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Paving schedule is ‘approximate’

A paving schedule released by the city of Connersville is approximate. Crews from Milestone Contractors are milling the surface from several streets and then resurfacing them a couple of days later.

Crews have been putting up temporary signs stating “No Parking Police Order” roughly a day before paving work starts on projects around the city, according to Brad Colter, Connersville utilities supervisor.

Those who normally park on streets scheduled for paving are asked to move their vehicles off the road until the paving is complete, Colter said. Paving is scheduled to continue all of this week.

Vaccination day yields Bark Park donation

Connersville Veterinary Clinic served 100 dogs at the vaccine clinic in Roberts Park last Saturday.

As a result, CVC presented Connersville Parks Department with $2,390 to go into the expansion and maintenance of Roberts Bark Park.

Toddler Time set at Roberts Park

Toddler Time will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday each month at the John H. Miller Community Center in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road.

For children up to age 5, activities will include story time, crafts, free play and more. Cost is $3 per child. For information, call the Parks Department, 765-825-5244.

Girl Scouts collecting Christmas ornaments

Join Fayette County Girl Scouts’ county-wide community service project. from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, Girl Scouts will be collecting unwanted Christmas ornaments from the public.

Girl Scouts will repurpose them to decorate wreaths that will be donated to area nursing homes. For information, contact Melanie Maxwell, membership manager, at 317-924-6890 or mmaxwell@girlscoutsindiana.org.

Packaging plant fire emits toxic smoke

KENTLAND (AP) — Firefighters from five counties are battling a blaze at a northwestern Indiana packaging plant.

WLFI-TV reports Kentland residents living near the International Cushioning Co. plant have been Asked to close their windows and stay away from the fire because of toxic smoke from the burning packing peanuts and bubble wrap that the plant produced.

Kentland Fire Chief Matt Wittenborn says 15 employees were inside the plant when the fire began about 8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday but all escaped safely, and no injuries have been reported.

The 44,000-square-foot building is reported to be a total loss. It’s located at the intersection of U.S. Routes 24 and 41.

Firefighters from Tippecanoe, Newton, White, Cass and Warren counties responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Holcomb announces $436M EPA loan to support water projects

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb says a $436 million federal loan will help finance 28 wastewater and drinking water projects in 20 communities across Indiana.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler joined Holcomb at the Statehouse on Wednesday to announce the loan through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. The funding supports projects that will deliver clean water and protect public health.

Drinking water projects will include efforts to improve water treatment plants, storage tanks, distribution system components, wells and pump stations and water conservation measures. Wastewater projects will include efforts to increase capacity of wastewater treatment plants, tunnels to capture combined sewer overflows and collection systems.

The loan will save the Indiana Finance Authority an estimated $20 million compared to typical bond financing.

Court upholds stalking conviction

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the stalking conviction of a man who followed a college student for more than an hour as she drove through several counties, and thwarted her attempts to evade him.

The high court ruled unanimously Tuesday that Rodney W. Falls of Valparaiso was properly convicted last year of felony stalking and misdemeanor marijuana possession, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Falls, 56, had waved at the young woman at a Valparaiso stoplight on Feb. 13, 2018, and when she ignored him, Falls began “mimicking her actions, traveling down the same roads and trailing closely behind” her, according to court records.

The pursuit played out along U.S. 30 through five northern Indiana counties and continued after Falls had trailed her for about 70 miles to the city of Warsaw. There, the woman’s car was running low on gas, but she feared she would place herself in danger if she stopped to fill up, so she tried unsuccessfully to lose Falls by repeatedly driving up and down Warsaw’s side streets, court records show.