Monday, September 26, 2016

Logansport Man Killed In Crash Near Wabash

A Sunday crash near the town of Wabash has claimed the life of a man from Logansport. It happened just after two in the morning Sunday along US 24 near Stitt Street, according to Wabash County deputies. The driver of the Buick Park Avenue is identified as 25 year-old Dakota Jackson, of Kokomo. Three other people were riding in the car with him when he lost control and flipped the car at least once. It came to rest on its top. In the back seat was 26 year-old Derik Stearns, of Logansport. He was flown by air ambulance to Fort Wayne, but died of his injuries Sunday. Two other people, 20 year-old Brianna Thomas and 23 year-old Michael Grenier, both of Peru, were also slightly injured.

Unemployment Numbers Rise Slightly

Statewide unemployment numbers for July are out, and it’s pretty good news for Cass County. The jobless rate did go up slightly, but it remains below five percent. The local rate in Cass County was 4.8 percent in July, compared to 4.1 percent in July of last year. Pulaski and Fulton County came in with 4.7 percent unemployment. Miami and Howard County had 4.8 percent unemployment in July. Carroll County had 4.4 percent, while White County had the lowest unemployment in our region at 3.9 percent. Statewide, the jobless rate stands at 4.5 percent.

City To Hold Financial Public Meeting

Logansport will hold a forum on city finances Wednesday at the State Theater. Mayor Dave Kitchell says in a news release that an accountant will provide a financial analysis for the city and county government, as well as Logansport schools. Kitchell says the forum is important because he feels most residents don’t realize that Logansport is operating on virtually the same general fund budget than it did seven years ago. Kitchell says the city lost more than 26 percent of its budget due to the state’s so-called “circuit breaker” property tax caps. He projects that the city will lose another 30 percent next year. Wednesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Logansport Men Receive Maximum Sentence in Manor Motel Robbery

Two Logansport men have been sentenced in conjunction with a violent robbery that took place at the Manor Motel in January 2015. Christopher Brown, 29 and Brandon Black, 22 were each sentenced to 60 years in the Indiana Department of Correction - the maximum sentence, for robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and conspiracy to commit robbery. Brown was also sentenced an additional 20 years for being a habitual offender. The case had previously been tried in February of this year but had resulted in a mistrial.

School Bus Fight Video Posted On Facebook

A video of a school bus fight down in Kokomo is making the rounds on Facebook. The fight between two Maple Crest Middle School students Tuesday. The school says in a statement that they have disciplined the student who appears to have started the fight, but will not release what the punishment is due to privacy reasons. Within 24 hours, the cell phone video of the incident had been watched nearly 35-thousand times on Facebook.

LHS English Teacher Continues In State Contest

Logansport’s Jitka Nelson is still in the running for Indiana teacher of the year. The field has been narrowed down to three finalists, with Nelson being notified that she made the list yesterday. The winner is scheduled to be announced next month. Nelson teaches English at LHS. It is the first time a LCSC teacher has made the finalist list.

SR 29 Bridge Closes Monday

The Indiana Department of Transportation is alerting drivers to the closure of the State Road 29 bridge over Little Rock Creek, between 925 N and 900 N, south of Logansport. The closure begins Monday and is scheduled to last for the next several weeks. Crews will close both the north and southbound lanes over the bridge to repair cracks in the pavement and restore the bridge surface. State road detours must be along state-maintained roadways only. Drivers traveling south on State Road 29 will be detoured east on SR 25, south on U.S. 35, west on SR 218 and back to State Road 29. Drivers traveling north on State Road 29 will be detoured east on State Road 218, north on U.S. 35, west on SR 25 and back to State Road 29.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Low-Income Grants Awarded For Advanced Placement Testing

Indiana will receive more than $250,000 to help low-income students take advanced placement tests. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded the grants as part of efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for underserved students. The tests let students obtain college credit for high school courses. The grants are expected to be sufficient to cover all but $15 of the cost of each test.

New Postal Stamp To Honor Notre Dame President

The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a stamp honoring the late Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame until retiring in 1987. The Postal Service announced Tuesday it will issue the stamp on May 25, 2017, which would have been his 100th birthday.

New Deputy Hits Streets In Cass County

Although still three deputies short, Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor says he has hired one new deputy. Nicholas Bowyer is moving from Pulaski County to Cass County and also has served as a sheriff’s deputy in Hamilton County. However, he is a native of Cass County and graduated from Lewis Cass Junior Senior High. That makes 15 deputies for the entire department. Sheriff Pryor says he needs 18 to be fully staffed.

Workforce Training Grants Available

Grant money is available to north central Indiana businesses that are interested in new training for their workforce. The North Central Indiana Incumbent Worker Program looks to share a quarter million dollars, with training provided by Ivy Tech Community College and the Region 4 Workforce Board. Companies and employees will not be charged for any of the training. Courses are available in industrial maintenance, machining, and computer control, with classes available in both Logansport and Kokomo. For more information, call Cass County Economic Developmen Director Christy Householder at 574-732-2590.

Friday, September 16, 2016

State To Give $1M To Huntington County For Trails

The state says more than $1 million will go to Huntington County in northeastern Indiana to pay for trail development. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the money comes from the state’s Regional Cities Initiative. State officials say the Little River Trail projects will have more than three-quarters of a mile of trails for pedestrians and cyclists, connecting downtown Huntington with a regional trail network along the Little River.

