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July 24, 2009

Salvation Army grateful for outpouring of support with hygeine items for the needy

Thank you to everyone who came and dropped off hygeine items to my office. What a wonderful community we live in. When there is a need the people of Whitley County come and respond. It means so much to those going through tough times to be able to have hygeine items. Bars of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, hairbrushes and combs, dish soap and toliet paper every little bit helps. There have been occasions when donated scented body sprays and cologne made a difference to someone. They could feel special and feel confident. Thank you Whitley County for opening your hearts to help. I am blessed to be a part of Salvation Army and doubly blessed to be in this community!!
Pat Mossburg
Community Ministries Specialist
Salvation Army Whitley County

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July 23, 2009

Count Me In! says "cheers" to Doris Studebaker

Count Me In!, Whitley County’s 40 Developmental Assets promoter, would like to extend a heart felt ‘CHEER’ to Doris Studebaker.  For forty-seven years she has been 4-H volunteer.  For three generations she has been a role model for kids.  For three generations she has provided a guiding hand mentoring young 4-H members.  Again, Doris, thank you for being an adult who kids can count on to be there. 


The Count Me In! Team

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July 08, 2009

Tax Abatements: It's About Time

After reading the article posted from the "Talk of the Town" on tax abatement, All I can say is "IT'S ABOUT TIME." 


“We just need to look at these and we haven’t in the past,” said councilman Jim Bayman.  Pretty much sums it up in a nut shell (from our June article).  Our tax dollars given away with out being looked at???  This makes me wonder what else has been given away with out being looked into!  It's no wonder companies come to Whitley County looking for the almighty tax dollar and then BAIL OUT as soon as they can or are questioned.  Who is looking into the commitments to see if they are upheld and accountable.  I know as a taxpayer I'm not given that ability.  And I'm giving back to my community!


Jim Banks, thank you also for the suggestion of getting younger member's of the community involved.  Granted, experience comes with age and wisdom but how do you manage a community with out change.  We need a broader base of tax payers to be involved not just those collecting (social security) payments. 



Sandye Parks

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'Obamacare' not cost efficient

The Democrats have had to postpone markups on their legislation after the Congressional Budget Office hit them with a 2×4 when the cost of the Obama plan skyrocketed over $1 Trillion dollars. And let’s not forget that the House Democrat original plan included over $600 Billion in tax increases.

More and more, people are realizing that government run health care is not cost efficient, will not provide the care the Democrats claim it will and that our country just isn’t ready for it.


Our health is too important to gamble on a system designed and run by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

As an American, you deserve the right to make all your own health care choices – and those choices should never be limited by government bureaucrats.

• YOU should have the right to choose the doctor that is best for you.
• YOU should have the right to choose who can see and keep your personal health information.
• YOU should have the right to choose what care is needed and best for your family.
• YOU should NOT be forced into a “one-size–fits-all” government-controlled health insurance system

If you agree, join Patients United Now on Thursday July 9th at Noon at Courthouse Square in Ft. Wayne – and let’s support real health care reform.


Patients United

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July 02, 2009

Help bring Ginger home again!



Dear Editor:

On Sunday evening, June 21, 2009 our “Yorkie” was picked up on 100 South, Columbia City near Gateway East.

The couple driving a bluish/gray older style Honda stopped to ask the neighbor who lives at the corner of 100 S and Medallion Blvd E if he knew where she belonged. The neighbor recalls telling them “This is Ginger and she belongs to the Smith’s in the two story blue house.” He offered to take her back home, but they said no they would take her. Well take her they did.

Ginger had been visiting this neighbor and his dog when she must of saw me drive up 100 S. looking for her. My husband was not home on Sunday, Father’s Day, as he was volunteering his services on a traffic detail from an overturned semi all afternoon until after midnight. We searched for hours, checking neighbor ponds, the river, decks, fields, etc. wondering where she was. Then Monday while walking door to door to each of the neighbors we were told a couple had her.

This neighbor has had some very restless nights as Ginger was not only part of our family but also the family of Gateway East. We have taken several steps to find her including checking with the shelters, City and County police, vet clinics and hospitals, placed an ad in the local paper and have posted signs.  

Our lives and the lives of our other four legged children, as well as many neighbors, have been turned upside down.

The sad part is the couple knows where she belongs, but have chosen not to bring her back.

So let me give you some history. Miss Ginger Ale Smith was added to our home in October 2000 as a playmate for our daughter who was then 11 years old. She was born August 19, 2000 and is black and gold.

Our “grandest baby”, as my husband and I call her, usually eats a couple tablespoons of oatmeal in the morning once her grandpa has finished and it has cooled down. For her birthday she gets half of a baby cup of vanilla ice cream from Dairy Queen. She is due for her vaccinations. She has been trimmed short for the summer and loves to sit outside to let the wind blow through her hair. Please take good care of our little girl.

If you have a change of heart and would like to return her to us, there is a leash on our front porch if you would like to remain anonymous. If $$ is required for you to do the right thing, call us at (260)244-7601 and we will make some arrangements.

Sad & broken hearted,

Janelle Smith

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