OCRA announces partnership between Edinburgh, Rushville, and Wabash

first_imgEdinburgh, IN—Thursday,  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that the Town of Edinburgh, Indiana, will be the mentored by a partnership between the City of Rushville and the City of Wabash. The Peer program’s goal is for local leadership to gather best practices and the necessary tools to advance an innovative vision through in-person assessments, stakeholder conversations, and peer advisement.“We want to continue encouraging collaboration and reward communities that not only work together, but also mentor and help lift each other to even greater heights,” said Crouch. “Hoosiers joining together can take our rural communities to the Next Level.”Crouch said these two strong mentors can each provide a different perspective that will ultimately help Edinburgh grow based on their goals and vision for the community. Through a guided process, each community will meet with Edinburgh to discuss unique community attributes as well as goals, expectations, and steps of the mentorship process. “Rushville’s strong community engagement, public-private partnership and the ability to achieve success through planning and dedication make them an ideal mentor,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We are excited Wabash has also agreed to help provide insight into downtown redevelopment, economic vitality, and riverfront development.”Edinburgh will host groups from Wabash and Rushville to showcase their town’s community assets, as well as highlight the community’s strengths and areas of opportunities. During the process, the mentorship team will include notes of the proposed strategies for collaboration and project areas from their combined unique perspective. Edinburgh will complete the process with action steps guided by OCRA. These will include specific ideas, identification of partners and a guide for future community development.“Our downtown revitalization efforts will be enhanced by establishing a collaboration with a mentor community. Such collaboration efforts foster an insightful vision from a community that has already addressed their downtown revitalization,”  JT Doane, Edinburgh Town Manager. “A mentor group will offer a unique perspective to create a vision that is unique and special to our community!”Edinburgh will receive a $20,000 cash matched grant to implement a quality of place project based on recommendations from the process.last_img read more

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4-H Fairs and events could resume in July

first_imgStatewide—Purdue Extension announced that events may resume July 1 in compliance with the Back on Track Indiana plan and advise from local public health officials as long as the State reaches Stage 5 of the plan.This means 4-H fairs and 4-H events at county fairs could be held in July, though they will comply with social distancing guidelines, screening, and other health and safety restrictions as required. Please keep in mind that fairs and events will look different this summer. Restrictions and safety precautions will be required, and these will vary by community. Counties still have the option to chose to host a virtual experience for 2020.  Please give your county extension staff the time and space they need to communicate full details with 4-H families and volunteers.last_img read more

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Bel-Air part of the newest #20IN20 list

first_imgConcession stand at the Bel-Air Drive-inStatewide— Visit Indiana is taking The 20 IN 20 list to the big screen. Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback, especially as more Hoosiers are wanting to catch the latest films while also social distancing. And many drive-in theaters throughout the state are making changes to accommodate their visitors.“The State of Indiana has the fourth-largest number of drive-in theaters still in operation in America,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “You can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when talking about drive-ins. It’s about reliving childhood memories or making new memories.”The list features places such as the legendary Bel-Air Drive-In in Versailles down Highway 421. The concession building is original and sits mostly unchanged from 1952.last_img read more

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EPL: Watford target Palace scalp

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Crystal Palace vs. Watford Venue: Selhurst Park Kick off: 4PMWatford will be looking to build on last weekend’s shock victory over Liverpool when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon. The Hornets became the first Premier League team to beat Liverpool this season when they triumphed last time out, but Nigel Pearson’s side are still 17th in the table, five positions behind Palace. Palace lost three straight matches to Southampton, Sheffield United and Everton before recording successive victories over Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion in their last two Premier League fixtures. A poor start to 2020 saw Roy Hodgson’s side go seven matches without a win, but they will enter Saturday’s contest having picked up six points from the last six available. It is difficult to say that the Eagles are completely out of the relegation mix, but they are nine points clear of 18th-placed Bournemouth and therefore it is difficult to imagine them being dragged into trouble. Looking up the division, Palace is only four points off seventh-placed Tottenham Hotspur and would fancy their chances of rising up the table should they triumph this weekend. Watford, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a shock 3-0 victory over Liverpool last Saturday. Not too much was expected of the Hornets heading into the clash, but Ismaila Sarr scored twice before Troy Deeney added a third against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Pearson deserves huge credit for giving the capital side a fighting chance of avoiding the drop, but they are level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth and therefore far from out of trouble. Even Norwich City at the foot of the table will feel that they still have a chance of avoiding relegation having picked up an impressive victory over Leicester City last time out. Watford will surely believe that they have the firepower to cause Palace problems, although the Hornets have lost classy attacker Gerard Deulofeu for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury. These two teams played out a goalless draw when they locked horns at Vicarage Road in December, but Watford have won three of their last four meetings in all competitions. Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Zaha, Kouyate, McCarthy, McArthur, Ayew, Benteke. Watford possible XI: Foster, Kiko, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Doucoure, Sarr, Deeney.Tags: Crystal PalaceNewcastle UnitedNiger PearsonSouthamptonWatfordlast_img read more

