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

Martin County


Year Three, Issue Nine

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

15 Pages

Loogootee Chorus shines in winter concert

-Photo by Courtney Hughett Tenth grader Alexis Neely, shown in front, led the Loogootee High School Chorus in singing their rendition of “Unchain My Heart” during last Friday night’s winter concert. The chorus is directed by Mrs. Janice Arnett. More photos on page 12.

Loogootee Intermediate and Jr/Sr High School held their Winter Choral Concert last Friday night, February 24 in the auditorium. The program started with solos including “Popular” sang by seventh grader Sara Bailey, “Tonight I Wanna Cry” performed by seventh grader Jake Simmons, and “Mr. Know It All” sang by eighth graders Brianna Williams and Brittany Woody. The 6th grade then took the stage singing “Anything You Can Do” and Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”. Chorus members singing as altos include Brandon Armstrong, Taiya Armstrong, Heather Harshaw, Kenadi Rumble, Halle Sheetz, Kristin Norris, Jody Seals, Dylan Ritchie, Katie Sims, Josh Cook, Monica Cowin, Megan Street, and Kayla Taylor. Sopranos are Estralia Brewer, Anaya Carrico, Cora Hedrick, Marina Lents, Savannah McAtee, Taylin Trambaugh, Kim Rogers, Elizabeth Stoll, and Emily Whitworth. Baritones include C.J. Brown, Justin Clark, Brandon Eckerle, Justin Hellums, Jamison Hennette, Jayden Wagoner, Adam Greene, Chris Hager, Brycen Reinhart, Leighton Seals, Alex Hughett, and Dylan Jones.

Following the sixth grade performance, seventh grader Lindsey Luken sang “Just a Dream” by Carrie Underwood. Devan Bullard, ninth grader, amused the crowd with his rendition of “Belief” by John Mayer, and eighth grader Jurnee Davis performed Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road”. The Loogootee Junior High Chorus performed “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)”, “He Lives in You”, and “A Tribute to Bon Jovi” that included a combination of several of the band’s hits. Altos in the junior high chorus include Nicole Fahey, Carly Combs, Jake Simmons, Kim Bough, Breigh LaMar, Katlyn Rogers, Victoria Valledor, Rian Smith, Abbie Williams, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Caitlin Holt, Breanna Lytton, Tasheena Rasico, Nathaniel Moffitt, Trenton Neely, Emily Brookshire, Angel Stuckey, and Shania Swigler. Sopranos include Brianna Williams, Ashley Raney, Sara Bailey, Matty Jones, Mariah Bridgewater, Lindsey Lukens, Mya Hedrick, Brittany Woody, Jurnee Davis, Kylie Hall, Eden Jenkins, Michaela Nash, Lindsay Potts, Mikayla Wolf, Sarah Stoll, and Bailey Davis. The junior high baritones (See ‘CHORUS’ on page two)

Martin County residents honored with ambassador pins Article provided by the Martin County Chamber of Commerce Did you notice the media “buzz” about Indiana while hosting the Super Bowl a few weeks ago? They couldn’t say enough about the friendly residents and warm hospitality in these crossroads of America. What was done to make the world feel welcomed to our state? It took strategic planning and massive training for months in advance – “…engage eye contact at 20 feet and extend a hand of welcome at 10 feet”. Hoosier hospitality. Ambassadors for the state of Indiana! Along the same lines, over the past few years it has been the Martin County Tourism Committee’s goal to acknowledge those whose actions and/or words make visitors feel welcomed and our county an attractive destination for return visits. From working the Farmer’s Market on hot summer Saturday mornings to the upkeep of scenic vistas, there are several individuals

who are, in their own way, ambassadors for Martin County. While in the area, an “out-of-towner” stopped into Richard’s Barber Shop in Loogootee for a haircut. As is the custom, the barbers engaged in small talk during the visit; probably solving our country’s economic issues and developing a plan for world peace during the short visit. The gentleman was obviously pleased with the service because while in the area again he returned to the barbershop for a trim. However, this time when he entered the shop both barbers greeted the out-of-towner by name. So impressed that the barbers remembered who he was, he mentioned it to his wife later that day. Unbeknown to barbers Dan and Chris, the gentleman’s wife was the chamber of commerce’s guest speaker for the upcoming 2012 annual dinner. During her speech, she used the incident as an example of the type (See ‘PINS’ on page two)

-Photo provided Representatives of the Martin County Tourism Committee honored employees of Richard’s Barber Shop with ambassador pins recently. Shown above, from left to right, are tourism committee member Deanna Bauernfiend, barbers Chris Wadsworth and Dan Quinn, and tourism committee chairman James P. Stoughton.

Martin County Sheriff’s Department to begin impaired driving crackdown

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Beginning Friday, March 2, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies across the Hoosier state in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. March crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving. Through March 18, officers will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. Motorists will also see an increased number of patrols looking for aggressive drivers and unrestrained motorists during the 17-day mobilization. “Impaired driving is a crime – one too deadly to ignore,” said Sergeant Keith Keller. “That’s why we don’t give warnings, or accept excuses – if you’re over the limit, in Martin County, you will be arrested.”

In March 2010, there were 50 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of these, (28) percent involved a driver who was legally intoxicated. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), alcoholic beverages continue to be assigned as the primary factor in more than one-third of alcohol related collisions in the state of Indiana. Operation Pull Over Blitz 70 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by a paid statewide media campaign as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired driving. To learn more, visit • • 812-259-4309 • Fax: 877–471–2907

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LHS Boys’ Basketball Sectional Banquet

-Photo by Lori Mattingly The Loogootee Boys’ Basketball Sectional was held recently in the cafeteria. The players and parents listened to guest speaker Wayne Flick.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Conner Wittmer, center, is shown with his parents Bob and Nancy Butcher.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Senior Bryant Ackerman, center, is shown with his parents Eric and Susan Ackerman.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Waylon Matthews, center, is shown with his parents Jim and Janet Matthews.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Alex Frye, center, is shown with his parents Gary and Janie Frye.

CHORUS (Continued from page one) are Jon Jones, Alex Graber, Tre Blanton, Justin Swartzentruber, Nick Lett, and Chase Carrico. Prior to the high school chorus’s performance, ninth grader Ashley Jones sang “Over the Rainbow”, Demi Richardson, sophomore, sang “Walk on the Water”, and tenth grader Alexis Neely sang “Happy”. The high school chorus sang “Unchain My Heart”, “Firework”, “Unforgettable”, where slide presentation accompanied the music; and selections from “The Phantom of the Opera”. High school sopranos include Becca Zins, Brooke Nonte, Demi Richardson, Ashley Jones, Christina Powell, Shelby Hudson, Kayetlyn Carter, Devan Arvin, Trisha Moore, Katey Sizemore, Emma Graber,

Waylee Wagoner, Andrea Blanton, Cathy Hovis, Elizabeth Sander, Brooke Dunn, and Moriah Bussinger. Tenors are Dylan Wagoner and Liam Hollihan. Basses include David Donnersberger, Liam Hollihan, Devin Bullard, Tayler Smith, Patrick Allbright, Ken Waggoner, Tyson Sanders, Gabe Nolley, Jared Crooks, Connor Bailey, Aaron Bridgewater, David Allen, Curtis Fields, Kyle Arvin, and Zach New. Altos are Adalyn Arvin, Ashleigh Powell, Alexis Neely, Emilee Lannan, Julie Coleman, Ashley Desch, Ariel Jones, Kendra Goldsberry, Megan Padgett, Kasie Green, Emily Wade, Becca Ader, JonBenet Waid, Falon Beagle, Molly Raney, and Rachel Walls. Choreographers were Waylee Wagoner, Demi Richardson, Elizabeth Sander, and Tayler Smith.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Aaron Howell, center, is shown with his parents Shawn and Rhonda Howell.


(Continued from page one) of behavior necessary in front-line personnel (those who come face to face with visitors to our area) and small-town authenticity (sought after by most tourists). Whether they are visiting the area or just passing through our neck of the woods, extend a hand of welcome and plant the seed for a return visit. Just a small effort goes a long way! In recognition of their Martin County hospitality, the chamber of commerce awarded both Dan Quinn and Chris Wadsworth of Richard’s Barbershop with Martin County Ambassador pins.

