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Whitley County Patriots organizing

Citizens of Whitley County now can link withgroups across Indiana and the nation to be heard as a unified voice against corruption, excessive taxation and lack of effective representation in government.
They can do that as members of the new Whitley County Patriots organization.
The Patriots are part of the growing national movement that includes hundreds of citizens meeting in each of several surrounding counties. They are motivated by what they’re seeing as an alarming, blatant disregard for citizens’ rights in Washington, DC, and erosion of the United States government.
“Washington is ignoring the will of the people, and our elected officials are just not listening,” says one of the group’s spokesmen, Roger Metzger.
“That’s been an increasing concern of ours for years, but these things now are overwhelming the country like an avalanche. We’ve met people from across Indiana and the nation who are angry about the mushrooming debt, angry about an arrogance that the government knows what’s best for us and angry about a push for federal government control of more than 50 percent of our national economy.”
The Whitley County Patriots formed out of a frustration with the reluctance of both United States Senators from Indiana to meet with the public during congressional breaks this past year.
Even more offensive, Senator Bayh’s staff has used recorded message tactics that sometimes make it impossible for his constituents to leave any comments.
Member Myron Green echoes sentiments common to the local organizing unit.
“It’s my hope that as a group we can be heard at the local level, instead of just trying to have an impact as individuals,” he says.  “And I hope we can link with groups in surrounding counties and across the state to make our thoughts known . . . then, as a powerful united voice for Indiana to have a national impact.”
Some of the specific concerns expressed by members include how the country is being led in the direction of socialism and fascism; the need to spread the word about how those in power willfully disregard the Constitution; and massive debt being placed on the shoulders of generations to come.
Also of concern to members are such issues as the rapid acceleration of the progressive movement; government takeover of an increasingly large share of the economy; lack of accountability for lies and corruption; and the hidden taxes and agendas in the health care “reform” bill.
Plans are to host speakers, pursue discussions of current issues, monitor and report local, state and national issues, and attend regional and/or national Patriot events.
The Whitley County Patriots have adopted the following mission statement:
To unite like-minded persons eager to impact our elected representatives at all levels of government. “We the People” want to eliminate corruption, wasteful spending and burdensome taxes and take back America by promoting the values of our Founding Fathers expressed by a strict construction of the United States Constitution.
Citizens interested in uniting to have their collective voices heard and ready to boldly stand up for America are invited to e-mail terry@terrylsmithlaw.com or turtleday55@yahoo.com or call 244-3165.
The next meeting is Tuesday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 Forest Parkway.

Citizens of Whitley County now can link withgroups across Indiana and the nation to be heard as a unified voice against corruption, excessive taxation and lack of effective representation in government. They can do that as members of the new Whitley County Patriots organization.

Computer classes offered

Following are some of the upcoming computer classes offered from Learning Services at the Whitley County Extension Office:
February 2 and 4: MS PowerPoint.
February 16 and 18: MS Publisher.
February 23 and 25: Basic Computer, Internet, and E-mail.
March 2 and 4: MS Word.
March 9 and 11: MS Excel.
March 16 and 18: MS Power Point.
March 22, 24 and 25: MS Access.
For more information contact Bill Webber at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313.

Following are some of the upcoming computer classes offered from Learning Services at the Whitley County Extension Office:

Whitley County Amateur Radio Club meetings location change to PWH

Because of planned additional construction of the Peabody Public Library in 2010, the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club Inc. has moved all of its organization’s meetings to the current Parkview Whitley Hospital.
The Whitley County Amateur Radio Club Inc. monthly meetings will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital (lower level auditoriums) located at 353 N. Oak St. Columbia City.
The monthly meeting with club business, area amateur radio event announcements, and a break with snacks will be followed by an evening program. All are welcome to attend.
For more information contact: Dan Dahms at wc9ar@arrl.net or (260)723-4711.

Because of planned additional construction of the Peabody Public Library in 2010, the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club Inc. has moved all of its organization’s meetings to the current Parkview Whitley Hospital.

