Pulaski County Farm Recognized for 100 Years in Operation

Simmermaker Hoosier Homestead Award67 families from around the Hoosier state were presented with awards during the Indiana State Fair this month.

Those families were recognized with the Hoosier Homestead Awards. The awards have been ongoing for the past 40 years in Indiana and are a product of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
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Kankakee Valley REMC Equips Students for School

Packed BackpacksStudents in Starke, LaPorte and Porter Counties went back to school with new supplies thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC’s second annual Pack a Backpack program. Members purchased supplies or made monetary donations to help provide for students in need. Continue reading

Sen. Donnelly To Support Iran Nuclear Agreement

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he will be supporting the proposed Iran nuclear agreement.

After playing things close to the vest for some time, Senator Donnelly said in a statement that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the security of the United States.

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More Than 1600 Hoosier Students Benefit from Field Trip Grant Program

ftThanks to the Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program, students at 22 Indiana schools will learn about nature by visiting Indiana state parks and reservoirs this school year. The grants are open to public, private, religious and home-school educators and are administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, the supporting non-profit of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

USDA Approves State’s Request for Secretarial Disaster Declaration

Crop lossFarmers throughout the state who suffered crop losses due to excessive rainfall can apply for low-interest emergency loans from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday approved a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia A. Wickard made the request in late July after farmers suffered significant crop damage and losses as a result of flooding and excessive rain that started May 1st. Continue reading

NIPSCO Reminds Customers to Call Before Digging

Indiana_811_logo_200x100NIPSCO reminds anyone with outdoor plans that involve digging to call 811 before doing so. Officials say digging into underground lines is the biggest risk to NIPSCO’s gas system and the leading cause of damage. So-called “blind digging” damages an underground utility line every six minutes, according to Common Ground Alliance. Striking an underground line can harm you and others, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Continue reading