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Food pantry warms hearts BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — In just over two hours, it’s over, but a good amount of Christmas cheer has been spread. On this chilly Wednesday evening, after the last visitor has been served, volunteers busily wipe down and fold away tables, put away cleaning supplies and chat as they transform the large room at Butler United Methodist Church from a food pantry back into a fellowship hall. Earlier, the room didn’t seem quite so big, as volunteers and visitors, often elbow-to-elbow, milled about, restocking supplies, sacking groceries and carrying items to vehicles as the Butler Community Food Pantry held its second-largest food giveaway of the year. On this night, 155 families received a Christmas present of a meal, bag of potatoes and sack of groceries. This food pantry night — held Dec. 18 — is second only to the one before Thanksgiving each year, according to organizers


and volunteers. The Thanksgiving food pantry served 180 families, touching more than 850 people. An official count of children and people in those 155 families wasn’t immediately known. What is known is that a number of people will be able to enjoy a fine Christmas meal, and that the people who volunteered also have the joyful feeling of being able to help others. Each month, the food pantry helps 135-145 families, said Pastor Kevin Marsh of Butler United Methodist Church. “We feel like we’re able to do something to alleviate the need in our community,” Marsh said. “This is a good way to do it. This is our major ministry right here.” The pantry, while based at Butler United Methodist Church, features involvement of several churches in the community and surrounding area, explained volunteer Mike Slentz. Local and area churches collect items for the food pantry each ➤ Pantry, Page 6

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Food pantry volunteer Theresa Dickerhoff organizes bags of groceries at the Butler Community Food Pantry’s Dec. 18 giveaway. Various local churches donate food and supplies to the pantry, and volunteers organize the monthly events. The food pantry, at Butler United Methodist Church, is especially busy at Thanksgiving and Christmas, organizers said.

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Eastside graduate featured in holiday concert EVANSVILLE — Elizabeth Crozier, of Auburn, an Eastside graduate, and Rochelle Beckman of Kendallville recently performed in the University of Evansville’s 34th annual Holiday Pops concert. In the Evansville area, Holiday Pops will be televised on WNIN, Channel 9.1, at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 24, and at noon on Christmas Day (Central times). People outside the local viewing area may watch the concert on the University of Evansville’s YouTube page. Holiday Pops took place Dec. 10 in Downtown Evansville’s Victory Theatre. The free concert brought together university ensembles and soloists, including choirs, orchestra, and wind, brass, and jazz ensembles. This year’s Holiday Pops concert featured students and faculty members performing sacred and secular musical selections, ranging from “Greensleeves” to “Sleigh Ride” to music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”Crozier is majoring in creative writing. Beckman is majoring in music therapy.

Helping Hands Ministry open BUTLER — Helping Hands Ministry is an outreach ministry of Christ’s Church at Butler assisting needy families in the Butler area. Monetary contributions and donations of new or gently-used clothing and bedding items are accepted during business hours. Individuals may visit and shop for bags of items priced at $3-$5 each. Helping Hands is located at 136 W. Main St. and is open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. A food pantry is open the second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m.

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American Legion Post 202, represented by Greg Hook, second from left, made approximately $2,800 in donations to local 4-H chapters for the DeKalb County livestock auction earlier this year. From left, are Mike Slentz, representing Franklin Township; Hook; Brian Capp, representing Wilmington, Stafford and Troy townships and Mike Georgi, representing Concord, Newville and Spencer townships.

INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, is inviting students in grades 6-12 to serve as Senate pages during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session. The Indiana Senate Page Program is accepting applications for student pages, offering an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the General Assembly. During the one-day program, each participant tours the Statehouse, meets and interacts with his or her senator and watches debates in the Senate Chamber. Glick said the page program is a hands-on approach to teaching ➤ Pages, Page 6

School leader questions tests FROM STAFF REPORTS With all the problems that plagued the spring 2013 round of ISTEP tests, DeKalb Eastern superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens has serious doubts about the validity of the results. Riverdale Elementary School repeated its “A” rating, a mark it has maintained each year since 2010. Butler Elementary received a “C” grade after having a “B” in 2012. Eastside Junior-Senior High School also received a “C” after likewise having a “B” in 2012. Stephens is pretty blunt when it comes to the school grades

Spring ISTEP plagued by system failures resulting from the spring ISTEP tests. “I consider them to have no value, no validity whatsoever,” he said in a phone interview Friday. “When you have such a technical screw-up that occurred that spring and you try to use that grade, there’s no validity in that entire test.”

In many cases, including at DeKalb Eastern, students encountered system failures while trying to take the test. “The only thing kids saw was failure,” Stephens said. “We had kids that were so distraught that when they saw ‘system failure,’ they thought they had failed the test. We had also kids trying to get through it so fast, to get the test done before it happened to them.” Stephens wasn’t alone in his assessment of the test. Superintendents at Lakeland, Westview and East Noble districts also questioned the validity of the grades, issued Friday by the

Indiana Department of Education. The state based the grades on test scores in language arts and math. High school grades factored in graduation rates and scores for college and career readiness. “On day two of the test, when we were still having kids being kicked off, my suggestion to the DOE and our state representatives was to consider this year a wash, that the test wasn’t salvageable at that point,” Stephens said. “There wasn’t anything that worked well in the spring test cycle,” he said, adding that the ➤ Tests, Page 6

YMCA launches ActivTrax program AUBURN — ActivTrax, a technology-based exercise and nutrition planner designed to help members realize their fitness goals, is in “soft launch” at the YMCA of DeKalb County. ActivTrax includes online fitness tracking, a smartphone app and a Kiosk at the YMCA. ActivTrax will launch officially on Jan. 2. With assistance from the YMCA fitness staff, members can design a custom fitness program, establish goals, track progress, and change their fitness regimen anytime, anywhere, even when visiting more than 400 YMCA facilities across the nation that have the ActivTrax system. “Once a fitness program is designed, the ActivTrax program tells members which exercises to do, as well as the actual amount they need to lift or run,” said Lynn Shonka, operations director at the YMCA. She added,

“ActivTrax provides ongoing feedback that prompts members to make appropriate fitness program changes to help them progress, and to be continually challenged.” ActivTrax is free for existing YMCA members. The first step to using the ActivTrax system is to make a FitStart appointment. When a member makes a FitStart appointment to use the ActivTrax system, he or she will receive a one-week free pass that can be given to a friend or relative to try the YMCA. The YMCA also is offering gift certificates that can be purchased by nonmembers or current members who may wish to give the gift of wellness and fitness. From Jan. 2-12, nonmembers can try the YMCA for free. Those who join as new members will be eligible to make a FitStart appointment and participate in the ActivTrax program.

