Photo: Indiana LandmarksIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced today that two properties were awarded funding through the Historic Renovation Grant Program.“We have 200 years of history to celebrate, and these grants will help revitalize historic properties in our state,” Crouch said. “We want people to come out and explore their downtown spaces, and having a piece of Hoosier History to visit can help spur that movement.”Crouch said that the Historic Renovation Grant Program, in its second year, is a comprehensive grant program designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.Mark Banschbach was awarded a $100,000 grant to preserve the Speakman House. Located in Aurora, the Greek Revival residence has 17 rooms stretching across 7,000 square feet. In 1846, Stephen Speakman built the house on the banks of Laughery Creek, overlooking the Ohio River. The property is planned to be a social gathering place to host tours, special events and possibly a bed and breakfast.Spinnaker Holdings was awarded a $63,000 grant to preserve the Sam Gilbert House/ Reitz Apartments in Evansville. There are two historic structures on this property, both which were built in 1863, and were later remodeled into four apartments named the Reitz Apartments. The four-unit apartment building is located in the main house and a duplex is in the carriage house.“Restoring and protecting these historic sites help these communities attract visitors, grow their local economy and preserve a piece of Indiana history,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA.Golden said both properties received a grant to fund the renovation and preservation of exterior features. Such renovations include roof replacement, masonry restoration, repair and replacement of windows, façade renovation and chimney improvements.Eligible properties for this grant program must be at least fifty years old and either listed on the register of Indiana historic sites/structures, be listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or be listed as a contributing resource in a National Register District. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/hrgp.
Several days have passed since Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was given a three-game suspension for his mishandling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach, a verdict that reflects negatively upon the entire sports world.There was evidence revealed in an investigation conducted by the university that Meyer — who won the national championship at Ohio State in the 2014 season and is up next to Alabama’s Nick Saban among the elite coaches in college football — failed to act in 2015 upon allegations that Zach Smith, the former assistant coach, assaulted his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. There were the lies that Meyer spewed during Big Ten media day in July, when he pretended he knew nothing of Smith’s past, despite his history of questionable behavior. And there was the fact that, as the story went public earlier this month, Meyer asked a staffer how to delete old text messages. Curiously, when investigators went through Meyer’s phone, they found no texts dating back longer than a year. But worst of all, following his suspension last Wednesday, Meyer held a press conference and delivered a pathetic performance. He was unapologetic, unremorseful — seemingly offended that he was even in this situation. He could not even bring himself to mention Courtney Smith’s name or talk about her until near the end of the presser.“I have a message for everyone involved in this,” he said when a reporter finally asked if he had a message for Smith. “I’m sorry that we are in this situation. I’m just sorry we are in this situation.”That was it. On Friday, in the face of public backlash, Meyer finally released a statement online apologizing to Smith and her children. But Wednesday’s presser revealed more about Meyer’s character than an after-the-fact apology. He couldn’t say her name out loud, couldn’t even apologize to her. Instead, he said “we,” like she, the victim, was at fault. It was as if, Smith just had inconvenienced him because he was now facing repercussions for covering up domestic abuse by one of his former employees when there were important football games to prepare for.By slapping Meyer on the wrist with a three-game suspension, Ohio State is sending the message that winning football games is more important than taking the moral high ground. The university had two options for two scenarios with its investigation: Clear him of wrongdoing and not punish him at all, or find fault and fire him. It found fault, and then did nothing. There is no middle ground when it comes to domestic violence or any type of mistreatment. There is no amount of games — let alone three — that Meyer should miss that will atone for the abuse that Courtney Smith went through, abuse that he took no action to stop.It’s sad is that this comes as no surprise. We have seen this type of story time and time again in sports, where prominent athletes or coaches are given a pass because the value of their contributions to the team supersedes the desire to do right by survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence. This has to change. Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves who is active on social issues, tweeted about the hypocrisy of sports fans who are willing to accept their star players retiring but keep rooting for their favorite player even in the face of negative revelations.“Sports fans are used to the loss of their favorites and are always excited to see what’s next,” McCarthy wrote last Wednesday. “Why doesn’t this apply when their favorites turn out to be bad people?”I am not passing judgement on whether or not Meyer is a bad person. I am saying that based on what we know, he should not be the head football coach at Ohio State. But that is not up to me, or anyone else who thinks this situation is outrageous. It is up to people within the university and determined by the culture surrounding Ohio State. Apparently, the culture of football, of bringing in money from winning games, of satisfying boosters and donors and the fanbase took precedence over showing contrition for a victim. We may never hear Courtney Smith’s name again. But we will hear all about how Meyer’s legacy was tarnished and how the Buckeyes will carry on for three games without their head coach, as if this “adversity” is even in the same stratosphere as what Smith went through.And let’s not pretend for a second that this exact scenario wouldn’t play out the same way at any other big-time college football program. College sports isn’t about doing what is morally right. The NCAA insists on its athletes being amateurs so it can profit off their success. College athletics are about one thing: making money. Urban Meyer does that for Ohio State, so he gets to keep his job. And as a sports fan, that makes me sad. Eric He is a senior majoring in journalism. He is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.
According to Owngoalnigeria.com, the newly signed on Lokomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria defender, Eze, confirmed his invitation via the letter sent to his new club by the national team coach late last month.The defender who was outstanding for Nigeria at the CHAN in Morocco where Eagles finished as runners-up, won the coach over owing to his display at the tournament despite Nigeria losing to host Morocco 4-0 in the final.His Bulgarian club confirmed the invitation of the over six feet tall defender on their website and it was the first time the player will get a chance to be with the established senior players in the national team.While the Al-Ahly forward, Junior Ajayi posted his appreciation to coach Rohr over his call up on his twitter handle. The former junior international expressed his willingness to fight for a spot in the team.“With grateful heart and total respect to the family of @NGSuperEagles and all #Nigerians, this invitation to our National Team is a dream come true. I will make you all proud by the grace of God,” he twitted on his official handle yesterday.In the build up to the World Cup, Super Eagles will play against Poland in Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March while the game with Serbia is for The Hive in London on Tuesday, 27th March 2018.The team will rap up its build up with the high-profile friendly against England at the Wembley Stadium in London few days to the kick off of the tournament in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja with agency reportHome-based Eagles defender to the last African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco last month, Stephen Eze, has earned an invite to the heart of the defence of the senior national team ahead of the international friendlies.Aside Eze, Al-Ahly forward Junior Ajayi is also in the plan of Franco-German tactician, Gernot Rohr, for the build up matches and their performances could also earn the duo the chance to be at the World Cup in Russia this summer.