General News

Money Smart Week in Indiana

Apr 23, 2012

Indiana is one of 30 states taking part in Money Smart Week.

The educational effort is sponsored in part by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Indiana Secretary of State.

Indiana Money Smart co-chair Martha Henn saysfinancial education hasn‘t kept up with the needs of today‘s market.

More than 100 events are planned in 27 Indiana cities over the next eight days throughout the week.

A link to the programs taking place in Tippecanoe County can be found here.

The Diversity Roundtable is sponsoring a forum on immigration Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Resa Hodnett and Elaine Doss about the forum, which will air live on AM920 and

More information is HERE.

Toast to Mental Health

Apr 23, 2012

An annual event hopes to raise money for two mental health organizations.

The Lafayette Daybreak Rotary is hosting a “Toast to Mental Health.” It benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana and Mental Health America of Tippecanoe.

Event Chair Ken Ritchey says there will be wine, music and auction items to raise funds for mental health programs in the area.

The event is Thursday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Shively Club at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Pavilion. 

Food banks across the country are vying for $1 million. The money comes from Wal-Mart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” program.

It will give the grand prize to one of the 200 communities with the highest unemployment in the country. Food Finders Food Bank is in the running thanks to Lafayette and Kokomo being in the competition.

Development Director Kier Crites says if the money comes here, it could do a lot of good.  She says with the agency's buying power, $1 million means 3 million meals.

Purdue is celebrating plans for two new buildings.

Lyles-Porter Hall will house the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, and other health programs.

The $54-million facility will have an attached parking garage.

The $25-million Drug Discovery Building will house researchers from various areas of study to further the university’s pharmaceutical development efforts.

Both buildings will be located in the newly designated Life and Health Sciences Park on the south side of campus.

More than 180 people are receiving recognition for their volunteer efforts in the Great Lafayette community.

The United Way honored them during its 16th annual volunteer luncheon.

Purdue student Ryan Earl won the Marcile  Eddy Shining Light Award for his two years of service with the Lafayette Crisis Center.

He says a personal experience inspired him to get involved.

A future housing development in downtown Lafayette is seeking proposals.

Centennial Townhomes will be built on the former Midwest Rentals property at North 5th Street between Brown and Cincinnati streets. The project’s partners have launched a website with a survey for future owners and architects to submit their ideas.

Margy Deverall is a planner with the city’s Economic Development Department. She says the large commercial parcel in the middle of that unique neighborhood was really out-of-place.

Clay Bowl Giving Project April 19

Apr 16, 2012

Local potters and restaurants are donating their services for an annual event in the Lafayette area.

The YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program is hosting its 11th annual Clay Bowl Giving Project. Potters donate clay bowls for the event, which go along with each lunch or dinner purchase.

Lafayette area youth to plant community gardens

Apr 11, 2012

Several organizations are teaming up to help children plant gardens this summer.

Intersection Connection is hosting the Community Gardens, which includes kids from the YMCA after-school program, Junior Achievement and the McAllister Center.

The gardens are located at the Tippecanoe County Extension Office and Columbian Park Zoo.

Lafayette YMCA CEO Paul Cramer says those will benefit the children and the community. He says the project also meets Intersection Connection’s four goals.

Ribbon cutting for new hazardous waste collection facility

Apr 11, 2012

Residents of Tippecanoe County now have a new facility to dispose of hazardous household waste.

Officials with the recently created Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District held a ribbon cutting for the collection facility this morning.

The District has partnered with Southside Landfill to operate the site on North 9th Street Road in Lafayette.

Commissioner Tom Murtaugh says the service is being offered for free to county residents.