North Judson Officials Review Options for Employee Health Insurance

North Judson Town Council members reviewed some options for employee health insurance when they met last Monday.

The Town’s insurance broker John Howard from the Wealth Care Group announced that if officials wish to stick with their current provider, the deductibles would stay at $50 for a single plan and a $100 for a family plan but they won’t receive all of the same benefits.

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Oregon-Davis Strategic Action Team to Meet Next Monday

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is looking for individuals interested in helping with updates to the corporation’s strategic plan. Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says the Strategic Action Team will meet next Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in room 202 in the junior/senior high school. The group will review the strategic plan and suggest possible changes, based on school improvement plans, student achievement, and other information.

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Pulaski County Council Takes Steps to Make Donation Funds Available for EMS Department’s Use

After a couple left almost $30,000 to the Pulaski County EMS Department in their will, county officials are now taking steps to allow that money to be used. EMS Director Bryan Corn asked the county council this month to formally incorporate that money into his budget. “Just a little over a month ago, I believe, we received a check,” he explained. “It was a donation from the estate of a Henry and Alice Mooi. That total comes out to $29,901.71. That is strictly to be used for the EMS Department only, and that is strictly to be used for equipment for the EMS Department.”

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Indiana Fire Marshal Issues Annual Safety Alert About Alternative Heating Sources

Around this time of year, many people are doing whatever they can to keep cold weather out of their homes. However, for your own safety, there are a few things you should know before you do so.

State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, reports that during the months of October through December, fire-related deaths increase because of alternative heating sources. He advises Indiana residents to take particular precautions when these sources are utilized in order to ensure safety this season. Continue reading

Pulaski County Council Considers Budget Transfer, Additional Appropriation Requests

Funding for Pulaski County’s fiscal plan, the courthouse elevator replacement project, and reassessment expenses was among the transfer and additional appropriation requests brought to the county council last week. Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer explained that he has $50,000 budgeted annually for potential land acquisition. But since the CDC won’t be needing it for that purpose, the county council agreed to let him make $36,000 of that available for the fiscal plan. The county commissioners have since decided to hire Peters Municipal Consultants for a cost not to exceed $24,000.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to More Strictly Enforce Comp Time Carryover Limits in Future

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners plan to quit granting exceptions to the limit on the amount of comp time employees may carry over from year to year. On Monday, they agreed to let an employee in the extension office carry over an extra 10 to 20 hours, so she’ll be able to recover from surgery scheduled for February.

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North Judson-San Pierre FFA to Attend National Convention in Indianapolis

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members considered a request Tuesday night from the FFA seeking permission to attend the National FFA Convention next week.

The convention will be held in Indianapolis from Wednesday, October 24th through Saturday, October 27th. As a part of the request, Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor Emily Duvall shared a detailed itinerary for the board members to review. Continue reading

Culver School Board Makes Arrangements for Bus Purchase

The Culver Community Schools Corporation is looking to replace an extra school bus this year. Bus 24 was scheduled to be replaced in 2020, but school officials have decided to move that forward, according to Treasurer Casey Howard. The school board took steps to make funds available earlier this month. But Howard told board members this week that the 2018 through 2030 bus replacement plan had to be amended before the state would allow the additional appropriation. The school board passed a resolution Monday to accept the amended plan.

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Security Deputies at Michigan City Courthouse

Two LaPorte County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured Friday morning, after a man reportedly walked into the Michigan City Courthouse and started attacking them. The Sheriff’s Office says Joshua Duncan, 37, of Michigan City, was entering the security checkpoint and without warning, “sucker punched” Courthouse Security Deputy Jon Keene in the nose.

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Ordinance Proposing Water Rate Increase Introduced at North Judson Town Council Meeting

An ordinance proposing a 15 percent rate adjustment to water utility bills in North Judson was introduced at this week’s town council meeting.

Eric Walsh from Umbaugh and Associates informed council members and meeting attendees that the bump would result in a customer who uses an average of 4,000 gallons per billing cycle seeing an additional charge of approximately $4.00 while residents who utilize a minimal amount of water each month would pay about $3.40 more. Continue reading