Travel Time Senior Tour 2010 trips

Listed below are some of the Travel Time Senior Tours  scheduled for the upcoming months:
February 11-16
Valentine Special: Big Cities Big Fun, featuring the vintage Train and Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans” train from Chicago to Memphis and Memphis to St. Louis. Cost per person is $1,399 double, $1,599 for single.
Thursday, April 1: “Wicked” New Broadway musical. The untold story of the Witches of Oz. Winner of a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Includes lunch. Cost per person is $129 at the Stranahan Theatre in Toledo, Ohio.
April 16-24
A Train Holiday to Las Vegas via the Colorado Rockies. Includes Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Nine days including three nights in Las Vegas at the Flamingo and one night in the Grand Canyon Lodge. Cost per person is $1,999.
Sunday, May 2
Spring Fling Mystery Tour: Sign up and find out who this great entertainer is. Includes lunch. You don’t want to miss this one. This tour will be enjoyed by all. Cost per person is $99.
May 13-27
Canadian Rockies in the Spring – Passage from Toronto to Jasper and Vancouver via vista-domed “The Canadian” in First Class sleeping car accommodations – includes four nights in Banff daily touring includes: Peyton Lake, Icefields Parkway, Valley of Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise – 28 meals take the “Empire Builder” Home. Cost per person starts at $3,599.
June 7-11
Mississippi River Cruise from Keokuk, Iowa to Hannibal, Missouri. Includes four nights hotel stay, tour of Historic Nauvoo, Illinois. Entertainment and motorcoach transportation and nine meals. Cost per person is $799.
Thursday, July 8
“Ring of Fire,” The Johnny Cash Musical Show,” at Turkeyville. Cost is $89 and includes lunch.
June 24-26
Daniel O’Donnell at the Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville, TN featuring the Opryland Hotel. Cost per person is $469 per person (double).
June 27-July 7
“Queen Mary 2.” Spend the Fourth of July in Boston for the spectacular July Fireworks. “No Flying” featuring Amtrak to and from the cruise ship. Cost per person is $2,299 inside cabin, $2,499, outside cabin.
July 14-30
Trains of Alaska including a three night cruise of the Inside Passage-all Aboard the “Private classic domeliner train from San Francisco to Vancouver, two great trains including the storied White Pass and Yukon Route and the luxurious McKinley Explorer from Fairbanks to Denali with an overnight stay in Danali National Park with Natural History Tour and two nights in Fairbanks with a sternwheeler cruise on the riverboat Discovery. Price for inside cabins, $3,999.
August 10-22
“Glories of the West.” Aboard the classic Vista – domed “The Great Western Limited” via the Colorado Rockies in the Daylight. Includes: Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks and Provo, Utah, two night stay and Jackson Hole with a float trip on the Snake River, all tours, hotels, most meals and three night stay in Yellowstone. Cost per person is $3,999.
October 18-24
Branson and  The Ozarks in the Fall includes six shows, two trains, one cruise, Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Precious moments includes an overnight stay in Lake of the Ozarks and Eureka Springs, three nights in Branson and one night in St. Louis. Cost per person based on double is $899 per person.
September 25-October 8
A One time Only Train Holiday via the “Montreal Limited” along with overnight stays in both Quebec City and Montreal in addition to an elegantly planned cruise aboard the ms Eurodam of Holland America Line. It will cruise from New York on the 1000 mile passage up the East Coast to Nova Scotia. Amtrak to and from the Cruise. The cost is based on inside or outside cabins.
November 6-14
An incredible offer to Orlando Florida “Holy Land Experience.” Ancient Jerusalem re-created in Orlando. Eight nights lodging including four consecutive nights in Orlando, 14 meals, motorcoach transportation, Admission to the “Arabian Nights” exciting equestrian dinner show.plus Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Free time to take in the park of your choice or rest by the pool. Low low cost of $699 per person based on two to a room – single rates available.
For more information on any of these tours call Pam Crone, tour escort at (260) 786-3854. For full itineraries call toll free 1-888-768-8747. All trips are sponsored by Wabash, Whitley, Huntington and DeKalb County Council On Aging.
Motorcoach departures are from Auburn, Fort Wayne, Huntington and Columbia City.

Listed below are some of the Travel Time Senior Tours  scheduled for the upcoming months:

Sheriff’s Association Scholarship application

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges is pleased to announce that the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.  There will be approximately 40 – $500.00 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.
The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.
To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).
Applications needed to apply for the scholarships are available from your high school counselor, the Whitley County Sheriff’s office or by writing to the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, PO Box 19127, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219, and requesting an application form.  The applications must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association on or before April 1, 2010.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges is pleased to announce that the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.  There will be approximately 40 – $500.00 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state. 

