July 30, 2014

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Keith honored for 48 years service
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:40 AM

For nearly half a century, Ohio County Assessor Bobby Joe Keith has served Rising Sun and Ohio County residents. Keith was honored this year by the Indiana Counties Assessors Association for his 48 years (12 four year terms) dating back to his first election victory in 1966.

The longest tenured running office holder won't be on the ballot this fall.

“It's time to go golfing at Vineyard Golf Course,” he said as he takes advantage of his son Rusty’s course ownership.

Ed Hautman will replace Keith and will be unopposed, just as Keith has been most of his tenure.

He defeated Wilford Crawl in 1966 and was challenged by Donald Bowman, Marlene Buddenberg and Virgil Baker during the early years. However, the republican office holder has been unopposed ever since the 1980s.

Testing and requirements have changed over the years as Keith is certified as a Level II.

He could run another year because of how long he’s had his Level II status. Hautman meets the current requirements of a Level III which included five weeks of training and five three to four hour testing.

Over the years, Keith has shared offices and rotated around the Ohio County Courthouse through its different renovations.

Keith likes the computer changes which make it easier to look up deeds.

Keith (who has battled Crohn’s Disease for many years) will still be around to help out and knows things will go on after he has surrounded himself with quality workers.

One item of particular interest is Indiana Bureau of Tax Review case involving Grand Victoria Casino challenge of its taxes due in 2008 payable in 2009. No date has been set for the review which could cost the county millions of dollars once settled.

In addition to his golfing, he will continue to enjoy time with his wife Diana and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Races set

On the ballot in November will be several races including: Swede Colen and Glen Potts for sheriff; Doris Young vs. Andrea Grimsley for Recorder; Wayne Stahl vs. Steve Johns for Surveyor..

Doug Baker will be leaving his county council seat to challenge Todd Walton for commissioner.

Mike Beckett and Tim Adams will vie for Baker’s council seat while Jeff Stemiller will challenge Don Grace for his seat and Marty Dennis will oppose Jeff Iceberg for his council post.

Bridgett Bolling and Laverne Hayes seek the Cass Township trustee position.

Three township advisoty board members will selected in each township.

Joining Hautman as unopposed are Deb Cappel for Auditor and Cliff Thies for Coronor plus incumbents Dill Dorrell for council, Sissy Potter for Randolph Trustee, Janet Iceberg for Pike Trustee and Dee Dee Helton for Union Township Trustee.

2014 Ohio County Election slate
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:38 AM

2014 Election Slate


Republican                   Democrat


County Auditor     ------------                      Deb Cappel

County Recorder   Doris Young                   Andrea Grimsley

County Sheriff      Glen Potts                     Francis “Swede” Colen

County Coroner    Cliff Thies                         ---------------

County Surveyor Wayne Stahl                       Steve Johns

County Assessor Ed Hautman                       ----------------

Commissioner District 1 Doug Baker           Todd Ray Walton

County Council District 1 ---------              Dill Dorrell

Council District 2 Mike Beckett                  Tim Adams

 Council District 3 Don Grace                       Jeff Stegemiller

 Council District 4 Myron (Marty) Dennis      Jeff Iceberg

Township Trustee Cass Bridgett Brown Bolling LaVerne Hayes

Township Trustee Pike -----------                Janet Iceberg

Township Trustee Randolph Ethel “Sissy”  Potter -------------

Township Trustee Union Deirdre (DeeDee) Helton ----------

Advisory Board Cass Kathy Halloran           Jennifer A. Mossburger

Advisory Board Cass James G. Henry (Sonny)

Advisory Board Cass Raymond Kirkpatrick

Advisory Board Pike Bob Sommer             Deborah A. Covington

Advisory Board Pike Jean Dettenwanger

Advisory Board Randolph Sonja Keith        Jaclyn Armbruster

Advisory Board Randolph Michael D. Peters Nancy Swart

Advisory Board Randolph Nanette Stegemiller Williams --------

Advisory Board Union Jerry L. Koons   ------------

Advisory Board Union John E. Peters     ---------

Advisory Board Union John Wilber        ----------

Port discussions continue
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:30 AM

Efforts towards a feasibility study on whether a port would survive in Ohio County or Dearborn County are not intended to circumvent the Southeast Indiana Regional Port Authority, Ind. Rep. Randy Frye (R-Indianapolis) told that board Friday, July 18.

Rather, his meeting with Ohio County and some Dearborn County officials and residents Thursday, June 26, was a movement toward something he's been thinking about for the two years since he was elected, he said.

“One of the first things I wanted to do was establish a port here,” he said. The first step is a study of whether a port would survive and where it best would be located, said Frye. Personally, he doesn't care where it would go, anywhere between the Indiana/Ohio state line in Dearborn down to the Ohio/Switzerland county line, he said.

