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  Mayor....................................................................... Lloyd Winnecke
  City Clerk ............................................................... J.D.Strouth
  Ward 1 .................................................................... Dan McGinn
  Ward 3 .................................................................... Anna Hargis
  Ward 5 .................................................................... Justin Elpers
  At Large .................................................................. Michelle Mercer
  At Large .................................................................. Jack Schriber
 
 
 

 
COUNTY COMMISSIONER/VCRP GOLF OUTING THURSDAY MAY 28
 
Join Joe Kiefer & Bruce Ungethiem
for the
County Commissioner/Vanderburgh GOP
Golf Outing

 WHEN:      Thursday, May 28, 2015

 

 WHERE:   Cambridge Golf Club
     1034 Beacon Hill
 
 DETAILS: Registration - 11:00 
     Lunch - Noon
     Shotgun Start - 1:00
 
To register or get more information contact GOP Office - 812-425-8207 or email beamerjo59@gmail.com

MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE DATES

May 28 - GOP Golf Outing

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The Vice Chairman position of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party is vacant.  I want to appoint a female to fill this position.

 

Vice Chairman Basic Job Duties

+ Preside at meetings in the absence of the Chairman

+ Serve as a key member of the Fundraising Committee

+ Play an active role in filling Precinct Committeeman vacancies

+ Serve as liaison to various auxiliaries such as the Federation of Republican Women, Young Republicans, and others.

+ Be a good team player

+ Fulfill other duties as delegated or assigned by the Chairman

 

If you know of someone to suggest that I consider appointing to this vacancy, please let me or Mary Jo know.

 

Thanks for your help and support.

Wayne Parke

Chairman VCRP

wparke@wowway.com

Cell: 812-455-1685 

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Pleased to Announce the Following Great Candidates:

 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke 

Click Here for Mayor Winneke Website.

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Justin Elpers - City Council Fifth Ward


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Anna Hargis - City Council Third Ward. Click Here for Anna's Website

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Jack Schriber for City Council At Large

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Michelle Mercer is running 
for City Council At-Large! 
 
 
 
 
 
Another great candidate on the Republican Team! 
 
 
 
 
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City clerk position 
J.D. Strouth

   Because of my abiding passion for serving the community, I am going to seek the office of Evansville City Clerk. I firmly believe I can diligently fulfill the duties of the office and would enjoy doing so. I will publicly apply (file) at noon this Friday, January 23, in room 214 of the Civic Center. If you will be in Evansville and available then, I invite you to join me for this 10 minute event. Even if you cannot attend, I would appreciate your support leading up to the May 5 Republican Primary and November 3 General Election.

 
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Party Rules and the 2014 Platform

 

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Flocking Together

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The Obamas' Race to the Bottom

Commentary

By Jeff Crouere

 

A longtime Christian leader says the recent terrorist attack in Garland, Texas show's it's time for the U.S. to get serious about the Islamic State terrorists.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the foiled weekend attack in which two Muslims attempted to attack attendees at an event that included a "cartoon contest" of Muhammad. A police officer shot both of them dead outside the Curtis Culwell Center.

 

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)"We knew this was coming," Dr. Richard Land says of possibly the first ISIS-backed attack in the U.S.

 

It's unclear if the two men were affiliated with ISIS, or if the terrorist group is making a false claim, though one of them was investigated by the FBI for attempting to join another Islamist group in Africa.

 

Land also points out the First Amendment issue at hand, since drawing Muhammad is considered a crime according to radical Islamists.When "radical Jihadists attempt to kill Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights," says Land, "then we are almost compelled to exercise those rights."

 

The winning entry portrayed Muhammad brandishing a sword and proclaiming, "You can't draw me." The hand of an artist is also show who responds, "That's why I draw you."

 

The shooting has garnered media attention, including a testy CNN interview (see below) with Pamela Geller, an Islam expert and the event's organizer.

 

As the Obama administration mercifully begins to wind toward the end of its second term, both the President and the First Lady will continue to distract from their horrible record. Their favorite distraction is to claim racial discrimination exists in this nation and is needs to be corrected through government action.

Even though we are not living in Mississippi in 1964, the President and Mrs. Obama continue to emphasize that America has not progressed enough from the Jim Crow era. They minimize the tremendous progress that African Americans have made in this country and focus on the challenges that remain.

Instead of dealing with the problems they have created, the First Couple engage in a continual discussion about race while employing racially divisive rhetoric. Although it may be skillful and political expedient, it has done tremendous damage to race relations in the nation.

