The Logansport Eagles' Save Our Eagles committee will sponsor a benefit on Saturday (March 8) at the VFW on Erie Avenue in Logansport, for the Save Our Eagles campaign. The benefit will include a homemade chicken and noodle dinner at 5 p.m. and a dance featuring the band 350 South. The dinner will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 will eat free. The band will begin playing at 8 p.m. and will play until midnight. Children will be allowed at the VFW until 9 p.m.
Although the Logansport Eagles building has been closed by the Grand Aerie, Logansport still retains its charter as Eagles Aerie #323. The committee is working toward a goal to eventually re-open the Eagles in a permanent location, whether it be at the former building at Sixth and North Street, or in some other location. The committee consists of officers and members of the Eagles. It encourages any donations that anyone would like to make to the effort to re-open the Aerie. Donations can be made by attendance at benefit functions, checks sent to the Eagles at 201 S. Sixth St., or donations on-line by credit card through the GoFundMe site on the Logansport Eagles' Facebook Page.
The Eagles secretary is still operating from the building at Sixth and North Street, and can be reached by calling and leaving a message at 574-753-3919. Dues can still be sent to the Eaglesat the 201 South Sixth Street address.
There is also information on the Logansport Eagles Facebook page for members who wish to transfer their membership to other Eagles organizations.
On Monday, election officials will conduct a public test of Cass County’s electronic voting systems from 10 a.m. to noon in the Commissioners hearing room on the second floor of the Cass County Government Building. County clerk Beth Liming says members of the public are encouraged to participate in the test.
There was some concern this week over the safety of Skittle candy after two people who purchased the candy at a store in Richmond became sick after eating it. The Indiana Department of health says packages have been tested and contain no unusual chemical substances. Possible contamination of two lots of Original Skittles was determined when field testing showed preliminary chemical results on March 5. The State Health Department says results are unsubstantiated as no toxins were found in the candy. As a precaution to protect public safety, a warning was issued based on test results conducted with equipment available in the field, but officials say it is not uncommon for field equipment to produce results that are found to be different than those obtained in a laboratory test, which is why lab tests are conducted for confirmation.
Officials say the packages of Original Skittles have been determined not to contain toxins and are safe to eat. The Indiana State Department of Health continues to investigate the cause of illness.
A two-vehicle accident yesterday morning on Cass Station Road left one person dead and two injured. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says a 2013 Chevy pickup truck driven by 74 year old Herbert Ford of Walton was traveling north on Cass County Road 600 E and was struck by a westbound semi as he tried to cross US 24 around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday. Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his vehicle, 24 year old Jeff Hiner, was taken from the scene by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. The driver of the semi-tractor, 25 year old Daniel Collins of Winchester, Indiana, was taken by ambulance to Logansport Memorial Hospital. The crash was investigated by Cass County Sheriff Deputy Mike Shannon, assisted by Cass County Sheriff Units, the Cass County Coroner and Indiana State Police, along with New Waverly Fire, Walton units and Rural Metro ambulance.
Ivy Tech Community College has named Kevin Bostic as Campus President of the College’s Logansport Campus. Bostic, who has served as Vice Chancellor/Dean of the campus since 2009, takes on the new title as part of the College’s recent restructuring of its statewide system that includes consolidation of administrative functions and regional operations.
Bostic is one of 11 people named as Campus Presidents at sites around Indiana. The Campus Presidents will report to the Chancellors within the regions they serve with a focus on outreach to the local community. In addition, Campus Presidents will manage day-to-day operations while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values.
Bostic has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, the last 15 at Ivy Tech Community College. He joined the College as Registrar at Ivy Tech’s East Central Region in Muncie and moved to the Kokomo Region as Executive Director of Finance. After serving in Student Affairs at Ivy Tech’s original Logansport site, a renovated grocery store, he became the site’s Vice Chancellor/Dean in 2009 in time to shepherd the completion of Ivy Tech’s impressive new campus on the south side of Logansport.
Bostic noted that enrollment at the opening of the new site had been projected at 900; the first semester saw an enrollment of 1400. Enrollment at the campus has increased 45 percent since the spring of 2009. He says they’ve been able to add programs including the Institute of Technology in Welding, the healthcare support degree and courses in the School of Education, and full-time instructors in mathematics, English, psychology and communications,. Another area of expansion involves the College’s partnership with Logansport High School and its English Language Learner program that has focused on helping Hispanic students become more comfortable with entering higher education programs. Hispanic enrollment at the campus has grown in the past five years from a handful to more than 100 this semester and the campus sponsors a Hispanic Heritage event each fall that features authentic Hispanic food and beverages, information and displays about Hispanic culture and fun activities for children. The Logansport Campus’ annual “For the Love of Education” fundraiser has brought in more than $90,000 over the last five years to support the scholarship program that offers much-needed financial assistance to deserving students.
Bostic is a board member of the Logansport / Cass County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Cass County and previously served on the Logansport Economic Development Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Ball State University. He and his wife Angie, who serves as an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech and Trine University, are the parents of daughter Kendall, 12, and son Connor, 9, and are active supporters of their school educational and sports endeavors.
A bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) to more effectively handle properties containing meth labs in Indiana passed the Senate Wednesday by a 47-0 vote.
House Bill 1141 requires the Indiana State Police to operate a database logging methamphetamine lab seizures, creating transparency for future renters and homeowners in our state.
In 2013, the Indiana State Police reported the seizure of more than 1,800 meth labs across the state.
“Properties seized as meth labs often still contain dangerous chemicals, offering unsafe living conditions for Hoosiers who don’t know the home has been contaminated,” Head said. “This legislation encourages more transparent handling of information concerning contaminated homes, making renters and buyers more informed about where they are living. Ultimately, this bill and will create healthier, safer communities in Indiana.”
HB 1141 now returns to the House of Representatives for final legislative review.
Some Indiana legislators are disappointed with the 2015 budget proposal outlined yesterday by President Obama. Senator Dan Coats, senior Senate Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, says the president handed taxpayers his wish list, instead of proposing serious reforms. Coats says the budget plan released yesterday by the White House includes $791 billion in new spending, raises taxes by $1.8 trillion and adds $8.3 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.