General News

A new collaborative effort is beginning to fight homelessness in Tippecanoe County.

It’s called Solutions Beyond Shelter and aims at identifying the issues most important to dealing with those who are homeless or at risk.

United Way CEO James Taylor says people who have experienced the problem – or are now – are needed to help solve the problem. He says service providers, and people who understand the challenges facing low-income individuals, should participate also.

Hunger Hike 2012 kicks off

Apr 25, 2012

An annual event to raise money for those who are food insecure is underway in Lafayette.

Hunger Hike 2012 kicked off Wednesday.

The event is put on by Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette Urban Ministry, and Saint Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

Purdue women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp is the honorary chair.

She says her team is going to use their voice to push the message of feeding those in need.

Water boil advisory in Otterbein

Apr 25, 2012

The town of Otterbein is under a water boil advisory.

Water was shut down this morning as crews repaired a leak in a four inch water valve.

It is now restored, but residents are told to boil their water until further notice.

Those with questions are advised to call the town clerks office at 765-583-0089 or 765-714-1023.

Former Purdue administrator awaits sentencing

Apr 25, 2012

A Tippecanoe County judge is considering the punishment for a former Purdue associate dean.

Judge Les Meade accepted Pablo Malavenda’s plea of guilty for one count of theft. He was arrested last October for shoplifting and accused of stealing about $160 worth of household items.

Theft is a Class D Felony with a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Purdue fired Pablo Malavenda from his job in the dean of students office shortly after his arrest last year.

A sentencing hearing is set for May 23, 2012.

Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

Local and state housing figures promising

Apr 23, 2012

Housing figures in Tippecanoe County are outpacing the state numbers, but both are improving.

Statewide sales were up more than 12-percent last month compared to March 2011. 

However, in the county, sales improved by about 29-percent in that same span and prices jumped more than 7.5-percent

The average price of all homes sold in Indiana last month was 4.5-percent greater than twelve months prior. 

And, homes sold throughout the first quarter of the year are going for about 2.5-percent more than in the first part of 2011.

INDOT closing part of McCormick Rd

Apr 23, 2012

The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing a stretch of McCormick Road in Tippecanoe County permanently.

A cul-de-sac will be built just north of Lindberg Road and another will be built three-quarters of a mile south of U.S. 52. The closure of McCormick is set for Thursday and due to the new U.S. 231 bypass project.

Tippecanoe County Highway Department Executive Director Opal Kuhl says roughly 1,900 cars use McCormick Road each day, and those will have to find a new way to go.

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.