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FREE HUNTER ED COURSE 

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is offering the Indiana Hunter Education Course Sept. 13 and 14 in Tipton and Sept. 20 and 21 in Kokomo. The program is offered without charge and registrations are now being accepted.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, is required to be certified in hunter education by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources before he or she can purchase a hunting license. To pass the
class, students must attend the entire session on both days.

• In Tipton, the class will meet at Ivy Tech’s outreach facility, 221 N. Main St., Tipton, on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, Sept. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. with Indiana Conservation Officer Brad Robins.

• In Kokomo, the class will meet at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Ind. 931), on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. with Indiana Conservation Officer William Dale III and several volunteer instructors including John Martino and Denny Heaton.

Martino said anyone interested in the outdoors can benefit from the course because of the range of information shared. This Indiana Hunter Education Course will cover the following:

• Safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home

• Hunter ethics and responsibilities

• Wildlife identification

• Conservation management

Although there is no age requirement for attendees, the class is more suited for those older than 10 as all students must score at least 70 percent on the 100-question final exam to qualify. Children

younger than 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at every session. Also, at the first session, everyone younger than 18 must submit a completed liability release form. The form, which can be found through the link below, must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian.

To register, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo and click on the “Hunter Education” link in the index on the left side of the page. For additional information, contact Conservation Officer District 4
headquarters at (765) 649-1062 or John Martino at (765) 459-0561, ext. 734.
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FOOD HUB SURVEY UNDERWAY 

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is exploring a new way of distributing specialty crops in a continued effort to identify effective means of meeting increasing consumer demand. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

Consumers who shop regularly for specialty crops are invited to participate in the study by taking a short online survey to lend more insight into the potential value of ‘food hubs’ in Indiana (see link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/IndianaFoodHubSurvey).

Food hubs, gaining popularity as consumer demand and production of specialty crops increases, are local organizations that streamline the process of getting these products from farm to table. While specialty crops are primarily distributed through grocery stores, farmers markets, wholesalers, co-ops or community supported agriculture programs (CSAs), the ISDA’s current Feasibility Study for Food Hubs in Indiana aims to assess the needs of growers and consumers to determine if a statewide network of regional food hubs will be effective.

“This study will further enhance Indiana’s reputation as being an agricultural leader across the nation, as well as increase the awareness of locally-based specialty crops to Hoosier consumers,” said ISDA Director Ted McKinney.

Knowledge of food hubs is not required for consumer participation in the ongoing survey, which focuses on the types of specialty crops that consumers are buying and their likelihood of purchasing from a variety of sources.
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BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS 

The Logansport Police Department would like to share some safety tips for drivers as the new school year begins. With summer ending and the school year starting, drivers need to be proactive to keep kids safe as they head back to school. Whether you are taking your kids to school or driving through a school zone, you can do your part to keep kids safe.

Here are some simple reminders:

Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and afternoon hours.

Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Reminders for your kids when walking to school:

They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.

Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Never run out into streets or cross in between parked cars.

Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.

Safety tips for kids when riding the bus:

Get to the bus stop at least five minutes early.

When the bus approaches, have children stand at least three giant steps back from the curb.

If their bus stop is located on a busy road or intersection, an adult should be present to supervise children waiting for the bus.

Make sure your child understands to always stay seated while the bus is in motion and to follow directions from their bus driver.

If a child drops something near the bus, instruct them to tell the bus driver and DO NOT try picking the item up by themselves.

Please talk with your children and address any questions they may have. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s safety or activities at the designated bus stops, please contact your local school administration or the Logansport Police Department at (574) 753-4101.
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CHIP SEAL WORK FOR AUGUST 26 

Roads scheduled for chip seal work on Tuesday 8/26 include:

CR 500S from 500W to 700W
CR 500S from 250W to SR 29
CR 400W from 500S to 400S
CR 600W from 200E to 300E
CR 650S from 300E to 400E

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POWER PLANT REP WEIGHS IN 

The local representative for Logansport Energy Group LLC spoke at McHale Performing Arts Center last night.

