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  • Governor Pence Issues Statement Following Presentation of a Study about Indiana State Police Compensation

    March 15, 2016 No comments

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    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence released the following statement following the presentation of the Indiana State Police (ISP) compensation study presented by Mercer, a global consulting company, before the State Budget Committee this morning:

     

    “Indiana has the finest state police force in the nation, and Hoosiers value our law enforcement community. I am grateful for the study that was presented today to the State Budget Committee on the topic of compensation for the Indiana State Police. We will use this study as we begin the process of developing the next biennial budget. As governor, I want to ensure that the compensation we provide our law enforcement community reflects the gratitude of the people of Indiana.”

     

    In 2015, the Legislative Council directed the State Budget Committee to pursue the study of ISP salary in comparison with surrounding states and local jurisdictions. The State Budget Committee, through the State Budget Agency, engaged Mercer to assist in this study.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Lt. Governor joins ISDA in saluting Indiana on National Agriculture Day

    March 15, 2016 No comments

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    INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2016)— In recognition of National Agriculture Day, Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, who serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, are encouraging Hoosiers to show their appreciation for all those involved in the agriculture industry.

     

    “It is well for Hoosiers to remember the vital role that agriculture has played on our history and development as a state,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “Indiana has always been a leading agricultural state and continues to rank in the top five in the nation in many agricultural products including traditional field crops, livestock and poultry. Today is about recognizing the remarkable men and women on the farms and in our agri-businesses who continue to make this industry strong in Indiana.”

     

    National Ag Day was established by the Agriculture Council of America to recognize the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, associations, schools, universities, agribusinesses and government leaders all come together to celebrate the industry, which continues to have a major impact on our state and national economies.

     

    “Since the very foundation of America, agriculture has been responsible for almost everything we eat, use and wear – growing up on a farm I was able to see that firsthand,” McKinney said. “Indiana is fortunate to have the best farming families in the country, and it is important that we recognize them, not just today but every day, and the remarkable contributions they make to our state and nation.”

     

    National Ag Day also works to raise awareness and encourages every American to understand how food, fuel and fiber products are produced; value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

     

    “As we enter our third century of farming this great land, we are excited about the future of agriculture in our state and the opportunity Indiana has to remain a national leader in agricultural innovation and technology. The families who for generations have been dedicated to feeding our state, nation, and a hungry world remain the backbone of our agricultural industry. Indiana’s 21st Century model will only strengthen our state for generations to come.” said Lt. Governor Holcomb.

     

    Indiana Agriculture, By the Numbers:

     

    • Indiana agriculture contributes an estimated $31 billion towards the state’s gross domestic product.
    • Last year, the total value of agricultural products sold was $11.2 billion.
    • In 2015, 14.7 million acres of farmland were cultivated by Indiana’s farming operations.
    • Indiana agricultural industries combine to employ more than 107,500 direct workers.
    • There were 57,700 farming operations in Indiana in 2015.
    • The average size of an Indiana farm is 255 acres.
    • 83 percent of Indiana’s land is farms, forests and woodland.
    • 98 percent of Indiana farms are family-owned.

     

    (USDA NASS and Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University)

    State rankings:

     

    • Indiana ranks 1st in commercial duck production, wood office furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing.
    • Indiana ranks 2nd in popcorn production, tomatoes (for processing), ice cream production, total eggs produced and cropland planted with a cover crop.
    • Indiana ranks 3rd in egg layers inventory, soybeans, spearmint and fresh market cantaloupe.
    • Indiana ranks 4th in turkeys raised and peppermint.
    • Indiana ranks 5th in corn (for grain), fresh market watermelon and snap beans (for processing).

    (USDA NASS)

    Visit agday.org for more information about National Agriculture Day

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • TIF-AREA BROWNSBURG BUSINESSES ELIGIBLE FOR FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT

    March 15, 2016 No comments

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    BROWNSBURG – Brownsburg businesses located in or adjacent to the Town of Brownsburg’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts may now apply for a matching grant program to make façade improvements. In it’s second year, the Facade Improvement Grant program awarded more than $100,000 to 10 established Brownsburg businesses in 2015 for exterior projects. Part of the Town’s Economic Development Incentive Policy, the grant utilizes TIF funds to match up to half of the project cost not to exceed $15,000. Eligible work includes practically any exterior improvements that will be readily visible to the public, with the exception of routine maintenance activities. Restoring architectural details, painting, fixing or replacing windows and doors, installing awnings or canopies, perennial landscaping and plantings and lighting are some examples of eligible projects. The minimum project considered is $2,000 for a matching grant of $1,000.  Notices were mailed this week to businesses identified as eligible by the Town of Brownsburg. Applicants must be the property owner or the occupant with written consent of owner and the property must remain primarily commercial and be maintained for a minimum of three years following completion of the façade work.  The Façade Improvement Grant application is available on the Town’s website, www.brownsburg.org. Proposals are being accepted through April 8. The Brownsburg Improvement Committee will review applications and make its recommendations to the Town Council. Funding award announcement has been tentatively set for June. Eligibility requirements and complete guidelines are available in Section 3 of the Town of Brownsburg Economic Development Incentive Policy on the website. Applicants are invited to discuss their proposals with Economic Development Director Greg Anderson. Interested businesses may call 858-6032 or email facadegrant@brownsburg.org for additional information or to schedule a meeting.

  • Spring Job Fair

    March 14, 2016 No comments
    Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz Twitter
    Assistant Town Manager Brian Hartsell Twitter
    Clerk-Treasurer Ann Hathaway
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    BROWNSBURG TOWN COUNCIL
    President Ashley Bacsu
    Vice President Dennis Dawes

    Sean Benham
    Brian Jessen
    Chris Worley

  • DNR receives federal grant money for fish and wildlife

    March 14, 2016 No comments

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    The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will receive $16.5 million in annual grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

    The figure represents an increase over the last five-year annual average received, which has been about $14 million per year during that span.

