• To the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility on the high marks it received in a recent reaccreditation audit. A team from the American Corrections Association gave the facility credit a nearly perfect score. The audit team conducted a two-and-a-half day evaluation to evaluate every part of the facility, including programs and services, health and management. Before revealing the score, Roger Chute, head of the audit team, praised the corrections facility for its overall safety and security and the health of the juveniles. Superintendent Lori Harshbarger said she was pleased with the score, and she expressed confidence her staff would be able to address the few issues, including an out-of-date first-aid kit. The facility will get the official word on reaccreditation during a hearing in January.
• To everyone involved in organizing last weekend’s Winterfest event at the Cass County Carousel. The event offered free food, rides, fun and a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The event is an annual tradition for the group overseeing the carousel. This year’s event was sponsored by Myers Spring. The historic carousel has been part of the fabric of this community for generations, and events like the one on Sunday are a great way to keep the community connected to a local treasure.
• To Mercedes Brugh on her selection as the recipient of a 2012 Award of Excellence from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association. The award will be presented at a banquet during the IPRA state conference in Bloomington in January. Brugh was nominated for the outstanding volunteer award by Janet Fawley, administrator of the Logansport Parks and Recreation Department. “Mercedes Brugh has been a dedicated volunteer to enhancing our trails in Cass County and throughout the state of Indiana,” Fawley wrote. “Mercedes has great vision for Logansport. Her determination to establish trails and enhance the Eel and Wabash rivers began in 1986, and she never backed down or changed direction. Mercedes has always made sure that the public is well informed about the plans for trails, and enlisted their support for every public project.”
• To the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce on last weekend’s Winter Wonderland celebration. The event featured a holiday parade, singing choirs, craft booths and an appearance by Santa. Volunteers estimated that this year’s festival had one of the largest parades and one of the largest crowds. Angie Anspach, director of the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, said this year’s festival was special because it was the first time the event included outdoor food booths as well as a home tour. “It just seems to keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” Anspach said.
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I’m not a member of the Roman Catholic faith, but if I were, I think I’d be proud of the new leader cardinals chose for my denomination.
OUR VIEW: Move over for workers, Ind. drivers
Most motorists already know that state law requires them to change lanes when approaching a stopped emergency or state highway vehicle when its emergency lights are flashing.
SOUTHERN: District boundaries show lack of respect
I can imagine no real reason why a county like Cass would be split up into three districts except to show it a lack of respect.
OUR VIEW: Are you prepared for a disaster?
As you read today’s final installment on disaster preparedness, which focuses on earthquakes and their very real threat right here in Indiana, we hope you take the message to heart and make the decision to prepare yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.
KNISELY: What are odds of that?
As you read this, I’ll be basking in the warm sun on a Florida beach. I’m not sure where you’ll be when reading this, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be coming out the winner. Seems only fair considering I was moving boxes in the rain just a few Sundays ago.
PUBLIC FORUM: Minimize our risk before making bet
A Logansport letter-writer calls a local proposal to generate energy from refuse-derived fuels a risky gamble.
PUBLIC FORUM: Thanks for making event a success
A Big Brothers, Big Sisters representative is grateful for the community's support in a recent fundraiser.
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Sometimes when I am trying to think of an idea for my column, I just stare at the wall. That’s not a bad thing, because on the wall in my home office is a collection of special pieces of memorabi-lia that inspire me to write, reminding me of the talented people I have had the privilege to meet.
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