WRBI receives first ever “WE SERVE” award

first_imgPhoto by JRFosterBATESVILLE, Ind. — WRBI is honored to have received the Batesville Lions Club’s first ever “WE SERVE” award.The Lions cited that the work WRBI does meets the same goal as the Lions Club.The Lions Club International motto is “WE SERVE” and everything the club does and supports has that goal in mind.The recognition will be given to organizations and individuals who provide outstanding service to the community.last_img

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img

State Farm Bureau forum brings local, state and national candidates together in one place

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Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 213 weeks ago Kasha Kelley spent her time bashing the media!!?? How out of touch can you be? It’s time that our reps stop pointing the fingers, and start pulling the thumbs. Take responsibility for your actions. From all I can tell, Ed Trimmer is the only incumbent worthy of a vote. Boot the rest out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 213 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 213 weeks ago I think all that are in office now should go and have term limitations. Apparently they haven’t changed much yet so why not try someone new? Report Reply 1 reply · active 213 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KANVOTE · 213 weeks ago While I understand your frustration with the current legislature, it think your idea to get rid of all of them is somewhat shortsighted. There are some who have been fighting the battle FOR public education and FOR a fair tax policy. Let’s return them and send them some help. That means sending those like Ed Trimmer back and replacing Kelley, Hoffman and DeGraff. Don Shimkus would also fight for those of us who have been ignored by the Governor and his supporters. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Toma87 · 181 weeks ago Good job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 181 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Farm Bureau held its Candidate’s Forum at the Raymond Frye Complex Saturday afternoon as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival.There were more than 16 candidates in attendance who were running for Sumner County Commissioner, Sumner County Sheriff, state representative, state senate, U.S. House Representative and more. Here was some of what was said Saturday evening. Sumner Newscow only focused on those races that are more local in nature.County races: Sumner County officials are all running unopposed. Here are comments from two county officers.Jim Newell, County CommissionJim NewellNewell said he has been part of the board of commissioners for 12 years, and if he gets elected to another term it will be his last. He represents the southwest part of the county.Newell said the tax mil levy is lower now than when he started, but added the casino has had a lot to do with that. It has brought a lot of tax revenue into the county, and he said the commission wanted to give that back to the taxpayers by keeping taxes down.Darren Chambers, Sumner County SheriffDarren ChambersChambers said he has tried to save money and had kept inmates from other counties as a way to help his budget. He said he has brought $1.1 million back into the county by doing this.Chambers said he needs jailers though to keep that system going.———State Representatives: Several people have filed for various state representative positions, and there are four districts in Sumner County. All of the candidates talked about their families and their background as Kansans.District 116Incumbent Kyle Hoffman was unable to attend. He sent Peggy Mast to speak for him and she read what he had written.Hoffman said his family and his own experience has taught him how government can help or hurt business. He has been in the House since 2012, and said he has learned to be more flexible.He favors sanctity of human life and the right to firearms, but said other issues are not as cut and dry. Issues like how much to tax and how to budget are debatable.Hoffman said in the letter that the two previous decades of government has brought a lot of government growth. He said he has voted to change the tax polices of 2012 but he does not favor a total repeal.  He said the tax cuts gave tax relief to everyone and asked if how much worse off would people be if their income taxes were higher.He said government must live within it means and not always ask the taxpayers for more.  He added government should create opportunity for growth.Jolene Roitman is his contender, and her husband, Rick Roitman spoke for her. He said he had his wife had talked about problems in the state for a long time, and finally decided to do something about it.“One of the big things was the disastrous tax cuts in 2012 that were implemented,” Roitman said. “That took money from everyone, even from the Kansas Department of Transportation.   “They have taken so much money from KDOT they used to resurface roads every seven years and now it is 50 years.”“Tax cut also created what is now the largest tax increase in history of state. That is the sales tax increase that was implemented as a result.”He added this has caused issues in the schools. He also talked about Medicaid expansion which the state has been avoiding. He said Wellington’s hospital would get $700,000 per year if it was expanded, and as a result, your tax dollars are going to other states instead.District 82Pete DegraffIncumbent Pete DeGraff said he wants to limit government, but said there is a place for government. He said there are areas where business can do things better. He said he is for individual responsibility.He noted he has a high rating from the NRA, and that he is strong on second amendment rights.Danette HarrisDanette Harris is a decorated combat veteran and has a lot of experience as a leader in the National Guard. She said she is frustrated with the way the state is going.“I fear for my children’s future,” she said. She is qualified “To give the leadership we desperately need.” She said she would develop well thought out plans and then execute the plan to get the desired results.Harris would accept responsibility for mistakes and adjust and that the current administration is bankrupting the state.Harris said she believes education must be funded properly, and then the state needs to deal with its revenue problem created by the 2012 tax cuts.She also wants to stop government raids on the road system.“This state is not just for the wealthy, the lobbyists and paid for officials. It is not about me, it is about Kansas,” she said.She said people need to “Remove toxic leadership in Kansas, and replace them with people who care about people and the state.”District 80Anita Judd JenkinsAnita Judd Jenkins said she is a Republican and she feels her party has been stolen from her. She believes in fiscal responsibility. She said when she says less government, to her that means giving more back to local people.“I would like to see us reverse some of the things that have been done,” Judd Jenkins said. “I am against the healthcare compact. I do not see us being responsible with Medicaid dollars. I believe we must insure everyone so we don’t disadvantage hospitals.”She opposes privatizing Medicaid because Medicaid has been one that pays its bills on time, and when it is privatized it does not.That puts hospitals in a bind.She also said she was alarmed at the $710 million shortfall the state had this year, and she questioned how many years that could continue.Kasha KelleyIncumbent Kasha Kelley said she is a strong believer in second amendment and constitutional rights. She said however, she wanted to talk about the media. She said the media reports its own agenda.“The media says schools are being cut to the bone,” Kelley said. “And I understand there are challenges, but there is no one in Topeka that does not want schools to do well. Everyone wants well educated students who can enter the workforce.”She questioned reports that schools have been making budget cut. She quoted the Kansas Association of School boards in saying the schools are being financed at an all time high, but not after inflation is figured in.She said 50 percent of the state budget goes to education.Kelley also said she had missed some time awhile back, but said she still kept in touch and was able to vote on key issues.Kelley said financial estimates have been missed, but she said the media will not report on the business growth that is happening.  She said more needs to be done to figure out why the estimates keep coming in wrong, but suggested the problem might be in the method of making the estimates. She said new businesses are opening and they brought in more revenue this year.Democrat Michelle Schiltz said she is from Caldwell and has owned a business for many years and is now a volunteer.Schiltz said she realized you can sit and complain or you can do something, and her background as a volunteer spurred her to take action.“The governor has led us into an irresponsible position on taxation,” Schiltz said. “And I am concerned about the state raiding KDOT to make ends meet.”She said there was a fair school funding policy in place for years, but Brownback and his administration threw that out.Schiltz said they cut taxes because they wanted to cut services and education. She accused them of planning the current shortfalls.She said the refusal to expand Medicaid put hospitals at risk. She said rural hospitals are vital to communities and the current system is endangering them.She said she would fight for fair taxation, expansion of Medicaid and fair funding of education. She also wants a court system that is free from politics.“We have to restore the integrity which Brownback has stolen from us,” Schiltz said. “Our legislators have rubber stamped his ruinous policies and we need to stop it.”District 79Ed TrimmerIncumbent Ed Trimmer is running unopposed.Trimmer said many candidate say we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem, but he challenged that notion.  He said if that were true, then why are there major cuts to services for senior citizens and health care for children.“The Brownback administration is bankrupting us and our children, and that needs to stop,” Trimmer said.On education, Trimmer pointed out the state takes 20 mills of local taxes and sends it back to the schools, and says it is funding education with that money. He said the idea that the state is funding schools more than ever is just an accounting trick.He said local budgets are not keeping up with inflation and that is the key statistic.State SenateIncumbent Steve Abrams is not running for re-election.Larry AlleyLarry Alley said everyone wants to fund education and we need more jobs and the state has a budget problem. He added the focus should be on funding the classroom and hiring and keeping the best teachers.“Funding is at a record high, and half the state budget goes to education,” Alley said. “More funding needs to get to the classroom.”Alley agreed we need a stronger economy, but said we don’t need more taxes and regulation.“There should be reward for hard work, not a penalty.”Alley added that revenue is not a problem, but said spending is the problem.“The 2012 tax cuts gave everyone tax relief,” Alley said. “There were some problems but they are being fixed.”The general economic downtown was responsible for economic problems, he said, and not so much the tax cuts that were passed.He dismissed claims about KDOT being raided, noting that they are spending as much on roads as they have ever been.Don ShimkusDon ShimkusShimkus is on the Oxford school board and he said he saw problems at the state level and wanted to get involved.“I am concerned that we are running our state by taking out payday loans that are nearly a billion dollars,” he said.He said he is concerned about education as well, and the overall well being of the state.Shimkus said everyone has numbers and it is hard to know, but he said current road construction is for projects that were already budgeted.He said he is concerned that it won’t be able to continue if the state keeps raiding the funds.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Nadal ready to let rip remodelled serve at Australian Open

