Heavy rains trigger landslides and flashfloods recently in east African countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said at least 29 people were killed in landslides caused by severe weather in West Pokot County, Kenya. EPA Seven children were among the deadrecovered so far, officials said. Countries throughout east Africa havebeen affected by the downpours in recent weeks. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’iconfirmed that rescue operations were “ongoing,” adding that “harsh weatherconditions” were hampering a full assessment of the damage. The country’s meteorologicaldepartment issued a warning of heavy rains on Nov. 18, telling people in“landslide-prone” areas to be on “high alert.” KENYA – At least 29 people were killedin Kenya as heavy rains triggered a landslide in West Pokot County, PresidentUhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday. Landslides and flash floods havekilled people in Ethiopia and Tanzania while hundreds of thousands have beendisplaced in Somalia by the heavy rains.(BBC)
Pictured from left: Rep. Randy Frye , Aleena Hicks held by her father Matt Hicks, Kristen Hicks, Leslie (Gilland) Hicks, Karen Hicks, Brad Hicks, ISDA Director Ted McKinney, Pat Hicks Janine Hicks, Laura Hicks, Lt. Governor Sue EllspermannA Ripley County farm recently received an award that took a century to earn.The farm owned by the Hicks family, of Napoleon, has been recognized with a Hoosier Homestead Award.The state program recognizes farms that have remained within the same family for at least 100 years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce $1,000 or more of agriculture products per year.The farm was purchased by Frank Grow in 1901 after selling his patent for the first self-starter for the Maxwell Car. Pat Hicks and her sons Brad and Bart, and their families, currently own the farm and are the fourth and fifth generations to do so.Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney presented the award at the Statehouse in March with State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) in attendance.“The families celebrated here today remind us of what makes Indiana agriculture great,” Mckinney said. “Agriculture is not solely about producing food, fiber, and fuel for a growing population. It is also about preserving a way of life that values hard-work, integrity and community. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program celebrates just that.”
Batesville, In. — At the most recent Batesville city council meeting representatives from Hillenbrand and the Rural Alliance for the Arts thanked city council members and the mayor for their efforts during the Star Spangled Symphony.Many committees, individuals and local businesses were lauded for their unselfish participation to make the event a success. Everyone involved successfully planned and executed the event, with limited time, resources and no margin for error.It is estimated that 3,000 people attended the event.