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YMCA operations director Lynn Shonka demonstrates the ActivTrax kiosk to YMCA member Michelle Edmands.


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Riverdale announces perfect attendance ST. JOE — Riverdale Elementary School has announced the names of students with perfect attendance for the first quarter grading period of the 2013-2014 school year.


Photo courtesy of Don Stuckey

This street scene shows activity along the east side of the 200 block of South Broadway, possibly around the 1920s or earlier. Residents may recognize this as the present-day location of the Butler Eat’N Haus restaurant. In this photo, several men appear to be gathered outside of T.H. DeWitt’s Saloon. The decorative awning also features the words, “Beer, Cold.” Next door, several women gather under the William Elden bazaar store sign. The sign hanging from the building mentions “grocery, glassware, queensware, school supplies, five-cent and 10-cent counters and novelties.” This was also a sewing supply and gift business. In later years, the building was used as a telephone office. Businesses such as Cooper Jewelry and Gifts and Nana’s Stitchin’ Station also called this building home. Note that Broadway is still gravel in this photo.

Nolan Baker, Kaylie Burns, Leighton Crow, Nataliy Dennis, Hunter Ellinger, Connor Mack, John Galloway, JayLynn Geeraedts, Parker Goldner, Morgan Graber, Amelia Graham, Reagan Ioor, Zacharia Ioor, Paige Kreischer, Lucas Lentz, Arian McPherson, Karson Minnick, Connor Pask, Robert Potter, Jessica Rotz, Jayme Sewards, Camden Spalding, Justin Stewart, Jayden Wallingford and Kindall Westwater.

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AREA DEATHS Ruth Groff BUTLER — Ruth L. Groff, 79, of Butler, died at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 21, 2013, in her home after an extended illness. Mrs. Groff was a graduate of Butler High School and had been employed by Pittsfield Industries in Hamilton, retiring with nearly fifty years of service. She was a member of the Independent Full Gospel Church in Ashley, and enjoyed flower gardening and playing the piano. Ruth L. Groff was born THE

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Oct. 26, 1934, in Butler, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Slentz) Albertson. She married Maurice L. Groff on March 12, 1955, in Angola, and he preceded her in death in 2006. Survivors include one son, Daniel (Linda) Groff, of Butler; five grandchildren, Stephanie Large, Keith Groff, Angela Burdette, Rachel Butler, and Joshua Groff; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Zehr, of Montpelier, Ohio; and one brother, Jim (Shirley) Albertson, of Butler. She was also preceded in death by one son, David Groff, in 2004, two brothers, Bill and Joe Albertson, and one sister, Anna Doty.

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Church Gatherings BUTLER CHRIST’S CHURCH (Christian Church) 127 W. Main St. Dale Rabineau, minister; Lisa Rabineau, director of education; Jenn Skrocki, youth director. Services: Sunday Bible classes, 8:45 a.m.; worship 10 a.m. Phone: 868-6924.

CHURCH OF CHRIST 173 W. Oak St. Dennis Bingham, youth minister; Dawn Steere, Noah's Ark Preschool director. Services: Sunday School 8:30 a.m.; worship 9:45 a.m.; pre-teen, jr. high, and sr. high youth groups, Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m. Phone: 868-2687, Fax 868-2582; Website:

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 500 N. Beech St. Paul Patton, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.; evening service 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting at 6 p.m. Phone: 868-5666.

FREE BIBLE TABERNACLE James and Washington streets. Joe Albertson, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship 11 a.m.; Sunday youth 4:30 p.m.; evening worship 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study 6:30 p.m.; Saturday evangelistic service, 6:30 p.m. Phone: 868-1841.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in the Independent Full Gospel Church in Ashley with Pastor Sam Weimer officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. in the church. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton, Ohio. Memorials in the name of Ruth L. Groff are requested to the Independent Full Gospel Church, Ashley, Indiana, or to DeKalb Hospice.

Janice Hollabaugh SPENCERVILLE — Janice F. Hollabaugh, 102, of Spencerville, died Dec. 16, 2013, at The Laurels of DeKalb Health Care Center, Butler. Services took place Saturday in St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Joe, with Rev. Floyd Shoup officiating. Burial was in White City Cemetery, Spencerville. Memorials are to St. Mark Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 345, St. Joe, IN 46785. Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville, handled arrangements. CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY OF GOD 7521 U.S. 6, P.O. Box 153. James Garner, pastor; Services: Sunday prayer 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study 6:00 p.m. Phone: 927-5614.


132 W. Oak St. Denny Eicher, pastor; Services: Sunday worship 9 a.m.; Sunday evening 6 p.m.; Wednesday evening service 7:30 p.m.

(Non-denominational) 7301 C.R. 28, Butler, 8/10 mile east of Butler, just off U.S. 6. Frances Mock, pastor; Services: Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday and Wednesday evening worship 6 p.m. Phone: 920-0743.




217 W. Main St. Services: Sunday School during school year 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m. all year.

SEABREEZE MINISTRIES 404 S. Federal St. Lathan Snyder, pastor; Family Worship Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.; Tidal Wave Youth Group: Wednesday at 5 p.m.; Adult Bible Study: Wednesday at 6 p.m.; Phone: 260-927-5683.

UNITED METHODIST 501 W. Green St. Rev. Kevin Marsh, pastor; Services: worship service 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.; UMYF 5 p.m.; Bible study 6:30 p.m.; adult choir Wednesday 7 p.m. Phone: 868-2098.


Intersection of C.R. 28 and 75. Richard Woolever, minister; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:15 a.m.

6795 C.R. 12. Rev. Stanley P. Hammond; Services: Sunday 2 p.m. Phone: 495-9006.

MOUNT PLEASANT UNITED METHODIST Intersection of C.R. 40 and C.R. 59. Christine Fodrea, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9 a.m.; worship 10:05 a.m.


CROSSROADS OF ZION Corner of C.R. 4A and 79. Gene Thimlar, pastor, 260-570-8597; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service 10:30 a.m.; Email:


CHURCH OF CHRIST 5107 C.R. 75-A. Darrin Langford, minister; Services: Bible School 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; youth groups 6 p.m.; evening worship 7 p.m. Phone: 337-5384.



AUBURN — Kathryn A. McCoy, 67, of Auburn, died Dec. 20, 2013. Services and burial will be at a later date. Johnson Funeral Home, Hudson, is handling arrangements.

Bryan Kuhn HAMILTON — Bryan “Gene” Kuhn, 69, of Hamilton, died Dec. 18, 2013, in Cameron Hospital, Angola. There will be no calling or services. Memorials are to Regional Cancer Care Center, 516 E. Maumee St., Angola, IN 46703. Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home & Crematory, 3985 E. Church St., Hamilton, is handling arrangements.

