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One killed, another injured in a Cass County collision

A woman was killed in a two-vehicle Cass County crash.

Cass County deputies, EMS along with Logansport fire and police responded to the accident at the intersection of State Road 29 and 25.

The sheriff’s department states that Cynthia Everly, 62, of Lafayette, was driving a2008 Subaru Impreza eastbound on the SR 25 exit ramp to US 24 / US 35 when she failed to yield to a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado that was driven by Chester Clask, 69, of Lafayette,

Everly was taken to a Lafayette hospital but later died from her injuries. Clark was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The sheriff’s report says Everly’s injuries were increased because she didn’t wear a seatbelt.

 

Grass Creek Lumber builds business from the ground up

It had been years since the small unincorporated community of Grass Creek had seen a business that was opened to the public before Patrick and Brooke Rentschler first bought the current building for Grass Creek Lumber in 2015. 

The Rentschler's had already dabbled in the entrepreneur world after they had started a furniture repair and refinish shop in 2012, B&E Creations and Restorations. With 20 years of experience in the lumber business, however, the newly aquired pole barn at 7279 South State Rd 17 opened a door for the couple when they decided to open Grass Creek Lumber in 2021. 

 

Word on the business has spread over the last three years along with the Rentschler's reputable skill in millwork. The business has turned into a full-time job. After opening shop, Rentschler realized Northern Indiana had been an empty hole for lumber and millwork shops. Because of this Grass Creek Lumber not only serves customers from local areas like Rochester, Winamac, Knox, North Judson. It also began expanding to serve most of the northwestern part of the state.. In fact, Renschler said that more than half of his customers are from towns in the Chicagoland area like Chesterton, Hammond, Gary, and Michigan City. 

 

 

Rentschler has stayed busy since the beginning of the year by making, literally, miles of custom made trim for door and window casings, crown molding, baseboards, and more.  

Rentschler says the season of home improvements has already kicked off with spring right around the corner. While official open hours and days at Grass Creek Lumber vary, Rentschler says he is typically in the area for customers wanting to stop by and check out the inventory. Customers interested in stopping by, or looking for more information on products can call Rentschler at 574-992-1648, or check out the Grass Creek Lumber Facebook page. 


Health department reports first measles case in 5 years

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has confirmed a case of measles in a Lake County resident.

The risk to the public is low, but IDOH continues to investigate the case along with local public health officials. No other information about the case will be released to protect patient privacy. This is the first case in Indiana since 2019.                            “Measles is easily spread and can be serious, especially for young children. About one in five unvaccinated people in the United States who get measles is hospitalized, and 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles will become sick,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Lindsay Weaver. “This case is a good reminder that you are at risk if you haven’t been vaccinated.”

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to the widespread availability of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, but visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected, particularly before or during travel. As of Feb. 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 20 confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year.

More than 93 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 97 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their healthcare providers to ensure vaccinations are up to date. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles.

Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at 12-15 months, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten, but children as young as 6 months old can receive the measles vaccine if they are at risk. Because some children are too young to be immunized, it’s important that those around them are vaccinated to protect them. 

Symptoms
Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes usually about 7 to 14 days after exposure to measles but can occur up to 21 days. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees. Tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth two to three days after symptoms begin. Then two to four days after symptoms begin, a rash starts on the hairline and face. It spreads down the back and trunk, and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about five days, the rash fades the same order in which it appeared.

Because measles is so easily spread, a single case is considered an outbreak. When infected people sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

What you can do
If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your healthcare provider right away before going to the doctor’s office. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. If you are ill with measles, stay home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems and pregnant women.

The public may call the IDOH information center at 1-800-382-1563 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST Monday through Friday with any questions. Please visit the IDOH website or the CDC website for more information about measles.

Visit the Indiana Department of Health at www.health.in.gov for important health and safety information, or follow us on X at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateHealthIN.

Miami County's Tomlinson named District 1 Officer of the Year

Indiana Conservation Officer Tevin Tomlinson has been selected as the 2023 District 1 Officer of the Year.

Tomlinson is assigned to Miami County and has served as a conservation officer since 2021.

“Tomlinson’s commitment to upholding the core values of being a conservation officer is evident in every action he takes,” said Lt. Ashlee Jackson, District 1 commander. “He embodies integrity, professionalism, and dedication to his work, consistently going the extra mile to ensure preservation of our natural resources and the safety of our citizens.”

District 1 includes Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, and Wabash Counties in north-central Indiana.

The district award puts Tomlinson in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall conservation officer in the state and selected from the 10 district award winners.

The Pitzer Award is named after ICO James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity on Jan. 2, 1961, in Jay County.


Fulton, Cass EMA agencies to receive Duke Energy grants

First responders across Indiana, including local police, fire and emergency management agencies (EMAs), will benefit from more than $200,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The funding will help public safety agencies increase their response capabilities during severe weather and other emergencies through advanced preparation, planning, equipment and training.

During major emergencies and natural disasters, local emergency management agencies play a critical role in providing information, resources and support that Duke Energy relies on to speed power restoration for its customers.

“Successful preparedness, response and recovery requires a community approach,” said Sean Stoops, chief of the Avon Police Department. “We envisioned equipping all of our patrol vehicles with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). With the support of Duke Energy and other community partners, we were able to bring that goal to fruition, purchasing 35 AEDs that our officers can use to deliver life-saving measures to a person in cardiac arrest.”

Among the grants awarded:

 

Cass County EMA

$4,000 to sponsor a hazardous materials technician certification course

 

Fulton County EMA

$5,000 to conduct a hazardous materials tabletop exercise

$5,000 to equip the department’s disaster response vehicle with a thermal imaging camera and provide weather alert radios to local residents

Pulaski County home to first complete mastodon skeleton unearthed, subject of upcoming program

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ curator of paleobiology, Dr. Catalina Tomé, will present the program at the Pulaski County Historical Society’s annual meeting, Thursday, March 21.

The feature program will held at One-Eyed Jack’s Celebration Station in downtown Winamac. The public is welcome to join the PCHS membership to enjoy an informal meet-and-greet, including desserts and coffee, at 6 p.m. A short business meeting for the election of officers and directors will begin at 6:30. The program will follow and is free for all who wish to attend.

Dr. Tomé explains that she “works to preserve and research the vertebrate fossils of Indiana to help inform future generations about the amazing natural history of the Midwest.” She will speak on the diverse fauna from Indiana’s Ice Age and how they lived and adapted throughout the state's glacial and interglacial history.

Tomé earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. She received a Master of Science and a PhD, both in biology, from the University of New Mexico. She conducted post-doctoral research at the university of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on small mammals and their survival during the Cenozoic Quaternary (2.58 million years ago).

The curator will include information about mastodons in her presentation. Pulaski County was home to the first complete mastodon skeleton to be unearthed and displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. The skeleton was excavated by a dredge contractor in the summer of 1914. Frank M. Williams of Winamac was constructing the William D. Pattison branch ditch leading from the larger Monon ditch. This was known as the Blue Sea marsh of Rich Grove Township. (Read about Pulaski County’s mastodon at: https://bit.ly/3Uzqyeo.)

Mastodons roamed Indiana starting about two and a half million years ago, and they became extinct about 10,500 years ago. Mastodon bones have been found in most of Indiana’s 92 counties, typically in ancient bogs that previously existed in central and northern Indiana. The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has the largest collection of mastodons in the state and also has an extensive collection of bones found from various excavations.

 


Mobile BYOB Irish Pub 'The Bar Cart' official launch party at Tip A Canoe Brews

Rochester residents Amanda and Brett Hooker had always talked about wanting to eventually start their own business.

Between jobs, kids, and life however, the Hooker's knew that whatever business they were to create needed to be one that could be flexible with their busy schedules. The idea of an Irish Pub on wheels was sparked by putting their heads together with Hooker's sister and brother-in-law, Becca and Nick Reynolds. Things just kind of fell into place. 

