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August 17, 2011

Menges orders Local comic writer hits it big county to pay

Judge takes D.C. trip, refuses to detail claims
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Eric Hobbs lands lead story in Batman; self-published work nearing a movie deal
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Howard Superior Court I Judge William Menges wants his claims paid, no questions asked. The law allows for exactly that, but it doesnt mean the county officials have to like it. The issue of a $2,000 claim to cover costs of a drug court conference in Washington D.C. came up during this weeks Howard County Board of Commissioners meeting, and to say there was some indignation expressed by the commissioners over the bill would be an understatement. Howard County Auditor Ann Wells brought the matter to the attention of the commissioners during their claims approval process. On the operating claims

claims, said Wells. There were some discrepancies, and the judge has ordered that I pay them. He and at least two of his girls went to Washington D.C. to a conference. The claims did not abide by our policy. We questioned some of them, since they did not have itemized lunches or dinners, which were quite sizable. We wanted clarification. We sent a note. There also was a mileage discrepancy that was in their favor. But he just brought me five court orders. Of course, he can do that. County attorney Larry Murrell explained that the courts have the ability to order payment of any claim,

Eric Hobbs wanted to be a writer since he was in Kindergarten. The handmade books he

ing deals that also may lead to Hollywood. It was comics that got Hobbs into the publishing business, which seemed a bit unlikely

writer. The idea of writing Batman would have made my day. The road to writing Batman wasnt a short one. Like many creators in the comic industry,

can Library Association as a great graphic novel for teens. It was reviewed very well in Publishers Weekly. Its inching toward a movie deal. That was the book that put me on the map and drew the atten-


Demand for food is high, availability low

Pantries struggle to feed growing number of families; Buddy Bags program seeking $90,000 in donations
Buddy Bags are sent by Alyx Arnett home with students from and Pat Munsey
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Even with the help of food pantries and the efforts of non-profit organizations, people in the community are still going hungrya result that is being attributed to less stock and an increasing need for food. Recently, Kokomo Urban Outreach (KUO) mailed a flyer to individuals and businesses in the community, explaining the growing demand for food among area school children through its Buddy Bags program. The estimated cost to feed 925 children each weekend throughout the school year is reported at $111,000. KUO has a little over $18,000 in the program.

three schools in the Kokomo-Center Schools Corp., Eastern Schools and Western Schools. KUO plans on expanding the program to include Taylor Primary School and another Kokomo school this year. The demand, according to KUOs Pam Grohman has been on the rise all summer. The need for food is increasing, and so were trying to reach into other grade schools and other grade levels of kids, as well, said Grohman. Grohman said that the need for food for children is always up in the summertime due to children being home and parents having to provide more food, but she said numbers are higher this summer than previous sum-

wrote in grade school sit on his desk as a reminder of that dream. At age 33, not only has his dream come true, but also this aspiring writer is on the verge of hitting the big time. Last week, Hobbs first work for a major comic book publisher hit newsstands across the nation. DC Comics picked up a 10-page story from the Kokomo native to lead the current issue of Batman 80-Page Giant. Its the first of what appears

since he didnt grow up reading them. I came to comics pretty late in life; maybe 10 years ago, said Hobbs. I worked with a guy who got me into reading them. He put Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns in my hands. He gave me a crash course in the classic comics, and I took it from there. As a kid, I fondly remember watching old Batman reruns. Even though I didnt aspire to be a comics writer as a kid, I wanted to be a

Hobbs started out by doing everything himself. I self-published first, said Hobbs. I published a series called Awakenings. That did pretty well. It was a critical hit, but commercially it didnt do so well, mostly because I didnt have a clue what I was doing as a publisher. But it got me some attention. Last year, I published a book called, The Broadcast. That got me a lot of attention. It was nominated by the Ameri-

tion o f DC Comics. The Broadcast is the story of a rural Indiana town that loses power halfway through Orson Welles infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which took place in 1938. For those who may not be aware, Welles broadcast began as a series of mock news bulletins, describing an alien invasion. It was done in such a way that


Council could cut GKEDA

City gives $300,000 to economic development organization
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Bob Cameron has had the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance in his crosshairs for quite some time, and it looks like he might have some more support on the Kokomo Common Council. It shows they have cash at the end of the year of $1.59 million dollars, said Cameron, referencing financial information provided to him by GKEDA. We have been trimming ourselves and our budget. The administration has done a good jobs of trimming. With that kind of a cash flow, maybe we need to trim some of that back. Cameron said that it isnt something the council can look at during the budget sessions. I have been advised it is out of the EDIT funds, so it is

thing we will have to do after Jan. 1, said Cameron. Cameron Council president Mike Kennedy suggested they maybe even cut the funding more. When this organization was put together, as I recall, we were more seed money than anything else, along with the county, said Kennedy. At some point this organization was supposed to stand on its own. We went ahead and gave them the money this year, but there was a little bit of a conversation at that point about this might be the last year. If in fact that is what that is, they may not need our money next year. I know it is not a budget item, but that is

something we alwa y s talked about f r o m d a y one. Kennedy Kenn e d y s statement about what the citys role in GKEDA was affirmed by City Controller Jim Brannon. When everything was coming together, that is the way it was put together, said Brannon. If you recall $350,000 was what it was initially, but we took it back to $300,000. Not every council member thought cutting the funding to GKEDA would be the best course of action, or at least thought that the council should have different criteria for determining whether to cut funding. I have not been do-

ing it as long as some of you have, b u t what I would say is Conrad not look at the details as much as the accomplishments, said Miklik. What are the accomplishments of the alliance? There are a lot of stakeholders besides the city. I talked to a person today at the barbershop who has been very successful in Inventrek. There was no consensus met during the councils Aug. 8 caucus, but Kennedy said it will be an upcoming issue. The bottom line is I think we need to review it, said Kennedy. Bob has been bird-dogging this thing for quite a while, and I think it is good we look into it.

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outside of the authority of the commissioners. But he expressed concerns about the manner in which the claims were handled. It is appropriate for the auditor to pay the claims; what is not clear is whether or not the judge is subject to some kind of auditing, said Murrell. Obviously, it raises an interesting question about claims being ordered without accountability. It raises a lot of interesting questions, added Commissioner Paul Wyman. Why does the judge even need to have a budget. Thats the point were at. He can just spend whatever he wants and order it. Wells stated that no other judge has handled their claims in this manner. But this is the second time this year that Menges has chosen to go the route of a court order to demand payment -- the first being for a copy machine earlier this spring. It puts the auditor in an awkward position, said Murrell. It puts the taxpayers in an awkward position, said Wyman. It puts the other county employees in an awkward position. It puts everybody in a bad situation. Its uncalled for. Its arrogant, and its wrong. Menges doesnt see it that way. In fact, he believes the court order actually provides the auditors office with the documentation it needs to show the state that the rules are being followed. And this isnt the first time the drug court conference has been covered with a court order, he said. It has happened every year. The problem he has with the countys reaction is that the trip is covered by a grant -- not taxpayer dollars. And he feels his authority on what expenses should be paid supersedes that countys approval process.

I required my employees to travel to Washington D.C., said Menges. The hotel in which this conference is hosted -- the Gaylord National Center -- is far enough outside of Washington D.C. that there is no public transportation. If you want to go to McDonalds for breakfast, you have to get on a shuttle which costs $11 each way. Or you can eat at the hotel, where breakfast starts at $28. My feeling is that should be paid for out of the grant. Unfortunately, the per diem for meals as far as the commissioners are concerned is $26 a day. The auditor, when I submit the claims for reimbursement, says this is more than the county policy. I then point out that the commissioners have no authority to set policy for the courts, and it is not contrary to the Howard Superior Court I policies. I examine the claim and allow it. Menges position notwithstanding, Murrell and the commissioners are intent on getting the state to give input on the matter. I cant believe they would answer that you have to pay any claim that comes across your desk, said Murrell. I believe there has to be some minimum threshold that even judges have to present with their claim to document. It is this ridiculous fiction that the state perpetuates where you have the judges as state employees, yet were supposed to fund their offices. The state really needs to step up and make the employees of the court state employees and pay for their expenses. But they want to keep that burden on the county. It is unclear as to whether the county will attempt to challenge Menges claim. The matter must go to a court outside of Howard County for a ruling, and the county must absorb the cost of an attorney for the judge. You want to talk about a jacked-up system, thats one, said Murrell.

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mers. We served summer lunches in two different neighborhoods, and we were serving, last year, in the same neighborhoods, probably only about 100 kids a day. This summer, we were serving as much as 160 meals a day, she said. Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin said that considerably more than 1,000 people a year come to his office, seeking food assistance. Though the law places some limitations on the amount of assistance he can give when it comes to feeding families, his office writes a lot of vouchers. We have a number of people who ask for assistance, and we write vouchers for food, though we are limited by law, said Lushin. We can assist with up to five days of food, pending a determination from the food stamp office. They want everyone to go to the food stamp office. They come in, and the first thing we ask is if theyre on food stamps, and if so, how much they are getting. Its all over the board, but if youre ever in the predicament, its tough. Lushin explained that the people facing the most acute need are likely those who have exhausted many of the benefits that have been extended to families during the recession. When unemployment and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits run out, things can get desperate. Public assistance agencies communicate regu-

larly about families who have been sanctioned, meaning benefits have been discontinued. Lushin said that typically means relief wont be found by running to the township. But the current environment is such that hes making exceptions. In this day and age and this economy, if somebody has expired their TANF, as far as Im concerned, you can still come into our office and still make an application, said Lushin. I wont hold it against you. If there were jobs out there, or you had refused jobs, thats a different story. Our job is to make sure a person has the basic necessities of life -- food, shelter, clothing, certain medical services. Lushin added that delays in processing food stamp applications also prompts his office to provide food vouchers beyond the five-day limit established by law. You still have some discretion, said Lushin. They would not want me to be saddled with five days on a food voucher for a family waiting on the food stamp office when its taking 45-60 days to process the application. That does happen, so dont restrict us to five days. Ive seen it where people cant even make an appointment to apply for food stamps for three weeks at a time. Grohman said that she believes the higher number of people seeking food is directly related to unemployment, gas prices and increases in food prices. She said, Although the unemployment rates may reflect that were doing better, there are some people who have dropped off the rolls because they can only be on the unemploy-

ment rates for a certain period of time. But even though theyre not on the rolls, theyre still unable to get employment. The evidence for increased demand also can be found in the number of requests made through the United Way of Howard Countys 2-1-1 information and referral program, according to 2-1-1 Director Cheryl Graham. We just reported to our board that theres been about a 60 percent increase in requests for food information, said Graham. Last year, 2-1-1 received 9,622 calls. Of those, 779, or about 12 percent, were to inquire about food. In the first half of this year, 615 calls have been made to inquire about food, with 115 more calls being placed in the second quarter of the year than the first. What were finding is the major needs that people are calling us for are for need items, and one of those would be food, said Graham. Here in Howard County, two of our top 20 requests are to inquire about food and to ask about food stamps. Graham noted the United Way 2-1-1 food pantry list is one of the most handed-out items. The list includes the names of all of the pantries in Howard County and the hours theyre open. Theyre all saying the same thing, said Graham about the Howard Country food pantries. What they have in stock is lower. They dont have as much to choose from or as much availability, and at the same time, theyre all reporting more requests than theyve had in the past for food. Kokomo Urban Outreach, which has five food panties, is relying heavily

on donations to keep their pantries stocked and are feeding more people each day than they have been in the past. We are seeing more and more people coming into the food pantries for the first time, and our numbers are increasing. One day last week, we served 87 families, and that was over 400 individuals, said Grohman, who also said that KUO is seeing around 25 people a week who are coming into the food pantries for the first time. We are blessed now with food from the community garden. Weve received some donations from local churches. So while things look good today, if we serve another 87 families on Monday, then what we have will be very, very quickly depleted, she said. And that is over and above the help that other agencies already provide to the charity. Lushin explained that his trustees office has made direct contributions on a number of occasions to KUO. The first go-around, we picked up a good chunk of the tab for their mobile food pantry, said Lushin. We provided them with monthly assistance to help stock it. And not too long ago, we gave several thousand dollars to help restock their pantries. Still, the need persists. To help alleviate hunger in Howard County, donations can be made to local non-profit organizations. Donations being made to Kokomo Urban Outreach can be sent to 1701 S. Locke St. Children also can be sponsored for $120 for a school year or $15 a month. For more information on sponsoring a child or donating, call KUO at 457-1983.

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Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival just ahead

Three-day event to feature nine bands, plenty of fun for the family
by Pat Munsey tion will be just as great

If youre a little bit country, or even a lot country, then western Howard County is where youll want to be next weekend. Bob Auth and Duane Davis are putting on the first Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 26-28, and it promises to be the kind of event that becomes a tradition for music lovers in this community and around the region. Auth already hosts the Koh-Koh-Mah/Foster Historical Encampment each fall to the delight of thousands. The three-day musical festival will take place on the same farm, and he hopes the recep-

for the new attraction. Duane and I play in a cowboy church, and we love bluegrass, said Auth. Weve traveled to different festivals, and we thought we could have our own bluegrass festival out here on the farm. The grounds are perfect for it. Its going to be one of the neatest things going. Howard County has never seen such a group of bluegrass bands put together. Some of the acts include Goldwing Express, Branded Bluegrass, The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show, and Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tymn. Were really excited; weve worked really hard

to get this going, said Davis. Bob has done a great job. We have a great website up. Hopefully, people will support it. This could be something that is an ongoing event. Saturday is expected to be the big day during the event, with the headlining bands taking the stage. But there will be plenty of other features to enjoy in addition to the music. Were also going to have local artists and the Carroll County Antique Tractor Club out there, and we have some great food vendors, said Auth. And well have primitive camping available as part of the ticket price for those who want to do that. The camping, accord-

ing to Davis, is almost as fun as the concerts. Camping is part of the fun, added Davis. Even the local people should consider doing it. Many of the people who come to their festivals bring their own guitars and banjos and bass fiddles and play, too. Youll have groups of guys standing around, playing. It will start as one or two, and all of a sudden there are 10 playing or singing. Thats part of the fun. BRANDED BLUEGRASS Branded Bluegrass is one of Advance tickets for the nine bads scheduled to appear at the Winding Creek entire event can be pur- Bluesgrass Festival next weekend. chased for $30 through Perspective Photo / Provided Aug. 19. After that time, the cost will be $40 for who attend on Friday shine event. For addithree days. Single-day and decide they want tional information, visit tickets will vary in price, to come back. The price, www.windingcreekbluethough Auth said there is then, will be $35. a special offer for those This will be a rain-or-

CCC loses focus on fire protection

Basic information given, but no direction determined; law enforcement on schedule this week
by Pat Munsey 10. They remained si- struck right at the heart misleading in the case of

LEADERSHIP Jim Gunlite (right) helps Gina Ashbaugh and Adam Craig move foundation bricks into place as they construct a staircase on a deck they built for Kokomo Urban Outreach. The deck is attached to KUOs trailer in Riley Modern Estates, which was converted to serve as a dining hall. These three were joined by Mary Pruitt and Amy Bitner as part of a Leadership: Kokomo team that chose the community service project as part of their training.
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If government in Howard County is reorganized or consolidated, what happens to the communitys fire protection? Thats the question the Citizens Consolidation Committee (CCC) was looking to have answered last week, but no one seemed to know how to respond. Firefighters from the Kokomo Fire Department and several area volunteer departments were on-hand to hear the discussion on Aug.

lent, apparently waiting to hear from the CCC what its intentions were. The message was that the committee wanted to know where things could be improved. That information never surfaced. Kokomo Assistant Fire Chief Brad Myers gave basic information about the citys fire service, and Galveston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brent Ahrens explained how the volunteer services differ. After 20 minutes of this, the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions. Local resident Mike McGaffney

of the issue that had gone unspoken. The buzzword today is consolidation, said McGaffney. You have people who are volunteers; you have people who are paid. You have people who are not even in the county who are going to need access to county funds. When youre talking consolidation, how are you doing these things together? What are you looking at? CCC member John Newlin tried to respond by explaining that the word consolidation is

fire protection. There could be consolidation of government in Howard County, said Newlin. There would be a reorganization or more of a restructuring. How does that affect fire protection? Thats the discussion thats going to start. Local resident Clee Oliver attempted to provide clarity through the Kernan-Shepard reports recommendation, reading the passage in which the report calls for a county-wide body to

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Subway recognized by city council for going green

Resolution also honors Fortune Management for design work on Markland store
by Tim Turner Indiana, wishes to recogup by Brandon Pitcher at Fortune Management. He has been pushing his father, Scott Pitcher, who owns the company, and local businesses to build green for quite some time. They came to us to do a Subway, and we were looking at innovative ideas to bring to Kokomo. One of the things we dont have in Kokomo is a green building, said Pitcher. We will be one of the first restaurants in the state to be certified. This project will hopefully inspire people to do the same. We also planted 3,000 native plants that the elementary kids planted for them. The new Subway has been a success financially so far for the company. Since the restaurant has opened, we have seen Kokomo accept Subway in that location very well, said Brenda Davis, with Subway. We are very happy that the council and the community recognize what we are doing for the community. There are more projects coming down the line between Subway and Fortune Management. We are building two more subways in Kokomo right now, and we will be building more around the state as well, said Pitchers. We are going to build some with green materials and some that arent. We are going to figure out which ones make the most economic sense and move forward.
Digital Media Manager nize Subway and Fortune Management for their green project in the conKokomos first green struction of a new restauSubway was recognized rant on Markland Ave., by the Kokomo Com- and, mon Council at its Aug. 8 Whereas these indusmeeting. try leaders have used a An official resolution wide range of green techwas passed recogniz- nology which includes ing Subway and Fortune the use of recyclable maManagement for the terials with energy effiwork they put into the cient lighting, temperabuilding. ture controls, and cutting It was called A reso- edge water conversation lution of the Common measures, and Council from the city of Whereas the initiaKokomo in Indiana rec- tives rain garden, a native ognizing the green coop- planting system use to eration between Subway treat storm water, will not and Fortune Manage- only provide an attractive ment. treatment opportunity It read: Whereas the but enhance Kokomos Common Council and urban landscape and prothe city administration mote habitat diversity. for the city of Kokomo, The project was headed

GREEN Mary Row and grandson Reese Robinson plant flowers at the Subway on Markland Avenue.

