Stellar Fest this Saturday in Culver

The Town of Culver is hosting a Stellar Fest this Saturday at the Culver Town Park from 10 a.m. to noon ET.

A lot of activities are packed into this two-hour event. Town Manager Jonathan Leist said Main Street designation recognition is right at the beginning of the event. Kids crafts will be offered as well as a “Choose Culver” board where residents can write down what they love about Culver. Leist added that a mock-up of a new Culver sign will be revealed and a new town logo. Stop by the Culver Farmer’s Market during the event and shop for locally grown products.

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Culver Town Council Adopts Financial Resolution to Purchase New Ambulance

The Culver Town Council Tuesday night reviewed a resolution outlining the terms of a financial plan to purchase a new ambulance for Culver Emergency Medical Services.

The lowest bid for a 2017 ambulance came from Medix in the amount of $127,865. The Union Township Trustee and the Town of Culver will equally split the cost of the vehicle. The township will provide $63,932.50 while $20,000 will come from this year’s EMS budget. The town will complete the funding with $43,932.50 from the General Fund.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will be discussing their next steps in the path to be awarded the Stellar Communities designee during their regular business meeting tonight. The town was named a finalist in Division 2 at the end of May. The name of the winning community will be announced at the end of this summer. Culver was placed in Division 2 that recognizes towns with a population less than 5,999. The Town of Culver will be competing with the Town of Churubusco in Whitley County and the City of Union City in Randolph County.

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Culver Town Council and CRC Forming Mobile Home District Committee

Even though the Sand Hill Farms project is moving forward, the Town of Culver and the Culver Redevelopment Commission (CRC) are keeping housing options open.

The Sand Hill Farms project is a workforce housing development project that will include a proposed 24-unit apartment building on Jefferson Street. The town council and the CRC are funding the infrastructure to the property. If the town wins the Stellar Communities designation, more funding could be available for a low-income based housing development.

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Taste of Culver to Showcase Community’s Culinary Cuisine

An opportunity to taste Culver’s finest cuisine will be offered in an elite setting on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Over 10 restaurants will present their best in what the Culver Chamber of Commerce calls a “festival atmosphere” tomorrow afternoon. In addition to the many varieties of food, enjoy live music from a local musician and a wide range of spirits and other refreshments.

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Knox School Board Discusses Mini Bus Purchase

Preschool children attending Knox schools will have a safer bus ride.

The Knox Community School Board approved the purchase of two mini buses that have seats with lap belts and shoulder harnesses. The state will require this proper safety equipment in buses transporting preschool children beginning in January 2018, according to Transportation Director Mark Jensen.

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Knox Community School Board Educated on eLearning

The Knox Community School Corporation will incorporate eLearning in the next school year. This will be an opportunity for students to be able to keep the stream of learning ongoing even if there is a day of school canceled due to inclement weather.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Peggy Shidaker informed the board that the administrative team has put together plans for students to participate in an eLearning day.
She explained that the students will know what is expected of them on an eLearning day.
Learning targets will be posted online by 9 a.m. on a canceled day and by 10 a.m. on a delay day. Shidaker said students will be expected to cover content that would have been addressed if school had been in session for the day. Lessons will be a continuation of what’s been happening in the classroom.

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Culver Police Chief Hiring Officers

Culver Police Chief Wayne Bean is looking to hire officers for the department.

He told the Culver Town Council during their last meeting that one officer resigned the previous day and he will replace that officer. He is already reviewing applications for another vacancy in the department. As he reviews the applications, Chief Bean said he may go ahead and hire two in this round. He may choose to re-advertise for officers to gather more applications.

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Knox School Board Agenda Includes Plans for Next Year

The Knox Community School Board members will have a full agenda when they meet in regular session tonight.

The board will approve the registration dates and times as well at the student and faculty handbooks for the upcoming school year. The board will also consider renewing a contract with The Crossing alternative school and they will be given an update on eLearning.

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Free Meals at Six Locations for Culver-Area Students

The Summer Food Service Program will assist Culver and area students at six different sites this summer.

Culver Community School Food Services Director Carin Clifton says children ages 18 and younger and people with disabilities who are still enrolled in K-12 educational programming are welcome to eat free meals this summer. She encourages students to take part in this opportunity to receive a nutritional meal. All meals must be eaten on site.

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Two Injured after Train Strikes Car


A mother and son were injured after their car was struck by a train Saturday night at the CSX railroad crossing at Range Road and 700 S. in La Porte County.

The accident occurred at 7:50 p.m. CT. According to an investigation by deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, the 36-year-old driver from Kingsford Heights was traveling south on Range Road waiting for a westbound train to pass. Once the train passed, she drove her car around the gates unaware an eastbound train was approaching. The train struck the rear of the passenger car and it was pushed 150 feet from the crossing into a cornfield.

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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. 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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