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M KE Sports and Enter- tainment an- nounced Monday that Kokomo Municipal Sta- dium will not only house the Kokomo Jackrabbits Prospect League baseball team, but also a Premiere Development League (PDL) U23 soccer team. The team, yet to be named, will play a full schedule in the PDL, us- ing the same soccer set- up as has been seen in the recent high school soccer matches downtown. More than 900 people entered the gates between the Kokomo/North- western girl/boy double header and the Western/ Northwestern soccer games in recent weeks, giving fans the first taste of utilizing that facility for more than just baseball. Weve had a lot of soccer in the stadium this fall. You can see the reaction from people en- joying that, and that was high school. With the PDL, were looking at elite college players, said MKE Senior Vice Presi- dent Business Advisor Josh Schaub. We look at the Jackrabbits success and the energy that was brought to the commu- nity by that team. We saw there was an opportunity to add events, especially sporting events, since Kokomo is such a sports- crazy town. Seeing the re- action to the Jackrabbits, we knew there was up- side for another team, and we knew the community could support another team. The PDL is a vast league. Last season, 63 teams were part of 10 divi- sions that stretched from Miami, Fla., to northwest Washington state, and even into Canada. Bring- ing a team to Kokomo has allowed the PDL back into Indiana. With MKE Sports and Entertainment, as they own the Jackrabbits and how they really ingrained themselves in the com- munity and how theyve supported that organiza- tion, I dont feel we could do better in the area than to provide Kokomo with a top-level soccer enter- tainment option, said Dollar General moving forward in Greentown A proposed Dollar General store slated for Greentown has garnered a lot of attention from lo- cal icials, as well as a fair amount of opposition. But the project is moving forward as present. On Sept. 8, the Howard County Board of Com- missioners voted to allow the property slated for the project to be rezoned, de- spite a unanimous unfa- vorable recommendation by the Howard County Planning Commission. Howard County Com- missioner Brad Bray ex- plained the reason the board overturned the de- cision. The whole thing fits into the comprehensive plan, said Bray. The planning commission would have passed the rezoning had drainage not been brought up. But drainage is a separate is- sue from rezoning. Thats why I voted to pass it. The project fits everything else. The project actually re- ceived support from the county's planning staff prior to the commissions negative recommenda- tion. But drainage is a concern that still will have to be addressed by the Howard County Drain- age Board, which Bray characterized as a huge hurdle. I am concerned about the drainage issue, said Bray. Its like what (Howard County Com- missioner) Paul Wyman told the developer. Theyre just at the foot of the mountain. Drain- age in Howard County is a different ballgame. The ditch that serves that property runs behind the Green Hills subdivi- sion, and it will have to be cleaned out. Its full of trees, and it will cost a lost Perspective Photo / Jenn Goad FIRST HURDLE - The proposed Dollar General near Greentown was given rezoning approval last week. 765-452-0055 kokomoperspective.com e-edition September 16, 2015 For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo Coca-Cola White's Meat Market Over 3.41 Million Callers Tax man in trouble over Pepperwhistle Dave Trine pulled from the field pending review Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe was shut down by the Indiana Depart- ment of Revenue (IDOR) on Aug. 26 for a failure to pay taxes, but it ap- pears that the state acted in haste. In fact, the agent who forced the closure now finds himself in a bit of hot water. Dave Trine, a recently retired icer of the Ko- komo Police Department and former Howard County Commissioner, has been pulled from the ield just four months af- ter taking a position as an agent for the IDOR. It was Trine who shut down Pep- perwhsitle. According to IDOR spokes- person Aman- da Stanley, the action was tak- en due to con- cerns raised by businesses in the commu- nity. By law, we cannot release or discuss any information about an in- dividual or business tax- payer, said Stanley. The department is aware of some taxpayer concerns regarding its agent and is currently reviewing that situation. Pending the re- sults of the departments review, the agent has been placed on administrative duties only. Trine was contacted for comment, but declined to do so. I am not at liberty to talk about that, said Trine. Shut down The main complaint against Trine originated with Michael West, own- er of Pepperwhistle. He claims that he was ha- rassed and threatened by Trine beginning in May and ending with the clo- sure on Aug. 26. In May, he said he wanted $1,800 by 9 a.m. on the day I spoke to him or he would send me a ive-day notice to shut me down, said West. He said I owed it, but he was off. I didn't owe that amount. I still had to pay it. And he gave me a lecture every time. Hes a horrible man, unre- lenting over the smallest amount. In fact, West had fallen behind on tax payments to the state previously, and he had arranged for a payment plan to satisfy that debt. He made the payments regularly and would have settled the debt by October. At the same time, West stayed current with his ongoing tax responsibilities. My filing deadlines continued to change, said West. First it was annually. Then it was quarterly. Then it went to monthly. De- pending on the month, I may not have enough to pay all of the bills. But there still wasnt a problem. E v e r y month, Mr. Trine would tell me my payment is in default and I had to make the payment now. I knew it wasnt in default. But I paid. West said he was puz- zled by Trines repeated insistence that Pepper- whistle was in arrears. He hand-delivered the payment to the local IDOR ice every month and kept records of each transaction. Eventually, he discovered that his June payment to the ice was misplaced. I paid the $1,800 he said I owed, and I filed the paperwork to be credited for what I didnt owe, said West. I kept records of every payment. But one check in June he claimed they never received. I have the canceled check that shows they cashed the check and deposited it. He kept telling me I needed to pay it. On Aug. 18, he called and wanted paid. I set an appoint- Perspective Photo / Jenn Goad GOAL - Kokomo and Northwestern played the first official soccer matches at the stadium to a crowd of more than 600. Dollar General A8 Soccer A2 Pepperwhistle A8 by Pat Munsey Editor pmunsey@kokomoperspective.com by Pat Munsey Editor pmunsey@kokomoperspective.com Trine by Jenn Goad Sports Reporter sports@kokomoperspective.com

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