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New Castle, IN

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: 33 projects apply for funding

Sorry about the double post. I've not been on here in a while. Anyway, what does everyone think about these projects? Looks like all the hogs coming to the trough to me. If it was all up to me. Ivy Tech, maybe a little money but no way should they get all of it. Wilbur Wright Birthplace, I don't know, I've never been there. Henry County Saddle Club, "$299,990 for new barns and equipment" SAY WHAAAAT? What kind of barn costs that much? Maybe some money but not that much. Henry County Historical Society, nope, not gonna bring in any new jobs. Memorial Park $35k? For something on the poop filled lake? Nope ! Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Foundation, Uh, no. Seriously? Henry County Highway Department Nope they just waste the money driving up and down the road with a half filled dump truck. I wonder who lives on "Road 275 West, Road 200 West, Old National Road and Road 500 East." ?????? Can you say political favor? If I get to pick the roads then I'll think about it. New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp Nope more wasted money. Prove you can get some jobs in here and then we'll talk. Connersville & New Castle Railroad Yeah, I think that would be a good thing to do. I like trains and we need them to haul stuff. Besides, they are working with Randy Neal and he's one of the few people who have done anything around here to bring in new jobs. YMCA ???? Really? New equipment for the rich people who should be able to pay for it themselves? NO ! Skate Park? Sure, maybe someone will get those kids off the street. Art Association No you bunch of snobs. No No No No ! "Healthy Communities of Henry County applied for $450,000 to put toward trails in the county." WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY ALREADY !!!!! No a thousand times no ! Humane Society. Sure they need the money. I like dogs anyway. Got four of them. Good huntin dogs too. House Church of God? If you couldn't afford to fix it up, you shouldn't have bought it! NO ! Girls softball and Babe Ruth. Maybe. Law enforcement? Ha ! What a bunch of crooks ! Henry County Emergency Management Agency What the hell is this? Fire Departments OK and all the little towns should get a fair share.  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #4)

New Castle, IN

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: 33 projects apply for funding

Henry County officials will have 33 projects to pick from when they hand out possibly more than $1.7 million in food and beverage tax revenue this fall. The application deadline for projects was 4 p.m. Friday. On Tuesday, the Henry County Commissioners allowed The Courier-Times to view the applications. The 33 projects, which come from all over the county geographically, are requesting a total of about $4.9 million in funding. The county has about $1.7 million in the food and beverage fund to spend; however, that amount could increase if county officials decide to bond projects, meaning they could leverage future revenue to get more projects started now. The next step in the food and beverage process is for a nine-member committee to consider the applications. That committee will then make recommendations to the Henry County Council, which will have the final say. Kim Cronk, president of the Henry County Commissioners, said he would like to see the whole process completed by the end of November. The most talked about proposed project this year is the one to create a consolidated Ivy Tech Community College campus here. Although no site for the campus has been selected so far, the college still submitted its proposal for food and beverage funding. The college based its application around a generic Ivy Tech campus. The college requested about $1.8 million in funding - more than any other project proposal. The application included letters of support from Nasser Paydar, the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, and Bob Hobbs, director of New Castle Area Career Programs. Ivy Tech also noted in its application that it will invest about $6.6 million in the campus here in maintenance and staffing. The food and beverage money is supposed to go to economic development and tourism projects. And many of Henry County's tourism destinations submitted project proposals. The Wilbur Wright Birthplace requested about $60,000 for a building expansion. The Henry County Saddle Club requested about $299,990 for new barns and equipment to allow it to host new competitions. The Henry County Historical Society applied for about $60,320 for a new automotive display called the Maxwell Car Pavilion. Memorial Park requested about $35,000 in funding for a construction project on Shively Lake in the park. And the Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Foundation in Shirley requested about $12,500 for utility work and a handicap ramp. The Henry County Highway Department also requested funding for seven paving projects. All of the paving projects are located close to tourism destinations, according to the applications. Roads that could be paved include Road 275 West, Road 200 West, Old National Road and Road 500 East.  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #3)