“To me, it's a regional economic opportunity, not just for one county,” said Frye. He thinks Ohio County/Rising Sun has agreed to raise $75,000 toward the study's cost, and the experts hired with those funds will tell local folks where it ought to go.

“We are going to need a sizable amount of land,” said Frye, mentioning Ports of Indiana prefers 100,000 acres.

While the closing American Electric Power Tanner's Creek plant would offer existing port facilities, the site does not have the amount of property Ports of Indiana prefers, he said. Still, it could be used as a loading and unloading facility with receiving and shipping companies located somewhere else, said Frye.

The SIRPA has discussed acquiring the AEP docking facilities when the plant closes in 2015.

Jeff Stratman, SIRPA attorney, said one of the sites under discussion at the Ohio County meeting was property on the Ohio County side of Laughery Creek. Nick Domaschko, who owns that land, was at both meetings.

But Rich Cooper, of Ports of Indiana, said at the Rising Sun meeting that a railroad connection is a must. Also mentioned then was that any port developed through that effort would be owned by the state.

That would not be the case if SIRPA acquires and manages port facilities, according to previous SIRPA board discussions. No mention of ownership was made at the July 18 meeting, but SIRPA member Tom Schneider pointed out the Ohio County effort would take two or three years before a shovel turns the dirt.

Meanwhile, Dearborn County has an existing, private port, Consolidated Grain in Aurora, which is expanding, said Schneider. And the port facilities at AEP could become available without the need to seek construction permits from the Corps of Engineers.

So should the SIRPA wait on Frye's study or go on with its efforts, asked Schneider.

The study won't take that long, said Frye, adding he can't tell the SIRPA what to do. But his effort also will need federal dollars, something he intends to pursue.

Stratman said he didn't see any problem with both processes proceeding at this stage. SIRPA member E.G. McLaughlin asked how long the study will take, and Frye said he hoped it would take place within 90 days.

In other business, the board discussed the new interlocal agreement which would add Dearborn County to the SIRPA. The agreement needs to be approved by all member entities: the county, Lawrenceburg and Aurora. Greendale has been asked to join SIRPA, but has since taken steps to create its own port authority.

The next SIRPA meeting will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the Dearborn County Commissioners room in the Dearborn County Administration Building, Lawrenceburg.

Ertel named city attorney
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:30 AM

The July meeting of the Rising Sun City council and new mayor April Hautman was held on Thursday, July 3 at city hall.

A contract was signed with attorney John Ertel who was appointed city attorney when Hautman took over office. He is to be paid at a rate of $125 plus a one way $125 mileage.

Amy Hoffman reported that Historic Downtown Rising Sun now is 501-3C private foundation.

Park director Jamie Bell reported that plans for an opening day parade next year for the summer baseball and softball leagues.

The park board has brought in $10,523.10 during the second quarter which includes facility rentals and classes. 

Ongoing talk continues with Land Consultants over the riverfront development project contract and expenses.

Gary Green represented Lifetime Resources to request the annual $15,000 in support given by the city.

The annual fall yard sale will be Sept. 4,5,6

Council approved to give the Shiner Basketball golf scramble a $75 promotion package instead of usual event contribution.

Council approved payment to the Economic Development Commission of $5,106.08 and $5,440.23 for first and second quarters of 2014.

Casino wagering tax was reported down 23 percent compared to July 2013 which was actually the best report since January. February through June saw a 41 to 46 percent reduction.

Admissions tax dropped off an additional 25 percent in April.

The first reading of salary ordinance has been set for Aug. 7.


Trial set for Ohio County murder suspect Green
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, July 25, 2014 1:18 PM

A jury trial has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 14, for Danielle Marie Green, 42, of 9893 Hartford Pike, Ohio County.

Green, who is charged with the murder of her ex-husband Raymond Green, 62, remains jailed. After her arrest Tuesday, June 3, Ohio Circuit Court Judge James Humphrey denied bond.

During an omnibus and pretrial hearing Friday, July 25, Humphrey set the trial date as well as a final pretrial date of 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

According to the affidavit for probable cause by Indiana State Police Det. Peter Tressler, Danielle Green told police she saw a loaded handgun on the nightstand next to Raymond Green sleeping in bed about 6 a.m. Monday, May 26. He woke, grabbed her and said he was going to kill her, she told police.

She pushed him away, grabbed the gun and shot him five times, she said, according to the PCA. She then reloaded, and shot him five more times after he sat up and told her she needed to die, she told police.

Defense attorney David Zerbe said previously the defense anticipated raising the battered spouse defense.

Raymond Green's body was located in a padlocked silver box on the Hartford Pike property, according to the PCA.