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AIC Conference helpful

I asked Randy Gilmore, president of the Crawford County Board of Commissioners, to attend the Association of Indiana Counties' 2014 County Legislative Conference on Feb. 19 and 20. I think he liked going because he said we will do this again.

We had lunch with District 74 State Rep. Lloyd Arnold. Randy and I brought expressed concern about the state owning about half of Crawford County in forestry ground and returning very little money on timber sales to the county. We learned that the federal government will be sending us some money for the land it owns in Crawford County. We also were advised that we can get back 40 percent of money spent on court-appointed attorneys and 40 counties are not applying for this money. Crawford is one of them.

On the second day of the conference, they offered two workshops: one on economic development and one on federal legislation and the National Association of Counties' new grants program.

Randy and I both are very interested in economic development for Crawford County. I thought one of us should attend the other meeting, so I attended Federal Legislation by Paul V. Beddoe, Ph.D. I learned that there is a grants clearinghouse with 1,000 grants available to counties like Crawford. Mr. Beddoe talked about funds drying up quicker than expected on entitlements. My question to him was: Why is the government borrowing money from China, when we should borrow from our own people?

I think we are hurting all of our funds. CDs pay 0.2 percent or less. Retirement funds set aside not growing in some cases becoming worthless. The boat money the county gets, we did at one time get a lot of interest on our accounts, now nothing.

When the meeting was over, he asked me if I would be interested in serving on a committee in Washington. I thanked him and told him I had trouble getting my friends to listen.

William Breeding
Crawford County Council Member
March 26, 2014

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Glad to be part of Crawford County

March 6, 2014

We moved with our three small children to this beautiful county June 1. My husband, Darin, and I purchased the old Gus and Lucy Slaten farm off S.R. 64. We have met several people who remember the Slatens and have enjoyed learning more about them. We feel privileged to own the property Mr. Slaten so painstakingly cared for.

Everyone we have encountered here has been so very friendly and welcoming. We love the public library, especially the new children's area, and enjoy shopping at CVS and JayC where the cashiers always greet our children and make it a point to talk with them. We have met old friends and made new ones at St. Joseph Catholic Church. We are extremely impressed with the clean and beautiful recycling centers; very impressive for such a small county. And, again, the employees are so friendly.

We are also impressed with local law enforcement and emergency responders. On Friday, Feb. 28, we could not find our 3-year-old son. After searching a short while, I called 911. The dispatcher was professional and did much to calm my nerves. She assured me help was on the way. Minutes before responders arrived, my husband found Warner — asleep in a closet. Sheriff Wilkerson continued on to our home and told us five deputies, the fire department and a bloodhound had been called out. We are so grateful for that response and thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.

The people of Crawford County have much to be proud of. We love living here and look forward to meeting more friends and neighbors in the future!

Stephanie Ferriell
Marengo, Ind.
March 26, 2014

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Thanking our firefighters

I live in Georgetown. About a month ago, I looked out of my back window and saw a sizeable fire. I called 911, then my husband and I jumped in the car to go alert the neighbors that their outbuilding was burning. Before we turned to leave the empty house, the firefighters were there. The burning structure actually belonged to the next house down. It was dangerously close to vehicles, two houses and a gas tank. But the firefighters had it under control in no time.

Yesterday, my husband and I left our house for an errand. A neighbor called to report that part of our property was burning. He had already called 911. By the time we got back, numerous fire vehicles were already working and had the situation again under control.

In both cases, our local firefighters were extremely fast and thorough. They were clearly well organized, knowledgeable, skillful people. You won't read about these fires because they did not take houses or human lives. But that's the point, isn't it? In both of these cases, the fires could easily have spread to become disasters. But they didn't. I, for one, would like to recognize and thank the courageous professionals and volunteers who routinely are NOT big stories because they do their job so well.

"Thank you" doesn't seem to be enough.

