State Livestock Grant Applications Available

 Grants are available from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to promote and market livestock in order to foster growth within the industry. Educational programs, livestock shows and exhibitions, conventions and similar events and projects are eligible to apply for funding. Grant dollars cover things like value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution. Continue reading

Beware of Vehicle v. Animal Collisions


Deer season isn’t just for hunters. AAA Insurance warns motorists are most likely to hit a deer between the months of October and December. The Insurance Information Institute advises animals, mainly deer, are involved in more than a million collisions with vehicles each year, resulting in about 200 fatalities.

Motorists can do their part to avoid becoming statistics by sweeping eyes back and forth across the road and watching for signs of animals and their movement. Look to the right and left as well in case an animal is by the side of the road. Motorists are most likely to hit a deer, but occasionally they will run into the side of your car. Continue reading

Deer Archery Season Opens Today


Deer hunting season is officially underway in Indiana. Today marks the start of archery season, which runs through Jan. 3, 2016. All hunters must have a license and must use legal archery equipment as defined by the DNR. These include long bows, compound bows or recurve bows and arrows. The bow must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint; chert or obsidian. Continue reading

INDOT Hiring Seasonal Help


The Indiana Department of Transportation is getting ready for winter. The agency is teaming up with WorkOne of northwest Indiana to hire seasonal maintenance crew members and snow plow drivers. Positions are available across the entire northwest Indiana district, which includes Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter, Lake, Newton, Jasper, White, Cass and Carroll Counties. Continue reading

Scarecrow Festival Gets Underway in Wanatah

scarecrowFall is officially here, and that means it’s time for the annual Scarecrow Festival in Wanatah. Activities get under way today with the harvest contest from 3 until 6 p.m. Awards will be handed out for the tallest sunflower, heaviest pumpkin, largest ear of corn, largest zinnia, soybean stalk with the most pods, largest tomato, largest watermelon and most unusual gourd or squash. Bring your entries to Scarecrow Square between 3 and 6 p.m. for judging. Winners will be announced tonight at 8. Continue reading