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Serving Owensville, Fort Branch and Haubstadt areas VOLUME 55

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Owensville ponders downtown revitalization plan

Ft. Branch residents urged to report acts of vandalism By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor In an effort to curb vandalism, Fort Branch officials are urging area residents to report any suspicious activities to police. Town council members made the plea at their monthly meeting Wednesday, after hearing about recent vandalism at the Fort Branch Park, which is located between Vine and John streets. “We ask residents to be vigilant,” said Larry Holder, town council president. According to the Fort Branch Police Department, shelter house 1 was vandalized in early February. The shelter house is the brick shelter house located next to the playground equipment, along Vine Street. The report states an unknown person threw a cast iron water meter lid through the window of the north side door of shelter house 1. While inside the shelter house, the suspect moved various items, but nothing was reported missing or damaged. The incident remains under investigation. While there have no recent reports of problems at Marlette Park, officials asked for residents to be on the look-out there, as well. To contact the police, call 812-753-3097 or central dispatch at the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department at 812-385-3496. In other town council business: • Adopted an animal control ordinance, which is similar to Gibson County’s animal control ordinance. The ordinance addresses three main issues: vicious animals; animals running at-large; and animals that cause an annoyance or disturbance by either frequent howling or entering the property other than that of their owner. “I think it is a good ordinance. I like it,” said Tom Wallace, town council member. “It does two things: helpful for the citizens and it takes care of the animals.” The ordinance was adopted in response to a citizen complaint of a continued barking dog issue in the E. Williams Street area. Gibson County Animal Services provides the animal services in Gibson County, under a yearly contractual agreement with the County Commissioners. By adopting a similar ordinance, the town is afforded the same basic services as the county. • Approved the Town Clerk’s office to purchase a new fax machine. The current one is more than 17-years-old and is not functioning properly. • Approved $17,614.80 in claims for the Well Field project and approved a $2,021 changeorder for the project. • Approved training and travel costs for Stacy Elpers, town clerk/treasurer, to attend the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers’ 2010 Institute and Academy in March at Ball State University.

By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor Owensville officials will soon work with engineers on a downtown revitalization planning study, thanks to a federal downtown planning award grant. “What this means is we’ll be able to get the engineers to come in and see what we actually need (in the downtown area),” said Dale Henry, town council president. “This is a real good thing for the community. It’s hard to get any funding, for as small as a community, we are.” The $47,475 grant was announced during Tuesday’s town council meeting. A press release announcing the grant was released Wednesday by the office of Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. The federal dollars are from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) administers the grants. The grant will fund a planning study that will assess the current condition of the town’s downtown district and provide recommendations with cost estimates for improvements. Continued on page 2

Owensville opens bids for new police vehicle Brittany Kessler, an eighth-grader at Owensville Community School, attempts to spell a word during the Gibson County Spelling Bee on Thursday. Kessler earned third place in the contest, which was at Wood Memorial Jr. High School in Oakland City. Andrea Preston photo.

Owensville’s Brittany Kessler wins 3rd in county spelling bee By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor Eighth-grader Brittany Kessler admits she wasn’t as nervous as she thought she would be while competing in the 2010 Gibson County Spelling Bee on Thursday. Maybe it was those calmer nerves that helped Kessler to a third-place fi nish in the county spelling bee. The Owensville Community School winner was the top fi nisher for all five public and private schools from the South Gibson area competing in the county spelling bee. Local schools at the bee included: Owensville, Fort Branch Community

School, Holy Cross Catholic School, St. James Catholic School and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. Haubstadt Community School did not send a representative to the county spelling bee. Kate Bittner, representing Wood Memorial Jr. High School, won the bee on her home court. The bee was held in the school’s cafeteria in Oakland City. A total of 13 Gibson County students competed in the bee. Bittner will represent Gibson County during the Tri-State Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Evansville Courier & Press, on Saturday, March 6 at Evansville’s North High School. That bee’s winner Continued on page 2

By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times The Owensville Police Department is looking to purchase a new Dodge Charger for the department. At Tuesday’s town council meeting, Rodger Leister, Owensville’s police chief, presented three police car quotes. The quotes were $23,988 with zero in trade allowance from Riedman Motor Company of Connersville; $23,800 with a $5,200 trade allowance, for a fi nal price of $18,600 from Expressway Dodge of Evansville; and $23,031 with a $6,000 tradein allowance, for a fi nal price of $17,031 from J. Wilderman Autoplex of Mount Carmel, Ill. The town council approved the purchase of a new vehicle, but did not specify which quote to accept. Kristy York, town clerk, said Leister is still checking about colors and other details. A fi nal decision for which quote will be made between Leister and Dale Henry, town council president. Leister also told the council that all equipment from the current car, a Ford Crown Victoria, will transfer to the new Charger except for the console. In other council news: • Re-organized for 2010 and elected Henry as town council president for another year. Continued on page 2

Haubstadt Jr. Vaudeville will be last for Gary Utley By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor This year’s Jr. Vaudeville 2010 at Haubstadt Community School will be bittersweet for the school’s music teacher/band director, Gary Utley—it is his last. “It’s bittersweet. We had a lot of success. It’s been very rewarding,” Utley said, while taking a break Thursday evening, during the show’s fi rst full rehearsal. In January, the South Gibson School Corporation’s Board of Trustees accepted Utley’s resignation, effective at the end of the school year. He has taught music in the corporation for 35 years—mostly at

Haubstadt. Before that, he taught for two years in Evansville. Jr. Vaudeville 2010—”Rising Stars”— is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19 in the school’s cafeteria. The public is invited to attend. This year’s show features a variety of entertainment, including singing, dancing, comedy and several skits. There are 36 different acts slated for the show. Between students performing on stage, plus the backstage crew, video, spotlights, sound/ emcees, line-up and curtains, more than 100 of Haubstadt’s students are involved in the production.

“The backstage work (with students) has been the most rewarding,” Utley said. “For students who do the backstage work, there is no ball game for them do the curtains or the spotlights. This is their opportunity to be involved.” Utley started the annual spring production 15-years-ago. He thanks his wife, Connie; Haubstadt staff members, Diane Lamey and Susie Powers; and numerous volunteers and parents for all of their support and work over the years. John Obermeier, Haubstadt’s principal, said Utley “has done a magnificent job over the years.”

“He will defi nitely be missed next year, as we continue to put together the program,” said Obermeier, who is “hoping the tradition continues” with the school’s next music/band teacher. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased early by contacting the school at 812-7686487. Tickets, if still available, can be purchased at the door. All seats are on a fi rstcome, fi rst-serve basis, so it recommended that patrons come early on performance nights. See related photographs on page A-8.

Quilters move into old computer room at Sts. Peter & Paul

Lillian Maurer, left, and Florence Morris work on a quilt in the new quilting room, “The Quilter’s Nest”, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Haubstadt. The old computer classroom will serve as permanent dedicated space for the quilters. This year, the parish quilters are making 10 quilts that will be auctioned off during the church’s auction on Sunday, April 18. Andrea Preston photo.

By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor It is irony—with a deeper meaning—at its best, inside the old computer classroom at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Haubstadt. Gone are the young students learning about how to use computers, keyboards and emerging technologies. The students are in a new technology classroom, because of the roughly $3.7 million building project and renovation that was recently completed at the school. Now, the old computer room is home to one of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church’s most cherished groups—the parish quilters. Here in “The Quilter’s Nest,” a group of ladies are carrying on a time-honored and “labor of love” tradition of making quilts for the church’s annual spring auction. On Thursday afternoon, the room—and work— was given a blessing and dedicated by the Rev. Anthony (Tony) Ernst, pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul. Ernst also serves as pastor at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fort Branch and St. Bernard Catholic Church on Ind. 168, east of Fort Branch. “This is great. It is a true blessing and a labor of love. This is a dear gift to all of us,” Ernst said. Since the room is in a place of learning, Ernst said he hopes to see other church members learn the craft of quilting. “The quilts bring in significant amount of income.” Kenny Allen, president of the church’s outreach committee, said Thursday’s dedication had been part of the committee’s long-range planning for a number of years. Before the dedicated space, the quilters would quilt in the basement of the church’s rectory or in each other’s homes. And in one case, in Continued on page 2


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

South Gibson Star-Times

★ Owensville revitalization Continued from page 1 The completed plan will outline solutions for infrastructure needs such as managing traffic from the three state highways—Ind. 65, Ind. 165 and Ind. 168—that run through the downtown. In addition, the plan could offer initiatives to support the local business community, opportunities to beautify the downtown area, and other strategies to create a more economically viable downtown district. “These planning studies

are often the fi rst step for communities that want to pursue new economic development opportunities,” Lt. Governor Skillman, who oversees OCRA, said in the press release. “These studies are costly for rural communities, but the state will continue to support communities that have a vision for improving the quality of life for Hoosiers.” Kristy York, town clerk, said the town applied for the grant in November.

