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  • WINONA LAKE – David Fisher, jump roping Guinness World Record holder, will perform at this year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, hosted by the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.
    Fisher, also known as the “Rope Warrior,” holds the world record for the most revolutions turned with a jump rope while pushing off and landing only on the backside in one minute – or “rump-jumps” – for completing 56 of these jumps in one minute.  
    Fisher was a Double A volleyball player at Emory University in Atlanta, and trained using a jump rope. Since then, Fisher turned jumping rope into his full-time profession as he promotes wellness and creative physical fitness. He serves as president of The Rope Warrior, Inc.™ and originator of Ropenastics™ which combines jumping rope with gymnastics techniques. 
    Rope Warrior shows are scheduled for May 28 at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at Center Lake Park in downtown Warsaw. 
    Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a Memorial Day ceremony and more.
    This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Maple Leaf Farms, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet
     
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  • Warsaw FFA and Tom Farms hosted National FFA Southern Region Vice President DeShawn Blanding Monday, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.

    Blanding visited Warsaw Community High School during student resource time and sixth period to share his knowledge on leadership and values.

    Blanding began his talk with students by explaining the TV show “The Price is Right.” He posted several items on the board and had the students gather the right price for the items. Then he put the word “life” on the board. He had the students gather prices for a life. The students said life was priceless.

    Blanding explained to the students that leadership is like planting a seed. 

    “You plant your values in the soil and watch them grow. As your life grows, so does the seed. When a seed grows, it grows roots. Your roots of the seed are like the values in your life; they keep us stable. Without our values in life, we would not be who we are today,” he said.

    Blanding told students to make sure to live out their values to the potential they deserve because the outcome will be thriving. He noted a person cannot replace their life, but you can replace material items. 

    Blanding concluded by encouraging students to prepare a path for others to follow behind, the release states.
  • Storefront Vacancies Plummet
    Elysian, Rua and Meraki are some of the new names leading an entrepreneurial insurgency of business growth into downtown Warsaw.
  • Willie Robertson Attributes Success To Being Authentic
    WINONA LAKE – For the second time in less than three months, a “Duck Dynasty” star came to the Winona Lake/Warsaw area to speak.
  • Hit-And-Run Under Investigation
    Police responded to hit-and-run on Cook Street, Warsaw, at about 9:35 p.m. Friday.
  • City of Warsaw will use crowdfunding to help raise funds for its downtown alley activation project proposed for this summer.
  • WINONA LAKE – Grace College will host the Area 13 Toastmasters speech contests March 2 at 7 p.m. in McClain Hall, room 107.
  • Kosciusko REMC will sponsor four students at the annual Touchstone Energy Camp.
  • Warsaw Woman Arrested On Drug Charges
    WINONA LAKE – The wife of a Winona Lake cop was arrested Thursday after a federal drug investigation.
  • 3 Arrested In Connection To Cromwell Armed Robbery
    Three people have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery in Cromwell last weekend.
  • Kosciusko County is upgrading its 220 voting machines, putting the county in a better position to consider moving from the traditional precinct voting system to the use of voting centers.
  • BOURBON — Triton School Corp. will hold two meetings to look at the future of the corporation and its financial needs.
  • LEESBURG – A woman and her two children are safe after their SUV flipped on a county road near Clunette.

