ISP: Former Director of Knox County Solid Waste District arrested for theft

WTHI TV 10 Staff Report Published: September 20, 2016, 10:57 am Updated: September 20, 2016,

KNOX  COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police released Tuesday morning that the former Director of the Knox County Solid Waste District was arrested for several charges of theft.

The investigation began in October of 2015 when board members reported missing funds from the Knox County Solid Waste District accounts.

At that time Tracy Clinkenbeard, 51 of Vincennes, was the director and responsible for all financial matters for the accounts. After an audit was done by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, officials report more than $100,000 had been embezzled between 2010 and 2015.

Clinkenbeard was arrested on Monday and taken to the Knox County Jail on $15,000 bond, cash only.

ISP: Former Director of Knox County Solid Waste District arrested for theft

Supporting Our First Responders

Thursday, September 8th at 6:45 pm, Thursday Church is hosting “A Community Gathering to Honor Our First Responders.”

We will be at the Bicknell Fire Department located at 210 E. 1st Street.

Come out for food and drinks while supporting our First Responders.

Don’t go to church? Try ours!

We invite you to Thursday Church.

We meet at 645 pm on Thursday evenings at 114 South Main Street.

Need a ride? Call us at 812-502-2124

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Trump to visit Mexico, meet with Pena Nieto ahead of immigration speech

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to detour from the campaign trail on Wednesday to visit Mexico and meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto at his invitation, a surprise trip scheduled just hours before Trump delivers an immigration policy speech in Arizona.

Nieto and Trump each confirmed late Tuesday that Trump accepted the invitation and the two would meet in private Wednesday.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the two would discuss illegal immigration, trade and drugs. Trump running mate Mike Pence also said they would begin a conversation about a proposed border wall, along with other issues.

“He’s going to begin a dialogue with Mexico on issues … that we differ on … but also, issues of common interest,” Pence told Fox News.

News of the surprise visit was getting a mixed reaction inside Mexico. Former President Vicente Fox told CNN that Trump is “not welcome” by the Mexican people, calling it a “political stunt.” Asked about the comments, Pence said he’s glad the “current president has a different attitude.”

“I think today is more about a relationship,” Pence said.

The visit will come as Trump looks to clarify his stance on immigration, which is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Trump has called for the deportation of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and building a wall along the Mexican border, while having Mexico pay for it.

Recently, Trump has signaled he would soften his stance a bit after meetings with Hispanic leaders.

Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump wants to find “the fair and humane way” to address the issue, which includes whether to separate families to enforce federal law.

Last week, Mexican President Nieto — who has been critical of Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for the wall — invited both the Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton to visit his country. Trump confirmed on Twitter late Tuesday that he had accepted Nieto’s invitation.

Clinton’s campaign said in a statement that Trump’s trip to Mexico ultimately doesn’t matter in the long run.

“From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals and has promised to deport 16 million people, including children and U.S. citizens. He has said we should force Mexico to pay for his giant border wall.  He has said we should ban remittances to families in Mexico if Mexico doesn’t pay up.

What ultimately matters is what Donald Trump says to voters in Arizona, not Mexico, and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions.”

A senior campaign official told Fox News that Clinton will meet with Nieto at the “appropriate time.”

The Washington Post first reported the potential of a trip.

Trump is scheduled to speak on immigration Wednesday evening in Phoenix. He was already out West on Tuesday for a campaign stop near Seattle, giving him enough time to jet down to Mexico for a brief visit before the evening speech.

Foreign trips by presidential candidates, even to a neighboring country such as Mexico, are an enormous logistical and security undertaking.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a close Trump adviser, has been among those pushing Trump to make the trip, according to a person familiar with their conversations. Christie made his own successful trip to Mexico City in September 2014, and has a warm relationship with the Mexican president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

North Knox schools start year with major budget cuts

By Eric Stidman Published: August 4, 2015, 6:08 pm Updated: August 4, 2015, 6:52 pm

FREELANDVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) The North Knox School Corporation welcomed students for the first day of classes Tuesday after learning earlier this year, the corporation would lose out on more than $500,000 in its general fund.

The general fund, according to North Knox Superintendent Dr. Darrel Bobe, pays for things like teacher salaries and corporation bills. While the immediate impact did not result in a reduction in force, Bobe explained, the corporation had to take a hard look at teacher retirement situations.

