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  • ISP Accepting Applications for Trooper Positions

    December 15, 2015 No comments

    Indiana+State+Police+ISP+logoThe Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 76th Recruit Acadmey.

    Visit this YouTube link to see a 15 second video with information on where to submit an application: https://youtu.be/ea-ic_JDiIs

    Complete information on qualifying standards is located at this site: http://www.in.gov/isp/2368.htm

    The deadline to submit an on-line application is January 6, 2016


    Posted by in Statewide News


    December 15, 2015 No comments

    BHS_Layke_ChumleyThe Brownsburg High School soccer program is pleased to announce that after graduation, senior Layke Chumley continue his education and play soccer for Marian University.  Bulldogs Head Coach Todd Frost says, “Layke has been a pivotal part of our program’s success. As a captain this year, he showed outstanding leadership skills, a formidable work ethic, and a desire to improve.  We have no doubt, he will make a great addition to Marian University’s soccer program.  We wish Layke the best of luck as he begins this new chapter in his life!”

    Sitting L to R: Carlotta Chumley (mom), Layke Chumley, James Chumley (dad)

    Standing L to R: Todd Frost (BHS Head Coach), Gabe Chumley (brother),  Kiersten Chumley (sister),  Mike Smith (Marian        University Head Coach)

  • State Parks Centennial Celebration launches Dec. 16

    December 15, 2015 No comments


    Events at three different sites on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to kick off a year-long celebration leading to the 100th anniversary of Indiana State Parks on Dec. 16, 2016. They are collectively titled “Countdown to 100: Centennial Celebration Launch.”


    McCormick’s Creek State Park: 7 a.m., a traditional 1916-era breakfast, after which representatives of Indiana State Parks and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will speak. Becky Skillman, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission, is the planned feature speaker.

     The Statehouse: Noon. First Lady Karen Pence will talk about the State Parks centennial and how it relates to the state’s bicentennial. Hand-on demonstrations will be offered by interpretive naturalists.

    Turkey Run State Park: At 4 p.m. representatives of Indiana State Parks and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will talk about the State Parks centennial and how it relates to the state’s bicentennial. Mary McConnell, bicentennial commissioner and director of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is the speaker.




    Ginger Murphy, Phone: (317) 232-4143


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  • Farmland Conservation Program Registration Open

    December 15, 2015 No comments

    farms-for-sale-indiana            With decreasing commodity prices the norm, farmers may want to enroll marginally productive cropland in the Conservation Reserve Program and counter their losses.

    At the same time, they will boost local conservation efforts.

    Enrollment ends Feb. 26, 2016.

    CRP participants can establish long-term grasses or trees to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on approved land. Farm Service Agency provides rental payments and cost-share assistance.

    CRP contracts run 10-15 years.

    Contact Greencastle FSA at (765) 653-5716, ext. 2; or Lebanon FSA at (765) 482-6355, ext. 2

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  • Governor Pence Appoints South Bend, Madison Executives to IEDC Board

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    IEDCINDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 14, 2015) – Governor Mike Pence today named Hoosier business leaders Dominic Grote and Mark Neal to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors. “I am pleased to welcome Dominic and Mark to our team as we work to create more quality jobs for hardworking Hoosiers across the state,” said Governor Pence. “The state and the IEDC have worked tirelessly to create a top-ranked, business-friendly climate that supports continued growth and job creation while attracting new investment from around the globe. Their breadth of experience along with their commitment and service to the state of Indiana will be invaluable to our continued economic development efforts and to the Hoosiers we serve statewide.”

    Dominic Grote, of Madison, serves as president and chief executive officer of Grote Industries, leading the company’s global operations since 2009. Grote joined the fourth-generation, family-owned business which manufactures and markets vehicle lighting and safety systems in 1993 and previously served as vice president of sales and marketing. Grote is actively involved in industry associations, serving as past president and board member of the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute and former chairman of the associates for the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association. He is a member of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council and is active in Madison and Jefferson County economic and community development initiatives. Grote is a graduate of Wharton’s advanced management program and earned an MBA from George Washington University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and resides in Madison with his wife, Patti, and their five children.

    Mark Neal, of South Bend, is the chief operating officer of Bradley Company, a commercial real estate solutions provider in Northern Indiana and Western Michigan. Prior to joining the company in January, Neal served as city controller for South Bend and as deputy mayor during Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.  Prior to joining Mayor Buttigieg’s administration, Neal led his own executive and financial management consulting firm, KRS Financial, and previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for Press Ganey Associates in South Bend.  Neal graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from George Washington University. He serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of Michiana and is the incoming 2016 chief volunteer officer. He is also president of the Michiana chapter of Financial Executives International and serves on the board of directors of the South Bend Parks Department. Neal lives in South Bend with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.  These appointments will be effective tomorrow, Dec. 15, following the Board’s vote on state matching funds for regional development plans through the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative. The appointment terms will expire in March 2017.

