Northview Band & Guard Hosts 27th Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner & Pops Concert

North Clay Middle School Jazz Band plays an energetic song in the Northview Auditorium Sunday.

BRAZIL- Northview Band & Guard hosted its 27th Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner & Pops Concert today at the high school.

Several middle and high school performances were held in the auditorium and gymnasium at Northview High School in Brazil. Those attending were able to experience performances from the Northview High School and North Clay Middle School concert and jazz bands,and also hear performances by the North Clay Cadet Corps, Northview Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble and Northview Indoor Drumline.

The menu drew a large crowd to enjoy the fundraiser event, which included chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw or applesauce, rolls and dessert.

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

North Clay Middle School  seventh-grade band student entertain the crowd in the Northview High School auditorium Sunday.

North Clay Middle School seventh-grade band students entertain the crowd in the Northview High School auditorium Sunday.

Northview High School Band performs at the 27th annual Pops Concert in the auditorium Sunday.

Northview High School Band performs at the 27th annual Pops Concert in the auditorium Sunday.

All Invited to Participate in Ash Wednesday

Sister Adele Beacham distributes ashes during the 2014 Ash Wednesday services.

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are inviting people of all faith traditions to participate in the season of Lent, beginning with the Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, located 10 minutes northwest of downtown Terre Haute.

The ritual of receiving ashes that form a cross on a person’s forehead symbolizes the need for reconciliation and healing as individuals and collectively as a society, and dates back many centuries.

Ashes will be blessed and distributed after the homily, before the consecration and distribution of Communion.

Also, the sisters will pray Lenten Vespers each Sunday of Lent. Vespers are also open to people of all faith traditions and are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Sewage Sludge Meeting Fuels Powerdyne President’s Temper

Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson (at podium) is impatient with ongoing plans with the city to strike up a deal to proceed with a sludge-to-fuel plant . A large audience attended a special city council meeting Thursday.

TERRE HAUTE – Up until last night, during a special city council meeting, the residents of Terre Haute had yet to hear from Powerdyne representatives about the proposed renewable fuel facility and the contracts regarding the sewage sludge- to-diesel fuel plans.

Powerdyne Chief Exectutive Officer/President Geoff Hirson, a native of South Africa now residing in California,  made a strong first impression. He was quick to defend the privately held company’s technology, which he admitted he “holds close to his chest.”.

“I really hope we can put this project together, get rid of all the– I don’t want to use swear words, but — get rid of all the stuff that’s been going on, and make it good for both Powerdyne, the city and the community,” Hirson said.

After a Powerpoint presentation before the city council, he took questions regarding the related contracts with the city for the sludge-to-fuel project in front of a standing room only audience at Terre Haute City Hall.

In the end, Hirson basically just said take it or leave it.

Friction seemed to spark when Councilman Todd Nation — alleging secrecy in the plans and contracts with the city —  provoked Hirson by asking him to see a facility with its existing technology, expressing implied skepticism in the legitimacy of the corporation.

Responding to that question regarding his business from Councilman Nation, Hirson stated he wanted to feel welcome in Terre Haute, “But when you push my buttons… all I want to know is, do you want me in the city or do you not want me in the city?  For me, it’s get on a plane and go home, I got other projects,” he said. He then jested that if he were proposing opening a restaurant, for example, in the town, would his motives be questioned?

Aside from that conflict, a few of the council members were welcoming to Hirson. Councilman Norman Loudermilk, in particular, said he was willing  to suggest a tax abatement for the project.

All the contracts with Powerdyne and the related companies are being renegotiated and officials hope to have them ready to go in time for next month’s city council meeting for review. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said Powerdyne and its related contracts are being revised by Mark Thompson, director of wastewater plant, city attorney Chou-il Lee and himself, due to recent opposition in the community and alleged flaws.

Consultants and engineers spoke to the audience to explain the formalities involved in transporting the required sludge to meet the demand from remote cities and the process to alter it into fuel to clear up months of confusion in the talks so far.

Hirson outlined the waste- to- fuel project, explaining there are currently nearly 200 such facilities in the United States, of which 114 are bio-fuel projects. He noted that negative press in Terre Haute has, in fact, brought favorable attention and interest in his company. In the event the project gets the go ahead locally, Hirson said he is prepared to issue a $3 million “concession” check at groundbreaking for the facility.

“I know everyone is asking ,how are we going to make all this fuel with so little sludge? Well, we don’t only use sludge, obviously,” he said, explaining they would use feedstock — or, raw materials — in place of the previously stated green waste. “We can convert any kind of organic material into synthetic gas.”

He explained the concept is nothing new and actually is environmentally friendly. The carbon gasification process has been around 180 years and there is no waste or harmful emissions. He noted that the finished fuel product, created in the process, looks as clear as water. It is due to a clean fuel process, a “closed loop system” needed in today’s environment, he said.

“Our fuel facility that we’re going to build is going to be owned and operated without any city financial investment, “Hirson assured the audience. “We never came to this city and said, ‘Help us to build this plant.'”

During the building of the proposed plant, 2,000 construction jobs could be created. About 100 to 130  employees would be needed to keep the plant running, he said, noting the jobs would be in the $30 and above- per-hour range.

A scientist, Roger Ward, and an engineer, Craig Shumaker, each spoke from the podium, voicing their concerns of the practicality of the sludge-to-fuel plans.

“It would be one thing if this plant was located in the center of Indianapolis. Even that wouldn’t be enough sewage sludge,” Ward said.

And, the process of dewatering the sludge is another concern.

“The particular problem with the sludge, is much of the fuel in the carbon in sludge is used to dry out the sludge,” Shumaker said.

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

Terre Haute City Council meeting Thursday included discussion about a proposed renewable fuel plant in the city. Mayor Duke Bennett is pictured at the podium. Terre Haute City Council Members listen to discussion about Powerdyne's proposed renewable fuel plant. Scientist Craig Shumaker  and Roger Ward  discuss the shortfall of necessary sludge needed in the proposed sludge-to-fuel plant in Terre Haute. Terre Haute City Councilman Todd Nation sparks a debate with Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson(not pictured)Thursday. Council President John Mullican is to Nation's right. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says the Powedyne and related contracts are being revised, during the City Council meeting Thursday. Powerdyne President Geoff Hirson speaks to a large crowd at Terre Haute City Hall Thursay, regarding sludge-to-fuel process. The proposed Powerdyne renewable fuel plant in Terre Haute drew a large crowd to Thursday's special city council meeting at Terre Haute City Hall.  Pictured are people in line almost an hour before the meeting started at 5 p.m. A specila Terre Haute City Council meeting was held Thursday in the City Courtroom at City Hall regarding the proposed renewable fuel plant in the city.

Two Bloomington Fire Department Firefighters to Retire from Over 35 Years of Service

Captain Fred Mathews and Battalion Chief Mark Webb

Bloomington, Ind. – Bloomington firefighters Fred Matthews and Mark Webb will be retiring from the Bloomington Fire Department after more than 30 years of service on Feb. 16, the day before 115th year anniversary of the Bloomington Fire Department.

