Thursday, May 25, 2017

Offices Close in Observance of Memorial Day

Logansport residents will be placing trash and recycling out a day later than normal next week due to the Memorial Day holiday observation. All tote and recycling collection will be delayed one day.

City of Logansport and Logansport Municipal Utilities offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Retail services at Post Offices throughout Indiana will be closed on Monday in recognition of Memorial Day. Regularly scheduled mail delivery, PO Box and caller services will be suspended for the holiday.

Armour Eckrich Recalls Nearly 91,000 Pounds of Breakfast Sausage

Armour Eckrich Meats is recalling approximately 91,000 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal. The products are labeled “ECKRICH SMOK-Y CHEDDAR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE, NATURALLY HARDWOOD SMOKED” and have a Use By date of “08/17/17.” These items were shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, but consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scammers Target Vacation Renters

Indiana residents and visitors to the Hoosier state should be on the lookout for scams targeting house rentals this Memorial Day Weekend. Scammers often succeed at duplicating legitimate listings posted on websites such as Airbnb and Craigslist in an attempt to rip off visitors looking for last-minute deals on lodging. Whether scammed or suspicious that someone was trying to scam you, reach the CPD by visiting IndianaConsumer.com.

Kokomo Police Investigate Homicide

Police are investigating the murder of a Kokomo man. The body of 29 year-old Jason Heck was found Monday on the property of UAW 1166 on N 50 E in Kokomo. His car was found yesterday morning. Authorities are wanting to talk with anyone who may have had contact with Heck in the 24 hours before he was killed.

Reminder from City Regarding Contractors and Tree Cutting

The city is reminding residents that if you hire a contractor to trim your trees or bushes, please be aware the city does not clean up after contractors.  Be sure your contractor prices the job to include removing all brush. Also contractors must be registered with the city to cut down trees. Contractors and residents must obtain approval from the Board of Public Works to drop a tree on a city street or close any part of a street while cutting.  Brush may not be placed or left on the street.

Applications Available for Logan’s Landing Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program

Applications for the Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program are now available to commercial business or property owners within the Logan’s Landing district.  The program offers 50% matching funding of up to $5,000 per property for eligible improvements.  Activities eligible for funding include awnings, exterior painting, exterior lighting, windows and doors, façade maintenance/restoration, and installation of a new brick façade.

Logan’s Landing Executive Director Becki Harris explains, “Logan’s Landing recently received a $20,000 allocation from the City of Logansport’s County Economic Development Income Tax Fund to replenish our Façade Funding Program.  This is a great opportunity for downtown businesses to improve the appearance of their buildings, with funds that have been set aside to help downtown business owners make a visible impact on our community.”

For an application or further information about the program, please contact Logan’s Landing at 574-722-9345, or by e-mail at lldirector@loganslanding.com.  Funding is limited, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Logan’s Landing is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Cass County’s downtown between-the-rivers district a viable place to operate a business, a rewarding place to live, and a fun place to visit.  For more information, call the Logan’s Landing office at 574-722-9345.


Press Release, Logan's Landing

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kokomo Police Search for Man Regarding Fatal Hit and Run

Kokomo authorities are searching for a man they believe to be involved in a hit and run crash that killed one woman early Sunday morning. Witnesses told police that a man began driving his red van towards individuals standing in the parking lot of Front Row Live eventually striking a car which in turn hit the victim. 42 year-old Alisa Burnett was a bartender at Front Row Live. The suspect is named Maurice C. Shelley, and he is described as a bald black male around 5 feet seven inches tall and weighing around 185 pounds. Shelley may be in the Kokomo or Indianapolis area. Anyone with information on Shelley’s whereabouts is asked to contact Kokomo authorities.

Indiana and other States Reach $18.5 Million Settlement with Target

Indiana has joined 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation to resolve the states’ investigation into the retail company's 2013 data breach. The breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information of more than 60 million customers. Cyber criminals accessed a gateway server and installed malware which allowed them to steal customer data. The settlement is the largest multistate data breach settlement achieved to date. Indiana will receive over $623,000 of the $18.5 million settlement.

LaPierre Named ‘Citizen of the Week’

Spring ushers in a time of appreciating nature in Indiana, and no one may appreciate it more than the man who was instrumental in starting an outdoor education area for local schools.
David LaPierre, a retired life sciences teacher, was the driving force behind The Berry Patch, an area south of Logansport High School that has been a spring and fall respite for students and a way to incorporate natural areas into the Logansport High School campus.

“As a science and biology teacher, Dave LaPierre found ways to incorporate teaching in an outdoor classroom in a way that makes what might have been an unused area into functional use without disturbing the natural habitat,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today in proclaiming him The Citizen of the Week.

