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

Martin County

Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead” and set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 11.

Year Three, Issue Ten

JOURNAL Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Bids opened for jail work By Courtney HugHett Martin County Journal Publisher The Martin County Commissioners, along with Richard Burch of Midwestern Engineers, opened bids for the jail repair work at their meeting Tuesday night, March 6. The first bid opened was from Craftsman Construction of Huntingburg for $119,000, the second was from Jasper Lumber for $141,600, and the third was from TriCounty Builders of Bedford for $131,000. The amount budgeted for the project was $90,000 and includes repairs to the outside of the jail. Burch recommended that the commissioners take bids under advisement to which the commissioners agreed. Commissioner Dan Gregory gave an update on the bridge that was recently de-

stroyed when a truck that was too large ran into it. He said that the paperwork has been turned over to the county attorney for a claim to be submitted for the company who owned the truck responsible for the damage. Andy Ringwald, with emergency management, told commissioners that he hadn’t heard of anyone locally who had suffered damage from the recent storms. He said anyone who had, however, could go to the FEMA website to report it for possible funding. “They’ll either contact you or they won’t,” he said. Commissioner Gregory asked Ringwald if the county’s emergency plan was up-to-date. Ringwald replied that there are a few items in the plan that needed change and there was a deadline of May to submit a new one. Gregory also noted for the public’s bene(See ‘BIDS’ on page two)

County council discusses solid waste, public defender fees By Courtney HugHett Martin County Journal Publisher Board member John Stoll started the Martin County Council meeting Monday night, March 5, questioning what was listed in the minutes regarding inquiries brought up by Hazel Fuhrman at last month’s meeting about the solid waste district and their proposed user fee. He said that Fuhrman gave a lot of information to the council, none of which was included in the minutes. The council spent some time going back and forth with Stoll explaining that Fuhrman needed to ask the solid waste board for answers, not the council. Stoll said that Fuhrman had already gone to the solid waste board and they sent her to the county council. Council president Rich

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Summers said that the county council really didn’t have any answers. The solid waste board is a separate entity. Stoll said that the main issue is that the solid waste district “claims they are broke” but then lent or donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to county projects. Auditor Nancy Steiner replied that she doesn’t recall the solid waste saying they were broke, only that they were changing the way they are funded. Council member Summers agreed saying, “I’ve heard no indication that they’re broke.” Council member Stoll said, “Then you ask the question again, if they’re well off, if they’ve got plenty of cash, then why do they need the service charge?” (See ‘CounCIL’ on page two)

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unpredictable Indiana weather brought a few inches of snowfall to the area over the weekend after residents experienced spring-like conditions including tornados just days before. Above is the backyard of a resident on Wininger road in Shoals showing the beautiful blanket of snow that melted away only hours after it fell. the first official day of spring is March 20.

Contest winner

The winner of the Shoals Businesses Association Logo Contest was Michelle Roush, at left, co-owner of White River Outfitters and Spring Water Soap and Gift Shop on Main Street in Shoals. Jim Marshall helped with suggestions for her creation. Michelle won a $50 gift certificate from Jones Oil Company and a Martin County Ambassador Pin provided by Jim Stoughton, shown above at right, representing the Martin County Tourism Committee. (Photos provided)

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(Continued from page one) “The bottom line is to do away with the tax levy when it’s all said and done,” said council member Warren Albright. Auditor Steiner explained that the tax levy would still be in place, the money would just be given to the county instead of the solid waste. Summers says that the way he understands it, the user fee proposed by the solid waste would be collected but then credited on property taxes. “So, it’s a wash,” he said. Stoll replied that he is not sure where Summers got his information and had this been published along with the press release on the user fee, it would have helped the public understand it better. After more discussion, council member Randy Wininger made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. The rest of the council approved except for Stoll who was opposed. Summers then invited Stoll to come to the next solid waste board meeting which is the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Loogootee Recycling Center. He said that Stoll might be able to get more answers and explanations at that time. Stoll countered that he isn’t the one who originally had questions to which Summers replied that Fuhrman was invited back as well at the last council meeting. It was noted that this invitation was included in the minutes. The council approved an additional appropriation of $12,122 for the assessor for computer support associated with the reassessment. A request for additional monies of $50,000 for the judge to pay for public defender fees was also addressed. This was discussed at last month’s meeting when Judge Lynne Ellis explained that the previous judge asked that public defenders not submit invoices until cases were complete. This caused a backlog of outstanding bills, some dating several years back. Ellis explained that she broke down the cost from January 1, 2011 to February 28, 2012 and the total was $172,226.33. Of that, $122,708.60 was for 2011, $8,000 was for 2012 and over $7,000 for prior years. She explained that there are pending cases from 2006, 2007, and 2008 that she is trying to speed up for completion. She said the bills for services performed to date by the public

defenders in those cases have been submitted. Council member Lonnie Hawkins told Judge Ellis that the council wants to work with her to deal with this issue and they had no clue that it had gotten this way. “I just hope that you can see from our side, or I think from most of our sides, that we see this as just a black hole; we just throw money at it and it falls down a black hole.” “I understand,” replied Judge Ellis. “With that said and with the outstanding bills and even though I don’t want to do it, I’ll make a motion for Lynne to have the $50,000 that she needs for the court.” He added that it will only leave her $8,500 for the year and she will have to come back to the council at some point this year for more money. “This is March,” said council member Wininger referring to the budget. “I want to know where we’re at, this is March.” Auditor Steiner said that she and Ellis went over the court’s budget recently and decided that the money should all be put into the public defender fund as opposed to going into several different funds. The council discussed the fact that the money was split up between funds so that they could decide where to pull from when and if more money was needed. The judge is appropriated $20,000 per year in the budget and it was acknowledged that she told the council at budget time last year that this would not be enough. After discussion, the council asked Judge Ellis if she could wait until next month so they had time to look at the general and rainy day funds to see where they could take the money. Ellis said that she already informed the public defenders that they will not be paid immediately so she didn’t have a problem with the delay. It was tabled by the council until the April meeting. Auditor Steiner reported that $475 was owed for the annual elevator inspection. Council member Lynn Gee announced that she is resigning, effective immediately, from the Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth Board due to other commitments. She nominated council member Randy Wininger to take her place for the rest of the year which will finish her current two-year appointed term. The council unanimously approved Gee’s recommendation.

(Continued from page one) fit that all weather warnings should be taken seriously. “It happens. It doesn’t always happen to the other guy,” he said referring to the southern counties that were struck by tornadoes. In other business, Don Greene, Martin County Humane Society President, approached the commissioners asking where the animal control ordinance is that was passed in November of last year. The ordinance was never filed in the auditor’s office. Commissioner Gregory said he had spoken to county attorney Dave Lett, who was not present Tuesday night, prior to the meeting and Lett explained that he still had work to do on the ordinance. Greene then updated the commissioners on the animal control commission meeting held last month for elected officials and law enforcement. None of the commissioners had attended the meeting. Greene said that the purpose of the meeting had been to brainstorm on what could be done with the unwanted animal problem in the county, including housing and funding. The ordinance had been one of the major topics of discussion because no one had a copy including the animal control commission. Commissioner Gregory told Greene that the ordinance that was passed in the 1990s is still in effect until the new ordinance is finished. “Everybody’s kind of wondering why it takes this long to get it on file,” said Greene noting that the sheriff’s department, along with other people, has asked for a copy of

the new ordinance. Gregory replied that the ordinance should be filed by the county attorney soon. “It kind of got to the bottom of the stack but it’s back on top again now,” he said. He noted that he was unaware the ordinance was never filed until he read the newspaper report of the animal control commission meeting. Discussion ensued on how long stray animals are held prior to adoption and how adoptions are going with the humane society. Greene explained that the humane society is currently using four foster homes to house dogs and this makes it difficult to show the available dogs to potential adopters. Greene added that the animal shelter is slated to be started this month and once completed, he expects adoptions to go up because all the dogs will be in one place for viewing. Loogootee Mayor Noel Harty, who was in the audience, asked the commissioners if there was anything in the budget for the animal control commission. Gregory replied that there was money budgeted for the humane society, not the animal control commission, but it was cut down to zero this year. He said that most humane societies in smaller counties operate with their own money brought in through fundraisers and are not county-funded. Greene replied that he spoke with Ann Sterling, a representative with the State of Indiana through the Humane Society of the United States, and she told him that she was


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Martin County SoAr!, the county’s adult literacy program, graduated four new tutors in March. Shown above in the front row from left to right is Kathy Collins and Shirley Wagner. In the back row are Janice guthrie and Kim Showalter. the tutors are available for free one-on-one tutoring to any adult who wants to improve reading, writing, math, english, or life skills. Call 709-1618 or email for more information.

Loogootee man arrested after traffic stop On March 2, 2012 at 7:10 p.m., Martin County Sheriff’s Sergeant Keith Keller was on patrol working Operation Pull Over Blitz 70. At this time, dispatch advised that they received an anonymous tip about a possible impaired driver that had pulled into the St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Whitfield. Keller went en route to that location and arrived at approximately 7:30 p.m. After a warrant check through NCIC/ IDACS, Keller stepped out of his vehicle and began to walk toward Eric J. King, 29, of Loogootee. King was advised to place his hands on the hood of Keller’s car for a weapons pat-down. King became very anxious at this time and began walking very quickly around the police car. Keller advised King several times to place his hands on the vehicle but he failed to comply with

very surprised to learn that the county did not help fund the humane society in any way. Gregory explained to Greene that although it is not a good time in the economy, he should continue to approach the county council to ask for funding. Auditor Nancy Steiner asked Greene if the Martin County Humane Society was affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States. Greene replied that they were not affiliated but he does call the representative on occasion if he has a question he can’t find the answer to. Steiner said, noting that she was speaking as a citizen not the auditor, that she has been asked on occasion if there was any affiliation as many people are against some of the things the HSUS has done to farmers. Greene said that there is no connection between the two organizations aside from both having humane society in their names. In the final order of business, Auditor Steiner presented commissioners a bill and contract from Oracle for the annual elevator inspection. She explained that one problem found in the inspection was associated with phone calls to the sheriff’s department from the elevator phone. She said she has spoken with a dispatcher at the sheriff’s department about the issue and got it taken care of. She said there were a few other things found in the inspection but doesn’t see that they will be costly. The current cost for the inspection is $475 but that does not include any repair work needed.

every request. As Sgt. Keller began to move towards King, he was shoved in the chest with two open hands and King took off running. Keller then began a foot pursuit of King. Approximately 50 feet after the pursuit began, Keller leaped in an attempt to tackle and take King to the ground. He had a hold of King’s head pulling his hat off. King was able to get back on his feet and continue running westbound on Brooks Bridge Road. Keller then continued the foot pursuit. King continued west across US Highway 231 belting in front of traffic. Keller ended the foot pursuit until other officers arrived. After several officers arrived, a perimeter was set up and officers began driving and looking for King. A K9 from Washington Police Department was able to pick up a scent from the hat pulled off of King’s head. The K9 was able to track the scent for approximately half of a mile. At about the same time the K9 lost the scent; all officers were advised that King was in custody at 8:43 p.m., approximately one mile south of Whitfield on US Highway 231. Keller was advised that King was walking along US Highway 231 attempting to hitch a ride and flagged down a black pick-up truck. The driver of the truck was a deputy from Daviess County. King was immediately identified and taken into custody. King was checked out by Martin County EMS. EMTs received a signature of release for King. Sergeant Keller received minor injuries during the altercation. King was transported to the Martin County Security Center by Major T.A. Burkhardt. King is being charged with resisting law enforcement as a D Felony, battery as a D Felony, false informing as a B Misdemeanor, and public intoxication as a B Misdemeanor. King is also being held on the petition to revoke warrant from Lawrence County. Sergeant Keith Keller was assisted by Chief Deputy Tony Dant, Major T.A. Burkhardt, and Corporal Steve Nolan with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. Sergeant Jason Hennette from the Loogootee Police Department, Troopers Dana Miller, Greg Ashby, and Steve Sexton from the Indiana State Police, Derrick Devine and his K9 from Washington Police Department, Deputies Tyler Ramsey, Adam Hunt, Steve Sturgis, Aaron Harbstreit, and Bill Daughtery from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, and Steve Stepleton from Indiana Excise.