Florine Mardini GARRETT — Florine (Wise) Mardini, 99, of Santa Monica, Calif. and formerly of Garrett, died Dec. 16, 2013, in Santa Monica. Services will be held at a later date. Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett, is handling arrangements.

ST. JOE CHURCH @ JOE'S (St. Joe Church of Christ) 507 Jefferson St. Michael Booher, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; youth groups, Sunday evening 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday night women’s Bible study 7 p.m. Nursery is available. Office phone: 337-0442, Cell: 336-2727.

COBURN CORNERS CHURCH OF CHRIST S.R. 101 and C.R. 64, St. Joe; Thomas Cupka, minister; Phone 238-4567; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 6 p.m. during school year; handicapped accessible; assisted listening available; nursery available; Preschool during school year; Preschool phone: 238-4679; Church website:; e-mail:

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 215 Widney Ave. Services: Fellowship 9:30 a.m.; praise and worship 9:45 a.m. Phone: 337-5470.

ST. MARK LUTHERAN 302 Washington St. Floyd Shoup, pastor; Services: Worship 10:15 a.m., followed by fellowship and refreshments; Wednesday dinner 6:15 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m. Holy communion every service. Phone: 337-0172.

SPENCERVILLE ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN 6893 S.R. 1. Services: worship 9 a.m.;

Second Grade Alysha Baker, Mercedes Bledsoe, Lucas Brown, David Burns, Jaelyn Cook, Wyatt Davis, Audrey Diehl, Baylie Donaldson, Joseph Eck, Cohen Fetters, Ethan Graves, Tyler Huff, Loden Johnson, Lilly Kaiser, Joanie Kimpel, Jayci Kitchen, Holly Laney, Moyra McAtee, Kamden Miller, Clayton Minnick, Samantha Reader, Tevis Rice, Markus Roark, Ian Snyder, Gage Spalding, MaKenna Sprau, Ayla Stuller, Mason Wilson and Osric Wolfe.

Third Grade Audrey Abel, Austin Arnold, Binyam Biddle,

Fourth Grade Kyler Bibbee, Olivia Bledsoe, Nolan Bogenschutz, Laithyn Cook, Laban Davis, Jonathan Eck, Marcus Frisby, Travis Garrison, Trey Herzberg, Zane Kline, Caleb Little, Samuel McClintock, Jordan Meyer, Samuel Neumann, Will Paddock, Josephine Richman, Natalie Stewart, Logan Trausch, Jennifer White, Cameron Yeager and Sydney Yoder.

Fifth Grade Jaiden Baker, Hannah Brunson, Ryan Cannon, Cyrus Diehl, Walker Doll, Faith DuBois, Rebekah Firestine, Jackie Gibson, Dylan Hertig, Molly Holman, Ryleigh Howe, Allison Ives, Gabrielle Kees, Garett Miller, Lyndsi Read, Addyson Reliford, Alex Rickman, Marissa Roark, Brock Seiler, David Slone, Erin Snyder, Catlin Sprau, Alexis Wilson and Abigail Yeager.

Sixth Grade Patsy Aschleman, Lydia Bledsoe, Madelin Bledsoe, Natalie Bledsoe, Ashley Brown, Kaylea Bruggner, Evian Clifton, Cameron Cook, Kyle Croft, Jacob Delagrange, McKenzie Dufresne, Paige Graber, Asia Handshoe, Madalyn High, Anson Hill, Madeleine Huff, Ziayra Hulbert, Jonathan Macy, Keegan Miller, MacKensie Rieke, Avery Rutan, Braden Vinson and Brock Vinson. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Christmas Eve services 10 p.m. Holy communion first Sunday and festivals.

UNITED METHODIST 5681 Church St.; Sunday School 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Youth Group Kids Club every Tuesday 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Ken Herb, pastor; 471-1041.

RURAL AUBURN COUNTY LINE CHURCH OF GOD 7716 North County Line Road; 627-2482; Pastoral staff: Stuart Kruse, Dane Kruse, Kevin McIntire, Nathan Tatman, Mary Ellen Rayle, Steve Schlatter; Sunday worship, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m.; Wednesday groups, 6:30 p.m.; Creative Play School, Mon. through Thurs. 9 a.m. -noon.; Website,

NORRIS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST C.R. 40-A and C.R. 47. Rev. Susan Smith Bryden; Services: Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m. Phone: 925-1096; Website:


FREEWILL BAPTIST 2833 C.R. 27. Ron Stambaugh, minister; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m.; evening service 6 p.m. (1st Sunday); Bible study Wednesday 6 p.m.; Phone: 837-7360.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CENTER 900 S. Wayne Street. Pastoral Staff: Ralph O. Diehl, Sean Hartzell, Randy Stine and Adam Diehl; Services: Saturday 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (ASL Interpreted at 10:30 a.m.); Wednesday Kids Club, T.V. (Grades 6-12) and adult Next Level Connection Groups, 7 p.m.; Phone: 837-3631; Website:

NEW LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH 365 Lockhart St.; Merle R. Holden, pastor; Worship 10:30 a.m.; Phone (574) 215-4288; website:

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC CHURCH 1098 C.R. 39. Rev. David Carkenord, pastor; Services: Saturday Mass 6 p.m.; Sunday Mass 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; confessions Saturday 4 p.m.


960 Lincoln Street. Tom Neddersen, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; Tuesday 6:30 p.m. youth group; Friday 6:30 p.m. praise and prayer. Phone: 414-5009.

Maple and Elm streets. Pastor Mike Halferty; Services: Sunday School 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.; communion 1st Sunday; Wednesday Bible studies 9 a.m.; choir 7 p.m.; AA Sunday at 7 p.m. Handicapped access, nursery. Phone: 837-6441.



1492 C.R. 27. Steve Evans, minister; Services: Fellowship hour 9 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship and children’s church, 10:30 a.m.

300 W. Douglas St. Michael Sassanella, pastor; Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday youth program 7 p.m. Phone: 837-4701, 925-5880.


