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Beech Grove, Indiana

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Coach Mike Renfro Nominated

Beech Grove, IN. (April 17, 2019) IBG — The IndyStar Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana high school sports. This event will take place May 5, 2019 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. The show features various awards, contests and a Q&A with celebrity guest, Danica Patrick.

Here are the nominees for our premier awards. Nominated athletes/teams/coaches will receive complimentary tickets.


Mike Renfro, Beech Grove boys basketball: Renfro took over the day-to-day operations of the Beech Grove basketball program as the health of head coach Matt English declined. English died in December after a third battle with brain cancer at the age of 45. The Hornets won their first sectional title since 2008 .

Kyle Ralph, New Palestine football: The Dragons have won 54 consecutive regular season games and won a 2018 Class 5A title with a 14-0 campaign. New Palestine averaged 56 points per game and allowed 9 points per game and capped the season with a 28-14 win over Decatur Central.

Kathie Layden, Northwestern girls basketball: Layden led the Tigers to a second consecutive Class 3A state title to cap a 27-3 season. It marks Layden’s fifth state title – her second with Northwestern in addition to three consecutive titles she won with Tri-Central from 2003-2005.

The IndyStar Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana High School Sports. This event is hosted by the IndyStar and will take place May 5, 2019 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from Danica Patrick. You can purchase at: sportsawards.indystar.com

SOURCE: IndyStar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Legislators fighting for Hoosier State Line

Indianapolis, IN (April 17, 2019) IBG — State Senator Ron Alting is not giving up on funding for the Hoosier State Rail Line. That's the Amtrak rail line that connects Indianapolis to Chicago, and runs through Lafayette and Rensselaer. As  previously reported, it first became evident that the line might lose its funding back in February of this year, and Amtrak suspended the ticket sales for the line earlier this month.

Funding for the line has not been included throughout the entire process of getting the state budget through the statehouse.

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He said that is why he was asked not to propose his amendment yesterday, which was the deadline to make changes to the state budget. However, Senator Alting and other legislators, like Representatives Campbell, Klinker, and Negele, are still fighting to get $6 million into the budget for it.

Related | Amtrak suspends Hoosier State line
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"Persistence is the key on any legislation, on getting something done," said Senator Alting. "You just have to be persistent, persistent, persistent and that's what we are doing."

He added that he is grateful for the support and collaboration of his fellow legislators from this area.

Senator Alting spoke at the Indiana Passenger and Rail Alliance rally at the statehouse on Wednesday afternoon. Representatives Campbell and Klinker also attended the rally to show support. He hopes the rally will show the importance of the passenger rail line to his fellow legislators. Especially considering the number of his constituents who utilize the line regularly.

"It's a necessity in Tippecanoe County," he said. "We have a variety of people who ride it. Students going home to visit their families, which is a quality of life issue, we have economic development people that ride it to go to various meetings in Chicago and elsewhere, we have families who travel to Chicago for fun."

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The lack of funding for the Hoosier State line will also relocate the jobs of 500 Hoosiers who work at an Amtrak maintenance facility in Beech Grove to other states in the Midwest that are investing in rail transportation.

Speakers at the event included state Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), and state representatives Sharon Negele (R-Attica), Chris Campbell (D-West Lafayette), Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) and Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), along with Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley.


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