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SATURDAY November 9, 2013 Season Ends Saints defeat EN for sectional title Page B1 Lou Ann Homan-Saylor Perfect Pacers ‘Hunting with my Dad’ still a great tradition Win over Raptors lifts record to 6-0 Page A3 Page B1 Weather Partly sunny, windy, high 57. Cooler Sunday, high in the upper 40s. Page A6 Kendallville, Indiana Serving Noble & LaGrange Counties 75 cents EN board approves personnel changes GOOD MORNING Shipshewana to host Holiday Light Parade SHIPSHEWANA — The holiday season kicks off Saturday in Shipshewana with the town’s fifth annual Holiday Light Parade. Parade units decked out in their holiday finest, including lights, will wind their way along the streets of the small LaGrange County town, finishing in front the Blue Gate Restaurant. Once the parade is complete, officials will light the biggest Christmas tree in town in front of the Blue Gate and officially open this year’s Christmas celebration. The parade is sponsored by the Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association. As many as 4,000 people are expected to line the streets to watch the parade pass. This year’s parade theme is Sleigh Bells in Shipshewana. “This is the first time we’ve put a theme to the parade,” said Gary Zehr, executive director of the merchants association. The parade will start to form around 5 p.m. and should take to the streets no later than 6:15 p.m. “We’re really excited about the parade this year,” Zehr added. “The weather looks great. As the parade passes each store, the merchants turn on their holiday decorations. It’s a wonderful experience.” Coming Sunday Art Alive in Howe The Kingsbury House showcases more than 30 artists’ work from around the area. Read more on Sunday’s C1 and C2. Clip and Save Find $82 in coupon savings in Sunday’s newspaper. BY DENNIS NARTKER KENDALLVILLE — East Noble school board members approved the school district’s personnel changes Wednesday night. School trustees voted 3-1 to approve a list of resignations, with trustee Barb Babcock opposed. Trustees John Wicker and Dexter Lutter and board president Dan Beall voted to approve the administration’s recommendation. Trustees Steve Pyle, Carol Schellenberg and Dr. David Holliday were absent. Four of the seven trustees constitute a quorum, and a vote is official if a majority of the trustees present approve or disapprove. These resignations were approved: Jennifer Duerk as functional life skills teacher at Wayne Center Elementary effective Nov. 18; Elaine Taulbee as an instructional assistant at East Noble High School effective Nov. 8; Joanne Mazzola as food service worker at Wayne Center Elementary effective Nov. 8; and Ryan Slone as winter percussion director at East Noble High School effective Oct. 8. Babcock said after the meeting it’s not fair to the school district when a teacher leaves after agreeing to a contract. The district must now find and hire a new teacher after the school year has started. She realizes teachers can resign during the school year for a variety of reasons and the school district has no recourse but to let them go. She looks at the situation from the school district’s side, and how difficult it is sometimes to find a replacement. It’s a problem that won’t go away, said Babcock. Trustees approved without comment the termination of Steven Koons as sports and fitness instructor at North Side Elementary effective Nov. 4, and the reassignment of food service assistant Beth Neuhaus from Avilla Elementary to Wayne Center Elementary. Jeffery Devers was hired as SEE CHANGES, PAGE A6 Hiring turns out OK DENNIS NARTKER Cast members for East Noble Middle School’s production of “Crumpled Classics” are, from left, front row: Tim Tew, Johnathon Clifton, Erin Bloom, Bailey Zehr and Nicole Brunsonn; back row, Savannah Harper, Bailey Wilbur, Mattie Fitzharris, Madelyn Summers, Keely Savage, Daylyn Aumsbaugh, Savannah Myers, Abby Vorndran and Lexie Ley. Cast members not shown are: Brynna Crow, Kayla Garcia, Kylie Handshoe and Karlie Miller. ENMS transporting classics into contemporary settings BY DENNIS NARTKER KENDALLVILLE — When a cast of East Noble Middle School thespians “modernize” classics such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “Frankenstein” it can only lead to hilarious results. East Noble Middle School will present “Crumpled Classics” Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Tickets will cost $3 at the door. Retired East Noble librarian and longtime area amateur actress Jo Drudge is directing the show. Drudge also coordinates the annual Gaslight Playhouse Children’s Theatre Summer Workshop. Asked how many years she has been directing children’s