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CHrIS WeLLS, Jr. David C. “Chris” Wells, Jr. passed away at 12:14 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at Martin County Health Care in Loogootee. A resident of Shoals, he was 46. He was born September 11, 1965 in Dubois County; the son of David C. and Lana (Nolan) Wells. He was a 1984 graduate of Shoals High School where he had played high school sports. He had attended Vincennes University and had previously worked at US Gypsum. He was a member of the Ames Chapel United Methodist Church and was an avid Purdue fan. He is survived by his parents, David and Lana Wells of Shoals; brothers, Chester Wells of Marengo and Daniel Wells of Shoals; sister, Dina (Wells) Radtke of Shoals; nieces and nephews, Akela Rose Wells, Xavier Wells, Isaiah Wells, David Jameson Wells, Ezekiel Wells, and Ragan Wells. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Junius and Edna Nolan, Chester Wells and Elizabeth Owens. The funeral service was held at T.L. Pinnick Mortuary in French Lick on Monday, March 5 with Rev. Roy Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at Ames Chapel Cemetery, in Paoli. Family requests memorials be given to the Rhea Archer Stidham Fund, c/o T.L. Pinnick Mortuary. Online condolences may be made to the family at ezrA WAgLer Ezra Wagler died at 3:11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012. A resident of Loogootee, he was 84.

He was born July 19, 1927; the son of the late Peter E. and Lavinia (Graber) Wagler. He was a member of Berea Mennonite Church and was retired from Crane and Nolan Construction. He enjoyed woodworking and building beautiful bird houses, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mrs. Ezra (Lillie Swartzentruber) Wagler of Loogootee; four sons, and daughters in-law Allen and Connie Wagler and Dennis Wagler all of Loogootee, Ron and JoEllen Wagler of Odon, and Bill and Gayle Wagler of Washington; and one daughter, Mrs. Norm (Gail) Stoll of Odon; one sister, Mrs. Edwin (Lorene) Knepp; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Wagler, Mrs. Ezra (Edith) Knepp, and Mrs. Fred (Mary) Stoll. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3 at Berea Mennonite Church. The family would like to express their deepest heartfelt gratitude to all who provided food, care, and compassion and prayers during Ezra’s illness. Ezra requested in lieu of flowers donation be made to: Galilean Children’s Home, P.O. Box 880, Liberty, Kentucky 42539-0880 or Samaritan’s Purse International Relief P.O. Box 3000 Boone, N.C. 28807-3000 or Gideons International P.O. Box 140800 Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800 In memory cards are available at the church. Ed Lee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. LyDIA rABer Lydia Raber died Tuesday, February 28,

Purdue MeP launches Made in Indiana program for manufacturers By Judith Barra Austin Purdue University’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has launched Made in Indiana, a program that highlights the contributions Indiana manufacturing makes to the state’s economy and raises awareness of the products made in Indiana. The program includes a spotlight page on MEP’s website and social media platforms. Indiana manufacturers can be included in Made in Indiana with a profile page at no cost. The page will feature the company’s products and services with photos and contact information. MEP also will feature an Indiana manufacturer each week on the page, which can be found at Companies can sign up to be listed on the website at


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“Manufacturing has a key role in Indiana’s economy,” said Dave Snow, Purdue MEP director. “It is important to recognize those manufacturers who provide jobs and products vital to Indiana. MEP is proud to support their efforts.” LinkedIn and Facebook sites allow members to discuss issues that affect their fields, stay informed about industry news and network with one another. The LinkedIn group can be found at Purdue Technical Assistant Program’s Facebook page is pages/Purdue-Technical-Assistance-Program-TAP/135119776531584 For more information about Made in Indiana, contact Purdue MEP at 317-2756820 or or visit Purdue MEP, a part of Purdue TAP, served more than 500 Indiana companies with workforce training and production needs from July 2010 to June 2011. Its programs assist Indiana companies with advanced manufacturing efforts and continuous improvement principles as core workforce training and production strategies.


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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 2012 at the home of David M. Graber, where she had been residing for the last eight years. A resident of Montgomery, she was 96. She was born April 29, 1915, in Daviess County; the daughter of Victor and Sarah (Wagler) Lengacher. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Corene and David Graber of Montgomery, Sarah and Ezra H. Lengacher of Loogootee, Marie and Lester Yoder of Elnora, and Wilma and Lewis Jr. Graber of Odon; eight sons and daughters-in-law, John and Rosa Raber of St. Paul, Indiana, Herbert and Barbara Raber of Loogootee, Joe and Rosemary Raber, Amos and Leah Raber, Henry Jr. and Ida Mae Raber, Victor and Dorothy Raber, Fred and Mary Catherine Raber and Loren and Sharon Raber, all of Montgomery; one sister and brother-inlaw, Marie and Paul Stoll of Loogootee; one daughter-in-law, Sylvia and husband Lester Marner of Montgomery; one son-in-law, Dale and wife Laura Stoll of Montgomery; 89 grandchildren; 309 great-grandchildren; and 41 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Raber, who died April 12, 1999; her parents; one son, David Raber; one daughter, Anna Mae Stoll; two brothers, Ezra and John Lengacher; four sisters,


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Corene Knepp, Anna Wittmer, Viola Knepp and Tillie Lengacher; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Friday, March 2 at the David M. Graber residence. Burial followed in Wagler Cemetery. Arrangements were made through Brocksmith-Blake and Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery. MAry BetH eDMonDSon Mary Beth Edmondson died at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. A resident of Loogootee, she was 70. She was born on September 15, 1941 in Martin County; the daughter of Edward and Mary (Williams) Brothers. She was married to Jack Edmondson and he preceded her in death on October 23, 1981. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and a graduate of Loogootee High School. Mary Beth was a retired cashier having worked at the Loogootee Food Mart and Loogootee Jay C Store. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister and will be missed by many. She was an avid card player, enjoyed working puzzles, loved dolls and going to yard sales. She is survived by two sons, Clifford E. Sr. and wife Mary Jane “MJ” Edmondson of Loogootee and Jackie E. Edmondson, all of Loogootee; one daughter, Betty Jane Coppage of Heuit, Texas; one sister, Claudette “Sis” Gilley of Loogootee; one sister-in-law, Judith M. Brothers of Loogootee; three grandchildren, Sadie Beth Edmondson, Clifford E. Edmondson, Jr., and Abrianna Rose Nichole Edmondson, all of Loogootee; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mary (Williams) Brothers; her husband, Jack Edmondson; one grandson, Glenn Jay Caproin; one brother, Edward J. Brothers; and one brother-in-law, Robert L. Gilley. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10 at the Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Private graveside rites will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log tueSDAy, feBruAry 28 3:38 p.m. - Received a report of construction machinery causing a traffic hazard on S.R. 450. 4:39 p.m. - A male caller reported a semi tailgating his vehicle on U.S. 231, near the construction site. 6:06 p.m. - Received a call regarding a controlled burn in the Shoals area. 10:18 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute on Main Street in Shoals. 10:21 p.m. - A male caller reported problems with a tenant. WeDneSDAy, feBruAry 29 12:48 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Loogootee. 7:55 a.m. - Received a report of a reckless driver in the Shoals area. 8:18 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 8:32 a.m. - Received a report of stolen dogs in Loogootee. 9:43 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded semi in Loogootee. 10:14 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Loogootee Nursing Center. The patient was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 10:39 a.m. - Received a report of a low limb on a tree on Butler Bridge Road. 11:30 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident at the U.S. 50/ U.S. 450 junction. 12:17 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Loogootee- Dover Hill Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 1:45 p.m. - Received a report of illegal dumping on private property. 3:16 p.m. - Received a report of a subject with a weapon in the Doe Run area. 4:18 p.m. - Received a call regarding a littering issue on Progress School Road. 4:41 p.m. - Received a report of a theft of

Jail bookings WeDneSDAy, feBruAry 29 1:05 a.m. - Eric Wade 42, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. 4:39 p.m. - Todd Wisner, 36, of Loogootee, was arrested on a Dubois County warrant. tHurSDAy, MArCH 1 2:11 a.m. - Brandon Kuhlman, 18, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with minor in possession, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. 2:11 a.m. - Dustin Russell, 20, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia, minor in possession, and possession of marijuana. frIDAy, MArCH 2 1:15 a.m. - Robert Sherfick, 41, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with a felony battery. 1:15 a.m. - Ashley Tow, 27, of Shoals was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor battery. 9:25 p.m. - Eric King, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with petition to revoke. SAturDAy, MArCH 3 11:55 p.m. - Matthew Quinn, 22, of French Lick, was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent. MonDAy, MArCH 5 5:56 p.m. - Justin Crosby, 29, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with battery.

