News and Tribune

April 16, 2013


Support Floyd County Relay for Life


We have seen many changes take place in politics and our economy. However, one constant is that many people are battling cancer and many others are supporting their loved ones each and every day. These realities make dollars donated and hours volunteered to the American Cancer Society in Floyd County so important.

Local volunteers are a huge part of the nationwide effort to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. But additional volunteers are needed to help in this effort. Plans are under way for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Floyd County, set for June 7 and 8 at New Albany High School. 

Money raised at Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society’s mission of helping people stay well and get well, finding cures and fighting back against cancer. Relay For Life supports the Society’s vital research efforts as well as programs for patients, including transportation assistance and free lodging at Hope Lodge facilities. Relay For Life also makes it possible for the American Cancer Society to provide helpful information on cancer, treatments, support services and more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-227-2345 and

Now is the time for Floyd County individuals, families, groups, churches and businesses to join in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life. Celebrate those survivors. Remember those loved ones no longer here. Pledge to fight back against this disease. Form a team and volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life today. Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit for more information on local opportunities.


— Jan McCauley, Floyd County Relay For Life of Floyd County Event Chair 


Conservation organizations against Senate Bill 487


Representatives of the undersigned sporting and conservation organizations thank Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long for his recent public stand decrying canned hunting. His comments on shooting domestic deer in enclosures expose the unethical practices that occur behind hunting preserve fences. Long’s comments couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Indiana House of Representatives is currently considering legislation, Senate Bill 487, which contains an amendment aimed at legalizing canned hunting here in Indiana. Representative Matt Ubelhor, R-Bloomfield, authored and presented the amendment to the house committee on natural resources Monday, April 1. Despite vigorous public testimony in opposition, the committee voted to accept the amendment. Representatives Lloyd Arnold and Tom Saunders voted against the amendment, citing their constituent’s negative feelings for canned hunting. We commend their commitment to their constituency. The bill, amendment attached, came to the house floor last Tuesday. Long announced his opposition on Thursday.

 Also on Thursday, representatives of our sporting and conservation organizations held a press conference at the statehouse to voice unified opposition to the bill. Each of us spoke of concerns held by our members:  disease that threatens Indiana’s wild deer herd, commercialization and exploitation of wildlife, and the unethical practice of shooting deer in enclosures. We reiterated that over 80 percent of Hoosiers oppose canned hunting. We documented our stand by signing a written proclamation and presenting it to the governor's office. Just minutes before our press conference began we were told of Long's announcement. 

We urge the Indiana House of Representatives to kill Senate Bill 487. We as representatives of our respective organizations, and 80 percent of Indiana residents, press for the end of canned hunting in our state. That end begins with the defeat of SB 487. Again, we thank Senate Pro Temp Long for his stand.


— Steve Cecil, Indiana Wildlife Federation; Doug Allman, Indiana Deer Hunter Association; Jim Sweeney, Izaak Walton League of America; Don Gorney, Amos Butler Audubon Society; Tom James, Quality Deer Management Association; Darren Reed, Indiana Conservation Officers’ Organization