VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE FOR HOWARD COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION 2016

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BY DEAN HOCKNEY

Courtesy of the Kokomo Herald

KOKOMO, Ind. – For the first time in years, the Indiana primary election will be a key part on who is nominated for the office of President of the United States. While in most recent presidential primary elections the candidates have been decided long before Hoosiers enter the voting booths on primary election day, this year both parties are campaigning in Indiana with gusto. I know this is not a sports topic, I am a firm believer in voting and wanted to pass this information on to our valued readers.

Primary elections will be held in Indiana on May 3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is important to note that the voting process in Howard County has changed this year. Gone are the assigned voting locations as the county now has 15 Vote Centers. Registered voters can vote at ANY of the 15 Vote Centers regardless of where they live in the county. Indiana code requires that there is one Vote Center for every 10,000 voters, and Howard County exceeds the required number of centers.

“This concept allows a registered voter to vote at any Vote Center location in the county,” Howard County Clerk Kim Wilson said in a statement. “Voters will no longer be required to vote at their precinct only. Vote Centers also make sense financially. We all agree that the right to vote is priceless. As a diligent steward of tax payer dollars it is also prudent to move forward in the most cost effective way. Our current voting machines are in need of replacement. Staffing fewer locations and buying fewer machines will help to reduce the total cost of an election.”

In order to cast a vote, one must be registered and will be required to show photo identification with an expiration date. Qualified identifications include a driver’s license, U.S. passport, voter ID card with photo or a state school issued student ID card. Voters will also need to request a Republican or Democratic ballot and will only be allowed to vote for candidates in that party.

Howard County Vote Centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3. Here is a list of Vote Center locations: Bon Air Church, Carver Community Center, Center Road Church of Christ, Eastern Performing Arts Center, Good Shepherd Church, Indiana Wesleyan University Kokomo Campus, Iventrek Technology Park, Kokomo High School, Maple Crest Middle School, Northwestern High School, Russiaville Lion’s Club, Kokomo Senior Citizens Center, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library South Branch, Sycamore Elementary School and the Titan Annex Facility at Taylor High School.

The following is a list of contested primary elections on Howard County ballots:

President of the United States: (Republican) Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump; (Democrat) Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders.

United States Senator: (Republican) Marlin Stutzman, Todd Young.

United States Representative: (Republican) Kevin Grant, Todd Rokita.

Coroner: (Republican) Michelle Haendiges, Steven Seele.

County Council at-large: (Republican) Grace Aprill, Stan Ortman, Jim Papacek, Jeff Stout; (Democrat) Kelley Land, Craig Simon.

Greentown Town Council Ward 3: (Republican) Jerry “Scott” Flick, Mark Lantz.

For more information, visit www.indianavoters.in.gov. This website will show if you are registered to vote and what candidates are on your ballot – along with a host of other information.

IUK COUGAR ATHLETICS HOSTS ANNUAL ‘CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS’ BANQUET

IU Kokomo senior student-athletes (class of 2016). Photo provided

IU Kokomo senior student-athletes (class of 2016). Photo provided

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo hosted its annual Celebration of Champions Banquet, honoring its student-athletes as the 2015-2016 campaign winds down. During the banquet, several awards were presented to recognize the hard work of the program’s top performers.

“This afternoon is truly about our student-athletes and their amazing achievements this year,” said IUK Athletic Director Greg Cooper. “All of the awards were voted on by the student-athletes.”

Awards were presented for work on the court, in the classroom and in the community. It was noted that five of the seven varsity teams finished the fall semester with a 3.15 grade point average or higher, three student-athletes had a GPA of 4.0, 37-percent had a GPA of 3.5 or higher and 42 had a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The KIAC champion volleyball team earned the Chancellor’s Cup for having the highest team GPA.

BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Keeana Walton, volleyball

COMEBACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Dejianna Butler, women’s basketball

COMMUNITY CARE IMPACT AWARD

Women’s basketball team

COUGAR COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

Diana Tenbrook of Solidarity Community FCU

COUGAR PRIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

Casey Colgate, volleyball

Christian Smith, men’s basketball

LEGACY AWARD

Jerome Campbell, men’s basketball

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

David Kelly, men’s basketball

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Lindi Thomas, volleyball

SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE RECOGNITION

(Volleyball) Rachel Allen, Cortney Hanson; (cross country) Amy McCauley, Javier Vasquez; (basketball) Jerome Campbell, David Kelly, Nick Teeter; (golf) Derek Glass, Kelsey Crabtree.

KOKOMO’S SHAWN FLANARY NAMED TOP BOYS TENNIS COACH IN STATE BY COACHES ASSOCIATION

Kokomo Schools board president Crystal Sanburn presents a proclamation to Shawn Flanary as KHS AD Jason Snyder looks on. (SJ Photo: Dean Hockney)

Kokomo Schools board president Crystal Sanburn presents a proclamation to Shawn Flanary as KHS AD Jason Snyder looks on. (SJ Photo: Dean Hockney)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Last fall, the Kokomo Wildkat boys tennis team surprised the North Central Conference by traveling to Richmond and knocking off the then-undefeated Red Devils 3-2. The victory gave the Kats its 15th conference title while coach Shawn Flanary was named the NCC Coach of the Year. Three weeks later, Kokomo defeated Taylor 4-1 to claim its 25th sectional title overall and 11th under the guidance of Flanary.

For his efforts, Flanary was named the 2015 Indiana High School Tennis Coach of the Year by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association after previously earning the organizations District III Coach of the Year honors. District awards are determined by a vote of coaches in attendance at the spring and fall district meetings while the IHSTCA board of Directors selects the state winner.

“The KHS boys had a great season, and the coaches felt like our boys really carried themselves well from a sportsmanship standpoint,” said Flanary as he deflected the attention away from him and towards his student-athletes. “We also knocked off a couple of teams that some people thought we shouldn’t have. Our boys had a tenacious attitude. They weren’t willing to give up, and that goes a long way. You couldn’t ask for more than what our Kokomo High School student athletes gave us during the 2015 season.”

Wildkat Athletic Director Jason Snyder noted the Kats also have seven regional titles since Flanary took over the program in 2002.

“We are very excited for Coach Flanary, who has done an outstanding job for many years with Kokomo-area tennis,” said Snyder. “This is a well-deserved honor, specifically the outstanding performance of our team in 2015. Shawn was able to bring a group of guys together that really leaned on each other, supported each other, and made each other better as they became a team over the course of the season.”