DEMOTTE — The Fase Senior Center had a day of excitement and thankfulness with the arrival of the long awaited large digital electronic sign as it arrived Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving. In December of 2018 meetings, discussions and the sharing of the idea to purchase a digit…

WHEATFIELD — Although Wheatfield Town Marshal Jamie Patrick was sworn in on Oct. 6, the town council hadn’t made the transition from the interim marshal, Jim Gehring. At their November meeting, the council made it official, giving Patrick the job and relieving Gehring from the interim position.

RENSSELAER — According to a press release from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, two juveniles, later identified as Hunter R. Schoonveld, 17, of Rensselaer, and Malery J. Eastridge, 16, of Morocco, died when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a farm implement towed by a tractor near Co…

WHEATFIELD — In a letter to FFA members, parents and supporters, FFA Advisor Garrett Bitterling said the annual FFA Member Auction would be postponed this year. The auction is a fun fundraiser where the members are “auctioned” off for a day of work to the highest bidder and is accompanied by…

RENSSELAER — For the last time in 2020, the Jasper County Council and Commissioners met together Tuesday night in the meeting room of the CASA/Health Dept. building on Sparling Ave. in Rensselaer. The meeting room allows for social distancing during meetings, unlike the meeting room at the c…

RENSSELAER — Following a joint meeting of the county council and commissioners, the council began it’s monthly meeting with additional money requests from the Jasper County Clerk Kara Fishburn, and requests to transfer money from other departments as they find themselves short on funding whi…

WHEATFIELD — Nov. 16 proved to be a great day for Kankakee Valley Intermediate School’s Spell Bowl team when they became the state runner-up in the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl competition in the orange division. This competition is hosted by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

JASPER COUNTY — In response to the rising spread of COVID-19, Jasper Circuit Court Judge John D. Potter has announced changes to court procedures to maximize safety for lawyers and litigants coming to court.

WHEATFIELD — Members of Kankakee Valley’s 2020 sectional championship girls’ golf team were honored at an awards program last week at the high school.

INDIANA — In its continuing effort to support youth pursuing careers in agriculture, Ceres Solutions will offer $25,000 through scholarships to high school seniors and college students this spring, according to a news release. Students receiving the scholarships are selected based on their c…

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JASPER COUNTY — The monthly round table Zoom meeting hosted by the Jasper County Economic Development Organization and the Jasper Newton Foundation focused on COVID in the county. Speakers were Commissioner Kendell Culp, Franciscan Health Rensselaer COO Carlos Vasquez and Dr. Stevan Vukovich…

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DEMOTTE — The Taco Bell residents have watched going up, has opened, with a ribbon cutting Saturday morning. The restaurant opened at 10 a.m. and will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

RENSSELAER — Friday morning, Ceres Solutions and CountryMark gathered to announce a USDA grant that allows the companies to bring E15, an ethanol blend of fuel, to Rensselaer. Among the speakers for the event was U.S. Congressman Jim Baird, Jasper County Commissioner Kendell Culp and the Ind…

Arizona certified Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the state on Monday, dealing the latest blow to President Donald Trump's campaign to overturn his defeat and leaving Wisconsin as the last contested battleground state to formalize its election result. Biden won the state vote, according to the official canvass in Phoenix by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The process was overseen by Gov. Doug ...

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a revamped strategy to deal with New York's surging coronavirus cases on Monday with a focus on avoiding an overwhelmed health care system. More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, a growing number that the governor warned could lead to renewed shutdowns on a scale not seen since the spring. "We are now worried about ...

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Janus v. AFSCME), ruling that public-sector unions cannot compel non-member employees to pay fees covering the costs of non-political union activities. This decision overturned precedent established in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in 1977.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's pledge to start shipping COVID-19 vaccines "within 24 hours" of a green light from the Food and Drug Administration will lead to a multi-step scramble during the time between authorization and the first shots going into arms. Any thumbs-up from the FDA would kick-start the distribution of 6.4 million vaccine doses among 64 states, territories and major ...