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Hoosiers age 50 and older now eligible for Covid-19 vaccine

The Indiana Department of Health announced today that Hoosiers age 50 and older are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. This expansion of eligibility makes the vaccine available to an additional 412,000 Hoosiers.

 

Due to limited vaccine supplies nationally, Indiana has prioritized healthcare workers, first responders and those who are most vulnerable in its vaccine rollout. Individuals age 50 and older account for just over 35 percent of the state’s population but represent 80 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 98 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.

 

Additional groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

 

Vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population will be available over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. Hoosiers are encouraged to take advantage of one of three mass vaccination clinics scheduled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and the University of Notre Dame this month.

 

To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of nearly 390 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.

 

Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Meijer and Kroger, appear on the clinic map at https://ourshot.in.gov but are scheduled through those retailers’ platforms, not through the state centralized system.

 

As of Wednesday, 1,031,266 individuals have received a first dose of vaccine in Indiana and 608,638 are fully vaccinated.

Date and location change announced for FEDCO'S Youth Pitch Competition

The second annual student business pitch competition, “First Pitch by FEDCO”, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 11:30a.m., at the Rochester Learning Center will now be held on Thursday, March 18, from 9a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the Rochester High School auditorium.

 

Amy Beechy, BizGro Coordinator, said the change was necessary due to COVID19 safety precautions and policies.  The new location will allow for all of the safety protocols to be in place.  As a reminder, this year’s event will still be closed to the public, but it will be recorded by RTC for future airing. 

 

This event showcases five team finalists (1 from Caston and 2 each from Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley) who will each have seven minutes to present their business “pitch” to a panel of three judges.  Business Advisors from the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center have been assisting students with their pitches.  A panel of 3 judges will choose the winners with Fulton County REMC awarding $1500 in cash prizes to the finalists.

 

For more information, contact Amy Beechy at 574.709.7955.  ###

 

National Weather Service looking for storm spotters

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says there will be above average temperatures and periods of heavier than normal rainfall all across the state this spring.

 

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Puma.

 

 

As for the rain, Puma expects there to be about 3-4 inches of rain in March and April with the rain totals near 5 inches in May. He says everything across the state is kind of uniform, so what applies for Indianapolis would still apply to places further north and other places further south.

 

You also can become a storm spotter for the National Weather Service.

 

 

You can sign up for that at www.weather.gov/ind.

New safety travel verification updates from Dream Vacation Travel, Travel Agency

Debbie Tatter and her husband, Warren, have owned Dream Vacation Travel, Travel Agencies, for the past ten years in Rochester, located at the North East Corner of Fourth and Main Street. 

 

Keeping up with the ongoing changes during the COVID-19 pandemic is important to Debbie Tatter, who has continued to stay on top of the new safety travel verifications.  

 

 

Tatter said being up-to-date on knowing the new safety protocols is very important to her business right now. 

 

 

Protocols vary depending on where you travel. 

 

 

Tatter says right now, the travel industry has taken a huge hit from the pandemic. Business has been the worst she's ever seen. 

 

 

Tatter says currently vacation prices are at a record low, with extremely flexible booking dates. 

 

 

 

 

 

North Manchester fire results in death of 12-year-old girl

A 12-year-old girl is dead after a house fire in Wabash County.

 

Firefighters were called just after midnight to fire at a North Manchester home in the 100 block of North Market Street.  Firefighters and police found Alyvia Floor unresponsive in a bedroom, close to a window.

 

A firefighter pulled Floor out of the window. Medics began treating Floor, but she could not be saved.

 

Firefighters say the fire began in a bedroom, but the cause is still unknown.

Indiana announces 3 mass vaccination clinics for Covid-19, opens eligibility to Hoosiers age 55 and older

The Indiana Department of Health today announced that it has partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College to host three mass vaccination clinics to help eligible Hoosiers receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.

 

In addition, effective today, Hoosiers age 55 and older are now eligible to receive a free vaccine.

“Getting tens of thousands of vaccines in arms in a matter of days is a huge undertaking that requires incredible partnerships,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “We are incredibly grateful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Notre Dame and Ivy Tech for their willingness to meet this challenge head-on to help save Hoosier lives.”

