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JOURNAL Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Shoals School Board combs through suggested cuts BY COuRTNEY HugHETT Martin County Journal Publisher Superintendent Dr. Tony Nonte reported to the Shoals School Board last Thursday night that with the new state statute this year, schools cannot legally operate with a deficit. The corporation’s 2011 expenses were $4,780,549 and the amount the state says the school will receive for 2012 is $4,103,794. Dr. Nonte noted that money from the cash balance, currently $1.4 million, and the rainy day fund could also be used to cover any deficit and the school will receive a final payment of $75,000 from federal stimulus money. Also, the state passed legislation providing full funding for kindergarten students as opposed to the half that was originally

being given. Dr. Nonte said the funding will Nonte said that teacher negotiations cannot be based on 2012 kindergarten enrollment. be started formally until after August 1 but Including the special education grant, the informal meetings can be held. total funding would be $4,246,294 for 2012. New state law says that school corporaHe also noted that with tions cannot conthe already discussed “I hope you share your thoughts tribute more than 112 and/or approved reduc- and encourage your kids to stay in percent of what the tions, the corporation cut our school and anybody you meet state pays for their an additional $204,163, or see, encourage them to keep employees insurance. leaving around $300,000 The Shoals School their kids in our school. We’ll get Corporation in the end that the school currently would be overspending. through this and our goal is to pays 132 percent or He said more money keep our doors open.” 20 percent over what could be cut involving -Shoals School Board is allowed equal to teacher give backs and he Member Mary Lou Billings $66,000. “Employees has spoken with the are going to have to teachers and they are willing to do this al- contribute more,” said Dr. Nonte. though no specifics have been discussed. Dr. Dr. Nonte then went over the $204,000

cutbacks that have already been discussed or approved by the board, including: -The elimination of the assistant high school principal for a savings of $47,000 -The elimination of the librarian position for a savings of $88,765 -The elimination of two custodian positions for a savings of $25,000 -The elimination of three instructional assistants (the board already approved two, one more has not been replaced) for a savings of $22,000 (This leaves 13 assistants in the elementary, one in junior high, and one in senior high) -Reduce administrators’ pay by three percent for a savings of $8,600, half this year and half next year (See ‘SHOALS’ on page two)

Jennifer (David) Wagler hired as Loogootee Mayor’s secretary BY COuRTNEY HugHETT Martin County Journal Publisher Mayor Noel Harty announced Monday night at the Loogootee City Council meeting that he has a new administrative assistant, Jennifer (David) Wagler. Jennifer is a Loogootee native who has an accounting degree from Indiana University. Last week was her first full week on staff in the mayor’s office, she was hired mid-February, and regarding her new position she said, “I’m glad to be part of the team.” The mayor also thanked Elaine “Patty” Renoire for serving as interim administrative assistant in his office after the sudden passing of Linda Ellis in February. He said her help and the help of everyone during this tough time were appreciated from the bottom of his heart. In other business, mowing bids were opened for the 2012 season. Baker’s Lawn Service submitted a bid for $2,500 and Yard

Sharks’ bid was for $2,400. The mowing consists of the well fields, both areas below the two city water towers, and the water treatment plant. The council decided to go with Yard Sharks. Mayor Harty asked the council’s permission to seek quotes for a rate study on the water and sewer. The last study was done in 2003 and the mayor said that the state auditors recommend it be done every few years. He said there are five or six different companies who can do the study and after receiving quotes, he will bring them back at the next meeting. The council approved. The board approved keeping the stipend for cell phone bills for four police officers, the mayor and utilities manager Bo Wilson at $29 per month. The stipend was raised from $22 to $29 a few years ago when the IRS said the payment should be considered a fringe benefit and therefore taxable. ClerkTreasurer Nancy Jones said that recently it was changed again to not be a taxable benefit

JENNIFER (DAVID) WAgLER and those receiving the stipend no longer have to turn in their cell phone bills for record keeping. Despite the original bump to $29 to offset the taxes taken out, Jones said the increase in cell phone bills over the past few years make up the difference. The coun-

2012 Class A Regional Champs!

On to semi-state . . .

-Photo by Lori Mattingly

Shown above are members of the Regional Champion Loogootee Boys’ Basketball team along with coaches and cheerleaders. In the front row, from left to right, are Addison Dant, Will Nonte, Luke Jones, Austin Bradley, Bryant Ackerman, Aaron Howell, Mariah Weisheit, and Lauren Henrichsen. In the second row, from left to right, are Waylee Wagoner, Tyra Fuhs, Nicole Knight, Katie Kidwell, Elizabeth Sander, Morgan Walker, Deedra Nolan, and Alexis Neely. In the back row, from left to right, are Head Coach Mike Wagoner, Assistant Coach Dave Smith, Brandon Wilz, Cam Wagler, Colin Nelson, Conner Wittmer, Ryan Vaupel, Waylon Matthews, Alex Frye, Matt Mathies, Zach Dove, Tyler Stoll, Program Director Jordan Hawkins, and Freshman Coach Noah Callahan. In the very back is Volunteer Coach Jon Casper. Regional story on page 11, bracket on page 13.

cil agreed. The council approved one building permit for the Martin County Humane Society for an animal shelter at Industrial Park, 507 N. Oak Street. The board approved the consumer confidence report or water quality report done by Lynch Consulting for the water department. A copy of the report will go out to all Loogootee Water customers. Council member Fred Dupps was appointed by the council to take the place of Phyllis Parker on the Martin County Animal Control Commission. Parker stepped down from the position due to moving out of the area. Mayor Harty reported that several new items are slated to be a part of the Loogootee (See ‘SECRETARY’ on page three)

Loogootee Building Commission hopes to clean up the city BY COuRTNEY HugHETT Martin County Journal Publisher

The Loogootee Building Commission held their first-ever meeting Monday night, March 12. Members present were Susan Brewer, Judy Blackwell, Building Commissioner Jason Greene, Loogootee Mayor Noel Harty, Elaine Renoire, and Kay Ackerman. Not present was Harold Green. In the first order of business, the commission elected officers. Kay Ackerman was elected to serve as chairman, Judy Blackwell as vice chairman, and Elaine Renoire as secretary. A property on North Line Street was the main item on the agenda. Recent complaints about the safety of the house which has suffered a fire and the overall appearance of the property brought in numerous complaints from neighbors. A letter was issued by the city attorney to the property owner to have the structure taken down and removed and the property mowed and cleaned up. Since that time, the owner reported to Mayor Harty that he has a buyer interested in purchasing the property. The commission then discussed a time frame needed to allow for the property to exchange ownership. It was decided to allow until next Monday for the property owner to present a written purchase agreement showing a buyer was com(See ‘COMMISSION’ on page three) • • 812-259-4309 • Fax: 888–380–2761

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SHOALS (Continued from page one) -Have the athletic department pay transportation costs for a savings of $15,000 -Cancelled cell phones for a savings of $1,200 Dr. Nonte then went over the other recommendations presented by the budget committee including electricity, phone bills, textbooks, and possible online classes. One of the only things mentioned that Dr. Nonte associated savings with was setback devices on the thermostats for nighttime which he said could save $26,000 per year. They are still looking into this further. Other items discussed from the budget committee report were students paying for athletics, combining bus routes, savings paper, removing appliances from the classrooms, volunteer gym clean-up after games, field trips, etc. No decision was formally made by the board on these topics. The next step in the process for most recommendations involving teachers is for the superintendent to meet with the teachers’ association and discuss possible changes recommended and then continue the discussion at next school board meeting. At the end of the discussion Dr. Nonte noted that other school corporations are having financial difficulty as well, Shoals just happened to be one of the first brought up. “I think the story we need to tell everyone is that we’re solvent, we’re going to make it, we encourage you to keep your kids here, encourage you to move here if you’re not already here, and speak positively about our situation,” he said. He also reiterated what committee chairman Joan Keller had said at last meeting about citizens speaking to their legislators about increasing school funding. Board member Shobe said that he thinks most of the things talked about had been addressed by the school already. He said the main thing would be looking at class sizes and reducing teachers accordingly. Board member Billings said she felt a long-term plan should be designed. Dr. Nonte then asked the board to reconsider changing the start date of requiring administrators to pay the same amount for their health insurance as the teachers. It was voted on at last month’s meeting by the board to begin March 1, administrators had previously paid one dollar per pay period for health insurance. Dr. Nonte said he spoke with the insurance provider and was told that they would allow one change to the employees’ policy. He said that another change was going to be needed to meet the state guideline of 112 percent so that was one reason to move the board’s effective date. He also added “I just think it was a real shock to hear at one meeting that you’re going to have to end up paying what some of the administrators are going to have to pay effective March 1.” He said he would like the board to recon-

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sider making the change when new contracts were set on August 1. The athletic director/teacher’s cost for insurance increased by $4,900 per year, the high school principal’s insurance was increased by $3,560 per year, and the elementary principals would not be affected. Board member Shobe said he was okay with changing the date to August 1, but it was not put in the form of a motion. Board member Billings said that there were teachers on staff who paid more than $800 per month for health insurance. She said that she was the one who made the motion to change the administrator’s amount paid to health insurance at the last meeting, all for the purpose of saving the school money. She said teacher negotiations can be dragged out to December 31 and she feels that the administrator’s portion of the premiums should start now. “I think everybody should pay their fair share,” she said about the teachers and administrators. No motion was made to make a change. Dr. Nonte then brought up the budget committee’s suggestions on creative staffing options and opened it up for discussion. Board member Garrett said that nothing could really be done since her motion to rescind the administrator contracts at the last meeting had died without a second. “We’re stuck,” she said since the contracts are now in place for two years. Board member Billings said she had gone through the classes and was surprised to see how much the language arts department was costing the school. She said some of the class sizes were very small. There are four language arts teachers. Discussion ensued on how changes could be made to that department while still easily providing remediation, grant writing, yearbook, and newspaper. Reducing teachers was then brought up by Billings. She said she felt it was something that needed to be discussed and soon. “You know, we need a plan and we need a plan quickly,” she said. She also wanted it noted that none of the reduction suggestions made by the committee would take away any services currently offered to the students. Board member Billings made a point of clarification concerning action taken at the last meeting requiring all teaching assistants to pass the Para-Pro test as a qualification of employment. Dr. Nonte recommended the new requirement that all teaching assistants pass the Para-Pro test become effective at the start of the 2012-13 school year for any currently employed teaching assistant. Any teaching assistant who is hired between now and the beginning of the 2012-13 school year would be required to show proof of the new requirement. In other business, the board agreed to set the graduation date for the Class of 2012 on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

The board discussed next school year’s calendar. Dr. Nonte explained that changes to the calendar included having only one day for Fall Break, just a three-day weekend but adding an additional day for Thanksgiving giving students Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off. Also recommended by the calendar committee was to include Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2013 as a day off and Friday, March 22, 2013 as the first day of Spring Break for students adding an additional day. Dr. Nonte said that without factoring in snow days, the last day for students would be Friday, May 17, 2013. The first day for school next year will be Friday, August 10, 2012. The state fire marshal did an inspection of the school on February 13. According to Dr. Nonte, items recommended for improvement included emergency lighting and installing fireproof wall board to storage areas under the stairwells. He told the board he is working with the maintenance staff to get the items corrected and expects the cost to be around $10,000. One of the main concerns of the fire marshal, according to Dr. Nonte, was that there was insufficient lighting in the school which could cause panic and possibly injury during a power outage. Dr. Nonte said another surprise item the marshal found was that the stage curtain needed to be replaced. The fire marshal said he was not certain it would pass a flammability test due to the tears in the curtain and its age. Dr. Nonte said they are working on getting quotes for a new curtain. He said that the fire marshal is scheduled to return in a week and it was decided to remove the curtain to figure out the next step. The board discussed the options which included sending a piece of the curtain to a New Jersey company to have its flammability tested for $200. They also decided that if it does pass the test, and the school can keep it, the rips need to be repaired. The board discussed the cost associated with grass mowing during the past several mowing seasons. They compared the cost of contracting all of the grass mowing with the exception of the athletic fields, contracting out the mowing of only part of the grounds, and the option of hiring a part time summer employee to assist with the mowing. Following discussion, the board directed Dr. Nonte to advertise for quotes for contracted grass mowing for the 2012 season. They told him to advertise for quotes consisting of a base quote as well as a quote for one alternate. The base quote will include the areas to be mowed and trimmed from Highway 50 to the asphalt drive around the school building, and on the west side down to the maintenance building. The alternate quote will include the base quote as well as all other mowed and trimmed property that has been included in previous mowing contracts. The quotes will not include the fenced in athletic fields. The board approved the first grade to go to Wonderlab in Bloomington on Friday, April 27, Miss Crews’ class to go to Holiday World on Thursday, May 10, and the band and chorus to go to contest at Castle High School on Saturday, April 14. The board approved a request from the Shoals High School Alumni Association to use the gymnasium, cafeteria kitchen, and a classroom for the annual banquet on Saturday, June 23 and a request from the Budget Reduction Committee to use the gymnasiums to hold a spring festival on May 12, 2012, both with all fees waived. The board approved the resignations of Krystle Knisley and Weston Knisley from the positions of teaching assistant and Debbie Stinson from the position of 3rd shift custodian. Lorna Clark and Mary Smith were approved to serve as substitute teachers. The board also accepted the resignation of Pat Garrett from the position of varsity baseball coach. Board Member Bill Shobe stated that he would give acceptance of the resignation with reservations, and stated for the record that Mr. Garrett has done a good job as coach, and he hated to see him leave. Mary Lou Billings agreed. The following coaching recommendations were approved: Tim Sorrells – varsity base-

