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  • Hendricks County Community Foundation Grants to WYRZ for 20th Anniversary Celebration

    March 17, 2016 No comments


    Hendricks County-  In celebration of 20 years of service to Hendricks County, the Hendricks County Community Foundation is presenting $1,000 grants to County nonprofits every 20 days in 2016. These 20th Anniversary Board Engagement Grants allow each member of the HCCF Board of Directors to designate a Hendricks County nonprofit that is important to them and to Hendricks County.

    The third HCCF 20th Anniversary Grant was presented to the WYRZ 98.9 FM station on behalf of Board member Teresa Ray. Ray chose WYRZ 98.9 FM because she serves on the board for this organization and has seen up close the strains of getting a project of this size started.
    WYRZ-LP FM is a non-profit, publicly supported radio station dedicated to connecting Hendricks County and the surrounding community through unique, high quality music, performance and public affairs programming that inform, educate, entertain and inspire. WYRZ-LP FM is also a dynamic educational resource, providing local high school and college students with valuable, real world experience in radio and media operations. “Being married to the Executive Director of WYRZ, Shane, has given me a front row seat to seeing his dream come true of serving the community in this way. This project is very important to the community and is exciting to see the community start to take hold of this nonprofit, local FM station,” said Teresa Ray.
    Shane Ray was excited to be a recipient of a special initiative grant from HCCF. “This money will go to promote the station and our events. We have several special events we host that are open to the community including our Blue Jeans and Bow Ties event coming up on April 29th. We are all about investing back in the community and making it a better place,” said Shane Ray.
    Shane notes that the partnership between WYRZ 98.9 and HCCF has been instrumental in helping the radio station get to where they are in such a short time, “It definitely would have taken longer for us to get on the air without the help of HCCF. We have received support from grants, endless advice, use of their giving platform HCGives.org and other assistance that has been amazing,” said Shane Ray.
    WYRZ 98.9 would like to invite all community members  to their 2nd annual “Blue Jeans & Bow Ties” dinner dance. This fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 29th from 7-10pm at West Chase Golf Club. The evening will include dinner from Dawson’s Too, DJ Troy Hanna, silent auction, wine pull, photo booth, 50/50 drawing and more. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-blue-jeans-and-bow-tie-dinner-dance-tickets-21316109056

    The HCCF 20th Anniversary Grants are a celebration of the Community Foundation’s 20 years of work and partnerships made possible by generous donors and supporters. “This 20th Anniversary grant presented by Teresa Ray was exciting because it demonstrates the variety of services HCCF can provide in Hendricks County, particularly for new nonprofits.  We are continuing to provide much needed funding and services to nonprofits of all sizes and tenure. It is also exciting to see families partnering together as the Rays do in giving back to a community they love. That’s really at the heart of what we are about at HCCF: connecting people with local causes that matter to them. That’s what the Community Foundation has done for 20 years and we look to continue in that for years to come,” said William Rhodehamel, HCCF Executive Director.

    About the Hendricks County Community Foundation:

    The Hendricks County Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County by helping donors match their passion with community needs, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and projects, and collaborating to address community issues. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $11 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2015, the Community Foundation gave over $840,000 in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. Currently the Hendricks County Community Foundation is in a matching gift program with Lilly Endowment GIFT VI. Even small gifts become large gifts when you give to an unrestricted endowment fund at HCCF. Because of the GIFT VI grant, all gifts to these funds are matched $1 for $1 until March. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org
    About WYRZ-LP FM:
    WYRZ-LP FM is a non-profit, public supported radio station dedicated to connecting Hendricks County and the surrounding community through unique, high quality music, performance and public affairs programming that inform, educate, entertain and inspire. WYRZ-LP FM is also a dynamic, educational resource, providing local high school and college students with valuable, real world experience in radio and media operations.
  • NRC hears student petition on invasive plant

    March 17, 2016 No comments


    The Indiana Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday adopted tour fees for Wyandotte Caves and dedicated two new nature preserve sites, but the highlight of the meeting was a presentation from third-grade students at The Orchard School.

    With parents, teachers and dozens of classmates looking on, several students at the Indianapolis school outlined their petition to add purple wintercreeper to a pending rule that would address a list of terrestrial invasive plants. If approved at a future NRC meeting, the rule would place restrictions that make it illegal to sell, barter, trade, or move the listed plants, including purple wintercreeper.

    Students used a PowerPoint, a video and a poster to support their petition, noting that purple wintercreeper can take over a forested area and choke off native plant species.

    Purple wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei) is a non-native evergreen plant that can appear as ground cover or a climbing vine.

    The new nature preserves include the Mark and Myrna Peterson Nature Preserve in LaGrange County and an addition to the Lubbe Woods Nature Preserve in Dearborn County.

    The 35.5-acre Peterson site is adjacent to Olin Lake Nature Preserve and protects undeveloped shoreline on Oliver Lake. The Lubbe Woods addition is 34.9 acres and protects examples of old growth forest. Both sites provide habitat for a number of species that are state endangered or of special concern.

    In other actions, the NRC:

    —Approved tour pricing for Little Wyandotte Cave and Big Wyandotte Cave in Harrison County. Both caves have been closed since 2009 but are scheduled to reopen for tours this summer following the completion of site renovations. The standard fee for a one-hour walking tour will be $4 for children ages 6-11 and $8 for adults (12 and older). Fees increase with longer tours.

    —Amended its policy that addresses citizen petitions for administrative rule changes to clarify that a petitioner must provide an explanation or justification for the proposed action, and require at least 24 months between considering petitions for the same rule change.