 

The mass vaccination clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received its Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA on Saturday. The vaccine requires only one dose and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.

 

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives eligible Hoosiers a safe, effective and convenient way to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Because it requires just one dose, every shot administered represents a Hoosier who can rest easier, knowing their risk of severe illness from this disease has dropped exponentially.”

 

The Indiana Department of Health has also begun planning for a future mass vaccination clinic in Gary in collaboration with local health officials. Additional mass vaccination sites in other locations will be planned as more vaccine becomes available.

 

All clinics will require advance registration through https://ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Proof of age and residency will be required. The mass vaccination clinics are listed as sites that eligible Hoosiers can select when making an appointment. No walk-ups will be permitted.

 

Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging, AARP and nearly 70 libraries around the state also can help Hoosiers schedule their appointments.

 

The clinic schedules are as follows:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis
March 5-7
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Enter through main gate off 16th Street; participants will remain in their cars for their vaccines.

 

Ivy Tech Community College
8204 County Road 311, Sellersburg 
March 12-13
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Participants will remain in their cars for their vaccines.

 

University of Notre Dame
Compton Family Ice Arena
100 Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre Dame
March 26-27
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Additional dates may be added to each of the above sites depending on demand and vaccine availability.

 

A separate advisory with instructions for media interested in covering the clinics will be issued closer to the events.

 

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov.

FEDCO launches second annual Youth Pitch Competition

Three area High Schools will be represented at the second annual “First Pitch by FEDCO” event, where five entrepreneurial team entrants will compete for cash prizes sponsored by Fulton County REMC.  Participating schools include Caston, Tippecanoe Valley and Rochester.

 

On Thursday, March 11, from 9 a.m. – 11:30a.m., at the Rochester Learning Center, the fiveteam finalists (1 from Caston and 2 each from Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley) will have seven minutes to present their business “pitch” to a panel of three judges.  Business Advisors from the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center have been assisting students with their pitches.  Each pitch will require student entrepreneurs to convey:

 

Participants’ Names

Business Name

Description of product/service

Tell what made the team interested in this kind of business

Tell why business is feasible and why it will be successful (summary)

Define the business model and how it will make money: target customers, pricing, costs, projected profitability. 

Identify the business’s competitive edge

 

The judges will then have 6 minutes to ask questions of each participant.

 

Beginning with the Inaugural event in 2020, FEDCO, through its BizGro program, has coordinated this Fulton Countyentrepreneurial opportunitywith the school systems. 

 

Amy Beechy, BizGro Coordinator, had this to say about the program, “This year has been challenging with the COVID restrictions and alternative schedules, but the teachers have stayed committed to preparing their students for the competition. The goal of the event is to expose the students to the entrepreneurial process, not necessarily with the view that they “have” to start a business from this experience, but that they gained valuable insights about how they could launch a business.The “First Pitch” is that natural progression from their work with the school’s entrepreneurial instruction, into the next phase of a solid business proposal.”  She went on to say that if they desire to launch the business, winners will have access to FEDCO’s business resources such as business planning classes, workshops, low interest loan funds, and business counseling.

 

Fulton County REMC is sponsoring the event again this year by offering $1500 in cash prizes to these five finalists.Prizes will be awarded as follows:

 

1st Place -        $500

2nd                   $400

3rd                          $300

4th                    $200

5th                    $100

 

Due to COVID, this event is not open to the public but will be recorded by RTC for future airing.  For more information, contact Amy Beechy at 574.709.7955.  

Indiana State Police warn of "Child Safety Kit" scam

The Indiana State Police recently received a complaint from a resident advising of what appears to be an ongoing scam solicited via Facebook. This scam involves the offering of a “Child Safety Kit” by clicking on a link provided in the Facebook post.

 

The resident stated that the provided link to receive the “Child Safety Kit” asks the requestor to submit personal information, to include: name, address, and phone number, information which is then followed up by a phone call wherein the scammer requests to set up an in-home visit to further the transaction.

 

She reports having received two phone calls from two very persistent males requesting to come to her home and be allowed to load an App onto her phone as part of their “Child Safety Kit” service. She stated the callers were very persistent on setting up an appointment, and they falsely claimed they work directly with the Indiana State Police. She was never provided with name or a company name.

