Proposed Culver Superintendent’s Contract Up for Discussion Tonight

The Culver Community School Board will hold a public hearing tonight to hear comments on the proposed superintendent’s contract. That hearing will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET in the administration office on the school’s campus.

Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell will be retiring at the end of June. He has been with the Culver Community School Corporation for 28 years. Kitchell assumed the interim superintendent’s position at the end of December in 2015.

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Town of Culver Working to Update Website

It’s a tool that Culver residents have appreciated over the years and the Culver Town Council hopes to improve its overall appearance.

The town’s website will soon be getting a facelift. Town Manager Jonathan Leist and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim have been working to find a solution to make it more user friendly. Leist told the town council last week that only one person can input information to the website from one desktop. Ideally, it would be more efficient for all department heads to have access to the website to upload information for convenience.

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Town Action Lowers Credit Card Convenience Fee

The convenience fee to pay for items through the Town of Culver has been slashed.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim told the Culver Town Council members this week that she met with a representative from PayGOV to make the changes to the convenience fee. The previous agreement included a $2.50 convenience fee on a minimum charge and anything over $25 customers were charged a three percent fee.

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La Porte Resident Dies in Crash

Photo provided by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

A drunk driving accident claimed the life of a La Porte resident late Thursday afternoon.

La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a single vehicle crash in the 5100 W. block of County Road 450 North shortly after 5 p.m. CT. Investigating deputies say a silver 2008 Cadillac was traveling west on County Road 450 North when the vehicle began to fishtail and left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle violently collided with a tree.

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Pulaski County Police Investigating Fatality Crash


Officers with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were called to an accident Thursday afternoon on State Road 39 just south of the Pulaski/Starke County line.

Officials from the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office say 61-year-old Gerald Harding Hallett, Sr. of Shady Cove, Oregon died as a result of the accident. He was an employee of PAR Electric, a company installing power lines in Pulaski County.

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Culver Town Council Discusses Sidewalk Reimbursement Request


The Culver Town Council discussed an issue concerning a participant with last year’s sidewalk replacement program.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim explained to the council members that a resident applied for the sidewalk program last year. As the season wore on, the applicant found that the project could not be completed in 2016 and asked if the same request could be considered in the 2017 application process. Utility Superintendent Bob Porter confirmed that all of the specifications were complete for the cement to be poured, but another construction project at that location delayed the sidewalk installation.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Recognizes Efforts of 911 Dispatchers

911 Dispatchers are the first in a line of personnel to talk to a person in distress about an emergency. These unsung heroes are being recognized this week as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Dispatchers alert police, fire and EMS when residents call in times of an emergency. They gather as much information as possible when a call comes in to relay to emergency personnel to best assist the caller with their situation.

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Culver Stellar Communities Committee Projects Gaining Community Support

The Culver Stellar Communities Committee recently chose a lighter, quicker and cheaper project for this year’s Stellar Community application and the project is gaining support of community entities.

As a lighter, quicker and cheaper project, the committee chose the installation of recycled plastic benches and a story walk featuring Culver history along a proposed new bike trail in the Culver Town Park. It is the hope of the committee to build partnerships as part of the application process.

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La Porte Police Investigating Robberies


Two overnight robberies have La Porte Police searching for answers.

The first incident occurred at 2:25 a.m. on Monday when an armed robbery occurred at the Citgo gas station on Lincolnway in La Porte. A preliminary investigation found that two African American men entered the business, demanded money and brandished guns. Police say the clerk complied with the suspect’s request and they left with an undetermined amount of money. The only available description is that they wore a mask to cover their faces.

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Culver-Union Township Public Library to Work on Building Improvements

The Culver-Union Township Public Library will soon be getting some American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant renovations to the exterior of the building along with other improvements.

Library Board member Bill Clevenger explained to the Culver Town Council Tuesday night that the board recently hired an architect to do an envelope study of the library. That study entails an analysis of potential facility modifications to bring codes up to standards or to improve operations.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council members will have several items up for discussion when they meet tonight.

Bill Clevenger from the Culver-Union Township Public Library will appear before the council with information. The council will receive an update on the Stellar Communities application and letter of intent. The deadline for the letter of intent is set for April 28.

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Culver Stellar Communities Committee Finalizing Letter of Intent

The Culver Stellar Communities Committee is working hard to complete paperwork necessary to announce the Town of Culver’s intentions to seek this year’s Stellar Community designation.

The purpose of the Stellar Communities Designation Program is to recognize Indiana’s smaller communities that have identified comprehensive community and economic development projects and activities in addition to a plan and key partnerships. Culver was close to winning the designation of a Stellar Community last year, but the honor was awarded to Corydon.

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Avoid Common Errors When Filing Income Tax Returns

The income tax filing deadline is less than two weeks away. Many taxpayers may be rushing to complete paperwork to make the filing deadline which can lead to common errors.

The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to slow down and take time to fill out required forms correctly. If forms are not completed correctly, it will likely take the IRS more time to process the paperwork.

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Stellar Communities Committee to Meet Today

Officials involved in the application for the Stellar Communities Program designation will meet today to discuss several aspects of the application process.

The committee will review potential lighter, quicker and cheaper projects as required in this year’s application. These are projects that are smaller in scale and less than $5,000. The committee will decide on which projects to include in the application tonight.

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Be Aware of Construction Workers in Work Zones

April marks the beginning of the highway construction season. The Indiana Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down in construction zones.

This will be a busy road construction season. INDOT will oversee more than 300 construction contracts totaling more than $1 billion in capital investment. Pavement resurfacing will encompass 3,047 miles. Work will focus on improving traffic mobility and safety. Dozens of interchanges and intersections will be improved across the state. INDOT and its contractors will also rehabilitate or construct 486 bridges and small structures.

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Culver School Board Moves Forward in Superintendent Search

The Culver Community School Board is moving ahead with finding another superintendent.

Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell is leaving the corporation and entering retirement on June 30. He has been with the Culver Community School Corporation for 28 years in various roles: teaching, coach, assistant principal, principal, and director of operations. Kitchell assumed the interim superintendent’s position at the end of December 2015 when then-superintendent Vicki McGuire resigned to fill a similar position at a different school corporation.

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