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Operation Christmas Child accepting donations LIGONIER — Burr Oak Church, located in rural Ligonier on C.R. 1100 North, is the local headquarters for Operation Christmas Child, described as the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The all-volunteer effort has area residents preparing to collect 1,300 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25. The project involves individuals, families, churches and groups in working to make Christmas a reality for needy children around the world by

filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. At four local collection sites, people can drop off gift-filled shoeboxs to send to children overseas. The shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide, and for many children, they will be the first gifts they ever have received, the organization said. West Noble residents can use Burr Oak Church but can also take items to one of the other locations if needed. At Burr Oak Church, Linda

Hartzler is the relay center coordinator. She can be reached at 894-4505 or by email at llh865@ Local collection sites and their hours: • Ligonier — Burr Oak Church, 11010 W. 1100N; Nov. 18-22, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-noon; Nov. 24, noon to 4 p.m.; Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m. • Kendallville — St. John Lutheran Church, 301 S. Oak St.; Nov. 18-21, 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to noon; Nov. 23, noon to 3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Nov. 24, 1-5 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 7-9 a.m.

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Parkview Noble community nurse Leshia Howell, RN, performs a vision screening on a West Noble Elementary School student in Ligonier.

Community nurses offer help to WN school nurses LIGONIER — Students at West Noble schools are among the hundreds of local children who are being helped by the Parkview Noble Hospital’s community nurse program. The proactive program helps school nurses with preventive screenings and health education. Parkview Noble is the only community hospital outside Fort Wayne with a nurse in this position, said Leshia Howell, a registered nurse and the current community nurse working with school-age children in all three of Noble County’s school districts. “When I see how busy the school nurses are and realize how I can help, especially with preventive measures and screenings, I am proud to be helping out this way in Noble County,” she said. Howell recently completed nearly 1,600 vision screenings at the schools. From these screenings, 211 students were referred for further eye examination. The state requires vision screenings for children in kindergarten or first grade, third and fifth or eighth grades. Howell screens all those age groups as well as any child suspected of having a vision issue. She uses a small, hand-held unit, PediaVision, that screens both eyes at the same time and provides a complete refrac-

tion assessment. The screening looks for seven different visual defects including near-sighted, far-sighted and astigmatism. Students receive either a pass or a referral. Monday, Howell began working with the Noble County Board of Health to offer flu mist immunizations in all schools in Noble County. “It’s really important we vaccinate as many kids as possible in the school setting,” she said. “This will help keep them healthy during flu season, keep them in school and help prevent the spread of flu.” Later in the school year Howell, will offer asthma education to schools with students who need this outreach. In the summer she teachers Star Sitter classes at Parkview Noble. Before becoming the community nurse, Howell was a clinical educator and an emergency room nurse educator for Parkview. Parkview Health pledges that all Parkview facilities give back to their communities by way of community involvement, financial support and health resources, said Julie Buttgen, Parkview Noble’s community relations specialist. One way Parkview Noble is giving back is funding a community nurse for Noble County.

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CROMWELL — The Sparta Township Volunteer Fire Department has been helping people in need for more than 40 years. Now, their efforts are being directed at one of their own. A benefit event has been set for Saturday, Nov. 16, to help James (Jimmy) Heintzelman, a 34-year veteran of the department. Activities will start at 4 p.m. at the firehouse in Cromwell. Tickets are $10, and that includes a pulled-pork dinner and all the trimmings, along with both silent and live auctions, a 50-50 drawing and other festivities. “This benefit is being organized to help Jimmy and his family through this difficult time and to help alleviate some of their financial burden and medical expenses,” said Eric Moser, a fellow firefighter who is among the many volunteers in the department helping organize the fundraiser. Heintzelman has been in and out of the hospital over the past several months and can no longer ➤ Benefit, Page 2

• Butler — Butler United Methodist Church, 501 W. Green St.; Nov. 18-22, 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon; Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m.; Nov. 25, 10-11 a.m. • Fremont — Peace Lutheran Church, 355 E. S.R. 120; Nov. 18-21, 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 22 and 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 25, 10-11 a.m. For more information regarding the collection locations, call 800-567-8580, or go online to Though the shoebox gifts

often will travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their boxes by using the donation form at samaritanspurse. org. Donors will receive email messages with the countries where their shoeboxes are delivered. Operation Christmas Child said it has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013.


