Warsaw Times Union 02 28 2018 E Edition Page 1A

Many TIMES-UNION customers have become accustomed to Dawn Klinger's smiling face along her route. Starting Thursday, she'll miss those faces. After 34 years as a newspaper carrier, Klinger is retir ing after delivering today's edition. In some ways newspaper carri ers are a lot like mail carriers in that they're out in all kinds of weather, and have lots of unique, and occasionally challenging, expe riences. "There are a lot of days it's so hot you can't breathe, or it's so cold your breath freezes to your face," she said. "I remember reaching into a box one time and a mouse ran up my arm. I've also been stung on the neck and once a bat flew in my car. "But I wouldn't trade any of it. It's been great." As a carrier, Klinger also has a unique place to see the growth of the Warsaw area over her time in the position. "When I started my route it was 24 miles, and now it's more like 40," she said. "There's been a lot of housing developments come in over the years." Klinger got her start in the busi ness for the same reason most paper carriers do - the extra income. It was something she could do without hiring a sitter for her son, Steve, who now works in the TIMES-UNION circulation department. "I wanted to make some extra money when I got married and Steve was still in kindergarten. I didn't want to take him to a babysitter, so he went on the paper route with me," she said. She said she's enjoyed a mutual ly beneficial relationship with the people along her route. "The customers on my route are amazing. They are so kind and so generous. There are a few crabs out there, but we all get them," she said. "My customers always made sure I was safe and not in a ditch, or they were giving me extras just to let me know I'm appreciated. I TIMES UNION February 28, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 50 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Politics Hicks acknowl- edges 'white lies' for Trump, but not on Russia. Page 8B Opinion Guns, immigra- tion reflect change in cul- tural politics. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 44 High 45 Sports Warsaw falls 58-45 to Goshen in sec- tional opener. Page 1B Rain likely tonight and Thursday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Fab Holsclaw Jan Orban Buying or Selling? Call us at 574.268.1899 Wednesday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION See CARRIER- Page 2A $1 BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION carrier Dawn Klinger is retiring after delivering newspapers for 34 years. Warsaw police are seeking help in iden- tifying the individual pictured above. She is a person of interest in a theft from a local business. Anyone who rec- ognizes the woman is encouraged to contact the Warsaw Police Detective Division at 574-372-9575, according to the WPD Facebook page. By auctioning off each of its projects once they're completed, the Harrison Elementary School Tractor Club can use the proceeds to move on to rebuilding its next tractor. The third tractor the club has reassembled since 2013 is up for auction now until the end of March. It is a Wheel Horse B80 4 Speed 1976. "The whole purpose (of creating the club) was to have the kids learn what basic tools are and learn how to work with their hands and be able to not be afraid of trying to fix some thing. And it doesn't have to be tractors, but this is a great avenue for them to get their hands wet and just learn some basic skills, learn what the proper name of the tools are and how they work and what they're used for. Just trying to create a hands on expe rience for kids. I feel like it's kind of become a lost art," said Scott Mehlberg, club advisor and Harrison teacher. Once the tractor is done, it's put up for a silent bid auction. Individuals who BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Neighbors, Siblings Can't Settle Flood Dispute SYRACUSE - Nearly every spring, yards in the north west corner of Dewart Lake have some flooding, and everyone knows it. But some people living along EMS D1, EMS D2 and EMS D3 lanes say a home built about 18 months ago makes flooding worse. And the issue has cause a rift between siblings. William Shively Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, built a home on the south side of CR 1000N, to the east of EMS D2 Lane, after getting a permit in January 2017, according to records obtained from the Kosciusko County Area Plan Commission. Linda Miller, Shively's sister and a three decade resident of the area, said she and her husband Herman "begged him not to do it." How The Rift Started The dispute began when a lot on the south side of CR 1000N was sold at a tax sale and divided into four sepa rate parcels. Shively purchased a lot and put up a two story steel structure with storage on the BY MARK HOWE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer mhowe@timesuniononline.com DNR Restricts Boat Traffic On Ten Lakes Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued emergency restrictions on many of Kosciusko County's largest lakes in light of recent flooding. The state is prohibiting boat traffic on Tippecanoe Lake and Barbee Lake chain and limiting traffic on Lake Wawasee to no more than 5 mph, according to a news release from Lt. John Karris, District One Commander for the DNR. Lakes include Big Barbee Lake, Little Barbee Lake, Irish Lake, Kuhn Lake, Sawmill Lake and Sechrist Lake on the Barbee chain and Tippecanoe Lake, Oswego Lake and James Lake on the Tippecanoe Lake chain. Those lakes all feed into the Tippecanoe River, which reached its fifth highest level since 1943 earlier this week. The state uses a series of guidelines in determining whether to announce restric tions, including whether flood waters are touching or inside a residence, Karris said. He was unsure how many homes in the lakes region have sustained water dam age. Karris said he does not foresee expanding the restrictions to other lakes. "The unfortunate side of this is - this time of year - many of those homes are sea sonal dwellings and (owners are) out of town and won't know the extent of the dam age until they come visit their property," Karris said. The restrictions will remain in place until water levels drop. He declined to say how long that might take. Emergency responders, as well as state and government authorities, are exempt from the restrictions. State conservation offi cers are encouraging proper ty owners to report all dam ages attributed to the recent flooding. Property owners can con tact the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Joint Information Center, which is the central repository for all flood related questions and claims. The preferred reporting method is online at bit.ly/2018rainfall or at www.in.gov/dhs. Meanwhile, Kosciusko County Emergency Management Director Ed Rock announced damage assessment crews made up of local and state employees are surveying homes and businesses affected by the recent storms and flooding. "This is a first step in gain ing federal assistance for the affected residents of Kosciusko County," Rock said. He said residents may be approached by these crews and asked questions relating to ownership of the property, insurance and extent of dam age. The crews may ask to see and photograph damage. There is no charge or fee for the service the crews are providing for the residents, Rock said. BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com Longtime TIMES-UNION Carrier Retiring ID Sought Photo Provided Harrison Elementary School Tractor Club members standing behind the Wheel Horse B80 4-Speed 1976 tractor they helped rebuild are (L to R), front row: Griffin Brown, fifth grade; Braxton Daniels, sixth grade; Andrew Kerschner, fifth grade; Jason Neibert, fifth grade; Jolene Zambrano, fifth grade; and Zachary Mehlberg, third grade; back row: advisor Scott Mehlberg, Harrison teacher. Not pictured are Jonathan Gottschalk, Lakeview Middle School seventh-grader; and Thomas Coulter, Warsaw Community High School freshman. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Harrison Students Put Tractor Project Up For Bid See TRACTOR- Page 2A Neighbors on the northwest side of Dewart Lake say that a recently constructed home is causing flooding in the area. The home's owner says he did everything by the book when he built the home. See FLOOD- Page 2A

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