 

 

They used the Reynold's pole barn to create the micro pub from the ground up this month. Their newest business, The Bar Cart, will be officially open on March 17.

 

The Bar Cart is the areas first BYOB mobile bar good for a wedding, birthday party, corporate event and more.

The crew has even been looking into renting for tailgating parties at Notre Dame in the future. 

 

 

The Bar Cart will be having their official launch party on Saint Patrick's Day in Rochester at Tip A Canoe Brews. For more information and updates on the business you can follow them on social media on their Instagram page @THEBARCARTIN, or on The Bar Cart Facebook page. 

 

 

Daycare offerings by Rochester schools expected to expand

Rochester schools looked to daycare offering to help retain employees.  It looks like the effort will now grow to benefit others in Fulton County.

Superintendent of Rochester schools Dr. Jana Vance looks back to the beginning of their program.

Vance has heard from business leaders and others in the community that they often face much the same issue.

With encouragement and support from Rochester Mayor Trent Odell Rochester schools will now look to expand on their initial intent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Argos schools receive funds to fight childhood food insecurity

To further shine a spotlight on childhood food insecurity, Argos Community Schools accepted a $2,000 donation from the Plymouth Elks Lodge #2548 before the start of the February 19 regularly scheduled School Board meeting.

The Plymouth Elks Lodge received the grant from the National Elks Foundation as a reward for meeting the per capita membership goal for the 23-24 term.

Members of the lodge discussed and approved Argos Community Schools as the recipient of the Spotlight Grant to be used in their partnership with the Cultivate Food Rescue Program.

The Cultivate Food Rescue Program is currently in its second year at Argos Community Schools and uses leftover and unused food from area restaurants and establishments to provide nutritious, balanced frozen meals for students who don’t have access to meals over the weekend. Each individual meal is packaged and frozen so students can microwave when needed. Cultivate is currently serving Argos kids in grades K-8 and a small number of high school students.

Ned Speicher, Superintendent of Argos Schools, and Karra Duff, School Board Member accepted the donation on behalf of Argos Community Schools. 

Car fire, drug find sparks Pulaski County arrest

A car on fire in Pulaski County led the sheriff’s department to a drug find and an arrest.

Dispatch received a call about the car fire and deputies responded to CR 200 South and 400 West along with the Winamac Fire Department and Pulaski County Emergency Services.

After the fire was handled a deputy found a book bag nearby in the field. A surveillance detail was placed at the scene and later a man returned, seemingly looking for the bag.

Robert Breeden was taken into custody. Breeden was charged with a Level 3 felony with a total of 74 grams of suspected methamphetamine recovered inside of the bag.


Warsaw man identified as driver killed in West Lafayette bus accident

Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello has announced the name of the driver killed in a school bus accident in West Lafayette Thursday morning. 

According to a report by the West Lafayette Police Department, the bus had been turning through the intersection at U.S. 231 and Lindberg Road when it was hit by another car before slidding into a another collision with a third car. 

It was reported that no children were onboard the bus during the incident, but that all three drivers sustained at least minor injuries. 

The victim of the deadly crash, Jose Fernando Amador, 20, of Warsaw, was reportedly unconscious when he was extricated from his vehicle by West Lafayette Fire Department firefighters. Amador was rushed to a Lafayette hospital for treatment, before he was transferred to an Indianapolis trauma center. Marion County Coroner's Office officials contacted Costello on Friday to inform that Amador had died at the Indianapolis hospital.

The Tippecanoe County Coroner did not publicly release the victim's name until Monday, after Amador's autopsy.

According to the preliminary autopsy report, Amador died from multiple blunt force injuries caused from the accident. Amador's manner of death was reported to have been accidental. 

Alcohol or drugs was said to have not been a factor in the crash.

The crash is still an ongoing investigation with the West Lafayette Police Department. 

Pulaski County Council reappoints Tiede as rep for Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission

Pulaski County Council Vice-President Mike Tiede has been officially appointed as the Pulaski County representative for the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission Board.

