“Celebrating the rich history of Martin County and the people who make it great”
Year Three, Issue Seven
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Shoals School Budget Committee gives first report is the job of the school board. Keller said that the committee wanted to look at long-term fixes to the budget situaThe Shoals Schools Budget Committee tion. “We don’t want to be in crisis mode presented their first report to the school every year and wonder whether or not the board last Thursday, February 9 since being money is going to be sufficient to keep our school doors open,” said charged with the task of Keller. “We want our coming up with recom“We don’t want to be in cri- parents to be assured that mendations to cut the school’s spending. sis mode every year and won- the Shoals Community Headed up by former der whether or not the money Schools will continue to staff member Joan is going to be sufficient to open and we will offer Keller, the committee keep our school doors open,” their children a quality consisted of 35 parents, -Joan Keller, Budget education.” The school is funded current and former teachCommittee Chairman through local property ers and administration, taxes and state and fedalumni, and business owners. Keller told the board that the com- eral funding. The committee also discussed mittee understands that they are only advi- finding more grants to apply for and they sory in nature and have no authority to also discussed a referendum which would implement any of their suggestions – that ask taxpayers during election time whether
By CourTney HugHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher
they would be willing to pay more in taxes to help fund the school. Keller noted that many referendums done in Indiana so far have not passed. She also noted that the state is talking about doubling the full-day kindergarten grant for next year which would help. The state currently only funds kindergartners at 50 percent. Reductions made or planned to be made to date by the corporation include not replacing a librarian, eliminating two custodians, replacing retiring teachers with less-expensive new teachers, reducing two instructional assistants, cutting administrator pay by three percent, and eliminating the junior/senior high assistant principal for a total savings in all of $216,012.
Around 92 percent of the school’s budget goes to pay salaries for certified and noncertified employees and substitute teachers. The committee felt that setting salary goals would be one major way to cut the budget. Examples were given if the salary goals were set at 85 percent and 90 percent of the budget. At 85 percent the school would save $640,000 and at 90 percent, $427,000. Other cost-cutting ideas recommended by the committee included reducing the amount of purchased consumable supplies such as paper and cleaning supplies, travel, including miles and meals; school board expenses, utilities, telephones, postage, bonds, textbooks, bank account service (See ‘CoMMITTee’ on page two)
Board split on rescinding administrator contracts By CourTney HugHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher Following the budget committee’s report to the Shoals School Board last Thursday night, board member Denise Garrett asked about the unsigned administrator contracts approved at the last meeting. She suggested rescinding those contracts to allow for time to possibly make changes based on the committee’s report. She said she understood that if the contracts were rescinded and therefore not approved, the administrators would default into a one-year contract based on their
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previous pay scale. The contracts brought forward at last month’s meeting offered administrators a two-year contract with a three percent salary decrease. It also moved current assistant junior/senior high school principal, Chris Stevens, to the elementary principal position. Dr. Nonte said that any member of the board who voted to approve the contracts at last meeting could now vote to rescind. Board member Mary Lou Billings was the only one to vote against the contracts last month. Board member Garrett then made a motion to rescind the contracts of the principal and the assistant principal and the athletic director. Board member Billings said that she thought that if the contracts were not signed by February 1 the one-year default contract took effect. Dr. Nonte replied that the contracts must be rescinded by February 1. He said that if no offer or contract was made prior to that date then the one-year contract would take effect but an offer was made last month. “That offer stands regardless of whether signatures were made or not made unless that offer is rescinded,” he said. “Denise, why do you want to rescind it?” asked board member Bill Shobe. “Because if we rescind it then we have an open elementary position. If we don’t rescind it we’re going to have an elementary principal there for two years and we may (See ‘ADMInISTrATorS’ on page two)
-Photo provided Shown above in the front row, from left to right, are Diane Dillon, Barbara Boyd, and Mae Stuffle. In the back row, from left to right, are Debra Smith, representative from the American Cancer Society; Mona Child, and Betty Huelsman. not pictured is Sandy Haseman.
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By BArBArA BoyD Daffodil Days Campaign Volunteer The Daffy Girls recently met to kick off the 2012 Daffodil Days Campaign. The meeting began with a prayer by Sandy Haseman. She praised God for the success of last year’s campaign and asked for blessings for the Daffy Girls and all the work they will be doing this year. A candle lighting ceremony was then held. The ladies lit candles in honor of or in memory of a loved one.
As we lit the candles, we talked about the people we were honoring. Some tears were shed, but some of the stories made us laugh while other stories renewed our belief in miracles. We all have experienced the pain and sadness caused by cancer and that is why we must fight to win this battle. The Daffy Girls may be calling you to ask for a donation. In exchange for your donation, you will receive some beautiful spring flowers and you will be helping to fight the battle against cancer.
City to continue dispatch program, starts building commission By CourTney HugHeTT Martin County Journal Publisher
It was a somber start to the Loogootee City Council meeting Monday night, February 13, so soon after the sudden death of Linda Ellis who served as administrative assistant to former Mayor Don Bowling and current Mayor Noel Harty. Ellis died last Thursday at the age of 63. Mayor Harty read a statement regarding Ellis’ passing saying that Linda is irreplaceable as her work at city hall was limitless. He noted her work in the community as well with the
farmer’s market, the SummerFest, the city hall float in the Christmas parade, the Christmas Stroll, and organizing the first Walker Street Garage Sale last year. He noted in his statement, “If Linda were here today, the thing she would want me to relay to you that life is short.” he added, “As we mourn Linda’s untimely death, she will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.” In other business, the board of public works approved continuing with the current dispatch program for another six months. The set-up, started almost six months ago, transfers Loogootee Police Department
non-emergency calls to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from midnight to noon. An emergency phone was set up outside the municipal building for walk-ins during the hours the department is closed. Mayor Harty initially recommended the board to approve the program for a year as he understood the total cost would be $5,000 for the year. Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill told the mayor that he was sure the $5,000 was only for six months. The board decided to approve the six-month timeframe with
the intention of checking with the sheriff’s department to confirm the cost. The board of works also approved the police department to purchase two taser guns at a cost of $2,508.10. Chief Rayhill said that he believes the training with the guns is free. The city council approved a building permit for Eric and Lisa Brittain of Country Court to make residential improvements. Jenny Dearwester with SIDC (Southern Indiana Development Commission) spoke to the council about grants for homeowner(See ‘CITy’ on page three)
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ADMInISTrATorS (Continued from page one) end up wanting that elementary principal but if we rescind it then we have the opportunity to look at this or some other ideas to see what we can do to save,” said Garrett. She added that she had nothing against Mr. Stevens she just felt that the two-year contract should be looked at instead of rushing to make a decision. Shobe responded that he felt an elementary principal was needed. “I think if we’re going to have a school we need to have qualified people to run it,” he said. “I think the offer that was made was a good offer.” Board member Billings said that if the offer was rescinded the insurance benefits could be looked at as well since the administrator premiums are 100 percent paid for by the corporation. Dr. Nonte replied that insurance benefits could be changed at any time and they are not a part of the contracts. “If it was rescinded it would just give the board a little bit more time to examine different ways to make greater savings then what we’ve done,” said Garrett. Billings then added that she wants to know why the board would be opposed to giving a one-year contract as opposed to a two-year contract. She said the only contract that had to be two years was the new elementary contract. She asked Shobe, “Why are you opposed to reexamining this situation?” Shobe replied that the elementary contract was required to be two years but didn’t give a reason on the other two. Board president Tony Cundiff then reminded the board that a motion was on the table. “Well, it just looks to me like the rest of the board is not interested in saving,” said Garrett. A member of the audience broke in saying, “That’s what it looks like out here too.” Other audience members shouted out that the board was elected to represent them. A committee member said of Garrett, “All she’s asking is to just think about it.” “I spent nights away from my family trying to come up with ways, not just for my children, but for the children at Shoals because I want this school to be open.” Another audience member said she recently read that Shoals has a graduation rate of 71 percent. She said she understands some of the reasons why that is including students moving away and she is looking into other reasons why this is happening. “But 71 percent graduation rate, should we be bringing back any of the administrators we have and I’m sorry, maybe you’re stuck with group that you can’t do what you want to do, I feel like there’s some hope there but not with what we have that you want to keep them for two more years when they are letting our kids down the way it is now.” “Do you know how frustrating it is to be on a committee and try to get this together and then have school board members say they don’t even want to look at it? That’s ridiculous,” said another committee member. “Who said they didn’t want to look at it?” asked board member Cundiff. “I’ve got a motion. If I don’t have a second the motion dies.” No second was given. Board member Billings then made a motion to reexamine insurance benefits on administrators and Garrett made the second. The board approved unanimously. Board member Shobe asked Billings what she had in mind with the benefits. Billings