 

This scam has apparently been ongoing for quite some time, and was even reported on by the Louisville based WDRB news channel back in December 2019, wherein an Evansville, Indiana woman was victimized (follow the link below for their full reporting).

 

https://www.wdrb.com/news/indiana-woman-requests-child-safety-id-kit-via-facebook-gets-frightening-visit/article_0f898fbe-1dec-11ea-a5a8-8fba54f2fd1f.html

 

The Indiana State Police would remind all Hoosiers that scam artists are pervasive across the internet and all social media platforms.  Scammer’s methods and tactics are primarily intrusive to your personal and financial information, but as noted in this instance, they may often resort to invading your personal space as well.  Luckily this resident was on the alert and did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.

 

This complaint reported to the State Police is full of red flags, and luckily this local resident did not fall prey to these scammers tactics.  You can protect yourself by:

 

  • ALWAYS consider any unsolicited internet/social media transaction with a “Buyer Beware”
  • NEVER provided personal or financial information to an unknown source, whether it be on the internet, by email, or by phone.
  • NEVER invite or allow a stranger into your home, especially an unsolicited sales person- thieves commonly use this as a way to case your home for future burglary.
  • Don’t be INTIMIDATED by a scammer’s pervasiveness. Delete the internet conversation or just hang up the phone when something doesn’t feel right.
  • If you feel you have been victimized by a scammer, suspicious or threatening activity should be reported to your local law enforcement immediately.

Teacher arrested in Wabash County on domestic battery charge in incident with his daughter

A teacher at Northfield Jr./Sr. High School was arrested by Wabash County police on Monday after police say he forcefully shoved his youngest daughter.

 

Kevin Kling, 41, of North Manchester is accused of intentionally touching a family member in a rude, insolent or angry manner in the presence of two children under 16 years old.

 

Court records say the daughter was doing dishes after school when Kling "grabbed her by her shoulders and pushed her into the counter", causing her head to whip back and hit the kitchen cabinets. Kling's other children saw what happened, and said he had been "drinking heavily." One of them said Kling was drunk when he picked them up from school.

 

Kling has been charged with Domestic Battery on a Person Less than 14 Years Old. He is in the Wabash County Jail on bond.

Logansport woman who failed to report her mother's death and remains found in Denver home

A Logansport woman who failed to report her mother's death was arrested on warrants at a Denver home.

 

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post received information that Jaclyn Beebout, 41, of Logansport, who was wanted on two separate arrest warrants, was staying at a home on 367 E. Harrison Street in Denver.  The warrants were issued from Cass County. One warrant was for revocation of bond for possession of methamphetamine and an additional warrant for failure to report human remains.

 

Just after 2:00 am Wednesday Troopers Andrew Baldwin, Trooper Chad Babbs, and a Miami County Sheriff’s deputy went to the Denver home to serve the warrants. Beebout was taken into custody without incident.

 

She was incarcerated in the Cass County Jail.

 

No one is sure just when Cynthia Newman died in Cass County, but her daughter was arrested in her death.

 

About three weeks ago, Jaclyn Beebout told investigators that her mother was alive at Thanksgiving, but she's not sure after that. But police in Logansport arrested Beebout after finding the 65-year-old's decaying body in a chair in her home. Investigators say the body had been there so long bones were starting to show, and it looked like some pets had gnawed at the body.

 

Beebout admits to not reporting her mother's death as she told police she didn't want to be alone. Beebout is now in jail and awaiting charges. 

 

 

 

10-Digit Dialing in Indiana's 219 & 574 area codes starts this year

Beginning on Saturday, Apr. 24, everyone in northern Indiana’s 219 and 574 telephone area codes is encouraged to start using 10 digits, rather than seven, to make local phone calls. (For example, callers should start dialing “219-555-5555” or “574-555-5555” instead of “555-5555.”) This will help ease into the upcoming transition to mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 219 and 574 area codes.

 

Local calls made with seven digits will still work until Oct. 24, 2021, to allow everyone ample time to adjust to the new dialing pattern and to make any required system changes before 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory for local calls.

