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Generous donation keeps school open

A northern Indiana military school says a graduate’s donation is allowing it to stave off being closed.

Howe Military Academy says its Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to keep the doors of the 130- year-old school open for the coming school year.

A statement from board president Michael Burns says projected enrollment justified continuing with the school in the town of Howe about 40 miles east of South Bend.

School officials had said that this spring they needed to raise $2 million after years of languishing enrollment.

The school had 73 students in grades 6-12 this year, including 16 students who graduated Saturday.

One board member said Howe needed 110 students to break even.

Vigil honors 2 slain inside Indianapolis

Dozens of people gathered in prayer during a vigil near the Indianapolis home where an 84-year-old woman and her adult granddaughter were killed by a gunman who was later fatally shot by a police officer.

Mourners joined together Sunday evening to remember 84-year-old Julia Morrow and 30-year-old Inity Morrow two days after they were killed inside their home on the city’s east side.

Oasis of Hope Baptist Church pastor Frank Alexander offered a prayer for a city he said has “gone wild with homicides.”

Alexander says many in the neighborhood are long-time residents and such violence devastates the community.

Officer Greg Milburn and 36-year-old Quintico Goolsby exchanged gunfire outside the Morrow home Friday morning.

Goolsby was killed, while Milburn survived a bullet hitting his protective vest.

More cable barriers being installed

Contractors are starting to fit sections of two interstates in central and western Indiana with more than 50 miles of cable safety barriers intended to prevent deadly crashes.

The fence-like cable barriers can prevent vehicles from crossing highway medians and colliding with oncoming traffic.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says a contractor will begin work Monday installing 40 miles of cable barriers along Interstate 70 in Clay, Putnam, Morgan and Hendricks counties. That $2 million project should be done by late November.

Another contractor will install 11 miles of cable barriers along I-65 in Tippecanoe and White counties. That $626,000 project will be completed in late October.

Indiana has installed 369 miles of median cable barrier statewide since 2005 at a cost of nearly $31 million.

Purdue warns of armyworms

Purdue Extension entomologists are warning Indiana farmers to scout their cornfields for signs that a pest called the armyworm is busy laying eggs in those fields.

The entomologists say cornfields that still have dense grassy vegetation, such as wheat, grass hay or grass cover crops are at highest risk from armyworm infestations.

They say farmers who planted no-till corn into a grass cover crop, especially annual rye, need to look over their fields for signs of armyworm feeding.

The pest can cause devastating damage to cornfields. Corn damaged by armyworm feeding has a ragged appearance, with damage extending from the leaf margin toward the midrib.

With high enough armyworm populations, most of the plant can be eaten.

Jeffersonville gets grant to clean up

A southern Indiana city is getting a $400,000 federal grant to help it clean up some of its old industrial sites.

Half of Jeffersonville’s brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will be used for properties tainted with hazardous substances and the other half for sites polluted with petroleum. The grant also covers inventory and planning for potential cleanups.

Jeffersonville grant administrator DeLynn Draper-Rutherford says the cleanup work could encourage developers to invest in brownfields because the initial steps for rehabilitation would be done before they obtain the property.

She also says the Ohio River city could file insurance claims as far back as 50 years, citing the contamination, and settlement money could also go toward redevelopment.

Requests for proposals for environmental assessors will be submitted in October.

Organizers shorten Skelton Festival

Organizers of an annual festival toasting the life of comedian Red Skelton have shortened this year’s event in Skelton’s southwestern Indiana hometown in hopes of attracting bigger crowds.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy marketing director Anne Pratt tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial organizers of the June 6-7 Red Skelton Festival believe holding all the festivities in just two days and in one place will draw more people.

The annual festival had previously lasted a week and been held at various locations in Vincennes.

Next weekend’s festival will be held entirely on Vincennes’ Patrick Henry Square.

Skelton died in 1997 at age 84. The comic had a big impact on early television and comedy with characters such as Freddie the Freeloader, on “The Red Skelton Show.”