Matthews, retiring as a captain for 19 years, has been at the BFD for a total of 35 years since May 14, 1979.  Webb, retiring as battalion chief for 17 years, has been at the BFD for a total of 36 years. Matthews said, “you can’t beat the public service and that satisfaction and gratification when you know that you have helped someone.

People look to you for your help and support. You truly do help people, which is the most satisfying thing.” Webb added, “this position has allowed me to provide well for my family over the years. It is an honorable profession, and I would not have done anything else. I am proud to have been a part of this profession.”

The two firefighters have worked together for over 30 years. Matthews and Webb recall the Z.B.T. fraternity house fire in 1984 during IU’s Homecoming, where they each went in different doors to find a person missing in the fire. Matthews had found the young man and it was also Matthews’ first fire.

The Bloomington Fire Department has also undergone many changes over the years. Matthews said that technology and fire science are the biggest changes. “You used to never have an air pack on when you went into a fire. Now you don’t go in without one,” said Matthews.

Webb agreed that technology was a major change as well the growing emphasis on education and safety. Webb added, “when you first came on, you did not wear breathing masks. Gear wasn’t as protective as it is now and there was not a whole lot of organization or fire command. Before, we had rubber gloves in fires. Now, we have leather gloves.”

Both Matthews and Webb spent most of their years at the main Bloomington Fire Department Headquarters and worked for four mayors and seven fire chiefs. They spent one third of their time at the department, working the 4th of July, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

Webb stated, “when you get to the state of our careers, the extra benefit and satisfaction we have is that we have seen a lot and done a lot. We get new hires in and watch them get an achievement, which is also satisfying. It is about taking your experiences and helping someone else.”

Chief Todd Easton added, “I wish Fred and Mark all the best with their retirement and future plans, but it comes with a great loss to the department.  It’s difficult to replace seventy-one years of combined service, with the majority of that time holding positions as ranking officers. During this time, both have had numerous BFD members promoted throughout the years who served under their command, so even though they are both “retired,” their knowledge and leadership qualities still remain.”

Feb. 17 is the 115th anniversary for the Bloomington Fire Department. For more information on the Bloomington Fire Department, please go to http://bloomington.in.gov/ about-the-bfd.

Peregrine Falcon Nest Box Relocated

Steven Lima, professor of biology at Indiana State University, holds a peregrine falcon chick in 2012.

With the impending demolition of Statesman Towers, biologists at Indiana State University have relocated the nesting box for a pair of peregrine falcons.

The new box was placed Dec. 18 on the southeast corner of the Sycamore Building, located downtown between Ohio Street and Wabash Avenue and owned by Sunset Harbor Inc., said Steven Lima, professor of biology at Indiana State.

The 6-year-old male falcon from Indianapolis and his mate have yet to use the new box, but their old Statesman Tower nest box was removed about a month ago.

“We hope they move when they start demolition over there soon. It should be enough of a disruption to get them to at least go someplace else,” Lima said. “We do not know if they have found the new box or not. We’ll see what happens.”

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Air-conditioning units have been removed from the towers, and the one-story connecting structure between the twin 15-story towers is first up for demolition, Lima said.

“One of the reasons we’re starting the demolition in the winter is to get them to move,” Lima said. “The preference was to (raze the buildings) in the spring, but that would have been a problem. So the university decided they can start on some stuff during the winter — just to make it uncomfortable (for the falcons), so they go somewhere else before they start nesting.”

Peregrine falcons lay their eggs the first week in April like “clockwork,” Lima said.

The Statesman Towers location has been the site of two successful hatchings — the first of which for the formerly endangered species in 50 years. The first hatching in 2012 resulted in three chicks. Last year, the male mated with a different female and hatched two chicks, which were lost about a month later in a severe spring storm.

Lima said he’s been getting concerned emails from the falcons’ fans.

“The university has been really good about accommodating these birds over the years, even in timing the destruction of the buildings,” Lima said.

Based on the pair’s hunting habits, biologists say they think the falcons prefer the eastern and western areas of Terre Haute, rather than southern parts of the city. A falcon decoy to be placed on the new box is currently on order.

“They’ll see another falcon, which will really tick them off and get them to come over,” Lima said. “My guess is if they see something that looks like another falcon, they’ll come over … and notice another box.”

If anyone sees the falcons on top of the Sycamore Building, they’re asked to contact the university, Lima said.

“Hopefully, we can get them to move. I knew removing the nest box would not be enough,” Lima said. “I hope the combination of noise and putting up a decoy can at least get them to go over there.”

Biology graduate student Kathleen Spicer described Sunset Harbor’s management as gracious for letting them use the roof of the building, which is the tallest structure in the city and the birds’ best option. The relationship will be low-maintenance, she said.

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“The more we can leave them alone and not disturb them, the better off they are,” Spicer said.

For now, they’re still frequenting Statesman Towers’ familiar cliff-like structure.

“Going up to take down the nest box, the male and female were in the area. They were none too happy to see us on that roof. They made their vocal displeasure obvious,” Spicer said.

Peregrine falcons became endangered in the 1960s because of the wide use of the insecticide DDT that poisoned their food supply. As top predators, the birds absorbed large amounts of the chemical from ingesting their prey and became unable to reproduce.

The falcons were removed from the endangered species list in 1999. In the Midwest, there are about 300 pairs, which are still monitored by wildlife officials.

“They’re no longer endangered and they’re no longer in trouble, so it’s not a big blow to their population if they miss a season,” Lima said. “If they don’t go (to the new nest box), they don’t go. They make their own decisions. So, we might miss a year. I doubt they’ll abandon the city — it’s their city.”

John Castrale, nongame bird biologist for Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife, cleans out the peregrine falcon nest box atop Indiana State University’s Statesman Towers in 2014. Kathleen Spicer, a biology graduate student at Indiana State University, holds a peregrine falcon in 2014. A female peregrine falcon flies above the Statesman Towers in 2012 as officials remove her chicks for banding.

Sullivan County Community Hospital Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Sullivan County Community Hospital

SULLIVAN- Sullivan County Community Hospital recently announced its new Chief Financial Officer, experienced leader Scott Andritsch, to oversee operations, cost management, service excellence, efficiency, program implementation, and new technologies for SCCH.

Andritsch, a native of Milwaukee, Wis, most recently served as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance for IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville, Ind, where he provided executive leadership for finance, revenue cycle and support areas.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Scott R. Andritsch has accepted the position as SCCH’s new Chief Financial Officer,” said CEO Michelle Franklin. “Scott has worked at many levels in the healthcare financial arena, from director, controller to CFO positions.  He brings over 23 years of experience with him.”

Andritsch holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Huntington University, and an Associate’ s Degree in Accounting from the International Business College.  Additionally, Andritsch is a member of the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Finance, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I am extremely impressed with the leadership, professionalism and dedication of everyone who works at SCCH,” Andritsch said.   I am very pleased and honored to be a part of this hospital’s team and the community that it serves.”

Andritsch and his wife, Alyssa, have eight children, three grandchildren and recently moved from Mooresville, Ind, to Sullivan, Ind.

Axelrod: A ‘Believer’ Politics is a Means to Confront Challenges, Improve the Future

David Axelrod addresses a crowd at ISU Thursay.

TERRE HAUTE- Former senior political adviser David Axelrod believes that, through a combined effort, the world can become a better place.

