A mayoral candidate debate hosted by News Now Warsaw is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 11 at Lakeview Middle School.

To ensure the information is helpful, the debate will only use questions submitted by community members.  Those interested in submitting a question to be asked of all candidates at the debate can do so by filling out a simple form at NewsNowWarsaw.com. No candidates will have access to the questions prior to the event.

The debate moderators will include WNDU morning anchor Joshua Short, Times-Union General Manager and Managing Editor Gary Gerard, and Warsaw Community High School student body President Emily Sutton.

News Now Warsaw’s Carli Luca, news and content director, will introduce the candidates and moderators and explain the debate rules.

With the passing of the filing deadline, it appears the debate will feature incumbent Mayor Joe Thallemer and Councilman Ron Shoemaker. Both have been invited.



Freezin’ for a reason  – Speaking of Luca, the local radio personality will participate in the Polar Plunge at Center Lake a week from today (Feb. 16). Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the plunge into Center Lake is at noon.

Six teams are competing, including one from DePuy Synthes, which leads in total donations ($4,365 as of Friday).

Luca is representing Kensington Digital Media.

Proceeds go to Special Olympics Indiana. For more details or how to sign up and support the cause, go to firstgiving.com and search “Warsaw.”



Get Dunkin’ – The return of Dunkin’ – formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts – will take place  this month in Warsaw. The company used to have an outlet on Commerce Drive in Warsaw, but that closed years ago.

The new store on Center Street, just east of the fire station, is tentatively slated to open on Feb. 18, according to a note from the company’s spokesperson.

A grand opening will happen in March, according to Lauren Parke.

The company officially shortened its name to Dunkin’ last year.



Council Notes - Warsaw City Council President Diane Quance was chosen unanimously to retain her role in 2019. .... The city has installed new mics in the council chambers. The move is helping amplify conversations through the speaker system. .... The next council meeting will be on a Tuesday (Feb. 19) because of Presidents Day, which falls the day before when council would normally meet.