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Second Cracker Barrel slated

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marshall Nuckols
The second Clay County Cracker Barrel is only days away.

The event, co-sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Farm Bureau, will take place at the Jackson Township Firehouse Saturday, at 10 a.m.

Indiana Representatives Clyde Kersey (Democrat, District 43), Jim Baird (Republican, District 44), and Robert Heaton (R-District 46), along with Senators John Waterman (R-District 39) and Richard Bray (R-District 37) are expected to be in attendance.

The first Cracker Barrel of 2011 took place in Cory.

"I felt like it went well," Farm Bureau representative Marshall Nuckols told The Brazil Times. "We were lucky to have all the representatives there."

"I thought it was fairly well attended," Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Ted Paris added. "I thought there were some good discussions back and forth."

Paris told The Times while it's difficult to gauge what will be on the minds of residents, he expects education to be a hot topic.

"I think there will be more and more discussion about school funding and charter schools," Paris said. "I don't think there are any easy answers but I think (state legislators) should be looking for ways to fix the programs.

"I imagine there will be more representation about the schools because they are a big issue."

Nuckols said the second Cracker Barrel session of the season typically yields more answers to questions residents have.

"This one here should have more detail of what is going on," he said. "I think we'll have a lot more specific questions asked, but I'm not sure what is going to be the big issue. We have so many issues."

Ted Paris
Paris added representation from county residents will more than likely be increased at the second event.

"We always have good representation," he said. "We try to have them located at different areas in the county and give an opportunity for more people to be involved. Having three (Cracker Barrels) does a little better for us because legislation changes.

"I think it's an advantage to Clay County that we have three. Most counties don't have three legislators and two senators serving their county, like we do."

The third and final Clay County Cracker Barrel is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19, at the YMCA of Clay County.

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