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He said the next building wont be green and will allow them to test out how efficient the green building is. The next building will probably be almost identical without the green

features, so we can build a living laboratory for ourselves and Subway, said the Pitchers. It will allow us to see which features to keep and which ones not to.

KCS recalls nine teachers

Six of those were elementary teachers
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For nine KokomoCenter Schools teachers, it was a great week to be back in school. The KCS board of school trustees held two meetings last week and recalled four teachers on Aug. 9 and an additional five teachers on Friday. We have only 11 of the 28 teachers who were originally RIFed left, said assistant superintendent Pennye Siefert. We have two of those 11 who we are ready to give temporary contracts to. During the summer,

teachers were not sure if they would have a job coming into Hauswald the 201112 school year. Of the teachers who were recalled, six are elementary school teachers, a middle school teacher, a high school teacher and a preschool teacher at the Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center. Kokomo superintendent Jeff Hauswald said that the reduction in force of these teachers

has been one of the most difficult decisions he has faced. I think the riffing process was one of the most difficult things that I have ever done, Hauswald said. I met individually with every teacher who was impacted, and we were able to pull some off the RIF list before we even finalized it. We still are trying to be fiscally responsible, and we want to call back as many teachers as we need. But we dont want to call back extra because we really want to avoid, as much as possible, a situation in which we would call a teacher back and

have to RIF them again next year. He said he is also glad that KCS has been able to hire back a large number of these teachers. We have been very conservative, but it is a great feeling, he said. Those are the fun calls to make when you get to tell somebody that you are off the RIF list. Its a great feeling knowing that you were able to get some people their job back when you know thats where their passion is, but that is coupled with a feeling of a little bit of sadness that they


UNUSUAL SIGHT People taking a stroll downtown last week may have been surprised by the appearance of a strange contraption. This Conference Bike is a seven-seat vehicle in which all of the riders provide pedal power. The German-made bike comes with a table and a tiki umbrella.
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many listeners believed the broadcast was real. Hobbs used The Broadcast as a calling card and sent it to the DC editors. One called and asked him to pitch a short Batman story. He jotted down two paragraphs. They liked it and asked for more. DC isnt the only publisher expressing an interest in Hobbs work. His Awakenings series has been picked up by Arcana Publishing and will hit comic stores in September. And there is more. It hasnt been announced yet, but I have a novel thats coming out soon, said Hobbs. On top of that, I have a few creator-owner comic projects that are getting some interest. Hopefully, theyll come out next year some time. And theres the opportunity for more work at DC. They were really happy with the

story. Self-publishing is a tough racket, according to Hobbs. He lost money on his first endeavor, but the education he received was invaluable. Even the guys who are writing comics fulltime will tell you its very tough, said Hobbs. Selfpublishing is even harder than that. You have to be a one-man shop. You have to write and hire an artist and find a printer and make deals with distributors and deals with comic shops. It was a tough road, but I look back on that time fondly. I jumped in with both feet and learned a heck of a lot about the publishing business. Now, when Im talking with a publisher, they arent talking in a foreign language anymore. Hobbs will appear at Comic Cubed, 121 E. Sycamore St., this Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. to sign copies of his Batman work. For more about Hobbs and his work, visit

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Community education key to prevention

by James P. Alender promotion activities that President and CEO
Howard Regional Health System




Later this month, in celebration of 50 years of providing the highest quality care and service to our region, Howard Regional Health System will introduce a new healthcare service to north central Indiana. Our new CommunityCare Mobile is a 40-foot mobile medical unit designed specifically to provide education, screenings and other health services to people where they live, work and play. We are very excited to be able to offer this accessible care just about anywhere, including neighborhoods, churches, schools and workplaces, as well as regional health fairs. We are grateful to the Howard Regional Health System Foundation, which purchased and outfitted the CommunityCare Mobile. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and arthritis are not only the most common and costly health problems in our country, but they are the most preventable. This prevention encompasses

encourage healthy living. Prevention also includes early detection efforts, such as screening at-risk populations, as well as strategies for appropriate management of existing diseases and related complications. A critical component of the role of all Hospital Administrators is to identify and understand those clinical issues that affect the health of their communities. A recent example of why this is so important was the outbreak in Kokomo of the use of bath salts, a dangerous drug similar to methamphetamine. The sale of this drug was only recently banned from being sold in Indiana through convenience stores. One of the Howard Regional behavioral health physicians made Administration aware of what could have been a deadly epidemic, and we were able to help with a public interest story in this paper that informed the public at large of the dangers of this often fatal drug. This is just one example of our responsibility to help educate the public and a primary reason we are so excited about our CommunityCare Mobile. It is incumbent upon

Howard Regional and all hospitals and healthcare providers to provide adequate health education and prevention to the public. This is especially true now as the first wave of Baby Boomers turn 65, as national healthcare reform rolls out and as healthcare technological advances open up new opportunities. The CDC reports that: Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year. In 2005, 133 million Americans almost 1 out of every 2 adults had at least one chronic illness. Obesity has become a major health concern. One in every three adults is obese, and almost one in five youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese (BMI 95th percentile of the CDC growth chart). About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations. Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations and blindness among adults, aged 20-74. Lifestyle changes in diet and exercise, including a 5 to 7 percent

MOBILE HEALTH Howard Regional Health System will unveil its new CommunityCare Mobile later this month. maintained weight loss and at least 150 minutes per week in physical activity, can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes for Americans at high risk for the disease. And diet and exercise can also contribute to healthy blood pressure and healthy blood cholesterol levels, thereby greatly reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Yet more than onethird of all adults do not meet recommendations for aerobic physical activity based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and 23 percent report no leisuretime physical activity at all. The health benefits of quitting smoking are many. Within two weeks to three months after quitting, heart attack risk begins to drop, and lung function begins to improve. One year after quitting, excess risk for heart disease is reduced by half, and 10 years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a current smoker. Fifteen years after quitting, an ex-smokers risk

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for heart disease is about the same as that of a lifelong nonsmoker. Yet more than 43 million American adults (approximately one in five) smoke, and in 2007, 20 percent of high school students in the United States were current cigarette smokers. This healthcare crisis is not going to be solved in Washington; it is going to be solved in our communities through education, personal awareness and people making lifestyle changes. Education is key.

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had to go through that process. They spent their summer not knowing if they had a job. We have others still on the RIF list, so it is a mix of emotions.

Any chance we get to call people off the RIF list is very rewarding, and its a good feeling. On Friday, the board also hired John Pinson as the new band director for Kokomo-Center Schools. I am looking forward to working in a community that appreciates the arts and supports its local band program, Pinson said. I feel I can bring an expertise from several successful experiences at other schools, and we can build on Kokomos success in all areas. He replaces former KHS band director Eric Thornbury. Pinson spent the past four years at North Putman Community Schools as the Music Department coordinator. He also served as the Director of Music for Foutain Central High School prior to that position. He began as band director on Monday.

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okomo Mayor Greg Goodnight has been named a permanent member of NIPSCOs Community Advisory Panel. Mayor Goodnight will join representatives from six counties across North-Central Indiana. Members of the Community Advisory Panel meet to provide feedback and offer suggestions to NIPSCO, with the aim of improving communication between the company, its customers and its communities. I am honored to be a part of this important panel, said Mayor Goodnight. Utility companies play an important role in our community, and maintaining good communication with them is one of the building blocks of a strong relationship between government and industry. The Community Advi-

Mayor Goodnight named as permanent member to NIPSCO panel

sory Panel is comprised of leaders from government, business and non-profit organizations across six counties. What changed? Effective July 1, customers receiving natural gas service from Northern Indiana Fuel & Light (NIF&L) and Kokomo Gas became NIPSCO customers. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved an agreement reached by NIPSCO, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Choice Programs Natural Gas Marketers to formally consolidate the three stand-alone utilities under NIPSCO. When did the transition take place? NIF&L and Kokomo Gas customers began receiving a NIPSCO bill and be able to manage their accounts on beginning July 1. Why did the companies merge/consolidate? Consolidating the three companies together will enhance customer programs and products

and further integrate management and administrative functions to improve the delivery of customer service, maximize the use of available resources and more effectively manage both utilities.

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over see all public safety services. But there was no discussion about forming such a body. The session continued to meander around without directly addressing anything related to consolidation of services, and CCC member John Floyd openly questioned whether he should be concerned that his fire protection is provided by people are not paid to respond to emergencies. The fire professionals answered his question politely, and then Ahrens explained just how fortunate Howard County residents are to have the protection they receive. This county is incredible with its dispatch, said Ahrens. If an ambulance is busy, the dispatch sends the next closest ambulance. Miami County runs three paramedic trucks for the entire county. They have to wait on them to come from Peru. In Cass County, most of the time they have one ambulance covering the entire county. They stack calls. I have heard three and four runs stacked up, and they wont call us, even though were in the county, to assist them. Howard County is very blessed. McGaffney, still interested in the core topic of consolidation, asked what the firefighters would like to see happen in the event of a combined local government. I may not have a whole lot of information, but one thing I would like to see is everyone of these individuals in this room draw a paycheck for what they do, said Myers. Whether it is a volunteer level or career level, I would like to see them be paid and provide the best service possible. McGaffney responded with a hope of his own when it comes to consolidation. I hope the people involved have some clue as to what theyre doing, and I dont think they do, he said. Undaunted, the CCC will hold its next meeting on Wed., Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Indiana University Kokomo in Room KC 130, adjacent to the Kelley Centers cafeteria. The topic of this discussion will be law enforcement consolidation. The public is invited to attend.

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Congress incapable of responsible government

If a family had an income of $6 a day and was spending $10 a day, how long could that family stay out of bankruptcy? This is a very simple example of why Standard and Poors downgraded the United States AAA credit rating to AA+. The Democrats are shocked at this downgrade, and the Republicans are pointing fingers at the Democrats free spending policies. Why should anyone be shocked when government revenue is $6 billion a day but spending is $10 billion per day? How long can the U.S. continue to spend more than it generates in tax revenue? It is incomprehensible that anyone thinks our country could continue down this economic path without grave consequences. The Republicans are saying I told you so. The Democrats are incredibly attacking the messenger. The Democratic leaders contend Standard and Poors made a $2 trillion error. Even if they did, is there a difference in a $15 trillion and $17 trillion debt? Republicans are touting the debt reduction bill as a cut in spending when in reality it does nothing to reduce our countrys debt. Unfortunately for the American people, both parties are riddled with incompetents who have demonstrated with their actions that they are totally incapable of responsible government.


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Judge violates the public trust

Menges court order another example of supreme arrogance, disregard for the people
Howard County government places a premium on accountability and transparency. This is great for taxpayers, even if it means some embarrassment at times for county officials. It is rare that public leaders insist on performing their business so openly, even when it is politically detrimental. It is cause for concern, therefore, when a public official acts in a manner contrary to the standard we have come to expect. Howard Superior Court I Judge William Menges has walked away from this standard more than once this year. We only hope that there will be a consequence at some point for his behavior. Menges and his staff took a trip to Washington D.C. They spent more than what is customary on meals and other expenses, and the judge didnt document the expenditures to the standard of accountability set by the county. Instead, he issued a demand for payment when asked for more detail. Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman called the act arrogant. We couldnt agree more. The amount in question may not be large -- $2,000 is the estimate given by the Howard County Auditors office -- and the authority of the judge to act as he did is clear. State law lets him order payment. But that doesnt make it right. When it comes to a public official spending money -- regardless if it is local taxpayer money, state or federal funds or a grant from a governmental or nongovernmental source -- there must be accountability. A lackadaisical method of tracking or reporting expenses cannot be tolerated. Todays grant money may be tomorrows tax dollar. The public has a right to expect a higher degree of responsibility than what Menges displayed. Ordering payment without proper accounting may fly in other counties, but its a deal-breaker here. Public trust has been violated. Unfortunately, Menges is quickly building a track record of behavior worthy of mistrust. His insistence on purchasing an industrial-strength copy machine with its accompanying industrial-sized price was the first offense. By the way, when can the taxpayers expect the million-dollar savings to roll in? Can we assume he will lower his 2012 budget to reflect the financial wisdom of his purchase? Of course not. Just as the million dollars was a false promise, this latest court-ordered payment only will benefit the judge and his office. It shouldnt surprise anyone, Menges and his compatriots treat the criminal justice system as their playground, wielding their authority as bluntly as common thugs. We are left only with the power of the ballot box to make our displeasure known in a way that Menges will note, but even this has been stolen from us. The legal community doesnt generate political opponents for judges around here -- especially Republican ones -- for fear of retribution. So, were stuck with this arrogance.
brings together numerous organizations to work toward a common goal -helping our children get a great education. 2011 partners also include: UAW Local 292, Plumbers and Pipefitter Local 440, USW Local 2958, UAW Local 685 Retirees, Kroger, UAW Local 685, UAW Local 1166, UAW Local 1302, Dans Variety Bakery, AFSCME Local 2185, UAW Local 292 Retirees, OPEIU Local 1, Solidarity Federal Credit Union, Nearly New shop, Chrysler, North Central Indiana Building Trades, AFSCME Council 62, Howard County hairdressers, Loving hands Adult Daycare, GMCH, Altrusa International -- Kokomo, Walgreens, MD Wise, and White Castle. Brian West, 2011 SUPPLIES chair Cheryl Graham, SUPPLIES coordinator

irresponsible members of Congress. President Obama should be eliminated from influencing any solution to the debt problem because he has no experience and is financially illiterate. During his tenure as President, because of his inexperience and financial illiteracy in economic affairs, President Obama has proven to be out of his element, and that is not a criticism, just an observation. In addition, he has surrounded himself with individuals devoid of any business and financial knowledge. Only eight percent of Obamas cabinet have any business experience. To begin the process, all U.S. governmental agencies budgets should be reduced by a percentage that will reduce the debt over a reasonable time period. This reduction should be immediate, and cover such programs as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and the military. Governmental leaders should be told their areas of responsibility are to have

To begin the process, governmental agenciesall U.S. budgets should be reduced by a percentage that will reduce the debt over a reasonable time period.
A realistic and sustained U.S. financial course correction means reductions of spending in all governmental programs, including the Military, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and the myriad of social programs that now exist. Every American citizen must be required to make sacrifices to return the United States financial system to AAA rating and financial stability. This fiscal crisis is a result of the Congress of the United States not responding to repeated calls from our countrys and the worlds financial community for reductions in deficit spending. The solution to the debt crisis is not rocket science, but it seems to be to the incompetent and

Letters to the editor

Thanks from SUPPLIES program
As chair of the 2011 SUPPLIES program -- a program coordinated by the Howard-Tipton Counties Central Labor Council, with the Salvation Army, Kokomo Urban Outreach, UAW, United Way and 23 additional community partners -- I wish to express my thanks to all of the volunteers and organizatins that helped us to distribute school supplies to 885 children this year. Special thanks to United Way and 2-1-1 United Way of Howard county for theri support and assistance. The Salvation Armys contribution of 500 backpacks expanded our ability to help. In addition to school supplies, UAW Local 292 distributed 656 pairs of shoes, and numerous items of clothing were handed out. Thanks to UAW Local 685 and Chrysler for providig a home for the program and staffing. Thanks to UAW Local 292 and Jody howell for their coordination of the shoe distribution. Because of their support, we were able to help students in every school system in Howard County. Individual volunteers who donated 600+ hours of assistance during the week of distribution. We couldnt have done it without them. This program

Congress stealing our Social Security

People, we need to wake up and act. For the last 31 years, these Republicans have screamed tax cuts, tax cuts. The problem is, at no time was it truly a tax cut. What they have done is stolen every dollar we have paid into Social Security. They took the actual dollars we paid in. Remember George W. Bush saying, Its your money, when we had a surplus under Clin-

reductions in appropriations, and to manage accordingly. Reductions in Social Security should be the first reductions restored after returning the U.S. to financial stability. Military funding is critical, but the U.S. must reevaluate all deployments of the military to countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and others. Let those countries assume responsibility for their protection. Set a deadline to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. We should either be prepared to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan forever or end our involvement. I maintain we should end involvement, and the sooner the better.



