GHS SPORTS DEPARTMENT needs Labor Day volunteers, MORE ON PAGE 6 The Garrett Clipper An edition of The NEWS IN BRIEF Jetta, a two-year-old Shih-Tzu gets an assist from a life preserver and owner Heather Rennecker during Sunday’s Dog Swim. Dogs enjoy summer swim in pool By Sue Carpenter email@example.com GARRETT — The Garrett Public Library Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to award its expansion project to Signature Construction LLC of Auburn, contingent on funding. The project, plus additional allowances and soft costs, totals $1.9 million. Plans call for a 6,800-squarefoot, two-level expansion on the south side of the 100-year-old library building at an original estimated cost of $1.6 million. Jack Krouse, president of Construction Control Inc. of Fort Wayne, reviewed bids submitted GARRETT — More than 35 pooches enjoyed a dip during the first Dog Swim in the Garrett City Pool Sunday. Pet owners were asked to make a free-will donation to the DeKalb Animal Shelter. Mayor Tonya Hoeffel reported $406 was collected during the two-hour event. Sunday was the closing day of the season for the pool. by six contractors that were opened last week. Signature’s base bid plus performance bond came in at $1,304,840. Alternate options bids, including various types of carpeting, new entry doors to replace the original wooden doors on the 100-year-old building, reroofing of an existing flat roof, changing fluorescent ceiling lights from T-12 lamps to T-8 lamps and ballasts, and expansion of a plaza area on the new south entrance total an additional $77,734. Krouse also recommended allowances for other repairs to the existing building and to establish an amount for the erection of structural steel that has been donated by two area industries, for an additional $51,000. He also added soft costs such as professional fees, printing costs, insurance, equipment, cost of issuance and contingencies for a total of $485,500. Krouse said area subcontractors listed in Signature’s bid include Knott Excavating of LaOtto, Todd Masonry of Wolcottiville, Pranger Enterprise of Ashley and Weller Electric of Garrett, among others. The Garrett Common Council approved a $1.5 million bond to fund the project at its June 18 meeting, reduced from a requested $1.8 million. Additional funding would come from contributions, grants and the Library Improvement Reserve Fund. At a June meeting, City Councilman Brad Stump reported the library’s Library Improvement Reserve Fund fund held $758,000. Tuesday, the library board approved a resolution to use $200,000 from that fund for pay immediate costs DeKalb Democrats plan meeting AUBURN —The DeKalb County Democrats will meet Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Auburn House of Pancakes, 131 W. Seventh St. All Democrats and visitors are welcome. Stutzman hosting job fair at IPFW FORT WAYNE — U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, will sponsor a job fair Friday from 1-4 p.m. at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. More than 50 employers with nearly 1,000 jobs to fill are scheduled to attend the job fair in the Classic Ballroom of the Walb Student Union, 2010 E. Coliseum Boulevard, a news release said. The Garrett Clipper P.O. Box 59 Garrett, IN 46738 Phone: 925-2611 ext. 45 Fax: 925-2625 attn: Garrett Clipper VOL. 127 ISSUE #65 On the web at: kpcnews.com 75 cents Garrett, Indiana Established in 1885 Photos by Sue Carpenter TOP — Monday marked opening day for G-K-B Schools. This large group of students and parents mingle outside the J.E. Ober Elementary School. ABOVE LEFT — Meyia Kennedy, grade five, Mary DeWitt, grade five and Lane Kennedy, first grade stand by the sign at J.E. Ober Elementary School on opening day. RIGHT —Kindergartner Aiden Hunt, 5, is ready for his very first day of school. Dance team wins national awards GARRETT — P.K. & Company, the competitive dance company of the Patricia Krus School of Dance in Garrett returned from Orlando, Fla. where they completed a season of top awards and special recognitions. They competed at Nexstar National Talent Competition in Fort Wayne and Orlando as well as Revolution Talent Competition in Detroit. Jazz dance “Wanna See You Dance” choreographed by Allison Hale, scored a platinum level award as well as first place overall in their category and division in Orlando qualifying them to compete in the championship finals in which they received a second place award. Dancers in this number were Shianne Alwine, Nataley Armstrong, Madeline Burlage-Haynes, Ashtyn Custer, Samantha DeWitt, Pyper Dobson, Avery Houser, Hanna King, Cassidy Lung, Akeisha Meyer, Tori Regazzi, Becca Schutt, Rachel Shultz, EmmaGrace Sobieski, Kylie Stratman, Rachel Vose, Molly Wilhelm, and Maggie Woodward. Tap