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Hinsey-Brown thanks public, sponsors for stockings

Hinsey-Brown thanks public, sponsors for stockings

Dear Editor:

We don’t hear as often as we once did about military engagements taking place in lands far away from New Castle. The evening news rarely shows us what our service personnel experience so many miles from home. In absence of daily reminders we can sometimes forget we have some of Henry County’s finest citizens in harm’s way.

But when Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service put out the call for Stockings for Soldiers, there’s no question that our community has not forgotten, and the response has been overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.

This year our community generously filled 850 stockings to send to our men and women serving our country far from home this Christmas. From treats to personal-care items to entertainment, you have helped send them a touch of home. For every individual, Sunday school class, business and other organizations who took the time and energy to fill stockings, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The community’s generosity didn’t stop at stockings. We extend our thanks and gratitude to the following for financially supporting the cost of shipping the stockings: Great Deals Magazine/Rob Simmons, Star Bank/Debi Ware, Goodwin Dodge/Mike McIntosh, Castle Pawn Shop, Bryant Printing, Marilyn’s Flowers, Beth Carr of ERA, Adam’s Enterprises, Judy Gibson, AB Sealcoating, Bethany Cares, Henry County Community Foundation, Pfenninger Claxton and Estelle Insurance Group, Big O Tires, Weiland’s Flowers, Mary Lou Wiat, ASI, Taylor Construction, Clean and Simple, Weiland’s Flowers, Serv Pro, Bogie Bags etc., ASI, A-V Striping & Seal Coating, Southside Church of Christ, Pfenninger, Claxton,Estell Insurance Group, Bob Banta, Family of Wayman Hoots, Manuela Adams.

A special thank you to our volunteer “elves” who prepared the stockings for shipment: Wayne Bogue, Carolyn McCullum and the ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Mary Ann Hughes, Kay Ford, Denise Akers, Barbara Lacy, Dewayne & Peg Queener, Jill Fitzhugh, Georjean Cory, Brenda & Sam Cotton, Stacey Sobat and Vikkie Witham.

The staff of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service is grateful to be a part of such a caring-and-generous community. Again we extend our thanks, and wish all of you the merriest of Christmases and may God bless you in the new year.

Entire Staff of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service,

New Castle and Knightstown 

League of Women Voters thanks city council

Dear Editor,

The League of Women Voters of Henry County wishes to thank the New Castle City Council for unanimously supporting redistricting reform at the Dec. 17, 2018, meeting by reaffirming their Oct. 2, 2017, Resolution for Independent Redistricting. As a nonpartisan organization, the League does not support particular parties or candidates, but it has always advocated for issues, especially those related to protecting voting rights.

Currently, following the census every 10 years, Indiana’s legislators draw the voting districts for the state House of Representatives, the state Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. As a result of asking the legislators in office to draw the districts that will vote to elect them, naturally the party in power draws districts favorable to re-electing their party’s candidates. Thus, Indiana lawmakers are picking their voters, rather than the voters choosing their representatives.

To avoid partisan gerrymandering like this, the Resolution on Redistricting Reform seeks to restore voting district drawing to a process free and independent from partisan politics by establishing a citizen led independent district-drawing commission, composed of Indiana voters representative of the state’s diversity, partisan balance, and geography, for all future redistricting. This Commission will oversee the process of drawing the lines for all voting districts based on ranked map-drawing criteria designed to insure fair and competitive voting districts with a transparent process that is open to public input.

The League of Women Voters is committed to reforming how Indiana draws voting districts and returning to Hoosiers the democratic principle that all votes are equally important and entitled to equal weight. Joining many other Indiana cities, the New Castle City Council has adopted a resolution requesting that Indiana legislators pass legislation insuring that voting districts are drawn by a commission free of partisan politics.

Please join the League of Women Voters of Henry County in thanking our New Castle City Council for advocating nonpartisan redistricting reform and publicly delivering this important message to our General Assembly. Our City Council well represents New Castle residents’ interests. 

Sincerely,

Jorgena Watson

Legislative Issues Chair

League of Women Voters of Henry County