After spending the day with students and faculty at Indiana State University Thursday, he joked with the audience in Tilson Auditorium, that aside from basketball legend Larry Bird, he hadn’t really known much about the university before he arrived in Terre Haute.

During his visit, though, he said he quickly became inspired by the level of community service in which the students, faculty and staff are involved.

“This was very,very meaningful to me. Because, to me, that’s sort of my concept of politics,” he said. “ I don’t view politics as a contest between the red team and the blue team; I view it as a means to confront challenges and problems, to improve communities.”

Axelrod noted that, in his new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” the premise behind the work is that politcs is about more than simply winning elections, it’s about securing the future. He added that he came to that belief at a very young age.

He was too young to remember, or comprehend, the words the awestruck crowd heard that day. But he never forgot the importance of the occasion, which forshadowed his long career in politics.

“Very, very  few people can point to the exact date — the time and the place — where lifelong passion began, but I can,” he said, explaining that presidential candidate John F. Kennedy had visited his hometown, when he was just 5-years-old, in New York. His babysitter decided to take him to see the “dashing young senator.”

Axelrod served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama, senior adviser to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, senior strategist to Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his 2012 re-election campaign. Today, he serves as the director of the  Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and is a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC television networks, according to a press release.

Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune before entering politics in 1984, where he covered national, state and local politics. He also served as the Tribune’s City Hall bureau chief.

The first of several notorious political campaigns he was associated with was with Rep. Paul Simon (D-IL.)

“Like me, he had started off as a newspaperman,” Axelrod said, adding that SImon entered politics at a young age, as a crusader and advocate for civil rights. He would eventually  take “ the leap” from his own newspaper career to join Simon in politics.

Under the Obama Administration, his expertise  prepared him to deal first-hand  in challenges, including an oil spill, economic crisis and health care reform.

He remembers a discussion in the early days of healthcare reform with President Obama.

“He said something that I’ll always remember. He said, ‘what are we here for? Are we here to put our approval rating on a shelf and admire it for the next eight years, or are we here to draw down on it to do things to make a lasting difference for the country?’”

Then when the legislation passed, he recalls that it affected him deepy, as his young daughter had personally been dealing with a serious health complication requiring costly medical care. Meanwhile, he understood the controversy involved in the the changes.

“There are days when you see something like this and you say,’it’s all worth it.’ Because this is how we move our country forward,” he said.

In his concluding remarks, Axelrod told the audience at Tilson Auditorium that one of the reasons he was happy to be on the ISU campus was because he “ relishes the opportunity” to talk to young people, to encourage them to be “baton carriers” in the future.

“Because I’m very mindful of what Robert Kennedy said: ‘The future is not a gift, it’s an achievement. That’s why we do the work,” he said.

Axelrod was born in New York City, and graduated from the University of Chicago. He served as anadjunct professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and has lectured on political media at Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, according to the press release. He and his wife, Susan Landau, have  three children, Lauren, Michael and Ethan.

David Axelrod addresses a crowd at Tilson Auditorium in Terre Haute Thursday evening.

David Axelrod addresses a crowd at Tilson Auditorium in Terre Haute Thursday evening.

According to the press release, Axelrod was recently inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame. During his time at the White House, Axelrod was the Administration’s most frequent presence on the influential Sunday talk shows including NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, FOX News Sunday and CNN’s State of the Union. From 1988 to 2008, Axelrod was the founder and senior partner at the consulting firm AKPD Message and Media, based in Chicago. In that capacity, he managed media strategy and communications for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns, with a focus on progressive candidates and causes.

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

NSWC Crane Flies Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Commanding Officer

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NSWC Crane Flies Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Commanding Officer Thursday morning, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) lowered its flag to half-staff in honor of retired US Navy Captain Charles LaSota. LaSota, who passed away on Jan. 26 after struggling with pancreatic cancer, was NSWC Crane’s commanding officer from July of 2008 to October of 2011.

“Charles LaSota was not only highly respected at Crane, he was also loved,” NSWC Crane Commanding Officer Captain Jeffrey Elder stated. “When he said he cared about his people he meant it. No one who worked for him will ever forget him, the same way he never forgot about Crane, its people and its mission. It’s important to honor him here, in the place that meant so much to him.”

Technical Director Dr. Adam Razavian noted that employees who were not able to gather around the flag as it was lowered to half-staff were encouraged to join in a moment of silence in their workplaces. “It’s wonderful that so many people turned out this morning to celebrate Captain LaSota’s 35 years of military service and show support for Mrs. LaSota during her time of loss,” he added.

All state facilities, businesses and residences were asked to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday. An Indiana Flag was flown over the Statehouse, which Governor Mike Pence will present to LaSota’s widow, Teresa.

LaSota enlisted in the Navy in 1976, beginning as a nuclear reactor operator on board a submarine during the Cold War. His final naval tour was as the 25th commanding officer of NSWC Crane, and his most recent position was president of the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) located at the WestGate Technology Park.

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Letter to the Editor: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Southwest School Corp. Administration Building in Sullivan. 
(NewsBarb Photo/L.PERRY)

Dear Parents (and other adults who care about kids),

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 teens have been in an abusive relationship.
  • 1 in 11 Indiana High School students reports being physically forced to have sex.
  • About 1 in 5 high school girls have been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner each year.
  • Approximately 8% of boys and 9% of girls have been to an emergency room for an injury received from a dating partner.
  • Rates of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use are more than twice as high in girls who report physical dating violence or sexual abuse than for girls who report not having experienced violence.
  • 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help.
  • 75% of parents don’t talk to their kids about relationships.

The Knox/Sullivan Communities that Care Project, under the umbrella agency of Children and Family Services, Inc. and Hope’s Voice, is providing the Safe Dates curriculum to all Knox and Sullivan County 6th or 7th graders in their health class. This curriculum is designed to help students define caring relationships, understand why people are abusive, recognize the red flags of abusive relationships and give them the tools to develop healthy relationships for themselves and to help their friends who might be in an abusive relationship.

Relationship interactions exist on a spectrum and it may be difficult to recognize when the behavior crosses over into abuse. The following are a few red flags that might indicate if a relationship is abusive:

  • Calling a dating partner names.
  • Isolating a dating partner from friends and family.
  • Requiring dating partner to change their behavior because they are jealous.
  • Ignoring their dating partner’s feelings.
  • Any physically harmful behavior: hitting, shaking pushing, pinching, etc.
  • Any type of forced or unwanted sexual actions, even forced kissing can be considered abusive.

While the statistics are scary, talking to your kids shouldn’t be. Although your kids may not tell you this, they actually want to have conversations. Ultimately, by initiating conversations with your teens, you have the power to set them up to have safer and healthier relationships throughout their lives. Keep in mind that conversations (talking AND listening) are better than interrogations (shooting questions at them and expecting immediate answers).

We urge you to visit stand4respect.org to find information on how to start conversations about these topics. You can also watch a video on how to connect with your teen at: http://www.drugfree.org/videos/bonding-with-your-teen/.

Talk with your teens. Together we have the power to prevent this problem.

For more information, call Children and Family Service, Inc. at 812-886-4470.

