Clinton County

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Indiana localities have only a week left to apply for the state’s matching grant program designed to separate roadways from railroad tracks.

To receive part of the Local Trax grant, local governments have to pitch a safety enhancement project for a highway-rail intersection. The applications are scored based on factors including how many cars and trains cross per day. If a project is chosen, the state will cover 80-percent of its cost.

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Indiana ranks 12th in the nation for the number of wind turbines, and wind energy production is projected to grow.

But Clinton County -- which had one of the state’s first wind ordinances – is now embroiled in talks about whether there will ever be any turbines there.

The Clinton County Area Planning Commission is collecting public comments from residents—for example, how much noise people are willing to tolerate—before they update its wind farm zoning ordinances.

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After eight years of declining revenue, the Clinton County Health Department may have to raise service fees to make up for its losses.

The Clinton County Council recently increased the department’s loan cap to $65,000 -- $15,000 more than what it was allowed to borrow at the beginning of this year.

Health Department Administrator John Brannan says the department is asking for more grants from the state before taking money from the community.

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Numbers released this week by the Indiana Department of Education show disappointing results for Clinton County schools.

For every school with an “A” grade, there was one school with a “D” or an “F”. The four "F"-graded schools all belong to the Community Schools of Frankfort. The corporation received a “D” grade overall.

Frankfort Senior High School is the only school in the corporation that received an “A”.

Assistant superintendent Joel McKinney attributes the poor grades to the student body as a whole struggling with testing.

Tippecanoe Co elevates travel advisory

Jan 5, 2014

Tippecanoe County again has raised the level of its travel advisory.

Officials have issued a Warning due to road conditions. A Warning means all roadways are closed to non-emergency vehicles and personnel. The Warning is in effect until further notice.

Clinton County Commissioners declared a Level 1 Snow Emergency until further notice.  Frankfort Mayor Chris Barnes has done the same for the City of Frankfort. A Level 1 means only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads. Motorists can be ticketed or, in some cases, even arrested if not in compliance.

Clinton County commission races decided

Nov 6, 2012

Two new commissioners were elected in Clinton County.

Republicans Bert Weaver and Cory Boyles each won more than half the vote in their races.

Weaver defeated Mark Newhart by a nearly two to one margin. Boyles claimed 59% of the vote over Mike Nichols.

Both winners defeated incumbents in the May Primary. Current commissioners Mike Beard and William Beard will end their terms in office this year.

Officials are touting a new solid waste district in Tippecanoe County as a success.

The district board reports more than 35,000-pounds have been collected since operations started in March.

That is almost as much as the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District collected in all of last year and in 2010.

Tippecanoe partnered with Clinton County to run Wildcat for 20-years, but that ended earlier this year.

Rick Parsons runs the new district.  He says it’s operating as expected, which benefits all residents.

Frankfort making way for Ivy Tech center

Aug 14, 2012

Students in Clinton County and surrounding areas will soon have a new resource for higher education.

Ivy Tech Community College is setting up a center in Frankfort.

It’s expected to open for classes in the fall of 2013.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says enhancing post high school opportunities for residents is a top priority.

“Thirteen percent of Clinton County residents have a higher education degree.  Thirteen percent," he said.

Tippecanoe & Clinton counties issue mandatory burn ban

Jun 18, 2012

Tippecanoe and Clinton counties have issued a mandatory ban on open fires until further notice.

Officials say, despite the weekend rain, the area is still under moderate drought conditions as determined by the National Weather Service.

The Tippecanoe Emergency Management Agency is warning residents that the smallest ember can result in a massive fire, such as those seen in Buck Creek last week. Those brush fires are thought to have been brought on by sparks from a passing train.

Frankfort is hoping to strengthen ties with China during a trip next month.

Mayor Chris McBarnes and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shan Sheridan will spend a week in the Zhejiang providence.

Sheridan says it’s important for the area to have a strong relationship over there because of China’s continuing growth, especially in business.

The trip is June 11th through the 18th.

It will cost more than $11,600 for both Sheridan and McBarnes.  The expense is being covered by the Clinton County Council.