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Stand with the workers

I wanted to start out by thanking the Kokomo Perspective for their editorial On Aug. 3. As we all continue to struggle and millions more look for work, Gov. Daniels and the Republicans meet to try and figure out how they can push right to work in the next session to do away with workers rights. What is happening with the Indiana State Legislature is about politics and not economics. These same politicians give corporate CEOs tax breaks while those same CEOs outsource jobs and cut wages and benefits for middle class workers. Right to work in Indiana would be right to work for less. We need Mr. Karickhoff and Mr. Van Natter to stand with the workers of Kokomo, and they need to focus on creating jobs and restoring the middle class. Our firefighters, teachers, nurses, city workers and police are critical members of our community, and we need to stand with them and thank them for the work they do on the taxpayers


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and drive us out of the national conversation and as working people we cannot let this happen. In this struggling economy, Indiana needs one thing jobs. Instead, the Republican-controlled state legislature this session pushed cuts in wages, the elimination of benefits. While we suffer, these same politicians support tax breaks for corporations and CEOs. These same politicians know unions are a check and balance on corporate power, so they are working to weaken or eliminate us. Right to work is just more of the same old political attacks and the Indiana Republican House wants to make sure they


Super committee set up to fail

A few weeks ago we asked several local citizens to try and balance the federal budget. Congress has now asked twelve of their own to try their hands at costsavings by trimming $1.5 trillion from the deficit by November. The House super committee members are Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Dave Camp (RMI) and Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). The Senate super committee member are Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Max Baucus (DMT), John Kerry (D-MA), and Patty Murray (D-WA). Now imagine if we told those people two weeks ago that they had to balance the budget without raising taxes, or closing tax loopholes, and without cutting entitlement programs. It is an impossible task, but it is one the super committee faces with both Democrats and Republicans choosing some of their furthest-leaning members to serve on the committee. The Republicans announced their full list first, and not-surprisingly, all of their appointees signed the Americans for Tax Reforms pledge not to raise taxes. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) said he would rather see a larger deficit than see taxes go up on rich people. Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) walked away from debt-ceiling negotiations because Democrats wanted to raise taxes on people who make more than $500,000. Without increasing the countrys revenue all $1.5 trillion will have to come from decreasing spending, a task that will not be easy with the Democrat appointees. Democrats announced their appointees after the Republicans, and it is no surprise that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen some of the most liberal lawmakers in Congress to represent the House. With Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA) it is pretty clear that social welfare programs are off the table. It also doesnt help that the Democrats appointed Senator Max Baucus who has a reputation of non-cooperation. One area that is likely to see the largest cuts is in defense spending. The committee lacks any real hawks, and defense cuts have been forthcoming for quite some time. The committee needs to take a serious look at raising taxes on the wealthy. According to a recent CNN poll 63 percent of Americans are in favor of this. Also why cant there be honest discussion and improvements to social welfare programs. This country needs a real compromise in order to fix our financial problems. However there wont be one. Not with these appointees. Defense spending is not enough. Earmarks are not enough. Farm subsidies are not enough. They cant take two of the biggest weapons to fight the deficit off the table before it even starts and expect to succeed. With excessive constraints on American companies, (labor laws, minimum wages, working conditions, safety requirements, government regulations/bureaucracies, business obligations to support government regulations, demands of unions and non-union workers, etc) its next to impossible for American companies to compete with products manufactured overseas. Free trade and globalization offers more products to Americans and in most cases, at a lower cost, however, many of these products are from countries where the American government regulations/bureaucracies do not exist and if they exist are not always enforced. Our government is aware of this problem. In 2007 a bill titled Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act was introduced in Congress with the objective to crack down on products made in factories

behalf. It seems that our state legislature, by meeting last week on right to work, are trying to weaken or eliminate workers freedom to join unions so workers cant serve as a check on corporate or government greed to restore balance. Across our state, state legislatures are breaking for the summer but their policies and actions of this past year and what they are planning to do next year are attacking working families and the middle class. This governor and this Republican state legislator have not created any jobs. In fact, thousands of jobs will be lost because of these political attacks in the form of so-called budget cuts. Politicians spent their time attacking workers voices, passing budgets that hurt the middle class, cost jobs and hurt local communities and pushing other extreme legislation that makes working people pay for the mess created by corporate CEOs. What were seeing play out nationally and in Indiana is a struggle for the moral character of our country. Powerful political forces are seeking to silence working people

get it passed next year. Workers like firefighters, street cleaners, and wastewater, cemetery and park workers along with teachers are essential to the well-being and safety of our families and communities. Workers, acting together through our unions, are the last, best defense to stop the attacks on the middle class. Without unions, we cannot restore balance to our economy. Without the ability to join together, these attacks on the middle class will go unanswered, and it will be harder for workers to fight for better wages and benefits, job security and safer work places for everyone. They want to tell us that states with right to work have more jobs and better wages, but that is not the case. States with right to work have higher unemployment numbers today than Indiana does. The jobs they do have pay a lot less than the jobs we have in Indiana. Please dont be fooled by right to work; it is just right to work for less and no benefits. Do not wait until next year when the legislature goes into session. Speak up now, and

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ton. Well, he gave fivepercent tax cuts to the wealthy, and the surplus was gone. That wasnt a surplus. That was Social Security money. Thats been the same story since Reagan. Its your money; we need tax cuts. The truth is theyve been stealing our Social Securituy money all this time. Well, its time to turn the table because now they are actually going after our Social Security checks. They say theres nothing there. Thats not true. We have IOUs that say the government owes us $2.7 trillion to back our claims for Social Security. If we stand by and let them, the amount we draw each month will become less and less. Stand up. Fight back. They will take every penny and give it to the wealthy, just like they have for the last 30 years.

Its time to tax them for their fair share. I pay 20+ percent of my income in taxes, year after year. These millionaires and billionaires pay less than five percent at most. With all their shelters, many pay nothing. All that disparity in how much these pigs pay has been the money we have paid in for Social Security. Dont let them draw your attention and votes with phony issues. Stand up and let them know your vote comes with them supporting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Stand up. Tony Shell Kokomo

America and the global market

During the past few years I have struggled to understand the global economy, world economy, global markets, world trade rules, free trade, global warming, etc., and how America fits in the puzzle. Some of my findings:

overseas where workers are abused in violation of that countrys labor laws. The bill died in committee. Yes, at times our own government works harder supporting suppliers from other countries over those in America. America is competing in a global economy where there is very little equal/ fair about it. The profit earned by businesses is what fuels every economy more than the individual salaries earned by employees. With American companies, the profit remains in America, thus enhancing the economy of America. I was appalled when I heard both presidential candidates in 2008 state they would create jobs without ever addressing why jobs were lost in the first place and what is necessary for America to be competitive. The following letter states reasons why Visiting Nurse Service should


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have purchased vehicles from an American company rather than an overseas company. Dear Mr. John L. Pipas, I think its great that Indiana has a visiting nurse service that provides outstanding support to a vast number of people. I have reviewed your website ( and your organization is to be complimented for their accomplishments. I do, however, have an issue that concerns me as a supporter of America. Its disappointing when I see one of the custompainted, eye-catching VNS Toyota Prius vehicles around Kokomo. I consider this un-American for VNS to have purchased 75 of these vehicles, especially, since there were/are American vehicles superior to the Toyota Prius. Yes, approximately 35 percent of the Prius vehicle content comes from Japan, which is subsidized by the government of Japan and where all of the profit from the vehicle sales goes back to Japan. What is really bad, my prediction is that all VNS compensation comes from Americans who earned their income, retirement, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. benefits from America, not Japan. I remember a report from CNN headline news regarding 9/11. Contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington were as follows: 1. Ford - $10 million to American Red Cross, matching employee contributions of the same number, plus 10 Excursions to the NY Fire Dept. The company also offered ER response team services and office space

to displaced government employees. 2. GM - $10 million to American Red Cross, matching employee contributions of the same number and a fleet of vans, SUVs and trucks. 3. DaimlerChrysler $10 million to support children and victims of the Sept. 11 attack. Honda Nothing despite boasting of secondbest sales month ever in August 2001. I s u z u , Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru - nothing. Toyota nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August 2001. Condolences were posted on the website. My request of VNS is to strive to buy only products where the research, design, development and manufacturing is done in America by an American company, allowing profit to remain in the USA. Dick Ellis Kokomo

Is there any hope?

As I glanced at the front-page story in the Tribune on Aug. 5, with two pictures of airplanes at the Kokomo airport, and a headline of Operation shutdown, I felt a surge of hope, thinking that Congress was finally going to actually do something about wasteful spending. But it only took the secondary headline, County road work delayed by Congress standoff, to bring me back to reality. The article stated that 200 airport projects around the nation are being delayed, perhaps with situations similar to the one here in our area, where Kokomo, Logansport and Peru are improving their airports, all the while there is a far better airport offered to those cities right in their midst -- Grissom Reserve Base -- which is being improved to an even greater extent. To the reporters credit, he didnt try to justify This Nov. 22 we will hold a rally at the Indiana Statehouse to make our voices heard and to tell our representatives that we want our unions and hostile countries. A series of questions should be developed by Congress with the first question asked, Do you support the policies of the United States. If not, the country will not qualify for foreign aid. Then, there is the question of closing tax loopholes. The Republicans are reluctant to discuss any change to the revenue side of the prob-

the airport expansions in these three cities, and even mentioned that critics say some of the communities dont deserve aid because they are within a reasonable drive of a hub airport, or because their subsidies are exorbitantly high -- more than $1,000 per passenger. But is Congress going to take a second look at these wasteful projects? How silly is that? No, they are only being delayed because of a temporary shutdown of unnecessary functions of the FAA. I say unnecessary because the story mentions that air traffic controllers and safety inspectors remain on the job because the FAA still has money from another pool of funds to pay them. Heres a vicious cycle: Why is there a rush to end those delays? Not because the projects are vital, but because the federal government is losing $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes because of the FAA shutdown.. Another article in the paper that same day illustrates the absolute inability of Congress to cut spending: The House passed a bill extending the FAAs authority through mid-September, but the bill eliminated air service subsidies to 13 rural communities. However, a compromise gives the transportation secretary the authority to continue those subsidies if he decides its necessary. Hows that for putting your foot down? Oh by the way, the front-page story mentions that the Department of Agriculture is providing a $4.8 million, 20-year low-interest loan for a hanger expansion at Grissom to accommodate an airplane-painting company. What in heavens name does that have to do with agriculture? But wait! I forgot that the rights that come with our union. The union movement helped to make the middle class. Please dont let them take that away lem. Closing loopholes is not increasing taxes; it is making highly compensated individuals and companies pay what the present tax codes intend. Without a doubt, until we extract the federal government from the financial quandary it now finds itself, there must be equal sacrifice for everyone, including all companies and wealthier individuals enjoying tax

since the federal government is paying for all this, it wont cost local taxpayers anything. Is there any hope for our country? Bill Dague Kokomo

Are warmers doing their part?

In a few months and in the midst of a deep freeze in the northern hemisphere, global warming alarmists will be reminding us that it is illegitimate for skeptics to question warmist agenda by using current and anecdotal weather patterns. However, global warming alarmists get to remind us that they still want to impose their harsh policies on Americans since we are now experiencing a heat wave, which some are calling record breaking by using heat index numbers instead of air temperatures. I have no doubt that alternative energy sources will be developed in the future as inventive, productive citizens successfully put their minds and capital to work. But that is not what warmers want; they want complete government control over the energy industry. Consider one of their solutions to date: ethanol. Touted as one of the answers to sustainable, clean energy development, our government has poured an 80 cents to a dollar per gallon taxpayer subsidy into ethanol since 1978. Result? A diversion of corn into a non-edible product that costs more to produce than the energy it provides while driving up the cost of food. Not all ethanol is bad; Brazil is succeeding with sugar-based ethanol. It makes more sense to use sugar than corn, but huge import tariffs on sugar make its use in America unlikely. Warmers need to decide whethfrom us. We need Representative Karickhoff and Representative Van Natter to stand up and speak out now. Tell the hardworking folks of Howard loopholes. The tax loopholes must be closed! In addition, the 48 percent who now pay no federal taxes should also be required to participate in the nations financial recovery. No citizen who enjoys what our country has to offer should be exempt from paying federal taxes. Finally, the United States Congress must pass a balanced budget

er it is more important to save the environment or protect domestic sugar growers. The feasibility of wind power is still undetermined, but to even get to the point where we can make a determination, we need to manufacture turbines. These turbines, as well as your high tech gadgets like smart phones, take rare earth metals to produce. Rare earth metals must be mined. China, India, and other Asian and South American nations are mining them. But warmers dont want rare earth mining in America. How are we supposed to create sustainable energy when we cannot produce the raw material to make the equipment? Dont forget, warmers, that you can still make a difference. Have you stopped running your air conditioner yet? Have you been hanging out your laundry instead of running a dryer? These hot, dry days ensure that your laundry will dry quickly. Serious warmers will be doing all they can to ensure that they are helping prevent global warming catastrophe. Charles Layne Bunker Hill

Thanks from air museum

The Grissom Air Museum wants to thank all of our car owners, patrons, donors, sponsors and volunteers as well as the weather for a wonderful car show. Along with some 600 people who stopped by to look at these classics, this years car show drew 125 car entries. The GAM gave away awards to the Top 20 Classics, the Commanders Choice, and the coveted Warbird Trophy. Thirty donated prizes, a 50/50 cash winner (won by Karen Johnson of Logansport), and the winner of the Huey Helicopter Flight (won by Michael Lane of Bunker Hill), which was sponsored by the Ameri-

can Huey 369, were also given away. Lunch included food from Slappys BBQ and Coca-Cola products. The event was broadcast live by Hendrik Productions on their website TV station, The Grissom Air Museum would like to thank the 15 volunteers and three employees that helped put this fundraising event on. We would also like to thank the Boy Scouts for their help with clean up. Next years Warbird Cruise-In will be held on Aug. 4, 2012, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the air park. Hope to see you then! The following companies donated prizes or gifts to this show: Auto Zone-Logansport; Wells Fargo Bank-Peru; Outrageous Apparel-Peru; NAPA-Peru; City Tire-Peru; Papa Johns-Peru; Wendys-Peru; Dominos-Peru; Slappys BBQ-Rochester; Rock Wayne; Reckon Chrome PlatingFt. Wayne; American Huey 369-Peru; By Ink or Stitches-Indianapolis. The following companies were car show sponsors: Price Law OfficePeru; Olson Paint and Body-Peru; Guyer the Mover-Peru; Ace Outdoors-Peru; Miami/Cass REMC-Peru; Caldwell Monument-Kokomo; McGonigal GMC-Kokomo; Coca-Cola Bottling-Kokomo; Regions InsuranceLogansport; Rock Auto. com-Ft. Wayne; Reckon Chrome Plating-Ft. Wayne; Wow Toyz-Vermont. 2011 Warbird Cruise-In Award Winners were: Commanders Choice Chuck and Brenda Heaton of Kokomo Warbird Trophy - Jerome Eller of Peru Top 20 - Larry Johnson, Steve Estep, Roger Silveus, Ken Bathrick, Butch Randolph, William Bell III, Tim Boles, James Denham III, Steve Hicks, Chris Jackson, John Gergen, Alan Hinton, Gary Boskout, Dean Herr, Mike Valady, Steve Thomas, Larry Ewer, Diana Carpenter, and Larry Gray. Jim Price Grissom Air Museum

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make your voice heard.

County that you will not support right to work when it comes up in January 2012 and that you will stand with the working union families of Howard amendment. The past and present Congress have demonstrated that the legislative body has no clue what the term fiscal discipline means. If Congress had the slightest idea of the definition of the term, we would not find ourselves in such dire financial straits. The citizens of the United States can no longer depend on, or trust, any Washington

County. Again, thank you to Publisher Don Wilson and the Kokomo Perspective for standing up for working families in Howard County.

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An additional waste of taxpayer money is foreign aid for countries that are not our allies. It is simple to determine countries that have no love for the United States, and we should eliminate any and all financial support for those

politician to spend taxpayers dollars without definitive restrictions and guidelines. The downgrade of the United States credit rating is the first time our country has experienced a negative economic event of this magnitude. Analysts dont believe recovery can be achieved anytime soon. With the proper leadership it could be.

