Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Pledges to use business and agriculture experience with conservative values to represent the people and businesses in District 85.

Republican Candidate

Life long East Allen County resident, Dave Heine, declared his candidacy to run for election in the May primary for State Representative.

With the support of family, friends, citizens and area business leaders, Heine formally filed his paperwork at the Secretary of State’s office in Indianapolis.

“I am excited to have officially filed my declaration to be a candidate for House District 85 today.  I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that has been shown so far prior to officially filing.  I am a farmer, businessman and family man, not a career politician.  I want to serve the people, businesses and farming community by listening to, representing, and voting based on our values in District 85.” Heine said.

During his career, Heine has demonstrated upstanding work ethic, leadership and responsibility.

He has been a strong advocate for limited and efficient government, economic development, and upholding conservative values.  His experiences can relate with the people of District 85.

“I will work hard to provide the citizens and businesses of the district high levels of service they deserve, and to create an environment that encourages business growth and retaining jobs.” Heine said.

Heine is also committed to promoting quality education, safety of citizens, protecting 2nd amendment rights and the right to life.

“The future of our children and grandchildren depend on electing a leader that will fight for the citizens and businesses of District 85 using a common sense conservative approach.”

Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry.  During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and

Corporate Officer.  Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation, Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven.  For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep  and on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep

POSTED: 02/04/16 at 9:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News


Allen County 4-H Clubs, Inc. is sponsoring a Plant Sale Fundraiser.  Each 4-inch potted geranium will cost $1.00. Colors offered this year include Red, Salmon, White, Pink and Fuchsia.  Hanging baskets available are Boston Fern, Purple Wave Petunia, Pink Wave Petunia, Geranium Baskets in Red or Salmon, and New Guinea Impatiens Baskets in Red or Salmon. All hanging baskets are $14.00 for a 10” basket. Also back are 5-inch potted Gerbera Daisies in assorted bright colors which will cost $5.00. Back by popular demand are 4-inch potted Sweet Green Bell Pepper or Big Boy Tomato Plants at $1.00 each.

NEW in 2016: Patio Planter, 13 ½” pot includes a spike, red geranium and vinca vine. Cost will be $20.00.

Orders must be placed and payment received by March 31 or while supplies last.

Pick up location will be the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road in the Lions Club Building.  Pick up will be THURSDAY, May 5, 5-8 pm or FRIDAY, May 6 from 9 am-12 Noon.

No refunds for orders not picked up. Orders not picked up will be available for resale.

For order forms and for additional information call the Purdue Extension Office, Allen County at 481-6826 or visit our website at www.extension.purdue.edu/allen to download an order form.

POSTED: 01/20/16 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

York PicJohn York, 78, of Leo, passed away on January 12, 2016. Born in 1937, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Ben and Edna York; and retired from Value City Furniture after several years of service. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jackie York; children, Kerry (Pati) York, Kraig (Frances) York, Jeff (Cindy) Bemis, Greg Bemis and Christa (Chad) Houser; siblings, Mary Ostermeyer, Robert York and Albert York; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Tom York. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 19 at 10AM, with memorial service to follow at 11AM. Promise Lutheran Church 7323 Schwartz Rd, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Riley Children’s Hospital or to the Allen County SPCA. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

POSTED: 01/15/16 at 10:19 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obituaries

EACS referendum postponed to the fall

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

The East Allen County Schools board will postpone a public hearing on its $87.5 million building referendum, thereby taking it off the May 3 ballot.

The referendum will likely be on the November 8 ballot, said Chris Baker, EACS board president.

The board meets Tuesday and was expected to conduct a state-required public hearing on the referendum. The referendum was one of three scheduled in Allen County for May 3.

Fort Wayne Community Schools has already had a public hearing on its proposed $130 million building referendum as has Southwest Allen County Schools on a $3.5 million staffing referendum.

Baker said the EACS board’s referendum consultant, Steve Klink, advised the board that November would be a better political climate for approval because of the “national arena.”

