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

Martin County


Year Three, Issue Twelve

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

16 Pages

County’s portion of Crane timber money plummets By COuRTnEy HuGHETT Martin County Journal Publisher Highway Superintendent Jim Williams reported to the Martin County Commissioners’ Tuesday night, March 20 that the money received from Crane’s timber sales amounted to $67,691 which is considerably less than in years past. In 2011, the county received $321,619, $254,895 in 2010, $146, 757 in 2009, $590,710 in 2008 and $277,773 in 2007. Williams said he was anticipating $100,000 to $150,000 this year and he will try to do what he can with the amount received. “This is a big deal,” said Commissioner Dan Gregory noting the vast reduction compared to previous years. He added that the county has no control over how much money they receive as it essentially a gift. He said the county just got used to receiving

the larger amounts each year. “This is terri- were opened at the last commissioners’ ble. We have no recourse but to just take it.” meeting and taken under advisement. The Williams updated the commissioners on bids received were from Craftsman Conthe bridge on Deep Cut Lake Road that was struction of Huntingburg for $119,000, damaged recently by a truck driver. He said Jasper Lumber for $141,600, and Trithe insurance agency representing the dri- County Builders of Bedford for $131,000. ver’s company has been in contact with the The amount the commissioners budgeted county attorney. Attorfor the project was “This is terrible. We have no ney Lett said he is $90,000. working with the in- recourse but to just take it.” Commissioner Gre-Martin County Commissioner gory told the sheriff surance company. Commissioner GreDan Gregory on the amount of that he will be going gory told Williams he timber money received. before the county was receiving requests council at their next to do a cost share on roadway chip and seal. meeting to request an additional appropriaWilliams said he is working on getting tion of $20,000 to cover what was not budnumbers put together and is open to the geted. idea. The next county council meeting will be Sheriff Rob Street came before the com- Monday, April 2 with the commissioners missioners asking about the status of work meeting on April 3. Commissioner Paul to be done on the exterior of the jail. Bids George said they should have more infor-

mation for the sheriff at this time. Commissioner Gregory added that he believes it is the agreement of the county council and commissioners that the work needs to be done as soon as possible to prevent more damage from occurring and understands that this has been a work in progress for years. Sheriff Street asked permission to trade in two junk cars he has from the sheriff’s department as opposed to selling them as he had originally planned. He said he would get more for the trade-in value to go toward the new vehicle he is getting ready to purchase. The sheriff also reported that the jail population is at 33 inmates. He said he is having trouble getting inmates through the department of corrections (DOC) and is currently only housing three. He said the (See ‘TIMBER’ on page two)

Loogootee School Board recognizes student achievements The Loogootee School Board held a quick, 15-minute meeting Tuesday night, March 20. The board approved Rebecca Craney to serve as a volunteer softball coach and Mitch Green to serve as volunteer junior high track coach. The board approved the bus escalation in drivers’ contracts for the fourth quarter. Mr. Weitkamp reported that diesel fuel is up 33 cents over last quarter and $1.60 over the base price set back in January of 2009. Gasoline is up 50 cents from last quarter and $2.06 over the base price. The board approved the Beta Club to attend the National Convention in Greensboro,

North Carolina from June 27-30. All Beta Club members can attend but students participating in competition are Hannah LaMar in English, Dalton Jenkins, Adam Lark, Kyle Lark, Sarah Richer, and Matt Weitkamp for Quiz Bowl; Addy Arvin, Cathy Hovis, Gabe Nolley, and Ashleigh Powell in scrapbooking, and Miranda Searl in Spanish. The board also approved the boys’ basketball team to go to Indianapolis overnight for the IHSAA Class 1A State Championship. Mr. Weitkamp offered the reminder that school will not be in session this Friday, March 23 due to a calendar change. School will however be in session on Wednesday, May 23. The changes were due to a mild

winter with no missed days due to snow. Condolences were offered to Laura Mattingly for the death of her aunt, Anne Oser for the death of her uncle, Bob Grannan for the passing of his brother-in-law, Brandy

Tippery for the death of her grandfather, Mary Walton for the passing of her cousin and aunt, and Josh Mullis for the passing of his father-in-law. (See ‘LOOGOOTEE’ on page two)

Info on boys’ state championship ticket sales There will be two drawings for state final tickets in the Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The first drawing is for adults only with a limit of 8 season ticket holders per card. The second drawing is for season ticket holders who wish to sit with non-season ticket holders or small children with a limit

of 8 names per card. Twenty-four months and up must have a ticket. Extra tickets will be sold to season ticket holders following the second drawing. Any remaining tickets will be sold to the public until 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Students in grades 5 through 12 can purchase a ticket during school hours today, Wednesday, March 21. Tickets are $15 each.

Going all the way . . . .

See what the Lion fans have to say on page 9! Bracket on page 2. -Photo by Lori Mattingly Players, coaches, and cheerleaders of the 2012 Class 1A Semi-State Champion Loogootee Lions will move on to the state championship this Saturday morning. Celebrating above, in the front row from left to right, are Addison Dant, Will nonte, Luke Jones, Bryant Ackerman, Austin Bradley, Mariah Weisheit, Aaron Howell, and Lauren Henrichsen. In the second row, from left to right, are Waylee Wagoner, nicole Knight, Tyra Fuhs, Morgan Walker, Katie Kidwell, Alexis neely, Deedra nolan, and Brandon Hough. In the back row, from left to right, are Head Coach Mike Wagoner, Assistant Coach Dave Smith, Brandon Wilz, Matt Mathies, Alex Frye, Waylon Matthews, Conner Wittmer, Cameron Wagler, Volunteer Coach Jon Casper, Ryan Vaupel, Colin nelson, Zach Dove, Tyler Stoll, and Program Director Jordan Hawkins. • • 812-259-4309 • Fax: 888–380–2761

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(Continued from page one) DOC told him that they have room to house the inmates at their own facility at this time. Street said, “I’ll do what I can but I can’t make them bring them.” He said that the department implemented several programs to comply with DOC requirements and he will be reevaluating those next year. “If I don’t have the inmates to run the programs for there is no need wasting the money to provide the programs,” he said. “It’s a doubleedged sword really,” he said explaining that the programs are needed in order to get DOC inmates but the inmates are needed to fund the programs. At the end of the meeting Commissioner George, along with the other two commissioners, wished the Loogootee Lions good luck in the state championship this weekend.

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LOOGOOTEE (Continued from page one) Congratulations were offered to Susan Nowaskie for the birth of a baby boy, 5 pounds, 11 ounces and named Holt Franklin born last Saturday. Elementary Principal Laura Mattingly gave her monthly report. She told the board that the third and fourth graders took the applied skills portion of the ISTEP test the week of March 5. The multiple choice portion will be held at the end of April. The school held a Zoofari Earth Convocation on March 12 and third graders took the IREAD test on Monday. Third graders must pass this test in order to move on to the fourth grade. Mrs. Mattingly said results will be in at the first of April but expects that the students did very well. Students in kindergarten through fourth grades completed the Jump Rope for Heart program in Mrs. Divine’s gym class and students raised $10,737 for the American Heart Association. Mrs. Mattingly also reported that kindergarten round-up will be held April 5. She also thanked Mr. Mullen, Mr. Powell, and Mr. Tippery for filling in for her while she was out with an illness recently.

High School Principal John Mullen was not present at the meeting but left a report with Mr. Weitkamp. Mullen’s report stated that the third incentive breakfast for students was held March 23, the Math Bowl team, coached by Mr. Sanders, received first place in the area and 10th in the state; and the high school student council attended the state student council assembly on March 15. Congratulations were given to Bryant Ackerman, Conner Wittmer, and Wynter Wagoner on being named basketball AllConference. Good luck was offered by the principal to Betsy Graves and the band on their trip to Florida next week and to the boys’ basketball team in the state championship this weekend. It was mentioned by the board that regional, held in Jack Butcher Arena, ran very smoothly. The board commended all those who helped make it a success. Board member Eric Ackerman said that the crowd for both games was one of the largest he has seen in a long time. The community pep session for the state championship will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Jack Butcher Arena.

Martin County author to be featured at showcase in Jasper Five Hoosier writers will present selections from their published works at the Southern Indiana Author Showcase at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus on March 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (EDT), in the Classroom Building. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Authors who will be featured in the showcase include Margaret McMullan, Indiana National Author of the Year; Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate 2008-10; Angie J. Mayfield, award-winning writer; and local authors Bill Whorrall and Ann Patterson. Genres covered will include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The authors will be available before and after the reading for questions, book signing, and sales. Jasper singer/songwriter and guitarist Eddie Rasche will provide music for the event and will accompany Krapf on two poems. ABOUT THE AUTHORS McMullan currently teaches at the University of Evansville where she is a professor and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing. She is the author of six award-winning novels. Her latest book, “Sources of Light,” is an American Library Association 2011 Best Book for Young Adults, a Best 2011 Book of Indiana, and a Chicago Public Library Teen Selection. Krapf is a Jasper native and emeritus professor of English at Long Island University. He began writing poems 41 years ago. Since moving back to Indiana in 2004, he has published five books and a CD with jazz pianist-

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CLEVE POTTS Cleve Frederick Potts died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2012 at Daviess Community Hospital. A resident of Odon, he was 67. He was born January 10, 1945 in Daviess County; the son of Freidman and Leona (Eck) Potts. He married Janet Elaine Evans on August 17, 1961. He was a dairy farmer and drove a school bus for 21 years. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Community Church, Indiana Farm Bureau and was a past member of 4-H and FFA. He graduated from Odon High School in 1961. Surviving are four children and their spouses, Rodney and Linda Potts, Melinda and Nathan Perkins, all of Odon; Shannon and Amanda Potts of Winslow, and Lisa and Lynn Reinhart, of Butler; six grandchildren, Kaylee Potts, Lauren Jacobs, Matthew Jacobs, Caleb Perkins, Josiah Perkins and Isaac Perkins; four sisters, Helen Smith, Mary Riggins, Mrs. Steve (Sharon) Green, all of Odon, and Mrs. Wilbur (Margaret) Waggoner of Shoals; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Carol Potts of Columbus, and Gary and Kathy Potts of Washington. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet, his parents and a brother, Lonnie Potts. Funeral services were held Monday, March 19 at Odon United Methodist Church. Poindexter-Hall and McClure Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. DWIGHT HEMBREE Dwight Hembree passed away at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Washington Nursing Center. A resident of Washington, he was 62. He was born August 24, 1949, in Washington; the son of Woodrow and Joyce (Wininger) Hembree. He attended Loogootee High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Washington V.F.W. He is survived by his wife, Christina (Holland) Hembree, whom he married August

31, 2002; one son, Troy Hembree of Evansville; three daughter, Alicia Fellers and Jenny Fraley, both of Loogootee, and Stephanie Royston of Shoals; four sisters, Janice Peoples of Shoals, Elsie Mae Horsting, Faye Holland and Kay Mathews, all of Loogootee; two brothers, Richard Hembree of St. Anthony and Keith Hembree of Linton; 11 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Rose Stewart; and four brothers, Wally, Denny, Merlin and Jay Hembree. There will be no services. Arrangements were made through Ed Lee Mortuary. JOSEPH CRAnEy Joseph B. Craney died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his home. A resident of Loogootee, he was 94. He was born February 23, 1918, in Martin County; the son of John and Agnes (Carrico) Craney. On February 8, 1946, he married Olena (Sutton) Craney at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis and they were married for 62 years until her death on October 24, 2008. He was a 1936 graduate of Loogootee High School and a member of St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee. He retired from Loogootee Textile in 1983 and after his retirement he worked as a courier of Peoples Bank in Loogootee for almost 20 years. Joe was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe. He jumped into Normandy on D-Day, was at Carentan during Colonel Cole’s Mad Dash at Purple Heart Lane, jumped into Holland during Operation Market-Garden, and saw action at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. In the spring of 1945 General Eisenhower selected him to be part of a group to conduct a War Production Tour throughout factories in the Midwest. He is survived by two sons, Mark and wife Marilyn Craney of Noblesville, and Mike Craney of Loogootee; two grandchildren, Andy Craney of Birmingham, Alabama, and Kate Craney of Noblesville. He is preceded in death by his parents; his

