October 2017 Health Department Inspection Result

Inspections sent October 2, 2017

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Dollar General Solsberry 0 0 Opening Inspection
Autumn Trace 0 0 No Violations
The Grill 0 3 Reach in cooler shelves are in poor repair, Wiping clothes not stored in sanitizing solution, Facility needs routine cleaning
Pizza Hut (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Vest Quick Mart 3 1 Employees eating at prep table, Cold foods in deli cooler are not holding temperature of 41 or below, Tuna 46, Cheese 45, Ham 45, Cold Cut 45, Discarded items, Rear door is standing open
Worthington Country Mart 0 0 No Violations
VFW Worthington 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Linton Elks 0 0 No Violations
VFW Linton 0 0 No Violations
Linton Moose 0 0 No Violations
China Sea 4 1 Scoops are not approved and being used improperly in product (R), Used rice bags are being reused to store food product (R), Hand Wash sink near prep area is being used for other than hand washing (R), Live and dead roaches were found in facility, Cloth rags are being improperly used in the reach in cooler
La Fiesta 0 0 No Violations
Hucks 5 3 No Certified Food Manager, Sandwich cooler not holding temperature (Meat Loaf 55, Potato Salad 57, Pudding 54), Contents of Sandwich cooler discarded, Placement of chicken prep sink, Hand wash sink not present in chicken prep area, Plans not submitted for approval before construction, Thermometers not present in all cooling devices, Front door has visible gap
Hendricksville Diner 0 0 No Violations
Thunderbird Café 0 0 No Violations
Jasonville Subway 0 1 Hand towels not present at hand wash sink
Monicals Pizza 0 0 No Violations
#1 Asian Buffett 0 0 No Violations
Huckleberry Winery 0 0 Opening Inspection
American Legion (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Hut (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
China House 2 9 Raw foods are being stored above ready to eat foods in walk in cooler, Kids playpen and toys are in kitchen area, Persons unnecessary to the retail food establishment operation are not allowed in the food preparation area, Open toed shoes are being worn while working in food prep area, Food items are not properly dated and labeled, Food is not properly covered while being stored in freezer, Wiping cloths are not being stored in sanitizing solution between use, Ice bin has moldy substance inside, The removal of dead insects and mouse droppings is not being conducted, Mops are not properly hung to dry, Facility needs to routinely clean
Route 67 1 2 Wiping sanitizer solution did not register any sanitizer level, Chemical test strips not present, Restroom does not have lid for trash receptacle
Freedom Country Store 0 0 No Violations
Subway (Bloomfield) 0 1 Ice machine has moldy substance inside
Dollar General (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Bundt in the Oven 0 0 Opening Inspection

August 2017 Health Department Inspection Result

Inspections sent August 8, 2017

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Burger King 0 0 No Violations
Dairy Queen 0 0 No Violations
Arby’s 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Jasonville) 0 0 Presence of mouse droppings in storage room, 3 bay sink and area has not been cleaned for some time, Facility needs routinely cleaned
Jiffy Treat 3 8 Date marking and labeling is not being conducted on all products, Hand washing sink in rear area is not clean, Bottle with bleach is not properly labeled, Test strips for sanitizing solution are not present, Wiping cloths are not being stored properly between use, Equipment is not being properly cleaned, Hand towels were not present at rear hand wash sink, Facility is not being routinely cleaned, Mops are not stored correctly
Wendy’s 0 2 Vent hood has paint peeling and chipping, Floor in walk in freezer is in poor repair
Fast Point 0 0 No Violations
Pinewood Plaza 2 2 Hand wash sink is leaking around faucet, Gas can is stored partially full in kitchen area, Thermometer is no present in prep cooler or freezer in pizza kitchen, Light shields are not present over prep area|and pizza oven
Bloomfield Tropical Snow 0 0 No Violations
Kittle’s Tropical Snow 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Linton West) 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Linton East) 0 0 No Violations
Long John Silver’s 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch Linton (East) 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Pepperoni Grill 1 3 Hand wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, All cooling units must have thermometers inside units, Salad cooler has a water gathering along bottom, Walk in cooler has a heavy build up of mold on items, Facility needs to clean hard to reach areas
Baeslers Market 0 1 Drying provisions are not present at baking hand wash sink
Ultimate Fitness Center 0 0 No Violations
Phil Harris Gold Course 0 0 No Violations

Huckleberry Hill Winery moving in to Linton

Huckleberry Hill Winery recently posted on Facebook that they’ll be moving into the old Linton Elks building on North Main Street.

The old Elks lodge has remained empty for years, since the Heritage Hall Ballroom that was previously there closed.

May 2017 Health Department Inspection Result

Inspections sent May 24th 2017

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Chuckles 0 0 No Violations
Linton Cinema 0 0 No Violations
CVS Linton 0 0 No Violations
Geneva’s Pizza 0 0 No Violations
Greene County Jail 0 0 No Violations
Franciso De Borja Coffee 0 0 No Violations
The Breakfast Place 1 3 Sanitizing wipes are not properly stored in sanitizing solution, Items are not properly dated and labeled, Ventilation hoods needs cleaned, Ceilings in kitchen area need repaired
McDonalds 0 0 No Violations
Miner Diner 3 4 Uncooked eggs are stored above ready to eat foods, Dishwasher is not properly sanitizing, Mouse droppings are found throughout facility, All cooling units need cleaned, Hood vent needs cleaned, Rear door has visible gap along bottom, Facility needs routinely cleaned
Country Porch Linton (West) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch Bloomfield 0 1 Ceiling in bathroom needs repaired
Front Porch 0 0 No Violations
Erin’s Coffee House 0 0 No Violations
Goosepond Pizza 0 0 No Violations
The Palace 0 0 No Violations
Taco Bell 0 2 Facility needs routinely cleaned, Equipment is soiled with food debris
Southside 0 0 No Violations
Smoker’s Host 0 0 No Violations
Sportsman’s Pub 0 0 No Violations
Casey’s Linton 0 0 No Violations
Linton Stop & Shop 0 0 No Violations