replied that she felt the administrators should pay the same amount of insurance as teachers. She said the family plan for administrators is currently costing the corporation $21,951 each which includes health, dental, and vision. The employee-spouse plan is just over $19,000. She suggested capping it the same as with the administrators, principals and athletic director, paying the remainder of the premiums effective as soon as possible. Administrators hired for the 2005-06 school year or after will be capped at $12,000 and those hired prior to the 2005-06 school year will be capped at $19,000. The board approved, with the change to go into effect on March 1, and decided to reexamine the issue more at contract negotiations. In other business, the board held a second reading of the following three policies relating to indoor air quality: Board Policy 2960 – Animals in Classrooms, Board Policy 2970 – Chemical Management, Board Policy 2980 – Vehicle Idling. The policies were approved. Dr. Nonte opened one quote for property casualty / workers compensation insurance from Cummings Agency Inc. for the 2/25/2012 through 2/25/2013 plan year as follows: Property and Liability, EMC Downey Insurance, $41,638 Workers Compensation, Indiana Public Employers Plan (IPEP), $22,023 It was questioned why only one quote was received. Dr. Nonte informed the board that four agencies were contacted but only one agency submitted a quote. Dr. Nonte recommended the 2012 contract to Cummings Agency Inc. in the amount of $63,661 for property/liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage. A motion to approve was made by Bill Shobe, seconded by Christy Farhar, and a 41 vote was given with Denise Garrett opposed. The board accepted the resignation of Rhonda Sanders from the position of junior/senior high teaching assistant and Lois Payne from the position of 3rd shift custodian effective February 18, 2012 Dr. Nonte notified the board that he approved the transfer of Bryson Abel from the position of kindergarten teacher in the elementary building to the position of business and computer education teacher in the junior/senior high, effective January 24, 2012. Bryson Abel assumed the classes taught by the late Michael Harding. In a related matter, Dr. Nonte asked all in attendance to pause for a moment of silence for Michael Harding who passed away January 18, 2012. The board approved a maternity leave request from Jessie Haulk. The board approved: -Nicole Lengacher in the position of halftime special education pre-school teacher retroactive to January 24, 2012. -Amanda Turpin in the position of kindergarten teacher retroactive to January 24, 2012. -Michelle Qualkenbush to serve as substitute for Tina Sullivan during her maternity leave. -Dr. Nonte notified the Board that he had approved the transfer of Cynthia Clymer in the position of Special Education Teaching Assistant to the Jr. Sr. High School Building effective February 13, 2012. The transfer was due to the resignation of Rhonda Sanders. -John Zeigler so serve as a substitute
teacher during the 2011-12 school year. The board approved the following coaches for the 2011-12 school year with board member Christy Farhar abstaining due to being related to one of the recommendations: Tim Howell – boys’ varsity track Dave Qualkenbush – boys’ varsity assistant/JV track Matt Sowders – girls’ varsity/JV track, half time Melissa Hawkins – girls’ varsity/JV track, half time Chris Jones – boys’ junior high track Ed Farhar – girls varsity softball Brian Harder – volunteer high school softball Wes White – volunteer high school softball The board approved Indiana All-Star Driving School to provide driver education training for the summer of 2012. The cost will remain the same as last year at $315 per student. The board approved the senior class to take a trip to the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, February, 23 and afterschool ROCKS students to take a trip to French Lick Theatre after school on Tuesday, March 6. Dr. Nonte provided the board with a copy of a memo from the Indiana School Boards’ Association detailing upcoming changes to the timeframe associated with the election of school board members. The changes included moving the election of school board members from the primary to the general election in the fall. Dr. Nonte provided the board with cost comparisons for contracted grass mowing from the last three mowing seasons. The board took the information under advisement for review. Chris Stevens, Assistant Jr. Sr. High School Principal, gave details about a new
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program being started between the Martin County Circuit Court, Martin County Community Corrections Department, Martin County Probation Department, and Shoals Community School Corporation. The program will provide suspension services to better meet the needs of students in grades 7-12 while giving the students the opportunity to participate in education programs for school credit during their suspension. Dr. Nonte notified the board that due to reports of headaches and nausea from several students and employees in the some of the elementary classrooms, air quality was tested to insure the safety of the students and staff in those rooms. The air quality tests concluded that there was no carbon monoxide present in the building. Dr. Nonte stated that the school is continuing to try to identify what is causing the illness being reported to determine if it is possibly viral in nature. Denise Garrett asked if overtime for gym cleaning is only offered to custodial employees. She stated that she would like hours for gym cleaning to be offered to all employees in the attempt to have it done at the regular time rate by employees who have not reached the 40 hour per week threshold for overtime. Also, she mentioned the possibility of the gyms being cleaned by clubs rather than employees. Mary Lou Billings asked that the administrators look into re-instating a program such as the school-to-work internship program that was ended a few years ago due to funding cuts. Mary Lou Billings made a motion to require all currently employed teaching assistants to pass the Para-Pro Test as a qualification of employment. The motion was seconded by Christy Farhar, and a 5-0 vote was given. The next meeting of the board will be March 8 at 5 p.m.
(Continued from page one) charges, and advertising. Keller told the board that the committee felt like the commitment and sacrifice to save the school should come from the top. She said the committee discussed the fact that they appreciated the administration cutting their salaries by three percent but felt this was a gesture and not a true savings as it amounted to $4,000. The committee also felt that the administrators should pay a portion of their insurance premiums the same as teachers do. Another suggestion was to consolidate positions at the administrator level. The committee also recommended the board look at creative staffing. Examples suggested included scheduling teachers to full capacity, holding study hall during prep periods, reviewing all license areas and assign as needed, avoid hiring for retiring teachers when possible, and staggering non-certified employees’ work hours. Four examples of creative staffing were then presented to the board. Other staffing suggestions given were replacing retiring math and science teachers with one teacher, replace elementary teacher retiring with the current elementary principal and reduce one teacher depending on the size of next year’s kindergarten class, possibly schedule 8th and 9th grade Algebra I students together to eliminate one class, and the athletic director job could be added to any administrator’s job description without an
increase in salary. On the health insurance, the committee suggested that during contract negotiations the corporation look at paying a certain amount for each type of plan, everyone pays the same amount for their insurance, and the administration pays the same amount as teacher’s pay. Also discussed in committee was the possibility of changing leave days and personal days for teachers. The cost of substitutes was $52,000 last year. Other suggestions by the committee included looking at online learning for some classes, looking at volunteer coaches in sports, excluding varsity; merge teams or have parents pay to have their child play sports; having coaches drive their own buses, merge bus routes, and use smaller buses when possible, reduce the regular and summer cleaning staff, and evaluate need for field trips. The committee suggested the public talk to their legislators as there is still time in the current legislative session to change school financing. The public was also urged to vote and volunteer at the school in the areas of need. At the end of the presentation, Keller said the committee doesn’t feel like their job is done and may report back at a later date with additional information. The board thanked the committee for the work they had done and would take the recommendations under advisement.
