Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Densborn Logansport ‘Citizen of the Week’

An Indianapolis attorney who is a familiar name in Logansport has received a national honor – and now a local honor as well.
Don Densborn, son of Tom and Betty Densborn of Logansport, has been named the Best Lawyers 2017  Lawyer of the Year. Mayor Dave Kitchell also has named him as the second recipient of the Logansport Citizen of the Week Award.
Densborn, a Logansport High School graduate, was recognized as “a seasoned business lawyer who represents companies in a myriad of industries, including manufacturing, service, real estate, technology, distribution, logistics, alternative energy, metals, senior living, private equity, prepaid card, banking and finance.”

Densborn graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Robert McKinney School of Law. He and his wife Kathleen, who also is a Logansport native, spend much of their time in Culver.

“Don is an example of someone who is another ‘Logansport product’ who has reached the pinnacle of a profession in the state,” Kitchell said. “Both he and Kathy, a former state lottery director, are well known for their many contributions to the greater Indianapolis community.”

Densborn will receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a gift certificate.

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

Attorney General and Secretary of State Announce Nearly $12 Million Settlement for State of Indiana

The Indiana Attorney General and the Secretary of State have announced a $12.77 million settlement for Indiana, involving 20 other states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The settlement resolved an investigation of allegations that Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., and Moody’s Analytics, Inc. misled investors when it rated structured finance securities leading up to and through the 2008 financial crisis. Structured finance securities, are complex investments that derive their value from the monthly payments on underlying debt instruments, such as consumer mortgages.

Indiana’s share of the nearly $864 million multi-state settlement will go toward consumer and investor protection and related purposes. In addition to the monetary settlement, Moody’s entities have agreed to significant compliance terms to ensure they conduct their ratings activities independently and objectively – including an annual certification by the CEO of Moody’s Corporation, which will be provided to Indiana every year for the next four years, certifying that Moody’s is following certain compliance requirements.

Cass Co. Visitors Bureau Announces 2017 Grant Applications

The Cass County Visitors Bureau is now accepting grant applications from events and attractions within Cass County. Grants are to be used for out of county marketing and visitor experience enhancement projects. A total of $10,000 is available; multiple grants will be awarded from the $10,000 fund so that we may assist a variety of organizations with their events or attractions. These grants are very competitive so submission of grant application at your earliest convenience is recommended.

Rules and regulation for funding requests and grant applications will be available in the CCVB office between 8am and noon, Monday through Friday or electronically by contacting Toni Savini at info@visit-casscounty.com.

Grant applications will be accepted throughout 2017 but must be in the CCVB office by the 20th of the month for consideration at the following month’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Recipients of the 2016 grants were Carousel in the Park Festival, the Two Rivers Arts and Music Festival, the Panhandle Pathway Trail, The Cass County Dentzel Carousel, Art on the Avenue, the Taste of Cass County, Delta Theta Sorority Home Tour, Cass County Historical Society Gala, and the US AIR FORCE Mid America Band Concert Committee.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tribute to Jack Myers, Long-Time WSAL Host