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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553 wife, Olena (Sutton) Craney; one brother, Herbert Craney; and one sister, Mary Katherine Klem. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, at St. John Catholic Church in Loogootee, with burial following in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside services were conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at LOu SAnDERS Lou Sanders, formerly of Shoals, passed away at 2:17 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. A resident of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, she was 73. She was born on August 16, 1938 in Martin County; the son of Ira Reid and Cleda Evelyn (Jones) Lundy. She married Kenneth Sanders in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, and he preceded her in death in 1973. She worked as a waitress at LOu SAnDERS the Blue Room in Shoals and Travelers Corp. in Orleans. She was also a switchboard operator for Michigan Bell. She is missed by her family including daughter, Penny (Ken) Joiner of Grand Rivers, Kentucky; two sons, Greg (Misty) Sanders of Trinity Springs and Kirk (Kayla) Sanders of Shoals; two step-sons, Duane (Lisa) Sanders of Westland, Michigan and Keith (Linda) Sanders of Dexter, Michigan; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Irvin Lundy of Greenwood and Spencer Lundy of Loogootee. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the hour of serv-

Training offered to help displaced workers find manufacturing jobs By JuDITH BARRA AuSTIn Purdue University News Service The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will begin offering a training program designed to give unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers the knowledge and tools necessary for 21st century manufacturing jobs. Purdue’s Frontline Green Worker Certificate will be offered by WorkOne centers throughout Indiana. Participants will learn sustainable manufacturing practices that deliver cost savings while improving the environment. They also will earn an industry-recognized credential that will make them valuable to employers for green jobs in all sectors. Training will be provided at no cost to qualified workers through a U.S. Department of Labor State Energy Sector Partnership grant. The accreditation is based on Purdue’s

nationally-recognized Green Enterprise Development (GreenED) curriculum, used by community colleges, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, the Blue Green Alliance, trade unions and other organizations in 16 states. Like the GreenED program, the Frontline Green Worker Certificate training will be backed by an exam from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Participants will learn practices such as water conservation, air pollution reduction, solid waste management, toxic waste minimization and energy management. The courses use case studies and simulations to provide students with real-world situations. Participants will be required to complete a half-day Green Generalist online training, two and a half days of Frontline Green Worker workshops and a half-day exam. “We are pleased to work with the state workforce team and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers on another project to give Indiana workers skills that are meaningful and attractive to the manufacturing


sector,” said Dave Snow, director of TAP’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. “We believe this investment will result in other states adopting the Purdue TAP training curriculum, replicating the GreenED program.” The first training session is scheduled to begin in April. Workers should contact their local WorkOne centers beginning April 1 to enroll in courses. Visit to find local centers. More information on the Frontline Green Worker Program is available at More information on the Green Enterprise Development curriculum can be found at

ice at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee. VIVIAn LITTLE Vivian F. Little died Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at her home. A resident of Oldenburg, she was 96. She was born September 23, 1915, in Perry County; the daughter of Alma (Snyder) and Jule Etienne. She married Robert Little April 21, 1936, at Sacred Heart Church in Magnet. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1979. She worked in housekeeping at the Srs. of St. Francis Convent 23 years before retiring and was a member of Holy Family Church. Vivian was a devout woman and attended daily mass until her health prevented it. She loved company and being around family and friends. A lifelong fan of game shows, her family teased about not bothering her during adoration hour — which was “Jeopardy” followed by “Wheel of Fortune.” She was an excellent baker and the kids remember her homemade yeast rolls topped off with homemade butter and jam. Vivian also liked working crossword puzzles, embroidering, reading mysteries and bird watching, especially her beloved cardinals. She is survived by her daughters and sonsin-law, Carol and Wes Crays of Loogootee, Kay Blackwood of Madison, Betty and C.G. Gabbard of Greensburg, Monica and Dave Steidinger of Barrington, Illinois, Denise Daro of Torrance, California, Linda and Jim Wenning of Madison, Julia Little of Oldenburg; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Judy Little of Batesville, Dan and Christine Little of Batesville, Paul Little of Jasper, Jim and Sandy Little of Bloomington; sister, Catherine Etienne of Batesville; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by daughters Mary Little, Addie Enneking; son Basil Little; brothers Joe, Russell and Earl Etienne; four grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Monday, March 19 at St. Augustine Church in Leopold with burial following in the church cemetery. Dennis Duvelius officiated. Weigel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials to New Horizons or Juvenile Diabetes.



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Martin County Sheriff’s Department log TuESDAy, MARCH 13 8:32 p.m. - Received a report of an attempted theft of a vehicle in Loogootee. 10:17 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist east of the Shoals School on U.S. 50. 11:40 p.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm at a business in Loogootee. WEDnESDAy, MARCH 14 1:30 a.m. - Received a report of a domestic dispute with a weapon in the Dover Hill area. 2:28 a.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm in Loogootee. 5:45 a.m. - Received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Loogootee-Dover Hill Road. 6:07 a.m. - Received a report of a deer accident on U.S. 231, near the Raglesville turnoff. 7:45 a.m. - Received a report of a male subject in Trinity causing a disturbance. 12:01 p.m. - Received a report of a house fire on E 350N. 3:20 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check in Shoals. 3:32 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on U.S. 50, near the Lawrence County line. 3:36 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Coal Hollow Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:56 p.m. - Received a report of an erratic driver on Killion Mill Road. 4:11 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:44 p.m. - Received a call regarding harassment on facebook. 6:45 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Reinhardt Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 7:33 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject that is supposed to live in Loogootee. 8:15 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on U.S. 50 at the fairgrounds. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 8:54 p.m. - Received a report of a flat bed truck eastbound on U.S. 50, with no taillights on. 9:35 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on County Farm Road. No transport was necessary. 10:48 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, near the Scenic Hill area. THuRSDAy, MARCH 15 2:08 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Shoals. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 1:13 p.m. - Received a report of trespassing on Chicken Farm Road. 1:29 p.m. - Received a complaint of suspicious activity on Poplar Grove Road. 1:34 p.m. - Received a report of a property damage accident on Dover Hill Road. 3:00 p.m. - A male caller requested assistance getting visitors to leave his residence. 3:19 p.m. - Received a residential burglar alarm on Cherry Road. 3:47 p.m. - Received a report of a semi broke down on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 3:56 p.m. - Received a report of vandalism to vehicles in Crane Village. 4:06 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver eastbound on U.S. 50 in Shoals. 4:30 p.m. - Received a report of a juvenile refusing to return home in Shoals. 5:26 p.m. - Received a dog complaint in Shoals. 6:16 p.m. - Received a report of a stolen debit card. 6:32 p.m. - Received a report of a battery in Shoals. 6:40 p.m. - Received a report of a calf on the road on Spring Hill Cemetery Road.

7:48 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. The subject was transported to Daviess Community Hospital. 11:42 p.m. - Received a report of a fight in Shoals. FRIDAy, MARCH 16 2:50 a.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 231, near St. Joseph Road. 7:48 a.m. - Received a report of a small fire behind a trailer in Shoals. 8:00 a.m. - Received a report of stolen gas from a vehicle in Loogootee. 8:15 a.m. - Received information regarding possible drug activity. 9:29 a.m. - Received a report of a reckless driver U.S. 231, northbound from Haysville. 11:08 a.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on S.R. 450. 3:07 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Burns City. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 3:10 p.m. - A female came on station to report a crime. 3:37 p.m. - Received a report of a cat bite. 4:06 p.m. - Received a report of bails of hay in the roadway on U.S. 50 east of Shoals. 4:12 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50 at Max Warren curve. 5:00 p.m. - Received a report of an odor of burning plastic in the Scenic Hill area. 5:50 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on S.R. 450. 6:05 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject. 6:58 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver. 8:57 p.m. - Received a report of a residential burglar alarm on Friends Creek Road. 9:00 p.m. - Received a request for a vehicle check on S.R. 450. 11:52 p.m. - Received a residential burglar alarm on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. SATuRDAy, MARCH 17 12:52 a.m. - Received a report of youths causing a disturbance on the boat ramp in Shoals. 8:30 a.m. - Received a report of an attempted break in to a vehicle in Loogootee. 9:22 a.m. - Received a report of a stolen gas can. 10:07 a.m. - Received information regarding possible drug activity. 10:30 a.m. - Received a report of smoke from a semi that was eastbound from Shoals on U.S. 50. 10:57 a.m. - Received a report of a semi with a leaky load at the U.S.231 and U.S. 50 junction in Loogootee. 12:18 p.m. - Received a report of shots fired near a residence on Doe Run Lane. 12:50 p.m. - Received a call regarding a family dispute. 12:52 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver on U.S. 50, eastbound from Daviess County. 2:05 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject on Cale Road. 2:20 p.m. - A caller advised of a found license plate. 2:22 p.m. - Received a report of a handwritten sign on Brooks Bridge Road that says the road is closed. 2:36 p.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm east of Loogootee. 4:14 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance in Loogootee. No transport was necessary. 4:33 p.m. - Received a call regarding a domestic dispute on Butler Bridge Road. 4:58 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle off the roadway on S.R. 450 just off of U.S. 50. 7:07 p.m. - Received a report of a vehicle that had struck a utility pole on S.R. 550. 7:58 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 11:50 p.m. - Received a commercial bur-

glar alarm on Ziegler Road. SunDAy, MARCH 18 1:05 a.m. - Received a report of erratic driving in Loogootee. 11:20 a.m. - Received a request for assistance with a heater that is making a suspicious noise. 11:25 a.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject in Shoals for a domestic dispute. 2:35 p.m. - Received a report regarding property damage done to a property on Rutherford Road by four-wheelers. 5:07 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject in the Shoals area. 8:53 p.m. - A female caller reported being threatened by an ex-fiancé. 8:57 p.m. - Received a call regarding erratic driving in Cale. 9:00 p.m. - Received a report of an unlicensed driver in the Crane Village. 9:13 p.m. - Received a report of a personal injury accident on U.S. 50, past the Willow Valley area. MOnDAy, MARCH 19 8:10 a.m. - Received a report of an odor of ether in Loogootee. 9:04 a.m. - Received a report that a pickup truck had ran off the roadway on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 9:40 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Martin County Healthcare Center. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 9:46 a.m. - Received information regarding a controlled burn in the Trinity Springs area. 10:45 a.m. - Received a report of a low hanging power line on S.R. 450 on Hickory Ridge Hill. 11:12 a.m. - Received information regarding a controlled burn on Spout Springs Road. 12:46 p.m. - Received a report of a stolen purse in Shoals. 12:55 p.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm in Shoals. 3:50 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance at Dr. Kerr’s office in Shoals. The patient was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 4:38 p.m. - Received a report of a subject stranded in a boat on West Boggs Lake. 8:24 p.m. - Received a commercial burglar alarm at WestGate in Crane. 8:54 p.m. - Received a report of theft of farm machinery. 9:07 p.m. - A male caller in Shoals reported possible prowlers. 9:29 p.m. - Received a report of a drive off from RJ’s Food Mart. 10:23 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver in Shoals. 10:28 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on Cherry Road. 10:34 p.m. - Received a report of a possible impaired driver northbound on U.S. 231, south of Loogootee. 10:37 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on S.R. 450 near Hickory Ridge Road. TuESDAy, MARCH 20 1:15 a.m. - Received a request for assistance with a locked vehicle in Shoals. 8:30 a.m. - Information was received regarding a controlled burn near the Mundy Cemetery. 11:05 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Beard Road. No transport was necessary. 11:50 a.m. - Received a report of a horse loose in the Bellbrook area. 12:13 p.m. - Received a request for a welfare check on a subject on S.R. 450. 12:42 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Spout Springs Road. The subject was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. 2:40 p.m. - A male caller reported trespassing on his property. 2:52 p.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on S.R. 450. The subject was trans-

ported to Daviess Community Hospital. 3:25 p.m. - Received a report of a stranded motorist on U.S. 50, near the fairgrounds. 6:56 p.m. - Received a report of a battery in Loogootee. WEDnESDAy, MARCH 21 4:22 a.m. - Received a request for an ambulance on Chicken Farm Road. The subject was transported to Dunn Memorial Hospital. 5:28 a.m. - Received a report of a house fire in Loogootee. 6:35 a.m. - Received a report of an accident on U.S. 150 about three miles from Shoals.

