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  • DNR gets clarification on new rifle law for deer hunting

    April 05, 2016 No comments

    ind_dnr_logoThe Department of Natural Resources has received numerous questions regarding recent legislation that legalizes certain rifles for deer hunting beginning later this year. Most questions have to do with calibers and cartridges allowed under the new law. House Enrolled Act 1231 that was passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows some additional rifle cartridges to be used only on private land during the firearms season. The new legal cartridges include, but are not limited to, the .243 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .300 AAC Blackout, and .30-06 Springfield. Additional requirements are:

    • The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches
    • The rifle cartridges must have a cartridge case length of least 1.16 inches
    • The rifle cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is
      • .243 inches (or 6 mm); or
      • .308 inches (or 7.62 mm)
    • No cartridges with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 are legal (such as the .270 Winchester)
    • A hunter may not possess more than 10 such cartridges while in the field


    Rifles with pistol cartridges that have been allowed in previous years may still be used to hunt deer on both private and public land. Additional cartridges that are legal under HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • 6mm-06
    • 6mm BR Remington
    • 6mm PPC
    • 6mm Remington
    • .240 Weatherby
    • .243 Winchester
    • .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
    • .30 Carbine
    • .30 Herrett
    • .30 Remington AR
    • .30-06 Springfield
    • .30-30 Winchester
    • .30-40 Krag
    • .300 AAC Blackout (.300 Whisper)
    • .300 H&H Magnum
    • .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum
    • .300 Savage
    • .300 Weatherby Magnum
    • .300 Winchester Magnum
    • .300 Winchester Short Magnum
    • .300 Remington Ultra Magnum
    • .308 Marlin
    • .308 Winchester
    • 7.62x39mm
    • 7.62x54mmR


    There are other cartridges that meet the law’s specifications, and there are others that do not. A partial list of cartridges that are not allowed under HEA 1231 includes the .270 Winchester, .38-55 Winchester, .444 Marlin, and .45-70 Government. HEA 1231 is scheduled to expire after the 2020 deer season, at which time the DNR will submit an impact report to the Governor and the General Assembly.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Ceremonially Signs Regional Cities Bill in Evansville

    April 05, 2016 No comments

    Gov. Pence Ceremonially Signs HEA 1001Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today joined regional leaders in Southwest Indiana to ceremonially sign House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001, which will provide $42 million for each of the Regional Cities initiatives, at the Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center in Evansville. The Governor signed HEA 1001, which goes into effect July 1, 2016, into law on March 23, 2016.


    “Through the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative, we have seen regions across the state working in partnership to inspire and generate the development of long-term and dynamic plans for the future,” said Governor Pence. “Indiana’s Great Southwest plan will be key in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and cultivating a strong business climate for long-term economic development and improving quality of life for the benefit of Hoosiers.”


    The Governor was joined by Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Jim Schellinger, Greg Wathen, President of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and Jean Hitchcock, President of Signature School. Also in attendance were bill co-author Rep. Holli Sullivan (R – Evansville), Rep. Ron Bacon (R – Chandler), Sen. Vaneta Becker (R – Evansville), Rep. Wendy McNamara (R – Mount Vernon), Rep. Gail Riecken (D – Evansville), Sen. Jim Tomes (R – Wadesville), and Rep. Tom Washburne (R – Inglefield).


    Indiana’s Great Southwest plan encompasses 19 projects that focus on strengthening the heart of the region by leveraging the new Indiana University academic medical education and research center, improving livability and connectivity, and attracting talent and workforce to the community.


    The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative encourages communities to work together to develop and implement regional plans. HEA 1001 allocates $42 million for each of the Regional Cities initiatives, ensuring three regional development plans in North Central, Northeast, and Southwest Indiana receive state funding. Together, these plans outline 100 quality of place projects totaling more than $2 billion in combined public and private investment. More than half of these planned projects, including new riverfront developments, revitalized downtowns and expanded trail systems, are currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.


    A fact sheet outlining the Regional Cities accomplishments can be found attached, along with a photo from today’s bill signing ceremony.


    For a full list of bills Governor Pence has signed, visit Bill Watch: http://www.in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Ground Breaking Ceremony Set For Jack Willard Community Park

    April 04, 2016 No comments
    Danville, IN (April 4, 2016) – Work is set to begin on Jack Willard Community Park.  To commemorate the beginning of the construction phase, a ceremonial ground breaking will be held on Thursday April 21st.   Members of the Danville Fire Department, Town of Danville Parks & Recreation Department, Center Township Trustees Office, and the Danville Rotary Club will be on hand to celebrate this occasion.   Attendance by business and community leaders, Danville residents, and other interested parties is encouraged. For more information on how you can contribute, visit the website or contact Kevin Hill at 317-714-4427 or khill@citysecurities.com



    Danville Rotary Club is a group of business professionals and community members dedicated to improving the quality of life in the greater Danville area through service, high ethical standards, and funding local initiatives.  Over 60 members meet every Thursday, and have since the clubs inaugural meeting October 3, 1957.



    Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary’s 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and endpolionow.org.

  • Avon Night Light

    April 04, 2016 No comments

    123A fun, free family-friendly fair with music, food, and carnival-style games plus an evening glow 5K run/walk is being planned by students at Avon High School. The event is Saturday, April 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA.

    Avon High School junior Rushi Patel serves as Student Government Event Planner. “Everyone at our school is excited about this event, and we expect a great turnout,” Patel said. “There will be food trucks, music, and lots of free games and activities including face painting, a putting green, gravity ball, simulated bike race, inflatable games, corn hole, and more.

    “In addition to the games, registration for the glow 5K run/walk begins at 6, and the race begins at 7:30. Everyone who pays the $15 race registration receives a neon t-shirt with glow-in-the-dark lettering and a glow stick. Event proceeds will help provide care for babies, moms and kids at Hendricks Regional Health.”

    Race participants can register now online at http://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Avon/AvonNightLight5KRunWalk.

    “This group of students is amazing,” said Sue Bogan, executive director of Hendricks Regional Health Foundation. “Event planning is not an easy task, and they have tackled everything including obtaining sponsorships, recruiting students to staff the games and participate in the run/walk, arranging for food trucks, working with the HRH YMCA to use their site, creating a flyer, web site, Facebook page (facebook.com/AvonNightLight), and several videos. They have planned everything, and have worked hard to create a new and fun event for the community. I am so impressed with their efforts and know this will be a successful event.”


    Bogan continued, “We are so pleased to have the students of Avon High School work together to plan an event to benefit our hospital’s pediatric unit and prenatal care program. Plenty of babies, young children, and moms will benefit from their outreach and efforts. We are grateful to have these talented young people planning this project to benefit our community.”


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

    Posted by in Local Events

  • Last Call for David Grant Workshop! Event is almost filled.

    April 04, 2016 No comments

    1234Reserve Your Spot Today For The Social Profit Handbook Workshop

    Brought to you by the Hendricks County Community Foundation, this full day workshop explores essential questions of organizational development and culture. First we will consider the concept of nonlifecycles and the predictable challenges that nonprofit staff and board members face as their organizations grow and evolve.


    In the afternoon,we will re-think assessment practices, focusing on”planning backwards” from a vision of success and “measuring what matters” most to us, with our goal being constant improvement of mission-based work. And finally, we will pause over the idea of change as something we design rather than something that happens to us. A key theme will be that creating “a learning culture” will help your organization take the necessary steps to prepare for and adapt to a dynamic future. Wednesday, April 13 | Hendricks Power Cooperative The Social Profit Handbook Workshop Presenter: David Grant 9am-3pm

    Cost: $25 per person and includes: breakfast, lunch, and a copy of “The Social Profit Handbook”. Limit two individuals from each organization–preferably one staff and one Board member.

    Learn more 

    Register here


    Core Capacity Assessment Tool Offered


    In lieu of Organizational Capacity Grants, in 2016 HCCF will offer any organization in or serving Hendricks County interested in taking Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) the opportunity to do so free of charge if they choose. Organizations can learn more about this opportunity and the tool here: http://www.tccccat.com/.  Interested organizations should sign up to Eric Hessel, HCCF Program Officer.

    Posted by in Local Events

  • Breakfast Club at the Senior Center on April 14

    April 04, 2016 No comments

    hendricks-senior-sevices-logoDon’t miss this month’s Breakfast Club, to be held Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Hendricks County Senior Services in Danville. Enjoy breakfast for just $6 per person, including delicious biscuits and gravy and more of your favorites.


    Following breakfast David Hatfield entertains you with excellent music and fellowship. The Breakfast Club is a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends and family, find new friends and enjoy good food and great music.


    Hendricks County Senior Services is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Senior Services is funded in part by United Way of Central Indiana, CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and community organizations. Service is provided without regard to sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.

    Posted by in Local Events

  • Lt. Governor Holcomb and FSSA now accepting 2016 Golden Hoosier Award Nominations

    April 04, 2016 No comments

    Indianapolis – Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, in collaboration with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Aging, has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Golden Hoosier Awards. The award, which began in 2008, annually honors Hoosier senior citizens for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. The award is considered one of the highest honors given by the State of Indiana to senior citizens.

