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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,…

COUNT ME IN! anounces “County On Me” award

Who do you know that is going above and beyond to make a difference for kids?  Who do you know that works to create an environment that ‘lifts up’ young people?  Who do you know that is looked up to and admired by young people?  Who do you know who volunteers their time and talent to better the lives of young people?  If you know someone who fits this description, there is a way you can honor them.
Count Me In!, Whitley County’s 40 Developmental Assets initiative, is sponsoring an award called “Count On Me.”  This award is designed to recognize those who make a difference in the lives of young people in Whitley County.  People who serve as quality role models for youth in our communities. The winner or winners will be recognized at the Heart of Gold reception in late April, and will also be able to direct up to $500.00 to the youth serving agency of their choice in Whitley County.
Nomination forms are available at the Whitley County Community Foundation and Whitley County YMCA. All you need to do is write your reasons as to why an individual should be recognized.
Nomination forms are to be returned to the Whitley County Community Foundation by April 9, 2010. If there are any questions, please call the Community Foundation at 244-5224.

Who do you know that is going above and beyond to make a difference for kids?  Who do you know that works to create an environment that ‘lifts up’ young people?  Who do you know that is looked up to and admired by young people? 

County invites participation for a new Comprehensive Plan

In January, Whitley County embarked on a process to re-write the County’s Comprehensive Plan. This process will establish a set of goals and objectives for Whitley County in regard to growth, land use, transportation, development, quality of life, and the environment.
The public is invited to participate in one of two public planning workshops to assist the County’s planning consultant, Ground Rules, Inc., with identifying strengths, weaknesses, and needs relating to Whitley County. The planning workshops will both be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in Room C (Main Level meeting room) of the Whitley County Government Center. The first workshop will start at 12:00 p.m. (noon), and a second workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. The public needs to attend only one of the workshops, as they are identical.
Input from the public, as well as input from local interest groups and community leaders, will form the foundation of the new Comprehensive Plan. The new plan will look at many aspects of the community, and as a result, a diverse range of topics will be offered for discussion during the planning workshops including transportation and circulation, managing community growth, land use, economic development, the environment, relationships between agencies, the status of community facilities and infrastructure, etc.
For those that would like to be involved, but are unable to attend a planning workshop, a “Community Values” survey is available for residents to offer their opinions on issues ranging from protection of farmland to the condition of county roads. The survey can be picked up and returned to the Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department at 220 West Van Buren Street, Suite 204, Columbia City. The survey can also be received by sending an e-mail request to Amy Schweitzer at aschweitzer@groundrulesinc.com.
All surveys should be returned by May 1. Comments about existing issues in Whitley County or future goals can also be e-mailed to Ms. Schweitzer.
The new Comprehensive Plan will be a written and adopted guide for community leaders, businesses, and citizens to use as they make important decisions. The updated Comprehensive Plan will illustrate Whitley County’s commitment to planning its future and will give the public and potential investors a glimpse of how Whitley County will welcome quality growth and encourage progress while protecting and improving quality of life.

In January, Whitley County embarked on a process to re-write the County’s Comprehensive Plan. This process will establish a set of goals and objectives for Whitley County in regard to growth, land use, transportation, development, quality of life, and the environment.

Hunter education classes offered by Noble County 4-H

The Noble County 4 -H Program will offer Hunter Education Classes to all interested persons.
Noble County Conservation Officer, Rodney Clear, will be conducting classes on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Noble County Office Complex-South, Albion.
These classes are open to all people interested in a Hunter Education class, as well as 4-H members.
To complete the class, participants must complete 10 hours of instruction (attendance on April 24 and 25 is required), and pass the written exam. Advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, contact the Noble County Extension Office at (260) 636 2111 or 1-800-601-5826.

The Noble County 4 -H Program will offer Hunter Education Classes to all interested persons. Noble County Conservation Officer, Rodney Clear, will be conducting classes on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Noble County Office Complex-South, Albion.

Tri-Lakes Fish and Tenderloin Fry

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is holding a Fish and Tenderloin Fry as a spring fund-raising activity.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. Cost for adults is $8.50; children ages 6-12 are $4 and children under age five are free. The Lions are asking that everyone bring a canned food item to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City.
The dinner is all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin and includes a beverage and a dessert. Carry-out dinners are also available. A third fryer has been added in order to keep up with the demand. This is a “cholesterol free” cooked meal. Gaerte’s Frying Service is doing the cooking.
The supper will be held at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall on Colony Avenue at Tri-Lakes, east of Shriner Lake on the south side of Round Lake.
Proceeds generated from this fund raising project will go towards the Lions District 25B projects, and other local Lions projects.

