Warsaw Times Union 06 01 2018 E Edition Page 1A

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unem ployment rate to an 18 year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April. Average hourly pay rose 2.7 per cent from a year earlier, a slightly faster annual rate than in April, the Labor Department reported today. But pay growth remains below lev els that are typical when the unem ployment rate is this low. Still, the report shows that the nearly nine year old economic expansion - the second longest on record - remains on track. Employers appear to be shrugging off recent concerns about global trade disputes. Roughly an hour before the employment data was released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, President Donald Trump appeared to hint on Twitter that a strong jobs report was coming. "Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning," he tweeted. The president is normally briefed on the monthly jobs report the day before it is publicly released, and he and other adminis tration officials are not supposed to comment on it beforehand. Today's report showed that hir ing in the United States is benefit ing a wider range of Americans: The unemployment rate for high school graduates reached 3.9 per cent, a 17 year low. For black Americans, it hit a record low of 5.9 percent. "The economy and labor market appear to be firing on all cylinders, with all sectors showing strength," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. econ omist at Capital Economics. With the jobless rate so low, employers have complained for months about the difficulty of find ing workers to fill jobs. The number of open positions reached a record high in March. Today's report sug gests that some companies are making extra efforts to find people. For example, the number of part time workers who would pre fer full time jobs declined slightly John Kidd is proof that you don't have to be a veteran to appreciate what many simply call The Wall. Kidd arrived midafternoon Thursday to volunteer after the replica wall - formally known as the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall - was assembled along the northern edge of the Central Park lawn in Warsaw as part of a four day event to honor Vietnam veterans. Kidd never served in the military but has a soft spot for those who did. Last year, he helped lead efforts to con struct a new home for a dis abled Warsaw native who served multiple tours in Iraq. On Thursday, he made himself available to help any one looking for names along the expansive 360 foot struc ture that honors 58,220 Americans who died in Vietnam. "We're blessed in this little town," Kidd said as he paused and began to choke up as he perused a view of the entire wall. "... I've been holding it in." Minutes earlier, Kidd had helped Yancy Horn find the names of three men he met in boot camp before being shipped off to Vietnam. Together, they found the names of three men. "It kind of hurt," Horn said after coming across the names. Horn served six years as a Marine, including two years of active duty. "After we got there, every one went this way and one went that way and never seen them again, but you remem ber," Horn said following opening ceremonies at Central Park. Also among those who came to see the wall Thursday was Eugenia Fulkerson, who worked in Vietnam as one of the Donut Dollies - women who volunteered through the Red Cross as part of a pro gram called Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas. She said she was in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and was stationed at two mil itary bases. Some of the Dollies' duties involved running recreation centers and providing meals to American soldiers. She was working as a reporter in Lafayette when she learned about the oppor tunity while writing a story. Having the wall in Warsaw for a few days was a great opportunity, she said. She's proud of her role. "It was the best thing I did with my life," Fulkerson said. "It was the major event of our generation, and to be there and be a civilian woman was such a privilege to see those guys and see what they did and do something to be help ful." Kidd, Horn and Fulkerson were among more than 100 people who gathered Thursday to view the wall and listen to opening ceremonies, which included opening com ments from Mayor Joe Thallemer; an invocation by Richard Maron, Kosciusko County veterans affairs offi cer; an introduction by Suzie Light, chairwoman of Warsaw Public Arts Commission, which funded the project; and a speech by Ken Locke of the Salvation Army and the leader of the Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association. Locke, an Army veteran, talked about how one of his boyhood friends from Iowa was among the last two Americans killed in the Vietnam war. He recalled how his friends and other Vietnam veterans returned home and were treated with contempt, how more than a thousand remain missing in action and how countless others contin ued to suffer after arriving home. "Our government is accountable for its decisions to send our young men and women into battle, but our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines should never be held in contempt for their service when our nation calls," Locke said. "Daily, we should thank God, the author of liberty, for the blessings we take for granted that others around the world only dream of. But it comes with a price. The blackness of this monument reminds us of this cost," he said. Activities continue today and will be highlighted with a ceremony at 6:30 p.m., when local Vietnam veterans are honored at the courthouse square as part of First Friday activities. Country music entertainer Jason Michael Carroll will per form a show at 8 p.m. at the courthouse. A free dinner for veterans will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the nearby city hall plaza. Breakfast and lunch will be served to veterans on Saturday in the west parking lot of Central Park. Those events require tickets, which will be dispersed Friday night. TIMES UNION June 1, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 129 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Lifestyles Wild card turns tables at na- tional spelling bee. Page 6A Opinion Roseanne learns the rules of political trash talk. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 59 High 74 Sports James scores 51 in losing ef- fort to Warriors in Game 1. Page 1B Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Friday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY $1 Yancy Horn (L) and John Kidd search the replica Vietnam Memorial Wall Thursday at Central Park for men Horn knew in boot camp who later went to Vietnam. The wall will remain at Central Park until Sunday. Wall Arouses Memories, Sense Of Honor BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com Photo by Dan Spalding, TIMES-UNION U.S. 30 Crash One person was airlifted from the scene of this crash around 2 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 30 near the intersection of CR 150W. Police at the scene said a driver headed east on U.S. 30 told police his brakes failed as he approached the intersection. His vehicle struck a line of cars waiting at the light. Five vehicles were involved. In addition to the person airlift- ed, three others were injured. Further information was unavailable at press time. Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION The eastbound lane of U.S. 30 is shut down to allow one of the patients to be loaded into the Parkview Samaritan helicopter. Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Five vehicles were involved in Thursday afternoon's accident in the eastbound lane of U.S. 30 at CR 150W. U.S. Gains 223K Jobs; Unemployment At 18-Year Low Of 3.8% See JOBS- Page 2A

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