first_imgMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Rafael Nadal revealed Saturday he was back to full fitness and has a brand new serve to unleash at the Australian Open.The world number two limped away from Melbourne Park a year ago, forced to retire in pain from his quarter-final with Marin Cilic.The 17-time Grand Slam champion missed most of the next three months and cut short his season to have surgery on a troublesome foot injury.He pulled out of a Brisbane warm-up event with a slight thigh strain but declared Saturday his troubles were behind him.“I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here,” Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.“I have good feelings in terms of the surgery. After surgery, after months without competing, having trouble practising, of course there are always issues when you come back.“But it’s nothing new for me,” added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.To better cope, he has remodelled his serve to help extend his career.“There are always things to improve,” said the Spaniard, who faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the first round. “The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did.“I am happy with the motivation to do something new. If I am able to make that happen in a good way, that hopefully it will give me the chance to help me on my game longer term.“I didn’t compete with this new serve, so let’s see how it works. I am confident it’s going to work well.”His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors.Nadal said he was sad to hear another member of tennis fabled ‘big four’, Andy Murray, was to quit tennis this year, possibly as early as next week, with chronic hip pain.Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible.“My only goal is always to have been to keep going,” he said. “That’s the only way that you can keep having confidence and hope for a good comeback in terms of health.“But I know that tennis is not forever. I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about, and to keep doing the things that I really enjoy doing.“When the day arrives I cannot do it will be the day to go and do another thing.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more