“We would not be getting the right voters out,” Baker said. The May 3 ballot is also the primary ballot for the 2016 primary presidential elections and all state and local offices.

Terri Jo Lightfoot, one of four EACS board members up for re-election in November, said the primary presidential elections are a distraction.

“When they’re hearing all this stuff on the presidential election, there’s so many people running, it’s like how can you go above all that noise?” she said. “Because there’s so much going on in this election, then, we just want to have everybody know what we’re doing.”



POSTED: 01/14/16 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Leo Jr/Sr High School Support Research at Riley Children’s Hospital While Becoming a Miracle Status School

Recently, Leo Jr. Sr. High school officials and students presented a check in the amount of $1,289.00 to a Riley Children’s Hospital representative.  The funds raised will help Riley doctors and scientists search to find new treatments and cures for kids through cancer, diabetes, heart, lung and genetic defects research.

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year the Life is Good Club planned activities for students to be able to raise these funds. With this donation, Leo Jr. Sr. High was named a Miracle Status School by Riley Children’s Hospital!

Photo L-R: Dr. Ken Folks, Daniel Bovie, MaKayla Edwards, Abi Hoeppner, Ms. Susan Miles, Riley Rep., Chad Drudge, Brooke Smith, Keaton Brown, Dr. Nicole Singer, Mrs. Carrie Shappell, Club Sponsor (not in picture).

POSTED: 01/13/16 at 7:00 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

State Farm Welcomes New Agent Amanda Blackburn to Leo-Cedarvile, IN

State Farm is pleased to welcome new agent, Amanda Blackburn, to its family of Good Neighbor Agents in Leo, IN. Amanda Blackburn State Farm agency, located at 15001 State Rd 1, Leo, IN 46765, is set to officially open its doors on January 1ST.

Amanda B.Amanda Blackburn grew up and graduated in New Haven, IN. She attended IPFW where she received her Bachelors degree. Amanda spent 9 years working in the banking industry. She managed a number of branches during her tenure, working with National City, Salin Bank, PNC Bank and Beacon Credit Union. Amanda is member of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club as well as a number of other small, community organizations.

Amanda was searching for a solution to better assist her clients and found State Farm. She and her husband, Adam, and their two boys, Evan and Jackson, are excited for the move and to become a part of the community.

Being a part of this company has allowed me to witness first-hand how much State Farm cares about people,” said Amanda. “I became an agent to help people understand their unique risks and help them find the right resources to realize their dreams.”

Amanda’s office includes three team members, Eli Smith, Ross Miers and Gunner Hackman which are well prepared to help customers with their insurance and financial services needs. The office will include evening and weekend hours for client convenience.

Amanda Blackburn State Farm Agency will be hosting an open house on the evening of February 4th between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 P.M. Please stop in to welcome her and her team to the community.

About State Farm®

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 1.8 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com or in Canada www.statefarm.ca.

POSTED: 01/01/16 at 9:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News


The Grabill Eye Center recently presented Christian Community Health Care with a contribution toward the clinic's Emergency Funding Campaign.  Mark Schlatter (center), CCHC Executive Director, is surrounded by Grabill Eye Center staff members (L-R) Robin Phillips, Tim Stauffer, Dr. Kara Laughlin, and Danielle Schaper. (photo courtesy Grabill Eye Center)

A surprise gift from Grabill Eye Center has boosted Christian Community Health Care closer to their Emergency Funding Campaign goal of $31,200.00 by December 31st.  The healthcare clinic, located in downtown Grabill, has experienced a serious shortfall in their budget this winter and is working hard to raise the funds needed for clinic operations.  CCHC has been able to provide free medical services to a record number of patients this year who are facing a variety of challenges with access to healthcare.

Dr. Kara Laughlin, Optometrist at Grabill Eye Center, commented that Christian Community Health Care "is such a worthy cause" and "a blessing" to the community.  Dr. Laughlin and her staff provide periodic referral services for CCHC patients, and Dr. Laughlin also performs vision screenings during the clinic's annual Free Sports Physicals Day.