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JoAnne CrAney Joanne Craney died at 7:32 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Martin County Health Care and Rehab Center. A resident of Loogootee, she was 77. She was born August 3, 1934, in Martin County; the daughter of Bernard and Lucine (Kidwell) Kidwell. She married Leo B. Craney on August 29, 1953 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 1994. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Johns High School in Loogootee and attended Lockyear Business College. A homemaker, Joanne previously worked at Perdue Farms in Washington and Jones Oil Company in Loogootee. She was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and St. Martins Alter Society in Whitfield.
Joanne enjoyed singing at family weddings and cooking, and she loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Sherri Craney of Princeton, and Terry and Denise Craney of Loogootee; one daughter, Kathy Berry of Montgomery; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Daniel Craney; and a sister, Ruth Folz. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Monday, February 13 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Whitfield, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VistaCare Hospice. Online
CITy (Continued from page one) occupied housing. She said that the grants have been received by the county in the past and most of the homes included in the grant were within Loogootee city limits. Mayor Harty had approached SIDC asking that they provide information on the grants to the council for possible consideration. Dearwester explained that the grants can be applied for at any amount of money – no limit. She said the monies go toward improvements in homes to low-income and senior-owned housing to improve windows, doors, heating and cooling, siding, and anything helping them become more energy efficient. If the grant was awarded another grant could be sought to help cover the matching amount. The city would only be out the money to publish legal notices. The council agreed to have Dearwester go ahead with the grant application and more information will be provided at a later date. The council approved Mayor Harty to serve on the SIDC Board. Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Jones told the
council that the state approved the 2012 budget. Mayor Harty announced that the city employees’ health insurance is going up 7.5 percent on April 1. The council approved the deputy clerktreasurer Kay Summers to purchase a new computer for $1,200. One-third each of the money will come out of the general fund, water fund, and sewer funds. Jason Greene was appointed by the mayor to serve as the city’s building commissioner. The mayor stated that in order to enforce issues with property such as overgrown brush or abandoned properties, a building commissioner and commission is needed. Those appointed to the commission include Harold Green, Kay Ackerman, Susie Brewer, Judith Blackwell, and Elaine Renoire. The mayor stated that Greene has agreed to provide services to the city free of charge this year but the council needs to look at adding something to the budget next year to compensate him. The mayor also announced that the fire department received a FEMA grant for $118,215 with part of that being a match of five percent or $5,910. The grant is for personal protective equipment. Mayor Harty offered his condolences to Nancy Spaulding for the death of her mother-in-law Rose Wilma Spaulding. He also informed the council that Loogootee Schools Superintendent Larry Weitkamp praised the street department for taking care of the roads during inclement weather on January 3. In a final order of business Council member Fred Dupps brought up a question asked by an audience member at the last council meeting about STIMULUS Engineering currently occupying the former Loogootee Elementary East building, and the lack of traffic of late. He said he spoke to a representative of STIMULUS and they assured him that training will pick back up again.
p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 email@example.com condolences may be made at www.brocksmithblakefuneralhomes.com. LInDA eLLIS Linda Ledgerwood Ellis died at 8:56 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. A resident of Loogootee, she was 63. She was born November 14, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois; the daughter of Cornelius and Patsy (O’Mearns) Ledgerwood. She married Mark Ellis on August 12, 1967 and he survives. A graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis, she was the administrative assistant to the mayor of Loogootee. Linda was a member of Psi Iota Xi and the Knitting Guild of America and belonged to the Presbyterian faith. Her hobbies included reading and sky diving, and she was
an avid knitter who loved boating. She and her husband recently returned from a fouryear boating trip. Other survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Samantha and Michael Alvarez of Fort Wayne, and Elizabeth Ellis of Crown Point; two brothers, William Ledgerwood of Speedway and Michael Ledgerwood of Franklin; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sandra Jennings of Indianapolis, and Lisa and Greg Bye of Thornton; grandchildren, also known as “The Wunder Kids,” Andrew, William, Madeline and Mark Alvarez. Linda is preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service was held Sunday, February 12 at the Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Online condolences may be made at www.brocksmithblakefuneralhomes.com.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center among u.S. news & World report’s 2012 Best nursing Homes Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was awarded the highest ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Nursing Homes, available online at www.usnews.com/nursinghomes. Only about one in eight nursing homes met this standard in all four quarters of 2011. U.S. News’s Best Nursing Homes profiles more than 15,500 facilities and ranks them by state, using data and quality ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which sets and enforces quality standards for all homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Nursing homes receive an overall rating of one to five stars from the government based on the number of stars earned in three other categories: health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care. Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Caring Center is a fully independent, short-term, skilled nursing residence that provides 24-hour professional nursing care as well as physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy; social services; activities and nutrition services. Cheryl Welp serves as
Skilled Caring Center Administrator, and Michelle Wineinger is Director of Nursing. For more information about the Skilled Caring Center, please call 996-0596.
Memorial Hospital offers Bethany Volz Scholarship Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s Medical Staff is awarding a $500 scholarship to area high school seniors entering a two- to four-year educational program in a health-related field. To qualify, the applicant must maintain at least a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale) grade point average. Other criteria for consideration include SAT scores, financial need, and community involvement. A brief essay is required along with letters of reference. Scholarship applications are available in the guidance office at area high schools, online at www.mhhcc.org, or by calling Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff Office at 996-0675. Applications are due in the Medical Staff Office by June 15. The winner will be announced by August 1. The Bethany Volz Medical Staff Scholarship was created in memory of the late Bethany Volz, the daughter of former Medical Staff member, Kim Alan Volz, M.D.
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Martin County Sheriffâ€™s Department log TueSDAy, FeBruAry 7 11:34 a.m. - Received a report of a speeding vehicle eastbound on U.S. 50 near Max Warrenâ€™s curve. 11:44 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on S.R. 550. 11:52 a.m. - Received a call regarding a parking situation in Shoals. 12:50 p.m. - Received a call from a business in Shoals regarding a possible scam. 4:14 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Mt. Pleasant Road. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 4:18 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on U.S. 50. Unknown time - A report was received of a female subject falling from a vehicle in the Doe Run area. 6:11 p.m. - Received a request for a check on a weapon that the caller bought. 6:12 p.m. - Received a request for assistance regarding a domestic disturbance in Loogootee. 7:54 p.m. - Received a report of a drive off from a business in Loogootee. 8:38 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 10:00 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Martin County Healthcare Center. The patient was transported to IU Medical Center in Bloomington. 10:47 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Loogootee. WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 8 4:42 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 5:50 a.m. - Received a report of a dead deer on U.S. 150 near Natchez Church. 6:45 a.m. - Received a report of a deer
accident on C.R. 650S. The caller advised she went on to work and will contact the sheriffâ€™s department for a report at a later time. 7:44 a.m. - Received a report of a stolen cell phone and property damage. 8:03 a.m. - Received a report of a lost license plate. 10:30 a.m. - Received a call regarding a controlled burn. 2:01 p.m. - Received a report of smoke in an apartment in Shoals. 4:38 p.m. - Received a report of an erratic driver westbound on U.S. 50 from the fairgrounds. 5:34 p.m. - Received a report of a possible break in at a residence in Loogootee. 10:26 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Butler Bridge Road. The subject was transported to Orange County Hospital in Paoli. 11:30 p.m. - Received a call regarding an attempted repossession of an automobile. THurSDAy, FeBruAry 9 7:50 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 8:20 a.m. - A female in Loogootee called in reference to retrieving personal property. 8:42 a.m. - Received a call from the Loogootee High School reporting roosters in the parking lot. 12:32 p.m. - Received a report of an accident on U.S. 50, west of the bridge in Shoals. 2:34 p.m. - Received a report of a theft in Shoals. 3:27 p.m. - Received a report of an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance in Shaded Estates Trailer Court. 3:38 p.m. - Received a report of a possible stranded motorist on U.S. 50, east of the fairgrounds.
