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Zanesville restaurant plans grand opening



Sis & Bub’s Kitchen will be having a grand opening on Saturday, May 11, just in time for you to bring Mom out to celebrate Mother’s Day.

They will have their new hours, new menu and will be giving away tee shirts, cups, gift cards, and more all day. “Ask about our patio club. Join us on Facebook at Sis & Bub’s and feel free to post pictures and leave positive remarks. Stop by & get the new menu to take home for carry out orders that you can call in at 260-409-5187 or come on down and dine in at our full service restaurant at 3010W Scott Street, Zanesville, IN. We are family owned and operated with home-made family recipes and daily specials.

As I write this column it is sunshine and the birds are singing. It is a little chilly though. Everyone is out mowing their lawns and working in their yards and garden.

The Lions Club needs volunteers to mow the grass at the park. If you can mow even one time give me a call at 638-4327 and a date you will be available. The diamond is now being used and they mow inside the fence. Left is the grass on the south part of the property and the grass south of the pavilion and east of the clubhouse.

If you want to help in any way to keep the park looking food please call. Don’t forget to get your East Union Center reservations in as alumni is Saturday, May 4.

Coming up soon is the Zanesville Lions Club 5/K Run Walk on Saturday May 25 at 8:00. I will put more news about this in the next column.

Mailings have been sent out to sponsors of both the 5/K and the Car show on July 27 that is being held during The Lions Club Summer Festival. If you have something to add to the Festival Day please let me know..

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12 and Memorial Day on May 27. If you need wreaths the Lions still have some to sell at $5 each and we also have apple dumplings for sale for $3 each at Countyline Pizza and Pub and by calling also.

We now have choices for inside dining and carryout at Sis & Bub’s and County Line Pizza and Pub. You can also buy all kinds of good food for a picnic from Lengerich and nearby you can eat it in the Lions Club pavilion out back. It is hard to make a choice of spots as all of these serve good food and great hospitality.


Here is some more on taxes on farm land which means that we will be paying more for food!

Rep. Jeff Thompson, the chair of the fiscalminded Ways and Means Committee, warned members of the panel that “we’re going to have a significant increase in the assessed value of farm ground.” For 2024, the base rate was determined to be $2,280 per acre, which is $380 per acre higher than for the 2023 assessment year. An increase is assessed value doesn’t automatically mean an increase in a farmer’s property tax bill but it can.

Bahati, the male African lion at the Children’s Zoo in Ft. Wayne has passed away after being diagnosed with thymic cancer just the week before. He came to the zoo in 2016 and was 9 years old at the time of his death. He came to the zoo to replace Bill who died of cancer in 2016.

This next info is relevant to all the incorporated Town of Zanesville. When we became an incorporated town in 1992 we found out from Bill Randol who sold insurance to most of Wells County side of Zanesville that we were too far from the Markle Fire District so we had to negotiate with Southwest Allen Fire District with a station just a few miles north of town. A fire contract was signed for the Wells County side as already the Allen County side resident had been paying this on their property tax. We had a rough time clearing this problem up with Bill’s help we got it done and guess what, the Wells residents had a combined deduction of $35,000 on their policies because of the distance from the station on Indianapolis Road. Anyway as with everything the fire tax is going up! I forgot to give Ellis McFadden a lot of kudos as he was a great help straightening out this mess.

The recent reorganization and expansion of fire protection districts in Allen County, as approved by county commissioners in December 2022, has increased poverty taxes but significantly improved emergency response fund.

While volunteerism may have made economic sense decades ago, the current population density growth and scarcity of volunteers necessitated a move away from the volunteer fire department model.

Despite the benefits of enhanced emergency services, the increase in property taxes to fund them has led to confusion and concern among residents. Each tax will now includes a comparison statement to help residents understand the changes in their tax rates from the previous year.

Student loan applications continue to be in the news. How about giving back our kids, yours and mine money that they paid back for their college loans. realize that some need to be forgiven but how do we know who is on the forgiven list?

According to the Associated Press, President Joe Biden’s latest plan for student loan cancellation is moving forward as a proposed regulation, offering him a fresh chance to deliver on a campaign promise and energize young voters ahead of the November election.

The Education Department on Tuesday filed paperwork for a new regulation that would deliver the cancellation that Biden announced last week. It still has to go through a 30-day public comment period and another review before it can be finalized.

It’s a more targeted proposal claim than the one the U.S. Supreme Court struck down last year. The new plan uses a different legal basis and seeks to cancel or reduce loans for more than 25 million Americans.

Conservative opponents, who see it as an unfair burden for taxpayers who didn’t attend college, have threatened to challenge it in court.

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association announced and will be celebrating their 44th Annual Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Youth Leadership Camp will be held in June and July again this year.

There will be two camps sessions will be held 17-June 20, at Pine Creek Camp in Pine Village, Indiana, serving the northern part of the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs Association Youth Leadership Camp is a program provided by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association for boys and girls who are currently in the seventh or eight grade of school and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement. The camp provides a very meaningful experience and relationship with other campers from throughout the state and sheriff officers who serve as counselors and instructors.

Any boy or girl currently in the seventh or eighth grade of school interested in attending the camp should contact the Sheriff ’s Office or your school counselor for an application and additional information. The Sheriff announced that arrangements can be possibly be made to provide the camp registration fee through a local business or civic organization for anyone interested.

For more information please contact the local Sheriff ’s office or the Indiana Sheriff ’s Association.

If this ban comes to the USA I’m afraid it will never get passed.

According to the AP, the British government’s plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party.

The bill, a key policy announced by Sunak last year, would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born after Jan. 1, 2009. If passed, the bill will give Britain some of the toughest anti-smoking measures in the world.

Authorities say it will create modern Britain’s “first smoke-free generation.” Under the new Tobacco and Vapes Bill, children turning 15 this year or younger will never be legally sold tobacco.

This needs to happen here:

ABBA, Biggie, Blondie and Rudolph are entering America’s audio canon. New inductees into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress, including ABBA’s 1976 album “Visitors,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 album “Ready to Die,” Blondie’s 1978 breakthrough “Parallel Lines” and Gene Autry’s 1949 version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The only thing I can relate to in this list is Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Career-defining singles from several artists are also entering the registry, including “Chances Are” from Johnny Mathis, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” from Bobby McFerrin.” “The Tennessee Waltz” from Patti Page, and “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Bill Withers.

Now this list of music I long remember.

When are we going to learn?

A congressional committee is accusing China of fueling the fentanyl crisis in the U.S. A report released Tuesday by a House select committee says China is directly subsidizing the manufacturing of materials used by drug traffickers to make fentanyl outside the county.

Committee investigators said the accessed a government website that revealed tax rebates for the production of specific fentanyl precursors as well as other synthetic drugs as long as those companies sell them outside China.

A national report released Thursday about state-funded preschool programs doesn’t give Indiana credit for its pre-K voucher program benefiting children from low-income families. On My Way Pre-K – which has been available in Allen County since 2015 – doesn’t meet the definitions of a state-funded preschool program used in the National Institute for Early Education Research’s annual “State of Preschool” report.

A report indicated pre-K offerings had to meet seven criteria to qualify as a state preschool program. They had to serve 3 and/or 4- year olds; be funded, controlled and directed by the state; focus on early childhood education; and be distinct from the state’s system for subsidized child care, among other requirements.

A state program, On My Way Pre-K awards vouchers to 4-year-olds from low-income families so they may participate in a high-quality pre-K program the year before beginning kindergarten.

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