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

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JOURNAL

Year Three, Issue Four

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

11 Pages

Clerk plans to combine polling sites BY COURTNEY HUgHETT Martin County Journal Publisher Clerk Julie Fithian went before the Martin County Commissioners Tuesday night, January 24 to get approval on the buildings she plans to use to combine polling sites from 14 to 8. She said that the election board, consisting of Democrat Ruth Smith, Republican Sue Sims, and herself, unanimously agreed to the combining of the polling sites. She said the combination would save a minimum of $14,000 per election mostly in the decrease in the amount of equipment. She said that in the last election there were 19

touch screen voting machines and 15 tabulators. The new plans will call for nine of each. She said a little will be saved on poll workers and meals along with the use of the buildings. Some of the changes include: (see box on this page.) Commissioner Paul George asked Fithian if she felt that combining the four Perry precincts into one site was a good idea. He felt that may be too much. Fithian replied that in the 2008 election 1,200 voters turned out for all four precincts. She said the only complaint she received during the city elections at St. John Center, where all precincts

Martin County sits at 7.6 percent for unemployment BY COURTNEY HUgHETT Martin County Journal Publisher Martin County’s unemployment rate dropped very slightly from November to December, moving from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent. The county ranked as the 72nd county in the state of 92 for unemployment for December, a change from 66th a month prior. For December, the county had 5,575 residents in the workforce with 421 of them unemployed. In November, there were 5,545 residents in the job market and 430 of them without jobs. In December of 2010, Martin County’s jobless rate was 7.1 percent with 5,151 residents in the workforce and 366 of them unemployed. Daviess County’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.1 percent from November to December and kept them in the second spot in the state ranking, tied with Hamilton County, for the lowest unemployment. In December, the county had 14,882 residents

in the job market with 902 of them unemployed. The month before, there were 14,899 residents in the workforce and 892 without jobs. In December of 2010, the unemployment rate for Daviess County was 5.6 percent with 14,450 residents in the workforce and 13,641 unemployed. Dubois County’s jobless rate went unchanged from November to December staying at 5.9 percent and holding the top spot in the state for the lowest unemployment. Dubois had 21,614 residents in the job market in December with 1,267 without jobs. In November, there were 21,423 residents in the workforce and 1,243 of them unemployed. In December of 2010, Dubois County had a jobless rate of 6.6 percent with 21,365 residents in the workforce and 1,419 of them without jobs. Orange County’s jobless rate fell slightly from November to December going from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent. The county sits in the 33rd place in the state, up from 29th. The county had 10,312 residents in the (See ‘UNEMPLOYMENT’ on page 2)

-Photo by Courtney Hughett Letter of intent . . . Loogootee Senior Bryce Wilz is shown above last Wednesday signing a letter of in-

tent to play baseball at Southeastern Illinois Junior College in Harrisburg. Shown at Bryce’s left is his father Bob Wilz and stepmother Mandy Wilz to his right. In the back row, from left to right, are Loogootee Junior Varsity Coach Mike Wininger, Head Coach Roger Bailey and Loogootee Athletic Director Bill Powell. Bryce is hoping to study elementary education. Bryce’s mom Shannon was unable to attend the signing.

were combined at St. John, was parking due the election board already approved the to poll workers and campaigners taking the combining of the polling sites and the comfront spots. She said she will ask them not missioners only need to approve the buildto do this anymore which will free up ings she chose. They will revisit the issue next meeting to see spaces for voters. She added that many Proposed polling site changes if there is any public other counties have Perry 1 and 3 (currently voting at Loo- comment. In other business, 1,200 or more voters gootee United Methodist Church) will be Rhonda Rumble per polling site, and voting at St. John Center with Perry 2 and SIDC held a with that Martin County 4 for a total of 2,031 registered voters public hearing for is just not used to Mitcheltree with 477 registered voters the OCRA grant for that. “They won’t be (currently voting at Trinity Springs) will the Lost River Fire waiting any longer move to North Center at Dover Hill Church Station. The amount than they do now,” for a total of 989 voters. she said noting that Crane with 177 registered voters will of the fire station is at there will still be one move to Bramble with Perry 7 for a total of estimated $556,000 with the table per precinct. 582 registered voters “Sure, there are Rutherford with 509 registered voters grant amount of The going to be some (currently voting at Mt. Zion Church) will $500,000. county match is people who are un- move to St. Martin’s Church in Whitfield from the $56,000 happy, but they’ll get with Perry 5 for a total of 950 voters. funds, over it,” she said notLost River with 442 registered voters township community foundaing the bottom line is (currently voting at the Bateman School) saving the county will move to St. Mary’s with North Halbert tion funds and an inmoney. and Southeast Halbert for a total of 1,155 kind donation of the land. Rumble said C o m m i s s i o n e r registered voters. Gregory made a moSouth Center with 294 registered voters that her office just tion to approve the (currently voting at Hindostan) will move learned last week building choices for to Shoals Christian Church with West that OCRA is cutting maximum the combining of Memphis for a total of 791 registered vot- the amount of funding polling sites but ers. from $500,000 to Commissioner All other precincts will remain the same. $400,000, along George suggested tabling the discussion until next meeting with pushing the deadline date out to June since Commissioner John Wininger had not 8. She said that Lost River Township Trustee Millie Brown will be working with had time to look over the proposal. (See ‘CLERK’ on page 2) Fithian reminded the commissioners that

Primary candidate filings Candidate filings for the 2012 Primary Election are now open. The last day to file is Friday, February 10 at noon. The school board elections have been moved to the general election this year. Candidate filings are not currently open for school board candidate filings. The following is a list of seats up for election this year. Listed after each one is the person who currently holds that position. Those who have filed to run for the open positions to date is listed underneath. For more information call the Martin County Clerk’s Office at 812-247-3651. AUDITOR - (currently held by Nancy Steiner) January Roush (D) COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 (currently held by John Wininger) Kevin R. Boyd (R) Eric N. Cooper (D) COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 (currently held by Dan Gregory) Dan Gregory (R) CORONER (currently held by Mark J. Franklin) Mark J. Franklin (D) COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE three seats open (currently held by Warren Albright, Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins, and Richard Summers) all three seats are county-wide. Richard Summers (D) RECORDER (currently held by Gerald D. Montgomery) Gerald D. Montgomery (R)

SURVEYOR (currently held by Paul Sanders) No filings to date TREASURER (currently held by Diana M. Schutte) Vicki D. Boyd (D) PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN East Memphis Earl Boyd, Jr. (R) West Memphis Gerald D. Montgomery (R) Perry 1 - No filings to date Perry 2 - No filings to date Perry 3 Brian Boyd (R) Perry 4 - No filings to date Perry 5 - No filings to date Perry 6 - No filings to date Perry 7 - No filings to date Crane - No filings to date Rutherford - No filings to date Lost River - No filings to date Mitcheltree - No filings to date North Center Kenneth L. Brett (R) South Center - No filings to date North Halbert William R. Shaw (R) South Halbert Gerald D. Montgomery (R) Southeast Halbert Marcia A. Lewis (R) STATE CONVENTION DELEGATES - 4 at-large Republican seats Kevin R. Boyd (R) Gerald D. Montgomery (R)

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(Continued from page one) the engineer to try to get the price down on the building which will probably equate into smaller square footage. Dale Brown, who serves on the fire department and is also married to Trustee Brown, explained the need for a new fire station. He said the current station is housed in an old hog barn and contains no electricity. He added that they have a hard time getting trucks in and out. He said that recruitment is also needed and a new building would help that. Trustee Brown also reiterated what her husband said about the need for the new station. Highway Superintendent Jim Williams presented the commissioners with his twoweek work schedule. He also reported that Leo Rumschlag, the county’s bridge inspector, said that bridge 62 on Spout Springs Road has a damaged concrete beam under it - one of the outside beams. He said it has been damaged for several years. Rumschlag suggested narrowing the bridge from 21 feet to 19 feet with barricades and then the load limit of 15-ton could be removed. Williams said he is trying to find a way to do this as replacing the beam is estimated at $40,000 to $45,000. Commissioner George suggested moving in the guardrails. Williams said the metal rails themselves would cost about $1,500 not including installation material and labor. He said a concrete barrier would be the cheapest. George said he felt the metal guardrails would be safer than concrete. Commissioner Gregory added that he felt a temporary fix was needed with the possibility of replacing the beam down the road to get the bridge back to full capacity because it is a high-traffic area. Commissioner Gregory gave an update on the repairs to the exterior of the jail. He said the project will be advertised for bids with late spring or summer slated for the beginning of the work. The siding, he said, was a new type of metal. Kathy Collins with community corrections commended the sheriff’s department staff on being courteous and helpful when her department was picking up inmates. Judge Lynne Ellis presented the commissioners with her department’s employee handbook. Changes were made to her employees’ vacation days allowing employees to have a week’s vacation after six months of employment, two weeks after a year, three weeks after five years, four weeks after 10 years, and after 11 years an additional day for each year of service. The vacation will be based on the hire date not the calendar year. Ellis said it is her understanding that the county goes by calendar year so if an employee is hired in September, that person receives two weeks vacation at the first of the next year and she didn’t think that would work for her department. Carry over of vacation days will require approval of the supervisor. Commissioner Gregory and George expressed concern with the court’s vacation policy being different than other county departments. Currently, other departments receive two weeks vacation maximum regardless of how long they stay employed. Judge Ellis replied that since her employees had not received a raise for two years, had their insurance cut, and had their local income taxes risen she felt they needed to be rewarded in some way. George asked Highway Superintendent Williams how many employees he had that had put in 10 years or more to which Williams replied he had seven with one having been there for more than 25 years.

