General News

Red Cross Asking for New Fundraising Ideas

Feb 2, 2012

The American Red Cross hopes to raise around $80,000 as part of its upcoming annual campaign.

Members of the Tippecanoe chapter’s board are asked to collect $4,400 each during the Heroes fundraiser.

Volunteer Services Director Jennifer Edwards says the funds go to families in need throughout the four counties served.

Last year the campaign exceeded its $79,000 goal by about two thousand dollars.

She says the organization is asking anyone to share bring new, interesting ideas to raise money.


A local animal rescue and adoption shelter is looking for new sources of revenue.

The Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette is running at a deficit of nearly $300,000.

Executive Director Michelle Warren says part of the reason is an increase in animal intake. 

She says it costs the shelter more to house these pets and believes the economy is the primary factor for the recent spike.

Almost Home Humane Society took in more than 2,000 animals last year.

Warren says it’s the first year the shelter has seen an intake increase since 2006.

CityBus buying three new busses

Jan 27, 2012

CityBus of Greater Lafayette is updating its fleet of vehicles in the next few months.

Board members approved a resolution to purchase three busses for $9,500 each. Those were purchased from Minneapolis and are previously used.

General Manager Marty Sennett says the busses are “articulated,” meaning they come in two parts and bend in the middle. He says the new 60 foot busses can carry more passengers.

CityBus Adding to Fleet

Jan 26, 2012

CityBus of Greater Lafayette is updating its fleet of vehicles in the next few months.

Board members approved a resolution to purchase three buses at a meeting Wednesday night.

General Manager Marty Sennett says the buses are “articulated,” meaning they bend in the middle.

He says they are longer than the standard 40-foot buses, and can carry more passengers.

Sennett expects to replace older buses in the fleet with the newer models by early March.

The National Weather Service office in Indianapolis has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through 10 a.m. Thursday, January 26.

Counties affected include: Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe and Warren, among others.

NWS meteorologists say there could be minor accumulations of light freezing rain, sleet and light snow. Such precipitation would cause slippery conditions on area road and reduce visibility. Drivers should use caution.

Water Shut Off in Otterbein

Jan 19, 2012

Water is shut off in the Town of Otterbein while crews repair a water main break.   Once water is restored, the town will be under a water boil advisory until further notice.

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.