★ Kessler 3rd in spelling bee Continued from page 1 will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., the week of May 30. Nolan Vora of Princeton Middle School earned runOne of the highlights of new Visitors Center at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, is a red 2008 ner-up after beating KesTundra pick-up truck that is suspended from the ceiling. The display features 180 of the truck’s parts sler in a spell-off. Both Kesfrozen in place. Contributed photo. sler and Vora missed a word in the 10th round, while Bittner spelled her word— perimysium—correct to win the bee. Afterwards, the two went another two State’s industrial background, the By Andrea Preston Kelly Dillon, spokesman for TMMI, rounds, before Kessler misSG Star-Times Editor company’s activities here in the com- said construction of the roughly $5 spelled gradient. The public will soon be able to tour munity and the company’s environ- million center was started in January The top five were roundthe Toyota Motor Manufacturing, In- mental commitment. Flanked against 2008. The plant fi rst began produced out by Cooper Willis, a diana (TMMI) plant in Gibson Coun- a wall of windows, the company’s five tion in 1998. Dillon said the compafi fth-grader at Holy Cross, ty. major manufacturing processes are ny is working with the visitors bureau who earned fourth place, The new Visitors Center, which highlighted: stamping, welding, paint- to market the new center throughand Andrew Wilderman, was unveiled to the media and invited ing, molding and recycling. out the area and along Interstate 64. a fi fth-grader at St. James, guests last Tuesday, will open to genThe two-story center and layout is Brochures about the new center will eral public today, Tuesday, Feb. 16. built around a red 2008 Tundra pick- be placed at rest stops and other lo“We know this beautiful facility will up truck that is suspended from the cations. offer visitors to our area an experience second-story ceiling. All of the truck’s The new center is located just south that will be both entertaining and ed180 parts are frozen in place, as if the of the Administration Building on the Continued from page 1 ucational,” Eric Heidenreich, exectruck was exploding—or coming to- TMMI campus, 4000 S. Tulip Tree utive director of the Gibson County The board did not re-orDrive., along the east side of U.S. 41. Visitors and Tourism Bureau, said in gether in a completed vehicle. ganize in January, due to In addition to the Visitors Center, Parking for the center is available di- council member Bernard a press release. “We anticipate that there will be a large number of peo- visitors will be able to ride a rough- rectly in front of the visitors centers. Thompson being absent. For Visitors Center hours, plant ple who are eager to take part in that ly 45-minute tram ride through the • Heard a presentation plant’s body welding and vehicle as- tour times and reservations, and oth- from Jeff Roberts, fi re chief experience.” Highlights of the Visitors Center sembly shops. Before the ride, there er information, visit www.tourtoyota- for the Owensville-Montincludes interactive, multimedia ex- is a safety presentation and short vid- or call 812-387-2266 or gomery Township Fire Prohibits about Toyota’s history, the Toy- eo about the company. All tours and 888-696-8211 (88TOYOTA). tection District (OMTFPD) ota manufacturing process, the Tri- tram rides are free to the public. about a new cadet program for interested 17- and 18year-olds. Right now, three cadets have taken the required fi re fighting classes. • Appointed Clyde Scott, town council member, to the Owensville REH Center’s board. He replaces Kristy York, town clerk/ treasurer, who resigned her position on the board. • Set Saturday, May 8, as clean-up day. More informa-

Toyota unveils new Visitors Center

placed fi fth. Other area representatives were: Jennifer Reidford, an eighth-grader at Fort Branch, and Abby Kiesel, a fi fth-grader at Sts. Peter and Paul School. The runner-up for each school’s bee was also listed on the bee’s program. The runner-up for each school’s bee was—Fort Branch: Raechel Kiesel, a sixthgrader; Holy Cross: Veronica Bittner, a fi fth-grader; Owensville: Abbie Lantrip, a fi fth-grader; St. James: Erica Rexing, a sixth-grader and Sts. Peter and Paul: Cameron Spindler, a thirdgrader.

★ Owensville town board tion about the clean-up will be available later. • Approved claims totaling $114,274.36— $58,399.19 from the general fund; $22,536.96 from the water fund; and $33,338.21 from the sewer fund. • Heard from resident Danny Kautzman about a possible ATV ordinance for Owensville. Ray Druley, town attorney, believes that the Indiana Code does not allow them on town streets. However, said he would draft such an ordinance and present it at a future meeting. An ATV ordinance is different than a golf cart or UTV ordinance. Elberfield does have an ATV ordinance.

Pike County woman dies in wreck near Oakland City

Snow plows back at it Monday An Indiana Department of Transportation snow plow truck works to clear the west bound lane of Ind. 168 from snow early Monday morning, after the area was hit with its fi fth snowstorm of the season. More than four inches of snow were reported throughout the area, causing the cancelation of local schools. Andrea Preston photo.

★ Quilters acquire Sts. Peter & Paul computer room Continued from page 1 Allen’s basement. The committee also furnished a microwave and coffee pot for the new room. “We want to thank them (the quilters) for the gift of their time and talents,” said Allen of Haubstadt. “Their services are a blessing to this community.” This year, the group is making 10 quilts for the auction, which is Sunday, April 18, at the old Haubstadt High School Gymnasium. Proceeds from the auction go toward the church’s budget and building campaign for the school’s renovation project. Mary May, a member of the church’s steering and auction committees, said the quilts can bring in $200 or more per quilt. Last year, one quilt was sold for more than $1,600. The group has been making quilts for the church

since 2004. It takes more than 25 hours of stitching by hand to complete one quilt with the group of women all working together. All quilting patterns and supplies are furnished and donated to the group by a church member or quilter. Since starting Wednesday afternoon, the group had made signifi cant progress on a King “Heart of Rose” quilt, measuring 105 inches by 110 inches. When fi nished, the quilt will feature a stark white background and a collection of appliquéd roses in various shades of purple with a quilted purple border. The roses form a heart-shaped design in the center of the quilt that surrounds a quilted heart. The quilted hear is the centerpiece of the quilt. The pattern is accented by vivid buds, roses, blossoms and hearts. The pattern was donated

May. The original pattern for the quilt was designed by renowned quilt designer C. Jean Horst. The pattern itself has been replicated countless times is available in several pattern books. “This is wonderful,” said Mary Rose Ambrose, a quilter, who said the group was treated to an afternoon treat. “We enjoy it.” Parish quilters include: Ambrose, Jeannine May, Marcia Goedde, Mildred Rothemeier, Doris Welte, Irene Balbach, Rosalie Spindler, Ruth Baehl, Florence Morris, Lillian Maurer, Rosemary Maier, Mary Jane Tembarge, Ruth May, Margie Adler, Alice Chamberlain, Janith Goedde and Betty Hirsch.

A Pike County woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning. Ann L. Selby, 43, Winslow, was pronounced dead at the scene by Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. on Ind. 64, east of County Road 1250 E. and west of Oakland City. According to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Depart-


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South Gibson Star-Times 34 great-grandchildren. Services for Freda were on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the St. Lucas United Church of Christ in Fort Branch, IN with Rev. John Heumann offi ciating. Burial was in St. Lucas Cemetery in Fort Branch, IN. Visitation was on Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Stodghill Funeral Home located on Hwy 168 West in Fort Branch. The family requests that donations be made to the St. Lucas Church or Riley Freda A. Memmer Hospital for Children. Envelopes will be available. Freda A. Memmer, 93, Expressions of sympaof Princeton, IN passed thy may be made at www. away on Feb. 10, 2010, at s t o d gh i l l f u ne r a l hom e . Gibson General Hospi- com. tal in Princeton, IN. She was born on Feb. 21, 1916 in Gibson County, IN to the late John and Mary (Wehmer) Freund. Freda was a member of the St. Lucas United Church of Christ in Fort Branch, IN. Besides her parents Freda was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 1967; brothers, Adolf, Edwin and Norman Freund; a grandson, Jeff Edwards; and sister, Hulda Katherine Freund. She is survived by her eight children, Betty (Joe) William O. Sides Wade of Owensville, June (Jim) White of Patoka, Ed (Cassie) Memmer of William O. Sides, 76, of Francisco, James (Loret- Fort Branch, IN passed away ta) Memmer of Princeton, on Feb. 7, 2010, at DeaconNancy (Rocky) Edwards ess Hospital in Evansville, of Oakland City, Donna IN. He was born on April (David) Hall of Princeton, 20, 1933 in Fort Branch, IN John Memmer of Prince- to the late Robert Eugene ton, Rose (Garry) Eads of and Minnie Belle (Barrett) Franciso. Also surviving Sides and resided here his are 30 grandchildren, and entire life.

