Thank goodness for the Smith’s longspur. It’s a welcome distraction… a mission, a challenge, a journey to temporarily take my mind and heart off the concern and anxiety that I have been feeling about COVID-19.

KENTLAND — “Captain Cash”, an elementary curriculum designed by Purdue Extension, recently sailed in the community. During the voyage approximately 60 third-graders from South Newton Elementary enjoyed classroom activities that helped them consider the following themes: the more you learn, t…

KENTLAND — The Kentland Rotary Club met together in a virtual meeting at noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Twenty-one members attended the meeting, and some were from as far away as Kendallville, Indiana, Spencerville, Indiana, Fort Myers, Florida, Denver Colorado, and Mexico City Mexico.

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NEWTON COUNTY — What do you get when you mix kids, parents and games? An evening of family fun that helps families spend quality time together. In early March, many families with kindergarten children participated in Kindergarten Family Fun Night (KFFN) programs; a collaboration of Purdue Ex…

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NEWTON COUNTY — The Newton County Health Department has been notified of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Newton County. Note that no further information will be released about this case, or about any future cases, in order to protect the privacy of the affected person.

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INDIANA — A six-part webinar series is focused on raising the awareness of the hemp growing possibilities in Northwest Indiana. The series will keep participants up to date on the latest regulations, growing techniques and business tips that will help people succeed in the emerging hemp industry.

INDIANA — The Indiana General Assembly appropriated $2.3 million in state funding to the newly formed Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Development Commission. The legislature’s action was the first step of broad initiative to tackle nearly a century of water management challenges …

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RENSSELAER — Jasper County has reported its first death from the coronavirus, according to information from the Indiana State Department of Health.

WEST LAFAYETTE — Every promising Indiana student deserves the opportunity to pursue an affordable, world-class education. With its new Fast Start program, which could easily save Indiana families thousands of dollars, Purdue University has taken yet another step toward making this possible.

NEWTON COUNTY — Are you ready to get moving, improve your health and enjoy life more? Get WalkIN’ is a free 12-week e-mail based walking program being offered through Purdue Extension in Newton County. Participants can sign-up, walk on their own and receive e-mailed support and information. …

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JASPER COUNTY —The Jasper County Health Department released the following statement in regards to the positive case announced in the county Tuesday morning. This newspaper did ask for general information regarding the patient, however, citing HIPAA laws, the health department would not give …

KENTLAND — A brief meeting of the South Newton Board of School Trustees took place on Monday, March 16th. It was reported that the decision to close the school campus was not an easy one. Superintendent Casey Hall was in continuous contact with school board members and area schools last Frid…

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The related press releas…

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect fr…