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Kaitlyn M. Reece, 19, Illegal Consumption of Alcohol Charles E. Glenn Jr., 43, Warrant: Body Attachment Kenneth E. Pickard II, 25, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Christina M. Marshall, 29, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Debra S. Marshall, 45, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe Bradley G. Clark, 42, Intimidation, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine Brandi Crain, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Wallace L. Edmundson Jr., 35, Warrant: Domestic Battery, Warrant: Strangulation Darcie M. Kelley, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period (7 Counts), Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3.6 Grams of a Precursor in a Day James Montgomery, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Jason L. Sowers, 35, Warrant (Carroll Co.): Battery, Criminal Recklessness, Resisting Law Enforcement Shane Turner, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3.6 Grams of a Precursor in a Day

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

Luther W. Riddell, 42, Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement

Aug. 4

Jennifer Whiteman, 34, Possession of Stolen Property

Kevin K. Finney, 48, Public Intoxication

Nicole C. Soos, 23, Assisting a Criminal, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park

Michael D. Sharp, 21, Hit-Skip Accident, OWI, Never Obtaining a Drivers License

Aug. 8

Julian R. Shanks, 18, Possession of Marijuana

Aug. 6

Aug. 5

Terry L. Jackson, 46, OWI

Kody J. Lane, 24, Trespassing, Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct Brian A. Oakes, 37, Warrant: Receiving Stolen Property, Warrant: Fraud Jerry L. Hogan, 52, Attempted Theft, Mischief, Public Intoxication

Mark A. Cunningham, 18, Attempted Dealing in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Brandi L. Bradley, 31, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine

Shawna M. Walden, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period (4 counts), Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3.6 Grams of a Precursor in a Day

Aug. 9

Christopher Bennett, 26, Warrant: Failure to Appear

James W. Gifford III, 18, OWI, Illegal Consumption of Alcohol

Jacob A. Everhart, 35, OWI

Christopher Conwell, 30, Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription, Warrant: Failure to Appear Michael D. Myers, 33, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Randy P. Craig, 41, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Guadalupe McGuire, 33, Identity Deception, False Informing, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence Daniel E. Plotner, 36, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Possession of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Possession of a Syringe, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period

Michael N. Long, 29, Driving While Suspended with Priors

Jennifer L. Martin, 20, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Aug. 7
Brandon M. Rork, 23, Warrant: HitSkip Accident, Warrant: Never Obtaining a Drivers License Jeremy T. Wisler, 37, Warrant: Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Theo M. Thomas, 25, Public Intoxication

Zachary Dalton, 28, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period James C. Phillips, 32, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period (4 counts), Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3.6 Grams of a Precursor in a Day Joel B. Harp, 28, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Jenny A. Pickard, 26, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Donald E. Newsome, 23, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period

Jeffrey G. Roberts, 25, Attempted Dealing in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance (3 counts), Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (12 counts) Charles M. Alexander, 50, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Shelissia Price, 19, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Hollie A. Patton, 29, Warrant: Welfare Fraud

William A. Burton, 55, OWI

Nick J. Miller, 25, Warrant: Body Attachment

Samantha L. Berry, 20, Illegal Consumption of Alcohol

Joseph G. Barton, 45, Public Intoxication, Indecent Exposure

Maria Michaels, 42, Warrant: Aiding, Inducing or Causing Welfare Fraud Evie T. Barnett, 28, Habitual Traffic Offender for 10 Years

Shane M. Richardson, 21, Disorderly Conduct

Kevin J. Taylor Jr., 27, Warrant: Body Attachment

Seth J. Peters, 30, Warrant: Failure to Appear (2 counts)

Ricardo Espinoza, 35, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period, Warrant: Body Attachment


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James A. Cockrell, 53, Warrant: Maintaining a Common Nuisance

Aaron Oldfather, Warrant: Theft

Aug. 9

Aug. 10

Dustie A. Jackson, 33, Warrant (Miami Co.)

Aaron L. Ritter, 25, Warrant: Failure to Appear

All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Aug. 7

Danny D. Watts, 35, OWI, Criminal Recklessness, Mischief

Jeremy A. Teems, 26, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Victor J. Smith, 51, Warrant: Forgery, Warrant (Miami Co.), Warrant (Floyd Co.) George F. Wheeler, 25, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Janzen Wimmer, Warrant: Animal Cruelty

Zane E. Holloman, 20, Theft

Crystal J. Fitz, 24, Warrant: Body Attachment

Jacob A. Frame, 23, OWI Endangering a Person, Public Intoxication, OWI Matthew R. McClain, 22, OWI

Aug. 6

John J. Meister, 29, Warrant: Robbery

Frederick D. McColl, 28, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Robert M. Mau, 28, Driving While Suspended with Priors

Aug. 7

Gerald W. Shipley, 57, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Mark E. Denato, 20, Warrant: Bond Revocation


Travis R. Tressler, 37, Public Intoxication

Lee A. Hubbard, 43, Warrant: Purchase of More Then 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Jay K. Darlin, 49, Driving While Suspended with Priors

Jonathan Jones, Warrant: Residential Entry, Warrant: Criminal Mischief

Sean Doyle, 24, (Greentown Arrest), Warrant: Driving While Suspended

Raeann N. Dailey, 24, Warrant: Bond Revocation

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

Circuit Court
Kenneth N. Bradburn, 29, Warrant: Failure to Appear

John W. Homme IV, 35, Warrant: Theft

Steven McCauley
Charge: Receiving Stolen Property, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property Defense Counsel: Mark Dabrowski Prosecutor: Jeremy Peelle Sentence: Count I - Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 144 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, Count II - Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 144 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, Count III - Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 124 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, pay restitution to victim, complete Thinking for a Change program, obtain a GED, complete alcohol and drug program, sentences to run concurrently Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Aug. 5

Brady A. Smith, 38, Public Intoxication

Jason G. Groves, 32, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week (3 counts) Michaela Richards, 23, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week Shamika Mitchell, 30, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Ralph E. Pavese, 49, Resisting Law Enforcement, Public Intoxication

Justin E. Coots, 21, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week George E. Wilson, 38, Warrant: Possession of a Syringe

Jeffrey D. Duke, 22, Warrant: Battery

Aug. 8

Sean A. Stone, 29, Theft (2 counts)

David S. Blackburn III, 24, OWI, OWI Endangering a Person, Public Intoxication Damion E. Swoke, 21, Warrant: Body Attachment

Rachel N. (Taylor) Robertson, 29, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week Elizabeth A. Singer, 28, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence

Deon S. Taylor, 30, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Ross W. Chandler, 32, Driving While Suspended with Priors, Warrant: Failure to Appear

The following are arrests made by the Howard County Sheriffs Department. All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Lindy Forsythe, 25, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week Talitha A. Beckley, 29, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Carlos J. Bryant, 39, Warrant: Petition to Revoke Suspended Sentence (2 counts) Christy L. Hammel, 36, Warrant: Body Attachment

Aug. 10

Drew J. Hewitt, 30, Domestic Battery, Criminal Confinement, Resisting Law Enforcement, Interference with the Reporting of a Crime Wallace L. Edmundson, Warrant: Failure to Appear

Superior IV
Thomas Stackhouse
Charge: Theft Defense Counsel: Rodney Shrock Prosecutor: Scott McClelland Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 18 months, 28 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence Estimated cost of incarceration: $3,021.76 Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Heather R. Workman, 36, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week (2 counts) Doug H. Stamper, 48, Warrant: Purchase of More Than 3 Grams of a Precursor in a Week (3 counts) Jack D. Walker, 26, Warrant: Failure to Appear (3 counts)

Christopher W. Nance, 36, Warrant: Failure to Appear, Warrant (Hamilton Co.)

Aug. 4

Garnet L. Riley, 25, Contempt of Court

Teresa Elmore, 28, Warrant: Resisting Law Enforcement, Warrant: Public Intoxication

Anthony M. Hollinger, 26, Warrant: Non-Support of a Dependent, Warrant: Body Attachment


The following are arrests made by the Indiana State Police in Howard County.

Superior III
Rodney E. Goble
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 4 days executed


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Charge: Public Intoxication, Never Receiving a License Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Count I - Howard County Jail for 180 days, 30 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, Count II - Howard County Jail for 60 days, 12 days executed and remainder suspended Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee


1 year, complete 20 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Tyrone Young
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 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

for 6 months, supervised probation for 1 year and unsupervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program, attend Victim Impact Panel, license suspended 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

James C. Greenway
Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine Defense Counsel: Gary Cook Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 18 months, 216 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

and drug program, follow treatment and educational recommendations of the probation department Estimated cost of incarceration: $19,708.89 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Rodney T. Goble
Charge: Resisting Law Enforcement, Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Count I - Howard County Jail for 1 Year, 60 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, Count II - Howard County Jail for 180 days, suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, sentences to run concurrently Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Superior II
Nicholas Spencer
Charge: False Informing Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Hans Pate Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, executed Fees: Court costs

William L. Bandy
Charge: Possession of Controlled Substance Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 6 months executed in the Howard County Jail and 6 months executed on In-Home detention and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Estimated cost of incarceration: $9,854.45 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Kimberly Moore
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 6 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

Trudy Campbell
Charge: Possession of Marijuana Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program, sentence to run concurrently with sentence in 34D01-1102-FD-112 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Kenneth Day
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 20 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, resolve five outstanding tickets Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Chadlee Ozenbaugh
Charge: Theft Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Hans Pate Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 140 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete Intensive Outpatient Program, pay restitution to victim Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Rodney T. Goble
Charge: Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Count I - Howard County Jail for 180 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, complete alcohol and drug program, Count II - Howard County Jail for 1 year, 30 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year sentences to run concurrently to each other and consecutively with sentences in 11-CM-562 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Timothy Johnson Jr.

Charge: Resisting Law Enforcement Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 30 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Brandie Swank
Charge: Probation Violation Defense Counsel: Randy Hainlen Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 120 days of previously suspended sentence, probation extended by 6 months Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Tracy Broens
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, no driving without a valid license, complete 30 hours of community service Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Trudy Campbell
Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 18 months, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program, sentence to run concurrently with sentence in 34D01-1011-CM-1049 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Michael L. White
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: Bradley Hamilton Prosecutor: Hans Pate Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 33 days executed and remainder suspended, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee

Tamara Stackhouse
Charge: False Informing Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, executed Fees: Court costs

Zachery L. Mattison
Charge: Probation Violation Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 1 year of previously suspended sentence, 6 months to be served in the Howard County Jail and 6 months to be served on InHome detention Fees: Court costs

Ronald Campbell
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 60 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Carlos Malone
Charge: Driving While Suspended with Priors Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, license suspended 90 days, complete Driving with a License program Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Robert Nix
Charge: Trespassing Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 20 days executed and remainder suspended Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Superior I
Cyril A. Washington
Charge: Possession of Marijuana Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 36 months, 6 months executed on In-Home detention and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Diontae Bender
Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 24 months, executed, sentence to run consecutively to sentence in 34D01-10-FB-955 Estimated cost of incarceration: $39,417.78 Fees: Court costs, Community Drug Free Assessment

Jacob A. Ruckman
Charge: Invasion of Privacy Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 110 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, no contact with victim, complete batterers intervention program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, batterers intervention program fee, public defender fee

Joan Martin
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot 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

Lawrence Broomfield
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Michael Krebes Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 6 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

Mark Moore
Charge: OWI Endangering a Person Defense Counsel: Tiffany Rosselot Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 56 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

Diontae Bender
Charge: Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Marijuana Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 1 year, executed and satisfied by time served Fees: Court costs, Community Drug Free Assessment

Keegan Chester
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Michael Krebes Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Julie R. Martin
Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 year, 226 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Callie Swigart
Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance Defense Counsel: Stephanie Doran Prosecutor: Lori Hittle Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free As-

Mondre V. Trice
Charge: Public Intoxication Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 20 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for 1 year, report to Primed for Life program as previously ordered Fees: Court costs, probation fee

Tiffany M. Eagle
Charge: Possession of a Syringe Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 year, 1 year executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol

David Bell Jr.

Charge: OWI Endangering a Person, OWI Defense Counsel: Andrew Vandenbosch Prosecutor: Tracey Wilson Sentence: Indiana Department of Corrections for 3 years, 20 days executed and remainder suspended, In-Home detention

Kayla Stanley
Charge: Conversion Defense Counsel: None Prosecutor: Mark Hurt Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 4 days executed and remainder suspended, unsupervised probation for

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fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Cause of Death: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Renal Failure Mary R. Hord, 94 Date of Death: 7/30/11 Cause of Death: Pneumonia, renal Mass, Renal Insufficiency, Coronary Artery Disease Gary A. Fischer, 59 Date of Death: 7/31/11 Cause of Death: Metastatic Malignant Melanoma Annette L. Driver, 52 Date of Death: 8/2/11 Cause of Death: Pneumonia Lara B. Morelock, 94 Date of Death: 8/2/11 Cause of Death: Intracranial Hemorrhage Everett L. Smith, 91 Date of Death: 8/5/11 Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure Mary V. Pierce, 87 Date of Death: 8/5/11 Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure, Aspiration Pneumonia Patricia A. Caine, 56 Date of Death: 8/7/11 Cause of Death: Stage IV Ovarian Cancer

ville, Ind., 24

Aug. 10
Shawn D. Russell, Royal Center, Ind., 27 Amanda L. Ullmer, Kokomo, 26 Brian K. Dale, Kokomo, 43 Ramona L. Easler, Kokomo, 50

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 Perspectives Wednesday distribution date, but are subject to regular changes. Call the individual court for the most up-to-date information.

Erica L. Goshern
Charge: Aiding, Inducing or Causing Invasion of Privacy Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 6 months executed on In-Home detention and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, sentence to run consecutively to sentence in 34D04-1006CM-00099 and 34D01-1012CM-1071, complete Thinking for a Change program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, public defender fee

Joshua D. Jennings
Charge: Possession of Marijuana, Operating a Vehicle with an ACE of .08 or More Defense Counsel: Joshua Leicht Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Count II - Howard County Jail for 1 year, 8 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for 1 year, Count III - Howard County Jail for 60 days, 8 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, sentences to run concurrently, complete alcohol and drug program, license suspended 90 days Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment, public defender fee

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.

Howard Regional Health System

Circuit Court

Callie Swigart
Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance Defense Counsel: Stephanie Doran Prosecutor: Lori Hittle Sentence: Howard County Jail for 180 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Jeffrey W. Price, 47 Date of Death: 7/9/11 Cause of Death: Severe Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Myocardial Infarction Kit L. Hosier, 55 Date of Death: 7/11/11 Cause of Death: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus Edith J. Nelson, 84 Date of Death: 7/15/11 Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest, Ventricular Fibrillation William Clark, 58 Date of Death: 7/16/11 Cause of Death: Metastatic Small Cell Carcinoma of the Lung Daniel E. Zeck, 71 Date of Death: 7/22/11 Cause of Death: Arrhythmia, Diabetic Ketoacidosis Ruth M. Felt, 91 Date of Death: 7/23/11 Cause of Death: Pneumonia, Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension Katherine C. Auten, 73 Date of Death: 7/23/11 Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest, Respiratory Failure, Pneumonia Barbara Rothman, 64 Date of Death: 7/23/11 Cause of Death: Sustained Ventricular Fibrillation, Reduced Left Ventricle Systolic Function Secondary to Acute Myocardial Infarction, Respiratory Arrest Charles D. Cardwell, 81 Date of Death: 7/28/11 Cause of Death: Heart Disease Wayne F. Sherrow, 71 Date of Death: 7/28/11 Cause of Death: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Anna K. Sagarsee, 81 Date of Death: 7/29/11 Cause of Death: Brain Cancer


Karsen Tucker Reser Date of Birth: 7/27/11 Sex: M Time: 6:09 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 14 oz. Parents name(s): Taylor Maxey and Zac Reser Peter E. Gordon III Date of Birth: 8/2/11 Sex: M Time: 5:59 p.m. Wt: 6 lbs., 6 oz. Parents name(s): Stephanie Gordon and Anthony Clark Braylinn Jo Sheefel Date of Birth: 8/2/11 Sex: F Time: 9:26 p.m. Wt: 8 lbs., 7 oz. Parents name(s): Jackie (Paul) and Joshua Sheefel Halley Fate Knutson Date of Birth: 8/7/11 Sex: F Time: 6:12 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 2 oz. Parents name(s): Tiffany (Hintz) and Eric Knutson

The following are marriage licenses recorded at the Howard County Clerks office.