The most recent example occurred last weekend when the First Lady delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University. Instead of focusing on the goals and aspirations of the graduates, she delivered a speech all about the supposed discrimination she faced. Even though Michelle Obama enjoyed the benefits of affirmative action to attend one of the nation's finest schools, she complained that people looked at her with suspicion. She also grumbled about everything from the way the liberal media covered her to the supposed lack of respect she receives for her accomplishments. The speech was all about Michelle Obama, not the graduates who were allegedly hearing an inspirational message. A commencement speaker should motivate graduates to achieve their goals and give them hope for the future. Instead Michelle Obama showed her narcissism and self absorption. Obviously, she has learned from the master of egoism, her husband.

Even though the President is bi-racial and was supposed to be a unifying force in our country, he has succeeded in polarizing Americans. A recent New York Times poll showed that race relations are at a two decade low in our country. This is no surprise since Barack Obama is always highlighting issues of racial conflict and telling Americans there is racial discord throughout the country.

The foreign policy achievements of this administration have been non-existent. Iraq is a disaster and the terror group Islamic State is growing in influence. Other supposed success stories like Yemen and Libya are now failed states overrun with terrorists. The Russians have invaded Ukraine and fostered closer ties with the Chinese. In the Middle East, the Israeli government views this administration as unfriendly while the leaders of the Persian Gulf states are unhappy about a President determined to sign a nuclear treaty with a radical Iranian regime. It was no surprise that four of the six leaders invited to the President’s Persian Gulf summit skipped the event.While Barack and Michelle Obama focus on the race issue, they don't want to talk about the real economic situation. In the Obama years, the economic results have been abysmal as 46 million Americans are now on food stamps and approximately 50 million people are mired in poverty. Although the unemployment rate is at 5.4%, the real employment situation is much worse. There are an astounding 93 million Americans out of the workforce and fewer people are working today than at the beginning of the Obama administration.

With poor results at home and abroad, Barack and Michelle Obama will continue to stir the racial pot, distract from their reign of error and lead Americans on a very disturbing race to the bottom on the issue of race relations.

The last 20 months of the Obama administration will be very, very uncomfortable. Let's pray our country will avoid a disastrous racial conflict.

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Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.

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 Larry Bucshon

 

 

Dr. Bucshon Applauds Senate Action on SGR Reform Bill

Apr 15, 2015 Issues: Healthcare
 
 

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Today, the United States Senate approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act sending the bill to President Obama’s desk. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors. 

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement regarding Senate passage of H.R. 2:

“The House led on an unprecedented victory for America’s seniors, children, and their families.  After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors while protecting the Medicare promise for future generations. With this bipartisan compromise we’ve demonstrated how Washington, D.C. can work together to improve the lives of the American people. As one of a small number of physicians in Congress, I’m happy to have played a part in putting an end to this flawed policy. 

An important component of the bill repeals a policy that would have resulted in a dramatic increase in the out-of-pocket costs for seniors was included at the request of Bucshon and his democratic colleague from California and fellow physician, Congressman Ami Bera. This measure was maintained by the Senate. 

As a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Dr. Bucshon played an integral role in crafting the legislation and helping gather support for it.  

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI):

"We are saying goodbye to the SGR thanks, in large part, to the diligent efforts of Dr. Bucshon and his physician colleagues in the Doctor's Caucus. They know better than anyone the importance of eliminating this repeated threat and establishing a fair and stable system for Medicare payments. We can all be proud of the bipartisan effort by the House today." 

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

“The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists thanks Rep. Bucshon for his leadership in supporting repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. As a physician, Rep. Bucshon understands first-hand the importance of predictable, adequate payment rates on the ability of America’s health care providers, including ob-gyns, to provide quality care to their patients. Repeal of SGR will help more physicians to sustain their practices and keep more Americans healthy,” said President of ACOG, John C. Jennings, M.D.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons:

“America’s neurosurgeons and their patients are extraordinarily grateful for the tireless efforts of Rep. Larry Bucshon to pass Medicare legislation that will preserve timely access to care for our nation’s seniors.”

H.R. 2 passed the House with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.

BACKGROUND: 

The SGR formula was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 to control Medicare spending. The flawed Medicare formula has proven over time to be ineffective and put seniors’ access to physicians at risk. The SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 

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Cutting Federal Spending on Printing and Travel
 

In this week's installment of Waste of the Week, I discussed how federal agencies can achieve $10 billion in savings by reducing non-essential printing and travel costs.  

 

In remarks on the Senate floor, I called on all federal agencies and Congress to examine what is spent on printing, travel and vehicles. According to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, we can achieve at least $10 billion in future savings by requiring federal agencies to eliminate and reprioritize spending in the areas of printing, travel and vehicles.

 

When I served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, I secured appropriations language that encouraged federal agencies to submit a plan for reducing operating expenses by placing greater scrutiny on overhead costs. I asked these agencies to consider how savings could be achieved by reducing non-essential travel, office supplies, rent, and utility costs. While I have been heartened to see recent reductions in printing costs by some federal agencies, much, much more can be done.

