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“Celebrating the rich history of Martin County and the people who make it great”

Martin County

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Year Three, Issue One

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Bowling says goodbye, Harty takes office beauty; this is not something that we have to create, it’s already here,” he said. One way he hopes to bring in more residents Don Bowling officially left his position as from the region is to better promote the Loogootee Mayor this week as new Mayor city’s SummerFest. He said this can be done Noel Harty took office. Bowling had been by adding activities such as a parade and/or the oldest serving mayor in Indiana at 83 another big event to draw in the crowds. years old and served two terms. Harty also feels that the school needs to A graduate of Loogootee High School, be better promoted. “Loogootee has a great Don Bowling worked 35 years for National school and staff that wants to see all of its Gypsum Company in Shoals spending his students succeed,” he said. He added, “We last 10 years there as the human resources need to reach those people who want their manager. He retired in 1990 and worked for children to grow up in a community where 13 years for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. everyone knows and cares about one anBowling’s first wife died in 1972. They other.” had four children, Terry, Frank, Christine Harty also feels that Loogootee should and Stacey. In 1986, he married Patty work side-by-side with Shoals and Crane. Wininger, and to“We need to support “I am following a long line of one another,” he said. gether they had two children, Ronnie and great mayors. I hope I can follow He noted that Shoals Debbie. They have well in their footsteps.” holds the Catfish Fesbeen married for 25 -Loogootee Mayor Noel Harty tival every year and years. They have 10 Loogootee the Sumgrandchildren and six great-grandchildren. merFest, so each community needs to supIf you ask Don Bowling about his eight port each other with these events. years serving as mayor, he would list his acSpecifically in Loogootee, Mayor Harty complishments improving the city he loves. said he wants to revamp the city pool. “I He would also talk about projects that al- don’t want to see us caught without a pool though are not in the city limits, are still if we can help it,” he said. Harty said he is near and dear to his heart – such as I-69 and working with another mayor in Indiana who the WestGate @ Crane Tech Park. has offered a tour for the mayor and the Bowling said he will continue to be in- park board to see what his city has done volved in the tech park as he has been since with their facilities during his two terms in the planning stages. “I plan to stay involved office. in WestGate indefinitely,” he said. Bowling Housing is another issue the new mayor has also served on the Solid Waste Board hopes to tackle – both for seniors and the for eight years and been a part of the Martin average renter. County Alliance for Economic Growth As far as his first few days in office, since its inception three years ago. He has Mayor Harty is meeting with department also recently been asked to serve on the heads and each employee of the city. He Martin County Senior Housing Board. said he plans to do this regularly. “The emNew Mayor Harty has some specific ployees are the people from whom leaders areas he wants to work on for Loogootee. in municipal government learn and grow. Tourism is one of those areas. Harty said he They live and breathe their jobs day-in and thinks Martin County needs to work harder day-out and are the ones that can teach city as a community to better capitalize on leadership to give us the most insight in our (See ‘MAYOR’ on page two) tourism. “All of Martin County has natural

BY COuRTneY HuGHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher

-Photo by Jason Greene Don Bowling, at left, served as Loogootee Mayor for two terms. When he left office he was the oldest serving mayor in Indiana at the age of 83. new Loogootee Mayor noel Harty, at right, began his term this week. Harty is 33 years old.

Martin County’s growth and the people who want to see it happen BY COuRTneY HuGHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher If asked what the Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth is, most probably couldn’t answer. With an onslaught of local organizations popping up, all with similar names, it can confuse and overload the average person. What most people also probably do not know is that the Alliance is a group of 18 people, constantly working behind the scenes to attract new business or “economic growth” to Martin County. According to historical data compiled by former Loogootee Mayor Don Bowling, in the 1980s through the 1990s, NSWC Crane was trying to reinvent themselves which was quite possibly the beginning of more aggressive economic development in Martin County and the eventual creation of the Alliance. In 1999 Martin County began trying to

gain control of the Crane North property to clean it up as it was considered a Brownfield or contaminated area. In July of 2003, the county ran ads for bids for a comprehensive feasibility study of the 34-acre Martin County-owned site for possible development. The successful bidder was CEC (Civil & Environmental Consultants) at a cost of $60,000. In the fall of 2003, one of the representatives from CED, JD Haines suggested the idea of developing a tech park on the property. Martin County soon after applied for a $700,000 grant for the clean-up of Crane North only to find out that a redevelopment commission needed to be formed first. The Martin County Redevelopment Commission was then created in the fall of 2003 with the three commissioners along with Gene Shaw, and Don Bowling being appointed to serve. According to Bowling’s notes, the possi(See ‘GROWTH’ on page two)

A second chance for Roscoe BY COuRTneY HuGHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher Roscoe, the bull mastiff rescued by the Martin County Humane Society and the Daviess County Friends for Animals who was diagnosed with heartworms, was treated at Eastside Vet Clinic in Washington on Monday. According to Martin County Humane Society President Don Greene, Roscoe responded very well to his first round of treatment. He must return to the vet at the end of January for a second and final round of shots. Roscoe has gained 22 pounds since his rescue a few weeks ago near Boggs. According to the vet, he still has a little ways to go to reach his ideal weight. Greene reports that around $3,500 was donated for Roscoe’s care including an anonymous donor who paid for the heartworm medicine. The humane society and Daviess County Friends for Animals are overwhelmed with gratitude to those who

Shoals School Board cuts administrator salaries; will offer Stevens principal job Board member Bill Shobe made a motion at the special session of the Shoals School Board meeting Monday night, January 2 to decrease the annual salary of the superintendent by three percent. This would take the superintendent’s salary to $101,019 for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. The motion was approved unanimously. Also approved was the reduction of the annual salary for the junior/senior high principal by three percent to $79,075. Along with that, the athletic director/assistant principal/teacher salary be set at $51,642 for the 2012-13 school year. The board approved the position of junior/senior high school principal to be offered to David Springer for a two-year contract including the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Denise Garrett made a motion that the position of athletic director/assistant principal/teacher be offered to Brian Smith for a two-year contract including the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. The motion was seconded by Christy Farhar, and a 4-1 vote was given, with Mary Lou Billings opposing.