The move occurred on February 12. Prior to the appointment of Tiede, 

Pulaski County Council President Ken Boswell had announced that the council had not yet appointed a representative for a seat on K-IRPC Board for 2024.

KIRPC is a voluntary public partnership that serves Benton, Carroll, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, Starke, Warren, and White Counties by providing assistance to local government for maximizing community and economic development opportunities, helping with things such as development grant writing and grant administration

Tiede had previously held the seat, and had stated during the meeting that he would like to continue being on the K-IRPC Board if the council. During the meeting Boswell had commented that Tiede had always done an exceptional job informing the council about K-IRPC meetings.

A motion entertained by Boswell to reappoint Tiede, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Culver man killed in car - train collision

The Marshall County Coroner’s Office is investigating a fatal accident between a train and an SUV.

Just before 9 a.m. Sunday, a Norfolk Southern Railway operator advised that a westbound freight train had struck a vehicle at the railroad crossing on State Road 17 in Burr Oak.

It was determined that the crossing arms and lights were activated and in working order.

The vehicle was driven by Scott M. Sorg, 57, of Culver.  Sorg was northbound on State Road 17 when he went around the downed arms and collided with the wtrain headed to Chicago. 

Marshall County Coroner John Grolich determined that Sorg was killed instantly.  He said the train was traveling at full speed at the time of the crash.

Assisting at the scene were Culver Police, Fire and EMS, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana DNR, Norfolk Southern Police and Safety Crew as well as Reichert and Knepp Towing.   

 

 

Man arrested trying to break into a Pulaski County home

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man trying to enter a home.

In the early morning Saturday hours, deputies responded to a call of someone trying to enter a residence. A man was found on the front porch.

David Prater was taken into custody. The sheriff’s office says Prater was in possession of a .45 caliber pistol, a crow bar and a ski mask. Prater was also wanted on two outstanding Pulaski County warrants.

IDHS recognizes Fulton County first responders that saved Rochester man

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recently honored Fulton County first responders for their efforts in2023 that saved the life of a Rochester man that had been in cardiac arrest.

A small ceremony was held in Rochester on February 8, to recognize Fulton County dispatchers Mackenzie Gaines and Sheri Gaillard, Lutheran EMS medics Brian Corn and Michael Hicks and Rochester firefighters Brandon Cody, Tanner Medina, James Handy and Ren Zent. The team provided a quick response to Todd Martin's almost lethal heart arrhythmia in November. 

 

Photo provided by Jan Martin 

 

At the start of this year his wife, Jan, reached out to local media in hopes of publicly thanking the team who saved her husband. Although Jan had been a nurse, panic took over during the emergency. Martin's previous open heart surgery just months before the home emergency also complicated the wife's reluctancy. 

Martin stated dispatchers helped her get her head clear to perform CPR on her husband until medics arrived five minutes later. 

 

 

 

Photos from the ceremony Feb. 8 taken by Jay Brainard and Jeri Good. 

 

 

Indianapolis man charged with attempted murder after altercation in Miami County

An altercation in Miami County on January 27 resulted in an Indianapolis man charged with attempted murder.

According to Indiana State Police, the incident was reported on February 6. A woman had contacted the Indiana State Police about a domestic battery incident that happened in her vehicle as she drove on U.S. 31 in Miami County. 

It was reported that a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Achery Nailson, 42, of Indianapolis, had became physically violent with the woman, and had threatened her with a gun. The gun was then allegedly pointed at the victim before a shot was fired a through the roof of the vehicle. 

After a thorough investigation by Indiana State Police and the Miami County Prosecutor's Office, a warrant for Nailon was issued on February 14. Nailon was later arrested during a high-risk traffic stop in Indianapolis. He was transported to the Marion County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Miami County.

Nailon is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, criminal confinment, domestic battery, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, pointing a firearm at another person, and violation of probation stemming from a charge issued in St. Joseph County. 

The incident is still under investigation and there are still more leads ISP detectives are currently following. 

