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Myers named president of IACHES

Kevin Myers, superintendent of the Clinton County Highway Department, has been named the president of the Indiana Association of County Highway Engineers and Supervisors. The Clinton County Commissioners’ announced Myers appointment at their meeting Monday and congratulated him on the position. 

The association lobbies and gives input to the Indiana legislature on county highway issues and construction and provides training for supervisors, Myers said. In January, IACHES members attend Purdue Road School.

Myers will preside over the association’s own meetings, and he said he will also attend the annual conferences of the Association of Indiana Counties (IAC) and the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC).

Hershman named co-chair of Smart Cities 

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has named Indiana State Senate Majority Floor Leader Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) as a co-chair of the Smart Cities Foundation Partnership.

NCSL is a bipartisan national organization whose mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication, and ensure state legislatures have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

The Smart Cities Foundation Partnership brings together state lawmakers and industry stakeholders to explore programs and policies for creating smart communities as well as the state role in supporting the transition. The partnership will share its findings with policymakers across the nation and provide resources for those who wish to craft policies that promote smart cities.

Smart cities use advances in energy, information technology, communications and transportation to improve efficiency and provide better services to citizens by using data collected from a variety of sources to better manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement and other services.

“Technology is rapidly changing the way we live, and states and localities need to be ready to make adjustments that allow technology to thrive in our cities,” Hershman said. “I am honored to be a part of this bipartisan partnership between government and the private sector to leverage the positive impact technology can have on our communities, state and nation.”

Chairing with Hershman are Republican Rep. Tom Sloan of Kansas and Democratic Rep. Jeff Bridges of Colorado.

In the spirit of holiday giving, give blood

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life.

To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting red crossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming nearby blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-31:

• Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, - Dec. 22, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., IU Health Arnett Hospital, 5165 McCarty Lane

• Carroll County - Burlington, Dec. 26, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Burlington Community Park, E. 5th St.

• Frankfort, Clinton County - Dec. 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St.

• Russiaville, Howard County - Dec. 30, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Russiaville United Methodist Church, 180 N. Union