March 2017 Health Department Inspection Result

Inspections sent March 3, 2017

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Stanifer’s Twist N Shake 0 2 Fryer area is soiled with food debris, Vent hood above grill needs cleaned
La Fiesta 0 3 Floors in kitchen need repair, Rear door has visible gap along bottom, Scoops are being stored in food product
Linton Moose 0 1 Ice maker has build up of moldy substance
Lyons Petro 0 1 Rear door has visible gap along bottom
Cinco De Mayo 3 2 Uncooked chorizo stored above ready to eat foods, Date and Labeling not thoroughly being conducted, Possible cross contamination occurring at prep cooler, Product is not being properly covered during storage, Facility needs routinely cleaned
Linton High School 0 0 No Violations
Linton Elementary 0 0 No Violations
WRV High School 0 0 No Violations
WRV Worthington 0 0 No Violations
WRV Lyons 1 1 Mice droppings in storage room, Dishwasher not reaching temperature
Open Arms 0 0 No Violations
Bloomfield School 0 0 No Violations
Eastern High School 0 0 No Violations
Eastern Elementary 0 0 No Violations
Casey’s General Store (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak School 0 0 No Violations
Spot Lounge 2 5 Raw meat stored above read to eat food items in reach in cooler, Hand wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, Items are not properly labeled, Kitchen equipment is heavily soiled with good debris, Unnecessary clutter is in both storage rooms, Food items are stored directly of floor, Facility needs routinely cleaned
Lighthouse Lunch Box 0 0 No Violations
Linton Sav a Lot 0 0 No Violations
Crossroads Café 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Villa 2 0 0 No Violations
Linton Family Diner 0 0 Opening Inspection
Linton Elks 0 0 No Violations

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

December 2016 Health Department Inspection Result

Inspections sent January 5, 2017

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Dollar General (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Worthington) 0 4 Pizza oven rack needs cleaned, 3 bay sink has a leak, Dumpster needs closed at all times, Lights in walk in cooler not working
Stacy’s Diner 0 0 No Violations
Grand Café 0 0 Opening Inspection
Autumn Trace 0 0 Opening Inspection
The Grill 2 3 Raw meat being stored above ready to eat foods in cooler, (R) Mouse droppings found in rear storage area, Equipment needs cleaned throughout facility, Dishwashing area is in poor repair
American Legion (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Erin’s Coffee House 0 0 Opening Inspection
Joetta’s Pizza Villa 0 0 No Violations
Subway (Bloomfield) 0 2 Thermometer not present in walk in freezer, Ice machine has build up of moldy substance.
VFW (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Route 67 0 3 Light shields are missing above kitchen area, Rear door in storage area has visible gap along bottom, Floors in kitchen are in poor repair.
Vest Quick Mart 1 2 Hand Wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, Walk in cooler floor is soiled with food debris, Back door near freezer has visible gap along bottom
Dollar General (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Grand Café (Routine) 0 4 Wiping cloths must be stored in sanitation solution and not on counter, Hand drying provisions not provided at hand wash sink, Rear door has visible gap
Monicals 0 1 Trash can not present at hand wash sink
Picnic Basket 1 2 Ready to eat foods not properly dated and labeled, Food item not properly contained during storage, Hand washing provisions not provided at hand wash sink.
Pizza Hut (Bloomfield) 0 1 Coving along middle of facility is in very poor condition.
American Legion (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Baeslers Market 1 6 Can opener in deli is heavily soiled with food debris, Wiping cloths are not stored in sanitizing solution during use, Dish washer not reaching proper sanitizing temp, Cooling display case has heavy build up of food debris, Milk display shelving is in need of cleaning, Drying provisions are not present in several dispensers throughout store, Mops are not properly stored in the deli.
Subway (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

November 2016 Health Department Inspection Result

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Inspections sent November 30, 2016

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Shakamak IGA 5 11 Hamburger and Steaks stored at 52 Degrees- discarded, Hand wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, Presence of mice infestation, Potatoes are stored directly on the ground, No thermometers present in reach in cooler near meat retail area, No hand wash soap is present at hand wash sink in meat room, Outside dumpster is overflowing and not covered, Visual gap present at rear delivery door, Dead bugs need removed from facility, Facility is not being routinely cleaned
Kittle’s Sno Biz 0 0 No Violations
Bloomfield Tropical Snow 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Hut (Linton) 0 2 Equipment not cleaned, Hard to reach areas need routinely cleaned
Chuckles 0 0 No Violations
Fast Point 0 0 No Violations
Tropical Snow 0 0 No Violations
Hidden Hills Golf Course 0 0 No Violations
CB Hatfields 0 0 No Violations
Hasler Junction 0 0 No Violations
CVS (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Bloomfield) 0 1 Freezer is not holding at 0 degrees
Hucks 3 4 Sanitizing sink is soiled with food debris, Hand wash sink is dirty, Mouse droppings found in cappuccino machine, Reach in freezer has broken door gasket, Microwave for consumer use is soiled with food debris, Moldy substance is present on slushy machine, Dumpster lids are not closed
Ruler Food Store 0 0 No Violations
Walmart 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Jasonville) 1 5 Hand wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, No light in milk cooler, Moldy substance on pop nozzle and slushy machine, Routine cleaning not taking place, Floor dry is present in milk cooler
Country Porch (Linton-West) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Linton-East) 1 1 Hand wash sink used for other than hand washing, Routine cleaning not taking place
Worthington Country Market 0 0 No Violations
Freedom Country Store 0 0 No Violations
China Sea 4 2 Raw meat stored above ready to eat foods, Re-use of rice bags for meat storage, Hand wash sink is being used for other than hand washing, Routine cleaning is not taking place in hard to reach areas
#1 Asian Buffet 0 0 No Violations
J Seven Sports Grille 0 0 No Violations

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

August 2016 Health Department Inspection Result

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Inspections sent August 30, 2016