“We look at it pretty tough, we look at it and say, do we really need this position?” Bobe stated, “We had to hire a kindergarten teacher, and I looked at that and didn’t know if I was going to replace that position and I’m glad I did … you are talking about 25 kindergartners in a classroom, that’s enough.”

Bobe largely credited the cuts as an oversight issue with state policy makers. He explained that policy makers attempt to make education funds a one-size fits all case, but that is not the case.

“We’re starting teachers off less now, in our current contract, than we were 6 years ago,” Bobe noted of his newly hired teachers’ salaries. While the formula for calculating how lawmakers dole out of the dollars is complex, Bobe explained, that in some cases, what appears to sound like an increase for some schools is actually a decrease in funds for others.

Notably, Bobe argued, the approach for funding appears to just look at corporations as a name and does not factor in “student demographics and situations.”

“When they have these committee meetings, if they had them in a 3rd grade classroom, if that’s where they made their decisions .. look (at) the 3rd graders, look at them in the eyes, I think decisions would be made differently,” Bobe said.

So they’re starting teachers at a lower rate of pay than 6 years ago….what about superintendents? Is he suggesting that we all need to pay higher taxes? John

Information from pubic records

2015 North Knox School Corporation Superintendent Bobe, Darrel Compensation $263,957.44 ? (why this salary nearly doubled is not known could it be a type o?)

2014 North Knox School Corporation Superintendent Bobe, Darrel Compensation $133,694.50 (compare to above)

2015 Vincennes Community School Corporation Superintendent Parsley, Gregory T. Compensation $113,624.55

South Knox School Corporation Superintendent Grove, Timothy A. Compensation $101,184.25

Southwest School Corporation Superintendent Stitzle, James C. Compensation $100.523.01

Linton-Stockton School Corporation Superintendent Karazsia, Nick G. Compensation $120,006.98

Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Tanoos, Daniel Thomas Compensation $219,865.11


Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump and Herbster Angus Farms and Conklin Company, Inc. Owner Charles W. Herbster.

Today Donald J. Trump announced his new Agricultural Advisory Committee. The men and women on the committee will provide pioneering new ideas to strengthen the nation’s agricultural industry as well as provide support to the country’s rural communities. Mr. Trump understands the critical role the United States’ agricultural community plays in feeding not only its citizens, but the world, and how important these Americans are to powering the U.S. economy.

The formation of the board represents Mr. Trump’s endorsement of these individuals’ diverse skill sets and ideas that can improve the lives of those in agricultural communities. He has received widespread support from voters who understand he is the only candidate with the best interests of the agricultural community at the heart of his policies.

Mr. Trump said, “The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities. Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with each member of the committee to support Donald J. Trump and his campaign to be the next President of the United States of America,” said Charles W. Herbster, who will serve as National Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee. “As a fifth-generation farmer, Owner of Herbster Angus Farms, and Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Conklin Company—a company that specializes in agriculture and animal health products, among others—I look forward to working with this esteemed group of individuals. Each of these committee members has a diverse background in agriculture and do not take lightly the responsibility we have to keep the American farmer in business and profitable. Those who put food on our tables and keep our economy growing need our continued support and as the National Chairman on this committee, I will make it my goal to take care of those who make it their livelihood to take care of us.”

Executive board members will convene on a regular basis. The more than 60 advisory board members include:

  • Charles W. Herbster – National Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee for the Donald J. Trump Campaign for President
  • am Clovis – National Chief Policy Advisory for the Donald J. Trump Campaign for President
  • Rebeckah Adcock – CropLife, Senior Director, Government Affairs
  • Robert Aderholt – Congressman from Alabama; Chairman, Subcommittee on Agriculture
  • Jay Armstrong – Kansas Wheat Commission; Chairman, Farm Foundation
  • Gary Black – Commissioner Agriculture, Georgia
  • John Block – Former Sec. of USDA
  • Mike Brandenburg – State Legislator, North Dakota
  • Terry Branstad – Governor of Iowa
  • Sam Brownback – Governor of Kansas
  • Chuck Conner – CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • Mike Conaway – House Agriculture Chairman
  • Jack Dalrymple – Governor of North Dakota
  • Dennis Daugaard – Governor of South Dakota
  • Rodney Davis – Congressman from Illinois; House Agriculture Committee and Subcommittee Chair of Bio Tech
  • Mary Fallin – Governor of Oklahoma
  • Eddie Fields – Senator from Oklahoma; Chair Senate Ag and Rural Development
  • Steve Foglesong – Former President National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Jim Gilmore – Former Governor of Virginia; Chairman of Report on Terrorism and Agro-Terrorism
  • Bob Goodale – Former CEO of Harris Teeter
  • Bob Goodlatte – Congressman from Virginia; Former Chairman House Agriculture Committee
  • Mike Green – Senate Senator, Michigan; Appropriations Agriculture Chair; Senate Agriculture Committee Vice Chair
  • Helen Groves – Rancher; daughter of Robert Kleberg (King Ranch); well known in Texas/ranching world
  • Ron Heck – Iowa farmer and past President of the American Soybean Association
  • Dave Heineman – Former Governor of Nebraska
  • Hans Hunts – State Legislator, Wyoming; Wyoming House Ag Committee; rancher
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Mississippi
  • Brent Jackson – State Senator, North Carolina
  • A.G. Kawamura – Former Sec. Food & Agriculture, California
  • John Kautz – California wine producer; CEO Ironstone Vineyards
  • Charlotte Kelley – Tennessee cotton grower along with her husband (14,000 acres) plus operates a cotton gin processing 30,000 plus bales and a leader in the cotton industry
  • Mark Killian – Commissioner of Agriculture, Arizona; farmer and rancher from Arizona
  • Brian Klippenstein – Protect the Harvest
  • Tsosie Lewis – Former CEO of Navaho Nation’s Agricultural Products Industries
  • Forrest Lucas – CEO Lucas Oil; Protect the Harvest
  • Mike McCloskey – CEO Fair Oaks Farms (one of the largest dairies in the United States)
  • Beau McCoy – State Senator, Nebraska; National Chair, Council of State Governments
  • Ted McKinney – Former Director of Global Corp. Affairs for Elanco Animal Health
  • Sid Miller – Commissioner of Agriculture, Texas
  • Jim Moseley – Former consultant on agriculture at EPA; Former Deputy Secretary of USDA
  • Brian Munzlinger – Chairman Missouri Senate Ag Committee
  • Casey Murdock – State Senate, Oklahoma
  • Tom Nassif – President Western Governors; Former Ambassador
  • Garry Niemeyer – Former President National Corn Growers
  • Bill Northy – Secretary of Ag. Iowa
  • Sonny Perdue – Former Governor of Georgia
  • Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas
  • Ryan Quarles – Commissioner of Agriculture, Kentucky
  • Bruce Rastetter – Summit Ag Group of Alden, Iowa; Hosted first Republican Presidential debate
  • Jim Reese – Secretary of Agriculture for Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
  • Larry Rhoden – State Senator, South Dakota; House Majority Leader and Senate Majority Whip; Chair Senate Ag Committee
  • Pete Ricketts – Governor of Nebraska
  • Pat Roberts – U.S. Senator, Kansas
  • Marcus Rust – CEO Rose Acre Farms (second-largest egg producer in the United States)
  • Leslie Rutledge – Attorney General, Arkansas; Co-Chair of the National Association of Attorney General Agriculture Committee and is married to a soybean producer
  • David Spears – Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Dole Ag Advisor; Senior Vice President, Mid-Kansas Cooperative, Inc.
  • Dr. Mike Strain – Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana
  • Red Steagall – Official Cowboy Poet of Texas
  • Annette Sweeney – Former Iowa House Agriculture, Chair; farmer; agriculture advocate
  • Kip Tom – CEO, Tom Farms LLC (Largest agri-business farm operator in Indiana); operates farms in South America
  • Johnny Trotter – CEO of BarG (125,000 feedlot operation and farms 10,000 acres in Texas)
  • Steve Wellman – Former President of the American Soybean Association
  • Walt Whitcomb – Ag Commissioner, Maine
  • John Wilkinson – Chairman, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee Georgia State Senate

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Those Who Think They Know More than The People

It doesn’t make sense when movie and singing people who produce nothing of consequence outside of make believe; anyway, they use capitalism to become filthy rich then go out and champion Communism for the rest of us to live by.

Maybe it does make sense if they, like politicians, are preoccupied in keeping the masses of working and even move them into the non working so that the American masses will need to live in the realm of fantasy.

After all… unlike the politicians who benefit from offering small handouts to the poor and soon to be poor to keep themselves in office “forever”, the movie and music people rely on the money that they collect from people who need relief from a life of boredom and nearly certain failures that they are forced into by the life time politicians.

In my opinion

John R. Stanczak