Fri., Aug. 19, 9 a.m. Kapri K. and Christopher K. Whiteman, Citation Andrea L. and Lucas C. Brown, Final Hearing Megan B. Richey and David D. Bozeman, Petition to Modify Timothy A. and Keisha A. Edwards, Reappear Chrystal A. and Allen J. Bolinger, Show Cause Tue., Aug. 23, 9 a.m. Heather and Tony Flamino, Petition to Modify Wed., Aug. 24, 1 p.m. Britni L. Hall (Wellinger) and Robert G. Hall, Citation 2 p.m. Terry L. and Sandy Maynard, Final Hearing Tekeisha A. Bousum and Darrion L. Tyler, Status Hearing

Other 2:30 p.m. Stephanie and Gregory Burthay, Petition to Modify Mon., Aug. 22, 9 a.m. Diana and William Isley, Citation Nicholas and Misty Yeary, Final Hearing Alisha and Brian Begley, Miscellaneous 11 a.m. Taiyanna and Everett Palmer, Final Hearing 1:30 p.m. Jeffery and Pamela Sharp, Final Hearing Wed., Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. Gregory and Jennifer Burns, Final Hearing 1:30 p.m. Lisa and Scott Stucker, Petition to Modify

Superior I

Mon., Aug. 22, 9 a.m. Florence and Christopher Ibeh, Other Michael and Nancy Orem, Other 1:30 p.m. Christopher and Tamara Dayton, Petition to Modify Bobbi and Nicholas Parks, Reappear Ginger and Brian ReeseSchroeter, Reappear

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

Erica Goshern
Charge: Purchase of More Than 9 Grams of a Precursor in a 30-Day Period Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Ronald Byal Sentence: Howard County Jail for 60 days, 2 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for 1 year, sentence to run consecutively with sentence in 34D04-1006CM-00099 and 34D01-1012CM-1071 Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Superior IV

Aug. 4
Carl A. Johnson, Hemlock, 40 Christina M. Sweares, Hemlock, 47 Matthew L. Myers, Kokomo, 29 Altaira C. Jones, Mableton, Ga., 26

St. Joseph Hospital

Aug. 5
Derek S. Johnson, Rochester, Ind., 23 Sarah E. Heilman, Kokomo, 23 Lawrence A. Dulworth, Sharpsville, Ind., 57 Robin L. Stout, Kokomo, 52 Joshua E. Miller, Peru, Ind., 31 Leatha L. Cardwell, Kokomo, 30

Elena Louise Rojas Date of Birth: 7/12/11 Sex: F Time: 3:48 a.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 15 oz. Parents name(s): Jeanna Jackson and James Rojas Jace Ryan McKillip Date of Birth: 7/26/11 Sex: M Time: 8:20 p.m. Wt: 9 lbs., 6 oz. Parents name(s): Caitlin Scott and Patrick McKillip Draven Alexander Moss Date of Birth: 8/1/11 Sex: M Time: 11:35 p.m. Wt: 8 lbs., 11 oz. Parents name(s): Nicole Keller and Dustin Moss Rylen Drake Sweeney Date of Birth: 8/3/11 Sex: M Time: 9:21 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 11 oz. Parents name(s): Peyton Cripe and Sebastian Sweeney Adalyne Renee Acord Date of Birth: 8/4/11 Sex: F Time: 6:27 p.m. Wt: 7 lbs., 11 oz. Parents name(s): Amanda Detamore and Christopher Acord Steven Joseph Lambert Date of Birth: 8/5/11 Sex: M Time: 6:58 a.m. Wt: 8 lbs., 13 oz. Parents name(s): Kristi Hayworth and Mark Lambert

Kaicy Dunlap
Charge: Possession of Marijuana Defense Counsel: Matthew Elkin Prosecutor: Justin Alter Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 14 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program, obtain satisfactory employment Fees: Court costs, probation fee, alcohol and drug program fee, Community Drug Free Assessment

Aug. 8
Kent A. Wright, Greentown, 47 Meliza Martinez, Greentown, 39 Jerry A. Teller II, West Middleton, 47 Katie L. Young, West Middleton, 44

Thu., Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m. Deanna and Oscar Castorena Jr., Final Hearing Fri., Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m. Michelle and Franklin Crull, Provisional Order Mon., Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. Shanna and Brian Miller, Motion to Dismiss Lashanda Harris-Thomas and Michael Thomas, Status Hearing 9 a.m. Joseph and Michelle Stahl, Final Hearing 10:30 a.m. Carol and Douglas Bishop, Provisional Order 1:30 p.m. Tricia and Robert Murray, Citation 2:30 p.m. Kristine and Stephen Fivecoate, Petition to Modify Wed., Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. Mason and Christine Myers, Citation 10 a.m. Tishelle and Kirk Harris, Final Hearing 2 p.m. Gary Bragg Jr. and Brandi Bragg, Petition to Modify

Aug. 4
Juan M. and Melinda S. Acosta Max and Mymia Johnson

Aug. 5

Hayley D. and Travis Q. Stevens Luke C. Morris and Kristin M. Pratt Steven J. and Kelly J. Gaskins

Aug. 8
George and Ashley D. Smith Tori M. and Gary B. Gentner

Aug. 9
Gary O. and Janet L. Glass

The following are the divorces granted in Howard County, according to the Howard County Clerks office.

Aug. 9
J.G. Kelley, Kokomo, 55 Kathryn Kelley, Kokomo, 57 Derek D. Aaron, Kokomo, 27 Sarah E. Lee, Kokomo, 23 Gregory Taylor, Kokomo, 61 Lynnell Cole, Kokomo, 49 Joshua A. Lytle, Kokomo, 33 Jessica M. Baumfalk, Kokomo, 33 Lucas P. Ramirez, Kokomo, 38 Ancelma Castillo, Kokomo, 55

Superior II

Victor L. Betts
Charge: Possession of Marijuana Defense Counsel: Joshua Leicht Prosecutor: Lori Hittle Sentence: Howard County Jail for 1 year, 68 days executed and remainder suspended, supervised probation for balance of suspended sentence, complete alcohol and drug program, obtain satisfactory employment Fees: Court costs, probation

Geraldine M. Groves, 79 Date of Death: 7/29/11

Jessee L. Davis, Kokomo, 28 Lindsey K. Buchanan, Sharps-


Thu., Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m. Stacey and Isaiah Christmas, Petition to Modify David Grimes Jr. and Julie Grimes, Reappear 9 a.m. Amy and Robert Kanable, Citation Melissa and Aric Thomas, Citation Jennifer and Brian Ward, Reappear Stephanie and Michael Cotham, Reappear Fri., Aug. 19, 9 a.m. Jeremy and Nicole Mundy, Citation 1:30 p.m. John and Stephanie Hatton,

Circuit Court
Kim and Chris Sallee Lottie J. and James L. Pruitt Sarah and Eric Clark

Superior IV
John D. and Victoria Roush John L. and Brooklyn D. Nester

Superior II
Pamela and Jeffrey Booze Fawn K. and Dwayne L. Dunlap

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The Kokomo Area Board Gamers Association will Cowboy is a Southern Gospel program that prohave their program kick-off with their family gaming claims the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song, testigroup for the community on Aug. 19 at the St. Joan of monies and a lot of fun. The community is invited to Special Red Cross Blood Drive Arc School cafeteria from 5:30 to 10 p.m. attend on Aug. 20 at Fairview Baptist Church, 2108 E. On Aug. 17, a Pay it Forward blood drive will be Vaile Ave., Kokomo. The fun starts at 5 p.m. held at St. Joseph Hospital, 1907 W. Sycamore St. The community is experiencing a shortage of blood. All Taylor High School Class of 76 blood types are needed, especially O negative. Giving Taylor High Schools 35 year reunion has been canblood only take one hour, and just one pint of blood celled. However, a gathering will take place on Aug. can save up to three lives. 72 donors are needed. Ap- Greentown Farmers Market pointments are available between noon and 6 p.m. To The Greentown Farmers Market will take place Aug. 19 at The Quarry, 2130 W. Sycamore at 7 p.m. Class20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Key Bank parking lot on mates should contact Jay Beckon (765)432-3332, Troy schedule your donation time, call 236-8195. Main St. in Greentown. The market is open every Sat- Holt (765)963-3316 or Joe Cook (765)776-2856 to upurday through Oct. 1. Call Laura at 432-2083 for more date your mailing address or email. information.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Board Gamers Association Kick-off

Cowboy Church

Saturday, Aug. 20

Thursday, Aug. 18

Delphi Delco Alumni Club

Project Linus Make a Blanket Day

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.

Honeywell House Car Presentation

A 1941 Cadillac formerly owned by Mark C. Honeywell will return to Wabash for a presentation at the Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St. Wabash, Ind., on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by Military Order of the Purple Heart Beacon Credit Union, will feature a presentation on The Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 736 will the history of the Cadillac brand and Mr. Honeywells meet at noon on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Grissom Air former vehicle. Currently owned by Mike Bolton of Museum. Coffee and donuts will be served. DiscusDetroit, Mich., the car will be on hand for viewing. sion of various entitlements will take place. The organization is for combat-wounded veterans and people from Wabash, Miami, Howard and Cass counties are welcome. Call 459-5416 for more information. Bob Ladd, Howard County service officer, will answer any entitlement questions you have. Cinderella Ball The 13th Annual Cinderella Ball will be held at the Kokomo County Club on Aug. 19. The cost is $50 per Downtown Farmers Market person. Call Brianne Boruff at 457-8273 or visit thecin- Attend this weeks Famers Market in downtown for more information. komo for an action-packed morning. At 8:30 a.m. Tammy Strickler from Strickler Jewlers will teach patrons how to layer your garden soil with leftovers such as KUO Concert of Hope On Aug. 19, Kokomo Urban Outreach Hands of Hope hay, straw, newspaper, coffee grinds and manure with will present Concert of Hope in Foster Park from 5 Lasagna Gardening to Prepare for a Fall Garden. At to 8 p.m. There will be free food, including grilled hot 9:30 a.m. the first-ever market fashion show will take dogs, chips, cookies and bottled water. Music from place. Come out to see the jewelry, handbags and hair various praise and worship teams from community accessories that are all handmade by local artisans churches will be performing. Bring a blanket or lawn from the market. From 10 a.m. to noon enjoy live muchair, and enjoy the music. Guests are asked to bring sic by Bobbelove. Free kids yoga will take place next a nonperishable food item to be donated to Kokomo door at New Day Yoga Studio from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Urban Outreachs food pantry. If you have questions, and free crafts will be offered at Planet Mind for kids. The famous market chickens, Thermos and Donna, called Mary at 438-9059 or Brenda at 271-8725. will be attending, as well.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington St., a blanket drive will be held. If you would like to help make blankets, bring all your sewing supplies and sew a nice blanket, and enjoy the company of others working on their blankets. Or bring yarn and needles and either knit or crochet while enjoying great company. The fabric must be washable and free from odors and pet hair. You may drop off finished blankets at this event at First Church of the Nazarene or at Guarantee Vacuum and Sewing Center. For more information call Jan Duchateau at 459-4998 or e-mail

The 6th Annual CAM 5K Run and Walk for Shelter will take place at Oakbrook Valley in Western Howard County at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20. Visit for more information.

CAM Run for Shelter

Downtown Barbeque Cook-off

Grillmasters 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 Peoples Choice category. The event kicks off the Taste of Kokomo. Call the United Way at 457-6691 for more information.

Taste of Kokomo

Friday, Aug. 19

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.

Sunday, Aug. 21
Shiloh Ice Cream Social

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 information, call 457-3140.

In His Image, formerly First General Baptist Church located at 2940 E. 50 N., Kokomo, will be having a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Menu will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and lemonade. A freewill offering will be accepted.

In His Image Spaghetti Dinner


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First Assembly Family Reunion


Tuesday, Aug. 23
Honeywell House show

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 from the Wabash area and will perform their favorite compositions for piano. Due to Kids Art Camp Show limited seating, those wishing to attend are asked to The Kokomo Art Associations Kids Art Camp Show make reservations by calling (260) 563-2326 ext. 21 or will take place at the Kokomo Art Center from Aug. by going online to 2-27. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 457-9480 for more inforBoard Game Bonanza mation. A Board Game Bonanza will take place at Kirkendall Nature Center at Jackson Morrow Park on Aug. 23, Knights of Columbus Golf Outing from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Knights of Columbus Gold Outing will take Games will be available for families and all ages. Chilplace on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Wildcat Creek Golf dren under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call Course. The cost is $55 per player or $220 per team. 864-1655 for more information. The cost for Wildcat Club members is $30. Lunch and drinks are provided. Send in or get your entries at Friends of Jeremy Bagwell Memorial Knights of Columbus, 1631 Fox Fire Lane, Kokomo. The Friends of the Jeremy Bagwell Memorial Fund Call 450-8906 for more information. will host a hot dog dinner at 204 N. Main St., on Aug. 23, from 4-7 p.m. Freewill contributions will be acceptDistinguished Young Women Scholarship ed and will be given to the Jeremy Bagwell Memorial The Distinguished Young Women of Howard CounFund to be used for the benefit of Jeremy Bagwells ty Scholarship Program, formerly known as Howard three surviving children. The public is invited to parCounty Junior Miss, is now accepting applications ticipate and support this event. Contributions can be from high school girls graduating in 2012. An informade at the dinner on Aug. 23 or can be sent to the Jermational meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, emy Bagwell Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 749, Kokomo, Aug. 28, in room SC 1-2 at Crossroads Community Ind. 46903. Church, U.S. 31 and Ind. 26. Interested participants may visit 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@ Gilead House Chicken Bash The Gilead House Chicken Bash will take place on Aug. 24, at UAW 685 Union Hall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for pick-up only. Dinner is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Crossroads Learning Corner Enrollment Crossroads Learning Corner is currently enrollThe cost is $8. Call 865-9427 for more information. ing children for the 20112012 preschool year. Two preschool classes are available: junior preschool, inMusic at the Fountain tended for those children starting kindergarten in Music at the Fountain is being brought to Greentown August 2013 (children must be 3 years old by Aug. for the 2011 season. Concerts will take place at the per1, 2011), and pre-k preschool which is intended for formance stage located north of the stoplight on Methose children starting kindergarten in August 2012 ridian St. in Greentown at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, (children must be 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2011.) Crossperformances will take place at the Howard County roads Learning Corner is located at State Road 26 and Fairground Pavilion. Bring your lawn chairs, and enU.S. 31 inside of Crossroads Community Church. For joy! The next concert will take place on Aug. 25 with more information or to schedule a tour, call 864-0307. The Sonshine Boys. These concerts will follow: Sept. 1, the Dixie Mud Bugs, Sept. 8, Sept. Kokomo Childrens Annual Church without Walls Choir and the Acacia Academy Singers. Each Sunday during the month of August, Fountain of Life Worship Center, 611 E. Jackson St., will host MHA Rummage Sale its Annual Church without Walls on the parking lot The Mental Health Association will hold a rummage of the Annex Bar-B-Que, located at 604 N. Apperson. sale on Friday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sunday School will be at 9 a.m. with the worship cel507 N. Webster, on the corner of Jefferson and Webster. ebration at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to come and There will be appliances, toys, books, miscellaneous. worship. Dress comfortably. For more information, All proceeds benefit the MHA agency programs. contact Bishop Glenn at 457-6952. Please, no early birds.

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

Signs provides with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimers and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Alzheimers Helpline at 800-272-3900.

I.H.S. Workshop

On Sept. 8, Greentown Historical Society will host a collections workshop led by Indiana Historical Society for area historical organizations. It will give participants a basic overview of collections management. Afterwards, participants will take a tour of the collections area. Call 628-3800 for more information.

Create Your Weight Program

On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Hospital is offering its 10-week healthy weight loss program, Create Your Weight. Facilitated by a licensed dietitian, the program is designed for adults who want to lose pounds in a healthy way. One-hour weekly sessions help individuals determine their calorie needs and provide valuable information on food portions, calorie consumption, tips for dining out, the impact of physical activity on weight loss and developing healthy relationships with food. To register or to obtain more information, call Valerie Amend, MS, RD, CD at 456-5587. Program takes place in St. Joseph Hospital Conference Room A.

Eliminate Expired Drugs Environmentally

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.

31st Annual Missions Auction

Coming Soon

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 or contact Don at 434-1671.

KCC presents American Spirit

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.

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.

Kokomo Walk to End Alzheimers

Womens Equality Day at Dunham House

The Steps to Recovery Run/Walk will take place in The Howard County Democratic Womens CommitFoster Park from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 3. Call the Giltee cordially invites you to join us on Aug. 26 to celead House at 865-9427 for more information. ebrate Womens Equality Day at the Dunham House in Kempton, Ind., from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $17 at the door. The ticket includes lunch, speakers (Terri Austin Fortune Free Family Concert The Fortune Free Family Concert featuring Michael and Jill Donnelly) and a tour of the Dunham House. Kelsey will take palce in the Kokomo Arts Pavilion presented by Daniels & Alexander and Whiskey St. Joan of Arc Parish Festival Creek on Sept. 3. Admission is free. 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 Tipton Co. Pork Festival talent show) and Saturday at 4 p.m. to midnight (live The Tipton County Pork Festival will take place on music, childrens games, food and more. Call 865-9964 Sept. 8-10 in downtown Tipton. Visit for more information. for more information.

Steps to Recovery Run/Walk

Join us for an evening of excitement as we kick-off the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimers season. Volunteers 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.

Bikers for Bridges

Bikers for Bridges will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, to support Bridges Outreach. Bridges Outreach exists to build communities, schools and churches through after school programming that feeds, tutors and mentors youth. Bridges Outreach creates windows of opportunity to youth with hopes of developing each student academically and spiritually. The scenic ride begins at Walt Moss Barbershop, 301 N. Main St., and registration takes place at noon. Bikers will depart at 1 p.m. Freewill donations are accepted.

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.

Know the 10 Signs Presentation

American Veterans Traveling Tribute

A family program for individuals who are interested in learning more about Alzheimers Disease will take place Sept. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The presentation will take place at Howard Regional West Campus Specialty Hospital, 829 N. Dixon. Know the 10

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 kokomoin.html.

