JANUARY 26TH, 2018 BRITNEY TAYLOR INDIANA Alcoa is asking a judge to prevent the City of Boonville from trying to enforce an ordinance that blocks mining activity outside city limits. This filing seeks a ruling regarding Boonville’s restriction on a legal business activity.An expansion at the Liberty Mine is needed to provide fuel for the Warrick Power Plant, which provides all utility services to Alcoa’s Warrick Operations.The expansion plan for Liberty Mine, which has received preliminary approval from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is not located in Boonville’s city limits or any incorporated town or city in Warrick County.Alcoa and its mining contractor conducted discussions with Boonville officials and the representatives from Save Our Homes to addres feedback from the county residents who live outside the city and closest to the mine’s expansion area.Alcoa even offered to take actions beyond what is required by increasing the 300-foot buffer zone to 800 feet and installing additional seismic monitors.Alcoa agreed to describe those actions in writing and publicly announce them at a Boonville City Council meeting, but Boonville refused to rescind its ordinance or schedule a meeting to do so.Previous StoriesNegotiations Underway for Liberty Mine Expansion – January 2018Coal Mining Controversy In Warrick County – December 2017Britney TaylorWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Lynna Irby entered Pike High School with a big target on her track uniform. She was expected to be great, and unlike many such athletes with a similar target, she not only fulfilled that promise but did it with quite a flare. Irby won 12 state track titles in her 4-year career. The amazing thing about this is that she never lost a race in her state finals career. Another amazing feat by Lynna is that she never had anybody really threaten her in any of her races. Her main events were the 100m, 200m, and 400m.Lynna brought back memories of North Central’s Maicel Malone. She ran in the mid to late 80’s. She also won a gold medal as a member of the United States 4 x 400 meter relay team. Irby, like Malone, is best at the 400m. Probably the only difference to me was that when you see Irby you know she is an athlete. When you saw Malone off the track, she looked like a nerd with her black-rimmed glasses. In truth, she was, because she was a straight A student as well as a tremendous athlete. I don’t know Irby’s scholastic record.
After surviving a major scare last weekend, the Badgers now get to tackle the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes Friday, followed by a highly touted Saturday night showdown with the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions.At least the Field House fans will be behind No. 8 Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) this weekend.Last Friday night, the Badgers avoided blowing a two-game lead by pulling out a five-game win against No. 22 Purdue, with a 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 victory.Wisconsin got major help against Purdue (12-3, 1-3) from outside hitters Aubrey Meierotto, who led the team with 19 kills, and Audra Jeffers, who added 15 kills of her own.”We knew in that fifth game that we just had to come out and stay solid on our passing and defense, because it kind of broke down in between the third and fourth games,” Jeffers said. “Staying strong on defense and disciplined on our blocking really helped us get that win.”Wisconsin took care of business in usual fashion Saturday night, beating Illinois (10-5, 1-3) by a score of 30-15, 30-22, 30-15. UW tallied 11 service aces, with Maria Carlini, Sheila Shaw and Jocelyn Wack chipping in three aces each.”Going into Illinois, we came in to the match knowing that we have actually lost there in the past three years,” Meierotto said. “It was important for us to take the game seriously and come out strong.”The team has its hands full once again this weekend. Ohio State (9-4, 2-2), despite dropping three of their last five matches, has consistently been one of the major threats in the Big Ten.”Even when teams take losses, they come back fighting harder because they’ve had to work on the things that they were not doing so well, so [Ohio State] is going to be a stronger team now,” Waite said.Win or lose against the Buckeyes, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call Saturday night’s matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State (13-2, 4-0) — two top-10 teams — the match of the year.”I’m really excited, because I know it’s going to be a battle, and there are going to be those points that go back and forth,” Jeffers said. “It’s just going to come down to whoever fights harder.”Both UW’s competitors this weekend boast potent attacking, led by balanced setters Marisa Main of Ohio State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.”We know that the setters on both teams are very active, they’ll dump that third hit over rather than setting it to the hitter, so we’ll have to watch that,” Jeffers said. “We’re really going to have to be light on our toes and be ready to pick up all the tips.”Both teams are really strong all around,” Jeffers added. “They’ve got great hitters, so we’ll have to be really disciplined on our defense.”Wisconsin was swept in 2004 by both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. According to Meierotto, Wisconsin will benefit this year from a more experienced base of players.”One great thing about our team is we’re a lot more mature [than in 2004],” Meierotto said. “Last year, half of our team was made up of freshmen, so that made a big difference.”This year, I think we’re a lot more confident, and we’re just a stronger team all the way around,” she added.Waite agreed that the familiarity of Ohio State and Penn State gained from last year’s matches has given the Badgers some confidence to build upon.”Every time we met these teams, [our freshmen] had never seen them before, and we were going against much more veteran teams,” Waite said. “Now we are more mature, we’ve solidified our defense and passing. All of that has given us a more balanced team, and we’re tougher to stop.”With the challenge that lies ahead, the Badgers hope to also build upon the home advantage that has proven to be so effective so far in 2005.”It’s awesome to be home,” Waite said. “Our student section has been the biggest I’ve ever seen, and that just gives our team a real lift.”