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February 10, 2016

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announces resignation

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Indiana's Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Tuesday that she would be leaving her post to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College. Ellspermann is shown here with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel during a summer 2015 visit to Whitley County.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

On Tuesday, Indiana's 50th Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann formally announced her plans to resign from public office to pursue a position as the president of Ivy Tech Community College.
"In each of our lives, not everything lines up in perfect timing.  In my case, the unique opportunity to apply for the office of President at Ivy Tech presented itself.  As previously stated, I was approached by friends of Ivy Tech about the position to which I gave thoughtful consideration.  I then took this opportunity to the Governor and we agreed that this might be an even better 'seat on the bus' for me as leading Ivy Tech could impact workforce development and the economic future of our state in a very significant way," Ellspermann shared in a statement Tuesday afternoon. 
Ellspermann has begun her transition out of office. Governor Mike Pence has announced that former Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb will be Ellspermann's replacement. Holcomb's appointment would need to be approved by the state legislature.
"I am pleased that Governor Pence has selected Eric Holcomb as his recommendation to succeed me as Lieutenant Governor," she continued. "Eric has had a distinguished career in public service with two of Indiana's outstanding leaders.  He understands State government from his work as Governor Daniel's deputy chief of staff and the Federal government as Senator Coats' state chief of staff.  Further, his service in the Navy demonstrates his commitment to our nation.  I look forward to working with Eric as we implement a seamless transition over the coming weeks."
Ellspermann said she was honored to serve in the office of Lieutenant Governor during the last three and a half years.
"I am grateful to Hoosiers and Governor Pence for entrusting me with the office of Lieutenant Governor and its statutory responsibilities.  The opportunity to serve this great state of Indiana has been a true honor and one that I pass along with great pride and even higher expectations to Eric Holcomb," said Ellspermann.

Whitley County native Roy Sexton to appear in Ann Arbor show

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(Talk of the Town photo provided)
Whitley County native Roy Sexton, far left above, will appear in the Ann Arbor Penny Seats Theatre Company's upcoming show.
Join Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre Company Thursday evenings, February 11th, 18th, 25th, and March 3rd, for the mesmerizing music, humor, and sentiment of the one and only Jacques Brel. Originally performed off-Broadway in 1968, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris has enjoyed continuing success, and was revived Off-Broadway in 2006, to considerable acclaim. The Penny Seats are performing the show as a dinner theatre event in partnership with Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant. You can purchase dinner-and-a-show tickets for just $20 each (dinner seatings begin at 6pm), or show-only tickets for $10. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. in Conor O'Neill's Celtic Room. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended at www.pennyseats.org or by phone at (734) 926-5346. (View a performance clip here - http://youtu.be/3YSrkyCtnQA - of "Madeleine" in rehearsal.)
The musical revue stars Brendan Kelly of Ypsilanti, Natalie Rose Sevick of Swartz Creek, Lauren London of Ann Arbor, and Roy Sexton, formerly of Whitley County and now of Saline, Michigan. Laura Sagolla (of Ann Arbor) directs, Richard Alder (of Westland) serves as music director and Paige Martin (of Ann Arbor) choreographs. Technical direction is provided by Stephen Hankes (of Ann Arbor).
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris will be the first of three shows comprising The Penny Seats' 2016 season.  The group plans to stage productions of The Canterbury Tales and Xanadu at West Park this summer, from June 16 through July 30.

INDOT offering internships, scholarships

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for Governor's Summer Internships paying $11.30 per hour and civil engineering scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester.
"INDOT employs a staff of more than 3,400 to build and maintain 28,800 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes," said Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. "INDOT strives to be an employer of choice. College internships and scholarships are some of the ways that we attract top talent."

Governor's summer interns
INDOT is accepting resumes through Friday, February 26, for Governor's Public Service Summer Internship positions at its offices in Crawfordsville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, LaPorte, Seymour and Vincennes.
Governor's Summer Interns will spend at least 50 percent of their time on a predetermined project that enhances college-level skills and abilities. Candidates must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate with an accredited post-secondary institution and have completed at least one year of undergraduate education. Students who are graduating in May 2016 are eligible to apply.
Selected interns may pick a start and end date between May and August that best fits their academic schedule. For more information about applying to the Governor's Public Service Summer Internship program and to view available internships, visit www.in.gov/spd/2335.htm

Scholarship
INDOT's civil-engineering scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in a variety of full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.
Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Purdue University Calumet, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University.
Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year must be postmarked by Thursday, March 31.

