Kokomo Perspective 12 19 2018 E Edition Page A1

This year a figurehead of the community retired, leaving behind more than four decades of ser- vice and a lasting impact on countless of lives. Earlier this year Jill Dunn, the CEO and pres- ident of Bona Vista, an- nounced she'd retire from her role with the organi- zation. Her retirement marked the end of an era for an organization that provides for so many, but after 42 years of work with Bona Vista Dunn departed a nonprof- it she had helped grow into a vehicle of positive change. Dunn's career with Bona Vista began in 1976. At age 24, she began as the director of vocational services. At the time Bona Vista differed greatly in scope from the organization it is today. The staffrounded out at about 40 individu- als, and the nonprofit ran on a budget less than $2 million. Even the orga- nization's facilities were meager, with one build- ing and a small annex serving as the sole infra- structure through which clients were served. Contrast that with the Bona Vista of today, and Dunn's influence be- comes readily apparent. Before retiring, Dunn led continual expansions of Bona Vista's services. Now Bona Vista offers expansive programming for children and adults and supportive housing. More than 2,000 indi- viduals are served daily within north central Indi- ana by Bona Vista. Dunn's influence con- tinued up until her last moments with the non- profit. In May, ahead of her July retirement, a ribbon cutting ceremony MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 Dec. 19, 2018 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Give the perfect gift right from the comfort of home. 3539 S LAFOUNTAIN KOKOMO, IN 46902 SOLUTIONSDAYSPA.COM 765-453-3617 PRINT OR EMAIL PURCHASE GIVE INSTANTLY ONLINE GIFT CARDS leaving home optional Inside: Section C PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer Achievement A9 Murder A9 expires 12/24/18 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com QUESTION OF THE WEEK Do you think it was a good use of $550,000 by the state to purchase metal detector wands for any school that requested them? Vote in our anonymous poll online at kokomoperspective.com. You also can nd the poll on our Facebook page, The Kokomo Perspective. Wyant Wyman As 2018 comes to a close, the Kokomo Perspective looks back at the most influen- tial figures in Howard County over the last year. Some are elected icials, others pub- lic activists, and some may have caused more harm than good. Re- gardless, here are those who snagged headlines in 2018. #1 Greg Goodnight Within the City of Firsts, the state of Kokomo during the recession often is dis- cussed, and looking back at that dicult time provides context for how much the city has transformed, and lourished, under May- or Greg Goodnight's leadership. Eleven years ago many of the businesses downtown were empty and looked vastly dif- ferent. Unemployment skyrocketed. The city, quite simply, was in bad shape and lacked many of the ame- n i t i e s c i t i - z e n s e n j o y today. Good- n i g h t ' s longstand- i n g - f o c u s of improving local quality of life has endured endless criticism, but it's repeatedly applauded at the state level. This year, the mayor again received a bevy of awards for his policy deci- sions, which made headlines again and again in the Perspec- tive. Many of those head- lines came in the form of housing develop- ment announcements, which were something that would have been hard to imagine a de- cade ago. Now, the local housing market continues to expand with new subdivisions announced that will bring 220 new homes to Kokomo. All of this bolsters the goal of boosting the city's population, which is sorely needed in light of expert predictions forecasting downward trends for Indiana's population. But, thus far, Kokomo has defied such predictions. Another initiative that took root with city government help aimed to directly combat the issues of homelessness and drug addiction. The city partnered with other area agen- cies to bring in a home- less housing project. Dubbed Sargent Place, the 51-unit affordable housing complex, will help provide treatment and a home for home- less families struggling with addiction. Like many housing devel- opments, this one pri- marily is paid for by private developers, but the city helped lay the groundwork for such a project. Perhaps the biggest news of the year, in terms of development, camebywayofthei- cial announcement for a hotel conference cen- ter set for construction in downtown Kokomo. The huge project brings together many local government units, which are slat- ed to contribute fi- nancially to construct the conference center portion of the project. Goodnight's adminis- tration helped lay the groundwork for the six-story, 123-room ho- tel and 22,000-square- Finalists A10 Wolfe Bennetts Goodnight Only one Howard County school has plan for metal detectors Eastern schools plans to test with metal detectors akin to random drug tests In July Gov. Eric Hol- comb made the move to provide handheld metal detectors to every Indi- ana school that request- ed them. Many did, in- cluding each of Howard County's school corpo- rations, but most of the area's schools have yet to igure out how to utilize the tools. Only one Howard County school corpora- tion, as of yet, has imple- mented a policy regard- ing the metal detectors it received over the sum- mer. That school system, Eastern Howard School Corporation, enacted its policy in November, and the verdict remains out on how useful the $550,000 expenditure by the state has proven. Eastern High School Assistant P r i n c i p a l Mike Kantz pulls double duty, as he also functions as the school corporation's school safe- ty spe- cial- ist. In a d d i t i o n , he also serves as the chair of the How- ard County Safe Schools Committee, an organiza- tion comprised of repre- sentatives from each of the county's school systems that come together to dis- cuss safety initiatives. During the last meet- ing of the committee, it became clear that most of the schools had yet to enact policy regarding the metal detectors. Ac- cording to Kantz, Eastern remains the only one to have done so, and the rest intend to follow suit in the future. It surprised me other schools haven't adopt- ed policy, said Kantz. What that means to me is that they're still trying to igure out how these can Jill Dunn named Lifetime Achievement award winner In 42 years of service with Bona Vista, Dunn helped transform lives and the community Schools A9 See inside for the 2018 Area's Finest Edition

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