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Michael Schrader

Schrader announces bid for re-election

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Michael Schrader, executive president of the Whitley County Commissioners, announced today that he plans to seek a second term as Whitley County Commissioner – a position requiring common sense, commitment and dedication in light of what’s ahead for the future of this community.
“Many challenges await Whitley County including the future funding of our Emergency Medical Service, including tax caps and their affect on county, city, town and township budgets,” Schrader said.
“Improving our county road system is an ongoing challenge or maybe it’s a work in progress,” added Schrader. “Either way, this is a challenge that we continue to work through.”
While in his first term in office, Schrader has been involved in a variety of initiatives.
“The Board of Commissioners challenged the State Department of Welfare on the costs to update the local welfare office to new state mandated office standards,” he said. “This challenge saved over $ 40,000 in taxpayer money.”
Schrader and the Board of Commissioners are also credited with resolving issues with windows in the new County Government Center building.  “Through negotiations with the contractor those issues were resolved with no additional cost to the taxpayers,” he said.
Schrader has understood the significance of making local government available and open to the residents of Whitley County.
“The Board of Commissioners took our meetings ‘on the road’ to the Town of Churubusco and the Town of South Whitley several times during the last two years,” Schrader said.
Further improving residents’ ability to access their own local government, Schrader has been an integral part of designing and enhancing the presence of Whitley County on the internet. He has talked with county residents, county departments and professionals with the goal of creating a site that is user friendly and helpful to the citizens of Whitley County.
“We have approved the creation of a county web site,” Schrader said. “The new web site will provide information and duties about each county department.  It will include Boards and Committees, minutes of board meetings and the ability to make tax payments and pay fines and costs,  just to name a few.  This web site will also offer community links.”
An additional benefit will be the ability of Whitley County Government to make this community known globally for all the things we do well here. Schrader is excited about the level of transparency and enhanced service these changes bring to the people of Whitley County.
While looking toward the future, Schrader and the current administration have been careful to preserve important elements of the past. This year, important steps were taken to repair the dome and the steps inside what is probably the most visual symbol of this community, the Whitley County Courthouse.
“I enjoy working with the people of Whitley County, sharing ideas and listening to their thoughts and suggestions.  It seems like everyday brings a new learning experience,” said Schrader.
A lifelong resident of Whitley County, Schrader graduated from Columbia City Joint High School. Following high school, he was engaged in business of the family farm with his father and his uncle, later attending International Business College.
Schrader began his law enforcement career as a reserve officer for the Columbia City Police Department and was appointed as a reserve deputy of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. He was later appointed as a merit deputy for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, serving 28 years. For 16 years, he served as Whitley County Sheriff. Community service is important to Schrader. He has been an active member of the Columbia Township Fire Department for the past 40 years and he currently serves as assistant chief. He also serves as treasurer of the Whitley County Fire Chiefs’ Association. A ten-year 4-H member, he is also a former 4-H leader.
Schrader’s commitment to his community and his country is evident, having served with the Indiana Army National Guard.
Schrader is a member of the Oak Grove Church of God, the Whitley County FOP and is a life member of the Indiana  Sheriffs Association.
Schrader and his wife, Cathy (Lemmon), are the parents of three children. Their son, Jacob, is a career firefighter. Their son, Adam, is a designer for an orthopedic company, and their daughter, Carrie, is a registered nurse. The Schraders enjoy spending time with their granddaughter. Schrader’s political career has included four terms as Whitley County Sheriff, one term on the Whitley County Commissioners and he was a past Columbia Township Assessor.
Schrader has had an interest in Whitley County politics for many years – stemming from his father’s 16 years of service as a Whitley County Councilman.
“I try to be pro-active and use a common sense approach to issues dealing with Whitley County,” Schrader said. “I bring experience, knowledge of county government and integrity to the office. I pledge commitment, a common sense approach to issues and dedication to the citizens of Whitley County.”

Michael Schrader, executive president of the Whitley County Commissioners, announced today that he plans to seek a second term as Whitley County Commissioner – a position requiring common sense, commitment and dedication in light of what’s ahead for the future of this community.