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ball coach, Mike Steiner – varsity assistant/JV baseball, Pat Garrett, John Harder, and Harold Bleemel – volunteer baseball; and Wes White – girls’ assistant varsity softball. The board chose to table the recommendation to hire a summer mowing person until the mowing bids were decided. With contracting out the mowing, the board questioned what the hired person would be doing. Dr. Nonte said that there were other things that could be done including cleaning. He then brought up the issue of the summer cleaning crew and wanted to know if the board approved hiring the same number as last year. He noted that some of the classrooms did not get as clean as they would have liked but many on the crew worked sporadic schedules. He suggested hiring six people at a minimum but preferably seven at $9.84 per hour. A total cost from last year was not available at the meeting and board member Billings suggested tabling the discussion until a total cost from last year could be presented. The board agreed. Dr. Nonte recommended the board re-visit the issue of payment of long-term licensed substitute teachers. The board approved payment of long-term substitute teachers to be as follows, to begin on March 9, 2012: -Long term will be considered as 15 consecutive days or more -Substitute teacher will receive sub pay for the first 14 days which is currently $65 per day -On the 15th consecutive day of a long term assignment, substitute teacher will begin receiving payment at the daily rate according to their position on the salary schedule. The board gave formal approval of the inter-local agreement between the Martin County Circuit Court, Martin County Community Corrections Department, Martin County Probation Department, and Shoals Community School Corporation for the court-assisted school suspension program. Elementary principal Carolyn Eubank gave her monthly report to the board. She said her students had been busy taking ISTEP tests and kindergarten round-up was scheduled for last Friday. High school principal David Springer reported that the boys’ varsity team was runner-up in the IHSAA Class A Sectional defeating North Daviess in the second round and then falling to Loogootee in the championship game. This was the school’s first runner-up trophy since 1996. Basketball players making All-Conference this year were Michaela Brockman and Jon Sherfick. Board member Shobe commended the boys’ for their runner-up status and also the All-Conference players. Shobe and the board offered their condolences to the people and School Corporation of Henryville, Indiana, who lost so much during the severe storms and tornados that hit their area on Friday, March 2. At the end of the meeting, board member Billings thanked the close to 50 patrons in the audience for attending the meeting and being concerned about the school. “I hope you share your thoughts and encourage your kids to stay in our school and anybody you meet or see, encourage them to keep their kids in our school. We’ll get through this and our goal is to keep our doors open.” Board member Tony Cundiff was absent for the meeting. The next meeting of the board will be on April 12 at 5 p.m.

Notice of Loogootee School calendar change The Loogootee School Corporation Administration has decided that it is in the best interest of the students to adjust the school calendar. Therefore, school WILL NOT be in session on Friday, March 23 but WILL be in session on Wednesday, May 23. According to administration, this change is especially helpful in scheduling student review sessions, taking final exams, and completing senior requirements prior to graduation.

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DIANE BANKS Diane K. (Spears) Banks died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Martin County Health Care and Rehab Center. A resident of Loogootee, she was 47. She was born June 10, 1964, in Washington; the daughter of Melvin and Carol (Boyd) Spears. She attended Barr-Reeve High School and had previously worked at Loogootee Perfect Fit. She was a member of Shoals Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, collecting dolphin figurines, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her parents, Melvin and Carol Spears of Loogootee; one son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Kacie Heckard of Springville; one daughter, Amanda Heckard of Bluffton, South Carolina; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Teri and Jerry Maddox and Debbie and Leo Searl, all of Washington, Brenda Hoover of Shelbyville, Cathy and Edward Searl of Loogootee; one brother, Leroy Spears of Loogootee; two grandchildren, Jasmine and Jordon Heckard and expecting a third grandchild in June; 16 nieces and nephews; and 17 great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Spears, and an infant brother, Kenneth Spears. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Shoals Baptist Church in Shoals. Burial will be in Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Preferred memorial donations are to Shoals Baptist Church or Martin County Relay for Life. Online condolences may be made at DOROTHY (BOWLINg) HORTIE Dorothy Agnes Bowling Hortie passed away peacefully with her husband and family at her side, on Thursday, March 8, 2012, after a valiant nine-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). A resident of Salisbury, she was 79.

She was born November 13, 1932, in Loogootee; the youngest of six children of Harry Joseph and Bridget Nancy Mattingly Bowling. She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1950. She married DOROTHY Robert Ernest Hortie, Sr. HORTIE on July 25, 1950 in Loogootee. The Hortie family resided on various military bases until Bob retired from the Marine Corps in 1966, and then resided in the Hyattsville/Lanham, Maryland area before moving to Salisbury in 1996. Dot was a homemaker much of her adult life. Active in the community, she volunteered for the Parkdale HS Booster Club during the 1970s, she was a member of the Lady Lions of District 22-C, and was regular volunteer at the Lions Camp for the Deaf in Nanjemoy, Maryland. A skilled seamstress, she worked in the family drapery business for many years. She was an avid Washington Redskins fan, and an enthusiastic bingo player, sharing many happy times with good friends at RFK Stadium and bingo halls in Lanham and Salisbury. A true Marylander, Dottie loved nothing better than picking crabs with her family and friends on hot summer nights. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert E. Hortie, Sr. USMC, Ret.; and seven children, Shirley H. (Dennis R.) Platt of Ogden, Utah, Margaret A. Hortie of Salisbury, Robert E. (Nancy D.) Hortie, Jr. of Centreville, Ronald F. (Phyllis B.) Hortie of New Market, Maryland, Laurie A. Hortie of Greenbelt, Maryland, Nancy L. (Jerry J.) Meyers of Columbus, Indiana, Elizabeth H. Hortie of Washington, DC, and daughter-inlaw, Jean M. Hortie of Gastonia, North Carolina. She was a beloved “Mamaw” to 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Margaret ‘Margie’ Bowling Sherfick; three brothers, John W. Bowling, James H. Bowling; and Donald F. (Patricia G.) Bowling, all of Loogootee. She was preceded in death by her parents,

(Continued from page one) mitted. The commission then felt that March 31 would allow for time to have the purchase completed. The new owner would then have 30 days to take care of the removal of the structure and the cleaning up of the property. The current property owner was not able to attend the meeting due to his job, according to Mayor Harty. Mayor Harty, who said he would not be running the meetings in the future, chairman Ackerman would, said that the purpose of the building commission is to discuss complaints and/or issues related to overgrown grass and/or accumulated trash on city properties and safety issues. Greene, the recently-appointed building inspector will be issuing letters to offenders once a complaint is received. The property owner then has 10 days to take care of trash-related issues and five day for grass-related violations. If the property owner does not comply, the city will take care of the grass or trash and a bill will be sent to the property owner for the city’s cost. If the property owner does not

pay the bill, a lien will be placed on the property and added to their next property tax bill. According to city attorney Mark Jones, the amount on the property tax bill cannot be ignored otherwise the property will be listed in the next county tax sale as delinquent. The commission spent some time discussing what is and is not allowed on properties within a city limits. Without the city being zoned, Mayor Harty said that the commission is limited to handling issues related to trash and grass only as ordinances are in place regarding those things. Complaints related to someone running a business from their home or selling items from their lawn is not enforceable by the commission. The building commission meets every other month on the second Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the city council room of the municipal building unless an urgent matter requires a specially-called meeting. Any complaints by residents regarding properties located inside the city limits can be communicated by calling the mayor’s office at 812-295-4770.



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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 Harry J. and Bridget N. Bowling; her brothers, Joseph L. Bowling and Raymond L. ‘Jack’ Bowling; three sisters-in-law, Orvilla J. Strawn Bowling, Patricia J. Summers Bowling, and Ardis K. Braun Bowling; a brother-in-law, Ralph E. Sherfick; and her beloved son, William Harry Hortie in 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 535 Riverside Dr, Salisbury on Wednesday, March 14. Private family interment will be held at a later date. Bounds Funeral Home in Salisbury, Maryland, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733. JuLIuS CHESTNuT Julius Clem Chestnut died at 5 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012 in Switz City. A resident of Odon, he was 85. He was born March 7, 1927, in Daviess County; the son of Wayne and Flossie (Aishe) Chestnut. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from N.A.D. Crane January 3, 1984, after 38 years of service. He also worked at Owen Detective Agency for 10 years. He is survived by a daughter, Debra Chestnut of Switz City; sons, Randal Chestnut of Washington, Thomas Ray Chestnut of Shoals, and Anthony Scott Chestnut of Loogootee; grandchildren, Evan Chestnut, Amber Chestnut, Bobby Ivey, Brandon Chestnut and Joshua Chestnut; and a sister, Irene Callahan of Odon. His wife, Deloris Chestnut, died in 2008. The funeral was held today, Wednesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at Poindexter-Hall and McClure Funeral Home, Odon Chapel, with Bro. Richard Crabtree officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery. gLADYS WILSON Gladys M. Wilson passed away at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospital with her family at her bedside. A resident of Vincennes, she was 79. She was born August 3, 1932, in Loogootee; the daughter of Chester A. and Ethel Bridgewater Bussinger. She graduated from Washington High School in 1957 and on June 18, 1957, she married Donald W. Wilson and made their lives together for nearly 55 years. She was a home health care aid, a member of the Heritage Baptist Church and the Vincennes Women’s Club. She is survived by her husband, Donald W. Wilson; their sons, Richard L. Wilson and his wife Patti of St. Augustine, Florida, and David W. Wilson of Vincennes; their grandchildren, Tracy Wilson and Garrett Wilson. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and her brothers-in-law, James

Wilson and his wife Shirley of Evans, Louisiana, and Fred Wilson of Frisco, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald R. Bussinger. Funeral services will be celebrated Friday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the DuesterbergFredrick Funeral Home, with Pastor George Murphy officiating. She will be laid to rest in the New Veale Creek Baptist Cemetery in Daviess County. The family will receive friends from noon Friday until the time of services at the funeral home. Online condolence can be sent to DEREK RAY ARVIN Derek Ray Arvin died Friday, March 9, 2012 at about 8 a.m. in an accident on SR 257S. A resident of Washington, he was 16. He was born on October 30, 1995; the son of Ray Arvin and Lori Sermersheim Koerner. He was a sophomore at Washington High School, where he was a member of the soccer and basketball teams, DEREK ARVIN was a member of DECA Club, and the Business Professionals of America. He was vice president of the Student Council, an American Legion Award winner and made high honor roll. He loved being with friends, eating Skittles and milkshakes, watching sports and listening to Childish Gambino. He loved being a great family member, and had solid Christian beliefs and a strong love for his family and friends. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope and Antioch Christian Church. Surviving are his father and step-mother, Ray and Dana Arvin, and mother and stepfather, Lori and Matt Koerner, all of Washington; a sister, Shayna Arvin and a brother, Patrick Arvin, all of Washington; two stepsisters, Marrissa Koerner and Allison Lambert and three step-brothers, Josh Koerner, Ryan Koerner and Benjamin Lambert. Also surviving are two grandmothers, Laverne Sermersheim of Jasper, and Peggy Arvin and a friend, Paul Strange, both of Loogootee; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and a whole host of friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jerome Sermersheim and Jack Arvin, and his Uncle Dennis “Red” Keusch. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13 at the Washington Catholic Cardinal Bird Cage Gymnasium, with Father Gordon Mann and Pastor Keith Meece officiating. Burial followed in Sugarland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation.


(Continued from page one) SummerFest this year including a parade on June 16, a car show, an egg toss, karaoke, a flea market, and possibly a community-wide yard sale. He said a lot of work is going into planning this year’s festival to make it bigger and better. He urged anyone interested in helping out this year to attend the next SummerFest meeting tonight, Wednesday, at 6 p.m. in the city council meeting room of the municipal building in Loogootee. Mayor Harty congratulated the Loogootee Boy’s Basketball team for their sectional and regional wins. During the Loogootee Board of Public Works meeting, Mayor Harty announced that policeman Jason Hennette has been promoted from sergeant to captain. Clerk-Treasurer Jones said the pay increase will be reflected on the next pay period. Although they did not have a copy, the board voted to approve the new taser policy for the police department. Police chief Kelly Rayhill said that the policy was copied from the City of Jasper and has been looked over by the city attorney. It was announced by the mayor that Bran-

don Inman and Justin Davis are the newest recruits to the Loogootee Fire Department. The mayor also reported that an area on the square downtown has been painted off to signify no parking. When asked if signs will also be posted, Mayor Harty said no, the city is hoping to not have to put up signs in order to maintain the beautification of the square and will see if the paint serves as enough notice. Board member Ron Gilbert and also Richard Taylor noted that they have already seen cars parked in the no-parking zone. It was suggested that the police department will need to monitor the area and issue tickets to violators which may solve the problem long-term. An issue involving the closing of the alley from Brocksmith Funeral Home to The Bargain Shop was tabled due to questions on easements and who would own what portions of the street. It was noted that all property owners in the alley had signed a petition requesting the alley be closed to through traffic and only accessible by the residents already living there. Utilities manager Bo Wilson also told the mayor that the city has sewer lines running through the alley that would require easements.

