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Local Government Information Seminar ‘Citizens Academy’ Taking Applications

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The Monroe County Citizens Academy is taking applications for this year’s fall seminars.

The seminars, which are open to everyone, inform attendees about the local county government.

Interim County Extension Director Amy Thompson tells us that the Academy is an opportunity for residents to learn more about how county government operates, where their local tax dollars go and the services the county offices provide.

The free classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, from October 2 until November 20.

Subjects include local government financing, the county court system, correctional policy, policing and the county jail, health and youth services, and county governance.

Thirty minutes of informal discussion are planned before each presentation. County officials, administrators, judges, and senior police officers will be present.

“We’ve done this several times and we get a lot of positive feedback,” Thompson says, “I think the average citizen doesn’t know about the scope of activities that county government is involved in. It’s interesting, you get a behind the scenes tour of the jail and you get a one-on-one interaction with government officials.”

The courses are provided through Purdue University’s Extension program, in partnership with Monroe County Commissioners and Council.

Call 349-2575 to register for the program by September 27.

This Year’s Deer Season Looks To Be Productive After Last Year’s Record-Setting Harvest

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Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.

The deer harvest record has been broken in four of the last five seasons.

But Chad Stewart, deer biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (the DNR), doesn’t expect the trend to continue.

“Last year was a record deer harvest for Indiana,” Stewart says, “We took 136,248 deer and that exceeded all previous years. I think the number will probably go down a little bit this year, but the trends in last year’s harvest told us the herd was on a downward swing, which is exactly what we’re trying to accomplish.

Stewart says the antler deer harvest being down, as well as an increase this year in antler-less deer killing, tends to mean the overall deer population is down.

He says that reducing the deer population to a more balanced level has been the DNR’s goal for years.

New hunting regulations in 2012 worked toward that goal.

“We’re making an effort to balance the deer herd,” Stewart says, “And when you reduce the deer herd in total to achieve that, over time the deer harvest falls off as well.”

Deer hunting season in some urban areas began on Sunday. Archery season starts on October 1st, and this year firearm season starts in mid-November.

 

 

Daily Local News – September 17, 2013

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A third phase of renovations at the Monroe County Public Library may cost as much as half a million dollars more than first projected; Tonight, local residents will be given an opportunity to participate in a debate on marriage equality; The Monroe County Citizens Academy is taking applications for this year’s fall seminars; Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.

FEATURE
“TASC” to Replace GED Testing in Indiana
Monroe County residents attending Adult Education Classes at Broadview Adult Learning Center, Crestmont, and Shalom Community Center have until January 1st to complete their General Educational Development test, or G-E-D, or else lose credit for what they have completed and be forced to start all over. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which administers Indiana’s high school equivalency program through its Division of Adult Education, has announced the selection of CTB/McGraw-Hill to provide a new high school equivalency assessment that will replace the G-E-D, the test currently in use. In today’s feature, Lauren Glapa interviews Joe Frank of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Division of Adult Education, about Indiana’s new T-A-S-C high school equivalency test.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter and Bill Daugherty
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Yvonne Cheng
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Today’s feature was produced by Dan Withered, with correspondent Lauren Glapa
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Jason Evans Groth
Our engineer is Harrison Wagner
Editor is Drew Daudelin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Bring It On! – September 16, 2013

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William Hosea and Leila Randle welcome director Tom Evans, and actresses Nora Leahy and Gladys DeVane from the play “Grace and Glorie”.

PART ONE
“Grace and Glorie” is an upbeat and life-affirming COMEDY! Grace Stiles is a 90 year old, terminally ill cancer patient who lives alone in a small, somewhat primitive cottage in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.   She is a strong willed, cantankerous, and very proud woman.
Glorie is a hospice volunteer.  She is a Harvard MBA, a successful New York attorney, and a recent transplant to this rural community.  Cantankerous Grace and sophisticated Glorie create the sure recipe for a clash of cultures.

The play is the season opener at the Brown County Playhouse. The show run begins October 2nd through the 19th.  Joining William and Leila tonight to share their insights “behind the curtain” of this stage project is director Tom Evans, and actresses Nora Leahy (Grace) and Gladys DeVane (Glorie).

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Bloomington opens its streets

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Bloomington will stage its first Open Streets event this weekend, joining a recent trend in larger cities around the globe. Between 10am and 3pm this Sunday, West Kirkwood Street between Rogers Street and College Avenue will become a temporary festival.

