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APRIL 18, 2014

SILVER LAKE- Silver Lake Fire Department responded to a grass fire Thursday at 12638 S. CR 200W in Silver Lake around 1:40 p.m. According to Silver Lake Fire Chief John Conley, nearby residents were burning trash and the grass caught fire, though he said no structures were harmed during the blaze. The fire was under control by 3:04 p.m. and there were no injuries reported.

WARSAW- Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday approved the city applying for grants to create sidepaths on East Market Street and on CR 300N in Warsaw. The board approved a request for the city to apply for a $500,000 grant through the K21 Health Foundation for the construction of a new sidepath and sidewalk on East Market Street. The sidepath will be 10 feet wide on the south side of the street and be designed with safety for users of all age groups as the highest priority. The sidewalk will replace the deteriorating sidewalk on the north side. The project is being planned to coincide with reconstruction of Market Street and also will include other grant requests for accompanying amenities such as street trees and informational signage.

INDIANAPOLIS – Teams from Wawasee and Warsaw Community High Schools will compete at the 19th annual IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Indianapolis, April 28 beginning at 8:30 a.m. A total of 23 Indiana high schools have entered 31 cars in the four classes of competition, according to a press release from Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance.

UNDATED- Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby chicks, experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought out decision and not just a holiday whim. Ryan McTigue with the Humane Society says with the right nutrition, housing, and exercise, rabbits can make great pets, but they are a long-term family commitment.

WARSAW- The Kosciusko County Bar Association and Warsaw-Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce will present a Judicial Candidates Forum Tuesday.The event will be held at  Center Lake Pavilion from 7 to 9 p.m. The primary election  May 6 will determine the Republican judicial candidates for three of Kosciusko County’s courts: Superior 1, 2 and 3. The sitting judges of Superior Courts 2 and 3, Duane G. Huffer and James C. Jarrette, will retire from the bench in 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS  --  The Indiana Attorney General’s office is teaming up with alcohol distributors and retailers to end underage drinking.  They joined a nationwide program called “We Don’t Serve Teens” to raise awareness of problems caused by underage drinking. The program looks at current laws and the industry’s commitment to not serving anyone under 21.  According to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, in 2012, 42 percent of 12th graders, 28 percent of 10th graders and 11 percent of 8th graders said they drink alcohol. That same year, 24 percent of 12th graders, 16 percent of 10th graders and 5 percent of 8th graders reported binge drinking, which is having five or more drinks in one occasion.

SOUTH BEND  --  Eight people are being charged in connection with the the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in South Bend.  The charges include murder, attempted murder, aiding in murder, assisting a criminal and gang enhancement.  The suspects' ages range from 23 to 17.

WARSAW  --  The Kiwanis Pancake & Egg Breakfast is Saturday morning from 6:30 am to 10:30 am at Center Lake Pavilion in Warsaw.  Adult tickets are $6, and kids 6 and under are $3.  Get a good, all you can eat breakfast for a good price, while helping a good cause!  The Warsaw High School Jazz Band will be playing from 9 am to 9:45 am, so you can enjoy some good music with your breakfast!

WARSAW  --  In honor or Earth Week, the City of Warsaw Department of Public Works has scheduled compost give-aways for the following Saturdays: April 26, May 03, May 10, May 17, and May 24th.  You are invited to bring trailers, dump trucks, pickup trucks and/or small containers between 8 am and noon to West Center Street just inside Boggs Industrial Park.  The City will also continue leaf pick-up April 21st to the 25th and April 28th to May 2nd.  Leaves need to be at the curb-not in the street, free of trash and sticks, on your normally scheduled trash day.

WARSAW  --  Hendricks Street in Warsaw, between Harrison and Lindberg Streets on the east side of Dalton Foundry will close beginning May 5th for oxygen tank replacement.  It's expected to reopen on May 9th.

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