April 20, 2014

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Recalls 4-18-14
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Friday, April 18, 2014 2:24 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 18, 2014 2:30 PM )
Community week of mourning includes Bear Branch chief
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:19 AM

April has been a tough time for those in Ohio County with several deaths of well known residents.

Last week's tragic death of two year old twins Jocelyn Nicole and Shaylyn Lee Spurlock in Aurora on April 8 was sad news everywhere including Ohio County relatives. (See adjacent story).

An American Flag was draped from a fire truck outside of the Olive Branch Baptist Church where Harry Althoff, 81, was a deacon.He died Tuesday, April 8.

Just a week earlier the community of Bear Branch remembered the 40th anniversary of the April 3, 1974 tornado which devastated the community.

In his words (in a story on the 30th anniversary) Althoff said, “we survived.”

That survival was largely due to Althoff. He and partner (the late) Howard Weismann operated A&W Milling for 44 years after Althoff had started the business in 1954 with his father-in-law Everatt Oatman.

He was a charter member of the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department, from 1969 to present, where he was the current and longtime fire chief. He was a former reserve deputy for Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, from 1970 to 1982. Harry served on the building committee for Ohio County Elementary Middle School. He was a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Farmers Mutual Aid Society, for 20 years. 

He was so revered that nearly every year when there was a vote for the Volunteer of the Year for the Bear Branch Fire Department and honored during either 9-11 festivities or recently Take Back the Night (drug awareness), Harry Althoff was the recipient. So humble, Althoff would shy away from accepting the award.

A firemen service was conducted by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association & the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department Friday, April 11 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Ohio County.

Sox Murray

Earlier in the week, funeral services were held for Vernon Lee “Sox” Murray, 84, who passed away Sunday, April 6.

A Switzerland County native, he attended Cass Union Grade School and Rising Sun High School.

Sox was also a member of the carpenter’s union and had worked in construction. He had worked on many local bridges and the Markland Dam.

His memorial donations may be made to the Cass Union Scholarship Fund or charity of donor’s choice.

Louis Rumsey

Louis William Rumsey, 86,  passed away on Saturday, April 5. He was a graduate of Moores Hill High School, Class of 1946 and also received an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Louis (like Sox) worked at Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg and also owned Rumsey Realty for 25 years.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for five years and was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, the Indianapolis Scottish Rite and the Dillsboro Shriners Club. Louis was also a faithful member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.   

Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

Kitchen George

George D. “Kitchen George” Feustel, 59, of Aurora passed away Friday, April 11.

He worked as a flooring specialist for Lowes Hardware since December of 2010. He was the owner/operator of Ohio Valley Kitchens for 36-37 years, earning him the nickname of “Kitchen George.”

George was an Aurora Lions Club member since 1987, member of Farmers Fair Board since 1988 and a former member of the Gideon’s International. 

Friends will be received 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Rising Sun Church of Christ, 430 Fifth Street, Rising Sun. Services will be held at the church, Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. McDonald Jackson official

Contributions may be made to the Aurora Lions Club for Relay for Life or Gideon’s International.

Education Center of Rising Sun Math and Science tutors wanted
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:17 AM

Are you a wiz in math or science? The Education Center of Rising Sun is looking for individuals knowledgeable in these areas to serve as tutors.

This is a great way to give back to your community.

Volunteer and paid positions are available. All Tutors are required to submit to a background check.

The tutoring program is held at the Education Center of Rising Sun located at 591 Smart Drive, Rising Sun. Tutoring is held Monday-Thursday after school. You can tutor as little or as much as your schedule permits.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, contact Christy Elbright, Education Center Program Development at 438-2437 or celbright@occfrisingsun.com.

Archery program at Rising Sun
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:13 AM

ImageEducators are looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance, and focus. Teachers strive to achieve state and national educational standards regarding development of micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills. They hope to engage each student in the educational process and develop relationships to promote graduation instead of drop-out.

 Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.

