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FIRE MARSHAL WARNS OF HEATING HAZARDS 

In light of recent fire fatalities in Central Indiana, the Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding Hoosiers of the importance of working smoke alarms and proper use of space heaters and other forms of alternative heating. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for one-third of home heating fires. Jim Greeson says proper use of heating sources and working smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death. Greeson says there have been more than 70 fire-related deaths in Indiana so far this year.

Investigators from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security have responded to more than 300 fires this year. In more than half of those investigations, the location did not have smoke alarms, or had non-working smoke alarms.

Space heaters should always be kept away from loose or flammable objects such as clothing, curtains, bedding, and furniture. There should be at least a three-foot perimeter around space heaters at all times. Avoid using candles or appliances, such as a stove or oven, to heat the home.

Fireplaces should be regularly cleaned and inspected by a certified professional. Gas fireplaces should have properly working ventilation with a functioning carbon monoxide detector nearby.
Fires should always be extinguished and space heaters unplugged before going to bed or leaving the home for any period of time. Do not leave space heaters on in unoccupied rooms.
In addition to safe heating, do not overload electrical outlets. Power cords, especially those on Christmas trees and decorative lighting, should be plugged into outlets with sufficient capacity, and never into extension cords.

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GOVT MEETINGS SET 

It’s a short work for many but local government officials have several meetings scheduled this week. The Cass Co. Redevelopment Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM in the Cass Co Commissioner’s Hearing Room, to discuss the purchase of real estate. The Utility Service Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LMU Board Room on the third floor of the Logansport City Building. Their agenda includes a water/wastewater rate comparison. The Logansport City Council’s parks committee will meet about fund transfers at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers, followed by a meeting of the finance committee to discuss grant funding regarding school resource officers. The city council’s utility committee will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday to discuss utility issues. The monthly meeting of the Logansport City Council is set for 5 p.m. next Monday. Mayor Ted Franklin has called a special meeting of the Logansport City Council to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. City, county and LMU offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.
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FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER PLANNED 

The congregation at River of Life Christian Church is gearing up for an annual event that served more than 600 people last Thanksgiving. Connie Kiesling is the coordinator for the annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner at River of Life Christian Church.

“This year will be the 46th year," Kiesling said. "We started in 1968 at our old church building at 9th Street with Rev. Richard Berkey who suggested it to the youth group as a good project and it has grown from there and now it involves every member of our congregation. We will serve in the dining room beginning at 12 until about 2 (on Thanksgiving Day). About 9:30 a.m. we will start filling delivery boxes and carry out boxes and then those will go out to the community for the people who cannot come to our facility. We will also have people who would come and pick you up and bring you to our facility if you would like to come and eat with us.”

River of Life Christian Church is located on Mall Road. If you’d like to RSVP, or schedule a delivery or transportation, call the church at 574-753-3332.

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PREPARE FOR WINTER 

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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GOVERNOR DECLARES PERIOD OF MOURNING 

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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GLENDA RITZ SET TO VISIT LOGANSPORT 

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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CCCF SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATIONS SET 

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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VETERANS DAY PARADE 

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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VERIFY BMV REFUND ELIGIBILITY 

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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BIRTH OF A CITY DVDS  

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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