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It’s little gestures like this, captured in a photo taken in the lobby of West Noble Primary School on a recent fall morning, that can give the day a great, heart-warming start. Principal Brian Shepherd takes the time to tie the shoe of a youngster. One of the slogans on the wall of the school reads: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way!” Principals, teachers, aides and other staff members can often silently remind each of us, every day, the way we should do things; not by telling us, but by quietly showing us.



The Chatterbelles Extension Homemakers Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 26. Attending were, standing from left, Joyce Miller, Judy Cunningham, Karen Hull, Marge Durham, Karen Branham, Janet Lortie, Marilyn Miller, Carolyn Hicks, Nancy Peterson, Harriett Stuff and Mary Reed. Seated from left are Jean Iwankowitsch, Wanda Stout and Ruth Ann Hite. Not pictured are Rita Beard, Connie Lortie and Ina Moore.

Chatterbelles celebrate 50 years BRIMFIELD — The West Noble area was well represented when the Chatterbelles Extension Homemakers Club celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 26 at a luncheon at the Brimfield United Methodist Church. Twenty-eight members and guests were seated at tables decorated in gold, white and black. The women of the church served the meal. Mary Reed welcomed the women, and Jean Iwankowitsch

offered a prayer. Nancy Peterson introduced four charter members with 50 years of continuous membership with the club — Karen Branham, Judy Cunningham, Ina Moore and Wanda Stout. Three returning charter members, Karen Hull, Mary Reed and Marilyn Miller, were also present. All of the women were presented certificates. Also attending were members Rita Beard, Marge Durham, Carolyn Hicks, Ruth Ann Hite, Jean

Iwankowitsch, Connie Lortie, Janet Lortie, Nancy Peterson, Harriett Stuff and honorary member Joyce Miller. Ina Moore read a history of the club. She said Marilyn Miller served as its first president and Mary Reed hosted the first meeting. Many members added to her presentation by sharing their memories of club activities. Scrapbooks containing stories and photos of club activities were shared by the members.


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The Bob Report will not be seen this week. Tune in next week, please. All area veterans invited to program on Monday at West Noble Elementary School LIGONIER — West Noble Elementary School is having a program to honor all the veterans in our area on Monday, November 11, which is Veterans Day. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Prior to the program, from 9-9:30, all veterans are invited to an open house and reception at the school This event is open to all veterans as well as active duty military personnel, and their families are invited to attend, as well as the public. Educational and patriotic programs will be presented by students, and each veteran will have a chance to address the students and talk about how they served their country. For questions, please call the school at 894-3191.

Restaurant offers free breakfast for veterans on Monday LIGONIER — The Dari-Point Restaurant on U.S. 6 in Ligonier is offering a free breakfast to all veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Stop in for more details, or call 894-3712.

Benefit from Page 1 go to work. The department is also accepting donations. They can be mailed to: Sparta Township Fire Department 201 Water St. Cromwell, IN 46732 Donations of items for the auctions are also being accepted. To make arrangements for a donation, or for more information, call 856-4555 and leave a message, or contact any member of the fire department.

Alleged Noble House thief to stand trial Court rejects pretrial appeal BY BOB BRALEY

ALBION — The case of a former executive director of Noble House Ministries will go to trial, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. The Bering defense attorney for Dana Linette Bering, 41, of Churubusco, tried to have her case dismissed, claiming it had taken too long to prosecute her under Noble County rules. He forwarded the case to the Court of Appeals for a ruling earlier this year. The appeals court ruling said the case could proceed, according to Noble Circuit Court records. In its ruling, the appeals court said while the county rule is designed to insure a speedy trial, it is not to be used as a technical means to avoid trial. It also ruled that Bering’s motions in the case, such as her request to have Circuit Judge G. David Laur recuse himself in the case, led to the delays, so the trial could proceed. In a teleconference Oct. 21, Bering’s trial was set for Feb. 4-6, 2014, in Noble Circuit Court with Special