 

Indiana is a great example of success in this area. When Mitch Daniels was Indiana’s Governor, he had an aide place pennies on the back tire of state-owned vehicles. Months later, the aide went to back see which of the pennies were still on the tires. If a penny remained, it indicated that the cars had not been driven. Roughly 2,500 unused state vehicles were sold off. This totaled about 1/3 of the state’s fleet.


 
As Congress begins working on fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills, I am proposing that Congress place language in these appropriations bills requiring all federal agencies to reduce spending in the areas of printing, travel and vehicles by ten percent. This effort is about prioritizing and economizing. Trimming waste and excess in these areas through a ten percent reduction will save at least $10 billion.


Commission to Fill Judicial Vacancies
 
 
This week I called for the establishment of an Indiana Federal Nominating Commission to make recommendations on judicial vacancies in the Hoosier state.

 
There are currently three such vacancies in Indiana: the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. An additional vacancy will arise on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana upon Judge Robert Miller’s transition to senior status in January 2016.
 

Judicial selection commissions have a long history in Indiana. On November 21, 1980, Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Quayle formed the “Indiana Merit Commission on Federal Judicial Appointments.” This commission recruited, interviewed, investigated and made final recommendations for federal appointments for over 20 years. At the state level, the seven member Judicial Nominating Commission currently recommends applicants to the Governor to fill vacancies on the Indiana Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the Tax Court.
 

We need to ensure that fair and qualified public servants with Hoosier common-sense are chosen for these important roles. The citizens of Indiana will be best served by a nomination process that is taken completely out of politics. I hope we can establish an equitable process for the remainder of this Congress that focuses on vacancies where workloads are most urgent.
 
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Southwest Indiana is a great place to live, work and raise a family. As your representative, I have worked hard this session to make decisions at the Statehouse that will not only strengthen our community for future generations, but also address some of the more critical issues we are facing like public safety.

As you may know, I have devoted much of my public service to making Indiana a safer place for all Hoosiers, and this year was no different. With public safety one of my top priorities, along with an agenda item for the House Republicans, much of my time this session has been devoted to addressing these issues in order to protect our most vulnerable members of society. This session, I was proud to work several pieces of legislation towards this goal.

As sponsor of Senate Bill 532, this legislation works to prevent and assist victims of human trafficking, which is a global epidemic. This measure creates the Human Trafficking Prevention and Victim Assistance Fund which works to prevent and support services that that provide assistance to victims of human trafficking. Revenue for this fund would be generated by property that was seized and used to commit crimes of human trafficking or prostitution. To ensure accountability and prevent government overreach, any property seized must be reported to the state.

Human trafficking takes away a person’s dignity, causes distress and destroys the lives of victims and their families. With 18.7 million victims worldwide, these crimes are deplorable and must be stopped. That is why I was proud to sponsor this legislation and remain committed to combatting and raising awareness about this global issue.

My passion for protecting Hoosiers and assisting those in need led me to author another piece of legislation, House Bill (HB) 1196. For children who end up in the justice system, this bill allows the courts to set up a dual status assessment team to better assess the child and determine whether or not they are in need of services. This allows the courts to take a closer look at some of the external factors and what is happening in a child’s life that could have caused them to commit a crime, working to reduce recidivism.

Approximately 3,100 children under the age of 18 were committed to the Department of Correction facilities, making Indiana third in the nation of the number of children in secured detention. With this program, children will receive a more specialized assessment which could address the true heart of the problem, altering the course of their future.

Like sessions in the past, I remain committed to authoring and supporting legislation that protects Hoosiers and assists those in need. It is my hope that we can all work together in combatting these issues moving forward. As always, if you have any questions about these, or other bills moving through the process, I encourage you to contact me by emailingh76@iga.in.gov or calling 317-232-9816.

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Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves as the Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction Committee. 

     
 
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By The Numbers

 

The General Assembly passed 261 bills this session.

 

97 percent received bipartisan support in the Senate.

 

54 percent received unanimous support in the Senate.

 


 

Free Admission to State Parks on May 9

 

In celebration of Visit Indiana Week, theIndiana Department of Natural Resourcesannounced that on Saturday, May 9 admission to any state park is free. 

A list of all Indiana state parks can be found by clicking here

Senate Update

May 8, 2015


Enacting a Balanced Budget

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While many important issues were debated during the 2015 legislative session, the state’s biennial budget was the primary focus the past four months at the Statehouse. The enacted budget is balanced and focused on funding Indiana’s most important needs, creating a strong foundation for our economic future.

 

Highlights of the budget include: 

 

More than 60 percent of the budget is dedicated to education.