John "Jack" Myers
1935 - 2017

My dad started there back in about 1959.
He started off on the 6 to 12 PM shift which included middle of the road music from the likes of Sinatra, peppered with jazz which he loved so well, and then he had a late evening show that had more subdued instrumental pieces. I used to lay in bed with my mother and listen to his show and wait for him to come home at 12:30. Thus explaining my nocturnal preference. When I would go to work with him at 11 o'clock we would go out and check all of the weather instruments and make the official records in the weather logs.
The radio station actually had a studio with a piano and quite a bit of room where they used to produce radio shows of the old-time variety with live music and skits and the like, ala Prairie Home Companion.
Next he worked the afternoon shift which included the collection of news each morning from the police station. Sometimes I would get up early and go with him and go down to the police station to see what happened overnight.
When he started there the general manager was a gentleman named Dick Jackson. I remember well Ray Olson, Vic Tanguy, Lee Walker, Jim Buck Bender, Martha Lou Baker, Sandy Saunders, Bill McTaggart, a guy named Harry Ridgely who was a patient at the Logansport State Hospital but had previously worked on the CBS radio network in New York. He was pretty good on the air but not very good in an emergency.
I would also on occasion go with my dad to do Purdue games in West Lafayette with Jim Bender. This always included a nice meal at Sarge Biltz restaurant and access to the Press Room at Mackey Arena which included all the soft drinks one could stomach.
If I had to guess I would say he did the late night shift from 1959 to 1965 and then the afternoon shift and news from 1965 to 1976. I'm sure there are a lot of other little assignments in there from time to time. I know he met with the likes of Senator Vance Hartke and Senator Birch Bayh and he played a pretty good foil to the antics of Captain Stubby.
Every summer the radio station would do the 4-H Fair and would have a trailer there from which the broadcast took place and it was always kind of cool hanging out there. Dad knew Dick Rusk pretty well and always enjoyed covering the fair.
He used to do a lot of so-called "remotes" from various locations generally associated with an Advertiser and he would set up a little makeshift radio station right there in the middle of Kesling Drugs. And speaking of Keslings, for years he was Santa Claus at Keslings Drug store and would have a radio show every afternoon where he would sit kids on his knee and talk to them about what they wanted for Christmas. Sort of like Art Linkletter. Consequently I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew he slept with my mother.  My kindergarten teacher pulled me out into the hall and told me I had to stop telling telling my classmates that Santa Claus was my dad because most of them believe in Santa Claus. Then I wised up and realized I could charge my friends a nickel to see Santa when he was making his way to Keslings, after visiting my mom.

Jon M. Myers

Attorney at Law


John "Jack" G. Myers Passed away Tuesday morning at 7:35 AM at the age of 82 He was born in Gary, Indiana on January 4 1953 to Jack and Theora (Fox) Myers. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1953 and enlisted in the United States Army, being honorably discharged in 1957. He then graduated from the Northwestern School of Broadcasting, Chicago, in 1957. He was a radio personality at WSAL Logansport and was later the Information Director at the Logansport State Hospital. During his final years he was a Residence Manager for Wabash Center in Lafayette.

He was married to Cynthia Price on June 19, 1987. She survives. He is also survived by his five children, Jon (Beth) Myers of Logansport, Laura Myers of Fort Wayne, Greg (Pam) Myers of Auburn, Sarah (Chad) Bowers of Denver, Colorado, and Karla (Greg) Piercy of Lafayette. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Samuel Myers of Auburn, Zoe, Sophia, and Rose Bowers of Denver, Colorado, and Ethan, Adrienne, and Wyatt Piercy of Lafayette. His brother, Ronald Myers preceded him in death.

He was a thespian of the first order, and performed on several stages for more than 20 years. His most notable theatrical roles were as Capt. Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music", Fagen in "Oliver", and Tevya in "The Fiddler on the Roof" No doubt he's performing as you read this, hopefully as the protagonist. Break a leg. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially watching the grandchildren play in their sports endeavors. He was also an avid reader, especially with James Patterson novels.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM Friday, January 13, 2017 and the funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 AM all at the Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette, IN 47909. Burial will follow the service at Meadow View Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorial contributions can be made to the Logansport Civic Players, PO Box 31, Logansport, IN 46947 or Wabash Center, 200 Greenbush St, Lafayette, IN 47904.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Public Invited to Logansport Community Forum January 24

Logansport's Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) team will hold a Community Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. in the Logansport High School cafeteria. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"The forum provides an opportunity for community members to share their ideas for making Logansport even better," says Logansport HCI coach Tamara Ogle, of Purdue University.  "Participants will have the opportunity to look at the survey results as well as data from the community and then give input on Logansport’s economy, leadership, and quality of life through fast-paced, small group discussions."

During the past two months, the HCI team has worked on identifying the community's assets and also on promoting a community survey.

The previous record for survey responses, held by Auburn, Ind. was 1,157. Logansport set a new record with 1,994 responses.

"The HCI team will take the information from the forum, as well as survey results and data to make a decision on a building block: leadership, economy or placemaking," Ogle says. "The team will continue to use this feedback as they choose a focus area within the building block and ultimately a community project."

During the forum, Logansport will also implement another first for the HCI program: two sessions will run simultaneously, one in English and one in Spanish.

Refreshments will be provided by the Cass County Community Foundation.

Those who wish to attend the HCI Community Forum should RSVP online at http://bit.ly/HCIForum or call (574) 753-8316 by Friday, Jan. 20.

Visit www.indianahci.org/logansport for more information about Logansport's Hometown Collaboration Initiative.

Press Release from Logansport's Hometown Collaboration Initiative Team

Donnelly Statement on Meeting with Vice President-elect Pence

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. Donnelly released the following statement after their discussion, which focused on job creation and concerns over Russia.

Donnelly said, “Vice President-elect Pence and I had a good conversation, and I look forward to working with him to make life better for Hoosiers. We discussed creating good-paying jobs for Hoosier workers, and I hope that Mr. Pence will work with me to stop the outsourcing of Hoosier and American jobs. I also made it clear that I am concerned about Russia’s unacceptable interference in our elections and the dangerous efforts of Vladimir Putin. We also discussed the Supreme Court, where I reiterated my desire for President-elect Trump to nominate a moderate, common sense person who could get broad, bipartisan support.”

Press Release, Senator Joe Donnelly

LHS taking nominations for "Hall of Distinction" honor

Logansport High School is currently taking nominations for the annual Hall of Distinction. LHS graduates who have distinguished themselves through outstanding accomplishment on a local, state, or national level of prominence can be nominated. Graduates are not eligible until more than five years have elapsed from graduation. The recipient of the award will be asked to be the guest speaker and address the Class of 2017 at the 146th LHS Commencement Ceremony in June. You can visit the LHS website for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Dedicates Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project Art Installation

A group of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region leaders and supporters gathered Monday to formally dedicate an installation of artwork featuring Kokomo Opalescent Glass as an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

The project was approved by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official “legacy project” late last year, part of the commission’s effort to “Celebrate history – Ignite the Future” as the state of Indiana observed its 200th anniversary.

Eight ornate art glass windows and a hanging “sculpture” of blown glass balls representing Ivy Tech’s 14 regions were created by the artists of Kokomo Opalescent Glass to decorate the main foyer of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region main building on the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St. KOG, the oldest manufacturing concern in Kokomo, has been manufacturing colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution for more than 125 years.

At the dedication ceremony Monday, Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons said the piece will stand as a reminder to everyone who enters the campus that the State of Indiana has a proud history of higher education and will continue to cherish education through art and entrepreneurship.

She was joined in the dedication by David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, who talked about the historical ordinances that provided for public higher education when Indiana was designated as a state in 1816, and Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for the Kokomo Region.

Along with the dedication of the bicentennial panel, donors who supported the art project were recognized. These included long-time faculty members and administrators (and spouses, as noted) Kokomo Region Chancellor Emeritus Steve Daily; Kokomo and Lafayette Region Chancellor David and Rebecca Bathe; Kokomo Campus President Michelle Simmons; Fran Hardin, Jan and Darrell Bailey; and Dani and Johnathan McQuaide and Theresa and Brad Murphy.

More information on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission’s Bicentennial Legacy Project can be found at www.indiana2016.org.

Ivy Tech Community College News Release

Indiana Public Libraries to Offer State Park Passes

Beginning in February you’ll be able to check out Indiana State Park Passes from Indiana public libraries. The DNR and the Indiana State Library partner together for the Annual Parks Pass Program. Each library district in the state will receive one pass. Library patrons who check out the pass will have access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged.