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Ndidi linked with Man U move

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Nigerian international, Wilfried Ndidi, has been linked with a transfer move to former Premier League champions, Manchester United.Ndidi has been a key man for Brendan Rodgers’ side and his form has sparked speculation over his future. Arsenal have been linked with the 23-year-old midfielder, while United have also been mentioned as potential suitors.The MEN reports: “The weekend win might have seen United triumph in the battle at the King Power Stadium, but it also showed Solskjaer first hand what could be accomplished if his side were to make a move for Wilfred Ndidi summer.“Ndidi dominated the midfield battle on Sunday afternoon and was part of the reason why United struggled to get the best out of (Bruno) Fernandes in an attacking capacity.“After another excellent showing it marked another good season for the Nigerian midfielder as he made history in a pretty remarkable way.“That is because Ndidi has now made the most tackles by any player in Europe’s top five leagues for the third consecutive season, an outstanding statistic and one which highlights the important role he could play at Old Trafford. “Not only is the 23-year-old viewed as the perfect age for any new United signing but his athleticism and reading of the game would make him the ideal anchor for a midfield that is otherwise attack-orientated.“United’s pursuit of (Jadon) Sancho will only further add to the attacking threat, but in turn place added pressure on the defensive side of the team to pull their weight and provide the perfect balance required for a genuine Premier League title bid.”Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicester CityManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerPremier LeagueWilfried Ndidilast_img read more

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Roberts thanks McDermott

first_img Press Association McDermott guided Reading back to the top flight last season for only the second time in their history but has been relieved of his duties following a poor run of form. However, Roberts added: “I as an individual player and I’m sure the others would like to place on record their thanks for what he and his (backroom) team have achieved for us.” Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio, Mark Hughes – ex-QPR manager – and former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley have all been linked with the role as has Nigel Adkins, who was sacked by Southampton earlier this season. Roberts would not be drawn on who he would welcome to the Madejski Stadium, saying: “It’s not a decision we are party to. All we can do is concentrate on what we do on the pitch and on the training ground and do our best for Reading – I don’t think anyone would say anything different. “What we need to do is make sure we leave Reading in a good position, I think Brian McDermott has done that and I think we owe it to the club and owe it to Brian as much as anyone – to the owners, the fans and to ourselves to do the best we can and that will never change. “What we need to do is work hard and try and keep Reading in the Premier League because that is the goal. “I think even Brian McDermott would say the same thing, no matter what happens – whether you are in the team or not in the team, whoever is managing the team – we’re here to perform for Reading Football Club and try to keep us in this league. “It’s frustrating from my point of view to not be able to be out there on the pitch helping the boys but I know they are as committed as they can be and will be in the future as well.” Reading striker Jason Roberts paid tribute to Brian McDermott after the club parted company with their manager.center_img The Royals have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games and sit 19th in the table, with only goals scored keeping them off the bottom. McDermott, 51, took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in 2009 before being named full-time boss the following year. Roberts, who expects to miss the rest of the season with a hip injury, believes McDermott will make a quick return to the game. He told Sky Sports News: “He’s a football man and a good man and I just think at this moment in time we take stock of what he has achieved and place on record our thanks.” last_img read more

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Overmars confirms Reds interest

first_imgAjax technical director Marc Overmars has confirmed Liverpool are keeping a close watch on midfielder Christian Eriksen. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to add three or four players in the summer transfer window as he tries to improve the depth of his squad. His priority is a centre-back to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher with speculation linking Rodgers with a return to his former club Swansea for Wales captain Ashley Williams. Rodgers is also expected to make a renewed attempt to bring Blackpool winger Tom Ince back to the club after negotiations hit an impasse in early January. The 21-year-old Denmark international is one of Europe’s hottest prospects but he is out of contract in just over a year and it is expected numerous clubs will make a move this summer. Liverpool have closely monitored the youngster’s progress over the last couple of years and Overmars is well aware of their interest. “We have the list of the scouts of foreign clubs who have been here recently and Liverpool has been a regular visitor,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pochettino: Jose Mour than welcome

