Community News Archives for 2023-10

SR 39 closure November 1 for LaPorte, Starke counties

State Road 39 will close between C.R. W 1800 S and State Road 8 for approximately 20 days beginning on or after Wednesday, November 1 for a bridge deck overlay project over the Kankakee River.

Fulton County REMC volunteers at Fair Grounds

The employees of Fulton County REMC dedicated their Monday morning to volunteer at the Fulton County Fair Grounds. 

They undertook two significant projects to contribute to the fairgrounds improvement.  The first project involved wiring the hog building, and the second entailed the cleaning, painting, and weatherproofing of picnic tables. Additionally, a few outdoor lights received updates during our service efforts. Fulton County REMC would like to express gratitude to Bill Walsh for his valuable assistance with the wiring project.

  Fred McGlothin, TJ Garner 


  Lisa Bunn


Participating in the Community Day of Service has been a tradition for electric cooperatives nationwide, demonstrating commitment to the seven cooperative principles, one of which is “Concern for Community”. 


  Kelley Kitchen left, Debby Davis right


  Carrie Craig

Fulton County REMC takes great pride in supporting and giving back to both membership and the community.


Group photo left to right starting in the front row left - Carissa Ziemek, Linda Richardson, Debby Davis, Lisa Bunn, TJ Garner, Fred McGlothin, Brandon Wortley, Evan Howard, Evan Wildermuth, Rob Cripe.  Back row left Jordan Andrews, Cathy Grant, Kelley Kitchen, Carrie Craig, Dustin Stinson, Andrew Horstman, DJ Hopkins, Kyle Perkins, Cole Walters, Neal Kauffman.


Lisa Bun standing, Brandon Wortley, Andrew Horstman


Dustin Stinson, Cole Walters, Kyle Perkins

Santa Trains readying for the holiday season

Santa Trains will provide Christmas fun on Saturdays in late November and into December. 

Ride in a vintage commuter coach through the countryside for approximately five miles from North Judson, Indiana, to the small town of English Lake.  After crossing the Kankakee River, the train returns to the depot and museum grounds.  During the trip, passengers will enjoy visiting with Santa and each child will receive a gift bag from Santa. 

Diesel-powered trains depart on November 25th and December 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Central Time).  The total length of each excursion is approximately 1 hour.  Ticket prices begin at $20.00 and are pro-rated, depending upon age.  Purchasing tickets online is recommended, as trains have sold out in past years.  Seating is restricted, to give Santa enough time to visit and take pictures with all the passengers. 

Purchase tickets at

Before or after the train excursion, be sure to visit the museum and grounds, where admission is always free.  The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is located at the former crossroads of the Pennsylvania, Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie, and New York Central Railroads.  It has one of the largest collections of working railroad signals.  Stroll around the grounds to see all types of memorabilia, rolling stock, and engines of a bygone era.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroad history.  The museum is open Saturdays, year-round, and some select Sundays.  Regular train excursions are from May through September.  Special event train excursions are before Easter, during the month of October, and before Christmas.

Visit the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum website ( for a complete schedule of events, dates, and train departure times. Order tickets online or call the depot (574-896-3950) on Saturdays, 9-4 Central Time.


Argos hydrant flushing this week

The Argos Water Department contiinues to flush hydrants this week. 

Town residents may see brown water coming from their water faucets.  If this happens, run the cold water only for several minutes until it clears.  If the brown water doesn’t clear up after 10 minutes or so, call the Water Department and report the issue.

NOTE:  If you turn on your hot water to clear the brown water issue, you will be bringing the brown water into your hot water tank. 

The Argos Water Department also announced on Tuesday that they are upgrading older water meters in town.  This requires a town employee to enter your home.  The town asks that you be accommodating to the process which only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. 

If you have any questions, call the Argos Water Department or the Argos Clerk’s Office.       

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Johnson graduates from Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

Fulton County Community Foundation Director of Development, Brian Johnson, is a 2023 graduate of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Johnson and 22 other participants from around the state completed the 10-month program that focused on continuing education and experiences for philanthropic leaders.