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ELINOR STETLER Elinor Elaine Stetler passed away at 2:40 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Indiana University Bloomington Hospital. A resident of Mitchell, she was 93. Formerly of Shoals, she had resided at Mitchell Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for the past nine years. ELINOR She was born DecemSTETLER ber 19, 1918, in Lost River Township; the daughter of Conrad and Isabel (Simmons) Kalb. Upon attending high school and college, she moved to the Chicago area and was proprietor of a painting and decorating store. She retired after a career managing several various department

stores, and then settled back in Martin County. After retirement, she had many interests and was very active in the Rusk Homemakers Club, Windom Grange, Martin County Council on Aging, Hoosier Uplands Board, Red Hat Society, Shoals Senior Citizens, Mitchell Manor Resident Board as President, and the Jug Rox Grandmothers Club. She will be greatly missed by her family, including: three daughters, Sandra (Ernie) Kingery of Washington, Charlotte (Bill) Campbell of Shoals; Suzanne (Darrell) Brown-Campbell of Shoals; two sons John (Carlene) Stetler of Lake Station and David Stetler of Dubois; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and two brothers Melchior Kalb and Conrad Dale Kalb, both of Shoals. She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister Iris Brown; and brothers Keith

New Beginnings Community Church W eekly M essage

By ERNIE CANELL Pastor, New Beginnings Church Love of the family Eph 5:21-33 This month I have been talking about love. God’s love for us. Our love for others. Our love for God. And this series has been an awesome way to look at love. Today, to end this series, I want to talk about love for the family. The Bible has a lot to say to married couples in how you ought to treat each other if you want your marriage to work. But today I want to talk to you about a different family you belong to if you are a Christian. It is the family of God, the church I was thinking, what makes the church so different? Why should people feel the sense of something different when they are going to a particular church? What makes going to church so important? First, God holds those that are in the church of God to a higher standard. Jesus said, when they asked Him about his mother and brothers being outside and couldn’t get in to see Him; those that hear the word of God and do it were His mother and brothers. It’s not enough to just say you are a Christian to be in the family of God but those who heard the word of God and do it. You see those who think they can do it on their own without the other members of the family are missing out on a lot. And they are not obeying the word of God, to be connected to the family of God. To make the church what it should be, we need all the different parts of the body according to 1 Corinthians chapter 12. No part of the body is less important than other parts. To have a


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strong church you need all the parts. Jesus is the head of the body (or family) and he is perfect but the rest of us in the family are not, but God still wants to use us. The love for the family should be a priority. Not only your human family but as a believer, your church family. When people are not there it makes it hard on everyone else. But nowadays people find lots of excuses not to serve in the family. Too lazy, too busy, too self-centered, are reasons people use. None of which are what being a Christian is about. What happens in the body of Christ when we lack the love we should have for members in our own family- the church. People are focused on the inward struggle rather that the outward focus of reaching people for Christ. We don’t stop loving one of our kids because they made too many mistakes. We may not like what they do but we don’t stop loving them. So, it is with the family of God. Let’s love the church the way that Christ loves the church. Let’s get to know each other better. And encourage one another and love on each other as part of the family. It’s not hard. It just takes a little effort. The only part of the church that is perfect is the head, Jesus Christ. The church is not perfect. I’ve heard it said that if you find a perfect church and you join it, it will not be perfect anymore. That’s why we need to love people in the church. Encourage them when trouble comes their way. Love on them when they are heading in the wrong direction. And never give up on people; with Jesus’ help they can be a productive part of the body. We are looking forward to the greatest Easter celebration that we have ever had. The Saturday before Easter we will be at the Martin County 4-H Building; more to come about that. If you are wondering how you can join the family of God, call me at 812709-0258. I will be glad to talk to you. Or join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 and Marvin Kalb. Services were held Sunday, February 26 at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial followed in the Cuzco Cemetery in Orange County. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the church or charity of your choice. RICHARD WILDMAN Richard E. Wildman died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Martin County Health Care and Rehab Center. A resident of Loogootee, he was 83. He was born December 9, 1928, in Martin County; the son of Leland and Elva (Jones) Wildman. He was a graduate of Loogootee High School and a retired school bus driver of 20 years for the Loogootee School Corporation. He had also worked at the Martin County Highway Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and mushroom

hunting. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Q. Portner of Washington, Missouri, and Margaret Miller of Cannelburg; three sons, Robert O’Brien of Huntingburg, Patrick O’Brien of Loogootee, and Michael O’Brien of California; two brothers, Billy Wildman of Loogootee and Gary Wildman of Greenwood; 29 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie (Carrico) Wildman; one daughter, Miriam Birkman; one brother, Robert Wildman; and one sister, Marjorie Seals. The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 28 at the Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial followed in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Whitfield. Online condolences may be made at

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,



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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log TUESDAy, FEBRUARy 21 3:33 p.m. - Received a report of a drive off from RJ’s Food Mart in Shoals. 4:07 p.m. - Received a request to speak with an officer regarding an ongoing case. 4:11 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Hillham Road. 6:10 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding vehicle on U.S. 231, just entering Loogootee at the U.S. 50 junction. 6:26 p.m. - Received a request for assistance with a locked vehicle in Shoals. 7:01 p.m. - A female caller advised of a weapon displayed and threats made against her brother. WEDNESDAy, FEBRUARy 22 5:54 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm in Loogootee. 6:23 a.m. - Received a medical alarm in Shoals. 7:31 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic disturbance in Loogootee. 1:18 p.m. - Received a call regarding accidental property damage. 3:10 p.m. - Received a call regarding a possible suspended driver operating a vehicle. 3:45 p.m. - Received a residential burglar alarm on U.S. 50, just west of Shoals. 3:47 p.m. - Received a report of harassing text messages. 4:56 p.m. - Received a report of an abandoned infant in a stroller in Loogootee. 5:18 p.m. - Received a call regarding an injured bird. 5:29 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on West River Road. 5:50 p.m. - Received a call regarding unreturned property. 6:28 p.m. - Received a report of a field fire on Inman Cemetery Road. 8:07 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:34 p.m. - Received a residential burglar alarm on Dover Hill Road. 11:45 p.m. - Received a report of possible drug activity in the Shoals area. THURSDAy, FEBRUARy 23 10:00 a.m. - Received a dog complaint in

the Crane area. 11:32 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 2:15 p.m. - Received a call regarding a property dispute. 3:33 p.m. - Received a report of a reckless school bus driver in Loogootee. 5:26 p.m. - Received a report of an accident at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 231. 6:24 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 6:32 p.m. - Received a report of a theft of a tractor plate. FRIDAy, FEBRUARy 24 12:48 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, east of Loogootee. 6:46 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm east of Loogootee. 7:45 a.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, northbound from the Alfordsville turnoff. 8:38 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm east of Loogootee. 10:48 a.m. - Received a report of cows in the roadway at Max Warren’s Curve. 12:18 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist at Buffalo Bottoms on U.S. 50. 1:45 p.m. - Received a report of identity theft. 3:39 p.m. - A female came on station to report a fire in Shoals. The fire had been extinguished, but the subject requested the area be checked out. 5:16 p.m. - Received a call regarding a domestic dispute. 5:51 p.m. - Received a report of a pickup truck with children in the bed, westbound on U.S. 50. 9:35 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, northbound from the Haysville Bridge. 10:24 p.m. - Received a report of a house fire in Loogootee. SATURDAy, FEBRUARy 25

Indiana State Police to conduct sobriety check point Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, March 2, 2012. Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.

Jail bookings FRIDAy, FEBRUARy 24 10:12 p.m. - Joshua T. Rush, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested by Loogootee Police following a traffic stop. Rush was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and transported to the Martin County Security Center. Officer Nolan was the arresting officer. 11:10 p.m. - Jacob R. Fox, 31, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance. SATURDAy, FEBRUARy 25 10:14 p.m. - Cary Clifton, 30, of French Lick, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. SUNDAy, FEBRUARy 26 12:50 a.m. - Jacob L. Seals, 18, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. MONDAy, FEBRUARy 27 4:02 a.m. - Jacob Melton, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. 8:29 p.m. - Sonya Davis, 41, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and refusing to leave an EMS scene.

The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually. Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”: -Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol. -Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or sober friend. -Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys. -If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. -Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21. Motorists encountering another vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 or call the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (812) 482-1441 or 800-7427475 and be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location, and direction of travel.

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12:35 a.m. - Received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the Loogootee downtown area. 2:29 a.m. - Received a request for lift assistance in Loogootee. 8:40 a.m. - Received a report of a vehicle parked in Shoals with a broken windshield. 11:27 a.m. - Received a report of mailbox vandalism. 11:53 a.m. - Received a report of a possible breaking and entering in process in Loogootee. 11:54 a.m. - A male caller reported vandalism to his vehicle. 12:47 p.m. - A caller reported a speeding vehicle near Max Warren’s curve. 2:00 p.m. - Received a report of an erratic driver on U.S. 231, southbound from Loogootee. 2:45 p.m. - Received a report of mailbox vandalism on Boyd Hollow Road. 6:05 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 6:50 p.m. - Received a report of vandalism. 7:52 p.m. - Received a report of possible illegal activities by minors on S.R. 550. 9:54 p.m. - The Martin County Ambulance advised they were on a private call and transporting to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:56 p.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 231, four miles north of Loogootee. SUNDAy, FEBRUARy 26 12:51 a.m. - Received a report of a fire at an abandoned house in Doe Run. 8:03 a.m. - Received several calls regarding cows on U.S. 50 at Max Warren’s curve. 1:23 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 1:58 p.m. - Received a report of a battery at a residence on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 2:48 p.m. - A female caller in Shoals reported a trespasser. 3:34 p.m. - Received a report of a possible theft from a residence in Shoals. 4:45 p.m. - Received a report of illegal hunting on private property. 7:00 p.m. - Received notice of a controlled burn in the Union Cemetery Road area. 8:20 p.m. - Received a report of a property dispute. 8:32 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, northbound from Haysville.

