General News

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.

Drinking and driving targeted during Grand Prix

Apr 11, 2012

West Lafayette’s police chief says law enforcement will crack down on drinking and driving during Grand Prix weekend at Purdue.

Jason Dombkowski says his staff will have a sobriety check point set-up near the Village and have a zero-tolerance policy.

He says the city is using state grant money to increase efforts of curbing alcohol consumption and driving.

Crews also will set up barricades around the downtown campus area next Thursday and keep them up until Sunday morning to patrol motorist and foot traffic.

Purdue Athletics mourns retired administrator

Apr 10, 2012

A former Purdue athlete and long-time athletics administrator has died.

Roger Blalock passed away Monday at the age of 65.

He recently retired as senior associate athletics director at Purdue. He held that job since June, 2004 – overseeing seven sports programs, including softball, volleyball and wrestling.

Blalock played basketball for Purdue and received a bachelor’s degree in 1969.

He worked at Eastern Michigan University for two-years, but spent most of his career at Purdue in various positions.

Rebuilding efforts begin in tornado-ravaged Indiana towns

Apr 10, 2012

Towns devastated by the tornadoes in southern Indiana last month are starting to rebuild.

Purdue Disaster Specialist Steve Cain says the communities have come together to pick up the debris  from the storm.

He says now they are training some of the local people to handle case managementand construction management to help in the recovery process.

A committee called March2Recovery has been set up to help recruit volunteers and solicit donations.

More information is available at

Honor Flight set for take-off April 16

Apr 9, 2012

A local organization is sending World War Two veterans from greater Lafayette to the nation’s capital.

Lafayette’s Gold Star Mothers charity is preparing for its first Honor Flight, which will take 81 veterans to see the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. The one-day trip takes off from the Purdue Airport on April 16.

Secretary Treasurer Pam Mow says the veterans who participate are each given a partner.