8th Grade Transition Night at LHS

This is an important evening for Logansport 8th graders and their parents. The annual 8th grade transition night begins at 6:00PM at the McHale Performing Arts Center. Students and parents will learn about course offerings, diplomas, and upcoming scheduling for freshman classes. After the opening session, there will be time for students and parents to tour the campus, visit with counselors, and extra-curricular and elective course staff in the cafeteria and at the Century Career Center.

Search Underway for IU Kokomo Basketball Coaches

Indiana University Kokomo athletics has begun a national search for head coaches for the Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Potential candidates may apply via Jobs.IU.edu. No email applications will be accepted. Both are full-time, benefits eligible positions. Anticipated start date is April 3, 2017.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are having their best seasons in each program’s short history. The men’s team, led by interim coach Alex Birge, currently has a 9-9 record, and is 4-2 in River States Conference play. This is one win shy of the program record for wins in a season.

The women’s team has already surpassed its previous record for wins in a season, with a 12-6 record, and is 5-1 in the conference. The women’s team will be led for the rest of the season by interim coaches Carlee Cottrell and Greg Cooper.

For more information about Cougar athletics, go to iukcougars.com.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Mayor Announces Chicago Cubs World Series Celebration Weekend

At 1:08 PM today the city of Logansport officially started an observance it never has before. Mayor Dave Kitchell declared the start of Chicago Cubs World Series Celebration Weekend in the city. The unusual start time coincides with the 108 year-drought in championships for Chicago’s national league club, and the Cubs’ World Series Parade in Chicago. Kitchell said, “We have many reasons to celebrate this achievement. In recent years, Logansport’s Aaron Heilman pitched for the Cubs. In past years, another Logansport native Johnny “Red” Corriden. And of course, the first commissioner of baseball, Kennesaw Mountain Landis was from Logansport.”

Kokomo Woman Charged with Attempted Murder

A Kokomo woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting her husband multiple times. Shortly after 2am on November 3rd, sheriff deputies were dispatched to the Kokomo Regency Trailer Park after receiving several 911 calls. One of the callers was Erica Fortson, who stated that she was awakened by the sound of her father yelling for help.  51 year old Eric Fortson was slumped on the hood of his vehicle parked in front of the residence, and told his daughter to call 911 because he had been shot several times by her mother, 53 year-old Laura Fortson.  While responding to the scene a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed leaving the area.  He attempted to stop the vehicle at which time a high speed pursuit ensued.  The chase continued through Howard County and into northern Miami County until stop sticks were deployed.  Laura Fortson was taken into custody without further incident and transported back to Howard County. Fortson was charged with Attempted Murder, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Reckless Driving. Eric Fortson was initially taken to Community Howard-Kokomo then airlifted to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Utility Service Board Approves Agreeement with Next Era

The Logansport Utility Service Board approved a five-year, five-month purchased power agreement with Next Era, a Florida-based utility. The agreement will succeed the existing Duke Energy agreement. The agreement means electric rates will go down no later than Jan. 1, 2019. The vote to approve the contract was 4-1 with only Mike Laird voting against. Laird voiced a concern that a better agreement may be available if the process included a new request for proposals. Mayor Dave Kitchell said he agreed with Laird’s assessment that better power agreements that may be available if the board can renegotiate the existing Duke contract and that he will continue to ask the board for a renegotiated purchase agreement that will absorb the remaining two years of the Duke agreement.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mayor Poposes Annexation and to Rescind Previous Annexation

Mayor proposes two areas for annexation; Asks council to rescind previous annexation

Annexing areas southwest of Logansport, including Logansport State Hospital, and on the north side of the city near Huston Park and the River Bluff Trail would add population and assessed valuation while providing services and lower utility rates.

