days in jail, said Noble County septic sanitarian Jason Pippenger.

State law allows five to 14 days for those who have been ordered to vacate a meth lab site to leave, but the county ordinance orders people from the residences immediately. An appeal procedure is provided in the ordinance.

Property owners are responsible for all cleanup costs under the ordinance. Tearing down notices violates the ordinance.

The health department will get a list of residences, garages and other property locations of meth lab sites to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

“If a case is brought, we’ll charge it,” Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said.

Also Monday, the commissioners:

• scheduled a review of a proposed 2016-2017 County Economic Development Income Tax plan for the April 13 meeting.

• approved rezoning two properties at 1592 W. C.R. 800N from A1 to A3. The rezoning was unanimously recommended Wednesday by the Noble County Plan Commission

A3 agriculture zoning allows for confined feeding of swine. Representatives of Wysong ETL said the plan is to install a facility so they can separate weaning pigs from sows to prevent an illness from spreading through the entire herd if one develops.    Reported by Bob Braley KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/24/2015

Hi: 41°

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 36°

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers through midnight...Then rain showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly

 


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Monday, 23 March 2015


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you had a good weekend it was nice but a little bit chilly out.  I did see some people out cleaning up their yards but I thought it was too windy and chilly to be out.  I will wait for it to be a bit warmer before I go out.  We have already picked up some of our tree limbs and have them out in our parkway.  I know our maple tree from where they trimmed it back is surely dripping with maple sap but we don't want to catch any because we are not sure what they put down in the ground at the tree after they cut the limbs off.  Spring has began and we have seen some robins about but I have not heard the peeper frogs yet and so I won't say it is Spring until I hear them.

This morning it is a bit chilly out there and light wind.  There was no frost on the car windshield this morning.  No delays for school because the schools are on Spring Break for 2 weeks.

We do have our Bingo's back on Monday's again and today we have Lutheran Life Villages coming in around noon to call the numbers for our Bingo players.  So if you have missed coming to Bingo then come on in and join the fun...win some prizes!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Campaign continues at the United Way agency. The United Way of Noble County may have to reduce funding to its partner agencies because of a shortfall in its annual campaign.

The local chapter of the United Way is still trying to achieve its fundraising goal of $215,000. The shortfall is close to $30,000, according to Dawn Modlin, executive director of Noble County’s United Way.

The amount of the shortfall can and will be reduced by donations still coming in, she said.

“How many agencies will be funded and the amounts they will receive may be less, due to the shortage, but it is still a commitment that United Way of Noble County will keep,” Modlin said.

Among the United Way of Noble County’s partner agencies are: Life and Family Services; Noble House Ministries; Friendship Food Pantry; CASA; Boomerang Backpacks; Drug Free Noble County; Early Childhood Alliance; Kendallville Day Care Center; the American Red Cross; the Salvation Army; and Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.

According to Modlin, the shortfall in reaching the goal is due to several factors, including the loss of a few significant industries that did not hold employee campaigns as they have done in the past. There were fewer small businesses, professional organizations and individuals that gave this year as well, she said.

But one important factor that will be addressed before the next campaign is the lack of a fundraising campaign chair and cabinet, Modlin said. For the second time in the past three years, the United Way has conducted its campaign without a chairperson or a cabinet.

The campaign cabinet, explained Modlin, is a group of volunteers from across the county who are trained to assist with fundraising in five areas: industry; commerce; professional; community; and individuals.

The agency, she said, is accepting donations in most any form, from one-time giving to establishing an employee-contribution program through payroll deductions.

At the same time, the United Way of Noble County is determining what it will be able to give to its partner agencies. Through June, committees will review existing and new requests for funding from local nonprofits.

Modlin said if the $30,000 shortfall can’t be eliminated in the next 90 days, the local United Way board of directors will have to make a decision.

“We will have to select to fund a fewer number of agencies, or if we stay with the same amount of agencies, we will have to fund less amounts. But either way, United Way is committed to continuing the funding of the important agencies that work hard at improving the quality of life in our county,” she said.

Modlin added: “We can always receive funds. It doesn’t have to be just during a certain time of the year. Year-round donations are acceptable and appreciated.”

Individuals interested in serving as the chair for the next fundraising campaign or serving on the chairperson’s cabinet should contact Modlin.

Event thanks campaign contributors

Despite the shortfall, the United Way of Noble County will host its annual “Thank You Luncheon and Awards Ceremony” on Friday, April 24, starting at noon at the Kendallville Event Center.