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Eastside girls post first victory BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — With the game on the line, Eastside’s girls basketball team found a way to pull out a win Dec. 17 against Lakewood Park. The Panthers outscored the Blazer girls in the fourth quarter, cutting what had been a 15-point lead in the third to a precarious two midway through the final frame. The Blazers got an inside bucket from Maddy Minehart and two free throws from Brianna Moore to seal the win, 52-47. Moore finished with 19 points and Minehart added 18 in the win. “We’ve been in those situations this year and last, and have lost those games, so it was good to see us close out the game,” Eastside coach Shane Conwell said. “Maddy continues to be the rock of our offense and defense,” he said. “It was good to see Bri Moore have a breakout game. She was aggressive and didn’t settle

for outside jumpers.” The win was Eastside’s first of the season and first since the South Adams holiday tournament in December 2012. Moore and Minehart provided a solid inside-outside scoring punch for the Blazers (1-7), but Lakewood Park wasn’t about to go down without a fight. The Blazers took a 44-29 lead following back-to-back scores by Leah Ward late in the third. The Panthers finished the third with six straight points, and the first seven of the fourth quarter, including a banked three-pointer by the Panthers’ Jessica Mafera with six minutes to play. That cut Eastside’s lead to just 44-42. The Blazers missed a shot and turned the ball over on its next two possessions, but the Panthers couldn’t find the range its next two turns. Moore buried a jumper near the right corner with five minutes to go, but the Panthers’ Mariah Chaney answered with a jumper

from the key seconds later. Two free throws by Eastside’s Kaci Shook, one by the Panthers’ Hannah Priskorn and a score inside by Minehart pushed the margin to 50-45 with 2:55 to play. The Panthers got within two on two Natalie Mafera tosses at the two-minute mark, but Moore sealed the win with a pair a minute later. The Blazers were 23-of-47 (49 percent) from the field. Lakewood Park (1-8) was 17-of-65 (26 percent) from the field and 7-of-30 (23 percent) from three-point range. Khrystyna Thompson had 11 points and Allison Sowle had 10 to lead the Panthers. Leah Ward chipped in with nine for Eastside. Minehart grabbed 18 rebounds and Shook had eight for the Blazers. Sowle collected 11 rebounds for Lakewood Park. “I told them before the game that success doesn’t come easy,” Conwell said. “You have to go get it, and they did that.

Eastside 52, Lakewood Park 47 Lakewood Park fg-fga ft-fta pts reb ast stl 1-6 1-2 3 5 3 0 2-6 0-0 5 2 1 0 2-7 1-5 6 4 2 5 2-6 0-0 5 6 0 1 5-13 0-0 10 11 0 0 0-5 4-4 4 3 6 1 1-5 0-0 3 1 0 2 4-14 0-0 11 1 1 2 0-2 0-0 0 4 1 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 17-65 6-11 47 38 15 12 Eastside Players fg-fga ft-fta pts reb ast stl Moore g 8-15 3-5 19 3 1 3 Shook g 1-5 2-5 4 8 3 1 Crager g 0-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 Ward f 4-8 1-2 9 6 2 3 Minehart f 9-15 0-1 18 18 2 1 Yoder 1-2 0-0 2 0 1 0 Moughler 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 Steffen 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 Totals 23-48 6-13 52 42 12 8 Lakewood Park 10 13 12 12 — 47 Eastside 14 14 16 8 — 52 Three-point shooting — Lakewood Park 7-30 (Thompson 3-12, Dusseau 1-3, Franks 1-4, JMafera 1-4, Priskorn 1-5, Chaney 0-1, NMafera 0-1), Eastside 0-5 (Moughler 0-1, Crager 0-2, Moore 0-2). Team rebounds — Lakewood Park 4, Eastside 2. Fouled out — Ward. Total fouls — Lakewood Park 16, Eastside 16. Turnovers — Lakewood Park 20, Eastside 24. Players Chaney g JMafera g Priskorn f Dusseau f Sowle c NMafera Franks Thompson Budreau Johnson Totals

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Eastside’s Brianna Moore drives past a Lakewood Park defender during a Dec. 17 game at Butler. Moore led all scorers with 19 points as Eastside won for the first time this season. “My message after the game was ‘Don’t be

satisfied. There’s a lot of basketball to be played,

with a lot more to be accomplished.’”

Balanced scoring boosts Blazers to win Eastside 68, Lakewood Park 59 Lakewood Players fg-fga ft-fta Mann g 4-13 0-0 Gardner g 3-10 2-2 Yoder f 3-7 0-0 JGerke f 7-14 3-6 Johnson c 2-4 1-1 BGerke 2-7 2-2 Donaldson 2-9 0-0 Totals 23-64 8-11

Park pts reb ast stl 9 7 1 0 9 2 2 0 7 5 2 0 17 12 4 5 5 2 0 3 6 4 1 0 6 0 1 0 59 32 11 8

Eastside Players fg-fga ft-fta pts reb ast stl Moughler g 2-7 0-0 4 3 3 0 Dean g 8-16 0-0 19 5 2 3 Renier g 6-8 1-1 16 2 1 3 Liechty f 3-9 5-10 11 11 2 1 Singer f 2-6 0-0 4 11 1 0 Willard 3-4 1-3 9 3 1 0 Sprunger 1-2 0-0 2 1 2 1 Baker 1-1 0-0 3 0 0 0 Beard 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Brow 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Totals 26-54 7-14 68 36 12 8 Lakewood Park 11 18 13 17 — 59 Eastside 20 19 15 14 — 68 Three-point shooting — Lakewood Park 5-25 (Donaldson 2-5, Yoder 1-3, Gardner 1-6, Mann 1-7, BGerke 0-1, JGerke 0-3), Eastside 9-18 (Renier 3-3, Dean 3-5, Willard 2-3, Baker 1-1, Liechty 0-3). Team rebounds — Lakewood Park 4, Eastside 0. Fouled out — Yoder. Total fouls — Lakewood Park 19, Eastside 14. Turnovers — Lakewood Park 14, Eastside 17.

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Eastside’s Tristan Sprunger avoids Lakewood Park’s Hunter Yoder during a Dec. 17 basketball game at Butler. The Blazers won, 68-59.

BY JEFF JONES BUTLER — Eastside’s boys basketball team got balanced scoring in a 68-59 victory over Lakewood Park Dec. 17 at Butler. The Blazer boys (3-2) were 9-of-18 beyond the arc, and finished the game making 26-of-54 shots (48 percent) in the win. Preston “P.J.” Dean led all scorers with 19 points, Kadis Renier added 16, Ryan Liechty had 11 and Cade Willard pitched in with nine for Eastside. “We did a great job of handling traps and attacking the paint out of those traps,” Eastside coach Ryan Abbott said. “We shot well from outside, but I was impressed with our basketball IQ in understanding that when we missed consecutive shots from the perimeter, we understood that we needed a paint touch.” Lakewood Park (2-3)

was 23-of-64 (36 percent) from the field, including just 5-of-25 (20 percent) from three-point range. Jared Gerke was the only Panther in double figures with 17 points, but teammates Noah Gardner and Austin Mann had nine points each. The Blazers trailed only once, and not again after the game was three minutes old. After Gardner’s three with 2:20 left in the first cut Eastside’s lead to 14-11, Renier rattled in two threes before the quarter ended for a 20-11 advantage. Eastside’s lead stayed in the 10-11-point range most of the second quarter, and swelled to 14 late in the third on Dean’s bucket that made it 54-40. The Blazers’ biggest lead — 62-44 early in the fourth — came on Austin Baker’s three, but with 2:21 to play, the Panthers cut the margin to 12 after scores by Jared

Gerke and Gardner. Eastside got 11 rebounds each from Liechty and Rob Singer. Jared Gerke grabbed 12 boards for Lakewood Park. “We must rebound the basketball better in order for us to reach our potential,” Abbott said. “We have the ability and toughness to do so, but we must convert that to game situations. “We need to do a better job of being confident at the free throw line. Fifty percent will get you beat most nights,” he said. “I credit Lakewood to never going away, and our guys for responding to their runs,” Abbott said. “It was a great game to learn from before conference play.”