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Long John Silvers 0 2 Fryer has old food debris on and above storage area, Facility needs cleaned in hard to reach areas
Parkview Diner 0 1 Mop not properly hung
Newberry Café 1 5 Raw hamburger stored above ready to eat foods, No sanitizer test strips on site, Reach in cooler needs cleaned, Thermometer not present in cooling devices, Exhaust hood needs cleaned, No hand drying provisions are present at hand washing sink
Casa Sevilla 1 1 Raw foods stored above ready to eat foods in walk in cooler, Items stored in walk in cooler uncovered
American Legion (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Phil Harris Golf Course 0 0 No Violations
VFW (Linton) 0 1 Sanitizer strips are not on site
Hoosier Daddy’s Pub 3 2 Product scoop handles are being stored in direct contact with food, Black trash bags are being used for food storage, Can opener blade is soiled with food debris, Pizza oven needs cleaned, Exhaust hood needs cleaned, Floors in kitchen area are not easily cleanable
Yo Delicious 0 0 No Violations
The Breakfast Place 1 1 Wiping cloths are not being stored between use in santizer solution, Facility needs cleaned in hard to reach areas
Goosepond Pizza 0 0 No Violations
Burger King 0 1 Ice machine has heavy lime buildup
Dollar General (Linton East) 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Linton West) 0 0 No Violations
CVS (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Jim’s Petro Plus 0 0 No Violations
Smoker’s Host 0 0 No Violations
Southside Express 0 0 No Violations
Casey’s (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Jiffy Treat 0 3 Floors need cleaned in hard to reach areas, exhaust hood needs cleaned, Ice cream reach in freezer is soiled with food debris

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

New Technology Business Opens Downtown

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KairoTech Computer Services is kicking off their Grand Opening Week tomorrow at 1:30pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of Linton Mayor John Wilkes and the Linton Chamber of Commerce.

It has been some time since Linton has had a professional computer and electronics service center.  Their website, kairotech.com, lists the services available such as virus removal, file recovery and transfer, secure recycling, parts and software installation, regular PC tune-ups, troubleshooting, and more.

The owner, Josh Dean, has also started posting videos about current technology issues and questions on YouTube.

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According to a post on their Facebook page, they’re also giving away a new iPad Mini this week.

The new business should not only be a welcome asset to downtown, but all of Linton and the surrounding communities now that people are able to get service and support without having to drive an hour or more away.

 

February 2016 Health Department Inspection Result

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Inspections sent February 29, 2016

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Totally Whipped Cupcakery 0 0 Opening Inspection
Taco Bell 1 3 Sanitizer solution in buckets near prep line shows 0ppm of chemical, Freeze machine has build up of substance, Thermometer not present in walk in cooler (r), Mop is not properly hung.
Subway (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Francisco de Borja 0 0 No Violations
Yoho Grocery 0 0 No Violations
Hendricksville Diner 0 1 Routine cleaning throughout facility
Pinewood Plaza 1 5 Items not property labeled and dated in prep cooler, uncovered metal container being stored in prep cooler, Ice chute on pop machine is soiled with moldy like substance, No soap at hand washing sink in pizza area, No hand drying provisions are present at hand washing sink in pizza area, No lights shields are present in pizza area.
Greene County Sheriff’s Dept 0 0 No Violations
Aggies Fun House 0 1 Keg cooler needs cleaned
China House 2 4 Dishwasher is not sanitizing properly, Date and labeling is not being conducted, Ziploc bags are being reused for raw meat storage, Women’s restroom waste is not properly covered, Routine cleaning throughout facility, Mop not properly hung
McDonald’s 0 1 Hand washing sink is leaking
Arby’s 0 0 No Violations
Grip’s Pizza 1 1 Utensils are stored improperly in ready to eat foods, Vent hoods need cleaned.
Geneva’s Pizza 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak Pharmacy 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Palace Bar 0 1 Drink nozzle soiled with debris.
Wendy’s 0 3 Vent hood has paint chipping away (r), Floor in walk in freezer is in poor repair, Hot water heater is leaking around ceiling.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

February 2016 Health Department Inspection Result

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Inspections sent February 29, 2016

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Totally Whipped Cupcakery 0 0 Opening Inspection
Taco Bell 1 3 Sanitizer solution in buckets near prep line shows 0ppm of chemical, Freeze machine has build up of substance, Thermometer not present in walk in cooler (r), Mop is not properly hung.
Subway (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Francisco de Borja 0 0 No Violations
Yoho Grocery 0 0 No Violations
Hendricksville Diner 0 1 Routine cleaning throughout facility
Pinewood Plaza 1 5 Items not property labeled and dated in prep cooler, uncovered metal container being stored in prep cooler, Ice chute on pop machine is soiled with moldy like substance, No soap at hand washing sink in pizza area, No hand drying provisions are present at hand washing sink in pizza area, No lights shields are present in pizza area.
Greene County Sheriff’s Dept 0 0 No Violations
Aggies Fun House 0 1 Keg cooler needs cleaned
China House 2 4 Dishwasher is not sanitizing properly, Date and labeling is not being conducted, Ziploc bags are being reused for raw meat storage, Women’s restroom waste is not properly covered, Routine cleaning throughout facility, Mop not properly hung
McDonald’s 0 1 Hand washing sink is leaking
Arby’s 0 0 No Violations
Grip’s Pizza 1 1 Utensils are stored improperly in ready to eat foods, Vent hoods need cleaned.
Geneva’s Pizza 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak Pharmacy 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Palace Bar 0 1 Drink nozzle soiled with debris.
Wendy’s 0 3 Vent hood has paint chipping away (r), Floor in walk in freezer is in poor repair, Hot water heater is leaking around ceiling.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