New Castle, IN

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: 33 projects apply for funding

the rest of the article Some of the project focus on a direct economic development impact, including one from the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp., which wants $50,000 for planning, design and market analysis of the Interstate 70 and Ind. 3 interchange. The Connersville & New Castle Railroad also requested $118,770 to replace a damaged bridge near New Lisbon. According to the railroad's application, the bridge "is essential for Henry County companies" that want access to the CSX Railroad in Connersville. Many Henry County towns submitted their own projects. Lewisville requested about $15,000 to replace a roof on the Lewisville Shelter House. The Middletown-Fall Creek Township Parks Department requested about $75,000 total for two projects. One would build a new restroom and concession at the pool. The other would replace the sidewalks near the playground. Mooreland applied for about $76,000 in funding to renovate its town hall building. And Cadiz applied for $45,000 for sidewalk repairs and to construct a town park. And Sunset Park in Knightstown requested funding for a new splash pad. The exact amount the park needs from the food and beverage tax for the splash pad was unclear. Many Henry County nonprofits also want food and beverage funding. The Henry County Convention & Visitors Bureau requested $80,000 to purchase its office building on Ind. 3. The YMCA requested about $144,000 to replace equipment. The organization pushing for a new skate park in New Castle also requested funding. Historic Middletown applied for $47,000 in funding to purchase the 100-year-old former Farmers State Bank building. According to the application, Historic Middletown would occupy an office in the building and would rent out other space in it. The Art Association of Henry County applied for about $124,000 to put toward infrastructure stabilization and maintenance for the arts park. Healthy Communities of Henry County applied for $450,000 to put toward trails in the county. And the Henry County Humane Society asked for $23,000 to purchase chairs and other equipment for a new education center that will be constructed at the New Castle-Henry County Animal Shelter next year. The New Castle Girls Softball League requested $41,650 for repairs and maintenance. And the New Castle Babe Ruth League requested about $34,000 for its own infrastructure maintenance. The House Church of God, which owns the former seventh-grade building on 14th Street in New Castle, requested about $8,950 for a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in its gymnasium. Law enforcement agencies also applied for funding. The Henry County Emergency Management Agency applied for $15,730 to finish construction of a new emergency operations center. And the Spiceland Volunteer Fire Department applied for $7,000 for new emergency radios.  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #2)

New Castle, IN

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: 33 projects apply for funding

From the Courier Times on Wednesday Henry County officials will have 33 projects to pick from when they hand out possibly more than $1.7 million in food and beverage tax revenue this fall. The application deadline for projects was 4 p.m. Friday. On Tuesday, the Henry County Commissioners allowed The Courier-Times to view the applications. The 33 projects, which come from all over the county geographically, are requesting a total of about $4.9 million in funding. The county has about $1.7 million in the food and beverage fund to spend; however, that amount could increase if county officials decide to bond projects, meaning they could leverage future revenue to get more projects started now. The next step in the food and beverage process is for a nine-member committee to consider the applications. That committee will then make recommendations to the Henry County Council, which will have the final say. Kim Cronk, president of the Henry County Commissioners, said he would like to see the whole process completed by the end of November. The most talked about proposed project this year is the one to create a consolidated Ivy Tech Community College campus here. Although no site for the campus has been selected so far, the college still submitted its proposal for food and beverage funding. The college based its application around a generic Ivy Tech campus. The college requested about $1.8 million in funding - more than any other project proposal. The application included letters of support from Nasser Paydar, the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College, and Bob Hobbs, director of New Castle Area Career Programs. Ivy Tech also noted in its application that it will invest about $6.6 million in the campus here in maintenance and staffing. The food and beverage money is supposed to go to economic development and tourism projects. And many of Henry County's tourism destinations submitted project proposals. The Wilbur Wright Birthplace requested about $60,000 for a building expansion. The Henry County Saddle Club requested about $299,990 for new barns and equipment to allow it to host new competitions. The Henry County Historical Society applied for about $60,320 for a new automotive display called the Maxwell Car Pavilion. Memorial Park requested about $35,000 in funding for a construction project on Shively Lake in the park. And the Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House Foundation in Shirley requested about $12,500 for utility work and a handicap ramp. The Henry County Highway Department also requested funding for seven paving projects. All of the paving projects are located close to tourism destinations, according to the applications. Roads that could be paved include Road 275 West, Road 200 West, Old National Road and Road 500 East.  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #1)

New Castle, IN

Prepping for hard times

No matter who you blame, and I think it's both corporate greed and union greed, the shooie is about to hit the fan and you better get ready.  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #17)

