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"Hoosiers encoraged to participate in Severe Weather Prep Week, State Tornado Drill"

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to plan ahead for weather events as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, running now through March 24.
Planning and preparation can minimize weather-related deaths, injuries and property damage. IDHS encourages Hoosiers to build a preparedness kit, identify shelter, and practice emergency plans during this year’s preparedness week. As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, there will be a statewide tornado drill at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. This drill provides a valuable opportunity for families, schools and businesses to practice severe weather emergency plans. Some ways families can practice during the statewide tornado drill are:
• Take household members, quickly but calmly, to the location they would move to in severe weather, ideally a basement. If a basement is not available, go to an interior room on the lowest level with no windows. Storm cellars also offer excellent protection.
• Practice moving under a sturdy table or desk, or covering up with pillows, blankets, coats, or a mattress to protect the head and body from flying debris.
• Walk through potential evacuation routes, both from the home and the neighborhood.
• Conduct a family drill in which children pretend to call 911 and calmly talk with an emergency dispatcher. A family member or friend can be on the other end of the line, requesting appropriate information.
Finding suitable shelter is another important aspect to prepare for severe weather. If living in a mobile home or similar manufactured structure, it is important to locate a safe shelter in advance. For those living in homes or apartment buildings, residents should take shelter in the lowest level of the building, away from windows and doors.
To learn more about preparing for severe weather, visit


"Royer Corp. requests city vacate street for expansion"

A downtown Madison company came before the Madison Board of Public Works and Safety to request the city vacate a street, which will facilitate a planned expansion for the company.
Royer Corporation CEO Roger Williams came before the board to request the city vacate the stretch of Moody Park Lane that runs between two Royer-owned parking lots. Williams said this will give the company the space it needs to build a new warehouse on the property and expand its manufacturing operations. Williams said the project will be a $600,000 investment that will lead to increased hiring at the company, and reaffirms the company’s commitment to Downtown Madison.
“With this expansion, we figure we will be downtown for a lot of years to come, and we like it down here,” Williams said.
Madison Mayor Damon Welch expressed his support for the request, not only for the creation of more jobs but for addressing the safety issues the traffic pattern around Moody Park Lane creates. The board approved the request in a 3-0 vote, and the request now goes before the Madison City Council.
In other meeting news, the board approved two invoices for work being done on wastewater collection system improvements and plant upgrades. City Utilities Director Brian Jackson said work is progressing along Vaughn Drive, and the late February flooding does not appear to have caused any damage to the work that was completed.
The board also approved two street closing requests: one for the River Roots Music and Folk Arts Festival and one for the Molly Datillo 5K Run/Walk.
The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety will next meet April 2.


"Study shows Jefferson County has positive impact on paychecks"

A recent study finds that living in Jefferson County is easier on your paycheck.
Financial technology company SmartAsset conducted a study to evaluate the most paycheck-friendly communities in the country, and in their evaluation of Indiana ranked Jefferson County as the sixth-most paycheck-friendly county in the state.
Paycheck-friendliness was determined by evaluating taxes, purchasing power, unemployment, and income growth. The county benefits from a 1.5 percent growth in income and low unemployment, with the study scoring Jefferson with a paycheck friendliness index of 49.53. The highest index score in the state was found in Hamilton County at 55.94.
More information on the study can be found online.


"Big Oaks hiring for administrative assistant position"

Are you interested in working full-time in the Madison area and are good with office administration, skilled at tracking and forecasting financial budgets, are customer-service oriented, and are passionate about nature?
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is advertising and will soon hire a permanent administrative assistant. The position offers good benefits, and there is opportunity within the National Wildlife Refuge System to advance a career in administration. The person hired for this position will handle administrative tasks such as: track budgets, reconcile purchases, support staff on scheduling travel, and greet and handle the front desk operations during the refuge public use season.
This position will have a very short period to apply from March 15 to March 28.
Applications will only be handled online. Resumes will not be accepted at the Big Oaks NWR office. For more information, contact Joe Robb at 812-273-0783or via email.


"Vote for Madison's Main Street in national contest"

Madison’s Main Street is in the running for a cash prize in a national contest, and you can vote to advance Madison to the next round.
Madison’s Main Street is among this year’s nominees for Independent We Stand’s third annual America’s Main Streets contest which helps consumers, small business owners, and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes.
In a release, Madison Main Street Program Director Victoria Perry said there are many hardworking business owners, organizations, and citizens who work to keep Main Street beautiful and active, and winning this competition would mean being able to further those efforts even more.
The first round of voting is currently underway. Visit to vote to send Madison’s Main Street to the semi-finals. Voting ends April 22.


"City seeks public input for transportation survey"

A program dedicated to assisting communities that are affected by cuts to defense funding is working with the City of Madison.
The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program is awarding a $25,000 contract to the City of Madison to undertake a public transit study. The study seeks to identify the public’s demand for a fixed route bus system and ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft in the city and Jefferson County.
The Envision Jefferson County team cited transportation as a barrier to employment, access to health care and educational opportunities. A survey was developed to examine whether buses, on-demand ridesharing, or a combination may play a role in the future Madison and the surrounding area.
The city, in conjunction with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council, is asking for members of the public participate in an online survey which will determine the most popular routes and whether there is a willingness to pay for the additional transportation services.
The survey may be accessed online.


"Applications for Boys and Girls Club scholarships available"

The Lide White Memorial Boys and Girls Club is offering six different scholarships to six graduating seniors. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $1000.
One of the scholarship winners will also be nominated for the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Scholarship, which is also valued at $1000.
Applications and information are available at area high schools or may be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1551 M.S.H. Northgate Road in Madison. Completed applications should be returned by May 1.
For more information on applying for or contributing to a Boys and Girls Club scholarship, contact the club at 812-265-5811.




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