Judge James Heuer of Whitley Circuit Court officiating. A final pretrial conference in the case was set for Jan. 6, 2014. Bering is charged with five counts of theft and one of fraud, all Class D felonies, for offenses she allegedly committed against Noble House Ministries Inc. while she was its executive director from July 2009 to September 2010. Bering allegedly used a debit card issued to Noble House Ministries to purchase items such as a television set and racing suit, as well as to pay personal bills for her and her husband. The debit card transactions allegedly were made without the approval or knowledge of the Noble House Ministries Board of Directors between Sept. 2, 2009, and Jan. 11, 2010. Bering is also accused of unlawfully receiving over $25,000 during her tenure as executive director, and of using a Noble House Ministries debit card to purchase $179 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, including 12 sets of curtains and three curtain rods. A Class D felony carries a sentencing range of six months to three years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Libraries plan special preview showing of ‘Hunger Games’ movie LIGONIER —All the libraries of Noble County, working with the Strand Theatre, will be selling tickets for a special showing “Hunger Games, Catching Fire” at the Strand in Kendallville on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Cost of tickets are $4.50 and can be purchased at any library in Noble County. The libraries will only be accepting cash for tickets. There are only a limited amount of seats for this exclusive library showing, so make sure to get your ticket soon. Deadline for tickets, if still available, is Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. The Ligonier Public Library is in its temporary location next to ALCO on Lincolnway South. The Ligonier library will have a fall fun program on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m., and the public is invited. The staff will be directing fall activities, reading a book, and even making warm scarves to keep patrons snuggly this season. They will also be doing a nature walk, if the weather is nice. This program is appropriate for elementary age children. Sign up ahead of time, at the library.

Local police and courthouse news ALBION — The following sentences were issued recently in Noble County courts: Superior Court • Fernando Zayago-Castillo, 34, of Ligonier, domestic battery, Class A misdemeanor. Twelve days incarceration, 353 days suspended and on probation, two days credit. To pay $100 fine and $168 court costs. • Donald Godfrey, 64, of Kimmell, Count I — failure to register as a sex or violent offender, Class A misdemeanor. Eighty-four days incarceration, 281 days suspended and on probation, 42 days credit. To pay $168 court costs. Count II dismissed.

Woman injured, man charged after crash CROMWELL — A Nevada woman was injured in a crash for which the driver faces an operating-while-intoxicated charge, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. Alexander L. Stanford, 23, of Syracuse was eastbound on S.R. 5 at 9:04 p.m. Friday when the 2013 Ford Fiesta he drove left the road just west of C.R. 900W. The car struck a road sign and a business sign and continued into a wheat field before stopping. A passenger, Mindy L. Peterson, 25, of North Las Vegas, Nev., complained of pain to her entire body. She and Stanford were transported to a hospital by Noble County EMS. A blood draw on Stanford allegedly tested positive for drug use. Stanford was charged with operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Damage was estimated at $10,001$25,000.

Tires slashed LIGONIER — Someone slashed tires up and down a street in a mobile home park in the 800 block of East U.S. 6, Ligonier, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. The criminal mischief

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injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $5,001-$10,000.

Items stolen in camper burglary WAWAKA — Someone broke into a camper and stole items, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. The burglary in the 1000 block of West C.R. 800N was reported Monday at 10:57 a.m.

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Leah M. Stover, 19, of Ligonier was driving this 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora on Oct. 25 when she drove off the road for an unknown reason. It rolled over, landing on its wheels. Stover and a passenger were taken to the Goshen hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries.

