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“Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.” Since 1882 ~ Successor to The Poseyville News and The New Harmony Times • New Harmony, IN Tuesday August 23, 2011 Posey County’s locally-owned newspaper Old Timers to meet The monthly old timers lunch picnic will be at the Griffin Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24. Bring your own sack lunch, a beverage of your choice, and a lawn chair. If you have questions call Gary Gilmore at 812-431-1599, Jake Gilmore at 812-682-4513 or Ron Nesler at 812-682-3740. New website running The New Harmony Business Associates announces its new website. Band Tag Day set Cost of ambulance ride going up in Posey By Dave Pearce Earlier this year, residents of Posey County met at the Posey County Community Center and told county officials they would be willing to pay the cost of having better ambulance service in Posey County. Residents will get their first opportunity to keep their word when rate increases go into effect in the coming weeks for use of the county’s ambulance services. Posey County Emergency Medical Services director Chuck Thompson told members of the County Commissioners Tuesday morning that rates in Posey County are well under average in the state and that the county writes off too many charges for ambulance runs. In the end, commissioners voted to raise the cost of ambulance runs as well as hire a new bill- ing service to send out bills much more quickly and be much more aggressive in collecting past due bills. The measure will help bring the county more in line with what other county medical services charge for ambulance runs as well as also bringing the county into compliance with Medicare and Medicaid regulations. In other business, the commissioners: •Heard Glen Luedtke, a representative from SRI, explain how the county could possibly get some 87 properties with more than $400,000 in delinquent taxes back into the hands of property owners and get them back on the tax rolls. SRI agrees to sell the properties and in essence, forgiving the past due taxes and making the properties attractive to investors or neighbors of the properties that will not currently sell because the past due tax amounts are greater than the value of the property. The company sells the properties, with the assistance of the Internet, to the highest bidder and the property once again begins to bring money into the county’s coffers. SRI will collect only on properties that are sold and will collect 10 percent of the proceeds from an Internet auction while claiming 15 percent from a live sale. The earliest possible sale date would be midDecember. The company representative told the commissioners that generally 50 to 60 percent of the listings are sold with between seven and 10 percent generating a surplus. •Awarded the first phase of the Wabash Levee Bid as recommended to Tempel and Tem- Continued on Page A3 Body found in silo scrap positively identified as Linden Hill Class of 1964 meets The MVHS Class of 1964 is celebrating their 65th birthday. A picnic will be held on Sept. 17. For more information please email M. Louise Bulla Tomlinson at or Mike Dunbar at dunbarhome@ Class of ‘81 to meet Entrants sought for show Do you sing? Play a guitar? Strum a banjo? Do a magic act? Dance? If you do, there’s a place for you to perform at the Mount Vernon River Days. A Variety/ Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, September 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the main stage on Mount Vernon’s riverfront. Those who are interested may contact Kay Kilgore at 483-2922 or email her at (USPS 439-500) Volume 131 Edition 35 The Mount Vernon Marching Wildcats will be having their annual “Tag Day” on August 27 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. The Mount Vernon Class of 1981 will have their third planning meeting at Bob Evans-Westside at 7 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24. Anyone interested in coming to discuss plans for our 30th reunion is invited to attend. Current personal information can be emailed to $1.00 Early garden... Demo women to meet The Posey County Democratic Women’s Club will hold its Ice Cream Social and Cake Walk on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 P.M., at the Poseyville Community Center. Everyone is invited to attend and meet local Democratic candidates. St. Peters UCC supper set St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Wadesville is hosting a Sausage Supper on Thursday, October 27, 4-7 p.m. to benefit God’s Storehouse food pantry. Tickets are available from Sharon Crohn at 985-3800. Adults eat for $10; children, for $5. Mum sale winds down The Relay for Life teams from St. Francis Catholic Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church both in Poseyville are taking orders for fall mums now through the end of August. These 9” mums come in a variety of colors….Hestia Hot Red, Jacqueline Pink, Orange, Purple, Yellow and White. All mums are $8 each. You can pick up your mums from the St. Francis cafeteria on Saturday, September 10. To place your order e-mail to or call Jeri Ziliak at 449-7445 or Amber Oakley at 673-2318. UMC booth wants visitors Members of the First United Methodist Church invite you to visit their booth at the Mount Vernon River Days event, Sept. 9 and 10, to have fun and also to place your