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New sheriff attends training

BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was represented during the 2018 Newly Elected Indiana Sheriff’s School conducted by the Indiana Sheriffs Association.

Sheriff-elect Peter Cates and Chief Deputy Gregory Mehlbauer attended courses pertaining to issues surrounding Indiana Sheriff’s offices. Newly elected and second-term sheriffs were able to network and discuss ongoing issues, current law and upcoming legislation. 

Aluminum cans help Cancer Society

Empty aluminum cans in bags or other containers can be left in the yard at 725 W. 29th St.

The cans will be recycled by the property owner, Gary O’Neal. He donates the proceeds to the Fayette County Cancer Society, which provides assistance to local cancer patients and their families.

The location is marked by a yard sign.

Jasper mayor resigning for post with Sen.-elect Mike Braun

JASPER (AP) — A southern Indiana mayor is stepping down to take a senior post with the office of Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Mike Braun.

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced Thursday that he will resign Jan. 1 to take a staff post with Braun, who unseated incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 6 election.

Braun is a multimillionaire businessman whose auto parts company is based in Jasper, about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

The (Jasper) Herald reports that Braun said in a statement that Seitz’s skills and passion make him “a tremendous asset” for his Senate staff.

Seitz was elected to two terms as mayor. His current term would have concluded at the end of 2019.

Seitz’s mayoral replacement will be chosen in a Republican precinct committee caucus vote later this month.

Governor holcomb says passing hate crime law ‘long overdue’

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws.

But as Indiana’s annual legislative session approaches, some warn that such a proposal could spark a bitter cultural debate and draw unwanted attention to the deeply conservative state.

They cite like a 2015 religious objections law that was panned by critics as a sanctioning of discrimination against the LGBT community.

Holcomb told The Associated Press on Friday that passing a hate crimes law is “not only the right thing to do, it’s long overdue.” Many business leaders agree, saying it’s important for the state’s reputation.

Many social conservatives disagree, including members of the Republican-dominated Legislature. Lawmakers have shut down recent attempts to pass a hate crime law.