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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Relationships key for Folks

Outgoing EACS chief wins praise

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

If you are an East Allen County Schools student, chances are good Superintendent Ken Folks knows your name.

If he doesn’t, he likely knows your face.

EACS Superintendent Dr Kenneth Folks Talks With Preschoolers About the Blankets They Have Selected

The self-described people person tried to visit every school at least every other week during his four-year tenure at EACS, which ends with his retirement Friday. That’s 16 schools in 10 days, meaning multiple building visits per day was common, he said.

“They have so many events I want to be a part of,” Folks said, standing among spectators at New Haven Intermediate School last month for the fifth-grade rocket launch.

An invitation-only retirement celebration honoring Folks, 59, is set for Wednesday.

His 36-year career in schools included work as a social studies teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. He began his first central office job in 2010 as chief academic officer at Marion Community Schools.


POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:17 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Dog days of summer, hydration tips to stay afloat

Summer is officially here, and the heat is on. It’s no coincidence that the first day of summer, June 21, and National Hydration Day, June 23, are only a few days apart.IAW Social Water drink of choice for years.jpg

Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages everyone working, playing or enjoying time outdoors this summer to have a plan in place to stay properly hydrated.

It’s also important to make sure any cats or dogs that are outdoors are properly hydrated as well since, similar to humans, they can also suffer from heat-related incidents. In fact, they are often more prone to heat exhaustion because they do not perspire like their owners.

“As the heat begins to rise, whether Indiana residents and their pets are working or playing outdoors, proper hydration is key to staying safe and enjoying time outdoors,” said Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “We always make sure our employees and residents are educated on the importance and value of water while encouraging them to pay close attention to their body’s need for water.”

Smart eating can also play a large role in proper hydration during the summer heat. Fruit and vegetables should be included as part of a daily diet as they contain various amounts of water and work as a supplement to normal water intake. Indiana sports enthusiasts who take part in extraneous physical workouts outdoors should follow up their workout with water and a sports drink to help revitalize the body’s loss of water.

Indiana American Water wants everyone outdoors this summer to know and recognize different signs that could indicate dehydration in themselves and others. The Cleveland Clinic has identified some of these signs, including:

  • fatigue

  • loss of appetite

  • flushed skin

  • heat intolerance

  • light-headedness

  • dark-colored urine

  • dry cough

Dewey added, “In addition to watching for signs of dehydration, proactive ways to stay hydrated include setting reminders to dress light, eating fruits and vegetables as snacks, avoiding caffeinated drinks, and lastly ensuring everyone is consuming water throughout the day.”

When residents are out and about in the heat this summer, Indiana American Water encourages everyone to consider bringing cool water along for themselves and their pets.

POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:10 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

New Haven police chief responds to questions, issues surrounding Gardner assault case

New Haven Chief Henry D. McKinnon said that despite the impression that is circulating on social media regarding the recent assault on 15-year-old Jason Gardner, his department has been working continuously and diligently on the case. But, as he explained, the department is proceeding cautiously to ensure that justice is served on the victim’s behalf.

“When the officer got called out they found the young man did have some injuries and was in and out of consciousness. The assault did happen. That’s a no brainer,” said McKinnon.

Successfully prosecuting the case, however, takes careful and accurate police work he said.

For example, explained McKinnon, officers did work with the young victim immediately on the scene to try to identify his assailant. He said Jason Gardner told them a name of an assailant that he said he didn’t see but recognized by voice.

According to McKinnon, police immediately went to the possible suspects home and read him his Miranda rights. Officers, however, didn’t make an arrest at the time for a number of reasons, he said.

For one, the person being investigated had a witness who gave him an alibi for the time which the assault was committed. Second, the person showed no signs of injuries or a scuffle. Rather than to risk ultimately losing the case, officers opted to investigate further and pursue additional evidence. McKinnon said they asked the person to come in and volunteer to take a voice stress test so they could have something to back them up in assessing the possible suspects veracity. The person didn’t come in so after two days, New Haven police officials decided to send the case to the county juvenile prosecutor with what they had.

“It’s not uncommon for a prosecutor to say, ‘I will consider it but I’m giving a supplement request. I want you to find out A, B and C,’ which is what happened Friday (June 9),” explained McKinnon.

