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Final update from Regatta. Miss Madison takes the win! Tjh

Added: July 7, 2024 04:54:16 PM
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I know many have complained about past regattas including Jeff who has often complained about the over indulgence of alcohol. This is my first time at the event in many, many years. So I wanted to let those who are asking know that the Regatta is much more family friendly. I haven’t seen the first roaming, intoxicated person but I have seen plenty of clean port-olets, very well behaved guests and lots of happy faces. I’ve spoken with security, event organizers and even the lady in charge of the VIP area. I’ve met a couple of boat owners and had some experts teach me how to pull beer instead of foam from the Budweiser trailer in the VIP tent. It is my honest impression that over the last few years some folks have worked really hard to elevate this event. I’m sure there have been glitches but honestly- this is not the Regatta that left a bad taste for so many in the community. Considering getting a ticket or tarp or maybe VIP pass next year. Congratulations to the Regatta board and their many volunteers on a well run event that has met or exceeded their management and guest goals for the 2024 season. And congrats to our community too. The event doesn’t work without shop owners, restaurants, local officials and neighborhood friendly faces. Tami

Admin reply: I remember we would have a hundred or so in the drunk tank and very, very sick juveniles. Fred would hold court in the jail. One year parents left their child in a closed car>>dead on arrival.


Added: July 7, 2024 01:21:31 PM
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While the Sheriff deputies are out working short handed and busy where is their leader? Well he is out on the river trying to relive his coast guard days hanging out with the conservation officers watching the fireworks. Maybe he is sending out another one of his great emails telling the guys they are doing a good job and to go run radar on deputy pike. Flint needs to be around to lead not show up once and a while. Thomas found that out the hard way.

Added: July 6, 2024 10:14:41 PM
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Come to think of it, they do raise sheep under solar panels so they don't have to mow and weed eat. I've not heard of raising goats under panels, they're a little more rambunctious but maybe that wouldn't be a problem. I do know it's difficult to get affordable meat in this town, and hard to find good quality meat. None of the farm land anyone is griping about losing here is producing food, at least not for our county. Soybeans and field corn is mostly turned into livestock feed and ethanol. It takes more energy to make ethanol from grain than the combustion of ethanol produces. To hear every farmer tell it, they're not getting rich farming. Or else they just do a little Hollywood accounting each year to avoid the tax man.

I could stand to eat more lamb and mutton. Locally produced with less of an environmental footprint would be great. I'm not a big fan of goat meat, but I'd be willing to try more of it if the local restaurants put an interesting spin on it. It would take the pressure off the demand for beef. And let's face it, with the growing Hispanic population, there is already a demand for goat and sheep, and more availability would free up beef availability and should lower prices for the picky eaters that won't switch over or expand their menus.


Added: July 5, 2024 08:41:00 PM
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How much has the Small solar farm at
Anderson Elementary on the Hilltop effected neighbors property values?

Not In my back yard

Considering Mr. Hammock has made a ton at the coal fire plant here in town. I think its beautiful that he can see the Future of the Solar Energy. Folks its still farming, they are farming Energy from the sun.

Will they also be raising goats to graze in the same area. I can see the Light!


Added: July 5, 2024 09:50:32 AM
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Per a state-mandated study on farm acreage by the Indiana Department of Agriculture the state lost a net total of 345,682 acres between 2010 and 2022. I'll provide some stats from the study:

More than 370,000 acres of farmland were converted for residential purposes over the 12 years. However, state officials also found about 328,000 acres of residential land became classified for agricultural use, indicating a net loss of about 42,000 acres. Indiana gained about 340k people during the timespan the study covered.

The biggest decrease came from farmland now identified for “other” uses, such as shrubbery or barren fields. That led to a net loss of roughly 47,000 acres.

Here are two direct quotes from an article on TheCenterSquare.com that are probably the most important to this discourse:

"Despite the shrinkage, state officials noted production of key crops actually increased significantly over the period studied. Indiana farmers grew nearly 600 million bushels of corn in 2012. A decade later, farmers harvested more than a billion bushels. Similarly, the state’s soybean growers increased their output by about 49%, going from almost 219 million bushels to more than 326 million."

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"The ISDA was unable to account for one type of use in its impact on farmland: solar energy. Agriculture officials relied on data from the state Department of Local Government Finance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create its findings. The report stated that the DLGF includes uses like renewable energy in its counting for farmland.

Many farmers have said they’ve been approached by solar energy developers in recent years. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission reports that 7,611 acres are being utilized for solar energy, and more than 19,000 acres are currently being developed for panels. In addition, the state Municipal Power Agency controls 1,483 acres for solar use.

“Since the focus of the report is on lost farmland, it’s important to note ISDA is unable to conclude that a solar project was or is being built on farmland,” the report stated. “There is no available data to identify the total amount of solar built on farmland.”

We're growing more food with less land. We're building houses in some areas where we need less lands. Other fields are sitting barren and still more are probably being used to generate clean electricity.

In short: While agriculture always has been and likely always will be a core component of our state's identity, there is currently no need to worry that we're not farming enough. If anything, we should be concerned that we're not growing enough diversity in our crops.


Added: July 5, 2024 10:15:10 AM
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Property rights . I’m sick of government and other people telling me what to do with my own property. Can’t imagine those thinking about solar farms who want the money being forced to let the opportunity pass by. I don’t know if the company is leasing or buying the land. Does anybody know which? Seems to me the pro farm people don’t own a farm and are actually anti green and pro dirt energy like coal and oil. So this whole deal is just a pack of old people who don’t care about clean air hoping to hang on to the good old days when they drove past acres of corn or cows but not once have they raised either. Not my property, not my neighbor, I don’t farm, not my business. You care so much for controlling the land then you go buy it.

Added: July 5, 2024 07:21:04 AM
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Cactus,
Glad you enjoyed the fireworks on Green Road. Unfortunately for the neighborhood, there were babies and elderly who were trying to sleep. I think fireworks would be better suited for a public venue away from a neighborhood.


Added: July 5, 2024 07:20:26 AM
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Those thinking that local small town farmers selling land to the Solar fields need to take a look at who owns the land. Hint: Go to the Jefferson Co. GIS. They're not family farms. You could call them corporate farms, or better land investors that are selling. Grandpa's not losing his farm!

Added: July 5, 2024 06:54:40 AM
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Fireworks on Grenroad! Rocked
Better than the City's!
Tons of people good clean fun. :)


Added: July 4, 2024 10:33:40 PM
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