Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new cybersecurity lab is being named for the late local businessman Dick Rayl after he helped facilitate a donation of a building that will be incorporated into the massive project currently transforming the campus.

Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new cybersecurity lab is being named for the late local businessman Dick Rayl after he helped facilitate a donation of a building that will be incorporated into the massive project currently transforming the campus.

In an effort to eliminate future legal fees and end any doubt of innocence regarding what it refers to as unsubstantiated allegations, Temple Baptist Church in Kokomo has entered into a “nuisance” settlement with a former member.

In a record amount of giving, the Vigo County Education Foundation awarded 155 grants totaling $91,353 to teachers for classroom enrichment opportunities. Of the 150 teacher-requested grants, 63 are new projects.

Energy was high at the first Kickball with the Law game at Studebaker Park on Thursday evening. But though the two teams sort of kept score and competed against each other to see who would officially come out on top, everyone was really on the same side.

PERU – A Marion County judge has ruled Miami County is on the hook to repair six deteriorating dams located in a housing addition near Peru, after the Indiana Department Natural Resources found significant deficiencies in the structures.

With his nose sticking up in the air, the Kokomo Police Department’s newest K-9 Gust scoured the forest in search of a particular scent during this week’s Vohne Liche Kennels’ K-9 Olympics in Miami County.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Police say grave markers were knocked down when a woman allowed a 9-year-old girl to sit on her lap and drive a car in an Indiana cemetery.

TIPTON – Indiana 28 through Tipton will be restricted to one lane in each direction starting next week, following a total closure of the highway west of U.S. 31.

BUNKER HILL — It was a typical Monday morning inside teacher Shayla Elmore’s special education classroom at Maconaquah Elementary School. Some students were busy reading books on nearby laptops, while others quietly used fraction blocks to practice their math skills.

Dennis Sanders, a well-known community volunteer who was often seen at public events, faces three more felony charges of home improvement fraud after investigators say he operated a scheme for years targeting elderly people.

PERU – State health officials have upgraded the blue-green algae alert level at Mississinewa Lake’s beach, which now has the highest warning level of any lake under the control of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

BUNKER HILL – Deputies say a 20-year-old Wisconsin man who stole an SUV led officers on a high-speed chase down U.S. 31 before crashing into a fence at Grissom Air Reserve Base and trying to choke a police officer.

With a crowd of onlookers gathered nearby, the B-17G Aluminum Overcast and its crew of six touched down at the Kokomo Municipal Airport early Monday afternoon.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A settlement has been reached after the parents of a disabled girl filed a discrimination complaint against a Bloomington Montessori school with the U.S. Department of Justice.

CARMEL, Ind. — The Indianapolis suburb of Carmel is spending $64,000 to put its name on a U.S. 31 sign that's inside its city limits but welcomes drivers to the neighboring city of Westfield.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch spoke during a lunchtime speech Thursday in Kokomo about a variety of topics affecting Howard County residents, including the state’s plan to turn U.S. 31 into a freeway and its investment into rural broadband.

Six local farms have received the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes long-standing family farms that have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture.

WINDFALL – The Town of Windfall has received a $700,000 federal grant to update and fix its wastewater system after the Indiana Department of Environment Management found violations at the town’s sewage plant.

Local drivers and business owners are looking forward to the end of construction on Markland Avenue and its intersection with Washington Street after city officials said the project should be mostly completed by the end of August.

Margaret Holtman remembers her father always giving her the same advice, regardless whether it was in sports, job interviews or just everyday life.

MIAMI COUNTY — A vehicle pursuit that began in Tipton County ended up in a Miami County cornfield, where the driver was eventually able to evade police, according to information released today.

The Harris family always had a house full of music, and Michael and Lisa Harris raised their kids with instrument in hand. What started as a hobby morphed into a family band. And for the past eight years, the Trinity River Band has been the family's full-time profession.

PERU – Health officials are urging caution at Mississinewa Lake’s beach after the area on Friday was put under a blue-green algae advisory by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The Kokomo Police Department is continuing to ask for the public's help in identifying the person or persons involved in a Sunday morning shooting that killed a 36-year-old Kokomo resident while also warning the public against speculating about that incident. 

Walking through the adoptable dog room in Kokomo Humane Society, the pups were excited to get treats. Some ran through their kennel to the other side to snag another snack as the treats made their rounds through the room. 

The newly painted mural on the back of Rudae’s School of Beauty is hard to miss. With its vibrant shades of pink, orange and yellow, the mural is a welcoming sight to those who pass by it as they bike or walk along the nearby Industrial Trail.

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The first Jeep Roundup and Steel Horse Poker Run is set for Aug. 31 at UAW Local 685, 929 E. Hoffer St.

Guest speaker Vickie Smith will present a trunk show for a meeting of the Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild at 7 p.m. Aug. 27, at Indiana Wesleyan University, 1916 E. Markland Ave.

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