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He added that the employee with 25 years receives the same benefits as the person who has been employed for two years. Judge Ellis noted to commissioners that her policy does not apply to community corrections – only the full-time people in her office. County Attorney Dave Lett told Ellis that she didn’t need the commissioners’ approval to implement her policy. “I don’t think you really want to come to them and ask for their permission to enter a court order.” Judge Ellis replied that she wanted the commissioners to know as a courtesy since they are in charge of personnel. Ellis also reported water leaks in the downstairs area which are causing ceiling tiles to fall in. Collins added that she believes that the water is not draining properly from the roof and there may possibly be a clog in the draining. The commissioners said they will speak to the janitor to have him find out if he can locate the problem. Commissioner Gregory gave an update on LOIT (Local Option Income Tax) numbers. He said the total amount to be collected is $403,000. The county share is $290,000, Loogootee will receive $84,000, and Shoals will get $30,000. Gregory noted that the COIT (County Option Income Tax) however will decrease from around $1.3 million to just over $900,000. He said the commissioners will be talking to the county council about what this means for the county.

(Continued from page one) “2011 closed out with strong growth in workforce in December with 972 of them employment and a continued increase in the unemployed. In November, there were labor force,” said Mark W. Everson, Com10,090 residents in the workforce and 973 missioner of the Department of Workforce of them without jobs. A year ago, in Decem- Development. “December was one of the ber 2010, Orange Dec. Nov. Dec. Monthly best months for County had a job2010 2011 2011 Change job creation in less rate of 10.2 Indiana 9.5% 9.0% 9.0% 0.0% over a decade.” percent with Employment by U.S. 9.4% 8.7% 8.5% -0.2% Sector 10,041 residents in 9.2% 10.0% 9.8% -0.2% the job market and Illinois Sectors show1,026 of them Kentucky 10.3% 9.4% 9.1% -0.3% ing significant without jobs. e m p l oyment Michigan 11.1% 9.8% 9.3% -0.5% The top five gains in DecemOhio 9.5% 8.5% 8.1% -0.4% ber include: Prospots in the state for the lowest unemployment for December fessional and Business Services (4,800), were Dubois County at 5.9 percent, Daviess Manufacturing (3,600), Construction and Hamilton counties at 6.1 percent, Knox (3,600) and Trade, Transportation & UtiliCounty at 6.5 percent, Switzerland County ties (2,300). The Leisure and Hospitality (at 6.7 percent, and Warren County at 6.8 1,700) sector showed significant decline. percent. Total non-farm employment increased in The five spots for the highest unemploy- December (15,100). ment in the state for December were Fayette County at 12.3 percent, Vermillion County at 12.2 percent, Elkhart County at 11.2 percent, Tipton County at 11 percent, and Blackford County at 10.9 percent. Indiana added 12,000 private sector jobs The Martin County Chamber of Comin December. The state’s labor force grew merce will host their Annual Dinner on by 17,200, the largest increase in over 35 Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the years, holding the unemployment rate Martin County Community Building at the steady at 9.0 percent. Since July, the state’s fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale at Old Nalabor force has increased by 2.2 percent, tional Bank, Divine Chiropractic, MC Spewhile the national labor force increased by cial-tees, the courthouse in Shoals, and at 0.3 percent. The national unemployment the chamber office. You may also call to rerate declined from a revised 8.7 percent to serve your tickets at 812-295-4093. Pay8.5 percent. ments can be mailed to MCCC PO Box 257, Loogootee, IN 47553. Tickets are $12 each and $88 for a table of eight. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, January 27. About WFIU The dinner will be catered by Carla’s WFIU—Public Radio from Indiana University—broadcasts in Bloomington at Catering and the evening’s speaker will be 103.7 FM, with translators in Columbus at Linda Klinck of Logansport. Also, the 100.7 FM, French Lick/West Baden at “Gene Shaw Citizen of the Year Award” will be handed out and the new business di101.7 FM, Greensburg at 98.9 FM, Kokomo at 106.1 rectories will be debuted. For more information, contact the chamFM, and Terre Haute at 95.1 FM. All content can be streamed live online at wfiu.org. ber of commerce at 812-295-4093. WFIU is an NPR member station offering local and national news as well as jazz and classical music. About WTIU WTIU is the PBS television station owned and operated by Indiana University and serves over 350,000 households in 29 counties in West and South Central Indiana. WTIU airs programming on four digital channels 24 hours a day, and produces local, regional and national programs.

I-69 documentary to premiere Thursday The joint radio and television news department of Indiana public broadcasting stations WFIU and WTIU is premiering a documentary on the history of I-69 on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. The hourlong documentary will air simultaneously on WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television. I-69: Are We There Yet? offers a local, regional, and national perspective on Interstate 69, a highway whose history stretches more than 20 years, and the debates over which remain headline news. To watch a brief preview of the documentary, visit indianapublicmedia.org/i69. “The idea for Interstate 69 as well as the first organized opposition to the road began in Indiana more than two decades ago,” says Sara Wittmeyer, WFIU/WTIU News Bureau Chief. “Today the road remains one of the most contentious issues in the state. This documentary examines the complicated history from both perspectives.” Members of the media are invited to attend the premiere at the WFIU and WTIU studios. Following the premiere of the documentary there will be a panel discussion featuring stakeholders on various sides of the issue. Scheduled guests include: Richard Martin, Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization Ron Arnold, Daviess County Economic Development Corporation Thomas Tokarski, CARR co-founder. The live panel will take questions from the radio and TV audiences by phone 1.800.987.9848, email news@indianapublicmedia.org, and through social media sites Facebook (facebook.com/interstate69) and Twitter (@Inpubmedianews#i69). The documentary will be made available for subsequent broadcast by NPR and PBS affiliates nationwide.

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OBITUARIES

HERSCHEL ALLEN Herschel Leo Allen died at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital. A resident of Washington, he was 68. He was born March 30, 1943, in Martin County; the son of Herschel and Maudie (Street) Allen. He retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane in 1994 and worked at Rollins Body Shop until 1996 and Black Beauty Coal Mine until 2002. He was a member of Independent Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for many years. He was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by a daughter and son-inlaw, Chris and Brent Wittmer of Washington; sons, Benjamin and Robert Allen, both of Washington; five grandchildren, Jon, Katie, Jared, Amy and Anna Wittmer; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Dennis Warren of Chandler; brothers and sister-inlaw, Joe and Lana Allen of Odon and Kenny Allen of Shoals. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn White. The funeral was held Saturday, January 21 at Poindexter-Hall and McClure Funeral Home, Washington Chapel, with Rev. Ed Hembree officiating. MICHAEL A. HARDINg Michael A. Harding died Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at home. A resident of Shoals, he was 52. He was born August 25, 1959 in Jasper; the son of the late Leo and Wanda (Stiles) Harding. He graduated from Shoals High School in 1977 where he was an outstanding athlete in all sports. He then graduated from Southeastern Jr. College in 1979 where he played baseball as a shortstop. He went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1981 where he played baseball as a third baseman.

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He taught school in Kentucky for 10 years before returning to Shoals. He was currently a teacher at Shoals Community Schools, having taught 20 years with the school system. His life was devoted to the and its students. school MICHAEL HARDINg He was the High School Business-Computer teacher, and sponsored the Shocom yearbook and school newspaper. Over the years, he also coached baseball, basketball, volleyball and cross-country. He is also survived by sisters, Janice and Jeff Horney of Loogootee and Debra Harding of Shoals; brother, Eric and Cynthia Harding of Lafayette; sister-in-law, Patty Harding; nieces, Amoreena Pitts of Madison, Alabama and Morgan Harding of Lafayette; nephews, Aaron Harding of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Jesse and Justin Horney of Loogootee; great-niece, Tru Pitts of Madison, Alabama; great-nephews, Vincent and Remy Harding of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and companion of 20 years, Terri Gammon. A private funeral mass will be held. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the Leo Harding Memorial Fund with the Martin County Community Foundation that is a fund that supports the Shoals Community Schools’ Harding Baseball field. NELLIE ROBBINS Nellie P. Robbins died at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A resident of Loogootee, she was 92. She was born August 12, 1919, in Martin County; the daughter of Ike and Epsy Chastine. She was a homemaker and attended Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church.

