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Residents and emergency person nel are still cleaning up from flash flooding and a thunderstorm early Friday. Ed Rock, Kosciusko County Emergency Management director, said there was a bunch of trees down and some down power lines in the area as of Friday afternoon. Bruner Road in Palestine was completely "washed out," he said. The small road off Ind. 25 only has one way in. "We are currently working a plan of how to get in if a fire or some other emergency comes up," Rock said. Most roads are open but some still have high or standing water on them, including Ind. 25. The county received 3 to 5 inches of rain, according to Geoffrey Heidelberger, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in North Webster. The thunderstorm began in the Lake Michigan area and pushed its ways south into Indiana. Once the cold front hit in the afternoon, the storm leveled out. "Kosciusko and Marshall got it the hardest," Heidelberger said. Rock said the county is providing sandbags at the Kosciusko County Highway Department, 2936 E. Old 30, Warsaw. Residents should provide their own shovel and manpower. TIMES UNION $1.00 8 2 32320 00002 Today: High 74 Low 57 Mostly sunny. Sunday: High 78 Low 67 Partly cloudy. TIMES UNION July 8 & 9, 2017 WARSAW, IN - $1.50 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 160 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Business Local biz group raises funds for BYC. Page 2D World Ex-Gitmo in- mate gets apol- ogy, millions from Canada. Page 6A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Sports Indiana Pacers looking for- ward to the future. Page 1B Weekender IN OUR 163RD YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY The I am not averse to tech nology. I tend to embrace it. From smartphones to flat screen TVs, technology has made the world an amaz ing place. When I play golf, I look at my phone to find out how far I am - within inch es - from the front, center or back of the green. I use the internet rou tinely to do research for this column. It's far easier today to find information than ever before in my life time. There are endless exam ples of how life has been made easier by technology. I get that. But at the same time, I see things driven by technology that are troubling. When Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods, I wondered what that would mean. It seems Amazon was more interested in Whole Foods real estate than its brand. I think Amazon likes the fact that it now has 460 new warehouses (Whole Foods stores) from which it can ship stuff - food or otherwise. And while food may be a little cheaper in the long run because of Amazon's penchant for automation, what will be the price of that cheaper food? I can tell you without a doubt, the cost will be jobs. Amazon's computer dri ven focus on efficiency surely has the potential to make food more affordable by cutting costs. But let's be honest. When you talk about cut ting costs, you're talking about cutting people - at both ends of the spectrum, retail and wholesale. Amazon is pretty ruth less to its suppliers, demanding low prices - which suppliers reluctantly provide just to be part of Amazon's network of mil lions of "prime" members. Whole Foods prided itself on marketing prod ucts grown by small, organ ic farmers. That's over. No way guys like that can compete with the big boys whose products will appear on Amazon's shelves. Clerks? Forget about it. Amazon already is tout ing a grocery store con cept - Amazon Go - that has no people. Just the shopper, the goods and a bunch of self serve check out lanes. And this is only the beginning. News Views News Views, a column of local opinion, appears each Saturday in the TIMES-UNION . What Happens When Service Jobs Dwindle? BY GARY GERARD TIMES-UNION General Manager ggerard@timesuniononline.com $1.50 Above - Although the wet weather moved out of the area late Friday afternoon, the day's heavy rains caused cancellation of the Blues & BBQ Festival, along with First Friday activities, at Central Park. The weather looks better for the weekend, with warm temperatures and little chance for rain. Right - A county sheriff's car stands by as a tow truck pulls a stranded motorist out of high water Friday afternoon on Packerton Road near CR 700S. Photos by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Friday's Weather Has Residents Singing The Blues BY MICHAEL ANDERSON TIMES-UNION Staff Writer manderson@timesuniononline.com See VIEWS- Page 2A See BLUES - Page 2A Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer (L) gives the oath of office to Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory firefight- ers Quinten Stamper (C) and Joel Shilling (R) during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Friday. Stamper and Shilling successfully completed their first year with the fire territory as proba- tionary firefighters. Photo by David Slone, TIMES-UNION On its docket Friday, the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety approved several contracts and grant applications. One of the requests approved by the board is for the Warsaw Wayne Fire Territory to seek grant fund ing for heavy extrication equipment due to the increased truck traffic along U.S. 30 and state roads in the county. Fire Chief Mike Wilson said the grant funds would come from local and state foundations if they are approved. The cost of the equipment is $84,540. Grants being requested are $64,912 from the K21 Health Foundation; $19,628, Kosciusko County Community Foundation; and $4,000 from Indiana Homeland Security. The funds would be used to purchase stabilization struts for large, heavy or tall vehicles. "This equipment will work ... with all the fire serv ices throughout Kosciusko County," Wilson said. "They will be positioned in Syracuse, Etna Green, Pierceton, Silver Lake." The system they're look ing at "would provide a bet ter, safe extrication time and stabilization of large equip ment while the rescuers are doing their work and help ing to get the victims out," he said. Fire departments around the county agreed they would make room to house the large pieces of equip ment, Wilson said. Warsaw will provide the other fire departments with training. The need for this project was observed earlier this year when the fire territory responded to assist the Pierceton Fire Department at a car vs. semi truck acci dent at U.S. 30 and Ind. 13. Neither department had the proper equipment to stabi lize the affected vehicles. This type of accident has occurred more frequently over the past years within the county, according to information provided by Wilson. In other business, the board approved: The WPD 2019 service agreement with Warsaw Lassus Fuel for the purchase of 75,000 gallons of unlead ed and diesel fuel. Cost will be at $1.92 per gallon (87 octane unleaded), and diesel will be purchased as needed at pump price, the same prices as 2018. Fuel may be purchased at 1900 Plaza Drive and 777 Parker St. The WPD's two year interlocal agreement with Warsaw Community Schools for two school resource offi cers. The agreement was updated to reflect an increase in the dollar amount in the contract. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Fire Territory Seeking Grants For Equipment To Help With Extrication, Stabilization In Large-Vehicle Accidents See FIRE - Page 2A NORTH MANCHESTER - A store attendant fought back when a North Manchester man attempted to rob the busi ness, and now that man is in jail. North Manchester police say Ryan Blanton, 20, has been preliminarily charged with attempted robbery and battery. At 10:32 a.m. Friday, North Manchester police dispatch received a call about a strong arm robbery at the store. The attendant told police that a man came into the store and bat tered her, but she fought back and the man left. A short time later, a suspect was apprehended by the North Manchester Police Department. Blanton is in the Wabash County Jail on a 72 hour hold. N. Manchester Man Behind Bars After Robbery Attempt STAFF REPORT As Andru Hicks sat in jail facing a possible prison term of 50 plus years, he decided it was finally time to change his life. Hicks, 43, grew up in the Winona Lake area. He always had trouble with drug addiction. Now that's he's clean, he started a Facebook page "Clean and Sober, That's What's Up," to help others recover from addiction. The Facebook page has just under 800 followers, and Hicks says he interacts with people from all over the world BY MICHAEL ANDERSON TIMES-UNION Staff Writer manderson@timesuniononline.com Andru Hicks Drug Court Helping Hicks Help Others See DRUG - Page 2A

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