Scams involving the IRS reported

From reports

The Columbia City Police Department has received multiple reports from residents of phone scams targeting taxpayers recently.
According to reports, victims are informed they owe money to the IRS and are threatened with an arrest and/or suspension of their driver's license if the amount owed is not paid immediately. Taxpayers are typically being told to make the payment with a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
Scammers are described as having mid-eastern accents, speak broken English and become hostile and insulting. Many calls appear to be placed from (425) 748-9302 and call approximately every 45 minutes.
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Complaints of scams can be directed to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the Columbia City Police Department at 248-5121.

February 9, 2016

Weather spotter training comes to Whitley County in March

From reports

The 2016 Skywarn weather spotter training will be held in Whitley County on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Indian Springs Middle School. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Indian Springs Middle School, just south of Columbia City off SR 9.
The training will help participants identify important weather changes and conditions. The training is presented by the National Weather Service.
Online registration is available at http://goo.gl/3uV7VW or by calling 248-3167.

Whitley County YMCA hosting dance for county middle school students

From reports

The Whitley County Family YMCA will host a Valentine's Day Dance for a middle schoolers in Whitley County.
The dance is scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YMCA. The event will include pizza, snacks, swimming, dodge ball and a live DJ.
Admission is $3 per student in grades 6 to 8 from any school.

Banks to enjoy coffee and conversation with constituents in South Whitley on Saturday

From reports

State Senator Jim Banks will be at Moyer's Corner Cafe in South Whitley Saturday, February 13, arriving at noon. Residents are welcome to stop in and talk with the Senator about any topic.

Banks is chairman of the Senate's veteran affairs and military committee and works on the education and workforce development, pensions and labor and homeland security and transportation committees.

Banks has recently filed his candidacy as a congressional representative for Indiana's Third District.

Banks to enjoy coffee and conversation in South Whitley on Saturday

From reports

State Senator Jim Banks will be at Moyer's Corner Cafe in South Whitley Saturday, February 13, arriving at noon. Residents are welcome to stop in and talk with the Senator about any topic.

Banks is chairman of the Senate's veteran affairs and military committee and works on the education and workforce development, pensions and labor and homeland security and transportation committees.

Banks has recently filed his candidacy as a congressional representative for Indiana's Third District.

February 8, 2016

INDOT deploys yellow salt trucks ahead of falling temperatures, snow

Snow Squalls Suddenly Degrade Visibility, Road Conditions

The Indiana Department of Transportation has 315 yellow salt trucks deployed as of this morning to patrol interstates, U.S. highways and state routes ahead of falling pavement temperatures and winter precipitation. A series of storms may drop up to 3 inches of snow across Indiana this week with additional lake-effect snow possible in the South Bend area.

INDOT maintenance supervisors will continue to monitor weather radar and forecasts, and adjust manpower, trucks and materials to address changes in forecasted and observed road conditions. Each plow route takes 2-3 hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes. Trained employees are on call to staff plow trucks around the clock with alternating shifts of 12 hours or more.

Snow squall warning

The National Weather Service office in Indianapolis says there is a potential for "snow squalls" this afternoon through Tuesday. Localized heavy snowfall combined with surface wind gusts up to 25 mph produce sudden reductions in road conditions and visibility with near whiteout conditions, which increase chances for multi-vehicle crashes.

Drivers who see a "wall" of snow ahead associated with a snow squall should immediately take the following steps to improve visibility and safety:

Before you depart, fully clear off your front and rear windshields and side mirrors.
Choose direct routes instead of longer trips on higher-speed roads and highways.
Take your foot off the gas and turn off cruise control, especially on high-speed highways. No one should be traveling at interstate speeds during winter weather. Law enforcement will be writing citations for drivers going faster than conditions merit and putting others in harm's way.
Use your low-beam lamps if your vehicle is equipped.
Increase following distance so you can barely see the taillights of any vehicles in front of you.
Turn on emergency flashers if you are stopped or traveling slower than other vehicles.
If you need to stop, try to exit or turn off the main highway. If you must stop on the shoulders, pull as far away from the travel lanes as possible.
Regularly fill your gas tank and charge your mobile phone.
Apply anti-lock brakes firmly. Pump brakes that are not anti-lock.
Do not overcorrect with steering.
Low temperatures

Temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing by Tuesday night, requiring road salt to work harder to melt snow and ice. Granular salt helps to add traction while lowering the temperature at which the ice melts. INDOT may mix road salt with sand or specialty chemicals that help it work more effectively in these conditions.

Sub-freezing temperatures increase the chances of melt-water refreezing into "black ice" or "slick spots" that may be difficult for drivers to distinguish from dry pavement. Areas that receive less direct sunlight are common places for slick spots. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles and large trucks are no match if all tires are on ice.