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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log TuESDAY, MARCH 6 7:38 a.m. - Received a report of harassment. 7:40 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist, approximately two miles south of Loogootee. 1:41 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Doe Run Lane. 2:56 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver northbound on U.S. 231 from Haysville. 4:06 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:38 p.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 231, just north of Loogootee. 10:21 p.m. - Received a report of a semi traveling southbound on U.S. 50 from Loogootee with no headlights or lights on the trailer. 10:41 p.m. - Received a request to assist with a locked vehicle. 11:55 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 12:24 a.m. - Received a report of a tree limb hanging over the roadway on U.S. 50, just west of Max Warren’s Curve. 1:36 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 8:34 a.m. - Received a report of a subject at the Crane Gate that had been involved in an accident elsewhere and was pulled over there to request an officer to make a report. 9:14 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 231, at the Goodwill Cemetery Road entrance. 9:30 a.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Lundy Road. 10:29 a.m. - Received a call from a resident at Katydid Trailer Court for an unwanted subject on the property. 11:59 a.m. - Received a report of a reckless driver on U.S. 231, northbound from Whitfield. 1:02 p.m. - Received a report of a small tree across the roadway on U.S. 150, near Butler Bridge Road. 3:46 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Lawrence County. Lawrence County was contacted. 4:20 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding vehicle displaying road rage eastbound from Montgomery on U.S. 50. Loogootee Police Department was advised. 9:10 p.m. - Received a call regarding a verbal dispute in Katydid Trailer Court. 10:15 p.m. - Received a report of a wrecked vehicle driving on S.R. 450, headed toward Shoals, with no headlights. 11:45 p.m. - Received a report of a possible break-in at a residence in Loogootee. The Loogootee Police Department was contacted. THuRSDAY, MARCH 8 12:30 a.m. - Received a report of a large suspicious object in the roadway, on Brickyard Road. 9:15 a.m. - A subject came on station to report a stolen laptop computer. 11:50 a.m. - Received a report of theft of railroad ties. 12:26 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was

Jail bookings THuRSDAY, MARCH 8 3:30 p.m. - Allen Lamar, 34, of Milton, Kentucky, was arrested and charged failure to register as a sex offender and false informing. 4:34 p.m. - Charles Kimmel, 32, of Washington, was arrested and charged with theft and operating while intoxicated. SuNDAY, MARCH 11 2:57 a.m. - Michael Allbright, 51, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated.

transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 2:14 p.m. - Received a report of frequent erratic driving in the Shoals School parking lot after school. 2:17 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 3:09 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on U.S. 150 near Singing Hill. 3:50 p.m. - Received a report of a driveoff from RJ’s Food Mart. 4:27 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:50 p.m. - Received a report of harassment. 5:13 p.m. - Received a complaint regarding a large truck turning around in a private drive. 5:18 p.m. - Received a complaint regarding harassment. 5:43 p.m. - Received a call regarding cows near Spring Hill Cemetery. 6:06 p.m. - Received a report of a breaking and entering at a residence in Shoals. 6:51 p.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute in Shoals. 7:52 p.m. - Received a report of a breakin and theft at the old Bateman School House. 9:10 p.m. - Received a report of a tree down on U.S. 150 near Singing Hill. FRIDAY, MARCH 9 6:10 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50. 7:15 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 7:46 a.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident in Loogootee. 7:48 a.m. - Received a report of a second accident near the school in Loogootee. 9:32 a.m. - Received a report of vandalism to a vehicle on Boat Club Lane. 11:24 a.m. - Received a report of an aggressive dog on Loogootee’s Dover Hill Road. 2:14 p.m. - Received a report of an erratic driver eastbound on U.S. 50, from Loogootee. 3:11 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:45 p.m. - Received a report of vandalism. 3:48 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 6:09 p.m. - Received a report of a dog struck by a vehicle on U.S. 231 just south of Webb Road. 7:04 p.m. - Received a report of a controlled burn in the Dover Hill area. 7:54 p.m. - Received a report of an accident occurred in Lawrence County and Lawrence County was contacted. 9:28 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. SATuRDAY, MARCH 10 12:20 a.m. - Received a call regarding a dispute with a landlord. 4:25 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute on Boyd Hollow Road. 7:48 a.m. - Received a report of a controlled burn on Lark Road. 8:23 a.m. - A caller advised he witnessed a vehicle hit a mailbox on Hickory Ridge Hill. 8:38 a.m. - A caller reported a possible impaired driver westbound on U.S. 50, just crossing the White River Bridge in Shoals. 10:03 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 10:18 a.m. - Received a call from a subject in Shoals regarding a neighbor shooting a BB gun at her cats. 10:50 a.m. - Received a call regarding a traffic hazard on U.S. 50, just east of the

National Gypsum Plant. 2:45 p.m. - Received a report of a suspicious vehicle abandoned on U.S. 50, east of the fairgrounds. 3:44 p.m. - Received a call regarding possible violation of protective order. 4:54 p.m. - Received a call regarding a property dispute. 5:54 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, between Loogootee and Shoals in the eastbound lane. 6:21 p.m. - Received a report of a car fire on U.S. 50, east of the fairgrounds. 7:10 p.m. - Received a complaint of tailgating. 7:20 p.m. - Received a report of a speeding semi northbound on U.S. 231 from Haysville. 7:51 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Scenic Hill Road. No transport was necessary. 8:22 p.m. - Received a call regarding a possible illegal entry into a residence in Shoals. 11:15 p.m. - A male caller in Shoals reported youths attempting to steal an air conditioner. SuNDAY, MARCH 11 12:20 a.m. - Received a report of a fight in Shoals. 8:50 a.m. - Received a report of erratic driving in the parking lot at the church of the Cross on Mill Road. 9:20 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Scenic Hill Road. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 11:25 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Mt. Zion Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:40 a.m. - Received a call regarding an abandoned vehicle on private property. 1:10 p.m. - Received a report of horses out on Windom Road. 3:20 p.m. - Received another call regarding location of the horses on Windom Road. 3:35 p.m. - Received a call regarding a domestic dispute in Shoals. 3:56 p.m. - Received a complaint of possible burning of tires in the Scenic Hill area. 4:41 p.m. - Received a call regarding vandalism to a vehicle in Crane Village. 5:21 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Brooks Bridge Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 6:00 p.m. - Received a report of a brush fire on Tedrow Lane. 8:04 p.m. - Received a report of an explosion in Odon. Daviess County was con-

tacted. MONDAY, MARCH 12 7:57 a.m. - Received a report of a commercial burglar alarm at Westgate in Crane. 9:53 a.m. - Received a report of an odor of burning wires at a residence north of Loogootee. 11:52 a.m. - Received a report of a work truck that lost its tire in the roadway on U.S. 50, near Buffalo Bottoms. 1:00 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 1:25 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:47 p.m. - A female caller requested to speak to an officer in reference to threats made against her grandson. 4:52 p.m. - Received a call regarding a property dispute. 5:07 p.m. - Received a call in reference to a protective order. 5:48 p.m. - Received a report of a coal truck with a leaky, over-filled load eastbound on U.S. 50. 6:59 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check in Shoals. 7:13 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 7:19 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver in the Scenic Hill area. 10:37 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. No transport was necessary. TuESDAY, MARCH 13 9:05 a.m. - Received a report of a controlled burn at the intersection of Mill Road and Lauck Road. 1:50 p.m. - Received a call regarding a property dispute. 1:58 p.m. - Received a report of an accident on S.R. 550. 2:07 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:25 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Spout Springs Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 5:36 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on Clark Cemetery Road. 7:18 p.m. - A caller in Loogootee advised that she and her dog were bitten by another dog. 7:43 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 8:17 p.m. - A male caller reported being threatened.




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Loogootee Police log MONDAY, MARCH 5 6:45 a.m. - Female caller reported a vehicle parked in the McDonald’s parking lot with lights and engine running for about three hours. Chief Rayhill went to the area but was unable to locate. 6:55 a.m. - Martin County Ambulance requested lift assistance from the Loogootee First Responders. 12:26 p.m. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a structure fire at 12709 Hart Road, residence of Carl Porter. The Loogootee Fire Department went to the location and was assisted by the Martin County Civil Defense. 2:20 p.m. - A male caller reported that there was a fire in apartment four of the Larkin Apartments. Loogootee Fire Department went to the scene and were assisted by Chief Rayhill and Martin County EMS. 5:23 p.m. - Female came in and reported that she had a laptop stolen from a residence across from Scenic Hill. Information was transferred to the Martin County Sheriff’s Department since it was outside city limits. 9:50 p.m. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a call that the fire had started again on Hart Road. The Loogootee Fire Department went back to the scene. TuESDAY, MARCH 6 7:45 a.m. - Female reported she was being harassed. Chief Rayhill spoke with her. 7:38 p.m. - Received a call of a car/deer accident one to two miles north of Loogootee. County units were busy and Sgt. Hennette went to the location and took the information for the county unit. 8:24 p.m. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department requested a welfare check on Red Bud Street. Sgt. Hennette went to the location. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 10:42 a.m. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department reported that there were some concrete stepping stones in the highway east of Pomp’s Tire. Chief Rayhill went to the area and removed the stones. 11:12 a.m. - Female reported a dog com-

plaint at Doyle Avenue. Chief Rayhill took care of complaint. 5:40 p.m. - A female came on station to report a mail scam. Female was advised to take the mail to the postmaster. 8:00 p.m. - Caller reported two vehicles racing on Butcher Boulevard. Officer was unable to locate. 11:45 p.m. - Male caller stated someone had been in his home on North Line Street. THuRSDAY, MARCH 8 7:04 p.m. - A female called and advised her daughter’s wallet was taken at a local business. The wallet was located outside, with the case missing. FRIDAY, MARCH 9 10:58 a.m. - The manager at Dairy Queen reported an abandoned vehicle on his property. 12:07 p.m. - Fred Wagler reported a theft from Greenwell Hardware. Captain Akles completed a case report. 3:35 p.m. - A female caller reported someone on the phone was trying to obtain her debit card numbers. SATuRDAY, MARCH 10 1:54 p.m. - Alarm company advised of a fire alarm going off at the Loogootee High School. This was a false alarm. 4:10 p.m. - A 2007 Toyota owned by Richard and Norma Barber was parked at the IGA. At some time another vehicle struck the Barber vehicle and left the scene. Captain Akles was the investigating officer. 6:22 p.m. - Loogootee Fire was dispatched to a vehicle fire on US 50 10:33 p.m. - Caller reported reckless vehicle in the high school parking lot. SuNDAY, MARCH 11 4:00 p.m. - The Martin County Sheriff’s Department advised of someone burning tires in Scenic Hill. Loogootee Fire was dispatched. 6:18 p.m. - Female caller reported phone harassment. 6:52 p.m. - Caller reported a person operating a four-wheeler on North Oak Street. 9:22 p.m. - Caller reported a domestic dispute in Shaded Estates.

Real estate transfers

Accident report

Ethan J. graber, Calvin L. graber, and Katie A. graber, of Daviess County, Indiana to Calvin L. graber and Katie A. graber, of Daviess County, Indiana, a portion of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 13, Township 4 North, Range 5 West, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 1.63 acres, more or less. Ruth E. Smith, of Martin County, Indiana to Jonathan K. Raber and Myra Diane Eicher, of Daviess County, Indiana, a part of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 32, Township 4 North, Range 4 West, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, containing 9.77 acres, more or less. Martin R. Wininger, of Martin County, Indiana to Michael H. Divine and Sandra S. Divine, of Martin County, Indiana, Lots Numbered 49 and 50 in Stiles Addition to the Town of Shoals, Indiana.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9 8:00 a.m. - Waylon J. Matthews, of Loogootee, was operating a Ford and attempting to turn onto Brooks Avenue when he failed to see a 1996 Dodge operated by Tonya Jones, of Loogootee, and a collision occurred. No injuries were reported. Captain Akles investigated. 8:15 a.m. - Grant M. Arvin, of Loogootee, was operating a Ford and attempting to turn from Butcher Boulevard onto Brooks Avenue when he turned into the side of a 2004 Mercury operated by Tracy Burch, of Loogootee. No injuries were reported. Captain Akles investigated. 8:20 p.m. - Cody Hunt, of Richmond, Kentucky, was operating a 2005 Dodge and attempting to turn north onto US 231 when he turned into the path of a 2005 Dodge operated by Daniel Bertke, of Fulda, Indiana. No injuries were reported. Sgt. Hennette investigated. SATuRDAY, MARCH 10 3:07 p.m. - Norma Hardwick, of Loogootee, was operating a 1987 Buick and backing from a parking spot at Dollar General when she backed into a 2007 Chrysler operated by Ron Gilbert, of Loogootee. No injuries were reported. Captain Akles investigated.

