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Crane Army Converts Lethal White Phosphorus Into Usable Phosphoric Acid

Crane Army prides itself on limiting its impact on the environment. The organization considers the stewardship of the land entrusted to it a great responsibility.

To better protect the air Hoosiers breathe, the water Indiana families drink and the soil children play on, CAAA utilizes closed systems demilitarization, or the environmentally-friendly destruction of out-of-use munitions, whenever possible.

Crane Army’s major closed demil operations involve white phosphorus, red phosphorus and Yellow D munitions.

White phosphorus is a dangerous chemical used in explosive rounds dating back to World War I but is banned in most situations today due to major human health and environmental risks associated with its use.

Sam Wright, an environmental scientist at CAAA, described how white phosphorus burns upon contact with air.

“As long as there’s oxygen present, white phosphorus will ignite,” Wright said. “It can literally ignite in your hand. White phosphorus is toxic and highly flammable. It will burn anything it touches and causes both chemical burns and regular burns to people exposed to it.”

Due to the chemical’s dangerous nature, it cannot be destroyed with traditional demilitarization methods.

“White phosphorus can’t be open detonated or open burned because you can’t guarantee all of it will be destroyed,” Wright said. “Some might get dispersed through the air and people could breathe that in. It could also contaminate soil and water. White phosphorus will also burn any living thing.”

Without a safe and complete method of disposal, white phosphorus munitions piled up in CAAA storage, utilizing space that could otherwise hold usable munitions for warfighters.

Innovative Crane Army personnel found that safe and complete method of disposal. CAAA Mechanical Engineer Sonny Dant explained the process.

“Projectiles filled with white phosphorus are loaded onto a press which punches a hole in each metal body,” Dant said. “Once the white phosphorus contacts oxygen, it starts burning. Then, the projectile is pushed off into a retort, a large cylindrical item with a diameter of 5-6 feet and 30 feet in length.”

Results of VFW Cancer Ride

The family of Greyson Burnette were the recipients of this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars POST 9107 Debbie Cain 3rd Annual Cancer Ride. Mitchell’s VFW Post 9107 Riders Group combined with the POST Members and Auxiliary, teamed up to raise and donate $14,200 dollars to support young Greyson’s battle.  The Post would like to thank all participants who supported the ride, and thank all of the local business who donated silent auction prizes or money to the cause.




May invites College Student,

Recent Grads to Apply for Paid Statehouse Internship

Applications are now open for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program during the 2020 legislative session, according to State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford).

May said the internship program is a unique opportunity for college and graduate students, and recent graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

“The House Republican Internship Program sets up participants for future success,” May said. “Previous interns have found it to be beneficial in regards to exploring possible careers and networking with professionals from all backgrounds.”

Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. May said interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

Information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship. May said the deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Lawrence County Community Foundation Announces

Grant Recipients of 2019 Open Grant Cycle

The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded grants to thirty-three local agencies through the 2019 Open Grant Cycle.

The Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer board whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Lawrence County for this generation and generations to come.  The Community Foundation accepts and manages individual and business contributions made to permanent endowments, some of which fund the annual grant cycle.

The 2019 cycle was funded by the David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Dollens Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, the Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund, and the Sargent Family Fund.  Additional funding was provided by the Betty R. Hilderbrand Fund for Mitchell Parks and Recreation, the Morris D. Norman Fund, and the M. Jeanette Norman Fund.

Grant checks totaling $69,384 were distributed last week; community requests totaled over $197,000.  An additional $7,035 was awarded as challenge grants to Bedford Evening Lions Club and Lawrence County 4-H Clubs & Fair Association.  The challenge grants provide matching funds, helping organizations gain awareness and raise funds for their mission.

Barbara Terry chaired the LCCF Grants Committee this year.  “Once again, there were a record number of grant applications received from a wide variety of applicants who are deserving of receiving a grant, including several first-time applicants.  Unfortunately not every application can be funded, but those organizations who will receive grants in this 2019 cycle will be providing important services for Lawrence County and its residents.”  Terry added, “The continued financial support by Lawrence County residents and businesses makes this grant process possible”. Grants from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds now total over $882,000.

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be proactive in creating and growing an enduring source of charitable assets, and to identify and respond to the changing needs of Lawrence County.  For more information contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or hope@cfpartner.org.