“We’re fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher who not only made this a pet project as a paid employee of Logansport schools, but as a retiree who dedicated much of his free time to ensuring that students he would never teach would learn from his investments of time, foresight and labor.”

LaPierre is a graduate of Valparaiso University and Purdue University. He and his wife, Nancy, reside on Logansport’s south side.

The Citizen of the Week Award is presented on an ongoing basis to recognize local residents and natives for their work or volunteerism.



Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell

New Waverly Rail Crossing to Close, Clymers Crossing Remains Closed

A rail crossing in New Waverly will be closed for three to four days, beginning Wednesday, May 24. Norfolk Southern has informed the highway department of the crossing closure at Cedar Street/CR 975E in New Waverly. The crossing is expected to re-open by Friday or early Saturday. Traffic in the area can cross at CR 950E, just west of the closed crossing.

     Also the NS rail crossing in Clymers remains closed through early next week. The road is closed for construction, but local traffic should be aware that the NS crossing on 400S will be completely closed until at least Tuesday May 30. Local traffic can detour to the east using Vandalia and Main Streets.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hoosier Farmers Plant Over 1 Million Acres of Cover Crops

According to the 2016 Fall Conservation Transect Report, Hoosier farmers planted over a million acres of cover crops for the second year in a row, making Indiana the leading state in the Midwest, if not the nation. The transect is a collaborative effort between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Earth Team Volunteers and other members of the Indiana Conservation Partnership who team up to conduct a visual assessment of cropland county by county using a predetermined route.

CCCF Announces $115,000 in Grant Funds Available

The Cass County Community Foundation Board of Director is pleased to announce that an even greater pool of community grant funds will be available to Cass County non-profits during the 2017 Competitive Community Grant process.  CCCF President Deanna Crispen announced that the Foundation has made up to $115,000 available for this year’s competitive grants. When making the announcement, Crispen stated, “Our growth has been substantial over the last decade increasing our grant money from approximately $19,000 just 12 years ago to $115,000 this year! Our board has continued to work diligently to grow our funds so that every year we can offer more back to the community for important projects. This year’s $115,000 pool marks the twelfth consecutive year that the Foundation has increased the amount available.”

Thanks to generous donations from Cass County citizens, as well as effective stewardship and financial management of unrestricted funds, CCCF has continued to consistently meet the community’s needs through awarding grants.  Non-profit, 501(c) (3) organizations serving Cass County are encouraged to apply for grants designed for projects which benefit the community and improve the quality of life in Cass County.

A FREE grant-writing workshop will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 24th at the Cass County Community Foundation building, 729 E. Market Street and will last less than one hour. The workshop is free and will explain new requirements for organizations to apply for the 2017 Competitive Grants as well as a new process for smaller requests.

Deanna Crispen. CCCF President stressed, “For the first time ever grant proposals will have a minimum request level for the competitive cycle. Several other changes have been made affecting the application for smaller grants and the timeline for those requests will be different. We are hoping that these changes will encourage organizations to keep asking for the things they need but to also dream bigger. While it is not mandatory, we are urging all non-profit organizations who intend to apply to have a representative at the workshop”

Space is limited so those planning to attend must call CCCF at 574-722-2200 for reservations.

Grant applications may be picked up at the CCCF office, 729 E. Market Street, downtown Logansport, or downloaded from the Foundation website (www.casscountycf.org) after the workshop. The deadline to return completed grant applications is by 5:00p.m. on Friday June 30, 2017. For information about the application process, contact the CCCF office at 574-722-2200.



Press Release, Cass County Community Foundation

Friday, May 19, 2017

Local AT&T Workers Join Nationwide Strike



Several local AT&T employees are protesting in front of the store on E. Market Street. We spoke with employee Tony who told us they are part of the Communication Workers of America Union and have been trying to negotiate a contract with AT&T since January. The workers walked off the job beginning at 3 PM today. The three-day strike affects more than 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees across the country, including technicians, call-center workers, and retail employees. Thousands more workers in the company's landline and DirecTV divisions in California, Nevada and Connecticut also joined the strike. Tony said the workers are fighting for job security and are tired of seeing AT&T jobs continue to be outsourced overseas.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

YMCA Offers Free Summer Memberships to all Middle Schoolers

Summertime means freedom and free time for all school-aged kids. And thanks to the generous support of the United Way, it also means free YMCA summer memberships for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Why middle schoolers? Research shows that middle school is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases. Risk factors are conditions or influences that have been shown to increase the likelihood for unhealthy behaviors including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out, and violence. It is also during the early teen years that youths begin to distance themselves from family and positive support systems.

The purpose of the Middle School Initiative is to provide an opportunity for the Y to engage, cultivate, and connect with youth at a time that is most crucial to their development. “By providing 6th, 7th, and 8th graders a safe environment to make new friends, discover healthier lifestyles all while having fun, we are paving the way for brighter futures for each and every one of them,” said Derreck Parkevich, Executive Director of the Cass County Family Y.

