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Insurance Issue Is Challenged

Missouri may be the "Show-Me State" but Jim Jennings of Brooklyn Township is fast becoming known as Susquehanna County’s "Show-Me Guy."

Mr. Jennings, currently one of eight Republicans running for county commissioner in the May GOP Primaries, put the Board of Commissioners on the spot last week when he challenged the county’s practice of allowing retired elected county officeholders to participate in the county’s health insurance program.

"I have been researching this," Mr. Jennings told the commissioners, "and I have the minutes from 1992 and 1993 and 1996 that concern this. Nowhere can I find mention of elected county officials. What authorized elected officials to receive this benefit?"

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Co-op Football On Blue Ridge Table

Most of the folks who turned out for the Blue Ridge School Board meeting on February 10 wanted to talk football. They'll have their say, but not quite yet. The business agenda included an item to consider "co-sponsorship" of a football program with the Susquehanna Community School District, but Board President Alan Hall referred the matter back to the Activities Committee and got a motion to table the question for another day. Mr. Hall encouraged anyone to speak with the Board and committee members after the meeting. He said that he would be looking for a Committee recommendation for consideration at the March business meeting. Activities Committee Chair Lon Fisher told the meeting that his group would take the matter up at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24, when the Board next gathers for committee sessions and a general workshop. Susquehanna has offered to include Blue Ridge athletes in its football program at no cost or consequence to Blue Ridge.

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