preschooler’s name into the drawing to win a scholarship to Susanna Wesley Nursery School for this school year. ThePCN Mount Vernon resident Jesse Brandsasse could easily get lost in his flower garden in front of his Second Street home in Mount Vernon. Brandsasse says he has had the garden for many years. Photo by Dave Pearce Condition of Maple Hill raises concerns By Pam Robinson The New Harmony Town Council focused on concerns about the condition of Maple Hill Cemetery at its Thursday, August 18, meeting. Betty Barnett and Jenny Kimmel spoke with council about stones chipped and stones moved off their foundation during mowing. They brought photos to substantiate their accounts. “I’m glad you took pictures,” responded New Harmony Town President David Campbell. He assured the two women that the mowing contractor, Scotty’s Lawn Equipment in Haubstadt, had been called before and would be called again the day after the meeting concerning their mowing work. It was stated that riding mowers were driven too quickly through the cemetery during mowing. The women suggested the Town of New Harmony contract someone else or hire its own employee to care for Maple Hill Cemetery after the $1,100 per month contract with Scotty’s expires. Councilwoman Linda Warrum reminded those present that no contractors other than Scotty’s had expressed any interest in taking on the job. Town President David Campbell concluded that he would talk to Scotty’s and report back to the women. He thanked them for bringing the issue to his attention and asked them to hold onto their pictures. The next day after the meeting, Councilwoman Linda Warrum contacted Scotty’s and said the contractor will be doing a site visit at Maple Hill Cemetery. In other business: •Councilman Don Gibbs and Street Superintendent Bobby Grider stressed that limbs and yard waste should be placed in separate piles for pickup. •Council advised that recommendation letters for the appointment to the Ford Home board must be received no later than September 10. •Council approved closing the intersection at Main and Tavern on Sunday, September 11, from 5 to 11 p.m. for the Schelhorn Brothers concert sponsored by the New Harmony Business Associates. •Council approved the irrevocable license agreement Continued on Page A3 By Dave Pearce The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office has confirmed the identity of a body that was found in Fligeltaub’s scrap metal yard. As was reported in the July 19 edition of the Posey County News, the body has officially been identified as that of 18-year-old Linden Richard Hill. Hill went missing from Mount Vernon in November 2008. His whereabouts since then had been unknown. Preliminary autopsy results indicate no signs of foul play. Groves says the person has been dead for over two years. Groves and her team found a tattoo on the body that led them to a missing Mount Vernon man who had been missing since 2008. “The height matched. The age matched. And how long he’s been missing matched.” says Groves. DNA tests are done and positive identification has been made. Eighteen-year-old Linden Richard Hill went missing from Mount Vernon in November 2008. His whereabouts since then had been unknown. Foul play has been ruled out of the investigation, though the cause of death is still being determined. Groves said she had hoped toxicology reports would reveal the man’s cause of death. She says this is the first time she has needed the assistance of an anthropologist in several years, due to the condition of the body. Rewards outweigh volunteer effort at Camp Victory By Pam Robinson Mount Vernon native and resident Don Kleinschmidt will tell anyone he receives more than he gives from volunteering at Victory Junction, a camp for permanently ill or disabled children, run by the Petty family of NASCAR fame. Out of his annual four weeks’ vacation, the over-theroad truck driver has devoted two weeks to Victory Junction for three years now. Grace abounds for Kleinschmidt in the form of gratitude for his health and inspiration for his heart. ”I’m definitely thankful for the health that those kids just don’t have,” he says. “The experience is so positive. Not one of these children ever says, ‘I can’t,’ even though they have so many things working against them. They still try.” Built by Kyle and Patty Petty on land Kyle’s father and mother Richard and Lynda Petty donated, Victory Junction stands as a memorial for Kyle and Patty Petty’s son Adam, killed at the age of 19 during a NASCAR racing practice in 1999. Adam had enjoyed volunteering at hospitals to encourage sick kids, and his family wanted to continue the tradition. Victory Junction is accredited by, Continued on Page A4 Inside this issue... Retrospective ................. A4 Legals ....................... B9-12 Classifieds ................... B5-7 Don Kleinschmidt stands beside his special edition Bullitt Mustang. He has become somewhat of a fixture at Victory Junction, a camp for permanently ill or disabled children. The camp is partially funded by NASCAR, of which Kleinschmidt if a big fan. Photo by Pam Robinson Go to Community ........... A5 Social ..................... A6 Deaths ................... A3 Sports .................. B1-4 School.................... A9 Bus./Ag ................... A8 457476310

August 23, 2011 - The Posey County News

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