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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sheriff Brad Burkhart

Sheriff Brad Burkhart with Kiwanian Marcie Hoffman

Hancock County Sheriff Brad Burkhart spoke to Kiwanis about the current plans to build a new jail. His presentation focused on his three most often asked questions:
  1. Is the Jail Overcrowded?
  2. Are you going to get a new jail?
  3. Where will it be?
The current jail was build with a capacity of 157 inmates,  Model jail populations are modeled on an 80% capacity giving a model capacity of  about 126.  Currently the jail has 243 inmates.  Additionally we have 51 inmates house in LaGrange and Davies counties and 72 inmates in the Community Corrections facility. 

A new jail must be built to alleviate overcrowding, 

The current plan is to build a jail at the northwest corner of the former county farm site east of Jaycie Phelps Road,  The facility would be built with a pod structure capable of doubling capacity in the future.  Initially the capacity would be 440 inmates.  The county hopes to break ground in September of 2019 and occupy the facility in  December of 2020.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Clara Starkey, Edward Jones


Clara Starkey, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Greenfield spoke to Kiwanis about the current investing environment. Using the Jone monthly magazine as a guide we learned the 5 Reasons for Optimism, the Steps to Stay on Track Toward your Goals, The Power of Three and With Kids and Money, School's Always in Session. 

Clara was a member of the Key Club while in High School at Greenfield-Central and a member of Circle K while in college.  She served in leadership in both clubs.  She became a financial adviser when she realized she had a God given gift to understand financial numbers help other understand those numbers. 

For further information on Edward Jones and their services you may contact her at clara,starkey@edwardjones.com or call her at 317.462.7077.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kurt Vetters, Greenfield Author


Kurt Vetters, Greenfield resident and author, spoke to Kiwanis about his two books.  His first book, Confedeate Winter tells the story of a true-life family caught up in this grand adventure. The Federals conscript John Sweeney, the father, in late 1863 as General Sherman prepares his march on Atlanta and the sea. His son William is left in charge of the family farm, until one early fall morning.
Freedom Spring tells the story of a young African-American soldier in the American Civil War. For Jim Coffee, a fourteen-year-old slave in 1864 Alabama, life was about to turn upside down. Freedom Spring is a novel of Jim’s journey from slavery to the Union Army and freedom.Meghan Markle’s great-great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Betts, fought in the battles portrayed.Following the research of esteemed North Alabama historian and author Peggy Towns,
Vetters has traveled speaking about his books and visiting battle sites He noted that he is a supporter of Battlefield reclamation.  Many historic battle sites and graveyards are lost or in the process of being lost to development and neglect.
Kurt Vetters, a direct descendant of six Confederate veterans, former U.S. Army Captain, Civil War reenactor, husband, father and grandfather who lives in Greenfield. His books are available at Worland Cleaners, Postnet, Florida Cracker BBQ and Amazon.

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