ON THE BOARD – The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance recently welcomed its 2020 board members.

Rich Haddad, K21 Health Foundation president and CEO, was appointed as its new vice chair.

Continuing board members for 2020 include Stephanie Overbey, Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

FALSE RUMORS – Despite the rumors that have been circulating lately, Warsaw Housing Authority is not ceasing operations.

Over the past several weeks, the North Central Indiana Housing has received multiple questions regarding whether or not it will cease operating the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for the city of Warsaw. In response to these queries, the Housing Authority announced that the HCV program for Warsaw will remain active, as well as the city of Goshen’s.

“Rumors about the Warsaw Housing Authority closing are completely unfounded,” says Executive Director Pamela Kennedy. “Although we no longer administer the Kosciusko County, Marshall County and Fulton County voucher programs, there have been no discussions about closing down the Warsaw or Goshen programs.”

To clarify any confusion between the Kosciusko County program and the Warsaw program, Kosciusko handles towns outside of the city limits of Warsaw within the county, while the Warsaw program specifically serves residents within city limits.

Responsibility for the county voucher programs was transferred to Brightpoint, which is located in Fort Wayne, last fall.

Anyone with questions about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program can contact North Central Indiana Housing at 574-269-7641.

BUILDING QUESTION – If you were wondering what was being built by Grace Church near Noa Noa, wonder no longer.

After one reader asked, and we looked into it, the city of Warsaw Planning and Building Department informed us it is called Cable Bullet. It will be a basic building where they manufacture them. If you Google Cable Bullet (www.cablebullet.com/), you can see what they are. They’re like railings with cables.

NEVER FORGET – Holocaust survivor and advocate for forgiveness Eva Mozes Kor spoke in Winona Lake and Warsaw in 2014, leaving a long and lasting impression on the many people who had the opportunity to hear her.

Though she passed in 2019 at the age of 85, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared this Monday as Eva Kor Education Day.

Friday, we received a news release from the Indiana Department of Correction that over 150 offenders at the Pendleton Correctional Facility heard Kor’s story in person, behind the prison walls, June 12, a mere three weeks before Kor’s death on July 4. The engagement was filmed by the Indiana Department of Correction, and now, in partnership with the CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center the trailer of the video and the full presentation may be viewed on the IDOC YouTube Channel.

TOP EDUCATOR – Scott Humphries, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental studies and music education at Manchester University, was named 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator by the Indiana Music Education Association.

He conducts the university’s bands and the Wabash County’s Manchester Symphony Orchestra.

MAYOR & GOVERNOR – The governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, has his public schedule routinely emailed out to the media.

Tuesday afternoon, we learned he and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer were participating in a question-and-answer session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom, Indianapolis. The Q & A was part of the AIM?Newly Elected Officials Boot Camp Luncheon.

FILED – Speaking of Holcomb, he officially filed his candidacy for re-election Tuesday, with petition signatures from all 92 of Indiana’s counties.

The incumbent Republican, in a news release, stated, “Indiana is on a roll and we’re not taking our foot off the gas. While the names on the ballot will be Suzanne’s and mine, we’re representing a statewide team that is mobilized, energized and organized for victory in Indiana. Teamwork will bring home the checkered flag on Election Day and teamwork will ensure we’re putting people first for four more years.”

Suzanne is Indiana lieutenant governor Suzanne Crouch.

To make a gubernatorial primary ballot in Indiana, candidates are required to collect 500 signatures from registered voters in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts. Holcomb’s campaign collected more than 9,000 signatures by October 2019.

JEOPARDY! – Just because you make headlines doesn’t mean everyone knows what you look like.

On a recent episode of “Jeopardy!,” host Alex Trebek was met with silence from contestants after not one of the three could identify a man in a photo. As it turns out, the man was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

The category was “U.S. Representatives” and the dollar amount for the clue was $1,200. The hint was "One-fifty-third of California's House delegation is this House Intelligence Committee chairman."

Schiff has been in the headlines for his role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Since “Jeopardy” episodes are taped months in advance, maybe it was just too early for him to be recognizable?

IU 200 – We know that there’s a lot of Indiana University alumni and/or fans in Kosciusko County. With I.U. celebrating its 200th birthday this year, we thought our readers might be interested to know about an event in South Bend.

James VanderVeen, Ph.D., IU South Bend professor of sociology and anthropology, chronicles key moments of Indiana University’s history in his presentation at The History Museum’s Insights in History, taking place at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

A tour of the new exhibit “Indiana University: 200 Years in the Making,” curated by VanderVeen, will be offered.

Indiana University was founded by the Indiana General Assembly on Jan. 20, 1820. The exhibit showcases the 200-year history of IU, including the growth of IU South Bend and other outlying campuses.

For information, call The History Museum at 574-235-9664 or visit www.historymuseumSB.org.

As for Purdue fans, your university just celebrated its 150th anniversary last year as it was founded May 6, 1869.

And if you’re a Butler University Bulldog, your alma mater celebrates its 165th birthday this year. Go, Dawgs!

STATE OF THE CITY – The 2020 Warsaw Community Development Corp. update and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer’s State of the City is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 12 at Center Lake Pavilion in Warsaw. Due to limited seating, registration is required and will be announced at a later date for the public. Stay tuned!