Strock has played in all 14 games for the Goshen College Maple Leafs. Strock, a junior, has come off the bench in all but one game, averaging 10 minutes. She has scored 42 points this season, an average of just over three points per game. Strock has

recorded seven steals and four assists, and is 16-of-47 shooting and 4-of-13 from three-point range.

Double Dribbles This was Eastside’s first win against Lakewood Park since to 2009-2010 season. The Blazers lead the all-time series 8-4.

SPORTS IN BRIEF Varsity girls basketball Blazer girls defeated BUTLER — Visiting Lakeland outscored Eastside 16-7 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 44-32 win Saturday at Butler. The Blazers (1-8) trailed 28-25 entering the final quarter. Brianna Moore had 11 points, Maddy Minehart had 10 and Leah Ward scored eight for Eastside. Minehart had eight rebounds and Ward had seven for the Blazers. Kaci Shook had three steals. Minehart and Ward had two each. The Blazers committed 22 turnovers.

Lakeland 44, Eastside 32 Eastside Moore 5-10 0-0 11, Shook 0-1 3-5 3, Crager 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 2-5 4-8 8, Minehart 5-9 0-2 10, Yoder 0-0 0-0 0, Moughler 0-2 0-0 0, Malcolm 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-29 7-15 32. Lakeland Eastside

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Three-point shooting — Eastside 1-5 (Moore 1-1, Moughler 0-2, Crager 0-1, Malcolm 0-1).

Blazers to play in South Adams tournament BERNE — Eastside’s girls basketball team will play in the third annual Amy Meyer Holiday Classic

at South Adams High School Saturday. The first game, at 10 a.m., pits Blackhawk Christian and South Adams. Eastside will play Seton Catholic at noon in the second game. The consolation game is at 5 p.m., with the championship at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per game or $8 for all day.

Varsity boys bowling Blazers defeat Garrett ANGOLA — Eastside’s varsity boys bowling team improved to 7-1 with a 15-1/2 to 4-1/2 win over Garrett Dec. 16 at Angola. Matt David, Tristin Miller, Xavier Orr and Steven Webb won one game each. David had scores of 212 and 189, earning a tie in that game. Miller won with a 222 and rolled a 156. Orr won with a 208 and added a 151. Webb won with a 203 and had a 159. Derek Lilly had a 156 in one game. Kyle Brock had a 186 in one game. Eastside bowls against DeKalb at Butler Bowl Jan. 6.

Varsity girls bowling Eastside girls defeated ANGOLA — DeKalb won all but four possible points in a 16-4 win over Eastside’s varsity girls

bowling team Dec. 16 at Angola. Briana Marquis won both of her games, with scores of 217 and 204. Erin Shuman won one game with a 210, and added a 203. Teresa Crozier won one game with a 112 and added a 95. Bailie Eubanks had games of 86 and 114. Mataya Nickolson had games of 172 and 110. Eastside bowls against Garrett at Butler Bowl Jan. 6.

Mens college basketball Crimson Wave falls in overtime SOUTH BEND — 2010 Eastside graduate Chris Diehl had 12 points and six rebounds, but the Calumet College of St. Joseph Crimson Wave lost 93-90 in overtime to Indiana-South Bend in a Dec. 17 contest. That was Diehl’s season-high for points for Calumet, now 7-6 through games played Dec. 19. The Crimson Wave hosts Kuyper College Jan. 3.

Indiana-South Bend now 6-7 LAPORTE — 2013 Eastside graduate Jayden Lilly did not score, but had a rebound and a steal in his team’s 92-76 win over Purdue-North Central Dec. 19 at LaPorte. Lilly, a freshman, has played in two games for

the Titans (6-7).

Womens college basketball Strock plays at Goshen College GOSHEN — 2011 Eastside graduate Megan

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Blazers have tough day at Carroll BY PHIL FRIEND HUNTERTOWN — Saturday’s Carroll Super Duals was a tough one for Eastside’s wrestling team. The Blazers gave up four forfeits in each of its dual matches and went 0-5 overall. “We knew we didn’t have much of a chance as a team, but the 4-5 guys we expected to do well, did,” said Eastside coach Joel Richman. “We had a tough one at the end against Carroll, but that’s expected. They’ve been dominant for a few years now.” Eastside had three wrestlers go 4-1: Codey Ross (120), Brandon Miller (126) and Gage DeLong (152). “Gage and Cody are sophomores, and both have winning records for now, with over 10 wins on the season,” Richman said. “They’re making real

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progress. You can’t ask for much more from a young group of guys. All three of them did really good. Ross “As long as we cover up the bottom of those scoreboards, we saw a lot of good things from our kids. We want to see improvement from match-to-match and Saturday-to-Saturday. We’ll work over Christmas break and hopefully come back and get a few more wins.”

106 — Novy (GR) pinned Kiracofe (ES), 1:16. 113 — DeMarco (GR) won by forfeit. 120 — Ross (ES) pinned Halferty (GR), 2:20. 126 — Miller (ES) pin Stafford (GR), 3:06. 132 — Barker (GR) pinned Alloway (ES), 1:50. 138 — Burns (ES) pinned Jimenez (GR), 3:18. 145 — JGunion (GR) won by forfeit. 152 — DeLong (ES) pinned Lawrence (GR), 1:08. 160 — Smith (ES) pinned Hartman (GR), 3:44. 170 — GGunion (GR) pinned Rodman (ES), 1:08. 182 — Hathaway (GR) pinned TNickolson (ES), :57. 195 — Davis (GR) won by forfeit. 220 — JNickolson (ES) pinned Camp (GR), 1:02. 285 — Jacobs (GR), won by forfeit.

