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Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and dress a bit warmer this morning like having a jacket it on.  At 5:30am this morning the temperature was at 49 degrees and right now it is up to 55 degrees with the humidity at 92% at 8:50am.  There was light wind this morning as well.  It sure doesn't feel like it should be summer.  What do you think?  Which is it Spring or Fall?

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Dollar Tree buys out Family Dollar.  The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Walmart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers

 

The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,300.

Family Dollar operates a large distribution center in Ashley.

Dollar stores grew during the recession as people across income groups searched for cheaper options. To attract a broader array of customers, they also expanded their offerings to include more groceries and brand-name products, instead of just the party favors and other knickknacks people often associated with them.

More recently, however, sales at dollar stores have been suffering because the lower-income customers who go to them are facing persistent job instability and slow wage growth in the aftermath of the recession. Walmart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. also have been opening smaller store formats to directly compete with dollar stores. During its current fiscal year, Walmart plans to open 270 to 300 smaller outlets designed to cater to shoppers looking for more convenience.

Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisors, said because the Dollar Tree deal will allow the company to lower expenses by merging its operations, it will ultimately be able to lower prices to better compete with Walmart.

“Now they’re going to take the fight back to Walmart,” Sozzi said.

The deal also gives Dollar Tree more flexibility.

Dollar Tree is true to its name, with everything in its stores costing just a buck. The fixed pricing has helped attract more customers and boosted sales, but it also puts the company in a tough spot as inflation pushes up its costs and pressures profit margins. Family Dollar is far more flexible in its pricing, which allows it to sell a greater variety of items, including Kraft cheese and Tide laundry soap, at various price points.

Still, Family Dollar, which has more than 8,000 locations, has been shuttering stores and cutting prices in hopes of boosting its financial performance. Last month, investor Carl Icahn urged the company to put itself up for sale. Icahn has built up a stake in the company of more than 9 percent, according to regulatory filings. Based on his purchase price at the time, he stands to make nearly $200 million from the deal.

In a statement, Icahn said he was “extremely pleased” with Dollar Tree’s plans, but that he still thinks there are “a handful of potential buyers who could realize greater synergies” with Family Dollar.

The companies did not say if any Dollar Tree or Family Dollar stores would be closed. Dollar Tree, which has about 5,000 locations, will continue to operate under the existing Dollar Tree, Deals, and Dollar Tree Canada store banners. It will keep the Family Dollar brand as well, with Chairman and CEO Howard Levine reporting to Sasser.

Representatives for Wal-Mart and Kroger weren’t immediately available for comment. A representative for Dollar General, which last year reported sales growth of 9 percent, declined to comment.

Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share, which is an approximately 23 percent premium to Family Dollar’s Friday closing price of $60.66.

Including debt and other costs, the companies estimate the deal to be worth more than $9 billion.

Family Dollar stockholders will own somewhere between 12.7 percent and 15.1 percent of Dollar Tree’s outstanding common shares at closing. Dollar Tree plans to finance the deal with available cash, bank debt and bonds.

The boards of both companies unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by early next year. It still needs approval from Family Dollar shareholders.

Shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc., which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, surged $14.89 to $75.55 in premarket trading. The record high during regular trading is $75.29.

Shares of Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia, jumped 10 percent, or $5.50 to $59.72. The all-time high for that stock is $60.19.

Four local stores could be affected

Four Family Dollar stores operate in northeast Indiana:

• 104 N. Detroit St., LaGrange;

• 1352 Lincolnway South, Ligonier;

• 349 W. Main St., Butler; and

• 1811 N. Wayne St., Angola.    Reported by New York (AP)

Also Light the Night Walk kick-off party is August 14th.  The 2014 Northeast Indiana Light the Night walk official kick-off party is Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m. at Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard, 0185 C.R. 68, LaOtto.

All new and existing team captains and walkers, including children, are encouraged to attend, and learn details about this year’s event. Food and beverages will be provided, so reservations are needed by emailing Kim Davidson at kdavidson@dekkofoundation.org or by calling 347-1278.