That is the synopsis of an annexation proposed by Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell today. The mayor said the state’s “circuit-breaker” law will protect annexed residents and businesses from spikes in their property tax bills, an opinion confirmed by the Umbaugh & Associates, the fiscal analyst for the city, Cass County and the Logansport Community School Corporation. Annexation also will allow residents in the proposed areas to see lower utility bills and benefit from city trash and recycling programs in addition to city police and fire protection. Residents outside the city limits pay utility rates 25 percent higher than Logansport residents.

The mayor also called for the city council to rescind a previous controversial annexation south of the city in Washington Township. Property owners and residents in that area recently appeared before the council to ask them to rescind the city annexation. That proposed annexation was challenged by Washington Township residents in a case that was eventually affirmed by the Indiana Court of Appeals. But Kitchell said there has been no economic development in that area since the case, and residents continue to oppose it. Given the scope of extending utilities and city services to that area, it is likely the cost of annexing it will outweigh the benefit.

“After months of deep drilling to determine what areas we should annex to benefit people affected and the city, this proposal provides more than three times the net assessed value for the city and allows us to use the utility presence we already have at the Logansport State Hospital to push southwest and serve the Cass County Industrial Park and the Clymers areas,” Kitchell said. “There will be some challenge involved with the Unger Addition, but something has to be done there to help residents who either are or will face failing septic systems in the coming years.”

The hospital already has its own utility system. The Logansport Municipal Utilities provides power to the hospital campus and manages water wells which provide service to the hospital and the entire city. The Street Department also operates its tub-grinding chipper on the campus.

“We have been in talks with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration which would be interested in release title of portions of its 199-acre campus to the city for future development. Its location next to a four-lane highway, water supply and rail access provide it with some attractive qualities.”
The mayor said he and Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors have discussed Logansport Municipal Utilities service to the county industrial park since city and county officials agreed to dismiss a costly legal action involving the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.

“I realize the area south of the city could be annexed, but we would be better off considering future annexation there on a case-by-case basis rather than throwing a blanket annexation over it and stepping back from any kind of commitment to services that are cost-effective.”

- Press Release from Mayor Dave Kitchell

"Thanks for Giving" Event to Award Community Charity Grants

The public is invited to the Cass County Community Foundation’s “Thanks for Giving" Donor & Volunteer Recognition Event. The event is Sunday November 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Desserts First, 516 E. Broadway in Logansport.  The 2016 Richard Cassidy, Jr. “Thanks for Giving” Award will be presented to Judge Julian and Dr. Susanne Ridlen, in honor of their outstanding contributions to youth, education, history and community volunteerism. During the event CCCF will also be awarding 16 community charity grants of $1,000 each to Cass County charities entered in a drawing to celebrate the Ridlens. RSVP deadline is November 7th. To RSVP or for more information, call CCCF at 574-722-2200.

Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications

Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services reminds the community that they are now accepting applications for enrollment in the 2016-2017 Energy Assistance Program. Families will have the opportunity to receive a one-time assistance payment towards their winter heating bills. Contact Area Five at 722-4451 or visit areafive.com and click on “Families” for more details.

Logan's Landing Announces Winners of Scarecrow Row Competition

Logan’s Landing is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Scarecrow Row Competition. The secret panel of judges had a difficult decision to make, as all 44 entries displayed creativity and hard work, but only one scarecrow could be chosen as the winner. That winner is the “shop local” themed scarecrow created by the Nest. In addition, this year’s Scarecrow Row Competition also featured a People’s Choice Award, with votes being cast by “liking” scarecrows in the photo album on the Logan’s Landing facebook page.  The winner of the People’s Choice Award was the State Theatre & Record Farm scarecrow, with an amazing 576 votes! The scarecrows along Broadway and Market Street were enjoyed by passers-by, as well as hundreds of trick-or-treaters who participated in Downtown Spooktacular and the Elks Halloween parade. Logan’s Landing Executive Director Becki Harris said, “Once again, the scarecrows added a touch of seasonal fun to the downtown district – they were enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”