December 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent December 31, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
J7 Sports Grill 0 0 No Violations
Joetta’s Pizza Villa 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak School 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Villa 2 0 0 No Violations
Linton Schools 0 0 No Violations
WRV Schools (WRV,Lyons, Wor) 0 0 No Violations
Eastern Schools 0 0 No Violations
Stanifer’s Twist and Shake 0 2 Mop not properly hung, Walk in cooler has condensation on ceiling
Wrings Smokehouse 0 0 No Violations
Linton Cinema 0 0 No Violations
Linton Sav a Lot 0 0 No Violations
The Grill 3 3 Food items being stored on prep table out of temperature, Dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer, Mouse droppings are found in rear storage room, Ice maker has build up of moldy substance, Lights in reach in cooler are not shielded, Facility is not routinely cleaned
The Daily Dish 0 0 No Violations
Worthington Country Market 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Worthington) 3 2 Hand wash sink being used for other than hand washing, Hand wash sink is blocked, No certified food manager at facility, Unnecessary items stored throughout facility, Mop not properly hung
Vest Quick Mart 0 0 No Violations
Hucks 1 3 Mouse droppings found in and around drink area, Thermometers not present or visible in cooling devices, Pizza prep cooler is heavily soiled with food debris, Outside trash containers are not property covered
Country Porch (Bloomfield) 0 5 Ice chute on pop machine has visible moldy substance present, Soap not present at hand wash sink, Ceiling is in poor condition in restroom, Front door has visible gap along bottom , Unnecessary clutter throughout facility
Bloomfield School 0 0 No Violations
Cinco de Mayo 0 1 Rear door has visible gap along bottom
Lyons Petro Plus 0 0 No Violations
Lyons Value Mart 1 0 Meat grinder is soiled with old food debris

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

December 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent December 31, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
J7 Sports Grill 0 0 No Violations
Joetta’s Pizza Villa 0 0 No Violations
Shakamak School 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Villa 2 0 0 No Violations
Linton Schools 0 0 No Violations
WRV Schools (WRV,Lyons, Wor) 0 0 No Violations
Eastern Schools 0 0 No Violations
Stanifer’s Twist and Shake 0 2 Mop not properly hung, Walk in cooler has condensation on ceiling
Wrings Smokehouse 0 0 No Violations
Linton Cinema 0 0 No Violations
Linton Sav a Lot 0 0 No Violations
The Grill 3 3 Food items being stored on prep table out of temperature, Dishwasher not dispensing sanitizer, Mouse droppings are found in rear storage room, Ice maker has build up of moldy substance, Lights in reach in cooler are not shielded, Facility is not routinely cleaned
The Daily Dish 0 0 No Violations
Worthington Country Market 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Worthington) 3 2 Hand wash sink being used for other than hand washing, Hand wash sink is blocked, No certified food manager at facility, Unnecessary items stored throughout facility, Mop not properly hung
Vest Quick Mart 0 0 No Violations
Hucks 1 3 Mouse droppings found in and around drink area, Thermometers not present or visible in cooling devices, Pizza prep cooler is heavily soiled with food debris, Outside trash containers are not property covered
Country Porch (Bloomfield) 0 5 Ice chute on pop machine has visible moldy substance present, Soap not present at hand wash sink, Ceiling is in poor condition in restroom, Front door has visible gap along bottom , Unnecessary clutter throughout facility
Bloomfield School 0 0 No Violations
Cinco de Mayo 0 1 Rear door has visible gap along bottom
Lyons Petro Plus 0 0 No Violations
Lyons Value Mart 1 0 Meat grinder is soiled with old food debris

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

“Yule Like Linton” website offers apparel and gifts that are local and festive

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Lintonians now have a way to spread Christmas cheer and represent their hometown thanks to a new, local website—YuleLikeLinton.com

The holiday-themed website features unique gifts emblazoned with a”Yule Like Linton” design, a pun on our local motto and infamous You’ll Like Linton signs. The website’s mission is to help “spread cheer in local style”.

Shoppers can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and tote bags. All items are printed to order and shipped to your home.

The website was created by Linton resident, Derrick Tennant.

“The idea came a few years ago when I’d seen the Christmas lights in the back of the park that spelled out “you’ll like Linton. My goal is to just to let anyone else who enjoys my pun take part.”

You can view and purchase your “Yule Like Linton” items at YuleLikeLinton.com

 

“Yule Like Linton” website offers apparel and gifts that are local and festive

Yule Like Linton

Lintonians now have a way to spread Christmas cheer and represent their hometown thanks to a new, local website—YuleLikeLinton.com

The holiday-themed website features unique gifts emblazoned with a”Yule Like Linton” design, a pun on our local motto and infamous You’ll Like Linton signs. The website’s mission is to help “spread cheer in local style”.

Shoppers can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and tote bags. All items are printed to order and shipped to your home.

The website was created by Linton resident, Derrick Tennant.

“The idea came a few years ago when I’d seen the Christmas lights in the back of the park that spelled out “you’ll like Linton. My goal is to just to let anyone else who enjoys my pun take part.”

You can view and purchase your “Yule Like Linton” items at YuleLikeLinton.com

 

November 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent November 16, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Baesler’s Market 0 0 No Violations
The Front Porch 0 0 No Violations
Smokers Host 0 0 No Violations
Southside Express 0 0 No Violations
Open Arms 0 1 Ice machine needs routine cleaning conducted
American Legion (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Geneva’s Pizza 0 0 No Violations
River Inn 0 0 No Violations
Casey’s (Linton) 0 1 Ice chute on drink dispenser needs cleaned
Casey’s (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
China Sea 2 1 Dishwasher not properly sanitizing, Hand washing sink used for other than hand washing, Rear kitchen door has visible gap along bottom
Dollar General (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Hut (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
CVS (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Ruler 0 0 No Violations
Subway (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Crossroads Cafe 0 0 Opening Inspection
VFW (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Worthington) 0 1 Ice chute on drink dispenser needs cleaned