Car abandoned after hitting tree

LIGONIER — A car struck a barbed-wire fence and tree Oct. 23, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said. The 2006 Ford Taurus p.m. when he drove his 2001 SE was found abandoned in was reported Tuesday at a ditch on C.R. 600W near 5:06 a.m. Ford F-350 left of center. C.R. 650N. The F-350’s mirror hit that There was a strong odor of a southbound 1998 Ford Pickup backs of alcoholic beverage in the Club Wagon, breaking the car, an empty beer can on into truck van’s mirror and driver’s the driver’s side floorboard side window. CROMWELL — No Besst allegedly continued and a clear glass cup with one was hurt when a pickup northbound. He was stopped ice cubes in it and beside it truck backed into a truck that had not melted when at a gas station later by a Friday, the Noble County Ligonier Police officer. Besst deputies arrived at the scene Sheriff’s Department said. allegedly told the officer her at 9:17 p.m. A paper bag Shawna E. Short, 33, of didn’t feel he needed to stop behind the driver’s seat Ligonier was stopped on contained five empty beer at the scene. C.R. 200S at S.R. 5 at 2:32 cans. The damaged van was p.m. when she backed the The case remains under driven by Charles Scott, 64, 2008 Nissan Frontier she investigation, deputies said. of Fort Wayne. No injuries drove to make room for a semi turning onto C.R. 200S. were reported. Damage was estimated at $1,001-$2,500. Short backed the pickup Jail bookings into a 2005 International • Jaime Inez Gerig, 37, of truck that was stopped Cromwell was booked on a Two hurt in behind her on C.R. 200N. body attachment writ. rollover crash The truck was driven • Diego Moreno, 18, of by Brian Jones, 55, of CROMWELL — Two Ligonier was charged with Pierceton. Damage was people were injured when possession of alcohol by a estimated at $2,501-$5,000. a car rolled over Friday, minor and invasion of privacy. Oct. 25, the Noble County • Raymond Scott Sheriff’s Department said. Lathamer, 23, of Cromwell Crash leads Leah M. Stover, 19, was charged with theft-reto arrest of Ligonier was driving ceiving stolen property. westbound on C.R. 450N, LIGONIER — An Ohio just west of C.R. 1025W, man was booked into the Marriage licenses at 6:40 p.m. when the 2002 Noble County Jail after a The following were Wednesday crash, the Noble Oldsmobile Aurora she issued recently in Noble County Sheriff’s Department drove left the road for an County: unknown reason. It rolled said. • Lehibi Yosmely Mejia, over, landing on its wheels. Raymond Oscar Besst, 28, and Marie Claudia Stover complained of 65, of Fredericktown, Ohio, shoulder pain and a possible Hernandez, 22, both of was charged with operating Cromwell. without proof of financial head injury. Her passenger, • Kris Lynn Gage, 49, responsibility and leaving Juan M. Rodriguez, 27, of the scene of a properLigonier complained of pain and Vicki L. Wagner, 49, ty-damage accident. both of LaOtto. in the shoulder and neck. Besst was traveling • Gregory Ummel, 31, They were transported to northbound on C.R. 600W, and Kristie Miller, 31, both Goshen Hospital by Noble south of C.R. 775N, at 2:59 of Cromwell. County EMS. No other

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Bell ringers needed for Common Grace, Salvation Army in Ligonier LIGONIER — Volunteers, including individuals, families, church and school groups as well as businesses and service clubs, are invited to help Common Grace of Noble County and the Salvation Army with bell-ringing this holiday season at Owen’s Supermarket in Ligonier. Help is needed starting the weekend after Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas Eve. Funds raised through donations dropped into the red kettle are distributed in Noble County through Common Grace. That organization helps families in need who have suffered financial setbacks. Volunteers can work any time and for any duration they choose. Scheduling of volunteers is being coordinated in Ligonier by Bob Buttgen of The Advance Leader. Call Buttgen at 894-5441 or 894-9922, or send an email to to get on the schedule.


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Here are the sixth-grade “Students of the Month” for October, at West Noble Middle School. In the photo above, on the left, are Manual Salazar — math, and Emma Wilkins — social studies. In the back are Zachery Wigent — social studies, Alexandra Castenada — math, and MaKenzee Budd — math. In the photo above on the right are Nathan Mast — science, and Bergen Tom— language aArts. In the back are Isaac Black — science and Abbie Wright — language arts.

Runners, zombies needed for Saturday’s New DAWN 5K run Practice session for zombies set for Friday at 5 p.m. at high school

The action starts at 10 a.m. Runners will have to contend with “zombies” who will try to grab a flag off each runner’s waist-band. In addition, runners will have to maneuver through, climb over, crawl under, jump around obstacles and try not to let the zombies take their flags. The entry fee to run in the fundraiser is $15, with awards planned for various groups: male

LIGONIER — A 5K Zombie Run to support the Ligonier Track Club and New DAWN, a program of LEAP of Noble County will take place this Saturday on the West Noble campus behind the elementary school building.

Senior fitness, aerobics classes offered LIGONIER — Registration has started for Senior Fitness classes that will begin on Nov. 11 and end on Dec. 19 at the Ligonier Sports and Recreation Center in Kenney Park. Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. This will be six-week holiday session, and the cost is $15 for recreation center members and $20 for non-members. These classes are designed for those 55 and over and will focus on strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility and balance. In addition, the holiday session of aerobics will begin Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the center, and continue through Dec. 23. Registration is now in progress. The cost for the six-week session is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. This session will incorporate steps, weights and body bars. Stop by or call the Ligonier Sports and Recreation Center at 894-7344 for more information on these classes.

and female, ages 12-and-under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-andover. For more information, contact race director Kayla Replogle at Several local businesses and clubs are sponsoring the run: Cromwell-Kimmel Lions Club, Star of the West, Annie Oakley, Burnworth Zollars, KrogerOwen’s, Ligtel, Subway, NAPA, Casey’s General Store, CVS,

