Town of Culver to Accept Sidewalk Replacement Applications

Town of Culver officials will begin taking applications for the 2017 sidewalk replacement program beginning Monday, April 3.

Measurements of the sidewalk, curb or combination of both must be included in the application. The application will be reviewed by Street Superintendent Bob Porter and his staff will confirm the dimensions of the potential project. The town council will then approve a project by recommendation of the street superintendent. The homeowner will be notified by letter if a sidewalk replacement project was selected.

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All-Hazard Radios to be Distributed to Counties for Residents

More than 2,200 all-hazard weather radios will be distributed to all of the counties in the state thanks to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Residents who are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of severe weather, those who cannot afford a device, mobile and prefabricated homeowners, and others who may not be able to receive weather alerts by traditional means may be provided a radio.

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Culver-Union Township Public Library Celebrates Women’s History Month

The staff at the Culver-Union Township Public Library invites you to the facility this month to join them in recognizing women who have provided inspiration and leadership as part of Women’s History Month.

Patrons may stop by the youth room to decorate a thank you postcard for a woman who has made a difference in one’s life. Personal, historical and inspirational quotes are welcome. They may be colored, sketched, embellished with photos, or uniquely crafted to represent the honoree. Completed postcards will be on display throughout the month.

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Culver Business Plans Expansion

The Culver City Council acted upon a request to declare an area as an economic revitalization area.

The owner of LK Wood Products and Marshall County Economic Development Corporation Director Jerry Chavez gave the council members an idea about an expansion project at the facility on Mill Street. The company is seeking a tax abatement to invest millions of dollars in expanding the technology at the plant. More jobs will be created as a result of the upgrade in equipment.

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Area EMA Director Attends Long Term Recovery Seminar

A lot of emergency management organizations and the emergency response teams have what it takes to respond in the event of a catastrophic event. When the event is over, what is the responsibility of those entities?

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery attended a long term recovery seminar this week where he learned ways communities can rebound after a disaster. He says partnerships need to be developed and plans implemented now in case of an event.

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Culver Town Council to Review Stellar Communities Responsibilities with CRC

The Culver Town Council members will decide how to split up responsibilities concerning the duties surrounding work for the Stellar Communities application when they meet with the Culver Redevelopment Commission next week.

Assignments will also need to be divided among the panel if the town is awarded the distinction of being a Stellar Community.

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Culver Town Council to Review Stellar Communities Application

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The Culver Town Council members will review the town’s Stellar Communities application when they meet tonight.

The council appealed to residents last month to complete a survey. The survey asked participants to see which projects would be important in making significant changes to the community, what can be done to entice people to come to Culver, and tools to help boost the local economy. The survey results were due March 1.

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Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival to Accept Short Film Entries

Lake Maxinkuckee beach in Culver

High school and college undergraduate student film makers are encouraged to submit short films for the upcoming 10th Annual Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival.

The theme is “The Gift of Warmth”. Entrants will be separated in two categories: high school students up to age 18 and college undergraduate students up to age 24. Cash awards will be given during the Labor Day Film Festival weekend. Continue reading

Training Video Educates School Leaders on Sexual Abuse

 

A training video designed to inform school leaders and staff about sexual abuse will be released.

The Indiana Department of Education will be distributing a video to all Indiana school corporations where it is encouraged to share it with all staff members. The video is part of a collaboration between the IDOE, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Dealing Drugs Lands LaPorte Man in Jail

Reginald Spraggins

A LaPorte man was taken into custody without incident Thursday night and is in the LaPorte County Jail on a charge of dealing in cocaine/narcotic drugs, a Level 5 felony.

According to LaPorte City Police, a vehicle Reginald Spraggins, 42, was traveling in was pulled over Thursday night as a result of a traffic stop initiated by the LaPorte Police Crime and Drug Reduction Strike. The incident occurred in the 500 block of Tipton Street.

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Culver School Board Honors Former Member

Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell (left) presents Jim Wentzel with a plaque

The Culver School Board honored a former long-time school board member this week.

Jim Wentzel served 13 years on the Culver School Board of Trustees from Sept. 9, 2004 to January 9, 2017. Wentzel said that he’s proud to have served this tenure on the board.

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Culver Middle/High School Awning to be Removed

The awning that blankets the front entryway of the Culver Middle/High School is crumbling and it will be removed.

Culver Middle/High School Principal Brett Berndt told the school board Monday night that the bottom of the structure is rusted and dried out. He said it could be repaired at a great cost, so the decision was made to simply tear down the awning.

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Culver School Board Approves Intersession, Summer Teachers

The Culver School Board discussed the hire of several teachers during the upcoming intersession and summer school.

Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell said two elementary teachers will need to be approved for hire during the intersession which will include four days of instruction. The intersession will be from April 3 to April 6 from 8 a.m. to

Students will be offered breakfast and lunch during their time of instruction.

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ISTEP Testing Continues This Week at Culver Schools

 

The Culver School Board received an update on the status of ISTEP testing during their meeting Monday Night. Middle/High School Assistant Principal and Curriculum Director Julie Berndt takes on the role of testing coordinator when it comes to this mandatory state testing. She explained to the board that students in grades 3 through 8 participate in English/Language Arts and Math in addition to Social Studies and Science testing during a period of two weeks. Each grade is tested individually and teachers monitor the work in a locked classroom. Tenth grade students also participate in testing.

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