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PUBLIC NOTICES

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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 3:15 p.m. - Received a call regarding a child riding on the lap of a female driver in the Loogootee School parking lot. 3:27 p.m. - Received a call regarding a possible suicide. 6:03 p.m. - A female reported her children being harassed in Shoals. 6:46 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver northbound on U.S. 231, near the Truelove Church Road intersection. 7:29 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle off the roadway in a field on U.S. 231, near Bledsoe Lane. 9:34 p.m. - Received a call regarding a possible prowler at a residence in Shoals. 11:47 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 1:09 a.m. - Received a call regarding harassment on the internet. 10:00 a.m. - Received a call regarding a controlled burn on Saturday. 4:09 p.m. - Received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Jasper area. 5:00 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 50, westbound from Shoals. 5:29 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Poplar Grove Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 6:45 p.m. - Received a call regarding theft. 11:08 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute on Scenic Hill. 11:48 p.m. - Received a request for an

ambulance in Shoals. No transport was necessary. FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 2:53 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Shoals. 5:58 a.m. - Received a report of a found license plate in Loogootee. 9:56 a.m. - Received a call regarding a lost or stolen debit card in Loogootee. 11:18 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 12:05 p.m. - Received a report of theft of copper lines. 12:09 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Kerr’s office. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 2:23 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in the Crane area. It was determined the location was in Greene County. Martin County ambulance responded and transported. 5:02 p.m. - Received a report of a tree on the roadway on U.S. 50, near Buffalo Bottoms. 6:59 p.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm on Ziegler Road. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 1:25 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Loogootee. 11:55 a.m. - A female caller from Loogootee reported someone possibly attempting to break into her residence. 1:22 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on S.R. 450. 4:53 p.m. - Received a call regarding a child custody issue.

Martin County accident reports FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 10:36 a.m. - Tawnya Stone, 37, of Loogootee, was stopped for construction traffic on U.S. 50, near Peaks Cut Road, in a 1996 Ford Taurus, when a semi in front of her began to pull forward. Stone saw the semi roll backwards, so she put her vehicle in reverse to give the semi more room. Stone failed to see a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country behind her, driven by Janette R. Brock, 43, of Montgomery. The Stone vehicle made contact with the front of the Brock vehicle. Damage was done to Stone’s right rear bumper and to Brock’s left front bumper and grill. The investigating officer

was Sergeant Keith Keller. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 9:22 a.m. - Received a report of a vehicle near the overlook cabins that has slid through the fence and went over the embankment. Thomas Ehrman, 27, of Shoals, was attempting to pull into the driveway at the Overlook Cabins and turn around, in a 1991 Lincoln Town Car. When Ehrman attempted to turn left, his vehicle continued straight forward into a wooden fence. Ehrman had minimal damage to his vehicle. Approximately 30 feet of fence was damaged. Icy road conditions were the cause of the accident. The investigating officer was Sergeant Keith Keller. TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 6:47 a.m. - Andrew Miokovic, 35, of French Lick, was stopped facing north on U.S. 231, waiting to make a left turn onto CR 100S in a 1995 Chevrolet Beretta, registered to Gary Thomas, of Plainfield. Josh Fegan, 25, of Loogootee, operating a 2002 Ford Mustang GT, was traveling north and did not see Miokovic stopped in the roadway. Fegan was unable to stop and struck the rear of the Beretta. Neither driver was injured; however, both vehicles were considered at total loss. The investigating officer was Deputy Steve Nolan. Assisting were Deputy Josh Greene, Loogootee Fire, Martin County EMS and G & M Auto.

5:31 p.m. - Received a call regarding possible animal abuse. 5:33 p.m. - Received a call from a subject on behalf of a juvenile in Crane. 6:32 p.m. - Received a call regarding phone harassment. SUNDAY JANUARY 22 1:50 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on S.R. 450. 9:11 a.m. - Received a call from a female subject in Loogootee requesting assistance removing an unwanted subject from her residence. 11:32 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. MONDAY, JANUARY 23 12:40 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm on Abel Hill Road. 12:48 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm in Loogootee. 1:00 a.m. - Received a call from a female in Loogootee in reference to finding her residence door open. 1:32 a.m. - Received a report of a large tree across the roadway on S.R. 645. 1:36 a.m. - Received a report of a large tree across the roadway on 1300E. 2:06 a.m. - Received a report of a house fire on Graded Road. 2:15 a.m. - Received a report of a large tree across the roadway on U.S. 150. 4:05 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, near Buffalo Bottoms. 4:21 a.m. - Received a report of a large tree on U.S. 150. 12:16 p.m. - A female called to speak to an officer in reference to her dog. 1:23 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, headed north from Haysville. 3:19 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver northbound on U.S. 231, just north of the Raglesville turnoff. 3:27 p.m. - Received a call regarding a

stray dog in her area that has been damaging items on her property. She advised she had spoken to the humane society president and he advised her to call the sheriff’s department. 5:25 p.m. - Received a request for assistance with a locked vehicle in Shoals. 5:27 p.m. - Received a call regarding harassment. TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 3:00 a.m. - The door to a business in Shoals was found unsecured. 10:07 a.m. - Received a report of blasts heard in the Chicken Farm Road area. 10:54 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:50 a.m. - Received a report of an erratic driver eastbound on U.S. 50 from Cannelburg. 2:40 p.m. - Received several calls regarding a stranded semi on U.S. 50 at half-mile curve. 2:49 p.m. - Received a report of blasts heard on Dover Hill Road. 3:27 p.m. - Received a call regarding a protective order. 3:48 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Loogootee Nursing Center. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:11 p.m. - Received a request for a Daviess County ambulance near Burns City. Daviess County Sheriff’s Department was contacted. 4:44 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on children at a residence near Loogootee. 6:17 p.m. - Received a report of a dog bite. 7:09 p.m. - Received a call regarding juveniles fighting in Crane Village. 8:18 p.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 50, near Buffalo Bottoms. 9:39 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance. The subject was transported to Bloomington Hospital.

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Martin County Journal

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Loogootee Police log Martin County Court News MONDAY, JANUARY 16 9:30 a.m. - Male caller requesting to talk with an officer he advised he was having a problem with an individual. Chief Rayhill talked with him. 4:20 p.m. - Female caller advised she was having water problems. Contacted on call for the water department and he took care of the problem. 6:51 p.m. - Male caller reported he was getting harassing text messages on his cell phone. Sgt. Norris talked with the subject and advised him of the different options he had. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 7:38 p.m. - Received a report of a possible break-in at the Sunset Trailer Court. Sgt. Hennette responded nothing was taken everything checked ok. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 1:37 p.m. - Female caller requested to talk with an officer about information on a protective order. Chief Rayhill talked to her. 3:12 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a gray vehicle at the middle school at Loogootee driving around with a small child on her lap. Chief Rayhill went to the location but was unable to locate. 6:05 p.m. - Received a call of an alarm going off at a local business. Sgt. Hennette went to the location everything checked secured. 6:45 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported a possible intoxicated driver northbound on US 231 from the

Truelove Church area. Sgt. Hennette was unable to locate. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 11:58 a.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department request an officer check on a residence on Church Street with an alarm going off. Capt. Akles went to the location everything checked ok. 2:14 p.m. - Request for a welfare check on female that lives in Sunset Trailer Court. Capt. Akles went to check on the female. She was ok he advised her to contact her mother. 8:01 p.m. - Received a call from a female that lives on Brooks Avenue about a vehicle that was blocking her driveway due to a basketball game. Sgt. Norris went to the location. SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 9:11 a.m. - Male subject called in a disturbance on Queen Street. Capt. Akles was advised but when he arrived the female had left the area. 1:13 p.m. - Female caller advised there had been an accident on the highway in front of Ruler and there was glass in the roadway and request the fire department to clean it up. Loogootee Fire was paged out. 2:44 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported a 911 hang up on SW 3rd Street. Capt. Akles went to the address everything checked ok. 11:45 p.m. - Male caller reported a suspicious vehicle driving around Northeast 3rd Street and surrounding area. Sgt. Norris was given the information.

County real estate transfers Jeffrey L. Courter and Brent Courter, of Martin County, Indiana to NLK&B Properties, LLC, of Martin County, Indiana, Lot Number 4 in Brook’s Addition to the Town, now City of Loogootee, Indiana. Martin County Video, of Martin County, Indiana to Roger C. Parsons, of Martin County, Indiana, 43 feet and 6 inches of even width off the east side of Lot No. 15 and six inches of even width off the west side of Lot No. 14 in Cray’s Addition to the Town, now City of Loogootee, Indiana. Volnetta J. Hollis, of Martin County, Indiana to Lawrence R. Carpenter and Linda K. Carpenter, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 1, Township 3 North, Range 3 West, lying in Halbert Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 32.27 acres, more or less.

