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Poster Contest at Tax Day TEA Party

     A poster contest is planned as part of the “Tax Day TEA Party” on Thursday, April 15, in Columbia City. Entrants who display their posters during the event will be judged on the basis of creativity and how they relate to either the original Boston Tea Party or the concept of taxation without representation.

Republican Party upcoming events

GOP Breakfast Schedule
Listed are some of the dates and times of upcoming events. Please come to the  upcoming Whitley GOP Breakfasts on the following dates at CC Deli at 8:30 a.m.  Cost is $5 per person.
April 3 and May 1 – Hear from federal, state and local candidates for the 2010 Republican Primary Elections including State Senator Marlin Stutzman, candidate for U.S. Senate.
Election Night at Oliverz
Join us for our Election Night celebration on May 4th at Oliverz Bar & Grill on Main Street in downtown Columbia City at 6 p.m. to watch the election returns.

GOP Breakfast Schedule

Listed are some of the dates and times of upcoming events. Please come to the  upcoming Whitley GOP Breakfasts on the following dates at CC Deli at 8:30 a.m.  Cost is $5 per person.

Whitley Patriots to meet on April 6

Citizens concerned about the future of America have the opportunity to hear a dynamic presentation on the subject at the April meeting of The Whitley County Patriots.
The speaker is Peter Heck, of Kokomo, and his topic is “Taking Our Country Back.” The program is Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City.
Also included on the program will be remarks and questions and answers with at least two candidates for the 3rd District Congressional seat – Bob Thomas and Phil Troyer.
As for Heck, Patriots spokesman Roger Metzger says, “If you want insight into the character of our Founding Fathers, Peter will cover it. If you want to know about our patriotic past, he covers it. And if you’d like to hear someone reinforce the ‘insoluable bond’ in the principles of government and of Christianity, he makes it clear.
“Peter Heck does a wonderful job of wrapping that all together and addressing the challenge for conservative Americans in reclaiming the fundamentals that made our country great.”
Heck is a high school government and history teacher and has won regional/district awards as an outstanding teacher from both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Since mid-2004 he has hosted the Peter Heck Radio Show on WIOU 1350AM in Kokomo on weekday evenings. The show is streamed live on the Internet and is heard across the United States on nearly 200 radio stations through the American Family Radio Network.
His opinion columns are published in several newspapers in Indiana, began appearing regularly last year on OneNewsNow.com, also have appeared on WorldNetDaily and are read by millions across the nation and world through Internet syndication.
The Indiana Wesleyan and Ball State graduate has been a speaker for TEA Party/Patriot groups from the northern tip to the southern tip of Indiana.
Heck also has made presentations to 30 Indiana churches, offering a four-part speaking series on each of three different themes – America’s Foundation of Faith, the Godly heritage of the country; Pillars of Faith, evidence behind Christian belief; and The Unmentionables, Christian response to four major social issues of our time.
Peter and his wife, Jenny, are the parents of a daughter, Addison.

Citizens concerned about the future of America have the opportunity to hear a dynamic presentation on the subject at the April meeting of The Whitley County Patriots. The speaker is Peter Heck, of Kokomo, and his topic is “Taking Our Country Back.” The program is Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City.

Haystack Breakfast

The Noble Township Fire Department will host a Haystack Breakfast on Saturday, April 10 from 7-11 a.m. The menu will…

Use ‘Good Search’ and donate to the Whitley County Literacy Council at the same time

Whitley County Literacy Council is a registered charity with www.goodsearch. com. You can donate generously simply by using this search engine. It’s quite simple to use, and for every search you enter, Yahoo (who powers GoodSearch) donates a penny directly to the organization. This may not seem like much, but pennies do add up.
To use the site go to Internet Explorer and type www.goodsearch.com in your address bar. When the website loads to your screen, a search bar will appear along with a verify bar. In the verify bar enter Whitley County Literacy Council and click verify. This will register that your use of the search engine is intended to benefit this organization. Once the name you enter is verified, you may begin searching just as you would on any other search engine. It’s just one extra step to something many of us do every day and it goes for a very good cause.
For more information regarding operation of this site call Whitley County Literacy Council at 244-5772 ext. 1128.

Whitley County Literacy Council is a registered charity with www.goodsearch. com. You can donate generously simply by using this search engine. It’s quite simple to use, and for every search you enter, Yahoo (who powers GoodSearch) donates a penny directly to the organization. This may not seem like much, but pennies do add up.