Accident report tHurSDAy, MArCH 1 1:00 p.m. - Report of an accident in the Methodist Church parking lot. Agnes Berry, of Loogootee, backed into the driver side of a van driven by Roy Pielemeier. There was a small amount of damage to the van. Investigating officer was Glen Akles.

a wallet. 5:37 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Healthcare Center. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 5:50 p.m. - Received a report of illegal dumping into a creek on Reinhart Road. 6:40 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:30 p.m. - Received several calls regarding a garage fire on U.S. 231, north of Whitfield. 10:03 p.m. - Received a report of trespassers on Hindostan Falls Road. tHurSDAy, MArCH 1 4:32 a.m. - Received a residential burglar alarm on U.S. 231, north of Loogootee. 7:32 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:44 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:09 a.m. - Received a report of erratic driving, southbound on U.S. 50, nearing Lawrence County. Lawrence County was contacted. 11:40 a.m. - Received information regarding a controlled burn on S.R. 450. 12:33 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Evansville St. Mary’s Hospital. 3:00 p.m. - Received a report of a semi truck with smoke coming from the wheels when it brakes, southbound from Farlen on U.S.231. 5:32 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident that occurred early in the morning on U.S. 50. 6:06 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Bex Lane. 6:29 p.m. - Received a report of trespassing on DH Gate Road. 8:11 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle striking and damaging metal stakes on U.S. 231S, at the construction site, and not stopping after the incident. 10:15 p.m. - Received a report of a tree across the roadway on Butler Bridge Road. frIDAy, MArCH 2 12:14 a.m. - Received a report of battery on Boyd Hollow Road. 3:36 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:15 a.m. - Received a report of damage to a vehicle on Nolley Lane. 7:56 a.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Dover Hill Road. Unknown time - Information was received in reference to a controlled burn on Bear Hill Road. 10:49 a.m. - Received a call reporting a tree on fire due to a lightning strike. 2:35 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Kerr’s office in Shoals. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:53 p.m. - Received a report of a suspicious subject around vehicles in Shoals. 4:53 p.m. - Received a report of an accident on U.S. 50 near the Overlook. 5:25 p.m. - Received a report of an accident just east of Williams Dam on S.R. 450. Lawrence County was contacted. 6:07 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic

Police warn of scam The Loogootee Police Department would like to warn citizens of a Reader’s Digest scam. Caller will identify themselves as an employee of the Reader’s Digest. Caller will then advise you that you have won a huge amount of money. They will tell you that the money will be delivered to you with an armed security guard. Before they arrive, they request money be forwarded to them for this service. Do not respond to this scam. If it is too good to be true, it is most likely a scam.

dispute in Shoals. 6:27 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. No transport was necessary. 6:31 p.m. - Received a report of a fire on Chicken Farm Road. 6:52 p.m. - A female caller advised she had ran into a ditch on Brooks Bridge Road, but there was no damage to her vehicle and she did not need a report. 7:10 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, near Whitfield. 8:35 p.m. - Received a report of a tree down on U.S. 150, west of Hawkins Cemetery Lane. SAturDAy, MArCH 3 1:40 a.m. - Received a report of damage to a vehicle at McDonald’s in Loogootee. Loogootee Police Department was contacted. 4:50 a.m. - Received a report of a possible suicidal subject. 7:02 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident in Odon. Daviess County was contacted. 9:44 a.m. - Received a report of stolen medication. 10:22 a.m. - A caller requested assistance with an unwanted subject on private property. 10:24 a.m. - Received a call regarding custody issues. 12:10 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Dover Hill Road. 6:20 p.m. - Received a report of a break-in at a residence on Chicken Farm Road. 6:40 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 231, southbound from Alfordsville. 7:24 p.m. - A female caller reported that someone had ran her daughter off the roadway. 10:33 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. SunDAy, MArCH 4 10:30 a.m. - Received anonymous information regarding drug activity in the Loogootee area. 11:30 a.m. - Received a request for a vehicle unlock in Shoals. 1:45 p.m. - Received a report of cows on the roadway at Max Warren’s Curve. 2:29 p.m. - Received a call regarding a controlled burn on Grafton Lane. 5:10 p.m. - Received a report of a civil dispute in Shoals. 5:32 p.m. - Received a report of a break-in at a residence on Sherfick School Road. 8:55 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at the Martin County Healthcare Center. The patient was transported to Jasper

Memorial Hospital. 9:45 p.m. - Received a report of a possible suicidal subject. 10:50 p.m. - Received a report of an accident on U.S. 50 near the Lawrence County line. 11:35 p.m. - Received a report of a tree blocking U.S. 150 approximately one-half mile west of S.R. 550. MonDAy, MArCH 5 12:00 a.m. - Received a report of an accident on U.S. 231, one mile north of Truelove Church Road. 12:03 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm on Ziegler Road. 3:30 a.m. - Received a report of a power outage in the Scenic Hill area. 3:45 a.m. - A male caller in Shoals reported possible trespassers. 6:45 a.m. - Received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle at a business in Loogootee. 6:55 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 8:14 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Shoals. 9:45 a.m. - Received a report of an alarm at the substation in the Bellbrook area. 10:34 a.m. - Received a residential alarm on Cherry Road. 12:25 p.m. - Received a report of a house fire on Hart Road. 12:34 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 2:18 p.m. - Received a report of a fire at the Larkin Apartments in Loogootee. 2:40 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Poirier’s office in Loogootee. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:34 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Martin County Healthcare. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:44 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute on Elliott Lane. 5:26 p.m. - Received a report of a stolen laptop. 6:38 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding vehicle on U.S. 150. 9:46 p.m. - Received a request to send the Loogootee Fire Department to check a residence involved in an earlier house fire. 10:43 p.m. - Received a report of a breakin in progress, at a residence north of Loogootee. tueSDAy, MArCH 6 6:45 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital.

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CorreCtIon: As part of an accident that occurred on February 23 at 5:29 p.m., the Loogootee Police report stated that a vehicle operated by Angela Dillion struck the rear of a vehicle operated by Maggie Schnarr. This is not correct. It should have stated that the Schnarr vehicle struck the rear of the Dillion vehicle. MonDAy, feBruAry 27 4:19 p.m. - A male caller reported the cross arms were down on Kentucky Avenue. Contacted CSX Railroad and they advised they had been notified and a crew was en route to take care of it. 5:46 p.m. - Received a report of a threecar accident on US 50 and Shady Estates. When Sgt. Norris arrived a Martin County unit was on scene working the accident. tueSDAy, feBruAry 28 9:00 a.m. - Received a call for assistance with a funeral detail at 10:45 a.m. They were going to Whitfield. Chief Rayhill took care of the detail. 2:35 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a hit and run accident at The Body Shop Gym on NE First Street. Chief Rayhill went to the scene. He later located the vehicle that left the scene. Charges were filed with the prosecutor. WeDneSDAy, feBruAry 29 10:17 a.m. - Request for first responders to assist the ambulance at the Loogootee Nursing Center. First responders were paged out. 10:46 a.m. - Female called in to report a control burn on the St. Joseph Road in Bramble. 8:26 p.m. - A male caller reported a fire

in the Redwing Trailer Court. Sgt. Hennette went and checked it out and it was a controlled burn. Subject was with the fire keeping it in check. 9:36 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a garage fully engulfed on US 231 south; it was the Bledsoe Trucking garage. Loogootee Fire was dispatched to the scene. tHurSDAy, MArCH 1 10:00 a.m. - Received a request for first responders to assist the ambulance service. 4:01 p.m. - Caller reported a domestic dispute between mother and son on East Broadway Street. Captain Akles responded. frIDAy, MArCH 2 7:30 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance regarding a male subject who had fled law enforcement. SAturDAy, MArCH 3 1:40 a.m. - Female caller reported that her vehicle was damaged while parked at her job. 10:22 a.m. - Female requested an officer at Shaded Estates regarding an unwanted visitor on her property. 10:24 a.m. - Male caller reported a child custody issue. 4:07 p.m. - Female caller requested extra patrol. 6:50 p.m. - Caller reported a male was shoving a female near the old Perfect Fit building. Officers were unable to locate the subjects. SunDAy, MArCH 4 6:57 p.m. - Female caller reported a child custody violation.

Martin County real estate transfers robert Harold Sorrells, of Martin County to trustees of the Hindostan united Methodist Church, of Martin County, Indiana, a portion of the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 4, Township 2 North, Range 4 West, containing .12 acre, more or less. Cynthia J. Lowe to John t. Lowe, part of the east half of the northwest quarter of Section 35, Township 3 North, Range 3 West, 2nd principal meridian, Halbert Civil Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 14.987 acres, more or less. With 1.050 acres in the county road right-of-way. ralph C. Werner and Karen A. Werner, and Arthur S. Margarida and ruth H. Margarida, all of Dubois County, Indiana to Werner Werner Margarida, LLC, of Dubois County, Indiana, the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 3 North, Range 4 West, containing 10 acres, more or less. Also, the east half of the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter containing 20 acres, more or less; and the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter containing 40 acres, more or less, all in Section 4, Township 1 North, Range 3 West. Also, 10 acres off to the west side of the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 9, Township 1 North, Range 4 West; also, the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 9, Township 1 North, Range 4 West, containing 40 acres, more or less, being a combined total of 50 acres, more or less. Also, the west half of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 3 North, Range 4 West, containing 20 acres, more or less; except a strip of even width off of the south end of the west half of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township

3 North, Range 4 West, containing 15 acres, more or less, and after said exception containing 5 acres, more or less. Also, a perpetual easement for ingress and egress of 60 feet along the west side of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 10, Township 3 North, Range 4 West. Also, a right-of-way for purpose of ingress, egress and regress containing 0.21 acre, more or less. Also, a portion of the west half of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 3 North, Range 4 West, Center Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 3.0 acres, more or less. Also 0.21 acres, more or less, in the same section for the purpose of ingress, egress and regress. Also, the northeast quarter of Section 9, Township 3 North, Range 4 West, containing 160 acres, more or less.

Indiana State Police investigate armed robbery The Indiana State Police is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night in Orleans. Preliminary investigation reveals that Monday night, March 5 at approximately 7:15 p.m., an unknown person entered the Video One at 215 N Maple Street, Orleans armed with a long gun and demanded money. The unknown person is described as a light skinned person between 5’4” and 5’8” between 100 to 150 pounds wearing denim bib overalls and a bandanna around the face. The person left the west side of the building on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 1-800-742-7475 or 812-482-1441.

Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CrIMInAL Court new Charges filed february 7 Jared R. Butcher, unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, a Class D Felony. Zachery T. Blaker, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. february 16 Timothy J. Padgett, residential entry, a Class D Felony. february 22 Waylon S. Wininger, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. february 24 Lacy Ann Rominger, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. february 28 Jacob M. Melton, criminal mischief, a Class A Misdemeanor. Joshua T. Rush, operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, a Class D Felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony. March 2 Allen Justin Lamar, failure to register as a sex or violent offender, a Class D Felony; false informing, a Class B Misdemeanor. CrIMInAL ConvICtIonS AnD SentenCIng february 7 Robert J. Alspaugh, convicted of illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 50 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 25 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received no probation. Jesse Craig, convicted of attempted theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 515 days suspended including credit for 16 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Zachery T. Blaker, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 20 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 10 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received no probation. february 9 David M. Baugh, convicted of conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 365 days suspended including credit for 0 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. february 16 William A. Kidwell, II, convicted of operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 30 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 0 days previously served. Defendant received no probation. Heidi N. Melton, convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with prior within 5 years, a Class C Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 527 days suspended including credit for 10 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Holly G. Norris, convicted of theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 353 days suspended including credit for 6 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 30 months of probation. february 28 Juanito Angel-Apolinar, convicted of