 

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The annual Light the Night Walk will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, starting at East Noble High School. Team check-in is 5-7 p.m. A children’s area will open at 5:30 p.m. with games and activities. The opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.

The goal for this year is 1,000 walkers raising more than $60,000.

Preregistration for participants may be completed online at lightthenight.org/in or by contacting Melanie Kruth at 616-0654.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

7/29/2014

Hi: 74°

Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 20 percent.

Lo: 55°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 


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Monday, 28 July 2014

NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Nancy Jane Freeman of Kendallville has passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the young age of 73 years.  Mrs. Freeman was born in Kendallville, Indiana on June 26, 1941 to the late Arthur Wayne Summers and Mary Jane (Gutelius) Summers.  She graduated from Avilla High School in 1959 and from Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne.  She married Jerry Lynn Freeman on October 2, 1960 in Avilla, Indiana at the E.U.B. Church and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1995.  Nancy was mostly a wife, mother, and homemaker raising her children during their growing up years.  Later on in her life she and her husband owned and operated SunBrite Dry Cleaners and Laundromat in Kendallville and Albion.  She worked at Jayco in Middlebury, the Kendallville News Sun in marketing and subscription sales, and most recently as a door greeter at the Kendallville Walmart.  Nancy was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Kendallville and she was an active missionary with Amazing Grace Missions.  Nancy loved reading, playing the piano, sewing, and jigsaw puzzles.  The driving concern of her life was leading people to Christ.

Survivors include:
Daughter, Cindy and Pastor Dan Lash of Rome City.
Daughter, Jodie and Del Johnson of Fort Wayne.
Son, Greg and Lisa Freeman of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
Son, Doug and Alison Freeman of Bremen.
16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 4 step great grandchildren.
Sister, Judy and Bob Taulbee of Fort Wayne.
Sister, Shirley and John Bloomfield of Page, Arizona.

Visitation will be Monday from 4:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Lash officiating

Burial will be at Orange Cemetery near Rome City.

Preferred memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Missions, P.O. Box 289, Dayton, TN 37321.

Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Stuart, Jon, Jacob, Peter, Andrew, and Adam.

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

REST IN PEACE NANCY

To send a condolence go to www.hitefuneralhome.com


 

 


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NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Nancy Jane Freeman of Kendallville has passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the young age of 73 years.  Mrs. Freeman was born in Kendallville, Indiana on June 26, 1941 to the late Arthur Wayne Summers and Mary Jane (Gutelius) Summers.  She graduated from Avilla High School in 1959 and from Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne.  She married Jerry Lynn Freeman on October 2, 1960 in Avilla, Indiana at the E.U.B. Church and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1995.  Nancy was mostly a wife, mother, and homemaker raising her children during their growing up years.  Later on in her life she and her husband owned and operated SunBrite Dry Cleaners and Laundromat in Kendallville and Albion.  She worked at Jayco in Middlebury, the Kendallville News Sun in marketing and subscription sales, and most recently as a door greeter at the Kendallville Walmart.  Nancy was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Kendallville and she was an active missionary with Amazing Grace Missions.  Nancy loved reading, playing the piano, sewing, and jigsaw puzzles.  The driving concern of her life was leading people to Christ.

Survivors include:
Daughter, Cindy and Pastor Dan Lash of Rome City.
Daughter, Jodie and Del Johnson of Fort Wayne.
Son, Greg and Lisa Freeman of Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
Son, Doug and Alison Freeman of Bremen.
16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 4 step great grandchildren.
Sister, Judy and Bob Taulbee of Fort Wayne.
Sister, Shirley and John Bloomfield of Page, Arizona.

Visitation will be Monday from 4:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Lash officiating

Burial will be at Orange Cemetery near Rome City.

Preferred memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Missions, P.O. Box 289, Dayton, TN 37321.

Casketbearers will be her grandsons, Stuart, Jon, Jacob, Peter, Andrew, and Adam.

