Community News Archives for 2020-06

State Road 14 to be closed east of Winamac starting July 6

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for State Road 14 between C.R. 150 E and C.R. 200 E beginning Monday, July 6. 


Crews will be replacing a box culvert on the bridge over Thompson Ditch. The project is expected to be completed by the beginning of September, 2020. 



Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 35, State Road 10 and State Road 17. 

TVHS graduation information; prom cancelled

Tippecanoe Valley High School released the following information related to the upcoming graduation scheduled for July 19.


Dear Valley Community:


Tippecanoe Valley High School would like to communicate a fully developed, and detailed, plan that is necessary in order for TVHS to have a safe graduation ceremony. This plan has been made in coordination with the local health department and local officials. Please read the details of this plan carefully and adhere to all requirements, while also considering following recommendations made.


Event Details


  • TVHS graduation date is Sunday, July 19, 2020.
  • Baccalaureate ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m., with the graduation ceremony beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.
  • Location- Smith-Bibler Memorial Football Field
  • An alternate date is set for Sunday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • The graduation ceremony will be recorded live on RTCtv4.
  • Wearing of masks, or any other type of PPE, is recommended and social distancing is required.
  • Any person with any flu-like symptoms prior to event, should not attend.
  • Any person whom fits the descriptions of the “most vulnerable population” or a “compromised individual” is recommended to participate virtually.




  • Each TVHS student is eligible to receive 4 tickets to the graduation ceremony. Please take only as many tickets as needed, up to four.
  • These tickets must be picked up at the TVHS main office starting Wednesday July 8th until Friday July 17th from 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday July 16th, the office will be open from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. for pick-up.
  • No person shall attend the ceremony without a ticket.
  • All ticketholders in a party must enter together.
  • Gates will open at 6:15 p.m. for entrance, ushers will seat attendees.


Directions for Class of 2020


  • Senior class of 2020 should arrive on graduation day promptly at 6:15 p.m. for a quick rehearsal/ run-down. Please enter the main gate, find your assigned chair, then meet your senior class sponsors on the east side of the track.
  • Senior class of 2020, should bring a mask to be worn at times where social distancing measures are not in place (i.e. before ceremony). Masks are not required during the graduation ceremony, but are encouraged.
  • Any person who has not picked up their graduation gown, must do so during ticket pick-up, July 8th through July 17th. Payment may be required at time of pick-up. 


Conclusion of Ceremony

  • Please help by safely exiting the premises of Smith-Bibler Memorial Football Field at the conclusion of the ceremony.


2020 Prom Cancelled


  • Unfortunately, the final determination to cancel the 2020 Tippecanoe Valley High School prom has been made. We feel for all students who will lose out on an opportunity to go to a school-sponsored prom. A Kosciusko community-wide prom is being held at East Lake Skate Center on July 12th from 6-11 p.m. For more information, or online tickets please visit


Thank you for the continued community support, and flexibility, as we continue to navigate unchartered waters and work to make decisions to continue our programs, yet keep our students, staff, families, and community members safe.


Congratulations Class of 2020,



Brandon S. Kresca

TVHS Principal


Indiana Department of Workforce Development says some people paid too much unemployment

More than 400,000 Hoosiers are unemployed, but now some of them are being told they have to pay back some of their unemployment benefits.


The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says some people got too much money in one or more of their recent unemployment payments, so the state wants that money back.

The Department of Workforce Development is offering anyone who’s gotten a bill for an overpayment the option to either make a payment plan, or take less money going forward. DWD is not saying how many people in Indiana were overpaid.


If this is a problem for you, you can call the Department of Workforce Development Benefit Call Center at (800) 891-6499 or 317-232-7560 (TDD). The call center hours are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.


The Department of Workforce Development website says to talk to someone about a repayment agreement, you can call 317-233-4838 or 317-233-4839.

David Harlow's 2020 theme is Lake Manitou Boat Parade winner

The Rochester Moose Lodge 1107 hosted the 40th annual opening of Lake Manitou Boat Parade Saturday.  David Harlow was the captain of the winning boat called 2020 complete with the COVID-19, murder hornets theme and dragon created by Jim Penell that they say will be attacking in the future.


This wasn’t David’s first time winning.



It was the biggest turnout for the boat parade in the last few years, David credits his wife and local business for the increase.


USDA Service Centers resuming office visits in some locations while taking precautionary measures

USDA is beginning a phased approach to reopening offices to in-person visitors, including its USDA Service Centers that deliver important programs to farmers and ranchers. These reopening procedures have been developed to maximize the safety of USDA employees and the agricultural producers who rely on USDA programs and services.