    “Indiana is home to many seniors who transform their communities through their tireless service. By working with youth programs, volunteering at local food shelters, and so much more, these Hoosiers have a transformational impact on making our cities and towns even better places to live,” said Holcomb. “It is my honor to recognize these special individuals for their important contributions, and I encourage everyone to nominate a senior Hoosier that has dedicated his or her life to giving back.”

    To be eligible for the Golden Hoosier Award, the nominee must currently be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years.

    Additional guidelines and the nomination form are available here or at www.lg.in.gov.

    Completed applications must be submitted online by April 29, 2016.

    The awards will be presented to the selected 2016 Golden Hoosier recipients on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Indiana Statehouse.


    Posted by in Statewide News


    April 01, 2016 No comments

    danville police mapDuring the month of March, Danville police officers made 36 arrests, conducted 182 traffic stops, worked 20 traffic accidents, attempted service on 16 warrants, checked on 28 ‘suspicious persons’ called into our dispatch center, responded to 8 thefts, 5 burglaries, 1 Bank Robbery, and 20 physical disputes between individuals, along with many other calls for service. This map gives us a look at where the incidents occurred. The red areas are what the computer system determines to be “high heat areas”, and the blue sections are isolated incidents. If you have any information about a crime or suspicious activity, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Officers and Administration work hard every day to make sure Danville remains a safe place to call home.

    REMINDER; ALL suspects are innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of law.


    Posted by in Danville, Local News

  • Community: Police Action Shooting in Speedway

    April 01, 2016 No comments

    Indiana-State-Police-ISP-logoIndianapolis – Shortly after 1 p.m. today officers from the Speedway Police Department received information of a possible wanted subject, 57 year old Douglas Gaultney of Knox County Indiana, in a white van in the area of 18th and MacArthur Lane, in Speedway. Officers were able to locate and make contact with Gaultney, who was the sole occupant of the van. Gaultney immediately brandished a shotgun causing the officers to move to a safe position and call for additional help. Gaultney was making statements that led police to believe he did not have intentions of exiting the vehicle.

    The Speedway Police Department SWAT team, along with the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department all responded to the scene. Officers attempted to negotiate with Gaultney for several hours. Gaultney exited the van at one point with the shotgun in his hands but immediately re-entered the van.

    Shortly before 7 p.m. members of the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Speedway Police SWAT team attempted less lethal tactics of tear gas and use of an armored state police vehicle to encourage Gaultney to peacefully surrender.  However, Gaultney chose to get out of the van armed with a shotgun that he pointed at officers.  This action resulted in several police officers shooting Gaultney who then fell to the ground. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by police officers until medics, who were staged nearby, were able to provide direct first-aid to Gaultney.  Gaultney was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and at the writing of this release was in surgery.

    No police officers or other citizens were injured during this police action shooting. Crime Scene Investigators are currently on the scene collecting and preserving evidence, as well as investigators from the Indiana State Police and Speedway Police Department.

    Douglas Gaultney was wanted out of Knox County on violation of probation for possession of marijuana.

    This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

    Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police

    Assisting Agencies: Speedway Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Speedway Street Department, Speedway Fire Department

    Posted by in Local News


    April 01, 2016 No comments

    logoBROWNSBURG – Brownsburg Town Council adopted Resolution #2016-10 at its March 10 meeting approving a new policy and application process for public events held on Town property. Because the number of requests to use Town of Brownsburg property for special events continues to increase, the administration saw the need for establishing consistent guidelines and a centralized process for handling those requests. At least 55 public events organized by civic and service organizations, non-profits, businesses, internal departments and citizens are scheduled to be held in Town parks, facilities and other properties this year. The “Events on Town Property” policy provides clear direction to event planners on how to apply for use of Town property and explains the rules and regulations they must abide by including Town Ordinances, insurance and liability requirements. The application allows the Town to collect information about the event’s need for logistics such as permits, public safety, traffic assistance, setting up the mobile stage and waste removal. Applications, with a $100 fee, are needed 120 days in advance of the special event date. The process helps avoid event schedule conflicts and helps the Town understand the scope of services and resources being requested by the organizer. A special event is defined as a group activity including, but not limited to, a performance, meeting, assembly, contest, exhibit, ceremony, parade, athletic competition, reading, or picnic involving a set amount of people that may require additional Town resources and/or staff as well as a designated facility, space or other amenity of the Town that would be requested to be reserved in order to accommodate such activities. Typically, this would be a large-scale event open to the public. It does not include casual park use by visitors or individual rentals of shelters or Eaton Hall. The policy and application are available on the Town’s website, www.brownsburg.org, and at both the Town Manager’s office and Brownsburg Parks. The events committee meets once each month to review and approve or deny requests, and determine what additional information is needed to ensure Town staff can effectively plan and provide support for events to ensure they will run smoothly and be successful. Staff are available to answer questions and work with event organizers through the application process and up through the day of event.

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