dance “Workin’ Day and Night” also received a platinum level award, second place overall in their category and division and a judges’ Performance Award. Dancers include Nataley Armstrong, Madeline Burlage-Haynes, Samantha DeWitt, Pyper Dobson, Kaitlyn Ellison, Jackson Haynes, Hanna King, Macy Newman, Tori Regazzi , Becca Schutt, Rachel Shultz, Kylie Stratman, Rachel Vose, and Maggie Woodward. Hip Hop dance “Nothing on Me” received a high gold award and fourth place overall in their category and division as well as the “Swag Superstars” judges’ award. Dancers were Nataley Armstrong, Trevor Armstrong, Ashtyn Custer, Samantha DeWitt, Pyper Dobson, Addi Hickman, Avery Houser, Tori Regazzi, Becca Schutt, EmmaGrace Sobieski , Kylie Stratman, Madison VanDerbosch, and Maggie Woodward. Other special awards were won by jazz group “Hot Right Now” consisting of Shianne Alwine, Madeline Burlage-Haynes, Pyper Dobson, Akeisha Meyer, and Rachel Shultz winning a performance award; hip hop group “Ridin’ Solo” consisting of Shianne Alwine, Jackson Haynes, Cassidy Lung, Akeisha Meyer, and Rachel Shultz winning the Workin’ It award. Avery Houser won third place in the photogenic competition for ages 11-and-under, and Tori Regazzi won third place in the photogenic competition for ages 12-and-up. for the expansion project. An additional $100,000 was approved at the board’s July meeting. The $300,000 in appropriations first must be approved by the Garrett Common Council at its meeting Tuesday, a requirement under Indiana law for appointed boards such as the library. Library director Cate Birdseye said any money left over at the end of the project can be put back into the Library Improvement Reserve Fund if totally bonded at Tuesday’s board meeting. She said the library safely can spend $200,000 from the fund, reduced from $500,000 Birdseye mentioned earlier in the meeting. The board also approved resolutions to join the Indiana State Consortium for Internet access and to dispose of two computers and a monitor. Foundation awards grants to area agencies FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Golf outing is Saturday AUBURN —The second annual Jabraun Knox Foundation Golf Outing is Saturday at the Garrett Country Club. Tee time is set for 8 a.m. Dakota Smith is organizing the event in honor of Knox, who was killed in action in Afghanistan May 18, 2012. Proceeds from the event will fund a scholarship at DeKalb High School where Knox was a football and baseball player. The foundation’s first scholarship totaling $4,000 will be granted at the golf outing. The scholarship will be given to a senior male athlete at DeKalb High School who upholds the character Knox displayed on and off the field. The inaugural golf outing raised $20,000 for the foundation and helped support Knox’s wife and son, Courtney and Braylon. The entry fee for a four-person team is $300. The field will include space for 32 teams only. A silent auction will also take place during the day, beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m. Golf registration includes lunch, but individuals are welcome to join. Teams can register at Smit-Ts, 418 Main St., Auburn, or call Smit-Ts for more information at 333-0909. AUGUST 15, 2013 Library board awards contract Projected cost is $1.9 million Sue Carpenter THURSDAY AUBURN — The Community Foundation of DeKalb County has awarded more than $71,500 in grants to 33 area organizations and agencies. The foundation hosted a reception for its grant recipients Wednesday on the stage of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater. “You are the stars,” foundation executive director Wendy Oberlin told grant recipients. “We’re celebrating the good work that goes on in our community and the part your particular organization plays.” Oberlin said the foundation receives many grant requests and must turn down as many as it awards. “It’s not easy. We turn down good proposals every time,” she added. Twenty-one grants totaling $48,512 were awarded from the Community Grantmaking Fund. Recipients are: • Auburn Arts Commission, Inc., $2,000 for the Pianos on the Square event in Auburn, Butler, Waterloo and Garrett. • Auburn Presbyterian Church, $750 for educational supplies for Grants, Page 3 STATE FAIR CHAMPION Photo contributed Kallie Knott, 14, of LaOtto won the title of Intermediate Beef Showmanship Champion at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. She competed with more than 100 entrants to be selected as the overall champion. She also exhibited the Champion Division 3 Angus Heifer, raised by Yarde Farms of Garrett, and the Reserve Champion Charolais Heifer, raised by Eric Ott of LaOtto. Knott is a freshman at Garrett High School and the daughter of Rob and Becky Knott.