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What are you doing Saturday, April 26? I had a column written for this month and then a post I saw on Facebook made me rethink it. It goes along with what I wrote about last month — about “things to do” in our community. Beginning Saturday, April 26, I’m inviting you to LIVE LOCAL. The premise is simple. You’re on Facebook, right? Or Twitter? or Instagram? Do something local on Saturday, April 26 and share a photo on social media with the hashtag #livelocal. You don’t have to post it on our page — just share a photo on your own wall and tag it #livelocal. One of our goals for Cass County Communication Network is to Michelle DIALS encourage people to share the great things about our community with Editor/publisher others. But too often, we all get bogged down thinking about how the grass is greener somewhere else. INFO is a free, monthly newspaper A couple of years ago, thanks to the Cass serving Cass County, Indiana and the surrounding areas. It is part of County Visitors Bureau, I was able to attend a the Cass County Communication Network, published by workshop in Lafayette presented by business Existential Media LLC. consultant Jon Schallert. I receive his email Published by Calendar Items newsletters and recently he’s been writing Existential Media LLC Community events that are open P.O. Box 314 to the public and have a specific about a topic that really resonates with a lot Logansport, IN 46947 date, time and location can be of the stuff I hear every day. He’s been talking, Editor/Publisher submitted FREE to Michelle Dials essentially, about how a community can have (574) 721-4636 Use the submit link on the website (michelle@ a major tourist draw and yet “the locals” have or e-mail details to no idea it exists. Cover Photo We reserve the right to select Jeremy Ashcraft specific events to feature on our How many businesses do you pass on a daily Facebook page, in e-mail One copy of INfo: is free. basis that you’ve never checked out? How newsletters, in Cass County INFO Additional copies are or in other community updates. $.50 each. many restaurants have you never tried? We do The views expressed CAUGHT ON CAMERA what we’re comfortable doing and sometimes by our Photos posted on our Facebook writers are not it’s hard to branch out. But once someone else fan pages may be selected, at necessarily those of our discretion, to be published in Existential Media LLC. tells us how great something was, we can’t wait INFO. Photos can also be For advertising to check it out ourselves, right? e-mailed to contact@cassnetwork. information, com. contact LIVE LOCAL is an experiment, and we want Phill Dials (574) 721-4635 Advertising information you to be part of it. Saturday, April 26 is the (phill@ The Cass County Communication first official day, and if you want to make it a Network offers print, web and mobile advertising solutions. For daily thing, feel free. information about advertising, e-mail Maybe it’s a selfie after a run on the River Bluff Trail. Maybe it’s a pic of a delicious meal Editorial Information from a local restaurant, a photo of your Views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect purchase from a local business, or a memory the position of the Cass County Communication Network or its parent company, Existential Media LLC. Our publications provide information from a fun local event. about events and activities happening in or near Cass County, Indiana. Be creative. Have fun. And most importantly, The information is provided by Existential Media LLC for general information purposes only. We strive to keep the information up-to-date and #livelocal. correct, however we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in our publications for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will Existential Media LLC be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of our publications.

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Miss Cass County applications available at area high schools Miss Cass County Queen applications are available in the main office of Cass County high schools. Young ladies who are between the age of 18 and 22 as of May 18 are eligible to compete. Please contact pageant director Grace Scott, scottg@ or the Cass County Extension Office at 574-753-7750 with any questions.

The sketch above is the result of the three-day planning charette held April 3-5 to allow residents to give their opinions on future development of the area near the Logansport Mall. This shows a vision for what could happen if the current mall structure were to be demolished, and how Market Street from Yorktown to Mall Road could appear if a commercial and residential complex were to be developed. The future plans for the Logansport Mall

are unknown but city leaders hope to implement what’s known as a “planned unit development” or PUD to control future development in the area. You’ll likely be hearing more about it at meetings in the future. The mayor says an announcement about the Logansport Rate Stabilization Initiative, or power plant project, is also expected soon. You can find agendas for upcoming public meetings at