Two Shoals women arrested on meth-related charges On Friday February 10, the Indiana State Police assisted Child Protective Services with a home visit in Shoals that landed two women in the Martin County Jail. Preliminary investigation reveals that Trooper Steve Sexton, Indiana Conservation Officer Eric Doane, and Martin County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Andy Burkhardt were called to assist Child Protection Services with a home visit at the residence of 8145 Coal Hollow Road, Shoals. Two females, Amanda Krodel, 21, and Jessica Martin, 22, reside at the address with four children. While at the residence methamphetamine was located. Krodel and Martin were arrested at the scene without incident and transported to the Martin County Jail. Child Protective Services removed the children and placed them with other family members. Jessica L. Martin was charged with pos-
session of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class C Felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, Class D Felony Amanda Krodel was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Jasper Post at 1-800742-7475 or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous. The Indiana Meth Investigation System or IMIS can also take tips on meth labs. Just go to www.meth.in.gov and click on the â€œReport Suspected Meth Activityâ€? Link. Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
5:30 p.m. - Received a report of suspicious males around the Nazarene Church in Shoals. 8:37 p.m. - Received a report of a hit and run accident on Frogeye Lane in Shoals. 9:07 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Crane. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:41 p.m. - Received a report of a breakin at a residence in Loogootee. Loogootee Police Department was contacted. 10:34 p.m. - Received anonymous information regarding possible drug activity. FrIDAy, FeBruAry 10 1:08 a.m. - Received a call regarding a domestic dispute in Loogootee. 3:30 a.m. - Received a call regarding horses on U.S. 150 near Natchez. 3:58 a.m. - Received a report of a possible gunshot heard on Killion Mill Road. 6:30 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 50, near the Martin/Lawrence County line. 7:26 a.m. - A female in Loogootee reported a theft of medication. Loogootee Police Department was contacted. 11:57 a.m. - A female in Crane called in reference to her teenage son not returning home last night. 12:00 p.m. - A male subject called in reference to the theft of his vehicle. 1:30 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle making dangerous passes on U.S. 231, southbound from Haysville. Dubois County was contacted. 1:36 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on Ironton Road. 4:08 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on Coal Hollow Road. 4:22 p.m. - A female in Shoals reported being threatened. 4:36 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver just entering Loogootee. Loogootee Police Department was contacted. 4:46 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle off the roadway and against the guard rail just east of the Martin State Forest on U.S. 50. 4:49 p.m. - Received a report of possible drug activity. 9:07 p.m. - Received a report of a slid off on U.S. 231, just north of the Odon turnoff. Daviess County was contacted. 9:42 p.m. - Received a report of a male,
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Martin County jail bookings TueSDAy, FeBruAry 7 7:00 p.m. - Jeana Wallisa, 25, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1000-feet of a public square. WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 8 8:36 p.m. - John Vermeulen III, 30, of Bloomington, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. THurSDAy, FeBruAry 9 9:53 p.m. - Caleb Stiles, 30, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. FrIDAy, FeBruAry 10 1:55 p.m. - Alan Moorhead, 54, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with pub-
lic intoxication. 7:46 p.m. - Amanda P. Krodel, 21, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines and maintaining a common nuisance. 7:46 p.m. - Jessica L. Martin, 22, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines, maintaining a common nuisance, and neglect of a dependent. SunDAy, FeBruAry 12 3:30 a.m. - Lacy A. Rominger, 27, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. 5:17 p.m. - Alicia Godfrey, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with failure to stop after an accident and operator never licensed.
dressed in black, walking alongside U.S. 150, near Singing Hill. 11:45 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on U.S. 231, at Water Tank Road. SATurDAy, FeBruAry 11 12:39 a.m. - Received an audible commercial burglar alarm north of Loogootee. 1:30 a.m. - Received a report of a possible prowler at a residence in Loogootee. 4:20 a.m. - Received a report of a theft of a gaming console. 6:48 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:42 a.m. - Received a report of a fourwheel drive truck in a field on Webb Road. 8:01 a.m. - Received a report of dogs not being taken care of in Crane Village. 8:19 a.m. - Received a report of a commercial burglar alarm in Loogootee. 9:35 a.m. - Received a report of a theft of an iPod and several games. 9:47 a.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check. 10:56 a.m. - Received a report of a hit and run accident. 11:16 a.m. - Received a report of a battery in Loogootee. 12:13 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Spout Springs Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:15 p.m. - Received a request for assistance with a locked vehicle east of Loogootee. 6:56 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Windom Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:10 p.m. - Received multiple calls regarding a dog case in Crane Village. 8:33 p.m. - Received a report of a house fire on U.S. 50 at the junction of S.R. 450. SunDAy, FeBruAry 12 6:20 a.m. - A female in Shoals reported a theft of firewood. 7:29 p.m. - Received a report of vandalism to a vehicle in Loogootee. Monday, February 13 4:13 a.m. - Received a request for lift assistance in Loogootee. 4:55 a.m. - A male in Shoals reported a suspicious subject around his residence. 6:45 a.m. - Received a report of a breakin at a business east of Loogootee.
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Loogootee police log Martin County Court News MonDAy, FeBruAry 6 10:05 a.m. - Chief Rayhill assisted with a funeral detail. 8:01 p.m. - Sgt. Norris assisted the Martin County Sheriff’s Dept. with a disturbance in Scenic Hill. TueSDAy, FeBruAry 7 7:45 a.m. - Female caller requested an officer in regards to items stolen from her apartment. Chief Rayhill responded and found no crime had taken place. 7:53 p.m. - Mary K. Burch, of Loogootee, had her 2006 Dodge parked in the IGA parking lot. When Burch returned to her vehicle she noticed damage. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene. Sgt. Norris completed an accident report. 8:42 p.m. - First responders were requested on Brooks Avenue for a female who had fallen. 10:47 p.m. - Female caller requested to speak with an officer regarding a domestic dispute. WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 8 1:49 p.m. - Female caller requested an officer on Walker Street for a burglary at her residence. 3:44 p.m. - Caller requested an officer check on a male subject at the city park. Officer was unable to locate the male. 4:30 p.m. - Female caller requested to
speak with an officer regarding a civil dispute. 5:35 p.m. - Female caller reported that someone had tried to enter her residence while she was at work. Sgt. Hennette responded. 9:33 p.m. - Female requested extra patrol. THurSDAy, FeBruAry 9 7:50 a.m. - First responders were requested on Walker Street for an unresponsive female. 3:24 p.m. - Caller requested an officer at Shaded Estates for an intoxicated male causing problems. 9:40 p.m. - A male on Vincennes Street reported that his house had been broken into. Sgt. Hennette responded. 9:46 p.m. - Caller reported a dog barking on North Line Street. Sgt. Hennette contacted the owner. FrIDAy, FeBruAry 10 1:08 a.m. - Male caller reported a domestic dispute on Nobles Court. SATurDAy, FeBruAry 11 11:16 a.m. - Caller reported a domestic dispute at Larkin Apartments. Captain Akles responded. 6:08 p.m. - Male caller requested to speak with an officer regarding some stolen property.
