The numbers have been totaled following the annual Earth
Day Plastic Bag contest for the area elementary schools, sponsored by the Cass County Solid Waste Management District. Director Bob Ehle Jr. says they were overwhelmed with the response from the contest, which took place over a two week period. He says a number of schools decided to only use a week of that, because of the volume they were receiving.

Overall, 2,475 pounds small, plastic bags were collected for recycling, up more than 700 pounds from last year.

The contest was structured so that there would be a winning grade level in each building. The grade in each building with the most bags, by weight, receives recognition on a plaque, provided by the Solid Waste District, and also an additional recess from the school.

The winning grades from each school are:

All Saints - 6th

Caston - 4th

Columbia - 3rd

Fairview - 3rd

Franklin - Kindergarten

Galveston - 5th

Landis - Kindergarten

Pioneer - 1st

Thompson - 3rd
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Southeastern Schools will hold a second chance Kindergarten Roundup event tonight (4/21/14) for those who missed the first one earlier this month. Children must be 5 by August 1 to attend kindergarten in the fall. Bring your child and their birth certificate and immunization records to the Thompson Elementary library tonight between 6 and 8 p.m. You should allow half an hour for the Kindergarten Roundup Process. Schools have reported low turnout for kindergarten roundup this year -- roundup allows schools to plan for the number of incoming students they’ll see in the fall, and also includes kindergarten readiness screenings that can provide additional assistance for incoming kindergarteners.
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An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held this week in memory of Kathy Dingo, celebrating what would have been her 65th birthday. It’s set for 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mike Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, located at 417 S. Third Street in Logansport. Donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule your blood donation appointment.
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A free event this week at McHale Performing Arts Center will focus on public power -- event organizer Mercedes Brugh, a founding member of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy which is hosting the event, talks about what “public power means,” in terms of Wednesday’s forum.

“You know, you might think that Logansport Municipal Utilities enjoys all the benefits of public power but really we don’t,” Brugh said. “This should be an informative time where we can see what we can gain from public power and the choice that we might be making if we decide to buy all of our electricity from a for-profit generating facility versus a public power arrangement.”
LMU is currently under contract and purchases a large percentage of electricity from Duke Energy; Jim and Mercedes Brugh have repeatedly asked the Utility Service Board to consider other options available, including membership in IMPA, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
“We are a municipal utility and it’s quite unusual for a municipal utility to buy from a for-profit generator. Usually they’re linked up with IMPA. Most of the municipal utilities in Indiana are members of IMPA - that’s the public power arrangement.”
There will be three speakers at Wednesday’s Public Power event.

“We’re very proud of who we have,” Brugh said in an interview on Talk of the Town Thursday, April 17. “I’m going to talk about the last person first -- that’s Skip Kuker -- and he’s the economic development director in Greenfield , very prosperous community, so he can talk about the benefits of public power in his experience, and he was a member of the utility service board here. The second person will be Jeff Haas, vice president of the American Public Power Association. We’re thrilled to have him coming. He’s a really bright guy. And then the person who’s going to lead off the discussion will be Leon Bontrager, who is a solar power expert. he’s going to talk about the market and how fossil fuels compare with renewable energy and how we might benefit from that.”
The Public Power forum begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at McHale Performing Arts Center.

Meanwhile, Hoosiers have until May 9 to comment on proposed new EPA regulations strictly limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says the directive will be expensive to comply with and will raise energy bills for all consumers. INdiana is expected to be hit harder than most states because it’s the number one per capita manufacturing state in the nation. Over 80% of the state’s electric power comes from coal, compared to only 45% for the country. The state has over 300 year reservoir of coal in the ground. For industrial electric rates, Indiana has already gone, in recent years, from the fifth lowest in the country to now the 27th lowest. In addition to the proposed regulations for new power plants in play currently, the EPA has announced plans to release another regulation for existing coal-fueled power plants in June. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar fears that "will have even more drastic impact on Indiana." For more information and to access the federal comment page for the greenhouse gas regulations, visit www.indianachamber.com/EPA.
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On Thursday April 17th the Logansport Police Department in conjunction with the administration of the Logansport High School, conducted an investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behavior between a female teacher and a 17 year old male student. Logansport Police says that through the investigation, probable cause was established and 24 year old Kayla Skaggs of Logansport was arrested for Class D Felony Child Seduction. The investigation is still on going.

Logansport Superintendent Michele Starkey confirmed this morning that Skaggs, a first year LCSC teacher, is no longer employed with the corporation. Starkey says the arrest did not happen on school grounds and says the case is now in the hands of local authorities.
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A Logansport man was injured yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle crash in Miami County. It happened around 1:30 on US 24 at SR 19. Indiana State Police says 23 year old Rachael Pegg of Mexico, IN was northbound on SR 19 at US 24 and crossed the eastbound lanes of US 24 but allegedly failed to yield at the median crossover and pulled into the path of a westbound van driven by a 55 year old Fort Wayne Man. 46 year old Tun Aye of Logansport and another passenger from Fort Wayne in the Honda were transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital with complaints f pain. Police says all participants were wearing seatbelts which helped prevent more serious injuries -- investigation into the case continues but at this time neither alcohol or narcotics is suspected to have contributed to the crash.
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If you live in the Southeastern School District and missed Kindergarten Roundup for Thompson Elementary earlier this month, there’s a second chance to sign your kindergartner up for the kindergarten screening. Thompson Elementary Second Chance Kindergarten Roundup will be Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the library at Thompson Elementary. Bring your child and their birth certificate and immunization records; children must be 5 by August 1 for Kindergarten. You should allow half an hour for the process.

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Christina Pifer, a student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, is one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa members selected by a panel of judges from more than 150 nominees internationally who will be honored with the organization’s 2014 Distinguished Chapter Member Awards. The awards will be presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during al convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. Pifer, who hails from Royal Center, graduated from Pioneer Junior/Senior High School in 2003 and earned her first degree from Ivy Tech, an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, in May 2008. As a result of changing economic conditions, she returned to Ivy Tech in 2010 to study in the healthcare field. In December, she will graduate with an associate degree in healthcare support and will transfer to Saint Mary of the Woods College to continue her studies toward a bachelor’s degree in healthcare and business administration.

She has participated in educational outreach at Thompson Elementary during Super Science Days and in the after-school science program at Landis and Franklin elementary schools. Recently, she was involved in organizing and helping with the Peak Community Services business accessibility survey.

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On Friday afternoon, Logansport police announced that they’ve purchased a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle to be used in the patrol division.

Officials say having the bike will contribute to public relations, moving the department closer to its goal of building and strengthening relations with the community, and resolving specific problems that can't be handled by a normal patrol vehicle.
There will be two full-time motorcycle patrol officers, one from each shift rotation. The officers will focus on traffic enforcement as their primary assignment. These officers will also patrol and answer calls for service through dispatch, and will participate in public relations events throughout the community. The motorcycle patrol will be primarily assigned to dayshift.

The department says it will be a cost savings to taxpayers in regards to fuel savings.

Each motorcycle patrol officer will complete an 80 hour certification course on emergency motorcycle handling; the department says many officers go on to represent their departments in competitions around the state.

The department motorcycle will be on display inside the Logansport City Building for a few weeks to allow members of the community the opportunity to view it prior to being placed in service.
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The Indiana State Police are urging residents who are taking advantage of spring weather to be aware that they may find trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin. A popular container is the 1 and a half gallon gas can -- these cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

• Other Items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) that contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous.

• Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place that has a modified valve, typically one that’s bright blue. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.

If someone comes across this type of trash, they should not handle it. Instead, contact the local Indiana State Police Post.

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