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

REST IN PEACE NANCY


 

 


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NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Mildred Jane Mardock Young of Kendallville and formerly of Clay County, Alabama has passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the young age of 80 years.  Mrs. Young was born in San Diego, CA but graduated from Mullin High School in Mullin, Idaho, had worked as an office manager at Kool Magic Awning Company in Pomona, California for many years. She married Harold Edgar Young in 1972 in Lake Arrow Head; CA. Harold preceded her in death in Ashland, Alabama in 2007.

She is survived by two daughters; Linda Young McDarby and Debra Young Dunlap both of Colorado, three sons; Jim Hamilton of Kendallville, IN, Richard Young of New Mexico, and Ronald Young of Spokane, WA, two sisters; Lucille Mardock Williams and Louise Mardock Walsworth both of Puyallup, WA, and one brother; Harold Mardock of Coos Bay, OR and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Chester Gaylord Mardock and Gertrude Eulaila Fewins Mardock, one daughter; Connie Young Low.

The family will receive friends at Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland Thursday July 31, 2014 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

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

REST IN PEACE MILDRED

To send a condolence go to www.benefieldfuneralhome.com


 

 


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope your weekend was good and that you have a good day today.  I hope no one had any damage with the storms that went through yesterday afternoon.  I did see reports that there was some tree damage and some had some hail.  But we didn't have any kind of storm like that here in Kendallville.  We had thunder, lightning and rain but nothing like more southwest in Noble County.  It is a bit chilly this morning and the wind is blowing so it is making it chilly out there but it is nice.  Our temperature is at 63 degrees and the humidity is at 83% at 6:56am.

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

Lets see what's going on in the news.  KidCity event offers interactive learning.  Greater Fort Wayne Family magazine, a publication of KPC Media Group Inc., announced details for the 10th-annual KidCity event.

KidCity is an interactive learning fair for kids and their families in northeast Indiana. The free event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville..

 

The fair features more than 80 activities plus live entertainment throughout the fairgrounds. With hands-on learning stations grouped into five themed neighborhoods, children and their parents will build, create, explore and play games related to arts and culture, communication, science, community, health and fitness.

Participants can win prizes all day, and at 2 p.m. a 10-year anniversary celebration will feature cupcake decorating. Some of the fan favorites returning this year include: Hayden’s Taekwondo demonstrations; “Weible’s Pick-It-Mix-It-Paint-It-Fun”; a building project with Kairos Carpenters and Habitat for Humanity; fire trucks; free ice cream; lots of make-and-take activities; sports challenges; Farm Bureau farm animals; performances by Gaslight Children’s Theatre; and the West Noble Theatre 33 Troupe.

Free lunches for children will be available, coordinated by St. John Lutheran School, along with concessions offering pork burgers and more.

“The events are intended for tot through middle school children and is always a very popular summer event,” said Becky Calhoun, coordinator of KidCity. “Last year, the event attracted an estimated 6,000 people, so it is a busy, fun day full of learning.”

A map and complete list of events will be printed the day of the event in The News Sun. The 2014 KidCity Gold sponsors are: KPC Media Group Inc., WAWK, the Dekko Foundation, Noble County REMC, the city of Kendallville, WANE-TV, Noble County Fairgrounds, Star 88.3 and Walmart Kendallville.   Reported by KPC News

Also Kendallville's Library centennial celebration features mini-golf.  The Kendallville Public Library’s centennial celebration will continue with a weekend of miniature golf in the library.

The library turned 100 years old on May 14.

A mini-golf course will be set up in the library for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, for patrons and visitors to participate in golf games, according to Jenna Anderson, the library’s marketing coordinator.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, an adults-only country club style event is planned. Guests will play a round of mini-golf, mingle and fill up with food from Big Racks BBQ & Catering, Gridiron Grill, Joanna’s Dealicious Treats, Si Senor, Burger King and McDonald’s.