Carroll “B” 51, Eastside 26 106 — Perkins (Ca) pinned Kiracofe (ES), :40. 113 — Potthoff (Ca) won by forfeit. 120 — Ross (ES) pinned Lerch (Ca), 1:42. 126 — Miller (ES) pinned Macias (Ca), 2:54. 132 — Sloffer (Ca) pinned Alloway (ES), 3:51. 138 — Burns (ES) pinned Douglas (Ca), 2:16. 145 — O’Conner (Ca) won by forfeit. 152 — DeLong (ES) won by technical fall over Grossnickle (Ca), 15-1. 160 — Leatherman (Ca) won by decision over Smith (ES), 17-12. 170 — Blevins (Ca) pinned Rodman (ES), 4:40. 182 — Dunten (Ca) won by decision over

TNickolson (ES), 15-11. 195 — Douglas (Ca) pinned JNickolson (ES), 2: 30. 220 — Mokever (Ca) won by forfeit. 285 — Weber (Ca) won by forfeit.

Churubusco 51, Eastside 16 106 — Keefe (Ch) pinned Kiracofe (ES), :28. 113 — Stocksdale (Ch) won by forfeit. 120 — Ross (ES) won by decision over Sonnenberg (Ch), 5-0. 126 — double forfeit. 132 — Miller (ES) pinned Downing (Ch), 1:26. 138 — Downing (Ch) pinned Alloway (ES), 1:20. 145 — Shroyer (Ch) won by decision over Burns (ES), 9-5. 152 — DeLong (ES) won by major decision over McParlin (Ch), 13-4. 160 — Partin (Ch) pinned Smith (ES), :33. 170 — Glick (Ch) pinned Rodman (ES), :14. 182 — TNickolson (ES) won by decision over Shively (Ch), 5-1. 195 — Helbert (Ch) pinned JNickolson (ES), 3:20. 220 — Harmon (Ch) won by forfeit. 285 — Martin (Ch) won by forfeit.

Elkhart Central 52, Eastside 21 106 — Mishler (EC) pin Kiracofe (ES), :58. 113 — Egnor (EC) won by forfeit. 120 — Ross (ES) won by decision over Boyd (EC), 11-4. 126 — Miller (ES) pinned Scott (EC), 3:16.

Carroll “A” 67, Eastside 6 106 — Kiracofe (ES) won by forfeit. 113 — Raypole (Ca) won by forfeit. 120 — Cauffman (Ca) pinned Ross (ES), 1:45. 126 — Israbain (Ca) won by decision over Miller (ES), 5-2. 132 — Jester (Ca) pinned Alloway (ES), 1:44. 138 — Hicks (Ca) won by decision over Burns (ES), 9-4. 145 — Arney (Ca) won by forfeit. 152 — Garman (Ca) won by technical fall over DeLong (ES), 18-2. 160 — Duncan (Ca) won by technical fall over Smith (ES), 19-2. 170 — Wilson (Ca) pinned Rodman (ES), 1:02. 182 — Collins (Ca) won by decision over TNickolson (ES), 8-2. 195 — Blotkamp (Ca) pinned JNickolson 1:32. 220 — Sadilek (Ca) won by forfeit. 285 — Carr (Ca) won by forfeit.




132 — Dulworth (EC) won by major decision over Alloway (ES), 12-0. 138 — Torres (EC) won by decision over Burns (ES), 9-2. 145 — Crimi (EC) won by forfeit. 152 — DeLong (ES) pinned Hardman (EC), 2:52. 160 — Barreon (EC) won by decision over Smith (ES), 12-7. 170 — Mosiman (EC) pinned Rodman (ES), 1:04. 182 — TNickolson (ES) pinned Tucker (EC), 5:01. 195 — Nunez (EC) pinned JNickolson (ES), 1:45. 220 — Guerra (EC) won by forfeit. 285 — Snipes (EC) won by forfeit.

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Eastside’s Maddy Minehart, left, and Leah Ward fight off Lakewood Park players for control of a rebound during a Dec. 17 game at Butler.

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Readers of the week Fourth-grade students in Becky Yoder’s classroom at Riverdale and Glenna Weaver’s classroom at Butler are participating in a reading buddy program in conjunction with Eastside’s girls basketball team. Weekly winners receive a free ticket to a basketball game and a tote bag of fun items from the library. December winners are: Faith McClain, Will Paddock and Natalie Stewart from Riverdale and Hayden Campbell, Isaiah Fuentes and Alice Webb from Butler.




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Talking book players The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library will loan free digital talking book players to any Indiana resident. The Indiana State Library also has a large collection of large-print books, Braille materials and descriptive videos that can be loaned. For more information, inquire at the reference desk at the Butler Public Library.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers deliver slipper socks to residents at Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett Saturday morning. In front, from left, are Paige Terry, 8, resident Doris Hawkins and Payton Terry, 12. In back are Cheryl Terry, Joe Terry and Jean Pinkerton, all of St. Joe.

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• Blake D. Dangler, 25, of the 1900 block C.R. 71, Butler, was arrested at 3:57 p.m. Dec. 16 by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging him with battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor. • Heather M. DePew, 23, of the 400 block of Depot Street, Butler, was arrested at 7:02 p.m. Dec. 16 by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department on a warrant charging her with attempted obstruction of justice, a Class D felony. • Brian D. Dennison, 24, also of the 400 block of Depot Street, Butler, was arrested at 7:04 p.m. Dec, 16 by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department on a warrant charging him with attempted obstruction of justice, a Class D felony. • Robert Lee, 50, of the 100 block of South Broadway, Butler, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Dec. 18 by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department for alleged failure to appear in court on Class B misdemeanor

charges of battery and public intoxication. • Katey K. Bowser, 28, of the 5400 block of C.R. 40, Butler, was arrested at 8:14 a.m. Dec. 18 by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. • Michael Hughes, 35, of the 100 block of South Broadway, Butler, was arrested at 5:41 p.m. Dec. 18 by Butler Police on charges of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and strangulation, a Class D felony. • Natasha L. Howard, 26, of the 5100 block of C.R. 75-A, Newville (Butler), was arrested at 8:56 a.m. Dec. 19 by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant charging her with check deception, a Class A misdemeanor. • Joshua D.M. Reed, 27, of the 100 block of North Canal Street, Butler, was arrested at 3:46 a.m. Dec. 22 by Butler Police on a charge of driving while suspended with a prior offense, a Class a misdemeanor.