  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Speaks At Wildman Party
    Jase Robertson, Duck Dynasty’s prankster and one of four sons of patriarch Phil Robertson, told a crowd of several hundred people in Warsaw Friday night that he’s proud of the what his family has accomplished.
  • Blake Begins Writing Career With 3-Book Series
    Originally, E.R. Blake wrote one long debut novel, but after some advice from her publisher, she turned it into a three-book series.
  • SOUTH WHITLEY – A?non–profit search and rescue team began searching for a missing South Whitley man Friday.
  • Representatives of the Bibler Family Charitable Trust announced the awarding of $10,800 in grants for 2016 to 17 recipients.
  • The case of an autistic woman from Warsaw who was  murdered almost two years ago remains unsolved.
  • The Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced a major grant award that will be available to residents who are considered underemployed and seeking to gain training as a machinist.
  • Navy Band Set To Perform In Warsaw
    U.S. Navy Concert Band is coming to Warsaw for a free concert.
  • Two bids were awarded Friday morning by the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety.
  • American Legion Post 49, Warsaw, is planning a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.
  • Five Native Ind. Trees Planted Around Grace College Campus
    Grace College added some trees to its campus Friday.
  • A missing 14-year-old runaway girl and two male teenagers from Warsaw have been located in Florida, according to a news release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department this afternoon.
  • Honeywell Foundation Celebrating 75th Anniversary With Giveaways
    WABASH – The Honeywell Foundation is in the middle of celebrating its 75th anniversary.
  • Supermarket Sweep Gives Back To Community
    WINONA LAKE – Grace College & Seminary partnered with Mission Point Community Church to sponsor the sixth annual Supermarket Sweep Wednesday at Owen’s Market in Warsaw.
  • We Care Warsaw is planned today from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
  • WINONA LAKE – On Thursday morning at Grace College, students flipped through the pages of Bibles twice as old as the United States.
  • ETNA?GREEN – A report of gunshots fired in Etna Green led to the arrest of two people on numerous charges.
  • Beaman Home Benefits From Youth Performance
    WINONA LAKE – Young musicians from Kosciusko County and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra came together to perform a benefit for The Beaman Home last week at The Heritage Room in Winona Lake.
  • It was a short agenda of grants and contracts before the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety Friday.
  • McEntire Returning To Warsaw Dec. 10 To Support Toys For Tots
    For a third consecutive year, Susie McEntire is returning to Warsaw in December to help support Toys For Tots.
  • A Claypool man was charged with child molestation after police say he played sexual games with a 5-year-old girl.
  • The Big Celebration, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters, on Nov. 10 is a chance to have a good time and to give back to the community.
  • Forty men and women were summoned to Kosciusko County Circuit Court Friday to determine whether an impartial jury can be found for Kosciusko?County Sheriff Aaron?Rovenstine.
  • Paul Gingerich, who was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison, will likely serve less than seven years behind bars.
  • PIERCETON – A house near Pierceton was destroyed by a fire Friday night.
  • Rua Brings International Street Food To Warsaw
    Andrew Jones and Andrew Holladay are hoping to attract not only people who are hungry to their new restaurant, Rua, but also inquisitive.
  • SYRACUSE – Chautauqua-Wawasee of Syracuse will present Comedy Improv LIVE! from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19.
  • NORTH MANCHESTER – A couple that were married for eight days were killed Sunday when their vehicle hit a tree.
  • Lakeview Middle School announced the hiring of Andrew Wilson as the new assistant principal of Lakeview Middle School, which was effective Monday.
  • SYRACUSE – Michael Schmahl is planning to spend about a third of his day today riding his bicycle from Syracuse to Indianapolis for Riley Hospital for Children.
  • SYRACUSE – A Syracuse boy was killed Monday evening in an ATV accident in Elkhart County.
  • The Wayne Township trustee, a church and a business owner all received approval for their petitions Monday night before the City of Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • WINONA?LAKE ?– A fiber glass bison that highlights Winona Lake’s history will be on display next month at the Indianapolis State Fair.
  • INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The campaign to replace Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the Republican candidate for governor remained intense Monday a day ahead of the unprecedented selection set in motion by his withdrawal to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate.
  • WINONA LAKE – Grace College today announced plans for a new science complex that will be named after Biomet co-founder Dr. Dane Miller.
  • Zimmer Biomet is making inroads on two fronts — robotic surgery and an increasing foothold in one of the fastest growing countries in the word, India.
  • LEESBURG – The body of a Chicago man who drowned in Tippecanoe Lake almost two weeks ago was recovered Wednesday night.
  • It’s now up to Warsaw Common Council on whether or not smoking will be banned in city parks.
  • WINONA LAKE – Court Street, from 12th Street north to Auditorium Boulevard, will be one way north despite opposition from residents.
  • The season’s hottest stretch of summer weather is about to engulf northern Indiana as it moves slowly across the nation’s midsection.
  • With less than one month away from the first day of school, Warsaw schools are on track for a year with two new administrative staff members.
  • Roads in the City of Warsaw are below average, but with the Common Council’s consent Monday night to apply for grant funding, Public Works Superintendent Jeff Beeler wants to begin improving the city streets.
  • NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset announced today that Andrew Stout has stepped down from his role as head women’s soccer coach and assistant professor in Exercise Science to move into a teaching role at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne.
  • Is the county fair back on track?
    Looks like it.
  • Two people so far have announced they will seek the position of Kosciusko County Republican Party chairman at the upcoming caucus.
  • INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As a conservative talk-radio host in the 1990s, Mike Pence described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."

