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Public notices controversy
As he proudly admits, State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is a free market advocate.

"I am no fan of monopolies," he said. "We have to come to the realization that newer technology is here and the print media has more competition."

Lucas, a member of the Indiana House of Repre­sentatives Education Commit­tee, was talking about House Bill 1003 now being considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

Lucas told the Plain Dealer he has not made up his mind yet on the "Education Matters" bill now in front of the Education Committee, which will decide whether or not to send the measure on to the full House.

(Lucas also talked about other legislation that he has presented this session, see story below.)

Part of the education proposal, authored by Jack Jordan (R-Bremen), calls for the elimination of requiring the state's school corporations to have annual school performance reports published in the public notice/legal advertisement sections of the newspaper of record for each district. Instead, school corporations could merely post school performance reports online for public perusal.

"The push is for more money toward teacher pay, something I hear all year long," said Lucas, who represents most of Jennings County. "This could possibly save money for that."

Steve Key, executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA), of which the Plain Dealer & Sun is a member, argues that the money saved would be minimal. What's more, eliminating the publication of school performance reports would do more harm than good.


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Comfortable living at Autumn Trace

As they reached their 90s, Frank and Anna Biehle were finding it more difficult every day to maintain a comfortable lifestyle while living on their own.


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• Carl H. Neal, 63, pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Joshua James Chaplin, 43, Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home
• Mary Ellyn King Brandenburg, 79, Collins Funeral Home
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SPORTS
JCHS swimmers please coach

It was a good night for the Jennings County High School swim teams Tuesday in a double-dual meet they hosted at the JCMS Harry Purkhiser Natatorium, pointed out their coach, Gretchen Sherrill.


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• Hall of Fame honor for veteran referee
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Editor's Notebook
Sports lead to Hall of Fame

Both were multiple-sports student-athletes during their four years at Jennings County High School.


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JoAnn Barriger of Jennings County High School competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Tuesday's interscholastic competition at the Harry Purkhiser Natatorium. The sophomore finished third in the race. A story and more photos are on pages 6A and 7A.-Photo by Jeffrey Everroad




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