August 10, 2011

Construction woes get costly in county
Local officials point out problems, but INDOT is making it right; work still on pace for 26 and 31 projects
by Pat Munsey Department of Transpor- 2½ feet too high.
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Road construction isn’t an exact science. Mistakes are made. Earlier this year, it was discovered that an overpass crossing the new U.S. 31 at County Road 50 East was mis-designed, causing the work to be redone. But that wasn’t the only error. Last week, acting Howard County Surveyor Greg Lake disclosed that additional miscues costing in excess of half a million dollars recently were discovered. Fortunately, local taxpayers shouldn’t feel too much discomfort. The Indiana

tation (INDOT) is taking responsibility for ensuring the work is done right and stays on schedule, and insurance is in place to cover the cost. “The last two weeks, I have been called out to U.S. 31 project and the State Road 26 project,” Lake told the Howard County Drainage Board on Aug. 1. “The concerns I have been talking about all year long is I need to be out there, looking at this. It finally came to pass. They put a couple of our regulated drains in backwards, where the slope was going uphill. One of our large box culverts -- a very expensive project -- they put in over

“All of these items I’m making them take out and put back in correctly. It has been a huge negotiation with a lot of problems.” Lake took his concerns to INDOT immediately, through the weekly partnership meetings held with the state, the contractors and sub-contractors and even interested members of the community if they so desire. According to Harry Maginity, public information officer for INDOT, the state will make things right. “Anything that he has a problem with is being worked out with the project engineer,” said

Maginity. “We have a great working relationship, and when we do something wrong or our contractor does something wrong, it gets righted. Yes, things go wrong, and they get taken care of. We respond, and we fix it.” In the case of the box culvert, which is the structure that allows a drainage ditch to flow under a road or driveway, Lake said he caught the bad installation while DO-OVER — Recent mistakes in road construction it was being performed. concerning drainage likely won’t delay the completion But its existence, coupled date of the projects, officials say. with his inability to conPerspective Photo / Alyx Arnett stantly monitor the con“I am concerned that one of them had inverse struction, has the acting surveyor worried about we have missed a lot,” grade on our county tile. what else might be going said Lake. “The three wrong. sites that I have been to, - A2

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KCT takes a trip back to Familiar face rejoins 1962 with ‘Hairspray’
62nd season kicks off Aug. 12
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Jake Grimme hired to pick up slack for missing surveyor Dan Minor
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She’s overweight. She’s insecure. But all she has ever wanted to do was dance on a local TV show. So when she wins a chance to star on the show, her dreams begin coming true. After starring on the show, she not only begins to gain confidence, but Tracy Turnblad also launches a campaign to integrate the show and help better 1962 Baltimore. This story has been performed on Broadway, made, and then remade, into movies, and now, the Kokomo Civic Theatre is bringing “Hairspray” to Kokomo this weekend. “It’s a big, fun musical. I think a lot of people are familiar with either the John Travolta movie or the Broadway show, so it should be a good time,” said Steve Hughes, director of the Kokomo Civic Theatre. Landing the lead role of pleasantly-plump Tracy Turnblad is 17-yearold Morgan Michel, who is new to KCT. “I was so excited that I was able to get the lead in this show because it’s such a big opportunity since I’m only 17,” said Michel. “That was really big.” Michel landed the lead after having performed only in one show, “White Christmas,” before auditioning. “It has been amazing working with everyone.

GOOD MORNING, BALTIMORE — The Kokomo Civic Theater is ready to rock the town with its rendition of “Hairspray” this weekend.
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Now this is awkward. The Howard County Surveyor’s office has been hobbled for the past two years as its elected officer, Dan Minor, has been frequently absent with health concerns. The problem is so acute that Howard County Stormwater program director Greg Lake has had to serve as the acting surveyor for the bulk of Minor’s term. The county’s business isn’t getting done, and Lake has had to work hundreds of hours with-

compensation to cover the short staffing. It all came to a head two weeks a g o . Lake informed t h e Howard County DrainGrimme a g e Board on Aug. 1 that he had to hire some help. “With Dan not available, per our memorandum of understanding, I did hire a part-time person to run the state road projects,” said Lake. “He will drive every construction site at least once a

week. He’ll look at all the drains and report back to me if anything isn’t looking right so that we can get on top of it and prevent these half-million-dollar catastrophes. That’s a huge amount of money to start ripping stuff out.” When pressed about the hiring, Lake disclosed that he had chosen to hire former county surveyor Jake Grimme. “He’s already out there looking at drains, and we’ve already had to get the attention of the state,” said Lake. “They’re calling me now on any tile

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We’re like a family,” she said. Speaking of family, Doug Harvey is taking the motherly role in the performance as Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mother. Although he’s a veteran to KCT shows, he had to learn some new tricks to perfect this role—including wearing dresses, walking in heals and mastering a womanly walk. On being a girl, he said, “It’s very different. It’s fun. It’s just different. It’s so weird because I want to stand like a guy and walk like a guy. I get correction and direction from the others, but I’m having a blast doing it.” As Tracy’s fictional mother, Edna gets to

watch Tracy grow and mature into a strong, young woman throughout the show. “Tracy is one of those people who’s afraid to leave the house at first because she’s so big and doesn’t really have a whole lot of self-worth until people start telling her to stop listening to what people are saying and to listen to her heart,” Harvey said. As Tracy works to integrate her community, Hughes worked to integrate the KCT cast. “The exciting thing from our standpoint is we have a lot of new people, and because it’s a show about integration,

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No winners in debt deal
Republican chair says nothing was fixed; Democrat professor sees political trouble on the right
by Pat Munsey
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Congress ended its Mexican stand-off last week and agreed to raise the ceiling on the national debt. Conservatives howled that enough wasn’t cut from the national deficit as part of the deal. Liberals upbraided their leaders for compromising too much. Nobody was happy, and that usually means something went right for the nation. But not this time. The stock market and certain commodities immediately went into the tank. Uncertainty and fear threaten to extinguish the timid economic recovery of 2011. The deal, it seems, did nothing to solve the nation’s problems beyond the moment. “It’s like eating cold mush,” said Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party chairman. “We are going to have a $1.6 trillion deficit this year. Even under this bill, the deficit continues to grow. A $1 trillion immediate deficit reduction, and even if you throw in a couple more trillion, doesn’t put a dent in the real problem. “They didn’t address any of the fundamental problems that exist. This is a Band-Aid solution with no pain on the front. Basically, it didn’t accomplish anything other than maybe calming some of the public they had whipped up in the first place.”

They don’t like it

Dunn said he was “grossly disappointed” with the bill that passed b o t h houses of Congress l a s t week. T h e message Dunn s e n t to the world by the inability of the U.S. government to find real solutions is that the American people no longer have the desire to change their deMaxwell structive ways. “Unfortunately, the American people have -- even in the face of tremendous crisis -- no willingness to make sacrifices at any level anymore,” said Dunn. “Even if the pain is spread equally, I don’t think we have the will to do it. “The people who are beneficiaries of tax credits and depreciation allowances and extended weeks of this and that and inflation adjustments to this and that and freebies handed out like candy to cities and states -- nobody wants to give any of that stuff up. As a result, the problem just gets worse.” Allen Maxwell, professor emeritus of Political Science at Indiana University Kokomo, agrees that the legislation passed last week will help noth-

ing and will mean suffering for the nation. “I think neither party brought honor to itself in this whole mess,” said Maxwell. “The stock market is obviously impacted by this. The reaction is that they are not satisfied that this is going to do very much. It’s not bringing about a longrange solution.” Maxwell predictably pointed the finger at the Republicans for commingling issues of the national debt versus the national deficit. By way of comparison, he likened the right’s efforts to a household that tries to cut off spending by not paying its mortgage. “What the Republicans did was connect the deficit to the debt, and I think that’s not wise,” said Maxwell. “They need to deal with the debt. It’s what we already owe. The deficit is what will happen in the next months and years and needs to be dealt with separately. We should not threaten the credit of the country by talking about not paying debts that already have been incurred by Congress. To suggest that we shouldn’t pay that doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Maxwell accused congressional Republicans of forcing concessions on the deficit by putting the risk of default on the debt into play, thereby shaking global confidence in the U.S. It may be one of the reasons that the market reacted so negatively

we definitely have an integrated cast and a lot of new performers from the African American community who may not have participated in the past. So, we’re excited about that,” said Hughes. Other roles in the show are Rex Swank as Wilbur Turnblad, Chad Huff as Link Larkin, Jillian LaDow as Penny Pingleton, Eric Evans as Seaweed Stuffs, David Doucette as Corny Collins, Tonita Price as Motormouth Maybelle, Darrian LaDow as Amber Von Tussle, Beth Metcalf as Velma Von Tussle and Cristiana Tate-Price as Little Inez. The high school council members who appear on the Corny Collins Show are Marlea Duncan as Lou Ann, Danny Fleenor as Sketch, Brendan Hawkins as IQ, Jesse Salinas as Brad, Elise Schimmelpfennig as Tammy, Nolan Vent as Fender, Victoria Waltemath as Brenda and Ash-

SHOW-STEALERS — Morgan Michel and Doug Harvey star as Tracy Turnblad and her mother, Edna. ley Walton as Shelly. The Dynamites, a singing group reminiscent of the Supremes, are being played by Brooke Anderson, Shay Hinton and Brittany Ussery. Other kids at Motormouth’s record shop are Telisha Davis as Lorraine, Kirsten Martin as Cindy, Brycen Morgan as Duane, Peair Richardson as Gilber and Taleah Thurman as Stefie. Other adult characters include: Anita Burkead as Prudy Pingleton, Jeff Pyke as Mr. Spritzerm, Steve Bachmann as Mr. Pinky, Elizabeth Fink as the gym teacher and Ration taking place. Howard County Highway Superintendent Ted Cain reported to the Howard County Commissioners on Aug. 1 that he has been less than satisfied at times with how the projects are impacting county roads. “We’ve had issues with the state’s portion of the U.S. 31 bypass at State Road 22,” said Cain. “They closed roads that were our detour routes. It’s been an ongoing problem. County Road 200 North should be open in about six weeks. They’re going to fix some spots they tore up in our county roads. “This week, I have a meeting with (the design subcontractor). I’m tired of this stuff happening. They’re trying to go too fast, and that’s why mistakes are being made.” Maginity vouched for the local officials’ assessments, but he is confident that construction will remain on schedule despite the difficulties. “Greg is a good guy, and

chel Bates as the jail matron. Show times for “Hairspray” are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students (through college). Tickets may be reserved by calling 765-454-8800. The Havens Auditorium box office will also be open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 9 to 11, and one hour before each performance. Season tickets are also still available for $40.

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Two of the utilities were on top of our tile, which we demand them to be two feet under our tile. We have a 12-inch gas main on top of a regulated drain. We have a fiber optic cable laying on top of a regulated drain where it is running parallel with it. I have a gas line on State Road 26 that has cut through one of our regulated drains and has water backed up just about a mile to the south. It’s blowing up our county tile. And then there is this culvert situation.” Lake estimated that the cost to correct the problems could exceed $500,000. This cost, however, will not have to be covered by taxpayers, as insurance policies are in place to cover construction errors. Lake is not the only county official with concerns about the construc-

I would trust that what he says has some accuracy,” said Maginity. “Mr. Cain is very painstaking in his approach to your county’s roads, and that is a credit to your community. He is really involved. We work well with the surveyor’s office. INDOT supervises construction for quality and adherence, and we make sure the contractor or their subs do not violate the standards that are set. We have an oversight responsibility. “That doesn’t mean that everything happens perfectly on construction jobs; it certainly doesn’t. There are mistakes that can be made, but generally things are going very well with construction on U.S. 31. It is being constructed ahead of schedule and under budget, which is really nice.” The same goes for State Road 26, according to Maginity. In fact, a closure on the highway will take place on or after Aug. 10, involving a 1,000-foot stretch from 3rd Street heading east. This is the third and final phase of construction directly affecting Russiaville, and that work is expected to be concluded this year so that the town will not be disturbed in 2012. However, the State Road 26 project does encompass 7.38 miles of improvements, and the highway will go under the knife next year to the east of Russiaville, terminating near the intersection of Dixon Road. Maginity said that the entire project is still slated to conclude on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Pierson was an early radar specialist in Italy
by Joyce Alpay Raton, Fla., for teaching the inside half drum lined
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Russell (Russ) M. Pierson of Greentown was there at Stornara, Italy in WW II. In the summer after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and while still at the Eastern Illinois University, Russ enlisted with the aviation cadets for electrician and radio work. The army let him continue his education at the university until they needed him. In January 1943, the United States Army Air Corps called him for officer training at Boca Raton, Fla. He was sent to Yale University for electronics schooling and on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston Harbor for radar training. He was transferred back to Boca

electronics, but instead was sent to Norfolk, Va., to be transported overseas. He boarded a French Liner bound for Italy and landed in Naples. He was then sent to Stornara, Italy, the location of the 456th Bombardment Group of B-24 Liberator aircraft. He was assigned to the Radar Maintenance Group of the 456th, where he repaired electronic circuitry systems. While at the 456th at Stornara, Italy, he lived in a four-man tent that had cots and open shelves for storage. Their lights were overhead electric light bulbs. The tent was heated by a 50 gallon drum half connected by pipe to an outside 50 gallon drum of gasoline. The gasoline would drip into

with a few bricks, and when ignited gave off heat. He ate his meals at the officer’s dining facility. He said that the 456th had a dentist assigned to take care of any dental or simple medical needs, and they had a clothing store for spare uniforms. There were a few Italian families that would take in the airmen’s washings, but restaurants and bars were off-limits to the air force in order to avoid any problems. (The Italians were allies of the Germans during in WW II.) Prior to the spring of 1945, attempts to foulup German anti-aircraft fire consisted of dropping strips of aluminum foil into the air by the aircraft. The anti-aircraft guns were located on

the ground and would automatically fire in the direction of metal (foil) in the sky. A new radar detection system was made available to American aircraft. Russ and his crew installed this new radar detection system into their B-24s. This new system involved the operator of the radio tuning in until he found the frequency that the German radar was operating. He would tune his three transmitters to that frequency, which rendered the anti-aircraft tracking system (guns) useless. Russ said that being assigned to an aviation group was never dull, and you soon learned to expect the unexpected. He recalls one day when a plane blew a tire while trying to land, and while veering off the runway,

missed the radar building by one foot and then proceeded to the RadioConning tower (while men were jumping out) and tore it down. When the war was over Russ didn’t have enough points to return back to the USA, so he was sent to another fighter wing

in northeast Italy. He was later put on a ship bound for the Philippines. When reaching the Panama Canal, they learned the war was over, so they then sailed to Boston, Mass. Russ feels his service time was important, and he was proud to have served his country.