Rutschmann is 2014 Lilly Scholar It was no joke — on April Fool’s Day, Logansport High School senior Lari A. Rutschmann learned she’d been selected to receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice, along with a $900 stipend each year for required books and equipment. The announcement was supposed to come on March 31 but Rutschmann was on the LHS Swing Choir trip performing at Walt Disney World. On the morning of April 1, her mom, aunt and grandfather joined school officials and representatives from the Cass County Community Foundation to present her with the symbolic lily flower. Lari is the daughter of Sarah Rutschmann. She plans to attend Indiana

University and pursue a dual major in finance and public policy with a minor in economics. She plans to continue her education studying law at either the University of Notre Dame or Georgetown and return to central Indiana to pursue a career as a litigation lawyer. Her long tern goal is to eventually run for state public office.

IU Kokomo offering 25% discount on summer classes Indiana University Kokomo encourages students to Seize the Summer Savings, by taking advantage of the 25 percent summer tuition discounts for undergraduate courses. These savings are available not only to IU Kokomo students, but to those from other campuses and universities, as well as community members. IU Kokomo is making it easy to attend, with two-week, four-week, six-week, and 13-week options, including the four-week Maymester program. There are also online and hybrid classes, which include online and classroom experiences. Two-week classes are available in criminal justice, education, and allied health. Some of the four-week classes offered include land and environmental art, French literature and civilization, the Middle Ages in film and video games, storytelling, art, and music, and fitness appraisals. Six week and full term classes are available in all subject areas. Summer school offers a chance to take prerequisite or introductory classes, or to explore a new area. It also is an opportunity to brush up on college math skills or acclimate to campus with one course. Summer session registration is underway. Students currently enrolled should contact their academic advisor for more information. Anyone else interested should contact the Office of Student Success and Advising at 765-455-9309 or

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Logansport Police adding motorcycle patrol unit The Logansport Police Department has purchased a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle that will be used in the Patrol Division. The concept of motorcycle patrol is not new -- at one time, they had two motorcycles that were used for traffic enforcement. LPD says a successful motorcycle patrol unit requires the assignment of qualified personnel, the purchase of quality equipment and establishment of appropriate management direction, which requires a long term commitment from LPD and the City of Logansport. Officials say the department will contribute significantly toward extremely effective public relations, which will progressively move the department closer to its goal of building and strengthening relations with the community, and resolving specific problems that can’t be handled by a normal patrol vehicle. There will be two full-time motorcycle patrol officers, one from each shift rotation, allowing the motorcycle to be utilized with no down time. The officers will focus on traffic enforcement as their primary assignment but will be utilized in other areas as needed. These officers will also patrol and answer calls for service through dispatch, and will participate in public relations events throughout the community as well. The department says it will be a cost savings to taxpayers in regards to fuel savings. Each motorcycle patrol officer will complete an 80 hour certification course on emergency motorcycle handling to hone their motorcycle riding skills to a fine edge. Many officers go on to represent their departments in competitions around the state. The motorcycle patrol will be primarily assigned to dayshift, which should maximize the versatility of the motorcycle. The decreased nighttime visibility of the motorcycle detracts from its effectiveness and the added visibility restriction placed on the operator can lead to unnecessary patrol vehicle collisions and possible injury. The department motorcycle will be on display inside the Logansport City Building for a few weeks to allow members of the community the opportunity to view it prior to being placed in service.

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Indiana State Police Remind the Public About the Dangers of Meth Lab Trash With favorable spring weather coming our way, people are taking advantage by walking, jogging and bike riding on our local roadways. The potential exists that some people may come across trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine (meth). The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section, have identified some points for the public to keep in mind: • Meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product. A popular container is the one and a half gallon gas can. These cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab. • Other Items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) that contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous. • Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place (middle of a field, ditch line, wooded area) that has a modified valve. The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred. If someone comes across this type of trash, they should not handle it. Instead, contact the local Indiana State Police Post. Any questions or concerns about meth can be directed to the Meth Suppression Section at (877) 855-METH or online at

Artrip wins Peak poster contest

During Disability Awareness Month, Peak Community Services and Logan Savings Bank sponsored a Poster Contest for all 3rd grade students in Cass and Pulaski Counties. There were over 150 entries this year and the winning poster was drawn by Anna Artrip, a student of Jane Williams, at Landis Elementary School. She will be awarded a Kindle Fire and a framed copy of her poster in April. Peak Community Services, formerly known as Woodlawn Center, has been serving the developmentally disabled in Cass, Pulaski, and surrounding counties for over 60 years.