    —Agreed to let expire a rule (312 IAC 6.5) that assists with the registration of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. The rule will become obsolete on Jan. 1, 2017 when sections of Indiana Code 14-16-1 expire since registration requirements are under the authority of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

    The NRC also heard a report from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife regarding citizen petitions to extend the pheasant hunting season, allow multiple turkeys to be taken in the spring wild turkey hunting season, and to open the fall firearm season for wild turkey to statewide. The NRC approved the division’s decision to not move forward with these rule change requests, and approved putting additional citizen petitions in the division’s next biennial rule revision process, which will begin in April.

    Also at the meeting, the DNR State Parks and Fish & Wildlife introduced new members of their property staff to the NRC. They included assistant managers Bryan Boggs,  Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area; Joe Compton, Lincoln State Park; Steve DeLorenzo and Jeremy Weber, Brookville Lake/Whitewater Memorial State Park; Kenna Duguay, Shakamak State Park; Nick Echterling, Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area; Lynda Ellington, McCormick’s Creek State Park; Kim Geiger, Lieber State Recreation Area; Lauren Hensel, Chain O’Lakes State Park; Jacob McAvoy, Turkey Run/Shades State Parks; Jon Munter, Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area; Shaun Payne, Salamonie Lake; Seth Peters, Kankakee Fish & Wildlife Area; Mickey Rea, Indiana Dunes State Park; Jacob Shapely,  Tippecanoe River State Park; Tanner Snell, Summit Lake State Park; Alec Snelson, Ouabache State Park; Chad Springer, Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area; Brad Walker, Versailles State Park; Kyle Westerman, Prophetstown State Park; and Danny Wetli, Fort Harrison and Mounds State Parks; and Justin Emmons, wildlife specialist, Salamonie Lake.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • ISDA applauds Governor’s appointment to the State Soil Conservation Board

    March 16, 2016 No comments


    INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2016)— The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) applauds Governor Mike Pence’s recent appointment of Rex Blanton to the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB), which brings the seven member board to full capacity.

    “This appointment is welcomed news for Indiana,” said Ted McKinney, ISDA Director. “Rex’s leadership experience and expertise in the industry makes him an excellent addition to the board, which has been vital to improving overall water quality and soil health in the state.” 


    Blanton began his career at Connersville Utilities in 1982 as a certified wastewater operator. After working there for 20 years and obtaining a Class II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, he was then hired by Stant Manufacturing as the Assembly Production Manager, responsible for all safety training on the production floor.


    Currently, Blanton is the Wastewater Training Director for the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water. Since 2010, has presented at over 100 different training sessions, assisting boards, councils and other town officials with any utility matters, and holds a Class IV Wastewater Operator Certification.


    “It is truly an honor and privilege to be appointed to the SSCB,” Blanton said. “Although my experience is in water and wastewater, it is extremely important to consider all aspects when striving to protect Indiana’s environment. I look forward to working with the board, as well as any and all involved in completing its mission. I appreciate Governor Pence’s trust in my ability to assist with such an important piece of Indiana’s future.”


    As a member of the SSCB, Blanton will help provide guidance and coordination to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, who are responsible for protecting Indiana’s soil and water resources. The SSCB also administers the Clean Water Indiana Grants Program, which is a water quality related erosion and sediment reduction program, and must hold public meetings throughout the state, among many other statuary requirements.


    The next SSCB meeting will be May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Salem, Ind., and for more information about the meeting or the board, please visit www.in.gov/isda/2361.htm.


    Posted by in Statewide News

  • March 18 – PTAC Industry Day to be held at IU South Bend

    March 16, 2016 No comments


    Connecting Business and Industry Leaders with Government Contracting Resources





    South Bend — More than 150 Hoosier business and industry leaders will be gathering at Indiana University South Bend on Friday, March 18, to connect with various government contracting resources and key military officials involved in issuing contracts.  The annual PTAC Industry Day, which is sold out, is being hosted by the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) from 8:30am – 4pm in the University Grill on the IU-SB campus, located at 1700 Mishawaka Avenue.


    Keynote luncheon speaker at noon will be Captain Jeffrey “J.T.” Elder, commanding officer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Crane Division (NSWC Crane), located in Crane, Indiana.  NSWC Crane provides acquisition engineering, in-service engineering and technical support for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare and special warfare weapons making it the largest source of defense contracts in Indiana. Captain Elder will be introduced by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.


    Individuals presenting opening remarks from 8:30am – 9am include:

    • U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski
    • Jacob Schpok, executive director, Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE)
    • Shane Springer, state director, PTAC
    • Peggy Welch, intergovernmental affairs director, Office of Lt. Governor Holcomb
    • Terry Allison, chancellor, IU-SB


    Presentations throughout the day will be made by officials from various government procurement agencies as well as companies serving as government contractors and resources for those participating in government contracting.

    Presenters will include representatives from:

    • U.S. National Parks
    • Indiana Department of Transportation
    • Department of Homeland Security, Customers and Border Protection
    • Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime
    • Grissom Air Force Base
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Purdue University MEP
    • Indiana SBIR/STTR programs
    • Ultra Electronics – USSI
    • Forest Rivers, Inc.


    2016 PTAC Industry Day is sponsored in part by NIPSCO and AEP along with event partners which include the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) network, Indiana Office of Defense Development, Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council, State of Indiana, IU-South Bend and the George Rogers Clark and Northeast Indiana chapters of the National Defense Industrial Association (NIDIA).


    For more information on PTAC, visit www.IndianaPTAC.com.

    Posted by in Statewide News

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

    March 15, 2016 No comments


    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


    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).


    Visit agday.org for more information about National Agriculture Day

    Posted by in Statewide News


    March 15, 2016 No comments


    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
    Facebook   Twitter   Web   Calendar
    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


    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


    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.

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