Sincerely,

Tina Hidde

Miranda Martin

Knox/Sullivan CTC Project

Former Runt’s Bar Getting Makeover to Welcome New Business

Sullivan Board of Public Works. Left to right: Max Judson, Debra Ayers, Mayor Clint Lamb, attorney Angela Bullock, Jean McMahan, Alan Pierce and Sue Pitts, clerk.

SULLIVAN-  Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb is optimistic — and not only about recent developments involving Central Plaza — but also regarding a potential business investment at the former Runt’s Bar on the courthouse square.

“This has been kind of a community effort,” Lamb said during the Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday, noting the clean-up activity underway at 30 W. Washington St. “The city government doesn’t usually get involved in real estate transactions. However, that being such an integral part of the square, we needed to make sure that the building did not continue to deteriorate.”

After sitting vacant for more than a year, the Sullivan City Redevelopment Commission,Followell Real Estate and the Sullivan Street Department have been working to clean the place up. Now, through a public-private partnership between owner Greg Wolfe and the city, efforts to attract a new business on that corner look promising.

To be able to market the city, to several interested developers, city officials agree they need first ensure the building has curb appeal. Aside from physical labor involved in the former Runt’s Bar makeover, Lamb assures taxpayers the project is costing nothing.

Everything the city administration is doing, all goes back to the comprehensive master plan, he said, adding that residents previously came together to voice opinions. Downtown improvements were a main focus of the survey.

And, Lamb can’t help but “connect the pieces of the puzzle” of one project to another.

“Don’t take my word for it, because I think you’ll hear it from whoever the entrepreneur is, once they land. The excitement and the buzz stems from Sullivan Central Plaza. And I can’t drive this message home enough,” he said, stressing that the city doesn’t want to be in competition with the downtown square nor City Park.

For more information on the business project, Lamb suggest that interested residents tune into “First Fridays with the Mayor”  Friday morning on 95.3 WNDI at 8:30 a.m.

The former Runt's Bar site is getting ready to welcome new business on the courthouse square in Sullivan.

The former Runt’s Bar site is getting ready to welcome new business on the courthouse square in Sullivan.

In other business:

Chris Olson, of the sewer department, reported on an ongoing problem stemming from inmates at the jail flushing items into the system.

“They dump everything down into the system.I mean anything, from all their commissary papers, to panties and bras, underwear,” Olson said, adding that surrounding businesses end up with backflow.

Lamb agreed to talk with Sheriff Clark Cottom regarding the issue.

  • Resident Keith Vernelson addressed the board regarding insufficient lighting concerns on Willow Court. The board took the matter under advisement.
  • The board approved a request by Dan Brown, of the Sullivan County Shifters, for street closure on the eastside of the square during a car show event on June 28.
  • Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for free, open bowling for the entire family at Sullivan Bowling Lanes. The “Keep It Rollin” event is to encourage Sullivan young people and adults to stay active by promoting physical wellness. The event was also created to promote entertainment amenities in the City of Sullivan, increase our sense of community, and to help support local business, Lamb said, adding that Sullivan Bowling Lanes has been locally owned/operated and has given back to our community for 28 years.

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

2015 Sullivan City Primary Candidates: Wamsley Running for Mayor

Sullivan native Jeff Wamsley enters the race for mayor in the 2015 primary. Also pictured, Sullivan County Clerk Peggy Goodman.

SULLIVAN- Republican mayoral candidate Jeff Wamsley, 54, of Sullivan, is running unopposed in the May primary on his party’s ticket. Incumbent Clint Lamb (D,) 34, is also the only candidate on the Democratic ticket at this time.

Wamsley is employed at INDOT and is married to Bonita. The couple has two children, Jade and Jacob.

“I want to do something for the city; I’ve worked with government most of my life,” Wamsley said today. “I got an opportunity here, so I’m going to give it a shot.”

Also note, Councilwoman Debra Ayers has withrawn her candidacy for city council district # 2. No one has filed city council district #4 at this time.

2015 Sullivan City Primary Candidates

Here is a complete list of candidates for city offices, as reported by Sullivan County Clerk Peggy Goodman today. The last day to file is Friday, Feb. 6.

Mayor

Clint D. Lamb – Democrat

Jeff Wamsley – Republican

Clerk

Sue Pitts – Democrat

City Council District #1

Jack W. Alexander – Democrat

John M. Ellington – Democrat

City Council District #2

Wm. Gene Bonham – Democrat

City Council District #3

Raymond Pirtle – Democrat

City Council District #4

No Candidates

City Council-at-Large

Steven D. Martindale – Democrat

Jim Minks – Democrat

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

2015 Sullivan City Primary Candidates: Wamsley Running for Mayor

Sullivan native Jeff Wamsley enters the race for mayor in the 2015 primary. Also pictured, Sullivan County Clerk Peggy Goodman.

SULLIVAN- Republican mayoral candidate Jeff Wamsley, 54, of Sullivan, is running unopposed in the May primary on his party’s ticket. Incumbent Clint Lamb (D,) 34, is also the only candidate on the democratic ticket at this time.

Wamsley is employed at INDOT and is married to Bonita. The couple has two children, Jade and Jacob.

“I want to do something for the city; I’ve worked with government most of my life,” Wamsley said today. “I got an opportunity here, so I’m going to give it a shot.”

Also note, Councilwoman Debra Ayers has withrawn her candidacy for city council district # 2. No one has filed city council district #4 at this time.

2015 Sullivan City Primary Candidates

Here is a complete list of candidates for city offices, as reported by Sullivan County Clerk Peggy Goodman today. The last day to file is Friday, Feb. 6.

Mayor

Clint D. Lamb – Democrat

Jeff Wamsley – Republican

Clerk

Sue Pitts – Democrat

City Council District #1

Jack W. Alexander – Democrat

John M. Ellington – Democrat

City Council District #2

Wm. Gene Bonham – Democrat

City Council District #3

Raymond Pirtle – Democrat

City Council District #4

No Candidates

City Council-at-Large

Steven D. Martindale – Democrat

Jim Minks – Democrat

Lucy Perry can be reached at lperry@newsbarb.com

Law Enforcement Students to Graduate in March

Josh Fuller (right) practices the proper procedures to take during a traffic stop at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

PLAINFIELD — Greene County residents Jordan Allor and Josh Fuller are entering week 10 of 16 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Last week, Allor, of the Bloomfield Police Department, was training on firearms, while Fuller, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, was going through traffic stops training.

Firearms and stops are two of the four “breakout” weeks, during which trainees get hands-on experience. The other two special classes are EVOC, or emergency vehicles operations course, and physical tactics. Other weeks at the academy are spent primarily in a classroom setting, learning criminal law and more.

“The breakout weeks are a lot of fun,” Allor said. “You get to meet more people in your squad. You’re all in a group setting instead of a class.”

While getting out and physically participating during those weeks may be enjoyable, Fuller said instructors have taught him valuable information in the classroom as well.

“The criminal law classes have helped explain a lot of stuff that I wasn’t 100 percent clear on,” he explained.

Both Allor and Fuller said training is going well so far. Fuller added that hearing everyone else’s stories did not really prepare them for the ILEA experience.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Allor agreed. “Other officers — some liked it, some did not.”