 

The change to 10-digit dialing is necessary to accommodate the national “988” National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All telecommunications providers in the United States are required to implement the three-digit 9-8-8 dialing code for the hotline by July 16, 2022. Under the FCC order, 10-digit dialing must be in place before then for any area code with a “988” prefix.

 

Timeframe and Guidance for the 219/574 Area

 

Effective Apr. 24, 2021, you should start using 10 digits whenever you place a local call from the 219 or 574 area code (dialing the area code followed by the number’s remaining digits). If you forget and dial just seven digits (through Oct. 24, 2021), your call will still be completed.

 

Starting on Oct. 24, 2021, you must use 10-digit dialing for all local phone calls. After this date, if you do not use 10 digits, your call will not be completed and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

 

Beginning July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be reachable by calling the three-digit 9-8-8 code. The lifeline can be reached before and after that date at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

The most important facts for residential consumers and businesses in these area codes to know are:

 

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • You will need to dial area code + telephone number (a total of 10 digits) for all local calls in the 219 and 574 areas.
  • You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number (a total of 11 digits) for all long-distance calls.
  • Calls that are local now will remain local.
  • 10-digit dialing for local calls will not change the price of a call, your coverage area, or other rates and services.
  • You can still dial three digits to reach 911 for emergency services.
  • You can continue to dial three digits to dial 211 (social services), 411 (directory assistance), 711 (telecommunications relay service), or 811 (call to request utility locate before you dig).
  • You should start including the area code together with your seven-digit local telephone numbers when providing numbers to others.
  • You should make sure that all preprogrammed numbers for local calls are set to include the area code. Examples include life safety systems, medical monitoring services, PBXs, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile/wireless phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions.
  • You should check your website, stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, personal or pet ID tags and microchips, and other items to ensure that the phone number includes the area code.

 

Any safety and security equipment, including medical alert devices and alarm systems, must be programmed for mandatory 10-digit local dialing unless the calls are already directed to toll-free or long-distance telephone numbers. If you are not sure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed, contact your medical alert or security provider. All necessary reprogramming must be completed before Oct. 24, 2021. To avoid last-minute issues, consumers are strongly encouraged to address any needed changes as soon as possible after Apr. 24, 2021, when the six-month transition period begins.

 

Specific area codes in 35 states, including all four of Indiana’s neighboring states, are implementing 10-digit dialing to accommodate the 988 Lifeline.

 

Mandatory 10-digit dialing has been in place for several years in Indiana’s 317 and 812 area codes; it was implemented to accommodate the addition of new “overlay” area codes due to shrinking number supplies. 

Fulton County drops into blue on Indiana's coronavirus map

Indiana continues to make progress in the fight against coronavirus. 39 counties are now in the blue on the state's color-coded map -- the lowest risk of COVID spread.

 

Nine of those have been blue for two straight weeks and are now free of any restrictions. The other 30 turned blue Wednesday and could be free of restrictions if they stay in the blue for another week.

 

Fulton, Marshall and Kosciusko have gone blue.  Wabash, Miami, Cass, Pulaski and Starke are in yellow.

 

Almost everyone else is in the yellow -- the second-best rating.

 

Just three counties remain in the orange. Zero counties are in the red.

 

Home total loss and two pets died in Tuesday fire

No one was injured in a Rochester area house fire Tuesday afternoon.

 

The Rochester Fire Department says it responded to the house fire at 200 North and 200 West at about 4:30 pm.  No one was home at the time.  Two pets were lost and the home is listed as a total loss.

 

Rochester was joined at the scene by firemen from Kewanna and Aubbeenaubbee departments.  The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Lutheran EMS were also at the scene.

 

Fire crews were at the home until about 9:00 pm.

 

There’s no name yet available for the owner of the rental property.

Fulton Co. Chamber of Commerce looking for your nominations

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce recognizes that our county’s success is dependent upon the hard work of the organizations, businesses, and individuals who give of themselves to make our community a better place. Please take a moment to make a nomination that recognizes this hard work.

 

Business of the Year

Business in the Fulton County area with proven growth and stability. Provides innovative products and services. Demonstrates economic support of the Fulton County area business community.