Bill owned and operated Fort Branch Shoe Repair for 52 years. He was a member of the Fort Branch First United Methodist Church. He was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Haubstadt American Legion Post #194. He was also an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Besides his parents Bill is preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas, Kenneth and Gordon Sides. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sonja (Romerhaus) Sides and four children and their spouses, Rick (Elaine) Sides of Fort Branch, IN, Sherri (Tim) Heldt of Floyd Knobs, IN, Jeff Sides of Fort Branch, IN, and Mike Sides of Evansville, IN. Also surviving is a brother, Robert Sides of Henderson, KY; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services for Bill were on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Stodghill Funeral Home located on Hwy. 168 West in Fort branch, IN with Rev. John Windell and Rev. Steve Oeth officiating. Burial was in St. Stephens Cemetery in Warrenton, IN. Visitation was on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Military services were conducted at the graveside by the VFW Post #2714 and Amercan Legion Post #194. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fort Branch First United Methodist Church or the St. Ste-

Area hit with another round of snow By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor South Gibson, along with the tri-State area, was greeted Monday morning with another blast of snow and winter. The area’s fi fth snowstorm of the season brought a considerable bigger punch, compared to several recent dustings of snow in recent weeks—leading to local school cancellations. Forecasters were predicting four inches or more of snow before the storm was expected to end Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a potent weather system moving east across the Ohio Valley region is to blame for the accumulating snowfall. A winter storm warning was issued for the area between 7 p.m. Sunday and noon Monday. A winter storm warning means a significant winter storm or hazardous winter weather is either occurring or likely to occur, and is a threat to life and property. Parts of Gibson and Pike counties were already re-

porting three to five inches of snow at daybreak Monday morning. Three-and-ahalf inches of snow in Fort Branch was reported to the NWS just before 6 a.m.— with a fi nal total of four inches by 9 a.m. Just over five inches of snow was reported in Princeton by 5 a.m. The Indiana State Police’s Evansville district, reported Monday morning that many roads were snow covered, slick and hazardous. The Evansville District covers Knox, Pike, Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. State troopers had already responded to numerous slide-offs on U.S. 41, Interstate 64 and Interstate 164 as of 8 a.m.—but no serious injuries were reported so far. Due to the blowing and drifting snow that is currently occurring, state troopers were reporting near white-out conditions in various areas throughout the district. “We’ve had a couple of rescues, but no serious accidents—just a couple of slide-offs. We’re hopeful it stays that way,” said Gib-

son County Sheriff Allen Harmon, adding that without Presidents’ Day, it could have been worse. “Had it not been for that (the federal holiday), there would have been more accidents and slide-offs.” Within hours of the winter storm warning starting Sunday night, numerous slide-offs were being reported along U.S. 41, according to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department. At one time, deputies and local law enforcement were dealing with three slide-offs on U.S. 41, between Fort Branch and Princeton. No major injury wrecks were being reported by county officials as of 9 a.m. Monday. Harmon said the next major problem will be the drifting of the snow. He said the outlying area roads are horrible, because of the drifting snow. Weather-related road conditions: • INDOT TrafficWise service: 800-261-ROAD (7623) • INDOT’s TrafficWise website: www.TrafficWise.

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Anthony A. Elpers Anthony A. Elpers, age 90 passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at Transcendent Health Care of Boonville. He was born Oct. 17, 1919 in Haubstadt to the late John B. and Caroline (Keil) Elpers. He resided in Haubstadt his lifetime. He retired from farming and as a carpenter from Elpers Brothers Construction. Anthony was a life-long member of St. James Catholic Church and was a member of The Men’s Club. After retirement, he spent much of his time volunteering at St. James Church and School. He was a US Army veteran of World War II where he was a recipient of The Purple Heart. He was also a member of American Legion Post #194 and V.F.W. Post #2714. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence Elpers. Anthony is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nadine (Seib) Elpers; two daughters, Rita Rae Beckley and Lois Jane Hasenour. Two sons, Ronald Paul Elpers and Earl Anthony Elpers. Seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial took place on Monday, Feb. 15, at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Betz as celebrant. Burial

followed in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #194 and V.F.W. Post #2714. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church or Sisters of St. Benedict. ELVA G. GREENWELL Elva G. Greenwell passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. “Gerry” was born to Gladys and Avery Clevenger on Dec. 16, 1926, in Buffkin. She became the war bride of Stephen F. Greenwell on July 25, 1942. Their family grew to ten with seven sons and one daughter. Gerry’s daughter, Diana, passed away on March 2, 1992. Her husband of fi fty years, Stephen, passed away on Nov. 18, 1992. Her oldest son Stephen Franklin, died on July 14, 2001. She was one of seven children. Her brothers, Bill, James, Charles and Jerry, along with her sister, Jane, preceded her in death. Geraldine has a lone surviving sister, Georgia Reeves, who resides in Owensville. She is also survived by her sons, John of Newburgh, Roger and Harold of Evansville, Robert of Mt. Vernon, Jeffrey of New Harmony and Tony of San Diego, Calif. and 16 grandchildren. Services took place on Friday, Feb. 5 at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Ora Johnson, with entombment in Alexander Memorial park. Condolences may be made at BILLIE (K ARNES) TEEL Mrs. Billie Karnes Teel, 90, formerly of Gibson County, passed away on Feb. 5, 2010 at the home of her daughter in WinstonSalem, N.C. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be greatly missed. Billie was married to Robert Teel for 71 years and is survived by him and her two children, Steven Teel and Andrea Bartorelli; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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Census equals more dollars for Gibson Co. By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor Local town and county officials want all Gibson County residents to be aware of how important fi lling out 10 questions for the 2010 Census can be in terms of dollars and services. “Every penny that we can get would be a big help not just for Owensville, but everywhere,” said Dale Henry, president of the Owensville Town Council. The United States Constitution requires a head count—or snapshot—every 10 years to draw congressional districts and figure out votes for the Electoral College. In the last census in 2000, Indiana lost a representative. Also, state legislative officials use the numbers to do re-districting within their own state borders—something that’s a hot topic at the statehouse in Indianapolis right now. Bob Townsend, president of the Gibson County Commissioners, said for every person not counted in the county, “we loose $4,000 per person for the life of the census.” The count is used to distribute more than $400 billion each year in federal aid to state and local governments for things like hospitals, senior centers,

schools, transportation, housing, emergency services and community development. Gibson County is unique in that every 10-question form will be hand-delivered to every household throughout the county. This will begin in late February or early March. Nationwide, the bureau will mail forms to about 120 million households in March. Residents who don’t send back their forms will get a follow-up postcard. Those who still don’t respond can expect a visit from a census taker by early May. Townsend said the decision was made to deliver the forms, because it was only about two-years-ago the project of converting all addresses over for the county’s E911, or Enhanced-911, system. He said census officials did not want to risk missing any households and not counting someone. Sandy Appler, Indiana senior partnership specialist with the Bureau of the U.S. Census, said “this form is the shortest form in the history of the census.” Residents will be asked the number of people living in each household as well as their age, race and whether they own their home or rent. “If you buy something

online, you will give them more information than you will give us. It is short, important and easy,” said Appler, who is based out of Evansville. Appler said many people have privacy concerns about their information, but advises them not to worry. “By law, the Census cannot share any individual responses with anyone, including law enforcement agencies,” Appler said. In addition, all Census Bureau employees take an oath and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawfully releasing the information is a fi ne up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both. Nationwide, more than 300 million residents are being asked to fi ll out their once-a-decade census forms. A number of “census assistance centers” will be set-up throughout the county, including at the county’s North Annex building in Princeton and Haubstadt. The centers will be staffed and able to answer questions about the census or help someone fi ll out a form. Additional forms, in case one is lost, will also be available.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Special Ed Co-op meeting is Wed.

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Pajama Friday at United Methodist Preschool

The Executive Board of the Gibson– Pike–Warrick Special Education Cooperative will meet tomorrow at the Petersburg Office, located at 618 E. Main Street, at 9:30 a.m. (CST). The public meeting will follow at 10:30 a.m. (CST).

Haubstadt town meeting Feb. 17 The Town of Haubstadt will be having an executive meeting at 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at town hall for personnel matters. A special meeting will follow at 5 p.m., if needed.

Knights of St. John dinner and dance is Feb. 27 The Knights of St. John will be having a dinner dance with all the trimmings. Dinner is served at 6:30. Dance by the Daughtery Brothers will be from 7:30 to 10:30 on Feb. 27. For reservations call 768-6755 or 768-6767.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday students sporting pajamas on Friday (l to r) were, front row: Jasmine Harvey, Alex Stevens, Aiden Hammer and Johnathon Jenkins; middle row: Karissa Tinsley-Meeks, Conner Stevens, Caleb Douglas and Tyler Martin; back row: Danielle Young, Jenna Mathes, Callie Matthews, Jaylyn Pegram and Brayden Pegram.

GSHS Post Prom meeting for parents March 3 The Gibson Southern High School junior class will conduct a Post Prom meeting on Wednesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. All junior class parents are encouraged to attend.