Adding that the requested information gathering was beyond the capabilities of a regular patrol officer and assigned the case two one of the department’s two detectives, who immediately started to work on the case. Unfortunately, said McKinnon, progress on the case slowed on Monday by two armed in New Haven on June 12, n which detectives had to spend the entire day working.

The detective on the case, however, put in extra work to wrap up details and the case has been sent to juvenile prosecutor officers.

“I didn’t have to tell him to do it,” said the chief. “He volunteered and stayed all night to get it wrapped up.”

Again, refuting the perception being spread by social media, McKinnon said, “there was never a case when the police were not investigating this.

“And I understand [the frustration] from the victim’s standpoint and you don’t understand the system,” and how things can seem to be progressing very slowly or not at all.

He said the department had been working with the Gardner family to try to keep them informed and to assure them the New Haven Police Department was aggressively pursue the matter, adding that the deputy chief of police spent a couple of hours working with the mother, Lakysha Gardner, a fact which Gardner herself confirmed during an interview with Frost Illustrated.

McKinnon said his officers and detectives made some wise decisions in pursuing the case to ensure a successful prosecution is made.

“It’s not rocket science to put handcuffs on someone and take them to jail but you’re doing a disservice to the victim if you don’t get details,” he said, explaining that inaccurate or missing information can doom a case forever. “If we just send that down like that and it’s declined, then it’s done.”

While police can operate on investigations with “probable cause” prosecutors, he said, are looking for evidence “beyond reasonable doubt.”

For police to submit a case without trying to get the best information is poor work, said McKinnon.

“That would be almost lazy. You’ not doing everything you can do,” he said.

He said the department has sent a host of evidence and information to the juvenile prosecutor.

“We have included every single officer’s car camera. All that is with the prosecutor too,” he said.

McKinnon also addressed the social media buzz about a rope and a possible lynching.

“That night (of the assault), we have numerous pictures of the victim. Nothing that night or the following day was mentioned about a rope from the victim and the victim’s family,” he said.

The Gardner family told Frost the rope was found a few days afterwards and showed a light colored mark on the back of Jason’s neck a week after the incident.

McKinnon himself pointed out that as in many domestic abuse cases, physical evidence of aspects of an assault might not show up immediately but reiterated that neither Jason nor family members said anything about a rope during the investigation. The story, he said, showed up on social media and “has just grown a life of it’s own.”

McKinnon also pointed out that local youth new about the rope for some time for a different reason.

“That rope had been there for years for climbing,” said McKinnon.

Still, he said the department will pursue the issue.

“Since it’s out there, I have to follow up and ask the victims about that,” he said.

Interestingly, the image of the rope has been used to fuel call for rallies and protest.

“There’s a picture of  a rope and that has nothing to do with that. The victims themselves never told me they were injured with the rope. There’s no evidence from the victim or the victim’s family,” said McKinnon.

He said the department also was serious about looking into the “attempted lynching” stories because of an earlier lynching threat involving threats to the Gardner/Ball family. Someone told the family that a person known to them had made a threat to lynch a family member.

“An officer did take that report and that would have been in May. The officer took that report and went straight to the horse’s mouth and the witness then denied telling the victim that. At that point you have two teenagers and one wants to fight the other and that’s not an uncommon thing,” said McKinnon.

As for the complaints levied by the Gardner/Ball family against an Officer Anderson,  McKinnon said that has been discussed with Lakysha Gardner.

“She did talk to the deputy chief and she has every right to do that. And, we have offered to help her fill out a formal complaint form,” he said.

Once that paperwork has been completed, he said and investigation into that complaint would proceed.

“I would then request for the county or state to do that internal investigation,” said McKinnon, explaining that using an outside agency to investigate and internal complaint would ensure transparency.

As for the involvement of the U.S. Department of Justice being asked to come in, McKinnon said he talked with NAACP President Larry Gist, who called the agency and told him that was an appropriate move.

“I told r. Gist that decision was absolutely right. Indiana does not have a hate crime law,” so any investigation or charges along those lines would have to come from the DOJ.

McKinnon said he has talked to DOJ officials since they have been called but, to date, not much specifically about the case.

“Most [conversations] were in reference to concerns about the rally and safety and security,” said the chief.

“I don’t know of this department being under investigation,” he said regarding other potential DOJ concerns.

“None of us are perfect including me and my officers. I know my guys and gals. I know their hearts and they do do a good job,” said McKinnon.

