Man Injured in Single Vehicle Accident

A man was injured after reportedly driving into a barricade in La Porte County Sunday morning.

Deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office say the man hit the barricade on County Road 950 W. north of County Road 300 N. where the road dead ends into Interstate 94. The male driver was found lying on the ground outside of his vehicle. He was unresponsive with serious head injuries.

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Earthworks Summer Curriculum Released

This summer’s curriculum for the Earthworks organization at The Center at Donaldson is based on the DNR’s “Project Wild” program. This curriculum provides a wide range of environmental activities for children.

According to Adam Thada, Ecological Relationships Director at The Center at Donaldson, trail cameras will be installed to study the lives of the wildlife on campus. Children participating in the program will learn about the animals seen on campus and their habitat.

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Gas Prices Lowest Since 2005

Gas prices have been at a decent level lately as opposed to recent months.

Gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague said the local retailers are working the numbers very closely.

“Prices are reflecting the wholesale and tax of about $2.20 a gallon and that looks to be in some places the going price,” said McTeague. “A lot of gas stations are really operating with their proverbial noses very close to the grindstone. I’ve seen some places that are moving up to $2.45.”

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Knox Man Arrested on Warrant for Dealing Drugs

A Knox man was taken into custody on Monday afternoon after a Plymouth police officer responded to a call about two intoxicated people inside a vehicle in the 1,000 block of W. Jefferson Street.

After further investigation, police say Edward Royce, 35, had an active arrest warrant out of the state of Michigan for dealing and manufacturing drugs.

Royce was booked into the Marshall County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Michigan to face charges there.

Culver Building Trades Open House Set for Sunday

The members of the Culver Building Trades class invite the residents of Culver to an open house on Sunday, May 28 to see their finished assigned project.

Culver Community Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell told the school board in a recent public meeting that the students worked on building a garage underneath a small house. He added that the job was unique as the owners wanted a different concept for the project that was selected for this year.

The open house is Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. ET at 728 Nueva Gorda Street in Culver.

La Porte Man Arrested on Warrants, Cocaine Charges Pending

Vandrick Buchanan

A La Porte man was taken into custody earlier this week on active warrants and new charges of dealing cocaine are pending through the La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office.

Members of La Porte County Drug Task Force and the Fugitive Apprehension Street Team arrested Vandrick Buchanan, 29, on a warrant through La Porte Circuit Court for a revocation on dealing cocaine, a Class B felony, plus a La Porte County Superior Court #3 warrant for failure to appear. Money was also reportedly confiscated from Buchanan during his arrest.

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Culver Redevelopment Commission to Meet in Special Session Today

The Culver Redevelopment Commission (CRC) will meet today to discuss the Sand Hill Farms workforce housing.

The Culver Town Council members made their decision on two resolutions this week and the CRC is expected to discuss the same resolutions during their meeting today. The town council members voted 4-1 to approve a resolution to authorize funding of the project. A separate resolution was approved 4-1 to enter into an agreement between the Town of Culver and Sand Hill Farms, Inc. for the development of the project.

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Town of Culver to Update Website

The Town of Culver’s website will be getting a facelift.

The Culver Town Council approved a quote from Satellite Software to update the town’s website.

The quote of $1,859 will allow the company to reformat the website to a WordPress template. Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim, Town Manager Jonathan Leist and Park Superintendent Anna Campbell will be trained on how to use the program to easily update the site.

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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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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

Culver Town Council to Gather Opinions on Housing Project Tonight

The Culver Town Council will hold a public input session tonight to gather opinions on the proposed Sand Hill Farms workforce housing project. Public comment will be taken at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of tonight’s regular meeting agenda.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that the project has been in the town’s comprehensive plan since the plan’s adoption in 2014. The lack of housing was identified as one of the main issues in the plan. Leist said a committee was formed to look into the project. It is part of this year’s Stellar Communities grant application. Culver town officials should know Wednesday, May 24 if Culver is a finalist in the application process.

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