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October 20, 2017

Internship applications due October 31 for House Republicans

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The application deadline to intern with Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session is quickly approaching.
Our paid internships offer the chance to get an inside look at how state government works while gaining valuable hands-on experience. It's a unique opportunity for college students to work at the Indiana Statehouse during the spring semester and help state lawmakers throughout the legislative session.
Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. In addition to getting paid, students can earn academic credit through their college or university. This one-of-a-kind experience offers networking opportunities and could open the door to a professional career.
Completed applications must be received by Oct. 31. Click here for information about our internship opportunities and application process.
For more information, visit

October 19, 2017

Expect lane restrictions and flagging over Eel River bridge in South Whitley

From reports

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that debris removal is scheduled for several bridges in Adams, Blackford, LaGrange, Miami, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties beginning on or after Wednesday, October 25, weather permitting.
In Whitley County, lane restrictions can be expected on SR 5 over the Eel River, between South Water Street and West Elm Street in the town of South Whitley.
Drivers are cautioned to expect stopped traffic, lane restrictions and/or flaggers directing traffic in the following other regional locations:
S.R. 1 over the Wabash River, between East Division Street and Water Street in the City of Bluffton
S.R. 9 over the Pigeon River, between Wayne Street and C.R. E 500 N in LaGrange County
S.R. 15 over the Eel River, between C.R. 895 N and Reahard Road in Wabash County
S.R. 18 over the Salamonie River, between East River Road and C.R. N 600 E in Blackford County
S.R. 19 over the Wabash River, between East Canal Street and East Riverside Drive in the City of Peru
U.S. 31 over the Eel River, between West Eel River Road and C.R. W 300 N in Miami County
S.R. 218 over the Wabash River, between S.R. 16 and C.R. 500 W in Adams County
U.S. 224 over the St. Mary's River, between Front Street and Limberlost Train in the City of Decatur
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through any active construction zone.
Work on the bridges is expected to be complete by late November, weather permitting. The combined contract was awarded to Pioneer and Associates for $223,000.

Junior Achievement of Whitley County seeks volunteers

From reports

Volunteering creates the happiness effect. Studies have found that those who engage with their community through volunteer work are happier people. As working professionals, the busier we become the harder it is to find the time to volunteer. However, if you find something you're passionate about it can help you relieve stress, learn new skills and even advance your career.
Jordan Burkholder has experienced this first hand. He has a demanding career as a product manager at Steel Dynamics in Columbia City, but he looks forward to volunteering his time with Junior Achievement of Whitley County.JABurkholder1017.jpg
"Two years ago I started teaching Personal Finance courses through Junior Achievement of Whitley County at Columbia City High School. I have always had a passion for teaching, so I was excited to get in the classroom and share my experiences with the students," explains Jordan Burkholder, JA Volunteer and Board Member for Whitley County.
"When I was in high school and college, I looked forward to the guest speakers from the real world. I think students need people other than their teachers to invest in them and their education," says Jordan. "No matter how busy I am with my work at Steel Dynamics, I continually look forward to spending time in the classroom. A month ago I joined the JA Whitley County Board of Directors because it allows me to get more involved with the JA programs. In addition to spending time in the classroom, I look forward to working with the JA Board to expand the reach and influence of the Junior Achievement programs in Whitley County."
Join the Happiness
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Locally, all Whitley County programs are funded by businesses and individuals donating their time and money to the Program. JA is currently looking for volunteers in the classroom.
JA provides the entire curriculum for the programs, all of the materials and handouts, but what makes each program unique is the experiences that a volunteer brings to the table and then shares about THEIR company. Having a local professional deliver the JA programs allow the students to become familiar with job opportunities in their own county.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity to volunteer, please contact Maureen Shippy at 260-484-2543 or To learn more about JA programs, you can visit their website at