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Martin Co. Court News Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CRIMINAL COuRT New Charges Filed February 28 Jacob R. Fox, possession of marijuana in the amount of less than 30 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, a Class D Felony. March 1 Eric L. Wade, public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class B Misdemeanor. Sonya D. Davis, public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor; refusing to leave emergency incident area, a Class A Misdemeanor. March 2 Allen Justin Lamar, failure to register as a sex or violent offender, a Class D Felony; false informing, a Class B Misdemeanor. March 6 Matthew D. Quinn, neglect of a dependent, a Class D Felony; public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor. March 7 Robert Lee Sherfick, Jr., disorderly conduct, a Class B Misdemeanor. CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCINg March 2 Nathan T. Waddle, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 1 year in the Martin County Security Center with 363 days suspended including credit for 1 day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. Frank T. Wininger, convicted of intimidation, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 333 days suspended including credit for 16 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 10 months of probation. CRIMINAL CHARgES DISMISSED February 28 Jerrad L. VanMeter, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed. March 2

Frank T. Wininger, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor, dismissed. March 6 Marlin R. Johnson, two counts of driving while suspended with prior conviction, Class A Misdemeanors, dismissed. CIVIL COuRT New Suits Filed March 1 Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Tiffany L. Phillips, civil collection. Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Steven W. Belleu, civil collection. March 5 Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Tony and Cynthia Downey, civil collection. SMALL CLAIMS COuRT New Suits Filed March 2 David Lark vs. John Slaughter, Iscel Naugle, Shirley Lewis, Ryan Zumhingft, and Melanie Aumhingft, complaint. March 6 Charles D. Hellums vs. Aaron Sturgill, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS DISMISSED Crane Federal Credit Union vs. Bryan Tanksley, complaint, dismissed. TRAFFIC TICKETS PAID February 29 – March 6 Robert Alspaugh, Shoals, minor in possession of tobacco, $138. Richard Atkins, Evansville, speeding 69 in a 55, $120. Lucas Cain, Loogootee, learner’s permit violation, $119; seatbelt violation, $25. Sabine Cassidy, Loogootee, driving while suspended, $115. Donald Gibson, Shoals, driving while suspended, $119. Jarrod Hastie, Mt. Washington, Kentucky, failure to obey signs and markings while driving a vehicle, $125. Tiffany Holt, Bedford, speeding 66 in a 50; unregistered vehicle, expired plates, $129. Travis Howell, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Blake Johnston, Greensburg, speeding 70 in a 50, $125. David Siefker, Sr., Vernon, speeding 52 in a 40, $120. Chad Stoll, Cannelburg, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25.

State police to conduct sobriety check point Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, March 16, 2012. Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually. Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:

-Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol. -Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or sober friend. -Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys. -If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. -Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21. Motorists encountering another vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 or call the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (812) 482-1441 or 800-7427475 and be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location, and direction of travel.

Remains found of missing Bicknell 19 year old Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that the remains of Clinton J. Hamilton,19, of Bicknell, were found Sunday in a corn field near the location where Hamilton went missing. At 1:08 p.m. a concerned citizen found the remains and called the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. A Knox County Crime Scene Detective and Coroner Gordon Belcher processed the scene and determined the remains did indeed belong to Hamilton. Indiana Conservation Officers, Oaktown Fire Department, and Knox County EMS also assisted with the recovery. Hamilton’s truck was found in flood wa-

ters on December 11, 2011 near Wolf Hill in Knox County. An extensive search had been conducted during the following three months involving Indiana Conservation Officers, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, air support from the Indiana State Police, area fire departments, Vincennes University Conservation Law Students, Ohio Valley Search and rescue, friends and family. Resources used included divers, boats, ATVs, air support and K9 searches. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, March 12 by Forensic Pathologist Dr. John Heidinsfelder of Evansville.

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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553

327 patrons attend 17th Annual Ag Day Last Saturday a large crowd showed their appreciation to agriculture by attending the 17th Annual Ag Day celebration. 327 attendees started the day with a great breakfast served by the Martin County Jr. Leaders. The invocation was given by pastor Terry Kinser followed by the national anthem sung by August Bauer, Pledge of Allegiance led by student council members, and the 4H pledge led by Martin County Jr. Leaders. Long time emcee, Kenny Frye, recognized Ag Day Award winners Dorthea Divine, Roy Dale and Beth Ann Grafton and Calvin and Betty Beasley along with SWCD Award winners, Gary and Mike Gibson, Don Witt family and Elvis “Bob” Jones for their contribution to agriculture. Attendees visited 23 booths providing information on the services available to them. Good Samaritan Hospital was on hand to supply free blood screenings. Children, young and old, enjoyed a petting zoo sponsored by German American Bancorp and received free books from SOAR, Psi-Iota Xi

and the IN Soybean Alliance. SWCD Coloring contest winners were Hannah Harshaw, Cheaney Archer, Luke Nonte, Jaylen Mullen, and Chloe Qualkenbush. The day ended with the drawing for the large door prizes. Winners were: Farm Bureau Inc. $50 – Rose Mary Foster, Crane Federal Credit Union $50 gift card- Julinda Adams, Old National Bank $50 gift card – Tia Pennington, Jones Oil/MC Sheriff Dept. - $25 gas cards – Bill Bowling and Tammy Wininger, West Boggs Park Annual Gate Passes – David Gilbert and Patti Abel, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Co. $50 gift card - Scott Hert, Daviess-Martin County REMC Weather Radio – Alice Jones and RTC Communications Dell Mini 10 Laptop – Jeff Sanders. The Martin County Ag Day Committee would like to thank sponsor Farm Bureau Inc. for their large donation, WRZR for their live remote, WJST for the TV spots, the vendors and all who attended for making this another great Ag Day.

Law enforcement collecting items for tornado victims The Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Loogootee Police Department will be accepting donations for the tornado victims in southern Indiana. Martin County Chief Deputy Tony Dant spoke with a representative of the American Red Cross, Washington, Indiana Chapter, and the representative stated that, at this time, the Red Cross was only asking for monetary donations due to lack of storage space in the storm-stricken areas. Dant was advised that after a week or two they would be able to accept material-type items. Anyone wishing to donate items may drop them off at the Martin County Sheriff’s Department or the Loogootee Police Department. Any questions may be directed to Sheriff Rob Street, Chief Deputy Tony Dant, or Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill. Donations will be accepted for the next two weeks. For more information, contact the sheriff’s department at 812-247-3726 or the Loogootee Police Department at 812-2952246. Items needed: Storage totes

Tarps Shoes Contact solution Deodorant Kleenex Cleaning supplies Baby food Tylenol – adult and baby Batteries Toilet paper Paper towels Safety glasses Non-perishable food items Canned food Bottled water Baby items such as diapers (size 6) and formula Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.) Laundry soap Kitchen supplies (baggies, trash bags, etc.) Flashlights Gas cards and other monetary donations Sleeping bags Towels and washcloths Blankets and pillows (must be new)

Congressional candidate donates to Daffodil Days BY BARBARA BOYD American Cancer Society Volunteer Loogootee resident Pat Jones introduced me to Kristi Risk last week at the Loogootee United Methodist Church Soup Luncheon. Kristi is a Christian conservative candidate running for the 8th district congressional seat. But when Kristi spoke with me, she never once mentioned politics. She talked about losing a beloved cousin to cancer. Her cousin was like a sister to her. Kristi talked about how difficult the grieving process has been for her and her family. You see, Kristi is just like all of us who have ever been touched by cancer. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to, what race, age, or gender you may be; none of us are immune from the devastation that cancer can bring to our lives. Before Kristi left town she gave a donation to the American Center Society. I would like to thank her for that donation. You know, Kristi and I may or may not share the same political party, but we do share the hope and desire to have more birthdays with those we love.


-Photos provided Shown above are the Soil and Water Conservation District Coloring Contest winners, from left to right, Hannah Harshaw, Cheaney Archer, and Chloe Qualkenbush. Winners not available for the picture were Luke Nonte and Jaylen Mullen. Jackson Richer, son of Megan and John Richer, is shown at right enjoying the petting zoo at Ag Day which was sponsored by german American Bancorp.

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Tri Kappa holds February meeting BY AuDREY ROBINSON Tri Kappa Recording Secretary On February 28, a meeting of Delta Tau Chapter of Tri Kappa was held at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. Hostesses for the evening were Melissa Courter, Ashley Graber, Judy Bruner, and Jill Walker. The theme for the meeting was “Indiana Athletes”. After refreshments were served by the hostesses, the meeting was called to order by President Christina Crane. Roll call was read with members responding by telling their “favorite Indiana athlete.” January minutes were read and approved. Treasurer, Kristi Ausbrooks read the treasurer’s report. Katie Milligan, Corresponding Secretary, read the following correspondences: newsletter from Riley Cheer Guild. Email from Pam McKee, State Philanthropy Committee regarding the Ronald McDonald House “Wish List”, “Loving Care Packages”, and collection of aluminum pop tabs. (Last year Ronald McDonald House recycled over 131 million pop tabs which brought in over $50,000 to support the house and families staying there). Also read was an acknowledgement from Loogootee United Methodist Church for the donation in honor of Betty Bough, a thank you from Shawnee Theatre for continued support and information on the 2012 summer production, a thank you from the Martin County Habitat for Humanity for donation, a thank you for the donation to the Martin County Historical Society, a thank you for the donation to the Martin County Humane Society, a thank you for the donation to the Loogootee High School Art, Chorus, and Library Departments, a thank you for the donation to the Loogootee Public Library, a statement for the Martin County Community Foundation fund, a thank you for the donation to the Loogootee Post Prom, a thank you for the donation to the Girl Scout Troup #440, a thank you for the college care packages from Bret Mattingly and Gage Mattingly, and an email from Beth Lett regarding the Loogootee Public Library needing new computers. Flowers: Member sign-up sheet was passed around for the 2012 geranium orders.

Mental Health: Kathy Lingenfelter reported on mental health. Remembrance: Dena Lyon reported that she sent two birthday cards in February and two Christmas presents in December to Loogootee Nursing Center residents. Judy Bruner reported that she sent two Christmas presents to RESCARE residents. Scholarship: Information has been sent to both Loogootee High School and Shoals High School. Delta Tau sent state scholarship applicants to the state scholarship committee by the February 28 deadline. Tri Kappa Week: Ashley Graber reported that the banners are hanging in town across from city hall. They look wonderful! The Martin County Journal prepared a special article honoring Delta Tau’s Chapter of Tri Kappa during Tri Kappa week. Thank you to the committee for getting this project completed. Loogootee High School Top Ten Dinner has been scheduled for Sunday, April 22. The dinner will be from 4-6 p.m. Members are asked to participate during the event and stay afterwards to clean up. Contact Ashley Graber if you can help set-up or bring desserts. Discussion took place regarding the donation to the library for computers. Kathy Lingenfelter made a motion to donate $2,000 to the Loogootee Public Library for the new computer system. Barb McFeaters seconded the motion. All members were in favor. The motion passed. Tonya Mathies, Peggy Mattingly, Shawna Walton, and Jill Walker had the materials needed for members to make the Riley blankets. Blankets were made immediately after the meeting. These blankets will be distributed to the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Secret Sister Gifts were passed out at the February meeting. Audrey Robinson has many gifts that need distributed to members that were not in attendance. These gifts will be available at the next meeting. If you did not bring your gift to the meeting, please bring it at that time. The next meeting will be held on April 24, 2012. The hostesses will be Pam Loughmiller, Dena Lyon, Nancy Whitman, and Maggie Schnarr. The meeting was closed by President Christina Crane.

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 Wednesday, April 11 at noon in the commissioners’ room of the courthouse in Shoals. All members are invited to attend. 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 2472525. The Martin County TCE Coordinator is Kenny Woods. Tourism meetings The MCCC Tourism Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Martin County Community Learning Center on the fairgrounds. 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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KidStuff Preschool would like to say thank you to Officer Jason Hennette of the Loogootee Police Department for dropping in for a visit. The preschool’s theme this month is about community helpers. Officer Hennette visited the preschool and spoke to the children about what to do in case of an emergency. He also showed them all the different gadgets he uses as a police officer and let the children explore in his police car. The children really enjoyed his visit! To find out more information about KidStuff Preschool, a program of Four Rivers, call 295-4494 or visit their website at Shown above, from left to right, are Keenan, Landon, Officer Hennette, C.J., and Owen.