The cost is $30 per person or $50 a couple. Guests can register by Sept. 5 via the library’s online events calendar at kendall villelibrary.org, and pay with cash or check at the library or credit card via PayPal at kendallvilleli brary.org/minigolf_info.htm.

The free family fun event is Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a ticket for a free T-shirt that can be redeemed at noon when the library staff and trustees unveil the library’s new logo and website. Families can enjoy bounce houses, games like Twister and inflatable sumo wrestling, a round of indoor mini-golf, a Tiny Tunes Bubble Party and more.

The Noble County Concert Association is sponsoring a free performance by the Amazing Barker Boys. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Big Racks BBQ & Catering will have food available. The Kendallville Boy Scouts Troop 57 will be selling snow cones.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, a Dining to Donate night will be be held at the Kendallville Applebee’s to raise money for the centennial events. Dining to Donate fliers are available at the local library and the Limberlost Public Library in Rome City, or online at kendallvillelibrary.org. When the fliers are given to Applebee servers on the Dining to Donate Tuesday, 15 percent of the table’s total bill will be donated to the library. Each person turning in a flier will receive a coupon for $5 off his or her next Applebee’s meal.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring mini-golf holes can call the library director at 343-2010 or email Katie Mullins at kmullins@kendallvillelibrary.org.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

7/28/2014

Hi: 72°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 50°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 

 


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Friday, 25 July 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and a wonderful weekend as well.  It was cool this morning with our temperature at 61 degrees with the humidity of 80% at 8:18am.  They say we are in for a warm up so be on the look out for it this weekend.  Do you have any plans for the weekend that will be fun?  I think we are gonna be staying home this weekend.

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

Next week we have the golf outing and our trip with the seniors to the Round Barn to see "Little Women" on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Lets see what's going on in the news.  The annex repairs approved.  The City Hall annex’s stucco facade will be removed to determine the extent of deterioration of the underlying brick work.

The work may require temporarily closing the front entrance to the clerk-treasurer’s office in the annex..

 

Local contractor K & F Construction Inc. has been hired by the Board of Public Works at a not-to-exceed cost of $15,000 to remove the existing stucco on the building at 234 S. Main St. to expose the bricks, which city officials believe have deteriorated over the years due to moisture and expansion caused by freezing.

Board members approved the bid proposal at their Tuesday morning meeting. According to specifications for bidders, roof degradation and stucco permeability has allowed moisture to penetrate into the brick work and loosen the existing surface. The work will include roof review and repair if needed, stucco removal and exterior surface stabilization if needed, sealing the facade for weather protection if needed, caulking and weather-proofing windows if needed.

The deadline for completing the project is Sept. 30.

In other business, the board:

• Approved East Noble football boosters’ request to fire a cannon at the south end of the football field during home games.

• Postponed for further information action on the East Noble class of 1969 reunion committee’s request to set off 29 sky lanterns from the Kendallville Event Center on Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. Police Chief Rob Wiley and Fire Chief Mike Riehm expressed concerns about creating a fire hazard for nearby commercial businesses and homes, and a traffic hazard for motorists on U.S. 6.

• Approved the hiring of Chad Kline and Josh Mulkey as full-time police department dispatchers. They fill vacancies created with the termination of one dispatcher and the transfer of another to the police clerk position.

• Approved water department Superintendent Scott Mosley’s request to purchase $45,000 worth of tools and parts from Everett Prescott. Mosley explained purchase orders in the past had been made on an as-needed basis. Now that the department is repairing service lines and culverts, he recommended stocking up on tools and parts needed more frequently.

• Approved Mosley’s request to purchase an excavation kit for $4,607 from Jack Doheny. The kit will be used with the vactor truck for service line repairs. By using the kit and vactor truck, water department employees don’t have to rip up sidewalk and street asphalt, saving the city about $1,000 per repair job, according to Mosley.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

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

7/25/2014

Hi: 78°

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 62°

Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

7/26/2014

Hi: 83°

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 69°

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday

7/27/2014

Hi: 83°

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Lo: 62°

Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Thursday, 24 July 2014


Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day as it does look like it will be another nice day.  It was cool this morning with our temperature at 62 degrees  and our humidity at 72% at 8:46am.  There is some wind but nothing crazy.  The weekend is getting closer to with one more day and then it starts up again.  I know it is getting closer for school to be starting up again as well.  I belive in just a couple of weeks it will be up and going.  So remember to watch out for the kids walking to school and the speed limits.