Grace College plans FunFest for families

From reports

Grace College is pleased to host its 28th-annual FunFest on Friday, October 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. The event is free and open to all children and their families.
"FunFest is a long-standing tradition on Grace's campus. Almost 30 years!" said Kearstin Criswell, director of student involvement at Grace College. "Every year, we're blessed to host hundreds of children in the Gordon Recreation Center and offer them a fun, lighthearted alternative to the usual Halloween festivities."
At FunFest, children will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, food and games. This year's theme is Disney. Children are invited to dress in their favorite Disney-themed attire or any costume of their choice.
"We love interacting with our community through family-friendly events like this one," said Kamry Williams, a senior at Grace College and organizer of FunFest. "Our student volunteers can't wait to serve local kids and families." Nearly 60 Grace students have volunteered to help run the event.
"This year, we will be collecting paper towels for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts," Criswell added. "Please consider bringing paper towels to help us support families impacted by the hurricane in Texas."

Fort Wayne Metals to add up to 337 jobs in northeast Indiana

From reports

Fort Wayne Metals, which produces precision wire, strands and cables for the medical device industry, announced plans today to expand its Allen County operations, creating up to 337 new jobs by 2021.
"Indiana has earned a reputation as one of the world's leading medical device hubs," Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. "Every day, Hoosiers are at work developing new life-saving solutions, and I'm excited to see that trend continue with the growth of our life sciences sector and industry-leading firms like Fort Wayne Metals."
The company, which was established in Fort Wayne in 1946 and now has operations across the world, will invest $51.1 million to expand and enhance its northeast Indiana operations. In order to meet growing demand for its products, Fort Wayne Metals plans to construct a two-story, 40,000-square-foot addition to their corporate office building at 9609 Ardmore Ave. and will also revitalize a 60,000-square-foot building at 4202 Piper Drive, which they recently purchased for expansion. With construction scheduled to begin in 2017, the project will increase the company's production capacity for precision wire and wire-based components for the medical device industry and other critical applications.
Fort Wayne Metals' products are distributed globally and used in various medical device markets, including vascular therapy, cardiac rhythm management, endoscopy, orthopedics, dental, neuromodulation and neurostimulation. The company is one of 1,687 life sciences firms in Indiana that employ more than 56,000 Hoosiers. According to BioCrossroads, these firms help Indiana export $9.6 billion of life sciences products annually, ranking No. 2 in the nation.
"As we continue to be innovative leaders of life-saving, high-quality material solutions, we are experiencing a global increase in demand", said Troy Linder chief financial officer of Fort Wayne Metals. "Our investment in facilities and people will help build the infrastructure necessary to meet this demand, and we are excited to be able to partner with the IEDC and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. to continue to expand our footprint in Fort Wayne."
Fort Wayne Metals currently employs more than 800 full-time associates at production facilities in Fort Wayne and Columbia City. The new jobs will be created in all areas of the business, including production and maintenance, business systems, thermal processing, statistical process control, regulatory compliance, production maintenance, environmental safety and more. To learn more and apply, visit
"I continue to be encouraged by the job growth and private investment we're experiencing in our community," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "We're appreciative of the commitment by Fort Wayne Metals. Their decision to expand and add hundreds of new jobs is another example of the positive momentum we're seeing in Fort Wayne."
Fort Wayne Metals is a global leader in manufacturing precision wire and related components for use in life-saving medical devices and other critical applications as well as non-medical applications, including aerospace and defense, industrial and resistance wire. In addition to its facilities in North America, the company also has locations around the globe throughout Asia, Central America and Europe.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Fort Wayne Metals up to $84,000 in training grants and up to $3,449,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation and investment plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana Works will consider additional incentives at the request of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

New scholarship opportunity targets non-traditional students

From reports

The Community Foundation of Whitley County is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for local residents who are non-traditional students.
Whether returning to school after several years or simply looking to attain a higher degree, the SRC Scholarship was created to assist students who are not recent high school graduates. The scholarship may be used for a college, graduate school, or trade school program. Applicants should have aspirations for a science-related career, such as nursing, microbiology, or veterinary technology.
Applications can be found on the Foundation's website at . Deadline for submission is November 3, 2017.
For more information contact the Foundation at 260-244-5224

Old Type Writer

Meander down memory lane once again with columnist Susie Duncan Sexton as she remembers a collision of Halloween and politics leading up to Election Day in her latest installment of Old Type Writer. Click here to read it!