RENSSELAER — The Jasper County Council approved the budget for 2021 after holding hearings over several days in August. Council President Rein Bontreger thanked the council for their diligence in going through the budget. He said this year, since more than a decade, the council could not giv…

INDIANA — Crops across the state are looking bountiful and harvest is almost here. Farmers will soon be traveling in large slow-moving farm equipment on Indiana roads. To increase roadway safety, we are encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience when approaching large farm equipm…

MONTICELLO — A popular White County tourist attraction and entertainment spot is being forced to stay docked for the foreseeable future because water levels on Lake Freeman have dropped between three to six feet during the past 30 days.

JASPER COUNTY — A Griffith man was arrested on drug possession charges after a Jasper County Deputy made a traffic stop on US 231 Sept. 10. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the deputy had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by an oncoming vehicle, which crossed the …

WHEATFIELD — At Monday night’s school board meeting, the board and administrators heard concern from parents regarding the issue of childcare at the schools if they were to close for an extended period of time due to COVID. On Friday, a letter was sent to parents and guardians of elementary …

WHEATFIELD — Wheatfield fire fighters were excited to learn the department had been chosen to receive a grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $411,500 after waiting a year to learn the outcome of their application. The grants are awarded to fire departments that need to repl…

Dr. Lei Zhang has joined Purdue University as the new nematologist . Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Nematology at Purdue University, with a joint appointment between Department of Botany & Plant Pathology and Department of Entomology. Dr. Zhang’s research program at Purdue will f…

MOROCCO — When the Newton County Economic Development Commissioner started discussing creating a website they wanted to be able to promote the area to potential businesses as well as provide valuable information for residents of the county.

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JASPER COUNTY — Jasper County Superior Court Judge Russell Bailey asked county commissioners for approval to expand the offices of his court reporters at Tuesday’s commissioner meeting.

DEMOTTE — Nick DeKryger, vice president at Belstra Milling Co. in DeMotte was the guest speaker at the monthly Community Round Table hosted by the Jasper County Economic Development Organization and the Jasper Newton Foundation. He spoke about a new educational program through the LEAP found…

In a typical year, I would be using this space to promote our upcoming annual Ag Outlook Breakfast, a program designed to help farmers interpret the latest market trends and prepare for harvest accordingly. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we will be taking a pause this year for t…

DON'T MISS: The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards - Late-night funny man Jimmy Kimmel is our virtual host for a socially distanced Emmy telecast that will look like no other. Kimmel is set to do the gig from a stage in Staples Center, but there will be no audience (or red carpet), and winners will deliver their acceptance speeches from home. Producers say they want the show to be "live as possible," ...

SEATTLE - Sometimes, even unity can be taken too far. Occasionally, getting your act together trumps moving together as one. That's the burden facing Pac-12 leaders right now. Their desire to keep a unified front may simply be holding them back. This is what San Jose Mercury News reporter Jon Wilner explained in a column Saturday morning. The Pac-12 presidents were expected to vote this week ...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Defensive end Dee Ford's neck injury prompted the 49ers to downgrade his status Saturday and rule him out of Sunday's game at the New York Jets. Ford played in last Sunday's opening loss, practiced Wednesday and then reported neck spasms that led to him missing the next two days of practice. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Ford was "meeting with guys and trying to ...

OTTAWA, Ontario - John Turner, the former Canadian prime minister who opposed efforts to bring his country into a free-trade agreement with the U.S., has died. He was 91. Turner died Saturday in Toronto, according to a government statement. Canada's 17th prime minister, Turner's tenure lasted less than three months, the second-shortest in the country's history, after he replaced Pierre Trudeau ...