General News

Purdue grad students want their space

Mar 29, 2012

A group of Purdue students are discussing the need for their own center on the West Lafayette campus.

Graduate Student Government sent out a survey to its members Wednesday to see if such a space is needed. If there is, leaders want to know if using an existing building or creating a new one is the route to go.

PGSG President Rebecca Logsdon says from the responses she’s received so far, the idea is getting positive feedback.

Progress is being made on a new fire station in West Lafayette, which will become the permanent station number three.

The temporary third fire station currently operates out of a remodeled parks building at Cumberland Park. Mayor John Dennis says this fire station will stand out from others in the city.

Purdue presidential search committee on schedule

Mar 25, 2012

A member of the Purdue Board of Trustees says the process of hiring a new university president is on track.

Mike Berghoff is chairing the 13 member search committee looking for the next leader.

He says candidate screening is underway now through April.

The panel will forward the names of two to four finalists to the full board of trustees for consideration.

President France Cordova announced her last day on the job is July 15.

A Marion County Superior Court judge Friday ordered country music group Sugarland’s lead singer to give a limited deposition by mid-April in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse lawsuits.  

Indiana Veterans Home Superintendent stepping down

Mar 22, 2012

The Indiana Veterans Home is looking for a new superintendent.

Tony Stewart announced his resignation from the position to staff at the state-run facility Monday, reportedly to pursue another job opportunity.

He had been superintendent since 2008.

Stewart made many changes during his tenure, including demolishing some older buildings and making improvements to other structures.

He also attempted to cut costs by outsourcing certain support services such as housekeeping.

An interim superintendent has not been named.

Frankfort soldier dies

Mar 22, 2012

A Clinton County soldier has died.

Sergeant Jamie Jarboe passed away yesterday from injuries suffered nearly a year ago.

The 27-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a sniper while on foot patrol in Southern Afghanistan last April.

A funeral for the Frankfort High School grad will be held on March 31st in Topeka, Kansas, where Jarboe and his wife lived with her two daughters.

The time and place for a memorial service in Indiana have not been set.

Purdue trustee named new McDonald's Corp. CEO

Mar 22, 2012

A Purdue grad and member of the university’s Board of Trustees will be the next chief executive officer of McDonald's Corporation.

Don Thompson will take over the position this summer.

He currently serves as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1984.

He has served as a trustee since July 2009.

Money from mortgage lenders acquired in a settlement will be used to help low income Hoosiers pay their utility bills. The revenue stream is a result of the state's investigation of five banks  accused of foreclosure abuse.

During this past session, the General Assembly put more than $28 million of the settlement pool into a fund dedicated to the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Attorney General Greg Zoeller says this plan makes the best out of an unfortunate situation.

CASA fundraiser returns to SIA test track

Mar 19, 2012

An annual event in the Lafayette area is looking for bikers.

The Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge is a 24-hour long event, which involves riders, either solo or as part of a relay team, raising money for the CASAs for Kids Fund. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

CASA Director Coleen Hamrick says the funds help abuse and neglected children in ways the state Department of Child Services cannot.