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TIMES-UNION April 26, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 99 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation 'Devastation' as tornado rips through Louisiana town. Page 5A Opinion Is Assange a journo? De- pends what year you ask. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 37 High 51 Sports Former Warsaw coach Jensen gets top grid job at Whitko. Page 1B Clear tonight; mostly cloudy Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 T H E L A R G E S T S P R I N G O P E N H O U S E SATURDAY, APRIL 27 9AM - 4PM SUNDAY, APRIL 28 11AM - 3PM w w w. m a i n c h a n n e l . c o m B e n n i n g t o n M a l i b u s e a - d o o r e g a l a x i s c o b a l t r e g a l h u r r i c a n e a q u a p a t i o s w e e t w a t e r o n M a l i b u s e a t B e n n i n g a l - d o o r e g o n M a l i b u s e a h u r r i c a l r e g t a l a x i s c o b t i o s a p a q u a a n e h u r r i c t e r a w e e t w t i o s Friday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY $1 Receiving the 2019 Trustee Award at the 38th Kosciusko Leadership Academy Graduation Banquet Thursday was the "Enhancing Agaitas' Impact on Kosciusko County" white paper project. The project will help sustain Agaitas through the introduction of an additional aide. Agaitas is an organization that helps children through athletics and faith. Pictured (L to R) are Suzie Light, Kosciusko County Community Foundation; Brent Kindle, project team member; Landon Roberts, project team member; Daryl Shoemaker, project team member; and Brad Bishop, OrthoWorx exec- utive director. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Receiving the 2019 Northenor Award at the 38th Kosciusko Leadership Academy Graduation Banquet Thursday was the "Ice Ice Baby Revisited" white paper project. The project looks at what it would take to run and maintain an ice rink. Pictured (L to R) are Scott Allison, project team member; Matthew Graham, project team member; Jean Northenor, co-founder of KLA for whom the award is named; Brandon Stewart, project team member; and Matthew Graham, project team member. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION Before her sentencing Thursday on child solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges, Elizibeth Likens contemplated whether to accept the plea agreement or take her case to jury trial. Visibly upset, she asked her father, Kevin Trump, and her attorney, C. Austin Rovenstine, what should she do. If she took her case to trial, she told her father the state could add charges against her. In the end, she chose to move forward with the sentencing. Kosciusko County Superior Court I Judge David Cates sentenced Likens to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for child solicitation, a level 5 felony; and 180 days each for the three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Class A misde meanors, to be served concurrently. She will receive 109 days of credit for actual jail time plus the appropriate good time credit. Likens, 32, also must participate in a recovery program while she is incarcer ated to show Cates that she is address ing her substance abuse issues. She may not have contact with any of her victims in the case. She must register as a sexual offender; pay all fines, costs and fees ordered by the court; and reimburse Kosciusko County $300 for the cost of the court appointed counsel. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Local Woman Sentenced In Child Solicitation Congressman Jim Banks Endorses Mayor Thallemer In his bid for r e e l e c t i o n , Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer picked up the endorse ment of Indiana 3rd District Congressman Jim Banks. "I have learned that good govern ment begins with electing good leaders. People with experience, integrity and com mitment make the best leaders and for eight years as your mayor, Joe Thallemer has led Warsaw with distinction. I am proud to endorse his can didacy for re election," Banks said. Having developed a trusted working relationship in his years as an Indiana senator and more recently as a Congressman, Mayor Thallemer said he is most apprecia tive of the commitment Banks has shown to the commu nity, according to a news release. "I am honored by Congressman Banks' endorsement of my mayoral candidacy. His dedication to the citizens of Warsaw and Kosciusko County is evidence of his strong commitment to public service and it is an honor to have his support," Thallemer said. The 2019 municipal primary will be May 7. All cityvot ing will be done at Center Lake Pavilion. One Injured In Thursday Crash Shortly before noon Thursday, the Atwood Fire Department, Lutheran EMS and the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office were dis- patched to the 4200 block of West Old 30 for a personal injury crash. Deputies first on the scene were guided to a 1996 Chevrolet pickup, in the pine trees, west of a barn on the north side of the road. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup was identified as Danny Hale, 65, Warsaw. The preliminary investigation indicates that the Chevrolet pickup was traveling east on Old 30, west of the crash location. The pickup left the roadway, drove through a field and struck a pine tree. Lutheran Air Ambulance was called to the scene due to arm and leg injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office. Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Photo Provided Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer (L) is pic- tured with 3rd District U.S. Congress- man Jim Banks, R-Columbia City. STAFF REPORT See WOMAN- Page 2A Cadets' Work Recognized At Annual KLA Banquet Award winners at the 38th Kosciusko Leadership Academy Graduation Banquet Thursday were a project looking at the costs of an ice rink in Kosciusko County and one that would help sustain a free sport camp's future through an additional aide. The white paper project "Ice Ice Baby Revisited" won the 2019 Northenor Award, presented by KLA co founder Jean Northenor. It included a prize of $1,356. Team members are Brandon Stewart, Matthew Graham, Matt Goebel and Scott Allison. "This year's winner is well aligned with the key areas of our judging: countywide impact always ... the ability to get the project done is also important and the likelihood that it would be sustainable," Northenor said when announcing the winner. One issue facing the region is attracting and retaining enough tal ent, she said. Kosciusko County's unemployment rate is 3%. Employers are struggling to find open jobs, let alone "have enough workplace to expand their busi ness. "Economic development people and those in government generally have started to recognize that a key to growing a population and your workforce is quality of place. ... We want them to come here. We want businesses to have just outstanding possibilities for employees. If they are already here, is this town attrac tive enough to keep them here? City government is working hard at that, but it takes a lot of work and a lot of money," she said. The topic of an ice rink has been the focus of previous KLA white paper projects, but there's more work to do. "Every step gets us closer to our community's goal of adding an ice rink for winter recreation. This is the third year now that I've heard of the possibility of an ice rink," Northenor said. She then announced "Ice Ice Baby Revisited" won the award. The primary question the proj ect tried to answer was, "What does it take to run and maintain a rink?" It was the project team mem bers' recommendation that an authentic ice rink, much like Headwaters Park ice rink in Fort Wayne, should be built in Kosciusko County. The synthetic rink options technology just isn't there yet, they said. The project estimates that the yearly expenses, including warming house, Zamboni maintenance, non staffing costs and staffing options would be $156,395. Revenue would be $46,049 in a season. The Northenor Award is funded through an endowment fund at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, according to Foundation CEO Suzie Light. Since 2002, KLA has given the award to white paper projects "identified as having the greatest potential to bring realized change to our com munity," Light said. It was funded in 2002 through a gift from Matt Dalton, a KLA co founder, in honor of Northenor. In 13 years, grants totaling $11,000 have been award ed, Light said. The white paper project "Enhancing Agaitas' Impact on Kosciusko County" won the 2019 Trustee Award, presented by Light and OrthoWorx Executive Director Brad Bishop. It includes a prize of $500. Team members are Brent Kindle, Daryl Shoemaker and Landon Roberts. Agaitas was founded in 2012 by lifetime Kosciusko County resident BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com See KLA- Page 2A

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