Indiana Mourns Loss Of State Rep. Phyllis Pond

first_imgPhyllis Pond passed away on Sunday.Phyllis Pond, a former State Representative and the longest serving state representative in Indiana history died Sunday.Rep. Pond was elected to the state legislature in 1978. She was the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row in the House Chamber, which is reserved for House leaders or representatives with the most seniority.“Today, the State of Indiana mourns the loss of a leader and a friend to all Hoosiers. Phyllis was a revered colleague, a strong voice for her district and a compassionate conservative who always stood by her principles,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).Prior to being elected to the legislature, Rep. Pond worked as a kindergarten teacher. From this experience, she authored the Primetime Education Bill which capped kindergarten through third grade classroom sizes at 18. During her 35 years of service in the House, she was also instrumental in crafting many other key pieces of legislation to improve the livelihood and education of Hoosier students.Reminiscent of her days in the classroom, for her last few years as a legislator, Rep. Pond cast her votes with a ruler. This allowed her to vote without reaching across the desk to push the buttons – an idea which she couldn’t believe took her 30 years to think of.She was also very passionate about giving back to those who have served our country. During the holidays, she always encouraged people to send cards and words of encouragement to the service men and women fighting overseas. To her, it was the least she could do to say thank you and show her support.“Phyllis has been a steadfast leader in our caucus and has forged a new path for women legislators in Indiana. Her dedication and service will continue to be fondly remembered by all. She will undoubtedly be missed,” said Speaker Bosma.last_img read more

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Belgium v Italy: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgLIVE ON talkSPORT: Belgium v Italy – click here for commentary from Lyon from 8pm (BST) on 13 June 2016.Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTBoth Belgium and Italy have had to leave big names out of their Euro 2016 squads, with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts on the Red Devils’ injured list and Marco Verratti, Claudio Marchisio left behind by the Azzurri.Big things will be expected of this Belgium team, though given the amount of talent at manager Marc Wilmots’ disposal. They absolutely have the players neccessary to better the class of 1980 who finished runners-up to West Germany.Italy, meanwhile, were winners in 1968 and finalists in 2000 where David Trezeguet’s Golden Goal won it for France and then Spain battered them 4-0 in 2012.A number of familiar faces to Premier League fans will also be on display with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Graziano Pelle likely to feature.Listen live, via talkSPORT.com, on radio (1053 or 1089AM, and DAB), on your television or through our app. 1 Team sheet ! #belita #tousenfrance #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/jaoqCJ0ihA— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 13, 2016last_img read more

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