MONDAy, FEBRUARy 27 3:10 a.m. - A male subject advised he had thrown a lawn ornament through a window. 9:04 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Daviess County CR N 1025E. Daviess County was contacted. 10:03 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 10:10 a.m. - A call was received advising of a controlled burn in the Union Cemetery Road area. 11:05 a.m. - Received a report of dangerous passes and speeding by a semi, northbound on U.S. 231 from the construction area. 11:52 a.m. - Received a report of aluminum stolen from private property. 2:58 p.m. - A male subject called regarding a gas tank left in his yard. 3:43 p.m. - Received a report of railroad crossing arms malfunctioning in Loogootee. 4:20 p.m. - Received a report of a reckless driver in the Shoals area. 7:13 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle fire on County Farm Road. TUESDAy, FEBRUARy 28 5:06 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Health Center. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:50 a.m. - A male caller advised of an injured owl east of Shoals. 8:13 a.m. - Received a call regarding a car that rolled into a ditch. 8:47 a.m. - Received a call regarding two horses on the roadway on Sherfick School Road. 9:05 a.m. - Received a call regarding a parking dispute at the National Gypsum plant. 9:37 a.m. - Received a call regarding trespassers on private property. 9:55 a.m. - Received a report of a theft. 11:40 a.m. - Received a report of a tree limb across U.S. 231, approximately one mile south of Whitfield. 12:41 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute on Boyd Hollow Road. 1:46 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding semi tailgating another vehicle on U.S. 50, westbound from Shoals. 2:32 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Poirier’s office. The subject was transported to Vincennes Good Samaritan Hospital. 2:36 p.m. - Received a call regarding a hit and run accident that occurred in Loogootee. Loogootee Police Department was contacted.

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Loogootee Police log Martin County Court News MONDAy, FEBRUARy 20 10:57 a.m. - Male called in to report that someone had broken into his trailer. Chief Rayhill went to the location nothing appeared to be missing. 5:53 p.m. - The manager at the Hometown IGA reported a theft. Investigating officer was Sgt. Norris. 6:24 p.m. - Request for a VIN Check on a boat in Shady Estates. Caller was referred to conservation officer Tony Mann. TUESDAy, FEBRUARy 21 11:42 a.m. - Received a complaint of vehicles parked on Mill Street blocking view. Chief Rayhill took care of the complaint. 2:17 p.m. - Received a report of a barking dog in Country Courts. Chief Rayhill took the information. WEDNESDAy, FEBRUARy 22 1:30 p.m. - A female came in to report that she had hit a headstone when she was in the cemetery. Chief Rayhill took the information. 4:56 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a small child in a stroller near the Family Dollar Store and no one around. Sgt. Hennette went to the area and was unable to locate anything. THURSDAy, FEBRUARy 23 6:03 p.m. - Received a call from a female that advised that her ATM card had been lost or stolen. Sgt. Hennette was given the information and he advised to contact the emergency hotline number and cancel it. 6:43 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department requested first responders to assist the ambulance service on SE First Street. 7:29 p.m. - A male caller reported a civil dispute on SW Jackson Street. Sgt. Hennette went to the location.

8:09 p.m. - A female called in to report that her vehicle had been broken into while parked at Chuckles. She saw the male and yelled at him and he took off. Sgt. Hennette was the investigating officer. FRIDAy, FEBRUARy 24 12:37 p.m. - A female called in to report that she was being threaten with bodily harm by another female and requested to talk to an officer. The information was given to Capt. Akles. 5:51 p.m. - Caller advised of a pick-up traveling towards Loogootee with subjects riding in the bed. Vehicle was located and the citations were issued. 10:24 p.m. - Caller reported a house fire at 104 Indiana Avenue. Loogootee Fire was paged out and were on the scene for approximately two hours. SATURDAy, FEBRUARy 25 2:29 a.m. - First responders were requested on Walnut Street for lifting assistance. 1:45 p.m. - Caller reported a possible intoxicated driver on US 231 near Crane. Officer was unable to locate. 4:19 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported a 911 hang-up on East Broadway Street. SUNDAy, FEBRUARy 26 2:38 p.m. - Caller reported a possible domestic dispute in Shaded Estates. Captain Akles responded. 5:48 p.m. - Caller reported some kids trying to damage a fence at the city park. 7:56 p.m. - Caller reported a possible intoxicated person in Sunset Trailer Court. Sgt. Norris checked on the person. 8:34 p.m. - Caller reported a possible intoxicated driver on US 231.

Martin County accident reports MONDAy, FEBRUARy 20 12:35 p.m. - George Templin, of Loogootee, was driving a 2001 Ford and attempting to cross JFK Avenue. Megan Hasenour, of St. Anthony, was driving a 2006 Ford and attempting to turn left onto JFK Avenue and failed to see the Templin vehicle. No injuries were reported investigating officer was Chief Rayhill. 5:01 p.m. - Alice Strange reported that her son’s truck had been hit while parked in front of her residence. Tawnya Stone was driving a 1996 Ford and went left of center and struck a 1999 Dodge belonging to Patrick Strange. Investigating officer was Sgt. Norris. 6:30 p.m. - Tony Dant, of Loogootee, was

Real estate transfers Everett E. Chandler and Patrick Chandler to Braun Family Properties, LLC, the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 18, Township 4 North, Range 3 West, containing 40 acres, more or less. The Carl F. Trambaugh and Margaret A. Trambaugh Living Trust, of Pike County, Indiana to Brittany S. Reynolds, of Martin County, Indiana, a portion of the northwest quarter of Section 24, Township 3 North, Range 5 West, containing .40 acres, more or less. Randy Robinson, of Stoddard County, Missouri to Reggie Graber and Delbert Graber, of Daviess County, Indiana, a part of the north half of the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 12, Township 3 North, Range 5 West, containing 0.3823 acres, more or less.

driving a 2002 Chevy and backing from a parking space in the Loogootee High School parking lot. He failed to see Rachel Hart, of Loogootee, driving a 2007 Chevy, causing a collision. Minor damage was done to both vehicles. Investigating officer was Sgt. Norris. THURSDAy, FEBRUARy 23 5:29 p.m. - Maggie Schnarr, of Loogootee, was driving a 2005 Chrysler and Angela Dillion, of Odon, was driving a 2000 Toyota. Both vehicles were behind a large truck at the stoplight at the junction of US 231 and US 50 near Wendy’s. The truck turned onto US 50 and the Schnarr vehicle saw that the light was red and stopped but the Dillion vehicle failed to get stopped in time. No Injuries were reported. Sgt. Hennette was investigating officer. FRIDAy, FEBRUARy 24 5:20 p.m. - Kirstie L. Backer, of Ferdinand, was operating a 2009 Toyota and stopped in traffic on Broadway Street. At this time, Eric B. Gabbart was behind the Backer vehicle and could not get stopped in time. No injuries were reported. Officer Nolan investigated. MONDAy, FEBRUARy 27 7:13 p.m. - Mary J. Stone-Mullins, 46, of Shoals, was traveling northbound on County Farm Road when she lost control and struck a tree stump. The vehicle then caught fire. Stone-Mullins was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of leg and facial injuries. Investigating officer was Deputy Josh Greene. He was assisted by Deputy Steve Nolan.

Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CRIMINAL COURT New Charges Filed January 19 Daniel J. Burris, Jr., dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony. CRIMINAL CONvICTIONS AND SENTENCING February 2 Terry W. Moore, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 ore more, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 60 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 60 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received no probation. Alan Moorhead, convicted of public intoxication. Sentenced to serve 86 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 86 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received no probation. CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED February 16 Charles E. O’Conner, battery, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed. CIvIL COURT New Suits Filed February 15 Dorothy J. Tedrow vs. James E. Tedrow, petition for dissolution of marriage. February 16 Everbank vs. William G. Edwards, Mary J. Edwards, and Old National Bank, mortgage foreclosure. Green Tree Servicing, LLC vs. Greg J. Halcomb and unknown tenants, civil plenary. February 17 Capital One Bank vs. Melissa D. Koontz, civil collection. February 21 Discover Bank vs. Timothy G. Bennett, civil collection. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Thomas M. Belcher, civil collection. SMALL CLAIMS COURT New Suits Filed February 16 Vivian Chipley vs. Jeana Wallisa, complaint. February 17 Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Joshua and Samantha Penick, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jason, Shanyn, and Cindy Hunter, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Steven and Christina K. Cox, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Joseph and Janice K. Spaulding, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Cody A. Perkins, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Tyler D. Nading, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Misty R. Melvin, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jessica D.

Giles, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Eris L. Holt, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jessica A. King, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Michael T. Klink, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Charlene E. Long, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jessica M. Dillman, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jesse R. Denny, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Bryan R. Tanksley, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Patty L. White, complaint. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Lyndsy Streeter, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS DISMISSED Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Mary Burns, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Lindsey McNabb and Brian McNabb, Jr., complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Danielle Bradley, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Sarah Hannah, complaint, dismissed. Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Jasmine Cunningham, complaint, dismissed. White River Co-Op vs. Cynthia Downey, complaint, dismissed. TRAFFIC TICKETS PAID February 15 – February 21 Jacob Williams, West Baden Springs, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. MARRIAGE LICENSES February 24 Walton W. Hembree of Shoals and Kayla D. Bauer of Shoals. February 27 Chester Clayton Hembree of Loogootee and Jamie Christine White of Greendale.

Washington men charged with theft Indiana Conservation Officers have cited two Washington men, found on Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area in Daviess County collecting copper, for theft as well as other violations as a result of an investigation which occurred this past weekend. Saturday evening, Indiana Conservation Officers located a truck parked in an unauthorized area on Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area. Upon investigation, two adult males and a juvenile female were located and found to be in possession of copper materials that had been stored on the property. Dennis Deon Sipes II, 30, of Washington and Jamie Gibbs, 26, of Washington were both cited for theft. Gibbs was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating motor vehicle in an unauthorized area. The 17 year old juvenile was released to her father. The case has been turned in to the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office for review. The theft of scrap metal is becoming an increasing problem across the state. Anyone observing suspicious activity is encouraged to contact your local Indiana Conservation Officers or other law enforcement agencies.


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March is Spay/Neuter Month The Martin County Humane Society is sponsoring its annual spay/neuter special during the month of March. Martin County residents may have their cats or dogs altered for $20 off the usual cost. Also, with the purchase of a 2012 Pet Celebrities Calendar, pet owners will receive half off of the remaining price. These special rates are made possible with the cooperation of Dr. Chris Burch and Dr. Scott Wallace. The Pet Celebrities Calendars

are available at both veterinary offices. At the end of the month, two lucky pet owners will be drawn to receive a complimentary spay/neuter, from those who participated. This March, let’s “stop the madness” of too many unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Now is the time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burch, at the Loogootee Veterinary Clinic (295-2226), or Dr. Wallace at the Wallace Veterinary Clinic (2953808).

Memorial Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department earns ACR accreditation

-Photo provided Barbara Boyd, American Cancer Society volunteer, is shown above with Daffodil Days supporter Joy Gibson, branch manager of Old National Bank in Shoals. Not pictured is Susan Arthur, branch manager of Old National Bank in Loogootee.

Old National Bank sponsors Daffodil Days By BARBARA BOyD Daffodil Days Volunteer The Daffy Girls met at the Sugar Shack in Shoals last week. The group enjoyed lunch, had a wonderful time, but took care of important business. This week, the girls would like to acknowledge Old National Bank for their continued support of the Daffodil campaign. Old National Bank, along with Shoals branch manager Joy Gibson and Loogootee branch manager Susan Arthur are very active in the local American Cancer Society. They are the sponsors of the annual delivery of daffodils to area nursing centers. The day the flowers are delivered is a spe-

cial day for all volunteers. Daffodils are delivered to the Martin County Nursing Center and the Loogootee Nursing Center. The volunteers gather vases all year long to have enough to take each resident of the nursing homes a small bouquet of spring flowers. The group does this to brighten residents’ day with a little burst of sunshine but volunteers say their day ends up being brightened by residents. Organizers thank all the Daffy Girls who volunteer their time to this event. They also thank Joy Gibson and Susan Arthur and Old National Bank for all they do for the community because without their support, the event would not be possible.


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Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The ACR is a national professional organ-

ization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. Memorial Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine department is a part of the Radiology Services staff, which offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic radiologic examinations including general radiography, mammography, bone densitometry, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance image (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET). The staff of six radiologists, along with 48 radiology technologists and support personnel, completes approximately 75,000 radiologic exams on an annual basis. For more information please visit the hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.orgor call Radiology Services at 812/996-0547.

Calendar of Events Daycare fundraiser In His Hands Daycare will host a Chili Soup Supper and Pie Auction to be held at Dover Hill Christian Union Church Saturday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The pie auction will begin at 6 p.m. Cost for the supper will be $5 for adults and children (10 and under), $3. Proceeds will go toward In His Hands Daycare playground equipment. For more info call 388-6832. Loogootee Little League registration Final registration for the 2012 Loogootee Little League Baseball and Softball Season will be held in the former Elementary East cafeteria (Lee’s Gym) on Sunday, March 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Boys and girls who will be four by April 30 are eligible to participate in tee-ball. Boys who do not turn 13 years old until after April 30 are allowed to play Little League Baseball. Girls, who were 12 years old or under on December 31, 2011, are eligible to play softball. Cost is $40 for the first child in the family, $70 for two children, and $100 for three or more. Mowing bids Goodwill Cemetery, of Loogootee, is now in the process of accepting bids for the upcoming 2012 mowing season. All bids must be turned in by the close of March 16th business day. They may be turned in to Lett & Jones Attorneys in Loogootee. Pet photos Jasper Petsense Store will be taking Pet Photos in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The theme will be traditional and timeless. The photo shoot will take place Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EST. at the store located next to Sun Tan City. L&L Photography will be selling packages and gifts. All are invited to attend and $1.00 of every package sold will be donated to the Jasper Street Department to help purchase items for the animals in their care. Talk to a Lawyer telephone clinic The Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW Indiana, Inc.’s popular talk to a lawyer telephone clinic will take place on Thursday,

March 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (5:30 to 8 p.m. for those who live in the Eastern Time Zone). This telephone clinic takes the place the first Thursday of every month. The first Thursday of March falls on March 1, so don’t be left out. Each month, on the first Thursday, volunteer lawyers donate their time and expertise to answer questions generated by the general public. Questions can be of any legal nature and must involve Indiana law. This is a free service, provided by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW Indiana and the lawyers of southwestern Indiana. Funding is provided by the Evansville Bar Foundation and Indiana Bar Foundation. To access the clinic, the telephone numbers are: (812) 618-4845 and toll free (888) 594-3449. 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 2472525. 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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Week in review at the Indiana General Assembly Committee hearings have come to a close as the Indiana General Assembly works toward a March 14 legislative session deadline. Legislation that moves through the second house without amendments will proceed to the governor for final consideration. Bills amended by the opposite chamber must return to the house of origin for consideration of changes made. This summary highlights some of the House bills that have gained approval in Senate committees or by the full Senate. Education initiatives The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development has approved several bills. Achieving student success through more parental involvement in schools is the goal of House Bill (HB) 1150. The bill seeks to urge parents to become more involved with student success by encouraging meaningful engagement in schools. HB 1150 would establish the Indiana Family Friendly School Designation Program and require the Department of Education to develop a program for designating certain schools as being “Family Friendly.” Any school could voluntarily seek the designation by demonstrating that the school provides multiple opportunities for parents to engage in educational activities and programs offered by the school that foster high student achievement. HB 1169 would allow schools to suspend or expel students whose conduct, either on or off school property, interferes with school purposes or educational functions even if the student’s activity is lawful. Current law allows students to be suspended or expelled if they are involved in an unlawful activity that interferes with a school function, even if that activity occurs outside of the school day, or if the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. The measure would allow schools to make a more subjective decision on suspensions and expulsions for student behavior off campus and outside the normal school day. HB 1189 gained the approval of the Senate Appropriations Committee and would ease school funding issues regarding student transfers. The legislation would provide that a school’s per student funding be based on multiple student count dates during the school year instead of only one. The bill provides that an average daily membership count of students enrolled in a public school in grades K-12 must be taken in September and February. Currently, one student count occurs each year during September. Further, the bill would require that state tuition support must be distributed based on the latest count of students, and require the state tuition support distributions to be made every month rather than every 40 days. These education initiatives now advance to the Senate floor for consideration by the full body. Statewide smoking ban The Senate Public Policy Committee has approved HB 1149, a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban in most public areas and places of employment. Exclusions in the bill include certain gaming facilities; cigar and hookah bars; fraternal, social and veterans’ clubs; tobacco stores; and cigar manufacturer facilities. Bars and taverns would have until September 15, 2013, to become smoke-free. The bill would make it a Class B infraction to violate the smoking prohibition or a Class A infraction if the person has committed three prior violations for smoking in restricted areas. In addition, the bill would prohibit firing or refusing to hire a person for reporting a violation, or exercising any right or performing any obligation under the smoking prohibition. Over the past several years, the smoking ban bill has passed the House, but never made it passed Senate committee deliberations. HB 1149 now proceeds to the full Senate for further consideration.

