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  • Construction of a limited access highway that would replace the existing U.S. 30 across northern Indiana might be 15 to 20 years down the road, but local officials are ready to begin seeking input on how best to achieve Kosciusko County’s portion of the project.
  • Warsaw Community School Corporation celebrated the completion of its newest installation of solar panels with a ribbon-cutting at Harrison Elementary Tuesday. Other properties using solar include Eisenhower Elementary, Lakeview Middle School, Edgewood Middle School and Leesburg Elementary. The district’s central office is also in line to use solar, but officials are still looking for the best location for the panels. The entire project for the six buildings is expected to cost $10 million, but officials estimate the district will save about $15 million over the next 25 years. The district is working with 1st Source Bank to finance the project. In an agreement with NIPSCO, the district has been guaranteed the ability to sell back excess energy generated by the panels to the grid. The agreement will span a 30-year period. Pictured above is Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert (L) and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Brandon Penrod. Photo by Dan Spalding.
  • Some residents of the town of Winona Lake are putting the wrong items in their recycling containers, including dead fish.
  • After reviewing the preliminary plat for the Tuscany subdivision Tuesday for almost an hour, the Winona Lake Plan Commission approved it unanimously.
  • A Warsaw woman was arrested recently after allegedly providing heroin to a woman who overdosed in January.
  • K21 Health Foundation is continuing to celebrate its 20th year of serving the community by providing a $20,000 gift to Heartline Pregnancy Center.
  • The former Times-Union reporter who pleaded guilty to attempted sexual misconduct with a minor and has been in jail since November will serve 45 more days before beginning 15 months on probation.
  • City Council Approves Grease Policy For Restaurants
    Warsaw City Council approved a slightly watered-down ordinance Monday aimed at protecting the city’s  wastewater pipes from grease produced by restaurants and coffee shops.
  • Warsaw School Board Recognizes Teachers, Students, Drivers
    Presentations and recognitions took most of the time of the Warsaw School Board’s 100-minute meeting Monday.

    Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert kicked it off by presenting Mandarin Chinese teacher Dr. Shu-Chun Tseng with a certificate, announcing she was selected as the teacher of the year at the secondary level of Chinese language by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Indiana.
  • WCS considers offering child care for employees
    As a perk to its employees, Warsaw Community Schools is working on offering child care.

    Ronna Kawsky, Warsaw Area Career Center director, told the school board Monday night about three programs she’s been working on at the WACC, including child care, automotive and the work ethics certificate.
  • Kyler Bartol, son of Brenden and Dora Bartol, has been named the valedictorian for Warsaw Community High School’s class of 2018.

    Zachary V. Howard, son of Mark Howard and Deydra Carpenter, is salutatorian.
  • Out Of The Turn
    Cyclists take a turn during the men’s competition Sunday in the Zimmer Biomet Criterium Races in The Village At Winona.
  • The city of Warsaw has expanded the number of public meetings that can be found online.
  • Claypool Elementary recently was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement.

    The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.
  • 3 Injured In Crash On Ind. 25S
    Three people were hurt, including one with life-threatening injuries, in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning.
  • Knepple Honored With Teacher Appreciation Luncheon By Sen. Zay
    State Senator Andy Zay and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick honored Teresa Knepple, science teacher at Whitko Middle School, at the Senate District 17 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on May 11 at Huntington University.
  • Former Leesburg Students Have No Luck In Finding Time Capsule
    Try as they might Saturday, four former Leesburg Elementary students and their former PACE teacher couldn’t find the time capsule they buried 31 years ago.

    They might make another attempt, but for now the location of the plastic five-gallon hermetically sealed bucket remains a mystery.
  • Michael and Rebecca Kubacki will be featured on WNIT’s “Legends of Michiana” at 8 p.m. May 31.
  • Leesburg Lions Donate Little Free Library House
    The Leesburg Lion Club recently donated a Little Free Library House to Leesburg Elementary school.
  • When it came to choosing a system for the new community bike program in Warsaw and Winona Lake, leaders clearly chose not to go the same route as South Bend and its “LimeBikes.” Organizers behind the local program chose to work with Zagster, which operates the service through an app, and relies on bike racks and