Still, recent events have taught him a few things, he said.

For example, all the Facebook hubbub about the case has prompted him to sign up for some social media seminars and to work toward the New Haven Police Department  being more involved with the community in that way.

“By the end of the year, we’re going to have a Facebook page up so that we can put up some facts that aren’t out there. Or at least, to put a different opinion out there. Not for back and forth,” he said.

POSTED: 06/21/17 at 3:48 pm. FILED UNDER: News



The EACS Technology Department will be moving to their new location in the former New Haven Elementary School at 800 Homestead Drive. The moving process will begin 12:00 am on Sunday, July 2 and should be restored by Thursday, July 6, 2017. During the move, phones, email, and all computer systems will be down, which will include:

 RDS parent access

 Access to transcripts

 The ability to create work permits

 The ability to fill out a job application

 Access to job postings

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this move. For more information prior to the shutdown please call 260-446-0100.

POSTED: 06/21/17 at 3:40 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald to Hold a Press Conference and Make a Special Announcement with Pathfinders CEO on Thursday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. at 4762 Zelt Cove (Pinestone)

Pathfinder Services will be in New Haven and will join New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald and the Chamber of Commerce for a Press Conference on Thursday, June 15, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at 4762 Zelt Cove in the Pinestone neighborhood subdivision in New Haven, Indiana. The home, which had previously been a foreclosure property with extensive damage, has been restored and remodeled by the area non-profit organization Pathfinder Services. A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held during the Press Conference.

Pathfinder Services CEO, John Niederman stated, “We are very excited to get involved with this project and are honored to make this presentation to the Pinestone neighborhood and continue our partnership with New Haven by investing in additional community projects in the future.” Niederman also said, “The investment in neighborhoods, such as Pinestone, allows us to restore a foreclosed neighborhood home and create an ownership opportunity for a new homebuyer in New Haven.”

New Haven City Councilman and real estate business owner, Steve McMichael said, “This is the culmination of years of encouragement and work with Pathfinder Services to assist with home foreclosures in our community. As a result of this joint partnership, additional homes have been acquired in New Haven to further restore foreclosed homes and make continued improvements in New Haven. “Community support like this gives us an opportunity to build reinvest in our communities for the future of New Haven so that New Haven can continue to grow as a viable and desirable community for current and future residents.” said Mayor McDonald. “The people of New Haven share a strong sense of camaraderie where residents come together to make improvements in their neighborhoods. The generous contributions and efforts of Pathfinder Services in New Haven will make a lasting impact and further enrich our community.”

POSTED: 06/14/17 at 9:21 am. FILED UNDER: News



Shortly before 8:30 am on 06/13/2017, a male white entered the Dollar General located in the 400 block of SR 930 E in New Haven, IN.  The suspect asked the cashier for cigarettes and then demanded the money in the cash register.  The suspect informed the cashier that he had a gun and that he would shoot her if she didn’t follow instructions.  The suspect was not given any cash and he left, telling the cashier that he would be back.  The suspect was described as a male white, approximately 40 years old with no teeth.  The suspect was wearing a white T-shirt with a picture of a red & white umbrella, blue jeans, and a black “beanie” style hat.  The suspect was seen leaving the parking lot in a dark colored vehicle.

Approximately 30 minutes later, a male matching the description of the suspect from Dollar General entered the 1st Source Bank located in the 900 block of Lincoln Hwy E in New Haven, IN.  The suspect is seen entering the bank and hands the teller a note, demanding money.  The suspect then left out the front door with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Witnesses advised they observed the suspect enter a dark colored vehicle in a nearby alley and leave towards Fort Wayne.  Witnesses advise the vehicle was driven by a female black.

The suspect vehicle has since been located and is in the custody of the New Haven Police Department.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspects they are encouraged to contact the New Haven Police Department at (260) 748-7080 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

POSTED: 06/14/17 at 9:16 am. FILED UNDER: News


Mr. Bill Kerbel, former EACS educator and wrestling coach was recently honored by EACS board members and superintendent, Dr. Ken Folks for his hard work and dedication to kids. Dr. Folks stated, “It is important to note that Bill is more than just a supporter of wrestling; he is first and foremost an educator. Bill has always been driven by doing what is best for kids. He has dedicated his life to developing young people into successful adults”. Mr. Kerbel will be inducted into the Class of 2018, Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in February.