Delinquent property taxes The Senate unanimously approved legislation to allow a county auditor to remove real property from a tax sale if the county treasurer and the taxpayer agree to a mutually satisfactory arrangement for the payment of delinquent taxes. HB 1090 would provide that the fiscal body of a county may adopt an ordinance to require waiver of penalties on delinquent taxes on real property in the county if part of the delinquent taxes were first due and payable prior to January 1, 2010, and all of the delinquent taxes are paid after June 30, 2012, and before July 1, 2013. This authority is currently applied only in Lake County and has successfully been used to reduce the number of properties on the county’s delinquent tax list. The bill now returns to the House for review of amendments made by the Senate. Home energy assistance A measure that would restore the state sales tax exemption that expired in 2009 for home energy assistance acquired through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been approved by the Senate. HB 1141 would allow more of the program’s funds to go directly to utility assistance instead of tax collection by exempting state sales tax collection for home energy acquired through LIHEAP. The LIHEAP program is primarily federallyfunded and makes utility costs and weatherization assistance available to lowincome households. HB 1141 now returns to the House of Representatives for consideration of amendments made to the bill by the Senate. Home improvement contracts The Senate has approved a bill co-sponsored by Lindel Hume aimed at protecting consumers against unscrupulous contractors who prey on those with home repair problems. Often coming into a community following a serious storm, the contractors will offer to provide home improvement services such as roofing repairs covered by insurance proceeds. HB 1237 would require the contractor to furnish information concerning cancellation of the contract to the insured consumer if the work includes exterior home improvement, and require the contractor to have a presence in Indiana or a previous business relationship with the customer. In addition, the bill would prohibit certain activities by the contractor intended to induce a person to enter into a contract or otherwise purchase goods or services. For example, any gift, prize, referral fee or monetary kickback for displaying a sign or advertisement on the residential property would be prohibited. The legislation now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments. News from the House The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety has approved Senate Bill (SB) 273, a bill to strengthen Indiana’s regulation of outdoor stage equipment similar to the concert rigging equipment that collapsed in 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. Specifically, the legislation would establish statewide standards for the installation and inspection of such structures, and institute a permit process to ensure the safety and functionality of these structures. The House committee amended the bill to extend the state authority over outdoor state equipment only until January 1, 2014, and to require the General Assembly to conduct a summer study committee this year to examine upcoming reports related to the collapse of the stage at the State Fairgrounds. The 2013 General Assembly would then consider findings and recommendations made by the study committee to formulate thorough and permanent legislation. The bill now goes to the House floor for further consideration. Legislation aimed to limit state dollars from investment activities with Iran has unanimously been approved by the House. SB 231 would provide that public entities

could not enter into contracts with any person or company operating investment activities in Iran. Under this proposal, state agencies, state educational institutions and political subdivisions could not invest with persons or financial institutions that invest in Iran. In addition, the Indiana Department of Administration would be required to make public a list of companies that engage in such investment activities. Those companies would be prohibited from renewing or starting new contracts with any state department. SB 231 now proceeds to the governor

for final consideration and possible enactment. Upcoming deadlines February 29 - Deadline for Senate consideration of House bills. March 14 - Legislature must conclude all business by midnight. To stay informed about bills moving through the General Assembly or to track legislation, log on to From this site, you can also watch House and Senate committee hearings and session floor debate.

The Messmer Report By District 63 State Representative

Mark Messmer Legislators enjoy the ‘bratzel’ The General Assembly spends several months each year working out solutions to many issues, but it’s also important to take the time to recognize the achievements of Hoosiers who make Indiana great. The highlight of my week was welcoming Jasper’s own Schnitzelbank Restaurant to the Statehouse. The Schnitzelbank’s ‘bratzel’ sandwich beat out 46 other sandwiches in a statewide contest during the Super Bowl festivities. Legislators from across Indiana sampled the bratwurst-pretzel creation and reconfirmed that we’re lucky to have the state’s number one sandwich so close to home. I am proud to recognize the Schnitzelbank Restaurant’s commitment to quality and their contributions to this state. In anticipation of adjourning three days early, the House has been working hard and moving legislation at an accelerated rate. Three of my bills have seen progress this week. A bill that I worked on over the summer and that I’m now sponsoring to streamline charity gaming and simplify the licensing process passed the House. Senate Bill (SB) 315 would allow national charity organizations and foundations to hold gaming licenses for their Indiana affiliates. Local chapters of groups like the NRA foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Wild Turkey Federation often find it difficult to navigate through Indiana’s complex gaming laws when holding charity gaming events. This legislation would allow the national

organization to fill out the gaming licenses and reports for all of its local chapters to ensure they comply with regulations. This would benefit not only conservation groups, but all charitable organizations. More money would go to their individual causes, and less would be diverted away to fees for gaming violations. We amended the bill in the House to combine it with another charity gaming bill that passed the House earlier in the session, so the revised bill will now go back to the Senate for a final vote. Two bills I authored were signed into law this week by Gov. Daniels. House Bill (HB) 1148 updates testing procedures for engineers and land surveyors. The national organization that administers these exams will soon switch to computer-based testing, but Indiana still requires handwritten exams. This legislation simply brings Indiana up to national standards for computer-based engineer and surveyor exams. HB 1154 will eliminate the mandated local Indiana business preference for public works projects. Taxpayer dollars should be spent wisely and the lowest qualified bidder for a project should win the contract. The bill still allows county and local governments the option to apply a local price preference for the purchase of supplies. Both bills will go into effect on July 1, 2012. The House still has a lot of work to do, but we’re on track to finish our business in two weeks. Thank you for your support, and I encourage you to stop by the Schnitzelbank Restaurant to try the best sandwich in Indiana.

Rep. Messmer urges INDOT to rename bridge after Medal of Honor recipients A resolution urging the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename North Bridge Structure I-69-63-9501 (northbound) after Private Richard Taylor and South Bridge Structure I-69-63-9502 (southbound) after Lieutenant Colonel Don C. Faith, Jr. for their bravery was passed last week in the House Roads and Transportation Committee. The resolution was authored by State Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). “Bravery in the service of our country merits special recognition and it’s fitting that the recipients of the nation’s highest military decoration be honored and remembered for the role they played in making the world safe for future generations,” said Rep. Messmer. Private Richard Taylor was a member of the 18th Indiana Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War. Pvt. Taylor captured a Confederate battle flag during the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia. Pvt. Taylor was awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress on November 21, 1864. Lieutenant Colonel Don C. Faith, Jr. served as the commander of the 1st Battal-

ion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War. Lt. Col. Faith was killed while rallying his men in a counterattack of enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Lt. Col. Faith was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 2, 1951. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon members of the United State armed forces who distinguish themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action an enemy of the United States.” Although the Medal of Honor was created for the Civil War, Congress made it a permanent decoration in 1863. The President of the United States, in the name of Congress, has awarded more than 3,400 Medals of Honor to our bravest soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members since the medal’s creating in 1861. “I’m pleased that I, along with my colleagues in the General Assembly, am able to honor and recognize the bravery of these two soldiers and their sacrifices by naming a bridge in their honor,” said Rep. Messmer.

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Half a million in grants to January national mass layoffs boost recycling businesses Recycling Market Development Grant should be considered if a business is looking for equipment to help reduce waste streams, expand manufacturing, or use recycled-content material in the manufacturing process. Grants will range from $25,000 up to $200,000 with a required 50 percent match. Businesses that have current RMDP projects will not be eligible to apply for this round. The Recycling Market Development Board will make final funding determinations of eligible projects by August. For additional information about the Recycling Market Development Program or to apply, call (800) 451-6027 or visit IDEM’s website at About RMDP The Recycling Market Development Program operates under the Recycling Market Development Board as established by IC 423-5.5. The monies for the RMDP come from the Recycling Promotion and Assistance Fund, an account generated by a perton fee on solid waste disposed at Indiana landfills. The fund supports source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting to prevent solid waste from permanent disposal.

The state’s Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) has been authorized to release $500,000 in grant funds to aid recycling businesses and boost economic development in Indiana. Recycling businesses have until June 11, 2012, to apply for the grants that are aimed at helping purchase equipment for manufacturing recycled materials into new products. “Providing financial assistance to recycling businesses makes good sense for the environment and the economy,” said Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly. “We are pleased to offer grants to help businesses that are giving a second life to materials and utilizing them in new products.” The program’s grants are awarded for business recycling projects that reduce solid waste disposal, increase Indiana’s capacity for recyclable material manufacturing, and increase the use of recycled content products. Financially supporting the development and marketing of recyclables can lead to the creation of more Hoosier jobs. Recycling involves finding uses for existing materials and developing consumer markets for recycled-content products. A

Improving the environment one tree at a time Trees play a role that is vital to the very existence of humanity. Besides producing oxygen and cleaning the air, trees help control noise pollution, provide shade and cooling, and can even increase property values. For its efforts to recognize and promote the importance of trees, Vincennes University has been named the recipient of a 2011 Tree Campus USA award, according to an announcement from Mary Widhelm, program manager of the Arbor Day Foundation. “This achievement recognizes that VU’s employees, particularly our groundskeepers, take great pride in the care they provide our campuses. The natural beauty that they nurture is an inspiration and a source of frequent compliments from visitors and residents,” said VU President Dick Helton. To earn the recognition, VU campuses in both Vincennes and Jasper met five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service learning projects. “Your entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship. Your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Vincennes University contributes to a healthier, more sustainable world for us all,” Widhelm said. Tree Campus USA is a national program that was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc., to honor colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit

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Employers took 1,434 mass layoff actions in January involving 129,920 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. Mass layoff events in January increased by 50 from December, while the number of associated initial claims decreased by 15,728. In January, 341 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 33,597 initial claims. The national unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in January, down from 8.5 percent the prior month and from 9.1 percent a year earlier. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 243,000 over the month and by 1,953,000 over the year. Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted) The number of mass layoff events in January was 1,705, not seasonally adjusted, resulting in 141,703 initial claims for unemployment insurance. Over the year, the number of average weekly mass layoff events decreased by 86 to 426, and associated average weekly initial claims decreased by 13,867 to 35,426. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in manufacturing. The six-digit industry with the largest number of private non-

farm initial claims in January 2012 was temporary help services. In January the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent of mass layoff events and 28 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy. A year earlier, manufacturing made up 28 percent of events and 32 percent of initial claims. Within manufacturing, the numbers of mass layoff claimants in January 2012 were greatest in transportation equipment and food. Fifteen of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in transportation equipment. Five subsectors recorded January series’ lows in terms of average weekly initial claims—beverage and tobacco products, textile product mills, wood products, fabricated metal products, and transportation equipment. Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted) Among the census regions, the South registered the greatest number of initial claims in January. All four regions experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, with the largest decline occurring in the Midwest. Among the states, California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims in January, followed by New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Fortyone states and the District of Columbia experienced over-the-year declines in average weekly initial claims, led by California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Smartphone use by collegians dramatically increases as mobile Internet use soars The smartphone lifestyle is rapidly taking over college campuses, leading to dramatic changes in the amount and type of mobile content being downloaded, used and sent by college students, says a new report from Ball State University. A February survey of Ball State students found that smartphone ownership more than doubled in three years, jumping to 69 percent from 27 percent in 2009, said Michael Hanley, an associate professor of advertising and director of Ball State’s Institute for Mobile Media Research. He has conducted surveys on the use of mobile devices by students since 2004. Hanley’s research on smartphones compares to a recent Nielsen report that twothirds of 24- to 34-year-olds have smartphones, the highest of any age segments. The study also found that Internet access has soared with the use of smartphones, with 96 percent of such devices providing online access as compared to 30 percent of feature phones. About 83 percent of feature phone users have never accessed the Internet through their mobile phone. “Smartphones have completely transformed the daily lives of college students,” Hanley said. “This group simply doesn’t sit around in their residence halls or apartments. They like to get out and do things. And smartphones have applications that allow them to stay connected with their peers by posting on social media sites or texting their friends.” Smartphone growth could hit 80 percent in 2013 and top out around 90 percent in 2014, he said. College students’ desire to access social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is what’s driving smartphone use, said Hanley, pointing out that 91 percent of smartphone users access such sites as compared to only 19 percent of feature phones users. Movies, music, news, video and weather information have also shown strong growth among smartphone users. Hanley’s research also found that text messaging has become the digital shorthand for collegians, with 87 percent using it on a daily basis. “The smartphone isn’t used to make calls by most college students,” he said. “They

text each other more often because they can send short messages. Only 8 percent said they preferred to email someone.” The study also found: • About 99 percent of smartphone respondents said they send and receive text messages, 89 percent use email on their smartphone and 59 percent send instant messages. • About 95 percent of smartphone users take and send photographs as compared to 74 percent of feature phone users. • About 60 percent of smartphone owners take and send video versus 28 percent for feature phones. • About two-thirds of smartphone and feature phone users rely on their parents to pay for their mobile data service. Hanley’s research also found that students with feature phones and smartphones report seeing more advertisements and marketing messages on their mobile devices, and they’re not happy about it. About 70 percent reported being annoyed to receive an ad, and about 75 percent were “concerned” or “concerned a little” about getting mobile ads. However, 64 percent said they would be more receptive if marketers would offer coupons and incentives. In future surveys, Hanley will ask about the use of tablets as such devices become more affordable and are being incorporated into the classroom by many universities across the country. “I believe tablets are going to be the next mobile communication device to take hold on college campuses,” he said. “Personal computers and laptops are a dead-end industry because they are simply too large. Tablets are compact and offer just about everything a mobile phone has right now. Apple may roll out a tablet with a smaller screen than the iPad in order to compete with e-readers, which are extremely popular and less expensive.”


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OPINION My Point of

VIEW By Courtney Hughett Owner/Publisher, MCJ

Twelve years ago today I was in my 38th week of pregnancy with my second son, Alex. Since this was my second pregnancy, I knew more of what to expect. My first son, Wyatt, took 19 hours to deliver from start to finish and since I absolutely hate being in the hospital, I decided the second time around I would not rush to get there. When I had Wyatt, my water broke hours before any contractions started. My sister Lisa who was with me that day quickly freaked out and felt the need to get me to the hospital immediately. I had woken up that morning feeling like I was coming down with a cold and had gone back to bed. I didn’t feel like I was in labor and begged my sister to just let me take a shower. Not only did she refuse, she actually called an ambulance without my knowledge. So, not only did I have complete bed head, morning breath, and my pajamas on, I had to talk the EMTs into letting me go to the hospital via automobile. To make a long story short, my labor lasted 19 hours because I simply went to the hospital too early. Oh, and the nurses finally allowed me to take a shower when I was in full labor 15 hours later. There is nothing like using hospital bar soap to wash your hair while doubling over in pain every five minutes. So, two years later when contractions started with Alex on Leap Day in the year 2000, luckily my sister Lisa was nowhere around. I didn’t let anyone in my family know I was having contractions, aside from my husband of course, and no one was going to force me to lie in the hospital for that timeframe again. Just to be on the safe side though, I did call into the Bloomington Hospital to ask the OB doctor on call. The nurses told me they had so many women in labor that there were even some lined up in the hallway. This just confirmed my decision to stay home and tough it out as long as I could. The next day around lunchtime I told my husband it was time to go. The contractions were certainly intense by this time but my water still hadn’t broken. From the time I arrived at the hospital to when I delivered was about two hours. To this day I tell Alex that he was the ideal labor and delivery and they should all be that easy. Alex has proven to be stubborn and hardheaded on everything else in his life however over the last 12

years. We did have one snafu that Alex never tires of hearing about the day he was born. When I had arrived at the hospital I was in some serious pain. Once in the hospital bed I was moaning and gritting my teeth through the contractions and actually climbing the back of the bed simply out of panic. My husband Josh kept saying “shhhhh” and turning the TV up. I could have killed him. When the anesthesiologist finally came in I wanted to kiss him. I had never been so happy to see someone before. During the epidural, Josh was supposed to be holding my head down as I sat on the side of the bed to keep my back arched for the shot. Within a few seconds I felt Josh’s arms pushing my head further and further down toward the floor. About the time I was asking him what the heck he was doing, he had hit the ground – passed out cold. The nurses in the room, there to help me quickly rushed to his aid. When he came to, they got him a chair and crackers and a drink, fussing over him while I was having a needle the size of my arm shoved into my back. Now I laugh about it and, yes, still tease him but at the time I was so furious with him. I know passing out wasn’t his fault, I was just still angry from him telling me to be quiet while I was in immense pain bringing his child into the world. Nowadays women schedule their births. Both of my kids came when they were good and ready. I have my own opinion about the excessive use of drugs to induce women. Oftentimes I have heard from moms who ended up having an emergency C-section due to one complication or another. I have also heard women say they would actually prefer a C-section. This just blows me away. I have no idea why someone would want to be cut open and deal with the recovery involved when the “other” way is substantially easier. I had Alex at 3 p.m. and was up out of my bed within a few hours begging to go home. That’s not possible with a C-section. Scheduling births seems to take all the excitement out of going into labor. It’s one of the perks as a mom to look back on the reaction of those around you when you tell them it is “time”. I will never forget my sister’s reaction when I told her my water broke or Josh’s face as we were driving to the hospital. With Lisa, I sat at the top of the steps in the house just watching her run around. I have no idea what she was doing; she would just dart past me every few seconds – holding nothing, just apparently in a complete panic. I give her a hard time about it but since Josh wasn’t home that day, I’m lucky she was there. I would love to hear your funny “birth” stories and put them in the Journal for others to enjoy as well. Email me at or find me on facebook.

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~LETTERS TO THE EDITOR~ Lugar needs to be voted out! To the editor of the Martin County Journal, Adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its side agreements by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will create a lot of new high-paying jobs. This was told to us by representatives and senators back in November 1993 when NAFTA passed Congress. One senator who believes in this and voted for it is Dick Lugar. He also voted for the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Dominican Republican-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) These agreements have done nothing but take good-paying jobs from Americans and give them to slave labor countries. Senator Lugar says this is good for the country and the state of Indiana. “As a U.S. Senator for Indiana, I have worked in Congress to support trade and economic policies I believe are in the best long-term interest of Indiana and our nation, including low interest rates, minimal inflation, and reduced taxes. I believe these are desirable goals that help contribute to a higher standard of living and a better quality of life for all Hoosiers. I will continue to work at the federal level to help to help individuals, families, and communities plan for a strong economic future.” That quotation was written in a letter from Senator Lugar on April 8, 2005. At that date, NAFTA had already cost Americans one million jobs. Now it is 2012. Jobs are still leaving the country, inflation is skyrocketing, and taxes are still going up. Interest rates are down, but with hyperinflation and no jobs, who can afford to buy anything? Across the board, 60 percent of his votes do not coincide with the U.S. Constitution! Lugar needs to be voted out! Bruce Fithian, Shoals, Indiana

