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July 1, 2014


Recognizing the benefits of ‘Ag Day’

Dear Editor

The Clark County Farm Bureau, Inc. held their annual “Ag Day” program for the third grade students of West Clerk Community Schools, Clarksville Community Schools and Clark County parochial schools on April 15, 2014. We hosted the Greater Clark County Schools’ students in September, 2013. We have divided the schools into fall and spring sessions because the number of students has grown so large. The students learn the importance that farming and agriculture has on their lives. The students have the opportunity to see the animals and equipment up close and personal. Each teacher is given a thermo-insulated bag filled with student materials and educational information to be used in the classroom.

We have different stations of interest with presenters from our local areas

Beef — Brett Books

Bees — Michael Whisman, Dennis and Debbie Gleason

Crops — Rodney Couch

Dairy — Ken and Jamie Graf and Raymond and Julie Ann Eickholtz

Discovery Gardens — David Hynes, Clark County Extension Educator

Equipment/Machinery — David Gottbrath

4—H — Katie Carunchia, Clark County Youth Educator

Horses — Anne Christiani

Clark — Debbie Trotter

Swine — Sheryl Adam

We thank the Spriestersbach Foundation for donating funds for the transportation of all the students to the event, without cost to the school corporations. We also had donations from the Bonnie Plants (cabbage plants for the students to plant at home), Charlestown’s McDonald’s Restaurant (apple slices), Chuy’s of Clarksville (corn chips), Dairy Farmers of America (cheese sticks), Jeffersonville Dunkin’ Donuts and hours and hours of assistance from members of the Clark County Farm Bureau, Inc. All the donations assistance for Clark County Ag Day make up the success for many families to learn the importance of farmers and agriculture. I sincerely appreciate all the participation and donations in supporting the youth of Clark County.

Check out the Farm Bureau booth at the upcoming Clark County Fair for more information regarding our programs and services.

Karen S. King

Clark County Farm Bureau, Inc.

Ag in the Classroom Coordinator

Ag Day chairperson

Reader questions Clarksville’s insurance costs

Dear Editor

I saw in the News and Tribune recently where the Clark County Commissioners switched insurance agents of record and saved a ton of money. That’s the kind of people we need in elected office — people who look out for the taxpayer.

That got me thinking about Clarksville and our insurance agent of record. Are we paying five times too much like Clark County was? I can’t help but wonder. The old-timers on the council have had a long and cozy relationship with Pepper Cooper. Is it the same kind of relationship we saw in the county?

Even Clarksville’s “insurance committee” has some relationships that make one wonder if it’s time to take a step back and see if we can find some people who aren’t wrapped up in the good-old-boy network.

I would like to see an independent investigation made of things with a recommendation as to what we are paying our agent. Are we paying $5 a month per insured or $25 a month? I have no idea what those figures are, but I bet the taxpayers of Clarksville would like to know.

The “old guard gang of four” as some people call them, seems to have some close relationships that have been around approaching 20 to 24 years. If they can’t look out for the best interests of taxpayers, then it’s time we elected people who can.

We elected four new councilmen in the last election and only got three. I believe Bob Polston was promised the council presidency in return for his willingness to go along with Bob Popp, Paul Kraft and Don Tetley.

I for one want to change that in the next election. The issue with the agent of record is only the tip of a very dirty iceberg they have been hiding for the past 20 to 24 years.

John Krueger


Proud parents thank Greater Clark County Schools

Dear Editor,

Last month our son graduated from a private university in Tennessee. He had a very successful four years both academically and extracurricularly. He served in many leadership positions and studied abroad. He was employed before graduation.

This month our daughter graduated from Jeffersonville High School and we know she is well prepared to start at that same university this fall. The AP and duel credit classes she took at JHS have already earned her a semester and a half worth of credit, at no cost to us.

During their time in Greater Clark County schools, they participated in arts, sports and advanced academics. The arts programs were recognized nationally, the sports programs were very successful and the academic programs prepared them for admission to the college of their choice. None of this could have been possible without the teachers, directors, coaches and administrators at their schools.  

Thank you to all the employees who had a part in our children’s education. To the teachers who brought out the best in our children, we thank you. To the coaches and directors who spent many hours after school working with children for very little compensation, we appreciate the great programs you led. To the administrators who ran the schools and made sure they were a great place to learn, we honor you. But we also know none of this would be possible without the cafeteria workers who fed our children, the bus drivers who transported them and the custodians who kept their schools clean.

Thank you to Greater Clark County Schools for preparing our children for the future.  We can’t imagine our children being educated anywhere else. With all the AP and duel credit classes, nationally recognized arts programs, successful sports programs and many clubs and organizations there is something at GCCS for every child.

Thank you employees of GCCS, our children are successful today in large part because of you.  

David and Lori Lewis, proud parents GCCS graduates Ryan and Emily



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