Rosemary Knight, of Martin County, Indiana to Rosemary Knight and Christina Knight, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 14, Township 4 North, Range 3 West, containing 3.14 acres. Rosemary Knight, of Martin County, Indiana to Rosemary Knight and Christian Knight, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter and a part of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 14, Township 4 North, Range 3 West, containing 4.87 acres. Betty Jean Salmon, of Martin County, Indiana to Belinda Rena Smith, of Martin County, Indiana, a portion of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 35, Range 4 West, Center Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 1.0 acre, more or less.

Martin County jail bookings THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 8:35 p.m. - Amanda S. Tornabeni, 30, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, dumping controlled substance waste, and neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance. 12:55 a.m. - Melanie Wiscaver, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with domestic battery. 12:55 a.m. - Carl Wiscaver, 49, of Loo-

gootee, was arrested and charged with domestic battery. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 12:56 a.m. - James E. Jones, 23, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. 1:50 a.m. - Ronnie L. Hollars, 44, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. 3:50 a.m. - Christopher M. Parsons, 28, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated.

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Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CRIMINAL COURT New Charges Filed January 12 George O’ Connor, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor; operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license, a Class C Misdemeanor. January 18 Gary R. Huebler, two counts of check deception, Class A Misdemeanors. Ashley M. Schutte, trafficking with an inmate, a Class A Misdemeanor. Patrick E. Hill, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. January 19 Brian D. Wildman, hunting deer with the aid of bait, a Class B Misdemeanor; hunting wild animals without a license, a Class C Misdemeanor. Timothy V. Potorff, failure to register as a sex or violent offender, a Class D Felony. Patty A. Tolbert, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class A Misdemeanor; neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony. CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCINg January 10 Jason D. Blake, convicted of receiving stolen property, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 409 days suspended including credit for 69 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Billy Craft, convicted of resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 180 days in the Martin County Security Center with 170 days suspended including credit for 5 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 6 months of probation. CRIMINAL CHARgES DISMISSED January 12 Wyatt R. Quiller, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class D Felony, dismissed; operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator, a Class D Felony, dismissed. January 13 Sasha L. Pottorff, theft, a Class D Felony, dismissed. January 17 Mandy M. Goins, possession of marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. CIVIL COURT New Suits Filed January 11 Capital One Bank vs. Patricia Jones a/k/a Davis, civil collection. January 13 LVNV Funding, LLC vs. Daniel J. Wagler, civil collection. CIVIL COURT JUDgMENTS January 4 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Barclay Bank Delaware and against the defendant Joseph A. Benge in the amount of $2,564.52. SMALL CLAIMS COURT New Filings January 11 Crane Federal Credit Union vs. James K. Allen, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Joseph

and Jennifer Atchison, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Zachary T. Blaker, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Danielle Bradley, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Donald J. Bell, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Kimberly A. Blackwell, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Kelley A. Frye, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jack E. Fulton, Jr. and Dana Fulton, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. William Herald III, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. William G. Hill, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Sarah E. Hannah, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Brent N. Helms, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Adam I. Moore, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Denise Mondelli, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Thomas E. Robbins, Jr., complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Brittany R. Rogers, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Geoffrey R. Sapp, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Daniel and Amanda Vasquez, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Christopher and Debra Weber, complaint. January 13 Ralph S. Truelove vs. Michael and Holly Sludder, complaint. January 17 Angela B. Smith vs. Kena Monroe, complaint. TRAFFIC TICKETS PAID January 11 – January 17 Shane Chancellor, Evansville, speeding 72 in a 55, $125. Ashlye Divine, Loogootee, speeding 81 in a 55, $126. Lowell Gray, Washington, following too close, $100. Paul Hostetler, Fairfield, Illinois, speeding 64 in a 50, $120. Jerry Jackson, Sr., Camby, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Glenda Lucas, operating a vehicle without financial responsibility, $120. Tony Roberts, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Julia Sanders, Shoals, speeding 65 in a 50, $120.


6 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

OUT & ABOUT Calendar of Events

Chamber meetings The Martin County Chamber of Commerce will not meet in January. The annual dinner will take the place of the meeting during the month of February. The date for the annual dinner is Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the community building. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 at noon at Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant. Loogootee PAC The Loogootee Parent Advisory Committee will meet Monday, January 30 at Dairy Master at 6 p.m. The committee will be giving an update on funds, projects, and discuss/plan the upcoming sixth grade trip. Anyone interested in volunteering may attend. Homeless by Choice Tour Antioch Christian Church in Washington presents Roy Juarez, Jr., My Bag My Home Homeless by Choice, on Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. Roy Juarez, Jr. went from being a homeless teenager at the age of 14 to being a college graduate from Hardin Simmons University and president and founder of America’s Business Leaders - a human development company. Roy is now homeless again, by choice, as he travels around the country reaching out to young people sharing his inspirational story. The

Antioch Christian Church is located at 3007 East US Hwy 50, Washington. The event is free but donations are accepted to help with the tour. Refreshments will be served immediately following the presentation. 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 295-3149.

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Vincennes’ Festival du Mardi gras keeping alive local traditions First Families, the heritage education outreach of Grouseland Foundation, is teaming up with the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society to expand the 6th Annual Vincennes Festival du Mardi Gras to a twonight event on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18, 2012. Both evening events will be hosted at the Fortnightly Club, 421 S. Sixth Street, Vincennes. Vincennes Mardi Gras begins Friday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation sponsored by First Families featuring Dennis Stroughmatt and his ensemble, L’Esprit Creole. Stroughmatt, a traditional fiddler and folklorist, preserves the French Creole songs and culture of “Upper Louisiana,” or the Pays des Illinois, which is a unique cultural and linguistic group spanning from Vincennes and the Wabash Valley through southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri. Stroughmatt’s presentation is designed to re-introduce new generations of Vincennois to festive traditions and music that are integral to Vincennes’ historically French Creole heritage, where many descendants still live. The evening will also include traditional dance demonstrations. Light refreshments will be served. Festival du Mardi Gras, the annual celebration hosted by the Vincennes Historical

and Antiquarian Society, continues on Saturday, February 18, with featured performers Paul Gregoire and Roux du Bayou, playing the best in Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music. Mary Laue will also sing selections from French Folk Songs of Old Vincennes. Authentic cuisine and desserts will be served, starting at 5 p.m. Dance lessons in Cajun swing, two-step and waltz will also be offered by prior to the band performance, which will run from 6 – 10 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Tickets are $10 per event or $15 for both events, and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the following Vincennes locations: Knox County Public Library (502 N. 7th Street); Knox County Chamber of Commerce (316 Main Street); Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau (779 S. 6th Street); Something Special (423 Main Street); Valley Cash and Carry (310 S. 4th Street) and at Grouseland (3 W. Scott Street). Tickets can be purchased by phone during normal business hours at (812) 882-2096; (800) 886-6443; or by email at Grouseland@sbcglobal.net. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of each event. Come and learn, participate, celebrate and keep alive the traditions of Old Vincennes, Indiana’s First City.

Purina Pets for Seniors Program Purdue expert says Super Bowl ads may not be worth the money

The Dubois County Humane Society has been selected to partner with the 2012 Purina Pets for Seniors Program in order to communicate the life-enriching benefits of pet ownership among senior citizens and to help homeless pets find loving homes. This is the fourth year in a row that DCHS has been selected to participate in the program. The Purina Pets for Seniors Program is sponsoring the cost of pet adoptions for senior citizens 60+ years old which will allow an approved senior citizen to adopt an animal free of charge. Purina will provide up to a total of $2,000 in adoption fees to the Dubois County Humane Society to allow as many seniors as possible to enjoy the companionship of an adopted dog or cat. Finding homeless pets permanent homes is the humane society’s biggest priority. By introducing Dubois County seniors and

other area seniors to our pets, they are hoping to ensure not only the well-being of pets, but also the well-being of local seniors. Senior citizens are invited to spend time visiting with the shelter’s dogs and cats and to consider bringing a furry friend into their home. Pictures of the animals can be seen at www.duboiscountyhumane.org. Questions about the local program or any of the animals can be emailed to dchsmail@yahoo.com or call 812-482-7387 during adoption hours. The Pet Adoption Center is located at 426 Wernsing Road in Jasper, IN. Adoption hours are Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information about Purina Pets for Seniors, please visit www.purinapetsforseniors.com.

