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It’s Holiday time
DO NOT leave valuables in vehicle
Many unnecessary thefts are cause this time of year due to negligent people leaving their purses and other valuables in their vehicles.
DO NOT leave items in sight of would-be-thief’s, period. Not for any reason and not for only a minute while you drop off someone or run into a store. Even if your vehicle is in plain sight, thieves will do as they do every year and take advantage of negligent people who leave thing in their vehicles.
Editor’s personal account used to help others
Families get help again this year
by Allen Watts Christmas 2013
Know of anyone who has little or no means and has children who might need a little help? The Crier is sponsoring five Families again this year.
This is a project I started a few years ago and it is very successful. We will take each family shopping and let them do their own selections. The parents make the decisions on what their children needs or gets, not us!
There is no strings attached and I personally do this every year. God has blessed me and my family and this is my way of giving back. Although I have not been able to do everything I wish, I do believe that it is important to count your blessings and be grateful for what God has provided for you!
Some families are forced into positions of need due to job cuts, or loss of a job. Most of the time people are just not getting a break that they so desperately need.
God has blessed my family so that my partner and myself can help a few families. That is our Christmas and the real reason for our celebrating. Also it actually gives us new belief in mankind through our heavenly father.
If you know of someone, please forward their name, address and phone number to us. All information is totally confidential. No records are kept for year to year. This is done totally our of our personally accounts and we do it freely from our heart. We do not get a tax break, actually we do not think God would want us to us a tax break to get something back for helping someone. So we DO NOT keep records. Each family information is destroyed at the end of the year.
You can send the information or have a family call me or Don at the Email links below
Thank and God bless each of you this holiday season,
Allen Watts – Editor
Don Lee - Assistant Editor
C.G. Get $600K in Settlement
Fraud charges won and settled sends payments to 28 districts
by Don Lee – December 2013
The Center Grove School Corporation is better off by about $600K after a settlement from Indiana state teachers association (ISTA) for mismanaging funds. The ISTA and the National Education Associations (NEA) will pay about 28 Indiana districts over $14M in settlement for fraud charges they were convicted of in a law suit.
Center Grove is set to receive about $600K and hopes the funds will help, “They will definitely come in handy and they came at a good time when we are searching for al the funds we can get” says one board member.
The four year old law suit was signed and finalized by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. The funds will go directly to the health funds and to help health care cost after the suit won on fraudulent charges of the ISTA and the NEA.
State representative Woody Burton released a statement and had this to say:
Guest column by State Rep. Burton responds to the ISTA lawsuit settlement
State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the settlement of a lawsuit for $14 million with the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and the National Education Association (NEA):
“I am pleased that the ISTA and NEA will be returning a portion of the money that they mismanaged to Center Grove Community Schools. These additional funds will give a boost to our local school corporation.”
“This was an unfortunate situation in which the ISTA and NEA defrauded innocent teachers. However, the responsible parties were held accountable for their actions, and our local schools are better off as a result of the settlement.”
Rep. Burton represents a portion of Johnson County. He serves as Chairman of the Financial Institutions Committee. He also serves on the Education, Elections and Apportionment, Insurance, and Rules and Legislative Procedures Committees.