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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A little less than 2,300 people live in Fowler. The town runs along U.S. 52, just northwest of Lafayette – but still, Town Council President Linda Brouillette says there’s not much outside investment.

“We’ve done a number of things in the past few years. Some have succeeded and some have not,” she says.

The town hosts regular events every year, including a wind turbine festival and a Fourth of July fair, and there are plenty of buildings in the downtown that could house businesses or people.

But many of those buildings sit empty. Brouillette says a few have even collapsed from neglect in recent years.

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It will be at least a week before officials conclude an investigation into the cause of a fire at a Frankfort recycling plant.

Assistant Fire Chief Ed Cripe says the Frankfort Fire Department has two members investigating, along with a private investigator brought in by Werner and Son Recycling. He says they’re still reviewing video surveillance and conducting interviews.

The city street department is still collecting recycling in place of Werner and Son. They will continue to collect from one quadrant of the city at a time until the regular weekly schedule can resume.

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Officials are one step closer to finalizing regulations on commercial-scale farms in Montgomery County, after the county plan commission selected members for a confined feeding operation study committee Monday.

The plan commission selected 13 members for the committee: four farmers, four rural residents, two realtors, two school officials and one member of the plan commission itself – Ashley Adair.

Adair says her goal is to both research the impact of CFOs and to get community input.

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Frankfort officials have decided not to pursue a contract with a new recycling plant after their previous partner’s facility burned down earlier this week. Trash crews will still resume curbside pickup of recyclable materials next week.

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Frankfort officials have suspended the city’s curbside recycling pickup this week after a Monday fire at a recycling plant, but officials say residents can still drop off materials at the city street department.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe says the city began partnering with Werner and Son for its recycling a few years ago, when the amount of materials to be processed became too much for its own facilities.

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A fire at a Frankfort recycling plant continued to burn Monday afternoon as firefighters fought back the blaze.

Teams were dispatched to Werner and Son Recycling around 4:30 Monday morning after a passerby reported what they thought was a dumpster fire. Officials don’t know what caused the blaze, which tore down much of the east side of the building and left only the façade on the west.

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Montgomery County is searching for ways to improve travel and roadways, and Crawfordsville is at the center of that discussion. Intercity train travel took a hit late last month with the loss of the Hoosier State Line. So how is Crawfordsville working to improve transportation and travel for residents?

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Zoning is still a sore spot for Montgomery County residents, many of whom came to the county plan commission’s Wednesday meeting to ask for more thought on how to regulate confined feeding operations, or CFOs.

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A meeting to discuss an addition to the Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan was disrupted Monday night due to questions of transparency. The addition would cover road and infrastructure development.

Montgomery County officials and HWC Engineering scheduled the Monday meeting to gather public input.

City of Frankfort

The Frankfort Police Department has released its numbers for the first half of this year, and arrests are down. Is that number reflective of a drop in crime in the community, or a change in the Frankfort Police Department? What is law enforcement doing differently?

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