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Ruth Fessel Hitchcock


Fessel Hitchcock went home to her Lord on January 17, 2015. She was born November 20, 1915, in Pierceton, Indiana, the daughter of Samuel and Nellie (Outcelt) Cormany. She was a graduate of Pierceton High School. Ruth married E.C. "Bud" Fessel in 1941 and ...

Paragon Medical Acquires Med Device Business from Michael Bubolz GmbH


Offices and production facilities are located in Pierceton, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Smithfield, Utah; Lausanne, Switzerland; Changzhou, China and Siechnice, Poland. More information about the company may be found at www.paragonmedical.com.

Ruth E. Fessel Hitchcock


Fessel Hitchcock went home to her Lord on January 17, 2015. She was born November 20, 1915 in Pierceton, Indiana, the daughter of Samuel and Nellie (Outcelt) Cormany. She was a graduate of Pierceton High School. Ruth married E. C. “Bud” Fessel in 1941 ...

PIERCETON ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS


Sealed Bids for the Town of Pierceton, Indiana “2015 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project” consisting of a Base Bid of approximately 5,400 LF of 12-inch, 3,900 LF of 10-inch, and 26,000 LF of 8-inch cured in-place pipe lining (CIPP), manhole ...

Child found in car during meth bust


They arrested Brian Lee Slone, 37, of Silver Lake Thursday around 3 p.m. after he had left his workplace in Pierceton, Indiana. Officers pulled Slone over and when they searched him they found two grams of methamphetamine. He was arrested and preliminarily ...

Jimmy L. Gebert


WINONA LAKE, Indiana — Jimmy L. Gebert, 80, of Winona Lake, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 7:20 a.m. in his residence. He was born on April 29, 1934, to Orville and Gladys (Polk) Gebert in Pierceton, Indiana. He was united in marriage to Wilma ...

Patricia ‘Pat’ Irene Novacek, of Pierceton, Indiana


Patricia “Pat” Irene Novacek, 64, of Pierceton, Indiana, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Pat was born on May 19, 1950, to the late Orville and Katherine (Young) Fuller in Niles. After graduating from Brandywine in the late 1960s ...

Three arrested in Kosciusko County meth lab bust


KOSCIUSKO COUNTY On Thursday, Kosciusko County and Warsaw Drug Task Force Officers arrested three people on various drug charges after locating a meth lab north of Pierceton, Indiana. Officers with the Warsaw Drug Task Force and Kosciusko County Drug Task ...

OMCO Invests $6.7 Million To Expand Its Pierceton, Indiana, Manufacturing Facility


OMCO, a manufacturer specializing in steel metal forming for the transportation industry, plans to invest $6.7 million to expand its Pierceton, Indiana, production center, creating up to 40 jobs by 2016. The Wickliffe, Ohio-based company will invest ...

Pierceton, Indiana Vacation Rentals


Pierceton, Indiana offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Pierceton, IN, there's surely a great local vacation home rental ...




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President Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon to put a spotlight on the recovering housing sector.

Restoring security to homeownership has always been one of the President's top economic priorities, and the results are clear -- the housing market has greatly improved since President Obama took office.

The President’s push for new consumer protections and tough enforcement on abuses have given Americans more confidence in investing in homeownership:

  • Home sales are up.
  • Home building has more than doubled since 2009.
  • Home values have risen for the past three years.

But there's more work to do. Mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable for creditworthy families.

That's why today, at Central High School in Phoenix, the President announced a responsible reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mortgage Insurance Premium program. The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points, from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent.

The President’s new proposal to reduce the fees associated with buying a home would help first-time homebuyers save an average of $900 on their annual mortgage payment. More people buying homes would also strengthen the market, helping everyone who already owns a home.

In Phoenix today, President Obama explained that homeownership was a dream that should be open to all Americans. Not only will the President’s actions help numerous families realize the American Dream and get a place they can finally call home, but millions of families will save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support and stabilize the housing market recovery.

President Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix

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Warning in PIERCETON: Government Grant Scams

“Because you pay your income taxes on time, you have been awarded a free $12,500 government grant! To get your grant, simply give us your checking account information, and we will direct-deposit the grant into your bank account!”

Sometimes, it’s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a “free grant” to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it’s a phone call supposedly from a “government” agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back.

But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that “money for nothing” grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine, or hear about them on the phone.

Some scam artists advertise “free grants” in the classifieds, inviting readers to call a toll-free number for more information. Others are more bold: they call you out of the blue. They lie about where they’re calling from, or they claim legitimacy using an official-sounding name like the “Federal Grants Administration.” They may ask you some basic questions to determine if you “qualify” to receive a grant. FTC attorneys say calls and come-ons for free money invariably are rip offs.

Grant scammers generally follow a script: they congratulate you on your eligibility, then ask for your checking account information so they can “deposit your grant directly into your account,” or cover a one-time “processing fee.” The caller may even reassure you that you can get a refund if you’re not satisfied. In fact, you’ll never see the grant they promise; they will disappear with your money.

The FTC says following a few basic rules can keep consumers from losing money to these “government grant” scams:

  • Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know. Scammers pressure people to divulge their bank account information so that they can steal the money in the account. Always keep your bank account information confidential. Don’t share it unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is necessary.
  • Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded — or to pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The only official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is www.grants.gov.
  • Look-alikes aren’t the real thing. Just because the caller says he’s from the “Federal Grants Administration” doesn’t mean that he is. There is no such government agency. Take a moment to check the blue pages in your telephone directory to bear out your hunch — or not.
  • Phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to disguise their area code in caller ID systems. Although it may look like they’re calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
  • Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. To register online, visit donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC online, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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In PIERCETON: Understanding Links Between Smoking & Weight

Maybe you quit smoking to do something good for your health, and now you’ve noticed the pounds adding up on the scale. Or maybe one of the reasons you’re not quite ready to quit is that you’re afraid of gaining weight.

Here are some of the reasons why some people gain weight when they quit:

  • Smoking lowers your appetite.
    Smoking cigarettes makes you feel less hungry. So, when you quit smoking, you might feel hungrier and then eat more than you used to eat.  
  • Smoking increases your metabolism.
    Smoking cigarettes increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories. So when you stop smoking, you may burn fewer calories which can lead to weight gain. 
  • Eating can be a substitute for smoking.
    Smoking gave you something to do with your hands and something to put in your mouth. For a lot of people, food replaces cigarettes. And the more you reach for food, the more likely it is that you will gain weight.
  • Eating may soothe the feelings that smoking used to soothe.
    Maybe smoking was your go-to when you were feeling bad. When you stop smoking, you may find that you turn to eating to feel better or to deal with stress—but this can backfire and result in weight gain.

The good news is that you can take charge of your weight even while quitting smoking. Check out Forever Free for more info about smoking and weight.

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