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Ball promotes relationships, encourages charitable giving

Features Reporter

An evening at the Royal Palace

cess for the night. The three-hour event also consists of a horsedrawn carriage ride, ballroom dance lessons, crafts, entertainment, a souvenir photo and a commemorative shirt. Cinderella and Prince Charming will be in attendance to roam the ball and entertain the palace guests. A sit-down dinner is provided, and the girls will enjoy a meal fit just for little princesses chicken nuggets. Last year, Pedro Castillo took his daughters Sarah, 8, and Abby, 6, to the ball, and they will be returning again this year. Relationships are, of course, something you build over time, but its a nice event to have just for a father and daughter, he said. The daughters get to dress up and do something really nice that they feel is really special. I know my own kids have talked about it since then, and theyre really excited that were going to go again. While the event is for fathers and daughters, the mothers are often called upon as personal stylists. We get them dresses, and their mom makes up their hair and all that kind of stuff. Youve got to do a little bit of preparation, but its just all part of the fun for them. Sarah and Abby said their favorite part of the event was making their own princess crowns, just one of the activities that takes place at the ball. In addition to fathers, grandfathers are also welcome to bring their granddaughters to the event, as well as uncles and nieces. Frank Renfro, who also attended last year, is looking forward to another year at the ball with his granddaughter Alanna, 5. Especially in todays environment, fathers are extremely busy trying to earn a living for their

by Alyx Arnett girls enjoy being a prin-

Once upon a time at a County Club, there was a little ball -- peaceful, prosperous, and rich in entertainment and tradition. Here at this stately Cinderella Ball, came many gentlemen to the royal castle with their little princesses. This year, the Cinderella Ball is back again, and many families have been prepping for a magical evening at the father-daughter event designed to help foster positive family relationships and encourage charitable giving. I dont think there are many other fatherdaughter events in this area, said Bona Vistas Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator Meredith Platt. I think its unique in that we let fathers and daughters come together and enjoy something the daughters like doing, and the dads get the chance to see their little

families, and Im sure, as in my time as a father many years ago, I missed a lot of stuff that I see that I now get to enjoy with my granddaughter, he said. This evening gives us a chance to be away from the rest of the family and just share the evening together, so I think it is PRINCESSES Frank and daughextremely im- ters Abby and Sarah before last portant. years Cinderella Ball. A l a n n a s Perspective Photo / Provided Renfro. It was a gala whole family took part in getting affair. This year, Alanna said ready for last years ball. she is looking forward Her mother is a beautician and nail expert to the carriage ride the and has her own shop, most. The carriage ride so Alanna spent the af- is something no little ternoon preparing with princess should miss her. My wife Kandy - B2 bought her a gown and shoes, jewelry and an orchid corsage, s a i d


Enthusiasts visit Kokomo landmarks this weekend

First ever Moveable Feast sells out
Features Reporter

by Alyx Arnett

Kokomos unique history will be put on display for Indiana residents coming from all around the state this weekend during the Moveable Feast, an event put on by Indiana Landmarks. Indiana Landmarks is a one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country that works to preserve unique architecture and historically significant and communally cherished properties. With this Moveable Feast, theyre trying to draw attention to the

landmarks in our community that have historical significance, said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society. During the event, guests will visit different places with historical significance and enjoy food along the way. The tour will begin at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, the oldest glass company in America, founded in 1888. They connect the community to the world by shipping opalescent glass all over, said Karickhoff. Glass from

Kokomo Opalescent Glass is used at the Vatican, Disney World and even in Barbra Streisands house. Guests will get the opportunity to watch the ancient practice of glass blowing and see how the factory operates. Appetizers will be served here at 6 p.m. From there, the feast will continue at the Elliot House, where dinner will be served. Then guests will head next door for a tour of the Seiberling Mansion, a property that was constructed in October 1889 for Monroe Seiberling for $50,000. The feast will con-

clude at the Elwood Haynes Museum where guests will enjoy dessert. Haynes, along with the Apperson brothers, is credited with manufacturing the first commercially made car and is the inventor of stainless steel. The Moveable Feast has room for 75 participants and sold out two FEASTING Tourists will make their final stop on the weeks before the date. Moveable Feast at the Elliot House. Its the first time to do Perspective Photo / Provided this in the community, Kokomos history well the buildings, they give said Karickhoff. And we preserved. It has grown grants and help us out, to be a really outstand- she said. filled all the openings. Indiana Landmarkss The Howard County ing organization for the state of Indiana. Theyre north central represenHistorical Society partners with Indiana Land- a great partner to us here. tative Cathy Wright has marks to help keep When we have repairs to - B3


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WWII China-Burma-India theaters: I was there

by Joyce Alpay building a road connectGuest Columnist

Harry W. Dishon of Kokomo was there at Ledo for the completion of the Burma Road during WW II. Harry was drafted into the army in April 1941 and completed his medical training as a surgical technician at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion of his training, he was put on the USS Monticello and a 43 day trip to New Zealand, Australia, and Bombay, India. He then traveled by train to the Assam region of northeast India to a place in the middle of a dense jungle called Ledo and the 20th General Hospital. The Burma Road was the primary supply route into China until the Japanese invaded China in 1937. China had millions of troops but not supplies. When the Japanese cut-off the Burma Road, the only way the allies could deliver supplies to the government of Chiang Kai-shek was by transport planes over the Himalayas Mountains. This proved to be costly as well as dangerous. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor they also invaded and occupied Burma (now called Myanmar). By late summer 1943, the allies had retaken Burma, and the U.S. Corp of Engineers began

ing Ledo (India) to the old Burma Road (Kunming, China). The 20th General Hospital was activated to provide medical care for the Americans, Chinese and British soldiers who would retake Burma and extend the Burma Road. The 20th General Hospital had both surgical and medical wards. Harrys duties included that of a nurse and ward master. He accompanied the surgeon on ward rounds and carried out doctors orders accordingly despite the 110 degree heat. Once the Ledo portion of the Burma Road was completed in 1944, the U.S. Transportation Department asked for volunteers to drive in a 100 truck convoy to China. This was a 500 mile journey from India thru Burma and to connect with the original Burma Road at Kunming, China. Harry volunteered. He drove a 6X6 truck which was loaded with 55 gallon drums of high octane aviation fuel. He said the scenery and the view of the winding convoy both above and below was indescribable. He said the road through the Himalaya Mountains was very narrow; it had hairpin curves, with one sharp turn after another both uphill and downhill. The road had no guard rails, and there were drop-offs

of thousands of feet. They had to cross the Salween River in Burma. There had been no time for the engineers to build a permanent bridge, so pontoons

Noahs Ark Animal Hospital provides petcare to those in need

Features Reporter

by Alyx Arnett

VETERAN Dishon served as a nurse and ward master in WWII. He also there for the construction of the Burma Road.
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were chained together, which he said resulted in a rocking motion when driving onto them. He recalls that they could only travel 50 miles a day or less and that the journey took two weeks to complete. Once reaching Kunming, China, the convoy delivered the trucks and fuel, supplies which the Chinese generals were glad to receive. The convoy drivers were happy to board a plane to fly the hump back to their units. Harry said the

plane passed over mountain tops which seemed to be as close as 50 feet below and then valleys 10, 000 feet down. He says he knows now why the pilots call this journey the hump. Harry says he will never forget the happiness and pride Americans had when WW II was over. He feels we need to recapture that Spirit of 1945 by uniting as one happy nation and to honor America for what she is.

Nothing compares to Sycamore Streets old Sipe Theater


When the economy started going south, some pet owners were forced to put their pets needs on hold to free up some extra cash. To help with that, Noahs Ark Animal Hospital held its first ever Free Wellness Clinic for cats and dogs whose owners had fallen on hard times. After a great turnout last year, the clinic is beging held again on Aug. 19. The clinic is targeted toward people who have lost their homes or suffered disasters, veterans who are experiencing financial difficulties and others whose financial situations limits their ability to provide healthcare for their pets. What we do is we have people fill out an application and then request a letter from their case workers or a minister telling us of their situation, said Sandy Fenton of Noahs Ark Animal Hospital. Last year, the clinic provided help to about 50 applicants. The turnout was wonderful, said Fenton. This year, were running about the same amount of applicants. Due to an overwhelming response to the clinic, not all applicants can be accepted.

The wellness exam thats given at the clinic provides pets with a rabies vaccine, preventive deworming, a flea prevention pill, heartworm testing for dogs and a complementary dose of heartworm prevention. Its totally free to them, said F e n t o n . With a lot of our m a n -

ufacturers that we go through, we get them to donate some of the things we need like the heartworm tests and the flea prevention pills. And, of course, what they dont give, we give off of our shelves. Snacks and drinks provided by Coca Cola will be given out to applicants during the fourhour clinic. The doctors and staff will be donating their time. All goods and services are free of charge, although donations will be accepted to be put toward the Noahs Ark Animal Hospital Angel Fund that cares for stray pets that are sick or injured. For more information on the Free Wellness Clinic, call Noahs Ark Animal Hospital at 8688140 or visit Noahs Ark Animal Hospital is located at 1719 Faith Rd. in Kokomo.

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Tom and Barb Hamilton

Nothing could compare to the Sipe Theater, located at 127 E. Sycamore. It was a beauty to behold. On a scale of one and ten, I would give it a ten. Carter & Bousams Barber Shop was just one building west. The building is still there. Hard to believe, isnt it? When you wanted to take your girlfriend first class, the Sipe was it. The inside was fantastic -- the carpet and the concession stand. The usher would take you to your seat with his flashlight shining on the floor. The night was like a lovely tune, as I held her tiny hand. There was some kind of electric going from her body to mine. A sensation I could not explain. The palm of my hands were sweating. I could smell her hair through the breeze of the night. I wanted to say the right thing but was lost in the magic of the night. Once inside, I asked her if she wanted popcorn and coke. As we sat down, she looked at me and smiled. We were young, and cupid shot his arrows and scored a bulls-eye. How can you explain young love? There is a thin line between love and fascination, for they both give the same sensation when youre lost in

FIRST-CLASS Boyfriends treated their girlfriends like royalty with a trip to Sipe Theater.
Perspective Photo / Provided

the magic of a kiss. True love will take you into that other dimension. A place where you cannot stand to be apart. When her knee touched my knee, chills and goose bumps ran up and down my spine. Sweet sixteen, oh what joy. The perfect age. Every thing was free that mattered. The moon belonged to everyone. The stars, the rainbow, the morning mist and the songs of the 40s, 50s, 60s -- songs that meant something. Words of young love and soft sounds of love. Perry Como, Eddy Fisher, Vaughn Monroe, Tony Bennett and many who will never be replaced. Who is going to fill their shoes? Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Kay Starr, Kitty Kallen and Patti Page. There are many more that were

of that generation. Remember when couples that were married in the movies always slept in twin beds? A cuss word was never heard. Clark Gable shocked the whole nation when he used the word damn in Gone With the Wind. I remember in 1945 when a couple was living together without being married, the Police came and arrested them. Gene, Hoppy and Roy, we need you. We also need Father Knows Best, The Waltons, Little Beaver. We need the Fox, Sipe, Isis, Wood, Colonial and the Indiana Theaters with the old movies of the 40s and 50s. Those were the days my friend. CINDERELLA Princesses at last years ball take a Sincerely, picture during the charitable event. The Cinderella Tom Hamilton Ball is held each year to benefit Bona Vista programs. 3801 Tulip Lane Perspective Photo / Provided Kokomo, Ind. 46902

out on, said Renfro. In addition to fostering healthy family relationships, the ball also helps teach the young girls about the benefits of charitable giving. Something we incorporate is we give the girls a chance to bring a donation for Bona Vistas Early Childhood Services, and we call that Princess Power, said Platt. Theres a time at the end of the evening where the girls get to gather around and learn about what the donations will do for the kids here, so they get to give back, as well as have a good time that evening, she said. Donations that are needed include watercolors, markers, play sand, canning lids, paper towels, ivory soap, stickers, sequins, childrens CDs, tissue paper, construction paper, CD players, simple board games, dressup clothes, art supplies,

doctor kits, Kleenex, colored paper, child size toothbrushes, paint, Ziploc bags, diapers (up to size five), glitter and glue sticks. This years Cinderella Ball sponsors include The Wyman Group, Center for Early Childhood Education at IU Kokomo, Hayes Advisory Group, Printcraft Press, McGonigal Buick GMC, Button Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Griffon Alarm and Security and Brian Oaks, attorney at law. Tickets for the Cinderella Ball are $50 per person. Parents may register to receive an invitation online at Invitations are also available at all Bona Vista locations and Blyes Bridal and Kostas Tux Shoppe, 219 N. Main St. Reservations will be taken up until the day of the event. The Cinderella Ball takes place Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kokomo County Club, located at 1801 County Club Rd

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Cleaning out the clutter

So much time is required to make decisions. This is especially true for people who remember the last depression and are programmed to save. When I scanned the table of contents, every chapter had a section telling the reader to cut the clutter, increase storage, get organized, and first computer. His wife later told us he had never seen anything like our attic. He spent more time moving stuff than wiring. Another man offered to insulate our house free of charge if he could have the attic contents. He even said hed carry all the stuff out and haul it away at his expense. cue Mission, Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other worthy organizations can increase closet, cabinet and attic space quickly and easily. Most of them will come to the house and take items no longer wanted or needed. Piles of paper currently create the worst clutter in our house. Too much time is wasted looking for a certain piece. Invariably I rush through stacks of paper and have to repeat the process until the search ends in success. To impress friends and members of the family who are more organized than we are, most of the house will pass inspection with a bit of warning. The pantry, however, is off limits until I spend several days discarding and rearranging everything from cans and boxes of food to rags and buckets of paint. The worst area to organize will be the two tall file cabinets containing valuable records, worthless papers and numerous items that have been saved too many years.

Anthony Robert Rawe and Beth Anne Ramer are celebrating their one year anniversary on Oct. 9. They were married at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Fairfield, Ohio by Father Larry Tharp. Beth was given in marriage by her Parents Thomas and Beverly Ramer. Beth is a Lewis Cass Jr. and Sr. High School Graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Bachelor of Science in Management from Northern Kentucky University and Xavier University. She is a sourcing leader in Fairfield at GEAviation. Anthony, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate from Badin High School. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Cincinnati. He is a project manager at SHP Leading Design. His parents are Robert and Barbara Rawe of Fairfield, Ohio.

then keep it clean. Some anonymous person said, Clutter is anything we dont need, want or use that takes our time, energy or space and destroys our serenity. Im relatively serene until unexpected guests ring the doorbell, and the kitchen, which is adjacent to the front door, is cluttered. Years ago a friend wired our house for my

That was all it took for us to get rid of many things. Before these two people were in the attic, we had asked our son to take pictures for insurance purposes. He snapped 30 pictures. Today four would be more than adequate. Through the years, weve learned contacting Coordinated Assisted Ministries, Kokomo Urban Outreach, the Res-

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been working to get several of Kokomos own landmarks on the historical registry, such as the railroad depot, the courthouse square and the old silk stocking neighborhood. The people who have become part of that district, said Karickhoff

about the silk stocking neighborhood, if their home meets the requirements, there are tax credits available for them to do improvements on these buildings in keeping with the original look of the buildings. There are a lot of benefits in working with Indiana Landmarks in our community. The Moveable Feast is sponsored by Russell Design, Bucheri McCarthy & Metz, Howard County Historical Society and Kokomo Opalescent Glass. For more information on Indiana Landmarks membership, tours and events, visit

Rhonda Eastman joins The Productive Assistant

for The Productive Assistant clients, as well as corporate event planning services, states The Productive Assistant owner Lisa Girton. Im excited to have Rhonda working with me. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Productive Assistant seeks to provide small business owners with a resource for back office support, focusing on marketing and communications, accounting and secretarial support functions. Typically, these businesses are small enough that the owner is hands-on, providing the product or services for the company as well as all the administrative functions. Depending on the scope of the job, The Productive Assistant can step in for a few hours a week or month and free up the business owner to focus on the tasks that make their business money. The Productive Assistant charges by the job not the hour, so clients always know what to expect. The Productive Assistant, LLC, was founded in October 2010 with a mission to provide back office support to small business, aiding in their growth and success. Owner Lisa Girton turned her years of experience in office management, marketing and sales into a program to help other businesses grow, prosper and succeed. For more information about The Productive Assistant, contact Lisa Girton at 765-4341528 or on-line at www. theproductiveassistant. com.

Rhonda Eastman
Kokomo, IN The Productive Assistant, LLC, is pleased to announce that Rhonda Eastman has joined the staff. Rhonda brings her marketing expertise from more than 30 years of experience with the Kokomo/Howard County Chamber of Commerce to help businesses and non-profits succeed. Rhonda will be focusing on developing marketing programs and strategies

From all indications, relatives and friends are trying to get a point across. Our younger son has offered to place a dumpster at the front door and fill it as a gift. My sister-in-law sent a lengthy article about how to cut clutter. Her article suggested tossing what you dont use, recycling, having assigned places for like items, putting things where they belong, donating, returning, taking pictures of cherished items you give away, filing, shredding personal information and repairing or throwing away broken items. In other words, get organized! To help the cause along, I bought a book entitled 1,001 Timely Tips for Cutter Control. It made helpful suggestions on what to save, toss, donate, sell or store items you decide to keep.

Life with Laura Thought for the Day: Time needs to be spent daily putting things where they belong and tossing the nonessentials.

Thomas W. Podwell and Carole M. Rebernak celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 12. They were married by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Seim at First Congregational Church in Western Springs, Ill. They have two children, Susan and husband James Jenkins of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sharon and husband Scott Huska in Highland Village, Texas. They have three grandchildren, Grant and Jack Huska and Ford Jenkins. Carole is a retired teacher from Kokomo Center Schools. She retired after 40 years of service, most of which was as an ESL instructor in adult basic education. Thomas is a retired administrator from Delphi Automotive Systems. Thomas retired after 40 years of service in finance and finance administration. They had a celebration of their 50th anniversary with their daughters and their families in Hawaii on the island of Maui.