VU Jasper Beta Sigma to sponsor Chili Cook-Off The Vincennes University Jasper Campus Beta Sigma Club will sponsor a Chili CookOff fundraiser on February 9 at 4:30 p.m. EST, at the Bistro in the Ruxer Student Center. Gift cards and trophies will be awarded for first place, second place, and people’s choice. This is an open competition and all types of chili are welcome. The chili will be served from the contestant’s own electric crock-pot and not prepared on site. The Chili Cook-Off will be open for any person or group who wishes to compete. The entry fee is $10 with $5 being waived for VUJC students. Proceeds go towards Beta Sigma’s

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support of local charities. Participants must pre-register by January 26. Entry forms may be picked up from the VUJC Continuing Education Office on the first level of the Administration Building, or downloaded from www.vinu.edu/jasper www.vinu.edu/jasper under the Student Activities tab. Space is limited and entries will be processed on first come/first serve basis. Questions about the event can be sent to czastawn@myvu.vinu.edu or interested persons may visit BetaSigma’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/betasigma1. For additional information, contact Alli Baer, 812-481-5941 or abaer@vinu.edu.

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BY JUDITH BARRA AUSTIN Purdue University News Service NBC has reported that it sold out advertising time for this year’s Super Bowl broadcast before the end of last year. And 30-second spots sold for a record $3.5 million. Despite the demand, Super Bowl commercials probably aren’t worth the premium prices paid to air them, says Richard Feinberg, a consumer psychologist in Purdue University’s Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing. More than 100 million people are expected to watch the February 5 Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. When they aren’t watching football, fans will be entertained by commercials for everything from beer to clothing to cars. This year, more ads than normal are expected to be longer than the traditional 30 seconds. The problem, Feinberg says, is that repetition is the key to sales, and, beyond the Super Bowl, some of the commercials don’t get much on-air play to the specific consumer groups who buy the products and services advertised. “Since repetition to the right consumer is the foundation of purchases, companies just might be better off with 10 $350,000 commercials targeted to specific consumers than one $3.5 million commercial targeted to a lot of consumers, but not necessarily the right ones,” he says. Research suggests that many viewers like the ads as much or more than the game itself, Feinberg says. While the

extra attention further enhances the effect of a 30-second commercial, liking an ad doesn’t necessarily lead to sales. A study by Feinberg suggests that even if people watch the commercials, they have a limited impact on longer-term memory. And if consumers cannot remember the companies or the products, the commercials do not lead to sales. He asked 100 consumers who watched the 2010 Super Bowl to recall details from as many commercials as they could. About 30 percent could accurately recall at least one company with a commercial, but respondents had low confidence in their memory, indicating that they “thought” that the company had a commercial. Few could accurately recall details of the commercials. Feinberg says the most effective Super Bowl commercials are connected to a range of social media, other advertisements and promotions. The use of animals, humor, special effects and celebrities increase memorability, but that alone does not mean an increase in sales, he says. “The best commercials tap into helping consumers solve a problem, fill a need, make them look better, feel better or be better. The problem with Super Bowl commercials is that there is so much effort to be creative and cute that the real reason why commercials work is lost and ignored,” Feinberg says. “Super Bowl commercials are celebrated for their creativity and humor, but that doesn’t guarantee that consumers will become more aware of a product or make a purchase more likely than if the money had been spent in a less expensive but more effective way.”

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7 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

STATE GOVERNMENT

Week in review at the Indiana general Assembly Legislative committee meetings are now in full swing. Hearings are underway for 415 bills introduced in the Senate and 400 bills introduced in the House of Representatives. This brief summary highlights some of the action taken by the Senate thus far. “Right to work” bill advances in Senate Democrats in both chambers continue to argue against the so-called “right to work” bills, Senate Bill (SB) 269 and House Bill (HB) 1001, saying the legislation is unnecessary and being pushed through the process without enough public input. As an effort to allow for more public input on the issue, Democrats are proposing a public referendum that would allow voters to affirm the law, if passed, next November. On Friday, Senate Democrats offered a number of amendments to SB 269, including a referendum that would allow the law to take effect on November 5, 2012, hold a public vote on Election Day, November 6, and if the voters rejected the law, it would expire on November 7. This amendment, along with others proposed by Senate Democrats, was defeated. SB 269 is now eligible for final consideration in the Senate. Elections SB 175 would require a voter requesting an absentee ballot to provide his or her voter identification number as a part of the absentee ballot application. The legislation provides that if the absentee voter does not include their voter identification number, the application would be considered incomplete and a ballot would not be provided. Numerous county clerks expressed opposition to the bill stating that many voters would not know their voter identification number. Opponents also expressed concerns that this bill would impede many who vote absentee, especially senior citizens. SB 175 does include an exemption for Hoosiers serving in the military overseas. The bill was held for further consideration by members of the Senate Committee on Elections. Safety of outdoor stages SB 273 would strengthen the regulation of outdoor stage equipment like the concert rigging equipment that collapsed in 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. Currently there are 60 such temporary structures in Indianapolis, both indoor and out, many of which have been constructed and inspected under current city regulations for this year’s Super Bowl. To ensure public safety and public confidence, this legislation would establish statewide standards for the installation and inspection of such structures, and institute a permit process to determine the safety and functionality of these structures. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs advanced SB 273 to the full Senate for further consideration. Right to resist law enforcement unlawful entry Following months of review in a summer study committee, legislation has been introduced to establish guidelines under which a person may lawfully use force against unlawful police entry into a person’s home. SB 1, co-authored by Hume, is in response to Barnes v. Indiana, a state Supreme Court decision handed down in 2011. In Barnes, the Court ruled 3-2 that Indiana will not recognize the ‘Castle Doctrine’, which is the common-law right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers into a citizen’s residence. Public outcry over the ruling has prompted lawmakers to review current law regarding this issue. Concerns have been expressed on how the law may be interpreted by citizens that could lead to dangerous situations for both the citizens and law enforcement officers. The bill gained approval of mem-

bers of the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters and is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate. Local government reform Legislation considered by the Senate Committee on Local Government includes SB 170, a bill aimed at deterring nepotism and conflicts of interest on the local level. SB 170 would halt public workers from hiring family members. In addition, the proposal would prevent firefighters, police officers, park officials and other municipal employees from serving in an elected position on a county council or board of commissioners that sets agency budgets and salaries. The bill stipulates that upon election, public officers would have to resign their position to serve in the elected office. SB 170 now moves to the full Senate. Similar legislation, HB 1005, is moving through the House. Underage alcohol abuse Legislation aimed at preventing alcoholrelated deaths among teens has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 274 would prohibit a law enforcement officer from taking a person into custody for a crime of public intoxication or minor possession, consumption, or transportation of an alcoholic beverage if that person called 911 for someone in need of medical assistance due to an alcohol-related emergency. The legislation, referred to as the “Lifeline Bill,” was suggested by a group of students from several state universities seeking limited immunity from prosecution for Indiana college students who want to help friends in need of medical attention, but fear arrest for underage drinking. Further, SB 274 stipulates new requirements concerning the pretrial diversion program, aiming to lessen prosecutions by redirecting offenders to alcohol education programs and community service. The bill now advances to the full Senate for further consideration. Child support A proposal that would cut off child support at the age of 19 is moving through the Senate. SB 18 provides that the duty to support a child, which does not include support for educational needs, would cease when the child becomes 19 years of age. Under current statute, child support payments must be paid until children reach the age of 21. The legislation would not affect parents currently providing child support. SB 18 has advanced out of the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters to the Senate floor. Upcoming Senate deadlines January 26 - Deadline for Senate committees to hear Senate bills February 1 - Deadline for Senate to hear Senate bills February 6 - Senate begins hearings on House-approved bills March 14 - By law, legislature must adjourn by midnight To stay informed about bills moving through the General Assembly or to track legislation, log on to www.in.gov/legislative. From this site, you can also watch House and Senate committee hearings and session floor debate.

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The Messmer Report

By District 63 State Representative

Mark Messmer Walkout tramples on principles of democracy For the eighth of the 12 days since the beginning of the 2012 Legislative Session, the members in the House minority have refused to carry out their elected duties. The irresponsible actions of House Democrats have denied representation not only to their own constituents, but to 6.5 million Hoosiers all across Indiana. Because of the minority’s disregard for the democratic process to protect a single special interest, hundreds of important issues cannot move forward. One such bill concerns drug testing of welfare beneficiaries. House Bill (HB) 1007 would establish a pilot program to drug test welfare recipients. Individuals with children that fail the test could be investigated by the Department of Child Services for child abuse and neglect. With this legislation, we would be better equipped to identify the potential abuse of children and it would give incentive for those on welfare to seek help with drug addiction. Another bill we are considering is HB 1005, which addresses conflict of interest

and nepotism in local government. This bill would put limits on local officials’ ability to hire family members. It would also prevent an individual from serving on the board that approves their own salary and benefits. Finally, HB 1238 passed out of the House Financial Institutions Committee this week. This bill would help speed up the process of determining when buildings that are in foreclosure are abandoned. This would allow those properties to get back on the market more quickly and help alleviate the problems with blighted buildings in our communities. These three bills represent only of a fraction of the work that’s not able to progress because of the mob-rule mentality of the House Democrats. If our system of openly debating issues breaks down, we will lose the democratic process that our country was founded upon. Right now all Hoosiers voices are being silenced by the inaction of 35 House Democrats. I’m hopeful that the minority members will return to work soon so that we can act on all the important issues that are facing Hoosiers.