    About IEDC The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov

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  • Gifts from Hendricks County Community Foundation Funds Help Build Playground

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    DSC_0216Hendricks County-Through generous gifts from individuals and organizations, Hendricks Regional Health Foundation provides support for initiatives to enhance community health, patient comfort, safety, and medical care for patients at Hendricks Regional Health. Serving as the fundraising arm of this independent nonprofit health system, HRH Foundation has provided more than $1 million for critical health care services for our community.

    A new playground at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville opened on October 19 and serves as a respite for visitors, employees and hospital patients. It was made possible, in part, by donations to Hendricks Regional Health Foundation, including generous gifts of $8,176.57 from the Barbara Ford Neher Leukemia Fund, and $3,200 from the Joseph Mulholland III Memorial Fund for Children’s Needs, both funds of the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

    “This has been a fun community project from the very beginning, from local elementary students selecting playground components to generous donors, including contributions from two funds at the Hendricks County Community Foundation, that helped make it possible. We’re very happy to see this special healing space available for patients and visitors.”

    Dave Cravotta, speech language pathologist at Hendricks Regional Health, explained how he plans to use the playground with children, “This new space provides a great opportunity for kids to have language-based play and development as they interact with therapists.”

    The playground is open at the hospital during daylight hours, and adult supervision is recommended. Donors of $3,000 or more are recognized in colorful disks on the playground’s activity wall.

    About Hendricks Regional Health Foundation

    Hendricks Regional Health Foundation raises awareness and provides support for improvements in community health and patient comfort, safety, and medical care at Hendricks Regional Health.For more information about the Foundation, please contact Sue Bogan at sebogan@hendricks.org or 745-7376, or visit the Foundation’s web site at www.SupportHendricks.org.

    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 2014, the Community Foundation gave over $748,000 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

  • Be An Angel This Holiday: Donate Nutrient-Rich Milk For Hoosier Kids

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    MBTMThe Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to deliver fresh milk to Indiana’s food banks to make the season brighter for families in need

    Indianapolis, IN December 14, 2015 – For many of us, the holidays aren’t complete without milk and cookies or a cozy cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients this holiday season.


    More than 48 million Americans – including 1.1 million Hoosiers – struggle with food insecurity. That’s why The Great American Milk Drive is helping to make the season brighter for families facing hunger with the gift of nutrient-rich milk. Milk isn’t just a drink—it’s a nutrient powerhouse providing 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving.   You can be an angel for a family in need in Indiana and help to deliver a gallon of milk, including its high-quality protein, when you support of The Great American Milk Drive this season. Visit Walmart this holiday season and purchase any 2 bags of M&M’s candies (9.4oz or larger) and up to a gallon of milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive.   “Walmart is dedicated to fighting to end hunger in our communities, and the holiday season is the perfect time for you to join the effort,” said Kevin Thompson with Walmart. “When you pick items for your family at your local Walmart store, consider donating a gallon of milk to a local family in need, too.”   Food Banks Wishing For More Milk This Holiday Season On average, food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, leaving many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein.   The Great American Milk Drive is the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most. To date, more than 6.7 million servings of milk have been delivered as part of The Great American Milk Drive and Feeding America’s commitment to help families get much-desired nutrient-rich milk.   “Milk is the top food source of three of the nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium,” said Deb Osza, General Manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana.  “That’s why during the holidays we are focused on making the season brighter for hungry families in our communities with the gift of nutrient-rich milk.”


    Donations are also accepted at milklife.com/give, and for as little as $5 at milklife.com/give, you can be an angel for a family in need in your community by helping to deliver a gallon of milk to their table. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America member food bank in your area.


    About Feeding America Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.   About Feeding Indiana’s Hungry Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. is the statewide association of Feeding America affiliated food banks.  Member food banks include: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Gary Food Bank of Northern Indiana, South Bend Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., Lafayette Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Ft. Wayne Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc., Muncie Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Terre Haute Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington Tri-State Food Bank, Inc., Evansville Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, OH   About MilkPEP The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.   About National Dairy Council National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC has taken a leadership role in promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org  or follow @NtlDairyCouncil on Twitter.

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  • Troopers Investigating Early Morning Double Fatality Crash

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    Indiana-State-Police-ISP-logoMarion Co., IN- Indiana State troopers from the Indianapolis Post is working an early morning crash that has claimed two lives.

    Early this morning, December 13th, at approximately 2:35 a.m., troopers were dispatched to NB Shadeland Avenue just south of Fall Creek Road on the report of a personal injury crash.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that Henry Pierce Jr, 37, of Indianapolis, IN was operating a 2016 Cadillac NB on the collector ramp from I-465 NB to Shadeland Avenue NB and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. It is not clear at this time if the vehicle reentered the roadway and perhaps was a causation factor in this crash.

    Reanna McCormick, 25, of Indianapolis, IN was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, also NB on the collector ramp from I-465 NB to Shadeland Avenue NB. For reasons unknown, the vehicle left the roadway went up on a small embankment, over and through a guardrail and landed on a 2002 Hyundai Sonata traveling SB on Shadeland Avenue. The Sonata was being operated by Steven Mann, 39, of Jasper, IN. The Impala continued to roll and came to rest inverted on top of a guard rail on the west side of the roadway.

    McCormick and Mann were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Brenden Mills, 33, of Indianapolis, IN, a front seat passenger in the Hyundai, was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

    Pierce Jr. was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, operating while intoxicated and obstruction of justice.

    This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Trooper Joshua Graves at the ISP Indianapolis Post at 317-899-8577.


    Investigating Officers: Troopers Joshua Graves, Roosevelt Williams, Karl West, Jacob Wildauer and Sgt. Mark Helms, Indiana State Police

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Hoosier National Forest Wins Regional and National Awards

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    ChiefsAwardBedford, IN – December 11, 2015. An award for promoting recreation through outreach efforts in conservation education was presented to the Hoosier National Forest  by the Chief of the Forest Service on December 3 at a special award ceremony in Washington D.C.


    The Forest was also recognized with two Regional Honor Awards and one Honorable Mention at the 20-state Eastern Regional level.  “This is well deserved recognition of the effort and commitment of our employees,” said Mike Chaveas, Forest Supervisor for the Hoosier National Forest. “We’re the smallest Forest in the Region, and we take home awards in two of the eight categories, along with an honorable mention in a third category.  This is tremendously impressive.”  The regional awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in Wisconsin in February.


    Chaveas is grateful to everyone who put in the work that was worthy of the seven nominations submitted. Many nominations included Forest partners who work closely with employees to accomplish Forest goals.


    The Chief’s Honor Award recognized the Hoosier for promoting an understanding and appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor experiences, particularly among underserved and under-represented groups. Several events and activities, many of which involved local partners were cited in achieving this goal.  Chaveas noted, “Every employee on the Forest played a role in this award, from those who coordinated the events, to those who ran the stations that taught a child  to cast a fishing line, to those who worked with special needs children, or taught adults wildflower or tree identification. We also couldn’t have done this without our partners who assisted with the events and helped make the outdoor experiences the success they were.”  Judi Perez, Public Affairs Officer, traveled to Washington D.C. to accept the award on behalf of the Hoosier.


    The other nomination which received a Regional Honor Award was for an expanded partnership in Fire Management. With uncertain budgets and limited resources, Chaveas explained the Hoosier Fire Management team strengthened its partnerships and moved the fire program forward. Chaveas said, “Working with partners is allowing us to be more effective in planning and implementation of prescribed fire treatments and in responding to wildfire threats in Indiana and across the country.”  He said this award included a list of several partners including the IDNR, Indiana University, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.


    An Honorable Mention was received for an award for the Hoosier National Forest and The Nature Conservancy’s work on a ‘Legacy of Successful Landscape Conservation in Southern Indiana’.  Chaveas emphasizes that collaborative conservation in Indiana isn’t just a catchphrase – these two organizations work together to get things done.  He noted last year the Forest acquired four properties totaling 455 acres that had been previously purchased by TNC with the goal of incorporating those lands in the Forest for the benefit of all Americans.  Three parcels overlay and buffer the ecologically-significant Lost River Cave system, home to 16 globally-rare animal species. The fourth parcel is located within the Brown County Hills landscape conservation area, which is the largest intact block of hardwood forest in the lower Midwest, a globally Important Indiana Audubon Important Bird Area and an increasingly popular recreation destination.


    “Teamwork between colleagues on the Forest and our partners doesn’t get any better than this. Each person who was part of these awards should be proud of the roles they played in connecting Hoosiers to the land and improving the condition of southern Indiana’s Forests for the greatest good in the long run,” said Chaveas.


    The Hoosier National Forest has over 203,000 acres of public land in the hills of south central Indiana. The Forest provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. The Hoosier National Forest is one of 153 national forests in the U.S. Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor, First Lady Kick Off Indiana’s Bicentennial

    December 14, 2015 No comments

    StatehoodDay_1INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence today welcomed more than 500 Hoosier fourth grade students to the Statehouse to kick off Indiana’s bicentennial celebration. The Governor proclaimed the day Statehood Day, to mark the 199th anniversary of Indiana becoming the nineteenth state in the Union.


    “The First Lady and I were pleased to welcome fourth graders to the Statehouse today to reflect on the remarkable progress Hoosiers have charted over our 199 years of history,” said Governor Pence. “In commemorating this special birthday, we usher in a historic, year-long bicentennial celebration of the enduring Hoosier spirit and the future that lies before us.”


    During the day’s festivities, Governor Pence and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann unveiled the Bicentennial Relay torch, the signature piece of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay.   The torch was designed by engineering faculty and students at Purdue University. Beginning in September of next year, Hoosiers will symbolically “pass the torch,”, touching each of Indiana’s 92 counties along a 2,300 mile journey across the state.


    Governor Pence read a Statehood Day proclamation and named Jenna Grubb from New Britton Elementary in Fishers, Indiana the first place winner of the annual Statehood Day essay contest. Her essay can be read in full here.


    Students had the opportunity to visit the Governor’s booth to depict what they would try to accomplish if they were governor. They were also able to learn some interesting facts about Indiana through an interactive display that showcased what the state has to offer. Fourth graders who visited the First Lady’s booth were greeted by Pence family pets Marlon Bundo, a rabbit, and Saphira, a snake.

    Posted by in Statewide News

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