Ace Hardware, Global Travel and RadioShack. A zombie training session will be offered Friday at 5 p.m. at the high school. Attendance at the practice session is required in order to be a zombie on Saturday. West Noble Theatre33 will do makeup for the zombies. “West Noble’s Theatre 33 really helps make this run a reality by making our zombies

come to life!” said Replogle. Last year was the first year for the event, and approximately 80 runners took part. Organizers are hoping for as many as 200 this year. Runners may pick up registration forms at the high school office or at the Ligonier Recreation Center. More information and registration forms are online at

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KENDALLVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering a grant to Noble County agencies under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program . The federal funds are awarded by a national board chaired by FEMA officials. A local EFSP board is charged with the distribution of funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas of the county. The local EFSP will accept applications for calendar year 2013 through the United Way of Noble County. Letters of intent are being

accepted — and are needed — from eligible not-for-profit organizations or local government agencies currently providing food, shelter and utility services, and that have a local accounting system or fiscal agency approved by EFSP that conduct an annual, independent audit. Any agency wishing to apply as a administrative agent should send a letter of intent no later than Nov. 15 to the Noble County EFSP Board, c/o United Way of Noble County, P.O. Box 5049, Kendallville IN 46755. For more information, contact Tanya Evard at 347-6822 or tanya@uwnoble.








Lions plan Feather Party CROMWELL — The Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club will have its annual “Feather Party” on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Cromwell Community Center. Admission is free, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the first games starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund for local high school students.


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Auditions planned for WN’s ‘Annie’ LIGONIER — Theatre33, West Noble High School’s theater troupe, has announced audition times for its winter musical, “Annie,” for girls ages 10 and up on Nov. 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the high school stage.

Auditions for high school students are Nov. 20, also from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the high school stage. “Annie” will be performed on the West Noble High School stage on January 31-February 2, 2014.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the editor: We would like to thank the following sonsors for Cromwell Youth Baseball and Softball League for 2013: Noble REMC Wysong’s LigTel Campbell & Fetter Bank Cromwell Lake City bank Freedom Wire Structual Composites Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club Airgood Electric


Parkview Noble Hospital Kozon Schrock Construction Smith Lawn Care Creative Embroidery NAPA of Ligonier Cromwell Feed Mill Jennie Thompson Foundation Farmers Cafe All of our coaches, and Bob Buttgen. Sincerely, Troy and Teresa Airgood League administrators

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” — Matthew 7:13 NIV. Growing up would not be so difficult if there were not so many distractions and obstacles. A number of people I’ve known for some time have been in and out of trouble time and again because of the enemy’s toys and tools that make the other side of life look so good and fun. Even though I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s, I never got involved in the drug culture and do not, to this day, understand it. I did not listen to those who pushed it in their music; I am not attracted to either the hard nor soft metal at all. The use of meth seems to have reached epidemic proportions. A city councilman friend from another community shared that they were having their

CALVARY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 111 W. Orange St., Cromwell. 260-856-2610. Sunday School 8:45 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m. Sister Elsie Fregeau, Interim Pastor Visitors Welcome! CROMWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of Orange and Water streets. Rev. Dave Boesenberg. Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m. INDIAN VILLAGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2-1/2 miles south of Cromwell on S.R. 5. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Coffee Time - After Worship Service Pastor Rachel Bales-Case, 856-5553 ROCK CHURCH LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER Interdenominational 9564 E 1050 N Turkey Creek Rd., Lake Wawasee Sunday Celebration Service 10 a.m. Candlelight Meditation 1st Sunday 6:32 p.m. Information on classes, Call 260-856-4003/856-2002 THE RED ZONE 9358 E. Wizard of Oz Way (Enchanted Hills Playhouse) Web site:; Phone 260-856-2914 Worship Service: Saturday Nights 7 p.m. Worship Service: Sunday Mornings 10 a.m.

KIMMELL BROADWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH 900 W, Kimmell; Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Eve. Service 7 p.m. Rev. Richard Rensner KIMMELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2861 N. Hitler St., Kimmell, 894-0649 Rev. Rachel Bales-Case. Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m., Bible Zone Kids Club Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Handicap Accessible SPARTA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (Old Congregational) U.S. 33 South of Kimmell. Sunday School 9 a.m., Coffee Hour 10 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Rev. Wray McCalester, 636-7005.

