October 24, 2014

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Sgt. Noel W. Houze, Jr. retires after nearly 30 years
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:03 AM

Sgt. Noel W. Houze, Jr. will conclude nearly 30 years of service with the Indiana State Police at the end of October, 2014. Noel followed the footsteps of his father, Noel W. Houze, Sr., who was also a career state police officer. 

Noel began his law enforcement career with the Rising Sun Police Department, where he served the local community for two and a half years in the early 1980’s. Noel left Rising Sun P.D. in July, 1984 to attend the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was later appointed as a probationary trooper on Nov. 18, 1984. Upon his graduation from the state police academy he initially worked as a road trooper in Jackson County, which was formerly part of the Seymour District. On March 1, 1987 Noel voluntarily transferred to Ripley County, which is part of the Versailles District. 

Noel continued working at the Versailles District and later applied for the position of Squad Sergeant, which he was the successful candidate and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 1994. He continued serving in this capacity until he interviewed to be a Public Information Officer (PIO) Sergeant for the state police. Noel was the successful candidate and transferred to PIO in June of 2006. 

In his service as a PIO Sergeant for the state police, Noel became a well known and respected spokesperson for the state police, providing timely and accurate information to media throughout the greater Versailles District. 

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Noel was a member of the department’s High Performance Vehicle (HPV) patrol program that initially began in 1988 with unmarked Ford Mustang police vehicles. Noel was one of the original 20 troopers selected to start with the special patrol unit. Noel served as an Emergency Vehicle Operation (EVO) instructor for 22 years as well as being a certified vehicle speed timing device operator of RADAR and VASCAR speed recording equipment. He was a Field Training Officer, training new state police officers and also served with the state police Tactical Intervention Platoon (TIP) which is used for disturbance control. 

Noel’s more memorable points of service to the department was as a member of one of the state police Honor Guard teams that render honors at funerals of department members as well as presenting the State’s and Nation’s flags at ceremonial events. Noel was also a member of the Katrina Hurricane response force that travelled to Biloxi, Miss., as part of Operation Hoosier Relief to augment the Biloxi Police Department in the initial days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 of 2005. 

Noel was a 1979 graduate of South Dearborn High School, in Auroa, Ind. While a member of the state police Noel attended and graduated from 102nd Session of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute-School of Police Staff and Command in 1996. Noel continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University and obtained his Bachelor of Science in 2004. 

Sgt. Houze’s supervisor from June 2006 through June of 2014, Capt. David Bursten, said, “Sgt. Houze was the consummate professional police officer. He served the citizens of Indiana with professionalism and distinction as well as ensuring the media contacts he interacted with were kept informed about state police investigations.” 

While Noel’s career with the Indiana State Police has drawn to a close, beginning on Monday, Nov. 10, he will continue serving the citizens and students of Milan, Ind., as a uniformed School Resource Officer (SRO) with the Milan Community School Corporation. 

Noel is married to Susan, his wife of 34 years. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Noel and Susan reside in Milan, Ind.

Band performance Frdiay
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:01 AM

The “Shiner Pride” Band attended the Simon Kenton Invitational Contest on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Band came in first place in their class and also received awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, and Best Flag Corps. In addition to winning their class, the Band also made it to the Finals portion of the contest.

The Top10 scoring bands on the whole day came back again in the evening to march at Finals. It is very rare for a Class A band to march at Finals. This is the second time that “Shiner Pride” has achieved making Finals as a Class A band at an invitational this year.

The top 10 placements were:

1) Williamstown (Kentucky Class A State Champion).

2) Dixie Heights (Ky.),

3) Bloomington South (Ind.).

4) Taylor (Kentucky Class AAA Semi-State Finalist).

5) RISING SUN, 6) Conner High School (Ky.).

7) Madison Consolidated (Ind.).

8) Harrison (Ky.).

9) Paris (Kentucky Class A State Finalist)

10) Bellevue (Ky.).

The “Shiner Pride” Band will be giving their annual Parent/Community Performance on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the infield of the track. The JH Band will be joining the HS Band in this performance. The HS Band will be in full uniform to perform.

Donate to legion

Trick or Treat

There is no admission fee for the performance. Instead of asking for admission, you are being asked to bring something to donate to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary “Trick or Treat for the Troops.”

Items that you can bring: toiletry items, beef jerky, pretzels, chewing gum, nuts, peanut butter, popcorn, granola bars, playing cards, board games, books, foam footballs, headphones, word searches. Any items you think would be helpful to our troops can be donated. A more extensive list is available by contacting the legion. Band director Ron Eads, says, “We hope you will come and enjoy a great show and help our troops…all at the same time!”

Absentee voting
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:01 AM

Absentee voting is underway from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (with lunch 12 noon to 1 p.m.).

Also on Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

See sample ballot on page 3.

Auxiliary Trick or treating for the Troops
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:54 AM

The Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary Post 59 will be Trick-or-Treating for a good cause - Care Packages for local Troops.

The Auxiliary is preparing to send care packages to all Ohio County troops currently serving overseas.

Donations of items listed below but not limited to will to be included in the packages. They will be Trick-or-Treating to collect these items.

Your cash donation is also appreciated and will be used to help offset the cost of shipping, purchase phone cards and other misc. expenses.

If you will not be participating in Trick-or-Treat, items can be placed in the collection box at the American Legion Post Home at 110 Main Street.

Also, Items can be taken to the band's community performance on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Items Needed

Hand Lotion


Body Powder

Foot Powder



Lip Balm

Baby Wipes

Face Moisturizer

Hand warmers

Eye Drops




Slim Jims

Beef Jerky



Jelly Beans


Snack Mixes

Sunflower Seeds

Chewing Gun



Crystal Light

Jaw Breakers


Canned Foods

Peanut Butter



Ramen Noodles

Cereal Bars

Granola Bars

Microwave Pasta

Hot Cocoa mix

Soup Mix



Phone Card

Poker Game

Playing Cards


Board Games


Game Cartridges

Books on Tape

Foam Footballs

Silly String




Word Searches


Blank Cards


Navy Bean festival coverage
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:48 PM

The 200th birthday of Rising Sun included the annual Navy Bean Parade. 200 balloons were launched.

See photos of royalty, rides and more in this week's Rising Sun Recorder.