As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Danforth 1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Danforth Community Building, Jefferson St.
Employees in Lowell, Indiana will see pay hikes. The Town Council is approving two-percent raises for employees. It’s a suggested pay raise. The Council is expected to give formal approval at a December 27th meeting.
The elected officials pay will remain at current levels. Lowell Town Manager Jeff Sheridan says the community’s planned-growth is making good progress. Sheridan said the vision is to grow the community in a smart, planned manner...keeping a small-town character while offering unique characteristics.
Sheridan says two-thirds of rural Indiana communities are declining in population, but Lowell’s population has increased in recent years. He said we want to properly manage growth.
Onarga mayor Mike Tilstra will not seek re-election in April, electing instead to run for a village trustee seat. Former State legislator Shane Cultra is running un-opposed for Onarga Mayor.
Cultra served in the Illinois House for 10 years and two years in the Senate, representing the area. He’s also a former Iroquois County Board member, serving as Chairman.
Tilstra directed Onarga’s village government the last several years, steering several improvement projects. Included is an ongoing effort to obtain a grant to alleviate flooding.
In April, Onarga voters will decide trustee seats. John Talbert, Andrew McCann and Austin Martin’s terms are due. Seeking to fill the seats will be Tilstra, McCann, Holly Zirkle, and Donald “Fred” Walraven.
Claudia Ramirez is running to fill a two-year seat that was occupied by the late Rev. James Small.
Village Clerk Stephanie VonDrehle is also seeking nre-election in April.
April’s Consolidated Election will include a four-way race for mayor of Watseka. Current aldermen Mike Marcier and John Allhands will be joined on the ballot by former alderman Bill Nutter and a former mayoral candidate in John Burch.
Current mayor Bob Harwood will not seek re-election after serving two terms.
Aldermanic seats will also pose contests for voters to choose.
Ward 1 finds petitions on file from Brandon Barragree and John Hanford. Alderman Marvin Purvis is not running again.
Current alderman Dennis Cahoe will seek re-election in Ward 2. A would-be newcomer filing is Stephen Newman. Ward 3 alderman Rick Elliott will seek re-election. He was appointed earlier to fill a vacancy. Former alderwoman Bev Foster will see a seat in Ward 3. Marcier is currently serving Ward 3. He’ll seek the mayor’s office instead.
In Ward 4, alderwoman Monna Ullfers is un-opposed for re-election.
City Clerk Sean Deneau is not seeking re-election. Amanda Hibbs has filed for the clerk’s job.
City Treasurer Carolyn DeLahr is un-opposed for re-election.