Denise Garrett made a motion that the annual salary for the position of elementary principal be set at $65,000 for the 2012-13 school year. The motion was seconded by Mary Lou Billings, and the motion did not pass as a 2-3 vote was given with Tony Cundiff, Bill Shobe, and Christy Farhar opposing. Bill Shobe then made a motion that the annual salary for the position of elementary principal be set at $67,000. The motion was seconded by Christy Farhar, and the motion was approved on a vote of 3-2 with Mary Lou Billings and Denise Garrett opposing. The board unanimously voted to offer Chris Stevens a two-year contract including the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years as elementary principal. Christy Farhar made a motion that the per diem stipend pay for school board members be reduced by three percent to $109 for a regular meetings and $60 for executive or special meetings. The motion was seconded by Bill Shobe and a 5-0 vote was given. The next meeting of the board will be a regular session on Thursday, January 12 at 5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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(Continued from page one) jobs,” he said. He also has plans to begin a recognition program for each department at the end of the year, such as “policeman of the year” or “fireman of the year”. “This is not designed to make one person necessarily appear to be better than another, but instead will show the excellence that happens in each department,” he said. He added that he would also like to sponsor a program entitled “Citizen of the Year.” “This would be for the person who does so much for our community and ordinarily gets very little recognition,” he noted. Mayor Harty will be heading off to the boot camp offered for Indiana mayors on January 10. He has already attended Mayor’s School, sponsored by IACT (Indiana Association of Cities and Towns). “I think the most interesting thing was meeting with all of the other mayors and hearing that no matter what size their cities are, we all have most of the same concerns,” he said. Harty said that over the next four years he plans to apply for as many grants as possible and look into city zoning and annexation. “Most of all my plans are to hear all suggestions and examine each and every one that comes in from the residents of the community,” he said. The new mayor said he knows he has big shoes to fill, “I am following a long line of great mayors: Ted Killion, Wayne Wessel, Bill Parker, Brian Ader, and the current Mayor, Don Bowling. Each and every one of them did the best job they knew how to make our community a better place to live. I hope I can follow well in their footsteps.”

-Photo by Joshua Hughett A swearing-in ceremony was held last Friday, December 30 at the municipal building for re-elected, newly-elected, and appointed City of Loogootee officials. Martin County Clerk Julie Fithian conducted the swearing in. Shown above, from left to right, are nancy Jones, Clerk-Treasurer; Ron Gilbert, Rich Taylor, John Fraley, and Fred Dupps, all city council; noel Harty, Mayor; Rick norris, city council; and Jason Hennette, Perry Township Trustee.

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(Continued from page one) bility of Crane closing was a big topic of discussion over the next few years. In 2004, Martin County was awarded the grant for the clean-up of Crane North and the Martin County Solid Waste District chipped in a grant of $50,000 for the partial match requirement. Also in 2004, Daviess and Greene counties got involved in the idea of the tech park. Daviess County was the first to get Tech Park Certification but with talks of base closings, all other certifications were put on hold by Governor Daniels and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation was formed to replace the Department of Commerce. In the summer of 2005 it was announced that Crane would not be closed. Toltest Construction was hired to use $400,000 of the grant money received for the Crane North clean-up with the remaining $300,000 to be used for sewer construction. Jerry Ott, of CEC, was hired as part-time economic development director to guide Martin County through the development of the tech park. In December of 2005, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that Martin and Greene counties were to finally receive tech park certification. Along with the certification came financial backing of $500,000 for each county for the first 50 new jobs plus 50 percent of all income tax and sales tax generated by the tech park up to $10 million. All this was to be administered by the WestGate Authority – a board consisting of representatives from all three counties involved in the tech park that was officially formed in July of 2006. LEDO (Local Economic Development Organization) was formed after the creation of the Martin County Redevelopment Commission in 2004. Martin County was the last county in the state to have such an organiza-

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(Continued from page one) cared enough for Roscoe to help save his life. The money will be used for his extended care, and the remaining money will be split between the humane society and Daviess County Friends for Animals to help other animals in need. Greene said that Roscoe will be ready to be adopted out soon after his next round of shots. For more information, contact Greene at 812-296-0952.

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tion. The Alliance grew from LEDO. In December of 2009, Tim Kinder was hired to serve as Executive Director of the Alliance. Over the past few years, Kinder along with the Alliance Board, have put things in place to make Martin County an attractive place for potential businesses. At monthly meetings, the board, consisting of elected officials, business owners, and average citizens, discuss ways to improve infrastructure and keep Martin County on the short list of potential sites for businesses looking to relocate or expand. Their goal is to have every question ready with an answer for each and every interest – big or small. According to Kinder, the interest is there, more so each day, but Martin County is not only in competition locally, but regionally and nationally as well. He added that there are so many factors that companies base their decision on, with even the smallest of things being a deal-breaker. According to Alliance Board Member Pam Loughmiller, “We never had a voice before and Tim (Kinder) is Martin County’s voice now.” She added “I think it’s important that the general public knows this group exists and knows what we’re trying to do and that all of these people that are involved are just spending their time because they want to make the community better.” She noted that one reason many volunteer their time is to bring back graduates of Loogootee and Shoals to live here and raise families here and keep the county growing. Board member Dan Gregory added that it is a community effort to work with the schools to train young people for the jobs that are available or could be available. He said that one of the biggest deal-breakers for a larger company willing to locate to the county is having the workforce, skilled or otherwise, available to take the jobs. Kinder said he felt that the general public in the county are beginning to learn what economic development is and what it means for the future. He said this concept is not something the county had ever dealt with before or had a group of people going after. He also noted that many do not understand that many dealings cannot be announced publicly in the beginning stages. “I wish that we could share with everyone what we have going on but if we share that, we could lose it,” said Kinder. He said that he pursues all leads, those he hears about personally or from others and says he also has businesses just contact him suddenly. “It really comes from every different direction,” he said. Kinder and other board members quickly agreed when asked that residents would be very surprised to hear about the volume of