Legislation to eliminate nepotism, conflicts of interest in government passes out of Senate State Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) said on Monday that Indiana is one step closer to eliminating nepotism and conflicts of interest in local government. Senate lawmakers voted 39-11 in favor of legislation authored by Lawson eliminating nepotism at all levels of Indiana government. “We need to eliminate all conflicts of interest within local government, and this legislation would remove the impropriety that occurs when an elected official pays a family member’s salary with taxpayers’ dollars,” Lawson said. Senate Bill 170 would prohibit an individual from serving in a direct supervisory role over a family member within any government unit. The legislation does grandfather those individuals employed prior to July 1, 2012 unless the person has a break in employment from the government unit. It also specifies that a volunteer firefighter or a

precinct election officer is not considered employment by a unit of government. Lawson’s legislation would also require public employees elected to serve on an executive or fiscal body of the county, city, town or township that oversees their agencies to decide if they want to remain an employee of that unit or begin their term as an elected official. “By making this adjustment, we can help ensure trust in local government by eliminating conflicts of interest that could arise when a public employee serves as an elected official and makes decisions on things like budgets and office policies they will directly benefit from,” Lawson said. SB 170 now moves to the House of Representatives for further action. Hoosiers can get a full, updated copy of the legislation online by visiting www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2012&session=1&request=getBill&docno=170

Sen. Leising’s legislation could help give parents a voice in school calendar decisions Legislation authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to help give parents a voice in school balanced calendar debates passed the Senate Committee on Elections on Monday by an 8-1 vote. Leising said Senate Bill 248 would require a summer study committee to examine the idea of Indiana school corporations conducting referendums of registered Indiana voters before establishing balanced calendars. “Switching to a balanced calendar is a

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local issue that directly impacts Indiana families,” Leising said. “With this in mind, I have heard from many concerned parents interested in being a part of that decisionmaking process. Balanced calendars do affect school start dates and when families can plan to spend extra time together.” Typically, balanced calendars make summer vacations six weeks in length with classes starting at the beginning of August and allow three separate two-week breaks during the school year. Currently, a corporation can change to a balanced calendar with school board approval. “I’ve seen a study showing 78 percent of parents have never been asked their opinions on the balanced calendar issue,” Leising said. “We need to give parents the opportunity to voice their opinions and this bill will help do that.” Save Indiana Summers and three Hoosier parents spoke in support of Leising’s legislation. SB 248 now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.


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Regional, state employment and unemployment for December Regional and state unemployment rates were slightly lower in December. Thirtyseven states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, 3 states posted rate increases, and 10 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday. Fortysix states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while four states and the District of Columbia experienced increases. The national jobless rate, 8.5 percent, continued to trend down in December and was 0.9 percentage point lower than in December 2010. In December, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 25 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 24 states, and was unchanged in 1 state. The largest overthe-month increase in employment occurred in Texas (+20,200), followed by Indiana (+15,100) and California (+10,700). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in New York (-14,000), followed by Missouri (-11,800) and Washington (-11,600). South Dakota experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+1.1 percent), followed by North Dakota (+0.9 percent) and Indiana, Kentucky, and Utah (+0.5 percent each). Nevada experienced the largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment (-0.9 percent), followed by Alaska (-0.5 percent) and Maine, Missouri, and Washington (-0.4 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 46 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 4 states. The largest over-theyear percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+5.7 percent), followed by Utah (+3.0 percent) and Oklahoma (+2.7 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Delaware (-0.7 percent), followed by Alaska (-0.5 percent) and Georgia (-0.4 percent). Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted) The West continued to record the highest regional unemployment rate in December, 9.7 percent, while the Midwest and Northeast reported the lowest rates, 7.9 percent each. Three regions experienced statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate changes: the Midwest and South (-0.3 percentage point each) and the West (-0.2 point). Over the year, all four regions registered significant rate decreases, the largest of which was in the West (-1.3 percentage points). Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific continued to report the highest jobless rate, 10.4 percent in December. The West North Central again registered the

lowest rate, 6.1 percent. Six divisions experienced statistically significant unemployment rate decreases over the month. The largest of these occurred in the East South Central (-0.4 percentage point). Seven divisions recorded significant rate declines from a year earlier, the largest of which was in the Pacific (-1.3 percentage points). No division reported an unemployment rate increase from December 2010. State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted) Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 12.6 percent in December. California posted the next highest rate, 11.1 percent. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.3 percent, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota, 4.1 and 4.2 percent, respectively. Twenty-four states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 8.5 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 18 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. Eighteen states experienced statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines in December. The largest of these were in Alabama (-0.6 percentage point) and Michigan (-0.5 point). The remaining 32 states and the District of Columbia recorded jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes. Nevada registered the largest jobless rate decrease from December 2010 (-2.3 percentage points). Twenty-one additional states reported smaller but also statistically significant decreases over the year. The remaining 28 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rates that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier. Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted) In December, eight states recorded statistically significant changes in employment, five of which were increases. The statistically significant job gains occurred in Indiana (+15,100), Kentucky (+8,400), Utah (+6,400), South Dakota (+4,600), and North Dakota (+3,800). The statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Missouri (-11,800), Washington (-11,600), and Nevada (-9,800). Over the year, 28 states experienced statistically significant changes in employment, all of which were increases. The largest increase occurred in California (+263,200), followed by Texas (+204,500) and Florida (+113,900).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Beginnings Church W eekly M essage

BY ERNIE CANELL Pastor, New Beginnings Church Get Ready! Luke 12:35-48 How do we stay dressed for action and keep our lamps burning? Remember the nights waiting up for your kids to come home? You were ready to make sure they got home safe and were ok (and on time). We want our kids to be the best in everything. We praise them and reward them in some way for the good they do. God is the same with His children. He wants to bless us. Stay dressed for action! Be ready for God’s presence! So many times we struggle with life that we only search for answers that please us. We search for answers that don’t come or they come and only change things temporally. What God wants to do is so much more than a temporary fix. Our hearts and minds and even our physical being needs to be ready for God to do something miraculous in our lives. We should be dressed and ready to open the door when He knocks. Put on a readiness to have God show up in your life. When you do God says blessed is that servant. He may call you to let him in, in a way that is unexpected. Put on the armor of light. Put on the lord Jesus Christ. Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth, put on the full armor of God, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, and beyond all these things put on love. Putting on the right stuff helps you be ready. If we want God’s blessing and presence, we need to move forward, walking in God’s awesome promises. Stay dressed for action. Keep your lamps burning, keep the fire lit! You got to have the fire of God. You got to have the Holy Spirit’s fire burning. As with an Oil Lamp, you have the container, the wick and the oil. The container if it is full of crud you need to clean it out, get it ready to use. Jesus Christ comes in and makes us clean. You can’t have a very big flame if the container is full of the wrong kind of material. There must be a wick if you want the light to burn bright. The wick has to be trimmed as it is burning. The sin has to be trimmed out of our lives. Once

Study: Indiana’s home health care industry grew at a slow, steady rate The home health care industry in Indiana grew at a slow but steady rate in the last decade and should continue to steadily expand in the coming years due to increasing number of aging baby boomers, says a new report from Ball State University. “Home Health Care: Industry Growth in Indiana,” a report sponsored by the Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care and performed by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), found that the medical service sector accounted for 14,219 jobs in 2009, ranking 22nd among U.S. states. The total was an increase of 30.7 percent as compared to 2000. Over the same time period, Indiana saw a 29.5 percent expansion of home health care establishments, ranking 20th nationally with 391 facilities. Texas has the most employees (179,628) and establishments (3,244). New York, California, Florida and Ohio round out the top five. The home health care industry in every state in the country is experiencing a boom with a growing demand for services as the country ages, said CBER director Michael Hicks, an economics professor who co-authored the study with Srikant Devaraj, CBER’s senior research associate and project manager, and Rohit Ravula, graduate assis-

tant. CBER is the research arm of the Miller College of Business. “As baby boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964, move into retirement in large numbers, there will be a sharp increase in the need for health care and social assistance services,” he said. “The industry will continue to expand because while many retirees will not be able to do all activities independently, most will still prefer to live at home, understanding they’ll need some sort of assistance.” CBER’s research team analyzed the state’s home health care industry from 2000 to 2009. The sector includes in-home skilled nursing services, counseling services, personal care services, physical, speech, occupation and vocational therapy, homemaker and companion services, medical equipment supplies and social services, drugs and medication, dietary nutritional services and audiology. The study found: -The home health care industry had a total economic output of $1.3 billion in Indiana with $805.1 million in the health care and social assistance sector alone. -Despite the recession, this sector has experienced stability in terms of number of jobs from 2000 to 2009 with very few peaks and

troughs. -Marion County tops the list with 2,772 jobs and 69 establishments in 2009, followed by Lake County (1,664 jobs and 51 establishments) and Allen County (1,271 jobs and 31 establishments). -In 2000, 48.5 percent of establishments had less than 20 employees and 27.1 percent had 20 to 49 employees, but in 2009, 44.8 percent had less than 20 employees and 34 percent had 20 to 49 employees. -Home health care aides in Indiana currently rank 14th in terms of hourly compensation of health care support occupations with the average hourly wages of $10.10 and an average annual income of $21,030. -The average hourly pay for most health care support occupations is $12.50 with an average annual income of $25,890. -The highest paid hourly home health care aides were found in the Muncie area, with an average of $11.01 per hour and $22,910 per year. Hicks believes the home health care industry will continue to experience increasing demand of quality services from elderly, sick and disabled people in future, since it is a low-cost alternative compared to hospitals and nursing homes.