Doug Fahl

Fahl announces candidacy for Superior Court Judge

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Doug Fahl officially announced today that he will be running for the Whitley County Superior Court Judge. Fahl is seeking to fill the vacancy left by the announcement of current Judge Michael Rush’s retirement. “It will be impossible to replace a man of Judge Rush’s stature and reputation, but I believe I am the best person to continue Whitley County’s tradition of fair, but firm justice,” Fahl said.
Fahl is a 1985 graduate of Columbia City Joint High School, a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a Law Degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. Fahl has been practicing law in Northeast Indiana since 1997 and has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Kosciusko County for the past five years where he has tried numerous cases from drunk driving to methamphetamine manufacturing.
Fahl also serves as a JAG officer in the Indiana Army National Guard. He has been a member of the Guard/Reserves since 1990 and recently served a tour of duty in Iraq where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Action Badge for his actions in the war zone. Fahl noted, “I earned a true appreciation for the role of Judge while I was in Iraq. The Iraqi Judges had to move their entire families into armed compounds. They had to risk everything, including their lives, to bring justice to their people.”
Fahl lives in Columbia City with his wife Marla, daughter Meghan and stepdaughters Madi and Audrey Sjahfiedin. His stepdaughter Chelsea Sjahfiedin attends Taylor University. Doug and his family are members of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church.
Fahl has been heavily involved in his community over the last 13 years serving as a board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Past-President of the Whitley County Bar Association, Past-President of the Columbia City Kiwanis, an ex-officio member of the Columbia City Tree Board, a member of the Columbia City Plan Commission and serving as a two-term City Councilman. He is currently a member of the VFW Post 5582, The National Guard Association of Indiana, USA Triathlon, the Tri-Fort Triathlon Team and the YMCA Running Club.
“I would be humbly honored to serve the citizens of Whitley County in this very important position,” Fahl concluded.

Doug Fahl officially announced today that he will be running for the Whitley County Superior Court Judge. Fahl is seeking to fill the vacancy left by the announcement of current Judge Michael Rush’s retirement. “It will be impossible to replace a man of Judge Rush’s stature and reputation, but I believe I am the best person to continue Whitley County’s tradition of fair, but firm justice,” Fahl said.

Cheryl McDevitt

McDevitt announces candidacy for County Recorder

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Lifelong Whitley County resident Cheryl Gibson McDevitt has announced her candidacy for Whitley County Recorder.
“I have been involved with the Republican Party since the age of 18, voted in every primary and general election as a proud Republican,” McDevitt said. “I currently am precinct committeeman for Columbia Township South and was elected to Columbia Township Advisory Board where I serve as secretary.”
McDevitt’s next political goal has been a long time in the making.
“My next step forward is to run for Whitley County Recorder,” she said. “This has been my goal for the last seven years and I promise to work diligently for the people of Whitley County.”
McDevitt graduated from CCJHS with the class of 1973 and later graduated from Ravenscroft Beauty College in 1979. Married to husband, Keith, for 36 years, they have two children, Aaron McDevitt and Jenee Nix. They are also blessed with five beautiful grandchildren, Grace, Eli and Dinah McDevitt, Maycee and Malarie Nix.
“I spent 25 years as a hairdresser in Columbia City, worked at Columbia Auction for my father, farmed with my husband, had a DJ business for 12 years, worked in a bank for two years, and currently am employed as Office Manager for Speedway Sand and Gravel Inc. for the last two years,” McDevitt said.
McDevitt is an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City where she serves as an assisting minister, director of the Altar Guild, reader, VBS teacher and a substitute in the hand bell choir.
“I am a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Friend of the Peabody Public Library, Friend of the Whitley County Historical Museum and former vice president of the South Whitley Chamber of Commerce,” she said.
“Through the years I have always worked with the public and love people. I have always had to keep books, records and handled the cash and deposits,” she said.
“I believe with all of my experiences in life and working on the Advisory Board with budgets and funds, along with my strong Republican work ethics and values, I can excel in this position,” added McDevitt.
“I am asking for your vote and support in the May 4, 2010 primary election to reach my goal as County Recorder,” she said.

Lifelong Whitley County resident Cheryl Gibson McDevitt has announced her candidacy for Whitley County Recorder.

“I have been involved with the Republican Party since the age of 18, voted in every primary and general election as a proud Republican,” McDevitt said. “I currently am precinct committeeman for Columbia Township South and was elected to Columbia Township Advisory Board where I serve as secretary.”

Free 4-H Carnival

The Noble County 4-H leaders will be hosting a free 4-H Carnival from 5-7 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibit Hall…

Scholarships available from Indiana Homemakers

The Indiana Extension Homemakers sponsor two scholarships annually. For a copy of the applications contact Purdue Extension – Whitley County office at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313 or email cbarnett@purdue.edu.
Ruth B. Sayre Scholarship
This memorial scholarship of $500 is offered for the purpose of fostering educational development of women.
The applicant must be a woman and a legal resident of the USA who shows financial need and ability to complete her education.
The one page application must also include two reference letters, school transcript and a picture.
Applications must be returned by February 15.
Career Advancement Scholarship
Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, is an organization affiliated with The Cooperative Extension service and Purdue University and is interested in furthering education, leadership and community volunteerism. IEHA is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers who are 25 years or older.
This scholarship is to be used to complete education or upgrade vocational skills. One must be admitted to, or cleared for admission, to an academic or vocational school, which is state-licensed or accredited. Preference will be given to a person studying at an undergraduate level. Scholarships will be awarded with regard to financial need, and former winners may apply again.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2010.