 

  • Increases K-12 funding by $474 million
  • Increases total university funds by $212 million over the biennium, including one-time funding of $25 million for repair and maintenance at all regional campuses

 

The budget is balanced and focused on maintaining healthy reserves.

 

  • Ongoing revenues exceed ongoing expenditures
  • Ends biennium with $1.85 billion in reserves

 

The budget places an emphasis on public safety.

 

  • Provides community corrections funding of $116 million over the biennium
  • Increases funding for offender mental health and addiction treatment by $30 million over the biennium
  • Funds the Larue Carter Mental Health Hospital building plan

 

The budget prioritizes efforts to strengthen economic development opportunities in Indiana.

 

  • $200 million for Major Moves 2020 highway projects
  • Provides funding for a statewide “Launch Indiana” program for aspiring Hoosier entrepreneurs
  • Provides up to $84 million over the biennium for the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative, funded with proceeds from a tax amnesty program
  • Allocates $25.2 million to the Evansville Multi-Institutional Health and Sciences Center, with $19.2 million going to the Indiana University School of Medicine in downtown Evansville and $6 million going to the University of Southern Indiana, with an additional $6 million added from the University of Evansville dedicated to this project

 



 

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Visit Indiana Week kicks off summer 
 
Indiana is starting the summer travel season off with a week devoted to showcasing Hoosier destinations. Visit Indiana along with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann are hosting "Visit Indiana Week" starting May 2 and lasting until May 10. 

They are partnering with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to offer a day of free admission to all state parks. This year, you and your family can enjoy an admission-free visit to state parks on Saturday, May 9. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some time at the park with mom for Mother's Day. To find the state parks near you, click here

I am excited to see the travel season start off strong! Indiana has many travel destinations to offer, and I am thankful to live in a state with these opportunities close by to both small and large communities. By traveling in our home state, you can learn about Indiana's history, create lasting memories and support the Hoosier economy. 

If you are looking for fun events to do this summer with your family, I encourage you to check out Indiana's official tourism website, VisitIndiana.com to find trip ideas. This website will provide you and your family over 250 trip ideas and a free copy of the 2015 Indiana Travel Guide plus other travel guides. 

Sincerely, 
 

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Fellow Republicans:

 

Welcome to the VCRP

We believe in sensible taxes, smaller and less intrusive government, personal responsibility and accountability, Constitutional government, liberty, and respect for life. Following the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, we strive to promote these common sense values in government and in our community.  Reforming Government to Serve the People. The American people believe Washington is broken and for good reason. Short-term politics overshadow the long-term interests of the nation. Our national legislature uses a budget process devised long before the Internet and seems unable to deal in realistic ways with the most pressing problems of families, businesses, and communities. Members of Congress have been indicted for violating the public trust. Public disgust with Washington is entirely warranted.

Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. Unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.

The other party wants more government control over people’s lives and earnings; Republicans do not. The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it.

The long term solution for many of Washington’s problems is structural. Congress must respect the limits imposed upon it by the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We look to the model of Republican welfare reform, which, since its enactment in 1996, has accomplished a major transfer of resources and responsibility from the federal government back to the states with an accompanying improvement in the program itself. Applying that approach to other programs will steer Congress back into line with the Constitution, reversing both its intrusion into state matters and its neglect of its central duties.

To aid in the fulfillment of those duties, we propose a National Sunset Commission to review all federal programs and recommend which of them should be terminated due to redundancy, waste, or intrusion into the American family. The Congress would then be required by law to schedule one yea or nay vote on the entire sunset list with no amendments.

Additionally, as important as returning power to the states is returning power to the people. As the Declaration of Independence states, our rights are endowed to us by our Creator and are inalienable: rights to life, liberty, and property. Government does not confer these rights but is instituted by men to protect the rights that man has already been granted. The Republican Party strongly affirms these rights and demands that government respect them.

 

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Vanderburgh GOP Club Member Levels.

We Need Your Help, Please Join.

 

Lincoln Club - $5000 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner 6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Reagan Day Dinner Guest at Quarterly Chairman Luncheon.

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Reagan Club - $2500 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner Guest at Quarterly Chairman Luncheon Guest.

 E-mails of upcoming events

 

Chairman's Club - $1200 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner

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Please Contact Us For Details On Joining At: 815 John St., Ste. 110, Evansville, Indiana

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST Phone: 812-425-8207 Wayne Parke at wparke@wowway.com E. Lon Walters at LonW@elwalters.com Mary Jo Kaiser at beamerjo59@gmail.com

Office e-mail: vandygop@gmail.com

 

  

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Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST Phone: 812-425-8207 Wayne Parke at wparke@wowway.com E. Lon Walters at LonW@elwalters.com Mary Jo Kaiser at beamerjo59@gmail.com

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