Taylor Haggerty

My name is Taylor, and I’m the new general assignment reporter for WBAA News. I came to WBAA after working for WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana. I was born and raised in Michigan, in the metro-Detroit area. I studied journalism and English literature at IU, and the more I learned about public radio, the more I wanted to work in the field. I’m excited to start my work here at WBAA, reporting on issues affecting the Greater Lafayette area.

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After months of meetings and public hearings, Montgomery County has its first zoning ordinance. County commissioners approved the proposal Monday.

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The first phase of renovations at the Purdue Union Hotel is well underway as workers are cleaning out nearly 200 hotel rooms for the furniture liquidation sale this weekend.

The sale will include televisions, framed artwork, furniture, and miscellaneous items ranging from Bibles to showerheads. The sale will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Memorial Union Senior Director Zane Reif says anyone hoping to make a purchase should plan on arriving early.

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West Lafayette will not adopt a ban on large wind turbines going into effect in Tippecanoe County. The city council voted against the ordinance this week.

The ordinance prevents turbines over 140 feet in the county, and county commissioners say it’s to keep the land free for economic development. They have repeatedly said the ban isn’t a statement against renewable energy or environmentally-friendly technology.

But City Council President Peter Bunder disagrees.

“It’s also about environmental energy. And it’s - it’d be difficult to separate those,” Bunder says.

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A requested permit to open a confined feeding operation, or CFO, has some residents in Montgomery County concerned.

The permit was submitted by Bowlder Ridge LLC. Documents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management say the request, submitted May 21, is for a farm of 8,800 hogs near the small town of Linden.

Monty Eldridge, a county resident who lives near the proposed site, says he received a notice from IDEM about the requested permit. He says he’s gone door to door to speak with other residents.

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The Montgomery County Area Plan Commission has passed the county’s contentious zoning ordinance, following another night of debate Wednesday.

The Plan Commission had earlier tried to send county commissioners the ordinance without a recommendation, but it was sent back to the Plan Commission following a re-reading of state statute which shows such a move is illegal for a first-time zoning ordinance.

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Indiana Communities are debating the future of their historic buildings as state and local leaders push for economic development and city expansion.

Some small towns are struggling to maintain these structures in the face of sometimes confusing and conflicting rules and regulations.

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A final vote on Montgomery County’s first zoning ordinance will have to wait until after elected leaders sort out the proper process to move it forward.

County commissioners removed the proposal from the agenda of their Monday meeting, citing procedural issues. Now, the proposed ordinance has to go before the plan commission a second time before the commissioners can vote on it.

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Commercial wind energy technology is no longer allowed within Tippecanoe County. County Commissioners unanimously approved a ban on large-scale wind farms at their meeting Monday.

Wind farms have sparked contentious debate in several West Central Indiana counties. Tippecanoe County commissioners argue that because of the county’s high population density and potential for economic growth, the developments aren’t a good fit.

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Residents in Montgomery County are concerned they’re being left in the dark when it comes to the future of their community. That was the main message during a meeting of the county’s Area Plan Commission Wednesday evening, which included a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance.

County commissioners say the zoning ordinance is needed because they’re being threatened with a lawsuit by a wind energy company. Commissioners argue they can’t address some residents’ concerns about wind turbines without a comprehensive plan and zoning in place.

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An ordinance that would ban large-scale wind farms from Tippecanoe County is moving on to county commissioners for approval and implementation. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend its passage at a meeting Wednesday.

Meeting attendants argued both for and against wind turbines. That’s a change from previous discussions of the proposed ban, which were mostly opposed to wind farm development.

Those in favor of wind farms say the ban is a step back for Tippecanoe County and limits potential developments in sustainable, green energy.

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