businesses that are interested in Martin County. Kinder said that interest varies depending on what a company is looking for and their timeline. “Good, bad, or indifferent, that’s just the way it is,” said Kinder. “But it’s important to these companies that they feel welcome as well, they don’t feel welcome I guarantee you they’re not going to be here.” Gregory added that there has to be a level of trust. He said that there is progress, “we have so many things in the fire,” adding that the public just has to trust that they, the board, is doing the right thing on behalf of Martin County. “We have to uphold our clients’ wishes of confidentiality. They don’t want it out on the street because then the expectations start building, then you hear all the different rumors and by the time something is all said, done, and decided there is so much negativity or adversity facing them, they don’t want to be there.” Kinder added that the last thing he wants to happen is have a prospective company change their mind about Martin County because confidential information was revealed by the Alliance. Board member Jim Henry noted that in economic development it is known that for every dollar of payroll brought into a community is multiplied eight and a half to nine times per year. Kinder said that unlike Martin County, many communities have had economic development organizations for years. “We’re already working from behind trying to get caught up,” he said. “Economic development is not an overnight process. When you are talking about company’s livelihoods it happens over time.” Don Bowling noted that most companies that want to find a location, to relocate or expand, they go to a site selector who then goes through the country finding the right place for the company. He noted that one of the things that will get a location struck off the list is not having close access to an interstate which he said I-69 will correct for Martin County. On a final note Kinder said, “This job is so personal to me; I lose sleep over stuff, that’s how passionate I am about the Alliance and what we do. I take this job very seriously and I only have the best interest of Martin County at heart.” Anyone interested in serving on the Alliance Board may contact Dan Gregory at gregoryd@psci.net. Anyone wishing to discuss economic development in Martin County can contact Tim Kinder at tkinder@martinalliance.org or call 812-2954800.


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DOnALD ISAACS Donald Isaacs died at 8:26 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Daviess Community Hospital. A resident of Loogootee, he was 89. He was born January 26, 1922, in Hamilton County, Illinois; the son of William A. and Lucy (Hutchcraft) Isaacs. He owned and operated Isaacs Sawmill in Loogootee. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Faith Holiness Church of Loogootee. He married Juanita Barnfield Isaacs in Illinois. He is survived by daughters and sons-inlaw, Kathryn and Ed Venters of Loogootee, Debbie Terry of Shoals, Judy Isaacs of Louisiana, and Deanna and Carl Porter of Loogootee; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Theresa Isaacs of Loogootee, Robert and Selina Isaacs of Petersburg, James and Sandy Isaacs and Tom and Rhonda Isaacs, all of Loogootee; 16 grandchildren, one of whom, Lisa Osborne, has been his caretaker; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters; and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two sisters; a son-in-law, John

Terry; and a grandson, Donnie Venters. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5 at Lee Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will be in Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. DOneTTA KAY MATTOx Donetta Kay Mattox died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Martin County Health Care and Rehab Center in Loogootee. A resident of Loogootee, she was 71. She was born January 7, 1940, in Linton; the daughter of Elmo and Betty (Jerells) Tincher. A 1958 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School, she was retired after working 19 years with Farm Bureau Insurance in Loogootee. She married Joe Mattox on May 27, 1958 and he survives. She was a member of Loogootee United Methodist Church. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Tincher of Linton; two sons and daughtersin-law, Jimmie and Sandra Mattox of Avon and Douglas and Denise Mattox of Brownsburg; one sister, Carole Brewer of Linton;

Hawkins Coloring Contest winners

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Dr. Brooke and Dr. Jordan Hawkins with Hawkins Health Center recently hosted a coloring contest at Loogootee elementary West for grades kindergarten through fourth. each winner received a certificate and Christmas goodie bag. The winners for each grade were: kindergarten - Brandon Bledsoe, Allie Henninger, and Alivia Willis; first Grade - Matthew Wagler, Lance Wisner, and Breanna Wade; second grade - Jacob Bowman, Jocelyn Strange, and Lauren Holt; third grade - Isabelle Waggner, Ayden Wilson, and Haileigh Suheski; and fourth grade - Jonathan Hager, Kendra Lythgoe, and Melaina Tippery.

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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 courtney@martincountyjournal.com three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her father, Elmo Tincher. The funeral was held Saturday, December

31 at Loogootee United Methodist Church. Brocksmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.brocksmithblakefuneralhomes.com.

Classes and programs at the Martin County Learning Center Ivy Tech Community College Classes: Introduction to Computers - Explore the world of computers in a safe, fun, and nonthreatening environment, even if you don’t know what a computer looks like. We’ll cover computer anxiety, important terms, parts of the computer, keyboard, using the mouse, and moving around the computer to complete different tasks. Textbook is included in course fee. This course will run four Tuesdays, March 27 – April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. Microsoft Excel: Level 1 - Microsoft Excel is the standard spreadsheet program for today’s working world. You will begin by reviewing the Office interface. By the end of this class, you’ll possess the skills to enter and edit data, select cells and ranges, print worksheets, create formulas and functions, and format cell contents. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Windows, including saving and moving files. Textbook is included in course fee. This course will run four Wednesdays, February 8-29, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information on Ivy Tech Community College classes and to register, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-4400 or log on www.ivytech.edu/cll. GED – Adult Basic Education - GED – Adult Basic Education classes will start again on March 27 and run for 12 weeks. Classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. For information,

contact Vincennes University at 812-8885749 or call the learning center. SAT Preparation Workshop - SAT preparation workshop for college-bound high school students will be offered at the center by Karen Whorrall. This class will assist preparing students in securing competitively high scores for placement. This workshop is scheduled on Wednesdays, January 4 through January 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost for the session is $25. This workshop is sponsored by the Loogootee and Shoals Guidance Counselors Offices. For registration or further information, contact Kris at 812-295-2674. USAJOBS Workshop (Resume Builder) USAJOBS is the federal government’s official website. USAJOBS provides access to more than 30,000 job listings worldwide and job postings are updated daily. This is an online resume training session and will provide applicants with information and guidance on completing a government style resume for Crane and other federal agencies. The USAJOBS workshop is provided by Bramble Consulting (Darlene Ridgway). The next workshop will be held on Thursday, January 5 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40. Contact Kris by email or call the learning center to sign up. Learning Center Contact - Kris Beasley, Coordinator, 812-295-2674 or e-mail kbeasley10@ivytech.edu Office Hours - Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday by appointment only.

