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January 19, 2017

Old Type Writer

Whitley County native Roy Sexton brings us a review of the acclaimed film Hidden Figure, which is currently showing at Bones Theatre. Follow the link below to read his review:

ACD museum plans second event in curatorial series

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The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum offers the second segment in its Curatorial Spotlight series with a presentation titled FREEDOM RIDES: The Impact of Transportation on the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation will take place on February 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Metal Technologies, Inc. Education Center at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and is given as a tribute to Black History Month.
In this presentation Joan Eardly, Education Manager and Curatorial Assistant for the Museum, will explore how bus transportation impacted segregation policies during the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century. By 1961 the United States Supreme Court ruled racial segregation unconstitutional. Bus transportation on both national and local levels was used to enforce that legislation.
The Curatorial Spotlight Series is provided by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as part of their regular admission offerings and is free with museum admission. Presentations occur the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum - where the world's finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Shop the Museum Store online today at

State accepting nominations for Century, Half Century awards

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The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.
Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate and be recognized in the spring. Applications are due by February 10.
Qualifying criteria is as follows:
The business must have had continuous operations in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years by Dec. 31, 2016.
The business must have participated in the same line of work for the duration of its operations. If different, an explanation of the evolution into the current business must be provided on the nomination form.
The business must have had its base in the state of Indiana since it was founded.
Not-for-profit corporations and hospitals are not eligible.
The business must recognize, acknowledge and agree that it is in full compliance with the Indiana Secretary of State, Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development by signing the application.
The business must not have previously received a Century or Half Century award from the state of Indiana. Previous Half Century Award recipients may qualify for a Century Award.
Eligible companies are encouraged to complete the online application. Please visit the IEDC website for additional programmatic details at

January 17, 2017

Whitley County Chamber of Commerce's 2017 Legislative Forum series continues Saturday

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce will host the next in it's winter series of Chamber Legislative Forums on Saturday.
The Chamber Legislative Forum will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, located at the corner of Market and Chauncey Streets in downtown Columbia City.
The forum will feature dialog between constituents and State Representative Chris Judy as well as State Senator Andy Zay. Specifically, Judy would like to talk with constituents about the road funding bill before it goes into the next committee hearing.
This Chamber event is open to the community as an effort to help residents become informed on legislative issues. There is no admission to attend and all are welcome.
A newly formed, non-partisan Chamber Legislative Committee has been created and any Chamber member is welcome to join. For additional information, contact Jennifer Romano at

Local high schools invited to 'Paint the Plow'

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The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the kick off of its 2017 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT's Winter Operations all year long.
INDOT Fort Wayne District invites high schools within district boundaries to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found online at
In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school's community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school's art program.
Paint the Plow is open to all high schools and career-technical schools in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Consideration will also be given to schools in Blackford, Fulton, and Jay counties, as portions of these counties are located within the district boundaries. Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.
For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign, contact Nichole Thomas at 260-969-8219 or by email at

Ronald McDonald House celebrates 15 years of serving families

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The Ronald McDonald House at Parkview Regional Medical Center celebrated its 15th year of serving families Tuesday.
Fifteen years ago this week, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana opened the first Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Fort Wayne at Parkview Hospital Randallia. The first RMH featured 2,800 square feet and 6 guestrooms. In November of 2012, the Ronald McDonald House at Parkview relocated to the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus on the main floor of the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House at Parkview currently features nearly 11,000 square feet and 15 guestrooms, thanks to an expansion in May of 2015. The RMH also offers families large, comfortable gathering spaces, laundry and a full kitchen offering snacks and meals.
Since 2002, the Ronald McDonald House has been home to more than 12,000 families. For parents of seriously ill or injured children, the Ronald McDonald House is a place to step away from their worries for a little while, grab a shower, hot meal or some much needed rest all while being just a short walk from their child. Families draw support from each other, and from the caring staff and volunteers who help them through a truly difficult time in their lives.
Thanks to mission partners, McDonald's and Parkview Health, as well as a community of individual and corporate donors, the Ronald McDonald House at Parkview remains free of charge to guest families.
The Ronald McDonald House at Parkview is operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana. The Ronald McDonald House serves the families of all dependent children 21 and under and is available at absolutely no charge to the guest families. The Ronald McDonald House is an independent 501c3. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House, or to learn how you can help, visit www.rmhc-