theatre in Kendallville, Drudge laughed and said she doesn’t keep an exact count, but it’s more than 30 years. Drudge is assisted by high school students Michael Johnston and Jocelyn Hutchins. “Crumpled Classics” involves making “Romeo and Juliet,” “Frankenstein,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Sherlock Holmes” and the “Legend of King Arthur” relevant to today’s audiences. While the true authors of the classics may be rolling in their graves, the audience will be laughing in their seats, according to Drudge. They will see Romeo and Juliet meet in a fast-food restaurant and Frankie Stein try to assemble the perfect prom date. A theatrical agent will become a monster, and a lazy teen will become a king. The 90-minute production uses a minimum of props and costumes with simple, representable sets for each story, according to Drudge. The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc. and playwright Craig Sodaro. WASHINGTON (AP) — The 16-day government shutdown didn’t seem to hurt the economy after all. U.S. employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department said Friday. And they added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought. Activity at service companies and factories also accelerated last month in the midst of the shutdown. All of which suggests the U.S. economy may be sturdier than many analysts had assumed. The unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent in September, the Labor Department said. But that was probably because furloughed federal workers were temporarily counted as unemployed. “The economy weathered the government shutdown surprisingly well,” said Ted Wieseman, an economist at Morgan Stanley. “Businesses looked through the shutdown, remained confident in the growth outlook and kept hiring.” One weak link in the economy recently has been consumers, who spent cautiously over the summer, holding back growth. But the solid job gains in recent months, combined with modest increases in hourly pay, could encourage more spending. Other trends have raised hopes that the economy will remain healthy in coming months: Growing demand for homes should support construction. And auto sales are likely to stay strong because many Americans are buying cars after putting off big purchases since the recession struck nearly six years ago. LOU ANN ON FACEBOOK Read more from Lou Ann Homan-Saylor LouAnnHomanSaylor Info • The News Sun P.O. Box 39, 102 N. Main St. Kendallville, IN 46755 Telephone: (260) 347-0400 Fax: (260) 347-2693 Classifieds: (toll free) (877) 791-7877 Circulation: (260) 347-0400 or (800) 717-4679 Index • Classifieds.................................B7-B8 Life..................................................... A5 Obituaries......................................... A4 Opinion ............................................. A3 Sports.........................................B1-B3 Weather............................................ A6 TV/Comics .......................................B6 Vol. 104 No. 309 Powerful typhoon slams Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said. Typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands from east to west — Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Panay — and lashed beach communities. Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph AP (170 mph) when it made landfall. A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by powerful By those measurements, Haiyan typhoon Haiyan that hit Legazpi city, Albay province Friday about would be comparable to a strong SEE TYPHOON, PAGE A6 325 miles south of Manila, Philippines. Dow Corning to help address community needs KENDALLVILLE — The Dow Corning Foundation is teaming with the Noble County Community Foundation to establish a community needs fund designated for the Kendallville area. “This is an excellent opportunity for our employees to be engaged in funding decisions in the community and for us to broaden our understanding of where we can make the most impact,” said Janice Worden, Kendallville site manager. “Our employees are looking forward to working with Noble County Community Foundation represen- tatives to make a difference in the community.” Dow Corning Foundation said its mission is to: • improve scientific literacy by increasing access to math, science and technology education at the pre-university level; • improve vitality and quality of life in communities where Dow Corning employees work and reside; and • increase the utilization of sustainable, innovative technologies to benefit society. “This is the first time we have partnered with a community SEE NEEDS, PAGE A6

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