  • LEESBURG – Indiana Helicopter, a charter company out of Goshen, donated an hour’s use of one of its helicopters and a pilot to help find the body of a drowning victim in Tippecanoe Lake.
  • Sheppard tractors had a short and unique impact on farming in the early 1950s, but one that left an imprint on John Camden’s life.
  • A countywide Republican caucus has been scheduled to elect a new Kosciusko County GOP chairman.
  • Riley Children’s Foundation, the fund-raising organization supporting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, has granted $10,500 to family-focused initiatives in the Warsaw area.
  • LEESBURG – Indiana Conservation Officers and the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department are continuing to search for the possible Tippecanoe Lake drowning victim, who has been identified as John J. Forbes Sr., 70, Chicago.
  • Kosciusko County commissioners honor a veteran every month, but this week was the first time a post-Gulf War era serviceman was spotlighted.
  • A recent congressional candidate and native of Warsaw is trying to end the historical uncertainty behind the origin of the state’s “Hoosier” nickname.
    The answer, says JD Miniear, may very well involve the legend of Harry Hoosier.
  • WINONA LAKE – Winona Lake Plan Commission Tuesday approved a preliminary and final plat for Stonehenge Villas.
  • AKRON – During the Tippecanoe Valley School Board meeting Monday, the board heard an update on the Akron Elementary School additions and renovations.
  • I hadn’t been in a goat barn — let alone any 4-H barn — for more than 25 years and the first thing I noticed as I entered it at the Kosciusko County 4-H Fair was the whirl of large fans in the rafters that helped move Monday’s warm air.
  • A search warrant was served Friday on a local massage parlor, resulting in the arrest of two female employees on misdemeanor prostitution charges.
  • ATWOOD – The Huntington woman injured Friday in an accident near Atwood is on life support as of Monday morning.
  • For the first time in many years, Kosciusko County Community Fair will not have any headline musical acts.
  • WINONA LAKE – Grace College’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was recently named one of the state’s best values by Top Counseling Schools.
  • A Michigan man was arrested Wednesday for corrupt business influence, a level 5 felony, and theft, a level 6 felony.
  • The City of Warsaw Building and Planning Department reminds residents of the city ordinance governing tall grass and weeds.
  • After listening Tuesday night at the Common Council meeting to more residents’ grievances about the two-month-old curbside trash pick-up system, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer and Public Works Superintendent Jeff Beeler explained it again.
  • The Winona Lake Limitless Park Board had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon for the opening of Phase 2.1 of the Winona Lake Limitless Park.
  • A Warsaw man was arrested Monday on charges of criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, and residential entry, a level 6 felony.
  • An Atwood man was arrested early today on domestic battery charges in the presence of a child under the age of 16, a level 6 felony.
  • The Animal Welfare League is maxed out.
    The humane shelter, which serves the city of Warsaw and Kosciusko County, has seen its cat population skyrocket to unprecedented levels in recent weeks partly because of a series of hoarding cases.
  • Nominated by family and friends, 21 Kosciusko County residents will represent the county in the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Sept. 29.
  • NORTH WEBSTER – A Cromwell man was arrested for allegedly dealing methamphetamine while attending his daughter’s sporting event.
  • People who knew John Etchison as a teacher, coach, co-worker and friend use words like dynamic, selfless and “a good man” to describe him.
  • A Warsaw man with alleged ties to a white supremacist gang was arrested Friday evening on intimidation charges.
  • A sign at the intersection of Godman and South Columbia streets warns of a dead end, but for two Warsaw families, the nearby property represents a new life.
  • Senior housing will be the ninth City of Warsaw Stellar Community project.
  • July 1 will be a Super Stellar First Friday.

