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Crash Near Claypool No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday near the Louis Dreyfus plant outside of Claypool. The crash happened at 12:14 p.m. on Ind. 15 at CR 700S. Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department investigated. Further information was unavailable at press time. Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Home builder John Kidd went to a convention in Las Vegas in January 2016 and came home with a daunting idea - ask the community to pay for and construct a mort gage free home for a dis abled U.S. military veteran. The idea came after he and other local builders met representatives of Operation Finally Home at a concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, where Kix Brooks, of the country band, Brooks and Dunn, was participating in a surprise announcement in which a disabled veteran from Texas learned he would be the recipient of a new home. Operation Finally Home has been helping construct new homes for veterans for more than 10 years. Even though they've constructed about 130 in more than 30 states, none of those had been in Indiana and most were in much larger cities, where builders and suppliers are more plentiful. As it turns out, Kidd and other organizers had little difficulty finding people will ing to donate money, materi als and volunteer their time to construct a home at 2613 E. Ontario Lane. On Thursday, the efforts led by the Home Builders Association of Kosciusko and Fulton Counties and a huge array of volunteers will be on full display in Shadow Lakes subdivision east of Warsaw. That's when retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Raymer and his family will see the newly completed ranch home that includes five bed rooms, 3.5 baths and some state of the art amenities. The 3,200 square foot home features an open design between the kitchen and living room, as well as a nicely detailed laundry room and rec room in the lower level, where some of the bed rooms are located. How It Happened Soon after returning from Vegas, Kidd began research ing OFH and eventually won the support of the builders association to take on the project. OFH provided a blueprint of sorts to organize the effort. Construction and fundraising were organized by the builders association. Kidd, who owns R.W. Kidd Construction, chaired the committee for the project and was the contractor of record. Brett Harter, a former president of the builders association and owner of Freeman & Harter Custom Homes, served as co coordi nator with Kidd. Both spent much of the past few months on site, organizing, oversee ing and helping out where needed. Trisha Steger, executive officer for the builders asso ciation, oversaw fundraising. Kidd estimates the num ber of companies that stepped forward is near 100. Ronnie Lyles, a project manager for OFH who tracks the progress with regular on site visits, said the Warsaw application initially raised eyebrows. "It is one of the smaller areas and that was of con cern to me going into the project, but that quickly became a non issue," Lyles said. "The folks in Warsaw have just knocked it out of the park." Normally, OFH offers up as much as $75,000 in gap funding to local projects, but fundraising has been so suc cessful that it appears Warsaw will not need any financial support, according to Lyles and Kidd. Even though the project isn't officially complete, Lyles said he's started using Today: High 67 Low 46 Sunny. Sunday: High 69 Low 49 Sunny. TIMES UNION September 9 & 10, 2017 WARSAW, IN - $1.50 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 214 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Lifestyles New Breakers tour plumbs the depths below mansion. Page 4A World Death toll rises to 61 in Mexico earthquake. Page 8B Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Sports Warsaw coach, running back reach mile- stones. Page 1B TIMES UNION $1.00 8 2 32320 00002 Weekender IN OUR 163RD YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY The Well, here's something you won't see on CNN or any other mainstream news network. There's this group of former - read that retired - U.S. intelligence agency employees who go by VIPS. That's "Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity." They've made some what of a name for them selves by debunking cer tain dubious intelligence assessments. The group, for example, challenged the accuracy of the Central Intelligence Agency's claim that Saddam Hussein had a bunch of "weapons of mass destruction." On Feb. 7, 2003, on the eve of the Iraq War, VIPS released a "Memorandum for The President" criticiz ing U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech before the United Nations, and warning against "a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastroph ic." They were right, of course, and the whole debacle was a huge black eye for the George W. Bush administration. The VIPS also have con demned the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques on suspected terrorists, suggesting that they are ineffective. This, of course, was another poke in the eye for the W administration. I am telling you this so you understand that VIPS is not a bunch of right wing partisan hacks. They are equal oppor tunity disparagers of bad intelligence. Here are some of the folks working for VIPS: Skip Folden, former man ager of IBM's information technology; Edward Loomis, former NSA tech nical director for the Office of Signals Processing; and William Binney, a former NSA technical director and co founder of the NSA's Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center. These were some of the best intelligence guys in the business. They've also employed computer pro gram architects, computer programmers, computer systems designers and data analysts to help them. These days, they are investigating the Clinton/Democratic News Views Photos by Dan Spalding TIMES-UNION News Views, a column of local opinion, appears each Saturday in the TIMES-UNION . See VIEWS- Page 2A Was It A Russian Hack Or Inside Job? BY GARY GERARD TIMES-UNION General Manager ggerard@timesuniononline.com See HOUSE- Page 2A See IRMA- Page 2A $1.50 Community Comes Together To Build House For Veteran BY DAN SPALDING TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Raymer is pictured with his wife, Kaci, on their first official date in 2011. They were head- ed to a military ball. John Kidd (L) and Brett Harter, both members of the Builders Association of Kosciusko and Fulton Counties, served as co-coordinators in the construction of the home behind them, which will be presented to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Raymer and his family Thursday. A note of appreciation on a shelf was left behind by a volunteer who helped construct a home that will be presented to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Raymer and his family Thursday. Irma Bears Down On Fla. More than 5 million told to flee coast MIAMI (AP) - Irma trained its sights on Florida and officials warned more than 5 million people that time was running out Friday and ordered them to evacu ate ahead of the deadly hurri cane as it followed a path that could take it from one end of the state to the other. By early evening, Irma was a slightly weakened Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph (250 kph) and forecasters said it could be back up to Category 5 when it comes ashore near Key West on Sunday morning. Forecasters adjusted the storm's potential track more toward the west coast of Florida, away from the Miami metropolitan area of 6 mil lion people, meaning "a less costly, a less deadly storm," University of Miami researcher Brian McNoldy said. Nevertheless, forecasters warned that its hurricane force winds were so wide they could reach from coast to coast, testing the nation's third largest state, which has undergone rapid develop ment and more stringent hurricane proof building codes in the last decade or so. "This is a storm that will kill you if you don't get out of the way," National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said. "Everybody's going to feel this one." Irma killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean and left thousands homeless as it devastated small resort islands known for their warm, turquoise water. In Florida, gas shortages and gridlock plagued the evacuations, turning normal ly simple trips into tests of will. Parts of interstates 75 and 95 north were bumper to bumper, while very few cars drove in the southbound lanes. "We're getting out of this state," said Manny Zuniga, who left his home in Miami at midnight Thursday to avoid the gridlock. "Irma is going to take all of Florida." Despite driving overnight, he still took 12 hours to reach Orlando - a trip that normally takes four hours. From there, he and his wife, two children, two dogs and a ferret were headed to

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