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

November 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent November 16, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Baesler’s Market 0 0 No Violations
The Front Porch 0 0 No Violations
Smokers Host 0 0 No Violations
Southside Express 0 0 No Violations
Open Arms 0 1 Ice machine needs routine cleaning conducted
American Legion (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Geneva’s Pizza 0 0 No Violations
River Inn 0 0 No Violations
Casey’s (Linton) 0 1 Ice chute on drink dispenser needs cleaned
Casey’s (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
China Sea 2 1 Dishwasher not properly sanitizing, Hand washing sink used for other than hand washing, Rear kitchen door has visible gap along bottom
Dollar General (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Pizza Hut (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
CVS (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Ruler 0 0 No Violations
Subway (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Crossroads Cafe 0 0 Opening Inspection
VFW (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Worthington) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Worthington) 0 1 Ice chute on drink dispenser needs cleaned

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

September 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent September 29, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Breakfast Place 1 3 Wiping cloths are not being stored in sanitizing solution, Dates and labels not being used, Unnecessary items being stored in kitchen, Ceiling in kitchen is in poor repair.
Burger King 0 0 No Violations
Dairy Queen (Bloomfield) 0 0 No Violations
Sportsman Pub 0 0 No Violations
Bobe’s Pizza 0 1 Pizza oven needs cleaned.
Wal-Mart 0 0 No Violations
Pepperoni Grill 0 3 Improper labeling, Reach in cooler needs cleaned, Mop is not stored properly.
Dollar General (Linton West) 0 0 No Violations
Jim’s Petro 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Worthington) 0 1 Dented can not discarded.
Freedom Country Store 0 1 Thermometer not present in prep cooler.
Picnic Basket 0 2 Thermometer not present in reach in cooler, No hand wash soap is present at hand washing sink.
#1 Asian Buffett 0 0 No Violations
Fast Point 0 0 No Violations
Chuckles 0 0 No Violations
Dollar General (Linton East) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Jasonville) 0 5 Thermometer not present in milk cooler, Ice chute is soiled with slimy substance, No hand wash soap is present at hand washing sink, No hand drying provisions are provided at hand wash sink, unnecessary clutter is present throughout facility.
CVS (Linton) 0 0 No Violations
Country Porch (Linton East) 0 0 No Violations
La Fiesta 2 2 Food in walk in cooler found out of temperature steak 47– chicken strips 48– chicken breast 49– chorizo 50– beef strips 50– sour cream 48– tamales 47*, Food out of temp discarded, Thermometer not present in prep cooler, Drain on dishwasher is in disrepair.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

July 2015 Health Department Inspection Results

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Inspections sent July 22, 2015

Establishment Critical Non Critical Comments
Phil Harris Golf Course 0 0 No Violations
Mama Dia’s Pizeria 0 1 Lights above preparation area need properly shielded
Route 67 2 1 Date and Labeling, Food contact with utensils, Thermometer placement in cooler
Hidden Hills Golf Course 0 0 No Violations
CB Hatfields 0 0 No Violations
Hasler’s Junction 7 11 Proper hand washing is not taking place, Temperature control points not addressed, Date and labeling, Chili sauce is stored at 105*, Drying towels stored in reach in cooler, Deli slice is not clean, Hand washing not taking place in hand wash sink, No hair restraints on food worker, Old milk discarded, Food not stored 6″ above floor, Wiping cloths not being stored in sanitizing solution, No soap or hand drying provisions provided at hand wash sink, Facility lacks routine cleaning
Miner Mini Golf 0 0 No Violations
Kittles Sno Biz 0 0 No Violations
Bloomfield Tropical Snow 0 0 No Violations
American Legion (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations
Bottoms Up 0 0 Opening Inspection
Yo Delicious 0 0 Opening Inspection
Tropical Snow (Jasonville) 0 0 Opening Inspection
Linton B.O.P. Elks 1 0 Date and Labeling
Pizza Hut (Linton) 2 3 Can opener blade is soiled with food debris, Hand wash sink next to dishwasher is being used for other than hand washing, Walk in cooler door seal is missing, Mobile food shelving units are soiled with food debris, Routine cleaning is not being conducted
Monical’s Pizza 0 1 Vent above finished food product need to be fixed
Subway (Jasonville) 0 0 No Violations

For questions or concerns, please contact the Greene County Health Department.

City of Bloomington Announces Recipients of Annual Women of the Year Awards

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley

Bloomington, Ind. – Mayor Mark Kruzan has announced that three local women will be honored during Women’s History Month for their outstanding service to our community. The recipients were selected by members of the Woman of the Year Subcommittee of the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women. Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley has been named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year, Dana Watters has been named recipient of the Lifetime Contribution Award and Alycin Bektesh was chosen to receive the Emerging Leader Award.

Woman of the Year and Lifetime Contribution Award recipients will be honored at the Women’s History Month Lunch. The theme for this year’s lunch is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Jennie Vaughan, the Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at 12:15 p.m. at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. Seats must be purchased in advance before March 20. In addition, organizations for women and women-owned businesses will exhibit at the history luncheon. The exhibit reservation form is available at www.bloomington.in.gov/csw. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. for viewing of women’s exhibits.

The Emerging Leader recipient will be honored at the Women’s Leadership Development event, held on Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. The Women’s Leadership Development Event is free and open to the public. More information on the Women’s Leadership Development Event and recipient Alycin Bektesh can be found here.

“Women’s History Month serves as an opportunity to recognize individual and collective accomplishments of women in our community,” said Cathi Crabtree, Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women chair. “These women serve as great role models for women everywhere.”

Woman of the Year, Valeri Haughton-Motley, has been the presiding judge of Monroe Circuit Court VIII for six years. Haughton-Motley currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Kitchen and the Community Justice and Mediation Center. She also serves on the Commission on the Status of Black Males and the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and is a member of the NAACP, Benevolent Order of Elks and the American Civil Liberties Union. Additionally, she actively supports Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Lifetime Contribution Award winner, Dana Watters, is a nurse that has been dedicated  to the needs of women for over three decades. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Women’s and Children’s services at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Watters leads a team of 160 people who provide care to women and their families. Her unwavering passion and commitment to this mission is evident in her active involvement in organizational, regional and national issues related to the care of women.

Over the years, Watters has chaired and served on several committees, including the Indiana State Department of Health, the Monroe County Post-Partum Depression Task Force and the IU School of Nursing Advisory Board. In addition to reproductive health, Watters also has been a strong advocate of preventing heart disease in women and is currently a co-chair of the planning committee for the annual Go Red for Women event.