World Day of Prayer March 5 The World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday, March 5 at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Mt. Olympus at 1 p.m. CST. Churches represented last year were Decker Chapel U.M. Church, Hazleton U.M Church, Mt. Olive U.M.Church, Patoka U. M. Church, Union Community Church, Hamline Chapel U. M., Walnut Grove U. M.Church, Wheeling U. M. Church , Francisco U. M. Church and the First Baptist Church of Princeton. Other churches are invited to join us ion prayer as we break off ion several groups and their leaders to encourage each other and share our concerns.

Ball State fall dean’s list The following students were named to the Ball State University dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester: Michael Cox and Elizabeth Spangler, both of Fort Branch; and Melissa Klemeyer and Shane Young, both of Haubstadt. The current dean’s list for Ball State University recognizes undergraduates who earn at least a 3.5 gradepoint average for 12 or more credits of graded course work during a semester or for six or more credits of graded course work during a summer term.

Wabash County 4-H will be hosting a mid-winter rabbit show on Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Mabel A. Courter 4-H Center, 15039 Four H Center Lane, Mt. Carmel, Ill. Doors open at 8 a.m. The show is open to all 4-Hers and youth in the area ages 8-18. All exhibitors should be in the Anderson Exhibition Building and have rabbits entered prior to the 10 a.m. start of judging. This is an entry fee show; fees are $1 per rabbit. All entry fees will be awarded as prize money. Trophies and ribbons will also be awarded. Enter as many classes as you wish. This is a carrying cage show and all rabbits must be in leak-proof carrying cages. Rabbits not already ear tattooed will be ear marked with a pen when

entered in the show. Classes will be bucks and does six months of age or older. No market classes. Breed classes include New Zealand, Satins, Dutch, Rex, Californian, Florida White, Champagne D’argent, Lops, Flemish Giants, Palomino, Dwarfs, Angoras and two open classes for Other Small Breeds and Other Large Breeds. The Wabash County 4-H Dog Agility Club will have food available all day during the show. A vendor will be available selling cages, rabbit equipment and supplies. There will also be a raffle of many items donated by various local businesses along with free informational material. For more information, contact show superintendent Vernon L. Henze at 618-446-5199.

SWIRCA sponsoring ‘night out’ Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging and More (SWIRCA) is sponsoring a “night out” including a University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball game and dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 23. This event is open to the public. Cost for the evening is $15 per person. Tickets are available at SWIRCA, located at 16 West Virginia Street at Baker Avenue, in Evansville.

Fort Branch seventh grade art exhibit Plan on attending a student art exhibit at Gibson General Hospital’s Second Floor Gallery in Princeton through Feb. 28. The exhibit, entitled “Watercolors: Creatures in their Habitat” will feature selected watercolor paintings created in Mrs. Hayden’s seventh grade art classes at Fort Branch Community School. The exhibit will be on display daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Gibson County Art Guild and Gibson General Hospital.

Rabbit show open to area 4-H groups and youth

A bus will leave the SWIRCA Ivy Room, located at 16 West Virgina Street at Baker Avenue (behind Turoni’s Pizza on Main Street), in Evansville at 4:45 p.m. Dinner will be at Longhorn Steakhouse on Green River Road. Dinner will include a sirloin steak or chicken breast with a baked potato, salad, ice cream and drink. Following dinner the bus will head for Roberts Stadium for the UE Missouri Valley Conference basketball game with Northern Iowa.

Pvt. Garrett completes basic training On Friday of letter P week at Fort Branch United Methodist Preschool, all children were encouraged to wear their pajamas to school. The kids really enjoyed it and even the teachers wore pajamas. Tuesday/Thursday students (l to r): Chloee Bent, Asher Braden, Zayne Whitfield, Teagan Baker, Blake Cunningham, Stella DeLong and Bryanna Dockery.

Marine Corps Pvt. John R. Garrett, son of Edward D. Garrett of Owensville, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed

Library news Fort Branch Public Library Hours Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 12:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12:30 to 5 p.m. Haubstadt Public Library Hours Monday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. News submitted By Jan McGrew I guess it doesn’t matter that we have big plans or not, if the snow decides to dump on us, we get dumped on, don’t we? So, the writer’s workshop that was supposed to take place last Tuesday night will be tonight, the 16th, starting at 6:30. If you thought that you had just lost out because of the weather, think again. Ms. Day will be here tonight to teach us all we need to know about writing. We have 25 people signed up, so it will be interesting. Join us, okay? For all of you who are participating in our Winter Blues Reading program, you only have until the end of this month to get your list of the five books you have read in to us. We will be drawing for the great big bags full of really neat prizes, so if you are interested in winning books and DVDs and popcorn and hot chocolate and a whole bunch of other stuff, you need to get your list in! Toddle Time starts on Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. and we still have a few openings. Don’t get left out! Sign your 2- to 3-year-old up now for 10 weeks of learning fun. You will sing and play and dance and meet new people. You both will enjoy these 30 minutes on Monday mornings. Are you seeing all the promos for the new DiCaprio movie, “Shutter Island?” The book is written by Den-

nis LeHane. We have it on cassette recording, if you are interested in “hearing” it before you “see” it. This is one of those creepy books that sometimes doesn’t translate well to a movie, but if Leonardo is willing to give it a try, perhaps this will work. It is about an island where they keep the criminally insane (I wasn’t kidding about creepy), the people on it and two policemen who come to the island to do some investigating and realize that they may never leave. “Faces of the Gone” is the debut book of Brad Parks. This fi rst of the Carter Ross mystery series is a grabber. Ross decides to take on the dirty back streets of Newark when the story the cops give about the recent four murders just doesn’t ring true to his reporter’s ears. He enlists three friends, two at the newspaper to cover for him and a stripper to guide him. When they discover the one thing that all of the victims have in common, he becomes a target for the murderer, too. Patrick F. McManus has written another Sheriff Bo Tully mystery and those of you who enjoyed the fi rst two, will not be disappointed in “The Double-Jack Murders.” This one fi nds our hero trying to solve a 75-year-old missing persons case and trying to track down an escaped prisoner who has vowed to kill him, all the while trying to get in a little fishing and gold prospecting with his father and a friend. Sheriff Bo’s outlook on life seems to be a perfect fit for Blight County, Idaho. Rhys Bowen has another mystery for Molly Murphy to solve. This one is called “In a Gilded Cage” and fi nds Molly’s P.I. business thriving, even though she has been incarcerated while demonstrating for

women’s rights. Before Police Captain Daniel Sullivan can bail her out, she has two more cases to solve. Remember—No. 10 on Regina Brett’s Life List— When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. Owensville Carnegie Public Library hours Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18—Toddler Time 11 a.m. (stories and games for 2- to 3-year olds); Story Time 1:30 p.m. (4-year-olds stories, games and crafts) March 4—Library Board of Trustees meeting Visit our Web site at Owensv illelibra r—you may get into the online catalog and see what is available in the library. We have state and federal tax forms available. Spanning the 20th century, “Roses” is the story of the powerful founding families of Howburker, Texas, and how their histories remain intertwined over the span of three generations. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick fell in love, but because of their stubborn natures and Mary’s devotion to her family’s land, they unwisely never wed. Now they must deal with the deceit, secrets and tragedies that surround them, and the poignant loss of what might have been— not only for themselves, but also for their family legacies. With expert and unabashed big-canvas storytelling that reads like a Texas “Gone with the Wind,” Leila Meacham pens an epic of three intriguing generations. A deeply moving love story of struggle and sacrifice as well, “Roses” is steeped with nostalgia for a time when honor and


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Next Step dance attends competition in Nashville The Next Step competitive dance team attended a Hollywood Vibe convention and competition in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 30-31. Choreographers from Los Angeles taught classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz and hip hop. Three students from The Next Step dance company received scholarships after attending an audition that started with over 100 students in each age group. Winners included, in the mini division—Emily McKee; junior division— Mia Schmitt; and in the senior division—Jalyn Stough. In the competition The Next Step dancers brought home High Gold, Gold and High Silver medals and nuThe Next Step dance company is all smiles after winning the High Gold merous fi rst places in their medal for their production number at the recent Hollywood Vibe Dance Comcategories. The Next Step petition in Nashville, Tenn. The Next Step is located in Poseyville. received the Best Costume award from the mini-junior age group for “Doctor + Three.” Jennifer Collins received a choreography award for “Rock Around the Clock.” In the mini solo division, Emily McKee received top mini solo, receiving $50 and along with Jarrett Klusmeier, received overall mini top duet. In the intermediate division Mia Schmitt and Hunter Lehman received top overall duet. In the teen division Arionna Collins and Jalyn Stough received top duet, winning $50. In senior division, Brakston Farrar and Sydney Davis also received top duet. Holly Gonyer, Members of the dance shown in mid-perforcompany include Stephen mance, wins the High Barnett, Courtney Bunting, Gold medal for her age Haley Butler, Arionna ColEmily McKee and Jarrett Klusmeier, both of category for her acrolins, Sydney Davis, MakenHaubstadt, pose after receiving awards for their batic solo dance. She zie Doane, Brakston, Kalyn duet. Contributed photos. is from Owensville. and Kierstyn Farrar, Holly Gonyer, Ali Graff, Jacob and Isaiah Lehman, Mad- lynn Moody, Emma Sar- ta Tenbarge, Sophie Wilhite, Grisham, Lindsey Koester, ison Livers, Kaitlyn Mc- tore, Mia Schmitt, Mallory Hailey Woods and Kaitlin Jarrett Klusmeier, Hunter Gee, Emily McKee, Brook- Schmitt, Jalyn Stough, Kris- Wright.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Area Happenings A ARP Members Meeting.—Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the fi rst shelter house at Fort Branch Park. Fort Branch G.B. All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast— Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria at Fort Branch Community School. All proceeds will be used to purchase food and supplies to distribute on the 2010 Honduras mission trip. Menu includes bacon, eggs, pancakes, biscuits, gravy and fried potatoes; $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-10 and ages 3 and under are free. Gibson County Winter Workshop—Monday night, Feb. 22. Banquet program to start at 6:30 p.m. Cowpea Storage in Nigeria and the Adventures of Two Extension Educators: Maria Restrepo and Adrienne Held. This banquet is for farmers and their spouses. Gibson County WIC offers Infant Feeding Class—There will be a Breastfeeding Basics class on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Gibson County WIC office located on 421 south Main Street in Princeton. Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost. Call Carrie at 724-2019 for more information. Soup Supper to Benefit March of Dimes— Team Kendra’s Lifeline is having a soup supper at the Hazleton Community Center on Saturday, March 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. They will be serving chili, vegetable and potato soups with a sandwich, dessert and drink. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. Dine-in or carry-out will be available. Adults $8, children 5-12 $5 and 4 and under free. For carry-out call 779-6137. There will also be a raffle for a homemade quilt and baskets of goodies. Benefit Dinner for Haubstadt Fire Dept.— There will be a benefit dinner at the Knights of St. John for the Haubstadt Fire Department on Feb. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu includes fried chicken, dressing, dumplings, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw and dessert. Carry-outs will be available. Adult $8.50, Child $4.

Senior citizens menu Wednesday, Feb. 17: Smoked sausage, black-eyed peas, coleslaw, apple cobbler, roll/margarine and milk. Thursday, Feb. 18: Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, bread/margarine, strawberry applesauce and milk. Friday, Feb. 19: BBQ pork, yam patties, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, fruit and milk. Monday, Feb. 22: Chicken and noodles, green beans, bread/margarine, fruit cocktail, brownie and milk. Tuesday, Feb. 23: Salisbury steak/gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, bread/margarine, banana and milk.

Purdue Extension news- Master Gardener class By Cathy Boerste, Purdue Extension Educator Gibson County The Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator position in Gibson County remains open and will be fi lled when a qualified applicant is hired. Purdue Extension encourages people with a Masters Degree and an agriculture background to consider a career opportunity with Purdue Extension. For more information or to apply go to purdue. wl/joblist.ftl Master Gardener Host Seminar Feb. 20 The Gibson County Master Gardeners are sponsoring an advanced training seminar on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Princeton Community High School. This is a great way to beat the winter blues and focus on spring. Seminar topics include: • Vines and Xeriscaping for the Homeowner with Mary Welch-Keesey. • Landscaping for Homeowners—Do’s and Don’ts with David Kissel. • Beekeeping with Richard Mull. • Birdscaping with Sharon Sorenson. This event is open to the public. The cost is $40 and includes presentations, breakfast, lunch, and door prizes. For more information, contact June Neyhouse at 3854921. Regional Goat Meeting Feb. 18: • Goat producers are invited to attend a program on feeding goats on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m., (CT) at the Pike County Fairgrounds. Mike Neary, Purdue Small Ruminant Specialist will present Feeding Programs for Meat Goats and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Regional Grazing Specialist will present Grazing Programs for Goats. The program is free and open to the public. For more information or special accommodations, contact Maria Restrepo at 812-354-6838. Gibson Southern Win-

ter Workshop Concludes Feb. 22: • This year’s Farm Winter Workshops will conclude on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson Southern High School with a banquet for farmers and their spouses. The program, Cowpea Storage in Nigeria and the Adventures of Two Extension Educators, will be presented by Maria Restrepo and Adrienne Held, Purdue Extension Educators. Regional Dairy Meeting Feb. 23: • The Indiana Regional Dairy Meeting will be held in conjunction with the SW Indiana Holstein meeting on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CT) at the Log Inn in Warrenton. Topics include: Keys to Profitable Calf Rearing with Sam Leadley of the Attica Veterinary Assoc., Current Issues in Nutrition and the Environment with Tamilee Nennich, Purdue University, and How Will Animal Welfare Issues Affect Your Dairy? With Mike Schutz, Purdue University. The registration deadline is Feb. 19. Forms are available in the Extension Office and online a w w w.ex tension.purdue. edu/ces/Gibson/news/ 2010regionalmeetings.pdf. Cargill Hosts Farm Management Meeting Feb. 24: Cargill is hosting a meeting featuring Iowa State Extension Farm Management Specialist Steve Johnson farmmanagement.htm or w w w.ex t ension.iast at e. edu/ag/fsf m/fa r m mg5. html) on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Evansville. Agenda topics will be: • 2010 Crop Supply/ Demand & Price Outlook Pre-Harvest Marketing Tools & Strategies. • 2010 Crop Insurance Overview SURE & ACRE Program Review. • Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar, Feb. 24 in Dubois County. • The Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar will take place on Feb. 24 from

7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (CT) at the Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds. Attendees will receive a printed copy of the presentations, refreshments, and lunch. The PARP credit fee is $10. Attendance for the entire program is required for PARP credit. Reservations are required by Feb. 16. Call the Dubois County Extension office at 482-1782. • 7 to 7:30 a.m. Registration, coffee and donuts. • 7:30 to 8 a.m. USDA Staff, “2010 USDA Farm Bill and Conservation Program Update”. • 8 to 9 a.m. Chris Hurt — Purdue Extension Ag. Economist, “2010 Ag. Outlook”. • 9 to 10 a.m. Hans Kok - Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, “Conservation Cropping Systems in Indiana”. • 10 to 10:15 a.m. Break, Coffee and Donuts. • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Shaun Casteele—Purdue Extension Soybean Specialist, “Soybean Management for High Yields”. • 11:15 to noon Lunch sponsored by German American Bank. • Noon to 1 p.m. Glenn Nice - Purdue Extension Weed Specialist, “Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds ”. • 1 to 2 p.m. Charles Woloshuk - Purdue Plant Pathologist, “Managing Mold and Mycotoxins in the 2009 & 2010 Corn Crops”. • 2 to 2;15 p.m. Break, Soft Drinks and Cookies. • 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Kenneth Eck - Purdue Extension Educator, “Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal”. Sign up for the Direct and Counter-cyclical and ARCE Programs has started. Janet Ault of the Gibson County Farm Service Agency would like to re-

mind everyone that signup for the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical and ACRE programs has began. The deadline to enroll a farm in DCP or ACRE for 2010 is close of business June 1. All required signatures must be obtained before close of business June 1. For further questions or to schedule an appointment please call the FSA office at (812) 385-5033 ext. 2. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Upcoming Dates: • March 4: Chocolate—It’s OK—Presented by Mary Duke, Purdue Extension Educator. Oakland City Library, 5:30 p.m. Call the Library to reserve your place at 812-749-3559. • March 13: 4-H Livestock Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CT) at the Dubois County Fairgrounds. For more information or to register, contact Jeremy Oeding at 812549-5093. • March 15: Serv Safe Recertification class at Princeton VFW, 8 a.m. until noon. Certification Exam is at 1 p.m. For more information contact Purdue Extension—Gibson County at 385-3491. • March 16: Food Allergies—Informative program by Mary Duke, Purdue Extension Educator. Duke Energy Building, West Broadway, Princeton. 9 a.m. Call Gibson County Extension Office for reservations, 812385-3491. • March 16: Reminisce—Keeping your Memories—Informative program by Karel Kirschner, Purdue Extension Educator. Duke Energy Building, West Broadway, Princeton, 10 a.m. Call the Gibson County Extension Office for reservations, 812-385-3491.


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‘One Rose-One Life’ campaign Keith Dewig, Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2215 presents a check to Joanie and Nora Luttrell, representing Right to Life of Gibson County. The donation was the proceeds of the Jan. 9/10 weekend “One Rose—One Life” campaign at Sts. Peter and Paul, Holy Cross, and St. James Catholic Churches.