Kokomo, Taylor Twp. reach fire agreement
City will provide service to Indian Heights as soon as new south station opens; Taylor ambulance agreement in the works
by Pat Munsey
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Taylor Township prides itself on its volunteer fire department. It has serviced the community of Indian Heights for decades, but soon that area will fall within the Kokomo city limits. However, the city and TAKE BACK THE NIGHT — Dozens of Kokomo residents the township just signed turned out at Bon Air Park on Aug. 2 to celebrate an agreement to allow “Take Back the Night” with the Kokomo Police Depart- the Kokomo Fire Department. The event was one of several held across the ment to service the area city which saw hundreds of people interact with police before the annexation officers while enjoying food, music and fun. Other lotakes effect in January. cations included Kokomo Beach, Dunbar Court, Pine According to Taylor Valley Apartments, Garden Square Apartments and Township Trustee Diseveral other park and public housing locations. anne Kuntz, the agreePerspective Photo / Pat Munsey ment, which is valid

through March 1, 2012, will give Kokomo firefighters an opportunity to get familiar with Indian Heights’ labyrinthine street layout before they assume full fire protection service. But there was a secondary motivation for the agreement: ambulance service. “They wanted a transition period to get into the Heights and become familiar with it,” said Kuntz. “It shows that we’re willing to negotiate. The main reason I did this is we are working on an agreement to allow Taylor Town-

ship to continue ambulance service in Indian Heights. You give a little, you get a little. “The city will have Indian Heights in January anyway. Hopefully, I can continue to provide the citizens with ambulance service.” Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight echoed Kuntz’s statements, explaining the concerns that motivated the city to enter an early service agreement. “On Jan. 1, Indian Heights will come into the city of Kokomo,” said Goodnight. “They have a large volunteer

fire department, and we have the new fire station that will open in the next two to three weeks. The concern was, once we open, that there could be a fire within eyesight of our station, and we would not be able to respond to it. “The original discussions centered around making sure that we had an agreement to cover this area between now and the first of the year. We were able to do that. Once the station in open, both Taylor Township and the city of Kokomo fire departments will re-

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in the days following the deal. “I’m not sure we can tell why the market is reacting this way,” said Maxwell. “My guess is they don’t see that the deal solves the problem. On the other hand, to solve the problem, if it involves current cuts, they wouldn’t have liked that, either.” What Dunn is certain won’t be liked by the market is the nation’s unabated march toward insolvency. He believes Congress’ inaction on the larger concerns of the day puts our future security in jeopardy. “It is a mathematical certainty that unless you change the curve in terms of the trajectory of the federal debt -- unless you bend it down and

sustain it -- at some point you will reach the status of Greece,” said Dunn. “We are putting a loaded revolver into the hands of people who would like to do us harm -- Russia, China, Middle Eastern oil empires. The day they stop buying our securities, they can bring us to our economic knees.” The deal pushes the debate on the debt ceil-

Tea Party trouble

ing past the 2012 election cycle, which should be a good thing, according to Maxwell. There are many more pressing concerns to be faced by Congress and the president. Jobs and the economy are still lacking strength. He also sees a political problem surfacing for the Republicans who must now balance the demands of the far-right Tea Party caucus against the more centrist views of the nation.

“One fallout may be a black eye for the Tea Party,” said Maxwell. “I think they put self-interest before national interests. They came to Washington to have an effect, and they certainly had that. From what I see, the public is upset with the lack of compromise. “It’s awfully early, and voters have a very short memory. By next November, they aren’t going to remember the debt

ceiling debate. The major impact will be a leery attitude toward the Tea Party. I think they’ll be seen as obstructionists.” Maxwell believes the Tea Party will have a significant influence on the Republican primary next spring, and that may very well mean rousing victories for the Democrats in 2012. “If they nominate a lot of Tea Party people, I think that will hurt them

in the fall,” said Maxwell. “In the primaries, it is the Tea Party who are activists and get their people out to vote. They may win there, but in the fall I think the more moderate Republicans may sit on their hands or not even vote. (Tea Party presidential favorite) Michelle Bachmann may win in Iowa, but she has no chance of winning the presidency.”

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Retired racecar driver Lyn St. James experiences innovative systems firsthand
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straight by Alyx Arnett Cruise Control System. The the information and dis- (RSDS). This systems sits on system is designed to make from the device a vehicle’s dashboard as a cruise control more usable in most traffic conditions, resulting in a more relaxed driving experience. “Adaptive cruise control is a stop-and-go system,” said Delphi senior system engineer Mike Pawlowski. “If you’re following a vehicle that stops at a light, it’ll actually bring the vehicle to a complete stop. When you start again, apply gas, and it’ll ramp back up to speed.” The system is designed to operate under a wide range of environmental conditions, such as dirt, ice, daylight, darkness, rain and fog. The other products that were demonstrated were MyFi, rear and side detection, collision mitigation and parking guidance. The MyFi system is being designed as a result of users being overstimulated by devices such as smartphones. The system takes plays it exactly how it looks on the phone onto the dashboard on a large touch screen. “Most people can’t leave home without their smartphones. They like the connectivity. They like the information that’s provided. Well, we also want to be safe. We want to merge that all together,” said Keenan Estese, engineering general manager. But even when the phone is made more userfriendly, it is still a source of distraction, said Estese. To counter measure that, engineers have looked to an IR camera as a possible answer. The camera monitors the driver’s eyes and head position. When a driver has looked away for too long or becomes off task, LED lights flash to capture the driver’s attention. The next feature that was demonstrated was the Rear and Side Detection System

You’re driving down the highway happily cruising along at 60 mph when a car pulls in front of you going at a slower speed. What’s more annoying than the slower driver? Your messed up cruise control. Wouldn’t it be nice if your vehicle could magically adjust to that car’s speed and then return to the speed you set your control at once the vehicle is no longer in front of you? Well, Delphi says it can. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) was just one of five new products Dephi demonstrated last Tuesday at a ride-and-drive presented for veteran racecar driver Lyn St. James. Delphi has put more than 50 years of cruise control experience and more than 20 years of radar experience into the development of its innovative Adaptive

rectangular box where different positions light up to show where other vehicles are in relation to it. By providing an alert when cars are around or approaching, RSDS helps give drivers more time to react to obstacles that may be in blind spots or are difficult to see. One of the alerts on the RSDS is a lane change merge assist that lights up to show that a car is rapidly approaching from behind the vehicle. If this light is on, the driver should wait for it to pass or be cautious before changing lanes. “It’s also good for backing out of a parking space. If you have two big SUVs parked beside you, you can see who’s coming down the aisle,” said advanced engineering developer Walt Kosiak. Another new type of technology that was demonstrated was the Collision week, tops.” Drainage board member Paul Wyman asked how Lake monitors Grimme to ensure the needed work is being completed, to which Lake responded that Grimme documents his inspections with photos and notes and is in regular contact with the office. Grimme’s hiring could be viewed as ironic or even poetic by those who understand the dynamics at work. Grimme was the county surveyor from 1995 until 2010, losing to Minor in what some believe was a campaign enshrouding a personal conflict between the two men. Because Minor has been famously absent and ineffective in the 19 months of his term, Grimme’s hiring

Mitigation System (CMS) can, depending on the car’s speed, completely stop or slow a vehicle to prevent or mitigate collisions. CMS uses input from its vision and radar sensors to allow full automatic braking power when it senses a collision with objects such as other cars, pedestrians, and animals. The last feature that was demonstrated was a Parking Guidance System (PGS) that uses a rearview camera and advanced algorithms to help make parking easier. “The parking system was incredibly helpful. It’s like having another set of eyes out there,” said St. James. “If you have to parallel park a lot, then that’s a fantastic feature. If you don’t, then it’s still nice to have.” This system is said to be affordable and easy to implement into most vehicles. “If we can make the vehicles smarter and provide the mechanisms in the veto pick up the work left undone by Minor could prove to be a sore point. But there are plenty of sore points to go around in the surveyor office. Howard County Attorney Larry Murrell pointedly asked Lake during the drainage board meeting to detail the burden Minor’s inability to perform the duties of his office has caused. “Even though you’ve hired this extra help, isn’t a fact that you’re still materially under-staffed because of Dan’s absences for whatever reasons?” asked Murrell. “Aren’t you struggling to keep up?” “I’m not keeping up; it’s that simple,” said Lake. “As of last year, my time was significantly over the allotted hours. I ended up losing

ROBO-CAR — Delphi’s MiFi, collision mitigation and parking guidance systems were on display at a special event last week.

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hicles to augment the users’ ability to be aware of their surroundings, and when there’s a situation that demands it, get them back on task. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve here,” said Estese.

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spond to any fire.” Goodnight explained that the city fire department will not respond to medical runs during this transition period. All services of Taylor Township to Indian Heights will remain intact through the life of this agreement. Kuntz said the city has drafted a letter of intent to allow the ambulance service to continue beyond the annexation date. She did not have a time frame for when this letter might be finalized and signed. “This is still in the discussion stage right now,” said Goodnight. “Through

the end of the year, Taylor Township will continue to provide ambulance service. We’re sitting down to see if we can reach on agreement on this and a couple of other issues.” Goodnight was complimentary of Kuntz and the negotiation process, which will result in secured protection for local residents. “Dianne deserves kudos for sitting with us and working out this agreement,” said Goodnight. “Dianne is very passionate about the work Taylor Township does. It was important to her to extend the agreement beyond the first of the year. That just provides an extra level of coverage for people in that area. We’re very comfortable with that.”

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that is hit, whether its regulated or private.” Board members asked Lake how the arrangement was made with Grimme. At present, he is using his own vehicles to perform his work, though he declined additional compensation for doing so. “I talked to him about that, and he didn’t care to be compensated,” said Lake. “His hourly rate was acceptable. I estimate he will work two to three days a week, initially, just to get all of the projects looked after and to find all of the problems. After that I would anticipate maybe two days a

all of that time. This year, it is difficult to find me at the end of the month. I’m trying to be at zero at the end. Last month, I lost eight hours. That pushes any work to the next day.” In 2010, Lake worked 128 hours without compensation. That’s in addition to the 80 hours that the county agrees to compensate employees for additional work over the course of a year. At the close of the drainage board meeting, Wyman, Murrell and board member Tyler Moore could be heard openly discussing how to handle Minor’s chronic absences. While nothing official was stated, the trio agreed that the surveyor should be approached to discuss his lack of performance.

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Paul Wyman, Chairman of the Haynes-Apperson Festival, sat down with the Kokomo Perspective to discuss how well the festival did and to look at the festival’s financial information. Kokomo Perspective: How well did the festival do this year? Paul Wyman: I don’t have final numbers for you. Overall the festival was a big success this year. We don’t have all the final numbers crunched yet, but it looks like we are going to be profitable. Hopefully we will be able to make a donation to the Automotive Heritage Museum and have some money left over to invest in next year’s festival. KP: How much do you donate to the Automotive Heritage Museum? PW: It ends up being based on how well we do as a festival. The board will make that determination next month at the board meeting. KP: There was some bad weather during the festival. Do you think that affected attendance at all? PW: Rain moved in late on two nights right at the end of both of our concerts. Overall it didn’t hurt our festival numbers too bad. We are real fortunate that the rain didn’t come during all of the major events. KP: How is your revenue generated? PW: Our revenues are generated by sponsorships, the rides and vendors. Then we have some other miscellaneous ways we raise revenue. KP: The festival has a large cash reserve -around $60,000. How do you determine how much you keep in reserve? PW: We maintain reserves in case we run into a festival where we have inclement weather and our revenue is way down. One of the things this board did when we took over this festival was to apply some business principals and part of that business principal was to create a reserve account so that, during the years where we don’t make the kind of money that we anticipate, we can cover those years so the festival can continue on. We are not raising money for any specific organization or to raise money for day to day operations. We raise money to put the festival on, and that is it. We have built up some reserve accounts to make up for a year where revenues may not be as high as we anticipated. There is no real magic formula because we don’t have an annual operating budget from a standpoint of salaries and overhead. We have set aside money

there is a year where we are hit hard f r o m ride revenue, WYMAN sponsorships or vendor revenue. KP: Looking at your financials, some of the reserve money gets reinvested into the festival… PW: We take a portion of it and put it in reserves, and a portion of it gets reinvested into the festival for the next year. If you look at the festival over the last eight years, the reason it has grown to the level it has is because of the reinvestment of those dollars into the festival. Our August board meeting is generally a recap for the festival this year, and we begin planning for next year. KP: Doesn’t the city pay for the fireworks each year? Are those the only public dollars invested in the festival, and is there a goal to phase out the public contribution to the festival? PW: The city is a big partner for the festival. They help us with the fireworks. The street department guys are really helpful for us. When we had the very first meeting when the Haynes-Apperson festival was cancelled in 2002, we had a community meeting with business people and elected people. We decided at that meeting, for the festival to be successful, it really needs to be a public/ private partnership. The mayor at the time felt like the city would contribute by providing some behind-the-scenes support and the fireworks. That is the commitment the city made then, and they have honored that commitment all the way through. And it has been a great success for us. KP: How important are the fireworks to the festival? PW: It helps the festival tremendously. A lot of the vendors like to see that on the agenda because that is a huge draw for people. KP: The city is trying to move most of the downtown events to Foster Park. Is that something you can do in the near future? PW: We have been discussing it for a couple of years now. We have looked at a variety of plans to do so. It is tough to move it over to Foster Park now because the infrastructure is not there. We are open to ideas. We aren’t saying no, but we obviously have to maintain the integrity of the festival. The pavilion is beautiful, but it is a lot larger than our entertainment events.

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The Citizens Consolidation Committee (CCC) wanted some input from the experts on the topic of consolidating Howard County’s five public school systems. They got it, but it wasn’t favorable to the idea. School superintendents board members warned the committee that the risk of losing quality and funding is present at the heart of the debate. And one speaker -- Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris -- proposed that the CCC wasn’t looking at the consolidation issue in the proper scope. “The structure of local government is anachronistic and obsolete,” said Harris in his introductory comments to a crowd of about 50 interested citizens and committee members. “We’re dealing with structures that were formed years ago when it was a different world and a different economy. In order to compete and assure the American dream for tomorrow, we really need to think in terms of regions.” Northwestern Schools Superintendent Ryan Snoddy represented the county’s five school systems in his presentation to the committee, enumerating the many ways in which the schools already cooperate and collectively seek out savings

surance and school buses to pencils and paper, it seems that the schools find partners to help bring down purchasing costs. When it comes to savings from consolidating administrative staffs, Snoddy explained that the superintendents compared Howard County to school system closest to its total population -- Elkhart Schools. “At the time -- a few years ago -- they had about 12,000 students, and combined Howard County had just under 12,000,” said Snoddy. “Elkhart had about the same amount of general fund money to spend as the five Howard County school systems. “The interesting thing was, as we looked at where their expenses went, Elkhart had over 20 more administrators than the five Howard County school systems.” Snoddy proposed that the real savings from consolidation comes from facility closures. A central administrative office would save some overhead costs when it comes to maintaining one building instead of five. But it is the actual closure of school buildings that holds the real potential for savings. “This room isn’t big enough for the crowd you’re going to have if you start that,” said Snoddy. Kokomo-Center Schools Superintendent Jeff Haus-

LEARNING EXPERIENCE — CCC chairperson Isabella Chism makes opening remarks at the committee’s school consolidaton forum. wald warned about one of the unintended consequences of consolidation -- federal funding loss. Kokomo-Center receives a huge amount of funding from the federal government because 70 percent of its students live at or below the poverty level. “If we were to consolidate and our poverty rate would go down, we would see a serious decrease in the amount of money we get at the federal level,” said Hauswald. “When I say decrease, I mean millions of dollars. Hauswald later pointed out that consolidation of schools is actually the opposite of what the state of Indiana currently is advocating, thanks to the siphoning of tax dollars into

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school voucher programs and charter schools. “When you look at the charter and voucher legislation, we just created hundreds of new school systems,” said Hauswald. “So, in reality, as we’ve fought our way down to 292 public school districts in the state, we’re going to double that number in the next year. And the financial statements released last year show that it’s about 2.3 to 2.5 times more spent on administrative costs in charter schools compared to public schools.” The CCC meets again this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. to discuss countywide fire protection. The forum will be held at IUK’s Kresge Auditorium.