Tickets for the event are $20 per lunch and may be purchased through the mail or in-person. Checks payable to “City of Bloomington – Women’s History Month Lunch,” along with the names of attendees for the guest list, may be sent to: Women’s History Month Lunch, Commission on the Status of Women, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN, 47402. Seats may also be purchased at the Community and Family Resources Department at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., Suite 260. The deadline for purchasing a seat is Friday, March 20. Scholarships are available for individuals that need assistance purchasing a seat to attend the lunch.

For more information about the Lunch or the Commission on the Status of Women, please contact Sue Owens at 812-349-3468 or owenss@bloomington.in.gov.

Alycin Bektesh Dana Watters

Sewage Sludge Meeting Fuels Powerdyne President’s Temper

Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson (at podium) is impatient with ongoing plans with the city to strike up a deal to proceed with a sludge-to-fuel plant . A large audience attended a special city council meeting Thursday.

TERRE HAUTE – Up until last night, during a special city council meeting, the residents of Terre Haute had yet to hear from Powerdyne representatives about the proposed renewable fuel facility and the contracts regarding the sewage sludge- to-diesel fuel plans.

Powerdyne Chief Exectutive Officer/President Geoff Hirson, a native of South Africa now residing in California,  made a strong first impression. He was quick to defend the privately held company’s technology, which he admitted he “holds close to his chest.”.

“I really hope we can put this project together, get rid of all the– I don’t want to use swear words, but — get rid of all the stuff that’s been going on, and make it good for both Powerdyne, the city and the community,” Hirson said.

After a Powerpoint presentation before the city council, he took questions regarding the related contracts with the city for the sludge-to-fuel project in front of a standing room only audience at Terre Haute City Hall.

In the end, Hirson basically just said take it or leave it.

Friction seemed to spark when Councilman Todd Nation — alleging secrecy in the plans and contracts with the city —  provoked Hirson by asking him to see a facility with its existing technology, expressing implied skepticism in the legitimacy of the corporation.

Responding to that question regarding his business from Councilman Nation, Hirson stated he wanted to feel welcome in Terre Haute, “But when you push my buttons… all I want to know is, do you want me in the city or do you not want me in the city?  For me, it’s get on a plane and go home, I got other projects,” he said. He then jested that if he were proposing opening a restaurant, for example, in the town, would his motives be questioned?

Aside from that conflict, a few of the council members were welcoming to Hirson. Councilman Norman Loudermilk, in particular, said he was willing  to suggest a tax abatement for the project.

All the contracts with Powerdyne and the related companies are being renegotiated and officials hope to have them ready to go in time for next month’s city council meeting for review. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said Powerdyne and its related contracts are being revised by Mark Thompson, director of wastewater plant, city attorney Chou-il Lee and himself, due to recent opposition in the community and alleged flaws.

Consultants and engineers spoke to the audience to explain the formalities involved in transporting the required sludge to meet the demand from remote cities and the process to alter it into fuel to clear up months of confusion in the talks so far.

Hirson outlined the waste- to- fuel project, explaining there are currently nearly 200 such facilities in the United States, of which 114 are bio-fuel projects. He noted that negative press in Terre Haute has, in fact, brought favorable attention and interest in his company. In the event the project gets the go ahead locally, Hirson said he is prepared to issue a $3 million “concession” check at groundbreaking for the facility.

“I know everyone is asking ,how are we going to make all this fuel with so little sludge? Well, we don’t only use sludge, obviously,” he said, explaining they would use feedstock — or, raw materials — in place of the previously stated green waste. “We can convert any kind of organic material into synthetic gas.”

He explained the concept is nothing new and actually is environmentally friendly. The carbon gasification process has been around 180 years and there is no waste or harmful emissions. He noted that the finished fuel product, created in the process, looks as clear as water. It is due to a clean fuel process, a “closed loop system” needed in today’s environment, he said.

“Our fuel facility that we’re going to build is going to be owned and operated without any city financial investment, “Hirson assured the audience. “We never came to this city and said, ‘Help us to build this plant.'”

During the building of the proposed plant, 2,000 construction jobs could be created. About 100 to 130  employees would be needed to keep the plant running, he said, noting the jobs would be in the $30 and above- per-hour range.

A scientist, Roger Ward, and an engineer, Craig Shumaker, each spoke from the podium, voicing their concerns of the practicality of the sludge-to-fuel plans.

“It would be one thing if this plant was located in the center of Indianapolis. Even that wouldn’t be enough sewage sludge,” Ward said.

And, the process of dewatering the sludge is another concern.

“The particular problem with the sludge, is much of the fuel in the carbon in sludge is used to dry out the sludge,” Shumaker said.

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

Terre Haute City Council meeting Thursday included discussion about a proposed renewable fuel plant in the city. Mayor Duke Bennett is pictured at the podium. Terre Haute City Council Members listen to discussion about Powerdyne's proposed renewable fuel plant. Scientist Craig Shumaker  and Roger Ward  discuss the shortfall of necessary sludge needed in the proposed sludge-to-fuel plant in Terre Haute. Terre Haute City Councilman Todd Nation sparks a debate with Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson(not pictured)Thursday. Council President John Mullican is to Nation's right. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says the Powedyne and related contracts are being revised, during the City Council meeting Thursday. Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson speaks to a large crowd at Terre Haute City Hall Thursay, regarding sludge-to-fuel process. The proposed Powerdyne renewable fuel plant in Terre Haute drew a large crowd to Thursday's special city council meeting at Terre Haute City Hall.  Pictured are people in line almost an hour before the meeting started at 5 p.m. A specila Terre Haute City Council meeting was held Thursday in the City Courtroom at City Hall regarding the proposed renewable fuel plant in the city.