While at the academy, officers typically stay in a dormitory through the week and return home on weekends. This can be challenging in more ways than one, the men said.

“The hardest part is being away from family,” Allor explained.

Fuller said, “It will be nice to get back into a normal routine, even though then we will have to actually work.”

Allor said getting back to his job will provide him with a much needed break from getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day. He typically works 12-hour shifts, between second and third shift for the Bloomfield Police Department.

Fuller works evenings for Greene County Sheriff’s Department as well.

Allor and Fuller are set to graduate on March 13. For more information about ILEA, visit the website at www.in.gov/ilea.

Indiana State Library Adds 15th Century Dictionary to Collection

“Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the only one of its kind in the United States. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services)

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library has added another rare dictionary to its esteemed Cordell Collection.

One of the first known examples of a German-to-Latin dictionary, “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum” was published in 1495 by Johann Gruninger. The small quarto still bears its original binding and has few blemishes.

“The book itself is wonderful. It’s the only copy of this book in the United States,” said Cinda May, chair of the special collections department at the library.

The 382-page dictionary is unpaginated, but it was hand-numbered in ink, presumably by an owner. The incunable dictionary — a term referring to one printed before 1501 in Europe — is bound with a pigskin cover by the Augustinians at the Ulm monastery of St. Michaels. Its “pastedowns are as white as newly fallen snow,” with manuscript ink and rubrication “so pristine as if they were created in our own time,” said David Vancil, curator emeritus of the Cordell Collection.

Vancil saw “Vocabularius” for sale in a bookseller’s catalog and contacted May, who had overlooked the entry. May happened to have money in her acquisitions budget and made the purchase — an especially important one, considering the book’s rarity, May said.

“It surprised David, because he was joking,” she said.

The Cordell Collection of Dictionaries, Word Books and Philological Texts is open to the public and provides a unique opportunity for people to see artifacts from the first days of printing.

The bookseller, Bruce McKitterick, said he was pleased “Vocabularius” found a home in the Cordell Collection, as McKitterick’s father assisted Warren Cordell in its creation, May said.

“Vocabularius” features a Gothic typeface but is considered to be visually plainer than many German books of the era — a quality that aids readability.

“This work is worthy of study by historians of the development of book production, including the creation of inks, paper and the printing itself — all coming a short 40 years after Gutenberg’s 1455 Bible,” Vancil said.

While the author of “Vocabularius” is anonymous, experts presume it was written by a teacher, likely affiliated with the church.

“Of course, one outcome of such a book would have been to help create dominant usages and spellings, so it’s likely that this dictionary exerted influence in both establishing dominant spellings for German words and in developing subsequent dictionaries, not only in German but in other languages,” Vancil said.

This specimen is also unique regarding the organization of words, as bilingual dictionaries of this time normally would have listed the Latin or Greek term first.

“With respect to the development of the English language and English lexicography, early dictionaries in Latin, Greek and continental languages can offer insight into borrowings, early definitions and usages and even modal shifts in vocabulary use and word meanings in English itself,” Vancil said. “Who knows if English bilingual Latin-to-English dictionaries, which developed somewhat later than this dictionary, might have been influenced in some way by this dictionary.”

The tome also provides some social context for the people of that era. For example, one unexpected definition is for pancakes fried in blood.

“This tidbit opens a small window on a food eaten by Germans at the time,” Vancil said. “Thus, word books can open a window, which otherwise might remain closed into the habits and interests of societies of bygone.”

“Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the latest addition to Cunningham Memorial Library’s Cordell Collection of dictionaries. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services) “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the latest addition to Cunningham Memorial Library’s Cordell Collection of dictionaries. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services)

GCGH to Offer New Patient Portal

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Those receiving services at Greene County General Hospital will soon have a new way to access clinical summary information via a newly launched Patient Portal.

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, all hospitals will soon be required to provide patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient record electronically.

Patients – inpatient and outpatient – are now asked to provide the Registration Department with a secure email address. Chief Nursing Officer Lea Ann Camp said patients need to be confident in the security of the email address they provide. Work email addresses, Camp said, will not be accepted.

Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you as the patient the ability to review your medical history during your stay here at our facility.

This access provides you with information, including but not limited to, procedures completed, medical history, medications taken, allergies, existing or developing medical conditions, etc. You can also virtually download your confidential medical record to your own private computer for your records.

Upon discharge from our facility, patients will receive an auto-generated email to the email account collected during registration inviting them to create a user account at www.mymedicalencounters.com.

The email will be generated from donotreply@mygcgh.org with the subject of “GREENE COUNTY HOSPITAL – Patient Portal New User”.

The email will direct patients to step-by-step instructions on how to access their personal medical record. Instructions and more information can be found on the hospital’s website, www.greenecountyhospital.com. For assistance, please contact the registration or medical records departments at 812-847-2281.

Once your account has been activated, you can view it at any time by visiting www.greenecountyhospital.com or www.mymedicalencounters.com.

L-S Middle School Starts ISTEP Week With High Energy

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One-word lead, adjective bling, equation balance, and action were some of the concepts that were highlighted during the first Linton-Stockton Middle School ISTEP Fashion Show and pep session on Monday.

The high-energy event kicked off the school week and was scheduled to precede ISTEP testing, which starts on Tuesday.

L-S Superintendent Nick Karazsia, emcee of the event, provided the top 10 reasons for doing well on ISTEP as well as stressed the importance of rocking the test.

Feeling good about yourself and your accomplishment, removing the need for remediation, keeping you excited about school, and being able to attend the college of your choice were some of the top 10 reasons cited by Karazsia.

In the spirit of the testing season, students were also prompted by the school superintendent to echo, “I will rock ISTEP. I will rock ISTEP. I will rock ISTEP.” And echo they did.

After the animated opening, Karazsia continued the enthusiasm as he emceed the L-S Middle School Staff ISTEP Fashion Show, which in part featured the ‘write team’ stressing the key to good writing and the ‘math team’ summing up numerical importance.

Wrapping up the staff fashion debut was long-time school custodian Jock Hannum, who led the crowd in a roar of Junior Miner school spirit.

After the Monday morning opener, sixth grade teacher Kelly Lannan gave the event two-thumbs up, noting it was a success.

“We decided we really needed to do something to get the kids more excited about ISTEP… We all worked together on it,” Lannan explained, adding the event stressed the importance of making ISTEP fun and taking the test serious.

ISTEP testing is slated for March 11 – 13, with eighth graders testing March 11 and 12 only.

Greene County ABATE: Discover Indiana Riding Trails

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Look for a free educational presentation highlighting off-the-road vehicle safety to be offered on Sunday in Bloomfield.

“With rise in recent years of injury and death involving four- wheelers and the off-road motorcycles we saw the need [for] safety education,” explained Bonnie Keith, member of Greene County ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education).

With that said, ABATE of Greene County will sponsor Discover Indiana Riding Trails (DIRT) for off highway riding enthusiasts–  which is slated for 5 p.m. March 9 at American Legion Post #196 in Bloomfield. Roy Garrett will be the featured speaker.

The event will offer information on the following: Legal registration requirements, safety rules and practices, training courses, and state recreational parks for OHV/multi-use.

This event is open to the public.