Today we have Annette with SHIP for your medicare health insurance programs.  If you need help or have some questions give us a call and we will get you an appointment to see Annette.  260-347-4226

Lets see what's going on in the news.  Park department reports kids triathlon planned.  Adults survived the KPC Newspapers in Education Sprint Triathlon in Bixler Lake Park. Now it’s the kids’ turn to show their skills and endurance.

The annual Kendallville Park and Recreation Department Kids Triathlon in Bixler Lake Park will be Saturday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. on the east side of the lake.

 

 

Kids ages 5-15 are welcome to participate in the swimming, biking and running challenges that make up the triathlon. Distances are designed for kids.

The Board of Public Works this week approved Kendallville Park and Recreation Department Recreation Director Dawn McGahen’s request to use the park facilities and city streets for the event. Lake Park Drive at Cedar Street and the road around Jansen Pavilion and the lake will be needed for the biking part of the mini-triathlon. The area will be closed to traffic during the event, which is expected to take about two hours.

Based on previous kids triathlons, McGahen expects 100 to 150 participants and about 500 spectators.

Several volunteers will be stationed along the biking and running routes, and firefighters and lifeguards will be in boats on the water to look after swimmers.

A public address announcer will call the event, and a decorated chute will be set up at the finish line for supporters to cheer on the participants.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering to help can call the park and recreation department at 347-1064.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Also Paws for a Cause set for October 25th.  The Humane Society of Noble County will hold its fourth-annual Paws for A Cause benefit for homeless pets Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6-9 p.m. at the Mid America Windmill Museum, 732 S. Allen Chapel Road.

A silent auction is one of the events planned.

 

Those wishing to support the benefit with a donation of an item for the auction can call the shelter at 347-2563.

More than half of the Humane Society of Noble County’s budget comes from private donations and fundraisers. Donations are tax deductible.   Reported by KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

7/24/2014

Hi: 76°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 53°

Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. North winds around 5 mph through midnight becoming light and variable.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Ethel Lee Luxemburg of Kendallville has passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the young age of 96 years.  Mrs. Luxemburg was born in Magnet, Indiana, Perry County, on July 4, 1918 to David and Elizabeth "Bessie" (Gans) Miller.  She married William Lloyd Luxemburg on May 4, 1938 in Owensboro, Kentucky and he preceded her in death June 25, 2005.  Ethel worked along side her husband farming and building houses for many years in the Spencer and Perry County area.  She also cleaned at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and was a cook at the Perry County Hospital both in Tell City before moving to Kendallville in 2001.  She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Kendallville.

Survivors include:
Son, Raymond and Janet Luxemburg of Kendallville.
Granddaughter, Christina and Rob Hoag of Kendallville.
Great granddaughter, Ivy Hoag.

She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Grace Luxemburg, Ruth Bollinger, and Alice Tracey.

Funeral services and visitation will be Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville with Elder Kevin Stayner officiating the funeral service.  Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm with the funeral service starting at 4:00pm.

Burial will be Monday at Orange Cemetery in Rome City with Elder Jim Tucker conducting the committal service.

Preferred memorials may be made to Kendallville Manor Healthcare Center or Heartland Hospice.

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

REST IN PEACE ETHEL

To send a condolence go to www.hitefuneralhome.com


 

 

 


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Good Morning Ya'll,

I hope you have a good day and make sure you take your umbrella when you start out this morning.  It is humid and muggy out and it has been raining but it hasn't really cleaned the air yet.  Our temperature this morning is at 68 degrees with the humidity of 93% at 8:36am.  It is cloudy and the winds are blowing variably.  Looks like our 90 degree weather is gone for a while again.  I am like this summer so far with the temperatures being decent and not too hot out there for everyone.