Some USDA Service Centers in Indiana will begin allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. The reopening status of USDA Service Centers across Indiana is different depending on local conditions. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make an appointment before visiting. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors may also be required to wear a face covering during their appointment.  Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Our program delivery staff will be in the office and work with our producers in person, by phone, by email, or by using other online tools.


Online services are still available to customers, including our new Box and OneSpan functionality that enable customers to sign and share FSA and NRCS documents with USDA Service Center staff in just a few clicks. Producers can get started with a simple username and password for Box or, for OneSpan, a quick identity verification. Additional services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Through the FSA website, customers can access certain FSA programs and view FSA data, including maps, on FSAfarm+. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at


For the most current updates on available services and flexibilities due to COVID-19, or to find contact information for your local Service Center

Walorski announces district offices in Mishawaka, Rochester resume normal hours

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) announced her offices in Mishawaka and Rochester have resumed normal hours and encouraged 2nd District Hoosiers to request an appointment if they wish to visit one of the offices. 


“Hoosiers have pulled together to slow the spread of coronavirus, and as a result our economy is safely reopening, businesses are rebuilding, and Hoosiers are getting back to work,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “My staff and I have continued working for 2nd District Hoosiers each and every day, especially to provide reliable constituent services during these challenging times. With our offices in Mishawaka and Rochester resuming normal hours, we will have an even better opportunity to keep fighting for Hoosier families, workers, farmers, small businesses, and veterans.”



Walorski’s offices in Mishawaka and Rochester will be open to visitors by appointment only, except for urgent matters. To request an appointment, please call the Mishawaka office at (574) 204-2645 or the Rochester office at (574) 223-4373, or send an email at


Mishawaka District Office

202 Lincolnway East, Suite #101
Mishawaka, IN 46544
(574) 204-2645
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


Rochester District Office

709 Main Street
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: (574) 223-4373 | Fax: (574) 217-8735
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Face masks and hand sanitizer will be made available to visitors. Wearing a mask is required in St. Joseph County – and recommended for all Hoosiers – when social distance of at least six feet is difficult to maintain.

Lane closures scheduled for U.S. 6 resurfacing project

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures for U.S. 6 from U.S. 31 to State Road 106 beginning on or after Monday, June 15. 


The road will be reduced to one lane during daylight hours with flaggers directing traffic for a resurfacing project.



The restriction is expected to last through the beginning of July, 2020.

Road closure scheduled for State Road 25 near Rochester

The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin a road closure near Rochester this week for State Road 25 from State Road 14 to E 300 N.


The closure starts Friday and will be in place for approximately three weeks for excavation and removal of casing from the gas transmission line that runs under State Road 25.



The official detour will follow State Road 110, State Road 19 and State Road 14.

FDA issues recall for Metformin

A popular diabetes medication is being recalled over an impurity that could cause cancer.


Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Marksans Pharma Limited, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Apotex Corp. are all under recall, according to the FDA, due to the presence of NDMA, an environmental contaminant that the FDA calls a "probable carcinogen", in a number of tested lots.


Metformin is typically prescribed for those with Type-2 Diabetes; if your medicine falls under this recall, contact your doctor or pharmacy for advice on what to do next.

Marshall Co. Far cancelled

Another fair is officially off the calendar.  The Marshall County Fair announced Friday it is cancelled its July 18-24 event.


The announcement stated that while the fair could be held within the state’s re-opening plan the restrictions made it too difficult.


Efforts are being made to create a virtual fair.

Free Fishing Weekend, June 6-7

This weekend, June 6-7, is Free Fishing Weekend for Indiana residents, who will not need a license to fish public Hoosier waters on those days.

The weekend kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, which is June 6-14.

DNR properties are open and have abundant fishing opportunities. For public fishing areas and access sites, see

Homeland Foundation Scholarships open

Indiana college students who volunteer with a public safety organization can now apply for the FY 2021 round of the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship.


The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship offers higher education financial assistance for Indiana students who wish to pursue a degree.


A full-time student with at least 12 credit hours per semester is eligible for a $2,000 scholarship and a part-time student with at least six hours per semester is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.  The scholarship must be used during the awarded school year, and the funds are intended solely to reimburse eligible student educational expenses.


Eligible applicants include Indiana residents who are an incoming or continuing student who:

  • Attends or will be attending an accredited Indiana college.
  • Must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Volunteers at a public safety organization such as fire, law enforcement, emergency management or emergency medical services (validated by chief executive). The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation board will determine compliance eligibility. For more information on the compliance of an organization contact

Applications are due by June 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern. For more information, or to sign up for email updates about the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship, visit the IDHS website at