  • WINONA LAKE – At 7 p.m. Saturday during the Homebrew Fest with the Kosciusko Kettleheads, club President Jason Rich gave the annual toast.


  • WINONA LAKE – While participation in other triathlons is down by around 10 percent, according to Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club Triathlon Race Director Ron Donkers, Saturday’s Optimist Sprint Triathlon was up 4 percent over last year.
  • CLAYPOOL – A former Warsaw Community Schools teacher was killed in an accidental house fire Saturday morning in Claypool.

  • An undisclosed amount of acid was accidently released this morning at a Zimmer Biomet building. Warsaw Fire and Elkhart Hazardous Material departments responded after 2:40 a.m. to the incident. A small number of employees had to evacuate the building. There were no reported injuries or damages. An official press release from Zimmer Biomet had not been released as of press time this morning. Photo by Gary Nieter
  • LEESBURG – The driver who was pronounced dead at the scene of a fiery crash early Monday morning has been identified by coroners.
  • WINONA LAKE – Before the sixth annual Tracey Yeager Memorial 5K Run/Walk started Monday morning, the crowd of over 1,000 was reminded by a veteran of the reason for Memorial Day.

  • Kosciusko County officials are still investigating a fiery single-vehicle traffic fatality that occurred early Monday morning east of Leesburg. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded at 4:09 a.m. to Armstrong Road, east of CR 200E and found an SUV that was fully engulfed in flames. After the Leesburg/Plain Township Fire Department extinguished the fire, a driver was found deceased inside of the silver, 2004 Chevy Suburban. The Kosciusko County Coroner’s office was summoned to the scene and subsequently transported the remains to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Fort Wayne, for formal identification. The autopsy and dental forensic portion will be performed today. Kosciusko County FACT members stated the fatality vehicle was travelling east on Armstrong road, when for an unknown reason, it left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree head-on, and caught fire. The crash remains under investigation. The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office is not releasing the identity of the driver until full forensic identification is completed. Photo by Gary Nieter
  • Winona Lake’s Sybella Dillon and Warsaw’s Charles Ker’s ages are 80 years apart.
    But they share something in common that is unique to both of them.
  • LEESBURG – Leesburg student Brooklyn Gilstrap was awarded for her historical essay from Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory.

  • Not since “American Teen” in 2008 has Warsaw had a red-carpet movie event like Thursday night’s for “New Life (Nouvelle Vie).”
    There was a red carpet for cast and crew to walk, fans seeking autographs and selfies, and area media conducting interviews and taking photos. Before the film was shown in several of North Pointe Cinemas’ theaters, VIPs got to socialize with the cast and crew.
    The film was shot primarily in Warsaw, Winona Lake and Goshen in 2015. Those attending the event last night were some of the first people to see the finished product before it rolls out to theaters in October across the nation.
    “New Life” is a love story about hope. Benjamin Morton’s life changes forever when he meets the little girl next door, Ava. From their childhood and into adulthood, their love grows. When life takes an unexpected turn, their future together is called into question.
    Jonathan Patrick Moore plays Morton as an adult.
  • 1st Source Bank officials and community leaders joined together Wednesday to dedicate the building site of the bank’s future office at 325 S. Lake St., downtown Warsaw.