County real estate transfers earthling enterprises, LLC, of Indiana to Daviess-Martin Joint County parks and recreation Department, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 36, Township 4 North, Range 5 West, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 5.317 acres, more or less. Michael J. Hopkins, of Martin County, Indiana to russell e. Cook, II and Wendy S. Cook, of Martin County, Indiana, a part of the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 3, Township 3 North, Range 3 West, Halbert Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 13.859 acres, more or less. Steven e. Boyd, of Martin County, Indiana to Seth D. Hopper, of Orange County, Indiana, a part of the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 1, Township 2 North, Range 3 West, containing 5 acres, more or less. Also, 3.96 acres in Section 17, Township 2 North, Range 3 West. Mark A. Wathen and Barbara elaine Wathen, of Martin County, Indiana to Brett A. Lemond and Andrea D. Lemond, of
Martin County, Indiana, that portion of Section 4, Township 2 North, Range 4 West of the Second Principal Meridian, Center Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 10.848 acres, more or less. David p. Fritch, of Dubois County, Indiana to Michael B. uebelhor and rita M. uebelhor, of Dubois County, Indiana, the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 31, Township 2 South, Range 3 West, containing 40 acres, more or less. And, the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 30, Township 2 South, Range 3 West, containing 40 acres, more or less. Sharon Craven a/k/a Sharon rose Craven, of Martin County, Indiana to northern property & Development, LLC, of Martin County, Indiana. Tract I: A portion of the northeast quarter of Section 19, Township 3 North, Range 4 West in Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana containing 5.36 acres, more or less. Tract II: 22.6 acres in Section 19, Township 3 North, Range 4 West.
Distracted Driving simulators - get the feel behind the wheel Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Ranking high among these types of distractions are texting and cell phone use. Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. The Vincennes University Jasper Campus will host the “Save a Life Tour” Distracted Driving Program on February 13 at the Ruxer Student Center gym. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. There will be a presentation at noon and a variety of displays and simulators will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. (EST). The Distracted Driving Tour features two
sophisticated distracted driving simulators. Complete with steering wheel, dashboard displays, gas and brake pedals, and screens that show a realistic virtual driving environment, these simulators will give participants a realistic test of driver reaction and behavior in a safe, controlled environment. Participants will attempt to drive while distracted by texting while a computer tracks all traffic violations and crashes that occur during their experience behind the wheel. Participants will have the opportunity to sign a text-free driving pledge and receive a thumb band with a reminder to not text and drive. For additional information contact Alli Baer, Student Activities coordinator, 812481-5941 or email@example.com.
Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CrIMInAL CourT new Charges Filed February 7 Nicolas L. Holt, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor. Nancy M. Salmon, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. Brian D. Passen, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class A Misdemeanor. Andrea M. Himsel, possession of marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor. CrIMInAL ConvICTIonS AnD SenTenCIng February 2 September A. Trambaugh, convicted of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 3 years in the Martin County Security Center with 717 days suspended including credit for 189 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 18 months of probation. February 3 Danny L. Jones, convicted of reckless driving, a Class B Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 180 days in the Martin County Security Center with 178 days suspended including credit for one actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received five months of probation. CrIMInAL CHArgeS DISMISSeD February 2 September A. Trambaugh, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a Class D Felony, dismissed; dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A Felony, dismissed; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony, dismissed; neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony, dismissed; theft, a Class D Felony, dismissed. February 3 Matthew J. Collins, rape, a Class B Felony, dismissed. William J. Jones, driving while suspended, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. February 7 Nicolas L. Holt, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed CIvIL CourT new Suits Filed February 1 Discover Bank vs. Raymond C. Kieffner, civil collection. February 2 Citibank vs. Opal S. Mesarosh (Hert), civil collection. February 3 Midland Funding, LLC vs. Tonya Sanders, civil collection. Alisha Truelove vs. Thomas Truelove, petition for dissolution of marriage. SMALL CLAIMS CourT new Suits Filed February 1 Casey Dearwester vs. Stephen Huff, complaint. February 6
Nancy L. Cronk vs. Carolyn Pruett, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS JuDgMenTS February 8 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Ralph S. Truelove and against the defendants Michael and Holly Sludder in the amount of $802.50. February 9 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendants Jennifer and Joseph Atchison in the amount of $5,117.70. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Zachary T. Blaker in the amount of $678.80. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Kimberly A. Blackwell in the amount of $573.03. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Kelly A. Frye in the amount of $295.01. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Thomas E. Robbins, Jr. in the amount of $535. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Crane Federal Credit Union and against the defendant Geoffrey R. Sapp in the amount of $577.69. SMALL CLAIMS DISMISSeD Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Debra Koontz, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. William Hill, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Brent Helms, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Darrin and Amy Burks, complaint, dismissed. White River Co-Op vs. David Sims, complaint, dismissed. TrAFFIC TICKeTS pAID February 1 – February 7 Joseph Knecht, Brookville, speeding 61 in a 40, $125. Wanda Pruett, Shoals, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Quinton Rovenstine, Bloomington, speeding 46 in a 30, $125. Scotty Smith, Mitchell, driving while suspended, $120.
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Thursday, it’s time for love, romance, and “proposals” Award winning playwright Neil Simon’s “Proposals” takes the audience on a nostalgic look back at the summer of 1953 - to the last time the Hines family will gather at their retreat in the Poconos. It’s a summer of romantic entanglements that intersect on one idyllic afternoon. The Vincennes University Theatre Department will present four performances of “Proposals” beginning February 16, 7 p.m. (EST), at VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Performances will continue on February 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and February 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Skelton Center box office, 812-888-4039, www.vinu.edu/redskelton. Tickets cost $7 adults/seniors and $5 for non-VU students. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before performances. VU employees receive two free tickets with I.D. and VU students are admitted free with I.D. This show is rated PG; please, no children age 5 or under. The all-student cast includes Patrick Benton of Vernon Hills, Illinois, Shalanda Bills of Gary, Erikka Gwyn of Worthington, Katie McConnell of Rushville, J’Dai Murphy of Indianapolis, Tyler Smith of Velpen, Jon Robinson of Camby, Kevin Shaw of In-
dianapolis, and Alax Traylor of Jasper. In “Proposals,” Clemma, the family’s housekeeper (and the story’s narrator), dreads a visit from the husband who deserted her years before. Burt, a recovering workaholic convalescing from a second heart attack, looks forward to the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. His daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to an intense Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer. Ray shows up with a strikingly dim-witted model, and a young Miami gangster brings hilarity to the gathering.
post delivers meals On Tuesday December 7, members of local VFW Post 9395 served hot meals to 30 participants of the Meals on Wheels Program. In cooperation with Generations, the Post has agreed to serve and deliver a monthly meal to those eligible. This month’s meal consisted of meatloaf, scalloped cabbage, peas, bread, cake, and a cookie. Diane Bauer, who oversees the project, was assisted by Linda Trambaugh, Taylor Gould, Kim Jones, Pam Fellers and Kim Wagoner. The March menu will consist of homemade vegetable soup, cornbread, salad, and granny cake for dessert.
performing at the 12th Annual old post Bluegrass Jam on February 12 at vincennes university are rocky rhoads musicians, from left, Chandler rhoads, Cooper rhoads, Alex Benefiel, and Fletcher rhoads. Benefiel is from oakland City and the rest of the band is from Washington. A large audience enjoyed jams throughout the day at vu’s Beckes Student union.
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The gregory twins celebrated their birthday last week, instead of gifts from their friends, they asked for dog food, so they could donate it to the Martin County Humane Society. Shown above are MKaden and the twins Luke and Maura, all children of Monte and Brook gregory, of Loogootee. The children donated $10 cash and four bags of dog food.
Calendar of Events Animal control meeting The Martin County Animal Control Commission will hold a special meeting with elected officials and law enforcement personnel on Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Loogootee Municipal Building. The public is invited to attend. Winter Banquet ACCTS, Area Churches honoring Christ Together in Service, will host their 10th Annual Winter Banquet Saturday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the St. John Center. There will be food and door prizes and the banquet is open to the public and free of charge. Loogootee School Board The Loogootee School Board will meet Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room off the superintendent’s office at the high school. The meeting is open to the public. Commission on public records meeting The Martin County Commission on Public Records will meet Thursday, February 23 at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ room of the courthouse in Shoals. Chamber meetings The Martin County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next meeting March 14 at noon at Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant. 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. Tax Counseling for the elderly Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). This program provides free assistance to low-income,
elderly and special-needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms. Volunteers have completed their certification with the Internal Revenue Service and are ready to complete tax forms at Loogootee Senior Center, 406 N.W. First Street, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 247-2525. The Martin County TCE Coordinator is Kenny Woods. 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.
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The Martin County Humane Society has three very nice puppies that need a good, loving home. The white one pictured is a husky/beagle mix female. Also available are two black pups that are lab mix. If you are interested in one of these pups, call Don at 812-296-0952. You can see all the animals up for adoption at www.martincountyhumanesociety.org or on facebook.
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Week in review at the The Messmer Report Indiana general Assembly By District 63 State Representative As lawmakers move through the second half of the legislative session, they begin the review of bills already approved by one chamber. Among the legislation still being considered are bills that would establish a statewide smoking ban, mandate drug tests for the state’s welfare recipients, and appropriate additional funding for full-day kindergarten. This brief summary highlights some of the House-approved bills now being considered by the Senate. Health issues Legislation that would enact a statewide smoking ban has been assigned to the Senate Public Policy Committee. House Bill (HB) 1149 would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment. Current exclusions in the bill include certain gaming facilities; cigar and hookah bars; fraternal, social and veterans clubs; tobacco stores; and bars and taverns. The House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 62-34. Several states including Indiana are considering legislation to stop the sale of “bath salts.” This synthetic drug is not the same as bath salts added to a hot bath, but it is intended to be snorted, smoked or injected by drug users. According to poison control centers and law enforcement agencies, the effects of these salts are comparable to methamphetamine abuse. HB 1196 will be considered by members of the Senate Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters Committee. The bill seeks to add additional chemical compounds, including bath salts, to the definition of synthetic drugs. Further, the bill would allow the State Board of Pharmacy to adopt an emergency rule to declare that a substance is a synthetic drug. In addition, the legislation would enhance penalties for dealing in or possessing a synthetic drug. Education issues The Senate Education and Career Development Committee received testimony on several bills. HB 1134 provides that school corporations would not be allowed to charge busing fees if the corporation contracts out transportation services. HB 1047 would establish an interim legislative committee to study education issues including the feasibility of establishing a process by which residents within an existing school corporation could elect to annex into another school corporation or establish a new school corporation. HB 1058 would permit two or more school corporations to take final action for the adoption of property tax levies, property tax rates, and a budget for a reorganized school corporation after the voters approve a plan of reorganization in a
general election. The corporations would be required to publish public notices and hold public hearings before the adoption of levies, property tax rates and the new budget. All of these bills were held over for final action by the committee at a later date. Nepotism and conflict of interest issues Members of the Senate Local Government Committee approved HB 1005, a bill designed to eliminate nepotism and conflicts of interest matters within local government. The legislation would halt public workers from hiring family members in local government offices. In addition, firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees could not serve in an elected position on a county council or board of commissioners that sets agency budgets and salaries. The bill further specifies that public officers would not have to resign their position until elected. Similar legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 170, was approved by the Senate last month and is now under consideration in the House. Legislation addressing nepotism at the state government level gained the approval of members of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee. HB 1250 provides that an individual may not be employed in the same state agency in which the individual’s relative is employed or serving as an elected officer or a special state appointee. Both House bills now advance to the full Senate for further consideration. Rural issues Legislation that would stimulate employment opportunities and entice new businesses to rural areas of the state has been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. HB 1241 would allow certain rural counties to be designated as Rural Entrepreneurship Area Development Incentive (READI) areas. Funds from adjusted gross income taxes paid annually by new businesses and employees in a READI area could be contained locally and used for the development of new business opportunities in the rural county. The measure would require the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to certify the tax credit. Qualifying counties would include those with a population of 50,000 or less. The bill would establish a pilot program in one county selected by the IEDC. HB 1241 must now go to the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy for its consideration. HB 1312 would allow more homegrown food products at farmers’ markets or roadside stands. The bill provides that an individual vendor of a farmers’ market or roadside stand is not considered to be a food establishment if the food product is made, grown, or raised by the vendor at their primary residence or on other property owned or leased by the vendor. Further, the measure would allow poultry to be sold at farmers’ markets or roadside stands as long as it was prepared under federal guidelines. The bill would require the State Department of Health to adopt rules to allow limited sales of home-processed, uninspected poultry at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Lastly, HB 1312 would require the Legislative Council to establish an interim study committee to study obstacles to local food production, processing, and distribution, and make recommendations for actions that would encourage the production, processing, and distribution of locally-grown food. The Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee approved the bill and advanced the legislation to the full Senate for further consideration. 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.
Mark Messmer Success with the Super Bowl, progress in the general Assembly With the roaring success of the Super Bowl, the entire nation witnessed the qualities that have made Indiana a leadership state. By all accounts, visitors from across America and around the world were impressed with everything our state had to offer. The event gave Indiana a chance to exhibit our business-friendly climate, our modern infrastructure, and our greatest asset: the enthusiasm and work ethic of Hoosiers. The General Assembly is also moving forward on legislation in both the House and Senate. Two bills I authored progressed through Senate committees this week. House Bill (HB) 1148 would allow engineer and land surveyor exams to be administered by computer, and HB 1154 would save taxpayer dollars by repealing the local business preference for public works projects. Both of these bills would help make government smarter and more cost-efficient. I’m also sponsoring two Senate bills in the House. I’ve worked for several months on Senate Bill (SB) 315 to establish comprehensive charity gaming licenses. While many volunteer organizations hold charity gaming events each year, it can be difficult to understand all of the Indiana Gaming Commission’s (IGC) rules for acquiring a gaming license. To streamline the process, national charity organizations would be able to coordinate charity gaming for all of their Indiana affiliates under a single license. This would result in fewer fines on charitable causes and more funds going to the programs they support. The other legislation I’m sponsoring, SB 329, allows people disagreeing with an assessment of their property during an eminent domain action 45 days after it is mailed instead of 20 days after it is filed in court, to file an appeal with the county’s circuit court. The House will likely hold a commit-
tee hearing on this bill next week. My colleagues and I on the House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee will consider several other Senate bills next week. SB 192 would allow the purchase, sale, and trade of motorcycles on Sunday. By removing this unnecessary restriction on commerce, the 409 motorcycle dealers in Indiana would have the opportunity to increase their business by an additional day. Other legislation before the committee includes SB 321 would offer a tax credit for companies investing in logistics or transportation in Indiana. If the investment would create new jobs, preserve existing jobs, raise wages, and improve distribution centers or transportation capabilities, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) could approve a tax credit of up to $10 million each fiscal year. This credit could be applied through 2018. I also sit on the House Public Policy Committee which will be hearing SB 258 concerning alcohol trainer and server programs. The bill’s provisions set standards for alcohol server programs and would allow the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) to establish its own program to train bartenders and alcohol servers. The ATC would also be required to approve third party bartender training programs to ensure they meet state standards. My charity gaming bill is also scheduled for this committee next week. The 2012 Legislative Session is half over, but we’re making great progress on many issues important to Hoosiers. If you would like to share your thoughts or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 317-232-9671 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The entire state should be proud of our performance during the Super Bowl, and as a result we’re certain to see doors open for a more prosperous Indiana in the weeks to come.