Know before you go

There are several state resources that drivers can access to "know before you go":

Counties post travel advisories as new information is available to http://in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory or the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone or Android.
INDOT maintenance staff report color-coded winter driving conditions on INDOT's TrafficWise map at http://indot.carsprogram.org. Road conditions are defined as: (1) Gray: Good, the road is clear (2) Blue: Fair, speed is reduced due to isolated patches of snow and ice, and (3) Violet: Difficult or hazardous, speed is reduced due to snow and/or ice covered pavement
Dial INDOT's hotline toll-free at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.
Find your regional INDOT district on Facebook and Twitter at http://in.gov/indot/3074.htm.

Grace Lutheran hosting tenderloin fry Tuesday

From reports

Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City will host an all-you-can-eat tenderloin fry this Tuesday, February 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. Gaerte's will prepare the meal.
The cost is $9.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and under.

CCHS art teachers offering group drawing, painting classes to fund club

From reports

The Columbia City High School Art Department is offering drawing and painting classes for groups. Classes will offer step by step tutorials on how to create a finished piece of art. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Tamara Banks at bankstj@wccsonline.com, Brandon Davidson at davidsonbm@wccsonline.com, Valerie Michel at michelvm@wccsonline.com or Hannah Pease at peasehm@wccsonline.com Proceeds from the classes will benefit the CCHS Art Club.

Red Cross blood drive is March 3

From reports

An upcoming Red Cross Bloodmobile is planned for March 3, 2016, at Columbia City United Methodist Church. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. Walk-ins will be welcome.

February 5, 2016

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge's race heats up with Hockemeyer, Rentschler

Douglas Fahl is unopposed in Superior Court Judge's race

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The Whitley County Circuit Court Judge's race has heated up -- with two candidates filing for the May Republican Primary Election.
Currently the Whitley County Prosecutor, Matthew Rentschler declared his candidacy for the seat in January.
On Wednesday, Columbia City attorney Greggory Hockemeyer filed the necessary paperwork with the state to join the race.
Rentschler and Hockemeyer will square off in the Republican primary on May 3, 2016.
Whitley County Superior Court Judge Douglas Fahl will be unopposed in the Republican primary as he seeks to retain his seat.

Chamber Ambassadors celebrate new business

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(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
An entourage of business owners, business leaders and non-profit representatives could be seen walking through downtown Columbia City, above, this morning in celebration of yet another new business venture launching locally. Called the Whitley County Chamber Ambassadors, the team is comprised of local Chamber members who are among the first to celebrate new or expanding businesses in the community. This week alone, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of three businesses with ribbon cutting ceremonies. Above, from left, are Chamber Ambassadors Scott Tyree, Don Mockler and Jay MacIntosh.

The Urban Skillet throws down the spatula in The Center Cookoff

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Always an evening of culinary surprises, four local businesses will compete for plaques and, probably more importantly, bragging rights at The Center for Whitley County Youth's 2016 The Center Cookoff.
Held the evening of April 14, the event will be held at First Church of God in Columbia City. Three of last year's competitors will return joined by newcomer The Urban Station. Owned by Kristin Spangle, The Urban Station is located in downtown Columbia City at the corner of North Main Street and Jackson Street, serving up an ever evolving menu of soups, sandwiches, wraps, Asian-inspired dishes and items less often seen locally such as pho and sushi.
The Urban Station will compete against returning teams from Jill Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, Bruno's BBQ and Catering and Ceruti's at Eagle Glen Event Center.
The annual The Center Cookoff is now in it's ninth year, with the second year of their professional level competition. Proceeds from the annual event support The Center for Whitley County Youth's programming to support at-risk youth in the community.

Additional information about this annual event, including seating details, will be posted as soon as it is available on Talk of the Town.

Community Voices

On Community Voices, our local Edward Jones Investment advisor Don Mockler addresses concerns about how the presidential election may impact investments. Click here to read it.

Constituents gather with questions, concerns at Whitley County Chamber's annual Legislative Forum

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Republican showdown for District 3 county commissioner's seat

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

As the hours ticked closer to noon on Friday, another candidate joined the race for Whitley County Commissioner in District 3.
Phillip Valjack filed for candidacy to challenge incumbent commissioner Don Amber for the District 3 seat in the May Republican Primary.
District 3 is comprised of Smith, Union and Jefferson Townships. Amber is a resident of Smith Township. Valjack is a resident of Union Township. The winner of the May Republican Primary Election may face a yet-unknown Democratic challenger for the November General Election.
In District 1, Tom Western remains unchallenged in the May primary. Current commissioner Tom Rethlake is not seeking re-election.

