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Government

  • Houchin appointed assistant whip

    INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to serve as Assistant Majority Whip for the 120th General Assembly.

    “I’m looking forward to the next legislative session and serving on the Senate leadership team,” Houchin said. “Expanding access to broadband in rural areas, improving education, boosting job growth, and tackling the drug crisis plaguing so many of our communities will be my top priorities this session.”

  • Houchin unveils draft of legislation to require DNA collection for felony arrests

    INDIANA – State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) on Tuesday unveiled a draft of legislation she plans to introduce in the 2017 legislative session that would  require DNA collection from individuals arrested for a felony.

  • The Executive Branch – much more than the White House

    By CARL A. HAYES

    Guest Columnist

     

    A Democracy’s Primer is a collaboration between the journalism and legal communities to aid the public’s understanding of how government works with citizen engagement. Volunteers for the Indiana Bar Foundation will write the articles for distribution by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. More about the both organizations may be found at www.inbf.org/ and www.hspafoundation.org/.

     

  • North EMS Station dedicated
  • Preparing for a new legislative session

    State Sen. ErinHouchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    The 120th Indiana General Assembly will commence on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session. This meeting, known as Organization Day, provides new and returning legislators the opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff to discuss legislative topics.

    New and re-elected Senators and Representatives will also be sworn into office by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

  • EMS station ribbon-cutting Monday

    TELL CITY – Perry County Memorial Hospital will host a ribbon-cutting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the North Emergency Medical Services Station. The event will celebrate efforts by the hospital and community to equip and staff a second EMS station in the county. Refreshments will be served.

    The station is located at 17115 State Road 37, Leopold. Reservations may be made to Laura Schilling at (812) 547-0248 or Brian Minton at (812) 547-0191.

  • Cell tower proposed for Tell City, hearing today

    TELL CITY –  A hearing this evening will take up the issue of a cell phone tower proposed for Sixth and Lafayette streets in Tell City.

    The Tell City Technical Advisory Committee made a favorable recommendation at its Sept. 28 meeting and a public hearing before the Tell City Plan Commission is set for 6:30 p.m. this evening. The public hearing will be held in the upstairs meeting room at City Hall.

    According to the cell tower’s development plan, the tower will be on leased land and will be 290-feet tall with a 5-foot lightning rod.

  • Trump easily carries Perry County

    PERRY COUNTY – Indiana was one of the first states in the nation called for Donald Trump and Perry County voters, though small in number compared with statewide results, helped the Republican on his way to victory.

    Trump won all 21 county precincts Tuesday and received 4,556 votes for 56.3 percent of the total. Democrat Hillary Clinton took 3,062 votes and the county gave Libertarian Gary Johnson 407 votes.

    Perry County has given support to Republican presidential candidates in the past but few have garnered as high a percentage or won so many precincts.

  • Straight ticket votes will not count for at-large county council races

    INDIANAPOLIS – Straight party voting has changed in Indiana and this November Hoosiers should take note before going to the polls. Hoosiers will still be able to cast a straight ticket on Nov. 8, but that vote will not count for any individual candidate for county council or town council at-large. Voters now need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council and town council seats.

  • A sobering look beyond the upcoming election

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    This campaign year has been full of twists and turns. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone on Nov. 8. So talking about what comes afterward seems premature. But it’s been on my mind a lot, because I’m worried.

    This is not about who wins the presidency. I’m concerned about the aftermath of this campaign season and how hard it’s going to be for our next set of elected officials, from the president on down, to govern.