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Minor’s absentee term in office hurts community; show up or step down
The office of county surveyor isn’t one that garners much attention. In fact, if not for its inclusion in the state constitution, there is little reason for the position to be elected by the people. It is a functional office, not an administrative one. The public needs a qualified and reliable individual in the chair; politics really has nothing to do with it. Unfortunately, Howard County Surveyor Dan Minor is sorely lacking in the “reliable” category. In fact, he has logged so little time in the office since taking over in 2009 that it is difficult to acknowledge his existence. Minor missed most of last year with medical problems. He was on leave for so long that his chief deputy, Greg Lake, was named acting surveyor by the county. Lake already has a job. He is the administrator of the county’s stormwater management office. The “administrator” part of the title is largely ceremonial. The guy is in the field more than he’s in the office. That’s how the job works. Lake worked 128 hours without pay for Howard county last year, ensuring that the tasks the people needed completed were handled professionally. That’s in addition to his normal 40 hours a week and 80 hours in compensated time outside of the normal schedule. The public should thank him for stepping up when Minor fell ill. When Minor came back to the job last fall, the expectation was that things could go back to normal. He could do what he was elected to do. Lake could go back to devoting time to stormwater manage-

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Thanks to Humane Society
I am writing this letter to thank the staff and volunteers and those connected with the Kokomo Humane Society for their great efforts in showing care and compassion with animals. On July 28, my daughters -- Ava and Lilly -- and their friend, Dharni, and myself came all the way from the Wayne Township area of Indianapolis to drop off a neglected kitten. I called animal shelters and humane societies across a number of counties in hopes of finding a good, safe home for teh kitten, which the kids had already named “Rocky.” We would have kept the cat ourselves, but our cat has already had the run of the house for a number of years now. I called areas from Indianapolis, Danville, Martinsville, Mooresville, Zionsville, Lebanon and other locations until I came in contact with the Kokomo Humane Society. I wanted to let the public know what a great job the facility does there and

ment. And the surveyor’s office would fade into the background where is typically should spend its time. That didn’t happen. When Minor was on the job, he was described as uncooperative by other officials who interact with his office. And his “field work” is dotted with accounts of unusual behavior. Now Minor is absent again with physical ailments. Lake is logging in extra hours, and recently he discovered the cost of being chronically under-staffed. Construction work on State Road 26 and U.S. 31 has caused a good number of potential drainage problems that must be addressed. These could have been caught had the surveyor’s office been firing on all cylinders. Fortunately, the taxpayers won’t pay for the mistakes; they’ll only have the inconvenience of construction delays. The situation has degraded to the point that Lake recently exercised an option to hire someone to help with the workload. The irony in bringing former Why do the unions support the surveyor Jake Grimme on board shouldn’t be lost on policies of the Democrat Party that anyone. He is the man who kept the office running relatively smoothly for years before losing to Minor provide for and support a class of inin the 2008 election. dividuals in our country that does not This is not what the people thought they were getting when they cast their votes. Minor campaigned work (and) does not intend to work? on his credentials as a certified surveyor, and he got a 50-percent bump in pay for having that piece of paper in hand. But we’ve gotten next to nothing in will forever be wards of return. Illness or no illness, a public official needs to editor of Aug. 3 is total the United States governactively serve. If Minor can’t do that, he needs to refiction. ment? It doesn’t make sign. Ream is not the only sense. one who thinks the CCC My dad was a Demoon limited resources. This there hoping they would is recommending and crat. I grew up with was most certainly a les- be able to find good advocating school con- Democratic values in evsolidation. At the CCC’s son in showing compas- homes for them. ery sense of the word. I We know that there is Aug. 3 forum on educa- loved Franklin Delano sion to God’s creatures to our children. Thanks, always a chance that they tion, one superintendent Roosevelt and still do. again, as the kids are as- can be put down if they talked at length about the John F. Kennedy was the sured that Rocky andthe are not adopted within a perils of school consoli- catalyst for my intense inothers are well take care given time. We were told dation. School consolida- terest of politics. that was not the case if tion has never been on of. But, slowly, an evoluthe radar screen of the Mark Hummer they stayed healthy. tion -- not revolution -- of They wanted to know CCC, nor is it of any in- the Democrat Party’s valIndianapolis the kitten’s names. We terest to the committee. ues changed my politiHowever, there has did not just take them cal party affiliation from Upset about cats there and dump them. been much discussion Democrat to Republican, I’m writing to tell about the five separate about a matter that hap- We were told that they administrations with five then to an Independent. pened a few weeks ago, would help us find good school boards, five school The Democrat Party left namely, about the Koko- homes and to call any- superintendents and five me, I didn’t leave the partime to see how things ty. Both parties -- Repubmo Humane Society. administrative staffs. were going for them. lican and Democrat-now We placed a very So, after a week, we While the subject never are incongruous with healthy mother cat and came up in the first edufive very lively, beauti- called and were told cation forum, the need mainstream America. The Democrat Party ful, playful litter-trained that they were doing just for five separate school kittens, eight weeks old, - A5 administrations of How- A6

In the Aug. 3 edition of the Kokomo Perspective, Todd Ream’s letter to the editor states, “Persuaded by John Floyd that consolidating the county’s five school corporations could save more money than all other consolidation efforts combined, the Citizens Consolidation Committee (CCC) scheduled its first of five public hearings to address this topic.” He then charges that I am guilty of trading facts for fiction and uses that term again in his letter. Obviously Mr. Ream is questioning my veracity; consequently, I must respond. Ream ends his letter with the term, “just the facts.” Here are the facts. I have never been an advocate, supporter or enthusiast of school consolidation, and certainly never encouraged or tried to persuade CCC committee members to support consolidation of Howard County schools to save money. While I am not responsible for Mr. Ream’s English comprehension, he should pay more attention to the subject. Ream obviously has interpreted my remarks concerning possible consolidation of the five school administrations as meaning consolidation of Kokomo and Howard County schools. Ream is addressing two completely different subjects. As he stated, let’s deal with “just the facts.” The fact is Ream’s letter to the

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ard County schools will be a matter of future discussions. Todd Ream’s letter to the editor subject is closed. Moving on, this question baffles me. Why are the United States’ unions in lockstep with the Democratic Party? I can understand union support for the Democratic Party over Right to Work laws, card check for union elections and the many issues that are to the benefit of the unions as a whole. What I don’t understand is why the unions blindly follow all liberal policies of the Democrat Party. As a general rule, union members are hard workers. They are taxpayers, and have a deep love for our country. I want to emphasize they are hard workers. With this plain and descriptive definition of the union worker, why do the unions support the policies of the Democrat Party that provide for and support a class of individuals in our country that does not work, does not intend to work and is breeding a class of individuals that

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A first step toward an uncertain future
The Tea Party set the agenda. The Republican oldguard reasserted itself in the final hours and forged a deal no one is really happy with. President Obama, faced with a 9.2 percent jobless rate, couldn’t afford to let the United States slip into default, which was the universally unacceptable result to everyone but elements of the Tea Party and Club for Growth. Republicans, controlling a little over half of one chamber in Congress, called the President’s bluff on this “manufactured crisis” while manufacturing plants across the country were quiet. Obama, without a deal of his own, had to swallow this deal while his base grimaced over a “Satan sandwich.” There were $1.5 trillion in cuts, no tax increases and a new, 12-person, super committee that will try to find more permanent solutions this fall. Indiana’s congressional delegation was split five to six over this matter, -almost in half -- as was the House Tea Party Caucus. Two Republicans,

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you owe debts, pay debts. We had to find an obligation to pay the nation’s bills. But my requirement was to do that in a fiscally responsible way,” Pence said. The New York Times reported: By the end of the 10-year deal, the federal debt would be much larger than it is today. Indeed, both the government and its debts will continue to grow faster than the American economy, primarily because the new law does not address federal spending on health care. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal debt is likely to exceed 100 percent of the nation’s annual economic output by 2021, largely because of

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President has surrendered his mandate for change as inflexible Republicans push him into lopsided compromises
This is not what anyone should have expected. Elected with a mandate from the American people to change this nation for the better, President Barack Obama has squandered his time and his political capital by conceding to the demands of the Republicans in Congress. Healthcare, debt ceilings, deficit management -virtually at every turn, Obama has turned aside from the path of socioeconomic reform and justice in order to find a middle ground that doesn’t exist. This new breed of Republican doesn’t compromise. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor have no intention allowing the President to prevail on any issue. Unfortunately, he isn’t strong enough as a leader to stand up to them. Of the three, McConnell is the most obvious in his neglect of the electorate. His stated intent -- again and again -- is to defeat President Obama. Nothing else appears to matter. Any time this guy gets in front of a microphone or camera, he’s waging political war. If he thinks Obama might veto a piece of legislation, he talks about finding ways to freeze discretionary spending through recission bills. When it came to the debt ceiling crisis, McConnell was the one ready to pull the trigger in this latest round of Russian Roulette. Damn the nation and its needs; McConnell has a President to defeat. Boehner isn’t much better, with his post-game “How to blame Obama” speeches after a “compromise” on the debt ceiling was reached. And Cantor? Here’s a guy who initially looked like he might work with Democrats to find middle ground positions to help all Americans. He was willing to agree to fair compromises in December and April. They were so even that the media failed to give much attention to them. But that all changed this summer. He went from negotiator to the definition of a hard-line political player, joining McConnell and Boehner in opposition to everything that vaguely resembled reasonable discourse and good-faith negotiation. Given the Republican leadership’s single-minded focus to ignore the needs of the nation in favor of a dangerous game of political chicken, we need a President who will stand with the people. Obama has proven not to be that person. It’s late in the political season, but the Democrat Party really needs to find someone to run against Obama next spring. The people need a leader who won’t wilt when faced with political pressure from Republicans. In fact, the three Republican “leaders” need tobe sent packing, as do many other politicians is Washington. Perhaps columnist John Floyd was right when he recently suggested we get rid of them all and start over. They’re failing us. ral cats can’t be domesticated. I have four that live inside, have been fixed and are very loving pets. Also, I was told when I called about the strays, do you feed them? If so, you’ll have to trap them and bring them in. They are your responsibility. So, now I find people who need barn cats. At least I know they have a warm place in the winter and have a chance to live. Also, my daughter went to adopt a dog. She found one she wanted and was told she was an older dog. The fee was $224. That was to get her fixed and six months of insurance. She paid the fee and was told she couldn’t take her. They would take her to the vet to be fixed, and they would call her when she was ready for pick-up. So, we left, only to be called by the vet’s office the next day to tell us she wouldn’t be having surgery. She was already

Obama is failing us

“ Obama, without a deal of his own, had to swallow “
this deal while his base grimaced over a “Satan sandwich.”
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, facing the races of their political lives in 2012, voted for the measure. Two Republicans in the safest districts, U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Marlin Stutzman, voted against the measure, joining liberal Reps. Andre Carson and Pete Visclosky, as well as Sen. Dan Coats. And the most vulnerable, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, also voted no. “I don’t see this so much as a good deal. I see it as a good start,” said Pence in an Aug. 3 interview at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis. “We have a long way to go. This is a first step in a long process to restore fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. I thought it was worth supporting. I don’t think it was anything to write home about,” reiterating that it is a modest, but meaningful step toward fiscal discipline. “All we did here was stop digging,” said Pence, who left Washington on Tuesday and ended up at the Morgan County 4-H Fair, watching the bull competition and even standing in the inevitable bovine by-product, which he said he preferred over the Capitol Hill marble. “That’s all we did. If

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Opposition ran from the liberal to conservative within the Indiana delegation. Rep. Visclosky called it “inadequate” and noted that two wars are being funded and a dozen big corporations earning $171 billion in profits pay no taxes. “It’s important to remember that this debate is only one symptom of our nation’s larger debt problem,” Stutzman said. “I have consistently sought a solution that is grounded on the conservative principles of cut, cap and balance.” Rokita said, “For decades now, we have spent too much money on ourselves and have intentionally allowed our kids and grandkids to pay for it. It is intergenerational theft – literally stealing from our best asset, our posterity. The correct course of action, as I have said from the beginning, is to enact permanent and structural reform as the price for raising the debt ceiling.” He said the bill failed to do that. That may be true. But the alternative, in the end, was not a better bill. The other option was to have the country default on

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great, and they will still do just great and that there was no way they would be put down. The next week, we called to check on them and were told that they had been put down. When we asked why, the woman then just said, “Sorry, sweetie.” When my friend came home from work and was told this, she was as shocked and hurt as we were. She said that she was going to call and ask if the kittens were sick or what had happened, to which she was told they just did not have any room for them, that they just had too many cats. To that, my friend stated, “But they were only ten weeks old.” To that, she was told, “Oh, we do this all the time!” Is this what the Kokomo Humane Society stands for?

We can only hope that those little kittens’ deaths were quick and painless for them, for it will never be painless for us in our hearts. If you read this letter, I think you and please believe that we are not catty old ladies or nutcases that dwell on our cats -- just very upset over this matter. Becky S. Hatt Rita M. Hatt Judith K. Haskett Kokomo

Take on the Humane Society

Cheers for Derick Beroshok. It’s about time someone takes on the Kokomo Humane Society. It’s long overdue. I am a cat lover, and where I live, many get dropped off. Some are ready to have babies, and in a two-week period in 2009, we trapped 46 cats and took them in to the Humane Society, only to find out they would all be put down because fe-

fixed, but she did have a tooth that needed pulled and a heartworm test that should be done. The tooth would cost $80, the heartworm test $20 more. You would think if they didn’t have to do the surgery, they could have pulled the tooth and did the heartworm test at no charge. By the way, they take the animals to the most expensive vet in town. And what was the six months worth of insurance she paid for? It’s a joke. I pray Derick Beroshok gets his wish, for it couldn’t come too soon for me. I’ll even volunteer to help him any way I can. If the man in the truck that says “Kokomo Humane Society” is too lazy to come pick up strays when asked to, let him find a different job. He’s had it too easy for too long. Marcia Evans Kokomo

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ment doesn’t care about their officers. Brent Bartholomew Kokomo

Too hot for police

to Jail Commander Capt. Harold Vincent who took time to speak to our group. Patricia Sottong Kokomo

This is about the welfare of the Kokomo Police officers. On July 20, Chanel 8 news stated that law enforcement officers were being allowed to wear pullover shirts and short pants around the state, but Kokomo Police officers were not allowed to wear pull-over shirts and short pants. What is the big deal about it? Those uniforms are hot and heavy. What does the city want these cops to do? Collapse from the heat? There is no reason why kokomo cops can’t dress as cool as they can in this extreme heat. Well, people, if you see a Kokomo cop collapse, call an ambulance because they are going to need one. I have only onething to say to Kokomo Police officers. The heat is on. Be carfeul because if you’re not, taxpayers will have to come to your aid. It’s obvious the Kokomo Police Depart-

On Wed., July 27, the City of Firsts Red Hatters were given a tour of the Howard County Jail. And we were impressed! We ate the same meal served to the inmates and made by a selected group of inmates. The meal was delicious adn well-balanced. The cost permeal was amazingly small for the quality. The facility tour showed a self-contained unit with administration, laundry, food services, inmate housing with its appropriate divisions, recreation, classroom, visitor, court, evidence and individual processing rooms. The staff was knowledgeable and pleasant. Howard County has every rigth to be proud of its jail andthe remarkable people who run it. A special thanks goes to our tour guides, civil processor Diane Howard and SSgt Mark Brackett, and Hoosier could have been hurt. And Indiana becomes a vivid battleground in 2012 over this matter, with Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Moudock taking opposite sides. Lugar defied political observers, who thought he would cave to the Tea worker his or her hard earned money to give to people who have no desire or inclination to work. There are individuals in our society who have learned to play a system that was created with good intentions. These individuals get welfare, food stamps, a housing allowance, free health care and a free cell phone

Red Hatters liked the jail

In response to David Plantenga’s letter of confusion about the God of the Old and New Testament. If you asked Jesus to be your savior and confessed your sins, then you are a Christian. So, don’t keep trying to be one. God created all things to be perfect. But he also gave man free will. Adam and Eve brought sin into the world by disobeying God. God’s love never changed for mankind, but, because of disobedience, God had to discipline people who continually chose not to believe in Him. He rewarded those who did choose to follow Him. In order for us to go to heaven, God had to send Jesus to earth as a sacrifice for our sin. By God’s grace we have that opportunity to be with Him for eternity. Party by voting against the debt-ceiling deal. In typical Lugar fashion, he cast a vote for the agreement that achieved significant conservative wins in terms of budget and tax policy. “Initially, President Obama asked Congress to raise the limit on U.S. -- all these benefits without having to get out of bed in the morning. In addition, a welfare worker told me, the allowance for women on welfare for each child is $600 per month. Some welfare recipients are living better than ever and have no requirement to contribute to society. There is absolutely no incentive to leave the wel-

Question about God answered

Find a church that teaches that God’s grace through Jesus is the only way to heaven. You do not have to earn your way to heaven. He loves all people, but only a few will choose to follow Christ. God’s love was, and is and always will be the same. The Old Testament is the history of mankind and the New Testament is about Jesus and our salvation. Patty McHatton Kokomo

both vocal and instrumental. They have a very knowledgable staff, and I feel Kokomo should be exceptionally proud to have a business of their caliber here in town. Louise McIntire Kokomo