Seven challengers rally for at-large seats on Whitley County Council

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

By the noon filing deadline on Friday, a total of seven Whitley County residents declared their candidacy for one of three Whitley County Council at-large seats in the May Republican primary Primary Election.
Candidates include newcomers James Argerbright, Chad Banks, Matt Boyd, Ronald Glassley and Thor Hodges as well as incumbents Bill Overdeer and Paula Reimers.

Eighteen candidates file for State Convention

From reports

A total of 18 candidates filed for one of 13 spots on the roster of Whitley County's Republican delegates to the State Convention.
Candidates will include Jim Banks, Matt Boyd, Ryan Daniel, Judith Earnhart, Richard (Dick) Goodwin, Neil Hanni, Laurell Hodges, Larry Long, Jon Myers, Mark Roach, Jana Schinbeckler, Terry L. Smith, Justin Stinson, Joan Western, Jennifer Zartman Romano, Debra Zawlocki, Linda Zimmerman and Max Zimmerman Jr.

Horizon Bancorp and Kosciusko Financial, Inc. announce signing of a merger agreement

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Horizon Bancorp (NASDAQ GS: HBNC, "Horizon") and Kosciusko Financial, Inc. (Privately Held "Kosciusko"), today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby Horizon will acquire Kosciusko and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Farmers State Bank, an Indiana state chartered bank, through a stock and cash merger. 
Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of Kosciusko will have the option to receive $81.75 per share in cash or 3.0122 shares of Horizon common stock for each share of Kosciusko's common stock or a combination thereof, provided the overall shares exchanged consist of 65% stock and 35% cash. Based upon the February 3, 2016, closing price of $23.99 per share of Horizon common stock, the transaction has an implied valuation of approximately $22.5 million.
Established in 1892 and headquartered in Mentone, Indiana, Kosciusko, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Farmers State Bank, serves northeastIndiana with five full-service banking locations.  As of December 31, 2015, Kosciusko had total assets of approximately $148.2 million and total equity of $16.5 million, translating to an equity to asset ratio of 11.1%.
Horizon Bancorp is a community bank holding company headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana with total assets of $2.7 billion as of December 31, 2015.  Horizon Bancorp's wholly-owned subsidiary, Horizon Bank, NA ("Horizon Bank"), still operates under its original charter, dating back to 1873, with forty-six offices extending throughout northern and central Indiana and southwestern and central Michigan.
"We are enthusiastic about this merger, as it is consistent with Horizon's philosophy of partnering with banks that hold core values similar to ours and a commitment to serving their local communities," said Horizon's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Craig M. Dwight.  "Farmers State Bank was founded with the goal of People First Banking, which complements Horizon's value of customers being our #1 focus.  Horizon will add value to Farmers State Bank's customer base through our customer service guarantees, extensive product menu and on-line banking services.  In addition, Farmers State Bank's agricultural, business banking and mortgage lending services align well with Horizon's primary revenue streams.  We believe our complementary product offerings and commitment to engaging the local community is a winning combination for our shareholders, employees, customers and the community at large."
Dwight further explained that the Kosciuskomerger provides an excellent complement to Horizon's existing branch locations in the vibrant northeast Indiana market. "We believe increasing our presence in this region will provide Horizon with substantial growth opportunities and the ability to attract and retain seasoned bankers, which are key components to our future success," Dwight commented.
"Farmers State Bank's experienced team of community bankers, with a shared philosophy of providing exceptional customer service and commitment to the community, will enhance Horizon's franchise value," continued Dwight.  Horizon has a track record of establishing local advisory boards to maintain the pulse of the local community.  Dwight indicated that such an advisory board will be established for Kosciusko County following the merger.
Greg Maxwell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmers State Bank stated, "We are pleased with the opportunity to partner with the Horizon Bank family and the increased opportunities this provides our customers, employees and the communities we serve.  Horizon's demonstrated commitment to preserve true community banking, which means local decision-making, retention of local staff, commitment to community involvement, and personal one-on-one service, will be keys to our joint and future success." 
The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016, subject to approval by bank regulatory authorities and the shareholders of Kosciusko, as well as the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Farmers State Bank will be merged into Horizon Bank, and the combined operations will be continued under the Horizon Bank name.
Horizon Bancorp was advised by Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.  Kosciusko was advised by Austin Associates, LLC and the law firms of Rockhill Pinnick LLP and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

February 4, 2016

Ashten Barnes signs on to play football for Marian University in the fall

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Considering a run for Commissioner? Deadline to file for May Republican Primary is Friday at noon

