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21,000 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON Alzheimer's Cruise-In Ripley Crossing recently host- ed their Fourth Annual Classic Cruise-In for Alzheimer's. Page 6 BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 November 2017 Ports of Indiana Agrees to Purchase Site The viability of Lawrenceburg and Aurora becoming the site of the fourth port in Indiana has moved one step closer. The Ports of Indiana Commission entered into an agreement to purchase 725 acres of land to be the potential home of the fourth state port. The Commission has until the end of 2018 to finalize the purchase of the site. “While we’re only beginning this process, it’s hard not to be excited by the prospect of a fourth port in Indiana,” stated Gov. Holcomb. “The economic benefits to the region and the state as a whole would be game-changing — pro- viding new jobs and development opportunities.” The Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise whose mission is to generate economic growth and tax dollars for Indiana. The entity receives no tax dollars from state or lo- cal governments. All of the port revenue is reinvested into infrastructure. The Ports of Indiana has been evaluating multiple loca- tions in southeast Indiana for potential port development and has chosen the Tanners Creek facility as a favorable site for further analysis. The next step in the purchasing process is for the Ports of Indiana to conduct studies evaluating the economic and environmental viability of the site. If the location meets the state's environmental and economic viability study process, the purchase of the property will move forward and could be final- ized by December 2018. "This announce- ment that plans for the port are mov- ing forward is big," said Aurora Mayor Donnie Hastings. "But I do know that it's going to take some time to create a fully built out port. The result will be a lot of good-paying jobs." Mayor Hastings sits on the Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority and was chairman of the committee for two years. Currently, three ports are located in Indiana in Bruns Har- bor on Lake Michigan, and on the Ohio River in Mt. Vernon and Jeffersonville. The Tanners Creek site would complete the span of port locations on the southern border of Indiana. The concept of a fourth port for Indiana was broached by then-governor Mike Pence during his final State of the State Address. Indiana's last port was completed in 1985, over three decades ago. The ports in Indiana are important Continued on page 3 Dearborn County TIF Proposals See Changes Salute to Our Veterans BEACON readers share sto- ries of area veterans. Page 8-10 This life-sized mock pachyderm sits on the edge of State Route 262 in Dillsboro. Learn more in Dillsboro's community column on page 17. Creativity abounds in Southeast Indiana Reindeer and Cheer For years, this donkey has popped up in various spots in Manchester. Read about his history on page 20. Unique sculptures and items are located throughout our communities. Many have very interesting stories behind them. Visit the correspondents' articles to learn more about each of these fun landmarks. Whitetail Acres share their beautiful reindeer with neighbors. Pages 19 This arrow hit the spot in Bright. See page 16. Puppy Therapy A once-homeless dog new helps others read. Page 13 An interesting item has become an historic icon for travellers in Bear Branch for almost five years. The Dearborn County Redevelop- ment Commission reviewed several significant proposals and approved a number of changes in TIF districts throughout Dearborn County during their recent meeting. One Dearborn executive director, Terri Randall presented updated plans for St. Leon, West Aurora, and West Harrison. Ms. Randall has been amending area redevelopment plans and supporting documents that had not been revised since 1999 and 2006 respectively. The process for approval of the revised TIF Plans began at the Sept. 21 meeting where the Redevelopment Commission approved a Declaratory Resolution for the amendments of the TIF's. Approval of the Resolution must then be given by The Board of Commissions, after which public hearings will be held. The final step is for the Board of Com- missions to approve a Confirmatory Resolution. The St. Leon Economic Develop- ment Plan states that the Commis- sion will respond to opportunities to improve the marketability of the St. Leon Economic Development area as funds become available through tax revenue or other sources. They plan to continue efforts to obtain land that is marketable for building sites. Each site will be evaluated based on the invest- ment needed to grade and fill the sites to buildable status and marketability for the proper projects. Continued on page 3 Pioneer Days Celebrate the Past and the Present By Susan Ray The spirits of the pioneers who came to fell trees, haul field stones, and build a future have been carried through time by stories shared over family meals, and in well-worn letters handed from parent to child. These connections to the earliest settlers in Dearborn County remain as tangible as stone churches and as steady as the ticking of an heir- loom clock. On Saturday, Oct. 14, families from around the corner and across the country are invited to learn about the settlers who lived along the banks of Tanner’s Creek. During this free, day-long event, the public can interact with costumed guides and take tours of historically significant places such as the West Fork Cemetery, the Angevine Cabin, and the Ewbank ancestral home. They can also listen in on a con- versation between Jacob Blasdel and John Ewbank. “There’s a rich history here in Dearborn County of pio- neers,” says Gary Gellert, president of the Lt. Jacob Blasdel Continued on page 4 John Ewbank decendant, Robert Ewbank pointed out the size of 26W7F'2rG2F2Fw&&V&rF@F6RvW&RFRG2b&Gv&rVPDR$T4fW"#&VFW'2Bw&vr6fW&rFV&&&&Wg&ƖB6VFW2FBFV&'6VFW2