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The US Postal Service is warning customers of bogus e-mails about package delivery or online postage charges. Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information—such as your user name, password, and financial account information. What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

Logansport Memorial welcomes new pediatrician

Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Oluyemisi Akintunde, MD to the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. She is a board-certified pediatrician who will join our other three board-certified pediatricians - Dr. Beverly Ahoni, Dr. Craig Pawlowski, and Dr. Namita Saghal - as part of

LMPN Pediatrics. Dr. Akintunde received her medical degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara, Nigeria. From there, she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She also completed an internship with Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She loves working with children, and it’s that passion that motivated her to pursue a career in Pediatrics. She is eager to work together with parents to support and care for healthy babies, kids, and young adults in our community. Dr. Akintunde is now accepting new patients. Her practice is located inside the pediatrics suite in Medical Office Building West at Logansport Memorial Hospital. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Akintunde, please call 574.753.4151.


Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Christopher Hogg to the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who will join Dr. Jim Davis and Dr. Jeryl Fullen as part of LMPN Orthopedics. Dr. Hogg is now accepting new patients. His practice is located inside the orthopedics suite at Logansport Memorial Hospital, located near the main elevators. To make an appointment, please call 574.722.2663.

Christopher Hogg, DO Orthopedics

1101 Michigan Avenue Logansport, IN 46947 | 574.722.2663

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Hunting for Easter events?

Spring events are popping up on Through Easter, just click on the Easter eggs on the right side of the page to see holiday events happening in the next seven days.

April 15 Kokomo Area Job Fair

April 27 Strike Out Autism Bowl-A-Thon

Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College invite students, alumni and community members seeking part-time, full-time or internship positions to attend the annual spring Kokomo Area Job Fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.

April 16 & 17 Elementary Battle of the Books Elementary Battle of the Books will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Logansport Cass County Public Library. Cass County students in fourth and fifth grades have been reading a set of six books and will compete these days by answering comprehension questions over the books. Come and support our youth.

April 23 Public Power Forum “Public Power” often means LOWER ELECTRIC RATES. Free Q&A with Public Power & Solar Experts. 7-9 p.m. at McHale PAC., Logansport High School

May 3 Downtown Green & Clean Day Downtown Logansport will be green and clean, thanks to our crew of volunteers! Logan’s Landing is recruiting volunteers to help weed and trim, pick up litter, sweep, and generally spruce up the downtown district on Saturday May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers may be individuals, families, or teams from businesses, churches, clubs or other organizations. Volunteers are asked to bring their own yard work tools and gardening gloves with them. Register today by e-mailing or by phone at 574-722-9345, and give an hour or two of your time to make our downtown district an area we can all be proud of. Let’s all help make downtown Logansport Green and Clean!

April 25 ArtRageous 2014 The Cass County Arts Alliance presents ArtRageous 2014 at the beautiful Ivy Tech Atrium in Logansport. Stan Hillis will be entertaining guests with his cool jazz sounds, and we will have a display of antique hats presented by Jan Newton. Live and silent auctions, plus a photobooth for your own personal souvenir of the evening. Please join us for our only major fundraiser of the year and help SUPPORT THE ARTS in Cass County. HATS OFF! $25 per person. 6 p.m.