From reports

If you've been tossing around the idea of running for Whitley County Commissioner or seeking one of the other open seats in the upcoming May Republican Primary election, your hours to act are passing quickly.
All candidates wanting their names on the ballot in May will need to file by noon this Friday, February 5, in the Whitley County Election Office, located in Room 18 of the Whitley County Courthouse. The courthouse will be open until 4:30 p.m. today.
Individuals interested in filing to run as a candidate for Commissioner in District 1 must live in Cleveland, Richland or Etna-Troy Townships. Those interested in filing for candidacy in Commissioner District 3 must live in Jefferson, Smith or Union Townships. Thus far, Whitley County councilman Thomas Western has filed for District 1 Commissioner and incumbent Don Amber has filed for re-election as District 3 Commissioner.
Three County Council members will be selected from a sea of candidates, including James Argerbright, Chad Banks, Ronald L Glassley, Thor A Hodges, Bill Overdeer and Paula Reimers, who have filed as of this morning. Rumors circulate that other candidates may be considering a run in this race as well.
The County Treasurer's race has two candidates, including incumbent Laurell Hodges and Steven Hively.
Only one candidate has filed for the Coroner's race, Frederick R. (Randy) Dellinger.
As of this morning, no candidates have filed to run as County Surveyor.

Quest for Republican precinct committee seats heats up with contested races

From reports

The increasingly important role of precinct committeemen in determining office holders seems to have sparked some excitement in the local Republican primary this spring.
Many precinct committee seats are contested as candidates continue to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot in May.
Candidates who have filed thus far include:
Cleveland Northeast - Wayne T (Tom) Crowder & Jorell T Tucker
Cleveland Northwest - Judith Earnhart
Cleveland South - Laurell E Hodges
Columbia Northeast - Matt Boyd
Columbia South - Joseph L Simon & Jason Spencer
Columbia 2 - Beth E Glassley
Columbia 3 - Debbie Fairchild
Columbia 4 - Ryan L Daniel & Lisa A Richmond
Columbia 5 - Donald W Langeloh
Columbia 6 - Rosemary Brown
Columbia 7 - Jennifer Zartman Romano
Columbia 8 - Michael R Engle & Mary Ann McClusky
Etna - Chad Banks
Troy - David Heckman & Joan E Western
Jefferson East - Chad A Nix
Jefferson West - Joan K Null
Richland North - Cory Patrick & Mark A Zumbrun
Richland South - Eddie D Myers & Lisa Rossiter
Smith East - Carole Jacquay
Smith Northeast - Neil Hanni
Smith South - John M Barrett & Ron McNeal
Smith West - Marcus (Marc) E Gatton & Linda Zimmerman
Thorncreek North - Paul Zilz
Thorncreek Northeast - Paula Reimers
Thorncreek Northwest - Lee Baatz
Thorncreek South - Jon Myers & Justin Stinson
Union Columbia City - Jim Banks
Union East - Brandon C Forrester
Union West - Roger Metzger
Washington North - Levi R Knach
Washington South - Jeff Ott
Several precincts do not currently have candidates, including Smith Northwest, Columbia 1 and Columbia Northwest.
Candidates have until noon on Friday, February 5 to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the May Republican Primary election.

Candidates file for State Convention delegate seats

From reports

As of this morning, the following individuals have filed to become delegates to the State Republican Convention:
Jim Banks
Matt Boyd
Ryan L Daniel
Judith Earnhart
Richard (Dick) Goodwin
Neil Hanni
Laurell E. Hodges
Larry Long
Jon Myers
Terry L Smith
Justin Stinson
Joan E Western
Linda Zimmerman
Max E Zimmerman Jr
Thus far, only one Democratic candidate has filed to be a State Convention delegate -- Madalyn Sade-Bartl of Churubusco.

Schools delay and close, accidents reported following slick morning commute

From reports

Whitley County awoke to slick, ice covered roads in northern townships this morning. Several vehicle accidents in northern Whitley County have had emergency crews busy all morning, including a multi-vehicle accident, a rollover accident and a vehicle reportedly crashing into a machine shed.
In response to the icy roads, local schools have made changes to their schedules today.
The following schools are on two hour delay schedules:
- Smith-Green Community Schools
The following schools are closed for the day:
- Whitley County Consolidated Schools
- Faith Christian Academy

Culvert repair causing closure of 300 North between 550 East and 650 East

From reports

According to county officials, CR 300 North between CR 550 East and CR 650 East will be closed starting at 8 a.m. this morning, Thursday, February 4, for a culvert repair. The area will remain closed through Friday, February 5.
Please plan an alternative route if you must travel in this area.