New Learning Center Approves First Programs

(Article by Steve Garbacz, shared with permission from KPC Media.)

KENDALLVILLE — Renovations are continuing on the former East Noble Middle School, but that hasn’t stopped the Community Learning Center from approving the first batch of local organizations who will bring programming to the center when it opens.

EN Educators Learn About Local Jobs

(Article by Sheryl Prentice, shared wtih permission from KPC Media.)

KENDALLVILLE — Some Noble County teachers took a day out of the classroom Thursday to educate themselves about local employment opportunities in order to better pass on career information to their students.

“The EDC has organized tours for educators several times,” EDC executive director Rick Sherck said. “The goal is to help educators deliver meaningful opportunities for employment: to their students.

$1.2M from Community Crossings to Update Local Roads

(Article by Steve Garbacz shared with permission from KPC Media.)

INDIANAPOLIS — Noble and LaGrange counties will be receiving approximately $3.6 million to put toward road work from the state’s Community Crossings grant program.

Six local government agencies — Kendallville, Rome City, LaGrange County, LaGrange, Shipshewana and Topeka — were on the list of communities awarded grants.

The program, which has existed for a couple years and pumped millions into local highway and street departments, has a maximum award of up to $1 million available.

Kendallville Applebee's Top in Nation

Report by Sheryl Prentice, KPC Media Group. Shared with permission.

KENDALLVILLE — When it comes to Applebee’s, Kendallville’s is the best.

The Applebee’s in Kendallville and its manager, Michelle Bloom, have earned national recognition for its excellence in operations and quality of experience.

Bloom was named the Restaurant General Manager of the Year for 2019, a new corporate award given to a general manager who delivers superior team performance and operational excellence, and leads by example.

Price Dropped to $20k to Preserve Historic Temple

By Sara Barker sbarker@kpcmedia.com.  Article shared with permission of KPC Media Group. 

Sep 26, 2019

LIGONIER — First, it was priced at $59,000. After a year on the market, the Ahavas Shalom Reform Temple is down to $20,000.

It’s all in the name of finding the right buyer and putting money back into the community, Indiana Landmarks Director Todd Zeiger said.

Explore Teacher DOE PGP Opportunities

Teachers living or working in Noble County, Indiana, are invited to reach out to us for information or assistance regarding opportunites to fulfill state licensing requirements, per HEA 1002, to meet the mandate to earn 15 Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points that became effective after July 1, 2019. 

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If currently employed as a teacher, where do you work?
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1 point = 1 hour; A minimum of 15 points must be earned through a single experience or a combination of the experiences.
Knowing your preferences about how you wish to invest your time to earn points will help us forge a plan to suit you.
Please describe your scheduling needs, limitations, and other information to help us understand how best to accommodate your needs.

Apple Producers Happy with Crop

(Article by Andy Barrand, reprinted with permission from KPC Media Group.)

The nip of fall weather may not be in the air yet, but apple producers around northeast Indiana are hard at work picking this year’s crop.

Despite a wet spring and early summer, local producers said this year’s crop looks to be good.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently predicted this year’s crop will be 1% greater than 2018, but down 2% from the five year average. The Midwest estimate (based solely on Michigan) was 25.2 million bushels.

Albion Getting Residential Housing

By MATT GETTS mgetts@kpcmedia.com (Shared with permission from KPC Media Group).

ALBION — The town of Albion is getting more housing.

During Tuesday’s town council meeting, Keith Leatherman, of Monarch Development, and Town Manager Stefen Wynn presented plans for the 21-home Village of White Oaks phase III-IV development on the town’s west side, south of Village Drive.

Woosley: A Passion for Animals

BY MATT GETTS, mgetts@kpcmedia.com (published with permission from KPC Media Group).

ALBION — Kelsey Woosley can’t help herself.

When the 2012 Homestead graduate has finished her work day as an animal keeper at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, she can often be found on the internet, researching ways to improve the lives of the animals there.

“I have a really bad habit of working at home,” she said. “There are always ways to improve.”