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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log TueSDAY, DeCeMBeR 27 8:32 a.m. - Received a call regarding a controlled burn on Cale Road. 9:02 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident in Loogootee. 9:50 a.m. - Received a call regarding animal neglect. 11:23 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on U.S.150. 1:33 p.m. - Received a call regarding suspicious activity near the Shoals Ball Park. 2:35 p.m. - Received a call regarding credit card fraud. 3:13 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on U.S. 231, north of Loogootee. 5:10 p.m. - Received a report of a suspicious subject in a business in Shoals. 5:55 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, near the state highway garage. 6:05 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Healthcare. 11:26 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding vehicle on St. Mary’s Road. WeDneSDAY, DeCeMBeR 28 12:13 a.m. - Received a call from a business in Loogootee regarding a problem with a patron. 1:54 a.m. - Received a report of a prowler in Shoals. 2:27 a.m. - Received a call regarding a suspicious subject at the caller’s residence. 11:18 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident in RJ’s parking lot. 12:20 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident at the Marathon station in Loogootee. 2:12 p.m. - Received a report of an acci-

dent on U.S. 231, near Water Tower Lane. The driver was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 5:08 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Healthcare Center. 5:17 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on Allbright Hill. 6:10 p.m. - Received a report of a possible unlicensed driver operating a truck, pulling a trailer with no lights. 7:26 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Crane Village. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 7:38 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Brooks Bridge Road. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 8:50 p.m. -Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:39 p.m. - Received a report of a subject causing a disturbance in Loogootee. 11:52 p.m. - Received a report of vandalism to a truck in Loogootee. THuRSDAY, DeCeMBeR 29 10:48 a.m. - Received a report of vandalism to a bridge on Deep Cut Lake Road. 12:11 p.m. - Received a report of a stolen auger. 12:17 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Healthcare. The patient was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 1:58 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a child. 2:10 p.m. - Received a report of possible

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child abuse. 3:48 p.m. - Received a request for vehicle check in Loogootee. 3:51 p.m. - Received an anonymous call regarding possible drug activity. 4:02 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Kerr’s office. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 6:18 p.m. - Received a request for extra patrol in Shoals. 6:32 p.m. - Received a report of harassment in Shoals. 9:11 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Odon. Daviess County was contacted. FRIDAY, DeCeMBeR 30 9:27 a.m. - Received a call regarding a suspicious subject walking from Dover Hill to Lundy Road. 9:40 a.m. - Received a report of a window broken by debris from a truck on U.S. 50, east of Loogootee. 10:46 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance to meet a vehicle to transport a subject to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:50 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm east of Loogootee. 1:30 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle requiring the assistance of a wrecker on Hindostan Road. SATuRDAY, DeCeMBeR 31 12:15 a.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 50, eastbound from Lawrence County. 1:02 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Martin County Healthcare. The patient was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 7:50 a.m. - Received a request for assistance with a locked vehicle in Loogootee. 11:06 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was

transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 5:30 p.m. - Received a call regarding a domestic disturbance. 8:36 p.m. - Received a report of a lost or stolen license plate. 10:38 p.m. - Received a report of a subject having car trouble near the Overlook. 10:42 p.m. - Received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle in front of the caller’s residence. SunDAY, JAnuARY 1 12:05 a.m. - Received a complaint of fireworks in Loogootee. 12:10 a.m. - Received a report of a breakin at a residence in Shoals. 1:33 a.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 150. 10:00 a.m. - Received a report of a tree on the roadway on U.S. 50, east of the Martin State Forest. 10:47 a.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject on Capital Avenue. 3:34 p.m. - Received a request from a mother for a welfare check on her children. 6:13 p.m. - Received a call regarding a chair in the roadway at the U.S. 50 and S.R. 450 junction. 6:56 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, northbound from Whitfield. 7:19 p.m. - Received a report of a grass fire on Peggy Hollow Road. 7:38 p.m. - Received a report of a tree across the roadway near Hindostan Falls Road. 11:20 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. No transport was necessary. MOnDAY, JAnuARY 2 12:38 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 50, near Pridemore Cemetery Road.

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James Bruce Hawkins, of Martin County, Indiana; nova J. Schiavone, of Kalamazoo County, Michigan; Charlotte Hawkins Poulos, of Jackson County, Oregon; Carolyn Grace Hawkins, of Humboldt County, California; Mary Ann Bach, of Marion County, Indiana; and Beverly S. Mattingly, of Brown County, Indiana to Lisha A. Young, of Martin County, Indiana, a portion of land in the northeast quarter of Section 25, Township 3 North, Range 4 West. Angelia Chastain, of Martin County, In-

diana to Monty Holt, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 25, Township 3 North, Range 5 West, containing approximately 0.25 acre, more or less. Jennifer D. Walls, a/k/a Jennifer D. Phillips, of Martin County, Indiana to Julie D. Jones, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the northwest quarter of Section 3, Township 2 North, Range 3 West, Halbert Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 28.53 acres. Except sections containing 5.5946 acres and 5 acres, more or less. Douglas R. Lane and Christina A. Lane, of Martin County, Indiana to Kevin M. Qualkenbush and Andrea M. Qualkenbush, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 27, Township 3 North, Range 4 West, Center Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 12.06 acres, more or less. Sharon M. Brassine, of Martin County, Indiana to Stephen W. Downey and Laura L. Downey, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 24, Township 3 North, Range 5 West, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana. Justin M. Seal and Ashley Seal, of Martin County, Indiana to James R. Hager II and Louton C. Hager, of Martin County, Indiana, 408 S. Kentucky Avenue, Loogootee.


