It’s Winter Weather preparedness week and Hoosiers are encouraged to take steps to prepare for the upcoming winter. November 19 is the average date of first measurable snowfall in the state, although this year it came early, on Halloween.

Some home readiness tips include reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy, removing dead branches from nearby trees and cleaning gutters.
Many fires related to alternative heating sources (wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters) are preventable and caused by poor maintenance. Keep alternative heat sources away from flammable material. Before installing a wood-burning stove, check with local officials about codes and proper installation techniques.

Drivers should allow extra time to travel. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings were issued for counties south of us, with up to 5 inches of snow possible overnight.

You can get updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, crashes and other traffic alerts by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623)

Winter weather preparedness week is also a good time to make a car readiness kit that includes blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, emergency flares, extra clothing, a shovel, bottled water and non-perishable food, a first aid kit, sand or non-clumping cat litter, a cell phone and charger for vehicle use and an ice scraper and snow brush.

Wind chills between 5 and 10 degrees above zero are expected today. A special weather statement issued this morning by the National Weather Service indicates Wind chills will drop to between zero and 10 below zero tonight.
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State leaders condemned the murder of an Indiana man at the hands of ISIS, which was confirmed by US officials Sunday.

Governor Mike Pence declared an official period of mourning to begin at sunrise Monday and ordered that flags be lowered at state buildings all across Indiana to mark the tragic murder of humanitarian Abdul Rahman Peter Kassig. Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly also issued statements.

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The public is invited to attend an Evening with Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Glenda Ritz tomorrow night. The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cass County, Cass County Area Retired Teachers Association, Ivy Tech and Literacy Volunteers of Cass County, will offer an opportunity to learn about academic standards, testing and the evaluation process. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event begins at 6:30 Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the community room on the Logansport Ivy Tech Campus.
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The Cass County Community Foundation has announced dates for the annual MANDATORY scholarship orientation sessions. Each local high school will have a separate, on-site session. CCCF President Deanna Crispen says there are some changes to the program again this year. Orientation attendance is a requirement for all students wishing to apply for any scholarships administered by the Community Foundation, including the Cass County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The Foundation also has several new awards with specific criteria that will be shared at the meetings.

Orientation at Lewis Cass High School will be Tuesday November 18th at 1 p.m..

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, orientation sessions will be held at Caston at 10 a.m. and Pioneer at 6:30 p.m.

An orientation session at Logansport High School is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.

In 2014, the Cass County Community Foundation awarded 106 scholarships totaling over $200,000 including the Lilly Scholarship.
For more information, students should contact their school’s guidance office, CCCF Website www.casscountycf.org, or call the Community Foundation at 574-722-2200.
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The Cass County Government Building, Logansport City offices and LMU are among the offices that will be closed today (11/11) in observance of Veterans Day. The Cass County Veterans Council’s annual Veterans Day parade begins at 10:15 this morning with a ceremony outside the Cass County Government Building on Fourth Street. Many Cass County schools are also hosting veterans day programs today that area veterans are invited to attend.
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The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has launched a website that allows customers to determine whether they are eligible for an excise tax refund. Last month, the BMV began sending out claim forms to customers who were affected by the excise tax misclassification. The BMV says if someone did not receive their letter, they can go to the website and verify their eligibility and print a claim form that includes mailing instructions.

To avoid any potential fraud, the BMV is asking Hoosiers to access the Refund Eligibility page by visiting myBMV.com and clicking on the green icon on the right-hand side of the home page. Users will need to input either their Social Security Number or their Driver’s License Number in order to check their eligibility.

In less than a month, the BMV issued 185,252 claim forms to customers totaling $28.59 million, not including interest.

To date, the BMV has received over 131,000 claim forms and has processed over 92,700 claims totaling $14.9 million, plus $1.2 million in interest. After all reasonable means of locating customers entitled to refunds have been exhausted, refunds will be turned over to the Indiana Attorney General’s Indiana Unclaimed program.
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On Sunday afternoon, the State Theatre will host a special screening of the DVD of “Birth of a City,” which was originally performed live at McHale Performing Arts Center in last December 2013, celebrating the 175th birthday of Logansport. DVDs will be available for sale at the theatre with all proceeds going to the Cass County Historical Society. After the show, there will be a Q&A with the show’s creators! Tickets are $5. The screening begins at 4 p.m Sunday, Nov. 16.

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The City of Peru has announced the hiring of a new Police Chief. Wendell "Ray" Raney, Jr.’s contract began yesterday and runs through the end of December 2015. Because of the upcoming term elections, Mayor Walker indicated that "one administration shouldn't bind the next." Raney, who has lived in Brownsburg since 2000, has 33 years of public safety experience, including 26 ½ with the Indiana State Police. He’ll receive a yearly salary of $52,000 which is higher than announce. Because he is covered by insurance as a retired Indiana State Police officer, his wages were adjusted appropriately.

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The 42nd Annual State Finals for High School Marching Bands is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the Lucas Oil Stadium and the Lewis Cass Marching Kings will be making the trip for the 33rd consecutive year.

One hundred and three (103) Open Class bands began performance on October 18 at one of four regional sites. Eighty (80) bands, twenty (20) in each enrollment category, determined by size of school, continued to Semi-State performance on November 1. Now the forty (40) bands, ten (10) in each category representing the best in the state will meet at the State Finals to decide the four State Champions.
Admission to the state finals is $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and pre-school. The Lewis Cass Marching Kings are scheduled to perform tomorrow at 5:22 p.m.
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Logansport High School will be holding a Veteran’s Day program on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:00 in the Berry Bowl. The featured speaker will be Frederick A. Taylor, Jr., Lewis Cass High School graduate and advisor to the President of the United States and the Pentagon. The faculty, staff and students of Logansport High School would like to invite all Cass County veterans to attend and be recognized for their service and devotion to our country.
Veterans planning to attend are asked to leave a voice mail for Pam Easley at 753-0441 ext 4247 or email easleyp@lcsc.k12.in.us by 3:30 p.m. Monday November 10th. Veterans are asked to arrive shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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