The Indiana Extension Homemakers sponsor two scholarships annually. For a copy of the applications contact Purdue Extension – Whitley County office at (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313 or email cbarnett@purdue.edu.

Whitley County AARP news

The Whitley County Chapter AARP met January 5 at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe welcomed all present. Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the flag and Mike Hazen led the group in prayer.
There were two guests present, Barbara Hawn and Carol Gregory.
The minutes were read and approved and Jeanette Zumbrun reported the balance in the treasury.
Wilma Bender reported that her sister, Vesta Bennett, is now at Miller’s Merry Manor and will be there for at least the next two months. It would be nice if the group would send her a card.
Betty Mink said the first Bear Creek Farm’s trip would not be until June.  The production will be “South Pacific.”
Bonnie Hazen had a reading entitled, “The Farmer’s Nagging Wife.”
The health report was given by Pat Loe on “Healthy Bones.” People should drink plenty of milk, take caldium-D, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Marge Kite made a motion to change the monthly meetings starting in 2010. From now on, we will not meet in January, but will meet in August. Motion carried.
Betty Mink made a motion to donate $200.00 to the Senior Center. Motion carried.
There being no further business the meeting was closed.
Cookies and punch were served by the Hazens and those who wished stayed and watched a video.

The Whitley County Chapter AARP met January 5 at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe welcomed all present. Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the flag and Mike Hazen led the group in prayer. There were two guests present, Barbara Hawn and Carol Gregory. The minutes were read and approved and Jeanette Zumbrun reported the balance in the treasury.

Enrollment forms for Whitley County 4-H due soon

The 4-H enrollment forms for members to enroll in the 2010 4-H program will be mailed towards the end of January. If you know of a prospective third grade 4-H member, please call Kay at the Whitley County Extension Office to add them to the mailing.
The 4-H forms change each year for both members and for livestock. If you submit an old form, it will be returned, and a 2010 form must be submitted. Forms without the required parent/legal guardian and member signatures will also be returned.
Members of 4-H and animals are enrolled on separate forms. Animal forms are not mailed from the Extension Office. Please note: After your member enrollment is turned in by April 1 and you have enrolled in an animal project (other than Cat or Dog), a separate animal form is also due. March 1 is the 2010 due date for Beef Steers or Heifers or Dairy Steers and you, as a 4-H member, must still have turned in your member enrollment form by April 1. Whitley County Bred, Born & Raised forms are also due for Beef and Dairy Steers on March 1 to the Livestock Leader and this includes the nomination fee and all signatures.
New for 2010: A liability release which must be signed just as it’s written on the enrollment form in order for the 4-H’er to be enrolled in the Whitley County 4-H Program.

The 4-H enrollment forms for members to enroll in the 2010 4-H program will be mailed towards the end of January. If you know of a prospective third grade 4-H member, please call Kay at the Whitley County Extension Office to add them to the mailing.

Be thinking about 4-H now

The Noble County 4-H program is now busy enrolling youth in grades one through 12 (as of January 1, 2010).  Enrollment forms are due to the township leaders by March 1.
When youth become 4-H members, they may find something new. It may be a skill, a sense of belonging, or being useful. The projects and programs are based on real life. It’s adult life in the making.
In 4-H clubs, under the guidance of a volunteer adult leader, members learn about conducting a business meeting, planning programs and activities, and socializing and sharing ideas.  Clubs start meeting in February, and meet monthly or bi- monthly until the Noble County Community Fair, July 17 to 24. An achievement meeting is held in the fall to recognize each 4-H member’s accomplishments.
Noble County has over 60 project areas for members to select from. The 4-H’ers may select as many projects as they wish to complete.  Many of these projects have 10 different levels, so that a member can advance and learn more in their project each year.  A wide variety of projects, able to suit almost any interest, is available.
Many 4-H’ers pursue a career in their adult lives that they have started in their 4-H years.  Photography may lead to a studio career or photo journalist; electrical engineers have gotten their start in the 4-H Electric project; and careers in environmental science may have their roots in 4-H Forestry, Wildlife, Soil & Water Conservation, Weather, or Entomology.  Skills learned in 4-H may help you in furthering your education, finding a job, or pursuing a hobby.  Often, just being able to organize your ideas and finish a project is hard to do, and 4-H can help.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Noble County Extension Office at (260) 636-2111 or 1-800-601-5826, or stop in at the Extension Office in the Noble County Office Complex South on State Rd. 9 in Albion.

The Noble County 4-H program is now busy enrolling youth in grades one through 12 (as of January 1, 2010).  Enrollment forms are due to the township leaders by March 1.

Senior Center information

For information on the Whitley County Senior Center/Council on Aging, go to www.whitleycountycouncilonaging.com or call (260) 248-8944 or from Churubusco…