General News

Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is beginning its 10th year helping low-income individuals and families file tax returns.

Director of Social Justice Ministries Patti O'Callaghan says the goal is to get as many filers as possible to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). She says last year, 1400 returns were filed and approximately $2.5 million dollars in refunds were issued through the program.

Plans for Indoor Soccer Complex Approved

Jan 4, 2012

A 30,000-square foot indoor soccer complex north of Lafayette cleared its final hurdle.

The Tippecanoe County Drainage Board signed off on the project near Conservation Club Road and State Road 25.

Project Engineer James Pence  with Schneider Corporation says there is a need for this type of facility in the community.

He says the indoor facility will be used mostly for games for teenagers and young adults.

There also will be a full-sized outdoor field adjacent to it.

Pence expects both to be ready for play by the spring.

LPD Prepares for Old Ford School Move-In

Jan 3, 2012

The Lafayette Police Department expects to start using its new training facility sometime next spring.

The LPD is moving some operations into the old Ford School at 14th and South Streets.

Chief Don Roush says the building will benefit departments throughout the region.

Lafayette bought the facility this fall from the Lafayette School Corporation.

Roush says it also will be used for office space, including some street crime investigation units.

He expects about 15 staff members to work out of the facility.

IU Health Arnett Hospital losing CityBus service

Jan 3, 2012

CityBus is ending service to IU Health Arnett hospital.

Route 7 busses will no longer run to the facility at McCarty Lane and County Road 500 East after this weekend.

The transit system reports low ridership to the hospital and an average per customer cost of $55. The system-wide average per passenger cost is about $2. Federal funding paid for part of the trip to the hospital.

General Manager Marty Sennett says the service could resume at some point in the future, when development grows in that area.

Radio and television commercials will begin airing across the state encouraging Hoosiers to contact their state legislators to urge them to oppose the “Right to Work for Less” law being proposed in the Indiana General Assembly.

A series of 30 second television and 60 second radio spots will run in areas where recent polling conducted by the Indiana State AFL-CIO and its partners has shown constituents oppose the measure. 

Titled “Wrong Priorities,” the ads were paid for by a coalition of Indiana State AFL-CIO affiliates and non-affiliated unions.

More than two dozen nonprofits in the Lafayette area received an early holiday gift.

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette (CFGL)  made 27 “Tier 3” awards totaling $107,751 in grants to 25 local charitable organizations.  Tier 3 awards are requests of under $7,500 from area not-for-profit agencies.  CFGL accepts these proposals year-round through noon on December 1. 

Food Finders distributes record amount to those in need

Dec 22, 2011

The head of Food Finders Food Bank says the need for assistance in the Lafayette area has never been greater.

Executive Director Katy Bunder says agencies the food bank serves are at the warehouse doors from the minute they open in the morning until closing time. She says they are thinking of establishing a night shift to keep up with pulling orders and restocking shelves.

Hunger Hike 2011 proceed benefit 3 nonprofits

Dec 14, 2011

Hunger Hike 2011 raised nearly $93,000 to benefit three local groups.  The money is being evenly split among Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Project.

LUM Executive Director Joe Micon says the need for programs to help low-income people in the area has never been greater.  He cites prolonged, high unemployment in the area and the strain on local food pantries.

Nearly one-thousand walkers and runners participated in Hunger Hike 2011.

LUM's Jubilee Christmas to Help Families in Need

Dec 9, 2011

Lafayette Urban Ministry is joining forces with local churches, businesses, and individuals to provide for those in need this holiday season. The 31st annual Jubilee Christmas Program is set to give toys, food, and clothing to 715 households and 1,900 children in Tippecanoe County. The initiative is supported by volunteers from around the community. Director Sandra Dunn-el says the event helps lifts the spirits of families going through challenging times. The Jubilee Christmas Program takes place December 10th at 25 sites in Greater Lafayette.

Man Killed by Train Identified

Dec 8, 2011

A person has been killed after reportedly walking in front of a train in downtown Lafayette.

Emergency crews were called to Riehle Plaza around 8 a.m. Thursdsay.

Police identify the man as Brad Babcock, 20, of West Lafayette.

Witnesses say he stepped onto the tracks in front of the approaching Amtrak train, which was bound for Chicago.

The incident is not considered at criminal matter, but is under investigation by the Tippecanoe County Coroner.

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