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Website Highlights Indiana's
View photographs and learn about Indiana’s Courthouses through the Indiana Courthouse Squares website created by Ball State University. Indiana’s county courthouses convey the variety and grandeur of the state’s architectural history. In recent years, there was a renewed interest in restoring and preserving these buildings. As a consequence, in 2008 the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Bill 176 which created the Courthouse Preservation Advisory Commission. The commission is tasked with providing information, recommendations, and support for historic courthouses across the state. The August 2011 Report of the Commission is available here: Indiana’s Historic Courthouses.
The Indiana’s Courthouses site provides photographs of the courthouse buildings, with information about year built, architect, and the county seat with map links. There are additional photos of the courthouse square and surrounding views from each county seat. There is also a mobile version available. For more courthouse angles, be sure to take a look at Daniel Hartwig’s Courthouse images at Ball State’s Digital Media Repository.
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Alliance Unveils Campaign Focused on Breaking Bad Intentions
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller helped unveil a statewide public awareness campaign on September 3, 2013 in Evansville to send a warning to those who buy certain medicines for the purpose of making meth.
Zoeller joined representatives from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Retailers Council, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), local prosecutors, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other leaders to kick off the initiative in Evansville. The Indiana State Police recently determined Vanderburgh County leads the state for the number of meth labs found so far this year.
The voluntary educational campaign aims to increase public awareness about the criminal enterprise known as “smurfing” — the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) to sell to methamphetamine cooks.
The awareness campaign informs consumers through signage displayed at the point of sale that smurfing is a criminal offense and an integral part of the meth production process. As a result, the simple act of buying certain cold or allergy product for a stranger can fuel Indiana’s meth problem.
The public-private partnership was developed by CHPA, a national association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines, and is carried out by Indiana retailers on a voluntary basis. CHPA tested anti-smurfing posters to ensure that they communicate impactful messaging without deterring legitimate consumers.
The Indiana Pharmacy Alliance and the Indiana Retailers Council have already begun distributing anti-smurfing signage to retailers across the state. For more information on the campaign, please visit Meth-KnowTheConsequences.org.
Government Portal Aims to Protect Kids from Online Dangers
Going back to school is about more than shiny shoes and trendy notebooks. It’s also about kids making new friends and adding those friends on social network sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Unfortunately, there are people who can use your child’s personal information to steal identities, bully them or begin an inappropriate relationship. Help protect students from online dangers by following these safety tips:
Get additional online safety tips, and other relevant information on OnGuardOnline.gov, a great government resource for parents and teens.
This information is brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the USA.gov blog.
Learn About a Widely-Observed Designated Week for First Time
The Ohio Buckeye Singles Council started “National Singles Week” in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 15-21 in 2013) as “Unmarried and Single Americans Week,” an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word “single” because they are parents, have partners, or are widowed. In this edition of Facts for Features, unmarried people include those who were never married, widowed, or divorced, unless otherwise noted.
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