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Loogootee Police log MOnDAY, DeCeMBeR 26 2:12 a.m. - Female caller reported a disturbance on Cedar Street. Capt. Akles responded and was unable to locate anything. 12:09 p.m. - Request for a vehicle ID check on East Main Street. Chief Rayhill went to the location. 3:35 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a request for an officer on Riley Street regarding an intoxicated person doing harm to himself. Chief Rayhill went to the address. TueSDAY, DeCeMBeR 27 9:00 a.m. - Report of a minor accident on West Main Street. Chief Rayhill went to the location. There was a small amount of damage and the drivers exchanged information. 11:26 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported a reckless driver in Loogootee. Sgt. Norris was notified. WeDneSDAY, DeCeMBeR 28 12:34 p.m. - Female caller advised that her residence had been broken into on Church Street. Entry was made through the back door. Items missing were an Xbox and some clothes. Investigating officer was Chief Rayhill. 2:58 p.m. - Male came on station to report a violation of a protective order. Chief Rayhill talked with him. 6:13 p.m. - Male caller reported a break-in at his apartment on East Broadway. He had two guns taken. Investigating officer was Sgt. Hennette. 11:52 p.m. - Male caller reported vandalism to his vehicle. Investigating officer was Sgt. Hennette. THuRSDAY, DeCeMBeR 29 1:05 p.m. - Received a call on someone burning in the Redwing Trailer Court. Chief Rayhill went to the location and it was a control burn. 2:14 p.m. - Female caller reported she had a goat in her front yard on Queen Street. Chief Rayhill went to the location. 2:58 p.m. - Received a dog complaint on Lincoln Avenue. Chief Rayhill went to the area but was unable to locate. FRIDAY, DeCeMBeR 31 12:07 p.m. - Male reported a barking dog on Mulberry Street. He advised it barks all night. 2:20 p.m. - Male caller reported a neighbor was burning trash on SE First Street. Sgt. Hennette went to the location and advised them to put the fire out. SATuRDAY, JAnuARY 1 4:34 p.m. - DCSD reported a possible intoxicated driver on US 50 silver Chevy car. Sgt. Norris was given the information but was unable to locate. 10:13 pm. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported a 911 hang up on Cedar Street. Sgt. Norris went to location and talked with subject but no one had made a call from that address.

Accident reports WeDneSDAY, DeCeMBeR 28 12:19 p.m. - Report of an accident at the Marathon. Glenda Lucas, of Odon, was driving a 2000 Dodge that was parked and Kevin R. Boggs, of North Vernon, was driving a 2007 Chevy was behind her waiting to pull into a gas pump. Lucas backed into the Boggs’ vehicle. There was no damage to the Lucas vehicle, damage to the passenger side of the Boggs’ vehicle. Investigating officer was Chief Rayhill.

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Martin County Court News Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CRIMInAL COuRT new Charges Filed December 16 Jason W. Baylis, battery, a Class B Misdemeanor; intimidation, a Class C Felony; dealing in a sawed-off shotgun, a Class D Felony. CRIMInAL COnVICTIOnS AnD SenTenCInG november 29 Brandon A. Crowder, convicted of criminal trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 355 days suspended including credit for 5 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 6 months of probation. December 8 Stacey L. Frye, convicted of possession of marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 300 days suspended including credit for 6 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration and 53 days on Martin County Community Corrections Electronic Home Monitoring Program with no good time credit. Defendant received 11 months of probation. Herman A. Hatfield, convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 60 days in the Martin County Security Center with 42 days suspended including credit for 9 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. December 13 Michael K. George, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 363 days suspended including credit for 1 actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. Aaron D. Young, convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 60 days in the Martin County Security Center with 54 days suspended including credit for one actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. December 15 Donna Sue Childress, convicted of one count of theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 3 years in the Martin County Security Center with 555 days suspended including credit for 9 actual months previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Charles W. Clifton, convicted of aggravated battery, a Class B Felony. Sentenced to serve 8 years in the Martin County Security Center with 5 years on electronic

Jail bookings THuRSDAY, DeCeMBeR 29 1:50 p.m. - Kaleb Baker, 18, of Bedford, was arrested and charged with railroad mischief, criminal trespass, and theft. 5:18 p.m. - James Cook, 39, of Crane, was arrested and charged with battery. FRIDAY, DeCeMBeR 30 11:57 p.m. - Robert Alspaugh, 18, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol. SATuRDAY, DeCeMBeR 31 5:49 a.m. - Joshua Phillips, 31, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with contributing to a minor.

home monitoring under the supervision of the Martin County Community Corrections as a direct commitment and receiving two days credit for each day served. Defendant shall receive credit for time previously served of 180 actual days with good time credit for every day served. Defendant received 2 years of probation. Gregory J. Halcomb, convicted of criminal recklessness, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 355 days suspended including credit for 5 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. William T. Lucas, convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 435 days suspended including credit for 56 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Michel E. Norris, convicted of theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 3 years in the Martin County Security Center with 1,051 days suspended including credit for 55 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 34 months of probation. December 16 Laura E. Belcher, convicted of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 60 days in the Martin County Security Center with 60 days suspended including no credit for previously served. Defendant received 11 months of probation. CRIMInAL CHARGeS DISMISSeD november 29 Brandon A. Crowder, battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. December 8 Stacey L. Frye, possession of a controlled substance, a Class D Felony, dismissed. December 13 Aaron D. Young, operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal to submit to test, a Class D Felony, dismissed. December 15 Donna Sue Childress, one count of theft, a Class D Felony, dismissed; burglary, a Class B Felony, dismissed; two counts of forgery, Class C Felonies, dismissed; escape, a Class D Felony, dismissed. Charles W. Clifton, criminal recklessness, a Class C Felony, dismissed. Gregory J. Halcomb, pointing a firearm, a Class D Felony, dismissed. Michael E. Norris, battery, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed; criminal mischief, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed; criminal trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed; domestic battery, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed; invasion of privacy, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. December 16 Laura E. Belcher, possession of a controlled substance, a Class D Felony, dismissed. CIVIL COuRT new Suits Filed December 15

Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Steven C. Kovaleski, civil collection. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Juan Lucero, civil collection. CIVIL COuRT JuDGMenTS December 13 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Steven R. Just in the amount of $11,489.25. December 22 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff US Bank National Association and against the defendant Donald R. Miller for mortgage foreclosure in the amount of $78,693.43. CIVIL COuRT DISMISSeD Capital One Bank vs. Michael Holzmeyer, civil collection, dismissed. SMALL CLAIMS COuRT new Filings December 20 White River Co-Op vs. Cynthia Downey, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. Devin Kendall, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. Chris Kane, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. Maxine Merrilees, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. David Sims, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. Rick Sergent, complaint. White River Co-Op vs. Lowell G. Sanders, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS JuDGMenTS December 16 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Douglas L. Basye in the amount of $269.30. SMALL CLAIMS DISMISSeD Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Rhonda Brown, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Kevin Fervida Jr., complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Ruth Flynn, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. James Lee, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Kevin and Kimberly Wells, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Matthew Wininger, complaint, dismissed. TRAFFIC TICKeTS PAID December 14 – December 20 Justin Clark, Washington, driving without proof of financial responsibilities; failure to register, $145. Joshua Condra, Loogootee, speeding 68 in a 55, $120. Huskic Fikret, St. Louis, Missouri, log violation, $120. Dylan Greene, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Clara Lyons, Birdseye, speeding 65 in a 50, $120. Dennis Miller, Montgomery, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Sharayah Ryan, Loogootee, speeding 70 in a 55, $120. Joseph Stoll, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Thomas Wanke, Vincennes, failure to comply with law enforcement, $120. Adam Williams, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Jason Wittmer, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25.


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New Beginnings Community Church Weekly Message

BY eRnIe CAneLL Pastor, New Beginnings Church Walking in the FOG Every year people begin the New Year with thoughts of what they can change to make things new, better, be stronger, healthier, have more money, or have a better relationship. God wants to do so much for and with us but we put up road blocks for Him to do that. The New Year begins with a resolution to say I’m going to do something new this year. Maybe eat less, exercise more, give up doing something, the list goes on. It gives people a sense of it’s a new year so I’m going to do something. I believe that this year is going to be a great year for those who follow Jesus Christ. I believe we are going to be walking in the FOG. Yes the FOG. From Luke 4:18, it says that we are to proclaim to people that this is the favorable year of the Lord. God wants to do so much for and with us but we put up road block for Him to do that. It is an awesome thing that happens when someone gives their life to Christ. They are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. And now after the cross we have the Holy Spirit on us so we too can claim, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon us to proclaim the good news and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” God’s favor was on everyone that God greatly used. We all say we want God’s favor but God’s favor is not for convenience but for power to do great things for Him. If you think about some of the people that the Bible mentions that found the favor of God, they were led to do things out of the ordinary. Noah built the ark and was ridiculed. There are many others who found the favor of God and were asked to do things that

were out of the ordinary. Jesus found favor with the Father and he went to the cross. But even though it was tough, it was worth it. They did great things for the purpose of God and were blessed in supernatural ways. If we are going to live in the favor of God this year we must expect that God will do great things through us. God is on our side. He is on our side so much that He sent His son to die for us so we would be forgiven for our sins and have access to a relationship with Him and a means to live in Heaven for eternity. If we go around thinking that bad things will happen it usually does. IF we get up each day and expect God to do great things with us He usually does. Another way to continue to flow in the favor of God is to recognize when God’s favor is shown to us. Many times the magnificent misses our sight because we are not looking for it. We need to have our eyes open to God’s favor that is around us every day. Lastly, if we want to flow in God’s favor we must respond when God calls us to do something. No matter how small it may be. Sometimes God’s favor comes when we are obedient in the small things first. Small steps lead to bigger steps later. We must take every opportunity to serve God with willingness to do anything He tells us to do. When we do those things we will walk in the fog. F-favor, O-of, G-God This is the year of the Favor of the Lord! Receive it, proclaim it, and live it and you will see God’s awesome blessing on your life. This month’s series is “Moving Forward”. If you seem to be always going backwards in life, maybe this series is for you. See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Talk to a Lawyer Free clinic The first Talk to a Lawyer for Free telephone clinic of 2012 takes place on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. (CDST) to 7:00 p.m. (CDST). For all those legal questions that came up during the holidays, get the answers now. Volunteer lawyers will be available during the clinic hours to talk to the general public and give basic answers to legal questions. This is a free service provided by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, Inc, through funding by the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Evansville Bar Foundation. To access the clinic, the telephone numbers are (812) 618-4845 and toll free 888-594-3449. Talk To A Lawyer takes place the first Thursday of every month and has been in operation since 2002. Animal Control Commission The Martin County Animal Control Commission will meet Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. in the city council chamber of the Loogootee Municipal Building. The public is invited to attend.

Humane society meetings The Martin County Humane Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Loogootee Municipal Building, at 7 p.m. To become a member, contact Martin County Humane Society, P. O. Box 537, Shoals, Indiana 47581, call Don at 296-0952. Youth football meetings Martin County Youth Football League meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Pizza Junction at 7 p.m. Questions, call Audrey Robinson at 295-4773. Tourism meetings The MCCC Tourism Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Martin County Community Learning Center on the fairgrounds. Soil and Water meetings The Martin County SWCD meets the third Monday of the month at the SWCD office located at Martin County Learning Center. Office hours for the district are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays when it is closed. Visit www.martinswcd. com or call at 2953149.

Registration underway for Vu spring classes at Gibson County Center Class registration is underway at Vincennes University’s Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics. A variety of classes will begin on January 9 for the Spring 2012 semester. Students may register at the Center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center is located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 41 and Coal Mine Road. Day classes that will be offered during the spring semester include Basic Essay Writing, English Composition 1, Fundamentals of Writing, General Psychology, Intro to Accounts Receivable, Intro to Accts Pay/Inventory, Intro to General Ledger, Principles of Sociology, Speech, and Supply Chain Logistics Management. Evening classes will also be available and include Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Basic Conversational Spanish, Basic Essay Writing, College Algebra, English Composition 1, English Composition 2, Fundamentals of Mathematics, Fundamentals of Reading, Level 1, Fundamentals of Writing, Intro to Computer Concepts, Intro to Project Management, Principles of Sociology, Reading Techniques, Level 2, and World of Chemistry. For more information contact Vic Chamness, director of the Center, at 812-888-2888 or email vchamness@vinu.edu. ABOUT THE CENTER VU’s newest facility is located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 41 and Coal Mine Road. It will meet the needs of students and area workers who wish to pursue manufacturing and logistics degree programs as well as general education. It will also serve existing workers who seek to expand their skills to remain competitive.