Nancy Graft

Nancy Phillips Graft seeks Whitley County Auditor’s seat

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With a lifelong commitment to the community and roots dating back five generations, Nancy Phillips Graft has announced she will seek the Whitley County Auditor’s position, running on the Republican ticket.
“I’m excited about giving back to the community,” said Graft.
No stranger to politics, Graft’s father, Robert Phillips, was a four-term Columbia City Councilman and viewing politics through his experience, she always knew it was something she wanted to be involved in one day. She just didn’t know when. It wasn’t until several people remarked that she should run for the Auditor’s position that she began to take a close look at the position, her own skills and determined that it would be a good match.
“I feel I possess a lot of the qualities that would enable me to be very successful in this office,” Graft said. She has spent some time recently in the Auditor’s office, getting to know the staff and learning more about the specific duties involved in running an efficient, community-centric governmental office for the people of Whitley County.
A graduate of Columbia City Joint High School and Indiana University, she worked for 28 years in a family practice as a dental hygienist, learning first-hand skills that will serve her well at the helm of the Auditor’s office — business management, interpersonal skills and customer service. She has a strong aptitude for math and science.
Graft and her husband, Doug, are the parents of two children. Their daughter, Kayla, is in her sixth year of pharmacy school at Butler University and their son, Austin, is majoring in informatics and computer science at Indiana University. She is the daughter of Jeanie Phillips, a well-known community volunteer, and the late Robert Phillips.
She is an active member of Columbia City United Methodist Church where she serves on the Pastor/Staff parish relations committee as secretary. Additionally, Graft serves on the Parish Health Ministry, teaches Sunday school for toddlers and was a member of the church’s building committee, serving as secretary.
Outside the church, Graft is engaged in many community activities as well. She is a member of Tri Kappa, serving as secretary and past treasurer. She volunteers for the American Cancer Society and in the past, has served as a 4-H leader, a Girl Scout leader and was a Parkview Whitley Hospital Foundation committee member. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as gardening, golf and soaking up the summer days at the lake. Indeed, Graft is a recognizeable face in Whitley County, volunteering for numerous activities and attending many of the events that make Whitley County unique.
Having evaluated the Auditor’s position, Graft feels it is time for change.
“I feel that sometimes when people have been put in a position for a long time, they are less apt to change,” she said. “I know that I can bring real ideas and a fresh perspective to the position.”
Graft believes her approachable personality, common sense approach to tackling problems, desire for efficiency and reliability are qualities the taxpayers of Whitley County can appreciate in the Auditor’s office.
“I’ve always given 110%,” she adds, “and I look forward to serving the citizens of Whitley County.”

With a lifelong commitment to the community and roots dating back five generations, Nancy Phillips Graft has announced she will seek the Whitley County Auditor’s position, running on the Republican ticket. “I’m excited about giving back to the community,” said Graft.

Francine’s Mobile Mammography in Columbia City

Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography unit will be in Columbia City for women interested in scheduling a mammogram.
On Friday, April 2, the mobile unit will be at Kroger, 6210 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Screening mammography is for women who: Are age 40 and older and have not had a mammogram screening in the past 12 months;
Have no prior or current history of breast cancer or problems with their breasts;
Are insured or uninsured.
The Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) performs the screening. For women who have insurance, the insurance company will be billed. If patients do not have insurance but have the ability to pay, the BDC offers a reduced rate if paid the day of the screening. For women without insurance, a high deductible or who do not have the resources to pay, funding is available.
To schedule a mammogram with Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography unit, call 1-800-727-8439, ext. 26540, or (260) 483-1847. For more information on Francine’s Friends, go to www.FrancinesFriends.org.

Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography unit will be in Columbia City for women interested in scheduling a mammogram. On Friday, April 2, the mobile unit will be at Kroger, 6210 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

County Trooper injured responding to call

A Whitley County Police officer was critically injured when his squad car crashed while he was responding to a call Saturday night.
Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Adam D. Schrader, 30, was in critical condition after the crash, which happened at about 3 a.m. Schrader was responding to an emergency report of a drug overdose when, while eastbound on Whitley CR 275 N, he came to a T intersection with 350 W and was unable to make a turn.
The 2006 Ford Schrader was driving crossed the intersection, then struck several trees and an earth embankment.
When Schrader failed to arrive at the call other officers became concerned. Luckily he had reported to dispatchers where he was responding from, so Indiana State Police trooper Joel Lemmon backtracked over the most likely route and discovered the wreckage at about 3:20 a.m.
Firefighters and medics freed Schrader from the wreckage and treated him before he was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was taken into surgery for multiple injuries. He was reportedly in intensive care over the weekend, but his condition had stabilized.
Police say Schrader, an eight year police veteran, was wearing a safety belt, and that the Crown Victoria’s airbags deployed.

A Whitley County Police officer was critically injured when his squad car crashed while he was responding to a call Saturday night. Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Adam D. Schrader, 30, was in critical condition after the crash, which happened at about 3 a.m.

Domestic Violence Task Force formed

Domestic Violence Task Force formed
Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force was formed and starting meeting in October of 2009. Sherry Sausaman, RN at Parkview Whitley Hospital has joined with the alliance of Judy Strock, the victim advocate from the YWCA in Fort Wayne, to bring agencies and citizens together at the same table to create this task force.
The initial goal of the task force will be to formulate an emergency protocol in conjunction with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. This protocol will allow specific victim interventions at the time of the abuse, offer secure shelter in Whitley County and provide the necessary resources for that victim.
We want to show the victim support and hope of survival outside of the battering environment, but within his or her own community. Once this protocol is implemented and successfully being maintained, the focus will then shift to educational opportunities. We want to provide education in a multitude of environments such as street and county fairs, congregations, work places, and such.
In addition, subtle information could be placed at Laundromats, beauty salons, and restrooms where a victim could pick up knowledge that they might need to contact someone who would be able to provide them with resources and guidance. Any community member is welcome to attend the monthly meetings and be a part of the task force; we meet once a month at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
For more information, please contact Sherry Sausaman via e-mail at  HYPERLINK “mailto:sherry.sausaman@parkview.com” or by phone at 260-609-7086.

Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force was formed and starting meeting in October of 2009. Sherry Sausaman, RN at Parkview Whitley Hospital has joined with the alliance of Judy Strock, the victim advocate from the YWCA in Fort Wayne, to bring agencies and citizens together at the same table to create this task force. 

Noble County Extension Calendar

March 28 – 4-H Petroleum Power Banquet, 1:30 p.m., County Office Complex-South. April 1 – 4-H Alpaca/Llama Call Out Meeting,…