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Golf fitness performance helps golfers with flexibility, strength

St. Josephs program has seen much success
by Peter Adelsen


Play it forward with Little Wildcat

Wildcat Creek GC offering new ways on having fun on the course
by Peter Adelsen themselves as a golfer, he

Sports Writer

Sports Writer

Many area golfers have turned to a golf performance specialist to help them with their game. This person is not a trainer, but a performance specialist. Chad Bradley of St. Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy in Forest Park Plaza, who is also a physical therapist, is a certified golf fitness performance specialist who helps golfers with their flexibility and strength. Bradley said that as we get older, we lose much of our flexibility, especially in men. For the golfers who have noticed some pain or would like to become more flexible or gain more strength, Bradley is the person to see to possibly improve that persons life and their game out on the golf course. I get (the person in) and do an initial golf screen, Bradley said. I know enough about the golf swing so I can tell if a persons body is moving the way that it should. Most amateur golf swings are not repeatable, just because they have so many compensations built into their swing. The compensations are more than likely from physical limitations that they have, whether it be mobility or stability restrictions. When I put them through the screen, the different phases of the swing address backswing impact and finish. I look at their posture, their weight distribu-

GETTING FLEXIBLE Golf pro Jim Ousley uses the P3 ProSwing Golf Analyzer at St. Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy. Perspective Photo / Peter Adelsen tion. I take some measurements to try to find out if I can help them out or not. More often than not, I can help them with something. From that, I cant really determine whats not moving right; I just know that their body is not moving right. The youngest person Bradley has seen has been about 14 years old, he said, and he has seen a person as old as 93, he said. At any age, he can help with that persons golf ailments. He also works with many high school golfers. Ive had a lot of success with high school female golfers, he said. All of them who Ive


Wildcat Creek Golf Course has added another way on enjoying your day out on the golf course. M a n y golfers have become discontented out on the golf course, said Art Stonebraker, president of the Wildcat Creek Golf Course, so Wildcat Creek has created a way for golfers to have more enjoyment. After an initiative by the PGA and USGA back in July, Wildcat Creek Golf Course has decided to play it forward. If you play a golf course that allows you to have a better score, it generally means that you play a shorter course, Stonebraker said. So what I did is I put in new tees on our golf course, and I call it an executive course. I nicknamed it Little Wildcat. The Little Wildcat has shorter tees than the womens tees. That golf course plays only at about 3,600 yards, where the shortest golf tees that we had prior to that was 5,200 yards, he said. I shortened the golf course considerably so that people could play and get more enjoyment out of golfing. The shorter course is encouraged for older people, ladies and beginners to start on a shorter golf course and develop

said. The Little Wildcat is an executive length golf course which is a par 66, he said. It is just a more manageable golf course for the ladies, the beginners and the elder people who are losing their distance because of age. This course also comes with a reduced price. The cost is $22 for 18 holes or $72 for a foursome. The fee includes green fee and the golf car. Stonebraker said the shorter course has caught on. Were finding that every day the interest is growing, he said. Wildcat Creek Golf Course has also created a par 3 course on the current course and an event called Family Golf. For the par 3 course, all holes are par 3 length. This course is only available for play after 6 p.m. This is also very good place for people who can golf to go and practice their short game because the short game is where your score comes down, he said. The par 3 course costs $1 per hole. He said he would like golfers to pay for at least three holes. On Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m., the golf course offers Family Golf. This costs $20 for the parent and children, and there is a limit of four players. This is a nine-hole event.

More legends to be added into Hall of Fame

by Peter Adelsen

Sports Writer

The Howard County Sports Hall of Fame has named its 2011 induction class. Seven Howard County sports legends will join the Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 29 at the Kokomo Event Center. The inductees include a basketball standout, a multi-state championship coach, a baseball state champion, a state runners-up cross country coach, a multi-state track champion, a state swimming champion and a

former sports editor. The inductees for 2011 are Heather Cusick, Jerry Haines, Mike Smith, Bob Rodibaugh, Ken Toye, Brooke Taflinger and Robert Bob Ford. This is the ninth class inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame. Heather Cusick joins the hall of fame because of her prowess on the basketball court. She was a Kokomo High School and Miami University basketball standout. During her time at Miami of Ohio, she was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.

Jerry Haines has been a huge part of the success of softball in Howard County. He coached the Eastern Lady Comets to two state championships. Eastern defeated Tecumseh High School in 200203 to win the Class A state championship and Frankton High School in 2004-05 to win the Class 2A championship. Mike Smith was a success at multiple sports. He was an IHSAA state baseball championship coach for Kokomo High School. He was also an all-state football player. Bob Rodibaugh had much success with

coaching at Northwestern High School. During his tenure, he was a

two-time IHSAA crosscountry state runners-up coach. Ken Toye had ample success while on the track for Kokomo High School. He was a twotime IHSAA state track championship hurdler

while for Kokomo. He was also named an AllAmerican. Instead of on land, Brooke Taflinger was quite an athlete under water. She was an IHSAA state swimming champion for Kokomo High School. She was also a two-time Big Ten swimming champion for Indiana University. She was also an All-American. Robert Bob Ford will also be recognized for this service to the Howard County sports community. He was the former sports editor for the Kokomo Tribune. Ford will receive the 2011 Howard

County Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award. Tickets are $25 each for the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Oct. 29 at the Kokomo Event Center with the social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the following locations: Kokomo High School Athletic Office, Eastern High School Athletic Office, Northwestern High School Athletic Office, First Famers Bank & Trust on Lincoln Road, Liberty Financial or by calling Ron Barsh at 765453-4739.

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seen so far have been given Division 1 college scholarships. This has not been just because of me, but women have a tendency to be very flexible, but not as strong, so those strength gains in being able to hit the ball a long way off the tee is what a lot of college coaches are looking for. In that aspect, they have become a lot stronger and have contributed a lot hopefully to them doing well. He also worked with many PGA professionals in the area. One of these PGA professionals is Jim Ousley, who is the professional at the Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello. Purely from the physical standpoint, hes helped me with flexibility and strength, Ousley said. Im more flexible than I probably ever have been in my adult life and stronger by far. In turn, it has helped me with my overall weight and endurance. It has helped from start to finish. Since Ousley began the program in December of 2008, he said he is probably 30 to 40 pounds lighter than when he started the program. Theres no doubt that this got me going, and Chads a motivator, he said. He pushes me and thats why I like to come. Through the program, Ousley said he can now play golf at any time of

McCauley named NCC coach of the year

The North Central Conference has named its recipients of the 2010-11 N.C.C. Coach of the Year. For the boys sports the top coach was Kokomo High Schools Brian McCauley, and for the girls sport, the top coach was Muncie Centrals Wes Lyon. STRETCHING Chad Bradley works with a stretching The North Central exercise on Jim Ousley. Perspective Photo / Peter Adelsen Conference Coach of the Year award began the year. Bradley said before in the 2004-05 school Flexibility is the hard- anybody can start the year and recognizes est thing to overcom. program, they must have When you are inflexible, good mobility before you your muscles dont do can add stability to it. what the golf swing needs Before we start any it to do. Thats probably stability training, theyve my biggest benefit -- that got to be mobile, Bradley Try-outs for Post 6 Im loose where Im more said. Their joints have to baseball will be held at flexible at the beginning be mobile. CFD Investment stadium of the year than sitting Bradley said that ev- in Highland Park on Sataround all winter do- ery joint has a job to do, urday Aug. 27 and Suning nothing. It just goes and the lack of mobility day Aug. 28. On the 27th, throughout the season. increases the chance of try-outs for players born Im ready to play no mat- disease or injury. Many in 1993 and 1994 will ter what time of the year of the people who have be held at 10 a.m, and it is. seen Bradley have re- try-outs for the younger Through the program, lieved their back pain or Ousley has drastically im- foot problems or other proved his game. ailments. When I started in 2008, We want healthy athI had just won one tour- letes, he said. We want nament that fall, he said. healthy people playing The Howard County In 13 years as a pro, thats good golf. Aquatics Hurricanes are the only tournament Ive For those interested in calling out all swimmers won, and I have won four the program, the initial to come and join them for times since then. Is there screening is free. If Brad- another exciting season. a correlation? I think so. ley can help the person, Call outs will be from 5-7 I dont think there is any the next evaluation is p.m. on Aug. 23 and Aug. doubt about it. I am more $225, which other places 24 at the Kokomo High physically fit and capable charge upwards of about School pool. Swimmers must bring now. There is no doubt $500, he said. a bathing suit, goggles that I am playing the best For a nine-session that I have ever played. training session, it costs and a copy of your birth certificate. If you are an $30 apiece. For an 18-sesexisting Hurricane, you sion package, it costs $25 must come to sign up for apiece. For one session at the new season. The Hura time, it costs $40. Brad- ricanes are now offering ley said he can also do a Masters Swimming for group rate for families. adults. Call head coach Donita if you have any questions at 765-419-1211. the top coach for both a male and female sport. McCauley, who led the Wildkat boys b a s ketball team to a 2011 Class 4A State r u n McCauley ner-up finish, a 23-3 record, and an N.C.C. championship

becomes the third Kokomo High School coach to win the prestigious Coach of the Year award. Charlie Hall was the 2006 NCC Girls Coach of the Year, and Brett Colby was the 2009 NCC Boys Coach of the Year. For Lyon, the longtime volleyball coach for the Lady Bearcats, it was his third N.C.C. Coach of the Year honor, also winning in 2005 and 2010.

American Legion Post Six try outs

players will start at noon. On the 28th, try-outs will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with the o l d e r players starting first again.

Players need to provide their own equipment and only have to attend one of the two days. Anybody with questions can contact Don Andrews at (765)453-5569 or at andrewsgto@comcast. net.

HCA Hurricanes call outs

Joe Thatcher has played two games since coming back fromtheDL. Hehas allowed three hits andtworunssincehis return.

BrandonBeachyallowedtworunsand struckouteightin5.1 inningsagainstthe CubsonSunday.He leftthegamewitha no-decision.Hehasa recordof5-2anda3.43 ERAfortheseason.

The best way to follow the exploits of Joe Thatcher and Brandon Beachy is online. Check out kokomoperspective. com for updates whenever they pitch. Check out or to track their stats.

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Monday Night Ladies Golf

Many women participated in American Legions Monday Night Ladies Golf on Aug. 8. For A Flight, Jan Turner had gross with 44, and Stephanie Frye had net with 35. For B Flight, Lori Kellar had gross with 51, and Kelly Paul had net with 37. For C Flight, Brenda Hembree had gross with 51, and Deb Pitcher had net with 37. Kelly Paul won the gimmick, which was the longest drive on hole no. 15.

theForce announces 2012 tryouts

theForce, a Kokomo-based travel softball organization has scheduled tryouts for its 2012 teams. Tryouts will be held on Aug. 21 with 14U starting at 3 p.m., 16U starting at 4 p.m. and 16U will start at 5 p.m. each day. Tryouts will be held at Kingsway Sports, 3116 W. Boulevard. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to start time to register and warm up. Questions should be directed to Lyle Snyder at 765-437-8592 or to

Kokomoan places 8th at Amateur

Brian Harris finished tied for eighth place at the Indiana Golf Associations Indianapolis Amateur held at the Sahm Golf Course. He finished with a score of even. He shot 68 on Aug. 6 and 72 on Aug. 7. Fellow Kokomoans Tennis Guyer and Andrew Roe finished tied for 61st at 11 over par and tied for 91st at 16 over par, respectively. Indianapolis Sean Rowen won the event at 5 under par.

Kokomo Beach extends season

Kokomo Beach will be adjusting the hours of operation for its final days. The final schedule for public swimming hours are as follows: Aug. 13,(11-6 p.m.), Aug. 14 (12-6 p.m.), Aug. 20 (11-6 p.m.), Aug. 21 (12-6 p.m.), Aug. 27 (11-6 p.m.) and Aug. 28 (12-5 p.m.). On Aug. 28, the day will be followed by Pooches in the Pool from 5-7 p.m.

Michael Baldwin hit a hole-in-one on Aug. 7 at Wildcat Creek Golf Course. He achieved the feat on hole no. 3, which covered 204 yards. He used a 4 Iron. Doc Dowden accomplished a hole-in-one on Aug. 8 at the American Legion Golf Course. He achieved the feat on hole No. 6, which covered 148 yards with his 7 Iron. This was his second hole-in-one. Witnesses were Don Farrington, Stubby Lear, Joe Zuppardo and Charlie Hackett.

Garry Williams Ladies Invitational results

Area golfers recently competed in the annual Garry Williams Ladies Invitational at Chippendale Golf Club. Winning low gross was Amy Stearns with 74. Winning low net was Becky Damico with 59. Placing second in low gross were Nila Damitz and Sheena Smith, who tied at 83. Placing second in low net was Diane Shoptaw with 60. Marge Parrott had the longest putt on hole No. 4. Nancy Clingaman was closest to the pin on hole No. 5. Melissa Ellis was closest to the pin on green on second shot on hole No. 9. Amy Stearns had the longest drive on hole No. 14. Lisa Overton had the closest to the pin on hole No. 16. Sheena Smith was closest to the pin on hole No. 17.

Friday Night Couples

On Aug. 5, area golfers participated in Friday Night Couples at Chippendale Golf Club. Ben Marvin Egel and Maggie Talbert with Jeff Seagraves placed first in gross winners with 31. Gene and Marty Obermeyer with Mark and Sally Masariu placed second with 31. Bill and Kate Humphrey with Jeff and Karen Thatcher placed third with 33. Dale and Sue Hight with Bill and Dana Osburn placed fourth with 33. Larry and Vickie Starbuck with Randy and Sandy Smith placed first in net winners with 30. Danny and Marcia Mullett with Dave and Lana Granson placed second with 31. Brent and Arlene Earlywine with Larry and Bev Cable placed third with 32. Jim and Shirley Miller with Darrell and Joyce Pennycoff placed fourth with 32. Vivian Heronemus was closest to the pin.

AL Monday Night Ladies Golf

On Aug. 1, American Legion held Monday Night Ladies Golf. The event featured an 18-hole league championship tournament with winners in two divisions. For A Flight, Jan Turner won gross with 81 and Lori Kellar won net with 60. For B Flight, Pam Eads won gross with 95 and Kelly Paul won net with 70.

5th District Tournament

Area golfers participated in the 5th District Tournament on Aug. 6 at the American Legion. Placing first with 54 was the team of Duke Butler, Denny Butler, Bill Hecht and Brian Hecht. Placing second with 56 was the team of W. Wells, J. Reinke, Altini and Wanker. Placing third with 58 was the team of Dan Laxen, Zach Laxen, Chris Thompson and Jake Morgan. Placing fourth with 59 was the team of B. Balsbaugh, C. Balsbaugh, L. Overton and H. Overton.

Wildcat Club Championship

On July 30 and 31, area golfers played in the Wildcat Club Championship. For mens gross, Bob Elkins placed first, Jeff Rudolph placed second and Greg Lorenz placed third. For mens net, Mark Waldron placed first, Creg Lorenz placed second and Bob Dunn placed third. For mens senior gross, John Hodson placed first and Mike Dyer placed second. For mens senior net, Dave Durfey placed first, Mike Dyer placed second and Jim Lasley placed third. For mens super senior gross, Jeff Rudolph placed first and Ron Delph placed second. For mens super senior net, Ron Delph placed first and Terry Uttinger placed second. For ladies gross, Julie Wagner placed first and JoEllyn Hufford placed second. For ladies net, Karen Swan placed first and Pam Durfey and Shirley Hamilton tied for second.

American Legion Pro-Member/Guest results

On July 30, golfers participated at the American Legion. Placing first was the team of Matt Blair (Pro), Nick Irish, John Bowman, Larry Beaty and Roger Colbert. Placing second was the team of Dick Beck (Pro), Bob Elkins, Chris Linville, Dan Laxen and Rick Weir. Placing third was the team of Cary Hungate (Pro), Nick Cardwell, Tom Abney, Brian Cossell and Terry Heltzel. Placing first in the Pro-Pro results was the team of John Andrews and Brad Williams with 63. Placing second was the team of Cary Hungate and Curt Corey with 64. There was a three-way tie for the Low Pro results with Tim Holt, John Andrews and Matt Blair with 66.

Callaway Golf Assistant Professional results

Bradley Williams of Kokomo finished in 32nd place at 20 over par at the Callaway Golf Assistant Professional Championship at Woodland Country Club in Carmel. The event took place from Aug. 1 through Aug. 2.

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If I had a dollar for every time that question was asked of me, chances are, I would be driving a brand new Dodge Ram Quad Cab and piloting a brand new bass boat and own a condo somewhere that whitetail deer and huge bass inhabit every square inch of property. Being an avid angler that fishes for just about anything that has gills, swims and tastes good in a skillet, I must be honest with you in confessing that I possibly have too much tackle, but dont tell my wife. I can go to the sporting goods department claiming that I dont need a thing and come out needing to rent a moving van and three pack mules just to get what I dont need out to the truck or Jeep. Like many of you readers, I have fishing tackle for bluegill, crappie, perch, catfish, carp, but when it comes to bass fishing, I am hooked! (Pardon the pun.) I have probably 12 different plastic tackle boxes in the storage compartments of my bass boat,


Bud Fields
and each tackle box is filled with totally different lures such as four plastic worms, six plastic worms, trailer grubs, jigs, tube baits, spinner baits, crank baits, lizards, etc. I must also add these lures are assorted sizes, colors, shapes and for a specific application. There are also boxes of assorted hooks and sinkers, again of different sizes for different uses. There are also plastic boxes containing assorted fishing line of mono-

filament, fluorocarbon and braid of all different sizes. I guess it could be compared to being dependant on drugs or alcohol, purchasing fishing tackle can be addictive. Anything new that comes out claiming to make you a better, more successful angler is purchased, and, many times, those claims are not always what they are proclaimed to be. I have always stated, fishing tackle is designed to catch people, not fish! To be realistic, the only time having too much fishing tackle is a problem is knowing what do you need to use to catch the fish now. The angler has to be able to analyze precisely what lure to use and when. This might appear to be a simple decision, but it is not! Many anglers, including myself, get hung up on certain lures, or confidence lures because they have caught fish before, and we naturally assume they will catch fish again,

TOO MUCH TACKLE? Outdoor columnist Bud Fields shows off his large amount of tackle.
Photo / Provided

ut that is not necessarily the correct assumption.