  • Claypool Man Arrested After Police Chase
    CLAYPOOL – A Claypool man was arrested Friday night after leading police on a vehicle and foot pursuit.
  • The first chance for public input on the proposed limited access highway that would replace U.S. 30 will be Thursday night at Warsaw Community High School’s Performing Arts Center.
  • The first step toward a long-range effort to protect the shorelines of Center and Pike lakes in Warsaw will begin later this year.
  • A public hearing to discuss  a proposed addition to Whitko Middle School is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s lecture room.
  • An Akron man arrested Thursday faces drug and child pornography charges after an overdose in March.
  • AKRON – The Tippecanoe Valley High School Work Based Learning (WBL) administrators and students hosted the 2018 Employer Appreciation Banquet on May 10 at the Akron Community Center.
  • WINONA LAKE – Two Grace College students are headed to Indianapolis to participate in Smart Tech, an immersive, four-week program to prepare liberal arts students for the high-tech job market.
  • Kosciusko County Community Fair Inc. issued a news release Thursday in response to Circuit Court Judge Mike Reed’s temporary injunction on motorized racing at the fairgrounds while the court proceedings are ongoing.
  • Etna Green Woman Arrested In Child Neglect Case
    A fourth person was arrested in a child neglect case in which a boy was found malnourished with life-threatening injuries, and her bond was set at over $200,000.
  • A Warsaw man was arrested earlier this week after allegedly burglarizing a home and making his getaway in a taxicab.
  • A North Webster woman was arrested earlier this week after allegedly using a dead man’s Social Security number to obtain over $39,000 in fraudulent loans.
  • Baker Youth Club Hands Out Annual Awards
    The boy and girl of the year at the Baker Youth Center for 2017-18 are Charlie Sexton and Angelica Garcia Ponce, respectively.
  • Donation Made For Family Festival
    John Elliott presented Winona Lake Town Manager Craig Allebach a check for $1,000 from the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust and 1st Source Bank in support of the First Annual Winona Lake Family Festival.
  • SYRACUSE – An unoccupied house sustained $80,000 in damage from a fire Wednesday that remains under investigation.
  • Sewer work and this weekend’s Fat & Skinner Tire Fest will result in road closings today and Friday.
  • Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against Kosciusko County Community Fair Inc. having motorized racing at the fairgrounds.
  • After nearly three hours of testimony on the order to demolish the former Silver Lake Elementary School, Hearing Officer Thomas Earhart had a simple question:

    Who owns the building?
  • The board of directors for A Bridge to Hope, a local non-profit dedicated to offering solutions to substance abuse in Kosciusko County, has announced the appointment of Kevin Haines as executive director for the organization.
  • Tippecanoe Valley High School announced Cheyene Oldfather as the valedictorian and Dakota Parker as the salutatorian for the graduating class of 2018.
  • The rider of a scooter was injured when the vehicle was involved in a crash with a car at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. The incident occurred at the intersection of Market and Indiana streets, Warsaw. The rider was transported to a hospital by Lutheran EMS. The scene was cleaned up in a matter of minutes. Along with the EMS, the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory and Warsaw Police Department responded to the scene. Further information was unavailable at press time. Photo by David Slone.
  • A semi tractor pulling a trailer containing three pontoon boats and motors and other marine supplies was struck by a northbound train in Leesburg around 7:30 a.m. today. In the above photo the semi pulling the boats came to rest at the Van Buren Street intersection.The driver of the semi, Charles A. Cloud II, Elkhart, told police he was taking a detour through Leesburg because of construction on Ind. 15 when the trailer became stuck on the tracks after he made a sharp turn at the Van Buren Street crossing. The driver called police to tell them his rig was stuck on the tracks. Police contacted Norfolk Southern officials who reached the train’s engineer. The engineer said he saw the trailer and was braking, but could not stop in time to avoid a collision. Damage to the train and semi tractor was minimal, but the trailer and cargo were heavily damaged. Also damaged were signal arms and the controller cabinet at the crossing. There were no injuries. The accident caused both crossings in Leesburg to be blocked as crews cleared the scene. Photo by Gary Nieter.

  • Members of the Kosciusko County Master Gardeners spruced up the planters in the alley south of Warsaw’s city hall Monday afternoon. Pictured are Connie Street-Fribley (L) and Brenda Houtz working on a planter. The project is part of the group’s community service.
  • Jim Lancaster  returned to Warsaw three years ago after his job with Zimmer Biomet took him to the Netherlands for five years, and he’s doing his best to bring back a bit of the European country’s intensity for bicycling.
  • Warsaw is seeking to hire some more lifeguards.
  • Buying iPads for all of next school year’s fifth- and ninth-graders at Warsaw Community Schools won’t be as expensive as in the past for the corporation’s 1:1 program.
  • Picnic tables could help the southeast corner of the county courthouse square become a gathering space if enough donations are collected.
  • The annual DARE graduation ceremony for Warsaw Community Schools sixth-graders took place Tuesday evening at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake. It included entertainment, a keynote speech from WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert, special recognitions and awards and a laser light show. Schools represented included Sacred Heart, Jefferson, Claypool, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Leesburg, Washington, Madison and Harrison elementaries. The DARE program turns 30 years old on Sept. 19, according to Warsaw Police Department DARE officers Roy Navarro and Allen Danko. Pictured are sixth-graders trying a “magic trick” by Magician Tyler Sherwin, one of the night’s two entertainers. Photo by David Slone.