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Ladies’ community Bible study A weekly, in-depth ladies’ Bible study, “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” by Beth Moore, begins on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Owensville United Methodist Church. An open invitation to women in the Owensville community is extended. This is a seven-week Bible study which confronts the hard questions of faith and faithfulness. Contact the Owensville United Methodist Church office at 812-724-4041 to reserve a spot in the study and order your student book, or e-mail Margie Waible at Everyone is invited to attend. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 212 West Locust Fort Branch Dr. James Cramer, Pastor Phone: 812-753-4623 or 812-615-0087 for info E-mail: Sunday school 9 a.m.; worship service 10 (Communion fi rst Sunday); Wednesday prayer 6 p.m. followed by Bible study; youth fellowship fi rst and third Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m. Women’s fellowship groups: Second Cup of Coffee, 9 to 10 a.m., second Wednesday monthly; and EFGs at 6:30 p.m. (day variable). ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH 5342 E. SR 168 (East of Fort Branch) Fr. Anthony Ernst, Pastor Fr. John Sasse, Jr. Associate Pastor Stephen Hall, Jr., Deacon Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. FORT BRANCH SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH 801 S. Main, Fort Branch James Bean, Interim Pastor Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship 10:40 a.m.; Sunday evening 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday prayer and worship service 6:30 p.m. Anyone needing a ride may call the church at 753-4365. ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Hwy. 168, Fort Branch Rev. John S. Heumann Sunday worship 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10:15 a.m. ST. LUCAS UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 6777 S. 350 East Fort Branch Rev. John S. Heumann Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.; youth fellowship second Sunday.

BETHLEHEM GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCH CR 325 W. off of Hwy. 168 Fort Branch Rev. Ron Austin, Pastor Sunday worship 10 a.m. For information, call 729-7787.

GENERAL BAPTIST OWENSVILLE CHURCH FIRST GENERAL Corner John and Eastview BAPTIST CHURCH Fort Branch Corner Brummitt and Mill Stephen Akins, Pastor Rev. Bob Douglas Morning worship serSunday school 9:30 a.m.; vices 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available for Sunday service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday worship 6 p.m.; ages three and under. Wednesday night worship WESLEYAN CHURCH 6 p.m. 202 E. Vine St. Bible study and prayer Fort Branch meeting and men’s prayer Richard Comer, Pastor group meet 8 a.m. every Sunday school from 9:30 Sunday. All men welcome. to 10:25 a.m.; Sunday worDisciples and Jr./Sr. ship, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.; youth meet every Sunday children’s church 10:30 to evening at 7 p.m. All youth 11:45 a.m. (for children are invited to attend. there is singing, worship, NEW LIFE handcrafts and snacks); and Sunday evening—Bi- COMMUNITY CHURCH ble study from 6 to 7 p.m.; 208 West Street, Haubstadt Friends and Teens Club (4- Dusty McCandless, Pastor Phone: 812-644-2944 12), programs meet from Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the Sunday service 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday prayer time school year. 6:30 to 7 p.m.; service, kids FIRST UNITED church, youth group meet METHODIST CHURCH at 7 p.m. Vine and Main, Fort Branch Food pantry hours: MonJohn Windell, Pastor day 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. FriSunday worship services day 4 to 6 p.m. 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday FIRST CHRISTIAN school for all ages 9:30 a.m. CHURCH Nursery provided at 10:30 302 N. Main St. services. Wednesday WNOwensville AC pot-luck supper at 5:30 Bart W. Newton, p.m.; children’s hour and Preaching Minister administrative meetings at Phone 724-4181 6, and choir at 7; youth minFax 724-2161 istries meeting on fi rst and E-mail: fccowensville@ third Sundays at 6 p.m. FORT BRANCH Sunday school for all agCHURCH OF THE es of youth and adult Bible NAZARENE fellowship 9 a.m.; adult Sun601 S. Lincoln day worship and Sonshine Rev. Brian Dale Pullum Alley children’s church 10. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; The church is a non-denommorning worship 10:30 inational church and is loa.m.; evening service 6 cated two blocks north of p.m.; Wednesday evening Holder’s Furniture Store. prayer meeting and youth CHRISTIAN CHURCH group 7 p.m. (Disciples of Christ) HOLY CROSS Corner of Oak and Brummitt, Owensville CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. John Charles 200 S. Church St., Ft. Branch Pastor Fr. Anthony Ernst, Pastor Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Fr. John Sasse, Jr. worship service 10:30 a.m. Associate Pastor Stephen Hall, Jr., Deacon Saturday Mass 4:30 p.m.; OWENSVILLE UNITED Sunday Mass 8:45 a.m.; METHODIST CHURCH Corner Third and Tuesday through Friday Brummitt, Owensville morning Mass 7:30 a.m. Linda Lawler, Pastor Sunday school for all agOWENSVILLE es 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 CHURCH OF THE a.m.; every fi rst and third NAZARENE Wednesday we have a high 101 N. Third Street school youth group meetOwensville ing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Paul Drake, Pastor Transportation is availSunday school 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.; able for all by calling the Sunday evening 6 p.m.; church or call 724-2240. Everyone is welcome to Sunday youth services at 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer worship with us! time 6 to 8 p.m. SOUTH GIBSON APOSTOLIC CHURCH Owensville Sunday morning service and Super Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Sunday evangelistic services 6 p.m.; preBecause Christian disci- teen and teen class and jupline and attitudes have to nior choir practice and accome with effort, spiritu- tivities 7 p.m. al apathy and laziness are For more information never excuses for gravitat- about the church servicing back to what we once es, home Bible studies were. On the contrary, the and transportation to the book of James gives a prom- church, call 812-729-7231. ise that is fulfi lled as we reMAUMEE GENERAL main faithful to God durBAPTIST CHURCH ing these times of testing. 9482 W. SR 165 “Submit yourselves, then, to Owensville God. Resist the devil, and Rev. Kenneth Reeder, he will flee from you. Come Pastor near to God and he will Sunday morning Bicome near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and pu- ble Connection 9:30 a.m.; rify your hearts, you double- morning worship 10:30 minded. Grieve, mourn and a.m. wail. Change your laughter Our Kids For Christ to mourning and your joy to Children’s Ministry (ages gloom. Humble yourselves fourth-fi fth grades) meets before the Lord, and he will at 9:30 a.m. for Kids Bible lift you up” (James 4:7-10). Connection and at 10:30 Being spiritually luke- a.m. for Kids Own Worwarm is a demonic snare ship. that can affect us all. As one For more information becomes cold toward God about our worship service, the very means by which small group Bible studies we are strengthened to or other ministries, call overcome Satan’s grip are 812-729-7230. Come be our often put aside and discour- guests! We would love to agement, drifting and de- see you! feat quickly follow. If you are struggling in DAYSPRING your walk with God, step out COMMUNITY CHURCH in faith and begin to draw 120 N. Main St. near to Him. Turn from Owensville any action or attitude that Scott Burr, Pastor is contrary to God’s will for Sunday morning Disyour life and commit your- covery class 9:45 a.m.; self totally to Him. Not on- morning worship and kids’ ly will you fi nd strength to church 10:45 a.m.; prayer overcome those areas that and communion services 6 are causing you defeat, you p.m.; Wednesday Life Apwill discover that even your plication Bible study 7 p.m. desire to draw near to God Youth group, Uncomcomes from Him. mon, for grades 6-12, meets

Insight . . . with Dave Ingler

Draw near to God “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans: 7:18-19). I believe that all of us will admit that we experience periods of spiritual lapse where those things which were once exciting become monotonous and our hunger for the knowledge of God becomes satisfied with what we already know. It is during these periods that we can identify with the Apostle Paul and his internal battle with the flesh to become all that God wanted him to be. When we experience dry spells in our Christian life, we must quickly learn that enduring faith is not a feeling but a steadfast hope and an endless commitment to Jesus Christ who gave His life for us. Simply because we do not feel like studying the Bible is no reason to remove ourselves from its transforming truths. Simply because we do not feel like being involved in the lives of others is no reason to stop serving and allowing Christ to live His life through us. Our being tempted to feel that God is distant and does not hear our prayers is no reason to stop seeking and praising Him for He has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

DAYSTAR COMMUNITY CHURCH Hampton Inn, Princeton (temporarily) (non-denominational) Tony Edwards, Pastor Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship 10:30 a.m.



Holy Cross Catholic Church 200 S. Church St., Fort Branch

Fr. Anthony Ernst, Pastor Saturday Mass 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass 8:45 a.m.; Tuesday through Friday morning Mass 7:30 a.m. on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Beth Brown, youth minister, at 215-0174. For a ride to church, call 724-4114. ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH Old Princeton Rd. Haubstadt Father Kenneth R. Betz Saturday Mass 5 p.m.; Sunday Masses 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. ST. STEPHENS UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 12152 S. 200 E., Haubstadt Steve Oeth, Interim Pastor Sunday service 9 a.m.; Bible school 10:30 a.m. BLYTHE CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST One mile W. of GSHS Owensville John Windell, Pastor Worship 9 a.m.