INDOT prepared for winter weather, impacts to evening commutes possible

The Indiana Department of Transportation is prepared for a quick burst of snow expected to move across much of Indiana starting late Friday morning and afternoon through the evening hours.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued winter weather advisories for most counties from the Lafayette area to the Ohio River.

NWS is calling for a range of one-to-four inches of snow across the state, with locally higher amounts possible. Heavier snow is expected along and south of the I-70 corridor.

Candidate filing leaves two contested Fulton County races in May primary

Filing for candidates for the May 7 primary ended at noon last Friday.

Now, two contested races are slated for Fulton County.

Lorie Hurst and Kathy Adamson have filed on the Republican ticket in the race for county auditor.

There are three open Fulton County Council seats and four Republicans will be on the ballot. Steve Fishburn, Barry Baldwin, Patricia Geier and Matthew Finke have filed to run in that race.

 

 

Multiple arrests in Starke County initiative

Starke County Sheriff Jack Rosa announced operation Super Bowl Initiative during the week of the Super Bowl.

It also came after the oheriff’s office received several complaints of drug activity in Starke County.

The newly created Strategic Response Team along with detectives went out over the last week to target certain areas in the county to focus on illegal drugs.

During this time, Mark Nevil, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody for outstanding warrants and illegal narcotics located during the incident.

Deputies also conducted several traffic stops that resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Office says it received information regarding a house in the county from several residents in reference to an individual dealing illegal narcotics. The individual was identified as Rodney Craft, 51. After conducting surveillance Starke County Sheriff’s Office had enough information to apply for a search warrant.

The search warrant was executed with the Starke County Sheriff’s Office Strategic Response Team, detectives, and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Craft was later located and taken into custody by members of the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox Police Department.

The sheriff’s office notes that the arrest would not have been successful without the community, Knox Police Department, and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Office would encourage residents to report crime in their area. Coming soon we will have a phone designated as a hotline to report illegal activity such as illegal narcotics, warrants, and anonymous tips.

Craft's preliminary charges include:

Dealing of Methamphetamine, Felony Level 2

Possession of methamphetamine, Felony Level 3

Unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Felony Level 4

Possession of methamphetamine, Felony Level 6

Possession of a narcotic drug, Felony Level 6

Craft was held on a $29,000 cash bond and $13,000 cash bond.

 

During the same time charges were filed on another suspected dealer, Dan Ard.

Dealing in methamphetamine, Felony Level 2

Dealing in methamphetamine, Felony Level 4

Possession of methamphetamine, Felony Level 4

Possession of methamphetamine, Felony Level 6

Ard, 33,  was at large at the time of this report. Ard is described as a white male, 5’07” and weighing 170 pounds. Ard has a warrant for his arrest with bond set at $15,000.

 

 

Fulton County Soil and Water holds 84th Annual Meeting and Banquet

It was a packed crowd at the Geneva Center on Monday during the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation Districts 84th annual meeting and banquet. 

Following dinner, retired Purdue Entomologist Tom Turpin presented a program on insects, their benefits, including their nutritional value.

 

 

Serving up mealworms in a frying pan, Turpin passed his plate around to each table, encouraging guests to try a bite. 

 

 

Awards were also given during the meeting, honoring those like local farmers George and Nancy Krom. They received the Joseph A. Kroft Conservation Award. The recognition honored the Krom's continued efforts to help protect Fulton County's soil and water resources.

Presenter Mike Norman said the Kroms, who had been farming in Fulton County all of their lives, had been one of the county's early adopters of no-till crop production and participated with the SWCD on many practices, including their cover crop program.

 

With most of the Krom's farmland being in the Tippecanoe River watershed, Norman said their collaboration with FC-SWCD has resulted in measurable positive results, including the improvement of water quality in both the Tippecanoe River and Lake Manitou watersheds.

George Krom thanked FC-SWCD. 

 

 

Shirley Needham also had an eventful night at the banquet. Needham accepted the River Friendly Farmer of Indiana Award for familiy's farm, Kern Woodlands LLC. The farm is operated by Needham and her siblings, Dr. Patricia Holmgren and Bill Kern. 

