License Branch Closed Saturday Through Monday

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Don Snemis, Commissioner of the Indiana BMV announced that all license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 14.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit mybmv.comlast_img

Read More →

Beach volleyball continues to serve streak of success

first_imgThe USC beach volleyball team is no stranger to winning.After going 34-2 overall and finishing last season on a 30-match winning streak to capture the sport’s first-ever NCAA championship title, the Trojans’ golden success on the sand has transferred over seamlessly into their 2017 campaign.The top-ranked Trojans currently own an unblemished 25-0 record this season and have since extended their program-record win streak to a remarkable 55 consecutive matches, with wins in 87 of their last 89 duals. In fact, USC hasn’t lost a match in nearly 400 days, dating all the way back to March 11, 2016.With a streak of that magnitude, you might expect there to be some added pressure to remain “perfect.”For the Trojans and head coach Anna Collier, however, the focus is not on the streak, but rather on playing good, high-quality beach volleyball every time they step out on the court — a style of play that Collier simply brands as “USC volleyball.”“We try not to focus on those winning streaks because we’ve obviously been down that road before,” Collier said. “Last season was last season, and after winning back-to-back national championships, the target is definitely on our backs. But what we’re just trying to do is play the best volleyball we can, and if we can do that, then the byproduct will be that three-peat.”And this year’s new-look Trojans are certainly poised to make another big run in the postseason. In addition to Collier, who is the first and only collegiate beach volleyball coach to reach 100 career victories with a 133-17 overall record (.886), USC has relied on a roster filled with experienced upperclassmen to lead the way.Perhaps the most impressive feat this year, however, has been the fact that the Trojans have maintained that success even with shuffled pairs and multiple injuries.The current lineup is comprised of five seniors, three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. All but one of those five pairs had played together before the start the season, though, as the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 pairs were all newly formed this year. And yet, with about half of the regular season completed, all four of those new pairs have already reached double-digit wins despite battling multiple injuries on each court. The one constant for USC has been at the top court, where seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes have steamrolled over their competition. The All-Americans and the winningest pair in NCAA history have played together since the beginning of the 2015 season and have since compiled a 122-4 all-time record (.968). They also had a nice streak of their own, winning an incredible 103-consecutive matches dating back to April 2, 2015. It’s this type of consistency and big-time play from top to bottom that has helped position the Trojans well for a chance to win their third consecutive national title this spring. Claes acknowledged that the depth of her team and their willingness to compete and win has been a big factor to USC’s success this season.“We all knew coming into the year that every single team would be gunning for us,” Claes said. “But that was something we all really embraced. Every team we face is going to be playing their best against us no matter what, and we’re up to that challenge and ready to prove why we’re the best team in the nation.”In retrospect, the last four years of the collegiate beach volleyball scene have been dominated by USC and its senior class. Claes, Hughes, Sophie Bukovec, Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler — all starters since the day they arrived on campus — own a combined record of 110-5 overall for an impressive .957 career winning percentage. With about a month left in the season, though, Hughes and the rest of the Trojans are eager and ready to defend their title in the upcoming tournament.“Staying on top is definitely the mantra this year,” Hughes said. “There were so many amazing firsts last season, like winning Pac-12s and NCAAs, and the streak has been pretty cool too. But while we’re really proud of what we accomplished, this season we have to work even harder to win them again. The ultimate goal has always been to win a national championship at the end of the season. We know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re ready to fight and we want to go out with a bang.”last_img read more

Read More →

Indiana Forms Foundation to Supplement Inadequate State Health Funding

first_imgShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shares August 28, 2015; Indianapolis StarPublic-private partnerships are often the solution to problems and needs that the public sector cannot, or will not, address on its own. They run the gamut from the local school bake-sale to statewide private foundations created to fill gaps in public funding, as is the case in Indiana.Indiana’s state legislature is looking to address the fact that it is one of the 10 states that spend the fewest dollars on public health by creating a nonprofit to ask individuals and corporations to donate to public health initiatives.According to the Indianapolis Star, the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation will focus on reducing the state’s infant mortality, obesity and smoking rates. It will also raise funds to improve childhood immunization rates.“No other state is funding their health department in this way,” said the foundation’s executive director.Indiana is the ninth-most obese state; more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight. The infant mortality rate is 7.15 per 1,000 live births, one of the highest in the nation. Moreover, more than one million Hoosiers smoke, according to the article.The foundation will focus this year on reducing rates of infant mortality and smoking by spending whatever it raises for the state’s anti-tobacco program. Almost 16 percent of pregnant women in Indiana smoke, compared with the national average of 8.5 percent.The state’s “Baby & Me” program enrolls pregnant women, gives them tobacco-cessation counseling and requires that they quit before delivering. The foundation hopes to raise about $500,000 this year to enroll an additional 1,500 women.To date, the Community Health Network, IU Health, and senior living operator CarDon & Associates have become sponsors of the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation. State health officials told the Star that the foundation’s creation should doesn’t mean that state legislators are not funding the health department at the level it should.“We’re doing a lot of great work here but there are gaps…the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation can amplify [innovation].”Foundation supporters say that taxpayers might favor tax-deductible donations to the foundation over a tax increase to pay for public health programs. They also believe that it will respond more quickly than the legislature. Still, the paper points out that creating such a foundation lets the legislature off the hook when it comes to funding public health: “Time will tell whether the foundation improves public health funding in the state or reduces it.”Public health spending is lower in Indiana than most other states—it ranks 44th in state public health funding per capita.“The last thing we want to do is provide another excuse to partly fund public health,” one skeptic told the paper. “This shouldn’t be used as a substitute for government investment in public health.”—Larry KaplanShare10TweetShareEmail10 Shareslast_img read more

Read More →