Longer school days due to winter weather

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) Schools are stepping away from snow least for the time being. Many districts are trying to decide how to deal with the instruction time they lost.

Longer school days might not be something students across the Wabash Valley want to hear, but given the choice of school taking up part of summer break, they may re-consider.

That’s the choice made by the South Vermillion school board this week.

They will make the school day run an hour longer for all students for the next 6 weeks; Superintendent Dave Chapman says the extra hour will allow them to recapture those lost days.

It also creates time to prepare his students for their assessment tests.

To compensate with the added work, Chapman said they are adding an extra break for students before the extended session.

One of the questions we were curious about was: how this could affect next year?

Chapman said that South Vermillion will be one of the districts turning to a modified balanced calendar; which will actually help keep the summer break days for the students.

“We’ll start the first week of August so (the new calendar) helps keep that summer break,” Chapman.  “Where it’s supposed to be for the summer, instead of lessening it even more.”

Potholes annoying, pricey

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s been said two things in life are certain:  death and taxes. Wabash Valley drivers know they will also inevitably face potholes, a by-product of this nasty winter weather.

“There are many, many, many potholes,” acknowledged Brad Miller, director of Terre Haute’s city street department.

Miller reassured folks in Terre Haute his crews are patching potholes as quickly as they can.

“Everyone that we can spare is out patching potholes,” he said. “And will continue to patch potholes as long as it’s not snowing, ice or anything like that.”

And the only thing worse than a pothole is a pothole filled with water, Miller pointed out. Those potholes are deceptive to drivers; they also hinder the work of patch crews, who should technically be emptying the giant craters of water before adding in the temporary fix.

“It will always be a temporary fix! I mean, there’s no permanent patch,” Miller admitted. “That’s why it’s called a patch, because it’s not going to be permanent.”

Brad Miller reminded Terre Haute city residents they can report potholes by dialing 3-1-1 from their cell phone or home phone.

Giant potholes are not only uncomfortable and unsightly, they can do some serious damage to a person’s car, truck or SUV.

“This time of year, we get a lot of people in with tire damage and rim damage that we have to repair,” said Jason Wetzel, general manager of the 500 Automotive Group in Clinton.

“Sometimes, it can be a simple as a tire, but when you get into some of the suspension repairs they can be several hundred dollars and be quite costly,” said Matt Haymaker, service manager at 500.

Haymaker was able to show News 10 an example of a costly casualty of roadway potholes.

“This is a wheel off of a (GMC) Yukon, and the driver was on I-70 when this happened,” Haymaker said, pointing out the silver dollar-sized hole in the silver rim. “And, as you can see, the impact just destroyed this wheel!”

Linton drug investigation lands two in jail


LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A Greene County drug investigation lands two people in jail.

On Wednesday morning, police served a search warrant on a home located 10 11th Street Northwest in Linton, Indiana.

Police found 700 grams of Synthetic Drugs or a Synthetic look alike substance.

Police also found schedule II pills, multiple digital scales, packaging material, latex gloves, numerous smoking devices, other controlled prescriptions and a significant amount of money.

Authorities arrested 31 year old Robert Ceol and 20 year old Brooke Hamoel, both from Linton, for various drug related charges.