Illegals to blame

Congratulations to Rhum Academy

I would like to congratulate the Rhum Academy of Music and Performing Arts Center on their third anniversary in Kokomo. I have a great niece and nephew in their program, and I feel they are getting the very best in music education, not only in their voice and music instruction, but also by encouraging on-stage performances on student night once a month. Gary and Jessica Rhum are excellent musicians, debt without any cuts in spending,” Lugar explained. “He then asked for increases in taxes. Republicans succeeded in gaining substantial cuts in spending and no increases in taxes. We were also successful in gaining spending caps to restrain future spending.” fare programs because of the way the program has been structured by Washington politicians. Present social programs have created a generation of Americans who don’t work, will never work and are establishing future generations that will have government handouts as their heritage. Forty seven percent of Ameri-

The American citizens have been “hammered” with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. Now, there is speculation of cuts in Social Security (citizens’ monies, deducted monthly) benefits, Medicare and Medicaid cuts due to the unstable economy. I have the following questions: Why is $11-$12 billion spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state government? Why is $22 billion a year spent on food assistance program such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches for illegal aliens? Why is $2.5 billion a year spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens? Mourdock was defiantly against the deal, embracing a Tea Party perspective. “The ‘tin can of responsibility’ was once again kicked down the road,” he said. “Our debt will grow another four billion dollars today, tomorrow, the next day and the day cans don’t pay federal taxes. The other 53 percent carry the burden for social programs that reward someone for not working. The American unions, made up of hard-working members, are in the taxpaying group that blindly supports the Democrat Party’s socialistic programs. As hard as I have tried to under-

Why is $12 billion a year spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English? Why is $17 billion a year spent for education for American-born children of illegal aliens (known as anchor babies)? Why is $3 million a day spent to incarcerate illegal aliens (30 percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens)? Why is $90 billion a year spent on illegal aliens for welfare and social services by the American taxpayers? Why is $200 billion a year in suppressed American wages is caused by the illegal alien benefits? That is $350 billion plus being spent per year! In summary, instead of reducing benefits (Social Security, etc.) for true Americans (U.S. citizens), begin reducing the abovementioned and not penalize the American citizen and their rights and entitlements! Charles Woolley Kokomo

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its debt. That outcome could have dealt a devastating setback to the U.S. and global economy and potentially sent interest rates skyrocketing. Every

after that. Today merely sets the stage for an even bigger crisis.” This is a debate that will continue through the 2012 elections. The columnist publishes at www.howeypolitics. com. Contact Howey at bhowey2@gmail.com.

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now represents values that are totally foreign to most working men and women. The party portrays itself as being the party that represents labor, however the Democrat Party takes from the

stand the unions’ thinking on this issue, it just doesn’t compute. I have talked to my friends in the UAW, and they don’t have an answer. Perhaps someone with UAW leadership responsibilities could enlighten our readers, as well as members of the UAW, as to why “all” Democrat Party programs are good for our country.

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ARRESTS
The following are arrests made by the Kokomo Police Department. All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Amber M. Cottrell, 26, Theft, Warrant: Failure to Appear (5 counts)

Aug. 1

Daiquan L. Haith, 18, Robbery

Aug. 3

Juan Ibarra Jr., 32, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Demario D. Barker, 22, Warrant: Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Billy J. Clark, 52, Warrant: Failure to Appear

July 28

Stacey A. Pollard, 48, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Stacy A. Murray, 40, Public Intoxication

David A. Marshall, 26, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug

Phillip D. Williams, 51, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Demetrius Taylor, 20, Warrant (Miami Co.): Failure to Appear

Rubean C. Taylor Jr., 20, Robbery

Abran J. Barela, 31, Domestic Battery, Possession of a Syringe, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deal Evie T. Barnett, 28, Warrant: Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Laura A. Bandy, 38, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor

Joseph M. Smith, 26, Warrant: Receiving Stolen Property

July 30
Paul L. Carter II, 24, Warrant: Possession of Methamphetamine, Warrant: Possession of a Syringe, Warrant: Visiting a Common Nuisance, Warrant: Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Warrant: Illegal Drug Lab Jason D. Paul, 30, Illegal Drug Lab, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine

Jeremy L. Yockey, 36, Invasion of Privacy, Trespassing

Daniel A. Scoles, 32, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Jason R. McKibben, 29, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30-Day Period Melissa Titus, Warrant (Cass Co.): Dealing in a Narcotic Drug

Sylvia F. Lacy, 47, Warrant: Theft

Kyle L. Beard, 30, Domestic Battery

Christopher D. Keefer, 19, Warrant: Theft

Tony L. Clemons, 44, Warrant: Failure to Appear (2 counts), Warrant: Body Attachment

Jonathan P. Jones, 30, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30-Day Period Leslie D. Carlson, 32, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 30 Grams of a Precursor

Brian S. Begley, 33, Warrant: Invasion of Privacy

July 29
Michael D. Himes, 25, Warrant: Auto Theft

SHERIFF’S ARRESTS
The following are arrests made by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department. All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Aug. 2

July 29

Rosanne Weida, 25, Possession of a Syringe, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab Ricki M. Sandefur, 29, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Illegal Drug Lab Tara E. Sandefur, 26, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Illegal Drug Lab Raymond E. Jones, 39, Warrant: Failure to Appear

July 31

Rodney T. Goble, 23, Resisting Law Enforcement, Public Intoxication, Warrant: Failure to Appear Aaron T. Oldfather, 31, Warrant: Theft (2 counts)

Justin M. Welch, 20, Warrant: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia Wilma K. Young, 39, Warrant: Body Attachment

Christopher Bennett, 26, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Katie L. Groves, 27, Possession of a Syringe, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30-Day Period Richard I. Chaplin, 58, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30Day Period Lona M. Hernandez, 50, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30Day Period Christopher M. Hunter, 26, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of Precursor, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 7.2 Grams of Precursor in a 30Day Period

July 28
Jeffrey D. Durbin, 18, Warrant: Forgery, Warrant: Fraud Torrey A. Snow, 31, Warrant: Invasion of Privacy

Rodney E. Goble, 45, Public Intoxication

Gregory K. Long, 50, Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft, Warrant: Possession of Methamphetamine Tjawanda S. Collins, 36, Warrant (Iowa): Failure to Appear

Jason M. Jones, 25, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Joy L. Dufendach, 21, Warrant: Violation of In-Home Detention

Justin M. Harrington, 27, Warrant: Bond Revocation (2 counts)

Adjani D. Dowell, 25, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Mark E. Sanders, 51, Warrant: Body Attachment

Kathiann Sanders, 46, Warrant: Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Aaron J. Day, 31, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance

Andrew N. Jarvis, 19, Warrant: Residential Entry, Warrant: Mischief

July 30

Jerimiah D. Shane, 31, Warrant: Body Attachment

Terry L. Coalburn, 54, Warrant: Residential Entry, Warrant: Battery

Elizabeth Alexander, 26, Warrant: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrant: Conversion (2 counts)

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Kasey R. Hallam, 30, Public Intoxication

Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Rae McQuiston
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Clifford Thompson Jr.
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: Curtis Welke Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, complete Driving with a License program, resolve six unpaid tickets, obtain a valid license, complete 48 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Superior III
Gary Powell
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

James Van Buren Jr.
Charge: Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Damage to an Unattended Vehicle Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 36 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete 30 hours of community service or buy-out for $150, complete Driving with a License program, obtain a valid license Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Christopher S. Zook, 32, OWI, Public Intoxication Felicia Hedrick, 25, Warrant: Aiding, Inducing or Causing Invasion of Privacy Denitha A. Campbell, 30, Warrant: Contempt of Court

Jason Hottenstine
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 12 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete 20 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Heather M. Turner, 38, Disorderly Conduct

Christopher Pederson
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Lawrence Martin
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 6 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license, complete Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Aug. 1

Shane M. Crow, 33, Warrant: Body Attachment

William Liddell
Charge: Check Deception Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, court withholds judgment 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Norman Cote
Charge: Operator Never Licensed Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 60 days, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, no driving without a valid license Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Brandi R. Crain, 24, Warrant: Theft

So Cha, 34, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week

Dale M. Brown
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Joel A. Moore, 38, Warrant: Possession of Paraphernalia, Warrant (Cass Co.): Failure to Appear

James A. Cockrell, 53, Warrant: Body Attachment (2 counts)

Joan Martin
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 12 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license, meet with Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Stephanie Biehle
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Nicholas Groleau
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors, Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Injury Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Count I - Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for 245 days, complete alcohol and drug program, license suspended 90 days, complete Driving with a License program, Count II - Howard County Jail for 1 year, 100 days executed and remainder suspended, sentences to run concurrently Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, public defender fee

Donnie Cox Jr.
Charge: Operating a Vehicle after Being Adjudged Defense Counsel: Randy Hainlen Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 18 months, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 18 months, In-Home detention for 1 year, license suspended 2 years Fees: Court costs, probation fee

CRIMINAL SENTENCINGS
The following are the sentencings of criminal cases heard in all four Howard County courts.

Aug. 2

Joshua Johnson
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 142 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program or Intensive Inpatient Treatment at Trinity in Lafayette, complete 40 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Joseph L. Greeno, 26, (Russiaville Arrest), Possession of Marijuana, False Informing, Warrant (Tippecanoe Co.) Jeromy A. Greeno, 22, (Russiaville Arrest), Possession of Marijuana, False Informing Nichole J. Reed, 24, (Russiaville Arrest), Possession of Marijuana, False Informing Destiny L. Nix, 19, Warrant: Theft

Juan Espinoza III
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 8 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license, contact Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Corey Silcox
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: Stephanie Doran Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 30 days and restricted 180 days Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Circuit Court
Teresa M. Boyer
Charge: Conversion, False Informing Defense Counsel: Mark Dabrowski Prosecutor: Jeremy Peelle Sentence: Count I - Howard County jail for 1 year, 6 days executed and remainder suspended, Count II - Howard County Jail for 180 days, 6 days executed and remainder suspended, sentences to run concurrently, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, no contact with victim Fees: Court costs, probation fee, public defender fee

Reginald Prather
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license, complete Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Shelby Delon
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete 20 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Arian Beall
Charge: Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Damage to an Attended Vehicle Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 60 days, 30 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, no driving without a valid license, complete Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Corey Silcox
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: Stephanie Doran Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 30 days and restricted 180 days Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Superior IV
Robert Weir
Charge: Non-Support of a Dependent Child Defense Counsel: Andrew Vandenbosch Prosecutor: Scott McClelland Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 6 months executed on In-Home detention and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, detention to run consecutively to sentence in 34D01-0911-FD-1006, pay all current and delinquent support as ordered in 34D01-93-12dr-358, 34C01-0002-JP-18 and 34C01-0103-JP-39

Justin Knapp
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors, Failure to Stop after Accident Resulting in Injury Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Count I - Howard County Jail for 1 year, 90 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, Count II Howard County Jail for 1 year, 90 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, sentences to run concurrently Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Honorio Dominguez
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete 20 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Nicholas Oglageo
Charge: Operator Never Licensed Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 60 days, 10 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, no driving without a valid license

Kenneth Dotson, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

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James Maddox II
Charge: Probation Violation Defense Counsel: Brent Dechert Prosecutor: Joshua McMahan Sentence: Court imposes a portion of the defendant’s previously suspended sentence equal to time served, complete Thinking for a Change program Kyle J. Denny, Kokomo, 25 Lyndsey L. Brumbaugh, Kokomo, 23

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Joseph Kinney
Charge: Operating a Vehicle with an ACE of .08 or More Defense Counsel: Stephanie Doran Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 60 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 90 days, pay community service fine Fees: Court costs, probation fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Douglas McDaniel
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person, OWI Defense Counsel: Charles Huston Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 1 year executed and remainder suspended, In-Home detention for 18 months, unsupervised probation for 18 months, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 2 years Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

July 29
Michael E. Warner, Kokomo, 38 Stephanie R. Groves, Kokomo, 37 Loren O. Vereen, Kokomo, 27 Kierra S. White, Kokomo, 27 John C. Cochran, Kokomo, 52 Cari A. Church, Kokomo, 38

Ruthie Grace Baker Date of Birth: 7/24/11 Sex: F Time: 8:23 a.m. Wt: 6 lbs., 11 oz. Parents’ name(s): Kristy (Chism) and Sam Baker John Edward Runyan II Date of Birth: 7/25/11 Sex: M Time: 6:46 p.m. Wt: 6 lbs., 15 oz. Parents’ name(s): Denise (Selvey) and John Runyan

Scott M.L. Cash, 26 Date of Death: 7/4/11 Cause of Death: Disruption of Brain, Gunshot Wound Kelsey R. Comer, 22 Date of Death: 7/5/11 Cause of Death: Contusion of Cervical Spinal Cord, C1-C2 Cervical Vertebral Fracture, Blunt Force Trauma Paul L. Bozard, 77 Date of Death: 7/7/11 Cause of Death: Severe Coronary Artery Disease Carlton J. Hilton, 94 Date of Death: 7/20/11 Cause of Death: Dementia, Pulmonary Embolism Eugene Mason, 79 Date of Death: 7/20/11 Cause of Death: Pneumonia, Hypertension, Dementia John P. Irick, 61 Date of Death: 7/21/11 Cause of Death: Ventricular Arrhythmia, Aspiration Pneumonia Robert L. Northington, 70 Date of Death: 7/24/11 Cause of Death: Ventricular Arrhythmia, Esophageal/Gastric Cancer David H. Young, 79 Date of Death: 7/25/11 Cause of Death: Advanced Dementia Earl F. Shiflet, 85 Date of Death: 7/25/11 Cause of Death: Coronary Artery Disease, Failure to Thrive, Aortic Aneurysm Miller S. Bender, 81 Date of Death: 7/26/11 Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, Diabetes Mellitus Ruth L. Swift, 97 Date of Death: 7/28/11 Cause of Death: Lung Cancer, Hip Fracture, Renal Failure Arthur S. Chase, 42 Date of Death: 7/28/11 Cause of Death: Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis, Acute Renal Failure Cecil B. Pickering, 95 Date of Death: 7/30/11 Cause of Death: Multi-System Failure, Malnutrition

DEATHS

Aug. 1
Laurence I. Carlsen Jr., Kokomo, 80 Roberta E. Glaser, Kokomo, 64 Jacob R. Moon, Kokomo, 22 Kaylee M. Rabbits, Kokomo, 22 Jeffrey A. Purvis, Kokomo, 45 Deani D. Purvis, Kokomo, 45 Matthew D. Stout, Kokomo, 34 Amber N. Duffy, Kokomo, 26 Graham E. Sherrell, Kokomo, 24 Erika N. Scott, Kokomo, 22

DOMESTIC RELATIONS
The following are the domestic relations cases to be heard, according to the court calendars for all four Howard County courts. These include divorces, paternity cases, and child support hearings The court calendars are accurate as of the Thursday before the Kokomo Perspective’s Wednesday distribution date, but are subject to regular changes. Call the individual court for the most up-to-date information.

Mon., Aug. 15, 9 a.m. John and Jennifer Rubin, Citation Jennifer and Craig Roupe, Reappear 9:15 a.m. Matthew and Wendy Carter, Status Hearing 1:30 p.m. Dawn and Troy Ward Sr., Final Hearing Melissa Geesman and Paul Bishop, Status Hearing 2:30 p.m. Rachel and Arturo Martinez, Other Tue., Aug. 16, 1 p.m. Lisa and Raymond Lawson, Miscellaneous

Superior I

Patrick Willis
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: Donald J. Bolinger II Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 90 days Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

John Osborne
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Aug. 3
Robert G. Cox, Greentown, 43 April Herglund, Greentown, 38

Mon., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m. Douglas and Rebecca Pence, Citation Christopher and Deborah Anthony, Citation Heather and Nathan Williams, Reappear Tue., Aug. 16, 9 a.m. Edwina and Anthony Long, Other 1:30 p.m. Merlin and Lisa Wagler, Other Tamaria and Jim Chester, Other

Stacey Murray
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 8 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Aug. 4
Joshua D. Myers, Greentown, 21 Shannen L. McDonough, Kokomo, 18

Circuit Court

Russell Frakes
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 90 days, complete 50 hours of community service or buy-out for $250 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

BIRTHS
The following birth announcements are sent to the Kokomo Perspective by parents who have given birth at Howard Regional Health System or St. Joseph Hospital.

