GREENSBURG, Ind. — Thursday night, the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Future in Ag night.Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Ted McKinney, talks about the future of agriculture in Southeastern Indiana.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ted1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McKinney’s presentation included information about the state’s INDIANA GROWN food initiative, aimed at promoting Indiana-produced agriculture products.According to McKinney, the Hoosier State leads the nation in production of ducks, seed soybeans, and wood office furniture, and is second in production of ice cream, popcorn, and processed tomatoes.McKinney also stated agricultural business in Indiana creates $25 billion in gross domestic product and includes 17% of the state’s workforce.
ELLSWORTH — There are still some big games left to be played for the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team, but the Eagles are already assured of a spot in the Class B North playoffs come February.Ellsworth clinched a berth in the upcoming state tournament Thursday with a 42-35 home win against John Bapst. Depending on the team’s results over the final four games and outcomes elsewhere in Class B North, the Eagles could finish anywhere between second place and 11th.Sophomore Kylie Robidoux led Ellsworth in scoring against John Bapst (4-8) with 10 points. The Eagles’ other scorers were Trinity Montigny with nine points, Kayla Duhaime with eight, Samantha Carter with seven, Sara Shea with five, Autumn Paul with two and Sierra Andrews with one.The Eagles’ next game will be against George Stevens Academy (3-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Blue Hill. Ellsworth will play its final road games of the year when it takes on Presque Isle and Caribou at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, respectively.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI, DI-S girls clinch spotsHancock County will have plenty of representation in this year’s girls’ tournament as Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle-Stonington have also sealed spots in the upcoming playoffs.MDI, which fell to 9-2 Thursday with a 47-33 road loss against Hermon (10-0), had Monday’s scheduled game against Old Town moved to Wednesday following the snowstorm. Deer Isle-Stonington (11-0) kept hold of first place in Class D North on Saturday with an 81-40 road win over Machias.
South Korea defender Jang Hyun-soo has received a lifetime ban from playing for the national team and hit with a 30 million won ($26,448) fine after he was found to have falsified records relating to his military service exemption.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete almost two years military service as part of efforts to maintain a deterrent against the North but athletes can earn exemptions by winning a medal at the Olympics or gold at the Asian Games.As part of the exemption conditions, athletes must undergo four weeks of basic military training and undertake more than 500 hours of community service over a three-year period.Jang, who has 58 caps and was part of the team that won gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, has admitted to submitting false records detailing how many hours of community service he has performed.The Korea Football Association met on Thursday to decide how to punish the 27-year-old, who played in all three of Korea’s games at the World Cup in Russia.”Jang has been permanently disqualified from playing for the national team and has been fined 30 million won,” a KFA spokesperson said by telephone on Thursday. In addition to the KFA sanction, the Sports Ministry has given Jang an additional five days of compulsory service.Jang, who will now miss the Asian Cup in January, had apologised on Monday and said he would undertake the required community service.”I am sorry to have disappointed everyone for such a shameful issue,” he was quoted as saying on the KFA website.The issue of military exemptions has come under the microscope in recent months.The incentive was introduced in the 1970s as part of Seoul’s drive to become a world sporting power and raise its profile on the global stage but it has come in for criticism in recent years as the country rebalances its priorities. Some have called for the exemption system to be abolished altogether, questioning its fairness in an era where the South Korean public have been yearning for an end to privilege and lopsided advantages in all walks of life.Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min was the latest high-profile athlete to win an exemption after he led South Korea to the gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in September.