Last Updated on June 23, 2016 by cassnetwork
Here’s your weekday update from Cass County Communication Network for Thursday, June 23, 2016. Listen with the link above.
SUMMER STORM BRINGS 100 MPH WIND GUSTS
As predicted, severe storms rolled through Indiana overnight.
A tornado watch was issued for most of the state just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night. Preliminary storm reports from the National Weather Service this morning showed multiple reports of tornadoes spotted in Illinois.
As the storms moved through our area, Cass County saw wind, rain and lightning, but the strongest cells seemed to be northeast and southwest of us.
Just after midnight, a wind gust of 100 mph was reported at Battle Ground, near the Tippecanoe/White County line.
Preliminary storm reports from White County, Carroll County and Clinton County. To the east, in Huntington, there were reports of wind damage as well.
The tornado watch was cancelled for Fulton, Pulaski and other northern counties just before 1 a.m., and was cancelled for 12 more Indiana counties, including Cass, Miami and White, at 2:45 a.m.
Hoosiers in need of non-emergency assistance are encouraged to call their local emergency management agency. Contact information for each emergency management agency can be found at http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BEGINS
State leaders officially kicked off construction yesterday on a $92 million project to modernize Interstate 69 in Hamilton and Madison counties.
The project, as part of the Governor’s Major Moves 2020 program, will widen 15 miles of Interstate 69 from State Road 37 in Fishers to State Road 38 in Pendleton. Also, the project will reconfigure an exit at Campus/Southeastern Parkway into a double-crossover diamond.
Following Independence Day, Milestone Contractors will shift traffic to begin widening I-69 and build new ramps at Exit 210.
Governor’s Pence’s Major Moves 2020 program is widening and rehabilitating more than 40 miles of I-65 and I-69 in Indiana. This includes:
Three sections of 1-65, from State Road 44 near Franklin to the Johnson/Marion county line, from State Road 38 to State Road 26 near Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, and between Sellersburg and Memphis in Clark County.
In December, I-65 south of U.S. 30 in Merrillville was added to the Major Moves 2020 program.
Four design-build teams are currently developing proposals to widen and modernize as much of I-65 as the $70 million project budget allows.
LOGANSPORT SENATOR ASSIGNED TO COMMITTEES
His assignments include three interim study committees: on Agriculture and Natural Resources, on Courts and the Judiciary and on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, the Military Base Planning Council, Native American Indian Affairs Commission and the Indiana Public Defender Commission.
Head says the committees are an important part of the legislative process and give lawmakers time to examine complicated issues in depth, while preparing for the next legislative session.
When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session.
Study committee topics are assigned by the bipartisan Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members — eight from the Senate and eight from the House of Representatives.
NEW FUN RUN FOR KIDS SET FOR SEPTEMBER
The producers of one of the world’s largest half marathons have set their sights on producing a similar sized event for youth. The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, has announced it will host the first and only youth run to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the 500 Festival mini-mini. It’s a fun run designed specifically for kids, providing Indiana’s youth with an “Indy Mini” experience that’s sized just for them. The inaugural 500 Festival mini-mini will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 and is open to children ages 5 – 12.
Five different race distances will be offered, ranging from half a mile to 2.5 miles, allowing participants to select the race that best meets their age and ability. All participants will start and finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed Yard of Bricks.
“The 500 Festival mini-mini is timed to coincide with the start of the new school year, and organizers hope it will kick start a healthy school year for Indiana’s youth.
Now through Tuesday, September 6, the registration fee for the inaugural 500 Festival mini-mini is $15. The cost to register on the day of the event is $20. Both fees include a participant t-shirt and finisher’s medal. To register, visit indymini.com.