“The Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute is one of the best learning experiences I have been a part of,” said Johnson. “The opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the field and network with a diverse group of leaders has provided valuable resources, and I look forward to using the concepts learned to continue the community foundation’s work in Fulton County.”

The Mutz Institute is named after Hoosier philanthropist John Mutz, who served as the president of Lilly Endowment, Inc. as well as Indiana’s Lt Governor.

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Documentary today at Times Theater focuses on hunger in Indiana

Did you know that 700,000 people in Indiana struggle every day with hunger, and most of these families are working families?

The Northern Indiana Community Foundation invites the public to “The Working Hungry” documentary viewing at the Times Theater today, October 12, from noon – 1:00. The 30-minute documentary will be followed by a discussion about food insecurity in our communities.

Lunch will be served. For more information, email the foundation at or call 574-223-2227.

DNR hosting several events for partial eclipse this Saturday

You may have heard about the 2024 total solar eclipse coming to Indiana on April 8, 2024. But a partial solar eclipse is also happening this Saturday.

You can view the partial 2023 solar eclipse in Indiana. Now’s the time to find a good viewing spot and build your eclipse viewers in preparation of the total eclipse.

Remember never look directly at the sun.

Several DNR properties are hosting eclipse programs on Oct. 14 so you can learn how to safely view this cool astrological event and more! Find all the details for these events on

• Falls of the Ohio State Park – Multiple fossil bed hikes along with eclipse viewing:

• Monroe Lake (Paynetown SRA) – Build your own solar view with solar filter paper. Supplies limited to first 100 guests, $2 donation is appreciated:

• Mounds State Park – Bring a blanket or chair to watch the show:

• Spring Mill State Park – Bring an empty cereal box and learn how to make a pinhole viewer:

• Tippecanoe River State Park – Bring a colander to view the half crescent sun during the eclipse:

Reserve your DNR campsite for the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse now at or 1-866-622-6746. Remember:

• The minimum stay requires BOTH Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, 8 to be booked at peak summer rates.

• We plan to have water and comfort stations open for the weekend, but that is ultimately weather dependent.

• Indiana DNR Division of Forestry and Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife campsites do not accept reservations, but operate on a first come first served basis.

• You can find properties in the eclipse pathway at

Gov. Holcomb unveils new addiction treatment locator

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the launch of Shatterproof Treatment Atlas, a free, confidential, first-of-its-kind tool to connect Hoosiers in need with appropriate addiction treatment and deliver user-friendly information about the quality of available programs. 

“Hoosiers with substance use disorder deserve timely access to quality care as soon as they’re ready to accept help,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Treatment Atlas puts recovery within immediate reach, giving Hoosiers and their loved ones a trusted resource to find evidence-based, high-quality treatment that meets their unique needs, anywhere in the state.”

Indiana is one of 13 states to partner with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending addiction, to launch Treatment Atlas. Indiana’s participation is funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and replaces the state’s former addiction treatment locator.

Treatment Atlas offers an easy-to-use dashboard to allow individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders to search for and compare participating programs using criteria such as location, services offered, populations served and insurance accepted so they can make an informed decision.

The dashboard lists all 605 addiction treatment facilities certified by DMHA and measures addiction treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based practices through a combination of validated data sources and reports them publicly. Along with the option to filter and search in-state providers through the platform using these criteria, Hoosiers have the option to take an anonymous 10-question Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment to help identify and understand the appropriate level of care they need.

“Prior to Treatment Atlas, there was no easy way for Hoosiers to access this level of transparency when seeking SUD treatment,” said Douglas Huntsinger, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement for the State of Indiana. “We can have all the parts and pieces of an expansive recovery infrastructure, but people need to know how to access them. Indiana is proud to bring this national solution to Hoosiers.”

