Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Friday, May 27, 2016

Indiana Department of Education Names ‘Three’ East Allen County Schools as Four Star Schools

Recently, the Indiana Department of Education announced the 2014-15 Four Star Schools. East Allen County Schools’ – Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary and Leo Junior/Senior High School were named 2014-15 Four Star Schools!

In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Only a total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state.

“Congratulations to our students and staff for earning this prestigious recognition!  Their hard work and dedication has been recognized and rewarded!  Earning Four Star School status is a goal for all of our schools that we track in our data war rooms.  Kudos to Cedarville Elementary, Leo Elementary, and Leo Junior/Senior High School on this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Ken Folks, Superintendent of East Allen County Schools!

POSTED: 05/26/16 at 10:56 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Hill PicRalph R. Hill, 83, of Bronson Michigan, formerly of Leo, passed away on May 19, 2016. Born on July 30, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary Hill Sr. A member of Leo United Methodist Church, he was the owner of Hill Plumbing and Heating for 25 years and retired from GE as maintenance manager after 38 years of service; he was also a 50 year member and Past Master of the Leo Masonic Lodge #224, member and past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Leo #278, a 32nd degree through the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. Ralph loved golf, fishing, dominos, euchre, collecting toy trucks, the Chicago Cubs and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Hill; children, Ken (Merry Kennedy) Hill, Jackie (Mike) Baker, Doug (Alicia) Hill, Tammy (Fred) Young, Bruce Hill and Terry (Chris) Hill; siblings, Richard Hill, Sharon Eastes, Phillip Hill Jr and Karen Washler; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren (with two on the way).

Funeral service will be 11am Wednesday May 25, at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Tuesday May 24, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with a Masonic Service at 8pm. Burial will be in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Leo United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. For online condolences please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

POSTED: 05/20/16 at 1:59 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Obituaries

Bogus Jury Duty Calls Surface 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 or pay a third party in order to satisfy a resulting fine.

“These calls do not originate from the Court or from any other legitimate source,” said Allen Superior Court Chief Judge Craig J. Bobay. “These callers are simply criminals trying to scare and 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: 05/19/16 at 8:24 pm. FILED UNDER: News

WHNH Golf Fundraiser FINAL

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:21 pm. FILED UNDER: News


In 1995, East Allen County Schools began holding an annual Art Contest as a way to showcase artwork created by our students. This contest is voluntary on everyone’s part, but it is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Each year four winners are chosen from the many pieces submitted. Winners receive a Certificate of Distinction and a gift certificate to the United Art and Education store for $25.00. Their artwork is then framed and kept on display here in the Board room for five years, at which time the artwork is returned to the student.

Thanks to United Art & Education for partnering with EACS!

The winner in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade category:

Naomi Johnson – (Vase of flowers)

Naomi is a 2nd grader at Cedarville Elementary School.

Cedarville’s art teacher is Ms. Jill Maroney; Cedarville’s principal is Dr. Brad Bakle.

The winner in the 3rd through 6th grade category:

Makayla Richmond – (Elephant)

Makayla is a 5th grader at Heritage Elementary School.

Makayla’s art teacher is Ms. Kristin Kramer; HEEL’s principal is Mrs. Karen Chargers.

The winner in the 7th through 9th grade category:

Jasmine Pilkinton – (Anime Person)

Jasmine is a 9th grader at Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School.

WOHS’s art teacher is Mr. Matt Stebing; WOHS’s principal is Mr. Ron Kammeyer.

The winner in the 10th through 12th grade category:

Isaiah Rivera – (Indian)

Isaiah is a Junior at East Allen University.

Isaiah’s art teacher is Mrs. Stefanie Lichtsinn; EAU’s principal is Mr. Doug Hicks.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:20 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

The EACS Board of School Trustees recently held a reception to honor the 2016 Valedictorians and Salutatorians! The students told the audience their plans after graduation. Mr. Chris Baker, board president and Dr. Folks, superintendent offered words of encouragement to the students!