Classes and programs at the Martin County Community Learning Center Ivy Tech Community College Class: Introduction to Computers - Explore the world of computers in a safe, fun, and nonthreatening environment, even if you don’t know what a computer looks like. We’ll cover computer anxiety, important terms, parts of the computer, keyboard, using the mouse, and moving around the computer to complete different tasks. Textbook is included in course fee. This course will run four Tuesdays, March 27-April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information on Ivy Tech Community College classes and to register, contact the Center for Lifelong Learning at 812-330-4400 or log on 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). Workshop will be held on March 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.

Women in Engineering invite high school juniors to campus BY JuDITH BARRA AuSTIN Purdue University News Service High school juniors, their parents and teachers are invited to attend Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue, a free, daylong event sponsored by Purdue University’s Women in Engineering Program, on April 16. Students will meet professors, current engineering students and practicing women engineers. They’ll learn specifics about two engineering disciplines of their choice. Engineering disciplines included are aeronautics and astronautics, agricultural and biological, biomedical, chemical, civil, construction engineering and management, electrical and computer, environmental and ecological, industrial, materials, mechanical and nuclear. Representatives of first-year engineering, admissions and financial aid will be available to answer questions. Lunch and campus tours also will be provided. There will be early registration, a reception and a tour of engineering labs in Arm-

strong Hall of Engineering from 7-8:30 p.m. for those arriving the night before. The registration deadline is April 6. For more information and to register online, go to If you have questions about Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue, contact the Women in Engineering Program at 765494-3889 or e-mail at

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Week in review at the The Messmer Report Indiana general Assembly By District 63 State Representative The second regular session of the 117th Indiana General Assembly has concluded. Of the 815 initiatives introduced in January, 175 made it through the second half of session. Bills that were not amended by the opposite chamber advanced to the governor for final review and possible signature into law. Others languished in conference committees where compromises were sought up until the very end of session. This brief summary highlights some of the final action taken by the Senate. Fiscal issues Due to the improving economy, an on-target revenue forecast, an estimated state surplus in excess of $1.7 billion by June 30, 2012, and $320M in found corporate income tax revenue, lawmakers had an opportunity to make some appropriations this session. House Bill (HB) 1376 provides $6 million in additional compensation for victims of last year’s State Fair tragedy, and $80 million to fully fund full-day kindergarten next year. In addition, the projected surplus will allow for an automatic taxpayer refund that was approved during the 2011 session. Taxpayers could receive up to a $50-per-taxpayer credit toward their 2013 tax returns. The bill was approved by both chambers and the governor is expected to sign the bill into law. A proposal to phase-out the state’s inheritance tax has gained approval. SB 293 will start the phase-out of the tax retroactive to January 1, 2012 and gradually phase it out over 10 years. The bill was approved by the House by a vote of 78-17 and the Senate 480, and now proceeds to the governor for final review. Statewide smoking ban State lawmakers have approved legislation that will establish Indiana’s first statewide smoking ban standardizing smoking restrictions across the state. HB 1149 calls for the prohibition of smoking in most public places including restaurants and places of employment. Exemptions include gaming facilities; cigar and hookah bars; fraternal, social and veterans clubs, with certain requirements; certain tobacco stores; bars and taverns; cigar manufacturer facilities; and cigar specialty stores. HB 1149 makes it a Class B infraction to violate the smoking prohibition and a Class A infraction if the person has committed three prior violations. The legislation also prohibits firing, refusing to hire, or retaliating against a person for reporting a violation or exercising any right or performing any obligation under the smoking prohibition. In addition, the legislation permits stricter local smoking ordinances allowing some to remain in place. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 28-22 and the House voted 60-33. The bill now advances to the governor for final consideration. Education issues HB 1134 will prevent school corporations from charging a fee for transportation to and from school. However, a fee may be charged for transportation to and from an athletic, a social, or another school sponsored function. The bill was approved by both chambers and awaits final action by the governor. In an effort to strengthen childhood learning, SB 268 will require the Indiana Education Roundtable to establish an advisory committee on early education to begin work on a statewide pre-kindergarten program. Putting such a program in place will increase the readiness of young children to learn and have a long-term positive impact on their education as well as the state’s education system. SB 268 is eligible for final consideration by the governor. Legislation aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse is headed to the governor

for final consideration. SB 267, also known as “Erin’s Law,” will utilize educational resources to help protect students from sexual abuse. The law aims to inform teachers how to identify and report suspected abuse of students and encourages children to reach out for help. The state Department of Education will have the responsibility of providing schools with educational materials, response policies and reporting procedures for grades two through five. The bill is similar to “Erin’s Law” enacted last year by the state of Illinois in respect of Erin Merryn, a former child abuse victim and current advocate for child abuse education. SB 267 has advanced to the governor for final review. Higher education With the cost of higher education continuing to rise, lawmakers approved HB 1220. The measure sets a limit on the number of credit hours required by public colleges and universities for an associate’s degree program at 60 hours or a bachelor’s degree program at 120 hours. Included in the bill is an exception for programs that require extra credits for national accreditation. In addition, HB 1220 stipulates that universities must seek permission from the state Commission on Higher Education to increase the 120 credit hour limit. Additionally, the bill requires the commission to review credit requirements every three years. The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 39-11 and the House 62-21. The legislation now advances to the governor who is expected to sign it into law. Corrections Legislation that will help individuals to re-enter society once they’ve paid their societal debt and help them return to the work force has been approved. Under HB 1033, co-sponsored by Senator Lindel Hume, persons with a Class D felony, after three years served, could appeal to the court to have their crime reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. The felony reduction would only occur if the person was not a sex or violent offender, the crime was a non-violent offense, the person had not been convicted of perjury or misconduct, and the person has not been convicted of a new felony. Another provision provides that if the person is convicted of a felony within five years after the appeal, the prosecutor could petition to have the misdemeanor converted back to a felony. In addition, HB 1033 requires a criminal history provider to update its records every 60 days to remove inaccurate information and information that has been expunged, restricted, or limited. The House approved the bill by a vote of 78-11 and the Senate 45-3. Elections Legislation on its way to the governor provides that if there is a contested election for any office of a municipality, all candidates for each office must be on the ballot. SB 233, co-authored by Hume, reverses legislation enacted last year considered to be a cost savings measure that raised controversy among voters who felt all candidates should be listed on an election ballot. In addition, in districts where there are no contested races, the bill provides local election boards the option of not printing a ballot upon unanimous approval. The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 39-9 and the House 96-1. County roads SB 98 pertains to county highway maintenance funding. With the passage of the bill, a county will be able to use property taxes and the county general fund for maintenance of county highways. Current law provides that property taxes can only be used for highway maintenance in the event of an emergency. The bill has been approved by both chambers and awaits final action by the governor.

Mark Messmer Investing in Indiana’s future The 2012 legislative session is wrapping up and we’ve been able to accomplish many of our goals to make Indiana a better place to live and work. There are several bills of note that passed including a bill to provide an additional $80 to $100 million in funding for full-day kindergarten, improve the automatic taxpayer refund, phase-out the state inheritance tax, and tackle the issue of nepotism and conflict of interest in local government. At the state level, for some time now, there has been a policy on nepotism and conflict of interest. There has been support both locally and across other communities in the state to align local government to similar standards at the state level. To accomplish this goal, the bill stipulates that relatives of a town, township, city or county may not be employed be an agency in positions resulting in one relative supervising another. The bill also states that local government employees may not be elected to a legislative or fiscal body overseeing the unit for which they work. A second bill that has received local support, especially from farmers and those that own small businesses, is legislation to phase-out the inheritance or ‘death’ tax in Indiana. Indiana is one of the last remaining states to require their residents to pay taxes on the assets that they will to their families.

This causes many seniors to leave Indiana to avoid paying what is essentially a double tax. This is a major step for Indiana and I’m pleased that this phase-out of the inheritance tax will help so many people over the coming years. Finally, one of the strongest pieces of legislation we passed this year is going to help many Hoosiers both now and in the future. We were able to increase the amount of the per student grant for full-day kindergarten which will give more children access to early educational opportunities. Investing in Indiana’s students will help them receive a top quality education and will also ensure an even stronger economy and workforce in the future. The same piece of legislation will also improve the process by which excess state reserves are returned to state taxpayers through an automatic taxpayer refund and it maintains our commitment to contribute to the Retired Teacher Pension Stabilization Fund. Finally, this bill provides additional funds to victims of the State Fair stage collapse. All three of the before mentioned bills are awaiting the governor’s approval to be signed into law. This has been a productive session and one that has strengthened Indiana for the betterment of many Hoosiers. Thank you for your continued feedback and support this session.

Messmer’s statement on last day of legislative session “The Indiana House of Representatives overcame several obstacles during the 2012 Legislative Session in order to achieve many goals to improve Indiana for all Hoosiers. “After listening to the concerns of several local charities, I learned charity gaming events were frequently fined for violating complicated gaming laws and reporting requirements. In response, I worked for several months and then later, sponsored legislation, to allow national charity organizations to manage a single gaming license for their local chapters. The national charities, which are better equipped to navigate complex gaming rules, will allow local organizations to devote more funds from gaming events to their charitable causes. “We also worked to appropriate additional funds to full-day kindergarten pro-

grams, fulfilling a long-term goal to give more children access to early educational opportunities. Furthermore, we passed a 10year phase-out of the inheritance tax. The unfair tax on assets people already own encourages residents to leave Indiana for other states. The repeal of the ‘death tax’ will make Indiana a better place for people to spend their lives. “I’m pleased the Indiana General Assembly took steps to strengthen Indiana, improve education, and encourage charitable efforts.”

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governor Mitch Daniels reflects on 2012 session Governor Mitch Daniels said Monday that completing full funding for full-day kindergarten, a right to work law and preserving the automatic taxpayer refund topped his list of successes for the 2012 legislative session. A statewide smoking ban, phasing out the inheritance tax and additional compensation for victims of the August 2011 state fair stage rigging collapse are other notable accomplishments. “There will always be work ahead. I hope these eight years have established a new expectation that every single year we will look to do important significant things. I believe that can be said of the last eight years, including No. 8. I hope there will always be something that bothers us, something that excites us about how we can build a bigger state,” said Daniels. The audio from Monday’s news confermay be found here: ence mp3 Below are the results from the governor’s 2012 legislative agenda: Economic development Right to work. ACHIEVED, HEA 1001 Phase-out of inheritance tax.** ACHIEVED, SEA 293 Extended Indiana Economic Development programs, including Hoosier Investment Tax Credit, venture capital investment tax credit, new employer tax credit. ACHIEVED, HEA 1072 Automatic Tax Refund preserved at 10 percent trigger for this year, per capita rather than pro rata. ACHIEVED, HEA 1376 Statewide Smoking Ban Indiana becomes the 37th state to adopt a statewide smoking ban. A vast majority of Indiana’s employees are now protected from secondhand smoke in the workplace. ACHIEVED, HEA 1149 “Remote Seller” tax collection In January, the state and reached a voluntary agreement that requires

Amazon to begin collecting and remitting Indiana sales tax beginning January 1, 2014 or 90 days from the enactment of federal legislation, whichever is earlier. ACHIEVED ADMINISTRATIVELY Local Government Reform conflicts of interest. Eliminate ACHIEVED, HEA 1005 Reduce nepotism. ACHIEVED, HEA 1005 Township reform. FAILED Single county commissioner. FAILED Higher Education Affordability – ‘credit creep’ Addresses time to degree or certificate completion and higher education affordability. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education may disallow majors that require more than 120 credit hours and minors that require more than 60 hours. ACHIEVED, HEA 1220 Core credit transfer requirement, ACHIEVED, SEA 182 Merged State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana with Commission for Higher Education. ACHIEVED, HEA 1270 Other priorities Complete full funding of full-day kindergarten. ACHIEVED, HEA 1376 Criminal justice reform, FAILED State fair victims compensation. The amount of compensation to victims of the state fair was increased from $5 million to $11 million. ACHIEVED, HEA 1376 Anti-human trafficking legislation. Toughens prosecution and penalties for people who engage in human trafficking. ACHIEVED SEA 4 Mass transit referendum. FAILED Spring cleaning legislation. Reduces the size and number of state boards and commissions; allowed for telephonic participation in meetings, other government efficiency measures. ACHIEVED, HEA 1002, HEA 1003 ** Not originally recommended, but supported when proposed.