City May Not Add Trash Fee… Yet

The fee for trash pickup in Logansport may not be added after all. There has been no charge for trash service for the last couple years after the city council dropped the fee. Back then, the city said they could get by with the service by using property tax money and landfill tipping fees. But a few weeks ago, it was brought up that doing it this way is losing money. However, the fund that the city uses for trash services still has about 2-million dollars in it, according to one council member. But starting next year, Councilman Dave Morris said city residents should expect to begin paying some sort of nominal monthly fee. Something around 10 bucks, he says.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pence Orders State To Help Students Affected By ITT Closure

Gov. Mike Pence has ordered the Commission for Higher Education and the Department of Workforce Development to help the 1,000 students and 662 employees affected by the closure of the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has posted information at che.in.gov to serve as a starting point for students with questions about their options.

Cincinnati Developer Has More Housing Plans For Logansport

A Logansport developer who is renovating a building downtown now wants to expand his plans. Cincinnati-based Miller-Valentine Group recently bought Logan Square at 3rd and Broadway, with plans to revamp the building into apartments downtown. At this week’s city council meeting, a spokesperson for the builder said the company now wants to invest in 5 acres that the city owns near Walmart, as well as lots recently abandoned. Miller-Valentine says it would total about 12-million dollars in economic investment into the local economy. But there is a catch. The entire program is contingent on the company getting money from tax credits from the state. The company applied to the program and says it will know in March whether or not it is approved. More discussion will take place at the Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Monday.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Purdue Sets Enrollment Record

Purdue University says it has set an enrollment record with more than 40,000 students at its main campus in West Lafayette. Purdue’s announcement comes after Indiana University reported a record mark of some 43,200 students enrolled at its Bloomington campus for the fall semester. Purdue officials say 40,451 students arrived on campus, up 1,042 from last year.

Honeywell Awarded $18.3M Navy Contract

Honeywell Aerospace in South Bend has been awarded an $18.3 million, three-year contract to make aircraft brakes for the Navy. The Navy contract, announced by the U.S. Department of Defense, calls for the South Bend plant to manufacture brakes for the F/A-18, a fighter and attack aircraft. Honeywell spokesman Scott Sayres told the South Bend Tribune on Monday that no jobs will be created because of the contract.

Logansport Approves More Money For 18th Street Bridge

The Logansport City Council has approved more money to help fund replacement of the 18th Street Bridge. Last month, the council approved more than 200-thousand dollars for lights and railing. On Monday, the council approved another 50-thousand dollars. The state is replacing the bridge, so that cost is not on the city. But the city says they underestimated the total cost of the extras. Larry Hood was the only council member voting against the extra money, saying he is troubled with some of Logansport’s other economic challenges.

Portion Of Water Street Closed Wednesday

The city will be doing work on the Northeast Substation for the next several weeks, which means Water Street will be closed in Logansport on Wednesday from west of Holland to Kiesling Road. The closure will last from 8am until noon, again on Wednesday only. The city says Water Street will remain open during the rest of the project, which is due to be completed by September 21st.

Sunday Evacuation Caused By Gas Line Rupture

Sunday’s evacuation in Logansport was due to a break in a natural gas line underground. The city says a piece of construction equipment struck the line in the 800 block of 19th Street. A crew had been building a fence at a property there. The ruptured line belongs to Northern Indiana Public Service Company. The fire department evacuated homes along 19th, 20th, Wright and Usher Streets as a precaution. Traffic was also not allowed through the area until the line was capped.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

LPD Officer Honored For Bravery

Logansport Police Officer Andrew Strong is being honored for his bravery for saving a man last month while he was off duty. Strong and his wife were driving along Perrysburg Road on August 17th when they encountered a man pulled over to the side of the road, bleeding profusely. Strong used a T-shirt from the man’s car as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding from the man’s arm. The EMT’s who responded to the scene said Strong’s actions likely saved the man’s life. Yesterday, Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell presented Strong with the city’s Recognition of Heroic Act award.

Two Injured In 600 East Crash

A violent crash at 600 East and US 24 early Wednesday left two people in the hospital. 59 year-old Thomas Kendall, of Peru, was reportedly headed north on 600 East and didn’t yield to a westbound box truck driven by a man from Ohio. The ensuing crash mangled both vehicles and injured both drivers. Traffic was a mess on 24 until emergency crews could remove the wreckage.

IN ITT Tech Employees File Lawsuit

Two employees laid off by the parent company of for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute have filed a lawsuit claiming the company violated federal law by not providing 60 days’ notice. A business analyst at ITT Educational Services Inc.’s Carmel headquarters and an instructor at two locations in California filed the complaint Tuesday.

Free Dumpster Day Saturday

Logansport residents will once again have a chance to dispose of large trash items this weekend. The free dumpster day is Saturday from 9 to 11am in the parking lot northwest of the Iron Horse Museum. According to Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell, the first free dumpster day in the springtime was very successful. Residents can drop off items only during the reserved time from 9-to-11am. Kitchell says in a news release that the city could continue to offer the free service several times a year. If you need more information, call 574-753-2551.

Pence Announces Disaster Loans For Tornado Damage

Due to the storms that hit central Indiana beginning Aug. 24, Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal low-interest disaster loans for Howard County. If accepted, the counties surrounding Howard would also qualify for the loans. Those counties are Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Miami and Tipton. Affected residents, businesses and certain nonprofit organizations would be eligible to apply. The program is administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security continues to coordinate actions to deal with the aftermath of the storms.