Breastfeeding support group for mothers restarts

Parkview Whitley Hospital’s Post Partum Pals, a breastfeeding support group for mothers and babies, has restarted. The program was briefly suspended due to safety concerns during the recent H1N1 influenza pandemic.
The group meets in the hospital’s Obstetrics Department classroom on the second floor from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. There is no cost to attend.
Mothers are encouraged to bring their babies with them to the support group, where they receive reinforcement, help with breastfeeding and mother-to-mother support. Free baby weight checks are offered exclusively during the meetings, and B.A.B.E. coupons also are available.
For more information, call (260) 248-9426.

Parkview Whitley Hospital’s Post Partum Pals, a breastfeeding support group for mothers and babies, has restarted. The program was briefly suspended due to safety concerns during the recent H1N1 influenza pandemic. The group meets in the hospital’s Obstetrics Department classroom on the second floor from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. There is no cost to attend.

April Whetstone

Whetstone announces candidacy for Recorder

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April Whetstone is  announcing her intent to run for Whitley County Recorder. She will campaign for the May 2010 primary on the Republican ticket. She pledges to use her experience in county government and the banking industry to preserve the integrity of the Recorder’s Office and the records stored there for posterity.
Whetstone offers herself as a candidate in 2010 because she believes the Recorder’s Office can move forward with smart uses of technology. The next step for recording in Indiana is e(electronic)-recording of documents. With her banking experience in mortgage and consumer loans, she will be able to oversee correct application of e-recording. She is familiar with the Indiana State Statutes that must be followed for the Recorder’s Office. Every document recorded and preserved must follow the established Indiana Codes and all new technology has to conform to these statutes.
For the last three years, Whetstone has served as the Chief First Deputy to the Whitley County Auditor. Her knowledge obtained in the Auditor’s Office will assist her in retaining the “checks and balances” needed to run a public office such as the Recorder’s. Protecting our property owners’ chain-of-title in a public office is a job shared by the Assessor, Auditor, and Recorder. With Whetstone’s experience, she has come to understand this flow of work and will be able to continue to deliver it and oversee the streamlining of it.
On a personal note, she was born and raised near Plymouth, Indiana. She was encouraged to become involved in county government by her mother, who served as First Deputy Recorder in Marshall County for 14 years. She lives in Columbia City with her husband, Chad, and stepson, L.G. They are members of the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Before her employment in county government, she was Branch Manager of Peoples Federal Savings Bank in Columbia City for eight years. Her responsibilities included mortgage and consumer loan request, marketing, human resources, employee management and administrative affairs.
For the nine years prior to 1998, she was employed at Standard Federal Bank in Fort Wayne where she was an Assistant Manager responsible for enforcing bank policies and regulations. Her duties included processing and closing mortgages and consumer loans. She served as a counselor representing the bank in customer service transactions.
Whetstone’s education includes an Associates Degree in Accounting from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has further credentialing in Deposit Account Operations, Accounts & Services, Real Estate Principles, and Residential Mortgage Lending from the Institute of Financial Education in Chicago, Illinois.
Because she has a healthy respect for county government, she believes she has the right combination of experience, desire, ideas and motivation to lead the Recorder’s Office for the next four years.

April Whetstone is  announcing her intent to run for Whitley County Recorder. She will campaign for the May 2010 primary on the Republican ticket. She pledges to use her experience in county government and the banking industry to preserve the integrity of the Recorder’s Office and the records stored there for posterity.

Whitley County Quilt Show winners

Seventy gorgeous quilts and quilted items were exhibited at the Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Show sponsored by Whitley County Extension Homemakers. Hand and machine quilted items were entered in eight different categories. Exhibits were judged and appropriate ribbons were awarded. The winners of this year’s show were:
People’s Choice: Maureen Trumbull.
Judge’s Choice (Machine Quilted): Margie Bushell.
Applique’ Class winner (hand quilted): Bea Knarr; Class winner (machine quilted): Janet Vesa. Participants: Nancy Scott.
Children’s: Class winner (machine quilted): Connie Seymour. Participants: Jody Gaerte, Julie Gaerte, Barb Olider, Phyllis Reith.
Miscellaneous: Class winner (machine quilted): Maureen Trumbull. Participants: Jean Neher, Deloris Duff, Thea Fry, Laura Kyler, Ethel Miller, LaEtta Wagner, Phyllis Reith, Donna Iden.
Original: Class winner (machine quilted): Linda Grable. Participants: Yvonne Pfeiffer, Patsy Agler, Nancy Scott, Joy Brouse.
Patchwork: Class winner (hand quilted): Margie Bushell. Participants: Jean Neher, Jody Gaerte, Janet Vesa, Mary Myers, Yvonne Pfeiffer, Barb Born, Mary Martha Scott, Geneva Crosby, Phyllis Reith, Wanda Howell, Vonda McEowen, Donna Iden, Patsy Rollins, Jan Smith, Mary Cummings.
Wall Hanging: Class winner (hand quilted): Bea Knarr. Participants: Holly Kyler, Deloris Duff, Geneva Crosby, LaEtta Wagner.
Whole Cloth: Class winner (hand quilted): Kathy Slater.
For Display ONLY: Participants: Chloe Reynolds.