Zoeller, state attorneys general, federal government file civil complaint against five mortgage servicers Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller along with 48 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, joined the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday in alleging misconduct by the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers in a civil complaint filed in federal court. The complaint against the servicers, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleged that the servicers’ misconduct “resulted in the issuance of improper mortgages, premature and unauthorized foreclosures, violation of service members’ and other homeowners’ rights and protections, the use of false and deceptive affidavits and other documents, and the waste and abuse of taxpayer funds.” “This important step will help set the stage for what we anticipate will be a series of federal court orders,” Zoeller said. “Our hope is that the settlement will allow Hoosiers to see direct relief and be protected by the tough new servicing standards.” The defendants in the joint federal-state complaint include Bank of America Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc., and Ally Financial Inc. (formerly GMAC). The complaint follows a joint investigation and a $25 billion settlement with the servicers that was announced in February at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The states and federal government Friday also submitted a series of proposed federal court orders, called consent judgments, which would formalize the settlements with each servicer. In addition to the consumer relief, the proposed settlement agreements include comprehensive reforms of mortgage loan servicing. Zoeller said an independent monitor has already begun work to oversee the implementation of the anticipated formalized

agreements and to ensure compliance. Zoeller said the Indiana Legislature plans on allocating part of Indiana’s settlement share – an estimated $28 million of the $145 million – for the LIHEAP program which provides support to needy low-income households for utility bill payments. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will also dedicate part of the money to help fund consumer protection, state foreclosure prevention efforts and related programs.

Twice as many recruiters will attend Vincennes university’s Manufacturing Career Fair The Vincennes University Manufacturing Career Fair on March 13 will attract twice as many recruiters as last year, according to Richard Coleman, director of the VU Center for Career and Employer Relations. The Career Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Technology Center. Coleman says that 35 employers will send 62 recruiters to the Manufacturing Career Fair—double last year’s attendance. Most of the employers are from the tri-state area but several represent international corporations with job openings in a wide geographic area. Coleman said he attributes the increase to strong demand for graduates of VU’s Technology Division programs. He said he is also seeing more interest among employers in attending VU’s Business and Public Service Career Fair that is scheduled March 29 at the Beckes Student Union. “As the economy continues to improve, we are definitely seeing more calls to our office seeking VU graduates in a variety of fields. It is a noticeable difference and a welcome change from recent years. It makes me optimistic about our graduates finding great careers,” Coleman said.

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Supreme Court to hear 26-state challenge to health care law When the United States Supreme Court hears a landmark legal challenge to the federal health care law in two weeks, it will be asked to decide fundamental questions about the federal government’s authority and what it can compel private individuals and state governments to do, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Monday at a news conference with Senator Richard Lugar. Indiana is one of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law as an overreach of congressional authority. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear six hours of oral argument in the legal challenge over three days starting March 26. Having prepared a report to Lugar on the health care legislation before it passed Congress, Zoeller decided in March 2010 that Indiana would join the multistate legal challenge to the new law. Zoeller plans to attend and observe the first day of argument in the U.S. Supreme Court chamber two weeks from this last Monday. “When Indiana joined the multistate legal challenge two years ago, it was our goal to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. This landmark case will decide whether the federal government’s unprecedented claim of authority was constitutional. No one can minimize the importance of the case or the issues, which were raised early in our report to Senator Lugar on the legislation,” Zoeller said. “The future economic success of our country, as well as the quality of health care provided to Americans, will be deeply affected by whether we succeed in overturning Obamacare, either legislatively or judicially,” Lugar said. “Attorney General Zoeller has shown enormous leadership in moving this legal challenge forward, so I am very pleased that he will be in attendance at the Supreme Court.” In January 2010, before the bill creating the health care law had passed, Senator Lugar invoked a seldom-used Indiana statute and asked Attorney General Zoeller to prepare a report and analysis of the federal legislation then pending before Congress. In a 55-page report, Zoeller and Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher found that the individual mandate of the health care legislation – requiring all Americans to buy a commercial health insurance product by 2014 or face a financial penalty — was constitutionally suspect. The Attorney General’s legal research and report to Senator Lugar served to benefit the legal challenge the group of states later filed once the legislation passed Congress and was signed into law by the President. Indiana was the 14th of 26 states ultimately to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as the law is known. Also joining the suit as plaintiffs were two affected private individuals and the National Federation of Independent Business, or NFIB, a trade group for small businesses. “The basis of our opposition to the Affordable Care Act is the individual mandate. Nowhere in the Constitution does the federal government have the authority to order free people to buy a commercial product,” said Barbara Quandt, NFIB state director. “Small business owners are independent and self-reliant by nature, and they place a high value on the freedom from government guaranteed by our Founders in the United States Constitution.” At the trial court – the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida – federal Judge Roger Vinson in January 2011 struck down the individual mandate as unconstitutional and found that other provisions of the PPACA could not be

separated from it, thus invalidating the entire statute. On appeal, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta affirmed the trial court in August 2011 and ruled the individual mandate was unconstitutional, though it let other provisions stand. Both the states and the private plaintiffs as well as the federal government defendants then appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which announced in November it would hear oral argument over three days the final week of March. (The six hours of argument is the longest the Supreme Court has allotted for a hearing since the landmark Miranda v. Arizona case 46 years ago.) Here is the Supreme Court’s argument schedule in the health care lawsuit: Monday, March 26: The Court will hear 90 minutes of argument on whether the federal Anti-Injunction Act prohibits the states from bringing a challenge to the individual insurance mandate. The 26 plaintiff states contend it does not. Tuesday, March 27: The Court will hear two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the mandate that individuals must buy health insurance or face a financial penalty. The plaintiffs contend the individual mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. Wednesday, March 28: In the morning the Court will hear 90 minutes on “severability,” whether other parts of the PPACA could remain intact if the Court were to strike down the individual mandate, or if the entire law would have to be invalidated. In the afternoon the Court will hear one hour of argument on the new law’s requirement requiring state governments to dramatically expand their Medicaid programs to cover more recipients. The states contend the federal government’s requirement that states expand their state Medicaid programs or face the loss of federal funding is unconstitutionally coercive. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in the legal challenge before its current term ends in June on whether the PPACA is constitutional or must be struck down in whole or in part. Representing the 26 states in the U.S. Supreme Court hearing will be attorney Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has spent no money on outside counsel or legal fees to participate in the 26-state lawsuit. Instead, the research that went into 55-page report to Lugar counted as Indiana’s in-kind contribution to the multistate plaintiffs’ group. Indiana’s legal work on the case has been performed by state Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, a salaried employee, all within the Attorney General’s Office’s budget the Legislature approved in advance, with no billable hours charged. “The issues in this historic case cut to the core of the relationship between the people and their federal government. It is appropriate that the constitutional question be asked of and answered by the nation’s highest court. Hoosiers have expressed their deep concern to me that the federal government has overstepped its bounds in mandating they buy a health insurance product as a condition of being alive and living in the United States, and they wonder what Congress will mandate they purchase next,” Zoeller said. Zoeller expressed his thanks to Senator Lugar in raising the issue to his attention early and in supporting Indiana’s legal challenge. NOTE: The Attorney General’s February 2010 report to Senator Lugar is at this link: events/files/IN_Atty_Gen_Impact_Anal ysis_of_the_Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act.pdf

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Ag releases top 10 list of January 2012 state and consumer complaints, tips regional unemployment

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller last Thursday released the top 10 consumer complaints and tips of 2011 to help inform Hoosiers as part of National Consumer Protection Week. “As the state’s consumer protection agency, consumer complaints ranging from auto-related scams to telemarketing fraud are welcomed at the Attorney General’s Office,” Zoeller said. “These complaints give us the authority to prosecute offenders and educate the public so others don’t become victims. Indiana consumers who have been ripped off, defrauded or scammed deserve to be heard and protected and we are here to do just that.” On Monday President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring the significance of this week as attorney generals’ offices, consumer advocacy groups, private organizations and others push for public awareness of scams, fraud and abuse. In addition to the top 10 list, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office also launched a new video on titled, “Complaints Welcome,” to encourage consumers to file complaints and explain how the state can take action. Here are the top 10 consumer complaints filed with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in 2011 and tips on how to avoid being victimized: 1. Auto-related complaints Before buying a car take your time to read and understand the entire written agreement and warranty before signing. Also obtain the vehicle identification number and research the vehicle’s history with one of the various title history services available. Always have your own mechanic or body shop inspect a used car before you purchase. 2. Internet scams and sales Never respond to requests for personal or financial information via e-mail and don’t click on links you receive in unsolicited emails. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in Indiana and the across the nation. Visit our ID theft toolkit online for both tips to prevent the crime and what to do if you are victim at www.indianaconsumer .com. If buying items online don’t spend more than you are willing to lose. Be wary of sellers’ addresses located outside of the U.S. and those who require wired payments. When paying for items online use a payment service, such as PayPal, or your credit card, which may offer additional protections. 3. Debt collection Research the debt collection process and determine whether you are being contacted for legitimate nonpayment and by a lawful collector. Know your rights and how to recognize abusive collection practices. Keep track of phone conversations and other interactions. File a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office if you suspect the agency is not legitimate, if you are being harassed or if the collector refuses to supply verification of the debt. 4. Home repairs and construction Be skeptical of door-to-door salesmen who offer to repair damages to your home. Do your research on the contractor and compare bids. Indiana law requires home improvement contracts exceeding $150 to be in writing. Never pay for the entire project before the work begins and do not pay more than one third of the total cost as a down payment. Remaining payments should be tied to completion of specified amounts of

work. 5. Financial investments Be wary of unsolicited offers to invest your money and do your own research on the salesperson, the company’s business and its products. Be skeptical of off-shore investments, guaranteed returns and pressure to send money right now. To learn more about investment scams visit 6. Lending and mortgage related Foreclosure-rescue scams promise to make a modification to your loan to reduce your monthly mortgage payment or take other steps to save your home – all for an upfront fee. If you are facing foreclosure, seek free assistance from a legitimate non profit like the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network at 7. Telemarketing calls Register your telephone number with the Indiana Do Not Call list by calling 888-8349969 or visiting www.IndianaConsumer .com. Do not agree to purchase anything from a telemarketer unless he or she provides you with a contract before the sale is completed. Don’t provide bank account, credit card numbers or any other personal information over the telephone unless you have initiated the transaction yourself. 8. Health and physical fitness When signing up for a health or fitness membership read the contract, renewal provisions and cancellation notice requirements. Under Indiana law, if the health club is sold, the purchaser assumes contracts and liabilities from the previous owner. You can legally cancel your membership if the club moves or the new owner is more than five miles from the original location. 9. Entertainment and recreation related This category made the list after more than 160 complaints were filed by consumers who purchased tickets to Little Nashville Opry shows that were later cancelled because of the theater fire in 2009. To avoid scams when buying tickets never pay with cash or by money order and be skeptical of any offer far below market value. Research the ticket broker and if buying online make sure it is a secured site and use a credit card. 10. Credit services Credit card interest rate reduction scams often originate with a robo-call promising to lower rates for an up-front fee. These fraudulent companies are offering services that consumers may do for themselves at no cost, by calling the credit card company and asking for a reduced rate. To find out more about these scams or to file a consumer complaint, please visit

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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in January. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, New York posted a rate increase, and four states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while New York experienced an increase and Illinois had no change. The national jobless rate decreased to 8.3 percent from December and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in January 2011. In January, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states and decreased in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in Texas (+67,200), followed by New York (+44,600) and Ohio (+32,800). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Florida (-38,600), followed by Pennsylvania (9,000) and the District of Columbia (6,100). New Hampshire experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+1.0 percent), followed by Colorado, Kansas, and Maine (+0.9 percent each). The District of Columbia experienced the largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment (-0.8 percent), followed by Florida (-0.5 percent) and Alabama, Hawaii, Nebraska, and South Dakota (-0.3 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 44 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 6 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+5.7 percent), followed by Texas and Utah (+2.5 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-0.5 percent), followed by Alaska, Mississippi, and Rhode Island (-0.3 percent each). Regional Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted) The West continued to record the highest regional unemployment rate in January, 9.6 percent, while the Midwest again reported the lowest rate, 7.7 percent. The Midwest, South, and West experienced statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate changes (-0.2 percentage point each). The same three regions also registered measurable over-the-year rate decreases— the West (-1.1 percentage points), Midwest (-0.9 point), and South (-0.8 point). Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific continued to report the highest

jobless rate, 10.2 percent in January. The West North Central again registered the lowest rate, 5.9 percent. Six divisions experienced statistically significant unemployment rate declines over the month. The largest of these occurred in the East South Central and South Atlantic (-0.3 percentage point each). All of the divisions experienced unemployment rate declines from a year earlier, eight of which were statistically significant. The largest declines were recorded in the East South Central and Pacific (-1.2 percentage points each). State Unemployment (Seasonally Adjusted) Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 12.7 percent in January. California and Rhode Island posted the next highest rates, 10.9 percent each. North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.2 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.0 percent. In total, 24 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 8.3 percent, 8 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 18 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation. Fourteen states experienced statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate declines in January. The largest of these were in Mississippi and Missouri (0.5 percentage point each). The remaining 36 states and the District of Columbia recorded jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes. Michigan registered the largest jobless rate decrease from January 2011 (-1.9 percentage points), followed by Utah (-1.8 points). Twenty additional states reported smaller but also statistically significant decreases over the year. The remaining 28 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rates in January 2012 that were not appreciably different from those of a year earlier. Nonfarm Payroll Employment (Seasonally Adjusted) In January, 24 states and the District of Columbia recorded statistically significant over-the-month changes in employment, 23 of which were increases. The largest statistically significant job gains occurred in Texas (+67,200), New York (+44,600), Ohio (+32,800), and Georgia (+22,000). The statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Florida (-38,600) and the District of Columbia (-6,100).