Jail bookings WEDnESDAy, MARCH 14 7:14 a.m. - Raymond Clifton, 35, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with intimidation, neglect of a dependent, criminal recklessness, criminal confinement, and domestic battery. FRIDAy, MARCH 16 10:44 p.m. - Jordan Brown, 18, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. 10:44 p.m. - Cacy Malone, 19, of Odon, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. 11:45 p.m. - Steven Pendley, 38, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. SATuRDAy, MARCH 17 2:06 a.m. - Charles Allstott, 19, of West Baden, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, false informing, and minor consuming. 2:06 a.m. - Logan Wininger, 19, of French Lick, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, false informing, and minor consuming. 2:06 a.m. - Catherine Salmon, 18, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, false informing, and minor consuming. 5:34 p.m. - Roy G. Earl, 42, of West Baden, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. 11:30 p.m. - Amanda Boyd, 22, of Shoals, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. MOnDAy, MARCH 19 11:45 a.m. - Timothy Pottorff, 42, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. TuESDAy, MARCH 20 7:31 p.m. - Jon J. Grunwell, 36, of Loogootee, was arrested and charged with battery and criminal mischief.

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Loogootee Martin County Court News Police log MOnDAy, MARCH 12 9:52 a.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a call requesting Loogootee Fire to a residence on US 231 to check out odor of hot wires. Loogootee Fire was dispatched. 4:25 p.m. - Received a call from a female requesting assistance in getting some personal property from a male friend. Sgt. Norris talked with her. 6:19 p.m. - Male caller reported that he had lost his iPod somewhere in Sunset Trailer Court or near the railroad tracks. 7:11 p.m. - Martin County Sheriff’s Department requested first responders to be sent to Vine Street. TuESDAy, MARCH 13 2:13 p.m. - Martin County Ambulance requested first responders at Vine Street. 8:30 p.m. - Female called in that someone was trying to steal her car at Los Bravos. Sgt. Hennette went to the location, it was a civil dispute. WEDnESDAy, MARCH 14 2:28 a.m. - Received a report of an alarm going off at a local business. Sgt. Norris checked it out. 12:02 p.m. - Received a report of a structure fire on 350 N. Loogootee Fire Department responded. 12:46 p.m. - Received a call of someone burning leaves on NW 1st Street. Chief Rayhill went to the location and talked with subject. 7:34 p.m. - Received a call for a welfare check on NE First Street. Sgt. Hennette was unable to locate the subject; the neighbor said he was out walking. Sgt. Hennette left a message for the subject to call his mother. FRIDAy, MARCH 16 10:45 a.m. - Loogootee Fire Department was paged out to Redwing Trailer Court for a trailer fire. 3:50 p.m. - Transient assistance was given to a male from Mitchell. 6:30 p.m. - Caller reported a domestic dispute on Poplar Street. 10:00 p.m. - Caller reported a vehicle with no headlights and brake lights. SATuRDAy, MARCH 17 3:33 p.m. - Loogootee Fire Department was called to assist the Cannelburg Fire Department with a house fire on Hwy 50. 7:11p.m. - Caller reported a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 550. SunDAy, MARCH 18 1:05 a.m. - Caller reported a reckless vehicle on Hwy 50. Vehicle was located. 3:14 p.m. - Caller reported a domestic dispute on West Broadway. Captain Akles responded. 6:07 p.m. - Caller requested a vehicle towed from their property. 6:11 p.m. - Caller reported a civil dispute on Hwy 550. 6:45 p.m. - Caller reported reckless drivers on Butcher Boulevard.

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Persons listed on criminals charges are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. CRIMInAL COuRT new Charges Filed March 5 Cary L. Clifton, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. March 6 Eric James King, resisting law enforcement, a Class D Felony; battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class D Felony; false informing, a Class B Misdemeanor; public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor. Brandon L. Kuhlman, illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C Misdemeanor; possession of marijuana in the amount of less than 30 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor. Dustin M. Russell, illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C Misdemeanor; possession of marijuana in the amount of less than 30 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor. March 7 Robert Lee Sherfick, disorderly conduct, a class B Misdemeanor. Justin C. Crosby, domestic battery, a Class D Felony; domestic battery, a Class A Misdemeanor; interference with the reporting of a crime, a Class A Misdemeanor; criminal confinement, a Class D Felony; strangulation, a Class D Felony. March 8 Jacob L. Seals, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor; illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C Misdemeanor. Mary J. Stone-Mullins, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. Ashley Ruth Tow, battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A Misdemeanor. March 14 Charles J. Kimmel, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor; theft, a Class D Felony; criminal recklessness, a Class A Misdemeanor. March 16 Michael L. Allbright, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, a Class C Misdemeanor. CRIMInAL COnVICTIOnS AnD SEnTEnCInG February 16 Timothy W. Norman, convicted of theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 543 days suspended including credit for 2 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. March 1 Phillip R. Fellers, convicted of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 60 day in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 0 days previously served. Defendant received no probation. Danny R. McKibben, convicted of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 545 days suspended including credit for 1 actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 18 months of probation.

Alan C. Moorhead, convicted of public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 40 days in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended including credit for 20 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received no probation. March 6 Dustin Baker, convicted of railroad mischief, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 487 days suspended including credit for 30 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 15 months of probation. Melissa D. Hess, convicted of conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 365 days in the Martin County Security Center with 359 days suspended including credit for 3 days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 11 months of probation. Douglas L. Moffatt, convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a Class C Felony. Sentenced to serve 6 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 4 years suspended including credit for 256 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration, 57 actual days previously served on electronic home monitoring with no good time credit. Defendant received 4 years of probation consecutive to electronic home monitoring. Joshua A. Phillips, convicted of maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 1.5 years in the Martin County Security Center with 414 days suspended including credit for 67 actual days previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 1 year of probation. March 8 Charlotte A. Phillips Browder, convicted of theft, a Class D Felony. Sentenced to serve 2 years in the Martin County Security Center with 0 days suspended. Defendant received no probation. March 9 Christopher M. Parsons, convicted of reckless driving, a Class B Misdemeanor. Sentenced to serve 180 days in the Martin County Security Center with 178 days suspended including credit for 1 actual day previously served and day for day good time credit for each day of actual incarceration. Defendant received 5 months of probation. CRIMInAL CHARGES DISMISSED March 1 Phillip R. Fellers, public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed. March 6 Dustin Baker, criminal trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed; theft, a Class D Felony, dismissed. Joshua A. Phillips, resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor, dismissed; possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony, dismissed; unlawful possession of syringe, a Class D Felony, dismissed. March 8 Melissa D. Luke, operating a vehicle without ever being licensed, a Class C Misdemeanor, dismissed. Donald L. Montgomery, public intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed. Charlotte A. Phillips, battery, a Class B Misdemeanor, dismissed. Charlotte A. Phillips Browder, dealing in scheduled II controlled substance, a Class A Felony, dismissed. CIVIL COuRT new Suits Filed March 9 Laura L. Troutman vs. Patrick L. Troutman, petition for dissolution of marriage. CIVIL COuRT JuDGMEnTS March 5

Judgment in favor of the plaintiff German American Bank and against the defendant Christopher A. Howell for mortgage foreclosure in the amount of $31,252.54. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Capital One Bank and against the defendant Tabitha L. Dillon in the amount of $1,885.93. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Discover Bank and against the defendant Cathy L. Harris in the amount of $4,901.71. March 14 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Indiana University Credit Union and against the defendant Carl S. Stanger in the amount of $9,871.46. SMALL CLAIMS COuRT new Suits Filed March 9 Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Joshua L. and Courtney Hughett, complaint. Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Deborah A. and Kevin Haviland, complaint. Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Andy F. Blanton, complaint. Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Barbara J. Sanders, complaint. Hoosier Accounts Service vs. Karla French, complaint. SMALL CLAIMS JuDGMEnTS March 2 Judgment in favor of the plaintiff SHWS Development, LLC and against the defendant Stacy Taylor in the amount of $1,570. March 13 Judgment in favor of the defendant Donna Flynn and against the plaintiff American Legion Post 61 in the amount of $340. Judgment also in favor of the plaintiff for $89. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Nancy L. Cronk and against the defendant Carolyn Pruett in the amount of $227. Judgment in favor of the plaintiff Anthony G. Jones and against the defendant Sheila Shoults in the amount of $6,000. TRAFFIC TICKETS PAID March 7 – March 13 Caralampio Alverez, Glasgow, Kentucky, speeding 63 in a 45, $125. Samuel Bullock, Midlothian, Virginia, following too closely, $125. Jared Butcher, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Kenneth Frye, Vincennes, exceeding maximum weight limitations on a heavyduty highway, $126. Cheryl Lake, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Jeffrey Lake, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. James Marlin, Loogootee, failure of occupant to use seatbelt, $25. Stephen Rusch, Jr., Vincennes, inspection/repair and maintenance parts and accessories, $120. Tamara Scott, Williams, expired plates, $120. Michael Sluder, Loogootee, driving while suspended, $120. Mitchell York, Evansville, speeding 68 in a 55; alteration by local authority; school, $119. MARRIAGE LICEnSES March 9 Donald Lee Hawkins of Shoals and Misty Shawn Kinder of Shoals. March 14 Mark Jay Franklin of Shoals and Tina Marie Byrd Roach of Shoals.