  • Over 50 race fans attended Monday night’s Kosciusko County Fair Board meeting to not only voice their support for the fair’s efforts to fight litigation to end motorized racing there, but to also encourage the fair to open the track up to more racing.
  • Kensington Digital Media of Indiana has purchased Warsaw stations Willie 103.5, 107.3 WRSW, and News Now Warsaw 1480 AM and 99.7 FM.
  • A car crosses the railroad crossing on Fort Wayne Street this morning in Warsaw with new rail sitting in the foreground. The first stage in a massive railroad rail replacement project reached Warsaw Monday afternoon. The project began near Claypool and will continue as far north as Milford. The process involves dropping off new rail line alongside the tracks and temporarily burying parts at crossings. In July, the new rail will be installed, replacing decades-old rail. In the span of about four hours Monday, crews made adjustments to five crossings. Those included Winona Avenue and Pope, Market, Center and Main streets. Photos by Dan Spalding.
  • A Bridge to Hope, Fort Wayne Recovery and several Kosciusko County organizations are continuing their efforts to address the opioid epidemic locally.
  • Four people were arrested on drug charges as a result of a traffic stop in North Manchester Saturday.
  • Owners of the former Silver Lake Elementary School are planning a “Save the School” rally Tuesday to keep the town from ordering it be demolished.
  • A Warsaw man was arrested Friday for allegedly strangling his girlfriend in April.
  • The grand opening of the Dollar General store in Bourbon on Saturday marked the culmination of several months of anticipation.
  • As digital technology rapidly advances, companies are faced with the challenge of keeping up on the latest marketing trends and the subsequent impact on their business.
  • Claypool Elementary sixth-grade students recently donated livestock to the Heifer Project. The project allowed students to donate two “Flocks of Hope” to be shared with those in need in Guatemala. The flocks consist of chicks, goslings and ducks and allow those receiving the donation to raise the animals to use as livestock within their community. The project has received over $9 million for their foundation with Claypool students in two classes raising over $120 this year for the two Flocks of Hope. In previous years, Claypool sixth-grade classes have donated a water buffalo, chickens, fish, ducks and rabbits to the Heifer Project.Photo provided.
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  • A Warsaw man who was previously convicted of domestic battery was arrested Thursday for allegedly battering the same victim again.
  • If timing is everything, it could not have been much better for Republicans on Thursday night in Elkhart as President Donald Trump whipped up the crowd in a raucous campaign rally that looked at both 2018 and 2020.
  • Four sleek bike racks have been installed and a fleet of new white bikes sponsored by Zimmer Biomet – the basis for a new community bike program – have been delivered.
  • The third part of a series titled “A Community Call To Action” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lakeview Middle School, 848 E. Smith St., Warsaw.
  • Fairgrounds, Homeowners Have 1st Day In Court In Race Complaint
    Tonight’s 600cc Micro Sprints event at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds will proceed as scheduled, but the future of motorized racing at the Warsaw Motor Speedway remains in doubt.
  • Trump Fans
    Trump fans packed North Side gym in Elkhart Thursday night for a rally hosted by President Donald Trump.
  • JROTC Field Day
    Warsaw Community High School JROTC held its field day today with the JROTC program from Marion High School.
  • A Fort Wayne man who stole from Meijer stores in numerous Indiana cities will serve two years in the Indiana Department of Corrections on theft charges out of Kosciusko County, unless he qualifies for Community Corrections.
  • A man sentenced Thursday to three years in jail suspended for probation with credit for time served just wants to get back to his home state of Tennessee.
  • Woman Cuts Boyfriend, Gets 4 Years In Community Corrections
    A woman who violated her probation by cutting her boyfriend with a knife will serve her sentence of four years in Kosciusko County Community Corrections as long as she resides in a residential rehabilitation home.
  • Council Hears Of Purdue Extension Activities
    Purdue Extension of Kosciusko County gave its annual report to the county council Thursday.
  • WCHS To Host Senior Scholarship Award Dinner May 15; Passport Day In Syracuse Saturday
  • Octagon Club Makes Donation Toward Winona Lake Fountain
    Members of the Warsaw Community High School Octagon Club recently made a $4,000 donation to the Town of Winona Lake for a fountain in a park.
  • First Stage Of Railroad Work Nears Warsaw
    The first stage in a significant rail line replacement project is chugging toward Warsaw and could arrive any time.

    When it does, the work is expected to cause traffic delays in Warsaw when several east-west crossings are temporarily closed.
  • “I’m so worthless.”

    “I feel fat today.”

    Tweens and  young teens can feel pressured by culture’s unrealistic expectations of beauty.
  • National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day.

    In 2018,
  • Officials See No Threat From Chemical Leak
    A small chemical leak late Wednesday morning was quickly handled with no threats to the area.
  • Pierceton Legion Planning Fundraiser
    A benefit auction for Menzie-Reece American Legion Post 258, Pierceton, is planned at 10 a.m.  May 19.
  • Manchester High Names Top Students
    Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School on Wednesday announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018.
  • WCS Engineering, Tech Departments To Host 6th Annual Vex Robotics Exhibition
    Warsaw Community Schools invites the public to attend the sixth annual Warsaw Robotics Vex Exhibition Tournament Friday.
  • If all goes according to plan, the Tax Increment Finance district in Winona Lake could be expanded by a year from now.

  • Home Builders Meet With Donnelly
    Members of the Builders Association of Kosciusko-Fulton Counties attended a meeting with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly on Friday to discuss housing industry issues.