 

Emerging Business of the Year

Business established in the last 0-5 years in the Fulton County area. Demonstrates growing success in community. Exhibits commitment to good business practices, community relations, and employee relations.

 

Business Professional of the Year

Individual who demonstrates growing excellence, creativity, and initiative in their profession, is engaged in the community, and shows a strong commitment to good business practices. Serves as a role model for other professionals both personally and professionally. Possesses vision and passion to mentor and lead others.

 

Community Service Award Original Chamber Award

Prestigious award presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community. Winner sits as Grant Marshall of Community Parade.

 

Nominations can be submitted at fultoncountychamber.com/form/view/22288

through Thursday, March 11.  Nominees MUST be a member of the Fulton County Chamber (with exception of the Community Service Award).

 

Nominated business and individuals will be notified by the Chamber by Friday, March 19. Nominees will complete an application and return to the Chamber. Members will vote on award winners and winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in April. 

 

Plymouth HS grad chosen to be 2021 500 Festival Princess

The 500 Festival has chosen 33 women from Indiana be 2021 500 Festival Princesses.

 

They represent 16 Indiana colleges and universities as well as 21 cities and towns across the state. They were selected based on communication skills, academic performance, community involvement, commitment to service, and leadership.  

 

Among the 33 women chosen:

 

MaKenzie Quissell, Plymouth, a graduate of Plymouth High School and a junior at Indiana State University majoring in finance

 

The 2021 500 Festival Princesses were selected through a competitive process consisting of a written application and virtual interviews.

Several area counties, communities awarded federal transportation funding

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that $100.8 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 54 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects.

 

Combined with local funds, approximately $124.9 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds.

 

Types of projects receiving funds include 32 bridge rehabilitation/replacement projects; 11 resurfacing/reconstruction projects; 6 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects that include work such as sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails; and 5 traffic safety projects.

 

Argos

$432,646.68

Fulton County

$198,900.00

Culver

$221,019.24

Milford (Kosciusko Co)

$232,875.18

Kosciusko County

$496,802.25

Marshall County

$20,250.00

Bremen

$472,065.00

Hebron

$392,545.87

Knox

$302,123.42

Pulaski County

$388,912.50

Starke County

$33,750.00

Wabash

$337,525.00

Wabash County

$137,263.20

 

Call for flags at half-staff to honor Covid deaths

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

 

Per the President’s proclamation, flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset Friday, February 26.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

Melting snow brings its own set of problems

Most people are anxious to have the week's warming temperatures put a dent into the piles of snow.  Still, that can cause problems, as well.

 

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton says they are trying to move some of it before it becomes more than just a nuisance.

 

 

The mayor says the added problem is that snow runoff is going to build up before the lake is ready to help absorb it.

 

 

Temperatures this week expected to stay in the 40's.  A rise into the 50's is in the forecast for the weekend.  Sunshine accompanies the warm-up with rain making its way into the forecast on Monday.

The Marshall County Neighborhood Center reopens 'Clothing Closet' this week

The Marshall County Neighborhood Center has reopened their 'Clothing Closet' this week at 402 West Garro St in Plymouth.

 

Hours will be Tuesday's and Thurday's from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

The nonprofit organization provides clothing and household supplies, free of charge, to those in need. Clients are asked to wear a mask at all times and only two people will be allowed in the shop at a time. 

 

You can call 574-936-3388, for more information. 

Kroger says customer personal info could have been exposed in hack

If you shop at Kroger, your personal information may have been exposed. Kroger is sending letters to customers, explaining that a third party vendor was hacked. That means customer and employee information could have been leaked.

 

Kroger says at least one percent of customers could have been exposed, but that could be a lot of people.

 

The company says people who used money services or their pharmacy are most likely to have been exposed.

 

 

Senator Mike Braun holds roundtable discussion with local business leaders in Rochester Thursday

Senator Mike Braun met with local business leaders at the Rochester Learning Center February 18, for a roundtable discussion about how the COVID19 Pandemic has effected businesses in Fulton County. 