LIGONIER APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH OF GOD 317 Pigeon Rd Wednesday 7 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday Eve. 6:30 p.m. Rev. Joseph Lee Brickey. 894-4711.

the alcohol was not enough, so he moved to marijuana, and eventually other drugs for FROM THE so-called recreation. WINDOW In time, OF MY he lost his and STUDY job business, his wife and family, his nice home, Rev. John Lutton his reputation and self-respect. He became not much more than a beggar on the street. He tried several times to stop and finally thought he had it whipped. In the middle of the night, a lady friend going into withdrawal needed to make a buy, and Jim was the guy who could do it. At about 2 a.m., while making the purchase, he was suddenly shot in the chest. His last words were, “I’ve been shot,” as he fell to the ground. Ambulance and police covered the scene, and the paperwork submitted by the

ambulance crew was marked “DOA.” — Dead On Arrival. The Scripture text pretty much tells the story. Parents, grandparents, school teachers and coaches, pastors and everyone else who has contact with our youth: Please help get the warning out that alcohol and drugs is pretty much a dead-end street. Parents whom I’ve known over the years that furnish the alcohol to their teens are not doing them a favor, and it is not a major step toward growing up. While in the service, in a Japanese town, I saw a big street sign which said, “Broadway” and beyond it were the bright lights, music, the girls, the drinks, entertainment and the “good” times. The street was rightly named. At 16, I gave my heart to Christ, just in time. Thank you, Jesus! Rev. Lutton is senior pastor at the Ligonier Church of the Nazarene. He can be reached by email at

Adjusting to college life not easy, but rewarding Brandy Saylor is one of the many success stories of students who have graduated from The Ligonier Crossing. That’s the alternative OLIVIA’S school that serves the Noble area. COLUMN West She worked very By Olivia hard to graduate, but Durham that is not the only thing she worked hard Olivia Durham at. is a student at Brandy had her The Crossing heart set on going to Educational college. Center in But for a while, Ligonier, and she didn’t know what is serving an internship with college she wanted to go to, until she came The Advance to The Crossing. Once Leader. She can be reached she let God back into by email at her life, she knew oliviaco she wanted to go to a rynn18@ Christian college. She chose Bethel College, located in Mishawaka, up around the South Bend area. “I heard great things about Bethel

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third meeting this year on meth. Considering the cost, the price to be paid for doing it, and the consequences for getting caught it, appears to me to be a dead-end road and a dream destroyer at best. It will be a destroyer of marriages, possibly affect the birth of children, erect a roadblock to any aspiring careers that might lie in wait for you and likely break up families and friendships in its path. “Jim” grew up in the Midwest in a middle class family where both parents both smoked and used alcohol rather freely. This atmosphere resulted in arguments, fights, threats of bodily harm and eventually murder! Often the screaming would last long into the night. He smoked his first cigarette at age 11, began to drink occasionally in high school and by the time he reached adulthood, he was hooked on it. Moving into a thriving wholesale company and reaching the top meant more money. Eventually

BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF LIGONIER 204 W. Sixth St. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. BURR OAK CHURCH 11010 West 1100 North, Ligonier, 260-642-4813 Sunday School 9 a.m., Church 10 a.m. CENTRO EVANGELISTIC EBENEEZER Rev. Pedro Tomao and Rev. Lois Tomayo 1998 U.S. 6 West, Ligonier, 260-241-5054 Services held on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Thursday at 6 p.m.; 260-894-7768 LIGONIER CHURCH OF CHRIST Corner of 9025 N and 860 W, 260-894-4847 Sunday Bible school 9:30 a.m., Eve. Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible study & youth program 6 p.m. Mel Harrel, Preacher-Evangelist LIGONIER CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE College and Martin streets, 260-894-3277 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Wed., Bible study 7 p.m Rev. John V. Lutton, Pastor LIGONIER EVANGELICAL CHURCH U.S. 33 South, 260-894-4853 Sunday School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m., Small Groups 6 p.m., Wednesday Youth Mtg. 7 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Rev. Troy Diersing LIGONIER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 407 S. Cavin St. Rev. Stan Wilson Sunday Worship, 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sanctuary is open for prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 260-894-3869 or 894-3800 LIGONIER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 466 S. Townline Road, 894-3765. Pastor Byron Kaiser Youth Leader Cody Cripe Secretary Carrie Hartman Office Hours, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon., - Fri Traditional Worship at the Mount 9 a.m., Sunday School at the Mount 10 a.m., Contemporary Worship at the Crosswalk 10:30 a.m. ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 300 Ravine Park Dr. (Turn west at Marathon Station) Church Office: Monday-Friday 9-3, 260-894-4946 Mass times: Saturday 6:30 p.m. - in English, Sunday 10:15 a.m. - in English, Misa Para Domingo a las 12:30 p.m. y 2 p.m. - En Espanol, Confessions after Mass. Father Wilson Corzo

College. I also felt like God was telling me to go there. It was a great place where I could learn to transform lives,” she told me. “Not just people’s lives, but in a way my own. I was shy went Brandy I first went to the Saylor Ligonier Crossing, but everyone there helped me get out of my comfort zone. It transformed me. It was going to help me form new relationships with people and get out of my comfort zone once in a while.” Coming to the Crossing has really helped her open her heart. In a way, the Ligonier Crossing introduced her to what she wanted to be, she said.