Bloomfield School District Superintendent Talks School Funding

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The Indiana General Assembly is currently in session. This is a budget year and a long session that will not conclude until the end of March. During this session, as during any long session the legislators will be developing a state budget for 2016 and 2017. The development of a new state budget could also bring changes to the school funding formula. In crafting a new state budget and school funding formula, the state legislators must decide how to allocate state resources. Public education is approximately 51% of the state budget.

This year the state legislature is debating some changes in the school funding formula. In each budget cycle, winners and losers emerge from these deliberations. In Governor Pence’s State of the State address, he called for public education to be allocated $200 million additional dollars. However, the allocation of these additional funds should be somewhat concerning to you as a parent of a student attending a traditional public school. Governor Pence wants $159 million of the $200 million to go toward funding for traditional public schools. In Indiana, there are 954,904 students attending traditional public schools like Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School. The average increase for these students would be $166.49 per student. In comparison, Indiana has 62,356 students attending private schools utilizing Choice Scholarships or enrolled in Charter Schools. Governor Pence wanted to allocate $41 million dollars to the 62,356 students receiving Choice Scholarships or enrolling in Charter Schools. The average increase for these students would be $657.51 dollars per student. So, 20% of the additional funding would go to 6 % of the students in the state of Indiana.

Additionally, Governor Pence would like to allocate additional funds to go to maintenance or transportation of Charter School students that would bring the total additional funds per student to $1,500. Traditional public schools have a local property tax levy paid by property owners that funds transportation and maintenance of buildings. Charter schools and private schools don’t receive a local property tax levy. It appears as if a portion of the revenue generated from sales tax receipts and income tax will now go to fund the transportation and maintenance of Charter Schools and Private Schools in Governor Pence’s proposed budget. At the conclusion of the last legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly forgave approximately $93 million dollars in loans to Charter Schools. Many of the charter schools are operated by for profit corporations housed outside the state of Indiana. So, a portion of your tax dollars was sent to operators of Charter Schools whose corporations are centered in other states. Indiana laws are currently on the books mandating traditional public school corporations sell unused schools to the Indiana Department of Education for $1.00. Local property tax payers paid for the construction of these buildings, but the school district must liquidate the building to the Department of Education once the building is no longer in use. The Indiana Department of Education in turn leases these buildings to charter schools.

The Indiana General Assembly will consider making changes to another part of the school funding formula referred to as the Complexity Grant. The Complexity Grant provides additional funding to schools that have larger percentages of students that receive Free and Reduced Textbooks. A family can qualify for Free and Reduced Textbooks if the total family income falls below a certain level. In Greene County, Bloomfield School District receives the fewest dollars per student in comparison with the other schools in the county. Below is the 2015 funding level per school district in Greene County:

School District – Foundation Funding – Complexity Grant – Total Funding

Bloomfield – $4,607.90 – $1,007.30 – $5,615.30

Eastern Greene – $4,842.30 – $1,201.30 – $6,403.70

Linton-Stockton – $4,587.00 – $1,032.50 – $5,619.50

Shakamak – $4,890.40 – $1,299.00 – $6,189.40

White River Valley – $4,997.20 – $1,218.30 – $6,216.00

The discussion over the Complexity Grant is due to some school districts with wealthier patrons getting as low as $254 dollars per student in complexity funds. These school districts typically have lower percentages of students receiving Free and Reduced textbooks. Again, when changes occur in school funding, winners and losers emerge from the changes. A change in how the Complexity Grant is divided could negatively or positively impact your son or daughter. A negative impact on Bloomfield School District could result in larger class sizes and fewer classes for students to choose at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School.

Indiana is moving to a Foundation Funding for all schools. The 2015 Foundation Funding amount was $4,587 dollars per student. As you can see, Bloomfield School District was $20.90 above Foundation Funding for 2015. During the next three years, Bloomfield School District will lose $20.90 per student in Foundation Funding until Foundation Funding is achieved. In Greene County, Linton is the only county school corporation at the foundation funding level. However, if major changes occur in the Complexity Index the changes might negatively impact Bloomfield School District. As a result, tough decisions might have to be made locally by the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees.

The last area in which changes could occur in the 2016 school funding formula is in the area of vocational funding. During 2015, Bloomfield School District will receive $97,000 from the Vocational Grant. The funding for the Vocational Grant is generated currently by the number of students enrolled in vocational classes. Approximately 70% of the vocational funding for Bloomfield School District is generated by enrollment of students in one hour vocational classes. Bloomfield’s rural location makes it difficult for students to enroll in a career center for multiple hour classes. The length of travel time to the nearest career centers in Bloomington, Bedford, and Vincennes would result in students losing class time for transportation to these centers. Most students cannot afford to lose an hour or more per day in their class schedule for travel to and from a career center. One of the early proposals for Vocational Funding would have eliminated funding for one hour classes. As a result, Bloomfield School District would have lost approximately $37,000 of the current $97,000 in vocational funding. A second proposal would have cut funding of the one hour classes from $250 per student to $150 per student. This would result in a loss of approximately $15,000 in funding. In comparison, salary and benefits for a first year teacher is equivalent to approximately $45,000. So, the loss of this funding would have resulted in the loss of a portion of the one hour vocational classes currently offered to students. The amount of dollars for the appropriation for vocational education has not been increased since 2000. Traditional public school corporations have countered to increase funding to the vocational education appropriation and implement the proposed changes by Governor Pence with the additional dollars appropriated to vocational education above the $100 million dollar appropriation level. So, if the appropriation is increased by $25 million, the proposed changes would be administered with this $25 million additional dollars.

The purpose of my letter is to urge you to communicate with your local representative concerning these issues. Please feel free to express your support or concern over any of the issues associated with the school funding formula and the state budget for 2016 and 2017. Below is the email address for the Indiana General Assembly members representing Bloomfield School District:

Indiana House of Representatives –

Matt Ubelhor

200 W. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 800-382-9842

Email: h62@iga.in.gov

Indiana Senate –

Eric Bassler

200 W. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 800-382-9842

Email: 239@iga.in.gov

If you have questions about any of the issues discussed in this letter, please feel free to contact me. My email address is dsichting@bsd.k12.in.us. You can also contact me via telephone at 812-384-4507, Ext. #144.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sichting

Superintendent

AT&T Expands Mobile Internet Wireless Capacity

Photo Courtesy of Riley Kaminer, taken November 27th,  2008

Customers in Linton should experience improved mobile Internet coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T. The company has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile Internet network in Linton.