April 26 EAA Young Eagles Rally Free airplane rides for kids ages 8 to 17 at the Logansport Cass County Airport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 26 Oh Baby Run Rain or shine, the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Logansport Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center will host the sixth annual “Oh Baby Run” at Riverside Park. Proceeds from the 5K run and fun walk support the Family Birth Center and patients of Logansport Memorial Hospital. Pre-registration fee of $20.00 includes a t-shirt and lunch. Youth 12 and under are invited to participate free of charge, but only receive a shirt with their own paid registration. Race day registration will be $30.00 and shirts will be available while supplies last. Runners and walkers will step off at 10:00am. Activities for the day also include a free Kiddie Fun Run for those 5 and younger.

April 26 Healthy Kids Day at the Y Lets Build a Happier Healthier Kid! 10a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cass County Family YMCA. Local Vendors and fun activities for youth and families. Free to the Community

This is a Lewis Cass senior project to raise autism awareness and proceeds raised will be donated to Peak Community because they serve individuals with autism. $10 will get you 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pepsi and pizza with your ticket. Each person will also be entered into our door prize drawing. We have over 30 door prizes to give away. Participants are also able to purchase raffle tickets for $1. Raffle prizes include a date night package ($20 Applebee gift card, 2 Mary Max tickets, and Ice Cream from Char-betts), additional Applebee’s gift cards, $25 gift certificate to Fireside restaurant, family size meal package from Selvio’s B & K, and many more!

May 6 Children's Choir Concert The Logansport Children’s Choir will hold its 26th Annual Spring Concert at 7:00 PM in McHale PAC. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students (K-12).

May 10 Historic Bike Tour 4th annual fund raising bike tour for the Cass County Historical Society offers four routes throughout Cass County Indiana. The routes and rest stops are selected with significant historic sites in mind. Routes can be seen at Chaired by members of the Society who are also bike enthusiasts. Great ride - great food and info at stops! Family entry fees upon request. Free lunch served after the ride. $30 for a single rider. Mass start at Little Turtle Waterway & the Depot at E. Melbourne Ave., downtown Logansport.

May 17 Old Mill Car Show The Old Mill General Store in Twelve Mile will be celebrating its 5th year of business and helping Cancer Busters with some of the proceeds. See web site for more details 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

These are just a few of the hundreds of events listed on and new events are added daily, so check back often to make sure you don’t miss a thing! It’s FREE to list your event, so if you’re having an event that’s open to the public, make sure to add the details by heading to and clicking submit.

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On May 6, 2014, Republican and Democrat voters will indicate their choice for candidates for the general election in November. Candidates will be elected to the offices during the 2014 general election on November 4. Only registered voters will be eligible to vote in the primary. Voters will need to specify their party to poll workers and will only see the candidates on their party’s ticket when they head to the voting machine. Absentee Voting In person at the Cass County Government Building Monday-Friday through May 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays April 28 & May 5, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday May 5, 9 a.m. - Noon VOTE CENTERS May 1, 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6 (Election Day) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: Logansport Mall 3900 E. Market Downtown Senior Center 115 S. 6th St. Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds County Road 125 N Galveston Community Center 101 S. Park Road, Galveston Walton Fire Station 110 S. Depot St. Royal Center Town Hall 104 E. North St. Twelve Mile Fire Station (ELECTION DAY (May 6) ONLY) 6945 N Jefferson

Who’s on Cass County’s ballot? US Representative DISTRICT 4 Kevin J. Grant (R) Jeffrey Oliver Blades (D) Todd Rokita (R) John Dale (D) Roger D. Day (D) John L. Futrell (D) Howard Joseph Pollchik (D) STATE REPRESENTATIVE District 23 William C. Friend (R) state representative district 25 Donald J. Lehe (R) Maurice O. Fuller (D) Franklyn Voorhies (R) state representative district 38 Heath R. VanNatter (R) PROSECUTING ATTORNEY 29TH JUDICIAL COURT Lisa L. Swaim (R) Mark Kelly Leeman (D) CASS COUNTY RECORDER Cindy Howard (R) CASS COUNTY SHERIFF Randy Pryor (R) CASS COUNTY ASSESSOR Cathy Isaacs (R) Cass County Commissioner 3rd district (Commissioner must live in Clinton, Deer Creek, Jackson, Galveston, Tipton I & II or Washington; voted on by all precincts) Jeff LeDonne (R) COUNTY COUNCILMAN 1st DISTRICT (Adams, Bethlehem, Boone, Clay I, II and III, Clay City, Harrison, Jefferson, Noble N & S) Phillip E. Rains (R) COUNTY COUNCILMAN 2nd DISTRICT (Eel West, Noble City, Precincts 1-8 and 16) Grover C. Bishop (R) COUNTY COUNCILMAN 3rd DISTRICT (Eel East, Precincts 9-15) Steven M. Kain (R) COUNTY COUNCILMAN 4th DISTRICT (Clinton, Deer Creek, Galveston, Jackson, Miami, Tipton I, Tipton II and Washington) Brian Reed (R)

TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES: AdamS: Ray Staller (R) BETHLEHEM: BOONE: Bob Pifer (R) clay: David Kain (R) clinton: Dave Arnold (R) Deer creek: eel: C. Tom Knepper (R) Harrison: Catherine G (Cathy) Cree (R) jackson: Cindy Marschand (R) jefferson: Mark Cotner (R) MIAMI: NOBLE: TIPTON: Marcia A. Harness (R) Washington: James F. Mayhill (R)

TOWNSHIP boardmembers: AdamS: Fred W. Easter (R), Blake J. Mollenkopf (R), Robert Skinner (R) BETHLEHEM: BOONE: Mary Lou Foerg (R), Rebecca P. Groff (R) clay: John W. Carson (R), Thomas K. Weatherwax (R) clinton: Daryl Deitrich (R), Rob Heckard (R), Tom Lane (R) DEER CREEK: EEl: Rick J. Bernahrdt (R), John W. Bingaman (R), Mary E. Fox (R), Sharon Kain (R), Thomas L. Keplar (R), Tony P. Key (R), Gordon P. Wilson (R) Harrison: Marilyn J. Carter (R), Herd Crimmins (R), Brenda Rusk (R) jackson: Marsha Dollar (R), W. Edward (Ed) Smith (R) jefferson: Mark Cotner (R) MIAMI: NOBLE: Edward McKaig Jr (R) TIPTON: James Beechy (R), Linda L. Riley (R) Washington: Matt Gremelspacher (R), Chuck Stephenson (R) REpublican State Convention delegates Republican At Large Dixie L. Baker Pam Elpers Tim Elpers Randall Head Mary Hitchens Sharon Kain Thomas L. Keplar Herb Price Patti Price Annette Phipps Larry Phipps W. Edward (Ed) Smith Lisa L. Swaim Myra A. Vanecek Kay A. Weatherwax Thomas K. Weatherwax Democrat Precinct Committeemen Democrat State Convention Delegates

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Healthy Kids Day Lets Build a Happier Healthier Kid April 26, 2014 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Local Vendors and fun activities for youth and families. Free to the Community.

Swim Lessons

At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child and teen. In swim lessons, we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a life time. Your children will learn pool behaviors, begin to develop the different strokes, and work on underwater skills at their skill level. Next session starts May 6th Cost: $30 Members $55 Non Members Tuesday and Thursday Ages 3 and Up 5:00pm-5:45pm

Open League Basketball Form your Open league basketball team today! Ages 15 and up. Members $25 Non Members $35 Registration Ends April 17th Call Derreck Parkevich for more information.

Hours of Operation

Monday 5:00 am. - 1:00 am. Tuesday 4:30 am. - 9:00 pm. Wednesday 4:30 am. - 1:00 am. Thursday 4:30 am. - 9:00 pm. Friday 4:30 am. - 9:00 pm. Saturday 6:00 am. - 5:00 pm. Sunday 12:00 pm. - 4:00 pm.

