UPDATE: Lake Wawasee House Fire

SYRACUSE — It was a thankful, yet heartbreaking Thanksgiving Day for the family of John and Nancy F. Hoard, Carmel, who came to their lake home at 10515 N. Grand Blvd., Syracuse, for the holiday. Thankful because no lives were lost, including that of their two pit mixed … Read More

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Syracuse Council Approves Fire Territory Equipment Budget

SYRACUSE  — What could have turned into a heated and lengthy debate about approving the Turkey Creek Fire Territory’s equipment budget was quickly squelched during the Syracuse Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 18. Fire Chief Mickey Scott provided an updated equipment budget, complete with estimates … Read More

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Board Allocates $40,000 For New Command Vehicle

Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board Monday, Oct. 10, allocated $40,000 for the purchase of a new fire department command vehicle and heard reports from Trustee Barb Griffith and Fire Chief Mickey Scott. The new vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, will replace the Chevrolet Suburban the department has used … Read More


Committee Still Working On Railroad Safety

SYRACUSE — It was December 2015 when the Concerned Residents Action Committee held its last meeting. Since then committee members hired Lawson Fisher Associates, an engineering firm in Mishawaka, to do a traffic count and feasibility study for creating a quiet zone along the railroad tracks going through … Read More

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Town Council Approves Bond Refinancing

Syracuse Town Council Tuesday evening, Sept. 20, unanimously passed an ordinance to refinance the town’s $4 million 2004 waterworks bond. Refinancing and marketing the bond to local banks by Paula Kehr-Wicker, Syracuse clerk-treasurer, will reduce interest payments and eliminate plan agent fees, saving the town up to $100,000, … Read More

Turkey Creek Fire Department members Joe Anderson and Tameka Lucas tend the grill for last year’s barbecue fundraiser. The department will commence serving the chicken, pork and corn on the cob at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, outside of Fire Station 1 in Syracuse. (Photo by David Hazeldine)

Firefighters Barbecue Fundraiser July 2

SYRACUSE — The annual Turkey Creek firefighters barbecue usually consists of a four-hour flurry of dishing out pork chops, chicken halves and corn on the cob to a hungry — and supportive — Syracuse area community. But the preparation for the fundraiser, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, … Read More

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Fire Board Addresses Paving, Clarifies Purchase Of Fitness Equipment

Monday’s meeting of the Turkey Creek fire territory executive board involved bids for paving and cosmetic work on the township’s fire stations and a clarification by President Kimberly Cates about fundraising efforts to help pay for exercise equipment for the department.

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Turkey Creek Finances ‘Running About Normal’

Turkey Creek Township Trustee Barb Griffith reported Monday the township’s expenses were “running about normal” except for an “unusual” uptick in the number of funerals as of late. Another fiscal anomaly was the $1,000 paid in March for legal fees which had accumulated for the past several months. … Read More

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Fire Board Approves Purchase Of Ballistic Vests

Upgrades were the order of the day at Monday’s Turkey Creek Fire Territory Executive Board meeting. Fire Chief Mickey Scott presented several items involving the improvement of equipment, physical grounds and personnel safety. “We are currently conducting research for the acquisition and utilization of computer tablets in our … Read More


Trustee Reports On 2014 Finances

Turkey Creek Township Trustee Barb Griffith presented a combined statement of the township’s cash and investments at Monday’s advisory board meeting. The report indicated a $3,333,217 cash and investment balance at the end of 2014. The township’s finances are divided into six state-mandated funds: • The fire territory … Read More

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Fire Territory To Purchase New Exercise Equipment

Turkey Creek Fire Territory took the next step toward outfitting the exercise room at Fire Station 1 by accepting a $36,549 bid from Direct Fitness Solutions, the vendor supplying physical fitness equipment for the Syracuse Community Center. The proposed acquisition includes a treadmill, elliptical trainer, multi-station fitness machine, … Read More

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Turkey Creek Fire Board Approves Mechanical Diagnostic Equipment

Turkey Creek Township fire board Monday unanimously approved $7,576 for the fire department to purchase diagnostic equipment to aid in troubleshooting mechanical issues with its vehicular fleet. “Our apparatus is becoming increasingly controlled by electronic switches — sensors, controls, etc.,” reported Fire Chief Mickey Scott. “There are multiple … Read More