reckless driving, a Class B Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 180 days in the Martin County Security Center with 174 days suspended including credit for 3 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received five months of probation. Kyle M. Roedel, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 363 days in the Martin County Security Center with 363 days suspended including credit for 1 actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. CrIMInAL CHArgeS DISMISSeD february 7 Jesse Craig, possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony, dismissed; criminal mischief, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed. february 9 David M. Baugh, driving while suspended with prior conviction, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. february 16 William A. Kidwell, II, unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, a Class D Felony, dismissed. Heidi N. Melton, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor, dismissed; neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony, dismissed; operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator, a Class D Felony, dismissed; possession of marijuana under 30 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. Holly G. Norris, interference with medical services, a Class C Felony, dismissed; two separate counts of driving while suspended, Class A Misdemeanors, dismissed. february 24 Jackie R. Edmondson, invasion of privacy, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. Lawrence D. McCarty, invasion of privacy, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. Ashley R. Tow, battery, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed; resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. CIvIL Court new Suits filed february 27 Providian National Bank vs. Janna H. McGee, civil plenary. february 28 Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Kevin G. Mazura, civil collection. CIvIL Court DISMISSeD Fifth Third Mortgage Company vs. James and Amanda Sorrells, mortgage foreclosure, dismissed. Citicorp Trust Bank vs. Clay and Helen Dearwester, mortgage foreclosure, dismissed. Green Tree Servicing, LLC vs. Anita Wildman, civil plenary, dismissed. SMALL CLAIMS Court new Suits filed february 28 Hands Termite and Pest Control vs. Tania Brown, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS DISMISSeD Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jordan and Kayla Black, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Jessica Dillman, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Joseph and Janice Spaulding, complaint, dismissed. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Samantha Gilbert, complaint, dismissed. trAffIC tICKetS PAID february 22 – february 28 Brandy Owen, Bloomfield, seatbelt violation, $25. Ronald Padgett, Loogootee, driving without proof of financial responsibilities, $111; speeding 75 in a 55, $96. MArrIAge LICenSeS March 2 Jeffrey D. Williams of Mitchell and Kristina M. Burkhead of Mitchell. March 5 Kyle Eric Wininger of Shoals and Raysha Janell Fuhrman of Shoals.

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-Photo provided Shown above, from left to right, are American Cancer Society volunteers Barbara Boyd and Sandy Haseman, Williams Bros. Marketing Director Deborah Bedwell, and ACS volunteer Diane Dillon. not pictured is ACS volunteer Betty Huelsman.

Williams Bros donates to Daffodil Days The American Cancer Society received a generous donation from Williams Bros. Healthcare Pharmacy recently. Williams Bros will receive fresh-cut daffodils for their donation and will join the “Daffy Girls” in delivering flowers to area nursing homes. Deborah Bedwell, Marketing Director at

Williams Bros, said “Williams Bros and I appreciate the opportunity to bring a ray of sunshine into the residents’ day with a small bouquet of flowers.” Williams Bros donation will assist the American Cancer Society with their goal of saving lives, creating more birthdays, and continuing the fight against cancer.

“getting the facts on CoPD” presentation On Tuesday, April 3, pulmonologist Dr. Sohail Qadir will present “Getting the Facts on COPD” at Cullen Medical Professionals in Washington as part of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s free, public HealthMatters series. COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a serious lung disease which makes breathing difficult. Also known by other names such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD is now the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 12 million people are currently diagnosed with this progressive disease, while it is estimated another 12 million individuals may have it and not know it. Dr. Qadir received his medical degree at King Edward Medical College, University of Punjab in Pakistan, and completed a res-

idency in internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in 2009. Dr. Qadir holds certifications with the American Board of Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. The HealthMatters program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Conference Room at Cullen Medical Professionals, located at 2005 State Street, Suite A in Washington. Pre-registration is not required. For more information about this program, please call Memorial Hospital’s Community Relations department at 996-2323 or toll-free at 800852-7279, ext. 2323.

4-H Shooting Sports Starts March 10


Have you seen the above orange, shorthair tabby? He was lost recently near the boat landing in Shoals. He goes by the name Tom-Tom and has been neutered. If found, please call Virginia at 812-254-2760 ext. 1107 during the day or 812-653-9164 after 4:30 p.m.

Martin County 4-H Shooting Sports will have their first activity day on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 4H fairgrounds. Youth who are currently enrolled in grades 3-12 are eligible to enroll. The 4-H Shooting Sports project focuses on the disciplines of archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, and pistol. They have excellent, certified instructors that can show participants how to safely handle the implements in each of the disciplines. Participants MUST dress warmly and parents must sign an enrollment form and liability waiver for their child to participate. For more questions or to let 4-H know your child will be participating, please call the Extension Office at 295-2412 and talk to Jonathan.

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teddy bear drive

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During the month of february Dr. Jordan and Dr. Brooke Hawkins at Hawkins Health Center held a teddy bear drive at their office. With the help of their chiropractic family, they were able to collect over 60 teddy bears for riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Jordan, Dr. Brooke, and their staff have set up a day to go to riley and deliver these teddy bears to the children staying there.

Dubois County Humane Society receives grant Through its Community Impact Grants Program, The Home Depot® Foundation has awarded $3,300 to the Dubois County Humane Society. The donation will be used to replace chain link fencing and guttering and to install rain barrels. The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program supports the work that local nonprofit organizations, public schools, and other community organizations are doing to improve the physical health of their neighborhoods. “We are delighted to support local volunteer projects aimed at creating and maintaining stable and healthy communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. “The Dubois County Humane Society deserves enormous credit for the work it is doing, and we are glad to be part of their efforts.” Volunteers are needed to assist The Home Depot volunteers in installing the fence, gutters and rain barrels. The work session is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 8 a.m. If interested in helping, email or call 482-7387 during adoptions on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. or Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. About The Home Depot Foundation In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs. Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like on Facebook at homedepotfoundation.

Calendar of Events 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. Solid waste board The Martin County Solid Waste Board holds their monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the recycling center located at 500 Industrial Park Drive in Loogootee. The meetings are open to the public and anyone is invited to attend. 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. Chamber meetings The Martin County Chamber of Commerce will hold their next meeting March 14 at noon at Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant. goodwill Cemetery Board The Goodwill Cemetery Board will meet Tuesday, March 20 in the German American Bank meeting room, lower level, in Loogootee, at 7 p.m. The public is invited

to attend. Humane society meetings The Martin County Humane Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Loogootee Municipal Building, at 7 p.m. To become a member, contact Martin County Humane Society, P. O. Box 537, Shoals, Indiana 47581, call Don at 296-0952. tax Counseling for the elderly Generations is once again providing Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). This program provides free assistance to low-income, elderly and special-needs taxpayers in filling out both the federal and state tax forms. Volunteers have completed their certification with the Internal Revenue Service and are ready to complete tax forms at Loogootee Senior Center, 406 N.W. First Street, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 247-2525. The Martin County TCE Coordinator is Kenny Woods. tourism meetings The MCCC Tourism Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Martin County Community Learning Center on the fairgrounds. Soil and Water meetings The Martin County SWCD meets the third Monday of the month at the SWCD office located at Martin County Learning Center. Office hours for the district are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays when it is closed. Visit www.martinswcd. com or call at 295-3149.

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Work last week in the The Messmer Report Indiana general Assembly By District 63 State Representative Working through major end-of-session deadlines, state lawmakers have only a few weeks left to conclude business. Numerous bills have passed both chambers without amendments and have advanced to the governor for final review and possible enactment. Negotiations on legislation still under consideration now move to the joint HouseSenate conference committee phase where compromises are sought on heavily amended bills. Conference committee reports must be agreed to by all members of the committee and approved by both chambers. Legislators have until midnight March 14 to conclude business, although there is some discussion that they may adjourn early. This brief summary highlights some of the recent action taken by the Senate. State surplus revenues Although state spending has been tight throughout the economic downturn, state revenues have begun to improve. The state’s surplus is estimated to be in excess of $1.7 billion by June 30, 2012. In addition, last December the administration found $320 million in electronic corporate income tax payments that had accrued in a state revenue collection account since 2007. This revenue was not properly transferred to the state’s general fund until this year. A provision in the state budget passed last year established an automatic taxpayer refund if the state’s combined cash and reserve fund balances exceed 10 percent of the state’s operating appropriation. The discovery of the $320 million tipped the combined balances over this 10 percent trigger. Effective January 1, 2013, House Bill (HB) 1376 would change how the state would handle surplus revenue. The bill would make the trigger for use of excess reserves 14 percent (rather than 10 percent under current law) of general revenue appropriations for the state fiscal year. The proposal also specifies that if the amount of the excess reserves is less than $100 million, all of the excess reserves shall be transferred to the Pension Stabilization Fund; and if the amount of the excess reserves is $100 million or more, 50 percent of the excess reserves shall be transferred to the Pension Stabilization Fund and 50 percent of the excess reserves shall be used for the purposes of providing an automatic taxpayer refund. In addition, HB 1376 includes additional compensation for victims of last summer’s State Fair tragedy, and additional funding for full-day kindergarten. The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 44-6 and now heads to a conference committee where fiscal leaders will iron out differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the bill. Statewide smoking ban The Senate added numerous amendments to HB 1149, legislation that would establish a statewide smoking ban. Amendments to the bill added to the list of exemptions as to where smokers could light up cigarettes, which weakened the bill considerably. In the bill’s current form, some of the exemptions include: gaming facilities; bars and taverns; cigar and hookah bars; fraternal, social and veterans’ clubs; tobacco stores; bingo parlors; nursing homes and mental health facilities. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 2921. The bill’s fate will be decided by a joint House-Senate conference committee. Similar legislation has worked its way through the House for the past five years, but this is the first time the smoking ban has been considered by the full Senate. Indiana is one of 13 states with no comprehensive smoking ban. Synthetic drugs Legislation that targets a new synthetic drug referred to as “bath salts” has been approved by the Senate. According to poison control centers and law enforcement agencies, the effects of these salts are comparable

to methamphetamine abuse. HB 1196 would add additional chemical compounds, including those compounds sold as bath salts, to the definition of synthetic drugs. The legislation would also expand the definition of synthetic drugs to include certain chemical compounds that are structurally related to synthetic drugs. In addition, the bill was successfully amended by the Senate to tighten the law as it relates to the retailers who sell synthetic drugs. Under this provision, if a person has been convicted of selling or offering to sell a synthetic drug that was offered for sale by a retail merchant, the retailer could lose their retail license. HB 1196 now returns to the House for consideration of Senate changes to the bill. Child care ministries Legislation which would require the Division of Family Resources to establish a Child Care Ministries Advisory Committee to enhance child care regulations among church day care centers gained Senate approval. Currently, ministries that provide day care for children are not required to operate under state requirements already in place for licensed day care facilities. HB 1136 was recommended by the Committee on Child Care, which was established by law in 2007 to study the state’s system of child care regulations and providers including child care homes and child care centers. An amendment to the bill that would have brought ministry facility standards in line with licensed child care centers sooner failed to pass despite strong support. Since the filing of this amendment, a local church child care facility experienced the tragic death of an unsupervised one-year old child, prompting increased attention to the issue. Health care compact Controversial legislation that would allow states to join together and create a health care compact in efforts to regulate health care has been approved by the Senate by a party-line vote of 37-13. HB 1269 would require the securing of the consent of the U.S. Congress before the state legislature of each member state could have the primary responsibility to regulate health care in the member state’s jurisdiction. The legislation would allow member states of the compact to suspend all federal laws, regulations, and orders concerning health care that are inconsistent with the laws and regulations adopted by the member state under the compact. Opponents expressed numerous concerns about the bill including the unknown costs of implementing the legislation. News from the House The House has approved SB 293 which would provide for a 10 year phase-out of the state inheritance tax beginning in 2012. The bill now returns to the Senate for approval of amendments made to the bill. If approved, the bill will advance to the governor for signature into law or veto. Legislation which would establish an advisory committee comprised of experts and advocates from around the state to promote early education opportunities has been approved by both chambers. Under SB 268, members of the advisory committee would provide professional and technical assistance to the Indiana Education Roundtable, a state board of key education, business, community, and government leaders charged with ensuring that the state has world class academic standards for student learning. Passage of the legislation would provide greater input as to the necessary steps required to start the education process earlier and improve educational outcomes for children in Indiana. SB 268 now advances to the governor for final consideration and possible signature into law. Upcoming deadline March 14 - By law, the legislature has until midnight to conclude all business

Mark Messmer

Protecting Hoosier freedoms The legislative session is coming to and end and many bills are in their final stages before either being signed into law by the governor or being dead for the year. This past week we discussed and debated several topics that have been talked about often across the state in many communities. A statewide smoking ban passed the Senate, and in the House we passed SB 1 that provides more protection for Hoosiers by enforcing our right to defend against unlawful entry into our homes. Smoking bans are becoming increasingly instituted across the country and across Indiana. Evansville recently implemented a city-wide smoking ban that includes all bars and only exempts the casino floor. In the General Assembly we are also considering a smoking ban that could be implemented statewide. For the last five years, the House has considered a statewide smoking ban and this is the first year the Senate has discussed the issue. However, the current version of the bill, the way the Senate passed it, includes many exemptions. Some feel the bill is too watered down, while others are pleased to see multiple exemptions for places such as bars and nursing homes. The bill will now go to conference committee with members of the House and Senate to see if amendments can be agreed upon. This summer the court case of Barnes vs. Indiana received a lot of attention. The In-

diana Supreme Court ruled that Hoosiers could not resist police officers who enter their homes without warrants under any circumstance. Because of this, SB 1 was authored this session that will put Indiana law regarding the castle doctrine back to where it was prior to the Barnes decision. Hoosiers must have the right to protect themselves against the unlawful actions of others. This bill, if signed into law, would not provide immunity for anyone’s criminal behavior, but it would help protect Hoosiers against bad actors- criminals and rogue police officers alike. This is an issue of freedom and ensuring Hoosiers have the ability to defend their homes, and is consistent with over 200 years of common law in this country, and clarifies the intent of the legislature in laws passed in 1976 and again in 2006. This week the bill passed the House in a bipartisan 74-24 vote, and previously in the Senate 45-5. Since it was amended in the House, the Senate can either concur to the House changes, or it could go to conference committee so that members of both chambers can concur on amendments. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the status of this bill. The end of the legislative session is always very busy, but also productive. My colleagues in the General Assembly and I have been working hard to make Indiana a better place for all Hoosiers to live and work. Thank you for your continued support.

zoeller works to ensure consumers aren’t being gouged at the pump While consumers are looking for the cheapest gas, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has a watchful eye out to ensure consumers aren’t being illegally gouged. “Consumers are feeling the financial pinch at the pump, but our daily review and ongoing research reveals the recent price jump is a result of market forces and not price gouging,” Zoeller said. “Crude oil prices, changes in supply and most gas taxes are a result of federal and international factors. While our office cannot control these fluctuations we can and will challenge illegal pricing activities if they are found.” Illegal pricing activities can include agreements between retailers to fix prices, deceptive sales acts or excessive prices during a state of emergency. Consumers can report higher than average gas prices by calling the Attorney General Office’s hotline at 1.866.241.9753. Zoeller said these calls are tracked and any outlying prices are thoroughly investigated. According to AAA on Monday, Indiana has the 10th highest gas prices in the nation at an average of $3.88 per gallon of regular gas compared to more than $4.30 in California and Hawaii. The Attorney General’s Office received 18 gas-price related complaints in February with nine in the last week – the average complaint price was $3.72. Since 2003, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office has watched the price of gasoline sold at the retail level and compared the pump prices to the local and state averages, trading prices on the futures market and other statistical data. “While consumers may believe the price is simply too high, it is important for consumers to have the confidence that the price is indeed a fair one that has not been subject to unfair practices,” said Scot Imus, Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Mar-

keters and Convenience Store Association. “The Indiana retail industry will continue to work with the Attorney General’s office and other elected officials during these challenging times.” For more information about how the Attorney General’s Office tracks gas prices, visit and click on “Gasoline Prices” in the menu. Driving efficiency tips and a gas savings calculator is available on this website to help drivers determine the potential savings by increasing fuel efficiency.

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The Mayor’s Den By Loogootee Mayor Noel Harty Where did January go? Well, February 1st started off with a communications meeting with Bruce Smith, Jason Greene, and my assistant Linda Ledgerwood Ellis. We worked on putting together a plan of action on communication for the city. We decided to implement a Facebook page in addition to the which was previously in place. With both of these, communication between city hall and the citizens of Loogootee should be nonstop. In addition to this, of course, we have put in place the Mayor’s Den. This (I am sure you already know as you are currently reading it) is sent to local media sources for publication. The Den is designed for those that may not currently be on, Facebook or Twitter. On Ground Hog Day, I met with Greg Jones, Jenny Dearwester, and Matt Sward with SIDC to discuss grants that have been explored in the past and likewise those that might be explored in the future. Upon meeting with all three of them, it was decided that it would be beneficial for Mrs. Dearwester to attend the next city council meeting held on the 13th to discuss a possible housing grant. In addition to SIDC, I also met with Mike Mathies and Alan Burch with Midwestern Engineers to discuss projects that have been completed and might be beneficial to the city in the future. They were both very helpful in updating me on avenues explored in the past and possible needs in the near future. Midwestern Engineers has been a tremendous asset to the City of Loogootee and Martin County!!! In the evening, it was off to the yearly Martin County Chamber of Commerce Dinner offered at the Martin County Community Building. Approximately 80 were in attendance for the event. Former Deputy Mayor of Logansport and current Program Manager for the Indiana Association for Economic Development Linda Klinck spoke at the dinner. Linda spoke on what makes a community great and what can make a community even greater! Linda shared with us loads of her wisdom!!! Next on the agenda was the announcement of who would become the next recipient of the 2012 Gene Shaw citizen of the year award. Bill Whorrall was announced as the winner. As many of you, know Bill Whorrall is well deserving of the award! From his art to his books, he has been all about promoting Martin County. The dinner for the event was prepared by Carla’s Catering and Creations, and it was great! The Martin County Chamber does so much for our community!!! On the 5th, Super Bowl Sunday, it was on to Pizza and More to help deliver pizzas for the humane society. All of the gratuities received went to benefit the society!! On to a new week! On the 6th, I met with Mike Harmless. Mike you will probably hear a lot about over the next four years. Mike served as the Mayor of New Castle for two terms and decided that he would accept a position with Crowe. Mike serves as engineer for the accounting firm and has loads to offer in the industry. On Tuesday, I met with Brandon from Redding - a company based out of Seymour. Redding specializes in many municipal bond issues. On the morning of the 9th as many of you know what started out as a normal day did not stay that way long. Upon being at my office less

than 10 minutes, I received word there was any ambulance at my assistant’s house. As I raced over to her home to see if everything was all right, I was greeted by knitting buddy of Linda’s, Anna Marie Hand. As we both waited to see what was going on, we hoped for the best; but as we watched my cohort loaded up in the ambulance, we both knew it didn’t look good. After a little over an hour of waiting, we found out that the worst had happened. I had lost my associate forever. I will miss Linda always. She was so instrumental in the day to day operations of the office. She will always be missed but never forgotten. I would like to thank all of the people who came forth to volunteer to fill in until we hired someone! On Friday the 10th, I attended the changing of command at Crane. It was an awesome experience to say the least!!! On Saturday the 11th, it was off to the community building again for a Cracker Barrel session. State Senator John Waterman and State Representative Matt Ubelhor were in attendance. A new week began with Matthew Crouch! Mr. Crouch serves with the Department of Rural Affairs. Mr. Crouch and I spoke about various possible projects that may fit our community. I have high expectations while working with other service providers that we can hopefully obtain some grants in the future. That evening was board of works and city council! Many issues at hand were discussed! The current dispatch program, the purchase of two tasers for the police department, the “Home Owner Occupied” grant” administered by SIDC, the purchase of new computer for the deputy clerk-treasurer and the announcement of the new building commissioner and commission. On the afternoon of the 14th, it was on to the WestGate Authority meeting! On the 15th, it was on to Indy for the legislative sessions. Much was discussed throughout the entire two days. However, one of the biggest topics was redistricting which every city and town has to perform this year in the state. A new week began with Presidents’ Day. The municipal offices were closed; however, in the evening I attended the animal control commission meeting. Many local officials were in attendance as it was a special session to discuss the current on-going problems with animals throughout the county. After much debate, some solutions were discussed. On the 21st, I attended the Sustainable Building Training. Many topics were discussed, such as the upcoming building project to solutions from the commission meeting with animal concerns. On Wednesday the 22nd, it was on to the Martin County Solid Waste monthly meeting. The solid waste district and the recycling center as a whole is a great asset to Martin County and all the surrounding areas. We are very lucky to have Laura and the many dedicated individuals which make the center a success! On Sunday the 26th, I attended the Pre-Sectional Lion Backers Banquet at the school. First of all, the food was excellent as always! The Lion Backers really work hard to make this event happen. I also want to commend the guest speaker Mr. Wayne Flick for the awesome job he did both motivating the players and fans in attendance at the banquet. Last but not least, Greg Bateman did wonderful as always emceeing the event. On Monday the 27th, it was off to the learning center for the Martin County Alliance meeting. I can tell you that Mr. Kinder, along with the members of the Alliance, works very hard to promote economic growth for the county. Tuesday the 28th was a meeting at WestGate. On the 29th, I had a very informative meeting with Abby Mason from the Indiana Department of Transportation. On the evening of the 29th, it was on to the SummerFest meeting!

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Local schools honored by state for high performance Three area elementary schools represented by State Reps. Sue Ellspermann (RFerdinand), Steve Davisson (R-Salem), and Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) were recognized today by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Ferdinand Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary, and Huntingburg Elementary have achieved some of the highest growth in student performance on the ISTEP exam in the state. The IDOE’s growth model measures student growth in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Students across Indiana who receive the same scores on the ISTEP English/Language Arts and Mathematics portions are grouped together. The same group of students is evaluated at the next ISTEP exam and growth is determined by comparing each student’s advancement with the group. The IDOE then determines growth to be low, typical, or high. “The students, teachers, and parents should be proud of the achievements of Ferdinand, Pine Ridge, and Huntingburg Elementary Schools,” said Rep. Ellspermann. “The acceleration of learning demonstrated is truly impressive and among the highest in the state. Most importantly, I think this demonstrates the commitment of our public schools to do all they can to ensure our children have the best possible educational opportunity. We thank them for this unwavering commitment to excellence.”