BUTLER CITY COURT NEWS The following tickets were paid in Butler City Court, Dec. 12-19. The dollar amount at the end of each listing indicates fines, court costs, and civil penalties assessed by the court. Notations in parentheses after each listing represents the agency issuing the ticket. A code to law enforcement agencies follows this report. • Aaron C. Aldrich, Waterloo, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Pedro A. Alvarez, Auburn, driving while suspended, $243 (AUB). • Jake R. Baker, Monroeville, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Jeremy D. Baxter, Columbia City, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Alton D. Berry, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Micah A. Bowling, Garrett, driving while suspended, $193 (AUB). • Lee R. Bracey, Fremont, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Kyle R. Branscum, Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Jamie L. Caccamo, Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Dustin C. Chisholm, Garrett, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Tina M. Collingsworth, Butler, speeding, $133 (BPD). • Shawn B. Conklin, Leo, speeding, $154 (DC). • Tamra J. Dircksen, Waterloo, speeding, $154 (WPD). • Bobbie S. Gerber, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Michael R. Gorney, Sterling, Mich., speeding, $133 (ISP). • Gennie H. Gorsuch,

Corunna, speeding, $154 (DC). • Fred S. Graham, Sebring, Ohio, radar detector in commercial vehicle, $148 (ISP). • Jonni K. Griffith, Auburn, speeding, $133 (BPD). • Helene B. Gully, Garrett, speeding, $154 (DC). • Charlotte A. Handshoe, Kendallville, speeding, $154 (AUB). • Carl G. Harmon, Avilla, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Brandan M. Harris, Butler, disregarding stop sign, $154 (DC). • Brandi N. Hart, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Shelby M. Hartman, Garrett, speeding, $133 (DC). • Ronald B. Hawkins, Kendallville, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, $154 (DC). • Miluv W. Hill, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Joseph D. Hooker, Kendallville, disregarding stoplight, $154 (AUB); no financial responsibility, $218 (AUB). • Stanley A. Householder, LaOtto, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Jeremy R. Jackson, Waterloo, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Robert P. Jackson, Mark Center, Ohio, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Alyson R. Jerzak, Auburn, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Joey A. Johnson, Hicksville, Ohio, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Joshua D. Jones, Kalamazoo, Mich., speeding, $154 (AUB). • Heath L. Keener, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Robert L. Killian,

Hamilton, failure to yield, $154 (DC). • Scott D. Kipper, Spencerville, speeding, $154 (DC). • Kenneth A. Koeppe, Hamilton, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Regina M. Krumma, Waterloo, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Julie E. Kruse, Corunna, speeding, $133 (ISP). • James I. Leakey, Auburn, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Stephanie L. Leykauf, Butler, speeding, $148 (BPD). • Logan M. Lockhart, Auburn, speeding, $133 (AUB). • Ronald J. McClelland, Albion, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Johnny R. Metcalf, Hamilton, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Lester F. Miller, Spring Lake, Mich., speeding, $154 (ISP). • Steven C. Minnich, Garrett, driving while suspended, $214 (AUB).

• Benjamin J. Newburn, Indianapolis, speeding, $148 (ISP). • Steven A. Newcomer, Butler, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Mohamed M. Omar, Fort Wayne, operating vehicle with no operator’s license in possession, $133 (ISP). • Cora L. Osunbiyi, Noblesville, speeding, $173 (AUB). • David A. Parker, Auburn, expired plates, $123 (AUB); no insurance, $177 (AUB). • Tia R. Parker, Angola, driving while suspended, $218 (AUB). • Kei Pay, Fort Wayne, no seat belt, $25 (ISP). • Elizabeth A. Peterson, Butler, failure to provide proof of insurance, $291 (AUB). • Melissa L. Phillips, Kendallville, speeding, $133 (DC). • James Pugh, Angola, no seat belt, $25 (BPD). • Neal H. Reading, Pleasant Lake, no seat belt, $25 (AS).



• Renae D. Reinig, Garrett, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Zachary T. Robinson, Butler, failure to signal lane change, $148 (AUB). • John J. Roby, Ashley, no seat belt, $25 (AUB). • Shae B. Rowlison, Garrett, speeding, $148 (AUB). • Megan Satkowiak, Auburn, speeding, $148 (ISP). • Alexander K. Schaefer, Kendallville, expired plates, $133 (AUB). • David B. Schenker, Auburn, speeding, $133 (AUB). • George A. Schilling, Auburn, speeding, $133 (DC). • Cody D. Shaffer, Edon, Ohio, speeding, $133 (DC). • Christopher C. Shaw, Fort Wayne, speeding, $133 (BPD). • John L. Shaw, Hamilton, speeding, $154 (ISP). • Rachel S. Singer, Upland, speeding, $173 (ISP). • Shaylene S. Smith,


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Pantry from Page 1 month, and members of those churches and organizations pitch in to help United Methodist Church members operate the pantry. Volunteers bag groceries, sort items and carry bags of groceries and potatoes to the recipients’ vehicles every month. “The community helps us run it,” Slentz said. “We don’t have enough people to run it ourselves.” In addition to food items, at Christmas, the church has a “mitten tree” for children who don’t have gloves or mittens to pick a pair to take home. Each family received bread, potatoes, onions, oranges, milk, eggs, cereal, and a can of soup per family member, Slentz said. A local farming family provided 200 bags of homegrown

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potatoes, onions and squash in November and December, he added. “People who carry items out for the families keep telling me they get so much out of it,” Slentz said. “They keep coming back. We don’t ask for money, we don’t ask for volunteers. People give and people come.” “The people of Butler should come here one time and watch what goes on here,” Slentz said. “They’d be astounded.” It’s not unusual for those receiving assistance to give assistance — unloading items from vehicles, some of which they’ll be taking home later that night. “They’re also helping out, and that’s a big help,” Marsh said. In the future, the church hopes to construct a building

specifically for the food pantry. “Right now, we have to get things the day of or the day before,” Marsh said. “We’d really like to be able to stockpile, and we can’t do that right now. We want to do this even bigger and make it more efficient.” A larger building would have other benefits. “Instead of waiting outside in the cold, we’d like to have a place where (visitors) can actually get into,” Slentz said. While temperatures were in the 20s on this December evening, the typically frigid months January and February aren’t far off. “There just isn’t any other room,” he added. “It’d be nice to be able to put the food out on shelves and have people come through and take items,”

Slentz said. “We just can’t do that now because we have so little space.” The Monday before the food pantry opens, volunteers gather to bag items that can be stored at room temperature — bread, cereal, canned goods — and collect the rest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before the pantry opens at 5 p.m. Fresh items — milk, eggs, fruit and meat — must be picked up and distributed the day of the pantry because the church doesn’t have sufficient refrigeration to store them. Marsh is confident the pantry will continue to be strongly supported. “I keep telling people you can’t out-give God,” he said. “Every time we spend money, more money comes in.”

students about state government, which brings what they learn in the classroom to life. “Students who serve as pages see their textbook material in action,” Glick said. “During the legislative session, the Senate is hard at work creating and voting on new laws, and pages have the unique opportunity to be a part of this process. It’s always great to see so many pages at the Statehouse every year, and I urge all students with an interest in government or public service to apply.” The program runs from Jan. 6 to March 14, and students may serve as pages on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Space is limited, so applicants should submit their materials as soon as possible.

Students can apply online at indianasenaterepublicans. com/page-program or send letters to their senators. Letters can be addressed to the senator, c/o Indiana Senate, State of Indiana, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Each request must include the student’s name, address, home telephone number, age and school affiliation or home-school status. Orientation for pages begins at 8:30 a.m., and pages are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Students will take a break for lunch before the Senate floor session at 1:30 p.m. Serving as a page is considered an excused absence from school. For more information about the page program, call 800-3829467.

Reforming Indiana’s criminal code


BY DENNIS KRUSE It has been more than 30 years since Indiana took a comprehensive look at its criminal sentencing policies. Society has changed greatly in those years, and so have the crimes that threaten our communities. Since 2009, the legislature has been studying and discussing Indiana’s criminal code with hopes of finding a way to make sentencing more proportional and consistent for offenders. During the 2013 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1006 to address our state’s criminal code. The reform establishes a new sentencing system that divides felonies into

six levels instead of four. Making this change allows penalties to better match crimes by creating Kruse fairer, more proportional sentences. The sentencing aspect of HEA 1006 won’t take effect until July 1, 2014, allowing lawmakers the opportunity to review the new law before it takes effect. The system also puts tighter restrictions on the worst offenders’ ability to get out of prison early. These offenders must now serve at least 75 percent of their sentence as opposed

to 50 percent under the previous law. By limiting credit time, we are giving the public more certainty about how long the worst criminals will be in prison once they’re sentenced. Indiana’s new criminal code has a greater focus on rehabilitating low-level criminals. Focusing on rehabilitating these offenders is a way for Indiana to help them become productive members of society. In fact, legislative study showed these rehabilitation programs are predicted to slightly decrease the state’s prison population through 2020. Because these programs are operated at the local level, helping fund them was an important component of HEA 1006. That’s why the

legislature increased funding for these types of programs by $4 million. Indiana also set aside $2 million to provide treatment to those offenders with mental-health and addiction issues. This additional funding will help local governments prepare for the new sentencing policies that take effect next summer. These updates to our criminal code will better serve Indiana by giving the worst offenders longer prison sentences and helping to rehabilitate low-level criminals so they can re-enter society. What do you think? Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) serves in the Indiana State Senate. His columns appear periodically in The Butler Bulletin.

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BY JEFF JONES jeffj@kpcnews.netmany of the 6:15 p.m., BUTLER — By filled with food sit once tables that were go and empty. 45 minutes to before There are still through the doors at 5 p.m., the line the Butler people still coming food pantry opened parking lot. food pantry at on this the community crossed the church opens each month, Church closes United Methodist Before the pantry food items in eggs non-perishable additional Wednesday evening. pies, cartons of are volunteers put collecting While all the milk, grocery bags, while of the pantry. celery and potatoes day and bags of carrots, who visits the food fresh items the while supplies lasted, bag of long gone, everyone On this night, gallon of milk, a dozen with at least one a pantry will leave visitors received turkey, sausage, lettuce, had been groceries. eggs, a 12-pound. a pie, soup, cereal, canned the last person At 7 p.m., after tallied the numbers — carrots, potatoes, of groceries. served, volunteers on the goods and a bag an all-time record.5-7 p.m. is organized based 180 visitors — years. Each food drive is open from turnout and past The food pantry month. With the previous month’sknow what to prepare for, per volunteers one Wednesday Still, it’s hard to around the corner, Mike Slentz. Slentz holidays right Harvest according to volunteer evening. runs to Community expected a busy would be this way because makes regular area grocery stores so the who “We knew it Food Bank and for everyone. said Jan Simmering, of Thanksgiving,” jugs of milk. pantry has food 4 passed out gallontime, they get here at 3 ➤Recor Page visitors “Most of the This Wednesday, p.m.,” she said. at 1 p.m. By the time the began lining up

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BY JEFF JONES “Dozzy” BUTLER — DeNealwith a anyone Coburn invites to talk to her. question or problem newest member She became the Council, appointed of Butler’s City morning by a 2-1 vote Saturday for a vacant atover Anita Shultz large seat. by the The vote was made of Wilmington Republican caucus Committeemen at Township Precinct in Auburn. Republican headquarters created Oct. The vacancy was CouncilCity 31 when former announced her woman Sue Moore will complete resignation. Coburnof that term. the final two years in by Butler Coburn was sworn Eck as Angela Clerk-Treasurer Republican Party DeKalb County and chairman Jay Oberholtzer watched. family members 4 ➤Co urn Page


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Veterans’ questions to be addressed

Butler BUTLER — The Post 202 American Legion County service welcomes DeKalb the second officer Brian Lamm month to answer Monday of every veterans questions regarding benefits and issues. at the legion, Lamm will be from N. Broadway, located at 118 open to any area 5-8 p.m. This is of a veteran. veteran or widow

New sidewalks taking shape in St. Joe

Leaf pick-up announced

will be BUTLER — Leaves throughout picked up as needed Butler. to rake Residents are asked but not in the leaves to the curb, into the street raked street. Leaves basins. will clog catch pick up leaves City crews will periodically.

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the high school. or room 422 at distributed from 9 Eastside JuniorToys will be 12, AUBURN — Saturday, Dec. student a.m. until noon, Senior High School’sCounty comes to the when Santa ClausCenter, 1800 E. council and DeKalb are teaming up Heimach Senior Meals on Wheels a little Seventh St., Auburn. children will to make Christmas children in the During this time, to take home. brighter for needy a toy be able to pick punch will be area. 9, donations of Cookies and Through Dec. used toys for served. by new or gently and under are This event is sponsored children ages 12 Services (Meals Aging & In-Home being accepted. and the DeKalb be taken to Donations may Eastside’s main on Wheels) on Aging. at County Council collection boxes St., room 210 office, 603 E. Green

which includes The first phase, new and of REPORTS 2,865 linear feet FROM S TAFF sidewalks are began at replacement sidewalk, School and ST. JOE — New residents. Joe Riverdale Elementary a reality for St. Primco, Inc. of School Street, included parts Earlier this month, replacing Street and began Third Street, Fourth of Fort Wayne, sidewalks Washington Street. and installing new which community. The second phase, feet, focused throughout the linear more than a includes 2,879 When finished, on School and will be either on more sidewalks more than 900 mile of sidewalks installed, Third streets, plus replaced or newly on Jefferson Joe Clerkfeet of new sidewalk will be according to St. Simcox. Street. All sidewalks Treasurer Mary being paid for ramped at The project is to School and Weather permitting, by through Safe Routes in December. grants received should be finished federal stimulus the town.

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The Butler Bulletin is the weekly newspaper serving Butler and the surrounding easterm DeKalb County area in northeast Indiana.

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