first_img Press Association The Portuguese is expected to leave his post as Real Madrid boss this summer, with a return to former club Chelsea looking increasingly likely. Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England – and advised Pochettino to do likewise earlier this year. “I would like him to return to the Premier League,” Pochettino said. “I know that he is well respected and well loved in this league. I know that he likes this league as well.” The former Espanyol boss rejected overtures from other clubs to take the St Mary’s helm in January and hopes they will meet Mourinho in the Barclays Premier League next season. “Facing the best managers is always a welcome challenge so I would welcome that,” he added. QPR manager Harry Redknapp also welcomed the prospect of Mourinho returning to English football. “I think he is a fantastic manager and brightens up the Premier League,” he said. “Rafael Benitez has done a great job at Chelsea, I went there last night and saw them and he has done himself no harm with the job he has done there. But it is common knowledge that the Chelsea fans want to see Mourinho back and I think the players probably would. “He is a character and a great manager – you look at his record and it is fantastic.” center_img Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be pitting his wits against good friend Jose Mourinho next season.last_img read more

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Van Wolfswinkel eyes ‘next level’

first_imgRecord signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt he can fire Norwich to the “next level” when the new Barclays Premier League campaign kicks off. Press Association He added: “I will love working with the team and the coach and I see a very good future for us all – for me and for Norwich. “The Premier League is always a place I have wanted to test myself. For me Norwich is the perfect club and the perfect place to be. “Like every coach wants when they bring in a striker, he (Hughton) wants goals. Simple. “He knows my qualities and said to me, ‘just use them and you will score goals which will be really important for the team’.” Hughton is expected to further strengthen the squad over the summer, when a decision is also expected to be made on whether veteran club captain Grant Holt will see out the remainder of his contract or move on. With just 41 goals in 38 league games last season, it is no surprise Norwich are seeking more attacking additions. Sweden forward Ola Toivonen has been linked with switch from PSV Eindhoven, as has England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond from Hughton’s former club Birmingham. Nigerian left-back Elderson Echiejile is also reported to be a target for the Canaries as they prepare for a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States. center_img The 24-year-old will officially complete an £8.5million switch from Sporting Lisbon on July 1, after his return from international duty with Holland. Van Wolfswinkel netted 15 goals last season, including a brace in his final appearance for Sporting. “I am sure I can help take Norwich to that next level now,” Van Wolfswinkel told the June edition of Canary Magazine. “There is already a great team there and I hope I can add to that.” last_img read more

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Kinnear hits out at Shearer

first_imgNewcastle’s director of football Joe Kinnear has hit back at the club’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer, claiming: “This is a guy who doesn’t have a clue about coaching.” He added: “The last game of the (2008-09) season he came up with the master idea of playing Damien Duff at left-back. Damien is one of the best left-wingers in the business, but can’t tackle. And we went down with an own goal from Damien. Shearer keeps slagging me off. He is being disrespectful to me. I am entitled to fight back.” The interview with the Sunday Times was his first in print since returning to Newcastle, following on from two colourful and controversial interviews on television and radio where he made a number of erroneous claims, mispronounced the names of several players and claimed he had “more intelligence” than Magpies supporters. On Sunday, Kinnear apologised to Newcastle fans for the latter remark. He said: “I regret what I said about the supporters. I can’t get anybody to say that Joe has the utmost respect for the supporters and they are the most important people at the club. “I always go to their forums and loved having the craic with them around the city when I was manager there. There are 10 per cent I’m never going to win over, that is the point I was trying to make, but I regret what I said and if I offended any Newcastle fans I apologise.” Kinnear’s appointment immediately created speculation around the future of Pardew and also of influential chief scout Graham Carr, who both now report into him. But the Irishman insists he will not be interfering in first-team matters and believes his job may be under bigger threat than the former Charlton manager’s. “I will have the job of over-looking the reserves and the youth team and see where we are progressing, as well as being chief advisor to (chairman) Mike Ashley,” he said. “If things are going wrong at the club I am accountable and he will be coming through me and not anybody else. Everybody thinks Pardew is under pressure. He’s not. I am. I could get sacked. “The manager: the running of the teams when it comes to the players needed, the selection of players on match days, the tactics and the public face when addressing the supporters via the media will be Alan Pardew.” Press Associationcenter_img Shearer, who scored 206 goals in 404 games for the Magpies, told The Sun last week that the appointment of Kinnear had “undermined” manager Alan Pardew and said recent events at St James’ Park had turned the club into a “laughing stock”. Kinnear responded angrily to Shearer’s comments in an interview in the Sunday Times, and highlighted the former England striker’s failure to keep Newcastle in the Premier League in the final eight games of the 2008-09 season. “What Shearer says is diabolical,” said Kinnear. “This is a guy who hasn’t got a clue about coaching.” last_img read more

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