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thus eliminating waste. The overall actual real- ized savings on these two recurring costs alone will be nearly $50,000. In his letter Wyman also argued that only having four vote centers open for early voting seemed unfair. Please know I ap- plaud the opportunity to provide additional op- portunities for people to vote, said Wyman. But, to increase costs and not give all taxpayers the same opportunity is hard to accept. Instead, the commis- sioner suggested open- ing all vote centers on the two Saturdays prior to the primary and general elections, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. He claimed this would even the playing ield for voters and cause a savings of 8 percent in the election year as op- posed to the increase un- der the current plan. Steele also responded to this idea, saying it sim- ply wasnt feasible. As to why some loca- tions are open early and others are not, this is simply a misunderstand- ing of vote centers, said Steele. Satellite voting is separate from vote cen- ters. Satellite vote is more readily available in coun- ties with vote centers, but not a single vote center county that I am aware of uses all vote center loca- tions for satellite voting. It is not feasible. kokomoperspective.com March 2, 2016 Kokomo Perspective A3 *With approved credit. See store for details. Tempur Pedic, Stearns & Foster and Sealy excluded. Prior purchases, special order and clearance excluded. BIG HUGE SALE RETAIL WHEN YOU SPEND $2,000 OR MORE WHEN YOU SPEND UP TO $2,000 50 % OFF 25 % OFF 20 % OFF BUY MORE, SAVE MORE! CLEARANCE EXTRA 10 % OFF SHOP KOKOMO'S LARGEST SELECTION OF AMERICAN MADE FURNITURE Voted Kokomo's Favorite Place to Buy Furniture & Bedding 2015! UP TO Centers continued from A2 Lisa Paxton named chair of agriculture program at Ivy Tech Veteran high school educator Lisa Paxton has been named chair of the agriculture program at Ivy Tech Community Colleges Kokomo Re- gion. Paxton served as an agricultural science and business teacher and Fu- ture Farmers of America (FFA) adviser at Tippe- canoe Valley High School for 30 years. For six years, she has taught dual cred- it classes there, offering undergraduate, post- secondary credit for high school students through Ivy Tech, Purdue Univer- sity, and Vincennes Uni- versity. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech, developing cur- riculum and instruction in five courses, including introductory courses in crop science and agricul- ture economics. Paxton, with her hus- band, also has 20 years of experience as owner/ operator of Paxton Farms near Silver Lake, Ind., where she and her fam- ily produce row crops and broiler chickens. Paxton Farms was recog- nized with a 2013 River Friendly Farmer Award at the Indiana State Fair for environmentally friendly land manage- ment practices in Kos- ciusko and Fulton coun- ties. Paxton has taken an active leadership role in a number of profes- sional organizations and has extensive commu- nity service activities. She has been honored as the outstanding agriculture teacher at both the dis- trict and state level. Raised on a crop and livestock farm in Wabash County, Paxton said she learned at a very young age the value of produc- ing food, then for a local market and now for a global one. After graduat- ing from Northfield High School, she went on to Purdue University where she decided on a career in agricultural education. I believe its very im- portant that we appreci- ate the food supply and that the agriculture indus- try gives the consumer an opportunity to choose the food products that meet their needs. Teaching is the way I chose to share that philosophy, Paxton said. In my new role, I want to help Ivy Tech students gain the educa- tion and experience they need to be successful in the agricultural industry in whatever fashion they choose. Actual farmers only account for about 2 per- cent of the people in- volved in the agriculture industry. The field offers a huge range of oppor- tunities for jobs and ca- reers. Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indi- anas economy with a $20 billion annual impact and as this sector becomes more high-tech, the need for trained college gradu- ates in agriculture is in- creasing. The agriculture pro- gram at Ivy Tech engages students in hands-on ac- tivities in and outside of their classrooms while preparing them for real- world agriculture careers. The program focuses pri- marily on animal science, plant and soil science, agriculture equipment, and agriculture sales and business. In the program, stu- dents are exposed to various areas in the agri- culture industry through ield experiences and professional guest speak- er presentations. Part- nerships with industry organizations such as the Indiana FFA, John Deere, Case IH, Indiana Depart- ment of Education, and the United States Depart- ment of Agriculture en- hance the student experi- ence. Perspective Photo / Provided DONATION - Alliance President Charlie Sparks accepts a $1,000 check from Community Foundation of Howard County President Hilda Burns. Alliance receives $1,000 grant from Community Foundation The Alliance is the recent recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Community Foun- dation of Howard County as part of the Foundations 25th anniversary celebra- tion. In all, the Community Foundation will award $25,000 to area non-profits to commemorate the year. The drawing was held Saturday, Feb. 13, during a Ko- komo Community Concerts event. Volunteer dates announced for Kokomo Beautiful Kokomo Beautiful is back for its 2nd sea- son. Grab your family, friends, and coworkers to help take ownership of our community and keep it looking beauti- ful all year. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Flower Basket Planting will be held March 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. at West 700 N., Sharpsville. Trail & Waterway Clean- Up will be held April 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 721. W. Superior St. For the rest of the later dates visit www.greaterkoko- mo.com.

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