• Kleeman files for House District 74

    TELL CITY – Larry K. Kleeman has filed as a candidate for election to the House District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. The Democrat announced several weeks ago he would see the seat now held by Stephen Bartels.

    Kleeman ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2016 against then State Rep. Lloyd Arnold. Bartels was chosen by Republicans during a caucus in November after Arnold resigned to accept the position of law enforcement director for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

  • Bartels files for District 74 seat

    ECKERTY – State Rep. Stephen Bartels has filed as a candidate for election to a full term in the House District 74 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. Bartels was elected in a caucus to fulfill the remainder of State Rep. Lloyd Arnold’s term, and was sworn into office in December. House District 74 encompasses all of Perry and Crawford counties and parts of Spencer, Dubois and Orange counties.

  • Baumeister seeking seat on county council

    TELL CITY – Prevented by term limits from seeking another four years as county coroner, Charlie Baumeister has set his sights on the county council. The Democrat filed this month for the District 1 seat now held by Republican J.R. Flynn.

    Baumeister, 59, said he still wants to serve his community.

  • Improving the lives of Hoosier children




    While the Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, certain groups meet throughout the year to discuss issues facing the state of Indiana.

    One in particular is our Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health for Children, which reports to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children and is made up of practitioners in mental health, social work, law enforcement, government and substance abuse rehabilitation fields around Indiana.

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  • Expanding access to CBD oil

    Rep. Mark Messmer

    Guest Columnist


    This year, the Indiana General Assembly passed several laws aimed at workforce development, education and combating the opioid crisis.

    One bill that was passed this legislative session will allow all Hoosiers to purchase low THC hemp extract or cannabidiol (CBD). In recent years, research has shown that extracts from the hemp plant have a variety of medical benefits in treating people who suffer from epilepsy, depression and even high blood pressure.

  • Registered to vote? Do so by April 9

    PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Clerk Amanda Mogan reminds voters that Monday, April 9, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election to be held on May 8.

    Registration applications must be received in the office, by mail or in person, by the close of business that day.

    Voter registration forms and instructions for submitting them are available at the Clerk’s Office. Voters may also register at any office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles or online at www.indianavoters.com.

  • Increasing mobile data access




    Mobile data usage has increased by more than 2,000 percent since 2010. As lawmakers, we look to ensure that we enact policies that enable the future enhancements of our network technologies.

    There are certain areas where networks have become congested throughout the state. Service providers will have to upgrade and expand their wireless infrastructure as Indiana looks to increase its mobile-data access.

  • Joining veterans with employers

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74


    Indiana recently created the Next Level Veterans initiative to pair veterans with Indiana’s more than 85,000 open jobs.

    More than half of the 200,000 service men and women who leave the military each year face a period of unemployment, making this initiative an important resource for our veterans and their families. Next Level Veterans is a one-stop shop focused on connecting our military personnel with these career opportunities.

  • House advances Rep. Bartels’ bill to assist Hoosier landowners

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House of Representatives voted last week unanimously in support of State Rep. Stephen Bartels’ (R-Eckerty) legislation to help Hoosier landowners designate private property boundaries by using purple markings.

    Under this legislation, a purple paint perimeter would serve the same purpose as a no trespassing sign. Bartels said there are currently 12 other states with purple paint laws, and three more are considering adopting similar legislation.