The Constitution – my take To the editor of the Martin County Journal, What does the United States Constitution mean to us? Is it just an irrelevant document written by old men, many years ago, who had no understanding of our present time and circumstances? The Constitution is a solemn compact entered into, established, and ratified by the people of the United States. In it, they declared their intention to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to themselves and their posterity. It is a written document, carefully formulated by wise men who said what they meant and meant what they said. Those old “antiquated” men understood that, while man’s natural rights come from God, man himself is deeply flawed and inclined to abuse power. So, they provided for a form of government in which WE THE PEOPLE govern ourselves through representatives, while at the same time, the powers of the federal government are strictly limited. Those powers, divided among three branches, are “enumerated” or listed and defined in the Constitution. If the federal government wants to exercise a power not in that list, IT MAY NOT DO SO! All other powers are reserved to the states or the people (see the 10th amendment of the Consti-

tution). The founders wisely made provision in the Constitution for it to be amended by the approval of 2/3 of both houses of Congress and 3/4 of the states – a possible but not an easy process. All elected federal officials (President, members of Congress and Supreme Court members) take an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”. If you would like to have a free copy of the Constitution, please contact me at 2472617. In my opinion, our Constitution was written by wise men divinely inspired. I think everyone should know what is in the Constitution. It is the basis for all of our freedoms and liberties. If we do not know what the Constitution says, how will we know if our elected officials are legislating within its requirements? We cannot afford to leave the federal government on “auto pilot.” It is WE THE PEOPLE who have the responsibility to see to it that our Constitution is followed. Also, Hillsdale College is offering a FREE online course entitled “CONSTITUTION 101, The Meaning and History of the Constitution”. It is a 10-week course that is archived online, so that you can watch any of the classes whenever you chose to watch, at your convenience. Simply log on to, click on the “Register for the Course” and fill in your information. The course started on February 20 and ends on April 30, 2012. Because it is archived, you can watch any of the 10week lessons at your convenience, at any time. What a great opportunity for adults to brush up on this important material and for young people to be introduced to their birthright of freedom. I hope that we will all take advantage of this FREE non-credit course. May God bless you and yours. Dennis Jones Shoals, Indiana

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SpOTLIGHTS Student teaching -Photos provided Shoals Community Schools have been busy helping various universities with their student teachers. Shown above, in the front, from left to right, are Kristen Mann and Farrah Survance. In the back, from left to right, are Alisha Bailey, Jordan Guinn, Adam Tedrow, and Brian Jones. Alisha, Adam, Kristen, and Farrah are from vincennes University. Brian Jones is from Oakland City University, and Jordan and Austin are from Indiana University. Austin Absher, at left, is also doing her student teaching at Shoals. She is from Indiana University.

CAM CHILTON Cameron R. Chilton participated in the musical and intramural basketball all four years of high school. He was in FACS his freshman year, Woods/Water his freshman and sophomore years, Madrigals and chorus his first three years of high school, and served as an intern and cadet teacher his senior year. Cam also competed on the Art academic team in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade. In sports, he ran track his freshman year and played golf in ninth and tenth grades. He plans to enter the workforce after graduation.

DANIELLE LOvE Danielle Nicole Love is the daughter of James and Leanne Love. During high school, Danielle has been involved in student council and Pep Club all four years. She participated in Spanish Club and SADD her first three years, and cadet teaching her junior year. She also served as class secretary all four years of high school. She was on the volleyball team in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades. Danielle plans to attend Indiana University after graduation and major in optometry.

DALTON WITTMER Dalton W. Wittmer is the son of Tim and Beth Wittmer. While in high school, Dalton participated in Pep Club all four years. He was involved in FACS, Wood/Water, and French Club his freshman and sophomore years and Lion Pride his tenth and eleventh grade years. He was on the yearbook staff, job shadowed, and worked in the school office his junior year and is an intern his senior year. Dalton played intramural basketball his junior through senior years and played on the basketball team his freshman year. He played baseball all four years of high school. After graduation, Dalton plans to go on to college and enter the workforce.

CHRISTINA POWELL Christina Michelle Powell is the daughter of Rob and Stephanie Powell. During high school, she participated in Beta Club, Pep Club, Spanish Club, and the musical all four years. She was in the FACS club her freshman and sophomore years along with band and show choir. She also was a part of Madrigals her freshman, junior and senior years, SADD her junior year, and Lion Pride her junior and senior years. She served as class vice president her freshman year and class president in tenth and eleventh grades. In her junior year, she was on the Science Academic team. Christina was a Lionette all four years. She plans to attend Purdue University after graduation and study pre-pharmacy.

Shoals students of the month -Photos provided Shown above are the Shoals primary students who were chosen as January students

of the month. In the front row, from left to right, are Chloe Conrad, Kori Redman, Clarissa Holt, Wyatt Boyd, and Dyson Clingerman. In the second row, from left to right, are Sari Armstrong, Catie Gee, Sara Bird, Hayden Brace, Grant Goller, Merissa Grogan, and Alex Guinn. In the third row, from left to right, are Brooklyn Dobson, Avaley Braun, Cyrus Ellis, Chase Crowder, Levi Albright, and Jared Wright. In the back row, from left to right, are Levi Pendley, Maddyson Rich, Zane Lake, Madison Wilson, Colton Mullins, and Madison Wilson. Shoals intermediate students given the honor of student of the month for January are shown below. In the front row, from left to right, are Timmy Epperson, Josh Richardson, Keisha Sircy, Olivia Stoll, Hannah Davis, Isaiah Baylis, and Brayden Souerdike. In the back row, from left to right, are Kaitlin Cooper, Damon Jones, Ben Clymer, Abby Stoll, and Lori Albright. Not Pictured is Chloe Spencer.

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2012 SENIOR Spotlights

ALANNA DAWLEy Alanna Kaitlin Dawley was born on July 29, 1994 to David and Laura Dawley. She has three siblings; Chad, Chase, and Luke Dawley. Alanna has participated in Spanish Club, Book Club, Beta, Lawrence County Aquatics, Spell Bowl, Academic Team, and SADD. Her favorite pastimes include reading, singing, writing, and playing the piano. Alanna plans attend to Indiana University and become a doctor, then travel the world.

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ALEx BAUERNFIEND Alex Dakota Bauernfiend was born on December 1, 1993 to Dwight and Deanna Bauernfiend. He has four brothers; Eric, Collin and Kyle Tarr and Brandon Bauernfiend and two sisters; Melissa Tarr and Kyley Graham. Alex’s activities include Beta Club (4 years), Spanish Club (4 years), Golf (2 years), Band (3 years), and student publications. His favorite pastime was the fort in drama class. Alex’s future plans are to attend Ball State University and become a movie director in California.

LOOGOOTEE ELEMENTARy Breakfast THURSDAy, MARCH 1 Cereal, cheese stick, muffin, juice, milk FRIDAy, MARCH 2 Chicken biscuit, fruit, juice, milk MONDAy, MARCH 5 Pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk TUESDAy, MARCH 6 Breakfast pizza, egg, juice, milk WEDNESDAy, MARCH 7 Biscuit & gravy, sausage, applesauce, milk Lunch THURSDAy, MARCH 1 Ham and cheese sandwich, corn, pears, milk FRIDAy, MARCH 2 Cheese pizza, green beans, oranges, milk MONDAy, MARCH 5 Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, peaches, bread, milk TUESDAy, MARCH 6 Corn dogs, baked beans, pineapple, cottage cheese, milk WEDNESDAy, MARCH 7 Taco salad, corn chips, cheese, salsa, milk LOOGOOTEE INTERMEDIATE AND JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL Lunch THURSDAy, MARCH 1 Chili or pizza, cheese and crackers, rolls, applesauce, salad plate, milk FRIDAy, MARCH 2 Chef salad or pizza, cottage cheese, pretzels and cheese, fruit, salad plate, milk MONDAy, MARCH 5 Hamburgers or pizza, French fries, carrots, fruit, salad plate, milk TUESDAy, MARCH 6

Taco or pizza, corn, applesauce, salad plate, milk WEDNESDAy, MARCH 7 Roast Beef Manhattan or pizza, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk SHOALS SCHOOLS Breakfast THURSDAy, MARCH 1 Cereal, cheese bites, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag FRIDAy, MARCH 2 Cinnamon roll, hash brown, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag MONDAy, MARCH 5 Toasted cheese sandwich, fresh fruit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag TUESDAy, MARCH 6 Cereal, cinnamon biscuit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag WEDNESDAy, MARCH 7 Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Lunch THURSDAy, MARCH 1 Soft shell taco, corn, fruit, Jell-O, milk; choice 4th-12th: beef and bean burrito FRIDAy, MARCH 2 Cheesy breadsticks with marinara, sweet potatoes, fruit, milk MONDAy, MARCH 5 Hot dog sandwich, broccoli, baked beans, fresh fruit, milk TUESDAy, MARCH 6 Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, salad, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4th-12th: pizza WEDNESDAy, MARCH 7 Macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit, garlic bread, milk; choice 4th-12th: deli sandwich

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-Photo by Courtney Hughett The Loogootee High School Chorus sang “Unchain My Heart”, “Firework”, “Unforgettable”, and selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” at last Friday night’s winter concert.

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-Photo by Courtney Hughett Seventh grader Sara Bailey kicked off the concert last Friday by singing “Popular”.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett The Loogootee Junior High School Chorus sang “Just the Way you Are (Amazing)”, “He Lives in you”, and “A Tribute to Bon Jovi” at last week’s concert.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett Freshman Ashley Jones performed “Over the Rainbow”.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett The Loogootee Sixth Grade Chorus sang “Anything you Can Do” and Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” during their winter performance.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett Demi Richardson, tenth grader, sang “Walk On the Water”.