HOW TO JOIN
1.    Bring a school ID (or report card), a paragraph of what caring, honesty, respect and responsibility mean to you, and a parent or guardian to the Cass County Family Y.
2.    Parent or guardian will complete required membership paperwork.
3.    Middle schooler may begin using membership right away.*
*Membership activates May 26th, 2017 and runs through August 8th, 2017.

Parents and students are encouraged to stop by the Cass County Family Y between 8am and 5pm on Friday, May 26th for a guided tour, paperwork assistance, and to sign up for a fitness orientation.


Press Release, Cass County Family YMCA

Clymers 400S Crossing Construction Delayed until Monday

The Cass County Highway Department is reporting that Norfolk-Southern will not be able to begin their scheduled construction on 400S in Clymers until Monday, May 22. The work had previously been set to begin tomorrow. For residents and businesses in the Clymers area, the Norfolk Southern Rail crossing will be completely closed beginning Monday for approximately 1 week. During that time, local residents will need to find a route that does not include use of the crossing on 400S.

Tyson Investment in Logansport on Fast Track

Logansport’s largest employer is expanding, and Mayor Dave Kitchell says it is a welcome sign that more progress is ahead for the city.
“Word that Tyson will invest $15 million in its Logansport plant in property and equipment improvements sends a clear message that Tyson will remain a significant player in our local economy and tax base for the foreseeable future,” Kitchell said. “The city council is considering tax abatement for the Tyson project, which is not only appropriate for our city government, but supportive of the surrounding agricultural economy in rural Cass County and northern Indiana.”
Tyson has an existing payroll of $68 million, employing more than 2,000. It also is a major contributor of revenue to the Logansport Municipal Utilities and the city tax base. Kitchell said the impact of Tyson on the economy extends to related services and pork-related after markets.
A formal vote by the full council is expected at an upcoming city council meeting.
Cass-Logansport Economic Development Foundation President Bill Cuppy is currently shepherding the proposal through the city approval process.


Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell

Railroad Crossing Closures begin Sunday

Work on the TP&W rail line west of Logansport will cause some crossing closures starting this Sunday May 22. The work is moving east to west along the railroad, which parallels US 24. The current schedule is to close the following crossings:

On Sunday 5/22 the crossing at CR 600W, on Monday May 23 the crossing at CR 800W, on Tuesday May 24 the crossing at CR 825W, and on Wednesday May 25 the crossings at CR 925W, CR 1000W, CR 1050W.

The crossing closures could extend into a second day from the dates listed, depending on the work progress. The contractor advises they will work to re-open crossings as soon as possible after the track work is complete.

Free Fishing Day May 20

The second of four free fishing days in Indiana is this Saturday May 20. On this day, Indiana residents do not need a license or trout/salmon stamp to fish in Indiana's public waters.

Henry Lee Summer Joins Line-Up at Abby and Libby Benefit Concert

Henry Lee Summer will be joining the Flying Toasters, Scarecrowe, and comedian Sean Shank for a special benefit concert in honor of Delphi teens Liberty German and Abigail Williams tomorrow evening at the State Theatre. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will go to families of the girls. The concert for Abby and Libby starts at 7PM tomorrow and all ages are welcome.

Aramark Employee Arrested at Miami Correctional Facility

Miami Correctional Facility is reporting that an Aramark employee was arrested May 16th at the facility. 21 year-old Von Reese Perry of Anderson is charged with official/sexual misconduct, conspiracy to traffic with an inmate, and drug-related criminal offenses. Perry is currently being held on a $33,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Health Officials Urge Hoosiers to Protect Themselves from Ticks

State health officials are cautioning Hoosiers to protect themselves from ticks during warmer weather, when outdoor activities increase the likelihood of exposure to ticks and the diseases they can carry. Ticks are found throughout Indiana in grassy and wooded areas and they tend to be most active during the late spring and early summer. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease. In 2016, Indiana reported more than 200 cases of tick-borne illness. Hoosiers can reduce their risk of tick bites by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and light-colored pants, with the shirt tucked in at the waist and the pants tucked into socks, if they will be in grassy or wooded areas, and by using EPA-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET.

Logansport Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

A Logansport man has been sentenced by a federal court for production of child pornography. 52 year-old Johnny Clay Amos will serve 275 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. Amos reportedly paid individuals in the Philippines to provide minor children to perform sex shows via live-streaming webcam. He made more than 100 money transfers to the Philippines and, on at least ten separate occasions, induced young females to engage in sexually explicit conduct over the internet. Investigators found over 800 videos and images of child pornography in Amos’ residence last March.