Eve Forbes
Georgetown, Ind.
March 06, 2014

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'Eckerty mail lady' says thank you

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I must tell you that Friday, Feb. 21, will be my last day as your mail lady.

With much thought and prayer, I have decided to accept a larger route that became available at English. This allows me to have every Saturday off to be with my family.

I am very blessed to have served as your friend and mail carrier six days a week for almost 16 years. I just wanted to tell each and every one of you that I am blessed to share and be a part of your lives for all these years. I have laughed with you in your joys and cried with you in your sorrows. I have watched older generations pass on and new generations come in. I have watched your children grow into adults and have children of their own. It has been my pleasure and honor to be blessed with all of you as my family. You have all been a huge part of my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I wish I could thank each and every one of you in person, but all of this was on short notice but I know where you live (ha ha). You each have my heart and a lifetime of memories for me to carry and share. Again, thank you so very much.

Also, I would like to thank the county boys who have made my roads safe and have taken good care of me in bad weather. I will miss you all terribly. Also, the ones who have come to my rescue with flat tires and mechanical help. God bless each and every one of you.

Please welcome, with that Eckerty hospitality and friendship, your new mail lady, Leslie Novack. She is an awesome lady, and I know that you all will make her feel just as special as you have made me feel.

God bless you all, my friends, and we will still be in contact. I work right beside Leslie and will continue to support all of you.

Debbie Farmer
Eckerty Mail Lady
February 26, 2014

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CASA volunteers make a difference

Crawford County CASA is in need of well-qualified persons to be volunteers. We need people that are interested in helping children and willing to give their time and talent to help these children through a difficult time in their lives. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

If we are ever going to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, it needs to start now. I cannot promise you it will always be easy, but I can promise you that it will always be rewarding. Seeing these children get a chance for a decent home and a good future is what makes this the best volunteering position you'll ever have.

Please consider this carefully and thoughtfully. I know our lives are busy and very few of us are running around looking for something else to do, but this is an opportunity to do something needed in our community that will make a difference and will be remembered long after we are gone.

Call me at the office (338-2695), at home (338-3381) or on my cell phone (1-812-613-9090). Let me give you the training and turn you on to the most rewarding job you'll ever have.

Betty Parke, Crawford County CASA Director
February 19, 2014

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Former Keller workers plan reunion

Keller Manufacturing Co. had a great impact in Harrison County during its 100-plus years in business. During those years, a lot of people either worked there or had friends and relatives working at Keller. It was sad to see both the Corydon and New Salisbury plants close.

Although the building in Corydon may be gone and former employees have gone their separate ways, the memories are still with us. Memories of the sounds of the saws, lathes, drills, air guns, etc., plus the smell of fresh-cut wood and finishes come to mind.

As former employees of Keller Manufacturing, we often have times when we think of those who worked alongside us. Keller was a very good employer, and we miss the good people who we came to consider family.

We have set a date to try to join up once again with our friends and co-workers. Anyone who worked for Keller at either Corydon or New Salisbury is invited to attend.

The gathering will be at the Oasis Center, across from Alstott's hardware store in Corydon. We plan to meet from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Please try to attend and bring along a two-liter and a snack to share. A group picture will be taken at 2:30 p.m.

Spread the word to everyone so no one is left out.

We hope to see you there!

Linda RIch, Lois Fessel, Carolyn McAdams, Eileen Hoehn and Mary Lasley
February 19, 2014

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Rx mandate unneeded burden

The Indiana State Medical Association is dedicated to Indiana physicians and their efforts to provide the best possible health care to their patients. For this reason, the ISMA was pleased to see the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure deny a vote on the recently proposed prescription mandate for medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is a safe and effective decongestant commonly used to treat seasonal colds and allergies. Many Indiana residents rely on this medicine to stay functional throughout the year, and physicians understand the benefit of its affordability.

A prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine would have unduly burdened both patients and physicians. Patients would have had to pay additional costs to consult their doctors while doctors would have had to make time to prescribe safe, FDA-approved cold medicines. Doctors' offices are already overcrowded. Forcing Hoosiers with common colds to visit their doctors would only result in longer wait times for patients with more serious conditions.

While we support the legislature's efforts to curb meth abuse, we're pleased they rejected a policy that creates unnecessary difficulties for physicians and their patients. Our organization has long devoted our energy and resources towards protecting the rights of patients and ensuring physicians are able to deliver care without hindrance.

Deepak Azad, M.D., ISMA President
February 19, 2014

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Call-ins unfair to Amish

The Clarion News has published a second "call-in" complaint against the local Amish that accused them of causing serious, repeated tire damage by leaving horseshoe nails and even horseshoes on neighborhood roadways.

The first published call not long ago was viewed by many as being so hateful and bigoted in tone and content that it was dismissed by right-thinking and fair-minded people who knew better. The second "call-in," published Feb. 5, 2014, was more subtle and cynical with some feigned words hoping to gain traction for yet another obvious attempt to defame and engender ill will against an honest, peaceful, Christian people of long-standing good reputation and report.

Let's get the facts straight. A clearly focused neighborhood citizen's investigation into this matter is now underway and has already revealed information that merits note. Discussions have already occurred with residents, neighbors and regular business travelers of Magnolia Road whose trips through the area in question number in the hundreds over the years.

Without exception, all stated that neither they nor anyone they knew has ever seen a horseshoe or horseshoe nails from any source on the roadway. No one reported or knew of anyone experiencing tire damage as has been alleged, and no one has seen anyone changing any tires on the side of the road.

In talks with a leading member of the local Amish community, it was learned that no one has made any effort to speak with them directly about tire problems or lost horseshoes. The Amish have offered in good faith to pay for any of their horseshoes lost and returned to them. The hope was also expressed that all the nails and horseshoes claimed to have been gathered off the roadway be brought to them for identification and proof of what has been alleged.

To be sure, the best cared for horse can throw a shoe even after careful pre-trip inspection. But, frankly, that is rare, and experienced horsemen are always watching and listening for any sudden change in their horse's gait and hoof beat cadence that could indicate shoe loss. Every good horseman stops at shoe loss to ensure his animal is not injured and to retrieve the reusable shoe.

None of the citizens questioned about this matter were Amish, but all expressed revulsion at the cowardly manner in which the Amish have been repeatedly assailed with calumny and slander, not just in this matter but in other matters, also. Let all those who traffic in bearing false witness with exaggerated falsehoods know that good people around here don't believe a word you say.

Joe Schultz and Darren Echterling
English, Ind.
February 19, 2014

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Petition to re-open Stagestop Campground

Stagestop has been part of growing up for many local families for as long as we can remember. At virtually no cost to the state, it has always been available for swimming, canoe access and family camping. It was closed for the 2013 season.

If you are interested in seeing it open again, please join our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/641073645954163?ref=bookmark .

It is titled: Re-open Stage Stop Campground at Harrison/Crawford State Park. We also have a petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/indiana-department-of-natural-resources-open-stage-stop-campground .

Thank you for you consideration.

Kenneth McSpadden
February 12, 2014

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Free help in filing FAFSA at College Goal Sunday

Now is the time for students to apply for college financial aid for the upcoming school year. Recently, I became aware that some of our local students are receiving mailings that offer to help families file their applications for a fee.

Students need to know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government application required of every student seeking financial aid, and it is FREE! You can apply online at www.fafsa.gov. The deadline is March 10 in order to qualify for financial aid for fall 2014.

If students or parents need help filing the FAFSA, the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association is hosting College Goal Sunday on Feb. 23 at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School. Computer labs will be open and financial aid professionals will be on hand to help you complete and file the forms online. The event, which is free of charge, starts at 2 p.m. More information can be found at www.collegegoalsunday.org.

Cindy Cain, Director of Guidance at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School
February 05, 2014

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