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Logansport Pharos Tribune (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Logansport, IndianaState focusing on tax Caps state Page a3 Lewis Cass tears through Oak Hill sports Page b1 giving you the news you care about inside today pharos Tribune logans port ind. saturday november 8, 2008 80 cents new school initiative feeding needy children a Volunteer efforts help launch Backpack program into two Logansport schools. By Carla Knapp pharos Tribune associate editor when elementary school principals Elizabeth Loposser and Chris Hess first suggested their schools should provide Low income families with additional food they had no idea it would take off like it has. A a it a taken lots of coordination to get Here but the amazing thing to me is that we sat Down in june. And this thing just took off a said Hess the principal at Fairview elementary school. A you Plant a seed with one or two people and if its a worthy cause and something that people can get passionate about it really takes on a life of its with the help of donations and Volunteer efforts from around the county Columbia and Fairview elementary schools in Logansport held the first distribution Day for the Backpack program on Friday. Children from Low income families in kindergarten through second grades who were identified through the schools free and reduced lunch programs took Home a Backpack filled with nonperishable food items to provide their families with something More to eat Over the weekend. The students will bring the bags Back on monday and volunteers will refill the bags to be taken Home again. A the program and the meaning of All it can do for the children is the important part a said Joyce Gebhardt executive director of the United Way of Cass county which helped launch the program by providing a one time $25,000 Grant through the end of the school year. Donations from area businesses including the Andersons also helped to get the program off the ground. A see program Page a2 want to help the Backpack program needs volunteers who Are willing to sack food. Volunteers will meet at 9 30 . On thursdays through the end of the school year at first Assembly of god 831 Burlington ave. No heavy lifting will be required but for those who Are Able volunteers Are also needed once a month to unload skids of food at the Church. High school students Are also invited to help with the project at 3 30 . On the second tuesday of the month at the Church. Obama promises action on Economy a president elect acknowledges limited Power until Jan. 20. Chicago a even Barack Obama can to change the Calendar. The president elect said Friday he wanted to act urgently and Deal a head on with the nations economic crisis. But he recognized that his Power was limited by the fact that George Bush will be running things until Jan. 20. A the United states has Only one government and one president at a time a Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency three Days earlier. Inheriting an Economy in peril Obama spoke confidently yet soberly in a setting far different from the tuesday night rally celebrating him and his historic Victory. He warned that the nation faces the Challenge of a lifetime and pledged he would act to help americans devastated by lost jobs disappearing savings and Homes seized in foreclosure. But the Man who promised change cautioned against Hopes of Quick solutions. A it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the Hole that we Are in a he said. The no. 1 priority Obama said is to get Congress to approve an economic stimulus plan that would extend jobless benefits Send food Aid to the poor dispatch medicaid funds to states and spend tens of billions of dollars on Public works projects. If the plan is not approved this month in a special session of Congress Obama said that a it will be the first thing i get done As president of the United in his first appearance since a jubilant election night Celebration Obama sought to project an air of Calm and reassurance to a deeply worried nation. He stood in a presidential like setting with an array of eight american flags and a lectern showing a presidential Seal above the words a the office of the president the stage behind him was lined with advisers he had summoned his economic brain Trust almost 20 minutes late to his first meeting with reporters Obama spoke for just 20 minutes and broke a see Obama Page a2 traffic has been let Loose to legally travel the now wider 600e that is decked with shiny new pavement. Local dignitaries and area residents gathered briefly Friday morning to perform a ribbon cutting to make the opening official. Almost immediately after the a Road closed sign was removed motorists began using the thoroughfare formerly known As Cass station Road. A a it a Good to see that a Road closed Sien come Down a said Lynn Fry who lives on 600e and has had to Deal with the hassles of Road construction. A with the Price of Gas and having to go All the Way around it its been a real inconvenience but i love that its Cass county Highway department superintendent Steve Easley expressed his Delight about the roads opening. A we finally have opened what i know to be a very heavily travelled Road a Easley said. A with what they be done with Width and the shoulders and drainage this is just an excellent Job that people will be very pleased with for Many years to according to Kurt Courtney project manager for United consulting the lanes have been widened from 10 and 11 feet to 12 feet with the addition of 6-foot shoulders and improved drainage Between . 24 and the Wabash River. New pavement has been applied and two potentially dangerous intersections have been improved. Fry said pulling onto 600e from country club Road had been hazardous because of the Bend in the Road. A you see if someone was coming from this direction a she said. A you just had to get out Here As far As you could and just take off because it was kind of a Blind Corner. As soon As they got this Hill done you could see so much better. You can pull out Here and look this Way and see forever to know How to pull out United consulting handled the design and construction engineering. A amp a paving was the contractor. Easley admitted that to Cass county residents who used the Road on a daily basis the project probably seemed like it took forever. The sign after being closed for months 600e officially opened to through traffic Friday morning. Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony Kip Chandler l and Mike Spencer of a amp a paving remove the a Road closed sign. It photo i Arnold Ernest the initial completion Date was sept 19 but because of a drainage Issue caused by an unexpected amount of Limestone beneath the surface the project was delayed about 10 weeks. Deichman excavating actually started their work on feb. 17. The Road was officially closed to through traffic on april 17. On May 20, the Stop work order was issued to resolve the Limestone Issue. Work resumed on july 26 and the Overall budget number was increased. Project Cost totalled just Over $2.1 million with Cass county a share coming in at $429,200. The remaining Cost was covered by Federal Highway funds. The Road opened sooner than expected because of the unusually warm weather. A we had a really Good run of Good weather there a Easley said. A see some Page a2 inside advice As entertainment As police reports a3 classified b5-b8 obituaries As sports b1,,b4 comics b3 opinion a4 weather a8 971 13h1 135 1� local tonight rain Snow Low 32 sunday a mostly Cloudy High 43 Low 29 Complete weather a today a a1 designed by to Rivers 600e open for travel project officially Complete after nine months of construction by Kevin ully pharos Tribune news editor easy pay. Easy As pie sign up for the pharos Tribune Fez pay plan today and receive a complimentary medium 1 Topping pizza from dominoes pizza Call your customer service rep today 574-722-5000 texts. 5109, 5114 or 5124 Allez pay members will be entered into a drawing for a free pizza. 5 winners drawn weekly october 30 through december 15.2008 to subscribe or advertise 800 676-4125 m 574 7225000 office hours 8 a n to 6 . Monday Tiro us Friday. 8 . To 11 . Saturday. 6 i in. To 11 to sunday

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