Grant recipients and project names follow:

630 Recovery Place  – CR Family Day at Camp

Bedford Housing Authority  – The Bus Stops Here

Bertha’s Mission  – Meal Prep Program

Between the Crowd  – Vortex

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County  – Safe ‘n’ Secure

First Christian Church  – FCC Coat Bank

FOP Stone City Lodge #94  – Cops for Kids

FRC Team 5403 RoboBoosters Aluminosity  – Robotics Season

Friends of Spring Mill State Park  – Publishing of Ansori Document

Hoosier Hills Food Bank  – Delivery Challenge

Hope Resource Center  – Ready or Not Tots

Hope Resource Center  – Health Curriculum

Huron Baptist Church  – Huron Community Park Shelter

Kappa Kappa Kappa, Gamma Epsilon Chapter  – Candlelight Tour 2019

Knights of Columbus, Council 1166  – LARC Sensory Stations

Lawrence Co. Cancer Patient Services  – AM,PM: Avoiding Malnutrition, Preventing Malnutrition

Lawrence Co. Cancer Patient Services  – Breast Cancer Patient to Survivor: One Chapter at a Time

Lawrence Co. Community Corrections  – Project C.H.A.N.G.E.

Lawrence Co. Historical & Genealogical Society  – Microfilm Digitization Project

Lawrence Co. Soil & Water Conservation District  – Pollinator Habitat

Leesville Community Center  – Leesville Community Center

Little Theatre of Bedford  – LC Youth Theatre Enrichment Program

Living Well Home Care, Solutions Center  – Transportation for ALL

Men’s Warming Center, First Christian Church  – MWC Laundry Facilities

Mitchell Church of Christ Foster Family Support  – Lawrence Co Foster Family Christmas Party

Mitchell LOOP, City of Mitchell  – Shade System for Mitchell Pool

North Lawrence Career Center  – Vertical Milling Machine

Serenity Club of Bedford  – Addiction Recovery Literature & Special Events

Shawswick Vol. Fire Dept., Shawswick Trustee  – Fire Dept. Personal Protective Equipment

The Solutions Center  – Community Connections & Awareness

Southern Indiana Adult Guardianship Services  – Staying Connected

Special Olympics  – Lawrence Co Unified Fitness Club

Springville Community Association  – Springville Gym Restoration

Springville Elementary School  – Springville Robotics Team

Town of Oolitic  – AED

Town of Oolitic  – Weather Alert Radio


UDWI REMC Community Fund Awards $1,500 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

Funds applied to “Meat” the Need program to pay meat processing fees on donated large game/livestock

 UDWI REMC Community Fund recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant to be used to serve residents in their service area, including the counties of Clay, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Vigo, Putnam, and Sullivan. These funds will help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay processing fees for large game and livestock donations within these counties.

Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry asks area hunters and farmers to take their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor where the donation is processed, packaged and frozen (at no cost to the donor). Local hunger-relief agencies are contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. Many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck, regularly having to choose between paying bills or buying food. The latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap Report states that 31% of residents who are food insecure can’t qualify for assistance. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford.

“Protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Food insecurity can lead loss of muscle mass and bone frailty, decreased immune system, babies with lower birth weights and with delayed development or in the early stages of life, and lower academic performance among children – as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.

More than 300,000 Indiana children have no idea where their next meal is coming from…

 “The grant provided by the Community Fund will pay to process about 1,200 pounds of donated large game and livestock – providing almost 5,000 meals through area hunger-relief agencies to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. In the last eight years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute approximately 1.3 million pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 5.3 million meals to Hoosiers in need. “To date, we have 87 participating meat processors working throughout Indiana to aid us in our mission and to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Over the last year, this program has given 16,700 pounds of meat within the REMC 11-county service area – providing almost 67,000 meals!”

On average, the cost of this donated meat is about $1.30 per pound, which is less than $.30 per meal!

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.



The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 103rd Annual Chamber Dinner will take place on Friday, August 23rd at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Beginning with a social hour at 5:30 PM, the dinner will feature Keynote Speaker, Governor Eric J. Holcomb. The Chamber is thrilled to have the Governor address its membership and community. As the top executive in the state, the Governor can best articulate the future goals of Indiana government. We look forward to a great evening with the Governor.

In addition to Governor Holcomb speaking, the Chamber is also pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Community Service Award and 2019 Business Beautification Award. If you know a person or business that should receive one of these two prestigious awards, please write a brief description of the person’s service to the community or include before and after pictures for the beautification award. All nominations should be emailed to member@bedfordchamber.com or delivered to the Chamber, located at 1116 16th St. Bedford, IN.

The Bedford Chamber would like to invite you to attend the 103rd Annual Dinner. Individual tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $30 with a current Chamber Membership and $40 for nonmembers. There are two sponsorship levels for the annual dinner: Platinum and Gold: