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The Ins and Outs of Money – Pets: Part 1

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Emily Herr from the Bloomngton Animal Shelter join Ashley and Sarah to discuss the financial ins and outs of pet ownership.

Bring It On! – August 19, 2013

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Bev Smith and Liz Mitchell welcome Terry James, the great-great grandson of Ervin James, the founder of Jamestown, South Carolina.

PART ONE
The African American community of Jamestown, South Carolina has its origins in a 105-acre tract bought in 1870 by former slave Ervin James (1815-1872). James, who was determined to own his own farm instead of being dependent on sharecropping or tenant farming, bought the tract that was later divided into individual farms, by his five sons and a son-in-law.

Through the years, the James descendants have hosted reunions that, at times, have averaged 325 attendees. Recently, they sought to engage a wider community to attend these gatherings. As a result, the reunion theme has changed to “Celebrate Jamestown.”

Joining Bev and Liz by phone to talk about these family gatherings and the legacy of Ervin James is Terry James, his great-great grandson.

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

CREDITS
Hosts: Bev Smith and Liz Mitchell
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Scientia Receives Crane Contract

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A software company based in Bloomington announced earlier this month it had reached a major new agreement with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The company, Scientia LLC was formed in 2010 by three former employees of the Center. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the owners about what the company produces and its relationship with the military.

MCPL may end test proctoring

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The Monroe County Public Library may soon end its test proctoring service, which a Library employee said has become too popular. Christine Eykholt-Friesel, the coordinator for the Library’s Indiana Room, where the tests are proctored, says the increased use of electronic devices in schools has also made test proctoring more difficult.

The Library charges 30 dollars to proctor a test. So far this year, Eykholt-Friesel said the Library has made $1,800 on the service. And although there was concern about losing the revenue, Board members mostly spoke in favor of ending the service. Board member Kari Isaacson Hartig, who is also a literacy coach at Templeton Elementary School, said state rules about test taking have become more strict in recent years.

The Board is scheduled to vote on whether to end the test proctoring service at its next meeting August 21st.

Monroe County Community School Board eyes bonds

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At a work session August 13th, the Monroe County Community School Board discussed if and how to issue another multi-million dollar bond. During a wide-ranging discussion about the Corporation’s finances, school corporation officials said they would like to issue a bond to replace two other bonds that will be paid off in the next few years. Corporation Superintendent Judy DeMuth said the two bonds that will be paid off include one that was approved by referendum in 2010. The other paid for the construction of Bloomington South High School.

Both of the current bonds will be paid off by 2018. If the Corporation doesn’t issue another bond to replace them, tax rates in the County will go down. But several Board members said they want another bond to pay for various upgrades to school buildings. Board member Martha Street said it would be smart to keep the buildings in good shape.

 

 

 

ISTA Settles $14 million lawsuit

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Last Tuesday, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and her office reached an agreement regarding terms of a 14 million dollar settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

The ISTA offered teachers and other school employees a medical plan that allowed school corporations to invest their excess balances to offset future health care costs. But, according to Secretary Lawson, that isn’t what ended up happening.

Lawson also alleges that the ISTA continuously issued quarterly and annual statements to schools misrepresenting fund balances. She says this has been a long time coming and that this settlement in the long run was the right thing to do.

The ISTA and NEA agreed to the settlement terms that would return $14 million to the 27 school corporations.

Activate! – MCHA: Sarah Delone

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Sarah Delone of the Monroe County Humane Association talks about the Association VIPaws therapy animal program. Learn about VIPaws and how you & your pet can become a part of this program.

Daily Local News – August 19, 2013

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson and her office reached an agreement regarding terms of a $14 million settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association; At a work session August 13th, the Monroe County Community School Board discussed if and how to issue another multi-million dollar bond; The Monroe County Public Library may soon end its test proctoring service, which a Library employee said has become too popular; State Road 54 in Greene County is closed to traffic beginning today.

FEATURE
Scientia Recieves Crane Contract
A software company based in Bloomington announced earlier this month it had reached a major new agreement with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The company, Scientia LLC was formed in 2010 by three former employees of the Center. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with one of the owners about what the company produces and its relationship with the military.

ACTIVATE!
Sarah Delone of the Monroe County Humane Association talks about the  the Association’s VIPaws therapy animal program. Learn about VIPaws and how you & your pet can become a part of this program.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Chris Martin, and David Murphy.
Along with help from Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Servies
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Activate is produced by Jennifer Whitaker
Our engineer is Kat Carlton
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 15th 2013

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Hundreds of new parking meters were activated Monday in Bloomington’s central business district and so far downtown business owners and their customers seem to be taking the change in stride; Tonight at the Bluebird Bar, nine Bloomington residents will share ideas that inspire them for the year’s first Ignite Btown event; Starting tomorrow, the Indiana State Police will be cracking down on impaired drivers statewide; Researchers from the Indiana State Department of Health have found West Nile virus present in mosquitos in Monroe and Morgan Counties
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State Road 54 closed this week

State Road 54 in Greene County is closed to traffic beginning today.

Railroad contractor crews closed off the road from the junction of State Road 57 to the junction of State Road 67, and will be making repairs to the crossing 0.30 miles east of S.R. 67.

 Work began today around 8:00 a.m.  It is anticipated that, weather permitting, the roadway will be re-opened to traffic by 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Until then, no through vehicle traffic will be allowed, however local residents will have access to the point of closure.  All lanes of traffic will be closed at the rail crossing.  The official detour will follow S.R. 57/U.S. 231 and S.R. 67.

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