Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From the Athens Banner-Herald:
Ed Buckner, a former president of American Atheists Inc., said he brought two atheist books for each cottage at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville. The Cranford, N.J.-based organization had said it would supply atheist texts for lodging in Georgia state parks after the governor said in May any religious group could donate literature.
Bibles were temporarily removed earlier this year after Buckner complained about finding them in a cabin he rented at Amicalola Falls State Park. They were returned after the state attorney general said the books were permissible since the state hadn't paid for them. In May, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the Bibles returned to state park cabins and said any religious group could donate books.
Buckner said Wednesday he was told by officials at Red Top Mountain State Park that the books he dropped off — "The Skeptics Annotated Bible" by Steve Wells and "Fear, Faith, Fact, Fantasy" by Dr. John A. Henderson — wouldn't be immediately put in cottages at Red Top Mountain because the manager would have to make sure they complied with regulations.
Buckner planned to bring copies of those two texts as well as a third one — "Why I Am Not a Muslim" by Ibn Warraq — to A.H. Stephens Historic Park in Crawfordville later Wednesday. He also said he planned to bring atheist texts to other Georgia state parks later in the week.
From the Washington Post:
Crews have uncovered another large hole in a northern Indiana dune that swallowed a 6-year-old Illinois boy as he played in the sand, a national parks official said Wednesday (Aug. 14).
The pocket — about 10 inches wide and perhaps five feet deep — is 100 yards from the spot at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where family members and rescue crews toiled for three hours to retrieve Nathan Woessner on July 12, National Park Service Ranger Bruce Rowe said. The dune, known as Mount Baldy, has been closed to the public since then.
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From The Elkhart Truth:
It’s official. As of Wednesday (Aug. 14) morning, Thor Industries Inc. is centered in the heart of Elkhart, Ind.
“We’re proud to be part of the downtown area,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO standing next to company co-founder and chairman Peter Orthwein. The company and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to officially open the headquarters of one of the top players in the recreational vehicle industry.
“The building had been empty for six years,” Martin said of the site at 601 E. Beardsley Ave., a spot with a view of the St. Joseph River and Island Park. “A lot of people in the community had noticed that it was empty here. People have known it as the Coachmen building or something like that from many years ago, so we wanted to put our own touches on it. We’re very proud of all this.”
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From the Ithaca Journal:
Sections of several state parks in central New York are closed for the season because of damage caused by last week's heavy rains and flooding.
The regional director for state parks in the Finger Lakes says that most of the damage occurred in the area near Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca. About five inches of rain fell there Aug. 8-9, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to a road through the park, a swimming area and a trail.
Officials say the swimming area will be closed for the rest of the summer. Crews are clearing mud and debris from the trail.
The nearby Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls state parks were damaged to a lesser extent.