God’s presence is in your life He will help trim the old life away and give you a fresh new wick. There has to be a source that keeps the fire burning, the Oil. There has to be something that never runs out that keeps your lamp full. Fill yourself with the word, fill it with prayer and keep being filled with the Holy Spirit. When you are awake, ready to answer the call of God on your life you will be blessed. When you are ready for the supernatural presence of God you will be blessed. Be available at all times at any time, say it I’M AWAKE LORD. Be always faithful, with what God gives you. God gives you charge over your family, the money He has given you, the job He has given, the Church He leads you to. If you are faithful in what God has put you in charge over He will give you more. The one that is blessed is the one that is awake and ready to answer God’s call. The one that has made their lives available to God no matter where they are in life. The one that is faithful to take what God has given them and use it for His glory. The first mistake of the unwise steward was to think God is not here, He is not around so I can do whatever I want. The second mistake is thinking you have plenty of time to do the God thing; the person who divides life into compartments. One part they think there is a God. They seek him out when they need something and want help with something. Or to even think it’s safe because they go to church once a week. It has been said that the most dangerous days in a man’s life is when he discovers tomorrow. I’ll do it tomorrow. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return. When someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Are you thinking right now that God can’t use you because you are not ready? Because you think your circumstances whatever they may be are not something that God will use. You are not dressed in the right clothes or your lamps have been put out or it’s so dim that it’s hard to see the great things God wants for you. There is so much that God wants to do with your life. When we rely on the promises of God we will always come out on top and blessed. You can start today to live in His promises. God wants to speak into your life and relight your lamp and give you the right clothes to put on so He can show you your potential. I would like to ask the person who was bold enough to walk into a church and pickup the US Ministry offering jar and walk back out with it to please take that boldness and turn it to glorifying God. Can you imagine someone with that boldness being on fire for the Lord? We had a meeting at church and left the front door unlocked as we went to the fellowship hall, during that time the money we had collected for the US Ministry distribution of new underwear and socks was stolen. We had over $300 collected to buy for this ministry. If anyone wants to help us build this fund back up to prepare for another distribution, please get a hold of Shirley at 709-2525 or Pastor Ernie at 7090258. Any donations of underwear and socks or monetary donations would be appreciated by the children of Martin County. Our youth group will be attending the Acquire the Fire concert in March, they are truly excited about this and will be having a bake sale to raise funds to attend and pay for overnight accommodations. Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. with praise and worship time. Please join us.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Martin County Journal

SCOUTING MATTERS Now for something completely different – winter hiking While this may sound crazy to most, there really is a lot to discover during a winter hike. So far, our winter has been very mild, although I do prefer a winter hike with about four inches of fresh snow on the ground. The stillness and beauty is breathtaking. Okay, that probably confirms I’m a little nutty but there is something special about winter hiking and I promise by following a few, simple suggestions, you are in for a treat! If you are an avid hiker, you know what I mean, but if you are an occasional hiker and have a favorite trail might I suggest you go hike it again and discover the beauty the winter months do bring, and it truly is all about discovery. What you can see and experience even on a familiar trail can be awesome. You can certainly see deeper into the woods and the outline of the topography is very pronounced. Rock formations and stream beds you may have never known existed jump out along the way and if you have a good set of binoculars and camera, stalking wildlife becomes a pleasurable game. However, before you head out the door a good scout will always Be Prepared. Winter hiking has its very own set of needs, so it is a good idea to fully familiarize yourself before heading out. The needs are basic and if you start slow and get out there for a sunny afternoon stroll in the woods, you will love it and quickly want more. In no time at all, you will be having so much fun you will be wondering why it took you so long to try this! Here are my basic suggestions for an enjoyable winter hike: Start Small: It’s much better to get out and have some fun, enjoy yourself and get com-

fortable with the winter environment on shorter, safer hikes than it is to plan Mount Washington as your first excursion. You’re also going to find that you will be carrying a little more weight even if it’s just a for a short day hike. Dress in layers: Choose a number of clothing articles you can take off and put back on independently. Wear a pair of long johns over which you wear a pair of pants made of a lightweight, waterproof, and breathable material. On top, start out with a short-sleeved t-shirt, top it with long sleeved thin fleece shirt, add a turtleneck sweater and finish up with a jacket but always avoid cotton. Remember to dress the head: Wear headgear for keeping nose and ears protected from wind, snow, and rain. It also prevents the heat loss from the head, which is a danger during longer winter hikes. Maybe add sunglasses on a snow-covered day to protect your eyes from glare. Wear cold weather hiking boots and vapor barrier socks: Choose an insulated, waterproof boot that is not made from leather but is instead made of a plastic and rubber combination. Leather freezes in winter weather, while plastic and rubber will not. You can make your already broken-in leather boots work by waterproofing them with spray-on chemicals. Dress your foot in vapor barrier socks to prevent excessive sweating that makes the inside of your boot slippery and uncomfortable. Bring food and water: Remember that during a winter hike your body burns more calories and requires more nourishment and water than it might during a summer hike. Bring some snacks and plan on stopping frequently to replenishing your energy by eating

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By Mike Leighty - Odon Troop 481 Scoutmaster moderately. Finally, Have Fun… get out and enjoy winter because the creation around us is truly beautiful… regardless of season! Remember these suggestions are simply things that I’ve learned. They are in no way meant to be an exact guide to winter hiking! There are several factors to consider but by starting with these basic suggestions, you can

extend the hiking season a bit longer and discover winter hiking to be an absolute blast! If you would like to learn more about the scouting opportunities in your local area, drop me an email at mike.leighty@centurytel.net or call (812) 295-8417 and I will help you make contact with a local unit. Yours in Scouting, Scoutmaster Mike

White River’s rebound continues after 1999 fish kill The White River has received its cleanest bill of health since a major fish kill in 1999. During a fall 2011 fish survey, Indiana Department of Natural Resources biologists collected 7,128 fish from 57 species at sample stations between Anderson and Indianapolis. This was the greatest number of species collected since the fish kill, and further proof that the river has recovered. In December 1999, an estimated 4.3 million fish died as a result of a fish kill that started at the outfall of the Anderson Waste Water Treatment Plant and stretched 55 miles into downtown Indianapolis. The kill was traced to an industrial discharge from the Guide Corporation in Anderson. A $6 million settlement overseen by the DNR, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was used to restore the river. A 10-person citizen’s advisory committee assisted the agencies. “The fish community is healthy and an increase in darters and minnows is an indication of improving habitat and water quality” said Sandra Clark-Kolaks, a DNR fisheries research biologist. Game species have also recovered since 1999, providing ample angling opportunities.

Black bass, rock bass, saugers, crappies, and channel catfish were collected in plentiful numbers. A total of 154 smallmouth bass ranging from 2.6 to 19.9 inches long were collected, and the number of smallmouth bass greater than 17 inches increased since 2007. A total of 223 largemouth bass ranging from 2.3 to 17.4 inches long were collected. Of the 186 channel catfish collected 31 percent were longer than 14 inches and 19 percent were longer than 20 inches, with most being collected in the Lake Indy pool. Crappies were most prominent in backwater areas with several black crappies in the 10to-12-inches size range. Six saugers were collected in the Landings Pit area and ranged in size from 17.5 to 21 inches. In addition to fish, the White River is home to an abundance of other wildlife. During the fish survey, biologists noted bald eagles, great blue herons, foxes, and white-tailed deer. “Thanks to fish stockings, monitoring, habitat protection, public access improvements and public awareness, the White River is an excellent recreational opportunity for Indianapolis residents,” said Bill James, DNR chief of fisheries.

