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July 27, 2013

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The northwestern Indiana district notified 95 teachers of layoffs, which will drop its teaching staff to about 570. District spokeswoman Charmella Greer tells the Post-Tribune that 32 other employees also are having their jobs cut.

The staff reductions follow continued enrollment declines with several charter schools opening in the area and families moving from the troubled city. The Gary schools had about 8,500 students last school year, down from more than 16,000 seven years earlier.

Gary Teachers Union President Joseph Zimmerman says it is painful to watch teachers lose their jobs and that the district must do more to make its schools attractive.

Marshmallowthief sentenced

ALBION, Ind. (AP) — A second former leader of a northern Indiana town’s annual marshmallow festival has been sentenced for stealing money from the event.

A Noble County judge sentenced 31-year-old Bret Goodyear of Ligonier to a year in jail that he might be able to spend on work-release. The News Sun reports Goodyear earlier pleaded guilty to charges stemming from what police say was $2,300 he wrongly took when he was vice chairman of the Ligonier Marshmallow Festival Committee.

Goodyear and his lawyer asked the judge for leniency since he doesn’t have any previous criminal convictions.

Former festival chairwoman Tamara Deel was sentenced to a year in jail on charges she took $15,000 from the Ligonier festival and more than $100,000 from her former employer, G&S Products Inc.

Motorcyclistkilled in crash

PLEASANT VIEW, Ind. (AP) — State police say a motorcyclist was fatally injured when he crashed while speeding and doing a wheelie on Interstate 74 in central Indiana.

Police say 35-year-old Jeremy Baatz of Shelbyville lost control Thursday evening when the motorcycle’s front wheel came back down on the pavement. He then crashed into a ditch of the highway near the Shelby County community of Pleasant View, about 10 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

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