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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Prepayment Limit

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Deb Griewank, Kevin Overmyer and Kurt Garner

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Deb Griewank, Kevin Overmyer and Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners this week discussed a prepayment limit for department heads.

Commissioner Deb Griewank suggested the change to the purchase ordinance so department heads can make county equipment purchases with a personal credit card that does not exceed $750. She said that it was brought to her attention that sometimes different departments need to purchase something online but don’t have the time to wait for commissioner approval. Buildings and maintenance directors can find items on eBay for cheaper but then they have to wait to purchase the items pending approval. Time could cost them.

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Find the Right Plumber if You Experience Frozen Pipes

Before more cold weather sets in, the Better Business Bureau wants you to be sure you be careful in hiring a plumber to help you in any repairs you may need to make due to freezing pipes.

BBB officials say plumbers need to be licensed and display their license number on their website, vehicles and marketing pieces. Ask for three estimates from different companies to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Be sure to understand if a plumber charges by the hour or a flat rate for work to be completed and get that agreement in writing. Keep a copy of that contract. It’s also good to break up the payments and offer the last payment when the work is done to your satisfaction.

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Indiana Failing To Make The Grade On Tobacco Control

The American Lung Association says the state of Indiana needs to do more to enact tobacco control policies.

The “State of Tobacco Control 2015” report evaluates tobacco control policies at the state and federal level. It says Indiana failed to enact any policies that the American Lung Association believes will save lives. That led the state to receive a failing grade in tobacco prevention, taxes, and access to tobacco cessation services.
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NIPSCO Receives Approval for Green Pilot Program

A pilot program started in 2012 has been granted long term approval according to NIPSCO.

The company’s Green Power Rate program is offered to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Currently there are 940 homes and businesses enrolled in the Green Power Program.
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Culver Plan Commission Holds Development Discussion

The next step can be taken for the possible expansion of a Culver pizza restaurant.

During Tuesday night’s Culver Plan Commission meeting, a zoning change was discussed for Papa’s Pizza. The change from C-2 to C-1 would allow the restaurant to expand its location without providing additional parking.
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Rep. Walorski Looks For Key Goals in SOTU

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski had a few goals in mind prior to Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address.

Indiana’s 2nd District U.S. Representative has made a point of discussing what she considers an overreach of power through the President’s recent executive orders.
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Senator Participates in Talks To Combat Middle East Threats

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he wants to make sure all of the country’s foreign partners are standing together.

Senator Donnelly sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee that was part of a bi-partisan Senate delegation to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel. The trip was described as important due to ongoing instability in the Middle East.
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State Officials Approve Limited River Otter Trapping Season

River OtterStarting this fall, Indiana will have a limited river otter trapping season after action this week by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission. In the early 20th century river otters were near extension in Indiana due to a loss of habitat and unregulated trapping. In 1921 the state Department of Conservation banned their taking. They were believed gone from the state by the 1940s.

The DNR began reintroducing otters to state waterways in 1995. Over a five-year period, 303 river otters were captured in Louisiana and released in northern and southern Indiana. Their populations increased enough through natural reproduction that river otters were removed from the state endangered species list in 2005. Presently, river otters have expanded their range to include over 80 percent of Indiana’s counties and their numbers continue to increase. Continue reading

Marshall County Jail to Update Inmate Communications

The communication system for inmate phone calls and visitation at the Marshall County Jail will get an upgrade after the commissioners approved a contract Tuesday morning with a new vendor.

Sheriff Tom Chamberlin told the commissioners that the company, Telmate, not only offers the telephone option for inmates, but also video visitation at an off-site location. Family members can schedule a video visitation with an inmate by going through officials at Telmate. Chamberlin explained that kiosks will be placed in the cells for video visitation as well as computers. The inmates will use the notebook computers if the kiosks are being used.

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Senator Donnelly Brings Connersville Resident to SOTU

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly had a few topics he wanted to hear discussed prior to last night’s State of the Union address.

On a conference call yesterday, Donnelly stressed the importance of further supporting military service members. Key among those opportunities, according to Donnelly, is ensuring adequate access to mental health.
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Culver Schools To Make-up Snow Days

Culver Community School CorporationThe number of snow days taken in Culver Schools has now affected the school calendar.

The Culver School Board, Monday night, approved a measure that attempts to make up a day lost to the weather by having students attend class on Good Friday – which was previously part of the extended spring holiday weekend.
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Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Presents Bi-County Basketball Tournament

basketball courtKankakee Valley Broadcasting will present the 50th annual TCU Bi-County Basketball Tournament in its entirety for the first time. Tony Ross and his crew will have the tip-off between Triton and LaVille tonight on MAX 98.3-FM or possibly WKVI-FM and online at www.SportsToTheMax.net. They will also provide scoring updates from the other first round games during their broadcast. Argos is at Culver, John Glenn is playing host to Bremen, and New Prairie will be at Oregon-Davis. All of the games tip off at 8 p.m. EST. Continue reading

College Financial Aid Workshop Scheduled at Knox High School

College financial aidGet answers to all of your questions about applying for financial aid during an upcoming workshop at Knox High School. Ancilla College Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA makes you eligible for need-based assistance, including student loans and state and federal grants. Continue reading

Culver Schools Take Step Toward New Buses

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School Board has decided to prepare for the possibility that they may need some new transportation equipment.

During Monday night’s meeting, Trustees voted unanimously to advertise bids for new school buses. This is something the Culver School Corporation does on an annual basis in an effort to replace an aging bus fleet.
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Plymouth High School Students Participate in National Day of Service

These Key Club members helped clean the fire trucks at the Plymouth Fire Department

These Key Club members helped clean the fire trucks at the Plymouth Fire Department. Photo via Facebook with permission granted.

Plymouth High School Key Club members participated in a National Day of Service on Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Several students were at the Plymouth Fire Department washing fire trucks while others were lifting and carrying boxes down flights of stairs to help organize things at the Marshall County Museum. The animals at the Marshall County Humane Society got some exercise Monday morning when the students took them out for walks and played with them. The students also cleaned the cages and gave the animals food and fresh water.

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Tax Professionals Prepare for Filing Season

Individuals can begin filing their taxes today, and area tax professionals say a bit of assistance can help reduce tax liability.

Changes in the tax code take effect each year. According to H&R Block Tax Professional Michelle Bachtel, individuals will need to ensure that this year they don’t overlook steps when it comes to reconciling their healthcare situation.
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