“I’m going to Bethel for mission work, but also for Social and Intercultural studies. I would like to do a lot of mission work. Knowing that I’m helping people in need really touches my heart. I would like to maybe be a teacher at The Crossing someday.” Brandy said the lifestyle afforded to her at Bethel also has been a major breakthrough. “It’s a Christian college, yes, but it is just as hard as any college. I spend my nights watching Netflix and trying to figure out what homework to start first. My jobs are cleaning the guest houses and working at The Acorn, a place where students can get sandwiches.” She still misses her friends back in Ligonier and at The Crossing. “I miss family time and the service learning projects. The Crossing was like my second family.”

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SHILO BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Jim Shepherd 709 N. Johnson St., Ligonier. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Services held on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible study at 4:30 p.m. 260-221-0003 STONE’S HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH U.S. 33, South, Ligonier, 894-7528 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. (Jr. Church and Nursery available at both worship times), Celebrate Recovery meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Cornerstone Cafe’ Sunday 9:15 a.m., Wednesday Children’s Ministry 6:30 p.m., Youth Cafe and Game Room open at 6 p.m., Wednesday Youth Ministry 7 p.m., Wednesday Parent Ministry 6:30 p.m., Pastor Joey Nelson STRONG TOWER WORSHIP CENTER 203 S. Main St., 260-221-3063 Service Time: 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Youth Service: Wednesday, 6 p.m. TEMPLO BETEL Asamieas de Dios 502 Diamond Lake Road, 260-894-7674 Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Sunday Eve Worship 6:30 p.m. TRINITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1288 W. Union, 260-894-4665 Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Champions for Christ Kids, 6:15 p.m. Game room opens at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Cory Kirkham TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH L.C.M.S. Fourth and Martin streets, 260-894-3667 Sunday Worship 9 a.m., Sunday School and Bible class 10:15 a.m.

TOPEKA FIRST BAPTIST 104 North Main Street. 260-593-2111 or 260-350-2740. Church School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m. Rev. Mark Campbell, Pastor.

WAWAKA WAWAKA CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 9 a.m. WAWAKA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship 9:30 a.m.

OTHERS BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH S.R. 9 South, Albion Fr. Joachim (Jim) Quadros, Pastor Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., Monday & Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 7:30 a.m. CLINTON BRICK MENNONITE CHURCH 4 miles north of Millersburg on S.R. 13 Sunday School 9 a.m., Morning Worship 10 a.m. Ron Kennel, Pastor COSPERVILLE BAPTIST 8851 N 250 W (between Wawaka and Rome City), 761-2321. Jim Barnes, pastor. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday Worship & Youth Group 7 p.m. MILLERSBURG CHURCH OF CHRIST 11851 C.R. 44, Millersburg Sunday Bible School 9 a.m.,Sunday Worship 10 a.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. ORMAS BAPTIST 8962 N 300 W, Columbia City, 260-760-4678 Pastor Dr. Gordan Rankin Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Evening Service 6 p.m., Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m. RICHVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship 10 a.m. Pastor Carol Knox SALEM COMMUNITY MISSIONARY C.R. 325 S (1/4 mile southeast of Wilmot). Pastor John T. Morgan. Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Prayer 7 p.m.

MAPLE GROVE CHURCH Non-denominational; Pastor Barry St. Clair. Sunday worship 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. 806 S. Main St., Topeka. 260-593-2844.

Attention Ministers: Please send corrections, additions or changes for this listing to: The Advance Leader, P.O. Box 30, Ligonier, IN 46767; e-mail:; fax: 894-3102 This church directory is sponsored by the following business establishments of the community and The Advance Leader.