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Retailers have opportunity to legally dispose of synthetic drugs On Thursday, March 15, 2012 Governor Daniels signed into law House Enrolled Act No. 1196 which immediately made a number of formerly legal but hazardous substances illegal to possess, transport or sell in the State of Indiana. To provide a method for retailers and private citizens to dispose of these now illegal substances all State Police Posts across Indiana will permit any quantity of these substances to be dropped off at any state police post from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 25, 2012. The ISP’s public safety commitment is to ensure a safe avenue for disposal of these products. They don’t want them simply thrown into dumpsters or otherwise discarded in a manner they could fall into the hands of young children. Retailers and the public are cautioned this is not an amnesty period; these products are now illegal to possess. Retailers should already have these products removed from their shelves and safely secured until they can be properly disposed. Retail locations still selling these products are subject to losing their retail license for one year. Employees and customers purchasing these items can be arrested for violating this new law. Retail locations with large quantities of these now illegal substances and citizens who may have purchased these items prior to the change in the law are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity with the guarantee there is no concern about being arrested when these drugs are brought to the nearest state police post for proper disposal. Undercover officers of the Indiana State Police may visit retail locations known to

have sold items now illegal under the new law. These officers may make purchases of items suspected to be in violation of the law. If subsequent laboratory testing confirms the purchased item is an illegal substance the employee making the sale may be arrested and as stated earlier, the store location may have their retail license to sell revoked for one year. This is a partial list of products that have been sold in retail shops in the past. Keep in mind there is no ‘truth in labeling’ of these products and they may or may not contain illegal substances. The names of these substances and how they are packaged are subject to change at any time. The list was provided courtesy of Drug Free Marion County. The list is not all inclusive and is meant as a reference: -Brand names such as K2 or Spice or other product names such as Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, Magma, Mr. Nice Guy, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Red X Dawn, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Sence, Skunk, Smoke, Ultra Chronic, Voodoo Spice, Yucatan Fire and Zohai. -Synthetic stimulants have been sold as bath salts under a variety of names, including Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, White Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Charge +, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening, Scarface, Snow Leopard, Tranquility, Eight Ballz, Hurricane Charlie, White Rush and Pure Ivory. The chemicals marketed as plant food commonly have sold under the name Molly’s Plant Food, but other versions have been called Lil Butterfly and Yellow Jacket.

ISP 71st Graduation Ceremony Indiana has 38 new probationary troopers assigned to state police districts throughout the state. Members of the 71st Indiana State Police Academy took their oath of office on March 16, 2012 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Governor Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D., recognized the accomplishments of the class upon their graduation from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Following the keynote address by Governor Daniels, Acting Chief Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the recruits. The recruits received approximately 930 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques since October 2, 2011. Their curriculum included 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 80 hours of vehicle operations training and 47 hours of traffic law. They also developed skills in criminal investigation, 47 hours of vehicle crash investigation and several training hours of impaired driver prevention and detection. “During the academy, these recruits have been equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be a trooper,� said Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D. “Now it is time to put those skills to work for the people of Indiana.� Recruits come to the academy from different walks of life. Some had served in the military; many entered the academy directly after college. Newly sworn officers look forward to a future with the Indiana State Police and are part of the Governor’s continued commitment to public safety. Below are the District assignments for the 71st Recruit Academy: Lowell, District #13 Holmen, John J.S., Purkiser, Ryan A., Raupp, Jacob D., and Rot, Eric J. Lafayette, District #14 Davis, Nelson C., Ennis, Weslee B., and Hampton, Nathaniel L. Peru, District #16 Moor, Adam C.

Toll Road, District #21 Meyer, Aaron J. and Smith, Arthur J. Fort Wayne, District #22 Amburgey, Jonathon D., Cook, Samuel R., Fox, Lesley A., and Harmon, Andrew S. Bloomington, District #33 Belcher, Ryan M. and Mathews, Dustin T. Jasper, District #34 Blunk, Kurtis D. and Galloway, Jeremy K. Evansville, District #35 Campbell, William R. Versailles, District #42 Dayadharum, Nathaniel D. and Linville, Travis E. Sellersburg, District #45 Graves, Joshua B. and Yaeger, Nicholas L. Pendleton, District #51 Clawson Jr., John W., Ratliff, Thomas C., and Tinch, Michael L. Indianapolis, District #52 Benn III, Raymond E., Franklin, Jarrin A., Gannon, William P., Hoffeditz, Brad P., Ploog, David A., Rinschler, Susan M., West, Karl W., Williams, Ronneal L., and Williams, Roosevelt L. Putnamville, District #53 Cumbie, Jonathan M., Dravigne, Yan J.D., and Featherling, Michael L.

Jasper ISP arrest seven during weekend patrols Last Friday and Saturday night, Indiana State Police at Jasper conducted saturation patrols throughout the entire district targeting impaired and dangerous drivers. Troopers issued 63 traffic tickets, 214 warnings, and arrested 7 impaired drivers. Troopers at Jasper are responsible for patrolling Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, and Spencer counties. The Indiana State Police will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.

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Calendar of Events Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Club The Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Club will have a meeting on Monday, March 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Hindostan United Methodist Church. All youth in grades K-12 are welcome to attend the meeting to see what 4-H is all about. The leaders of the club are Mimi Hawkins, Rhonda Sanders, and Joy Deckard. If you have any questions, you can contact one of the leaders or the Extension Office at 295-2412. WIC closed March 30 The Martin County WIC Program will be closed Friday, March 30. No services will be available. Please call 247-3303 if you have questions. 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. 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. 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.




Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Martin County Journal

Schoolhouse Partners publishes New Jasper Center will be directory of humanities grants Leaders of organizations in the humanities can use a publication from a Purdue Research Park-based firm to seek grant resources for programs in language and literature, visual and performing arts, history, philosophy, religion, cultural studies and other areas. Schoolhouse Partners LLC has published the 22nd edition of Directory of Grants in the Humanities. It can be purchased directly from Schoolhouse Partners or through Barnes & Noble bookstores, EBSCO Information Services, Ingram Books or YBP Library Services. The information also is available on Grant Select, Schoolhouse Partners’ subscription-based online database. Louis S. Schafer, editorial director, said leaders in the humanities will find 44 program types in the directory including: * Capital campaigns * Educational programs * General operating support * Materials and equipment acquisition * Religious programs “There are more than 5,500 grant opportunities in the 22nd edition of Directory of Grants in the Humanities, an increase of more than 400 over the previous edition,” Schafer said. “Grant sponsors include U.S. and foreign foundations, corporations, family trusts, state art councils, government agencies and other organizations.” Each record is listed in three indices: by geography, program type and subject.

Records include grant title; description; requirements; award amount; application deadline; contact information including phone, fax, email and Internet address; sponsor name and address; and samples of awarded grants. About Schoolhouse Partners LLC Schoolhouse Partners ( is a full-service consulting firm that provides assistance to educational, nonprofit and community agencies in obtaining grant funding. Since 2003 the company has helped nonprofit and tax-exempt groups raise millions of dollars through hundreds of funded grants and awards. About Purdue Research Park The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country in four locations across Indiana. The parks are home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany. Schoolhouse Partners LLC has published the 22nd edition of Directory of Grants in the Humanities, which includes more than 5,500 funding opportunities. It can be ordered directly from the company or through Barnes & Noble bookstores, EBSCO Information Services, Ingram Books and YBP Library Services.

Humane Society PETS OF THE WEEK

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hub of joint economic effort Area economic development will receive a boost thanks to the backing of Vincennes University, Purdue University, and the Dubois County Area Development Corporation (DCADC). The partners will jointly fund the cost to support a wide range of technology training for southwestern Indiana employers for the next three years. With offices at the Jasper Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, now under construction at the VU Jasper Campus, the training will bring together the resources of VU, Purdue, and DCADC. The new VUJC Center will add more than 54,000 square feet of laboratory and classroom space for instruction in the latest technologies needed for workers to succeed in the modern workforce. As part of the partnership, applicants will soon be sought to lead the local technology training office. “This partnership supports the state’s economic development strategy of building private/public partnerships that create synergy and efficiencies as part of a sustainable drive to grow a prosperous economy. It complements the missions of VU and Purdue and their statewide technology programs,” said VU President Dick Helton. Speaking on behalf of area employers, Jim Dinkle, president of the Dubois County Area Development Corporation, said the partnership is another chapter in DCADC’s goal to drive economic growth. “The Dubois County Area Development Corporation has been a financial sponsor of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) in southwest Indiana since 2007. Not only will our new TAP partnership with Vincennes University and Purdue be of enormous benefit to manufacturers and other businesses, it will also serve as a buttress and as a conduit to the $12 million Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center under construction on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus,” Dinkle said. Partnerships such as this will prove beneficial for area employers and the economy, according to L. David Snow, director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center at Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program. “The Technical Assistance Program is pleased to be part of this initiative with

Vincennes University and the Dubois County Area Development Corporation to work collaboratively in advancing manufacturers and businesses in the region. Our 2007 partnership, supported by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and DCADC, laid this groundwork and now we’re extending through March 2015 with an additional capability that will become available through the VU Jasper Technology Center. This partnership and the dual representation role will provide a much more efficient and relevant set of business solutions in a single point of contact. We anticipate measureable economic results for businesses and our institutions,” Snow said. Citing the challenges faced by area businesses as they compete in a rapidly changing environment, Dr. Alan Johnson, dean of the VU Jasper Campus, said the resources of state universities play a key role in helping employers. “This agreement marks a significant increase in technical expertise available to this region. By combining the training resources of Purdue and Vincennes universities with the support of the DCADC, the manufacturers in Dubois County and southwest Indiana will be better prepared to compete in the global economy,” Johnson said. TAP is leading the recruitment process for the partnership and the new position of Business and Industry Account Manager. Interested parties can apply through the Purdue employment website for position number 1200397. TAP supports performance improvement in Indiana companies and organizations through various programs and services that utilize faculty, students, and staff in nine statewide offices. Employers served include companies, hospitals, health departments, and governmental units throughout the state. Impacts are considerable, and since 1986 TAP programs and services have assisted over 10,000 organizations, trained over 21,000 employees, boosted sales by $421 million, increased capital investments by $184 million, contributed to cost savings of $92 million, and saved or added over 10,000 jobs in the state, according to the organizations that were assisted.

Indiana Family Helpline has a new number, look

The Martin County Humane Society has six of these cute little Chihuahua mix puppies up for adoption. They are around seven weeks old; two males and four females. If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, call Don at 812-296-0952. The humane society is collecting items for their annual Soup Dinner and Auction to be held April 14. If you would like to donate an item for the auction, call Don at the above number or Courtney at 812-259-4309.

Hypnotist Dale K, theatre of the mind Hypnosis is defined as a natural state of selective, focused attention and is a fascinating phenomenon of the human mind. Throw in a bit of comedy, some adrenaline-

induced originality, and a dash of unpredictable wit and you have comedy hypnotist Dale K. The Vincennes University Jasper Campus will host Dale K in performance on March 20 at 7 p.m. (EDT), at the Jasper Arts Center. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance at the VUJC Bookstore in the Administration Building. Additional information is available to contacting Alli Baer, student activities coordinator, at 812-481-5941 or Dale K is the only hypnotist to be nominated for Comedian of the Year and has become a campus favorite. His amazing and outrageous hypnosis shows entertain even the strongest of skeptics while the visual effects keep everyone on the edge of their seats. It’s a hilarious comedy hypnosis show and a multimedia rock concert all in one.