Cass County Family YMCA 905 E Broadway, Logansport 574-753-5141

Kindergarten Roundup at Caston Elementary Two screening sessions will be held at the school, from 9 to 10:30 a.m and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If your child will be attending Kindergarten at Caston Elementary for the 2014-2015 school year, you will need to call the school (574-857-3025 ext.332) to schedule an appointment for one of the above sessions. Parents will be attending an informative meeting while their child is being screened. Children must be five (5) years of age by August 1, 2014 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. Parents are asked to bring two (2) items to the screening: (1) the child’s Legal Birth Certificate and (2) the child’s Immunization Records, which will be reviewed by the school nurse, Mrs. Diana Smith. Mrs. Smith will advise parents of any shots that their child will need before entering Kindergarten in the fall. New this year: The Lions Club is sponsoring Operation Kidsight, a free vision screening for your child! Paperwork must be filled out prior to exam. (Parent: when you call to set up appointment, please give your address to Mrs. Sutton and the

paperwork will be mailed to you prior to Kindergarten Roundup date.) Kindergarten Roundup is a day of fun for incoming 2014-2015 students. Activities planned include a school bus ride, crafts and cookies and milk.

Cass Democrats establish scholarship The Cass County Democratic Party has presented Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region with a $10,000 gift earmarked for an endowed scholarship in honor of the late Jim Weaver, a longtime leader in Logansport/Cass County education, government and economic development. Cass County residents who are attending any Ivy Tech campus in the Kokomo Region, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and who are registered voters will be eligible to apply for the $500 scholarship, which may be used for tuition, fees and books. Funds to establish the scholarship came from the Jim Weaver family. Weaver was serving as president of both the Logansport Economic Development Association and the Hoosier Heartland Corridor Association at the time of his death in 2004. “Jim Weaver was committed to the LOOKING TO HIRE AGENTS betterment of our society FOR ALL LOCATIONS and exhibited the highest Salary • Commission values of the Democratic • Company Car Party,” said Paul Ulerick, Send Resume with 3 References chair of the Cass County Democratic Party. “We are WABASH OFFICE truly excited to establish 650 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, IN 46992 this endowed scholarship. NORTH MANCHESTER OFFICE It demonstrates the strong 114 North Main Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 belief by the Democratic HUNTINGTON OFFICE Party that it is important 8699 South 700 West, Warren, IN 46792 to continue your WARSAW OFFICE education.” 1824 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580


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No, but seriously ...

#isitMayyet? April is upon us. The cold grasp of winter is finally relenting, and we’re beginning to turn our attention to warmer days, longer nights, and more bugs. There’s always bugs.. For some of you that means watching baseball, or getting outside to garden, riding your bike, or kayaking with the otters... (True story, don’t ask) For me though, when the temps warm up and the grass turns green, that can only mean one thing.... April will soon give way to the month of May. Oh sure, May brings in warmer temps, flowers, my daughter’s birthday, and the end of the school year (present year notwithstanding). But it also brings in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing... The Indianapolis 500 Racing has always been a part of my life. My dad raced sprint cars when I was kid and he would sometimes take my brother and me to qualifications. His favorite driver was always AJ Foyt. AJ got his start on dirt tracks and won everything under the sun. Seriously. He won all the races. Look it up. The guy was unreal. He was like the Michael Jordan of racing. He transcended the sport. Even if you couldn’t tell what Ford Cosworth was, you knew who AJ Foyt was. I attended my first 500 the day after I graduated from high school in 1994. I went with my good friend Justin Johnston. His grandpa had tickets along the front straightaway under the awning. It was a great day. Emerson Fittipaldi led the entire day only to break down late in the race handing the win to his teammate (and my favorite driver at the time) Al Unser Jr. I’ve attended several 500s since then...I still get goosebumps when I drive under the short chute and through the infield and see the Pagoda. There’s nothing like it. Speaking of which, one of the greatest sights in the world is seeing the field of 33 cars barreling down the front stretch as the green flag drops. It’s. Amazing.