    The total of $16.5 million will be split between wildlife-related projects, which will be allotted $12 million, and sport fish-related projects, which will be allotted $4.5 million. The funding will go to a variety of programs and projects.

    The division spends between $7-8 million of the funding annually on traditional services, some of which include species surveys and monitoring, habitat development and public access site maintenance and development.

    “We’ve also done a couple of unique projects, like an archery range at Koteewi, near Noblesville, and we also are working on two shooting ranges,” said Julie Kempf, the division’s chief fiscal administrator.

    The shooting ranges are at Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area in Newton County and at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area in Putnam County.

    The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program is funded by the amount of excise tax money collected from national sales of hunting and fishing equipment in all states. The money is divided among the states based on a formula that compares their land area and their number of hunters and anglers.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributed more than $1.1 billion to states this year, with $201 million going to the Service’s Midwest Region.

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Troopers from the Indianapolis District to Conduct a Sobriety Check Point

    March 14, 2016 No comments

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    On the evening of March 17th and the early morning hours of March 18th, 2016 Indiana State Police Troopers will participate in an enforcement check point targeting impaired drivers in Marion County. After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indianapolis District which covers Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hendricks, Hamilton, Hancock and Boone Counties.

    “The purpose of enforcement checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways” stated Indiana State Police District Commander Lt. Jeff Payne. “Checkpoints also educate the motoring public of the ongoing efforts by the Indiana State Police to reduce the number of impaired driving crashes and deter anyone from driving while intoxicated.”

    Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:

     

    • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.
    • Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or a sober friend. A cab ride is cheaper than a D.U.I. arrest.
    • Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys.
    • If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
    • Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.

     

    Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description and direction of travel.

  • Death Investigation at Monument Circle

    March 14, 2016 No comments

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    Indianapolis – The Indiana State Police are investigating the death of a woman inside the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Police and paramedics were dispatched to One Monument Circle around 5:33 p.m. on reports of a person down. The victim, 41 year old Jennifer Civitarese of Kokomo, fell on the steps inside the monument was was pronounced deceased on the scene. A Witness told investigators she fell down approximately 8 stairs to a landing. There is no foul play suspected and an autopsy will be conducted by the Marion County Coroner’s Officer to determine the exact cause of death.

    The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was closed for the remainder of the evening, however there are no restrictions outside of the building. There is no further information available at this time.

    Investigating Officer: Detective Randy Pratt, Indiana State Police

    Assisting Agencies: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Capitol Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, Marion County Coroner’s Office

  • Hendricks County Humane Society holds its 14th annual Dogtona!

    March 07, 2016 No comments

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    Danville IN, March 12, 2016: Hendricks County Humane Society (HCHS), a non-profit organization and Danville Veterinary Hospital will host the popular, fun packed dog and family event, Dogtona!, on March 12, 2016 (11am-3pm) in the Hendricks Power Expo Hall at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, IN.

    Dogtona! was created to provide people with an inexpensive, fun day for their dogs, to promote the adoption of homeless dogs in area shelters and rescue groups, and to educate the public on pet responsibility. The cost per dog will be $5.00 (humans are free). Dogs must be leashed (no retractables), current on vaccinations, and not be in heat to participate in the event.

    Exciting activities to participate in this year will be: The Talent Show, Leave It Competition, Any-Dog Dog Show (categories are: Best Dressed, Best Kisser, Best Tail & Best Rescue Story). Our array of games that any dog can play (e.g.: Great Lick Off, A-Frame, Sidewinder, and Pee Bucket Surprise, to name a few) will be back For additional fees, our popular Family Photos, Balanced Paws Pet Massage and Animal Communicator Mary Marshall Harris will be available. The K-9 Kafe will once again, be open for humans to sit and have refreshments during the day. Relay for Life will again be selling their yummy desserts. For more information call; HCHS 317-745-3338.

     

    Posted by in Local Events

  • HRH offers free screenings on American Diabetes Association Alert Day

    March 07, 2016 No comments

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    According to the American Diabetes Association, of the estimated 29 million Americans who have diabetes, 8 million don’t know. To help fight that statistic, on American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 22, Hendricks Regional Health is offering free diabetes and pre-diabetes screenings from 7-11a.m. at its hospital in Danville, 1000 East Main Street Danville, Indiana 46122.

     

    The free HRH screening will include an A l c blood draw (no need to fast for this test), risk factor screening and information on pre-diabetes and diabetes.

     

    Guests may park in the Orange Lot and enter through the Northwest Entrance. Screening will be at the History Wall on the first floor.

  • Governor Pence Signs Adoption Records Bill

    March 04, 2016 No comments

    Governor Signs Adoption Bill

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement after he signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 91, a bill that opens all adoption records that were finalized prior to January 1, 1994.  These records will open beginning on July 1, 2018 unless the birth parent files a contact preference form with the Indiana State Department of Health.

     

    “SEA 91 expands opportunities for adopted Hoosiers seeking more information on their health and heritage even while ensuring that birthparents who choose to maintain their privacy are protected, and I am pleased to sign it into law,” said Governor Pence. “I want Indiana to be known as the most pro-adoption state in America and SEA 91 will give greater clarity and compassion to our adoption laws.”

     

    SEA 91 will open all adoption records finalized before 1994 unless a birth parent requests with the Indiana State Department of Health that the records remain sealed. The legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2018, thereby providing time to inform birth mothers about these changes.

    Posted by in Statewide News

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