Devaughn Thompson
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 10 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

St. Joseph Hospital
Easton Bradley Rutherford Date of Birth: 6/22/11 Sex: M Time: 5:36 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 7 oz. Parents’ name(s): Lauren (Pattengale) and Austin Rutherford Annalee Stella Watkins Date of Birth: 7/3/11 Sex: F Time: 2:47 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 10 oz. Parents’ name(s): Amanda Vawter and Jeffrey Watkins Kyla Marie Croxford Date of Birth: 7/14/11 Sex: F Time: 10:15 p.m. Wt: 6 lbs., 13 oz. Parents’ name(s): Roberta and Jonathan Croxford Collier Grayson BaxterCopeland Date of Birth: 7/22/11 Sex: M Time: 2:49 p.m. Wt: 8 lbs., 2 oz. Parents’ name(s): Justine Baxter Noah Henry Williams Date of Birth: 7/22/11 Sex: M Time: 9:51 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 8 oz. Parents’ name(s): Tamika (Benjamin) and Demetrius Williams Brynlee Isabella Ruth Bogue Date of Birth: 7/23/11 Sex: F Time: 11:17 a.m. Wt: 6 lbs. Parents’ name(s): Melissa (Horton) and Darrin Bogue

Christopher Zook
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 10 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Superior II
William Voegtlin
Charge: Probation Violation Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Lori Hittle Sentence: Court imposes balance of previously suspended sentence, supervised probation is extended by 365 days

Fri., Aug. 12, 9 a.m. Pamela and Reynaldo Caraveo, Custody Hearing Ryan and Rebecca Blattner, Citation Jennifer and Vincent Phipps, Citation Miranda and Richard Walton, Other Jason and Stacy Hulce, Petition to Modify Trian and April Barnhill, Petition to Modify Debra and Timothy Van Meter, Provisional Order April and Anthony Willman, Proceeding Supplemental Nancy Collins (Black) and Richard Collins, Reappear Kimberly and Cary Robertson, Review Hearing Cari and Chad Rose, Show Cause Nancy and Douglas Coffey, Show Cause Tracy and Greg Wyant, Support Hearing Mon., Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Laurie and Edgar Myers Jr., Reappear Tue., Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Patricia and Raymond Grigsby, Petition to Modify Wed., Aug. 17, 1 p.m. Angela and Kristopher Cunningham, Petition to Modify Bethany Cripe and Joshua Achey, Reappear

DIVORCE FILINGS

The following are the new divorce filings, according to the Howard County Clerk’s office. The information is accurate as of the Thursday before the Kokomo Perspective’s Wednesday distribution date.

July 28
Allison W. and Rory S. Lindsay

Aug. 1
Kerri and Christopher M. Smith Randall and Malisa Sweigart Tiffany Brogoitti and Todd Stephens

Aug. 3
Angaleta M. and Alex Shipp

DIVORCES GRANTED

The following are the divorces granted in Howard County, according to the Howard County Clerk’s office.

Circuit Court
Ronald and Nancy Pierce Dino D. Halpua Sr. and Amelia A. Halupa Holly E. and Christopher M. Sanders Mark A. and Kellie A. McMain

Superior IV

Thomas Phifer
Charge: Operating a Vehicle with an ACE of .15 or More Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 30 days and restricted 180 days Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program

Michael A. Hall
Charge: Non-Support of a Dependent Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Lori Hittle Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, suspended, unsupervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, pay current and delinquent support as previously ordered in 34C019610-JP-197 Fees: Court costs, probation fee

MARRIAGE LICENSES
The following are marriage licenses recorded at the Howard County Clerk’s office.

Thu., Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. Theodore Hanibal and Dawn McKibben, Provisional Order Fri., Aug. 12, 1:15 p.m. Brianna and Christopher Hosler, Citation Brianna and Christopher Hosler, Final Hearing Wed., Aug. 17, 11 a.m. Mindi and Robert Cox, Citation Brenda Cass (Stout) and Mark Cass, Review Hearing

Superior IV
David and Janice Massengill Jamie N. and Joshua C. Kaylor Christina K. and Christopher l. Johnson William Hockersmith and Dorothea L. Bunch

Superior II

Superior II
Georgeann R. and Raymond E. Gregory

July 28
Nathan T. Anderson, Knox, Ind., 24 Erica B. Santucci, Kokomo, 22

Thu., Aug. 11, 10 a.m. Jacob and Mandy Turner, Citation 11 a.m. Pamela and Ronnie Davis, Citation

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Coupon enthusiast teaches others the tricks of the trade
Features Reporter
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by Alyx Arnett

As grocery prices soar, couponing is becoming more than just one of your grandma’s favorite pastimes -- so much so that it’s even becoming trendy, said coupon enthusiast Lacy Ingram. She is breaking the stereotypes and teaching classes on how others can join in and get the most for their money. Ingram, 25, who has been couponing for six years, ends up shaving 95 to 98 percent off every one of her grocery bills. “It has always been a hobby of mine. Then everyone else started to catch on, and it became big,” said Ingram. Ingram started couponing when she decided that retail markups were becoming outrageous. “When they started

marking up prices, I was really upset because people were talking about it on blogs, on the news and everything. Finally I was like, ‘I’m tired of paying these prices. I’m just not going to do it anymore.’ So I just stopped. That’s as easy as it was.” After stopping, Ingram, who said she was spending $500 to $700 a month on groceries, now pays only $50 to $100, and that’s including diapers. The biggest deterrent for people to use coupons, Ingram said, is because they don’t think they have enough time. But Ingram would argue that if she has enough time for it, everyone has enough time for it. “I have a lot of people that think I’m some crazy 40-yearold woman who hoards. I’m not a hoarder. Look at my

house; it’s blank. I’m still in my twenties. I have another job. I do this on the side. I have two kids. I’m busy. There’s not a lot of time to dedicate to this,” said Ingram. “I don’t spend 40 to 60 hours a week on this. I’m thinking two to seven normally.” The two biggest questions Ingram gets are “how do you do it?” and “where do you get the coupons?” These are the questions Ingram answers in her two-part classes. “Our classes are what we offer to show people how to do it. It’s where we break it down,” she said. “In the classes, you get the initial starter pack, and it comes with a little bag and everything you need to get started from here.” In the first session, Ingram teaches aspiring coupon enthusiasts all of her tips, tricks and secrets. Then, in the second session, she takes everyone out to the stores so they can put what they learned to the test. “You can come as many times as you’d like, and you’ll only get better. But you can learn exactly what I do in only two sessions,” she said. The two sessions go handin-hand. “If you come to the class but don’t go to the store, you’ll have to try to figure

out e v erything out on your own, and why do that? If you do the second session but don’t come to the class, you won’t get anything out of this.” Ingram helps each person focus on the goods they really need. For her, it’s food. For others it may be makeup, clothes or even home improvement supplies. “I don’t think there’s anything that you can’t find savings for. And if you can’t find it, I will hunt it down and find a coupon or a sale for it or something, but it’s definitely do-able,” she said. Though Ingram has made couponing a staple in her life, she said it doesn’t have to be. “You don’t have to do it for forever. You do it to get what you need,” she said. Both sessions cost $40, and Ingram is flexible with times and dates. She offers one-onone classes and group classes of up to 10 people. Contact Ingram at 434-0373 to register, and registration is required at least one week in advance. Visit her Facebook page, facebook.com/teachmehowtocoupon, to learn about some of the latest freebies and browse pictures of Ingram’s savings.

City Series wraps up with Confederate Railroad
Final concert of the season set for Aug. 12 in Foster Park
Features Reporter the early 90s with their aarnett@kokomoperspective.com unique style and sound. Since then, they’ve had After a successful sum- multiple CDs that have mer full of big names in been nationally recogmusic, The City Concert nized. Series is wrapping the Their first self-titled alseason with a park-rock- bum had six hits including country performance ing “She Took It Like a by Confederate Railroad. Man,” “Jesus and Mama” “Confederate Rail- and “Trashy Women,” a road is a multi-platinum, hit that led to a Grammy Grammy award-win- nomination and one that ning, ACM and CMA became the group’s sigaward-winning band nature song. Nearly three that’s had about 20 top million copies were sold, 10 hits,” said event orga- and the album resulted nizer Brett Daniels. in the group winning The group first rolled the Academy of Country

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Music’s Best New Group Award in 1993. The group went on to produce more hits, including one of their most popular songs and No. 1 music video, “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind.” In total, the group has had 18 charted hits and has sold five million albums. Opening for Confederate Railroad is Paul Stout Country, a local group that signed with independent record label GoForward Records in Sept. 2010. Paul Stout Country re-

leased their first county music single, “Storms,” to radio through HMC Nashville, getting airplay on stations in 29 U.S. states and in Europe. The singled reached No. 21 on the Powersource County Music Chart. Stout said, “Our set list for the night of Confederate Railroad will consist of almost entirely original music, if not all original music, as it is all ages. And it is the perfect opportunity for the fans to hear us in a ‘concert’ type environment, unlike ENDING THE SEASON — Confederate Railroad will be performing at the last city concert of the 2011 season.

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Student raises cattle, feeds hungry, awarded scholarship
by Alyx Arnett said Mast. Features Reporter
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have a lot of was meat,” And that’s what sparked an idea that led to a project that has provided thousands of meals to the hungry. “I thought it would be good if I could get more meat somehow, and since I had raised cows before and worked on a dairy farm, I had experience with cows,” said Mast. “I thought maybe I could raise cows so they could have meat.” So Mast approached Kokomo Urban Outreach executive director Jeff Newton in the spring of 2009 with his youth pastor and presented his plan to raise cattle. The Cattle Project has provided between 20,000 and 25,000 meals to the hungry around Howard County. Mast said each cow provides

He’s innovative, creative and generous— three of the requirements for the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship. After beginning the Cattle Project, it was only fitting that Alan Mast became one of the regional recipients of the scholarship. Mast, a 17-year-old Northwestern High School graduate, has worked on cattle farms most his life. So, when he began to see that his familiarity with cows could help others, he began a generous project to feed the hungry. “My youth group has a service project in Kokomo, and we worked with Kokomo Urban Outreach, and I saw that one thing they didn’t

4,000 to 5,000 servings of meat, and so far, he has butchered five cows, all of which have been donated to Kokomo Urban Outreach. Mast raised money to build a fence around the farm where he’s raising the cattle, and members of his youth group from Howard Mennonite Church take turns feeding the cattle. He isn’t looking to get anything out of the project for himself, and he was pleasantly surprised by being awarded the scholarship. “I just want people to get fed,” he said. Newton said, “That’s money we don’t have to spend on protein, and protein is the most expensive part of a meal. So we have most of it ground into hamburger, and we use that for taco

salad, hamburgers on the grill and just anything you can use beef for.” Mast plans to attend Purdue this fall, majoring in animal agribusiness. He plans to continue the project throughout college. H e was chosen from m o r e t h a n 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact on their communities. As a regional recipient of the $1,000 scholarship, Mast was automatically qualified for one of Kohl’s 10 national schol-

HELPING THE HUNGRY — 17-yearold Alan Mast has provided over 20,000 meals to the hungry with the Cattle Project.

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arships f o r $10,000. N a tional winners each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and $1,000 donated to a nonprofit organization on the winner’s behalf.

Since the program began 10 years ago, more than 13,000 youth have been awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships and prizes. For more information on scholarships and the program, visit kohlskids. com.

St. Joe Hospital to hold blood drive Aug. 17th
Goal is to help restore local blood supply to safe levels
When the big disasters strike – tornados, earthquakes, train derailments – communities mobilize to make sure there is enough blood available to take care of all the victims. People of all walks of life flock to blood drives to do what they can to help the healing begin. The irony is that one of the times when blood is needed most actually occurs when life is calm and many of us are at our most relaxed. The fact is blood donations tend to decrease during the summer months. Maybe it’s because people are on vacation… or maybe it’s that life just has a different rhythm in the summer. Regardless of the reason, local blood supplies have dwindled and there are shortages of all blood types, e s p e cially Onegative, the only type of blood that can be given to any patient, regardless of their blood type. To help increase local blood supplies, St.Joseph Hospital is holding a special blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 17, between noon and 6 p.m. The goal is to collect blood from at least 72 people, with special emphasis on collecting O-negative blood. The theme of the blood drive is “Pay It Forward.” “Every two seconds, somebody in the U.S. needs a transfusion of blood,” said Sandy Herman, Director of Marketing for St.Joseph Hospital. “That blood can come only from a volunteer donor who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for the donation. Right now, we have blood in our blood bank that was donated by generous strangers who wanted to help. The people who receive the blood will never know the donor and will never be able to say thank you for that gift of life. We believe that the best way to say thank you for such an important gift is by ‘paying it forward.’ If each of us who can donate blood will do so, we will make sure that there is enough blood available for the next person who needs it. Together, we can keep our community safe.” Herman noted that people often don’t understand how important it is to keep the blood supply at optimum levels. “Many people think that blood is given only to victims of accidents. It’s true that it is vital to have blood already ‘on the shelf’ in the case of an accident – a single accident victim can require a s m u c h a s 100 pints o f ger. By giving up just one hour of your time on Aug. 17 and a pint of your blood, you can save up to three lives. Some day, you or someone you love is going to need blood that was donated by a stranger. This is your opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for that gift of life -- to pay it forward. This is how we take care of our community. This is how we work together to save lives.” • The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.” • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. •Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded. • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: 1. Registration 2. Medical history and mini-physical 3. Donation 4. Refreshments • Every blood donor is given a miniphysical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood. • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days. • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals. • Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.

blood – however, the reality is that blood is transfused for many other reasons. More than 1 million people are newly diagnosed with cancer each year, and many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. Surgery patients also often need blood. Even premature infants can need blood. Having that blood available when it’s needed is a matter of life and death.” To register to donate blood at the St.Joseph blood drive, call 765236-8195. You’ll be scheduled for a time between noon and 6 p.m. “Donating blood is quick and easy… the Red Cross is so organized in their process! Usually people are in and out in about an hour, and at the end you get a cookie. If you’re O-negative, I’ll make sure you get two cookies,” Herman said with a smile. “We’re cooking up a few fun surprises and a nice parting gift to help make the donation experience a positive one.” “If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference, this is a great time to step up,” said Herman. “Our nurses go to school for at least four years to learn to save lives. Our doctors go for even lon-

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Celebrating the Neighborhood House
Memories live on of a place where everyone was family
by Bonnie Patmore neighborhood with each
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In the late 50s, Kokomo was a bustling city. It was a good place to live, a good place to have a good-paying job and a good place to raise a family. Of course, we had some problems, but almost negligible compared to today--no carjackings, very, very few murders, very few sexual crimes. There were only a couple of crimes that would even be considered a little sensational. By and large, we lived in relative safety. It was also a time when very few homes had window air conditioners. Central air was a distant dream! After supper, families would sit on their porches when the evenings were a little cooler. They would visit while all the kids in the neighborhood would play games. Parents were neighborly, and everyone knew everyone on the block. We were safe and secure with our parents close. Shopping was done uptown on the square; there weren’t any enclosed malls. Our fun and games were in our

My mom and dad always wanted us to attend church, but it was too hard to find just the right place. You see, I am one of 12 children. We didn’t own a car, so whatever church we attended had to be within walking distance or have a bus. Neighborhood House was just what my parents had in mind. It was the non-denominational and less than two blocks always from home. The United Women’s Council hired the Lloyd and Lois Salness couple to serve the community as the directors and to pastor Koper Chapel. We didn’t say that we went to church at Koper House. We went to Neighborhood House. They started their family a little before they moved into the Neighborhood House building. They had an apartment upstairs. If memory serves me, there was one bedroom that their daughter, Ruth, slept in. The living room and their bedroom area was one huge room. The kitchen was a nice size, and the bathroom was just at the end of

the kitchen. It was always clean and tidy. A few years later, they welcomed a son, David. They seemed very happy, very busy, but happy. Pastor Lloyd and Lois took their positions seriously and soon had activities set up for the youth of the area. They arrived on May of 1958 and set up our first Vacation Bible School in June. Almost anything Pastor Lloyd arranged for the boys, Lois had something going for the girls. The greatest things weren’t the awards and accolades they received for their endeavors. The things that mattered were the clubs, special outings and game nights they planned for the youth. Lois created many crafts for us to make. She took the older girls camping in the woods where they really learned to “rough it.” She was so much fun. The boys had stockade for the younger boys and brigade for the older teens. Girls had Explorers, Colonists and Pilgrims, which were similar to Girl Scouts. Every night of the week was a club meeting for some boy or girl. Both Lloyd

and Lois gave their heart and soul to the youth they served. I recall that a judge could make it a condition of probation that the offended had to attend two church services a week. We had several such young men attend Neighborhood House. Some chose it because it had good basketball teams. FAMILY — The impact Pastor Lloyd and Lois Salness had on Some chose it the Neighborhood House is still remembered today. Perspective Photo / Provided because of all the activities they could sponsibility for. Lois passed away become involved in. We Pastor Lloyd and Lois many years ago. Pastor eventually grew up and were only there for three Lloyd has since married a became retired police and a half years, but the wonderful woman. Barb chiefs, a retired fire chief, impact they had on our is full of life and such a management at the local neighborhood was im- sweet and kind woman. factories, nurses, teachers mense and long-lived. I think Lois would have and many more in service The life lessons they liked her. Pastor Lloyd is reto their country with the taught, the Bible skills common bond of having they honed, the love turning to Kokomo this attended Neighborhood of God they lived and month. He soon will be House. preached have stayed 90 years old. While PasWith the kindergarten with us to this day. After tor Lloyd was preaching already up and running, they left Neighborhood to our congregation, his the Neighborhood House House, Pastor Lloyd and legacy is the kids of the opened the first licensed Lois stayed in the area neighborhood who still daycare facility in the working in Child Evan- recall activities and songs county. I don’t know how gelism. Teaching children and camping trips and they accomplished ev- about the love of God memorizing Bible verses. erything they did with was their main ministry It has lasted a lifetime. Thank you, Pastor Lloyd. all the kids they took re- wherever it took them.

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some of the clubs where a lot more cover music is performed.” Proceeds for this concert will benefit the Howard County Literacy Coalition. “I think the season has been fantastic. We’ve had large turnouts for all of our shows. We haven’t had any rainouts, and we’re hoping the last one won’t get rained out either,” said Daniels. “We’re hoping to do even bigger and better things in 2012.”

The final City Concert Series show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with opening act Paul Stout Country on Aug. 12 at the Kokomo Arts P a v i l i o n OPENING — Paul Stout Country will be presented kicking off the concert at 6:30 p.m. by DanPerspective Photo / Provided iels & Alnext year’s concert series, exander and Whiskey visit kokomosummerserCreek in Foster Park. The ies.com or the Kokomo headlining act will begin Performing Arts Pavilion around 8 to 8:30 p.m. The at Foster Park Summer concert is free and open Concert Series Facebook to the public. page. To stay up-to-date on

Princess Power donations to benefit Bona Vista’s Early Childhood
Troy Bowers will entertain fathers and their princesses at the Cinderella Ball on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Kokomo Country Club. Troy will perform magic tricks and juggling for everyone at the 2011 Cinderella Ball. The Cinderella Ball is a three-hour event consisting of a sit-down dinner, horse-drawn carriage ride, ballroom dance lesson, craft, entertainment and commemorative tee shirt. Each family will have the opportunity to purchase a professional photo package from Greg and Deanna Willis. Cinderella and Prince Charming will also be on hand to interact with their royal guests. Each princess attending the event is encouraged to bring a donation for Bona Vista’s Early Childhood Services, which encompasses

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Reminiscing about the days of the 40s and 50s
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cut them out. Crayons were great for coloring their hair, clothes, faces and shoes. From here, we would make their clothes. We would put their clothes on and leave tabs at the shoulders to hold them together. This way, the dresses would not fall off. If we had a Barbie doll, we would also pretend that Ken was her boyfriend. They were very popular toys for girls to share the fun time with their girlfriends. The boys in the neighborhood would play cowboys and Indians. There was always a girl, and she would play Dale Evans, also with Roy Rogers. Hide and seek was also a game for all ages. Hopscotch was played on the front sidewalks, and a winner was always declared at the end of the game. Jacks, jump rope and tag were a few of the competitive activities. You don’t see much of these games in front yards today. Pretty soon, along came hula hoops, and everyone -- young and old -- tried to hold it up. Then, you twisted your body until it came back down. I found out when our grandson, Sam, was playing with his hula hoop that, by the way he was laughing, I didn’t know how to hold it up anymore. We played Red Rover and dodge ball, using a soft rubber ball. The game playing would end only when you were called to eat or go to bed. Softball games were played in the streets or at the closest school yard. The teams were made up of boys and

Tom and Barb Hamilton

Where have all the games gone which we played in our childhood? This would be between the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the best times in our lives were when school was over and we went to other friends’ homes and played games. The girls loved to make paper dolls. We drew outlines of dolls and carefully

SUMMER FUN — Kokomo kids cool off, thanks to an open fire hydrant, sometime in the city’s yesteryear. girls. They played through grade school, then continued through middle school and on into high school. PAL leagues make it possible for children to play all kind of sports. From there, they go into high school, college and professional sports. Now that we are older, we have sophisticated toys, such as a computer with high-speed internet, television with large screens and color, iPods, Game Boys and cell phones. What will this generation remember in 50 years, which they will tell their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren? You never forget your youth. Remember also walking to school every day? Sometimes it was fun, because you could talk to your friends and make plans for after school or for the weekends. On the way home from Washington School, you would get a soda, sandwich or ice cream from Bourff’s Drugstore on West Defenbaugh Street. You could do the same in the north end at Hynds Drugstore on North Webster Street. Jim Butcher, the basketball player from the 1950s who was an excellent player, has a lot of memories of the 1940s and 1950s. On Sunday, we went to Sunday School and sang the old hymns, which

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we still remember to this day. It is fun to sing the old hymns at the nursing homes with the people who still remember them and enjoy hearing them again. Children are learning the same songs that we were taught in our childhood. Here are a few: “Jesus Loves Me,” “Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain,” “Deep and Wide,” “If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands,” “This Little Light Of Mine” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His hands.” Places were closed on Sunday. If you needed gas, you had to get it on Saturday, and there were no malls to do your shopping. Families ate together, and around the family table, questions were asked and answered, and plans were laid out for the rest of the week. Do you have any of these fond memories from your past, that you would like to share? Please write. Barb and Tom Hamilton, 3801 Tulip Lane, Kokomo, IN 46902 bhamilton1936@hotmail.com Vista Programs explains how they will be used to help those in need. Items on the needs list include watercolors, markers, play sand, canning lids, paper towels, ivory soap, stickers, sequins, children’s CDs, tissue paper, construction paper, CD player, simple board games, dress up clothes, art supplies, doctor kits, Kleenex, diapers (up to size 5), colored paper, child size toothbrushes, paint, glitter, Ziploc bags and glue sticks. Seats are still available for the Cinderella Ball. Tickets are $50 per person. Parents may pick up an invitation at all Bona Vista locations and Blye’s Bridal and Kosta’s Tux Shoppe located at 219 N. Main Street. For more information, call 457-8273 or visit www.bonavista. org.

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Keys For Kids Preschool, Kindergarten Readiness and Early Head Start programs at Bona Vista. Keys For Kids Preschool is a program that provides high quality early childhood services to children ages two through five. Kindergarten Readiness prepares children four to five years of age for Kindergarten through the use of many resources and manipulatives. Early Head Start provides services to children from birth to age three to qualifying families. At the end of the evening, Cinderella will assemble her “Princess Power Circle” around the contributions while a representative of Bona

Engagement
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Ryan Mark Blodget and Margaret Guyer will be married at Woodland Church of God in Kokomo in Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. Margaret Guyer is a 2008 home school graduate and current student of Purdue University’s Distance Learning program for veterinary technicians. She is employed at Jefferson Road Animal Hospital. Her parents are Charles JR and Elizabeth Guyer. Ryan Blodget is a Frankfort Senior High School graduate of 2002 and completed a NJATC International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Apprenticeship in 2010. He is a journeyman electrician. His parents are Mark and Marna Blodget.

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Men’s College World Series experiments with instant replay
Umpires at the 2012 Men’s College World Series will be able to use instant replay to review specified calls under an experimental rule developed by the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee. The Division I Baseball Committee reviewed and supported the experimental rule at its annual meeting July 25-27 in Indianapolis. The rule still must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (as must all playing rules proposals) before being implemented. The panel meets via conference call on Aug. 11. The Baseball Rules Committee had originally proposed using instant replay on an experimental basis at the regionals and super regionals in addition to the College World Series, but the Division I Baseball Committee narrowed its use to the CWS since it’s possible that not all regional and super regional sites would offer the same logistical consistency that TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha affords. The list of reviewable plays will be limited to: • Deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul. • Deciding whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double. • Spectator-interference plays (only on plays involving home run balls). “This has been one of the issues that we want to be cautious with and move somewhat slowly,” said Jeff Hurd, the chair of the Baseball Rules Committee and senior associate commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. “The technology is there. We are not doing due diligence to the sport if we don’t use it. At the same time, there is a fine line as to how far you go with it. That’s the reason for its limited use.” Division I Baseball Committee chair Tim Weiser, deputy commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said it makes sense to take advantage of a facility that is “logistically friendly” to review plays. “We have 17 camera locations available to us,” Weiser said. “If we are really driven by getting the call right, and we have a working model that Major League Baseball uses, it was an easy decision to take advantage of the technology.” The instant-replay process will operate under the fundamental assumption that the ruling on the field is correct. The only way a call can be changed is if there is indisputable video evidence to remove all doubt that a ruling was incorrect. Otherwise, the original call will stand. Any instant-replay review would have to occur before the next pitch or play. If it occurs after a game-ending play, it must be called for before all umpires leave the field of play. There would not be a formal “coaches challenge” opportunity in the instant-replay

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BIG SWING — Post Six’s Cody Jansen knocks the ball into play against Cass County in the sectional round. Jansen led the Sixers in home runs and was tied for the RBI lead for the season.
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Before the American Legion Post Six baseball season started, the team had big goals. The upgraded season schedule was built to prepare the team for the long haul of the state tournament. Post Six finished the season with a 23-14 record, which was a record with which manager Don Andrews feels comfortable. “If we had went 32 and 5, that would have meant that we haven’t been playing good enough competition,” Andrews said. “If we would have played .500 ball or below, we’re not playing well. Somewhere in between is where I would have liked to be, and we were. With upgrading our schedule this year, I thought 23-14 ended up being a pretty good record.” The team did accomplish a rarity this year when it comes to defeating a team. “We went 6 and 0 against Cass County, which is a feat in itself,” he said. “If you play a team six times, there is a

pretty good chance that you’ll get beat at least once no matter how good or how bad they are. To beat them six times, I felt really good about that.” However, Post Six could not complete its ultimate goal of getting past Terre Haute Post 346 and reaching the state championship. Post Six lost to Terre Haute 14-4 and 8-1 at the Lafayette Regional. Terre Haute is the defending state champion. “Terre Haute proved that they are the best,” he said. Andrews said he is proud of the leadership on the team. “Of the 18 players, we had 10 players who were playing with us in their last season,” he said. “Of those 10 players, at least seven are committed to play in college baseball. Those 10 players were our leaders. We had great leadership out of them. They are just a good group of kids and a great group to be around.” The 10 players, who finished their final year with the team, are Matt Adams, Shane Arnold, Bryan Beachy, Drew

Brantley, Jerry Flick, Cody Jansen, Nick Lorenc, Spencer McQueary, Daniel Salinas and Jake Yager. Andrews said there will be a strong core remaining for next year from the current team with eight players who could return. The possible returning players are: Cameron Clark, Kyle Ennis, Jake Florek, Andrew Monroe, Clay O’Neal, Damon Reel, Allen Stout and A.J. Vazquez. He said he was impressed with each member of the team. Throughout the team there were many standouts and surprises during the season. One such player was Brantley, who may have done something that had not been accomplished before in Post Six history. “Drew Brantley had an outstanding season,” he said. “We played 37 games, and he had a 37-game hitting streak, which is just phenomenal at this level. To get a hit every game is almost impossible.” Brantley finished the season with a team-leading 66 hits and also had

12 stolen bases, which led the team. He will be playing baseball for Anderson University next year. Damon Reel was also impressive as he had a batting average of .408. He was a co-team leader in RBIs with 42 and was second in hits with 60. He will join Brantley at Anderson University. Clay O’Neal also impressed Andrews with his batting average of .400. He will be playing baseball for the University of Evansville. Bryan Beachy is a player Andrews called a “student of the game.” He said Beachy reminded him of pitching great Greg Maddux with the way he pitched. “He’s a finesse pitcher,” he said. “He’s a real student of the game. We had him in the two hole for us because of his ability to get on base whatever it took. He’s just a very, very smart baseball player.” Beachy finished the year with a 2.60 ERA in 43 innings pitched. He will be playing baseball for Indiana Wesleyan

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Legion Golf Course could equalize Liberty Cup
Chippendale pro thinks layout could spell end for country club dominance
by Peter Adelsen Golf Course. The event are going to play well. If
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The Kokomo Country Club has had a stranglehold on the Liberty Cup championship since the event’s inception. Now in its fourth year, the Liberty Cup, sponsored by Liberty Financial, could have a new champion because of the style of the course at the American Legion

is slated for Sept. 16. “The Legion probably sets up more equal for everybody, I would say,” said Jim Humphrey, the PGA professional at Chippendale Golf Course. “It may not be as hard of a golf course to play. It’s right there in front of you. If your team scores well that day, you

your team just goes out there and has a bad day, you are going to have a bad day at the Legion.” H u m phrey said this may be the year that the Kokomo Country Club could be defeated. “I think this is go-

ing to be the tell-tale on whether if anybody can beat the Kokomo Country Club with their dominance on the better players,” Humphrey said. Golfers from Wildcat Creek Golf course, American Legion Golf Course and Humphrey’s Chippendale Golf Course hope that this could be their year. “I’m hoping that this

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IT’S A TRAP — Danny Gross hits a shot out of a sand trap during the Liberty Cup held at the Kokomo Country Club. Perspective Photo / File

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The internet can be an asset to outdoor enthusiasts
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Like most of the inhabitants of this planet, I have become increasingly dependent upon modern day electronic toys for my everyday functions. Don’t get me wrong, without the assistance of my grandchildren and some electronically gifted friends, I would be totally lost. When everything is working fine, I am all right, but when a problem surfaces, I have to fly the “I need help” flag. Since my introduction to computers and the internet, I must confess the “outdoors world” has really been opened up to me. There are hundreds of outdoor websites and forums that can answer questions and give opinions on a number of topics, from “What is the best bass fishing lure?” to “How to make a bowstring,” and the list continues from there. I recently had many questions concerning trail cameras, and I visited a number of forums dedicated to trail cameras. I received some very informative tips and suggestions that made my selection much easier, and I am most appreciative for the input. Once you get used to what you are doing, you can even purchase your hunting and fishing license online and eliminate the trip to town and standing in line for service. You can also search the web for possible booking of hunting and fishing trips and to get information and references of available guides. If you have any questions pertaining to what facilities are available in Indiana for camping, boating, fishing, etc., all you have to do is simply type in the URL for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and their home page will open. You can find all the information you need. I use eBay quite often for purchasing both new and used equipment at fantastic prices. I have purchased numerous items for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, photography, cellphones and supplies, and my wife has made many purchases of “wifeythings.” The list goes on and on. It is rare that a week goes by without one of us making a purchase. The internet also has made it possible for me and many of my hunting and fishing associates to remain in contact without the necessity of long distance calling. We can simply email back and forth or contact each other on the social networking programs available. I personally use Facebook, and I have made contact with many friends from the good ol’ days, many of them I have neither seen nor communicated with in over 50 years. If I have a bass tournament coming up in Michigan, all I have to do is contact one of my friends in that area and g e t t h e late s t upnumber of my sponsor’s websites, and the internet enables me to simply compose the articles and send them as emails and att a c h ments. I must confess that I have b e c o m e electronically addicted, and I spend many hours in front of the computer monitor, checking and replying to over 200 emails daily from friends, sponsors and readers of my articles. But, I honestly enjoy doing it, and I respond to every message I receive. Whether you own a computer is your choice, but I can assure you there is a world of information available to you on the internet. Use it wisely, and it can be beneficial to you.