 The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) was developed to serve these specific educational and conservation purposes. NASP® was co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources and Department of Education and Mathews Archery in the late summer and fall of 2001. The program was launched in 21 Kentucky middle schools on March 3, 2002. Originally called the “Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program”, the effort’s goal was to enroll 120 schools and teach target archery skills to 24,000 students each year. Kentucky gave itself three years to achieve this goal.

 Within the program’s first year the 120-school goal was achieved and because of neighbor-state interest, “National” replaced “Kentucky” in the program’s name. NASP® also expanded its participation standards to include students in 4th-12th grade. Shortly afterwards NASP® was granted 501 c (3) non-profit educational foundation status. NASP® is overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors. Every state, province and country enrolled in NASP® has a “Coordinator” in charge of leading the program in their jurisdiction.

 Here at Rising Sun Schools, we are in our first year of participating in NASP. So far, most of the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders have shot archery in their PE classes. The high school has just recently started shooting. The equipment was purchased with grants from the Ohio County Community Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Indiana Dept of Natural Resources. All of the teachers/administrators who participate in the program went through an eight-hour course to be able to instruct.

 The archery range is set up in the gymnasiums and is very regulated. No one does anything without an instructor monitoring their every movement. Commands are given by the instructors using a whistle. Students police each other so more time is spent shooting and not waiting for unruly students to behave.

Archery is a lifesport anyone can participate in.

 In the future, we are looking to form an archery club and participate in NASP tournaments with other schools. Hopefully with some practice, Ohio County students will qualify and compete at the state and national levels.

Lobbyist tells of upcoming battle, neighbors express concern over race
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Ohio County Council heard a legislative update from lobbyist Jewell DeBonis at its Monday, March 31 meeting.

DeBonis gave an update about the next legislative action. She stated that there is a legislative council that will whittle the list of potential bills down by 1/3 with a resolution bill. The bills should be ready for the House and Senate by mid-June.

The resolution is determined by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-tem of the Senate. The Senate and House will have Public Policy committees formed that usually take until the end of June. There will be many gaming bills in this upcoming session because the riverboat money is “up for grabs.” She said that the state is not going to sit by and lose money and let us have riverboat income. The State of Indiana is only interested in increasing their revenue.

Jewell gave out a list of the second regular session’s senate resolutions which includes competition from Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky markets. There are also reductions due to competition and economic conditions, effectiveness of free play deductibility and taxation levels of Indiana casinos, and issues related to youth access to gaming. There was also discussion concerning live dealers at racinos, Indiana lottery (on-line lottery and video lottery terminals), charity gaming expansion and sports betting. She stated that the uphill battle is next year with a high probability that admissions tax will change. She feels that the local boat needs to do more marketing to survive.

Council approved  for Clerk Annie Jo Jackson to purchase a laptop from monies inher budget for absentee voting during election. This enables the workers to have all the information easily available.

Council president Doug Baker and councilman Dill Dorrell informed council that they had a 2 ½ hour conference call concerning the boat’s reassessment lawsuit. There was much discussion concerning the lawsuit.

The school endowment fund was discussed. Mark Guard made a motion to leave the county’s portion of the endowment in that fund to pay the school debt.

The folowing transfers were approved:

$224.14 from office supplies to per diem and $195.00 from telephone to repair of equipment for the 911 department. 

$1,499 from postage to office machines for the Auditor’s office.

$150 from mileage to secretary for the building inspector.

Satolli Glassmeyer, Scenic Road Rallies, discussed historic sites in Ohio County that he plans to video.

The county commissioners met in their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9 am in the Ohio County Courthouse.

Billy Kinnett spoke to commissioners about the planning commission’s board of appeals. He and his neighbors are in opposition to the ATV races that another neighbor is trying to schedule. His biggest concern is that he doesn’t understand the vote. He stated that all the surrounding land owners are opposed to the races. He stated that Building Inspector Tom Cappel has been professional and neutral.

Commissioners declared May as Mental Health Awareness month.

Commissioners approved to grant Aberdeen-Pate the right of way on South Fork Road for the water line on Rod Ballart’s property.Bids were opened for chip and seal with Paul Rohe's low bid of  $132,300 being accepted.