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schools without power send kids home

Monday, October 30, 2017 14:54 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

All students in the New Prairie School Corporation had Monday off because of a power outage effecting roughly 2,000 customers of Indiana-Michigan Power Co.

The only school with power was Olive Elementary and those students were also sent home.

''We couldn't dismiss four and not the fifth one so we sent all of the students home,'' said Jim Holifield, the school corporation's finance director.

Holifield said students at middle school and high school were arriving when the power went out at 7 a.m.

Junction City Truck Stop at U.S 20 and Indiana 2 east of Rolling Prairie was able to continue serving food under candlelight.

Susan McGuire, a cashier at the restaurant, said the grill runs off natural gas.

''You can still come out and have breakfast,'' said she said.

Brian Bergsma, a spokesman for the utility company, said the outage was due to an equipment related failure in the Rolling Prairie area.

He said service should be restored to all customers by noon (EST)
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