Seventy gorgeous quilts and quilted items were exhibited at the Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Show sponsored by Whitley County Extension Homemakers. Hand and machine quilted items were entered in eight different categories. Exhibits were judged and appropriate ribbons were awarded. The winners of this year’s show were:

Mark Hodges

Hodges announces his bid for re-election

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Sheriff Mark Hodges has announced  that he is running for re-election in 2010.  Hodges was elected Sheriff in November 2006 and is completing his first four year term.  After being elected, Sheriff Hodges retired from the Indiana State Police with 26 years of service.
Citing pledges from his first campaign, Sheriff Hodges compared accomplishments with his original goals.
1. Increasing Chaplain services.
2. Training.
3. Professionalism.
In the last three years all three goals have been attained.
At the beginning of 2007, Gerald and Jeanette Bills were the only Chaplains to visit the Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis.  Now ten additional individuals regularly visit along with numerous others who assist with the Tuesday afternoon cell block ministry and the Sunday evening church services.
Training and professionalism are tied closely together.  The professionalism of any group or organization is greatly enhanced as training is increased.  Some of the training in the last three years includes computer forensics, highway drug interdiction, Excited Delirium, jail medical issues, jail staffing methods, Human Resource and hiring practices.  Sheriff Hodges also instituted mandatory first aid/CPR and defensive tactics training.
Several accomplishments have occurred in the past three years for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.  A tremendous upgrade was made to the video security system.  The old original black and  white security cameras along with the non-working recording system were replaced with digital color cameras and a digital video recording system.  Numerous incidents and crimes within the jail building have been solved because personnel were able to review the constant digital recordings that are being made.
Changing the inmate commissary to in-house rather than out-sourcing the products has increased profits more than 500 percent.  These profits have allowed Sheriff Hodges to add needed equipment without using budget funding.
In mid year of 2007, Sheriff Hodges contracted the inmate health care to Health Professionals, LTD.  Out-sourcing this service has proven itself by saving the County thousands of dollars and setting protocols that greatly assist all employees of this department.
Beginning the Department’s first canine unit is another accomplishment that Sheriff Hodges credits to the deputies and others that encouraged initiating the program. They solicited funds from area businesses and citizens resulting in two officers and dogs being trained at no cost from the department budget.  Both officers and their K9 partners have been utilized numerous times on traffic stops, school searches and public programs.
The evidence room was moved to the basement in an effort to streamline evidence handling and retention.  The former evidence room was about 77 square feet and the new room is more than 300 square feet.  This increase in space allows for better handling of firearm, drug and cash evidence.
Goals for Sheriff Hodges’ second term include the use of a video conferencing system.  Under his direction, the Sheriff’s Department has been making aggressive attempts to secure funding from various sources for this important equipment. Video conferencing would save money by decreasing the number of prisoner transports because the prisoner would make his or her court appearance via video equipment.  Prisoner security would be increased because many inmates would make their court appearance from the Whitley County jail rather than being walked across the street.   Sheriff Hodges also wants to continue upgrading the evidence room with additional movable storage shelves.
Sheriff Hodges thinks he has gotten a good start with positive changes and improvements to the department.  He believes much more can be accomplished in a second term.  He cites Lee Iacocca in his book “Where Have All The Leaders Gone?”  “Here’s the test of a leader: When he leaves office, we should feel better off than when he started.  It’s just that simple.” This is the philosophy of Sheriff Mark Hodges, and for that reason he is asking for your support in the 2010 election.

Sheriff Mark Hodges has announced  that he is running for re-election in 2010.  Hodges was elected Sheriff in November 2006 and is completing his first four year term.  After being elected, Sheriff Hodges retired from the Indiana State Police with 26 years of service.

Citing pledges from his first campaign, Sheriff Hodges compared accomplishments with his original goals. 

1. Increasing Chaplain services. 

2. Training.                               

3. Professionalism.  

In the last three years all three goals have been attained.