Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

January 20, 2013

Flora to get $484k to demolish old schoolhouse

Dilapidated building hasn’t been used since 1984.

FLORA — The dilapidated old schoolhouse won’t be here much longer.

Flora town officials were notified informally early this month that the town had been awarded grant funding to demolish the old Flora schoolhouse at 300 E. Main St. The funding includes $446,400 in disaster recovery grant funds from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and $37,600 from the Indiana Brownfields program, according to Edwin Buswell, executive director of the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, which wrote the grant application.

The awards are contingent upon the town getting the property from Carroll County, which is expected to happen in May, said Flora Clerk-Treasurer Joretta Tinsman.

“We got the grant if nobody objects to the county giving [the building] to us, which I cannot imagine anybody objecting,” said Tinsman.

The town will put up $12,000 for its share of the estimated $496,000 demolition.

The three-story building has stood empty since 1984, when the elementary and junior-high classes were moved from there, Buswell said. It was completed in 1932 and has seen better days, Tinsman said. The east roof has fallen nearly to the first floor, and the building is “beyond fixing up.”

“I went to grade school and junior high there,” she added. “It’s kind of sad. It’s a gorgeous building.”

The town sought and received permission from the state and federal historic landmark agencies to tear down the building. Before it’s demolished, the town will finish a $5,330 historical study of the edifice as a separate project.

The county acquired the property after a September tax sale, then resolved in December to give the property to Flora. The town council also passed a resolution saying it would accept the property.

The public has until April 16 to register any objections. If none come forth, an attorney hired by the city will file to get the land deeded to the town, a process which is expected to be finished by May 17.

“So if we get all of that done — which I think we will — then we’ll get the grant,” said Tinsman.

A set of four condominiums in an addition to the old building will remain standing, she said.

The Carroll County town became eligible for the OCRA’s Disaster Recovery program in the wake of a 2008 flood.

“The money was used to help counties that were influenced by the flood help their economies recover from the flood,” explained Buswell. “They didn’t have to be directly related to the flood.”

Tinsman expressed the town’s gratitude for the grant funds.

The old schoolhouse has “just deteriorated beyond doing anything with, and we’re just so glad to have this,” she said.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT042214 Indiana Beach Viper.jpg Monticello amusement park brings new thrills MONTICELLO -- Indiana Beach's first major steel roller coaster -- the Galaxi -- is being retired after 42 years. Don Hurd operated the ride as a park employee 35 years ago. "At that time, it was one of the biggest coasters around," he said. "It's one

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeastern school board reopens its search for a principal at Lewis Cass WALTON -- Southeastern School Corp. officials thought they had found their new principal for Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School. The position was offered to a candidate, but he declined to accept it, Superintendent Trudie Hedrick reported to the school b

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Guests will be able to climb into a carved-out pumpkin that will circle above Indiana Beach in one of the park's latest rides -- the Pumpkin Ferris Wheel.

    April 22, 2014

  • shelly maness Woman arrested in meth lab find MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges. Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug la

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition