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Letters

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    Road work 95% done;residents 100% satisfiedAlmost all the streets in the Crown Colony Addition have been in tremendous need of repair.
  • Expanded ASH Centre a wide-ranging Legacy
    Every year now, 2,000 kids participate in the World Baseball Academy’s Hoosier Classic amateur youth baseball tournaments in the heart of our city.
  • Smith's special insights will be greatly missed
    Ben Smith possessed a unique ability to write about sports. The emphasis was always on the human, never on numbers. He recently thanked the Inskeeps (Richard and Julie) for “putting up” with him for 38 years.
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Weekly scorecard

Arter
Zeller
Barbknecht
Funicello
Oladipo

Winners

Mike Pence: The new governor rightly and responsibly directs the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to hold off granting economic incentives totaling $345,000 to a company co-founded by State Rep. Eric Turner, a fellow Republican. Pence wants to determine whether Turner has a conflict of interest.

Leisa Arter: The local nurse receives a commendation by the police department of West Melbourne, Fla., for saving the life of a stabbing victim while on vacation. The nurse with 34 years of experience immediately went into action to save the man’s life while other witnesses refused to help.

Noah Barbknecht: The Northrop sophomore partially paralyzed in a Christmas Eve skiing accident returns to the city and school.

Elkhart, Goshen: New York-based Drew Industries announces it will relocate its headquarters to north central Indiana, investing nearly $13 million in existing facilities and adding as many as 800 jobs by 2017.

Indiana Senate: A long-debated effort to reform the state’s criminal code – with an emphasis on steering more low-level offenders into county programs aimed at reducing recidivism instead of into prison – passes 46-4.

Tossups

EACS: The East Allen County Schools board makes the right decision and rejects a request to issue a charter to Timothy L. Johnson Academy. But the decision was made behind closed doors, without the benefit of even a public vote.

Losers

Ron Johnson: With sales sputtering after his wildly unsuccessful effort to remake J.C. Penney, the company’s CEO loses his job after just 17 months.

IU Hoosiers: Two top basketball players – sophomore Cody Zeller and junior Victor Oladipo – announce they will move to the NBA.

Area fifth-graders: A federal budget proposal eliminates federal funding of the Starbase Indiana program, where fifth-graders learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the local Air National Guard base. But the students may get the STEM education in other ways.

Milestones

Annette Funicello: Everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer – who went on to star in beach movies with Frankie Avalon and had a recording career – dies at 70 after battling multiple sclerosis for a quarter-century.

Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s prime minister for 11 years, the “Iron Lady,” dies from a stroke at 87.

Signed registrations: Gov. Mike Pence’s signature on House Bill 1081 means that a signature – in ink – is no longer required on the owner’s copy of an Indiana Certificate of Registration for a vehicle.

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