Today we have our First-Aid training for the half the drivers and our next one will be on August 6th.

Lets see what's going on in the news today.  Water rates may increase in Kendallville.  City water customers are facing a 3.8 percent rate increase that would be phased in over two years.

The proposed increase is based on a study of Kendallville’s water utility’s history and future needs by Umbaugh & Associates, a Plymouth-based accounting firm and the city’s financial consultant on utility rates.

 

The recommended increase affects water rates but not sewer rates. City utility customers receive a monthly combined water and sewer bill.

A ordinance proposing the rate increase is scheduled to be introduced at the Aug. 5 City Council meeting, with a public hearing scheduled for Aug. 19.

The last increase in water rates occurred in 2010.

In his report to the Board of Public Works Tuesday morning, Todd Samuelson of Umbaugh & Associates recommended the increase so city revenue keeps pace with increased costs of operating the water department, and supports capital replacement and investment and debt-service payments.

“This is not playing catch-up. This is staying on the front end of the curve,” Samuelson said.

The utility has a healthy cash balance, he added. This year, the utility is expected to have an estimated surplus of $673,000 based on estimated operating receipts of $2,050,000 and estimated operating disbursements of $1,377,000.

This year’s payment on the utility’s debt is $442,000, and the utility is expected to spend about $160,000 in capital improvements. The utility’s budget also has a cash reserve of $60,000 a year for painting the city’s elevated water storage tanks.

Samuelson recommended approximately a 3.8 percent rate increase over two years, with the first phase of the increase beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and the second phase beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

For a typical resident using 5,000 gallons a month through a five-eighths-inch residential meter, the current monthly rate is $25.94. The monthly rate would go up on Jan. 1, 2015, to $26.42, and then $26.90 on Jan. 1, 2016, for an increase of 48 cents each year.

According to an Umbaugh & Associates survey of nine other area cities and towns based on a customer using 4,000 gallons of water a month, Kendallville’s current monthly rate of $21.42 is third-lowest, with Nappanee’s monthly rate of $19.49 the lowest and Avilla’s rate of $19.60 the second-lowest.

With a $45.46 monthly bill, Auburn residential water users pay the highest water rate of area cities comparable to Kendallville’s size.

Kendallville’s position in the survey would still be fourth-lowest with the full rate increase if the other communities didn’t increase their rates by 2016.

Cities no longer have to go through the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to raise water rates. Mayor Suzanne Handshoe held a town meeting last week to explain the proposed water rate increases.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

Today's weather is supposed to be:

7/23/2014

Hi: 76°

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

Lo: 57°

Partly cloudy through midnight then clearing. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Take care and be safe.
Shelly

 

 


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Friday, 18 July 2014


Happy Friday Ya'll,

I hope you have a great day and you have a wonderful weekend!!  It was quite cool this morning with the temperature at 55 degrees at 5:30am and it is not up to 60 degrees with the humidity at 78% at 8:19am.  It should be a very nice day and especially if you want to go out to the Noble County Fairgrounds today.  What all are you planning to do as I know Saturday they are having the car show up town in Kendallville and course we won't be going as we will be camping at Chain O'Lakes for the weekend.  We will have our two youngest grandsons with us as they don't remember going camping.

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

If you need a ride anywhere here in the Kendallville or surrounding areas please give us a call and we will do our best to get you there!   260-347-4226

Lets see what's going on in the news.  East Noble increases book rental fees.  East Noble is increasing book rental fees $7 for K-12 students for the 2014-2015 school year, and one East Noble School Board trustee spoke out against the action.

Wednesday night, a majority of the East Noble School Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation to raise the book rental fees. Trustees Dexter Lutter, Barb Babcock, Steve Pyle and Dan Beall voted to approve the increase, and trustee John Wicker voted against the motion to boost the rental fee. Trustees Carol Schellenberg and Dr. David Holliday were absent from the meeting.