Change has come for the Indiana Family Helpline (IFHL), a free comprehensive information and referral program operated by the Indiana State Department of Health. The phone number has been updated to help make it easier for callers to remember. The new toll-free number is 1-855-HELP-1ST (1-855-435-7178). For more than 20 years, the IFHL has helped improve the lives of Indiana residents by offering referral assistance and support in efforts to promote self sufficiency and a better quality of life for all Hoosiers—individuals and families alike. “The Indiana Family Helpline is there for Hoosiers with questions or issues on anything from pregnancy health care, to minority health services, emergency shelters, support groups, dental care services, substance abuse programs and many other services,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. “Help is only a phone call away.” The IFHL provides information, referrals and consumer education on a variety of topics related to callers’ social service needs. The IFHL can serve as a source of advocacy for callers who may struggle with meeting their needs on their own. In 2010, the IFHL responded to nearly 45,000 calls. Of those, 1,076 were advocacy calls. Almost 87,000 referrals were provided. Since 1988, the IFHL has been recognized by its bright yellow rotary phone

logo. With the activation of the new number, the logo for the Helpline has also gotten a new look. “It is time to contemporize our logo and include a slogan to help people understand the purpose the Helpline serves,” said Dr. Larkin. “We’re hopeful that the new look and number will help more Hoosiers than ever to learn about the Helpline and make the call if they need to.” A bilingual communication specialist available at all times for Spanish-speaking callers. For callers who may speak other languages, the IFHL has access to the AT&T Language Line. The IFHL is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. More information about the IFHL can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at

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AG files suit seeking $97K in public funds ex-trustee owes township Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller last Thursday filed a lawsuit against the former Benton Township trustee, of Monroe County, demanding she repay more than $97,000 for public funds that an audit found she misappropriated. Named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit is Heather Cohee, who held office as Benton Township trustee from January 2008 until her resignation March 1, 2012, one day after the State Board of Accounts issued a certified audit report finding she owes the township $97,694.89 for multiple acts of misappropriation, including undocumented expenses and overpayments of salary. “When public servants pilfer from those they are supposed to serve, it undermines public trust in our government. The public treasury must be reimbursed for these repeated acts of dishonesty and we will use the legal tools at our disposal to compel repayment from this defendant,” Zoeller said. In auditing the township government’s finances, State Board of Accounts examiners found more than 200 instances between January 2008 and December 2010 where Cohee made payments out of township funds to herself or family members for expenses that were insufficiently documented. These included payments to Cohee for undocumented phone calls and mileage reimbursement, as well as payments to her husband, township clerk Todd A. Cohee, for undocumented mowing, and payments to her daughter, township assistance clerk Brittany Cohee, for undocumented cleaning services. The payments were not supported by receipts, invoices, contracts or other public records as the State Board of Accounts requires. As the officeholder, Heather Cohee is legally responsible for reimbursing the undocumented expenses totaling $78,209.31. The audit also found Cohee was overpaid for office rent at the township office, 7616 E. State Road 45. Each year the township authorized $1,500 for the trustee as reimbursement for rent, but the audit found Cohee was actually overpaid $1,961.27 that must be repaid. The State Board of Accounts noted some township government employees were at times paid more than the township had approved in compensation and at other times they were underpaid. The audit found Heather Cohee must repay $2,150 in net salary overpayment, and she and her daughter Brittany Cohee are individually and jointly responsible to repay $2,370 in salary overpayment the daughter received. (Other employees who were underpaid or have reimbursed the township for overpayment do not owe anything additional, the audit found.) But because of the incomplete and inaccurate condition of the former trustee’s records, the State Board of Accounts examiners incurred an additional $13,004.31 in auditing costs, which Heather Cohee must reimburse, the audit report said. When the State Board of Accounts issues a certified audit report, it authorizes the At-

torney General’s Office to attempt to recover the money to reimburse the public treasury for the amount misappropriated. Zoeller’s lawsuit, called a complaint to recover public funds, was filed last week in Monroe County Circuit Court against Heather Cohee of 4868 North Bruce Lane, Unionville, and seeks $97,694.89, plus triple damages. The lawsuit also seeks $2,370 from Brittany Cohee for her role in the misappropriation. Also, the Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order that asks the Monroe County Circuit Court to freeze Heather Cohee’s assets – including her house, four vehicles and any bank accounts or pension or retirement accounts – until a hearing can be held on the State’s motion for a preliminary injunction at 11:30 a.m. on March 23. If granted, the injunction would prevent Cohee from selling, transferring or concealing the property until the underlying lawsuit is resolved to preserve assets that could be recovered later to reimburse Benton Township for the amounts misappropriated. In the State’s underlying complaint to recover public funds, Zoeller asks the court to enter civil judgments against Heather Cohee and Brittany Cohee. The Attorney General then could pursue monetary judgments through collections, and could seek to attach liens on property, garnish wages or take any other actions a creditor could take against a debtor to collect on a debt. Also named as a defendant is State Farm Fire and Casualty Company of Bloomington, which wrote a $15,000 surety bond on Heather Cohee as an insurance policy against theft. By naming the insurance company in the lawsuit, the State seeks to redeem the surety bond to partially reimburse the township for the amount owed. Any portion not covered by bond would be the extrustee’s personal responsibility. Whether a public official is civilly responsible for repaying misappropriated funds is a separate issue from whether they are criminally responsible for a loss. Decisions about filing criminal charges in audit cases are solely the jurisdiction of county prosecutors, not the Attorney General. Through his role as lawyer for the State Board of Accounts seeking to reimburse the public treasury, the Attorney General has legal jurisdiction in such cases to file civil lawsuits. Since January 2009, Zoeller’s office has filed 42 civil lawsuits around the state seeking to recover public funds based on State Board of Accounts certified audits. In 2009, the Legislature at Zoeller’s urging passed House Enrolled Act 1514-2009 that allowed the Attorney General’s Office to intervene earlier if misappropriation is suspected in government offices. So that one individual is not left with the sole ability to charge expenses to taxpayers without some oversight or accountability, Zoeller now recommends that government offices require dual approvals from at least two employees to authorize expenditures of public funds.

214 government entities for its 2012 Sunny Award, recognizing commitment to government transparency. The organization analyzed over 6,000 government websites for the proactive disclosure of information regarding budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The ease of use and availability of information is also taken into consideration. US PIRG rated Indiana’s transparency portal third best in the country with a grade of “A-” The transparency site, launched in August 2010, was recognized for offering a checkbook-level, user-friendly interface and


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The Messmer Report

By District 63 State Representative

Mark Messmer Protecting those that serve and protect us Senate Bill (SB) 1 was passed by the General Assembly this year in response to a Supreme Court decision in the 2011 Barnes vs. Indiana court case. The Court was deciding a case that dealt with whether a particular jury instruction was properly denied by the trial judge. However, in dealing with that issue, the Court went on to hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers. This ruling threw out 200 years of recognized common law in this country. Our laws are quite clear on when law enforcement officers have the legal and lawful right to enter your home. A few examples of when law enforcement has the lawful right to enter an individual’s home would be: when responding to a 911 call for domestic violence, when a person is trying to escape from law enforcement or is currently committing a crime, or if they are there to serve a warrant or have a search warrant. In any of these situations, entry by law enforcement is legal, and individuals have never had the legal ability to resist entry. SB 1 does not change any of these scenarios. In fact, resisting law enforcement in any legal entry situation will only add to your legal woes. However, SB 1 does reaffirm Indiana’s Castle Doctrine laws, which were passed in 1976 and then strengthened in 2006. It clarifies that the General Assembly’s intent is to give all Hoosiers the right to protect their

homes against the unlawful actions of others, regardless of their occupation. Law enforcement has been operating under these statutes for years. Following the 2011 Barnes vs. Indiana decision though, our laws did not provide homeowners any legal defense in the event that an unlawful entry of law enforcement occurred. We do not live in a police state; we live in a free society. It is our responsibility in the legislature to make sure our citizens are protected from any abusive situations in the future. The strong bipartisanship support of SB 1 reaffirms those long-held protections. Our society has great respect and support of our law enforcement officials, and we all need to continue that tradition.

Meet your Legislators to be held March 31 “Meet Your Legislators” will be broadcast on March 31, 9 a.m. (EST) on WVUTTV and WVUB radio. The live broadcast from Vincennes University’s Davis Hall, Studio B, will feature legislators discussing issues in the recently concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly. The public is invited. Legislators invited to attend include Rep. Bruce Borders of Dist. 45, Rep. Kreg Battles of Dist. 64, Rep. Mark Messmer of Dist. 63, Sen. Lindel Hume of Dist. 48, and Sen. John Waterman of Dist. 39. The event is co-sponsored by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Knox County, and Pace Community Action, Inc. Viewers can phone-in questions the day of the show to 812-888-5334 or email questions in advance to In addition to the live morning broadcast, the program will be repeated at 5 p.m. the same day.

Indiana earns national recognition for government transparency For the second year in a row, two national organizations have recognized Indiana’s efforts to bring transparency to state government. The Sunshine Review and the United States Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) have both awarded Indiana “A-” grades for the accessibility of state websites. “Making state government more transparent has been one of our priorities for more than seven years. We’ll continue our push to be a national leader in operating an open and honest government,” Governor Mitch Daniels said. The Sunshine Review, a national non-partisan government transparency agency, selected the State of Indiana as one of only

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Martin County Journal

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STATE TITLE LIONS! We believe in you! From all your fans in Loogootee and around the United States Congratulations and Good Luck! Keep on living your dream Colin NelSectional . . . From your fans in son! -Grandpa Bateman Bloomington, Indiana!

Congrats to the Loogootee Lions on going to the State! Wish all the best to our favorite Loogootee Lion, Austin! Go get them Austin! Win the State! -Ed and Becky Simmerman Cheer Loud and Proud, Waylee! Love, uncle Pat, Aunt nikki & Family We are so proud of you, Coach Wagoner! We believe in you! Love, Pat, nikki, Jayce, Jayden, Jaymison, Jaycobson, Jayleigh, and Jaybe Take State Zack #44! From your Biggest Fans, Mrs. Wagoner and your 6th Grade Cadet Class We want to wish the best of luck to #4 Colin Nelson in the State Championship game on Saturday. We will be sitting here listening to the game wishing we could be there in person to see it. Love, Randy Bateman and Donna Toy Good Luck wishes going out to Mike Wagoner and the Loogootee Lions to take the State Championship on Saturday! Go Lions!!! -Randy Bateman and Donna Toy Leave it all on the court and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!! Good Luck Lions!!! Go Luke!! -Travis, Leslie, & Brooklyn Summers Git-R-Done #24, The Enforcer!!!! Love, Mom, Dad, Brooke, Casey, Lauren, Jacob, Luke and Abbi We are Proud of You, Will! Love, Grandma, Grandpa, Johnny, Karena, nikki, Pat, Tara, Ryan, and families Cheer Us on to Victory, Tyra!!! Love, Grandma, Grandpa, Johnny, Karena, Bobbi Sue, Brent, nikki, Pat, and families Good Luck, Will! -Tony, Kerri and Haileigh nonte Way to Go Lions! We are proud of you all. What a ride. -Joe and Janice Henning Cheer your heart out Morgan Walker! -Joe and Sam Graber We would like to thank all of the players, coaches, and cheerleaders for all the excitement this season, you all have done a great job. Good Luck in Indy, bring home a state championship. GO LIONS!!! -Don, Donna and Chantel Greene

Good luck team! -Michael, nancy and Molly Jones. Good Luck Luke #10 and the Loogootee Lions! We are so proud of you and the entire team and coaching staff!! 32 more minutes and it’s yours!! We know the Lions can do it!! -From the entire “Strange & Jones clan” Just wanted to tell the Loogootee Basketball team good luck..and good luck to my grandson Austin Bradley....go get a win... -Sue, Frank, Shondale, and Johnny

Regional . . .

#4 is our #1! Best of Luck, Colin in making History in Indy! We are so proud! Love, Greg and Lynn, Perri and James. Good Luck Colin, bring home a State Championship! We are proud of you! -Chris, Mykle, Brittney & Emily Conner, Good Luck to you, your teammates and the coaching staff at State this Saturday! Bring home Loogootee’s first state championship! We are proud of you! -Love, Dad, Susan, Taylor, Sydnee, and all the Wittmer and Clark families

Semi-State . . .

