Library fixing roof shingles
ELWOOD — The Elwood Public Library has hired Fredericks Inc. to remove and replace roof shingles and install proper roof ventilation. This project began Wednesday and is expected to take approximately five days.
During this time the library and parking lot will be open. To protect patrons during this process, the south entrance will be closed through Saturday. At the beginning of next week the north entrance will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Kokomo Realtor to be on TLC
KOKOMO — Camera crews from the cable station TLC will make their way to Kokomo on Saturday to film a local real estate agent Gena Martin for a series called “My First Home.” The episode will be a special feature on the program and highlight area businesses like Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub, Posh Salon and Day Spa and Metropolitan Title Co., as well as a number of local houses.
Martin said she landed the gig after TLC emailed her about filming in Kokomo.
Donor gives $3M to Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University says it will create two endowed professorships in the history of science and medicine after $3 million donation to its history department.
Purdue officials announced the contribution Wednesday from a donor who is remaining anonymous. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says the donation will be matched with $3 million from a presidential discretionary fund. The donation is the largest the department has ever received.
Sign says plant ‘Not Pot’
WARREN — A northeastern Indiana woman put a sign that says, “Hibiscus, Not Pot,” in her front yard at a police officer’s suggestion. Kim Miller said the marijuana-looking plant outside her house in the Huntington County town of Warren is a flowering hibiscus.
“It’s hurtful that people in town would think that I would be so bold as to plant marijuana in my front yard,” Miller said.
Man injured in Fort Wayne beating
FORT WAYNE — A man was in critical condition early Wednesday morning after he was beaten and found on a downtown Fort Wayne street.
Fort Wayne Police were called at 3:56 a.m. to a battery in progress and found the victim lying in the middle of the 100 block of West Wayne Street. Detectives were interviewing witnesses and a potential suspect, according to Anthony. After the suspect is interviewed, the Allen County prosecutor’s office will decide if criminal charges are warranted, he said.
Karen Pence visits Bradley store in Japan
INDIANAPOLIS — The colorful quilted Vera Bradley handbags admired by many Hoosier women are also being sold in Japan. Indiana first lady Karen Pence visited the Vera Bradley store Tuesday at Marui Yurakucho in Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, to celebrate the designer’s entrance into Japan.
Pence is accompanying her husband, Gov. Mike Pence, on a trade mission to Japan.
U. of Mich. awards $2.9M Great Lakes grants
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Water Center has awarded eight research grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts. The 2-year grants were awarded to teams led by researchers at universities in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York.
Projects include work to support efforts to restore native fish migrations across the Great Lakes basin, assess strategies to restore the health of the Green Bay ecosystem under a changing climate and improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin.