Local News Headlines: June 29, 2022

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St Joseph County Correctional Officer killed in drive-by shooting

Rhema Harris, a St. Joseph County correctional officer, was killed in a drive-by shooting. She had been a correctional officer with St. Joseph County since July 2021. She was also in the process of becoming a Police Officer before she was shot and killed in Mishawaka on Sunday evening at approximately 6pm

Police said Harris was rushed to a hospital after the drive-by shooting but was pronounced dead. St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman said Harris proudly served her country in the United States Army and received a National Defense Service Award, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon before being honorably discharged in 2016.

Former Hospital site project underway, as Hopewell Phase 1 East demo set
The City’s Hopewell Phase 1 East project is the first step for the City of Bloomington towards the redevelopment of the legacy downtown IU Health Bloomington Hospital site. The project limits of the Hopewell Phase 1 East project are bounded by 2nd Street to the north, 1st Street to the south, B-Line to the east, and Rogers Street to the west.  The project will create development-ready lots by demolishing existing structures, re-platting the property, installing utilities, constructing streets, landscaping, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities. Unlike the main legacy hospital site west of Rogers Street where IU Health is responsible for demolition, the City of Bloomington agreed to oversee the demolition of the former IU Health property east of Rogers Street.

After a successful bid for the demolition of the Phase 1 East project area, the apparent responsive low bidder on the project was Renascent, Inc. Their bid was approved on June 21, at the Board of Public Works and the Redevelopment Commission meetings. Renascent, Inc. is headquartered in Indianapolis and is a certified 100% Women Business Enterprise.  Renascent is also the contractor for the IU Health demolition of the main legacy hospital site west of Rogers Street. Renascent has an impressive track record of successful demolition projects and looks to recycle a significant portion of the building materials removed from the site. The project is scheduled to begin in early July with a 60-day construction timeline. Additional information about the project and the contractor can be found at the following links: https://bton.in/mRp~I, hopewellbloomington.org & renascentinc.com/ 

Griffy Lake Accessible Fishing Pier and Loop Trail Project Update
A contractor continues work on the construction of the first section of a new hiking trail from the south end of the causeway that will connect to the existing trails on the south shore of Griffy Lake. The trail remains under construction, and park visitors are asked to stay off the new trail until it is finished. Speed hump signs were installed along Headley Road last week. Future improvements are still planned along the north and south shore trails to mitigate or reroute eroded sections of trail and improve trail crossings of drainages into Griffy Lake. A formal dam crossing is also planned with a new set of stairs to provide access to parking on the west side of the dam. “Griffy Lake: A Golden Celebration” to dedicate the new sidepath and fishing pier, and to recognize the past 50 years of resource management at Griffy Lake, is scheduled for Friday, July 29 at 10am.

Kayak Lessons at Lake Monroe
Want to learn how to kayak? Monroe Lake Beginner Kayaking workshops fill fast, but there are still open spots for a few sessions this summer. All workshops are at 10am and last about 2 hours. They are restricted to ages 10 and up and cost $10 per person. Check out the event page for additional details and the link to register for a given session…

This Week in Hoosier History

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1933 – Indiana voted to ratify the 21st amendment which repealed the 18th amendment and ended national prohibition. Indiana became the seventh state to vote in favor of the 21st when the 329 delegates met at the Statehouse. 246 of them voted for ratification. The 18th amendment was officially repealed by the United States Congress in December of 1933. 

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