“The success of Ferdinand, Pine Ridge, and Huntingburg goes beyond simple test scores,” said Rep. Messmer. “The growth model shows a student’s real progress in absorbing knowledge. The students in these schools are clearly learning at an accelerated rate, giving them an advantage for the rest of their academic career. The rest of Indiana looks to these schools as an example of what can be accomplished with a proactive approach.” “This is a remarkable accomplishment for these three schools,” said. Rep. Davisson. “The results exemplified by Ferdinand, Pine Ridge, and Huntingburg Elementary Schools will be used across the state as a benchmark for learning, and it bodes well for the students, teachers and parents in our districts. This achievement proves that our public schools are working hard each and every day to create a learning environment that is conducive to student success, and I look forward to their continued progress.” Ferdinand Elementary students ranked first in the state on the Math portion, with 93.75 percent of students achieving high growth, and tenth in English/Language Arts, with 59.38 percent at high growth. At Huntingburg Elementary, 73.96 percent of students achieved high growth on the Math portion, ranking fourth in the state. Pine Ridge Elementary brought 72.09 percent of their students up to high growth in Math, ranking sixth in Indiana.

-Photos provided State rep. Sue ellspermann, center, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction tony Bennett, at far right, is shown at the High Academic growth Achievement ceremony along with representatives from ferdinand elementary in the photo above, Pine ridge elementary in the photo below and Huntingburg elementary in the bottom photo.

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~Letter to tHe eDItor~ Dark mornings are back again

-Photo provided Blue Belt . . . Wade Burris tested and was promoted to Blue Belt 4th Kup on february 23 at Loogootee Martial Arts on West Main Street in Loogootee. Burris is shown above with Master Dennis overall.

grouseland to host “Brunch with Anna Harrison – the untold Story” “Anna Symmes Harrison, was completely and personally intertwined with the succession of events that took place in the U.S. between 1775 and 1864. You might say she was the original Daughter of the American Revolution …” So begins author and public historian, Cynthia Ogorek, describing the life of the first First Lady of the United States to have received a public school education, Mrs. William Henry Harrison. Grouseland Foundation, which oversees the Harrisons’ Indiana Territorial Mansion, “Grouseland” in Vincennes, will host a catered brunch and presentation by Ogorek at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 24, in the Fort Sackville Room in the Beckes Student Union (College and 2nd Streets) on the campus of Vincennes University. In addition to being married to one of the most ubiquitous of frontier leaders, 9th President William Henry Harrison, Anna Symmes Harrison was also born into a prominent family. Having been raised in comfort and well-educated on the east coast, Anna Symmes lived with almost constant loss and loneliness, surviving the deaths of almost everyone who was closest to her. Anna also adapted to tremendous adversity, adjusting to the challenges of living on the frontier and becoming a very public wife while enduring long and almost continuous confinements that accompanied childbirth in the early 1800s. Because of her frequent bouts of poor health and her husband’s sudden death after taking office, Anna Harrison is the only First Lady of the United States, who never had the opportunity to assume her official duties in the White House. Despite all her hardships, Anna Harrison lived almost 90 years.

Ogorek will explore these issues in more depth as the keynote speaker at “Brunch with Anna Harrison – The Story That Was Never Told,” the fruit of her research into fifteen First Ladies from the Midwest, of whom Anna Harrison is the earliest, having first served as the First Lady of the Indiana Territory in at Grouseland in Vincennes. “We want to give residents and out-oftown visitors of Vincennes the opportunity to discover our frontier political and cultural heritage from a woman’s point-of-view.” says Lisa Ice-Jones, Grouseland Foundation’s Programming Chairperson. “As the First Lady of Grouseland, Anna’s experience was unique and certainly not typical of a pioneer woman, but she served as a longsuffering eyewitness to the birth of our nation. She also provided a great deal of invisible support to her husband’s legendary career in public service. We feel it is time to shine the spotlight on her great contributions.” Cynthia Ogorek is based in Calumet City, Illinois. Her search for information regarding Mrs. Harrison has taken her to archives in Ohio, New Jersey and Long Island, New York. She was quoted for the entry about Anna Harrison in the U.S. News and World Report’s “First Ladies” special edition (2010). Cynthia is the author of Along the Calumet River and The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago. Find out more about her at Reservations for “Brunch with Anna Harrison – The Untold Story,” are $15 per person, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Grouseland, 3 West Scott Street, Vincennes; by emailing; or calling (812) 882-2096. Advance reservations are encouraged.

gistic hubs in Central? Is Memphis becoming the new Crossroads of America? On Central, Indianapolis could become a major logistics hub. Central Time is business-friendly, familyfriendly, and student- friendly. Eastern in Indiana isn’t any of these. Sue Dillon, President Central Time Coalition

To the editor of the Martin County Journal, On March 11, clocks will move forward one hour as daylight saving time goes into effect. Just when Hoosiers are getting energized by the hint of spring and starting to enjoy morning sunshine, BAM! we will be plunged back into darkness. Not only is morning darkness depressing, it’s unsafe. On Monday, March 12, school buses will begin picking up students at 6:30 a.m., but the sun won’t rise until 8:03 a.m. in Indiana’s Eastern Time counties. Classes will have started in most schools while it is still dark outside. Ron Chew, president of the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association says, “Indiana’s Eastern Time students are considered a vulnerable sub-population because they have no choice but to be pedestrians on dark streets for more than half of their school year. A school bus driver’s greatest nightmare is to hit a child. Indiana’s excessively dark mornings are a constant worry. On Central Time the latest sunrise would be around 7:15 a.m. and the majority of travel to and from school would occur in daylight.” The Central Time Coalition is gathering signatures on petitions in support of restoring Indiana to the Central Zone. Sue Dillon, spokesperson says, “The Coalition supports daylight saving time because we agree that it benefits Indiana’s economic health, but what we support is Central Daylight Time. Our summers would return to the way they used to be. Kids could see the stars, earlier darkness would ease bedtimes, and July 4th fireworks could return to 9 o’clock.” The Coalition has set a goal of 100,000 signatures by this time next year. Petitions can be downloaded from Dillon says the ease on getting signatures indicates the level of dissatisfaction with our time zone inconveniences. Tens of thousands of Hoosiers live in one time zone and work in the other. Social, educational, and business interaction is a constant frustration. Eastern is hurting Indiana’s ability to keep and attract businesses. Just last week Zimmer Orthopedics (located in Warsaw) announced that Indiana’s time zone constraints are prompting them to move their distribution center to Memphis (Central Time). Zimmer spokesman is quoted, “We believe the changes to our logistics functions will lower the cost of service delivery to our hospital customers, helping them address challenges brought on by healthcare reform?” Is this the start of an exodus of manufacturers from Indiana to lo-

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SpOTLIGHTS -Photo by Lori Mattingly Members of the 2012 Class A Sectional-winning Loogootee Boys’ Basketball team are shown above. In the front row, from left to right, are Will nonte, Aaron Howell, Bryant Ackerman, Luke Jones, Austin Bradley, and tyler Stoll. In the second row, from left to right, are cheerleaders tyra fuhs, Deidra nolan, Addison Dant, Lauren Henrichsen, Mariah Weisheit, Morgan Walker, Waylee Wagoner, elizabeth Sander, nicole Knight, Katie Kidwell, Alexis neely, and Andrea Blanton. In the back row, from left to right, are Head Coach Mike Wagoner, Assistant Coach Dave Smith, Brandon Wilz, Matt Mathies, Cam Wagler, Conner Wittmer, Colin nelson, volunteer Coach Jon Casper, ryan vaupel, Alex frye, Waylon Matthews, zach Dove, Program Assistant Jordan Hawkins and freshman Coach noal Callahan.

Loogootee wins sectional For the first time since 2005, the Loogootee Lions took the Class A Sectional title this past weekend defeating fellow Martin County School, Shoals, 55-30. The Lions led the entire game, including 10 at the half and Shoals (8-14) unable to close the gap. Senior Bryant Ackerman, for the Lions, led the team with 23 points including one three-point bucket. Matt Mathies finished with 12 points (3 three-pointers), Conner Wittmer had 7 points, Aaron Howell finished with four, and Will Nonte, Waylon Matthews, Cam Wagler, and Ryan Vaupel each had two points. Darek Turpin led Shoals with 11 points followed by Dylan Erwin (two 3-pointers) and Jon Sherfick with six each. Cole Kimmel contributed five points (1 three-pointer)

and Waylon Bradley had two. Loogootee finished with 13 turnovers, Shoals had nine. Loogootee shot 16-30 in field goals or 53 percent, Shoals went 12-36 or 33 percent. Loogootee hit 19 of their 26 free throws or 73 percent. Shoals only went to the line twice and finished at 75 percent. This is the 29th sectional title for the Lions. Shoals hasn’t defeated Loogootee since the 1996-97 season. Loogootee will face Evansville Day School in the regional at Jack Butcher Arena next Saturday at noon. With a bye in the first round of sectional, Loogootee faced off against Barr-Reeve in round two last Friday night to get to the final. Loogootee handed the number oneranked Vikings a loss, 53-36. Ackerman finished with a double-double on the night with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Barr-Reeve came out strong from the gate leading the Lions 6-0. The Vikings had 17 points on the board at the end of the first quarter to Loogootee’s 10. With Colin Nelson’s three-point bucket early in the second quarter and the Lions’ trips to the line, the lead for Barr-Reeve was cut to two at the half, 22-20. The Lions took their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter 29-26. In a shooting slump, the Vikings watched the Lions take an even larger lead at the end of three quarters 34-28. In the fourth, starter and leading scorer Matt Swartzentruber for the Vikings fouled out with 10 points and the Lions pulled away. Wittmer and Mathies, for Loogootee, both finished with 10 points. Nelson and Nonte had six points each and Howell finished with a point.

-Photo by Lori Mattingly At the pep session following sectional, the boys’ basketball team joined in a circle to rally for a regional win. the boys will play evansville Day Saturday at noon at Jack Butcher Arena.

JennIfer CLArK Jennifer Louise Clark is the daughter of Danny and Sheila Clark. While in high school, Jennifer was involved in the Pep Club and SADD all four years. Her freshman year, she participated in FACS and French Club and helped put together the yearbook in 9th and 10th grades. She served as a cadet teacher her junior year and an intern her senior year. Jennifer played intramural basketball in 10th grade and played softball all four years of high school. Jennifer is undecided about where she is going to college but knows she wants to study business administration.

DyLAn greene Dylan Carl Greene is the son of Bill and Donna Greene. During high school, Dylan participated in FACS his freshman and sophomore years and Lion Pride in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. He worked with the yearbook his junior year and did job shadowing his junior and senior years. He also served as an intern his senior year. Dylan plans to enter the workforce after graduation.