LIVING WATER CHURCH 225 West Emerson St. Princeton Larry Stephenson, Pastor Phone 385-1243 Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. SALVATION ARMY CHURCH (non-denominational) 201 S. Gibson St. Princeton Lt. Jonathan Cooper Phone 386-6577 Sunday morning breakfast 9 a.m.; Sunday school 9:30; morning worship 10:45; evening service 6 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study 6 p.m.; Men’s Club and Home League at 7. Ask about boys’ and girls’ clubs. FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Corner of North and Walnut, Cynthiana Gordon Jones, Pastor Sunday worship service, 9 a.m.

CYNTHIANA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH North & Whiting, Cynthiana Kevin Morris, Pastor Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m. OLD UNION CHRISTIAN CHURCH Hwy. 165 S. of Johnson Don French, Pastor Bible study 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:15 a.m. CYNTHIANA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 10951 Main St., Cynthiana Rev. William Ping Fellowship 10:30; worship 10:45. Call 724-2265 for transportation. Everyone welcome! PROVIDENCE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH CR 550 S. NE of Fort Branch Sunday school for children and adults at 10; worship 10:30; Thursday evening Bible study for adults. For more information call 753-3386.

STS. PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH 201 Vine St., Haubstadt FAIR HAVEN CHRIST Fr. Anthony Ernst, Pastor FELLOWSHIP ZION UNITED Fr. John Sasse, Jr. Church Street, Cynthiana CHURCH OF CHRIST Associate Pastor Mike Douglas, Pastor Second and Elm St. William Brandle, Deacon Sunday morning worship Elberfeld Saturday worship 6 p.m.; Rev. Rick Bender Sunday worship 7:15 and 10 a.m.; Wednesday eveSunday school 9 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; Monday 6:30 ning 7 p.m. worship service 10 a.m. Phone 724-4735 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m. NEW LIBERTY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Hwy. 68 between Cynthiana and Haubstadt Gordon Jones, Pastor Services Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ST. JOHNS UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST R.R. #2, Box 323, Buckskin Rev. Frank Sapp, Jr. By Cornelius R. Stam Sunday school 9 a.m.; Did you read, recently, worship service 10:15 a.m. about the man, named Zimmerman, who spent nearIMMANUEL ly twenty-five years in prisLUTHERAN CHURCH on for a murder which, it is 1-1/2 miles south of I-64 now clear, he never commitand U.S. 41, Volkman Rd. ted! The mistake was disRev. Kirk Horstmeyer covered two years ago, and Saturday evening servic- he was released, of course, es 5:30 p.m.; Sunday wor- but only after spending alship services 8 a.m. and most a quarter of a century 10:15 a.m.; Sunday school in prison for a crime he did 9:10 a.m. not commit! This was a grim misOUR SAVIOR take, but even at that, it LUTHERAN must be wonderful in such CHURCH (ELCA) a case, to be free—and to US 41 and State Rd. 64 have people actually symPrinceton pathize with you! Yet, after Rev. Karen McNeill-Utecht two years of liberty, ZimSunday worship 8:30 merman says he still feels a a.m.; Sunday school 10 bit numb. Waking up mornings he still imagines he a.m. hears the harsh sound of BARNET T CHAPEL the prison bell, and looking Stanley Road, Lynnville about he still thinks he sees Don Williams, Pastor bars on the windows. Things could be worse, Sunday school 9 a.m.; worship service 10 a.m.; though: Suppose he were Sunday evening worship guilty of the crime, mere6 p.m.; Wednesday night ly pardoned and released. Then everyone would be prayer service 7 p.m.

Pardon vs. Justification saying: “There goes that murderer. They pardoned him. Don’t get too friendly with him.” The stigma would always remain—as long as he lived. Let us thank God that believers in Christ are not merely pardoned. Romans 3:24 declares that we are “justified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Christ died for our sins and satisfied the just claims of the Law, and more: through the Holy Spirit He revolutionizes our lives and makes new creations out of us, for “If any man be in Christ,” says II Corinthians 5:17, “he is a new creation.” “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

A-7 Tuesday, February 16, 2010

South Gibson Star-Times The following items were taken from the 1965, 1975 and 1985 issues of The Star-Echo and Fort Branch Times. 25 years • Regina Lynn Lewis and Patrick William Waters were married on Saturday, Dec. 1, during a 4 p.m. ceremony at the United Methodist Church in Fort Branch. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lewis Sr., Fort Branch, Mrs. Shirley Thomas of Longmont, Calif., and the late John T. Waters of Evansville. The bride is a 1983 graduate of Gibson Southern High School, attended Wabash Valley College and is employed at the Gibson County Recorder’s Office in Princeton. The bridegroom, a 1978 graduate of Tecumseh High School, is employed by St. George Warehouses of Evansville. • The Town Hall in Haubstadt, formerly the Haubstadt State Bank building, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The building was built in 1904 and used by the Haubstadt State Bank until they moved to their new building in 1980. The building was sold to the town for $35,000. ClerkTreasurer Alice Chamberlain initiated the idea of applying for historic recognition. In addition to the town offices, the building houses the Fort BranchJohnson Township Library branch. The building was the fi rst bank in Haubstadt constructed with support from Dr. Victor Marchand and several Haubstadt residents. The Haubstadt State Bank was one of few state banks to survive the Depression. • Janet and Steve Seibert of Haubstadt announce the birth of a daughter. She arrived on Friday, Jan. 25, at Deaconess Hospital weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 inches in length. She has been named Jenna Lynn. To welcome Jenna Lynn home are three brothers, Kevin, Chad and Brett. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Seibert of Poseyville and the late Mildred Michel and late Harold Simon. Great-grandmothers are Olivia Meny of Fort Branch and Theresa Simon of Evansville. • Principal Karen Kyle of Sts. Peter and Paul School announced that Kerri Elpers will represent the school in the area Spelling Bee. Kerri, age 9, is in the fourth grade. Runner-up is her sister Krista, age 8, a third grade student. Parents of the students are Mr. and Mrs. David Elpers. • Drs. Bill and Susan

History Club Fort Branch High School 1935 This is the History Club photo taken from the Fort Branch High School yearbook “Gratia Victoria” in 1935. In the front row (l to r) are: Genevieve Wood, Elizabeth Davis, Margaret McGuire, Hildred Beck, Betty Jane Humphrey, Louise Hemmer, Mildred Emge, Mary Louise Hickrod and Estelle McReynolds; in the back row: Kenneth Blum, Walter James Dilbeck, Ben Williams, Billy Kell, Loren Yager, Charles Davis, Charles Blackard and teacher Charles Epperson.

Ahlfeld announce the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Laurel. She arrived at 10:28 on Wednesday, Feb. 6. At birth Jennifer weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20½ inches in length. A brother, Eric, welcomes her home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Jones of Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Ahlfeld of Mt. Carmel, Ill. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Grace Ahlfeld of West Salem, Ill., Mrs. Beulah Rader of Linton and Louis W. Jones of Beehunter. • Mr. and Mrs. Phil Wilzbacher of Fort Branch announce the birth of their second child, a daughter. She arrived on Monday, Jan. 28, at Welborn Hospital at 11:26 a.m. weighing 10 pounds. She has been named Alison Kaye. To welcome Alison home is a brother, Brian. Grandparents are Don and Carol Sheridan of Haubstadt and LaVon and John Wilzbacher of Fort Branch. Greatgrandmothers are Susan Sheridan, Helen Meier and Josephine Emge, all of Princeton. Margaret Thacker of Haubstadt is the great-great-grandmother. • Mr. and Mrs. Robin Douglas of Owensville announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Ann. She arrived at Gibson General Hospital on Friday, Feb. 1. At birth, Jessica weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 20½ inches in length. Grandparents are Mrs. Robert Smith of Princeton and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Douglas of Owensville. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Grace Smith of Owensville, Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Yeager and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hoar of Fort Wayne. The new mother is the former Shannon

Duncan of Princeton. 35 years • Jenny Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Jackson, Fort Branch, has just received word that she has been chosen winner in the sixth grade division of the DAR Historical Essay Contest. Jenny is a sixth grade student at the Fort Branch Middle School. Mike Fichter, fi fth grade student at Holy Cross, was winner of the fi fth grade division contest. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fichter of Fort Branch. Karen Jones, eighth grade student of Owensville Middle School, was winner of the Historical Contest in the eighth grade division. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Jones of Owensville. • Students of Fort Branch Middle School were the winners of Division 1 ratings in Solo and Ensemble Contest in Evansville on Saturday. Soloists in the seventh grade group were Debbie Reininga, flute; Tammy Wheaton, flute; Jerry Jackson, saxophone; and Glenn Goedde, saxophone. Soloists in the eighth grade group were Jodi Irvin, clarinet; Tracey Teal, saxophone; Wayne Arbuthnot, saxophone; Alice Fichter, drum; and Kevin Miley, bassoon. First Division winners in ensembles were Joanie Titzer, Donna Luebbehusen and Lisa Coker, clarinet trio; Dana Georges, Debbie Reininga, Anita Fauquher, flute trio; and Tracey Teel, Paula Hagedorn and Wayne Arbuthnot, saxophone trio. Soloists winning in the Second Division in the seventh grade were Dottie Borup, flute; Donna Luebbehusen and Joanie Titzer, clarinet; Marion Harmon, clarinet; Amy

