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Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Ed Eiler says the public school system helps develop a more cohesive society. He says this is threatened by charter schools and vouchers.

Eiler says school-of-choice opens the door for segregation of people from different income, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

He expects LSC to lose about $300,000 due to the state's new voucher law, with about half of that as a result of the 28 students who left the district to go to a charter school. Eiler says taking away tax breaks for these schools will result in diminished support.

LSC closer to finding a new superintendent

Nov 29, 2011

A half dozen people are interviewing face-to-face with the Lafayette School Corporation superintendent search committee over the next week.

These candidates were chosen after committee members conducted phone interviews with 10 people who applied for the position.

Officials say the search process is on schedule and they plan on naming the new superintendent in early January.

The person will replace Ed Eiler, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

 

Two Lafayette hospitals are named on a report for medical errors last year.

IU Health Arnett was flagged for a surgery in which doctors operated on the wrong body part.  There were more than a dozen similar cases last year at other hospitals in the state.

Saint Elizabeth East committed two errors, according to the report.  Both involved leaving foreign objects in a patient after surgery.

The number of reported errors across the state reached an all-time high in 2010.  There were 107 incidents, which is the most since the study began five years ago.

Lafayette's Columbian Park getting new equipment

Nov 28, 2011

More children will be able to have fun at Lafayette's Columbian Park next spring.

Officials broke ground on an addition to the SIA Playground, which will include equipment designed for children with disabilities.

Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg says they're still researching what type of things they can add, because there are plenty of options. He says new surface material might be included to help with accessibility.

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer, Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder.

A workshop at Purdue is giving high school students more information about how computer technology is used.

The one day event aims at equipping about 20 teenagers with guidance and skills to use their computer know-how in their future careers.

Some areas covered include computer forensics, creating animations, computing in health sciences, and social networking.

Computer and Information Professor and Associate Department Head Alka Herriger says the program is intended to build enthusiasm for computing professions.

Police warn about vehicle break-ins over holidays

Nov 23, 2011

The Lafayette Police Department is warning residents to double-check their vehicles before they leave them, even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Authorities say as much as 75% of vehicles thefts that have occurred over the past two weeks are the result of unsecured vehicles.  The study reviewed 51 thefts and of those, only 13 had signs of forced entry.

Lafayette police say that means residents aren’t properly locking their vehicles.

INDOT hosting Hoosier Heartland Highway meetings

Nov 22, 2011

Residents of Cass and Carroll counties can share their thoughts on the Hoosier Heartland Highway in December.

Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in each county to discuss the project. It stretches from Lafayette to Fort Wayne along State Road 25 and U.S. Highway 24. The path eventually leads to Toledo with access to the Great Lakes.

Economist Garry Peterson is working with INDOT. He says once the project is complete, the benefits of the highway will be obvious.

IN unemployment up slightly for October

Nov 22, 2011

Indiana's unemployment continues to rise, up .1 to 9% for October. The rate rose in September .2% from August.

Indiana and Ohio have the same jobless rate for last month. Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan are at 9.6% or greater.

Lafayette's unemployment rate rose from 8 to 8.2%, while West Lafayette dropped to 5.9%.

The unemployment rates in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties increased from September to October. This after all showed signs of improvement the month before.

A 20 year relationship between Tippecanoe County and Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District appears to be nearing an end.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners gave a preliminary vote to disband from the organization, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal and is in partnership with Clinton County.

Tippecanoe officials are considering a deal with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown, IN, to take care of the service for $4,000 a month.

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