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Weekday Update for June 29, 2016

Last Updated on June 29, 2016 by cassnetwork

Here’s your weekday update with Michelle Dials from Cass County Communication Network for Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Listen with the link above.


Attorneys hired to evaluate the proposals for a purchase power agreement for Logansport Municipal Utilities gave their recommendation at last night’s Utility Service Board meeting. Anne Becker of Indianapolis law firm Lewis and Kappes recommended that the board enter into negotiations for a purchase power agreement with NextEra Energy Power Marketing.

The firm reviewed six proposals for a proposed purchase power agreement that were submitted in March. Becker said Next Era Energy was recommended because of its competitive price and potential contract length.

The board agreed to invite representatives from Next Era to make a public presentation similar to those provided by Duke Energy and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency in January at McHale Performing Arts Center.

According to a news release from the mayor, Duke and its predecessor names, Cinergy and Public Service Indiana, have provided purchased power to Logansport since the 1960s. Logansport had generated a portion of its own power until Jan. 31 when the generating plant was shut down to comply with federal guidelines on coal-fired plants.

Becker said Next Era also serves the community of Ferdinand, Ind.

Mayor Dave Kitchell asked the board to allow McCullough Research to review the three finalist proposals. McCullough Research has been retained by the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety to perform oversight analysis of LMU. The firm has previously been retained by the city to provide utility advice.

Kitchell said he believes it’s important for the public to have full confidence in the decision.

The board is expected to vote on Next Era at its July 26 board meeting.

LMU currently buys all of the electricity it sells to its customers from Duke Energy. The agreement with Duke runs through 2018, but LMU is obligated to notify Duke Energy by Dec. 31, 2016 if it does not intend to renew its contract beyond 2018.


A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. will be in Kokomo for Independence Day weekend. The VFW Post 1152, DAV Chapter 28, the American Legion, and the Forty and Eight are bringing the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to Indiana University Kokomo June 30 to July 4.

The tribute is 360 feet long and eight feet at its apex. It contains all 53,253 names inscribed on the original wall. The tribute will be located near the Pavilion east of Hunt Hall.

Volunteers are needed to assist with security, name location, clean up, and other tasks. To volunteer, contact Heather  McAdams, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and president of IU Kokomo’s Student Veterans Organization, at

Opening ceremonies are at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 30, with closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. Monday, July 4.

Each day, there will be speakers about military topics and concerns at noon and 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Motorcycle riders are invited to escort the memorial as it arrives in Kokomo today (Wednesday, June 29.) Registration starts at 2 p.m. at Brandt’s Harley-Davidson, 1400 N. Cass St., Wabash. Departure will be about 4:30 p.m., to arrive on campus at approximately 5:45 p.m.



Two blood drives are scheduled today in Cass County — from 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm at Logansport Memorial Hospital and from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Twelve Mile Community Building. More information is available on



An estimated 6,638 Volkswagen customers in Indiana will be eligible for monetary compensation and the option to have their vehicles bought back or modified to reduce emissions, as part of a joint state and federal agreement reached with the company over allegations of emissions fraud in its diesel engine vehicles. Indiana’s Attorney General made the announcement yesterday.  In total, restitution to Indiana customers could reach $66 million.The full details of the consumer program will be available online at and


An information session on the master’s degrees offered at Trine University will be held at 5:30 tonight on the Logansport campus at 421 E. Broadway in downtown Logansport. Master’s degrees are offered in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Engineering Management and Leadership. More info here.



Logansport City Council Ward 1 representative Dave Morris and at-large representatives Kevin Burkett and Terry Doran will host a quarterly meeting Thursday night at the Penman Building on Smith Street, across from Huston Park. The Logansport Street Department superintendent, Tony Shanks, will give an overview of the responsibilities of his department, and what residents might do to assist them. The meeting begins at 6:30 Thursday and is open to the public.



The schedule for the Logansport City Bus will be changing on July 1. You can find the new schedules on











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