October 26, 2020: 7 things to know and 5 upcoming events

Last Updated on October 28, 2020 by Cass County Online

Compiled by Michelle Dials for Cass County Online

Here are some things we thought you might want to know for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020:

EEL RIVER DAM REMOVAL: At last month’s meeting of Logansport’s Utility Service Board, information was presented about the removal of the Eel River Dam at 10th Street and the 3-foot dam about 200 feet downstream. Further discussion, as well as a vote on the project, is expected at Tuesday’s meeting meeting of the Utility Service Board, which will begin at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the LMU Board Room on the 3rd Floor of the Logansport City Building. According to the minutes from the September meeting, reasons for removing the dam include enhanced public safety, liability issues and related insurance fees, reduced flooding events and ice-jam problems, elimination of labor and expenses for maintenance and inspections and fewer taxes owed. According to the LMU superintendent, the dam is no longer used for cooling water by the generating plant or as a pool for public water supply. The total cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $590,000. LMU’s portion is anticipated to be about $245,000 after anticipated grants from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide an estimated $344,000 in funding. LMU is seeking public input and suggests that community members submit written statements to LMU or attend Tuesday’s meeting for another opportunity to learn more or share their opinions on the issue. (The agenda for the meeting can be found here.)

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Indiana Department of Health announced Sunday that 2,175 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. To date, a total of 162,607 Indiana residents are known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard. Sunday’s report included 16 new cases and 1 new death in Cass County. More info is available at coronavirus.in.gov.

RED RIBBON WEEK: Oct. 23-31, 2020 marks the 35th year of National Red Ribbon Week. The red ribbons worn during this celebration are a symbol of unity against the illegal use of drugs. This year’s theme is Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free.

SHORT STORY CONTEST: The local mural committee who brought artist Anthony Brooks to the Transco Building on 18th Street is holding a contest inviting Cass County residents to help write the story of the characters pictured in the mural. Entries are due Nov. 2. More info here.

PANHANDLE UPDATE: The Panhandle Pathway, a 22-mile rail-trail corridor running through Pulaski and Cass Counties, has been designated one of 30 new national recreation trails. The National Recreation Trails program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with a number of federal and nonprofit partners. The designation of a national recreation trail can be done by either the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture on an existing local or regional trail with the consent of the federal, state, local, nonprofit or private entity that has jurisdiction over the trail. The trail’s managing agency or organization must apply for the distinction. Each of the newly designated trails will receive a certificate of designation, a set of trail markers and a letter of recognition. Read more here.

ELECTION UPDATES:

Early Voting at the Cass County Government Building

  • Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon

Cass County’s Vote Centers will be open Thursday, Oct. 29, Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Logansport High School Athletic Barn – 1 Berry Lane, Logansport
• Cass County Senior Center – 115 S. 6th St, Logansport
• Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds – CR 125 N, Logansport
• Galveston Community Center – 101 S. Park Road, Galveston
• Walton Community Center – Depot St, Walton
• Royal Center Masonic Lodge – 101 Kramer St., Royal Center

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, those locations will be joined by the Twelve Mile Fire Station and all locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Voters should bring ID with them to the polls. The BMV has announced extended hours for Election Day. Find more info here.

You can find information that we’ve compiled about when and where to vote and what’s on the ballot here. You can also find out about the responsibilities of each local office here.

Hoosier voters can track their absentee ballot, look up early voting sites, and contact their county clerk using www.IndianaVoters.com.

GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE: The candidates for Indiana governor, incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb and challengers Woodrow Myers (D) and Donald Rainwater (L) will debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

For more updates, head to CassCountyOnline.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the links for details on each event.

Oct. 27: Food Finders Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry at Life Gate Church

Oct. 29: American Red Cross Blood Drive at Logansport Savings Bank

Oct. 29: William Paca Spaghetti Night Dinner

Oct. 29: Rotary Club & 4-H Association Drive-Thru Pork Chop Dinner

Oct. 29: Healthy Halloween at the Cass County YMCA

Holiday events are popping up on CassCountyCalendar.com. You can find them here.