Summer Fishing Program Bud Fields and a group of kids at Eastern Elementary School after conducting a fishing seminar.
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Russiaville Fall Ball

Russiaville Youth Baseball League will have fall ball league this year. The league will start the week after Labor Day. It will have three divisions, Rookie (8 and under), Minor (10 and under) and Major (12 and under). The ages will be based off of next years ages. Rookie games will be on Tuesday, Minor and Major games will be played on Sunday. They will allow individuals ($40) or teams ($225) to sign up. There will be a single elimination tournament at the end of the tournament. This league will be geared towards development of skills. Sign-ups will be at Russiaville Ball Park, Aug 20, 9 a.m.-Noon. For more information, email Rob Gifford at

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Kats return depth as they aim for title
Kokomo will play at BSU, Lucas Oil Stadium this season
by Peter Adelsen

Sports Writer

Some things never change. One of those is the Kokomo Wildkats and their dominance over the North Central Conference. The Kats have not lost a conference game during the coach Brett Colby era, which is now in its fifth year. Our goal every year is to go undefeated and win the conference, Colby said. That never changes. We would also like to win sectional. That doesnt change either. Hopefully we can attain those things. Our non-conference games are very competitive this year with Mount Vernon and Plainfield. Even though the Kats have not lost a game, the NCC has improved. Last year, Marion and Anderson came closer than in years past on knocking off the conference power. I think weve raised the level of play of everybody in the conference, and we are definitely the target on everybodys schedule. So we better come out and give everybody our best effort, Colby said. For the second consecutive year, the Kats will travel south on U.S. 31 to Indianapolis Lu-

Kokomo Wildcats
Coach Brett Colbys record at KHS: 36-5 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sep. 3 Sep. 10 Sep. 16 Sep. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7 p.m. at Plainfield 7 p.m. Muncie Central (BSU) 1 p.m. Huntington North (LOS) 2:30 p.m. at New Castle 7 p.m. Richmond 7 p.m. Logansport 7:30 p.m. at Marion 7 p.m. at Anderson 7 p.m.
Kokomo will take on the Muncie Central Bearcats at 1 p.m. on Sep. 3. Muncie is kind of a central location for our conference, he said. Thats a good weekend for the North Central Conference. Last season, the eight Mid-Indiana Conference schools played at Scheumann Stadium. On both sides of the ball, Kokomo will have a lot of depth this year. We return eight starters on defense, he said. Weve got a lot of kids back on that side of the ball. We are expecting some real good things on defense, and we were pretty good last year. We have great team speed, and we fly around the ball. Bo Butler and Cameron Colby and Isiah

cas Oil Stadium on Sep. 10 to take on conference rival Huntington North Vikings at 2:30 p.m. The game will be a part of the Horseshoe Hall of Fame Classic. Last year, the Kats opened up the season by defeating Mount Pleasant (Fortville) at Lucas Oil Stadium. There will be some good teams down there that day, and we are a part of it, he said. Were honored to be selected by the Colts to play there. Our kids have been there before, but it will be a neat experience for the kids who didnt get to play last year. The week before Lucas Oil, the Kats will travel east to Ball State Universitys Scheumann Stadium to take part in North Central Conference Day.

RUN THIS PLAY Coach Brett Colby talks to his team during a practice last week.

Perspective Photo / Peter Adelsen

Young will lead our front seven. Tayler Persons, Armon Bridgeforth and Michael Clifton will be good players for us in the secondary this year. Offensively, we dont

have as many returners, but I think our depth is better. We have some smart kids up front who can adjust too many things. The Kats open up the

season hosting Mount Pleasant (Fortville) at 7 p.m. They open the NCC portion of the season against Muncie Central on Sep. 3.

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Panthers look to go deep in season

Western opens up season with two tough non-conference opponents
Last years Western Panthers were somewhat of a surprise with the success they had with the youth on the team. Like previous years, the Panthers competed to the very end of the season for the conference championship. We want to win our conference championship and win the sectional championship, Western coach Alix Engle said. Our goals havent changed. In the past five out of six years, we have played for the conference championship in week nine. Its the same goals every year; the only things that have changed are the names and faces. This years Panthers return a strong nucleus. We return a good nucleus of seniors, Engle said. Weve got some experience. We have good numbers in our senior group, and theyve got experience. Weve got some pretty good football players in our junior group. Our sophomore group is pretty strong. We have 24 kids, I think, in our sophomore group. Theres going to be a variety of grades playing. It will be mostly a senior/ sophomore type group if you look at it. The senior leadership is going to play a key role into the development of some of our young guys. Among the returners, the Panthers have many key players. We return Quin Fields as quarterback, Hudson Featherstone returns for LETS TRY IT THIS WAY Coach Alix Engle discusses how to run a play with his team during a light practice on Friday.


Western Panthers
Coach Alix Engles record at WHS: 49-20 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sep. 2 Sep. 9 Sep. 16 Sep. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Frankfort at Eastbrook Taylor at Northwestern Maconaquah at Peru at Eastern at Hamilton Heights Lewis Cass 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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us at fullback, James Davis at our other running back position, Jake Boswell, Brad Penning, Briar Shoffner, Ronnie Smith and Jacob Hopkins, he said. Weve got some underclassmen fighting for jobs, as well. On the defensive side of the ball, Jake Wiechmann, Jake Boswell, Brad Penning, James Davis, Jacob Hopkins, Hudson Featherstone and Briar Shoffner return at the linebacker

position. We have four band new defensive backs, three sophomores and a junior this year. We return maybe eight offensive starters and six or seven defensive starters. As for the Mid-Indiana Conference, Engle said Western has a strong shot at the championship as long as the team remains healthy. We are definitely in the top quarter in the conference, he said.

We know that Eastern is returning some good players and Hamilton Heights and Northwestern. I would think that we are in the top quarter of the conference right now, and if we can stay healthy, I think we can stay there and have an opportunity to put ourselves into position for the conference (championship). Western will open up the season with two

tough non-conference opponents. The Panthers kick off the season hosting Frankfort, which is always a hard-fought game, and then travel to Eastbrook the following Friday. Eastbrook put a pounding on us last year, he said. They lost 24 seniors, but they have a pretty good program and they are going to respond.

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Tigers bring back depth to the line up

Northwestern looks to improve each week in prep for deep run
by Peter Adelsen ally excited about.


Sports Writer

The 2011 Northwestern Tigers will be bringing back much of the skill they had from last years 8-4 team that went to the sectional championship. Offensively, weve got a lot of our skills guys back, Northwest-

The preseason practices for the Tigers went rather well, despite the sizzling weather at the start. The two-a-days went great, Hendryx said. The kids worked well. At the beginning it looked like the weather wasnt going to be too cooperative, but it ended

Northwestern Tigers
Coach John Hendryxs record at NHS: 31-17 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sep. 2 Sep. 9 Sep. 16 Sep. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 at Frankton at North Miami at Lewis Cass Western at Taylor Maconaquah Hamilton Heights at Peru Eastern 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

ON THE LINE The Northwestern Tigers work on scrimmage drills last week at practice.

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ern coach John Hendryx said. Weve got our quarterback back, Tanner Martin. We have two of our running backs coming back, Kylan Dubbels and Marcus Salazar. Weve got our wide receiver coming back in David Alexander. We have a lot of skills guys returning that we are re-

up being great, so we didnt have any practices where we had to go out wearing half gear. We got to have our full-padded practices, and so we were really happy at how the two weeks have gone. The only goal Northwestern has this year is to continuously get better and then see where

that takes them. We just want to get better week by week, he said. We dont ever want to take a step backwards. By the time the tournament rolls around, we want to be the best we can be at that time. We just dont ever want to take a week where we take a step back. He said this how a team wins a sectional. To win the sectional,

you have to keep improving as the season rolls along, he said. Hendryx said the strength for the team will be on the line. I think that our strength is that we have a lot of depth, especially up front, he said. We plan on playing a bunch of kids, especially on our defensive line. On offense, the team will have tremendous

depth. Offensively, well probably play about 20 people every Friday. We are just expecting contributions from a lot of different kids. Included in the depth will be the leadership brought by the juniors and seniors, who make up most of the team, he said. The Tigers will be a force to be reckoned with

for all of the teams in the Mid-Indiana Conference this year. Northwestern always finds a way to Northwestern opens up on the road at 7 p.m. Friday at Frankton. Last year, the Tigers downed Frankton at home 35-7. They open up the MidIndiana Conference season on Sep. 2 on the road at Lewis Cass.

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2011 Titans adjust to new expectations
New Taylor coach hopes practice style translates to success on Fridays
by Peter Adelsen mentals like blocking

Sports Writer

After a season that was a struggle, the 2011 Taylor Titans have a new coach and a new set of expectations. Last years Titans finished the year at 1-9, and new head coach Eric Davis is familiar with turning around teams. Last year, he helped turn around a 1-9 Greencastle team to a 6-6 team. So far during the summer time practices, it has been a learning experience for the Titans, Davis said. Its been a learning situation for our kids from the standpoint that were teaching funda-

and tackling and it is in a two-a-days format, he said. Our kids are battling through a new perspective on how to do things and a new set of expectations on how we want them done. Were trying to increase the commitment level that you have to be here, that youre going to be held accountable when youre here, and we are practicing in a way that is high tempo that mirrors a game. The kids are adjusting to those expectations. With the high tempo practices, Davis said he hopes that translates onto the field. I know that were going to get after it at prac-

Taylor Titans
Coach Eric Davis record at THS: 0-0 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sep. 2 Sep. 9 Sep. 16 Sep. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 at Clinton Central Tri-Central at Western at Peru Northwestern at Hamilton Heights Lewis Cass Eastern at Maconaquah 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

HARD AT WORK The Taylor Titans work on punting drills during practice last week.

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tice, and were going to practice up tempo and make practice as much like game situations as we can, he said. From there, hopefully that translates to success on the field. In the couple weeks of practice, Davis said the team appears to have a couple leaders who are helping to convey the new style of the program to their teammates.

Our team leaders seem to be Kalob Bitner, a junior, and Bo Bollinger, a senior, he said. Both of those kids understand what we are trying to do, and they really are working to relay that to the other kids. Davis said that Titans will have some goals this year and into the future when it comes to the program. I think we have two

sets of goals here, he said. Our short-term goal is competing every down, every play on Friday nights. Our longterm goal is to crack the top four (of the conference). If you can be in the top four in our league, you are a pretty darn good football team. For quite some time, schools like Lewis Cass, Hamilton Heights, Northwestern and West-

ern have dominated the Mid-Indiana Conference football landscape. We are just trying to change the culture of the team in a positive direction and build on what we have. Taylor opens up the season at 7:30 p.m. at Clinton Central on Friday. They open up the MIC season at Western on Sep. 2.

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Comets bring back experience for 2011

Eastern seeks to get over the hump against tough MIC opponents
by Peter Adelsen the top of the mountain,


Sports Writer

The Eastern Comets have a lot of momentum at their backs entering the 2011 season. Although the 2010 overall record was 5-5, the Comets were only mere points away from a possible 8-2 record. Were pretty excited because we are basically around seven points away from being 8-1 last year versus 5-4 in the regular season, coach Josh Edwards said. Were close, but as we talk in our locker room, the hardest part getting over the mountain is the last thousand feet. Weve got to struggle still to get to

and thats what weve focused on since last November in the weight room. Thats what weve been focusing on all summer. Weve got some high goals, but we know getting to those goals is pretty difficult. The Comets began last year at 4-0, but hit a snag against the meat grinder in the middle of the schedule, he said. Eastern put up a good fight against Hamilton Heights at Ball State University and narrowly lost to Lewis Cass and Western. They also narrowly lost to Northwestern at the close of the regular season. The positive experience of last season serves

Eastern Comets
Coach Josh Edwards record at EHS: 11-30 Aug. 19 Aug. 26 Sep. 2 Sep. 9 Sep. 16 Sep. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oak Hill at Madison-Grant Peru at Maconaquah at Hamilton Heights Lewis Cass Western at Taylor at Northwestern 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

READY FOR ACTION The Eastern Comets work on blocking during a running drill last week.
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as a good lead in for the 2011 Comets. This years Comets return 17 starters, so the experience will be on the field. Our skills positions are all seniors, Edwards said. Were starting all kids who are seniors and four-year letter winners. Weve got a lot of experience. These seniors were

1-9 as freshmen and each year after that they have improved, he continued. They were 5-6, then 5-5, and now we are hoping to get over that hump. The Comets will also enjoy a large freshmen class, as well as play many of the sophomores and juniors this year. We are going to be playing a lot of sopho-

mores and juniors this year, too, to kind of blend in with (the seniors), he said. We have a huge freshman class with 22 freshmen who only lost two games in two years in junior high, so weve got a pretty good mix going. We are pretty excited about the future. As for the Mid-Indiana Conference, Edwards says he sees Hamilton

Heights, Western, Lewis Cass and Northwestern at the top of the mountain of the conference. Eastern opens up the season against Oak Hill Eagles at 7 p.m. on Friday at Eastern High School. The Comets open up the Mid-Indiana Conference season against the Peru Tigers at 7 p.m. on Sep. 2.

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States four FBS schools ready for action

by Peter Adelsen we can keep building. It


Sports Writer

Indiana Hoosiers

After finishing the 2010 football season, the Indiana University Hoosiers can only improve from their last place finish in the Big Ten Conference. However, that finish was one win more than the 2009 campaign. Head coach Kevin Wilson told the media at the Big Ten press conference that this years Hoosiers have high expectations. We have had a lot of the kids here this summer, Wilson said. A lot of guys have embraced our values, or are trying to, but we have a long way to go in understanding the subtle things in how to be demanding of yourself or having high expectations. We are continuing to try to gain momentum in those regards. They were all here this summer; that is a voluntary time. They made the commitment to be here, and we had a number of guys in summer school. (Our players) have leaned up, and we look to be in good shape. I see a lot of positive deals. Now, we have had one practice, and it was a helmet-only practice. For a first go, it looks pretty good, but there is a long way and a lot of water to go across the dam before we play a game. I like the attitude and hopefully

should be better as we go, but that will be tough because as you get into two-a-days they start to hit that wall and have to grind. It will be nice to see that energy and attitude in days 10, 11 and 12. That would be great to see. With the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten, IU will play in the new Leaders division, which includes Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers open up the season versus the Ball State Cardinals at 7 p.m. on Sep. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Purdue makers


Purdues Robert Marve

The Purdue Boilermakers had a rough 2010 campaign. Oddly enough, the Boilers have not participated in a bowl game since 2007. We have an unbelievable group of young men, Purdue coach Danny Hope said at the Big Ten Media Day. We believe as a football team that coming into the season that we are further along in almost every phase of our team and almost every position than we have been in the last couple of years. Although he said the Purdue team is young, but they are experienced with the several freshmen who played last season. We feel like we have

weve had the last couple of years. He said that if the team can stay healthy and take care of football, that they can be a team to watch for this upcoming season. Hope said he has two really good quarterbacks, Robert Marve and Rob Henry, who are both great players. A lot of people talk about our quarterback situation saying that if you dont have a starter that you dont have a quarterback, he said. I disagree. We have two really good quarterbacks. Purdue opens up the season at noon on Sep. 3 hosting Middle Tennessee State. In the usual clash of powers, they host Notre Dame on Oct. 1. And, this years Old Oaken Bucket game against IU will be Nov. 26.

the way we came together at the end of the year, a lot of people would say, Thats the momentum that you want to carry, he said. I think whats happened more than anything else is when we come into this camp now, we know our football team so much better. I think year two is a year where youre not as concerned about what your personnel are going to do. You know your players. You know what to expect. They know what to expect. It allows you to get to football. It allows you to get to the fundamentals of the game. It allows you to start to look at your scheme particularly situationally. The Irish open up play hosting South Florida on Sep. 3.

Notre Dame Irish

Ball State Cardinals

New BSU coach Pete Lembo

potentially more firepower on offense and little more firepower on defense and a little bit more firepower on special teams than what

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off of a decent 8-5 season, where they defeated the University of Miami (Fla.) in the Sun Bowl. The Irish still have some need for improvements, but they are moving in the right direction under head coach Brian Kelly. The team finished the 2010 year with a four game winning streak after starting at 4-5. Coach Kelly spoke about his team at the preseason press conference. Certainly if you look at our football team and

The Ball State Cardinals will open up the 2011 season on Sep. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Cards will do so with new head coach Pete Lembo. Lembo previously served as a head coach for Lehigh University and Elon University. He has a career head coaching record of 79-36. The Cardinals look to improve on the 4-8 record they had in 2010. Notable games on the schedule include hosting Army on Sep. 25 and traveling to Oklahoma on Oct. 1.

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