Dick Dilling, a former member of the Utility Service Board, talks about his relationship with Logansport Energy Group LLC.
“Right now we’re just the local rep, just helping coordinate this thing until the thing moves forward.”

Dilling talks about the role his company plays.

“We’re the largest construction company around in industrial. Also have our own engineering company. We’ve got experience -- power purchase agreements, development agreements and doing projects of this magnitude.”

Dilling elaborated further on the role his company plays.

“We’re involved in pieces of projects this big. I mean, we’re considered a small contractor in this league. There’s only, there’s 8 or 10 contractors in the US and really, across the world that do these size projects, so we’re just a small part.”

At last night’s meeting, billed as a public information session, attorney Brian Bosma presented information on the city’s purchase power and development agreements with Logansport Energy Group.
Little is known about the company, which is not officially listed with the Secretary of State. Seven people spoke during a 45 minute public comment period last night, and most said the city needs to provide more information -- and less secrecy -- about the company.

“I’m totally comfortable with the project,” Dilling said. “The project itself will be fine. I mean, everybody’s trying to make a big deal out of environmental issues and so forth, which I don’t think are an issue.”

Special meetings of the Logansport City Council and Utility Service Board are tentatively scheduled to approve the agreements by the middle of next month.

At this point, details about Logansport Energy Group LLC, other than Dick Dilling’s role as local representative, have not been made public.

“I just think people ought to calm down and hope this happens because power’s going to go up 30 percent across the nation in the next year. Look at your bill today and add thirty percent instead of deducting 30 percent, that’d be my comment.”

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LOCAL FACE OF LOGANSPORT ENERGY GROUP NAMED 

A high profile attorney for the City of Logansport announced last night that a former member of the Utility Service Board will be the local face for the company city officials plan for Logansport Municipal Utilities to buy electricity from in the future. Attorney Brian Bosma said local businessman Dick Dilling will be the local representative for Logansport Energy Group LLC, when it's formed.
Bosma spoke for about an hour last night in front of about 100 people gathered at McHale Performing Arts Center to hear information about the Development Agreement for the proposed new power plant. Much of the time was spent rehashing information from a May presentation Bosma made on the purchase power agreement.

Bosma also reiterated the estimated financial impacts that city leaders have been touting for the last few months, stressing that the numbers are only conservative estimates. City leaders believe the plant will have an estimated $21 million impact annually, including paying about $8 million in property taxes, $4.2 million in salaries to 100 LMU employees, a $30,000 monthly facility charge and paying the city 4 percent of its gross sales to third parties, or a minimum of $5 million -- while selling electricity to LMU at a rate of about 2.5 cents less than its current contract with Duke Energy.
In November 2012, a team of highly-paid consultants for the city insisted that producing electricity from trash would be cheaper than using natural gas, but now, Bosma says one of the project's initial objectives is more of a possibility in the future than a likelihood. Logansport Energy Group LLC will still be responsible for paying for disposal of Logansport's trash.

In May, Bosma was on the McHale stage sharing the same information about a company called Total Concept Solutions or TCS Logansport Energy Group, but when the development agreement was revealed earlier this month, the mayor said the yet-to-be-formed company wants to be known as Logansport Energy Group. During 45 minutes allotted for the public to voice their thoughts, questions about who the project's developer is and how the consulting money, which Bosma and Franklin say will be returned in the form of a 1.75 million dollar fee paid by Logansport Energy Group, was spent. The developer Bosma referred to repeatedly remains a mystery though — Franklin said all questions must be submitted in writing and will be answered in writing.
Special meetings have been called for votes on the agreements. The City Council will meet September 11 and 17 and the Utility Service Board will vote on September 16. On September 18, the development agreement and purchase power agreement will become effective upon approval by the Board of Works, whose members include the Mayor, Community Development Director Chris Armstrong and Ron Miller.