GOOD LUCK LIONS at State! Bring home the Trophy!! -The Tedrows: Charlie, Jennifer, Karoline, and Jacob Wishing the Loogootee Lions and Coaches Good Luck at the State Tourney this weekend! You guys ROCK! -Maelee & Josie Hawkins Wishing you the best of luck at state! -Loogootee Mayor noel Harty Good Luck Cameron Wagler and the Loogootee Lions! We are so proud of you boys! -Lori Mattingly, Scott and Leighton Seals, and Breanna Lytton Good Luck Loogootee Lions! We will be rooting for you as always! -Josh, Courtney, Wyatt and Alex Hughett and the Martin County Journal Good Luck Lions...Bring Home the State Title! -Divine Chiropractic Good luck on the state title, we are behind you all the way. -The Bullock family Good Luck Lions!

-Jayden Seitz

Good Luck Lions!! -The Bodyshop Gym

Good Luck #4 Colin Nelson in the State! Bring us home a victory! -Mom, Dad, Erin, and Grandpa

Lets go Lions! Keep us Proud! Your better than the Rest, now let’s be the Best! Make Loogootee the Champion of Champions!! -Kenny Greenwell

Good Luck Mike Wagoner and the Lions! We believe in you! Bring us home a State Championship! -The Bateman and nelson Families

Let’s add a State Title Lions! Good Luck Will Nonte #24 and the rest of the Lions!! We’re so proud of you!! -Jordan, Ashlye, & Kailye Divine To Bryant and Teammates, You all have a chance to make history this weekend and there is no doubt in our minds that you have what it takes. Continue to play with the same intensity you have played with through the whole tournament and you will bring home the first Loogootee State Championship. We are so proud of each and every one of you and cannot wait to watch history be made on Saturday! Bryant, we want you to know how truly proud of you we are. You reached the 1,000 point club and won a Semi-State Championship all in the same day, it will be a day you will cherish for the rest of your life. You have a chance to make history this weekend, and there is no doubt in our minds that you and your teammates have what it takes. Continue to be the amazing leader you are on and off the floor and you will accomplish many, many

great things in life! You have 32 minutes left, that’s it, and we know you will make them count! You have made the whole family and the whole community so proud! Bring home a state title this weekend B, it’s time to make history!! We Love you so much! -Mom, Dad, Jill, Mike, Abby, and Brittany Bring home a State victory!! Good Luck to VAUP and the team, win the STATE! -The Vaupel and Riggins Families Good Luck Will Nonte! From Lisa, Megan, Jonathan and Morgan Bring home that title Will! I love you, and am very proud of you! -Mom To Aaron, Austin, Bryant, and Luke: Bring home that title!! Way to make the class of 2012 proud! We love you! -The senior girls

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Martin County Journal

My Point of

VIEW By Courtney Hughett Owner/Publisher, MCJ

Do you ever look back on your childhood days and think “Boy that was a lot bigger when I was a kid.”? This was my feeling sitting at the boys’ sectional a few weekends ago. Watching the kids run out on the floor to celebrate the win for the Lions, I thought to myself ‘boy, there was a much bigger crowd when I was a kid.’ At 34-years-old, my memory of those days in school gets fuzzier by the minute and I suppose the switch to class basketball may have something to do with it but it just seems like high school basketball is not what it used to be. Thanks to Sharon and Kenny Frye (my second set of parents growing up), I was lucky enough to get to attend quite a few Loogootee basketball games. Since I lived near Alfordsville through most of my elementary school days, we didn’t get to town much. I spent more nights at the Frye house then I can count and with the Frye children, Kenny and Kerry, being big basketball players themselves, I went to a lot of games. Sectional at the Hatchet House was a sight to see! Kerry and I somehow managed to make it into the cheer block section despite that usually being reserved to the “older” kids. It was so loud and so exciting and the boys who played for Loogootee were much like celebrities to us middle school kids. Kerry’s brother, Kenny, was quite a bit older than us so to him we were more of pests I think. I don’t recall him ever even speaking to me except to tell us to go away – as would be expected – I’m sure we were annoying little girls. I guess I hadn’t paid much attention before but my son, Alex, feels this way about the high school basketball players. Being in sixth grade and listening to the hype, to him players like Bryant Ackerman and Conner Wittmer are celebrities. He asks me questions about them like they are not high school boys but famous athletes. I suppose they are famous in our

own little small town – and this year, the whole state! I’m not sure how much the Loogootee basketball players realize that they are looked up to and idolized by these younger boys. They have more of an impact than even I realized. I have always been a basketball fan - a HUGE basketball fan. Anyone who is close to me knows how I feel about the Loogootee Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers. Although since I started the Journal and became more involved in Shoals Athletics, I have also been cheering for the Jug Rox. My dilemma at sectional was one I have never faced before. My life-long love of the Lions and my new-found compassion for the Jug Rox collided and I wasn’t sure what to do. I think many of you can understand that feeling. I wore a Shoals-blue shirt under my Loogootee Lions sweater to that game and sat in neutral territory. I was so afraid of betraying either team – my devotion to the Lions and the fact that Shoals School has been so good to me over the past few years and I have made a lot of friends from that side of Martin County. Regardless, the crowds have grown smaller. I’m just as guilty as anyone for not attending the games. Loogootee and Shoals revolve around our schools – we should support them more – in all areas. Loogootee going to state may bring back some Lion fans; Shoals going to sectional this year may bring back some Jug Rox fans. I hope so! These kids, boys and girls, deserve and certainly need our support. Watching my son’s face at these title games reminded me of how it felt to have that school spirit - it stays with you for a lifetime. While I REALLY want the Lions to win the state championship, I will be a fan regardless of what happens. Those boys and any student, athlete or not, who goes after their dreams and gives everything they have, are already winners to me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Beginnings Community Church W eekly M essage

By ERnIE CAnELL Pastor, New Beginnings Church Two Choices Matthew 7:13-25 In these passages we need to see the big difference between living for God and living a life that is a falsehood. A life that is just a show will cause inner turmoil. How can I do this and say I’m a Christian? Jesus, in the end of the Sermon on the Mount where He is teaching with extremes to show how a person is truly a child of God describes two ways of life, two different kinds of fruit, and two kinds of Builders. So He talks about the choices we must make. To begin our journey with God we must choose the narrow road or the wide road. Jesus says the narrow gate is the gate you go through if you are following Him. This is where we start our life of faith. We begin our journey by making a choice of going God’s way, down the right path. This is the only path that will lead you to abundant life with Christ. It’s not an easy path. It will be rocky, but with beautiful stones. It may be muddy because of the storms dropping a lot of rain, but when the sun shines it will dry up. It may have twists and turns you may have to take. This path may have times when you will have to stop and make sure you are going the right way. You may have to change your thinking so you can continue on. This is not the easiest path. You may even look at the other path and think it would be an easier road. I wish I would have taken that one. But there is no turning back. The wide gate is so open it tries to include as many people as it can. It’s a sixlane highway compared to a two lane, two tracker road. It’s easier, it’s smooth and straight. You can get where you are going fast. Many will take this path because it seems to be the easiest. We like easy. But just because it’s easy, doesn’t make it the right one. In fact, this one doesn’t take you where you want to go. It leads you away from the destination that you are meant to go. This one in fact takes you to Hell. The devil likes you to go down this path. HE will tell you this is ok for you. We can walk the broad way and think we are going to the right destination and we can keep our baggage of sin and worldliness. But if we choose the narrow way, we must give up those things. We cannot walk on two roads in two different directions at the same time. Many try. All fail. Once you have chosen the right path, you have to make another choice; either to produce good fruit or bad fruit. Jesus said you will know those whom are false believers by their fruit. The way they act. The way they act is the fruit. I wonder sometimes about people who say they are Christians but have no desire to grow in the likeness of Christ; don’t read the Bible, don’t pray, don’t sacrifice for other, have unforgiving hearts, don’t serve God in anyway- just self and make coming to church something they

dread. What kind of fruit are you producing? In Luke 6 It says it a little different: A good person produces good things from the treasure of a good heart and an evil person produces evil things from the treasure of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Are you a good tree or a bad tree? Jn 15:16 Jesus says. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for using my name. It really is a question of salvation. Everyone who truly has Jesus living in their heart you will know it by their actions. And the ones that have no spiritual fruit, they don’t act like they know Jesus. Verse 19, so every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. In the final review of it all is the choice whether you have built your house on the rock or the sand. Who are the ones who build on the rock? They are the ones who just don’t hear the word of God, but the ones who follow what He says. The one who listens to Jesus’ teaching and follows it is wise. If your faith is solid, built on the right things-storms will come, floods, wind challenges of all kind- marriage, job, health, friend and not be able to tear your house down. But your faith has to be built on the solid rock; the word of God, Jesus Christ. If it’s built on sand; the things of the world, when the storms come it will collapse. If you wonder why things are shaky in your life maybe you have built it on the wrong foundation. I pray you will choose the right gate, the right fruit, and the right foundation. It’s just a little over two weeks away from our Easter Celebration. Thrive will be Saturday Night at the Martin County 4-H Building. Bring the kids and enjoy an Easter church service you won’t forget.

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Loogootee one game from the state title It was a back and forth game for the Loogootee Lions at last weekend’s Class 1A semi-state against Edinburgh at Southport. The Lions got off to a shaky beginning with senior leader Bryant Ackerman only scoring five points in the entire first half going two for seven from the field. The Lions went into halftime with a four-point deficit after a Lancer surge in the second quarter. Ackerman battled back in the second half, scoring the Lions final 10 points to continue their run to state, 61-50. Ackerman finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Conner Wittmer and Matt Mathies gave Loogootee the lead late in the game with back to back three pointers. Edinburgh went cold from the field missing seven of their next eight shots. In the final minute of the game, with the Lions leading 53-50, the Lancers put Ackerman on the line four times with desperation fouls only upping the lead for Loogootee. The Lancers didn’t score another point in that final 60 seconds. Wittmer finished with 17 points, seven re-

bounds, six assists, and two blocked shots. Matt Mathies had 12 points. This is the fourth time the Lions have gone to the state final in school history although they have never taken the title. Senior Ackerman scored his way into the 1,000-point club during the game Saturday. The Lions (21-4) will take on the Rockville Rox (22-5) in the Class 1A state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Rox went to semi-state last year and were defeated in overtime by Triton. Rockville’s line-up includes six-foot-seven-inch junior Lane Mahurin, six-foot junior Gary Ulrich, sixfoot-five-inch junior Jordan McFall, fivefoot-ten-inch senior Cody Jeffries, six-foot-one-inch junior Joel Wittenmyer, and six-foot-seven-inch junior Nick Waltz. Rockville is on a 14-game winning streak. In other state finals that day, Class 2A Park Tudor will take on Bowman Academy at 12:45 p.m. In Class 3A, Guerin Catholic will battle Norwell at 6 p.m. and in Class 4A, Pike will face Carmel at 8:45 p.m.