 

“At some point, this has to stop,” said Wicker, citing the hardship the increase may have for families of students in the school district. “Seven dollars is a big deal for parents who are struggling.”

K-8 book rental fees will increase from: kindergarten, $94.50 to $101.50; Grade 1, $108.75 to $115.75; Grade 2, $120 to $127; Grade 3, $122 to $129; Grade 4, $134.25 to $141.25; Grade 5, $169.25 to $176.25; Grade 7, $176.75 to $183.75; and Grade 8, $182.75 to $189.75.

Book rental fees for grades 9-12 vary based on what courses the students take, but rental fees will also increase $7 next year for high school students.

The increase follows a book rental fee raise of $7.45 last year.

East Noble Business Manager Brian Leitch said the increase is necessary to offset cost increases for books and materials.

The school corporation no longer purchases new hardbound textbooks, but used textbooks are expensive, said East Noble Superintendent Ann Linson. For example, she said, one used math textbook is $80 each.

“Book rental fees are not just for books, but also course materials,” she said. “Not all the courses use textbooks.”

Leitch said the fees the school corporation collects from book rentals only cover 72 percent to 75 percent of the corporation’s costs. He’s looking at ways to reduce the student technology fee for computers and the warranty cost on student computers.

Wicker argued people believe the school corporation got rid of most of the books when it went to computers for students, and book rental fees should be lower.

“We’re looking at financing the computers in a different way,” Linson said. “We don’t take these increases lightly, but we can’t continue to operate in the red.”

The school corporation can work with families to set up an extended pay plan for fees, Babcock said.   Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

I have something to say about this on school book fees and course materials.  Where I grew up back in Oklahoma there was NO such thing as book fees or course materials.  The materials that the parents had to buy was for their own child/children not for the entire class to use.  As for the books if you lost your book you paid for the book and then you would get a replacement but not until you paid for the book.  Plus we didn't have computers to take home either or to learn from...we did have a computer class but was only in high school to learn about computers.  All I know there is just way too many families who cannot afford to pay book rental fees (along with computer rental too) and having to buy the materials for their children.  Plus the family also has to buys clothes for their children too as they do out grow their clothes so this will also put a strain of having to come up with the money.  And your payment plans is crazy as most of these families are struggling to just pay their mortgage or rent, utilities, food and gas for their vehicles so they can go to work.  So you want to take away more of their money that they don't have is just crazy!  I'm done.

Also the Kendallville Library renovations to begin later this month.  Renovation of the Kendallville Public Library’s lower level will begin on July 28 and be completed within approximately 90 days.

Wednesday night, the Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees, meeting in a special session, hired Michael Kinder and Sons Inc. of Fort Wayne to finish approximately 8,600 square feet of the library’s lower level that was left unfinished to save money when the library was completed in June 2007.

 

The unheated space has been used as a storage and work area for library staff.

The company’s bid of $417,000 was more than $3,000 lower than the next closest bid, and nearly $60,000 less than the highest bid, according to Jenna Anderson, the library’s marketing coordinator. Other bids were received from: C3 Construction Services, $450,870; Hamilton Hunter Builders, $420,523; Milestone Construction, $467,000; and Gibson Lewis LLC, $453,100.

Board members had previously approved a total project budget of $593,000, which included costs for furniture and some equipment. With the construction bid coming in lower than expected, the library will have more than $170,000 for additional expenses incurred to finish the space, according to Anderson.

The library has money for the project and will not need to seek additional funding.

Renovation work will include a kitchen, a dedicated Friends of the Library area and three large meeting rooms, with one room used primarily for children’s programming. When completed, the rooms will be available for public use.    Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News

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

7/18/2014

Hi: 78°

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.

Lo: 56°

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds around 5 mph.

Saturday

7/19/2014

Hi: 82°

Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 63°

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

7/20/2014

Hi: 81°

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Lo: 66°

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs in the mid 80s.

Take care and have a wonderfully safe weekend.
Shelly

 

 

 

 

 

 


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