The $12 million facility is located adjacent to many major manufacturers that will directly benefit from the training offered there. The State of Indiana and contributions of business and industry partners helped VU create the facility. The Gibson County Center is targeted to employers, employees, and prospective students within southwestern Indiana’s industrial corridor.

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VIEW By Courtney Hughett Owner/Publisher, MCJ

There is one thing I probably don’t get called very often and that’s overly-sentimental. I think I have my dad’s personality – a little goofy with not much outward emotion. It’s not that I don’t feel things; I just tend to keep those feelings on the inside. There are a few things that will make me pretty emotional pretty quickly however – where I live, Hoosier basketball, and anything associated with my family, immediate and extended. To me, these things all tie in together. I grew up in Loogootee – loved every minute of it. Loogootee taught me what it meant to belong and to have that extreme sense of loyalty and pride. I often attribute this to the fact that I grew up with the same people my entire childhood – in a small school and a small community where it seemed everyone felt the same way. I was proud to be a Loogootee Lion even when I moved away at age 17. After leaving Martin County, I lived in Brown County for around 12 years. When my boys came home from school with order forms to buy Brown County Eagles shirts I almost felt shame for considering purchasing one. I was a Loogootee Lion and so were they! Despite going to school in Brown County, my husband never really cared too much about being an “Eagle”. I found this remarkable! I defended my town against every naysayer

I encountered over those years I was away. After moving back to Loogootee in 2007, one of the first things I did was buy Lions gear for my kids to wear. And then there’s Indiana basketball. My loyalty for Loogootee spread over to the Indiana Hoosiers when I was a little kid. To me there is no other group of fans quite like Hoosier fans. We are dedicated, through winning seasons and losing seasons, ready to take down anyone who dare tarnish that Hoosier name. Oh the arguments I have been in over the years regarding my Hoosiers. The emotions run high. I actually prefer to watch IU privately at home as not to scare people. I get into it . . . real bad. And finally there’s my family – doesn’t require much explanation there. It’s my family. My siblings and I have been through a whole lot. Someone told one of my sisters once, a long time ago, that it was cute that we were all so close but down the road, when we had families of our own, we would drift apart. Not so, we are closer now then ever and I can’t imagine that ever changing. I have been asked more than once why I would want to live in a town where “nothing happens”, “you won’t get anywhere”, “everything is behind in the times”, etc. Well, if I were given the opportunity to live anywhere in the world, free of charge, I would chose to live right where I am now.

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The Messmer Report By District 63 State Representative

Mark Messmer Bills to be introduced by Rep. Messmer in 2012 Legislative Session This week I’d like to cover the bills I have been working on for the 2012 Legislative Session. Two of the bills came out of discussions we had in the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development that I co-chaired. The first bill would repeal some of the language that was inserted in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004 in conference committee during last session requiring local units of government to spend up to five percent more for supplies from a local vendor within their county or a surrounding county. The new law also required local purchasing preferences for construction projects. Testimony presented at the committee from the USDA stated that a local pricing preference like that would violate federal competitive bidding rules and cause communities to lose their federal matching grants. Representatives from various local government associations testified that the mandate to pay higher prices would cost taxpayers considerably more money at a time when local tax revenues are declining. My bill would remove public works projects completely from the price preference and make the local supplies provision optional, not mandatory. The second bill would exempt military pensions from state personal income taxes. As pointed out by officials at the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, about half of states do not tax military pensions, and none of the states surrounding Indiana do. Many retiring generals go to work for defense contractors when they leave the military, and they are likely to locate in the area that has the most favorable cost of living. A model for an area that has maximized their growth in defense industry jobs in the last two decades that we should try to copy is Huntsville, Alabama. That area alone has about 200 retired generals. When the decisions are made in the defense department on where military tasks are going to be assigned, those relationships between current and retired officers make an impact on those decisions. The Huntsville area has seen a growth of about 10,000 defense industry jobs over the last 10 years. One of the impediments for that to happen in Indiana is taxation of military pensions. I was asked by the professional licensing agency, as one of the few professional engineers in the legislature, to carry a bill allowing professional engineers and surveyors to complete their continuing education classes that they need to renew their license through online classes. Starting in 2013, engineers and surveyors will have to complete eight hours of continuing education classes. Allowing those hours to be completed online will streamline the license renewal process for them. A charity gaming bill request was brought to me by members of the NRA Foundation and Ducks Unlimited to help them improve the charity gaming license procedure for their local chapters and volunteer organizations. The bill I am filing would allow the state or regional director of a non-profit organization similar to the NRA Foundation or Ducks Unlimited to file for a comprehensive charity gaming license. This would allow the parent organization to work more closely with the local chapter or volunteer organization when filing for permits and submitting financial reports to increase compliance with gaming laws by those organizations. Under current laws, local volunteers many times violate gaming laws without knowing it. This bill would give groups like this author option to streamline compliance for their organization. The last bill I have ready for the upcoming session deals with situations in junior and senior high schools where a student has

been the victim of battery. Currently, there is no requirement in state law that battery on school property be reported to law enforcement. It is currently left up to individual school policy to make that decision. My bill would require a police report be filed when battery occurs. It may not lead to any charges, but if no report is filed, a repeat offender has no track record for law enforcement to use as history when an injury occurs that would warrant criminal charges. I wish you and your family a healthy, happy new year.