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10 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SCHOOL & SPORTS

Martin County

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Classes and programs at the Martin County Learning Center

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Fourth graders at Shoals Elementary have been learning about their safety in their community. Andy Burkhardt, with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, came to talk to the students about what he does to keep them safe. The students learned a lot and loved listening to Andy.

Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is offering the Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship to a student who has been admitted or plans to enroll in a nursing program leading to an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. The scholarship was created in memory of the late Kathy Tempel, former Vice President of Patient Services at Memorial Hospital. The desired outcome is that the recipient returns to the southern Indiana area to work in nursing following graduation. Past recipients may apply annually if they wish. The scholarship is a one-time grant of up to $1,500. A scholarship application must be completed and returned to the Memorial Hospital Foundation office by March 1, 2012. Applications will be available at the Memorial Hospital Foundation office and online at www.mhhcc.org. The winner of the

scholarship will be announced by May 1, 2012, publicized in the news media, and have his/her name engraved on a permanent plaque displayed in the hospital. In addition to the scholarship’s main criterion of pursuing a ASN or BSN, registered nurse designation, the following criteria will also be taken into consideration: the applicant’s desire to practice in the southern Indiana area, financial need, academic records (achievements and honors, grades, SAT scores, and attendance), and community involvement that indicates care and concern for people and the community. For more information about Memorial Hospital’s Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship, please contact Mike Jones, Executive Director, Memorial Hospital Foundation, at mjones@mhhcc.org, or by phone at 996-8426.

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Popcorn chicken or pizza, salad, fruit, carrots, salad plate, milk TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 Roast Beef Manhattan or pizza, green beans, fruit, bread and butter, salad plate, milk WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Chili or pizza, cheese and crackers, rolls, applesauce, salad plate, milk SHOALS SCHOOLS Breakfast THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Cereal, cinnamon roll, juice, milk FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Sausage gravy, biscuit, juice, milk MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Breakfast wrap, fresh fruit, juice, milk TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 Cereal, cheese bites, juice, milk WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk Lunch THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4th-12th: deli sandwich FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 BBQ chicken sandwich, sweet potatoes, fruit, juice bar, milk MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Chicken quesadilla, corn on the cob, brown rice, fresh fruit, milk TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 Hot dog, baked beans, broccoli, fruit, milk; choice 4th-12th: pizza WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4th-12th: turkey sandwich

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. 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). Workshops will be held on February 7 and 23 and March 6 and 22 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40. Contact Kris by email or call the learning center to sign up. Resume and Cover Letter Basics - This is a basic course designed to help applicants with their resume and cover letter for the private sector or government contractor positions. The class is from 6 to 8 p.m. on February 16 and the cost is $25. This course is being offered by Darlene Ridgway with Bramble Consulting. Applicants need to preregister no later than the Friday before the scheduled class date. Contact Kris by e-mail or call the learning center to pre-register. 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.

VU Jasper to offer computer training programs The Vincennes University Jasper Campus will offer two specialized computer training programs for persons seeking to achieve industry-recognized certifications. The CompTIA A+ Certification program provides comprehensive training for students who already have some existing knowledge of, and support experience with, networked desktop and notebook computers running Windows 2000 Professional or any Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating system. Topics covered include troubleshooting methodology, operating systems, electricity and power supplies, CPUs and mother boards, the basic input/output system, memory systems, bus structures, expansion cards, peripheral connection types, data storage devices video output and image input devices. This five-day course will be held March 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) each day. The course fee is $2,995 and includes materials and daily lunch. The registration deadline is March 8. Training will prepare students at an accelerated pace for the two exams that make up the A+ certification 2009 Edition: CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA A+ Practical Application. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the following tasks on personal computer hardware and operating systems: installation, PC building, system upgrades, repair, system configuration, troubleshooting, problem diagnosis, and preventative main-

tenance. The course manual comes with exam prep software. Cisco Certified Network Associate is also a five-day course that will be offered March 26-30 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. CCNA certification is one of the most sought-after certifications in the computer networking field. Individuals who are seeking certification as a starting point for an IT career will find that this course provides them with the foundational skills in wireless networking and security to meet the CCNA exam requirements. Participants who successfully complete this course will learn how to install, configure, operate, secure, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks using Cisco techniques. The course fee is $2,495 and includes materials and daily lunch. The registration deadline is March 15. To register or for more information, call Jim McFaul, VUJC Continuing Education, 812-481-5909.

ISU Dean’s List . . . Indiana State University has announced its dean’s list for the fall semester. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale in order to be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State. Local students making the fall 2011 ISU dean’s list include Kara Mann, Ashton Matthews and Alayna Toy, all of Loogootee.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Martin County Journal

Shoals boys take road loss

The Shoals Boys’ Varsity Basketball team traveled to Bloomfield on Saturday and suffered a loss, 38-55. The boys outscored Bloomfield in the first quarter 9-7 but went into halftime with an eight-point deficit 17-25 and unable to pull out a lead for the remainder of the game. Jon Sherfick finished with a game-high 10 points followed by Darek Turpin with nine, Waylon Bradley with seven, Dylan Erwin and Cole Kimmel with four each, and -Photos provided got talent? The students at Shoals Elementary had a great day when Matt Wilhelm came

to visit. Matt rode his bike all the way to the semi finals on America’s got Talent, three-time X games medalist, two-time national champion and winner of FOX TV’s “30 Seconds to Fame.” In addition to performing amazing BMX bike tricks, Matt also covered perseverance, bike safety, bullying, drug awareness, and goal setting. Matt is pictured with Shoals students Cole Diamond and Haylee Davis.

Lions beat Jeeps, Cardinals The number two ranked Loogootee Lions pushed past the Northeast Dubois Jeeps Saturday night at home, 68-45. Conner Wittmer led the team with a career-high 31 points followed by Bryant Ackerman with 21. Wittmer also helped the team with 14 rebounds. Aaron Howell contributed six points in the contest, Waylon Matthews finished with five and Colin Nelson with three.

Loogootee finished with 17 team fouls, Dubois had 15. The Lions also defeated Bloomfield in a road win on Friday night, 50-44. Ackerman led the team with 25 points with Wittmer contributing 19. Austin Bradley and Nelson finished with two points each and Will Nonte and Matthews each had a point. Loogootee finished with 20 team fouls to Bloomfield’s 16.

Lady Lions defeat Linton, fall to Jeeps The Loogootee Girls’ Varsity Basketball team soundly defeated the Linton Miners last Saturday 56-21. Wynter Wagoner led the team with 24 points (4 three pointers) followed by Gabrielle Ritchey with 12, Taylor Walker with nine (all three pointers), Hannah LaMar and Lauren Walton with four each, Taylor Hayes with two and Kennedi Rohlman with a point. The Lady Lions finished with 18 team fouls, Linton had nine. The ladies also traveled to Northeast

Dubois last week where the fifth-ranked Lady Jeeps took the win 52-40. The Lions held a two-point lead at the end of the first period but by halftime fell behind 32-20. In the second half the Jeeps went on a 17-0 run to which the Lady Lions could not answer. Wagoner finished the contest with 27 points for a game-high including three 3-point buckets. Walker finished with 11 points (three 3 pointers) and Walton had two. The Lions finished with 12 team fouls, Dubois had 10.

Lady Rox downed by South Knox The Shoals Lady Rox hosted South Knox Monday night but where handed a defeat 32-55. The Lady Spartans took the lead early, up by 12 by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Rox were down 19-34 at halftime and were unable to overcome the gap.

Nicole Harder led the Lady Rox in scoring with 13 points, while Michaela Brockman added eight. Lezlie Hart finished with four for Shoals, Rachel Harder had three and Bri Wagler and Caitlin Sanders had two apiece.

Shoals girls defeat Medora Hornets 48-25 BY RACHEL HARDER Journal Sports Writer The Shoals Lady Rox hosted Medora last Thursday night in a class 1A basketball match up. After a slow first quarter ending with a score of 8-2 with the Rox leading and an only slightly better second quarter (197), the Lady Rox came alive out of the locker room for an explosive 26-point third quarter. Nicole Harder (sophomore) hit 3 three’s that quarter, and finished the game with 14. Leading scorer for the Rox was Michaela

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Brockman (senior) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Harder (senior) also added 8 points and 7 assists. Other scorers for the Rox were Megan Sanders (senior, 2), Lezlie Hart (junior, 3), and Caitlin Junior Sanders (freshman, 2). Scoring Totals: Lady Rox Brockman: 19, N. Harder: 14, R. Harder: 8, Hart: 3, M. Sanders: 2, C. Sanders: 2, Team: 48 Medora Elkins: 7, Plummer: 7, Lambert: 7, Bevers: 4, Team: 25

Alex Doane and Jordan Sorrells with two points apiece. Shoals finished with 18 turnovers to Bloomfield’s 11.

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