Two years ago, Michelle Dials told me that she had applied for, and was granted access to, media credentials for the 500. Was I jealous? Yes. Yes I was. I’ve been in the broadcast media business for many years, but I’ve never been in the situation to even think about getting credentials. Until last year. Last year that kid that used to sit in the Turn 4 stands during qualifications got to hang out backstage at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. In my world, that was always someone else. Paul Page, Jack Arute, Bob Jenkins.... But not me... Until last year... Last year we talked to drivers, crew chiefs, Fuzzy Zoeller (he was fantastic), and AJ Foyt. Yup... It was only a couple of minutes, but I mustered up the courage to go talk to him. Maybe someday I’ll write more about that... No, but seriously...Why do I care? Why does the 500 and IndyCar racing in general pique my interest? I was asking myself that very question when the answer finally occurred to me. IndyCar racing is the perfect blend of what we as humans are capable of not only mentally, but physically as well. These are some of the most state of the art, high tech cars in the world, and it takes a world class athlete to drive them. Ever since I was a kid these cars and the men and women behind them have captured my imagination, and continue to do so today. Not to mention, isn’t it pretty cool that one of the biggest and most famous races in the world is just down the road from us? I think so... This year’s marketing slogan for the race is “We All Have a Story”...This was mine. Matthew Paul Mix 102 Morning Guy, Director of Operations WLHM/WSAL/WHZR

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Hey university students — be a guest at Ivy Tech this summer! Last summer nearly 300 university ‘guest students’ enrolled in summer classes at Ivy Tech to stay on track with their four-year degree and transferred the credit back to their home institution. Courses taken by guest students included: • • • • •

Accounting Anatomy Biology Business Communication

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Economics English Comp. History Math/Finite Math College Algebra

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Tuition is $121.15 per credit hour; a three credit hour class will cost only $363.45 plus fees and parking is FREE! To apply, go to and then call 459-0561, ext. 214 or email to learn next steps. Classes begin June 9. 10 | Cass County INfo: | April 2014

Ivy Tech students, advisor honored Four students from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region have been named to the All-Indiana Community College Academic Team and will be honored April 17 at a dinner in Indianapolis sponsored by the Ivy Tech Foundation. • Frost Clements of Kewanna is working toward her Associate of Science in Nursing degree with the goal of becoming a registered nurse in a hospital setting. • Rebecca McVay of Logansport will graduate in May with an Associate of Science in Professional Communications. • Amy Wilson of Peru is working toward her associate degree in Education and will be transferring to Ball State to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Her goal is to continue her education through a doctoral degree, teach high school English and eventually return to Ivy Tech as a professor. • Tyler Yeakley of Galveston is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree and plans to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program when he graduates from Ivy Tech in December. He was also recently honored with a Career and Technical Education Award of Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education. Students on the state team are nominees to the All-USA Community College Academic Team, which will be announced this month along with several scholarships. Dr. Leo Studach, an assistant professor of science at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, is one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa advisors who will be honored with the 2014 Paragon Award for New Advisors, presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during Nerd Nation 2014, the annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. CAUGHT ON CAMERA, OPPOSITE PAGE, BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: Morning with the Easter Bunny at Riverside Park, photos shared by Jessica Kranz and Colleen LaMere Adams; Visiting the Easter Bunny at Martin’s Supermarket, shared by Jaclyn Newman, Logansport HS Speech Team awards program shared by Jessica Kranz

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BELOW FAR LEFT: Ivy Tech students during their Spring Break service project - read more about their experiences on! BELOW MIDDLE: Local musician Rick Woodall with Stan, a volunteer at Woodbridge Health Campus’ St. Patrick’s Day concert, shared by Rick Woodall BELOW: The Shannon Family carrying on their tradition of raising the Irish flag outside the Logansport City Building on St. Patrick’s Day, shared by Mike Shannon

FAR LEFT: Jasmine Schlick of Logansport participated in the Miss Wheelchair Indiana pageant in March. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JASMINE SCHLICK LEFT: Peak Community Services presented the 2014 Shining Star Award to Ron Barr (center) during a client appreciation luncheon in observance of Disability Awareness month. PHOTO PROVIDED BY LINDA KLINCK

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Cass County INFO is a free, monthly newspaper serving Logansport & Cass County, Indiana. It is part of the Cass County Communication Network...