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21,500 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE INSIDE The BEACON D ear S anta BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Purchase Agreement for Port Location Extended Yet another step has been taken to bring the fourth Indiana port to Dear- born County. The option to purchase land near Lawrenceburg was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2018. A new agreement between Ports of Indiana and Tanners Creek Development, LLC was signed by Governor Eric Holcomb to extend the agreement for six months through June 30, 2019. Tanners Creek Development, LLC owns 725 acres of land upon which the site of the port has been proposed. The property was formerly the loca- tion of the retired coal-fired power plant from Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a unit of the American Electric Power plant (AEP). Upon the original purchase of the site, Commercial Development Company (CDC) and Environmen- tal Liability Transfer, Inc. assumed responsibility for environmental liabilities associated with the site. Cur- rently, Tanners Creek Development, LLC, a subsidiary of CDC, is working on finalizing environmental market- Members of the South Dearborn High School band performed at the Dearbron County Verterans Day Program at the courthouse. Veterans Day Max anxiously awaits the arrival of Santa in Lawrenceburg. Page 9B November 11 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. A perfect day to honor Veterans throughout the land. Members of various veterans’ organi- zations performed a three-volley salute during the ceremony. Inca Trail in Peru The Maxwell family hiked twenty-six miles over four days. Page 10B ready work plans to return the land to productive use and create new jobs for the community. Work has Continued on page 3A Grants Awarded Benefit Many Communities Area first-grade students share holiday wishes with Santa. Page 10A Holiday Spirit January 2019 DAV Commander Fred Lester was the Master of Ceremonies. Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens was joined by Wilber Gutzwiller. Several counties in southeast Indiana were recently awarded Community Crossings Matching Grant program from the Indiana Department of Trans- portation. The grants awarded in this area totaled over $5,000,000. The Community Crossings Match- ing Grant program provides funding to Indiana cities, towns, and counties for improvements to local roads and bridges. The goal of this program is to help communities invest in improve- ments to infrastructure and promote economic development while creating jobs and strengthening local transpor- tation routes. Grants awarded to the area include: $724,729 Aurora $996,499 Dearborn County $151,491 Dillsboro $599,531 Franklin County $886,204 Greendale $382,018 Lawrenceburg $296,323 Moores Hill $795,897 Ohio County $104,966 Oldenburg $260,825 Versailles The percentage of matching funds needed by local government is 25% for cities and towns with populations fewer than 10,000 residents. The same applies to counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 people. Cities and towns with over 10,000 residents and counties with a population greater than 50,000 people must provide a 50% Continued on page 3A Area Artists Pour Their Hearts and Souls into Work By Susan Ray Southeastern Indiana has an abundance of artists, but their art won’t be found at the mall, and their faces won’t smile at you from glossy sales inserts. Instead, these creative neigh- bors can be found volunteering in classrooms, working in area hospitals, and shopping at local grocery stores. From wood turners to soap makers, photographers to jewelry designers, many talented Hoosiers have devoted years to, and invested much of their hard-earned, day-job income in, developing their skills and learning their craft. Batesville metal sculptor and repoussé artist Chaz Kaiser loves the creativity that goes into all of his work, but he isn’t comfortable with the ‘artist’ moniker. He recalls a conversa- tion with a friend, “I said I don’t care for the term, being called an artist, because I don’t think that I am. When I think artist, I think Rembrandt, van Gogh, Michelangelo, and I don’t think I fit in there … so she says maybe a better word for you is a Creative, as a noun.” Rebecca Davies is a painter and co-founder of a gallery in Dillsboro. She says, “There are artists that have been working their whole life, that are constantly working at getting better and taking it to the best level they possibly can. In your life, do something that really has meaning. When you really look around the world, look at what is As the pitch warms prior to being used as the work base for repoussé, Chaz Kaiser talks about the challenge and enjoyment of creating. going on; look at the environment, and the beauty, and the tragedy, and the dark and the infuriating- it calls out for us to talk about it, to write about it, to sing about it, to create music, to paint … I’m just so full of emotion and feeling Continued on page 4A Thank you for your vote and your support! I promise to honor our heritage and plan for our future. Your support and communication is important. Send your comments and suggestions to [email protected] beginning in January. Rick Probst - Commissioner Elect Paid by Elect Probst