Christian Community Health Care invites other businesses to partner with them in helping area families who need medical assistance this winter.  For more information about the Emergency Funding Campaign, as well as services offered at Christian Community Health Care, visit their website at ChristianCommunityHealthCare.org , their Facebook page, or call 260-627-2242, ext. 7.  Donations can be mailed to PO Box 128, Grabill IN 46741, or can be deposited at any are iAB Financial Bank.  What a great Christmas gift to give to your community!

POSTED: 12/18/15 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

EACS Board Honors Academic All-State Student Athletes

At the recent East Allen County Schools Board of School Trustees meeting, the board along with Dr. Ken Folks recognized the fall sport academic All-State student athletes.  The student athletes are:

New Haven High School:

Hadley Decker, volleyball, Austin Blanton, soccer, Pedro Castaneda, soccer, Devin Dubbelde, soccer, Natalie Close, soccer

Heritage Jr. Sr. High:

Soccer: Renee Hare, Veronica Hare, Sarah Kleine, Kaylie Till, Lucas Scheumann, Alex Feipel, Terry Lockwood, Rylie Schane

Volleyball: Lillie Castleman, Jessica Franke, Mackenzie Fry, Kortney Castleman,

Leo Jr. Sr. High:

Anna Feldman. golf, Reid Herran, tennis, Truman Morin, soccer, Aaron Yoder, soccer, Matt Heck, soccer, Luke San Giacomo, soccer

Woodlan Jr. Sr. High:

Kenzie Salzbrenner, Volleyball

POSTED: 12/11/15 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Special-ed preschool expanding

EACS property owners to pay for New Haven addition

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

A proposed $2 million, 13,000-square-foot special-education preschool addition to New Haven Primary School is moving forward.

Construction could be completed by July on the proposed facility, according to a timeline supplied at the East Allen County Schools board meeting Tuesday.

The board voted 5-2 to approve a general obligation bond for the addition at the northeast corner of the K-2 school building that would include four 1,200-square-foot classrooms, a 2,100-square-foot multipurpose room, conference rooms, a sensory room, additional rooms and an enclosed playground for special-education preschool students who now attend school at Park Hill Learning Center.

The tax rate for the bond will mean about three cents per $100 assessed valuation, with a predicted tax impact of about a $10 increase per year on a home assessed at $100,000, said Kirby Stahly, EACS’ chief financial officer.

The preschool wing would stand on what is now part of a school playground, said Jack Daniel, a principal architect with Martin Riley architects-engineers of Fort Wayne, the firm that designed the preliminary blueprint.

Although Park Hill is within walking distance of New Haven Primary, the students are isolated from the general preschool population and would be much better off in a learning environment that included other students their age, school officials said.


POSTED: 10/07/15 at 7:18 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Bogus Jury Duty Calls Surface Again In Allen County

Court does not make phone calls, demand payments for missed jury duty

A persistent scam involving phone calls claiming that the recipient has missed jury duty and owes a fine have surfaced again in Allen County.

The calls have been reported this week and originate from a 260 area code telephone number. An individual claiming to be a police detective instructs the recipient that they have missed jury duty, a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest and that the person must purchase a reloadable debit card in order to pay off a resulting fine.

“These calls do not originate from any legitimate source,” said Allen Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull. “They are nothing more than an attempt to defraud unsuspecting citizens. Prospective jurors who fail to respond have never – and will never – be pursued in such a manner. “

In Allen County, all legitimate contact with prospective jurors occurs in writing, beginning with a postcard requesting certain information to determine eligibility for jury service. Personal information, such as bank or credit card numbers, is never requested.

Should an individual fail to report for jury duty, they can be compelled to attend by the Sheriff. They can also be fined and held in contempt of court. None of these actions, however, are communicated over the telephone.

Anyone with questions about jury duty service, including questions regarding the legitimacy of an unsolicited contact, may call the Allen Superior Court Jury Management Office at (260) 449-7520 or (260) 449-7022.

POSTED: 09/09/15 at 11:49 am. FILED UNDER: News