To prepare for the statewide launch of Treatment Atlas, peer recovery coaches, 9-8-8 and 2-1-1 call center staff, care navigators, public defenders, parole officers, probation officers, mobile response and crisis response teams, and law enforcement personnel across the state were trained on how to use the dashboard to refer individuals to treatment.

The online platform can be accessed at Individuals can also dial 2-1-1 to be connected to local treatment and resources. Information on recovery housing can still be found at Individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide, or a mental health or substance use crisis, should call or text 9-8-8 and speak with a trained crisis specialist.

Additional information can be found HERE.

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Registration deadline to vote is Tuesday

Secretary of State Diego Morales is reminding eligible Hoosiers, that an important voter registration deadline is Tuesday.

October 10 is the deadline for voters to register for the upcoming 2023 Municipal Election. The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Not all Indiana counties/cities will be holding local elections.

“As Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, I take every opportunity to encourage every eligible Hoosier to register to vote! Whether it’s at the Indiana State Fair, county fairs/festivals, or speaking to high school seniors throughout the state, voting is your right and your opportunity to participate in the election process. With the registration deadline approaching, it is so important Hoosiers take a few minutes to get online and get registered.  Your vote matters,” said Indiana Secretary of State, Diego Morales.

Indiana residents can register to vote by visiting their local county clerk’s office or online at .

At the website, Hoosiers can also confirm their voter registration, find out who’s on their ballot, contact local election officials, find their polling location, and get information about working the polls. 

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Woodlawn welcomes a new occupational nurse practitioner to their team

Woodlawn Health has announced that Kyle Sommers has joined their team to fulfill the role of Occupational Nurse Practitioner.

Sommers holds her RN from Ivy Tech, Valpo. She went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU-South Bend, graduating in 2011. In 2023, she completed her Master of Science in nursing from Chamberlain University and became a Family Nurse Practitioner MSN-FNP.

Kyle came to work for Woodlawn in the Emergency Department in 2019-2020. Also, during 2019-2021, she worked as a nurse and then an office manager for 12 occupational health clinics outside the Woodlawn Health family. In 2022, She returned to Woodlawn to complete her clinicals with Gina Moore DNP at the Argos Clinic and returned after graduation in May, 2023 to her current position.

“I love that Woodlawn is community-focused,” she said.

Kyle will be part of a new service coming soon to the community.

“We are excited to be able to bring Kyle back to work for Woodlawn. She will greatly benefit our community, especially the local employers,” Brad Rogers, COO of Woodlawn Health stated.             

Beacon Credit Union 2024 Scholarship Program now accepting applications

Beacon Credit Union has announced that they are now accepting applications for their 2024 Scholarship Program.

There will be five (5) - $2,500 scholarships awarded to Beacon Credit Union
members that will be entering their freshman year at a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2024.
“Beacon Credit Union is proud to do our part to support young members of our communities accomplish higher education and reach their goals,” said Dustin Cuttriss, President and CEO of Beacon Credit Union. “Our annual scholarship program is an essential part of our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve.”
The scholarship program is targeted to financially assist students in furthering their education with an accredited college, university or technical school. Students must meet specific requirements and submit a short essay.
Applicants must also be a member of Beacon Credit Union by the date of submission.
To learn how to apply, visit or a Beacon Credit Union Member Center. All submissions must be received or postmarked no later than January 31, 2024. They may be mailed to: Beacon Credit Union, Attn: Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 627, Wabash, IN 46992 or emailed to .
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BMV new branch hours reminder

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles reminds that BMV branches have new hours.

This change enables the BMV to provide service six days a week in many areas across the state. The shift in operating hours is in response to increasing customer preference to use out of branch transaction options as well as to provide BMV team members opportunity to participate in critical on the job training to ensure efficient and accurate transaction processing.

You can visit BMV: New Branch Hours ( to plan your visits on or after Monday. This page provides a list by location with new operating hours. Customers can complete an online transaction or visit a BMV Connect kiosk 24/7.

To login to or find the nearest kiosk, please visit

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