Greene County Foundation’s Scholarship Fair set for March 12

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The Greene County Foundation will host a Scholarship Fair on Wednesday, March 12 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Community Building at the Greene County 4-H Fairgrounds. The purpose of the fair is to connect area students with local scholarship opportunities.

Several workshops will be offered to help students prepare their applications and learn more about local career opportunities. Workshop topics will include the following: How to write your scholarship essay, organizing your scholarship search, and information about the tools WorkOne has to match college choices to local opportunities.

The fair is open to any area high school students and their parents.

Local organizations that have scholarship opportunities they would like to promote can attend the fair or provide their information by contacting the Foundation at 812-659-3142.

The Greene County Foundation is the vehicle that makes good things happen by connecting caring donors with causes that matter. Find out more at the Greene County Foundation website.

 

Air Force Vets Reunited at Last

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The 7th District of the American Legion Riders and law enforcement vehicles escorted two veterans into Bloomfield on Thursday afternoon, as well-wishers waved American Flags and held up homemade signs to celebrate their arrival. The pair were returning from Andrews Air Force Base, where they had reunited after a seven-year separation.

Former Air Force K-9 handler and current Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt was thrilled to once again be holding the leash of Jjackson, his one-time military partner– although Holt might disagree with the word “partner”.

“I worked for him,” Holt stated. “I was a leash-holder and a ball-thrower, as they say. That’s all I did– he did the hard work.”

Part of Jjackson’s work included locating improvised explosive devices (IED’s) during a half-year long deployment with Holt in Iraq. As soon as the pair returned to the states, Holt was told to turn Jjackson over to his new handler. He spent the next seven years trying to be reunited with the canine hero.

Late last month, Holt finally received permission to adopt Jjackson. He had to prepare to bring him to Greene County quickly, however, which included raising funds for travel arrangements, a kennel to meet specific requirements, and medical costs he was told might include an amputation.

Thursday, Holt told the crowd that had gathered near the courthouse that being able to pick Jjackson up on such short notice was 99 percent due to Marcy Cook, who provided him with a plane ticket and a rental vehicle to drive Jjackson home in.

“She’ll never know how much it meant to me and my family for her to go above and beyond most people. I appreciate it, and if there’s ever anything I can do for you, or my family [can do for you], don’t hesitate to call. [Jjackson’s] part of your family too, now,” a tearful Holt said.

He noted that it was only Jjackson’s second day of retirement and that they have a long road to travel together, but that now that he has his dog he can focus on getting Jjackson’s medical issues treated.

Holt was asked if Jjackson remembered him when they first saw one another, and he laughed as he responded that at first it was more that he did not recognize his dog.

“Long story short, when I got out of the kennels they told me to go grab my leash and collar, and there was a handler I had seen five minutes ago with no dog who walked outside. I thought he was carrying his dog. I said, ‘Hey, that’s a pretty dog. Who is that?’ He said, ‘Uh, that’s Jjackson.’ I stopped and looked, and he’s gained about 15 pounds. It’s kind of like an old girlfriend you [haven’t] seen in years and years,” he explained.

Holt said that when Jjackson saw him, though, the dog ran straight to him and wanted loving.

“Obviously, you can see it’s like the old days,” Holt commented as Jjackson leaned against him. “He’s on me.”

His brother Marvin Holt, who serves as the Bloomfield Police Department’s Lieutenant Town Marshal, said he was glad the long wait to bring Jjackson home was over.

“Anytime it comes to talking about Jjackson, he starts to tear up a little bit. That dog is his life. You can tell he’s happy– he’s happy now,” Marvin Holt stated about his brother.

Harvey Holt’s wife Debbie agreed, noting that her husband will sleep much better at night. She also said she wanted to thank the military for finally turning Jjackson over to his former handler.

Marvin Holt, who has helped his brother for years in his battle to adopt the dog, stressed that many other people also made their reunion possible.

“Greene County and the surrounding counties have all done their part and I think it’s touched a lot of people,” he said.

Marcy Cook had originally donated a jet to fly Holt and Jjackson home on Monday, but the winter weather did not cooperate. The large welcome that was planned for that night got downsized a little when Thursday’s celebration needed to be planned at the last minute. Marvin Holt credited Terri Wilson, who sent out Facebook alerts to let people know when the veterans would arrive in Bloomfield, for the good turnout.

“I’m a big animal lover and everything the dog and Harvey have been through really touched my heart. I just thought it would be great to try to get the community together to show their support for them,” Wilson said, noting that she deals with local law enforcement officials on a regular basis due to running a convenience store in Bloomfield.

“I love Harvey and his brother, both,” she added.

Jack Bledsoe, a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, was also on-hand to greet Holt and Jjackson.

“I think we need to support our veterans– being one, myself,” he said. “I know about the dog who was with [Holt] over there [in Iraq], and it’s amazing.”

Charlie Whelchel, AKA Fat Man, who serves as the director for the 7th District of the American Legion Riders, explained the decision to provide Holt and Jjackson with an escort into town in three short sentences.

“That’s a veteran over there– two legs or four. He spent his time in combat and he deserves to come home just like the rest of us did. He deserves to live the rest of his life happily,” Whelchel stated.

Holt wants to make sure that Jjackson does just that, and said the dog’s main issue right now is the need for medical treatment. Wednesday, a veterinarian told him that Jjackson may not need a leg amputation, but that he still needs plenty of help to feel better again.

“He’s going to need a veterinarian orthopedic surgeon to take a look at his back legs,” Holt explained. “[The vet] said he’s in a lot of discomfort with some of the medical issues he’s had, and he’s possibly going to need his ankles and knees pinned, which will alleviate 90 percent of the pain he’s going through.”

Holt said that Jjackson, who will turn 11 on June 3, has arthritis that has caused him to walk unnaturally, resulting in a torn ligament.

Despite looming medical procedures, Holt was grateful and pleased that donations through Facebook and the Bloomfield State Bank have paid for Jjackson’s kennel, which Holt and volunteers hope to start constructing on Friday.

“He’ll have a nice home,” Holt promised, before assuring the community that he and Jjackson will soon be available to visit with them again.

“Once we get to know each other a little more, we’ll be more than willing to come out and talk to your organizations and give you a history on military working dogs in general, because there are a lot of dogs still out there working and being deployed that actually need stuff that the military unfortunately can’t really afford to give them,” he said.

If you wish to make a donation towards Jjackson’s expenses, you may give to the Jjackson’s Home for Heroes Fund at any Bloomfield State Bank branch. Holt asks that you keep your deposit slip so that the money can be returned to you if it is not needed.

Offers of other types of assistance can be made by emailing Holt at jacksonh202@yahoo.com or messaging Jjackson A Hero’s Homecoming on Facebook.

Bloomfield Chamber: Upcoming Events

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Upcoming events, updates, and other miscellaneous items were the business at hand during the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting on Thursday.

Chamber Vice President Randall Brown presided over the business as President Joshua Riggins was absent from the meeting.

The first day of the chamber-sponsored Farmers’ Market will be May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Offering Wi-Fi at the Farmers’ Market was noted as a possibility. The market will be located on the Franklin Street side of the courthouse.

In other event business, the chamber will sponsor the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus – which is slated for April 30 at REMC.