Loogootee Kindergarten registration Kindergarten Registration will be held at Loogootee Elementary on Thursday, April 5. The schedule is as follows: 9:30 -10:15 a.m. - Last names beginning with A-G 10:15-11:00 a.m. - Last names beginning with H-M 12:40- 1:25 p.m. - Last names beginning with N-S 1:25- 2:10 p.m. - Last names beginning with T-Z Parents and children should report at the starting time for their name group. Please do not come early. Parents will drop children off in room 103, and then proceed to the library to complete enrollment forms. While the parents are in the library, children will be screened for beginning kindergarten skills. Parents may pick their child up after they have completed the enrollment forms. Children must be 5 years old by August 1, 2012 in order to register for kindergarten. Please be sure to bring a birth certificate and shot record with you to registration. It is helpful if you can have copies made before registration; however if this is not possible the school will make copies for you. According to Indiana law, every child residing in Indiana who enters kindergarten or grade one must have the following immunizations: 5 doses of DTaP/DTP/DT

4 doses of polio 2 doses of MMR 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (chicken pox)* *If your child has had chicken pox, a physician’s statement documenting a history of chicken pox disease including the month and the year of the disease is acceptable. Parents will have the opportunity to order their child a kindergarten t-shirt during registration. Students are encouraged to wear these shirts on the first day of school. A sample shirt will be available for preview during registration, and orders will be taken at that time. The shirts are $8, and must be paid for when ordering. Shirts may be picked up at registration in August. Current kindergarten students will not have class on April 5. The Martin County Health department will be holding a special clinic for kindergarten registration on Thursday April 5 from 8:30-3 p.m. for any child needing required shots. Please bring immunization records with you to the clinic, along with health insurance cards. Children with no health insurance can receive shots through the VFC program. The clinic is located in the Shoals Post Office building. Phone 247-3303 If you have any questions, you may call the Elementary West office at 295-2833.

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JuSTIn LIMBACH Justin Leon Limbach is the son of Janet Limbach. While in high school, he was in band his freshman through junior years. Justin plans to attend IU and become an electrical engineer.

SARAH RICHER Sarah S. Richer is the daughter of Dale and Carol Richer. While in high school, Sarah has been involved in Beta Club, Pep Club, Spanish Club, Peers, FACS, band, SADD, and Lion Pride all four years. She participated in chorus her freshman year and the student council her freshman through junior years. She was in Madrigals in 10th and 11th grades and the musical her junior and senior years. She also served as a cadet teacher her senior year. Sarah was the class vice president in 10th and 11th grades and competed on the art, science, and interdisciplinary academic teams her junior year. She served as Spanish Club Historian her sophomore and junior years, treasurer of the FACS Club her junior year and president her senior year. In sports, she ran track her freshman through junior years and cross country in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Sarah plans to attend college and become a nurse.

TEDDy BRIDGEWATER Teddy M. Bridgewater is the son of Michelle Harbison and Danny Bridgewater. During his senior year, he served as an intern. Teddy says he plans to do higher education after high school taken through his job.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Psi Otes donates to Shoals Schools Music Departments By RAMOnA SIMMOnS Shoals High School Student Writer

-Photo by Tiffani Stemle Last Thursday, March 15, the local chapter of Psi Iota Xi donated $200 to the music departments of Shoals Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools. Psi Otes Member Rachel Bauer (at far left) is shown presenting Mr. Joel Weitkamp a check for $100 to benefit the Shoals High School Chorus and Band and Psi Otes President January Roush (at far right) is shown above presenting another $100 check to Ms. Kim Hickman, to benefit the Shoals Elementary Music Department. The donation was in conjunction with March being “Music in our Schools Month”.

A constant educational knowledge that has spanned the test of time has been knowledge of the Arts. For centuries, people have been in search for the perfect piece of literature, art, and music that not only inspires them, but relates to them as well. Now in today’s society, the Arts have transcended to a level of success and importance. The Arts have become instrumental in the school system, and March has become a month-long celebration of one of the Arts’ most relatable and used deviations; music. The celebration is entitled “Music in Our Schools” and encourages schools to have and promote their music departments. In finding out about the program, the local chapter of the Psi Iota Xi, the Gamma Iotas, felt the need to support such an influential and vital cause. Chapter President January Roush and member Rachel Bauer presented Mr. Joel Weitkamp, on behalf of the high school chorus and band, and Ms. Kim Hickman, on behalf of the Elementary music department, each a check for $100 to be used in each musical division. Mr. Weitkamp and Ms. Hickman received the checks on Thursday, March 15 in the high school band room. Congratulations to Mr. Weitkamp and Ms. Hickman on their work and recently received donation for their departments. Lastly, a very large thank you goes out to the Gamma Iota Chapter of Psi Iota Xi, for such a charitable donation of not only monetary value, but of value in regards to education and children, which is truly priceless.

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Loogootee Jr/Sr High Honor Roll Third Term SEVEnTH GRADE High Honors: Sara Bailey, Katelyn Desch, Mya Hedrick, Breanna Hollaway, Eden Jenkins, Tristan Jones, Nolan Lottes, Meghan Mathies, Mayson Riley, and Kirsten Spears Honor Roll: Landon Bell, Sydney Blankenbaker, Emily Brookshire, Chase Carrico, Jordan Clark, Tye Collins, Wilson Hatter, Marcus Hopkins, Matty Jones, Breigh LaMar, Kaleb Lyon, Tyler Lythgoe, Breanna Lyton, Wyatt Nonte, Tokala Richardson, Jake Simmons, Shania Swigler, Clayton Thomas, Brandon Tolbert, Justin Wagler, Leah Wagler, and Abbie Williams EIGHTH GRADE High Honors: Nicole Ader, Jacob Blackwell, Nicholas Bowling, Kendall Burch, Renee Burch, Logan Carrico, Jess Divine, Taylor Hardwick, Justin Horney, Jordan Mann, Kendall Riley, Paige Walton, Renee Whitman, Landon Wittmer, and Reed Ziegler Honor Roll: Emily Bateman, Macey Baxter, Trysten Booker, Jayson Bullard, Grant Carrico, Bailey Davis, Jurnee Davis, Alex Graber, Caitlin Holt, Ian Huelsman, Jonathan Krzesniak, Erin Nelson, Tyler Resler, Katlyn Rogers, Shayna Stuffle, Wyatt Wade, Cole Walker, Emma Walters, Robert Wilson, Gavin Wittmer, and Brittany Woody nInTH GRADE High Honors: Connor Bailey, Ashley Jones, and Ashley Lindauer Honor Roll: Addyson Aiman, Tanner Akles, Addy Arvin, Hayden Bell, Jordan Berry, Frank Bratton, Chassidy Bridges, Jace Dorsett, Emily Gillick, Cathy Hovis, Kylie Leonhard, Gabe Nolley, Ashleigh Powell, Waylee Wagoner, Allie Walker, and Malorie Weisheit TEnTH GRADE High Honors: Emma Graber, Allison Lythgoe, Kenedi Rohlman, Hannah Walters, and Matt Weitkamp Honor Roll: Michala Beasley, Will Combs, Dalton Jenkins, Joshua Lampert, Adam Lark, Matthew Mathies, Tylan Norris, Trevor Resler, Kelsy Seals, and Tayler Smith ELEVEnTH GRADE High Honors: Waylon Matthews, Gabrielle Ritchey, and Curtis Slaubaugh Honor Roll: Tyler Booker, Joey Chrisman, Jared Crooks, Drew Davis, Samantha Fraley, Alex Frye, Alyssa George, Mandy Koontz, Alex Leonhard, Trisha Moore, Will Nonte, Miranda Searl, Dana Sibrel, Tyler Spears, Matt Struck, Ryan Vaupel, Kenny Waggoner, Remington Wagler, Morgan Walker, and Rachel Walls TWELFTH GRADE High Honors: Addison Dant, Hannah LaMar, Brooke Nonte, Sarah Richer, Wynter Wagoner, Lauren Walton, and Mariah Weisheit Honor Roll: Devan Arvin, Aaron Bridgewater, Jennifer Clark, Lauren Henrichsen, Luke Jones, Allison Kiser, Kyle Lark, Christina Powell, Jordan Roller, Jenna Slaubaugh, Dylan Stoll, and Taylor Walker

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LOOGOOTEE ELEMEnTARy Breakfast Thursday, March 22 Cereal, muffins, sausage, juice, milk Friday, March 23 No School – Spring Break Monday, March 26 No School – Spring Break Tuesday, March 27 No School – Spring Break Wednesday, March 28 No School – Spring Break Lunch Thursday, March 22 Bologna and cheese sandwich, tator tots, peaches, milk Friday, March 23 No School – Spring Break Monday, March 26 No School – Spring Break Tuesday, March 27 No School – Spring Break Wednesday, March 28 No School – Spring Break LOOGOOTEE InTERMEDIATE AnD JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL Lunch Thursday, March 22 Chili or pizza, cheese and crackers, roll, fruit, salad plate, milk Friday, March 23 No School – Spring Break Monday, March 26 No School – Spring Break Tuesday, March 27 No School – Spring Break Wednesday, March 28 No School – Spring Break SHOALS SCHOOLS Breakfast Thursday, March 22 Cereal, biscuit and jelly, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Friday, March 23 Egg patty sandwich, hash brown, juice, milk; choice 4th-12th: grab-n-go bag Monday, March 26 No School – Spring Break Tuesday, March 27 No School – Spring Break Wednesday, March 28 No School – Spring Break Lunch Thursday, March 22 Nacho dip with Fritos, corn, fruit, milk; choice 4th-12th: corn dog Friday, March 23 Chicken tenders, chips, fresh vegetables, fruit, milk Monday, March 26 No School – Spring Break Tuesday, March 27 No School – Spring Break Wednesday, March 28 No School – Spring Break


DAKOTAH ASBELL Dakotah Lee Asbell was born on December 25, 1993 to Cary and Tammie Asbell and Tree Seng. She has three brothers, Wyatt, Dylan, and Devyn and two sisters, Emily and Ashley. Dakotah’s favorite pastimes are midnight road trips to Starbucks, late nights in Denny’s, and photography. She participated in SADD Club, UNICEF Club, Society of Fine Arts, and Project Lead the Way Engineering Program. Dakotah plans to become a registered nurse, see the “Northern Lights” in Alaska, continue photography on the side, and eventually marry.

ZACHARy BAKER Zachary Schuyler Baker was born on February 1, 1994 to Loren and Pamela Baker. He has two siblings, Damon Baker and Evan Wate. His favorite pastime includes hanging out with friends. Zachary future plans are to attending college.

TAnnER ABEL Tanner Madison Abel was born on December 29, 1993 to Clark Abel and Kelly White. He has two sisters, Heather and Kylie Abel. Tanner’s activities included: basketball (3 years), soccer (2 years), baseball (3 years), and track and field (4 years). His favorite pastimes are attending sporting events and going out with friends to the movies. Tanner plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana and then join the United States Air force.

HALEy WADE Haley Morgan Wade was born on June 22, 1993 to Gracie and Eric Wade. She has one brother, John Alex Kingston III (Jak). Her high school activities were Dance Team, Student Council, Spanish Club, and SADD Club. Her favorite pastimes are dancing and hanging out with people. Haley’s future plan is to become a nurse.