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Lions advance to semi-state with LOOGOOTEE HIGH SCHOOL wins over Evansville Day, Orleans 2012 The Loogootee Lions Boys’ Basketball team continued their run through the Class A State Tournament bracket last Saturday when they defeated the Orleans Bulldogs 58-45 in Jack Butcher Arena to take the Regional title. Despite Orleans shooting 60 percent from the field and easily defeating Borden in the first game of the day, the Bulldogs only shot half that percentage against the Lions which proved to be fatal. Senior Bryant Ackerman led the team with 32 points including six 3-pointers on six attempts. He also finished with seven rebounds. Conner Wittmer finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Mathies and Colin Nelson each had five points, Will Nonte finished with four, and Waylon Matthews had two. The Lions will now face Edinburgh (232) in semi-state on Saturday in Southport at 4 p.m. The Lions took down Evansville Day in the first round of the regional last Saturday, 73-65. Leading Loogootee in points were Ackerman and Wittmer, each with 24. It was a little scary for the Lions early on when Evansville Day took an eight-point lead. Ackerman had a buzzer-beater three pointer at the end of the first quarter and another three early in the second to give the Lions their first lead of the game. Evansville Day only tied the game one more time


SpOTLIGHTS -Photo by Lori Mattingly Loogootee’s Bryant Ackerman is shown above expressing his enthusiasm after the team’s regional win over Orleans last Saturday night. Ackerman, a senior, led his team to victory with six 3pointers made on six attempts and seven rebounds in the game. in the contest and never again took the lead. Ackerman had another three at the buzzer at the end of three quarters putting Loogootee up 53-42 headed into the final frame. The Lions, as a team, finished 9-13 from the three-point line and 20 for 26 from the free throw stripe. Evansville Day’s Ethan Blacke finished with 30 points.

Champions Classic Tour tickets now on sale On April 14th, the ACC All Stars and the Indiana All Stars will appear in Washington for a game at Washington High School. The year’s ACC All Star’s roster is highlighted with players from North Carolina, Duke, and NC State. Headlining the ACC All Stars is hometown hero and ACC Player of the Year, Tyler Zeller. Expected to play for the Indiana All Stars are Verdell Jones III and the seniors from Indiana, as well as Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson, and Ryne Smith from Purdue. In addition, the Indiana All Star’s roster will be filled by the First Team All Conference from the NCCAA. Tickets are now on sale at the following locations: Washington High School and The New End Zone Sporting Goods store. Students (18-under) can purchase pre-sale tickets at $7, General Admission tickets will be $10, and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75. VIP tickets include a post game reception with the two All Star teams and front row reserved seating to the game.

Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance because a sell-out crowd is expected, so there will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door on the day of the game. During halftime, there will be a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Players will be available following the game for autographs. The Champions Classic Tour is sponsored by The Sumner Group based out of North Carolina. The Sumner Group has promoted the ACC Barnstorming Tour and has been touring across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia for over 30 years with the likes of Sidney Lowe, Len Bias, Michael Jordan, Tyler Hansbrough, and Nolan Smith. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House and Washington High School. For more information or to order tickets, please call 800-331-4613. You can find Champions Classic on facebook.

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COLE LAWRENCE Timothy Cole Lawrence is the son of Timothy E. Lawrence and Bonnie R. Lawrence. While in high school, Cole participated in Peers and Lion Pride his freshman and sophomore years and Madrigals and Spanish Club in 9th-11th grades. He served as a cadet teacher and participated in SADD his junior year and Pep Club his junior and senior years. Cole also served as an intern his senior year. He played intramural basketball in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and on the high school basketball team his freshman year. He also played baseball all four years. Cole plans to go to the University of Southern Indiana and study something computer-related.

CHASTIN BuRRIS Chastin Dale Richele Burris is the daughter of Michele and Flip Overton and Jeff Hamilton. During high school, Chastin participated in chorus her freshman and sophomore years and Spanish Club, student council, and FACS in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. She was also a member of Lion Pride and SADD her sophomore and junior years, cadet teacher her junior and senior years, and served as an intern her senior year. Chastin plans to go to college and study child psychology.

JORDAN ROLLER Jordan Alan Roller is the son of Alan Roller, Jill Bradley, and Tim Bradley. While in high school, Jordan was a member of SADD his junior year and served as an intern his senior year. After graduation, Jordan plans to attend Vincennes University and then Purdue University and become a mechanical engineer.

BECCA ZINS Becca Nicole Zins is the daughter of Martin and Debbie Zins. While in high school, Becca has been a part of the musical, French Club, and Pep Club all four years. She was a member of the Beta Club in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. She served as a cadet teacher her junior year along with being a member of SADD. She performed in Madrigals her sophomore, junior, and senior years and was in Spell Bowl and job shadowed her senior year. Becca also served as class vice president her senior year and vice president of the French Club in 11th and 12th grades. She played tennis all four years and volleyball her freshman and sophomore years along with serving as volleyball manager her senior year. Becca plans to go into the Navy after high school as a fire control technician.

EMILY ROgERS Emily Lynn Rogers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy S. Rogers. While in high school, Emily has been a library aid all four years. She also was a member of SADD her junior year and a cadet teacher her senior year. She is undecided on her plans after graduation.

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Shoals High School 2012 SENIOR

ELIZABETH ABEL Elizabeth Ann Abel was born on January 14, 1994 to John and Sandra Abel. She has five siblings, Derek, Waylon, Cody, Jess and Josh. Her favorite pastimes are riding horses, motorcycles, playing softball, and hanging out with friends. Beth participated in softball in high school. Her future plans are to go to college, make money, and start a family with that special someone.

CHRISTIE BOugH Christie Lee Bough was born on March 29, 1994 to Jack Bough and Shannon Reinhart. She has three siblings, Misty Bough, Kimberly Bough, and Robert Bough. She has been involved in Student Council, SADD, Spanish Club, and choir in high school. Christie’s favorite pastime is soccer. She plans to go to Vincennes University to major in business, and later have her own photography studio.


JONDAVIDE HOPKINS Jondavide Wilson Hopkins was born on October 24, 1993 to John and Dottie Hopkins. He has three siblings, Becky Pendley, Jennifer Baxter, and Amy Qualkenbush. He has been involved in soccer, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, track captain for 3 years, and cross country captain for one year. His favorite pastimes include track and riding four-wheelers. He plans to become an electrical lineman.

AuSTIN MYERS Austin Jay Myers was born on March 22, 1994 to Darrin and Julie Jones, and A.J. Myers. He has one brother, Darrin Jones and one sister, Madison Jones. Austin’s high school activities were track and soccer. His favorite pastimes are working on the Cummins, hanging out with friends, hunting, fishing, and running. His future plan is to become a diesel technician.

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LOOgOOTEE ELEMENTARY Breakfast Thursday, March 15 Cereal, sausage, oranges, juice, milk Friday, March 16 Chicken biscuit, fruit, juice, milk Monday, March 19 Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk Tuesday, March 20 Breakfast pizza, egg, milk Wednesday, March 21 Biscuit and gravy, sausage, applesauce, milk Lunch Thursday, March 15 Hamburgers, baked beans, applesauce, milk Friday, March 16 Fish sticks, scalloped potatoes, peaches, milk Monday, March 19 Ravioli, tossed salad, green beans, bread, milk Tuesday, March 20 Sloppy Joes, corn, pears, milk Wednesday, March 21 Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread, milk LOOgOOTEE INTERMEDIATE AND JR./SR. HIgH SCHOOL Lunch Thursday, March 15 Spicy chicken or pizza, French fries, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk Friday, March 16 Tuna casserole or pizza or chicken nuggets, peas, fruit, salad plate, milk Monday, March 19 Subs or pizza, chips, baked beans, fruit, salad plate, milk Tuesday, March 20 Chicken strips or pizza, rice, green beans, fruit, salad plate, milk Wednesday, March 21 Salisbury steak or pizza, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit, salad plate, milk SHOALS SCHOOLS Breakfast Thursday, March 15 Cereal, string cheese, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Friday, March 16 Sausage muffin, juice, milk; choice 4th12th: grab-n-go bag Monday, March 19 Toasted cheese sandwich, fresh fruit, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Tuesday, March 20 Cereal, string cheese, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Wednesday, March 21 Waffle, sausage, juice, milk; choice 4th12th: grab-n-go bag Lunch Thursday, March 15 Tomato soup, breadstick, corn, fruit, milk; choice 4th-12th: corn dog Friday, March 16 Chicken sandwich, cooked carrots, fruit, milk Monday, March 19 Sloppy Joe, broccoli, salad, fresh fruit, cookie, milk Tuesday, March 20 Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit, roll, milk; choice 4th-12th: cheese pizza Wednesday, March 21 Pepperoni pizza, green beans, fruit, pudding, milk; choice 4th-12th: deli wrap

-Photo by Audra Deckard Shoals February Top of the Rox are shown above. In the front Row, from left to right, are Jonathon Sullivan are Devon Wininger. In the second row, from left to right, are Brian Conley, Amber Bessey, Kylee Hardwick, and Adrianna Todd. In the back row, from left to right, are Mrs. Rue (Top of the Rox Sponsor), Mrs. Heckard (Rox Cafe and Psi Iota), Courtney Overfield, Michael Basley, Trandon Williams, Ethan Jones, Sasha Mains, January Roush (Representing Psi Iota), and Mrs. Stemle (Top of the Rox Sponsor).

Shoals High School February Top of the Rox BY RAMONA SIMMONS Shoals High School Student Writer The Shoals High School Top of the Rox has become a new incentive program within the Shoals Junior Senior High School’s academic year. The program has given a chance for an assortment of students from both the junior high and high school to be recognized for their academic excellence in several different areas. Teachers from both areas choose these students according to which individuals represented strict criteria. Such traits include: citizenship, leadership qualities, responsibility, work ethic, respect for staff, attitude toward peers and self, classroom participa-

tion, attendance, extracurricular activities, and academics. In unison, these characteristics combine as the definition of not only a model student, but a model citizen. The Top of the Rox are rewarded with a prepared lunch, free complementary milkshake from Bo-Mac’s, a gift certificate to get into a game for free, and a treat bag. This month, the students were able to enjoy their rewards on March 7, where they enjoyed a complimentary lunch created by Mrs. Theresa Heckard’s culinary arts class. In addition to the mentioned rewards, the locally-associated Psi Iotas sponsor a portion of the awards and prizes, and also donate time and money to the program. At the end of the semester, all of the students who were elected as Top of the Rox

will be entered in a large drawing to win additional prizes such as: iPods, gift certificates, and t-shirts. A shout out of thanks is sent to all who participate, sponsor, and support this indispensable program. February’s Top of the Rox are: 7th gradeBrian Conley and Jonathan Sullivan; 8th grade-Devon Wininger and Kaden Butler; 9th grade-Kylee Hardwick and Amber Bessey; 10th grade-Adrianna Todd and Trandon Williams; 11th grade-Ethan Jones and Courtney Overfield; and 12th gradeSasha Mains, and Michael Basley. Congratulations February Top of the Rox! To those who are aiming for this goal, good luck and never be discouraged. March is just around the corner!