Mr. Bill Kerbel we salute you for all you’ve done for kids!

POSTED: 06/09/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Garage sales are right around the corner and if your sales are anything like ours you will have some items leftover afterwards. New Horizons Fellowship is willing to accept any gently used, school-age children’s clothing to give away before school starts in the fall. You can drop the clothes off on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th from 10 to 12. The address is 1330 Werling Road.

NHF is not selling the items but will be giving them away to any students in need of clothing before school starts. We may even make arrangements to come and pick them up. You can contact us at 749-0422 or

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News, Schools

With economic growth varying significantly from one state to another — California recently became the sixth largest economy in the world while Illinois is expected to have no budget for the third year in a row, for instance — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst State Economies.

In order to determine America’s top economic performers, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of economic performance and strength. The data set ranges from GDP growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

Best State Economies Worst State Economies
1 Washington 42 North Dakota
2 California 43 Wyoming
3 Utah 44 Kentucky
4 Massachusetts 45 Maine
5 District of Columbia 46 Alaska
6 Colorado 47 Oklahoma
7 Oregon 48 Arkansas
8 New Hampshire 49 Mississippi
9 Maryland 50 Louisiana
10 Delaware 51 West Virginia

Best vs. Worst

  • Washington has the highest value of exports per capita, $11,390, which is 12.9 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $881.
  • Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in New Mexico, the state with the highest at 6.7 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of the uninsured population, 3.6 percent, which is 5.7 times lower than in Texas, the state with the highest at 20.6 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of the population living below poverty level, 8.9 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 22.5 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest foreclosure rate, 0.2 percent, which is 14 times lower than in New Jersey, the state with the highest at 2.8 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of jobs in high-tech industries, 7.91 percent, which is 3.4 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 2.33 percent.
  • Utah has the highest number of independent-inventor patents per 1,000 working-age residents, 0.184, which is 7.7 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 0.024.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Story from The New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Perkins, a lifelong resident of the city of New Haven, decided to enter the field of accounting from the time he graduated high school. He said, “When I graduated from high school there weren’t many jobs in this area so I decided to go to college. I thought back on my accounting class in high school and remembered that I liked that class and numbers made sense to me, so I started taking classes in accounting and enjoyed it right from the start.”

Doug is now a Certified Public Accountant who has served individuals and small businesses in Northeastern Indiana since 1985 with their tax and accounting needs. Beginning with a small company and moving up until he worked for a national company, Doug started his own CPA firm in 2005. Since that time, he has been in New Haven and serving the local community. Locating in New Haven was a no brainer considering Doug had lived just out of town or in town his whole life. He said, “I know the people. I know the community. I know the area. It was a good fit.”

One of the things Doug is passionate about is working with people. He said, “I just want to serve the people in this community. Give them a place where they can have their tax and accounting needs met in a professional manner at a reasonable price. It is always interesting to hear their stories and everyone has a different story.”  Doug is all about the community. His first office was located off of Werling Road here in New Haven, but now his firm has recently relocated at a new location right on Broadway Street.

In his office, there are three certified public accountants: Doug Perkins, Courtney Loshe, and Adam Schaffer. Together with three part-time individuals, Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. can handle all of your tax and accounting needs. When asked what their group did, Doug said, “We prepare individual and business tax returns and provide consulting services for small businesses and individuals. We work on approximately 800 individual tax returns and about 120 small businesses returns annually. We also provide accounting, payroll, consulting and QuickBooks installation and training services as needed.  Whatever the client needs are, is what we help them with. We try to be a virtual CFO for them if that’s not in their skill set.”

His business has grown at a rate of 8 to 10% a year. Doug said, “I see us adding another full time individual somewhere down the line. If we add another person, we would probably add on a couple offices to the back of our current building.”

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. has been a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce for 4 years. He has benefitted from the Office Depot discount, using it quite often. In Doug’s words, the biggest benefit received from Chamber membership is getting to know the people in the community. He said, “The Chamber gives me an opportunity to get out there to meet people at the various Chamber sponsored events during the year. You get to know who the area business people are and what their stories are. It often leads to working with some of them to attain their goals.”

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc.

716 Broadway

New Haven, IN  46774

Phone: 260-493-3929

Fax: 260-748-7599


POSTED: 05/31/17 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News