 

Pike Lumber Co Production Manager Chris Herrell, addressed concerns about the 'Growing Climate Solution Act,' recently introduced by Senator Braun. The bill proposes providing federal support to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and forestry sectors through carbon markets. Herrell wondered how it would affect the licensed foresters. 

 

 

 

Senator Braun acknowledged Brad Hinkle, President of Rochester Metal Products Corporation, with his concerns about tariffs and the cost squeeze they have put on the company recently. 

 

 

 

Local business owner Jim Straeter expressed concerns about upcoming stimulus checks and who they would be helping. 

 

 

Senator Braun addressed the importance of staying safe during the pandemic but also keeping the economy up and running as we continue life in the 'new normal.' 

 

HB 1381 would give state override on baseline regulations for solar and wind energy

Lawmakers in the Indiana House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee passed a bill that establishes statewide baseline regulations for solar and wind energy production systems.

 

District 23 State Representative Ethan Manning.

 

 

House Bill 1381 creates “default” standards limiting where solar and wind systems can be installed and under what conditions, as well as limits on shadow flicker, sound limits, landscape buffers and other nuisance factors that have led to the energy sources being banned or heavily regulated in more than a third of the state’s counties.

 

The bill takes away the power of local governments to establish regulations that are more restrictive than the proposed “default” standards.

 

Rep. Ed Soliday, the bill’s author, said the bill was not an environmental statement, but necessary to meet the state’s demand for renewable energy from sources here in Indiana.

Manning says he’s heard from both sides unhappy with the bill.  But representatives from companies planning renewable energy projects in the state said they support the bill, which would allow the state to take a more active role in the permitting process for renewables.

 

 

Manning said that so many people in his district were against the bill that he voted no when it was passed out of committee.

 

 

Soliday said the state’s energy grid is not prepared to withstand increased renewable energy production.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce recognizes that our county’s success is dependent upon the hard work of the organizations, businesses, and individuals who give of themselves to make our community a better place. Please take a moment to make a nomination that recognizes this hard work.

 

Business of the Year

Business in the Fulton County area with proven growth and stability. Provides innovative products and services. Demonstrates economic support of the Fulton County area business community.

 

Emerging Business of the Year

Business established in the last 0-5 years in the Fulton County area. Demonstrates growing success in community. Exhibits commitment to good business practices, community relations, and employee relations.

 

Business Professional of the Year

Individual who demonstrates growing excellence, creativity, and initiative in their profession, is engaged in the community, and shows a strong commitment to good business practices. Serves as a role model for other professionals both personally and professionally. Possesses vision and passion to mentor and lead others.

 

Community Service Award Original Chamber Award

Prestigious award presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community. Winner sits as Grant Marshall of Community Parade.

 

Nominations can be submitted at fultoncountychamber.com/form/view/22288

through Thursday, March 11.  Nominees MUST be a member of the Fulton County Chamber (with exception of the Community Service Award).

 

Nominated business and individuals will be notified by the Chamber by Friday, March 19. Nominees will complete an application and return to the Chamber. Members will vote on award winners and winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in April. 

No RED on state's latest coronavirus map

We aren't out of the woods yet, but Indiana's counties are in better shape when it comes to the pandemic.

 

Indiana now has no counties in the red on the coronavirus map. Eleven counties are now in blue.  That's the best rating on the state's color coded map, meaning the lowest risk of COVID spread.

 

Fulton and all surrounding counties are in yellow except for Cass which is Orange. 

 

For Starke County, that’s actually a level down.  Starke was the lone blue county last week.

 

Study to improve U.S. 30 corridor through Indiana

The Indiana Department of Transportation is set to begin a study to improve the US 30 corridor from the Indiana/Ohio State Line to Valparaiso.


A release on Tuesday from the US 30 Coalition states that the group “applauds the decision to initiate a designed solution to improve this critical roadway through our communities.”


In this study, known as a Planning and Environment Linkages study, INDOT will examine various options to improve the safety, traffic flow, freight movement and economic development potential of the corridor, including the construction of a freeway.


With the onset of the study, INDOT agreed to institute a moratorium on j-turns on the US 30 corridor except for the one currently under contract at CR 500E in Whitley County. Any projects that are currently underway on US 30 will not detract from the ultimate purpose of the study.  

 

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