Dunkel, clarinet; and Melody Mullen, trumpet. Those in the eighth grade placing second in solos were Anita Fauquher, flute; Dana Georges, flute; Jan Huff, clarinet; Jane Douglas, clarinet; Paula Hagedorn, saxophone; Becky Reynolds, trumpet; and Dan Jackson, trombone. Third Division winners were Beth Kiefer, clarinet; and a clarinet ensemble, Beth Kiefer, Jodi Irvin and Jan Huff. • Approximately 100 relatives and friends attended the open house on Sunday afternoon at the Owensville General Baptist Church honoring Mr. and Mrs. Percy Tichenor who were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. • Eugenia Robinson has resigned her position as Editor of The Star-Echo and Fort Branch Times effective Friday, Feb. 21, for reasons of health. Prior to becoming a full time employee at the Owensville office on Oct. 7, 1960, Mrs. Robinson had already been associated with the Fort Branch Times for some time. She began writing personals and other small items at her home in Fort Branch in the fall of 1957. Publisher Phyllis Armstrong accepted Mrs. Robinson’s resignation with regret following eleven years of close business association and a warm personal friendship. • Mr. and Mrs. Art Frohbieter of Owensville have received the address of their son Jeff who is presently serving a tour of duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. He is at present on a cruise of the Mediterranean. Jeff is also the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Edger Frohbieter of Fort Branch. 45 years • John A. Overton has

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completed his six months active duty training with the Armed Services. He has been stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., and has returned to his home here. Overton will continue farming with his father, Jim Ben Overton. • Mr. and Mrs. Orval Graham of Fort Branch, are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Judith Ann, to John Wesley Dierlam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dierlam, Owensville. The wedding will be solemnized on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Pilgrim Holiness Church at Fort Branch. A reception will follow at the Freedom Hall in Fort Branch. • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deal announce the birth of a daughter born Friday morning at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and has been named Myra Sue. The Deals have four other daughters, Joan, Teresa, Rebecca and Sandra who also welcome the little sister. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Deal are the grandparents. • An 8 pound 12½ ounce son is the newest addition at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Garrett. The little one arrived on Jan. 27 and has been named Robin David. Welcoming the baby are a sister, Judy and brothers, Ricky and Marty. Grandparents of the tot are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Garrett of Owensville, and Mr. and Mrs. Clella Manning of Poseyville. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Garrett of Owensville are the great-grandparents. • Mr. and Mrs. William Carner, Owensville, are announcing the birth of a daughter, Tamara Fay, born Feb. 4 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and is welcomed by three sisters and one brother. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace McCarty of Owensville and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Carner of New Harmony. • Mr. and Mrs. Alm-


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Gibson Co. primary election update By Andrea Preston SG Star-Times Editor With less than four days remaining for candidates to formally fi le for the upcoming May primary election politics in Indiana has been turn upside down. Two-term Democrat Senator Evan Bayh has announced he will not seek re-election. It leaves his seat open, just days before the deadline to fi le. Numerous Republicans have announced their intentions to run. However to run for Senate a candidate has to have 500 signatures from each of the nine Congressional districts in Indiana. Bayh, now 54, was elected Governor of Indiana at the age of 33 and then re-elected. He was elected to the Senate in 1998 and again in 2004. Bayh said on Monday he was tired of the “rancor” of partisian politics in his surprise announcement. The last day for candidates to formally fi le for the primary is noon, Friday, Feb. 19. The primary is Tuesday, May 4, with the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both election days. Filing began Wednesday, Jan. 20. In Gibson County, the offices up for grabs are: County Assessor; County Clerk; County Prosecutor; County Recorder; County Treasurer; County Sheriff; and Superior Court Judge. For county boards, County Commissioners District 1 is up, plus four seats, representing the four districts, on the Gibson County Council are up for grabs. Also on the ballot are all 10 township trustee spots, plus the three-person township advisory board for each of the 10 townships: Barton, Center, Columbia, Johnson, Montgomery, Patoka, Union, Wabash, Washington and White River. Seats for South Gibson’s two state senators and three state representatives are also up for a vote this year. Plus, one of Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat and the area’s representative for the 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives is also up. School board seats up in 2010 will appear on the ballot in November. Since the seats are not party affi liated in Gibson County—meaning candidates do not fi le as a Democrat or Republican—the seats do not appear on the primary ballot. The last day to register to vote or transfer registration for the primary is Monday, April 5. It’s also the same day voters can begin absentee voting. Voters are now able to turn in an absentee voting application. Currently, there are more than 21,500 registered voters in Gibson County. Candidates, and party affi liation, that have fi led for either a county, township trustee, township advisory board, state or federal office as Friday afternoon are: County-related offices & seats: • County Assessor: Juanita L. Beadle (D) • County Clerk: Becky Woodburn (D) • County Prosecutor: Robert Krieg (R) and William Wallace (D) • County Recorder: Debbie S. Wethington (D) • County Sheriff: George

A. Ballard (D) and Jack Pickett (R) • County Treasurer: Mary B. Key (R) and Sandra K. Gruebel (D) • County Commissioner District 1: Alan Douglas (R) and Jim Kolb (D) • County Council District 1: Tony Wolfe (R) • County Council District 2: Cecil R. (Bob) Allen, Jr. (D) and LeAnn Smith (R) • County Council District 3: D. Craig Pflug (R) • County Council District 4: Jeremy Overton (R) • Superior Court Judge: Earl G. Penrod (D) Township Trustees: • Barton Township Trustee: Wilma Miley (R) • Center Township Trustee: Ruth Ann Hurt (D) • Columbia Township Trustee: Karen Rowe (R) and Hubert R. Loveless (D) • Johnson Township Trustee: Ed Pruitt (D) • Montgomery Township Trustee: Dewayne E. Wade (D); • Patoka Township Trustee: Bradley D. Schmitt (R) • Union Township Trustee: Brenda J. Sollman (D) • Wabash Township Trustee: Genevieve Wade (D) • Washington Township Trustee: Tony Schroeder (D) • White River Township Trustee: No one has fi led Three-person Township Advisory Boards: • Barton Township Advisory Board: Kenneth E. Willis Sr. (D); Curt Strickland (D;) and Preston B. Richardt (R) • Columbia Township Advisory Board: Bob Buttrum (D) • Johnson Township Advisory Board: Charles Field (D); David Hambry (D); and Andrew Goedde • Montgomery Township Advisory Board: Wayne M. Dearing (D) and Eric A. Callis (D) • Patoka Township Advisory Board: Bob Jines (D) • Union Township Advisory Board: Roger J. Holzmeyer (D); Joseph F. Vessels, Jr. (D); and Brett Lemmons (D) • Wabash Township Advisory Board: Bill Penner (D); Dorothy Jaquemai (D); and Jerry Jaquemai (D) • Washington Township Advisory Board: Rusty Hill (R); Kelly Hope (D); and Bill Penner (D) • White River Advisory Board: Sue Stuckey (D) and Fred Anthis (D) State & federal candidates: • U.S. Senate seat: Don Bates, Jr., R-Richmond • U.S. Representative - 8th District: U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Evansville; Larry Bucshon, R-Newburgh; Billy J. Mahoney, R-Newport; Kristi Frisk, R-Spencer; John K. Snyder, R-Washington; and Dan Stockton, R-Greencastle. • Indiana Senate, District 48: Sen. Lindel O. Hume, DPrinceton • Indiana Senate, District 49: Sen. Bob Deig, D-Mount Vernon; Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville; and Andrew Wilson, RNew Harmony • Indiana House, District 64: Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes and Ken A. Beckerman, R-Halezton • Indiana House, District 75: Ron Bacon, R-Chandler • Indiana House, District 76: Wendy Mac McNamara, R-Mount Vernon

A group of second-graders at Haubstadt Community School practice their skit, “Doggie,” for the Jr. Vaudeville 2010 show at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Above: Megan Davis, a fi fth-grader, lays across the stage at Haubstadt Community School for her part in the skit, “Water.” Davis, along with Melissa Davis and Jayden Gritton, are one of 36 acts in this year’s Jr. Vaudeville. Right: Samantha Bittner, a fi fth-grader, practices a scene from her skit, “Breakfast,” for the Jr. Vaudeville 2010 show at Haubstadt Community School. Also in the skit are Joely Will and Arika Seaton.

Callen Ambrose, left, Claire Jones and Molly Will rehearse a dance to “Quit Clowning Around.” The girls, along with Rachel Jones (not pictured) will perform the routine during Haubstadt Community School’s annual Jr. Vaudeville this week. Andrea Preston photos.

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