“As part of the Linton community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience, and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana. “We’re working to build a 4G network that’s smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience.”

According to an AT&T press release, the network enhancement adds new “carriers,” to the Linton cell site to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile Internet capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile Internet services by allocating more network resources for AT&T’s mobile Internet network.

“In rural communities like ours, this kind of investment is crucial,” said Linton Mayor John Wilkes.  “Improved mobile Internet coverage allows our citizens and businesses to get things done quickly and efficiently, and we’re thrilled to hear that AT&T is bringing the latest technologies our way.”

AT&T invested nearly $1.75 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Indiana between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers. AT&T 4G LTE was launched in Bloomington in April 2012, and expanded to Linton in Oct. 2014. Its 4G LTE network covers more than 300 million people.

Accountable to Hoosiers

State Representative, District 62, Matt Ubelhor

How does your family budget for the year? Do you sit down around the kitchen table every week discussing your financial situation or set a yearly budget and then adjust accordingly? Like every Hoosier family, lawmakers follow similar budgeting principles; the only major difference is that the budget is crafted in a committee, known as Ways and Means, instead of around the kitchen table.

The General Assembly is tasked with crafting and enacting the state’s budget every odd-numbered year. For House Republicans, crafting an honestly balanced budget, without raising taxes on hard-working Hoosiers, is one of our top priorities this session. We have a proven track-record of fiscal integrity, which has led to a strong, robust economy. Our goal to continue managing Indiana’s finances responsibly to provide greater financial security for future generations, which starts by maintaining our healthy reserves and a strong structural surplus.

Having a structural surplus means that Indiana’s ongoing financial commitments does not exceed the revenue collected for a given fiscal year. In other words, we spend less than we take in. The 2014 fiscal year finished with a $107 million structural surplus. Building a prudent structural surplus helps the state maintain a structurally balanced budget, even if revenues do not come in as planned.

Equally important, we also need to maintain our healthy reserves, which is another way of referring to Indiana’s savings account. Indiana finished fiscal year 2014 with $2 billion in reserve balances, and while this might sound like a lot, it is only enough to run our state government for about 48 days. Not only do healthy reserves allow us to have the highest possible bond rating, but it is also our safety-net in case another economic downturn occurs.

However, K- 12 education funding accounts for half of Indiana’s biennial budget and is nearly two-thirds of the budget when higher education is included. House Republicans have a proven track record for putting education first and are continuing to make that a priority this session.

Part of our focus on education this session is fixing the funding formula to better appropriate the funds across the state of Indiana. The foundation amount is the starting point for the school funding formula and is essentially the minimum guarantee for each student. The current foundation amount is $4,587 per student for the 2015 fiscal year. Adjustments to the foundation amount per-student is based on multiple factors including the number of: low-income students, special education students, career and technical education students and of honors diplomas awarded.

The statewide average for per-student funding for the 2014 fiscal year was $6,579, the lowest per-student funding level is $5,463 and the highest is $8,666. With the highest per-student funding nearly 40 percent above the lowest level, we are working to not only raise the foundation level of dollars going to schools, but also working to fix the funding formula to increase equity in spending.

Along with strengthening our education system, we are also working towards continued government reduction and efficiency. It is vitally important that we continue to look for ways to cut government waste, and with a faster, more efficient government, Hoosiers can receive the services they rely on more expeditiously.

Looking back, we have eliminated more than 70 government boards and commissions, more than 600 government appointments, eliminated nearly 2,000 lines of Indiana Code and have a long history of tax cuts. Cutting back on government spending means more money appropriated back to the state and back to you, the taxpayers.

I look forward to working with my fellow legislators to discuss our budget and the funding formula to eventually pass it with confidence. It is important for us to make sure we are diligent and effective in our work to stay accountable to all Hoosiers.

Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Robertson Meets with Anthem Executives About Data Breach

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Indianapolis – Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson and members of his staff met with insurance company Anthem, Inc., leadership this morning to gather information regarding the data breach involving personal information of past and present enrollees. The data breach potentially affects individuals who are insured directly through Anthem, through their employer, and through Medicaid programs.

Anthem, an Indiana domestic company, assured Commissioner Robertson that it is complying with all applicable federal and state laws regarding data breaches. Anthem is taking immediate steps to notify all affected individuals, including past and current insureds, self-employed groups, and others, and brokers who served such individuals and groups. To date, Anthem has found no evidence that credit card or medical information was compromised.

“We met personally with Anthem to ensure that it is taking appropriate steps to address this data breach. We are encouraged that Anthem discovered the breach before such an attack is typically detected, took appropriate steps to terminate the data transfer and contact the FBI, and notified individuals well before required by law. Since the investigation is continuing, we don’t have all the facts, but we will continue to monitor the situation as Anthem’s domestic regulator,” stated Commissioner Robertson.

AnthemFacts.com, a dedicated web site, has been set up, as well as a special toll-free number: 877-263-7995.  Anthem has added an additional approximately 1,000 customer service representatives to answer questions about the breach so that its normal operations are not overrun by questions relating to the data breach. Anthem also is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to affected individuals. Details on how to take advantage of the services will be contained at AnthemFacts.com as soon as it is available and in a letter mailed to all affected individuals in the coming weeks.

The Indiana Department of Insurance is conducting further investigation to determine whether regulatory action is warranted.

About Indiana Department of Insurance

The Indiana Department of Insurance protects Indiana’s insurance consumers by monitoring and regulating the financial strengths and market conduct activities of insurance companies and agents. The department monitors insurance companies and agents for compliance with state laws to protect consumers and to offer them the best array of insurance products available. The department also assists Hoosiers with insurance questions and provides guidance in understanding how insurance policies work.