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First Cracker Barrel of 2013 set for Saturday

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's the beginning of a new year and that means Clay County residents will have an opportunity to meet and greet their state representatives up close.

The first Cracker Barrel of 2013 has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., and will take place at the Cory Firehouse.

Clay County Cracker Barrels are co-sponsored by Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

"I hope to have a good crowd," Farm Bureau representative Marshall Nuckols told The Brazil Times. "We hope to get some good questions and get some good answers."

Residents attending Saturday's event will see some new faces.

State Representatives Bob Heaton (House District 46) and Jim Baird (House District 44) will return. Alan Morrison (House District 42) -- who was elected in November -- will attend his first Cracker Barrel in Clay County as an elected official.

Heaton, Baird and Morrison are all Republicans.

In addition to the state representatives, State Senators John Waterman (District 39) and Tim Skinner (District 38) are also expected to be at Saturday's event.

Nuckols told The Times he has talked with Waterman about the Cracker Barrel and left a message for Skinner.

"This may be the only time we get to see (Waterman) because he can get tied up," Nuckols said. "We usually get him for the first (Cracker Barrel) and that's about the only time we see him."

Nuckols said Saturday's meeting might include discussion on taxes and county road conditions. Other than that, he said the meeting might not be as heated as previous Cracker Barrels.

"(The representatives) feel like things are going to be different this year," Nuckols said. "But I think there will be a lot of tax issues and I think there will be issues with the schools, with (new Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz) coming in.

"The biggest thing will be taxes. I feel like that will be the big topic. But there will be some new issues we've probably not had before."

Nuckols said Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce are in discussion to plan at least two more Cracker Barrels this year.

"We will probably try to have three years this," he said. "We're looking forward to it."

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