Warsaw Times Union 04 28 2017 E Edition Page 1A

WINONA LAKE - For Your Great Name's Sake! is the theme of the 66th annu al National Day of Prayer. A gathering is planned for noon Thursday at Winona Heritage Room (for merly Rodeheaver Auditorium) to pray for the community and the country. Dr. Jeffrey A. Gill, vice president and dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker. Gill was senior pastor of Grace Brethren Church, Delaware, Ohio, for 20 years before joining Grace as dean of the seminary in 2002. The Grace Gospel Choir, led by Deborah Jackson, will provide music. Representatives from the community will lead prayers for several areas of focus: Government - Bill Landrigan, retired teacher and principal Ministry - Jeff Pfeifer, director of community care, Warsaw Community Church Military - Ronnie Patrick, pastor, New Beginnings Church and World Outreach Media - Roger Grossman, Lake City Media Group Family - Randy Polston, director of applied learning, Grace College Business - Ruth Yoder, office manager, Amzie's Electric Education - Tad Nieter, teacher, Washington Elementary Those who are unable to attend are asked to join in prayer where they are at the time of the gathering. Authorities say they have contained about 40 percent of a landfill fire in Elkhart County. The fire began early Wednesday morning and is still burning. Officials took air samples of the affected areas Thursday. A report on air samples for areas affected by the Elkhart landfill fire is expected to be released later today. Residents can find the information on the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department website. Firefighters are still fight ing the blaze that began early Wednesday at Waste Management's landfill site on CR 26. Throughout the day yes terday and into the evening, Blackhawk helicopters over came early malfunctions and ended the evening by strate gically dumping over 7,125 gallons of water onto specif ic hot spots that were creat ing issues for responders. Waste Management crews continued with the work overnight and were able to achieve 100 percent containment of those hotspots and have now cov ered 90 percent of the area with soil. Though smoldering in these areas is still occurring, the smoke caused by the early fires has been reduced significantly. Fire department equip ment to suppress the fires with water is no longer being used and has been placed on standby, accord ing to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. The Associated Press reports that two schools, Concord Community Schools and Elkhart Christian Academy, are closed for the day because of smoke from the fire. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says people living in areas affect ed by the smoke should remain inside even though the landfill doesn't accept hazardous materials County health officer Dan Nafziger said air testing has n't found hazardous sub stances but warned the smoke could cause trouble for people with asthma or emphysema. Indiana Gov Eric Holcomb signed the two year $32 billion state budget and infrastructure funding bills into law Thursday. House Bill 1002 provides long term funding to maintain state and local roads. The bill includes an additional 10 cent gas tax and cre ates new fees. Local officials are excited about how that could help them improve roads in the county, but aren't 100 percent certain about how the funding will work or how much the county or city of Warsaw will receive. "Hopefully in a very positive way," said Ron Truex, middle dis trict county commissioner, said about the effect the bill while attending at the annual Kosciusko County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. He said he was very concerned. "I honestly don't know how it's going to impact us because the details of that are so far down the road, we don't know what we're going to get." Truex said hopefully the county will get its share of the tax dollars because the county "sure could use it." Northern District County Commissioner Brad Jackson said, "My understanding of it is that they're going to do it more on a grant type basis. It's not like we're going to, every month or so, get our distribution like regular road fund ing coming in. That's my under standing. You have to go to the state and say, 'we want to build this spe cial project.' It's not just, in my understanding, for day to day. I think they're still pealing off the layers and figuring it out how it's going to get distributed." Jackson said he hoped the state would just give the county without strings attached. "We got our wheel tax passed, and then they came up with that $800,000 we weren't expecting. So we just don't know. You plan and you hope you get some. Anything we can get to fix roads we can use. That's really the bottom line," Truex said. "Even with the wheel tax, it'll take 15 years to get caught up on a 30 year program." "When you do 1,200 miles of road, by the time you get done, you're already in the hole again starting over because of the num ber of years that's gone by the time you get back to the beginning," Jackson said. "We need all we can get because the wheel tax is a crutch. It isn't a solution. But anything we can get back, we certainly (can use it). But I don't know how it peals back and how we get it," Truex said. Jackson said the wheel tax money wasn't just about getting that money, but also put the county into a hat for other state money. "We think that we should keep that money here and we'll send the state what we don't need instead of the state sending us what they think we need," Truex stated. "And then telling us where to spend it," Jackson said. "Usually when the money goes away and comes back, it's not (good)." Truex said, "They peel a couple of layers off before they send back our share." Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said, "Certainly, the locals, (Accelerate Indiana Municipal) is happy. All locals are pretty happy about the outcome. The amount of money coming back to the commu nities is closer to the original House version, which was getting closer to that $1.2 billion that the (Purdue Local Technical Assistance Program) study had indicated that we were going to need to at least catch up." LTAP identified a need of $775 million a year in new funding for local cities, towns and counties to bring all roads and bridges up to a much better condition. Thallemer said, "Certainly, we're happy about (the funding bill). We don't know numbers. I've heard that it may double what we get, but I'm going to hold judgment on that, we'll wait and see what it actually turns out to be. Obviously, it's going to improve what we're going to be able to do in the community on the roads." He said he was thankful for all the hard work the Indiana Senate and House put into the bill. TIMES UNION April 28, 2017 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 101 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Street gang MS- 13 grips Long Island suburbs in violence. Page 7A Opinion Patience is a virtue, espe- cially in poli- tics. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 52 High 59 Sports Lady Tigers top rival Wawasee, 4-1 in tennis. Page 1B Storms likely tonight; showers Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Fab Holsclaw Jan Orban Buying or Selling? Call us at 574.268.1899 Friday IN OUR 163RD YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY See ROAD- Page 2A STAFF REPORT $1 Two Republicans plan ning to run in the 2018 against Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly got their names out to the local GOP Thursday at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Mark Hurt is from Kokomo and Terry Henderson is from Atlanta, Ind. Other potential Republican candidates, according to the South Bend Tribune, include New Albany teacher Andrew Takami, State Sen. Mike Delph, and U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Hurt announced in February that he was run ning. "We were the first ones out of the box, and we announced it at Shapiro's in Indianapolis and then Coney Island in Fort Wayne," he said. He said his reason for run ning has to do with Donnelly. "I really believe he needs to be replaced. His voting really typifies more of a New York value system where he grew up. So I want to stay focused, focused on the votes, and try to shed light on those votes," Hurt said. "I was excited to see him vote for the U.S. Supreme Court jus tice (Neil Gorsuch)." As for the big issues he'll be campaigning on, he said, "I think it's important on stopping taxpayer funds from going to abortion. I think we need regulatory reform, and (Vice President Mike) Pence and (President Donald) Trump are working hard to do that. Tax reform, I like what I see in President Trump's proposal. We really need to give the businesses incentives to bring the money back to the United States. They're keeping it in BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Guest speakers at the Kosciusko County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner Thursday night spoke about their experi ences working with former President George W. Bush and with the 2016 election. They touted the GOP's successes in the election, but warned that work had to be done to continue that achievement as they approach 2018 midterm elections. Pete Seat, executive direc tor of strategic communica tions and talent development and former deputy assistant press secretary to President George W. Bush, worked directly with press secre taries Tony Snow and Dana Perino. Perino is now on Fox News and Snow passed away in 2008 after a battle with cancer. "Obviously, as you could imagine, I have a lot of great stories. I could bore you for hours with great White House stories and memories from my nearly four years working for President George W. Bush, but there's one that is a hallmark and tell everywhere I go so forgive me if you've already heard this one," Seat said. The story goes back to October 2008 at the tail end of the Bush administration. As staffers left their jobs at the White House during his presidency, Bush would invite them to the Oval Office with their families for depar ture photos. Seat invited his parents to come with him. Both were immigrants to this country, his dad from England when BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Kosciusko County Republican Party Chairman Mike Ragan (C) is flanked by the 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner guest speakers - Kyle Hupfer (L), Indiana State Republican chairman, and Pete Seat (R), former deputy assistant press secretary to President George W. Bush and executive director of Strategic Communications and Talent Development. NORTH MANCHESTER - The North Manchester community also has planned a service for the National Day of Prayer. The public is invited to the service from 12:10 12:50 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the Police and Fire Department building. Pastors from the North Manchester area and rep resentatives from Peabody and Timbercrest retire ment communities will be leading the service. Seat, Hupfer Speak On GOP Leadership At Lincoln Day Dinner Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Two U.S. Senate candidates make appearance in Warsaw See GOP- Page 2A See SENATE- Page 2A Local Officials Discuss Funding For Road Improvements Elkhart County Landfill Fire Now 40% Contained; Schools Closed Day Of Prayer Events Set North Manchester

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