January 13, 2017

Whitko work session slated for Monday

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A joint work session for the Whitko School Board of Trustees and the administrative team will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 in the Superintendent's office at Whitko Middle School in Larwill.
The stated purpose of the meeting is for planning and discussion.
Whitko Schools' administrative office is located at 710 North SR 5, Suite B, in Larwill.

Long shares list of legislative priorities

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As the 2017 legislative session gets underway, lawmakers will be considering a wide range of topics. This morning, State Senator David Long, who represents a portion of Whitley County, issued his list of top legislative priorities for this session:
- Passing another balanced two-year state budget - Fund all of Indiana's priorities while maintaining our track record of fiscal responsibility
- Creating a long-term road funding plan - Support our growing economy by finding new funding sources to maintain and expand our state's road infrastructure
- Fighting opioid abuse - Attack the opioid-abuse epidemic with a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, enforcement, treatment and data collection
- Replacing the outdated ISTEP test - Find a shorter, more effective test to measure student growth and achievement
- Improving Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the school funding formula and fixing the overall structure of workforce development - Ensure the funding formula for high school CTE courses supports our schools in preparing students for today's economy and reform Indiana's workforce development efforts
- Passing a balanced budget amendment - Give Hoosier voters the chance to add an amendment to our state constitution that would prohibit state spending from exceeding state revenue
- Fixing Indiana's e-liquids law - Level the playing field for e-liquids manufacturers while maintaining strong consumer protections
Long stated that he encourages constituents to visit to follow along throughout the legislative process. Via this website, you can stream session and committee meetings and track legislation.

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Plan ahead if you plan to travel

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Weather reports are predicting the potential for a variety of weather conditions across the state, including freezing rain and ice. Some of the main risks are downed power lines and potentially unsafe travel conditions.
State authorities - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service - are advising Hoosiers to be ready to keep a close eye on weather and road conditions, and make some basic preparations.

Monitor Conditions

Stay in touch with dependable weather sources. These include the National Weather Service:
Before deciding to drive, check road and traffic conditions at, 800-261-ROAD (7623) or by turning on the traffic feature on a mobile mapping app. County governments post color-coded travel advisories on the Homeland Security website at
The state homeland security travel advisory map is also available for mobile devices. Search for Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone ( ) in the App Store, and Android ( ) in the Google Play Store.
State, county and city law enforcement officials remind citizens that the best sources for accurate road and weather information are the links included in this release, as well as local radio at TV news stations. Please do not call police agencies to ask about road conditions. Avoiding such calls helps keep phone lines open for true emergency calls.

Is Travel Necessary?
Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary during times of bad weather. Can travel be delayed? Sometimes travel is better during daylight hours when ice is more likely to melt.
If travel is necessary, let someone know the route, expected time of arrival and how to make contact. Charge cell phones before leaving. For safe driving tips, go to
If stranded, do not leave the car unless there is a better shelter within view nearby that can be easily accessed. While in a vehicle, even while stranded, continue to wear seat belts. Call for help. If unable to call for help, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm and keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make a Car Preparedness Kit:
Gather supplies for vehicles in the event travel is necessary.
Cell phone and mobile device chargers
Bottled water
Sand or kitty litter
Extra blankets
A hand crank flashlight or battery powered flashlight with extra batteries
Booster (jumper) cables
Nonperishable food, such as high protein snacks
First-aid kit

For more winter weather preparedness information, visit, or
To keep up with developments on social media, for state homeland security visit or @IDHS on Twitter​. For INDOT, visit: . For ISP, go to