New Castle, IN

Ivy Tech in New Castle

We have all been hearing for weeks now that Ivy Tech wants to locate a campus here in New Castle. Now in today's paper I read where Ivy Tech is applying for the Food and Beverage money so they can buy a building that they will expand into. They are asking for 1.8 million out of the 1.7 million available. They also say they will put 6.6 million into the campus "in maintenance and staffing". Does anyone else see the problem here? OK I know the most obvious part is that they are asking for 1.8 million when there is only 1.7 million available. I sure hope they don't teach economics. This is TAX DOLLARS we are talking about here folks. This is the extra tax you and I pay when we get a cheeseburger and fries at any of our many fast food restaurants as well as all our high class dining establishments. (Sarcasm intended) The 6.6 million is also mostly TAX DOLLARS that we pay through some vague mechanism to the State of Indiana. It's for "maintenance and staffing". OK now maybe I'm just an old country farmer, but I would think that if they have the 6.6 million on hand to put into the project, they might be able to squeeze out another 1.8 million to buy a building and not use our TAX DOLLARS that are intended for, and I quote from the Couier Times, "... food and beverage money is supposed to go to economic development and tourism projects". Now I ask you, with all the empty buildings in New Castle, do they really need a 1.8 million dollar building? If they are going to sink another 6.6 million into "maintenance and staffing" wouldn't they have to do that anyway? How much of that is for staffing? How much of that is for some bureaucrat to get a big payday by being the BMOC (big man on campus) to run the whole shebang? Does anyone else smell a rat in the cheeseburger? I took a quick look at the Ivy Tech website and found that they have campuses all over east central Indiana. There are campuses in Muncie, Anderson, Richmond, and Connersville. If you can't make it the 20+ miles to Richmond, Muncie or Anderson what can they possibly offer here that will be better? It says in the paper that "The college based its application around a generic Ivy Tech campus". What does that tell you? Generic? Well, that sounds special. Does anyone else think that before we give them a single dime, we should have a whole lot more information on what they are going to do here to make this county better?  (Oct 5, 2011 | post #1)

New Castle, IN

Bill's Diner

I bet you couldnt boil water or fix a bowl of cereal. The food at Bill's is real good. Prices are a little high but they don't buy things in the bulk that McDonalds does so they have to charge more. It's a nice place to eat so quit your bitchin  (Sep 16, 2011 | post #35)

New Castle, IN

Krystal Pollitt....Pregnant AGAIN!! REally!!??

I know it aint mine. I wouldnt f*ck her with Golfers dick.  (Sep 16, 2011 | post #9)

New Castle, IN

henry county taxes

I bought a farm last year and the Assessor still don't have my taxes right. I went up there and she was rude as hell. I had to buy a permit just to tear down some hog pens. Can you believe that sheet? This place is a rip off and all the elected people are aholes. If it wasn't for all the hot poontang in NC, I would have got the hell out of here a long time ago. Yall got some fine looking ladies up here. Back home there was just a bunch of skank methheads.  (Sep 16, 2011 | post #3)

New Castle, IN

Prepping for hard times

Hard times they is a comin. Better get you ass ready.  (Sep 16, 2011 | post #14)

New Castle, IN

Looking for Barbara Romine

I take back everything bad I said about the London Kentucky Topix forum. You people are way more crazy than the people back home.  (Dec 3, 2009 | post #49)

New Castle, IN

Henry County 360 online!

Well Jason I did make my own forum and so did a couple of other people. Mine is geared for people in Kentucky, where I am from, but there are others that I belong to here in Indiana where I live now that are really good sites. No need to bash other people's work to try and build up what you did. I don't see anything wrong with HC360. The forums on there sure aren't taking off though. There are only eleven topics that have been started. It looks more like the people on there are using it as a facebook type website. If that is what the members on there want, fine, just don't come over here and bad mouth people on this forum or on other forums. I guess EZ-Look was pretty successful when it was around. I didn't live here when it was still up and running. But I was here while Henry County Forum was still around and it was a lot better than HC360. You can't limit people on what they can and can't discuss and expect to keep them interested and coming back. I like to talk about politics so you sure won't see me over there. If I want to talk about sports, I don't want someone telling me that I have to do it in some pre-defined little space just so they can feel more in control. I have one sports section on my forum and people can talk about little league baseball or deer hunting in that section. They don't need me breathing down their neck tellin them where and what to post. You go on and do it your way, but I don't think you will go far with your attitude.  (Dec 3, 2009 | post #46)

New Castle, IN

If you post on Topix

If you post on any forum, you are on that list  (Dec 3, 2009 | post #2)

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