LuKe JoneS Luke M. Jones is the son of Michael and Nancy Jones. While in high school, Luke participated in Beta Club, Pep Club, and Spanish Club all four years. He also played on the baseball and basketball teams all through high school. Luke plans to attend Indiana University after graduation. ALLISon KISer Allison Marie Kiser is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kiser. During high school, Allison has been involved in FACS, the musical, Peers, and band all four years. She participated in Spanish Club and Lion Pride her first three years, Pep Club in 10th and 11th grade, and SADD her junior and senior years. She served as a cadet teacher, a Lionette, and helped with the yearbook her senior year. Allison competed with the Fine Arts Academic Team in 11th grade. She also served as the FACS historian her senior year. In sports, Allison played on the tennis team all four years. She also served as a manager of the cross country team her junior year and boys’ tennis manager her senior year. Allison plans to attend Ball State University and study communications, journalism, and marketing.

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Shoals High School 2012 SENIOR

AuDrA DeCKArD Audra Petty Deckard was born on June 7, 1993 to Stephen A. and Joy Deckard. She has two siblings, Joe Haworth and Andrea Deckard. Audra’s activities include band, class officer, yearbook, yearbook editor, student council, peer mentor, Spanish Club, SADD Club, Beta Club, and a 2011 Hoosier Girls’ State Delegate. Her favorite pastimes include being a ten-year member of 4-H, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. Audra’s future plans are to attend Indiana State University, obtain a degree in communication-journalism, and to come back to her hometown and to run The Shoals News.

AuDrey SorreLLS Audrey Elizabeth Sorrells was born on May 26, 1994 to Mike Sorrells and Amanda Sorrells. She has on brother, Ben Sorrells. Her high school activities were SADD (4 years), IMPACCT (3 years), IMPACCT Secretary (1 year), Spanish Club (4 years), Beta Club (3 years), Beta Club Secretary (1 year), service learning (1 year), volleyball (4 years), volleyball team captain (2 years), basketball manager (4 years), and dance team (1 year). Her favorite pastime was playing volleyball. Audrey’s future plans are to attend college and become a radiology technician or a radiologist.


AuStIn BAILey Austin Michael Bailey was born October 26, 1993 to Marvin Bailey and Deann Weidenbenner. Austin has three siblings, Kade Weidenbenner, and Paige and Frank Dobson. One of his favorite pastimes include riding fourwheelers and he plans to become a race car driver. Austin plans to attend Vincennes University for computer networking.

BrIAn Hert Brian Allen Hert was born on July 18, 1993 to Rick Hert and Rene Hert. He has two sisters, Amy and Brittany Hert. Brian’s high school activities were track, soccer, and SADD Club. His favorite pastimes are playing with his nephew and hanging out. Brian plans to get a good paying job after high school.

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Classes and programs at the Martin County Community Learning Center Ivy Tech Community College Class: Introduction to Computers - Explore the world of computers in a safe, fun, and nonthreatening environment, even if you don’t know what a computer looks like. We’ll cover computer anxiety, important terms, parts of the computer, keyboard, using the mouse, and moving around the computer to complete different tasks. Textbook is in-

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Loogootee eLeMentAry Breakfast thursday, March 8 Cereal, toast, sausage, juice, milk friday, March 9 Sausage biscuit, egg, juice, milk Monday, March 12 French toast, sausage, fruit, juice, milk tuesday, March 13 Breakfast pizza, egg, juice, milk Wednesday, March 14 Biscuit and gravy, sausage, applesauce, milk Lunch thursday, March 8 BBQ rib sandwich, French fries, mixed fruit, milk friday, March 9 Macaroni and cheese, peas and carrots, applesauce, bread, milk Monday, March 12 Hot dogs, green beans, pears, milk tuesday, March 13 Chicken sandwich, mixed vegetables, apples, milk Wednesday, March 14 Turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, milk Loogootee InterMeDIAte AnD Jr./Sr. HIgH SCHooL Lunch thursday, March 8 Chicken noodle soup or pizza, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers, peaches, salad plate, milk friday, March 9 Fish or pizza, French fries, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk Monday, March 12 Breaded tenderloins or pizza, scalloped potatoes, peas, fruit, salad plate, milk tuesday, March 13 Potato soup or pizza, grilled cheese, cheese and crackers, fruit, salad plate, milk Wednesday, March 14 Chicken fried steak or pizza, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit, salad plate, milk SHoALS SCHooLS Breakfast thursday, March 8 Cereal, muffin, juice, milk; choice 4th12th: grab-n-go bag friday, March 9 Breakfast-on-a-stick, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Monday, March 12 Breakfast wrap, fresh fruit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag tuesday, March 13 Cereal, yogurt, juice, milk; choice 4th12th: grab-n-go bag Wednesday, March 14 French toast, sausage, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Lunch thursday, March 8 Chicken taco, corn, pineapple cobbler, milk; choice 4th-12th: pizza friday, March 9 Quesadilla, cauliflower, fruit roll up, juice, milk Monday, March 12 BBQ rib sandwich, broccoli, salad, fresh fruit, milk tuesday, March 13 Chicken parmesan, baked potato, garlic bread, fruit, milk; choice 4th-12th: pizza Wednesday, March 14 Chili with cheese and crackers, green beans, fruit, milk; choice 4th-12th: deli wrap

cluded in course fee. This course will run four Tuesdays, March 27-April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information on Ivy Tech Community College classes and to register, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-4400 or log on GED – Adult Basic Education - GED – Adult Basic Education classes are now being offered at the learning center. Classes are on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. For information, contact Vincennes University at 812-888-5749 or

Vicki Conrad at or call the learning center. USAJOBS Workshop (Resume Builder) USAJOBS is the federal government’s official website. USAJOBS provides access to more than 30,000 job listings worldwide and job postings are updated daily. This is an online resume training session and will provide applicants with information and guidance on completing a government style resume for Crane and other federal agencies. The USAJOBS workshop is provided by Bramble Consulting (Darlene Ridgway). Workshops will be held on March 6 and 22

from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $40. Contact Kris by email or call the learning center to sign up. Free Tutoring - Free tutoring for reading, writing, math, English, life skills, pre-GED, and GED. Call Martin County SOAR! at 812-709-1618 (toll free throughout Martin County) or e-mail Learning Center Contact - Kris Beasley, Coordinator, 812-295-2674 or e-mail Office Hours - Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday by appointment only.









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Preview campus life at PreVU visitation day

Loogootee Math Bowl takes first

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the Loogootee Intermediate Math Bowl team competed against several area schools last thursday, March 1 in Paoli and came home with first place ribbons. the team also earned a “top 10” award for finishing 10th in the state. Math Bowl team coach tim Sanders said, “the kids worked very hard this year. I am proud of them!” team members are shown above. In the front row, from left to right, are ross Adams, Bailey Dearwester, Kirk Bratton, Jace toy, Maddie Strange, ethan ziegler, Anaya Carrico, Jayden Wagoner, Jody Seals, Konner Lyon, and Lane Keller. In the back row, from left to right, are Cole Harmon, Cade Wilcoxen, Dylan Arthur, Max Christmas, Sheldan Christmas, Josh Cook, Kenadi rumble, Haley Burch, John Wagoner, and Coach tim Sanders.

Shoals fights for win over Cougars Shoals defeated North Daviess last Friday night in round two of the Class A Sectional, 55-43. The Jug Rox had a bye through the first round. Despite an early lead for the Cougars, Shoals was not willing to give up easily and fought back in the second quarter from a nine-point deficit to begin closing the gap. The Jug Rox took their first lead in the third quarter with two successful free throws by Dylan Erwin. The Rox continued to pull

away from the Cougars after that, mainly from the free throw line, and despite losing two key players midway through the fourth quarter to foul-outs, Jordan Sorrells and Dylan Erwin. Shoals’ Jon Sherfick finished with a game-high 16 points followed closely by Cole Kimmel with 15. Erwin contributed 11 points, Darek Turpin had seven, Alex Doane finished with three, Sorrells had two, and Cody Hert contributed a point.

The Jug Rox finished 17-25 (68 percent) from the field and 20-26 (79 percent) from the free throw line. North Daviess was 14-39 (35 percent) from the field and 12-22 (54 percent) from the line. Overall, they shot 34 percent. For North Daviess, leading in scoring were Conner Wikle with 12 points, Lewis Nugent with 11, and Alex Wittmer with eight. Shoals had 10 turnovers in the game, the Cougars finished with 7.

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Finding the right college is just as important as finding the best college. And the most effective way to find out if a college offers the right fit is to visit the campus, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible. High school students and their parents can preview college life at Vincennes University by attending a PreVU visitation day on March 16 or 17. There will be opportunities to tour the campus and meet with faculty, staff, and students. And there will be sessions about the college application process, financial aid, scholarships, student services, academics, and housing. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) at the Beckes Student Union located on Second Street at Indianapolis Avenue. Walking tours of campus will follow the information sessions. The program is free and lunch is provided with advance registration. Registration can be completed online at For more information, or to register by phone, interested persons can call the VU Admissions Office toll-free at 800-742-9198. Local callers can reach the Admissions Office at 812-8884313.

SCHOOL NOTES Shoals School Board meeting The Shoals School Board will meet Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in the central administration office. Items on the agenda include discussion of the budget committee’s report and contracted grass mowing. New business on the agenda includes approval of the 2012 graduation date, the 2012-13 school calendar, and the state fire marshal’s report. The meeting is open to the public. regional pep session The pep session for boys’ basketball Regional for Loogootee will be held Friday, March 9 at 1:45 p.m. in Jack Butcher Arena. It will last until approximately 2:15 p.m. Loogootee Band florida trip meeting All students/chaperones going on the Loogootee Band trip to Florida must attend the MANDATORY Florida trip meeting with Taylor Tours on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the LHS Cafeteria. Students need to bring at least one parent with them. Information/itinerary will be given as well as medical forms filled out. Chaperones will have a separate meeting afterward to discuss their duties for the trip. Please mark this very important date on your calendars. Loogootee Kindergarten round-up Loogootee Elementary is planning to have a kindergarten round up Thursday, April 5. Principal Laura Mattingly says they are still working on a schedule for the day and more information will be available soon. Loogootee PAC meeting The next Loogootee Intermediate Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at Dairy Master. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming open house in April. Anyone wishing to help out is invited to attend.





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Loogootee Intermediate, Junior High Bands hold concert

-Photo by Courtney Hughett the Loogootee Junior High Band performed Monday night, March 5 in the LHS Auditorium. Members of the band shown above, under the direction of Mrs. Betsy graves, are flute players Megan Lampert, Matty Jones, Mayson riley, Lyndsey Lukens, Kaylin rohlman, and Marichris Bell. the oboe was played by renee Whitman and clarinets were played by renee Burch, Kirsten Spears, Shane Perry, Sean Kiser, Breanna Hollaway, and Mya Hedrick. Alto saxophones were played by nick Bowling, Bailey Holt, reuben ritchey, DeAnna Canell, trysten Booker, Bladen Allbright, Briar Sellers, and Dylan Dant. tenor saxophones were played by Justin Kiser, Will riley, and Colin Bowling and the bari-sax was played by Patrick Wagler. trumpets were played by Justin Horney, Jon Krzesniak, gavin Wittmer, Landon Wittmer, nathanial Moffitt, Justin Wagler, ty Hurst, Cody garrison, and Justin Wagler. the french horn was played by tre Blanton and trombones were played by Joey Wilson and Abbey Barker. Baritones were played by tyler Simmons, tokala richardson, tristan Jones, and Alex Brown. grant Carrico played the tuba and percussions were played by Landon Bell, Wilson Hatter, tyler Lythgoe, Kendall riley, Brett robinson, Wyatt Wade, and Seth Wagler. the junior high performed “ging, gong, gooli”, “Song of the telegraph”, “voodoo Dance”, and “Clash and roar”.