2011Ͳ12IHSAAClassABoysBasketball 102ndAnnualStateTournamentSeries Regionals Saturday,March10

SemiͲStates Saturday,March17

StateChampionship Saturday,March24

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Edinburgh(22Ͳ2) 83Ͳ64 Martinsville 8pmET

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Deer harvest down in A new level of service 2011, but still 4th best at West Boggs Park Indiana deer hunters bagged fewer deer during the 2011 season than the year before, but the 129,018 total was still the fourth-best season on record, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife. The total represented a 3.7 percent drop from the all-time record harvest of 134,004 in 2010. In the 60-year history of the state’s modern deer hunting era, hunters have bagged almost 2.99 million deer. “It becomes somewhat predictable that the harvest would fall in line close to where it has the past couple of years,” said Chad Stewart, deer management biologist for the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “It appears in some areas the deer population is in fact down, but those areas aren’t many. Overall, the deer herd is thriving in our state.” The 2011 statewide harvest was still almost 5,500 deer above the 10-year average, and 64 counties registered totals that were higher than their 10-year annual averages. “Though there are always a lot of complaints that come across my desk during and immediately after deer season from hunters who are not seeing the numbers they typically see, the decline of the Indiana deer herd is greatly exaggerated,” Stewart said. “Local populations in some areas may be down, but the state’s herd is overall abundant and healthy.” Fourteen counties had record harvests: Boone (460), Crawford (1,925), Decatur (727), Floyd (712), Jennings (1,962), Marion (329), Montgomery (1,204), Randolph (667), Shelby (396), Sullivan (1,917), Vermillion (1,380), Vigo (1,507), Wabash (1,798), and White (1,233). It was the third straight record year for Boone and Sullivan, and the second straight for Jennings, Montgomery, Randolph, Shelby and Wabash. Steuben County led the state for the seventh straight year with 3,532 deer reported. Switzerland County was second with 3,309, followed by Kosciusko (3,123), Noble (3,025), Dearborn (2,885), Franklin (2,876), Harrison (2,680), Washington (2,605), Parke (2,561) and LaGrange (2,523). The deer hunting season began in urban zones on September 15, followed by a two-day youth only weekend (September 24-25) and then the early archery (October

1-November 27), firearm (November 1227), muzzleloader (December 4-19) and late archery (December 3-January 1). Hunters using muzzleloaders logged their third consecutive record year by bagging 33,571 deer in either the firearm or muzzleloader segments, including a record 19,235 in the muzzleloader segment. That was a 10.5 percent increase from the 2010 muzzleloader segment. Hunters also harvested 79,717 deer in the firearm segment (down 7.5 percent from 2010); 26,021 in early archery (down 1 percent); 1,726 in late archery (up 2.5 percent); and 2,319 in the youth season (down 0.8 percent). The early archery total includes deer taken in urban deer zones. Weather may have been a factor in the lower overall harvest. The Indiana State Climate Office reported above normal temperatures 21 days in November 2011, with eight of those days being 10 degrees or more above normal, making it the ninth warmest November since 1895. It was also the third wettest November in history and the wettest in the past 26 years. “Both of those can have an effect on not only deer movement in November but also hunter participation,” Stewart said. “It’s certainly one potential reasonable explanation for the smaller harvest during firearm season, which contributes a great deal to the overall harvest, but it’s impossible to say if the decreased harvest is a function of smaller deer populations in some areas or weather factors keeping hunters and deer at bay.” Hunters purchased 276,398 deer licenses in 2011, the most since the DNR began its computerized point-of-sale license system in 2006. It was a 3 percent increase from 2010 (268,485 licenses). All categories showed increases from 2010, led by military/refuge licenses at 23.5 percent and muzzleloader 9 percent, plus a 5 percent increase in youth licenses. “Indiana seems to be somewhat of an exception to the norm in that our hunters continue to come out and participate in hunting,” Stewart said. “This can’t be said for many other states that are seeing alarming declines in their hunter numbers. “Whether it is the tradition that is ingrained in Indiana hunters or benefits seen from an emphasis on recruiting and retaining hunters within the state is hard to say, but something is working, and that is positive.”

In these troubled economic times, one local government agency has become known for doing things differently. The Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks & Recreation Department, DMPD, has become self supporting and has received no local tax revenue since 1996. Over the past decade and a half, the department has learned to not only survive in that model but has grown to become a million-dollar-peryear tourism business that is owned by each and every person who lives in the two counties. Now managers are announcing plans to actually start paying dividends back into the community it serves. New for the 2012 season will be the availability of a VIP Passport card, which is a multi-benefit access card program limited to availability for senior citizens from Daviess and Martin counties. The department offers an annual park pass for West Boggs Park to the general public at $55, but the new VIP Passport will sell for $25.00 to Daviess and Martin county residents 65 and

older. In addition to serving the same function as the higher priced pass, including unlimited access to the West Boggs Park throughout the year, the VIP Passport also provides a 10 percent instant discount on everything else the park system offers at any fee, including camping, boating and all other activity permits. The VIP Passport will also be honored under agreements with Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant at West Boggs Park, and by the Lakeview Golf Course. Eligible citizens may apply for the VIP Passport card at the West Boggs Park office during regular business hours. To qualify the applicant will need a photo ID bearing the holders date of birth and showing an address in either Daviess or Martin County. A driver’s license or similar document will suffice. The VIP Passport card is valid only for the person to whom it is issued and is not transferable. It will, however, be honored for park entrance for any vehicle in which the card holder is driving or is a passenger. For more information call 812-295-3421.

Nearly 1,100 students to compete in National Archery in the Schools Program Indiana’s sixth annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament scheduled for Friday, March 16 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie is expected to be the largest indoor youth archery tournament in state history. Nearly 1,100 students will represent 60 participating schools in the competition that has experienced annual increases in participation. Last year, more than 900 students from 45-plus schools participated. Indiana NASP coordinator Tim Beck said he hopes the growth will continue, not only with the annual tournament but also for inschool archery programs. “It is our hope that this will lead to many new indoor and outdoor activities,” he said. Doors open at 7 a.m. Friday. There is no admission charge. Flight (shooting) times start at 7:30 a.m. New flights start every 70 minutes, with the last flight scheduled for 4:50 p.m. The top six scorers, both male and female, will com-

pete in a shoot-off after the last flight to determine the overall individual winners in the 4th-6th, 7th-8th, and 9th-12th grade classifications. An awards ceremony will follow. The Indiana Field Archery Association will run the tournament, along with volunteers and Indiana Conservation Officers from the Department of Natural Resources. The Indiana Hunter Education Association is the underwriting sponsor. Supported as a joint venture between school corporations throughout Indiana and the DNR, NASP provides international target archery training in Indiana’s physical educational classes, grades 4-12. NASP supports student education and introduces life skills through the lifelong sport of archery. Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the archery training provided by the DNR Law Enforcement Division and have the archery program as a part of their curriculum.

Department of Natural Resources proposes new waterfowl hunting zones The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is proposing changes to waterfowl hunting zones that would mark the first adjustment to Indiana’s traditional three-zone boundaries in more than 25 years. The DNR’s proposal for the 2012 hunting seasons would stick with three zones but rename them North, Central and South, with the South Zone representing a significant geographic expansion and replacement for the current Ohio River Zone. DNR surveys show two out of three Indiana resident waterfowl hunters express satisfaction with the current zone lines, but only one-third of those surveyed are satisfied with season timing. “The point of zones is to be able to better target duck seasons when ducks are migrating,” said DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps. “Changing zone lines may enable us to better address hunter preferences by better relating duck migration, and therefore season timing, to the geography of the state.” The Ohio River Zone was first established in 1984 and covered parts of 13 counties

along the Ohio River. The proposed South Zone boundary extends as far north as Terre Haute and would include all or parts of 29 counties and take in such DNR-managed properties as Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Sugar Ridge and Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Areas, plus Hardy Lake and Patoka Lake. The proposed South Zone boundary follows a line along U.S. 40 from the Illinois border to U.S. 41, south to Indiana 58, and east to U.S. 50 to the Ohio border. The proposed North Zone boundary is essentially unchanged with the exception of moving Roush Fish & Wildlife Area into the North. The Central Zone would be the area between the North and South zones. Phelps said the current North Zone, which was last adjusted in 1986, represents a geographic split by segregating the natural lakes and wetlands part of the state into its own zone. “But the rivers of southern Indiana have largely been relegated to Central Zone for the past two decades,” he said. “Changing zone lines in southern Indiana will allow us

to capture another fundamental geographic split by bunching the lower Wabash River as well as much of the White and Muscatatuck rivers with the Ohio River in the southernmost zone.” The new zones were derived by looking not only at geography but also at climate patterns and, most importantly, waterfowl usage. “We survey state and federal properties weekly from August through January, and we have those data back to the mid-1980s,” Phelps said. This long-term waterfowl migration data set was very important in helping to choose the new zone boundaries. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) allows states to propose zone line changes every five years. The USFWS approved Indiana’s current setup of three geographic zones – North, South and Ohio River – and two split-date segments in 1991. Until this year, the USFWS limited changes to two hunting zones with two splitdate segments or three zones with no split dates. States now are being allowed to adjust

boundary lines without sacrificing the number of zones or the option of split-date segments. The detailed zone proposal and new map can be found at DNR Fish & Wildlife is accepting public comment on the proposed changes through April 13 by e-mail at or by postal mail to: Duck Zone Comments Indiana DFW 553 E. Miller Drive Bloomington, IN, 47401.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Martin County Journal

Martin County’s unemployment rate at 7.4 percent for January

justed upward and has now recovered to levels seen during peak employment in 2007. On the other hand, neighboring states Martin County’s jobless rate fell another experienced a downward revision, making .2 percent in January to 7.4, tying them for their labor force decline even greater than 83rd place of 92 in the state’s unemploy- first reported. ment rankings with Tippecanoe and Posey “January was a strong month for Indiana counties. The county’s ranking in December with excellent job creation. The new numwas 72nd with an unemployment rate of 7.6 bers from BLS show job growth in Indiana percent and 7.8 percent in November. has been much better than the feds have In January, Martin County had 5,617 res- been letting on. It turns out private employidents able to work with 414 of them unem- ment in Indiana has grown by 4.9 percent ployed. A month before, there were 5,640 since the bottom in 2009, well above naresidents in the workforce and 427 of those tional growth of 3.2 percent.” said Mark W. residents were without jobs. In January of Everson, Commissioner of the Department 2011, there were 5,577 Martin Countians of Workforce Development. “Revised figable to work with 399 of them unemployed ures also reinforce a sharp contrast between or 7.2 percent. Indiana and our neighboring states, whose Daviess County’s jobless rate fell only .1 labor forces continue to shrink. Hoosiers are percent in January to 6 percent tying them encouraged that employment opportunities with Dubois County for the lowest unem- are available and are returning to the labor ployment in the state in the 92nd spot. force to work or look for work.” The county had 15,045 residents able to In early 2011, BLS moved to a system work in January with 901 of them without under which state employment figures are jobs. In December, there were 19,984 resi- calculated in Washington D.C., with minidents in the workforce and 914 without mal input from the states. Previously the jobs. In January of 2011, Daviess County’s federal government collaborated directly jobless rate was 5.7 percent with 15,044 res- with states to calculate their job growth. idents able to work and 862 of them unem- “BLS should review and modify their ployed. processes to ensure the monthly data given Dubois County’s unemployment rate rose to states are more accurate,” Everson added. only slightly moving from 5.8 percent in Additionally, due to the improvement in December to 6.0 percent in January. In Jan- the unemployment rate, the state is no uary, Dubois had Jan. Dec. Jan. Monthly longer eligible for 21,484 residents 2011 2011 2012 Change Extended Benefits able to work with (EB), the last 20 1,293 of them Indiana 9.0% 8.9% 8.7% -0.2% weeks of federU.S. 9.1% 8.5% 8.3% -0.2% ally-funded exwithout jobs. In December, there Illinois 9.4% 9.7% 9.4% -0.3% tended benefits. were 21,611 resi- Kentucky 9.9% 9.0% 8.8% -0.2% The federal govdents in the workernment only pays force and 1,255 of Michigan 10.9% 9.3% 9.0% -0.3% for EB when the Ohio 9.0% 7.9% 7.7% -0.2% state’s them jobless. In threeJanuary of 2011, the county had 21,848 cit- month average unemployment rate is 110 izens able to work and 1,516 of them unem- percent higher than it was 3 years ago. Inployed or 6.9 percent. diana’s three-month average rate would Orange County’s unemployment rate rose need to be 9 percent or above in order to from December to January from 9.5 percent qualify. According to federal law, Hoosiers to 10.1 percent putting them in 37th place will be unable to file for EB beginning Sunin the state tied with Lake, Greene, and day, April 15, 2012. Approximately 10,000 Dearborn counties. Hoosiers are currently receiving extended In January, Orange County had 10,534 benefits. residents able to work and 1,064 of them Employment by Sector without jobs. In December, there were Sectors showing significant employment 10,314 residents in the workforce and 979 gains in January include: Professional and of them unemployed. In January of 2011, Business Services (6,400), Trade, Transthe county had a jobless rate of 10.7 percent portation & Utilities (3,700), and Manufacwith 10,605 residents able to work and turing (2,400). The Financial Activities 1,132 of them jobless. (-1,500) sector showed significant decline. The top five spots in the state for the low- Total non-farm employment increased in est unemployment for January were: January (12,200). Daviess and Dubois counties at 6 percent, This article was written in part with a Hamilton County at 6.1 percent, Warren, press release from the Indiana Department Monroe, and Knox counties at 6.8 percent; of Workforce Development Bartholomew County at 6.9 percent, and Switzerland County at 7.1 percent. The bottom five spots in the state for the highest unemployment for January were: Vermillion County at 12.9 percent, Fayette County at 12.7 percent, Clay County at 12.5 percent, Putnam County at 12.1 percent, and Blackford and Starke counties at 11.7 percent. Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs in January, the largest monthly increase in over a year. The nation as a whole added 257,000 jobs in January. Indiana, with two percent of the population, contributed almost five percent of the total for the country. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent from the revised December rate of 8.9 percent. The nation’s unemployment rate for January declined from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent. As it does at the beginning of each year, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released revisions of job growth and the labor force for previous years. Indiana’s 2011 private sector job growth was revised upward by 60 percent, an unusually large restatement. The new figures show 43,100 jobs added in 2011 instead of the 27,000 previously reported. Indiana’s 2011 labor force was also ad-

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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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Journal 031412  

Martin County Journal March 14, 2012 issue