Boone County has been awarded three Lake And River Enhancement (LARE) grants through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife: $32,000 for an Eagle Creek design project; $20,000 for a watershed land treatment project on Brown's Wonder Creek; and $43,000 for a design and build project on Prairie Creek. "For 25 years, the LARE program has focused on reducing sediment and nutrient inputs into water," said Mark Reiter, IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife director. "These grants continue that tradition while at the same time enhancing aquatic habitat and recreational potential for Indiana's lakes and rivers." The grants fund biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state. In this round, 22 projects were awarded grants totaling $768,500. "Brown's Wonder was targeted as kind of a hot spot," said Scheryl Vaughn, Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District administrator/resource conservationist, explaining its sediment load was exceeded and there was nutrient runoff. Located in the northeastern part of the county, Browns Wonder watershed is approximately 18,885 acres of predominantly agricultural land, according to Vaughn. Landowners in the watershed can apply for a portion of the $20,000 grant -- on a cost-share basis -- to establish certain conservation practices that will help alleviate some of the sediment and nutrient runoff as well as creek bank erosion. Vaughn said the amount of the cost share depends upon the practice selected. Cover crops, filter strips, buffer strips, conservation tillage, grade stabilization structures, pasture and hayland planting are some of the conservation practices Vaughn said have been targeted with the funds because they'd have an immediate impact in keeping nutrients and sediments out of the water. Landowners can start applying immediately. "Prairie Creek has several areas where it's eroding -- one location on East Street, another on Washington Street in Lebanon," Vaughn continued. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
- Lebanon celebrates holidays with new downtown lights Forty-one new holiday light displays are brightening the courthouse square after local merchants and organizations came together to quickly raise the money for the new LED displays.
- County delays on fuel contract Given a one-day-only price for gasoline and diesel fuel supplies next year, the Boone County Commissioners Monday chose to stall.
- Sheriff opposes roundabout at 32 and 421 Plans by the Indiana Department of Transportation to build a roundabout at U.S. 421 and Indiana 32 have angered Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell.
- Cost not only challenge facing county home Money is not the only factor in Boone County officials’ decision to close Maple View Rest Home, 1925 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon, where 12 people now live in what had for years been called the county home.
Food pantry coalition forms in county
Area churches and organizations that offer food assistance are being asked to join a food pantry coalition to help alleviate hunger in Boone County. More than 6,000 Boone County residents are considered "food insecure," meaning they wake each morning
- Commissioners interview 3 for veteran's service post Three candidates for Boone County’s Veterans Service Officer position made presentations to the Boone County Commissioners Monday. Don Campbell, the current VSO, is retiring at the end of the year.
- GNC gets tax abatement, and lecture Saying he was “really disappointed” by proposed salaries to be paid its workers, Boone County Commissioner Marc Applegate Monday, Nov. 18, “reluctantly” moved to approve tax deferral for a General Nutrition Center distribution center in Allpoints at Anson.
- Initial tornado damage estimate is $20 million A tornado estimated to have winds up to 135 mph that mauled Lebanon Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, caused an estimated $20 million in property damage.
- Lebanon approves funds for new wave pool The new pool project currently being constructed in Lebanon Memorial Park will be expanding after the Lebanon City Council approved a resolution Tuesday, Nov. 12, to issue bonds not to exceed $2 million for park improvements, including a new wave pool.
- Lebanon survives EF-2 tornado LEBANON — Homeowners, volunteers, utility linemen and street department crews spent Monday, Nov. 18, cleaning up after an EF-2 tornado blasted through the Lebanon Business Park and skimmed just above a southside neighborhood Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, collapsing roofs, shredding trees and mangling homes.
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