Nicole Winans, East Allen University

Lillian Castleman, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School

Mariano Flores, Leo Jr./Sr. High School

Devin Dubbelde, New Haven High School

Mitchell VanBrocklin, Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School


Victoria Pflueger, East Allen University

Cheyenne Peden, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School

Jenna Roth, Leo Jr./Sr. High School

Owen Doster, New Haven High School

Kenzie Salzbrenner, Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:12 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Area churches have worked together in many ways since 1997 to support and operate Christian Community Health Care, the free medical clinic located in downtown Grabill, Indiana.  One example is the unexpected gift of $1000.00 contributed by North Scipio United Methodist Church.  This country church, located on State Road 37 between Harlan, Indiana, and Hicksville, Ohio, supports many outreach ministries.  They are excited about the work that CCHC does to assist those that need a helping hand and encouragement.

Christian Community Health Care provides free medical services for disadvantaged families who are facing challenges with access to healthcare.  Approximately 100 volunteer staff members have provided medical care for over 1000 patient visits each of the past three years!  Patients travel to CCHC from over a 30 mile radius throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

CCHC is a community supported ministry that relies on donations from its patients, area churches, businesses, individuals, and foundations.  If your family or group would like to be a partner with the clinic, you may contact them at 260-627-2242, extension 7, or by email at info@ChristianCommunityHealthCare.org.  To learn more about CCHC, visit their website at www.ChristianCommunityHealthCare.org or their Facebook page.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: News

Harvest Fellowship in Leo is hosting Vacation Bible School, June 27 – July 1, 8:30-11:30AM, featuring Child Evangelism Fellowship 5-Day Club. It will be open to children 5 years old (by August 1) through 5th grade. To find out more, contact Harvest Fellowship by email: vbs@harvestfellowship.us; or call 260-627-2720.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 8:08 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Academic All-State Winter Sport Athletes Honored by Board

The Academic All-State winter sport athletes were recognized by the EACS Board of School Trustees at a recent meeting.  The Indiana High School Coaches Association selected high school student athletes that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance in a winter sport. East Allen County Schools was proud to recognize four student athletes!

The 2016 EACS Academic All-State winter sport student athletes are:

  • Dylan Barrow – basketball, Leo Jr. Sr. High ~ GPA – 11.8
  • Owen Doster – wrestling, New Haven High ~ GPA – 11.7 (2016 Salutatorian)
  • Chase Hissong – wrestling, Leo Jr. Sr. High ~ GPA 10.85
  • Kenzie Salzbrenner – basketball, Woodlan Jr. Sr. High ~ GPA – 11.7 (2016 Salutatorian)

POSTED: 05/06/16 at 8:15 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Leo Hockey State Champs Recognized by Board

At a recent EACS school board meeting, the Leo Hockey team was recognized for capturing the 3A State Championship Title! Leo opened the Indiana State Tournament as the number 3 seed in the 3A bracket. Leo opened with victories over South Bend Riley and Bloomington High School setting up a final game with Westfield High from Indianapolis. Leo controlled tie breaker advantages over Westfield only needing a regulation tie or a loss by 1 goal to advance out of the round robin portion. After trailing Westfield by 2 goals late, Leo scored with 17 seconds remaining in the game to win their portion of the pool by a goals quotient, formula of goals for, and goals against. Advancing to the 3A state championship versus Penn held at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis.

In an epic battle versus Penn, Leo was able to capture the 3A state championship, 3-2 in triple overtime on a goal by Connor Bonecutter in the longest game ever played in state championship history! The victory earned Leo its 3rd State Championship in 5 years.

EACS team members include:

Michael Baumert, Carter Bonecutter, Connor Bonecutter, Michael Byler, Ryan Freeby, Lexi Grunden, Matt Janiszewski, Blake Kem, Sam Schlosser, Rory Scott, Adyn Stevens, Coaches: Dan Schiebel and Rick Wynn, Principal: Dr. Neal Brown, Athletic Director: Mr. Brock Rohrbacher


POSTED: 05/06/16 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools