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SPECIAL 6-PAGE REPORT: BLACK MALE GRADUATION RATES
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Read about these students on Pages A8 and A11.
In 2010, Anderson Community Schools’ black male high g school graduation rate was 39%, the lowest in the state. What will local schools and the community do to improve the odds that these 10 Anderson Elementary students will make the grade?
Lack of role models and lack of cultural understanding cited. Boys lag behind girls in academic achievement. Other school systems lift graduation rates through targeted programs. Staying in school a prime indicator of future success.
For the complete special report, turn to Pages A6-A11 Selected portions appear at www.theheraldbulletin.com
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Dog carcasses found along tracks Anonymous call leads to search; remains may be dogfighting-related By April Abernathy The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — An anonymous phone call led volunteers on two separate searches for dog carcasses left along railroad tracks. A group of volunteers headed by Jennifer Bridges met on Friday evening and again on Saturday morning at the tracks near 38th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. Bridges, a Madison County Humane Society board member, received a message from an anonymous caller that the animals were used as dogfighting bait and were left on the tracks to die. “We thought maybe it was someone who wanted peace of mind and knew about it,” Bridges said of the caller. “Maybe it was someone that just had some information.”
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Jennifer Bridges and her foster dog, a pit bull mix named Phoebe, search for dog carcasses Saturday along Anderson railroad tracks. The anonymous call came after recent publicity about Bridges’ foster dog, Phoebe, who was stolen from outside Bridges’ home on Tuesday before being returned early Friday morning. While Bridges was searching for her stolen black and white pit bull mix, she learned that the theft wasn’t isolated and that two
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other dogs in her neighborhood were recently stolen from their owners’ yards. Bridges said Phoebe was returned to her yard early Friday morning. “She’s a little skittish and aggressive,” Bridges said. “Her ears perk up and she listens to
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SPECIAL REPORT: BLACK MALE GRADUATION RATES Success vs. failure The following conditions are strong factors in success or failure for black male high school students, taken verbatim from a study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education:
Conditions for success Equitable resources to support students to master rigorous, content standards-based education Universal, wellplanned and high quality preschool education for all 3- and 4-year-olds Programs to address student and school needs attributable to high poverty, including intensive early literacy, small class size, afterschool and summer programming and social and health services New and rehabilitated facilities to adequately house all programs, relieve overcrowding and eliminate health and safety violations State accountability to ensure progress in improving student achievement
Conditions for failure Watered-down curriculum for disadvantaged students in schools inadequately supported by funding far below that in successful suburban schools Insufficient access to well-planned and high quality preschool education for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds Little intensive early literacy instruction, large class sizes, short school days, no weekend and summer programs and few social and health services Old, overcrowded and ill-maintained facilities Inexperienced and ill-trained teachers Little or no state accountability to ensure progress in improving student achievement Lack of educationally sound living and learning environments Lack of parent and community engagement in the reform process
Figuring graduates In 2003, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that instructed the Department of Education to begin using a new method for calculating high school graduation rates in the 2005-06 school year — the first time four years of student-level data would be available — making Indiana among the first states to calculate graduation rates based on student-level information. Students who do not receive a regular diploma do not count as graduates, meaning they do not count favorably toward the graduation rate of schools. The graduation rate is determined by taking the number of regular graduates divided by the number of students included in the cohort class — or class created of first-time freshmen. Students who receive a special education certificate count in the cohort class,but do not count as graduates. Expressed mathematically, it’s a simple formula:
Local black male students face long odds Demographic groups in Muncie and Kokomo have graduation rates more than twice as high as Anderson’s Local critics say schools have failed to provide role models and struggled to deal with cultural differences By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin
right-eyed and energetic, the 10 students lined up on the steps at Anderson Elementary all say, without a doubt, they will graduate from high school. The children — hopefuls in the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 — have aspirations of becoming teachers, police officers or basketball players. But if Anderson Community Schools’ graduation rate doesn’t change, averages suggest six of them will never walk across that stage. Six won’t toss their caps in the air. And six will likely suffer insurmountable setbacks in the pursuit of their goals. Less than four of 10 eligible black male students graduated from Anderson Community Schools in 2010. Not only is the system’s graduation rate for black males 21 percentage points lower than it is for students overall, it is the lowest in the state for traditional public schools. The statewide graduation rate for black males is 65 percent. And two school systems from communities comparable to Anderson — Muncie and Kokomo — have black male graduation rates more than 46 percentage points higher than Anderson’s. A national study — “The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males” — found that 47 percent of black male high school seniors graduated in 2008, the most recent year in the 2010 study. People across the community explain Anderson’s lagging black male graduation rate by pointing to multiple factors, such as: ◆ Lack of black male role models in the school system ◆ High number of special education students ◆ Scarcity of community programming to foster education ◆ Educators’ difficulty in dealing with cultural differences
◆ A community culture that has traditionally devalued education ◆ Low level of parental involvement “It’s sad,” said Ball State University administrator Charles Payne. “Black male graduation rates are too low everywhere. It is a national problem, not just an Anderson problem.” Payne, assistant provost and director of the Office of Institutional Diversity for Ball State, said his perspective comes from being a 69-year-old black man and an educator since the 1960s, when he taught in a segregated Mississippi Payne school. He pointed out that educational attainment for black men has been low throughout the history of the United States. Historically, black men haven’t been expected to go to school, let alone graduate. Payne cautioned, however, against shirking local responsibility to lift graduation rates by blaming history or dismissing the problem as a national one. And, like other educators who weighed in on the topic, Payne said poverty, not race, is the biggest contributor to a high dropout rate. “Middle-class AfricanAmerican males tend to do as well as white middle class” in school, he said. “And poor whites and poor blacks very much have the same values and attitudes toward education.” ACS Superintendent Felix Chow said he doesn’t second-guess statistics or try to explain what may have caused Anderson Community Schools to have the worst black male graduation rate in the state. “I know it is not limited to black males,” he said. “When I look at the number in its entirety, it is low. While there may be a cultural difference, if the performance is less than standard or less than acceptable, within our budget and
resources, we would focus on all of the students.” Chow said a shortage of funding contributes to low graduation rates. ACS is facing a budget deficit of about $5 million this school year. If funding and expenses remain at current rates, the system is forecast to be fiscally insolvent by December 2012. “You can say do less with more or say that we need to be more efficient with certain things, but you get to a certain point where you have gone as far as you can go,” Chow said. ACS attempted to pass a public referendum to raise the tax rate for more revenue, but the referendum was voted down in fall 2010. The school has closed buildings, consolidated schools and laid off more than 200 teachers to address the shortfalls. Highland High School was closed after the 2009-10 school year.
School system without a clue? John Clemons sees the problems ACS has in educating black male students all too well. Not only is he a graduate of Anderson High School, his son A’Nell is a sophomore there. “It’s been like that for years,” Clemons said. “And the school system is doing nothing to remedy this problem at all. They see it as an African-American problem, period. I see it as they don’t want to deal with African-American children. I don’t think the school system has a clue about the needs of the African-American student.” He points to a lack of minority teachers and administrators in the corporation as a major contributing factor. The ACS minority student population is more than 20 percent, while minorities comprise 18 percent of the administrative and support staff and 9 percent of the teaching staff. “There is a challenge related to our declining enrollment and reduction in force,” ACS Personnel
Director Beth Clark said. “We currently have very little opportunity to recruit staff, with a focus on minorities, because there is little hiring being done.” ACS schools need more black male teachers, Clemons said, to provide role models and a perspective of understanding for boys like his son. If a student has a problem, Clemons noted, he is more likely to seek help from someone who relates to him. Jeff Cottrell, former program director for the Urban League of Madison County, said he’s tried to provide the schools with a solution to this problem — Security Dads. The program would provide the high school with black male volunteers to act as role models and mentors in the building, he said. But school officials wouldn’t Cottrell support the program, Cottrell said, because he had two felony convictions in the early 1990s. “Let’s forget about the messenger and the sins of the messenger’s past,” he said. “If the messenger has a passion to help the kids, let’s get behind moving the kids forward.” Cottrell, a 1987 graduate of AHS, said some students don’t want to listen to “squeaky-clean” people. “If the person has a story about failure and how that failure was turned to success, they would be more inclined to listen to you, especially if you come from the same demographic and have a kinship or are from the same situation they are in. ACS doesn’t have anything like that and isn’t trying to establish it.” Cottrell said he turned a 1991 conviction for forgery and 1993 conviction for robbery into something positive by becoming determined to help young people avoid the paths that led him to incarceration. Several black community leaders have cited Highland
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Junior High teacher and former basketball coach Phillip Washington as an example of a black male role model in the school. But Washington was fired as coach this year after some criticized him for letting his undefeated team run up the score on several opponents. Washington was one of hundreds of ACS teachers to receive staff-reduction layoff notifications this spring, meaning he probably won’t be back to teach next school year. “It is very important for the kids to see a face that looks like the one they look at in the mirror every morning,” he said. “There should be a variety of ethnicities in the schools. ... If they see someone like them is making it, then it helps a lot mentally.” Many students, Washington said, have told him that other teachers don’t care or even try to understand them. Having a teacher who gets involved and takes the time to know what is going on in the students’ lives is a good motiva- Washington tor, he said. Washington believes ACS needs to have younger teachers and teachers who are willing to take time to get to know the students so that they are comfortable enough to communicate openly. He also advocates for school programs that expand students’ knowledge of higher education and employment possibilities. “There needs to be other opportunities for these kids — college tours, career days and seeing other successful
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black people in their careers doing great things,” Washington said. “You could fill the school full of black educators and, alone, it couldn’t improve or change the graduation rate.”
Anti-education behavior cited Cultural factors — family structure, attitudes about education and even music — can contribute to high dropout rates, according to Payne, the BSU administrator. “African-American males have the lowest percentage of fathers at home,” he said. “When I grew up as a kid, older black men looked after younger black males. I don’t think as older black males we do that as they did when I was a kid. Maybe it is because there aren’t the same threats now of the Ku Klux Klan or police.” Anti-schooling behavior has developed within black male culture, as well, Payne said. Many black males who strive to succeed in school are criticized by peers for “acting white,” making it difficult for the student to maintain a positive attitude toward school. Payne also pointed out that hip-hop music lyrics sometimes contain antischool and anti-intellectual messages. Witness lyrics from Kanye West’s “School Spirit”: “Back to school and I hate it there, I hate it there. Everything I want I gotta wait a year, I wait a year. This n**** graduated at the top of my class ... I went to Cheesecake [Factory], He was a mother******* waiter there!”
Getting students’ attention focused on education demands more community programming, according to Urban League Program Director Lindsay Brown. “We as a community and the schools need to get engaged with the kids — that would help the graduation rate. We need to find out what they want instead of what we think they want.” The Urban League, Geater Center, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA and other community and church organizations should provide more affordable programs for children and more mentoring, Brown said. Anderson’s First Church of the Nazarene is trying to do its part by offering a tutoring program for area high school students two times a week. Brown also Brown noted that the Anderson Parks Department, operating on a budget that has been slashed in recent years, can’t provide the programming for youth it once did. He said school officials should ask the community for help and then embrace organizations and community members who step forward to offer it. But some maintain that the community’s history — specifically the past abundance of auto-industry jobs that required little schooling — has created a local culture that devalues education. “When factories are part of a community, there are people with the attitude that those who go to college wasted their time and money, as a degree wasn’t necessary for high-paying jobs at
the factory,” Payne said. “These students may think, ‘I saw my father, uncles, brothers make (a lot of) money and do it very well without having to go to school.’”
Pushing toward a local solution Chow, the ACS superintendent, said he recognizes the need to examine black male graduation rates. Last year, the school missed Adequate Yearly Progress because students failed to show progress in one category — math for black male students in kindergarten through 12th grade. AYP is a measurement used by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which demands annual standardized test assessment of school performance across the country. “We are not trying to make it a race issue,” Chow said. “But we have started programs (dealing with math inadequacies) to address where we may have more needs.” Chow said that he has met with black community leaders to discuss concerns, including what the school district could do to improve graduation rates. ACS is also training teachers in an eight-step plan developed in Brazosport, Texas, that has shown positive results in Warren Township and Muncie. In Brazosport, nine years after the plan was implemented, the percentage of students passing standardized tests for math shot up from 37 to 96. Anderson school officials are now preparing to implement an eight-step plan — and hoping to see similar results.
But there is no quick or easy solution to Anderson’s low black male graduation rate, Payne said. “What does it cost per year to keep people at Pendleton in the prison or local jail?” he asked. “A lot. My thought is this — if we put money up front into the schools — preschool, kindergarten, first grade — in the long run we will recoup that money based on the fact that we are not putting as many of these kids in prison. They are also getting jobs and paying taxes.” Investments in education would save the country millions, Payne said, noting a direct link between dropouts and incarceration. “The evidence is very strong that the longer someone stays in school the less likely they will be on the social system, especially the penal system,” he said. About 36 percent of more than 28,000 Indiana Department of Correction inmates don’t have a high school diploma or General Educational Development certificate. A little less than 41 percent of nearly 10,500 black inmates don’t have either a high school degree or GED, according to the IDOC. The percentage of white inmates lacking such a degree is just over 30. IDOC Education Director John Nally points to research that supports Payne’s notion of a link between a lack of formal education among school-aged children and their eventual involvement in the penal system. Anderson High School Principal Lucinda McCord hopes to elevate the local level of formal educational achievement through an increased concentration on ACS’s credit-recovery program.
The after-school initiative allows students to use computer courses to get the credits they’re missing. Currently, more than 270 credit-recover y courses are being taken at the school, she said. Seniors tr ying to squeeze in that McCord one extra credit for graduation account for the majority of program participants. All credit-recovery courses must be passed with a C or better, and students spend up to two hours after school each day in the credit-recovery lab taking courses on top of the ones they’ve just taken during the school day. McCord said Anderson High School of ficials focused this year on notifying students more often of their need for credit recovery. Just before Thursday’s graduation, AHS officials will make a final creditrecovery blitz. Students who still need one or two credits can get their diplomas in July after taking part in summer school credit recovery, according to McCord. AHS senior Marcus Hayne, who is black, was in jeopardy of failing to graduate. He was six credits behind his peers, meaning he’d need to earn those six credits on top of his senior year credits in order to graduate. His determination to get his diploma led Haynes to the school’s credit-recovery program. “That ain’t about to be me,” he said of students who drop out.
What has worked in other communities While ACS’s total graduation rate in 2010 was about 60 percent, comparable
Texas’ eight-step program
Graduation rates for all demographic groups at Anderson Community Schools fell short of state averages in 2010.
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From left, Jack Patterson, Sam Nunn, Isaiah Johnson and Derrick Hill celebrate after Highland’s graduation in 2010. The ceremony was held at the Kardatzke Wellness Center on Anderson University’s campus. In 2010, Anderson Community Schools’ black male rate was just 39 percent. Anderson High School’s 2011 graduation is set for Thursday.
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Anderson Community Schools teachers are being trained to implement an eight-step process that was initiated in Brazosport, Texas, where standardized test scores rose significantly in recent years. Here’s how the process works, taken verbatim from the Brazosport model: 1. Test score disaggregation: Use student test scores to identify instructional groups. Identify weak and strong objective areas. 2. Instructional timeline: A timeline that encompasses all academic standards and is a pacing guide for instruction based on the needs of the student group and the weight of the objective. 3. Instructional focus: Using the timeline, deliver instructional lessons that target specific needs of students. 4. Assessment: After the instructional focus has been taught, administer an assessment to identify mastery and nonmastery of students. 5. Tutorials: Provide tutorial time to reteach nonmastered target areas. 6. Enrichment: Provide enrichment opportunities for mastery students. 7. Maintenance: Provide ongoing maintenance and reteaching. 8. Monitor: Continuous monitoring and evaluation of the process.
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Willie Ford, a sophomore at Anderson High School, works on a homework problem with Jody Sharp, director of Frontline Ministries, at Anderson’s First Church of the Nazarene, where tutoring was offered twice a week. To view a video about a tutoring program offered by First Church of the Nazarene to area students, visit heraldbulletin.com.
school systems Muncie and Kokomo had overall rates of 92 and 88 percent, respectively. And their black male graduation rates were 85 and 86 percent, respectively, compared to ACS’s 39 percent. While Muncie Community Schools doesn’t have specific programs that target black male students, Jo Ann McCowan, director of secondary instruction at MCS, said overall graduation rates are a high priority in the school system. She attributes a rise in MCS graduation rates in part to the school system’s studenttracking program, launched four years ago. “From the time a student enters high school we begin keeping track,” she said. “If he falls behind in credits, we immediately begin working with the student and his family to get the student back on track.” The school offers onehour credit labs during the school day, night school, summer school and other online opportunities for the students to earn credits. “We not only have the programs available, but we also have counselors, teachers, administrators and community partnerships to support the students,” McCowan said. “What makes all the difference in the world is having a caring adult there who stops and says, ‘Here’s where you are at. How can we help you?’” Spokesman Dave Barnes said Kokomo-Center Schools doesn’t single out black male students when addressing graduation rates. He attributed KCS’s relative high graduation rate to programs that address the whole student body. “We try to make sure they are in the most rigorous classes they can handle,” Barnes explained. “What we think is really important to our success is to grab a hold of each student as a freshman.” When a student, even as a freshman, fails just one class, it is difficult to catch up and graduate on time, Barnes said. A counselor assigned to freshmen meets with each of them monthly. Parental involvement, Barnes said, is also a key to the school’s graduation-rate success. Each student makes a career plan and four-year schedule plan before the end of the first semester of their freshman year. During that semester, the school invites parents to sit down with the freshman counselor to talk about the individual plan. This school year, 72 percent of parents took advantage of those meetings, Barnes said. The school also opens its media center two evenings a week, providing students with tutors and access to computers. And Kokomo’s “learning-hub” approach encourages teachers to connect with one another when they are having trouble teaching a particular student, Barnes said.
Keeping hope alive in Anderson If the most current statistics don’t change, less than four of 10 black male students in ACS will graduate. Six will drop out. Statewide, those numbers are reversed. Problems have been pinpointed, and solutions in other communities serve as models as ACS officials begin to take action to address the local graduation rate. In the meantime, the future of Anderson’s black male students remains in question. Anderson Elementary firstgrader Jacob Nunn may not know what it means to drop out, but he knows it isn’t something he wants to do. “Of course I’m graduating,” he said with a smile. “School’s important because it makes us be smart and strong.” Jacob doesn’t plan to be among that statistical six who never make it to graduation. None of the 10 students who sat for the photo on the front page of today’s newspaper plan to fail. Experts and school officials are hopeful that changes will make it possible for each of these bright-eyed and energetic students to make that march across the stage to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Participating in that march — or missing it — is a powerful precursor for success or failure in the adult world.
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A FAMILY’S PIECES OF HOPE Anderson soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan The Herald Bulletin
after she received it Oct. 13 — brings tears to her eyes.
ANDERSON — Timothy Senkowski lays in the bed peacefully, a small scratch on his now scruffy face, with his new favorite black felt blanket wrapped snugly around him. The blanket, though, falls flat against the bed where his knees should be. His arm is bandaged and propped up. The walls around him are covered with a mix of tough military flags and memorabilia and loving pictures of family and friends and crayon-drawn “get well” cards. “This whole thing is surreal,” Tamra Rigdon said. She leaves that Walter Reed National Medical Center bedside only briefly to get a shower and only when her son is taken away for surgery. On Wednesday afternoon, she’s sitting in the empty room while Senkowski is undergoing his 16th surgery in less than a month. “I’m still in a fog.” The news that led Rigdon to Room 455 is something that even now — weeks
Senkowski’s wife, Erica Senkowski, got a call on Oct. 13 telling her he’d been injured. Tim had been deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army as an infantryman since April. She didn’t really hear what was being said on the other end of the phone. She hung up and immediately called Tim’s sister Summer Edgell, who was in the U.S. Army for four years and had spent a Senkowski year deployed to Afghanistan. “Tim’s been hurt,” Erica told Edgell. “What?” Edgell asked. “All I know is he was wounded to his legs and arms,” Erica replied, still in a daze. Edgell hung up the phone and rushed to her mother’s home, where Erica lived with the couple’s two children.
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‘Tim’s been hurt’
Timothy Senkowski had been deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army since April when he was injured in October by an improvised explosive device. She called the Army commander herself because she knew there was more to the story. Rigdon had arrived home, too. “I think your sister-in-law misheard me,” the commander told Edgell. “He
lost both of his legs.” The news took Edgell’s breath away. Not only was she learning the truth about the extent of her big brother’s injuries — the man she’s always considered her “teddy bear” — but Edgell realized she now had to hang up the phone, turn around and give this news to his wife and their mother. After delivering the devastating truth with as little emotion as Edgell could stand, Rigdon immediately burst into tears, fearing the worst. But Erica starred blankly at Edgell for several minutes, the news not yet sinking in. Eventually though, she too broke down, sobbing uncontrollably. “It hurt me more than anything to have to do that,” Edgell said of relaying the news, nearly breaking down herself recalling the conversation. “I had seen soldiers wounded like this when I was over there. I had to pack up the belongings of soldiers wounded or killed myself. It didn’t seem real.” The family rushed to Walter Reed, even beating 29-year-old Tim by a few hours. As they waited they began to learn more about what had happened. See HOPE / A8
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Residents believe good mayor has honesty, integrity By Melanie D. Hayes The Herald Bulletin
The mayor of a city has to be a leader — but what truly defines a good mayor? People have a variety of expectations, but among the most common traits sought in a successful and strong city leader are honesty, comJozwiak munication skills community and involvement. The three candidates vying for that position in Anderson — Democrat and incumbent Kris Ockomon, who is Ockomon seeking re-election for a second term; Republican Kevin Smith, who was mayor from 200407; and Libertarian Rob Jozwiak, who is challenging them in hopes of holding Smith the seat for the first time — are hoping voters see those traits in them and elect them Tuesday.
OPINION » THB Editorial Board endorses a candidate for Anderson mayorship. See Page A9 Candidate profiles » Page A5 Joseph Losco, the chairman of the political science department at Ball State University, said training and education aren’t necessarily what makes a leader successful. Some people are just born to lead, others learn from life experiences. “Certainly you need to be able to get things done and command respect,” he said of what makes a good mayor. “Communication is also a key. When there is a problem, when there is budget crisis, you need the ability to explain that carefully to people so they know what the options and trade-offs are.” The key to being a good mayor is not only handling a big crisis well, but dealing with everyday issues that concern residents and their lifestyles. “Mayors are held accountable for how things run in the community,” said Losco, a Muncie resident. “It may seem mundane, See CITY / A2
Occupy protesters march through Indy, berate banks By Rick Callahan The Associated Press
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INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of anti-Wall Street protesters marched Saturday through downtown Indianapolis, chanting slogans and holding signs berating the nation’s big banks after a rally where they urged people to transfer their money to local banks and credit unions. About 80 protesters marched from the Indiana Statehouse to Monument Circle, where they stopped outside two banks and loudly chanted “This is democracy in action!” before continuing.
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The march was part of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s push to get people to transfer their money from big national banks to local banks and credit unions in protest of the multibillion-dollar profits banks have enjoyed since receiving federal bailout funds during the 2008 financial crisis. Plainfield resident Stacy Seiler joined Saturday’s march under sunny skies with her 10-year-old daughter, Valerie. Seiler said she was surprised to recently learn that the bank where she keeps her savings had received some See OCCUPY / A8
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HOPE Continued from Page 1 He was in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, serving with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. Another solider — good friend Jeremiah Sancho, 23, of Palm Bay, Fla. — was just steps ahead of Tim and stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), Senkowski’s sister Jessica Clark said. Much of the blast struck Tim. While his friend was killed, Tim lost both legs above the knee, much of the muscle in his right arm and his entire left buttock to the blast. His entire back and sides are scarred from flying debris. His face suffered only a scratch. “I don’t think he’s really processed everything himself,” Rigdon said of her son. “On Tuesday he said, ‘I don’t think I can do this. I’m not the same. I don’t have legs. I’ll never be able to do anything again.’ But I tried to tell him that soon enough he’ll be doing so much. I’ve been watching other guys here climbing up a rock wall. He’s going to get prosthetic legs. But he doesn’t see it happening yet.” Things have already improved in the weeks he’s been at Walter Reed. “He was hallucinating so bad,” Rigdon said. “He thought his arms were machine guns. He’d say, ‘Mom, grab that shotgun; shoot the lady next do you.’ He didn’t know what was going on. Now he’s starting to realize what’s going on. ‘Mom I have no legs; mom I can’t use my arm.’ We are helping him understand what is happening.” For a man who has always been so strong and done whatever it takes to take care of himself and his family, being dependent on others is devastating. “We have to do everything for him,” Rigdon said. “He can barely brush his teeth himself. He can’t scratch himself, needs help covering up. It is like he is an infant all over again. The doctor said we will watch him learn to walk again.”
Donations can be made to the Timothy Frank Senkowski fund at any PNC Bank location.
SEND A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT Cards can be sent to Timothy Senkowski at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Room 455, Building 10, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD, 20889.
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From left, Jenna Rigdon and Dusty Senkowski play a game on the Nintendo Wii. Senkowski's father is a soldier and was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Edgell said they were all raised to not depend on anyone. “He’s going to have to depend on all of us,” she said. “That’s going to hurt him more than anything; he’s going to need someone all the time. But he’ll get back to that independence; it’s going to be a tough battle though.”
‘We’ll figure it out’ Tim’s situation is even more challenging because of his unique family situation. Erica has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and is wheelchairbound. While Tim is away, she needs help caring for their two children — 6-year-old Dustin and 11-month-old Embry. Dustin requires extra care as he has been diagnosed with autism and
other disabilities. “My brother is a very, very strong man,” Clark said. “He went into the military to get better benefits to help take care of his wife. His family, that’s what he cares about. When he first found out what happened to him, all he cared about was how his family was.” The whole family, Clark said, has always been active in helping others — putting togetherr fundraisers, making care packages for soldiers and doing other community service projects. And now, the family is finding themselves on the other end of that equation. “It is hard to see a family that has always tried so hard to help others be in a situation where they can’t help themselves,” Clark
ARREST LOG Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Friday and Saturday, based on Madison County Jail records. Charges are recommended by arresting officers, but are not final until the Madison County Prosecutor reviews the case and files official charges. ◆ Indiana State Police arrested Joseph P. Bryant, 21, of the 1800 block of Fairview Street, Anderson, at 3:50 a.m. Saturday. Bond was set at $5,000 on a charge of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. ◆ Anderson police arrested Zachary P. Johnson, 24, of the 200 block of East Church Street, Alexandria, at 10:45 p.m. Friday in the 6600 block of South Scatterfield Road. Bond was set
at $5,000 on a charge of Class D felony theft. ◆ Anderson police arrested Mario Dimas, 18, of the 2800 block of Crystal Street, Anderson, at 8:10 p.m. Friday at Mounds Mall. Bond was set at $5,000 on a charge of D felony theft. ◆ Madison County sheriff’s deputies arrested John L. Humerickhouse, 49, of the 1900 block of Whittier Avenue, Anderson, at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Bond was set at $4,000 on charges of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, hash oil or hash and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication. ◆ Pendleton police arrested Austin K. Plank, 18, of the 7300 block of South 800 West, Pendleton, at 2:40 p.m. Friday at Pendleton Heights High School. Bond was set at $5,000 on
a charge of Class D felony legend drug deception. ◆ Madison County sheriff’s deputies arrested Alisa M. Wheeler, 31, of the 2700 block of Autumn Lake Drive, Anderson, at 8:30 p.m. Friday in her home. Bond was set at $5,000 on charges of Class D felony neglect of a dependent, Class A misdemeanor false informing and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, hash oil or hash. ◆ Indiana State police arrested Raymond Tsao, 32, of the 500 block of Nursery Road, Anderson, at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 60th Street and Applecreek Way. Bond was set at $3,000 on charges of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, hash oil or hash and possession of paraphernalia.
dent Jithin Vijayan told the crowd big banks “are the reason we have this recession.” “These big banks are apparently too big to fail, but we have the power to take our money out of these big banks and split them up like our politicians should be doing,” he said. As they began their blockslong march, Vijayan led the crowd in chanting “We are the 99 percent!” — expressing the Occupy movement’s view that the majority of Americans aren’t getting a fair shake. The protesters held up signs that read “Wall Street is Crippled Inside,” ‘’Greed” and “Stop the War on Workers” as they noisily made their way toward Monument Circle, drawing honks of support from some passing cars. Indianapolis resident Sue Grizzell said she attended Saturday’s rally as an observer and wasn’t happy to see an obscenity on one protester’s sign. But the 53-year-old teacher said she sympathizes with the protesters’ concerns about the federal bank bailout, even though she feels the government had to take steps to prevent a financial collapse.
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Continued from Page 1 federal bailout funds. Seiler intends to move her money from that bank but said she hasn’t found a satisfactory credit union near her home west of Indianapolis. “Even if it’s a little bit, the banks are going to feel it,” she said. “And the more people who catch on and do it, the more and more these banks will definitely feel it.” Valerie’s father, Brian Schrock, said the money that went into federal bank bailout would have been better spent if it had gone toward helping average Americans save their homes from foreclosure and aiding others who continue to struggle in the weak economy. Schrock said he’s fed up with the “revolving door” of politicians leaving office to become corporate lobbyists, or vice versa. “How are you going to regulate something if you’re making money off of it?” he asked. Before their march, the protesters gathered on the south steps of the Statehouse, where University of Indianapolis graduate stu-
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INDIANAPOLIS — A charity game involving NBA players scheduled for Sunday in New Castle was canceled at the last minute because of the possibility that the lockout could end. A release from the event’s organizers says many of the players scheduled to participate were advised to prepare for the NBA and the players’ association reaching an agreement. The “King of the Castle” event was to pit the Pro-Am Knox Indy League stars against Mario Chalmers’ Rio AllStars. Washington’s John Wall, Memphis’ Zach Randolph and Los Angeles’ Eric Gordon were on the list of expected participants. NBA owners and players negotiated with federal mediator George Cohen on Saturday. — The Associated Press
said. “My brother keeps saying, ‘We’ll figure it out,’ and he’s been very, very positive. But it is going to be tough.” A huge concern is housing. Erica and the kids have lived with Rigdon as she and her husband, J.R. Rigdon, help take care of them while Tim was away. The home’s tight quarters were difficult for one wheelchair but will be impossible for a double amputee and two wheelchairs, Clark said. But even in the darkest hours, Tim’s positive spirit usually wins out. “He wants to get out and help other soldiers who have been wounded,” Clark said. “He is an amazing man. He looks big and scary, but is really a big teddy bear. He would do anything for anyone. He
would run out of gas to bring you gas. And now he needs help.” An example of the family’s generosity is a fundraiser planned for today, not for Tim but to get funds to make and send care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Registration for The Soldiers Benefit Ride will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the AMVETS on Madison Avenue. The cost is $10 for one and $15 for a driver and rider. The ride begins at 12:15 p.m. A dinner, back at AMVETS, will begin at 5 p.m. The cost for the chicken and noodles dinner is $5. There will be live music. Clark is helping coordinate efforts to help the family deal with the everchanging situation. A fund has been set up at PNC Bank in the name of Timothy Frank Senkowski. And future fundraisers are being planned. While the militar y is helping with some things, there are many needs unmet. Rigdon is staying in Tim’s hospital room, only leaving for a shower every other day. But Erica and Embry are staying at a hotel nearby. A rental car to get them back and forth to the hospital has been costly. And with Tim expected to stay at Walter Reed for a year while he heals and goes through physical therapy, travel expenses for family will add up. Rigdon said she’s fielded many requests of people asking what they can do to help. She said the whole thing has been very overwhelming. “Our biggest concern is figuring out a way to get a house that is accessible for two wheelchairs and an
autistic boy,” she said. “I’m not sure what people can do. Moral support, that would be great.” And cards, lots and lots of cards for Tim, would also be good. Well wishes can be sent to Timothy Senkowski at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Room 455, Building 10, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD, 20889.
What’s next? Edgell said her brother isn’t bitter about what happened. He’s not mad at anyone. None of the soldiers she’s seen at Walter Reed are. “It isn’t just my family that is going through this,” she said. “There are so many families. I watch these soldiers walking around, some with no arms, no legs, and not a single one complains, not even my brother. So no matter what you think your problems are, if they can make it through, so can you.” Tim’s arm will take the longest to heal, but that must happen before he can start to think about learning to walk again, Rigdon said. And the process won’t be easy or quick. But she’s not afraid of him not doing it. “His strength, it amazes me,” she said. “I know he’ll be doing whatever he wants to do.” But what that is, Tim still isn’t sure. “It depends on what my 6-year-old son wants me to do,” he said. “I’ll do whatever, as long as I’m not ever away from him again.” Contact Abbey Doyle, 640-4805, email@example.com.
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Book tells how Rudolph went down in history
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Red-nosed reindeer first appeared in 1939 By Holly Ramer The Associated Press
HANOVER, N.H. — You know Dasher and Dancer and the rest of the gang. But do you recall, the most “Perfect Christmas CrowdBringer” of all? That’s how executives at Montgomery Ward originally described Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who first appeared in a 1939 book written by one of the company’s advertising copywriters and given free to children as a way to drive traffic to the stores. Curious to know more about how Rudolph really went down in history? It’s all in the pages of a long-overlooked scrapbook compiled by the story’s author, Robert L. May, and housed at his alma mater, Dartmouth College. May donated his handwritten first draft and illustrated mock-up to Dartmouth before his death at age 71 in 1976, and his family later added to what has become a large collection of Rudolph-related documents and merchandise, including a life-sized papier-mache reindeer that now stands among the stacks at the Rauner Special Collections Library. But May’s scrapbook about the book’s launch and success went unnoticed until last year, when Dartmouth archivist Peter Carini came across it while looking for something else. “No one on staff currently knew we had it. I pulled it out and all the
Anderson soldier Tim Senkowski has been taking part in physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed hospital since he lost both legs and part of his right arm in an IED attack. Senkowski is having to relearn nearly all of his basic skills from walking to eating.
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ily and friends but complete strangers in the community. In addition to the cards and packages that he eagerly opens every day, Tim said phone calls, prayers and donations have helped him make it this far. “It has been amazing to see how the public has reacted to what happened to me,” Tim said. “I can’t even begin to put my appreciation into words. With everything going on, sometimes you get depressed. But then you will get a visitor or a letter, and it really lifts your spirits ... It helps us ... realize we won’t be forgotten.”
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ANDERSON — Hero. Brave. Extraordinary. Amazing. Exceptional. Those words appear in the hundreds of letters and cards mailed to Tim Senkowski. They describe the reaction felt INSIDE » The Herald by Americans Bulletin received nearly after hearing that two dozen nominations he lost both legs for Community Person in an explosion in of the Year from readers. Seven were Afghanistan. Those heartfelt selected as Difference comments are Makers. Read about just one reason them on A5. the 29-year-old Anderson man has been selected as The Person of the Year by The Herald Bulletin’s editorial board. But the soldier, recuperating in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., said he doesn’t feel like he’s anything special.
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A first edition of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, left, a photo of Robert May with his daughter, Barbara, right, and an original layout, top, are part of a special collection at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Many firsts “The only things that separate me from other soldiers is rank and duty,“ Tim said matter-of-factly from his hospital bed. “I think those things should be said about every solider. To me, every soldier deserves the same amount of respect.“ Tim said he’s been getting that respect and so much more from not only his fam-
There have been an untold number of ups and downs for Tim since that October day in Afghanistan. He’d been deployed as an Army infantryman since April in Kandahar province serving with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. See SOLDIER / A5
Push for prison down-sizing focuses on low-level offenders By Scott Smith Kokomo Tribune
INDIANAPOLIS — After a Madison County judge looked at Bruce A. Wilson’s pre-sentence report, he made a decision, based in part, the judge said, on Wilson’s “lack of remorse.” Wilson, busted with two ounces of marijuana j tied up p in three bags, g $3,900 in cash and no prior felony convictions, was sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction for something that would have earned him a citation and a fine in Ohio. Unfair? Not according to the Indiana Court of Appeals, which upheld the sentence. Thus, Wilson became a statistic, one of the growing numbers of low-level felons in Indiana’s prison system, which grew by 41 percent
between 2000 and 2009, a period which saw an almost perfectly corresponding drop in violent crime. Individuals like Wilson, convicted and sentenced on a Class D felony charge — the least severe of Indiana’s four felony grades — are the reason for that increase.
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costs were outpacing state revenues, Daniels saw reform as a way to curb some of $600 million spent operating Indiana prisons each year. He urged legislators to look for ways reduce the number of lowlevel felons going into state prisons and to expand and improve community corrections programs in the counties, programs designed to keep offenders like Wilson out of prison, considered by some to be a sort of academy for advancement in crime. But the bill failed to gain traction with legislators wary of tampering with the status quo. In announcing his priorities for the 2012 session that begins in January, Daniels left sentencing
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At a Glance Today starts a three-day series in The Herald Bulletin concerning incarceration of low-level Indiana felons, written and researched by CNHI News Service. Should the felons go to the Department of Correction or should other programs be available to keep them out of prison? Today — Push for prison down-sizing focuses on low-level offenders with two sidebars; one on a local woman who has had trouble finding employment after a Class D felony conviction, and the other on state legislators layering the criminal code with felony crimes. Monday — How different counties treat Class D felons; with a sidebar on new prison programs that offer help for short-term offenders; and local conditions Tuesday — What programs are available for communities to offer alternatives to prison; with a sidebar on state lawmakers looking at HOPE program for offenders; and local programs
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PERSON OF THE YEAR DIFFERENCE MAKERS OF 2011 nearly two dozen Community Person of the Year nominations from readers. The editorial board considered the nominations and selected seven of them to be recognized as Difference Makers of 2011. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Bonny Clark Those who have been active in Madison County’s community over the years certainly have been exposed to the energy and commitment of Clark. Her involvement in local projects including Bids for Kids, the Anderson Noon Exchange Club, 100 Flags for FreeClark dom, and Christmas in Pendleton keep her hopping from responsibility to responsibility. “Bonny works tirelessly to bring hope and a positive image to Madison County,” wrote CN Design’s Michele Hockwalt, who nominated Clark. “I am proud to have Bonny as a role model. She has dedicated her life to preventing child abuse and making Madison County a better place to live.”
Marilyn Goree An advocate for local minorities, Goree works diligently with several organizations to promote culture, business and charitable giving. Organizations that have benefited from her services include
the Anderson Black Expo, the Black Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the NAACP and UAW Local 662. She is also a driving force behind the annual Debutante Beautillion Cotillion, which engenders social grace and community spirit in Anderson Goree youth. She also volunteers at Allen Chapel AME’s literacy center and helps facilitate an annual Thanksgiving Day meal for the underprivileged. “I admire Marilyn’s compassion to serve others without limits or boundaries,” wrote Anderson school board member Tyrone Vertner, who nominated Goree. “With the willingness to work behind the scenes, she promotes others so they may excel and reach their next level of greatness.”
Paul Gray The coach of Anderson University’s men’s golf team and a professor in the university’s kinesiology department, Gray is perhaps best known as the organizer of the Madison County Special Olympics, a position he has Gray held for two decades. Gray might best be described as the local Special Olympics’ head volunteer. In that capacity, he mobilizes dozens of other vol-
unteers to make sure the day is a special one for a special group of athletes. He also helps organize other events year round to promote the message of acceptance and to tout the workplace abilities of those with intellectual disabilities. “His efforts with these programs have had a positive effect on society in developing an accepting and including attitude,” wrote Special Olympics advocate Carl Erskine, who nominated Gray. “This has led to job placement, group homes and expanded opportunities for this special population.”
Rob Jozwiak Jozwiak keeps running as an independent or third-party candidate for public office, and he keeps losing. But his presence in the 2011 Anderson mayoral race made a profound impact. Running as a Libertarian and preaching small government, the eccentric “Roofer Rob” claimed 14 percent of the vote, gaining supporters Jozwiak along the way and, perhaps, helping sway the vote total in favor a of Republican Kevin Smith. “No person in Anderson has had a larger impact on the community in this, an election year, than Rob Jozwiak,” wrote fellow Libertarian candidate Greg Noland. “He changed the dynamics of the Anderson mayoral election.
SOLDIER Continued from Page 1 On Oct. 13, another solider — good friend Jeremiah Sancho, 23, of Palm Bay, Fla. — was a few feet ahead of Tim and stepped on what the military calls an improvised explosive device. His friend was killed. Tim lost both legs above the knee down, much of the muscle in his right arm and his entire left buttock to the blast. His entire back and sides are scarred from flying debris. He doesn’t remember nearly a month of his life following the explosion. And then there’s another month he’d like to forget. It was filled with pain beyond belief, nightmares, flashbacks and paranoia. “I wasn’t even me,“ Tim said. “It was the pain, the drugs. I just wasn’t myself at all. The medication made me a very evil person. I tried to rip my IV out, tore my stitches apart; I wanted to run wild.” During that time, and nearly every other minute since he’s been at Walter Reed, his mom, Tamra Rigdon, hasn’t left his bedside. Tamra said watching her son’s progress over the past few months has been emotional. She’s been down this road before — celebrating the first time he sat up, stood, rolled over, walked or fed himself. Now Tim’s learning to do all those movements again but without his legs and with limited use of his dominant right arm. “It’s breathtaking to see these accomplishments, but at the same time it’s so hard, and I get teary,” she said. “When babies are struggling to do those firsts like
From getting haircuts to opening the mail, Tim Senkowski said he’s getting used to life at Walter Reed hospital. sit up and stand, and you see their little faces and it is fun and exciting. As an adult, Tim can speak what he’s thinking. I can hear and see his frustration. And as a mom, I want to take it all away and do it myself.” But she can’t.
Progress Tim’s younger sister Summer Edgell — who is a U.S. Army veteran — said she is constantly learning from Tim, even before his injury. “I feed off of him, Tim is where I get my strength,” she said. “He’s always been an amazing man. And now, I see him going through this and see how he’s handled it, and I know I can do anything. If he can learn how to walk all over again then I can do those things I may have
given up on. I can get through any situation.” Tim’s making significant progress and becoming more independent by the day. Tamra joked that she’s not too sure how she feels about that. “He’s doing really well, so well that he kind of kicked me to the curb today,” she said with a laugh earlier in the week. “He went down to (occupational therapy) by himself and then went and played with helicopters for about three hours without me.” Tim’s getting around on his own in an electric wheel chair; he’s eating on his own, learning to sit up and balance and strengthening his left arm as use of his right arm will always be severely limited. A skin graft to his right
Dennis Lanane A longtime senior citizens advocate and leader of the local Triad chapter, Lanane was chosen during 2011 as Triad’s national volunteer of the year. While his face and voice are familiar as a monthly columnist in The Herald Bulletin and as a leader at local Triad meetings, Lanane is also renowned for his one-on-one work in helping senior citizens solve problems and get a fair shake Lanane from government. “I know of two instances where he went beyond the call of duty to help two elderly women,” wrote Michelle Mayer, director of outreach services for the Indiana Attorney General’s office. “He recently assisted a woman who was kidnapped by her own son and taken to a mental hospital. ... Denny notified state police and helped protect her from her son,” wrote Anderson resident Lonnie Weston, one of five people who nominated Lanane for the Person of the Year Award.
Rudy Mannie When he died on Nov. 13, Rudy Mannie left behind dozens of young men who had learned from him about baseball and life. The passing year marked Mannie’s 20th in volunMannie teering for the local
arm is taking well. His legs and backside are healing, and just this week, doctors took Tim’s IV away, meaning he’s no longer on IV pain medication — a huge step, Tamra said. His total stay at Walter Reed is expected to be a year, but Tim’s hopeful that he can soon transition to a more independent outpatient building that will allow him to continue to be more independent. The space will have a room for Tim and another for Tamra with a living area and a kitchen. After that, the next phase is a “bachelor pad” where Tim would live with another wounded warrior in an apartment-like space. Tamra said the goal is to get Tim to the next phase by the end of January. Then, they’ll start the prosthetic process, beginning with “stubbies” — miniature versions of prosthetics. As Tim gets better, the devices will become increasingly taller until he returns to his height of 6 feet, 2 inches.
Family Tim’s wife, Erica, said she can’t wait until he’s home but worries how she’ll help care for him. He’s always been the one to take care of her. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus and at times she is bound to a wheelchair. “I feel so helpless,” Erica said of watching Tim struggle with his injuries and recovery via video chatting, e-mails and photos. She’s stayed in Anderson through most of his recovery caring for their two sons, Dusty, 6, and Embry, 1. Dusty has autism and needs the consistency of home and school, she said. “But I’m keeping
Babe Ruth baseball league. Before that, he coached football and baseball in Muncie. One of Mannie’s former players and fellow coaches, Carlos Leyva of Pendleton, said he most admired Mannie’s “unwavering dedication to the youth of Madison County, the game of baseball and the Anderson Babe Ruth League.”
Maleah Stringer Stringer is largely responsible for bringing order from the former chaos of animal control in the city of Anderson. Stringer, who writes a weekly column for The Herald Bulletin, generated the transition of Anderson Animal Care and Control to a public-private partnership, Animal Protection League, during 2011. Her passionate commitment to treating animals with respect and dignity, as well as her management of local animal control, are credited for improving the quality of life for our local four-legged friends. Stringer was Stringer nominated by the board of directors of the local Animal Protection League, which cited 11 of Stringer’s accomplishments during 2011, including: ◆ Finding homes for 490 animals. ◆ Building a no-kill cat sanctuary. ◆ Opening a pet adoption center at Mounds Mall. ◆ Professionalizing operations at the animal shelter.
down the home front so he knows everything here is OK and doesn’t stress.” The family is concerned about where Tim and Erica will live. The home will have to be near, ideally connected to, a home where Tamra and her husband, JR, will live. Erica said she knows she can’t care for the kids and Tim alone. Dusty doesn’t quite understand what his father is experiencing so Summer took him to see “A Dolphin Tale,” a movie about a dolphin who receives a prosthetic tail. The comparison was to help explain what Dusty’s dad is going through. “It’s like he thinks Tim’s at school,” Erica said. “So when he talks to Tim he’ll ask, ‘How was school today?’ or ‘What did you do in school today?’” And Erica said Dusty is stoked for his daddy to get his new “robot legs.”
Next steps While everyone is excited about Tim’s return to Anderson — hopefully by the end of January or early February — logistically it’s a nightmare. “We have to figure out where he can safely live while he’s here,” Summer said. “We are scrambling to find some kind of temporary housing; somewhere we could rent that would be big enough for him to move around in his wheelchair.” The family is in the final stages of being approved for a $60,000 grant to help build a new home for Tim through Home For Our Troops. The organization builds homes for injured soldiers. Summer said donations made to a fund set up in Tim’s name at PNC bank will go toward expenses involved in getting the family to visit Tim and to the
How to help Cards and stamps can be sent to injured soldier Timothy Senkowski at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Room 455, Building 10, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20889. Donations can be made to any PNC Bank to the Timothy Frank Senkowski fund. Anyone interested in finding out more about helping Senkowski and his family can contact his sister Summer Edgell at 602-9458 or email@example.com. home. And Tim’s concern, even with all of his own needs, continues to be on others. He wants to start a foundation — Heroes Helping Hands — to continue the work his sister has been doing for years of gathering and sending care packages to deployed soldiers. “For someone to be in his situation going through what he’s going through and thinking about everyone else still is terrific,” Summer said. “He’s feeling all the love and support people are showing, and he wants to give back to other soldiers who might need the help he’s getting.” And even though it is about a year away, Tim and his family are already making plans for his return. The focus is obviously on his recovery and continued progress but thoughts of him being home help get them through the days. “It is so hard to see Tim go through all of this,” Erica said. “I am waiting for the day he can walk again. I guess I’m excited about those robot legs, too.”
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
ACS sends letter to parents warning of recent threats Superintendent wants message to be clear: This is not a joking matter By Dani Palmer The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — Anderson Community Schools have sent a letter to parents about safety and security threats in the schools. Felix Chow, ACS superintendent, said there hasn’t been an increase in security threats, but the latest threats have happened within a few weeks of each other. “There’s been a few recently,” Anderson Police Spokesman Detective Mitch Carroll said. “That’s why we’ve been careful.” Chow said he felt it was the school system’s responsibility to let parents know what’s going on. Anderson Police evaluate threats and decide on a course of action, Chow said.
For each threat, Carroll said police send out a minimum of one administrator and a group of officers. He said they’ve used the K9 unit extensively, as well as other agencies. He said they’ve also provided training to the schools. Carroll said the string of threats Chow seems to be a copycat issue with threats written on bathroom walls. Despite the low chances of the threats being plausible, Chow said they take each seriously. “We treat every one as though it could be (a realistic threat),” Carroll said.
Chow said the latest clump of threats isn’t just an ACS problem. Other schools in Madison County have dealt with them, and it’s a trend that’s causing concern for the well-being of children. That concern extends not only to the safety of students, but also to the future of those who make the threats, Chow said. To some kids, the threats are a joke or rite of passage, Chow said, but he added that since 9/11, the consequences of making such threats is severe. He said he wanted students to know if the school has strong evidence against them and they get in legal trouble, it could destroy their future. “This is not a joking matter,” Chow said. “This is not a rite of
passage. Don’t let your friends convince you it’s the manly thing to do.” He said threats not only interrupt To read learning time, but Chow’s letter can affect the to parents, police’s ability to use the catch criminals. If Microsoft police are busy at TagReader the school looking app (available into an empty as a free threat, someone in download to real trouble may your smart- not get the help he phone) to or she needs, he scan this tag, said. or visit www. But it’s not just acsc.net. the police Chow said he wants involved in resolving the issue. “We can’t do it without the parents’ help,” Chow said. “It’s
Deaf victim home alone By Abbey Doyle
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ANDERSON — Days after being rescued by an Anderson firefighter, Jonathan Patterson’s excitement hadn’t waned. Patterson — who is deaf — grabbed Anderson Firefighter Skip Ockomon Monday morning and hugged him tightly. His smile expressed his excitement and appreciation better than any words could. Patterson’s mother’s tears of appreciation were a strong At a glance affirmation. To help the PatOckomon was one of the firefighters terson family, responding to the send donations Pattersons’ Louise to The Fire ResStreet home just cue House, Attn: after 9:30 p.m. Fri- the Pattersons, at day. Patterson was 931 Meridian, found by Ockomon Suite 303, Anderin the smoke-filled son, IN, 46016, or home, disoriented call 425-1936 to on the stairs, Ander- find out more son Fire Depart- about how you ment spokesman can help. Dave Cravens said. Ockomon grabbed Patterson, 62, threw him over his shoulder and carried him from the home. “I thank them so much,” Bennie Mae Patterson said, sitting in the Anderson hotel room the Red Cross had put her and her family in. “If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be here because I don’t think I’m strong enough to make it without him.” Bennie Mae Patterson had gone with other family members to Mississippi, leaving behind 62-year-old Jonathan Patterson. Although her son is very capable of caring for himself, Bennie Mae Patterson said she always thinks twice about leaving him. “Being a mother you always think about what could happen,” she said. “There always potential of something going wrong, especially when you have a special child.” Ockomon and other firefighters visited Patterson at the hospital the evening of the
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fied near Atlanta in late October 2009. Since then, it has spread to most of Georgia and North Carolina, all of South Carolina, and several counties in Alabama. And it shows no signs of stopping. Kudzu and soybeans are both legumes. The bug — also known as the bean plataspid — breeds and feeds in the kudzu patches until soybean planting time, then crosses over to continue the moveable feast, says Tracie Jenkins, a plant geneticist at the
ANDERSON — On Monday, an Anderson woman watched as her silver vehicle hung in the grasps of a red tow truck, all while TV cameras were aimed directly at her. And then to add to the tension, she had to answer trivia questions on the spot. That is not how repossessions typically go. Spike TV’s Repo Games reality series and game show is in Anderson and filming the show with local, unsuspecting debtors. On Monday, film crews were stationed at 29th and Jefferson Repo streets. The AnderGames son woman, New episodes whose name of “Repo was not disclosed by pro- Games” typiducers, had to cally air at 11 her p.m. Tuesdays make financial woes on Spike TV. public in order Re-runs air to seek a regularly as chance at well. keeping her car or having it repossessed immediately. “Repo Games follows a crew of real-life repo men, Josh Lewis and Tom DeTone, as they give debtors one last chance to keep their cars — but only if they’re willing to play for it,” according to the Spike TV website. “The debtors are asked five questions, and if they get three answers correct, their cars will be paid off on the spot. If the debtors fail, their cars get a new home at the impound lot.” The show is produced by the same company that is responsible for MTV’s popular reality show “Jersey Shore.” The show, a telling sign of the recession era, premiered in April and has filmed episodes in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. In Los Angeles and Dallas alone, Lewis and DeTone repossessed 80 cars, said a CNNMoney article published in April. According to the article, producer Sally Ann Salsano said that “debtors on the show are ‘not thrilled’ when they discover their repossessed cars hooked up to a tow truck as a video crew captures their reaction. But they brighten a bit, she says, when they realize
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Anderson firefighter Skip Ockomon meets Jonathan Patterson who he saved in a fire last Friday night.
‘Kudzu bug’ threatens to eat US farmers’ lunch By Allen G. Breed The Associated Press
BLACKVILLE, S.C. — Kudzu — the “plant that ate the South” — has finally met a pest that’s just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called “kudzu bug” is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American The Associated Press farmers. Clemson University doctoral stuSoybeans. dent Nick Seiter shows a sweep “When this insect is feeding on net filled with "kudzu bugs" kudzu, it’s beneficial,” Clemson caught in a test plot in Blackville, University entomologist Jeremy Greene says as he stands in a S.C.
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almost futile if the parents are not on board.” The “Communiqué to the Community” was sent electronically to all staff members, some of which have parent emails. Chow said hard copies were given to children to take home, and the letter is also posted on the ACS website. ACS parent Suzanne Lewis said the threats have been scary and a concern for her family, especially when there is no communication from the school. She said the letter was nice to receive and that while some of the responsibility lies with ACS, she suggested hallway rotations to keep an eye on students if possible - and parents need to help. “Parents are a big part of it,”
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field swarming with the brown, pea-sized critters. “When it’s feeding on soybeans, it’s a pest.” Like kudzu, which was introduced to the South from Japan in the late 19th century as a fodder and a way to stem erosion on the region’s worn-out farmlands, this insect is native to the Far East. And like the invasive vine, which “Deliverance” author James Dickey famously deemed “a vegetable form of cancer,” the kudzu bug is running rampant. Megacopta cribrari, as this member of the stinkbug family is known in scientific circles, was first identi-
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SHOW Continued from Page 1 they’ve got a fighting chance to get their car back with all debts paid off.” On-site producers refused to speak to The Herald Bulletin, saying they weren’t allowed to and that show was popular enough and did not need the publicity. The show’s website does not explain how contestants are chosen, but a news release says the episodes are unscripted and the contestants do not know the repo men will be showing up at their door. Details could not be gathered on how many shows would be filmed in Anderson or when they would air. Contestants, their friends and neighbors looking in on the filming of the show had to sign waivers and were not allowed to speak to the media either. Shirley Moore, 56, was walking along 29th Street and stopped when she saw the Repo Games vans parked along the street. “I watch the show all the time,” she said. “It’s great. It gives you a chance to keep your car if you are behind on your payments.” Moore thought it was wonderful that the show picked her city as a spot to film and hopes they host many shows here since so many people could benefit from being on it. She did not know Monday’s participant. “There are a whole bunch of unemployed people here and there are a lack of jobs. And there are a lot of people who have car payments,” she said. An audience of about 25 people would clap and cheer when the contestant got a question right. Eventually, things seemed to go her way. The tow truck released her car and drove away, while the contestant and her friends cheered loudly and hugged. “Looks like she gets to
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Spike TV's Repo Games reality series and game show was filming a segment in Anderson Monday. keep her car,” said Jimmy Haynes, who stopped by to watch the filming. “That right there helps people. It’s a big burden off your back.” Haynes, 28, and his friend Billy Smith, 26, watch the show regularly and enjoy it. The Anderson men went to the site to see the show unfold and to get pictures. Besides creating fans, the show has also instigated violent acts. During the filming of an episode in Las Vegas, a 40-year-old man shot at the show’s film crew because the production van was parked outside of his house. He was arrested for attempted murder. Smith watched another episode where a different contestant reacted badly.
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University of Georgia. On a recent sunny day, Greene and doctoral student Nick Seiter visited the 10-acre test field at Clemson’s Edisto Research & Education Center in Blackville, about 42 miles east of Augusta, Ga. Starting in the middle of the field, Seiter walks down a row, sweeping a canvas net back and forth through the bean plants as he goes. Bugs cling to his pants and shirt, dotting his face like moles. “I feel like I’m wearing a bee beard over here,” he says. “It tickles.” At row’s end, Seiter pushes his hand up through the net. Bugs cascade over the edge and pool on the sandy soil at his feet. The writhing pile makes a fizzing sound like a freshly opened soda.
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“One guy lost his car, and the dude busted a window out of another car on the lot,” he said. While the show has a big following and many enjoy it, others have vocalized their displeasure on Twitter and on the show’s website, saying it is distasteful to capitalize on people’s hardships. This is not the first time Anderson has been the set of a reality show. “Teen Mom,” a show about young, unwed mothers, films here regularly when it follows the lives of an Anderson couple and their child. HBO also filmed “Dirty Driving,” a documentary about the Anderson Speedway and its drivers. Linda Dawson, the city’s development economic
The home’s structure was insured but all of its contents weren’t. Damage to the two-story home was estimated at $23,000, Cravens said. Fire damage was contained to the kitchen, where the fire was started. But black, acrid smoke caused by the burning microwave damaged most of the home’s contents, Ockomon said. Cravens stressed that Jonathan Patterson was lucky he was found so quickly. “It only takes two to three minutes to be overcome by smoke,” he said. “Skip did an excellent job finding him so quickly and the firefighters extinguishing the fire so quickly. You never know when you are called to a fire if someone is inside or not.” Ockomon said he was
director, said she has never heard of “Repo Games.” She thinks the premise of the show could give the city a negative image and therefore deter new residents from moving here. But with potential businesses, she doesn’t think most would base their location upon those types of shows. “In general, I find any form of entertainment that capitalizes off of the disadvantages and weaknesses of people undesirable,” she said. “I think these type of entertainment shows never represent the community in a positive way. And too often the viewers stereotype a community in an unfair way that does not represent all the successful citizens that makes up the majority of the community.”
happy the outcome was such a positive one. In his 23 years as a firefighter, nearly every time either the people inside at the time of the fire get out on their own or are found dead by firefighters. This situation, he said, was definitely a unique one. “It felt real good to be able to get him out OK,” Ockomon said. “We were all on a high that night, encouraged we got the fire down so quickly and got Jonathan out alive.” Ockomon didn’t need words to know how Jonathan Patterson felt. The two big “thumbs up” were enough. “I’m just glad to see you with no smoke around,” Ockomon told Jonathan. Contact Abbey Doyle, 640-4805, abbey.doyle@ heraldbulletin.com.
Acquiring some new acquaintances can help refurbish your circle of friends and make life more exciting in the year ahead. Traveling in different circles opens the door for many new experiences and gives you greater experience. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If you let your instincts direct your conversations with friends, you’ll discover that you’ll be saying all the right things, making you look warm and caring. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Participate in activities that serve to reinforce your faith and basic philosophical beliefs. The wisdom and strength you’ll gain will serve you in effective ways down the line. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Lady Luck might treat you in an exceptionally kind manner by making it possible for you to participate in a successful endeavor that others already have underway. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Even though you rarely depend on others, larger benefits are likely to come your way through partnership arrangements at this time. Get out there and mix it up with colleagues. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Follow your ambitious instincts and let others idle their time away if they wish. In fact, it’s possible that you could even outdo your toughest competitors by a few strides. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- It pays to treat life philosophically, because it can help reinforce your faith
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and core philosophy. Treat problems that occur as a game instead of dire issues. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- The secret to getting what you want is to make sure the people you’re involved with do as well as you. If they happen to be the winners, you’ll come out on top. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Because you’re a good conversationalist and you display a genuine interest in others, people will find you to be an extremely desirable companion. Enjoy the popularity and good company. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- This is an especially good day to both make and save money, so keep your eyes peeled for situations that afford you the kinds of opportunities to do so. Some might even fall in your lap. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You naturally possess leadership qualities, and this will extend to your organizational abilities. Look for important ways to display both of these facets in your life. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -A pleasant surprise is in the offing, when you discover that someone whom you thought bore you ill will is in reality quite anxious to become your friend. Don’t hesitate to respond in kind. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Engage in warm, indepth conversations with friends when the occasion arises. Much can be gained, not only in terms of fulfilling relationships, but also from a learning standpoint.
“Together we can make a difference,” he said. “We all want the good things for your children, but on the other hand, you, the parents, are the primary guardians of your children. Not the schools.” Contact Dani Palmer: 640-4847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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US to pull troops from Iraq at end of year Decision will essentially end the Iraq war effort By Lara Jakes The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more
than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability. The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.
US war casualties A total of 4,478 members of the American military have been killed in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003. This year, 48 U.S. troops died in Iraq. 2011’s deadliest month was June, with 15 deaths. In recent months, Washington has been discussing with Iraqi leaders the possibility of several
thousand American troops remaining to continue training Iraqi security forces. A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday that no final decision has been reached about the U.S. training relationship with the Iraqi government. But a senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed Saturday that all American troops will leave Iraq except for about 160 active-duty soldiers attached to the U.S. Embassy. A senior U.S. military official
confirmed the departure and said the withdrawal could allow future but limited U.S. military training missions in Iraq if requested. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Throughout the discussions, Iraqi leaders have adamantly refused to give U.S. troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts, and the Americans have See IRAQ / A2
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Change could benefit homeless, disabled and elderly, Rockhill says By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — More than 10,000 households and 22,000 people in Madison County receive food stamps. But of the nearly $3 million spent monthly in the county, only a small percentage of that is being spent by the homeless, elderly or disabled — the populations that restaurants are lobbying be allowed to spend those federal dollars at their establishments. Lois Rockhill, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, said such a change would be helpful for those populations. “When you think of the elderly, giving them the option of going to a restaurant would allow them to stay independent longer,” she
said. “And for the homeless, they have no means of preparing food for themselves. Why not go to a restaurant for a hot meal? The only other options that exist are going to soup kitchens or a mission. This increases their ability to handle their own life better.” Rockhill said food stamp recipients who are disabled would also benefit from the proposed change. “The argument against it is about obesity and nutrition issues,” she said. “We all face those concerns and make our choices. I don’t want to say that just because people have the option to go to a restaurant they are making a bad choice. We don’t know what they are going to order, how often they are going to eat it.” Federal law prohibits food stamps to be used on prepared foods. But a provision put on the books in the 1970s allows restaurants to serve the three specialized See FOOD / A5
Anderson case highlights illegal scrapping of metal By Sam Brattain The Herald Bulletin
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ANDERSON — For David Fields, scrapping metal was a desperate attempt to make ends meet. “I’d take the metal down to the scrap yard, (and the) next day (I) could get something to eat, some smokes, maybe rent a movie,” Fields said. Fields, 33, was arrested last Sunday for illegally taking scrap metal from Prairie Farms, according to Anderson police. As of Friday afternoon, he was being held at the Madison County Community Corrections facility. Speaking from inside the facility, Fields said he was unemployed and was receiving disability payments for his schizophrenia. In
addition, he said, he has a 3-yearold daughter who suffers from leukemia. Steady employment has been hard to find. “I’ve been looking for a job, McDonald’s, really any fast-food job, but no one will hire me,” Fields said. Fields said he got the idea to scrap metal while working a job tearing down trailers. He learned he could take copper and aluminum from the trailers and sell them to a scrap yard for a few dollars a pound. Using a shopping cart he acquired from Harvest Market, Fields would set out at night and dig through trash bins until his cart was full. See METAL / A2
Woman takes to skies to air complaint over driver’s license name By Scott L. Miley The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — Kay M. Thompson took to the skies recently to complain about the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles issuing a driver’s license to her in her maiden name. The 88-year-old Anderson woman wanted her driver’s license in the name of Kay M. Thompson, which she has used for decades on previous licenses, a passport and her children’s birth certificates, among other documents. But when she renewed her
license in December 2009, she brought in documents with her maiden name, “Melva M. Perkins Thompson.” The BMV had asked her to either legally change her name or show current documents with “Kay’s” name. She wrote to Gov. Mitch Daniels and spent months trying to get “Kay” back on her license, which affected her car title and voter’s registration, among other documents. “I’ve been trying for six months to get it back. It’s on my kids’ birth certificates, everywhere. See COMPLAINT / A2
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ARREST LOG Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, based on Madison County Jail records. Charges are recommended by arresting officers, but are not final until the Madison County Prosecutor reviews the case and files official charges. Elwood police arrested Racheal Thompson, 25, of the 1700 block of West Sixth Street, Anderson, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of South Anderson Street. Bond was set at $5,000 on charges of Class D felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, Class D felony identity deception and Class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Anderson police arrested Robert Douglas, 38, of the 1200 block of Broadway Street, Anderson, at 8:36 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of South Scatterfield Road. No bond was set
on a charge of Class C felony illegal possession of precursors. Anderson police arrested Milinda Slusser, 36, of the 5900 block of South State Road 67, Anderson, at 4:40 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Indiana Avenue. Bond was set at $10,000 on a charge of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon. Madison County sheriff’s deputies arrested Robby L. Pearl, 34, of the 4000 block of Suzan Drive, Anderson, at 1:35 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 16th Street and Arrow Avenue. Bond was set at $5,000 on charges of Class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated and Class A misdemeanor public intoxication. Anderson police arrested Hilane K. KaoluloWaters, 60, of the 2000 block of Arrow Avenue, Anderson, at 10:35 p.m.
tionally adequate food,” said Jenny Martin, nutrition coordinator at Community Hospital Anderson. “The foods that tend to be cheaper and on sale are often the less healthy options. The goal with the food stamp program should always be to stretch the dollar to fit within the budget to last the whole month.” Eating out doesn’t have to be unhealthy, she said, although the healthy options are often the most expensive. “The food stamp dollar is not going to go as far,” Martin said. “Instead, you can buy a bag of potatoes for $3 or $4 and it would last you the whole month. You can do the same thing with apples and you have fruit servings that will last a lot longer.” Martin said those using food stamps should be looking for non-convenience items that can be used for many recipes as opposed to something more expensive that will last for just one meal. Another barrier from healthy foods for many food stamp recipients is
Continued from Page 1 populations and be paid with food stamps. Although the provision is there, most states don’t allow it. Four — Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan — do allow restaurants to accept the benefits from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And restaurants are lobbying for more states to do the same. “It makes perfect sense to expand a program that’s working well in California, Arizona and Michigan, enabling the homeless, elderly and disabled to purchase prepared meals with SNAP benefits in a restaurant environment,” Yum spokesman Jonathan Blum told USA Today. Some have raised nutritional concerns about the federal benefits being used at fast food restaurants like those operated under the Yum Brand, such as Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut. “We want food stamp users to buy the most nutri-
Friday in her home. No bond was set on a charge of Class A misdemeanor battery. Anderson police arrested Michael S. Boyd, 61, of the 6800 block of North County Road 800 West, Elwood, at 7:02 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of West Cross Street, Anderson. Bond was set at $5,000 on a charge of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Anderson police arrested Dewayne E. Brown, 18, of the 200 block of Arrow Avenue at 10:35 p.m. Friday in his home. No bond was set on charges of Class A misdemeanor battery. Indiana State Police arrested Brendan L. Jackson, 28, of the 4600 block of Greenhill Way, Anderson, at 3:52 a.m. Saturday. Bond was set at $5,000 on a charge of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A Hoosier Works food stamp card what Martin calls food deserts. Many of those receiving SNAP benefits don’t have reliable transportation and can’t drive to a grocery store; instead they must shop at convenience stores that do accept food stamps but don’t offer many healthy options and are much more costly. Ken Adkins, president and CEO of LifeStream Services, said that a big part of overall health for older adults is not only nutrition but the ability for them to socialize. “If a person can be out and in a restaurant with other people, that is going to impact them in a very positive fashion,” Adkins said. “For older adults, I feel very strongly that this is a very good idea. It will impact them in a very positive fashion.”
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Budget shortfall is at $2.2 million FRANKLIN — Residents of a central Indiana county could pay more to own dogs or have work done at their homes and could buy a beer at countyowned property under proposals designed to bolster coffers hurt by deep spending cuts. Johnson County Commissioner John Price said officials are looking at ways to raise money after cutting more than $2 million from spending for next year. Proposals include increasing the fees to register dogs, implementing a licensing fee for kennels and breeders, charging to run criminal histor y checks and requiring motorists locked out of their cars to pay a fee when a deputy is called to help them get back into their
As far as nutritional concerns, Adkins said that isn’t of the utmost priority for elderly adults. “If I’m 85 years old and I want ice cream for dinner, you aren’t going to keep me from eating it,” he said. “If you don’t like the way I eat at a restaurant, you probably won’t like the way I shop. I’m not sure what difference it makes at 85.” And for elderly adults living alone to get to a grocery store, walk through the store to buy groceries and go home and cook a meal may not even be a possibility. With this program, at least those adults would have feasible options for hot meals, Adkins said. “Just because you are on food stamps doesn’t mean you should be forced to eat different than the rest of the country,” he said. “How many Americans don’t eat right? Just because you are 85 and have a limited income doesn’t mean you should live your life differently.” Contact Abbey Doyle: 640-4805, abbey.doyle@ heraldbulletin.com
vehicles. Other ideas include allowing the county to collect all the money from traffic tickets written on county roads and allowing alcohol sales at the Johnson County Park and fairgrounds. Price said officials are still researching the ideas and have to weigh their impact, especially liability concerns if alcohol sales were allowed on county properties. Officials say the goal is to raise enough money to keep or hire more employees, give raises and prevent cuts in services. “I don’t like it either because they’re already being taxed enough; but when we’re $2.2 million short in this budget, I lost a courthouse security person,” Sheriff Doug Cox said. Cox is considering charging fees for services
his office already provides, such as criminal history reports often needed for new jobs, checks of vehicle identification numbers, calls to help locked-out motorists and referrals the office makes to towing companies. He’s also looking into whether the county could keep revenue from traffic tickets written on local streets instead of sending a portion to city courts and the state. The county currently gets $12.50 for each traffic violation ticket, which averages about $120. Cox said he would want to find out if the change is cost-effective and if his department would benefit. He said county officials have said in the past that money collected likely would go into the county general fund, which pays salaries and bills for most county offices. — The Associated Press
Who is eligible for food stamps? To qualify, applicants must meet both nonfinancial and financial requirements. Nonfinancial requirements include state residency, citizenship/alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT Program. Financial criteria include income and asset limits. The asset/resource limits are $2,000 per household except for households containing a member who is disabled or age 60 or older; then the limit is $3,250. Assets include bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. The household’s home and surrounding lot, household good and personal belongings and life insurance policies are not counted as assets in the Food Stamp Program.
What food stamps can and can’t buy Yes ◆ Breads and cereals ◆ Fruits and vegetables ◆ Meats, fish and poultry ◆ Dairy products ◆ Seeds and plants that produce food No ◆ Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes and tobacco ◆ Nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products and household supplies ◆ Vitamins and medicines ◆ Hot foods ◆ Food that will be eaten in the store
What is EBT? Electronic Benefits Transfer is the electronic distribution of food stamp and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) benefits to Indiana families. Benefits are accessed with a plastic Hoosier Works card. The card replaces paper food stamp coupons and paper checks.
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Study: Decade to economic recovery for Anderson Unemployment levels expected to decline By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — It will be at least another decade before Anderson’s employment levels will return to its pre-recession state, according to a recent national report. According to the report released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Anderson reached that peak in 2005 and has lost 4,300 since then with a decline of 9.6 percent in employment. Anderson was one of five Indiana metropolitan areas with the grimmest of forecasts — a return to peak coming beyond 2021. The other four were Muncie, Kokomo, Elkhart-Goshen and South Bend-Mishawaka.
Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon said he finds it hard to believe that prediction is accurate. “We are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “We are starting to see some improvements. Yes, they Ockomon are very, very slow coming, but we are seeing it nonetheless.” Ockomon said the prediction could be possible, but it seems like an “awful Smith long time.” He said as the community continues to see the momentum he says it has seen in the last three and a half years, then beyond 2021 is too far out.
“I don’t think we are going to bounce right back in the next couple of years,” Ockomon said. “But we do see improvement. We are seeing some positive changes. Is it fast enough for us? No. We would like to see it happen tomorrow, but I know that is not going to happen.” Republican mayoral candidate Kevin Smith said the study is a clear measure that Ockomon took a far different direction when it came to economic development than Smith had done when in office. “I see such a lack of expertise and long-range understanding from the current team that my fear is that we will follow this projection stated in the report,” Smith said. “But I do wholeheartedly believe we can break that mold if we get the right people in the right places. We W can replicate
the success we had before.” He said Anderson shouldn’t see itself as a “standalone entity” and should tr y to develop a closer economic relationship with metropolitan Indianapolis, which, in the report, is predicted to return to pre-recession numbers by 2013. “This study is a judgment on place and time,” Smith said. “Had this been measured four years ago I think there would be an obviously different outcome. When we left office the new job creation basically came to a stunning halt and that had everything to do with recruiting people to work with our business — the city business — based on skills, abilities, professionalism and talents, the opposite of the friends and family plan.” See RECOVERY / A2
Employment peak before the late 2000s recession Anderson Pre-recession peakk ............... first quarter 2005 Job losses ....................................................... 4,300 Decline in jobs................................... 9.6 percent Return to peakk ............................... beyond 2021 Kokomo Pre-recession peakk ............... first quarter 2005 Job losses .....................................................11,600 Decline in jobs.................................23.9 percent Return to peakk ............................... beyond 2021 Muncie Pre-recession peakk ......... second quarter 2006 Job losses ....................................................... 5,100 Decline in jobs................................... 9.5 percent Return to peakk ............................... beyond 2021 Indianapolis Pre-recession peakk ........... fourth quarter 2007 Job losses .....................................................56,500 Decline in jobs................................... 6.1 percent Return to peakk ................ second quarter 2013 — U.S. Conference of Mayors
Officials: Sex trafficking may lead to new law
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Past Super Bowl host cities report influx of underage prostitution By Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Bureau
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Jacob Jones, 4, gives his friend Nicholas Guthrey, 4, a push on a swing at Falls Park in Pendleton on Tuesday. Nicholas and Jacob met while playing at the park on Tuesday, the first day of summer. "I made a new friend today," Nicholas said.
Summitville Main Street project becomes a reality Work includes improvements to street, sidewalks, drainage and more By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin
SUMMITVILLE — It has been more than a decade, but after years of work, Summitville’s Main Street Project — once a lofty dream — is becoming a reality. Dee Amos, one of the cofounders of the Summitville Main Street Organization, said it is a huge relief to see preparation work for the project to actually begin and know that it is coming to fruition. “I’m so proud tthat our children are going to have something that they can look at and be really proud of,” she said. “Our residents won’t have to go through town and be embarrassed by our streets and everything being so bad.” The $2.1 million project is being funded by federal funds from Indiana Department of Transportation’s Local Public Agency (LPA) funding and a match from the town of Summitville, said Brian Fuller, design engineer with Indianapolis’ Clark Dietz, who is in charge of the project. The LPA project funds are provided by the Federal Highway
What’s next The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin advertising for bids for the contractors for the Main Street Project in downtown Summitville. The contractors will have until Oct. 5 to ask questions, and the low bidder will be selected Oct. 13. Construction should begin in early November with hopes that the project will be completed by July 2012. Source: Brian Fuller, Clark Deitz
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Dee Amos and J.C. Hendrick have been working on Summitville's Main Street Project. Work on the projects should start this fall. Administration and administered by INDOT. They are specifically for county governments and towns with populations of less than 5,000. The community must match 20 percent of the funds. Amos said she and others with the organization have already secured $120,000 to go toward their match and are bonding the other $307,000 to meet their obligation of $427,000. “This whole process has been
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very long and difficult,” Amos said of the project. “We have neglected our town for so long. It is embarrassing how poor it looks. After everything is completed, this is going to be a pretty nice place. A large thank you to all of the citizens who supported this project. I am honored I have been able to help them achieve and accomplish their goal. The citizens deserve this.” The Main Street project
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includes improvements to streets, drainage, sidewalks, curbs, guttering, lighting, handicap accessible sidewalks and crosswalks on Main Street from Walnut to Indiana Avenue, Amos said. If more funds are available, the area of Main all the way to County Road 1500 will be resurfaced. Summitville council member J.C. Hendrick said when the council gave the project the go ahead he was ecstatic. “It is about to come to a head and I’m so proud,” Hendrick said. “And my hope is, once we get the Main Street project done, Summitville businesses and
INDIANAPOLIS — The 2012 Super Bowl is expected to bring thousands of fans and millions of dollars to the state’s capital city, but some state lawmakers fear it may also bring a bustling sex trade that exploits children. Prompted by concerns of past Super Bowl host cities that reported an influx of underage prostitutes, some legislators are looking at how they could fast-track legislation next year that would add child trafficking to the state’s sex offenses. “There needs to be a sense of urgency about this,” said state Rep. Suzanne Crouch, a Republican from Evansville. Crouch authored the bill that directs a legislative study committee to look at whether current state law on child solicitiation needs to be expanded. Backing the push for a change in the law is Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who is part of a national effort by state attorneys general to combat what they see as a growing problem of human trafficking that forces vulnerable minors into the sex trade. Before the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, one of Zoeller’s colleagues, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, described the party-filled event as “one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States.” Law enforcement in Miami, site of the 2010 Super Bowl, also had concerns that underage prostitutes were brought in from Central America to ser vice an increased demand for commercial sex from tourists in town for the game. Zoeller wants legislators to act before the 2012 Super Bowl. It’s scheduled to be played in Indianapolis in February — that is, if an ongoing lockout by the National Football League, L over labor disputes with its players, is resolved soon. The issue of child trafficking has been assigned to the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission, which holds its first meeting Thursday. The commission has also been tasked with looking at increasing penalities for other sex offenses against children. Profiting off the commercial demand for sex isn’t a new issue, but timing is playing a role in the push for a change in the Indiana law. See LAW / A2
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RECOVERY Continued from Page 1 Ockomon pointed to several positive developments the city has seen over his term in office and said there are more exciting announcements coming. “We are doing a good job seeing leads through the Corporation for Economic Development and Anderson’s Economic Development Department,” he said. “Things are looking up — we have some great projects in the hopper right now. We are hopefully optimistic to say it best.” The study pointed out that of the 363 metro areas looked at, 75 are expected to have double-digit unemployment rates by December. Anderson’s unemployment rate in 2010 was 11.4 percent but is predicted to drop to 9.1 percent by the end of 2011. The prediction for 2013 is 8.7 percent with a drop of 2.7 percent over the period. Anderson Economic Development Director Linda Dawson said she finds parts of the study to be accurate but others not as much. “These particular studies go by figures that are usually reported during census taking and do not take into consideration anything that has been developing in your area,” she said. “They would not have any reflection on the Flagship Enterprise Center and the successful projects we’ve had. They wouldn’t be a reflection of the favorable business climate that exists in central Indiana, our interstate system, the cost of
PROJECT Continued from Page 1 building owners will take it upon themselves to redo their buildings and help downtown even more.” He’s hopeful that the project will lead to other improvements that will lead to business growth in the community. “I grew up in Summitville,” he said. “When I was a kid this was a good-sized little town — we had three grocery stores and taverns and four filling stations. Now we are down to one convenience store, a bank, a tavern, the post office and a barber shop. I’d like to see us get some more businesses in town.” Fuller said preparation work for the project — things like getting the water and gas lines moved along with light poles — will help
Corrections The free showing of the movie “Heidi” will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson. The day was incorrect in Tuesday’s Community Briefs. The Herald Bulletin corrects its errors promptly on Page A2. Call (765) 640-4800 or e-mail to email@example.com to bring mistakes to our attention.
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doing business in Anderson and the availability of fully developed property.” Dawson said the 2021 prediction is a little misleading because the things that will help a region crawl out of a recession aren’t given consideration. She said the city will continue the national and global marketing program and other tactics to help encourage companies to expand and relocate in Anderson. As a lifelong resident of Anderson, Rob Sparks, executive director for the Corporation for Economic Development, has seen the number of jobs the area has lost over the last three decades. Many, he said, were lost to automation or the elimination of processes no longer required. Some were shipped out to lower-paying pools. “That is a huge hole to try to climb out of,” Sparks said. “But I think it is hard to predict the future. And it is important to remember that every gain is important.” He said the CED and other economic development groups in the area continue to market the community to a wide spectrum of companies with the goal of providing not only a lot of jobs but a diverse community of companies to the area. “But what I think we can do to help these numbers is for the community of people seeking employment to reach out and seek additional training and computer skills,” Sparks said. “Without a doubt the jobs of the future will require a higher skill set than those of the past.”
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President Barack Obama speaks to a group of supporters at a Miami fundraiser, where he launched his bid for reelection in Florida on June 13.
Medicaid for the middle class? By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law would let several million middleclass people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed. The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make longrange cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department. After initially downplaying any concern, the Obama administration said late Tuesday it would look for a fix. Up to 3 million more
speed things up when contractors can begin their work in November, after the contractorr is selected in mid-October. “This is a project that I’m really excited to see get built for the citizens of Summitville who have worked so hard,” he said. “I think it will help their downtown and give them something to be proud of. Everyone pays their federal taxes and sees that money go away to Washington. It is nice to see a little come back to your local community to help out.” The expected completion date is July 2012, Fuller said. Contact Abbey Doyle, 640-4805, abbey.doyle @heraldbulletin.com.
LAW Continued from Page 1 Indiana Deputy Attorney General David Miller, who handles legislative issues for Zoeller’s office, said current state law makes it a crime to solicit a child for sex, but doesn’t cover the organized exploitation of children by people who profit from the sale of sex with minors. To revise the current by early February, legislators would have to pass a bill early in the next session, which begins in January. They’d also have to make it enforceable as soon as the governor signs it. “It would take a very
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people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That’s because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility. It might be compared to allowing middleclass people to qualify for food stamps. Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster says the situation keeps him up at night. “I don’t generally comment on the pros or cons of policy, but that just doesn’t make sense,” Foster said during a question-andanswer session at a recent professional society meeting. “This is a situation that got no attention at all,” added Foster. “And even now, as I raise the issue with various policymakers, coordinated effort, but I think it’s possible,” said state Rep. Greg Steuerwald, a Republican from Danville who chairs the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, where such a bill could originate. In addition to the issue of human trafficking of minors, legislators on the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission will also be looking at increasing penalties for other sex crimes against children.
people are not rushing to say ... we need to do something about this.” Administration officials said Tuesday they now see the problem. “We are concerned that, as a matter of law, some middle-income Americans may be receiving coverage through Medicaid, which is meant to serve only the neediest Americans,” said Health and Human Services spokesman Richard Sorian. “We are exploring options to address this issue.” Administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers initially defended the change, saying it wasn’t a loophole but the result of a well-meaning effort to simplify the rules for deciding who would get help under the new health care law. Instead of a hodgepodge, there would be one national policy. State Sen. Randy Head, a former prosecutor from Logansport, has been working with Steuerwald on legislation that would give prosecutors more tools to go after sexual predators who threaten their young victims or use the Internet to solicit sex from minors. Head said predators have stayed ahead of the law in the use of technology, employing social media to lure young victims and hiding behind it to protect
PENDLETON — Three Pendleton residents were arrested Monday night in connection with allegedly dealing marijuana. Trent Poole, 36, Dannie King, 48, and Larry Marshall, 39, were arrested and transported to the Madison County Jail. According to Sheriff Ron Richardson, the Madison County Drug Task Force, in a combined effort with the Hamilton and Boone County Drug Task Force, executed two search warrants in the Pendleton area. The investigation uncovered 43 pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash. Poole was charged on a Class C felony dealing marijuana, King was charged on a Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, and Marshall was charged on a Class D felony possession of marijuana with the intention to sell. Also assisting in the arrests were the Anderson and Pendleton police departments, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office. Richardson said the investigation is ongoing. Contact Sam Brattain at 640-4883, sam.brattain@ heraldbulletin.com themselves from prosecution. “It’s something we absolutely must address,” Head said. The commission will also look at potential legislation that could expand the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Maureen Hayden is statehouse bureau chief for CNHI indiana newspapers. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indiana mediagroup.com