Loogootee Elementary Honor Roll Third Term THIRD GRADE High Honors: Maria Chestnut, Ashlyn Holt, Aspen Salmon, Sara Street, Tristan Tinkle, Kallin Trambaugh, Makenzie VanHoy, Jaelyn Walker, Conner Wilcoxen, and Anna Wilson Honor Roll: Shealyn Arthur, Delani Bateman, Seth Blackwell, Austin Brittain, Cody Carrico, Samantha Cook, Asia Crim, Aaron Dant, Bryant Eckerle, Austin Edwards, Emily Gingerich, Tyler Glover, Macy McAtee, Mattie Milligan, Emma Neukam, Adie Nolley, Daniel Park, Matthew Poole, Wyatt Sheetz, Jared Sullivan, Karoline Tedrow, Jasye Thompson, Josh Venters, Isabelle Waggner, Tyler Wagoner, Brittany Walker,

Jayce Walton, and Ayden Wilson, FOuRTH GRADE High Honors: Danielle Abel, Breah Bailey, Cassidy Esch, Jack Fellers, Landon Harder, Christopher Jones, Nathan Seals, Wyatt Street, Chelsie Sutton, Melaina Tippery, Sarah Wagler, McKenzie White, and Garrett Williams Honor Roll: Hannah Bailey, Alex C. Bowling, Kaitlyn Bruner, Liz Burch, Luke Gregory, Tyler Harbison, Logan Jacobs, Lauren Kain, Logan Keller, Jayden Leatherman, Brittany Potts, Lindsey Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Jessie Stoll, Emily Thomas, Kendall Tompkins, Sebastian Toy, Emily Wade, Elly Wagler, Madison Wagoner, and Makenzie Wagoner



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OUTDOORS Farm managers and rural appraisers: Farmland prices expected to keep rising By JEnnIFER STEWART Purdue University News Service A survey indicating that farmland values are expected to continue increasing is more good news for landowners but could also signal caution for buyers, an agricultural economist says. The survey was conducted February 15 at the winter meeting of the Indiana Chapter of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The results come on the heels of a February 2012 issue of AgLetter in which the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago indicated farmland values in Iowa, and parts of Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois have increased by 22 percent since early 2011. That is the largest annual increase since 1976. “These numbers tell us that the farmland market is very competitive. There are far more buyers than sellers,” said Craig Dobbins, Purdue Extension agricultural economist. “People in the market to buy farmland have a very optimistic outlook about the future, and they are willing to pay unthinkable prices.” According to the survey of 32 farm managers and rural appraisers from 25 Indiana counties, the average estimated price of farmland was $7,533 per acre, and all of the respondents indicated their estimated price was higher than the value in February 2011. While the increases are good news for landowners, Dobbins said there are dangers associated with paying exceptionally high prices to own farmland. “One of the dangers is that buyers’ expectations about the future of the market could be wrong,” he said. “If land values or commodity prices decrease, that can really change profit margins. And it doesn’t have to be a drastic decrease.” More severe problems can occur if buy-

ers borrow a substantial amount of money to finance land purchases. “Buyers need to be careful because farm debt levels will affect how hard the fall could be if commodity or farmland values decrease,” Dobbins said. With the strong market, rental prices for farmland also have been on the rise. Survey respondents indicated the average 2012 cash rent was $253 per acre. A majority reported that rate was higher than it was in 2011, and only two reported their rental rates to have stayed the same. None had decreased. According to Dobbins, the increasing cash rents have led some landlords and tenants to get creative in lease agreements. While 42 percent of respondents said lease agreements were traditional fixed cash, others were using flexible lease agreements and crop share leases. In a flexible lease agreement, or variable cash, the landlord and tenant agree on a minimum amount of rent and share a portion of the profits. In a crop-sharing agreement, the tenant and landlord both invest in the production costs and share the crop yields after harvest. Both types of agreements help tenants and landlords share the risk associated with crop farming. While all of the survey participants agreed that farmland values were on the rise, they did not agree about the change in land values over the next five years. Fortyeight percent of the respondents indicated farmland values would be higher, 31 percent thought there would be no change, and 21 percent expected them to decrease. “These results indicate that, in the short term, Indiana’s farmland market is expected to remain strong,” Dobbins said. “No one expects farmland values to decline for the year. But relative to the past few years, respondents expect the rate of increase to be much less.

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new DnR firewood rule took effect Saturday As camping season approaches, visitors to DNR properties should prepare for the new DNR firewood rule that took effect Saturday, March 17. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved a similar firewood policy last year but adopted it as a permanent rule in January. The new rule helps protect forests from the 140 known pests and pathogens that currently affect forests. The pests and pathogens are transported from place to place primarily through the movement of firewood. Under the rule, in-state visitors to state parks, reservoirs, state forests and state fish & wildlife areas can bring firewood from home as long as the bark has been removed. The reason for bark removal is insect larvae live in the sapwood under the bark. Visitors from outside Indiana cannot bring firewood from out of state because of federal emerald ash borer quarantines. Guests may also bring firewood into DNR properties, if it is:

-Kiln-dried scrap lumber. -Purchased outside the property and bears either a USDA compliance stamp or a state compliance stamp. -Purchased from the property camp store or on-site firewood vendor and has a state compliance stamp. -Regardless of where visitors get their firewood, they should burn it all at the campsite before they leave. In short, the firewood rule means: “Buy it with a stamp, bring it debarked, burn it all.” The rule gives DNR staff the ability to confiscate firewood that does not comply, and gives Indiana Conservation Officers the authority to write a warning or citation for violations, with potential fines up to $500 plus court costs. For more about the rule see Vendors who want to sell firewood for use in DNR properties should get or renew their compliance agreements. For details, see:

Online app tracks, manages insect data in crop fields A new online application developed and launched by Spensa Technologies Inc. will help growers and pesticide consultants electronically track the number of insects in their crop fields so they can better control crop damage caused by insects and improve the use of insecticides., launched in March 2012, enables growers and consultants to electronically manage insect data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering the data into the site through a Web browser or smart phone. “In the U.S. in 2010, crop growers lost $20 billion to insect damage and spent $4.5 billion on insecticides,” said Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa and a Purdue research assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. “Insect population data is fundamental to any pest management program. Most of the time, data is collected on sheets of paper by walking around the fields and checking insect traps. provides tools to make the insect data collection easier and to make better pest management decisions.” The program is available as an online subscription service. “Once someone has subscribed to, they can input the insect data and the online software program will create insect population line graphs so growers or consultants can target their insecticide use where needed and reduce usage in areas where the insect populations are not as high,” Park said. “Another important feature is that the program provides aerial field images taken from satellite cameras and places the insect data over the image of the fields so growers can see the insect population data on photographs of the fields.” The online application can be used to collect insect data affecting any type of crops including corn, green beans, soybeans, apples, oranges, pears and grapes. It also will store data over time so growers can identify insect trends and access their pesticide data online and analyze past data while planning for future crops. “The website tracks and manages insect populations in fields,” said Ben Brame, president of Allegro Dynamics LLC (, a software design company that is partnering with Spensa in the creation of “We display the insect populations on an aerial map as a visual aid to document insect increases and decreases in crop fields. Over time, growers

The online application shows the insect data collected in agricultural fields and an aerial map of the fields so growers and pesticide consultants can electronically manage insect numbers and better control crop damage due to insects. (Purdue Research Park image) will be able to track this information annually so they will have years of data available to them.” For more information, visit Spensa Technologies at Spensa Technologies and Allegro Dynamics are companies based in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. Spensa also is commercializing the ZTrap, which automatically detects the number of target insects captured by the trap and sends the data wirelessly to the grower’s mobile phone or computer. The technology is being used to collect data on codling moths, Oriental fruit moths and leaf rollers in apple orchards, but will eventually be used to collect insect data from other types of crops. Park said that Spensa is in pre-production of 75 Z-Traps and will carry out large-scale field experiments and evaluations during the 2012 growing season with an expected launch of the Z-Trap in 2013. About Spensa Technologies Inc.- Spensa Technologies is a startup housed in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. The company was founded in 2009 by Johnny Park, president and CEO. Spensa’s mission is to design, develop and deliver novel technologies for the agricultural industry that will reduce reliance on manual labor, foster eco-friendly farming and enhance crop production efficiency. Their technologies leverage the team’s world-leading expertise in wireless sensor networks, robotics and computer vision.

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-Photo provided Vincennes university student recipients of state Awards for Excellence are, from left, Corey Scheiber, Scott Martin, Ethan Hopf, Jacob Schutte, and Kyle Wilson. not pictured is award recipient Michael Wise. The Indiana Department of Education presented the awards on March 13 at Indianapolis to recognize outstanding scholarship and service.

State recognizes Vu program and students for excellence Vincennes University’s Associate of Science Nursing Program is the recipient of an Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education. Six VU students also received the award at state ceremonies in Indianapolis on March 13. The Indiana Career and Technical Education Awards for Excellence Program was initiated in 1984 to recognize exemplary programs, students, and partnerships that benefit the state. The program is supported by a grant through the Indiana Department of Education and by contributions from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Districts. Speaking at the award luncheon, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett congratulated the recipients for pursuing career and technical education. “The greatest driver of future economic development will be highly skilled certificate and associate degree holders,” Bennett said. VU’s Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) program was cited for outstanding instruction, clinical experience, facilities, and the success of its graduates. Collectively, the VU nursing faculty has more than 324 years of nursing experience and 166 years of nursing education experience. Advisory Committee members include physicians, hospital nursing administrators, four-year college nursing faculty, and those active in the nursing profession. The program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates may transfer into VU’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program. The ASN program was nominated for the award by Freda Neal, assistant professor of Practical Nursing. VU student award recipients include Ethan Hopf, Jasper; Scott Martin, Ft. Branch; Corey Scheiber, Huntington; Jacob Schutte, Batesville; Kyle Wilson, Indianapolis; and Michael Wise, Princeton. ETHAN HOPF Hopf is a Surveying Technology major who serves as secretary/treasurer of the VU Surveying Club. A recipient of a scholarship from the Southwest Chapter of the Indiana Society of Public Land Surveyors, Hopf is currently employed by Brosmer Surveying as a surveyor’s assistant. Hopf is a 2009 graduate of Jasper High School. He was nominated for the award by Bill Clark, coordinator of the Surveying Program. SCOTT MARTIN Martin is a Surveying Technology major who serves as vice president of the VU Surveying Club. A recipient of the George Ridgway Scholarship and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Martin has

worked with the Gibson County Surveyor’s Office and as a team leader at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he operated and maintained Abrams tanks while serving in Serbia. Martin is a 1991 graduate of North Posey High School. He was nominated for the award by Bill Clark, coordinator of the Surveying Program. COREY SCHEIBER Scheiber is a Surveying Technology major who serves as president of the VU Surveying Club and is a member of the VU Campus Activities Board and Christian Campus Fellowship. He is also an outreach minister with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A recipient of a VU Blue Cord Award for scholarship and leadership, Scheiber was elected VU Homecoming King. Scheiber is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School. He was nominated for the award by Bill Clark, coordinator of the Surveying Program. SCHUTTE Schutte is an Aviation Flight major who serves as a volunteer aviation tutor. He is the recipient multiple scholarships including the James L. Jernigan and Matthew Gutzwiller memorial scholarships. During the summer, Schutte is employed by the city of Batesville and is a member of the Batesville Volunteer Fire Department. Schutte is a 2010 graduate of Batesville High School. He was nominated for the award by David Cook, associate professor of Aviation Flight Technology. KYLE WILSON Wilson is an Aviation Maintenance major who spends more than six hours a day in class, works part-time for FedEx at Aircraft Services International, and has a wife and two-year-old daughter. Despite a challenging schedule, Wilson volunteers to assist the Experimental Aircraft Association, American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Down Syndrome of Indiana, and the Association of Airport Executives. Wilson is a 2003 graduate of Southport High School. He was nominated for the award by Daniel Gunder, instructor of Aviation Maintenance Technology. MICHAEL WISE Wise is an Electronics Technology Networking Specialist major who serves as a volunteer mentor and tutor. Wise earned an associate degree in Electronics in 1982; he worked as a master electronics technician until his plant closed and he is now retraining. He volunteers for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, and the MDA. Wise is a 1979 graduate of Wood Memorial High School. He was nominated for the award by Dean Ackerman, professor of Electronics Technology.

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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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p.o. Box 148 loogootee, in 47553

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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Martin County Journal March 21, 2012