-Photos by Courtney Hughett Shown in the photo above on the left is Jurnee Davis performing “Bless the Broken Road”. In the center photo is Lindsey Lukens singing “Just a Dream”, and the photo above on the right, is Jake Simmons singing “Tonight I Wanna Cry”. In the photo on the left, Brianna Williams and Brittany Woody, both in eighth grade, sang “Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett Devin Bullard, freshman, sang “Belief”.

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State forest open houses set and more to come People interested in how Indiana’s State Forests are run can share their views at a series of open houses starting next month. Seven open houses between March and September will cover nine state forests and two state recreation areas. At each event, the DNR Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, budget, staffing, major projects, the current DNR Division of Forestry Strategic Plan, invasive species and forest resource management. Attendees can talk directly with DNR personnel or, if they prefer, submit written comments. Some of the open houses will include a tour of facilities or woods walk. “These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive first-hand information about how the state forests provide diverse wildlife habitat, forest products and recreational opportunities,” State Forester John Seifert said. “They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors.” Those who cannot attend an open house can review state forest management guides and comment online. All tract management guides are posted at Click on the link to “Indiana State Forests,” then “Public Comment.” Open houses are (all times are Eastern): - Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in conjunction with Marsh Madness, at the Linton City Park’s East Cabin, (812) 648-2810. - Martin State Forest, Saturday, March 10, 8-11:30 a.m., at the Martin County Ag Day at the Martin County Community Building at the fairgrounds, (812) 247-3491. - Clark State Forest and Deam Lake State Recreation Area, Monday, April 16, 3:30-7 p.m., at the Clark State Forest office, one mile north of Henryville on Indiana 31,

(812) 294-4306. Staff from Deam Lake SRA will also be present. - Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests, Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Yellowwood State Forest office, seven miles southwest of Nashville off Indiana 46, (812) 988-7945. - Owen-Putnam State Forest, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the property office, five miles west of Spencer and threequarters of a mile north of Indiana 46 at 2153 Fish Creek Road, (812) 829-2462. The open house will feature a tree identification hike at 1:15 p.m. and a free tree seedling to visitors while supplies last. - Jackson-Washington State Forest, Thursday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area’s nature center, (812) 358-2160. Staff from Starve Hollow SRA will also be present. At 5 p.m. attendees can join a woodland tour of a recent timber harvest area. - Ferdinand and Pike state forests, Thursday, September 27, 3-7 p.m., at the Ferdinand State Forest property office, on Indiana 264, approximately four miles northeast of Ferdinand, (812) 367-1524. Visitors will tour the renovations now ongoing in and around the Ferdinand State Forest headquarters. An open house will be conducted at Harrison-Crawford State Forest in September on a date yet to be determined. Property staffs are also available during normal business hours. Go to for contact information or to schedule a visit. The Division of Forestry promotes and practices good stewardship of natural, recreational and cultural resources on Indiana’s public and private forest lands. This stewardship produces continuing benefits, both tangible and intangible, for present and future generations.

DNR gives temporary OK to umbrella rigs Indiana DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr. has signed a temporary rule that establishes a limit on the number of hooks allowed on a rig or lure array used for sport fishing, essentially making so-called umbrella rigs legal through the remainder of this year. Until recently, umbrella rigs were a traditional saltwater trolling apparatus used effectively in the northeastern United States to catch striped bass and bluefish, according to Ken Smith’s Fishing Encyclopedia. The rig is an umbrella-shaped frame of multiple wires from which lures or hooks are attached. It is designed to resemble a school of baitfish. Professional bass fisherman Paul Elias triggered frenzy among freshwater anglers when he used a version of the apparatus, The Alabama Rig, to win an FLW Series national tournament in October. Elias caught a 20-fish limit weighing more than 100 pounds to beat his closest challenger by 17 pounds and earn the tournament’s $100,000 first-place prize. Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society (BASS), the FLW’s rival tour, announced in January that umbrella rigs cannot be used in the Bassmaster Classic or the Bassmaster Elite Series. In the meantime, states have been scrambling to see if umbrella rigs fall inside or outside of their fishing regulations. Indiana’s existing rules do not adequately describe whether or not umbrella rigs are legal. Indiana Administrative Code 312 IAC 9-7-2 states that “an individual may take fish with not more than three poles, hand lines, or tip-ups at a time…(and) an individual must affix to each line not more than: two hooks, two harnesses for use with live bait, or two artificial baits. The ambiguity with the umbrella rig is

whether it should be defined as one lure with many parts or many lures on single line. As DNR officials continue to study the issue, the temporary rule adds a fourth option to the existing regulation that allows “one rig or lure array for use with multiple artificial baits with not more than five hooks.” The temporary rule expires on Jan. 1, 2013. “This gives Hoosier anglers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the use and effectiveness, or drawbacks, of how umbrella rigs actually perform,” Carter said. “It also gives the DNR time to gather information on what, if any, future definitions or restrictions need to be considered.” The temporary rule does not apply to trout and salmon streams that are tributaries of Lake Michigan or to the St. Joseph River downstream of the Twin Branch Dam in Mishawaka. The regulations on those waters continue to be limited to one single hook, one harness for use with live bait, or one artificial lure per line. Single hooks, including those on artificial baits, must be no larger than 1/2 inch front point to shank. Double and treble hooks on artificial lures may not exceed 3/8 inch from point to shank. All trout and salmon taken in Indiana must be hooked in the mouth (no foul hooking allowed).


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-Photo provided Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann is shown above going over the practice tests with students at last weeks hunter education class held in Loogootee.

-Photo provided volunteer instructor Dave Harder is shown above going over the many parts of a muzzleloader with the class.

-Photo provided Dennis Wickman, volunteer instructor, demonstrates to students proper handgun safety.

On February 24 and 25, 56 students successfully completed an Indiana Hunter Education course held at the Faith Baptist Church in Loogootee. The 11-hour course included instruction on a variety of hunting related topics. These topics included: hunter ethics, firearms safety, wildlife management, archery, muzzle loaders, rifles, pistols, shotguns, and wilderness survival and first aid. The course

was sponsored by the Faith Baptist Church who also provided snacks and lunch for the two days. The Hunter Education course was instructed by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified volunteer Hunter Education instructors. Indiana law requires all hunters born after December 31, 1986 to successfully complete a Hunter Education class before purchasing a license.

Hunter education course held

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Martin County Journal

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Colin Nelson, third from left, is shown with his parents Brian and Sam Nelson and his sister Erin Nelson.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Matt Mathies, center, is shown with his parents Kevin and Beth Mathies.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Will Nonte, center, is shown with his parents Bobbi Sue and Brent Nonte.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Luke Jones, center, is shown with his parents Mike and Nancy Jones.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Ryan vaupel, center, is shown with his parents John and Diane vaupel.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Cameron Wagler, center, is shown with his parents Lori Mattingly and Scott Seals.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Austin Bradley, at right, is shown with his dad, Tim Bradley.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly Zach Dove, at left, is shown with his step-father, Tim Bradley.

15 Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ELECTION 2012 Voter registration, absentee information


Voter registration will close on April 9, 2012. The Martin County Clerk’s office can not make any changes or updates after this time. If you have any questions please call clerk’s office at 812-247-3651 or go to for additional information. Absentee voting will start on April 9, 2012. Voting will be in the commissioner’s room at the Martin County Courthouse 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday and Saturday April 28, 2012 and Saturday May 5, 2012 8 a.m. to noon. Absentee voting in person will end on May 7, 2012 at noon.


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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553

POLLING SITES 2012 PERRY-1, 2, 3, 4

ST. JOHN CENTER 408 CHURCH ST. LOOGOOTEE, IN. 47553 _________________________________________________________________


ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH HALL 524 WHITFIELD RD LOOGOOTEE, IN. 47553 _________________________________________________________________


MARTIN CO. COMMUNITY BUILDING 4-H BUILDING FRONT DOORS 2668 HWY 50 LOOGOOTEE, IN. 47553 _________________________________________________________________ PERRY-7 AND CRANE

BRAMBLE CONSERVATION CENTER 1024 BRAMBLE RD LOOGOOTEE, IN. 47553 _________________________________________________________________ NORTH CENTER DOVER HILL CHRISTIAN UNION CHURCH & 15581 N STATE ROAD 450 MITCHELTREE SHOALS, IN. 47581 _________________________________________________________________ EAST MEMPHIS SHOALS AMERICAN LEGION & HIGH ST SOUTH HALBERT SHOALS, IN. 47581 _________________________________________________________________ WEST MEMPHIS WEST SHOALS CHURCH OF CHRIST & 510 LYNWOOD ST SOUTH CENTER SHOALS, IN. 47581 ________________________________________________________________ NORTH HALBERT, SOUTHEAST HALBERT & LOST RIVER

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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 L. Wilcoxen (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)

Journal 022912  

Martin County Journal February 29, 2012 issue

Journal 022912  

Martin County Journal February 29, 2012 issue