Measles cases up to 10 in Indiana State health officials are reporting a total of 10 confirmed cases of measles in Central Indiana, involving both children and adults. All cases reside in Boone and Hamilton counties. Additional cases are being investigated and the Indiana State Department of Health will continue to provide information as it becomes available. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and health care providers to identify additional cases of measles, and to prevent further transmission of the disease. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to high levels of vaccination with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine; however, unvaccinated visitors from other countries can transmit measles to unvaccinated people in the U.S., or unvaccinated U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected during travel. More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date. Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at one year of age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten, but children as young as six months old can receive the measles vaccine if they are at risk. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. If you are unsure
about your vaccination history, check with your health care provider, as they have access to vaccination records for many Hoosiers through the Indiana Immunization Registry known as CHIRP. Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about 7-10 days after exposure. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees. Two to four days later, a rash starts on the face and upper neck. It spreads down the back and trunk, and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about five days, the rash fades the same order in which it appeared. Measles is highly contagious. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air and are inhaled by others. Those droplets remain active and contagious in the air and on infected surfaces for up to two hours. Measles can also be transmitted when moist secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person come in contact with the mouth, nose or eyes of another person. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission. If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your doctor. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. If you are ill with measles, remain home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems, and pregnant women. For more information about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/measles/.
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Twin rivers open Houses Thursday The Twin Rivers Programs of Automotive Service Tech, Building Trades and Health Careers will host an open house on Thursday, February 16, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The Open House is for prospective students and parents who have an interest in the program for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The instructor and current students will be available to answer questions about the program. For additional information you may contact the Twin Rivers office at 812-882-0801 or visit the web site www.twinriversarea.org for directions. Program locations for students in
Daviess, Knox and Martin counties: -Automotives Service Tech, 215 W. South Street, Washington -Building Trades, 4393 Horrall Road, Washington (watch for signage due to I-69 road closures) -Health Careers, 1402 E Memorial Ave, Washington (across from Daviess Community Hospital) If Washington is closed on February 16, the Open Houses will be cancelled. Twin Rivers Career & Technical Education Area will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin or handicap
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Classes and programs at the Martin County Community Learning Center Ivy Tech Community College Class: 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. 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 February 13. Classes will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. For information, contact Vincennes University at 812-888-5749 or Vicki Con-
rad at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. Learning Center Contact - Kris Beasley, Coordinator, 812-295-2674 or e-mail email@example.com Office Hours - Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday by appointment only.
Connor ryAn Connor J. Ryan is the son of June and Joe Ryan. During his freshman year, Connor participated in band and Spanish Club. He plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana or Vincennes University after high school.
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LoogooTee eLeMenTAry Breakfast THurSDAy, FeBruAry 16 Cereal, cheese sticks, muffin, fruit, milk FrIDAy, FeBruAry 17 Sausage, egg, biscuit, juice, milk MonDAy, FeBruAry 20 No School – Presidents’ Day TueSDAy, FeBruAry 21 Breakfast pizza, egg, juice, milk WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 22 Biscuit and gravy, sausage, applesauce, milk Lunch THurSDAy, FeBruAry 16 Corn dog, green beans, mixed fruit, milk FrIDAy, FeBruAry 17 Chicken and noodles, peas and carrots, peaches, bread, milk MonDAy, FeBruAry 20 No School – Presidents’ Day TueSDAy, FeBruAry 21 Hot dogs, baked beans, pears, milk WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 22 Macaroni and cheese, peas and carrots, applesauce, bread, milk LoogooTee InTerMeDIATe AnD Jr./Sr. HIgH SCHooL Lunch THurSDAy, FeBruAry 16 Potato or pizza, grilled cheese, cheese and crackers, fruit, salad plate, milk FrIDAy, FeBruAry 17 Hamburgers or pizza, mixed vegetables, French fries, fruit, salad plate, milk MonDAy, FeBruAry 20 No School – Presidents’ Day TueSDAy, FeBruAry 21 Chicken strips or pizza, rice, green beans,
ADDISon DAnT Addison S. Dant is the daughter of Tony and Aundie Dant. In high school, Addison has been involved in Beta Club, Pep Club, band, French Club, and was a cheerleader all four years. She was involved in Peers her freshman year, FACS and Lion Pride her freshman and sophomore years, SADD her junior year, and Spanish Club and interning her senior year. Addison also served as class president her freshman and senior years. During high school she served as president, vice president, and publicist for the French Club and president of the Beta Club. In sports, she participated in softball and volleyball all four years.Addison plans to attend Purdue University to study foreign language.
fruit, salad plate, milk WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 22 Fish or pizza, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, slaw, salad plate, milk SHoALS SCHooLS Breakfast THurSDAy, FeBruAry 16 Cereal, string cheese, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag FrIDAy, FeBruAry 17 Cheese omelet, biscuit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag MonDAy, FeBruAry 20 Toasted cheese sandwich, fresh fruit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag TueSDAy, FeBruAry 21 Cereal, muffin, juice, milk; choice 4th12th: grab-n-go bag WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 22 Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Lunch THurSDAy, FeBruAry 16 Taco salad, corn, fruit, milk; choice 4th12th: beef and bean burrito FrIDAy, FeBruAry 17 Chicken strips, pretzels, sweet potatoes, fruit, juice, milk MonDAy, FeBruAry 20 Cheeseburger, broccoli, salad, fresh fruit, milk TueSDAy, FeBruAry 21 Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4th-12th: pizza WeDneSDAy, FeBruAry 22 Spaghetti, green beans, fruit, garlic bread, milk; choice 4th-12: deli sandwich
KyLe ArvIn Kyle Linus Arvin is the son of Steve and Rhonda Arvin. While in high school, Kyle has been in chorus and show choir all four years, pep club and madrigals his freshman year, the high school musical his sophomore and junior years, SADD his junior and senior years, and cadet teaching his senior year. Kyle plans to become a graphic designer.
Lady Lions fall in sectional to nD Last Friday, the Loogootee Lady Lions fell to North Daviess in sectional action, 3035. A nice lead for the Lions early on, the third quarter pushed the Lady Cougars up seven points over Loogootee. With Wagoner in foul trouble, scoring was the obstacle for the Lady Lions. Wagoner averaged 20-points per game and ended the night with 16. Gabrielle Ritchey added six points.
Lions clip Cardinals The Loogootee Boys’ Basketball team trampled Washington Catholic last night, 62-21, in Washington. Conner Wittmer scored a game-high 16 points followed by Bryant Ackerman with 11 points. Matt Mathies and Waylon Matthews had eight points each, Cam Wagler had six, Austin Bradley and Luke Jones had three each, and Will Nonte added two.
LACy peTIT Lacy Marie Petit is the daughter of David and Pamela Petit. During high school, Lacy has been involved in Spanish Club her freshman year, SADD her junior year, cadet teaching her junior and senior years, and yearbook her senior year. Lacy plans to enter Vincennes University after graduation and study cosmetology and photography.
