Stellar Communities Designation Program Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program were announced early Thursday morning.

The Town of Culver was selected a finalist for the second consecutive year. Finalist communities are divided into two different categories based on population for the designation award. Culver will be placed into Division 2 which is for communities that have a population of 5,999 or less. Culver will compete against the Town of Churubusco in Whitley County and the City of Union City in Randolph County.

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North Judson Council Discusses Compliance Officer Position

North Judson Council President Wendy Hoppe; Police Officer Frank Thomas; Council Members Josh Brown, John Rowe, Jane Ellen Felchuk, James Young; Town Attorney Justin Schramm, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins

The North Judson Town Council is finalizing a job description for a compliance officer. The part-time employee will work under the supervision of the town marshal and will issue warnings and citations for tall grass and other code violations. Continue reading

Winamac Park Board Updates Residents on Pool Grant Application

Rendering of rebuilt Winamac pool.

The Winamac Park Board is moving ahead with a grant application for the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project. The town’s applying for up to $200,000 in matching money from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Before turning in the grant application, the park board held a public hearing Monday to give residents a chance to weigh in on the project. Continue reading

Knox Resident Successfully Advocates for Native American Studies Curriculum

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the ethnic studies bill while sponsored and advocates look on. Photo courtesy of Kenny Lone Eagle.

High school students across Indiana will be able to study Native American culture, thanks to the efforts of a Knox man. Kenny Lone Eagle successfully advocated for its inclusion in a bill to offer the elective study of various ethnic and racial groups. Courses will be offered if at least 15 students in a school corporation sign up. Lone Eagle says it’s a big step. Continue reading

Investment in Energy Efficiency Earns N.J.-S.P. Schools a NIPSCO Rebate

N.J.S.P. Maintenance Supervisor Wilbur Collins, NIPSCO Major Accounts Manager Kelley Davies and Cory Busse of Busse Electric

Lighting updates at North Judson-San Pierre Schools are already paying off for the corporation. The change from fluorescent to LED bulbs and fixtures will save considerable money over the long term. It also earned the corporation an energy efficiency rebate from NIPSCO. Major Accounts Manager Kelley Davies presented school corporation officials a check for $20,800. She says such rebates are an incentive for schools, businesses and individuals to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Approves Resolutions for Workforce Housing Project

The Culver Town Council opened their public meeting last night to members of the community to discuss opinions on the proposed workforce housing development project on Jefferson Street. The building would include 24 apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. A two-bedroom apartment rent pricing example was estimated at $850 a month. If the town wins the Stellar Communities designation, there would be funding available for Phase 2 which includes a second apartment building for income-based housing.

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Oregon-Davis Elementary Students Wish Luck to the Seniors

Oregon-Davis elementary students got to participate in a unique activity on Monday afternoon. It was an activity that Elementary School Principal Bill Bennett said was a first-time event at the school.

“It’s our first annual senior walk here at Oregon-Davis Elementary School,” said Bennett. “One of the things that we’re trying to do with the students is to get them excited about school and looking at the end in sight. By our seniors walking the hallway, they’ll kind of get a glimpse of the future and something to look forward to.” Continue reading