The chamber recently notified local businesses that a telemarketing representative for the circus will be contacting them by phone regarding ticket purchases.

It was also noted that the Bloomfield Town-Wide Yard Sale has been slated for May 3.

In other business, Chamber Member Sawyer Sparks said that the chamber’s website has been updated with a new design.

During the meeting, talk also turned to the Town of Bloomfield logo contest, which has a deadline of May 31.

According to a chamber press release, the goal of the contest is to receive entries that reflect the things that make Bloomfield unique and that add up to the feeling that the community is a special place, distinct from anywhere else.

The contest is open to any individual, including but not limited to Bloomfield residents. Entries will be judged by a team consisting of a representative from the sponsoring agency, the Imagine Bloomfield steering committee, town staff, and a professional printmaker. The team will select top designs and any winning themes/ideas that may be used as the official Town of Bloomfield logo. The winning entry may be used on signage, advertising, correspondence, and promotional materials for the town.

All entries must be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce by May 31. The winner will be announced at the annual Bloomfield Art Festival on June 14. The winner will receive $250 courtesy of Psi Iota Xi. The contest is open to all Greene County residents, or any registered Art Festival entrant. For complete rules and to obtain an entry form, please visit the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Bill Aims to Keep Children under 16 out of Tanning Beds

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Indiana law currently allows those younger than 16 to tan in tanning facilities, as long as they are escorted by a parent or guardian, but that might be about to change. A bill making its way through the Indiana General Assembly would prohibit anyone under 16 years of age from using a tanning device in a tanning facility after July 1 of this year.

The bill will not affect those at least sixteen but less than eighteen– their parents will still be required to sign a written statement in the presence of the facility operator.

Frequent exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and its link to increased risk of skin cancer, is the driving force behind this new legislation.

A research team lead by the Yale School of Public Health determined that tanning bed use by young people led to a 69% increase in their chance of developing early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC), with the risk being greater for women. BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, and the face is the most common location for lesions.

The National Cancer Institute reports that women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55% more likely to develop melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer. Melanoma has been linked to severe sun burn, especially among young people.

The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA), representing manufacturers, distributors and facility owners, believes that decisions regarding teen tanning are better left to parents, not the government. Their website has information on the possible health benefits of tanning, a complete list of individual state regulations concerning indoor tanning, and a notice stating that “ultraviolet radiation may increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer”.

County Firing Range Set to Receive Face-Lift

Range Planning Committee Members, (L-R): Ryan Van Horn, Debbie Miller, Andrew Duguay, Paul Clark, Brock Garrison, Josh Goodman, and Jeff Brown with a check from UDWI REMC.
Not pictured: Richard Klun, Nick Yingling, and Nicole Stahl.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, the Greene County Drug Task Force, and the Fraternal Order of Police now have the necessary funds to begin revitalizing the county firing range.

The fundraising started last year with a matching grant from the Greene County Foundation, and continued with a donation from Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and contributions from community members and the prosecutor’s office. An NRA grant award and a check from UDWI REMC finished the effort to finance the range renovations, and the Range Planning Committee hopes to begin construction in about two weeks and finish sometime in June.

The existing range, where law enforcement officials qualify on firearms and children learn about gun safety, is basically an expanse of dirt and wooden posts. The nearly $20,000 revitalization project will change that, though.

The range will have targets recessed in pea gravel and surrounded by railroad ties, strips of concrete to mark the different shooting distances officers need to qualify on, and an audio-video station that will allow safety courses to be recorded and also provide security footage for the area.

Range Planning Committee Member Josh Goodman, who is also a detective sergeant with the Linton Police Department, explained that permanent steel targets will keep people from using the range or the targets in an unsafe manner.  A covered instructional area where youth groups can attend classes will also be on-site.

“It will be accessible to 4-H groups such as the rifle club as well as scout groups and hunter safety courses. A lot of times hunter safety courses are conducted in a classroom environment and the kids don’t actually get the chance to go out and fire the weapons, so that will be a big bonus. This way they can handle firearms with a qualified firearm instructor as part of the course,” Goodman stated.

He said the range improvements will also be a big deal for officers, noting that every law enforcement agency in the county uses the area for training.

“Half the range is going to have a concrete shooting rings, so you can do standard distance shooting and target shooting. The other half of the range will be open for moveable barricades where officers can train on stress fire situations where we would have barricades or a car in position. In the real world, we most likely won’t be standing in one place and shooting, we’re going to be moving around and seeking cover,” Goodman explained.

He added that Nicole Stahl, who formerly worked in the prosecutor’s office, did the majority of the work necessary to obtain funding for the project.

The firing range will be closed during construction.

The Range Planning Committee needs assistance with installing the drainage system, and would appreciate help from any contractors or individuals with construction experience. They also need volunteers with construction and woodworking skills to help them build barricades and tactical perches out of weather-resistant composite materials.  Their next meeting will be on March 23 at the Fraternal Order of Police building in Linton.

Spring Clean Downtown Linton set for April 5

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Rediscover Downtown Linton is encouraging downtown business owners and residents to participate in the first Downtown Spring Cleaning event, which is slated for April 5.

Volunteers are asked to show up at 7 a.m. at city hall on the day of the event.

“We are hoping for as many volunteers as we can get… We want to showcase the town, try to attract new businesses, and we want to clean the place up,” explained Kristy Lewellyn, who serves as chairperson of the Rediscover Downtown Linton (RDL) Promotions Committee.

RDL is also encouraging business owners to clean up their establishments and is asking for volunteers from all over the community to partake in the cleanup.

“Statistics show that a downtown area kind of sets the tone for the entire community. So we have to do everything in our power to showcase the downtown in the best possible light we can,” Lewellyn explained.

The spring clean is a time to wash windows, sweep storefronts, remove debris and weeds, and spotlight the downtown. Cleaning supplies and trash bags will also be needed. The event is slated for 7 a.m. to noon.

Rediscover Downtown Linton is part of the Indiana Main Street Program.

RDL members volunteer their time toward revitalization and restoration of the downtown area, with a great deal of emphasis being placed on community, culture, and commerce.

The overall goal is to retain businesses, encourage and assist new businesses, and enhance the image of Linton’s downtown area for the benefit of the entire community.

“Rediscover Downtown Linton in conjunction with the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce [also] plans to offer different types of support to people considering opening a business in downtown,” Lewellyn also said.

For more information, visit the Rediscover Downtown Linton Facebook page.  

Bloomfield Students Fare Well at State SeaPerch Competition

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Several students at the Bloomfield School District recently fared well at the state SeaPearch competition and some will now go on to compete at the national level.

Joanna Fish, sixth grade teacher and SeaPerch coach, provided details on the program that is offered at the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade levels.

Students gain valuable knowledge and experience through SeaPerch, she explained. The program focuses on STEM, which is basically geared toward science, technology, engineering, and math.

“It allows kids to learn complex ideas by doing. Some of it is more difficult, but it’s easier to do when learning it hands-on and learning as you go,” she added.

The underwater robotics program gives students and teachers resources to create an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

“The sixth graders get a kit and stick with it. The seventh and eighth graders can change the kit. I’ve had groups that make totally new [creations]. They design a new robot using the same parts, but get to decide how it goes together,” Fish said.