-Photo by Courtney Hughett the Loogootee Sixth grade Band also performed Monday night playing “rock Star”, “rock out”, “Big Beat Boogie”, and “frere Jacques”. Members of the band shown above directed by Mrs. Betsy graves, included flute players Haley Burch, Heather Harshaw, and Kayla taylor. Clarinets were played by Shalyn Bruner, emily Whitworth, Julianne Bell, Marina Lents, Candice Clark, and Jordan Leatherman. Alto saxophones were played by Chris Hager, Brandon eckerle, Dalton Higdon, Corbin Henninger, and Cole Harmon while the tenor saxophone was played by Dylan Jones. trumpet players were Cade Wilcoxen, Josh Cook, Kenadi rumble, Halle Sheetz, Lane Keller, Dometery riker, MKaden gregory, and Alex Hughett. Carson rayhill played the french horn and trombones were played by Adam greene, Jordan Kaiser, Jalen Pierson, Luke Callison, trevor Mason, and Justin Hellums. Baritones were played by ross Adams, Chris Wilson, Dylan ritchie, and zach Koenig. Percussion instruments were played by Dylan Arthur, Kristin norris, and Jamison Hennette.

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receptions set for fr. effie’s 40th ordination Anniversary Fr. Joseph F. Erbacher, (known better as Fr. Effie), will be observing his 40th Ordination Anniversary to the Priesthood; he was ordained on March 25, 1972, at St. Benedict Church in Evansville by Bishop Francis R. Shea. He was born July 18, 1945, his parents are John F. and Evelyn Jo (Wiggins) Erbacher; his home parish was St. Francis Xavier in Poseyville. Father owes his vocation to Fr. Alfred W. Niehaus, who was the pastor of St. Francis, and who encouraged, and supported Fr. Erbacher all throughout his seminary days. Father began his seminary education at St. Meinrad High School Seminary in 1958, and the subsequent schools of Rex Mundi High School (Evansville), St. Mary’s College (St. Mary, Kentucky), Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans, Louisiana) and The Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, Ohio). With gratefulness to former Bishops Grimmelsman, Leibold, and Shea, Father was in the seminary during the years that these three Bishops were the Bishop of Evansville, and in 1972 Bishop Shea ordained Fr. Erbacher . During his 40 years as a priest, Father has served in 18 parishes of The Diocese; first


New Beginnings Community Church W eekly M essage

By ernIe CAneLL Pastor, New Beginnings Church

fAtHer erBACHer assignment was Holy Rosary in Evansville, and his present assignment since 2004 as Pastor of the Martin County Catholic Churches, St. John (Loogootee), St. Martin (Whitfield), St. Joseph (Bramble), St. Mary (Shoals), and St. Mary Chapel, (Barr Twp). During his early years as a priest, Fr. Erbacher credits Msgr. Carl Shetler for guiding and directing him how to be a “Pastor”! Father continues as The Pastor of “The MCCC” and will remain so until his present Bishop, Charles C. Thompson, would wish to make a new/different assignment. “To all five Bishops, including retired Bishop Gettelfinger, I am grateful to them, and feel ever so privileged to serve under them. And to all parishioners of the 18 parishes I have served in my 40 years, I am most appreciative to all of you for your goodness and respect you have given me.” Each individual parish of “The MCCC” has scheduled a reception for Fr. Erbacher to celebrate his 40th Anniversary. St. Mary, Shoals, held theirs on March 4, St. Martin, Whitfield will hold their celebration on Saturday, March 10 after 4:30 p.m. Mass, St. Joseph, Bramble will celebrate with Fr.Erbacher on March 18 after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, and St. John Loogootee, will hold a celebration on March 25 immediately following 10 a.m. Mass in the lower level of the center. All friends and former parishioners are welcome to attend any of the celebrations for Fr. Erbacher.


treasures Matthew 6:19-21 You know, when I was growing up I had this little stuffed dog that was my security blanket. Where ever I went, that dog would go with me. My mom had to sew it so many times. The ears fell off and the eyes fell off, a piece of the nose is the only thing left. Blackie was my prize possession. One time, when things were going really bad for my mom and dad, they talked about going bankrupt. When I heard them say the bank would take everything, I didn’t want them to take my Blackie. I thought they were going to take everything and that was the most valuable thing I owned. So I decided to put it in a box and bury it so they couldn’t find it and take it. Well, the winter came and my Blackie was buried under the dirt and snow in the backyard. In the spring I dug him up, He was water logged but I dried him out and never lost him again. I still have him. You know there are so many things that we value that aren’t really of any value at all; not eternal value. Jesus is sitting down and teaching His disciples. He starts with things that totally go against the gain of the world and the religious teachings of the day. As a good teacher he begins with kind of a summary and then breaks it down for further instruction. He came to the teaching about treasures. Treasures can be a lot of different things. For us to have the treasures to store up in Heaven, we have to know what those treasures are. How do we get them? The first thing we have to know for sure is do we have the presence of God in our life. I would say saved but we really don’t know what that means. It’s a nice sounding religious word. You got to be saved. Saved from what, hell? There is more to it than that. God’s presence is what we want so our treasures will be the ones that are stored up for us in Heaven. Where moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. How do we know for sure - Romans 10:810. But, what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”— that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9: that if you confess with

your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10: for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. When you have God’s presence in your life, the treasures of your heart will change. The treasure you will store up will be Jesus. Secondly, if we are going to get the right treasures we need to go to God first. That may sound kind of simple or redundant. We know we go to God but do we? I think we go to our treasures first. Come on, don’t we? We don’t go to God first when we can’t pay the bills. When our health is failing, when accidents happen, or when our relationship is rocky. Do we go to God first? The third thing is we have to change our perspective. We have to decide what we are going to treasure. If we are going to have revival: if we are going to be blessed by God, we have to treasure the things God treasures. We get in trouble because we keep putting our treasures before His. You know why you don’t have enough money for the things you need because the windows of Heaven have been closed when you neglect giving the way God tells you to give. Lastly, we have to make a plan of how we will get our treasures in the right prospective and do it. Give Him the treasures of this world so He will bless you with the things you need to store up treasures in Heaven. So far we have 35 people just helping with the Easter Extravaganza Experience. I can’t wait to see how many people are going to be at this extraordinary Easter Experience on Saturday April 7. Have any questions about your walk with God? Call me at 812-709-0258. See you in church!



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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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2012 election Calendar Saturday, March 24, 2012 DEADLINE for a county election board to mail primary election absentee ballots to voters who have already filed an application with the county election board. Monday, April 9, 2012 First day a voter may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board in the office of the circuit court clerk. DEADLINE, at county voter registration office’s close of business for a voter to register or to transfer registration in the county voter registration office. friday, April 13, 2012 End of pre-primary campaign finance reporting period for all candidates (except candidates for statewide office). friday, April 20, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for filing pre-primary campaign finance reports to be filed by all candidates (except candidates for statewide office). thursday, April 26, 2012 First day a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at a private residence, or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s residence or place of confinement. Saturday, April 28, 2012 Absentee board in office of the circuit court clerk must be open for at least 7 hours for absentee voting. However, in a county with a population of less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of 4 on this date. Monday, April 30, 2012 DEADLINE, by 11:59 p.m. (except for confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by an absentee voter board), for the circuit court clerk to receive mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed absentee ballot applications requesting to vote absentee by mail. Saturday, May 5, 2012 Absentee board in office of the circuit court clerk must be open for at least 7 hours to permit absentee voting. However, in a county with a population of less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of 4 on this date. Monday, May 7, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for the circuit court clerk to receive mailed, hand-delivered or faxed absentee ballot applications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by an absentee voter board. DEADLINE, by noon, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk. DEADLINE for a confined voter, a voter

caring for a confined person, or a voter with disabilities to vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at voter’s place of confinement. tuesday, May 8, 2012 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing local time. tuesday, May 22, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for a candidate to file a verified election recount or contest petition. VOTER REGISTRATION OPENS First day the circuit court clerk may receive absentee ballot applications from most voters for the general election. Saturday, June 30, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for the Democratic or Republican Party to fill a vacancy on the general election ballot due to primary election ballot vacancy. Monday, July 2, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for an independent or minor party candidate to file a petition of nomination with a county voter registration office for certification of petition signatures. tuesday, July 3, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for filing a certificate stating that a major party vacancy on the general election ballot resulting from a vacancy on the primary election ballot has been filled. DEADLINE, by noon, to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate at the general election. Monday, July 16, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, for a candidate nominated at the primary election, a candidate who has filled a vacancy, or a write-in candidate, to voluntarily withdraw. DEADLINE, by noon, for the Democratic, Libertarian and Republican Parties to file a certificate of nomination of candidates nominated at the state party conventions DEADLINE, by noon, for independent or minor party candidate to file a declaration of candidacy and petition of nomination after verification of petition signatures Wednesday, July 25, 2012 First day to file a petition of nomination and consent for a school board member chosen at the general election. friday, August 24, 2012 DEADLINE, by noon, to file a petition for a school board office elected at the general election. Saturday, September 22, 2012 DEADLINE for the county election board to mail general election absentee ballots to voters who have already filed an application with the county election boards.

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Final list of Primary filings Candidate filings for the 2012 Primary Election are now closed. The school board elections have been moved to the general election this year. Candidate filings are not currently open for school board candidate filings. The following is a list of seats up for election this year. Listed after each one is the person who currently holds that position. Those who have filed to run for the open positions are listed underneath. AUDITOR - (currently held by Nancy Steiner) January Roush (D) COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 (currently held by John Wininger) Kevin R. Boyd (R) Eric N. Cooper (D) COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 (currently held by Dan Gregory) Dan Gregory (R) CORONER (currently held by Mark J. Franklin) Mark J. Franklin (D) COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE three seats open (currently held by Warren Albright, Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins, and Richard Summers) all three seats are county-wide. Richard Summers (D) Warren D. Albright (R) Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins (D) Joshua L. Hughett (R) RECORDER (currently held by Gerald D. Montgomery) Gerald D. Montgomery (R) Mitchell Green (D) Carrie Gabhart (D) SURVEYOR (currently held by Paul Sanders) Paul Sanders (D)

TREASURER (currently held by Diana M. Schutte) Vicki D. Boyd (D) PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN East Memphis Earl Boyd, Jr. (R) West Memphis Gerald 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)

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