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Newkirk Mansion tours offered

Tours of the historic Newkirk Mansion will be offered 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 24.

High school students in historical costume will be the guides. Parking is free in the front yard at 321 Western Ave. For those needing assistance up and down the hill, transportation will be available.

The William Newkirk Restoration Fund has been set up for donations at Union Savings and Loan Association, 500 W. 30th St., Connersville, IN 47331.

Handbell concert planned Thursday

“Salute to the Flag” handbell concert will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Roberts Park Pavilion. It will be presented by First United Methodist Church and Western Avenue Baptist Church handbell choirs.

Bring lawn chairs and enjoy a free concert. Thursday is Flag Day.

911 board meeting

The Fayette County 911 Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the prosecutor’s conference room of the Fayette County Courthouse, 401 Central Ave. The public may attend.

Indiana gets federal permission for workforce cabinet

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s newly revamped workforce training cabinet has received the green light from U.S. Department of Labor.

A waiver granted last week will allow the Workforce Cabinet to continue receiving millions in federal funding for the job training programs despite the changes Holcomb implemented.

Holcomb and Republican lawmakers overhauled the cabinet’s membership this year. But the changes conflicted with federal guidelines, so Holcomb’s office requested a waiver in March.

The 21-member Workforce Cabinet is a smaller group with more authority than the state’s previous Workforce Innovation Council. Holcomb said it will better react to changes in the economy and meet the needs of employees and employers.

The waiver is approved for two years, starting July 1.

State finds $21M in undistributed Indiana local tax money

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Many county and city governments around Indiana will receive a share of about $21.6 million in local income tax money that the state has collected but never distributed.

A letter sent last week to local governments explained that two problems created the need for a one-time special payment. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Department of Revenue officials say the problems dated back to at least the late 1990s.

Officials say the problems were found while the agency has been updating its computer systems.

One issue was caused by a bar code imaging problem where the processing system didn’t recognize the county of residence on some tax returns. The other stemmed from individuals who pay their tax bills late without filing income tax returns, which resulted in processing troubles.