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Final list of Primary filings Candidate filings for the 2012 Primary Election are now closed. 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 are listed underneath. 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) Warren D. Albright (R) Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins (D) Joshua L. Hughett (R) RECORDER (currently held by Gerald D. Montgomery) Gerald D. Montgomery (R) Mitchell Green (D) Carrie Gabhart (D) SURVEYOR (currently held by Paul Sanders) Paul Sanders (D)
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 Carolyn Sue McGuire (R) 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 Herbert W. Swartzentruber Crane Perry Anderson Rutherford - No filings to date Lost River Phillip Emmons (R) 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, 4 at-large Democrat seats Brandon L. Truelove Earl Boyd, Jr. (R) Gerald D. Montgomery (R) Warren D. Albright (R) Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins (D)
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Have you heard of the Health Care Missouri. Would you like to see Indiana join these states in empowering citizens to take Compact? To the editor of the Martin County Journal, The Health Care Compact is an effort to restore health care decisions to the citizens of Indiana. The Health Care Compact, HB 1269, which advocates for health care governance at the state level, has been introduced in Indiana as well as in 13 other states across the country. The Compact is an initiative of the Health Care Compact Alliance, a non-partisan organization, dedicated to providing Americans more influence over decisions that govern their health care. As an alternative to federally-controlled health care, the Compact is focused on authority over health care, as opposed to whom or what is covered as the Patient Affordability Act (Obama Care) will dictate. The legislation proposes shifting authority over health care from the federal government to the states, where officials are accountable to their districts and better equipped to make decisions as to their state’s unique health care needs. Another reason the Compact is favorable is because state officials are required to balance state budgets, in stark contrast to the federal government’s ever-increasing spending and debt. If adopted in all 50 states, the Compact has the potential to cut the national deficit by nearly $3 trillion by 2021. Health care is too large and complex for a one-size-fits-all federal policy. Managing health care at the state level would restore health care decisions to the citizens of Indiana. The Health Care Compact has been adopted in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, and
control of their health care and design cost effective programs? Removing the federal government’s control of health care will give the state that flexibility. For the Health Care Compact to become law, it must pass thru both Indiana Houses of the Legislature, be signed by the Governor and be approved by the U.S. Congress. It has passed thru the Indiana House of Representatives and is now in a Senate Committee. Hearings occurred the week of February 6. As of this writing a committee vote has not been taken to get the bill onto the Senate floor. Martin County TEA Party will host Jim Bratten, Indiana Tea Party Patriots Coordinator, at their next meeting, Tuesday February 21, to discuss further details of the Health Care Compact. The meeting is held in the basement of the Shoals Public Library at 7 p.m. If you would like to learn more about the Health Care Compact, please join us. Mike and Pat Jones Loogootee, Indiana
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Webinar to cover business and science of home food production By JeSSICA MerZDorF Purdue University News Service Just in time for the farmer’s market season, a series of Purdue University online workshops will provide up-to-date information for entrepreneurs selling food products from their own kitchens or gardens. “Cooking Up a Food Business in the Home Kitchen: Opportunities and Challenges of Starting or Growing a HomeBased Vendor Food Enterprise” will address issues of safety and profitability in three weekly webcasts beginning March 20. The webcasts will be streamed live online, so viewers can watch at home or at their local Purdue Extension office. The sessions also will be available as recordings. Topics will cover legal requirements for home-based food businesses; basic food science and microorganism control; tools and techniques to improve quality and safety; safe preparation practices in the home kitchen; and safe handling practices at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. “In our current economic situation, peo-
ple are looking for options. This webinar is a great opportunity for people to explore the option of a home-based food business and to learn the legal limits and requirements of running that business,” said Katie Clayton, Extension outreach specialist in Purdue University’s Department of Food Science. The webinar’s introductory session on food science is helpful for new and experienced vendors alike, Clayton said. “Many vendors have been cooking for years, but there are a lot of things that people do just ‘because.’ This session will help people to understand from a science standpoint why they need to do things in certain ways and not just because Mom said so.” More information and registration forms can be found online at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/foodsci/Pages/extension.aspx. Early registration is due by March 16 and costs $20 per person viewing all sessions, with no fee for additional attendees from the same household. Cost for individual sessions is $8 per person. There is a late fee of $10 per person for registration after March 16.
Dnr offers online ATv safety course
The Indiana Department Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Outdoor Recreation divisions are partnering to offer an online All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety course. ATVs and other off-road vehicles have increased in popularity over the past decade, but so have accidents. Indiana Conservation Officer Maj. Michael Portteus reports that ATV accidents are have increased nearly 40 percent over the past four years from 153 in 2008 to 214 last year. “The online safety course will educate people on the safety rules of riding, using and operating an ATV,” said Lt. Larry Morrison, head of DNR Law Enforcement’s outdoor education program. The online course presents a wide variety of information on the basics of ATVs, safe operation of ATVs, responsibilities of riders to others and the environment, and general information on preparing for the unexpected. The online course can be found at offroad-ed.com/in/index.htm and can be studied at a personal pace. A $30 fee is assessed prior to beginning the certification test. Individuals who successfully complete the test are issued a lifetime certification card. “This certification ensures that the operator is well educated and has learned how to safely operate an ATV, which is the first step in reducing the number of ATV accidents in Indiana,” said Dale Brier, chief of DNR Outdoor Recreation’s streams and trails section.
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rare Asian crane lands at goose pond
A hooded crane, normally seen only in Asia, has been spotted at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Greene County, about 7,000 miles from its traditional home range. Hooded cranes nest in southeastern Russian and northern China and winter in southern Japan. The hooded crane spotted at Goose Pond FWA is believed to be the same hooded crane spotted at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee earlier this winter. How the wayward bird ended up so far from home is unclear. However, some sandhill cranes, a cousin to the hooded crane, migrate from Asia to the southeastern United States. The hooded crane may have followed those sandhill cranes, and may now be returning with them on their northwestern route back to Asian nesting grounds. “This wetland habitat is kind of rare in this part of the state,” Goose Pond FWA property manager Brad Feaster said. “So it’s a magnet for water birds of all sorts. When they are flying in the air, this place sticks out.” It is unclear how long the bird will stay in Indiana. Hooded cranes are about three-feet tall. They have a red and black crown on an otherwise white head and a charcoal colored body. The International Crane Foundation estimates the world population of hooded cranes around 9,500. The hooded crane at Goose Pond FWA does not have any bandings, tags or wing markings that would indicate it was a captive bird that had escaped. The crane in Tennessee attracted more than 2,500 visitors from at least 35 states and five countries, including Russia. The bird was first spotted at Goose Pond FWA by bird watchers last Wednesday afternoon. As of around noon last Thursday more than 100 bird enthusiasts had already visited the property from as far away as Minnesota, West Virginia and Nebraska. The hooded crane has been spending its time in Beehunter Marsh on the northeast side of Goose Pond FWA. A map at the Beehunter Marsh information booth will direct visitors to an area where they are
most likely to see the bird. The DNR asks that visitors to Goose Pond FWA abide by the following recommendations: -Sign in at the Beehunter Marsh information booth, near the intersection of Greene County Roads 200-S and 1000-W. -Where possible, stay in your vehicle. -Don’t harass the birds; maintain a distance that will not cause them to take flight. -Do not block county roads or private property entrances. -Respect private property boundaries. An overall map of Goose Pond FWA is available for download in PDF format at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/3094.htm. (Click on the “Maps” tab in the center of the page.) Goose Pond FWA is an 8,000-acre property of restored wetlands and prairie that is owned and managed by DNR and located near Linton. The property opened in 2005 and has already become a regional destination for bird watching and waterfowl hunting. About 260 different bird species have been spotted at Goose Pond FWA. A confirmed sighting of a roseate spoonbill occurred on June 2, 2009, making Goose Pond FWA the first location in the state to have such a sighting. Goose Pond FWA was created under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and is the seventh largest project of its kind in the country. Goose Pond FWA was paid for in part through State Wildlife Grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through donations to DNR’s Nongame Fund and through sales of Indiana Environmental License Plates. For more information on the Nongame Fund and how to donate, visit EndangeredWildlife.IN.gov. For more information on the Environmental License Plate, visit Enviroplate.IN.gov. Management of the property is paid for by hunting fees and taxes from the sales of arms, ammunition and archery equipment pursuant to the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937.