80 percent of local schools receive accountability grade of B or higher
(Local News ~ 12/25/16)
The effects of the more rigorous ISTEP+ testing is showing a strain on school corporations. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said the release of the accountability grades earlier this month establishes a new baseline at schools throughout the state...
Indiana Conservation Officers Urge Public to be Aware of 'Thin Ice'
(Local News ~ 12/25/16)
Conservation officers give tips on thin ice Indiana Conservation Officers urge the public to be aware of thin ice this winter. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, every winter, thousands of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, skating, hiking or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And, every year, people drown after falling through ice. Here are a few tips to remember before going onto a frozen lake or pond: • No ice is safe ice, • At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing, • If you don’t know, don’t go. — Wear a lifejacket or flotation coat, and • Carry ice picks/hooks and rope gear. Depending on weather conditions, ice can change from several inches thick to nearly open water within a few feet. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water surrounded by sand, often freezes with inconsistencies. Wind, waterfowl and beavers can also keep areas of ice thin. When participating in any recreational activity on ice, partnering up is a must. Before going outside a winter weather enthusiast should make sure someone knows where they are going and when to expect that person home. Parents are strongly encouraged to closely monitor all activities their children participate in when on frozen waterways. A fall into icy water can quickly result in the onset of hypothermia for the victim, which can lead to catastrophic consequences if not treated immediately. If a person falls through the ice, call 911 immediately with clear and concise instructions on the location of the victim. Attempts to rescue a victim should only occur after calling 911, and going into the water after a victim should be the last option in a rescue effort. District Five Post encompasses eight counties in west-central Indiana: Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Greene, and Sullivan. Larn more about outdoor safety, including safety tips on ice fishing, at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3601.htm, log on to www.in.gov/dnr.
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