Bud Fields
Computers are a major asset to outdoors enthusiasts. It seems like every household has at least one and sometimes more than two computers. I know in our household we have the main computer in the den, and I also have a laptop computer that I take with me on the road. Years ago, much like a cellphone, I stated I would never have one, and I had no use for either. But I was wrong! Without a cellphone or one of the computers, I would be suffering from electronic withdrawals.

dates on water level, water clarity and weather conditions. I can also check movement patterns and weather conditions for my deer hunting ventures as well. The list continues to unlimited possibilities. I also use the internet extensively for writing my articles. I write not only for the Kokomo Perspective but for a number of hunting and fishing websites and also for a

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is one of those years that somebody can sneak in there and knock them off their throne for a year,” Humphrey said. One thing is for sure: the golf courses will bring the best talent that they have.

“I’m going to bring as many good players as I can bring,” he said. “I’ll bring my best, and we’ll put our best foot forward and see what happens.” The three previous Liberty Cups were held at Wildcat Creek Golf Course, Kokomo Country Club and Chippendale Golf Course, re-

spectively.

Each golf course in Howard County will field a team, consisting of 15 men and five women. Seven of the men will play scratch, and eight men will play with handicaps (18 max). Five women will play with handicaps (24 max). The Stableford scoring system will be used. Double Bogie 0 Bogie 1 Par 2 Birdie 3 Eagle 4 Double Eagle 5 Hole in one 6 Team scoring will be six of eight scores of men’s handicap, five of seven men’s scratch, and three of five women’s handicap per hole. The team score will be a hole-by-hole accumulation. The champion will be

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the team with the most points. In case of a tie, each team will choose one scratch, one handicap and one woman to take part in a playoff using the same scoring system until a winner is determined. All three players’ scores will count on each hole of the playoff. Liberty Financial is putting up a $5,000 prize fund with 80 percent to the winning team and 20 percent to the second-place team. Team members will get gift certificates to their home course’s pro shop. The entry fee is $30, which includes greens fees, cart and food. Each player must have a USGA handicap at the course he or she represents and must have posted eight scores before Sept. 8. This includes players playing scratch.

GREAT SEASON — The Kokomo Post Six team gathers together after winning the Kokomo Sectional championship. The players are pictured from left to right. Front row: Shane Arnold, Nick Lorenc, Daniel Salinas, Matt Adams, Drew Brantley, Bryan Beachy and Clay O’Neal. Back row: Jake Florek, Andrew Monroe, A.J. Vazquez, Cody Jansen, Cameron Clark, Spencer McQueary, Jerry Flick, Damon Reel and Kyle Ennis. Not pictured are Allen Stout and Jake Yager.
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next year. The biggest surprise that came from a player on the roster this year was Cody Jansen. “Cody Jansen really surprised me this summer,” he said. “I can almost call him our most valuable player. He played with us two years ago when we won the state championship with the junior team. He had a phenomenal season with us. He had a couple (college) offers, and they weren’t substantial for him to go. He’s registered for IUK so somebody is really missing out on some outstanding talent.” Jansen led Post Six with eight home runs and had 42 RBI. On the mound, he had a 1.73 ERA through 36 1/3 innings. With his first season

under his belt as manager of the senior Post Six team, Andrews says the team has a great future ahead. “I feel real good about the talent we have coming back,” he said. “Kokomo Post Six Baseball has a very bright future.” The season may have just ended, but the 2012 season’s tryouts are coming later in the month. Post Six tryouts for the junior and senior teams will be Aug. 27-28 at CFD Investments Stadium at Highland Park. On Aug. 27, players born in 19931994 will be at 10 a.m., and younger players will try out at noon. On Aug. 28, players born in 19931994 will have tryouts at 1 p.m., and younger players will meet at 3 p.m. The baseball program is free, Andrews said. The team receives its money through fundraising and donations.

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process. Coaches already have the ability to request a conference among umpires under the “Getting the Call Right” provisions in Appendix E of the NCAA Baseball Rules Book. The umpire crew chief determines whether to use instant replay. If instant replay is used, the calling umpire and the crew chief and other members of the crew, as deemed necessary, would go to the

designated video-replay area to review all relevant video coverage. At least one umpire would remain on the field. During a video review, the defensive team players would be required to maintain their positions on the field and would be allowed to practice throw if desired. Baserunners and the on-deck hitter would remain at their positions. All players and coaches would have to remain in the dugout. Any defensive or offensive conferences would be charged as during any other part of

the game. While there is no time limit for t h e vide o r e -

view, lengthy reviews (more than two or three minutes) are discouraged and would be considered possible evidence that there is no indisputable video evi-

dence to change a call. The crew chief may confer and discuss the replays during the review with other members of the ump i r i n g crew, but the ultimate final decision is with the crew chief. This final decision may not be contested by either coach. If a reversal results in the need to decide the placement of baserunners, the crew chief

would use his best judgment to determine their locations as if the call had been made correctly. Again, coaches cannot question these decisions. If a call is changed, the crew chief would notify both head coaches and the official scorer of the ruling. During the 2011 Men’s College World Series, there were a few plays where the committee believes the umpires could have been aided in getting the call right, including a possible home run that ended up being a double.

“We were kicking around this idea before that incident of the play in Omaha,” Weiser said. “It kind of reinforced the benefit that video replay can provide.” Hurd added: “Omaha is ideal because the new stadium was built to be fan friendly, media friendly, umpire friendly and team friendly. ESPN has cameras to cover all the angles, and you have a room available where instant replay reviews can be done. We can take advantage of that.”

NCAA right idea with replay
Still, much more can be done
plemented for the World Series games. It’s always good to know who the real winner is in the end. Major League Baseball has the same instant replay rules, but the replays are available all season long. There has been talk about expanding baseball instant replay. I can see some expansion, but the game is already a slowpaced game. I would be in favor of only a few tweaks. After what happened in the 19-inning Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Braves game on July 26, there is a strong case for some expansion to instant replay. The Braves defeated the Pirates that night, or morning, when Julio Lugo scored from third base on a ground ball. Pirates’ catcher Mike McKenry applied a tag, but the umpire called the runner safe. This all happened around 2 a.m. at Turner Field. If there is going to be an expansion, MLB and the NCAA, once they get used to replay, should look at using replay for scoring attempts at home plate, and only at home plate. I believe that the umpires should have control on who is safe or out on first, second or third base. But, when it comes to scoring, these plays should have a chance to be reviewed. If a home run can be reviewed, why not have a bang-bang play of a base runner attempting to come home be reviewed? I could go the way of the National Football League when it comes to reviews. Each manager could have a certain amount of flags, cards or whatever signal to request for a review. After that agreed amount is used, that manager or coach can no longer request a review. This could be a total number for the season, or that series, or just that game. The umpires should have the majority of control in a baseball game. What would be bad if every play would be reviewed. Hopefully it will never come to that. Nobody is perfect, but an expansion is necessary.

Peter Adelsen
by Peter Adelsen
padelsen@kokomoperspective.com

Sports Writer

The NCAA has taken a page from the Major League Baseball playbook with idea of implementing instant replay. The NCAA plans to begin the use of instant replay to review specific calls, but it will only be limited to the 2012 Men’s College World Series. The only reviewable plays will be deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul, deciding whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or ground-rule double and spectator-interference plays, but only involving home run balls. This is a start. I agree with this being only im-

STATE CHAMPS — The UCT Baseball 10U All-Star team celebrates as the 10U Town and Country Baseball Junior Division State Champions. The team won District and Semi-State. First row (left to right), Gavin Wallace, Levi Hrabos, Justin Hurlock, Garrett Melton, Gavin Eaker and Matthew Arcari. Second row, Elijah Moon, Jaden Armfield, Cy Willis, Logan Bowser, Ryan Deis and Trevor Kessler. Top row, coaches Rich Arcari, Stacy Hrabos, Jeremy Moon and Gerald Armfield.
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Community Fall League
Central Indiana Sports Corporation (formerly Central Indiana Kings), Kokomo Kings and Kingsway Sports Academy is pleased to announce Community Fall League for baseball and softball. The league is open to all youth of Howard and surrounding counties. Teams will be formed along school and league lines as much as possible. Friend or teammate requests will be honored. The proposed age divisions are: T-ball/ Coach pitch (5-7); baseball or softball (8-12); middle school baseball or softball (13-15); and high school baseball and softball (15 and up). Players may move up where appropriate. Games will be primarily on the weekends with some weekdays when appropriate. Games will start Aug. 27 with teams organizing in late August. It will be a seven to eight week season with as a many games as possible. Fees are $75. The fee covers team t-shirt, insurance, use of indoor and outdoor practice facilities, umpires and all field costs. There will be no gate. The league will be run by Sean Laird and a staff of collaborating organizations. Sean is a past graduate of KHS and South Alabama where he excelled in the baseball programs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education. This league will be a preparation to a winter development program and 2012 leagues and events. Register at Kingsway Academy, 3116 West Boulevard, Mon-Thurs 4–8 pm, Sat. and Sun. afternoon. Questions or information, please call 236-1006 or email seanclaird@gmail.com.

Howard County Thunder tryouts
The Howard County Thunder fastpitch softball organization will be conducting tryouts at Darrough Chapel Park at the times below for the ages listed. The organization’s intention is to have a team at each age group listed providing we have the numbers to field all of the teams. Howard County Thunder is organized by local high school coaches to provide affordable playing opportunities to compete at a high level. Players should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the listed tryout times to register and warm up. Age is as of Dec. 31 at midnight of this year. Any questions may be directed to Jim Clouse @ 765437-8904. 10 and under 8/10@ 6 p.m. and 8/13@ 9 a.m. 11 year olds 8/10@ 6:30 p.m. and 8/13@ 10:30 a.m. 12-year-olds 8/10@ 6:30 p.m. and 8/13@ 10:30 a.m. 13-year-olds 8/13@ 2 p.m. and 8/17@ 6 p.m. 14-year-olds 8/13@ 2 p.m. and 8/17@ 6 p.m. 15-year-olds 8/13@ 6 p.m. and 8/20@ 6 p.m. 16-year-olds 8/13@ 6 p.m. and 8/20@ 6 p.m.

KHS all-sports passes
Kokomo High School Athletic Department will sell All-Sports Tickets in the Athletic Office Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ticket applications are available online at the athletics’ website -www.kokomohighschoolsports.com -- then click the Bulletin Board icon. Applications may be mailed in or turned in to the office. Adult tickets are $75 each. Student tickets are on sale for $25 through Aug. 19 and then $45 after that. The All-Sport Ticket is admission to all home athletic events excluding tournaments. The athletic office is also offering two types of presale tickets this year: Football – Sept. 10, Kokomo vs. Huntington North at Lucas Oil Stadium at 2 p.m. Presale admission is $10 each or $13 at the door. Boys Basketball – Dec. 30, City Securities Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 each.

The Mr. Slam Dunk & Mr. 3 Point will be Saturday, Aug. 20. There is a $50 entry fee, and the event is open to anyone at any age. There will

Mr. Slam Dunk & Mr. 3 Point
be more than $1,000 in cash prizes and more. For more information, go to: www.facebook.com/ mr.slamdunk.com or call 765-865-5412 or 765-252-

6726. Voter registration will be available. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the United Way for back-to-school supplies.

Taylor fall practice dates
* Football -- Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 – August 8-12 from 3-5 p.m. at the field house. * Volleyball -- 6, 7, 8 – Aug. 9, 11 and 16 from 1-3 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. * Cross Country Coed -- 6, 7, 8 – can pick up practice times on Aug. 10 at registration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the middle school.

On July 29, area golfers competed at Chippendale Golf Course’s Friday Night Couples. First place gross went to Greg and Lynn Harbaugh with Clarence and Maggie Pridemore with 33. Second place gross went to Bill Deafenbaugh and Barb Round with Larry and Bev Cable with 34. Third place gross went to Al and Betty Underly with Jerry and Connie Basham with 35. First

Friday Night Couples
place net went to Danny and Marcia Mullett with Rob and Reba Hale with 33. Second place net went to Tom J. and Marge Hayes with Ron and Bonnie Harris with 33. Third place net went to Hank and Mary Powell with Bill and Dana Osburn with 33. Greg Harbaugh was closest to the pin. On June 22, many golfers participated in the Friday Night Couples event at

Chippendale Golf Course. First gross went to Noel Harvath and Kaylee Kingseed with Gene and Marty Obermeyer. Second gross went to Randy and Sandy Smith with Dale and Sue Hight. First net went to Charlie Beswick and Malinda Grant with Bill and Dana Osburn. Second net went to Gene and Marty Obermeyer with Chris and Julie Rossi. Julie Rossi was closest to the pin.

Chippendale Swingers League
Area golfers participated in the Chippendale Swingers Golf League on July 26. For A-Flight, Gay Hoover won low gross with 45, and Marge Hayes won low net with 35. For B-Flight, Kay Mickelson won low gross with 46, and Bev Cable won low net with 34. For CFlight, Connie Basham won low gross with 48, and Shirley Miller and Judie McCoy tied for low net with 34. For D-Flight, Dorothy Wagoner won low gross with 55, and MaryAnne Mensing won low net with 43. The gimmick was for most bogies, which was won by Bev Cable and Sally Masariu with seven. Judie McCoy and Kay Mickelson each had the fewest putts with 14. On July 12, area golfers participated in the nine hole-2 best ball tournament at Chippendale Golf Course. Placing first with a score of 51 was the team of Maggie Pridemore, Janet Hawn, Shirley Miller

and No. 1 Blind. Placing second with a score of 56 was the team of Bev Bernhardt, Joyce Pennycoff, Jan Vostatek and No. 2 Blind. Placing third with a score of 58 was the team of Janie Yun, Bev Cable, Bonnie Harris and Jeanie Leyda. Winning the closest put for hole No. 3 was Carolyn Hayes and closest put on hole No. 5 was Gay Hoover. Winning the longest putt for hole No. 5 was Bev Bernhardt.

Monday Night Ladies Golf
On July 11, many area women participated in American Legion Monday Night Ladies Golf. For A Flight, Jan Turner won gross with 41, and Lea Street had a net of 32. For B Flight, Lori Kellar had a gross of 49, and Kelly Paul had a net of 38. For C Flight, Brenda Hembree and Deb Pitcher tied

for gross with 61, and Jean Hitchcock had the net with 41. The gimmick of most pars was won by Jan Turner with four.

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Thursday, Aug. 11
Music at the Fountain
Music at the Fountain is being brought to Greentown for the 2011 season. Concerts will take place at the performance stage located north of the stoplight on Meridian St. in Greentown at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, performances will take place at the Howard County Fairground Pavilion. Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy! The next concert will take place on Aug. 11 with Old Dudes Rock, classic rock music. These concerts will follow: Aug. 25, The Sonshine Boys; Sept. 1, the Dixie Mud Bugs; Sept. 8, talent show; Sept. 15, Kokomo Children’s Choir and the Acacia Academy Singers.

Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market

Taylor High School’s 35 year reunion will take place Aug. 20, at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1631 Firefox Lane. A pre-class reunion gathering will be Aug. 19, at The Quarry, 2130 W. Sycamore at 7 p.m. Classmates Marriage Enrichment Activities should contact Jay Beckon (765)432-3332, Troy Holt Tabernacle of Faith Church, in partnership with Pro- (765)963-3316 or Joe Cook (765)776-2856 to update vision Counseling Services, invites you to a morning your mailing address or email. of fun and relaxing Marriage Enrichment activities on City Concert Series Confederate Railroad with special guest Paul Stout Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hampwill perform at the last show of the season on Aug. 12 ton Inn & Suites, 2920 S. Reed Rd., in their second floor CAM Run for Shelter at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. There will be conference room. Tanika Forestal will facilitate and The 6th Annual CAM 5K Run and Walk for Shelter will be available to answer your questions about mar- will take place at Oakbrook Valley in Western Howa beer garden available. riage issues. This is free and open to the public. Bring ard County at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20. Visit caminchopeforhomeless.org for more information. your spouse with you.

Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 7-14) by attending our local market on Aug. 13. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter of Kokomo will join us in the non-profit tent, offering a free community class at 9 a.m. on “Alzheimer’s Disease: What you Need to Know.” The Howard County Storm Water District will offer a free community class on rain gardens at 10 a.m. Rhum Academy of Music will perform from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring Eric Hyman and students. Planet Mind will offer free crafts for the market kids to enjoy from 10 a.m. to noon. Hula hooping and chalk stations will be available as well for the little ones. Kale, the market dog, will join patrons this weekend to show off how much he has grown since joining the market this spring.

Board Gamers’ Association Kick-off

The Kokomo Area Board Gamers’ Association will have their program kick-off with their family gaming group for the community on Aug. 19 at the St. Joan of Arc School cafeteria from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Cinderella Ball

The 13th Annual Cinderella Ball will be held at the Kokomo County Club on Aug. 19. The cost is $50 per person. Call Brianne Boruff at 457-8273 or visit thecinderellaball.com for more information.

Taylor High School Class of ‘76

Friday, Aug. 12

Dean Phelps in Concert

Dean Phelps will be performing at South Side Christian Church Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at South Side Christian Church. The ticket cost is a free-will offering. Check him out at deanphelps.com. Call 457-9357 for more information.

Sunday, Aug. 14
Birthday Celebration for Bishop Glenn
On Sunday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. the Pastor’s Aide Committee, Doris J. Small, president of the Fountain of Life Worship Center, 611 East Jackson St. will host the 15th Annual Bishop’s Birthday Celebration in honor of its pastor Bishop Charles E. Glenn. Invited guests will be the Open Door Church of Deliverance of Indianapolis and their pastor, Pastor Rufus Hicks. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pastor Emma Glenn at 461-4141.

Downtown Barbeque Cook-off

Kokomo Civic Theater Summer Musical

On Aug. 12-14, enjoy Kokomo Civic Theater’s Summer Musical performance of “Hairspray” in IU Kokomo Havens auditorium. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 454-8800 for more information.

Grillmaster’s Challenge: Barbeque Cook-off will take place in downtown Kokomo on Aug. 20. Cooking teams will compete in three categories, ribs, chicken and wings, and best burgers. There will be barbeque sandwiches, cole slaw, Coke products and beer available for the public to purchase. The cost is $60 per team, and the public can vote for People’s Choice category. The event kicks off the Taste of Kokomo. Call the United Way at 457-6691 for more information.

Taste of Kokomo

KHS Class of ’51 Reunion

Kokomo High School’s 60th reunion will take place Aug. 12 at Half Moon restaurant at 6 p.m. On Aug. 13, Help Our Heroes Ride the class will meet at Kokomo Country Club at 6 p.m. The American Legion Riders post 6 of Kokomo presThe class meets the first Monday of every month at ents our “Help Our Heroes Ride” on Sunday Aug. 14. Half Moon at noon. Contact Tom Sanders at (765)453- Sign in from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $10, and rider cost is $5. There will be a dinner after the ride of pulled 2006 if you’re interested in attending. pork, baked beans and potato salad. Dinner is $5 for a non-rider. There will be a silent auction of baskets, raffles and 50/50. The ride will be 120 miles with stops at Frankton Legion #469, Pendleton Legion #117, Curve Inn Alexandria, Vietnam Vets Grounds, and it will end at Legion #6, 2604 S. Lafountain St. Hoosier HelpNew London Masonic Lodge Breakfast New London Masonic Lodge serves breakfast the ing Heroes will have their display, and donations will second Saturday of each month. The next breakfast be accepted for care packages for our Indiana troops. will take place Aug. 13 from 7 to 10 a.m. Come out Everyone is welcome—cycle or no cycle. For more into enjoy sausage gravy, biscuits and more. The event formation, call Onnie at 765-517-1609. is open to the public. A freewill donation is accepted.

The Taste of Kokomo takes place Aug. 20 in downtown Kokomo from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is $3. Call the United Way of Howard County at 457-6691 for more information.

Shiloh Ice Cream Social

Saturday, Aug. 13

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5741 W. 100 W. Rd, is holding an ice cream social on Sunday, Aug. 21. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Touch of Sunday quartet. For more information, call 4573140.

Honeywell House show

KHS Class of ’56 Reunion

The Kokomo High School Class of ’56 invites you to a get together for our 55th class reunion. The reunion will be held at the Knights of Columbus Banquet Center, 1631 Foxfire Lane, on Saturday, Aug. 13. From 6 to 7 p.m., a social hour will take place before dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Then, catch up with your classmates until 11 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar and a buffet style dinner. The cost is $20 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Please RSVP by Aug. 1 to Becky Whited Silvey, 1321 W. Madison St. Call her at 457-4623 or email silveybekka@comcast.net.

Coming Soon

Special Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. pianists Pam Haynes, Peggy Coppler and Eileen Dye will give a free performance sponsored by Dawes & Pugh CPAs, LLC. At Honeywell House, 720 N Wabash St. Wabash, Ind. The three pianists are all from the Wabash area and will perform their favorite compositions for piano. Due to limited seating, those wishing to attend are asked to make reservations by calling (260) 563-2326 ext. 21 or by going online to www.honeywellhouse.org.

On Aug. 17, a “Pay it Forward” blood drive will be held at St. Joseph Hospital, 1907 W. Sycamore St. The community is experiencing a shortage of blood. All blood types are needed, especially O negative. Giving blood only take one hour, and just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. 72 donors are needed. Appointments are available between noon and 6 p.m. To schedule your donation time, call 236-8195.

Kid’s Art Camp Show

The Kokomo Art Association’s Kid’s Art Camp Show will take place at the Kokomo Art Center from Aug. 2-27. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 457-9480 for more information.

Greentown Art and Photography Show

Delphi Delco Alumni Club

Women’s Equality Day at Dunham House

Entries forms and fees are now being accepted for the Greentown Community Art & Photography Show which will be held on Saturday Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Meridian Street Christian Church in Greentown. This art show is sponsored by the Greentown Main Street Association. Artwork must fit into one of the following three categories: fine art, photography or 3-D and will be judged in three divisions: professional, amateur and junior (K-12). Entry forms will be Honeywell House Car Presentation accepted through Aug. 5 and must include a $5 entry A 1941 Cadillac formerly owned by Mark C. Honeyfee. For more information and a complete set of rules, well will return to Wabash for a presentation at the please call Lisa Stout at (765) 610-8461. Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St. Wabash, Ind., on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by Westside Baptist Rummage Sale Beacon Credit Union, will feature a presentation on A rummage sale will be held on Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. the history of the Cadillac brand and Mr. Honeywell’s to 2 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 3330 W, 100 S. former vehicle. Currently owned by Mike Bolton of Boulevard just west of Malfalfa Rd. Detroit, Mich., the car will be on hand for viewing.

The Delphi Delco Alumni Club will meet at the Kokomo County Club on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. The program will be the community garden with Becky Swails. Membership is open to all Delphi and Delco retirees and spouses. Tickets will be on sale for the next breakfast meeting. Please call 868-2127 or 8641517 to purchase tickets, or they will also be available at the next meeting.

August is the month in which we commemorate women’s equality in society. The Howard County Democratic Women’s Committee cordially invites you to join us on Aug. 26 to celebrate Women’s Equality Day at the Dunham House in Kempton, Ind., from 1-4 p.m. We are currently taking reservations for this event. The cost is $15 if you RSVP before Aug. 5 and $17 at the door. The ticket includes lunch, speakers (Terri Austin and Jill Donnelly) and a tour of the Dunham House.

St. Joan of Arc Parish Festival

The St. Joan of Arc Paris Festival FunFest takes place Aug. 26-27 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Admission is free. It takes place Friday at 4:30 p.m. (fish fry and talent show) and Saturday at 4 p.m. to midnight (live music, children’s games, food and more. Call 865-9964 for more information.

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Paul Fausett Memorial Golf Scramble

You are invited to participate in the Paul Fausett Memorial Golf Scramble on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. This will take place on the Chippendale Golf Course in Kokomo. Proceeds to benefit Brookside Missions Scholarship Fund and other areas of need. Hole sponsors are available also: Hole Sponsor $100 (18x12). Half Hole Sponsor $50 (9x12). If you would like to sponsor a hole, make a donation or register your team, contact Tim Beck 457-7556 or 765-437-0130 or go to http://brooksidefmc.com/SPECIALEVENTS. aspx to print out the forms located at the bottom left of the page. If interested, please contact us no later than Aug. 12.

The Bunker Hill Fish and Game Club is seeking new members. The club was founded in 1954, and the club grounds consist of 30 acres, including a four-acre pond. Membership dues are $50 per year plus a $50 initiation fee. For an application, contact president Dale Sommers at 472-1976 or secretary Dave Smith at 765-689-7211.

teers will be ready to share fundraising event ideas, explain best practices and assist with on-line team registration. Team recruitment and fundraising materials will be available. The walk takes place Saturday, Sept. 17, in Jackson Morrow Park.

American Veterans Traveling Tribute

Club V

Club V, located at 424 N. Apperson Way, hosts Christian teen hangouts on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Attend for lots of games, activities, movies, food, fun, prizes and live music. Admission is $2. Parents are welcome.

The DAV and AVTT proudly present the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Cost of Freedom Tribute from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at GM Components Holdings at U.S. 31 and Boulevard. Opening ceremonies begin at noon. For more details, visit avtt.org/events/2011/ kokomoin.html.

Victory Days

Greentown Historical Society Exhibit

Fellowship of Hope Club Family Fun Day

The Fellowship of Hope Club, Inc. is pleased to announce it will host its first annual “Family Fun Day” on Aug. 27, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot of the club, located at 1301 N. Webster Street.

The “Early Settler of the Eastern Howard County” exhibit takes place on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and group tours and children are welcome. The exhibit continues through Dec. 19.

“Steps to Recovery” Run/Walk

First Assembly Family Reunion

The “Steps to Recovery” Run/Walk will take place in Foster Park from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 3. Call the Gilead House at 865-9427 for more information.

Visit Victory Days, a living, interactive WWII era recreation, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Grissom Aeroplex. Victory Days is open from 8:30 to 5 p.m. daily. Oneday general admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids ages 6 to 12 at the gate; $20 for adults and $10 for kids purchased online; two-day general admission is $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6 to 12, available online only. Kids 5 and under are free. Group rates are available. Visit victorydays.com for more information.

Making Strides Against Breast Walk

First Assembly of God Church, 1520 Apperson Way, is hosting a Family Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28. All current and past members and attendees are invited. Events include a cookout on Saturday at 6 p.m., featuring food, music and fellowship, and on Sunday, worship will take place at 10:30 a.m. with guest speaker Ron Dubbels, former pastor of First Assembly. A Sunday picnic will follow the morning service. All events will be on the church grounds. All food, drinks and tableware is provided for the cookout and picnic. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the church at 457-8271 or visit www.kokomofirst.org.

Fortune Free Family Concert

The Fortune Free Family Concert featuring Michael Kelsey will take palce in the Kokomo Arts Pavilion presented by Daniels & Alexander and Whiskey Creek on Sept. 3. Admission is free.

Join the walk in Foster Park on Oct. 1. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. call 4559905 for more information.

Westside Village Fall Harvest Festival

Tipton Co. Pork Festival

The Tipton County Pork Festival will take place on Sept. 8-10 in downtown Tipton. Visit tiptoncountyporkfestival.com for more information.

The Westside Village Fall Harvest Festival is being held at First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 457-3227 for more information.

Central Indiana Gun Show

Eliminate Expired Drugs Environmentally

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

The Distinguished Young Women of Howard County Scholarship Program, formerly known as Howard County Junior Miss, is now accepting applications from high school girls graduating in 2012. An informational meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, in room SC 1-2 at Crossroads Community Church, U.S. 31 and Ind. 26. Interested participants may visit www.DistinguishedYW.org and click Participate to learn more about the program and to apply. Many scholarship opportunities are available, and there is no entry fee. For more information, contact Sheila Stephens at 765-883-5347 or sheera9318@ sbcglobal.net.

Stop by the Indiana Surgery Center circle on the main campus of Howard Regional Health System from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 10 to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications. Call 453-8593 or 456-2274 for more information.

The Central Indiana Gun Show will be held at the Kokomo Event Center on Oct. 1-2. On Saturday, the show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 855-1712 for more information.

Barktober Fest Dog Walk

31st Annual Missions Auction

Crossroads Learning Corner Enrollment

The Annual Mission Auction will take place Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church, 5051 E. 400 N. All proceeds go to Mission Ministries. Please consider consigning or donating clean, quality items and list with us by Aug. 20 to help us do the best advertising. Consignments and donations will be accepted until 6 p.m. Sept. 9. Get updated information about the auction at kokomozionumc.com or contact Don at 434-1671.

The Barktober Fest Dog Walk will take place on Oct. 8 in Highland Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the Kokomo Humane Society at 452-6224 for more information.

Kokomo Comic Book Convention

The Kokomo-Con 2001 Comic Book Convention will take place at the Kokomo Event Center on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $5. There will be films and games from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Visit kokomocon.com for more information.

Crossroads Learning Corner is currently enrolling children for the 2011–2012 preschool year. Two preschool classes are available: junior preschool, intended for those children starting kindergarten in August 2013 (children must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2011), and pre-k preschool which is intended for those children starting kindergarten in August 2012 (children must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2011.) Crossroads Learning Corner is located at the corner of Indiana Highway 26 and U.S. 31 inside of Crossroads Community Church. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 864-0307.

KCC presents “American Spirit”

Parkinson’s Exercise Program

“Ready, Steady, Go!,” a new Parkinson’s exercise program, is here in Kokomo. The program is designed to work heavily on balance, coordination, deep breathing, re-building strength and adding muscle and bone mass plus endurance. Classes are forming now and are limited in size! Call Terry at 450-6280 if you have any questions or to register now. The course is one hour, two times per week, for six months.

The Kokomo Community Concerts will present “American Spirit” with a singing, dancing and storytelling journey on Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the Kokomo High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20. Students are admitted free with a student ticket. Season tickets are $40 and are available at Big Ben Coffee, Comprehensive Planning, Windmill Grill and Herbst Pharmacy locations. Single tickets are sold at the door only. Call 210-0686 for more information.

Annual Church without Walls

Each Sunday during the month of August, Fountain of Life Worship Center, 611 E. Jackson St., will host its Annual Church without Walls on the parking lot of the Annex Bar-B-Que, located at 604 N. Apperson. Sunday School will be at 9 a.m. with the worship celebration at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to come and worship. Dress comfortably. For more information, contact Bishop Glenn at 457-6952.

George Dyer in Concert

George Dyer will be in concert at Swayzee Christian Church on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. There will be a free will offering. Call Liz at 455-0938 for more information.

Greater St. Matthew Service

Greater St. Matthew Church of God in Christ, 424 N. Apperson Way, holds services on Sundays at 11 a.m. Sunday School is held before the regular service at 10 a.m. You can also attend Wednesday bible studies at 6:30 p.m. and Friday night teachings at 6:30 p.m.

Kokomo Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join us for an evening of excitement as we kick-off the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s season. Volun-

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