At the April 24 event, the United Way will thank businesses and individuals who did contribute this year, and recognize leaders in the community. Awards will include the greatest amount raised in a business with 500 or more employees, as well as the business with fewer than 500 employees. The United Way will also award the company that had the highest average contributions per capita and the most creative employee campaign.

Leadership givers who contribute more than $500 will be recognized.

The event is open to the public. To reserve a seat, call the United Way office at 347-6822 or email executivedirector@uwnoble.org.    Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/23/2015

Hi: 34°

Snow. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Lo: 23°

Partly cloudy through midnight then clearing. Lows in the lower 20s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Tuesday, 17 March 2015



 


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Wednesday, 11 March 2015


DELAYS
 
 
NOBLE COUNTY
 
Central Noble Schools: CLOSED
East Noble Community Schools: CLOSED
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-Noble Co.: CLOSED
St. John Lutheran School-Kendallville: CLOSED
St. Mary's Catholic School-Avilla: CLOSED
West Noble Schools: CLOSED
 The Arc of Noble County Foundations: 2 Hour Delay
 
DEKALB COUNTY
 
DeKalb Central Schools: 2-Hour Delay
DeKalb County Eastern Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Garrett Keyser Butler Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Lakewood Park Christian School: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-DeKalb Co.: 2-Hour Delay
 St. Joseph Catholic School-Garrett: 2-Hour Delay
 
LAGRANGE COUNTY
 
 LaGrange Head Start: CLOSED
Lakeland Christian Academy: 2-Hour Delay
Lakeland School Corporation: CLOSED
 NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-LaGrange Co.: CLOSED
Westview Schools: 2 Hour Delay
 
 
STEUBEN COUNTY
 
Prairie Heights Schools: CLOSED
 
 


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Updated: Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:08 AM EDT

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


DELAYS
 
 
STEUBEN COUNTY
 
Hamilton Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Angola Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
 MSD Steuben County: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-Steuben Co.: 2-Hour Delay
All God's Children Preschool - Angola: 1 1/2 Hour Delay
 
 
DEKALB COUNTY
 
 DeKalb Central Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Garrett Keyser Butler Schools: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-DeKalb Co.: 2-Hour Delay
Lakewood Park Christian School: 2-Hour Delay
St. Joseph Catholic School-Garrett: 2-Hour Delay
 


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Updated: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 6:40 AM EDT

Monday, 9 March 2015


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward 1 hour yesterday morning!!!  I did yesterday afternoon.  I do hope you have a good day and it has been busy for me here at work so that is the reason I haven't done any blogging lately but I have been making sure that I get the delays up at least if I don't get a regular blog up.  There are no delays for this morning for anyone.  I am glad that it is starting to warm up this week and I do hope it stays and we do not fall back into really snowy cold weather for the season.  Course I will be really happy when those peep frogs start their peeping and I know that Spring will be officially here then.  Did you enjoy the weekend with some cleaning or just having some fun?  We had our two youngest grandson's over for the weekend.  We had fun as we had gotten them each a small guitar and one who loves wrestling we thought would use his for  his wrestlers but did we get a surprise!!!  He didn't want to use it for wrestling he wanted to learn how to play it.  We need to get some new strings for them but they both enjoyed playing them all weekend long and even our dog enjoyed it too.

Today we have Avalon Village coming in to call the number for our Bingo Players at noon.  Come on in we have BINGO back again!!!!!

Lets see what's going on in the news.   St. Catty Day's returns to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.  Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will host St. Catty’s Day March 14 from 1-4 p.m.

St. Catty’s Day is an annual celebration of the good fortune that enables Black Pine to give refuge to more 100 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the rest of their lives.

 

Visitors will meet more than 20 large carnivores and witness the black bears as they begin to come out of winter hibernation and explore outdoors for the first time since late November.

Black Pine is located at 1426 W. C.R. 300N, 1.5 miles west of the intersection of S.R.s 8 and 9 in Albion. Costs of entry will be $7 for ages 3-9, $10 for ages 10-54, $8 for ages 55 and over, and free for children under 3 years old.

Donations of items on the sanctuary’s “wish list,” published on their website at blackpine.org, will be accepted in lieu of tour fees when given in equal or greater value.

All proceeds of St. Catty’s Day directly benefit the animals at Black Pine.

Black Pine is operated by Professional Animal Retirement Center Inc., a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization.

For more information, visit blackpine.org or call 636-7383.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

03/09/2015

Hi: 41°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Lo: 25°

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

Take care and be safe.

Shelly


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