“It’s an opportunity for people to just do whatever they wish, in the street” says Anna Dragovich, Senior Transportation Planner and an organizer of the event. The free event will feature interactive physical activities, as well as live music and other performances. Visitors will be able to try free exercise demo classes and activities located along the route. Open street festivals traditionally have a broad array of commercial and non-commercial vendors, providing information and samples of their offerings. Though Dragovich commented that Bloomington’s festival focuses more on physical activity.

“This is a free opportunity in which we can engage each other through basically playing in the street, and playing just happens to be physical activity,” said Dragovich.

The inaugural Open Streets event is sponsored by the Planning Departments of Bloomington and of Monroe County and the Center for Sustainable Living. Dragovich says she hopes it can be made into an annual event, and possibly tried in other parts of the county.

Daily Local News- September 16th, 2013

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Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane laid out a plan to enroll students around the state in early childhood education programs; Bloomington will stage its first Open Streets event this weekend- joining a recent trend in larger cities around the world; Citizens from Morristown, Indiana are banding together to stop a gas-fired power plant proposed by tyhe Omaha-based company Tenaska.

FEATURE
Earlier this summer the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity announced it had reached a deal to relocate its frat house. The fraternity is currently located on east 3rd street. But the deal it made with Indiana University would put the new house in the University Courts neighborhood on the western edge of campus. The plan has upset some in Bloomington, partly because it requires the demolition of six historic homes. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has that story for today’s WFHB feature.

ACTIVATE
Jodi Chatelain and Kenny Bundy talk about working at the Recovery Engagement Center.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley and Doug Storm,
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Yvonne Cheng,
Our Engineers are Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin,
Our Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

WFHB’s Interchange Investigates the US Constitution for “Constitution Day”

Did YOU know there was a thing called “Constitution Day”?  Is Constitution Day constitutional?  Do you know what the 3rd Amendment is?

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
 
A law establishing “Constitution Day” was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.

For this edition of Interchange, host Lisa-Marie Napoli, a member of the PACE [Political and Civic Engagement] faculty, interviews Tim Lovelace from the Maurer School of Law and Eileen Braman from Political Science Department.  We encourage community members to send suggestions for questions to ask our guests to our Interchange email address: interchange@gmail.com.  PACE will also solicit questions from IU students.

Citizens show support for 8th Street’s historic homes

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This week the Bloomington City Council heard from residents who are unhappy with plans to demolish six historic houses on West 8th Street to make way for a fraternity house. The council doesn’t hold power to regulate the properties, which are owned by Indiana University. But Council member Steve Volan said he was glad to see the group of concerned citizens. IU announced its plans to demolish the historic houses and sell the vacant lot to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

“I’m really angry at the Fiji house – and this is really about power and money” said

Sandy Cole, who lives about two blocks from the proposed fraternity house. Speakers also took aim at IU for agreeing to the deal. Because of IU’s status as a state institution, it is not subject to the same city ordinances that could make it difficult for the fraternity to demolish the houses on its own. Melissa Cox-Ash said the houses are important elements of a well-preserved historic district.

Although the city government is not involved in the deal, speaker Micol Siegel said the demolition of historic houses fits with other recent developments in the city. She said Bloomington is increasingly catering to affluent students. The Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission has written a letter to IU in opposition to the project, but so far the university has said it plans to move forward with the sale.

Plan Commission rejects move for Taste of India

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The Bloomington Plan Commission rejected a plan Monday to relocate the Taste of India restaurant to a building on East 3rd Street. The project included constructing a new building that would house the restaurant and five apartments. But nearby residents and property owners voiced concern about a lack of parking in the area, which is on the southern edge of the downtown business district.

The commission considered the proposal at a meeting in August, but it delayed a decision partly because of the lack of parking spots. Member Pat Williams said the plans didn’t change enough in the month between meetings.

The project was rejected by a vote of seven to two. The commission also voted to allow the business to reconsider its proposal, and return in as little as thirty days.

 

Indiana’s representatives weigh in on military action in Syria

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Senator Dan Coats, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a statement this week announcing his disagreement with the authorization of a U.S. military strike against Syria. He wrote,  “I do not believe a targeted, limited military strike on Syria is in the direct national security interests of the United States. Therefore, I do not support a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria. There is no doubt that the Assad regime used long-banned chemical weapons to murder its own people. This horrific act demands a worldwide response of condemnation. However, the president has not justified his request to engage the United States militarily in Syria.” Coats was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN and elaborated on his stance there. Senator Joe Donnelly’s office confirmed that he has not taken a stance on the issue yet. Representative Todd Young said in a statement that,  “After listening to the speech, I have not been persuaded to support military action in Syria” and went on to say that he is waiting for more detailed information.

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