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Noble County farm sends more than 1,110 pigs to China

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group speaker announced KENDALLVILLE —The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12; from 3–5 p.m. in the Noble 1 meeting room at Parkview Noble Hospital. November’s guest speaker will be Mark Krueger, who will discuss the topic of Tai Chi and its benefits. Mark has more than 30 years’ experience both as an instructor and participant. The Parkinson’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Parkview Noble Hospital. Reservations are not required for the meetings, and new members are always welcome. This group was organized in the fall of 2010 to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the disease and improve the quality of life for people experiencing the effects of Parkinson’s. Members also aim for increased community awareness about Parkinson’s and support for a cure. This support group offers a comfortable environment for individuals with Parkinson’s, along with their families and friends. For more information on the Parkinson’s Support Group, contact Donna Smith, Parkview Noble Therapy at 347-8824 or toll free at 888-737-9311, ext. 78824.

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More than 1,110 swine that were shipped from Albion received a special welcome at the Beijing airport last month. Whiteshire Hamroc has been

shipping swine all over the world for many years, but the latest planeload was the Noble County business’s largest ever made to China.

22 different countries and started its relationship with the Chinese about three years ago. “International interest in U.S. swine genetics continues to grow and represent a larger percentage of Whiteshire Hamroc’s business,” said Dr. Mike Lemmon, CEO

an office and support staff in Beijing, China.” Whiteshire Hamroc plans to export several additional

Location of Bingo Event: West Noble American Legion Post 243, 100 South Main Street, Ligonier, Indiana 46767 Operators: Lori Wheeler, Misty Utterback, Robin Tincher Officers of Organization: David Magnus, Commander; Robert Bowen, First Vice; Jonathan Magnus, Second Vice; James G. Anderson, Finance Officer; Carl Wheeler, Adjutant; Danny Hathaway; Trustee; Todd Winegardner, Trustee; John Shoudel, Trustee Any person may protest the proposed issuance of the annual bingo license. Protest letters must be received within fifteen (15) days from the date the last posting appears. The Commission shall hold a public hearing if ten (10) written and signed protest letters are received. Address where protest letters should be sent: Indiana Gaming Commission, Attention: Diane Freeman, Charity Gaming Division, East Tower Suite 1600, 101 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 AL,00359496,11/7,14,hspaxlp

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Five football players from West Noble make All-NECC first team Three more are honorable mention The West Noble Charger football team placed eight players on the All-NECC football team. Adam Hursey, Joe Lee, Steven Ramirez, Kyler Warble and Carlos Medina were all

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named first team, while Landon Stover, Payton Shrock and Levi Nelson were named Honorable Mention. More awards will be handed out tonight at the fall sports banquet at the high school.

Carlos Medina

Joe Lee


Adam Hursey

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Basketball season starts this Saturday! The West Noble High School girls varsity basketball team has a scrimmage at HOME against Woodlan, starting at 2 p.m. Regular season starts Thursday, Nov. 14, at Northridge.



Next week: West Noble soccer all-stars!


Brandon Arnold runs to all-state honors in cross country TERRE HAUTE — West Noble’s Brandon Arnold had a singular goal at Saturday’s Indiana High School Athletic Association cross country state finals: finish in the top 20 and reach the podium. Mission accomplished. Arnold just made it, taking 20th place and the last podium spot at 15:58.6 on the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center. Arnold is a junior and will have a chance to improve his standing in the state next year. He was the only West Noble runner to qualify for state following a great season by the entire West Noble cross country teams. This year’s boys’ race at state, however, also will be remembered by what happened to Concordia’s Zach Panning. Panning, the favorite to win going in, led throughout nearly the

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In his second run at the state cross country meet, West Noble’s Brandon Arnold finished in 20th place, good for all-state honors. He is a junior this year. entire race and, with 300 meters to go, collapsed on the ground. Panning got up multiple times, subsequently fell down multiple times, and collapsed again as he


crossed the finish line. He finished 22nd (15:59). West Noble’s Arnold was one of the runners to finish just ahead of Panning, and really ran the race he had to run to give himself a chance to get on the podium, said Chargers coach Rusty Emmert. “Brandon ran very, very well. There was a lot of tough competition,” Emmert said. “He was in position from the very beginning by getting out with the leaders. He maintained and held on. There were a cluster of people in that last kilometer and he picked off a few. “Brandon ran a smart, tough race. He did what he needed to do and made it happen. I’m proud of him.” Terre Haute South senior Jackson Bertoli won the individual title with a time of 15:32.4. Carmel won the state title with 64 points. Columbus North (78) was second.





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The Advance Leader is the weekly newspaper serving Ligonier and the surrounding western Noble County area in northeast Indiana.

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