 

 

Needham was also sworn in by Fulton County Commissioner Dave Sommers as the newly appointed supervisor with FC-SWCD. Needham replaces Matt Harsh, who had been a supervisor for FC-SWCD for the past 18 years. 

 

 

 

Caston Lady Comets look to continue to make history

The Caston Lady Comets are making history, and they have no plans of stopping anytime soon. 

The players, coaches and staff would love to thank the whole community for coming out for the regional this past Saturday. GIANT fm Sports had a chance to talk to a few of the Lady Comets.

Senior Addison Zimpleman:

 

 

Zimpleman says as a leader of the club she tries to make sure everyone is ready and focused.

 

Senior Isabella Scales says sometimes to make sure they stay focused they have to get on each other during practice.

 

 

The seventh ranked Caston Comets (22-3) will take on fifth-ranked Marquette Catholic (22-4) in the second semifinal Saturday at the Frankfort Semi-State.  You can catch all of the Lady Comet’s action here on GIANT fm Sports WROI with pregame slated for around 11:30.  

Fulton County woman, Culver man charged with stealing from abandoned homes

In November 2023, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department obtained a complaint that funds were stolen from the debit card account of a county resident.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department initiated an investigation and discovered that the suspects were also involved in breaking into abandoned buildings and homes and stealing copper and scrap.

A case report detailing those events was forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutor's Office for formal charges.

Mackenzie Vanlue, 24, of Fulton, was charged with theft, Level 6 felony.  She was held on a $3,000 cash bond.  

Two days later, Kristofer Conley, 23, of Culver, was arrested for two counts of burglary as Level 5 felonies, and two counts of theft, also Level 5.  His cash bond was set at $25,000 cash. 

 

Artist Brett Manning upcoming feature in 'Eye on the Arts' on PBS

When local artist Brett Manning was recently contacted by PBS about being featured on their show "Eye on the Arts" she admitted some skepticism.

Living a secluded life in a rural Royal Center farmhouse she did some research to prove the email was actually PBS and not a scam, Manning finally agreed to let the film crew at her farm for an interview. With the filming and interview complete, Manning's work will be featured on PBS's 'Eye on the Arts,' sometime in late March. 

 

 

Decades of passion continue to guide Manning's art career.

Originally a Chicago based artist, it was a huge jump into another culture when she moved to her rural farmhouse outside of Royal Center in 2015. The change of scenery set a new tone and inspiration to Manning's work as a freelance artist and illustrator, clothing designer, entrepreneur, and store proprietor. 

Dabbling in a wide range of art mediums over the years, it was while Manning was earning a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago that she fully embraced her passion for drawing in ink. The black and white contrast of ink on paper help highlight Manning's unique characters that are often inspired by her real life surroundings. 

 

 

 

 

After Manning began making clothes, candles, frangrances, and more, by 2009, the artist began selling her products on her online Etsy shop, Brettisagirl. Growing a web-based fan following made moving from the city to the corn fields easier, with Manning still able to continue creating, sharing, and selling her work.

 

By 2016, Manning made some new trails in her career locally. She started collaborating with stores in the Logansport area, who began selling her products. In 2022, Manning stretched her wings even more by opening her own shop 'The Lantern'. It's located on the second floor of Bonus Pints, at 430 E. Broadway Suite B, in Logansport.

 

 

Store hours are Wednesday to Friday from 3 -  8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon - 4 p.m. Those wanting to check out her work online, can do so at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Brettisagirl. 

 

(Photos provided by Brett Manning)

Warnings of romance scams

Indiana consumers should be on the lookout for romance scams approaching the holiday season. 

“While online dating may seem like an easy way to find love, it doesn’t always end well,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We see cases of goodhearted people who truly believe they’re connecting with a genuine person and then get taken advantage of by scammers. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.” 

In romance scams, perpetrators prey on unsuspecting matches by creating fake profiles to take advantage of victims online. They go to great lengths to pose as prospective romantic partners with similar interests to lure people into providing gifts, money, or personal information. 

