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2023 Cracker Barrel


CRACKER BARREL. The Parke County Chamber of Commerce sponsored it’s annual Cracker Barrel. Pictured (from left) Nate Eslinger of Edward Jones, Doug Weisheit of Fountain Trust and Parke County CVC, Kirby Kirkpatrick, Chamber Board President, Senator Spencer Deery, Jim Meece Parke County Commissioner and Heather Thompson Director of Parke County Chamber of Commerce. (Sentinel photo by Lisa Wood)


By Lisa Wood

News Coordinator

The Annual Crack Barrel sponsored by Parke County Chamber of Commerce became a round table event Saturday, February 25.

Senator (R. District 23) Spencer Deery spoke with his constituents Saturday stating, “The greatest surprise since I took office has been the culture of support and respect from fellow legislators.” He did say that what has also surprised him is the amount of negativity which can come from the advocacy groups lobbying and the half truths told by them.

While speaking with Jim Meece, they agreed that transparency is important. Meece did ask if viewing sessions virtually would be in the near future. Deery said it has been discussed but there is still more to be done.

Doug Weisheit asked, “With there being two State Parks, Turkey Run and SRA Raccoon SRA, locally and much of Shades in Parke County, why has no one from this area been appointed to the DNR Commission?” He went on to say that the county had surpassed Brown County in visitors and the numbers continue to grow. “Our local state parks have the potential to be a substantial source of revenue for the state; it would be beneficial for someone local to be appointed to the commission.” Deery agreed to look into this further and asked that if anyone has someone in mind, please let him know.

For the full article, see the March 1 edition of the Parke County Sentinel.