Bosma said the developer still needs to secure financing and submit a check for $1.75 million dollars to the Board of Works no later than March 31.
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LPD WARNS OF SCAMS 

The Logansport Police Department has been receiving multiple complaints regarding residents being exposed to a scam with “Green Dot” cards. Community residents are receiving both calls and letters stating they are eligible for prize money or are in danger of being fined several hundred dollars if they don’t become compliant with the letters request.
The scammers request that the person purchase a “Green Dot MoneyPak” card from a local retailer and load it with several hundred dollars, then call back and provide the card number.
Logansport Police say if you receive a letter in the mail notifying you have won prize money, but first you must send money for the larger amount to be released, it’s a scam.
LPD has also been receiving information from concerned residents regarding calls that are purportedly from the “IRS”, telling people they are behind on their tax payments and need to send money via “Green Dot Moneypac’s” or through “Western Union”. Police say the caller will firmly state that if you don’t send the money you are danger of your property being seized by the United States Government for back taxes and fines. Police say this is a scam, the IRS will not contact through the telephone.
Logansport Police say that if someone comes to your home selling goods and services, you should not let them inside. Ask to see credentials and ask whether they are permitted by the City of Logansport to conduct door to door business.
If you are unsure if a solicitation is a scam please contact local law enforcement before purchasing any type of pre-paid credit cards, sending checks, and or wiring money.
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RESIDENTS ASKED TO CHECK TREES 

Governor Mike Pence has designated this week to educate Hoosiers about a potential threat to our natural resources.

Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) kills trees by burrowing into the wood, killing living tissue and weakening the tree’s structure. Its broad host range and preference for maple trees poses a high threat to Indiana’s forests and urban tree communities.
Maple species make up approximately 34 percent of Indiana’s public trees, and nearly 50 percent of Indiana public trees are susceptible to ALB.

ALB has not been detected in Indiana but was detected in Chicago and eradicated in the 1990s. More recently, it was detected in Bethel, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati.

It is important to routinely check for signs and symptoms of ALB in order to catch infestations at the earliest possible stage. The Department of Natural Resources asks citizens to check their maple trees this week and report possible ALB infested trees by calling 1-866- NO EXOTIC (866-663-9684) or using the ReportIN app available in the app store. Reported trees will be checked by the DNR staff to verify the report.


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ANNEXATION RULES APPROVED 

On Monday, the Logansport City Council revisited four ordinances relating to the areas it voted to annex last year. The ordinances permit those in the southeast and southwest annexation areas to continue their agricultural practices, including raising livestock on property zoned for agricultural use, hunting and using firearms on land annexed under the 2013 ordinances, and using fertilizers and other common agricultural chemicals without obtaining a permit from city officials.

The council also approved an amended ordinance pertaining to storm water stating that property in the Annexation Territories shall be exempt from storm water rates until the City conducts a cost of service study of managing storm water throughout the City limits and amends its storm water ordinance to recover such total costs on a fair and equitable basis AND that Property used for agricultural purposes anywhere in the City limits shall not be subject to stormwater fees.
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WISCONSIN MAN KILLED IN CASS COUNTY CRASH 

A Wisconsin man was killed this morning in an early-morning accident at Burlington Avenue and the new Hoosier Heartland Highway. A 2010 Dodge Charger, driven by Keva Mooney, 21, of Logansport, was traveling south on Burlington Avenue at the west bound ramp to US 24/35 around 5:20 Sunday morning. The other vehicle, a Chevrolet Venture minivan, driven by 61 year old Edward D.(McDandal) Jones, of Madison, WI, was traveling west on the US 24/35 ramp at Burlington Avenue. As his vehicle attempted to cross Burlington Avenue, it was struck by the southbound Mooney vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest southwest of the intersection. Authorities say it appeared that the Jones vehicle ran the stop sign at the intersection.

A Cass County Sheriff’s deputy said that Jones was dead at the scene. Mooney was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Since the highway opened last fall, residents and local officials have expressed concerns about the safety of the Logansport interchanges. Following an accident last month, Senator Randy Head announced that INDOT was reviewing the safety of all Logansport interchanges along the new highway.
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