Here are a few warning signs that someone might be more interested in your money or personal information than a relationship: 

  • Your new romantic interest sends a picture that doesn’t look realistic. Rather, the person looks more like a model from a fashion magazine.
  • The relationship is moving fast, and the other person quickly professes their love for you.
  • The person attempts to isolate you from friends and family.
  • The person requests inappropriate photos or financial information that could later be used against you.
  • The person can’t meet you in person or communicate on facetime.
  • The person asks you for money to buy their ticket to visit you, help pay for medical expenses (for them or a family member) or invest in a business.
  • They ask for money in the form of wire transfer, preloaded gift card, cryptocurrency, or money transfer app that are hard to recoup.

If you ever suspect a scam of any type, file a complaint at indianaconsumer.com or call Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office at 1-800-382-5516. 

INDOT, ISP encourage drivers to plan ahead for upcoming solar eclipse

Indiana will play a pivotal role in hosting eclipse enthusiasts as they flock to the Hoosier State to catch a glimpse of the first total solar eclipse in seven years on Monday, April 8.

The eclipse will be visible over a large portion of the state, with the path of totality spanning from Evansville to the outskirts of Fort Wayne, entering southwest Indiana at 3:01 p.m. EDT/2:01 p.m. CDT and exiting to the northeast at 3:12 p.m. EDT/2:12 p.m. CDT.

Other parts of the state will experience a partial eclipse of at least 90 percent totality from approximately 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT to 4:30 EDT/3:30 CDT.

Nearly 4 million Hoosiers live within the path of totality, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit Indiana for the event. Increased traffic and congestion are also expected as residents and tourists alike make their way to viewing destinations. Areas near the eclipse centerline are anticipated to see the greatest influx of visitors, including Vincennes, Bloomington, Franklin and Bluffton. Indianapolis and Evansville are also included in the path.

To ensure a smooth trip, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) urge drivers to plan ahead and prepare for potential travel impacts before, during and after the eclipse.

Before the eclipse

  • Research your viewing site, considering accessibility, parking and crowd size. Check INDOT TrafficWise on the mobile app or at 511in.org to plan your route and monitor traffic conditions. Plan to arrive to your destination early.
  • Anticipate increased traffic and congestion, especially in areas in or near the path of totality.
  • Reach your destination safely -- buckle up and put your phone down while driving.
  • Pack plenty of snacks and water, as well as charging cables for electronics and mobile devices, in the event you or your group become stranded.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas and top off fluids before you head out in case you’re stuck in traffic for a long period of time. Use this eclipse-ready checklist for more road trip essentials.
  • Don’t forget your solar eclipse viewing glasses! You will need specially designed glasses to avoid damage to your eyes.

During the eclipse

  • Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the main path if possible.
  • Exit the roadway to stop and view the solar eclipse. Do not stop along highways or park on the shoulder for viewing.
  • Do not take photos or videos while driving. Indiana is a hands-free state. Holding mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets while driving is prohibited by state law.
  • Do not wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Turn on your headlights. Do not rely on automatic lights.
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially along secondary roads.

After the eclipse

  • Plan your post-event transportation method well in advance. If celebrating, ensure everyone has a safe and sober way to return home. Designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation.
  • Exercise patience when leaving your viewing location as traffic may be heavy. Follow instructions from law enforcement or emergency personnel and be considerate of fellow drivers.
  • Stay put and stick around to avoid the post-event rush.
  • Clean up after yourself and dispose of trash in designated receptacles, or take it with you.
  • Once again, check INDOT TrafficWise on the mobile app or at 511in.org to plan your route and monitor traffic conditions.

INDOT will limit road closures and restrictions where possible on state routes to help with traffic flow surrounding the eclipse. View current construction and maintenance activities on INDOT’s TrafficWise map or the free mobile app.

Visit the sites below and follow INDOT and ISP on social media for more information regarding the total solar eclipse in Indiana.

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