Where to write, call, or email STATe AnD FeDeRAL GOVeRnMenT District 48 Indiana Senator Lindel Hume Mailing address: Statehouse, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-232-9523 or call toll-free: 800-382-9467, ext. 2-9523 Email: s48@iga.in.gov District 63 State Representative Mark Messmer Mailing address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 800-382-9841 Email: h63@in.gov District 62 State Representative Matt ubelhor Mailing address: 200 W. Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 800-382-9841 Email: h62@in.gov u.S. Senator Richard Lugar Mailing address: 1180 Market Tower Building, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-226-5555 Fax: 317-226-5508 Form to email available online at http://lugar.senate.gov/contact/contactform.cfm u.S. Senator Daniel Coats 1650 Market Tower, 10 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-554-0750 Fax: 317-554-0760 u.S. Congressman District 8 Larry Bucshon 101 NW Martin Luther King Blvd. #124, Evansville, IN 47708 Phone: 812-465-6484 Fax: 812-422-4761 Form to email available online at https://bucshon.house.gov/contactme/email-me MARTIn COunTY GOVeRnMenT County Council Lynn Gee Mailing address: 101 Southeast Third Street, Loogootee, IN 47553 Randy Wininger Phone: 812-295-3527 Email: fastlane@dmrtc.net Warren Albright Email: wdalbright@countrypinesprinting.com Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins Mailing address: 14152 Dover Hill Rd, Loogootee, IN 47553 Email: snu0266@live.com Phone: 812-709-0496 Commissioners Dan Gregory Mailing address: 2011 Lumpkin Road, Loogootee, IN 47553 Home phone: 812-695-5131 Cell: 812-631-2635 Fax: 812-644-7400 Email: gregoryd@psci.net Paul George Home: 812-388-7149 Cell: 812-653-2771


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LOOGOOTee eLeMenTARY Breakfast THuRSDAY, JAnuARY 5 Cereal, cheese stick, muffin, fruit, milk FRIDAY, JAnuARY 6 Egg, sausage, biscuit, fruit, milk MOnDAY, JAnuARY 9 Pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice, milk TueSDAY, JAnuARY 10 Breakfast pizza, egg, fruit, milk WeDneSDAY, JAnuARY 11 Biscuit and gravy, sausage, juice, milk Lunch THuRSDAY, JAnuARY 5 Chicken and noodles, peas and carrots, applesauce, bread, milk FRIDAY, JAnuARY 6 Hot dogs, green beans, tossed salad, milk MOnDAY, JAnuARY 9 BBQ pork, tator tots, peaches, milk TueSDAY, JAnuARY 10 Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, bread, milk WeDneSDAY, JAnuARY 11 Chili, cheese and crackers, carrot sticks, applesauce, sweet rolls LOOGOOTee InTeRMeDIATe AnD JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL Lunch THuRSDAY, JAnuARY 5 Subs or pizza, baked beans, cottage cheese, peaches, salad plate, milk FRIDAY, JAnuARY 6 Spicy chicken sandwich or pizza, French fries, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk MOnDAY, JAnuARY 9

Hamburgers or pizza, carrots, French fries, fruit, salad plate, milk TueSDAY, JAnuARY 10 Chicken fried steak or pizza, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk WeDneSDAY, JAnuARY 11 Chicken noodle soup or pizza, pb&j, cheese & crackers, fruit, salad plate, milk SHOALS SCHOOLS Breakfast THuRSDAY, JAnuARY 5 Cereal, muffin, juice, milk FRIDAY, JAnuARY 6 Cheese omelet, hash brown, juice, milk MOnDAY, JAnuARY 9 Breakfast on a stick, fresh fruit, juice, milk TueSDAY, JAnuARY 10 Cereal, string cheese, juice, milk WeDneSDAY, JAnuARY 11 Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk Lunch THuRSDAY, JAnuARY 5 Pepperoni pizza, green beans, salad, fresh fruit, milk; choice 4-12: deli wrap FRIDAY, JAnuARY 6 BBQ rib sandwich, sweet potatoes, fruit, juice bar, milk MOnDAY, JAnuARY 9 Chicken nuggets, salad, fresh fruit, California-blend vegetables, roll, milk TueSDAY, JAnuARY 10 Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, carrot sticks, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4-12: pizza WeDneSDAY, JAnuARY 11 Macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit, garlic bread, milk; choice 4-12: lasagna

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Lady Rox defeat Cougars, 42-38 BY RACHeL HARDeR Journal Sports Writer

On Tuesday, December 27 the Shoals Lady Rox varsity team hosted the North Daviess Cougars for some holiday hoops. The Cougars took a slim lead at the half, going to the locker room up 16-14. Shoals returned from the break with more power though and came back to lead by two (2426) at the end of the third quarter. Free throws at the end of the game closed out the win for the Lady Rox, who went 7 for 8 from the line in the fourth. Shoals coach Matt Sowders contributed the win to team work, defense, and free throws. Leading scorers for the Rox were senior Michaela Brockman with 14 and sophomore Nicole Harder also with 14. The leading scorer for the Cougars was Megan Knepp, who again had 14. Shoals Lady Rox (42)

Loogootee Jr./Sr. High 1st Semester Perfect Attendance Seventh grade: Chase Carrico, Nolan Lottes, and Gabe Porter Eighth grade: Corey Jacobs, Tyler Resler, Cole Walker, and Renee Whitman Ninth grade: Janson Sherer, Jesse Smith and Allie Walker Tenth grade: Kyle Craney, Garrett Greenhalgh, Josh Lampert, Tylan Norris, and Trevor Resler Eleventh grade: Jesse Horney and Cody Hurt Twelfth grade: Evan Howell and Sarah Richer

FG FT TP M. Brockman 6, 1-2, 14 N. Harder 4, 3-4, 14 R. Harder 1, 4-5, 6 A. Albright 0, 4-6, 4 B. Wagler 0, 3-4, 3 C. Sanders 0, 1-2, 1 Total 11, 16-23 (70%), 42 Team Fouls 14 North Daviess Cougars (38) FG FT TP Knepp 2, 8-11, 14 Wagler 4, 2-3, 10 Keith 2, 0-0, 5 Swartzentruber 2, 0-0, 4 Mallet 1, 0-0, 2 Hollis 1, 0-0, 2 Spears 0, 1-2, 1 Total 12, 11-16 (68%), 38 Team Fouls 17

Rayhill wins Loogootee Intermediate Spelling Bee Carson Rayhill recently won the Loogootee Intermediate Spelling Bee. He will participate in the 2012 TriState Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 4 at Ivy Tech Community College. Carson is the son of Kelly and Heather Rayhill, He CARSOn is a sixth grader in Mr. RAYHILL Sanders’s class.

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Martin County Journal January 4, 2012 issue

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