Monday, June 18: Five things to know and five upcoming events

Here are five things you might want to know for Monday, June 18, 2018:

CREWS BATTLE MOTEL FIRE

Multiple departments battled a fully-engulfed fire last night at the Country Edge Motel north of Logansport. US 35 N was closed for several hours beginning shortly after 5 p.m. as crews worked into the evening to battle the blaze. The road reopened shortly after 10 p.m. Crews from Cass County Fire District 1, New Waverly, Royal Center, Logansport, Lucerne, Georgetown and Clymers were among those who responded.

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

The Logansport City Council will hold a special meeting tonight regarding tax abatements. In addition to tax abatement compliance for 7 companies that have already received abatements, the council will consider requests by two local companies that are planning new investments. One of the items on the agenda is tax abatement for pet-food manufacturer BHJ USA, which is located in the Industrial Park, and plans to add up 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space at a cost of just over $5 million and just under $10 million in equipment. Another request would allocate $120,000 in CEDIT funds toward a $1,250,000 upgrade of Steinberger Construction’s property at 400 Water St. The meeting begins at 6:30 tonight in the city council chambers.

The Cass County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting this morning at 9 a.m. at the Cass County Government Building.

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory again today. The peak heat index is expected to be around 100 degrees late this morning and into the afternoon hours. The National Weather Service advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, out of the sun, and to check on relatives, neighbors and pets.

EXPRESS ENROLLMENT AT IVY TECH

Ivy Tech Community College will hold Express Enrollment Days on Thursday, June 21, and Saturday, June 23.

Express Enrollment Days provide one-stop shopping for all enrollment and registration needs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at Ivy Tech locations in both Kokomo (1815 E. Morgan St.) and Logansport (1 Ivy Tech Way).

Ivy Tech recommends that students come with a government-issued photo identification, 2016 tax information, and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and high school or college transcripts. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/EEDay.

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR MAY RELEASED

Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for May and remains lower than the national rate of 3.8 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,928 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,659 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 13,269 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

In addition, Indiana’s initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows.

For more local news and information, visit CassCountyOnline.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

? 6/18: Job Fair at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility starting at 10 a.m.

⛳6/20: Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Outing

?6/20: CCHS Book Signing at The People’s Winery from 5-7 p.m.

ℹ 6/20: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group at 6 p.m. at Woodbridge Health Campus

?6/23: Cass County Amateur Radio Club Field Day begins at 2 p.m. at Cass County EMA

Find more local events at CassCountyCalendar.com.