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is holding a Fish and Tenderloin Fry as a spring fund-raising activity. The event will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m.

AARP news

Whitley County Chapter AARP met Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe opened the meeting, and she welcomed all present including guests Marilyn Wright and Linda Shaw. Virginia Wright led in the Pledge to the Flag and Bonnie Hazen gave the prayer.
Wilma Bender reported that her sister, Vesta Bennett, is still at Miller’s Merry Manor.  She is improving and may be released soon.  She has a birthday this month.  Cards are appreciated.
The minutes were read and approved. Thank you notes were read from the Senior Center and from Jill Daniels regarding the Community-Mid-Week-Meals.
Bonnie Hazen read an article entitled “A Year of Holidays.” Some of them are; National Popcorn Day, Compliment Day, Do Something Nice Day, Ice Cream Day and National Blueberry Day.
Judith Hicks stated the National Government is in a turmoil about the extension for unemployment.  Also there is much concern over the school budget cuts.
Phyllis Swick listed some things people can do to make their lives simple. Learn to say no, look for a silver lining, stop and smell the roses and eat like there IS a tomorrow.
Barb Hawn explained about the Senior Packs the center distributes two times monthly. They have to be very careful with the foods in the packs for the diabetics.
Jeanette presented Jackie Hake a check, from this AARP Chapter, for $250.00 to cover the cost of two senior packs for this year.
Members in the nursing home this month are:  Ruth Warman, Vesta Bennett, Edith Oelschlager, Marilyn Darr and Kenneth Sherban.
Glen Hall will provide the entertainment for April.
After the meeting was closed, Rick Stieglitz from South Whitley spoke to us about his many trips to Haiti.  He is continually going to Haiti and bringing Haitian boys back to the U.S. to live.  He has adopted eight Haitian boys and now is thinking about going back to bring one boy’s two sisters to the U.S.

Whitley County Chapter AARP met Tuesday, March 2, at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe opened the meeting, and she welcomed all present including guests Marilyn Wright and Linda Shaw. Virginia Wright led in the Pledge to the Flag and Bonnie Hazen gave the prayer.

SWCD offering spring tree seedlings

The Noble County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will again offer tree seedlings for spring planting. A colorful selection will be offered including: Flame Maple, Eastern Redbud, White Flowering Dogwood, Sargent Crabapple, Sycamore, Pin Oak, American Mountain Ash, Eastern Redbud, Tulip Poplar, Norway Spruce, White Pine, Blue Spruce and American Arborvitae. 

Jennifer McGuire

Jennifer McGuire to run for Whitley County Auditor position

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(Jennifer McGuire)

Jennifer “Jen” McGuire has chosen to run for the Whitley County Auditor’s position under the Republican ticket. She is the current Tax Deputy in the Whitley County Auditor’s office and has been working for County Government for the last 15 years. She also worked for thirteen years in the Noble, Allen and Whitley County Auditor’s offices and two years as the elected Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Albion. Prior to county government she worked in payroll, accounting and customer service for Group Dekko for ten years.
Jennifer is well-versed in the daily functions of the Auditor’s office procedures from dealing with corporate tax abatements to assisting the public with filing tax exemptions. She welcomes the opportunity to assist anyone with questions regarding their property taxes. By staying abreast of all the State changes over the past years with regards to property tax laws and regulations she feels it important that residents are able to get answers to their questions or concerns.
She truly enjoys dealing with the general public and making sure everyone is treated equally. She wants those who visit or contact the office to feel comfortable and have a better understanding of their property taxes and the functions of the Auditor’s office in the Government Center of Whitley County.
Jennifer is a graduate of Central Noble High School with a double major in Business and English, general studies at IPFW and finally Accounting and Business Management at Ivy Tech of Fort Wayne.
She resides in Smith Township near Collins. She is the widow of the late Chad McGuire and has two grown daughters, Courtney Cooper, who lives in Indianapolis, attending college at IUPUI and Amanda Cooper who resides in Chicago and is working in the Hotel-Hospitality management field since her graduation from Kendall College.
With her experience and dedication, Jennifer feels that she is fully capable of fulfilling the requirements of the position of Whitley County Auditor. Jennifer is hoping for your support for the Primary Election.

Jennifer “Jen” McGuire has chosen to run for the Whitley County Auditor’s position under the Republican ticket. She is the current Tax Deputy in the Whitley County Auditor’s office and has been working for County Government for the last 15 years. She also worked for thirteen years in the Noble, Allen and Whitley County Auditor’s offices and two years as the elected Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Albion. Prior to county government she worked in payroll, accounting and customer service for Group Dekko for ten years.