This is the third year in a row that the school has gone on to nationals, she noted.

“This year both the seventh and eighth grade teams are going to nationals,” she said. “They are very excited. The national competition is very similar to state, but students will also create a poster and give an oral presentation about their SeaPerch [project].”

Fish also praised her sixth grade teams for doing well at the state competition.

“My two sixth grade teams did a great job and both ended up finishing in the top 15.  I think there were 86 middle school teams that competed,” she said.

Fish also thanked all parent volunteers for making the program a success.

“We have a lot of parent volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them,” she said. “It’s truly a community project. Several parents that are electricians and engineers at Crane help.”

Eric Moody, parent and Crane employee, also helps coach the team.

The national competition is in Mississippi on May 17.

Attending the competition will cost between $2000 and $3000, she noted, adding fundraisers will in part be used to raise the money needed.

Interested persons can also donate by contacting Fish at (812) 384-9531.

Greene County Chiropractic­/­Royer Veterinary Service Offer Alternatives to Medication, Surgery for Pets

Twinkle running into her appointment with Dr. Cullison at Royer Veterinary Services.

Dr. Gerren Cullison has practiced as a chiropractor for three years and started Greene County Chiropractic in Worthington about a year-and-a-half ago. Dr. Scott Royer has worked as a veterinarian since 1999 and opened Royer Veterinary Services in Worthington in 2001.

In January, the two teamed up to provide chiropractic services to animals– something that is part of the holistic approach to wellness Royer said he aimed to provide even before inviting Cullison into his office.

“There are so many side effects to steroids, and non-steroidals cause liver issues. I’ve been doing this for fifteen years and there wasn’t much of a choice before, but now there are other ways to get by. I used to say, ‘Well, let’s do an aspirin once a day for as long as we can because that’s pennies where a non-steroidal is a dollar or something’. But oh, my gosh, if we can prevent or cut-down on the medication we have to give, that’s much better for the animals,” Royer explained.

The two men say that Cullison’s chiropractic work can help to do just that, and now he works out of Royer Veterinary Services once a week, as well as being available for emergency situations such as an animal being hit by a car.

“The best part about this is that [Royer] can do the vet part of it, he can do the exam, the x-rays, and the blood work, and then he tells me that he thinks they have a back problem here, here, and here,” Cullison stated. “Then I’ll do my exam, check the animal and then do the muscle work and adjust the animal, and then decide if we want to use natural supplements, put them on laser therapy, or use different home therapies. It’s kind of an all-around holistic way of treating the animal, versus just the drugs and surgery.”

Cullison noted that not everybody can afford expensive spinal surgeries for their animals, and Royer added that they can cost around $5,000.

“We’ve already had a couple of cases that would or should have been surgeries,” Cullison said.

One of those cases was a dog with a herniated disk that could not walk and had lost control of her bladder and bowels. Cullison explained that after about four weeks of treatment the dog walked into the office last week.

“The lady was ecstatic. She was afraid that she was going to have to put her dog down because of the surgery expense and all that. We thought we’d give it a whirl– we didn’t guarantee any results because we didn’t know, but the dog is much, much better and is going to be fine. It’s really cool, because we’ve already seen some big results and we’ve only been doing this for about four or five weeks,” he stated.

Royer said that while chiropractic care can obviously benefit injured patients, it also has value for animals that are currently healthy.

“Some preventative care would be excellent for these big breeds that are prone to hip trouble, or overweight ones or dachshunds with their long backs. If we can get some preventative adjusting in there, that would be tremendous,” he stated.

Cullison stressed that it is not a traumatic experience for animals– in fact, the opposite is true.

“As you can tell, they like it, too! It’s sedating for the animals and it feels good just like it would for a person. They have spines and problems just like we do,” he explained.

Very few chiropractors in the state also work on animals. Cullison said he has found six on the Internet who have been to classes and are certified.

“I did a class in Indianapolis with Dr. Daniel Kamen, who lives in Chicago. He wrote the books ‘The Well Adjusted Dog’ and ‘The Well Adjusted Horse’ and he works on horses and everything. Eventually, we may expand into equine work, but I’m going to do some more extended training in that area maybe next year. We’ll just have to see, because it will take a lot of time and travel to probably either Kansas or Texas for the extra training,” he explained.

Cullison can legally work on animals as long as a veterinarian is present, but when he signed up for the class he never dreamed he would do so in a professional way– a friend told him about the seminar and he chose to attend because he thought it would be good for his own dog.

“I already adjusted my dog, anyway, because the principals are exactly the same for animals versus humans. I thought it would be good to get the extra training, and then I had my dog in here one day and [Royer] and I were just talking about it,” said Cullison.

He was surprised when Royer suggested that he come into the office to work with his patients once a week, just to see how it would go.

“I thought we might see one a month or something like that, and he would just call me when he needed me,” Cullison recalled. “Well, that first week we had six or seven animals lined up, waiting to get treated, and it has just kind of taken off since then.”

Cullison said he is enjoying the chance to work with cats and dogs, especially since animals heal faster than humans and he can see results so quickly.

“It’s totally different and it’s a nice thing for people who don’t want to, or can’t, travel to Purdue or spend the $3,000 to $5,000 for surgery– this is $25 for my exam and an adjustment. We wanted to make it affordable so that everybody could have access to it.”

An exam by Royer, which could involve x-rays or blood work, would involve additional fees. Cullison noted that Royer has the equipment necessary to get blood test results in 12 minutes, and that their different areas of expertise allow them to help their patients quickly and creatively.

“We work together in diagnosing and treating and come up with game plans for the best things to do. I bring in a different perspective on things and sometimes have some natural ideas or ideas for therapy I can bring from my profession, and he can bring a lot of things from his profession for me to learn. We just bounce ideas off of each other,” Cullison explained of the partnership, with Royer adding that they have had a great response to it.

Paul Fries brought Twinkle, a five-year-old female Silky Terrier, into the office. Twinkle had an upper motor neuron lesion that Cullison said caused her a great deal of pain before he and Royer teamed up on the case.

“It hurt bad, and she had a lot of pressure on her nervous system,” Cullison explained. “He did the medication and I did the adjusting– it was a joint effort.”

Fries said he thought he was initially bringing her to Royer’s office to be euthanized.

“She was in severe pain and couldn’t walk. She used her front legs but not her back legs– her back legs just dragged,” he recalled.

Now, after a few weeks of treatment, she feels well enough to run down the hallway– and try to run for the door.

“We have some miracle workers in here,” Fries stated. “We thought we were going to lose Twinkle, but this is the result– she’s trying to jump up in our laps at home. She can’t do that quite yet, but she’ll get there. She’s running, and when we get home I’ll give her a treat and she will circle like crazy.”

Cullison is hoping to spend an additional half-day a week in Royer’s office at some point, but for now he accepts walk-ins from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday, unless otherwise stated. Please check either Greene County Chiropractic or Royer Veterinary Services on Facebook to make sure he will be in the office.

You may also call either office for more information. Greene County Chiropractic can be reached at 1-812-875-2225 and the number for Royer Veterinary Services is 1-812-875-8866.