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School considers community use
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:42 PM

October 18, 1962

 50 years ago


Among topics discussed last week by the school board of Rising Sun-Ohio County Consolidated Schools was the use of school buildings by groups outside the school. Discussion centered around the costs of heating the buildings and the cost of cleaning following the use of the buildings. After deliberation, the school board adopted the following policy which will apply to the Rising Sun elementary and high school and the Cass Union School, excluding the Freedom school. “It shall be the policy of the Rising Sun-Ohio County School Board to allow specified organizations functioning within Ohio County to use school facilities for group meetings.” 

Among the many motor caravans traveling to Indianapolis Saturday to hear President Kennedy speak, was a bus from Ohio County. Forty-six persons spent the day in Indianapolis. In addition to hearing the President speak, countians heard state and congressional candidates, including Birch Bayh, Senator Van Hartke, and Governor Matthew Welsh.

Representatives from five area counties met Friday night in Vevay to discuss a proposed bridge spanning the new Markland Dam. The group agreed to petition the federal government for a four lane, double-deck highway which would tie in with the interstate highway program. 

Ivan D. Green, a senior in the School of Engineering Sciences at Purdue University, has been selected as one of 118 pledges for membership in the Purdue Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, national all-engineering honor society. 

Governor Matthew E. Welsh last week appointed William Buchanan and Kenneth Stegemiller to serve on the Youth Advisory Committee, a statewide project of the Governor’s Youth Council. 

Miss Sandra Speier has been chosen to represent Rising Sun High School in the Daughter’s of the American Revolution Good Citizen contest. 

Monday, Oct. 15, Thom D. Dunlavy purchased the interest in Ohio County Newspapers, Inc. formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Stroh. 

Eugene Espey has been honored for his high performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given last spring. Eugene received a formal Letter of Commendation signed by his principal, Delbert Wright, and the president of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, John M. Stalnaker. Eugene, a senior in Rising Sun High School, was recognized for his outstanding academic ability, which was realized by the scholarship examination.


The new span across Arnold’s Creek below Rising Sun was opened to through traffic this week when workers began demolishing the old bridge.


October 17, 1957


Harold C. Poellman disclosed this week that he had received a telegram from the post office department in Cincinnati informing him that the department had accepted his bid to construct a post office building in Rising Sun. 

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. James Brooks, Sept. 28, a son, James Dennis. 

Charles Beyer of Clearview Heights, who owns and operates the former Olcott Drug Store in Aurora, has moved the business to the former Aurora State Bank building.


October 16, 1952 

The Rising Sun schools’ traffic patrol, reorganized by the Rotary Club and the Cincinnati Automobile Club, became operative on the streets near the school building Wednesday.

George W. Elliott underwent an operation for the amputation of his right arm late Monday afternoon after the arm became caught in a tractor-drawn field corn chopper. 

Births: to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brown (Carolyn Jenkins) a daughter, Leigh Anne, Oct. 8 in DCH, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz; to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Slack a daughter born Oct. 14, weighing 9 lbs. 

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stout announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy, to Rodney Hastings.

Leona's Beuty Shop float wins at fair
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:08 AM

October 8, 1964

 50 years ago

The float, which was entered by Leona’s Beauty Salon, won first place in the business division Saturday in the Aurora Farmers Fair. Miss Janet Detmer, Miss Janet Neaman, Miss Janet McPherson, Miss Del Ritter, Mrs. Nina Cook, Mrs. Henry Gossom, Miss Pam Koons, Miss Gail Cochran and Miss Denise Beyer were on the float showing their stylish coiffures. 

Aurora’s 1964 Farmer’s Fair out-raced previous years in many respected, but judges estimated that the farm and home exhibits made startling progress. The hundreds of exhibits that graced the tables in the Judiciary street building were described as superior in quality and increased in number. The parade was long, the pet entries were many, and the crowd of some 15,000 visitors milled about the concessions and rides for a grand good time. 

The Ohio County ASC Convention for the purpose of electing the county committee was held Sept. 24. Floyd Neaman was elected chairman.

Miss Ann Whitlock has been given a place in the mixed choral group, the Singing Hoosiers, at Indiana University. This group performs on campus and throughout the state. 

Similarities: Both President Lincoln and President Kennedy were concerned with the issue of civil rights. Lincoln was elected in 1860 and Kennedy in 1960. Both were slain on Friday and in the presence of their wives. Both were shot from behind, and in the head. Their successors, both named Johnson, were Southerners and both served in the Senate. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 and Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908. John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939. Both Booth and Oswald were Southerners favoring unpopular ideas. Booth and Oswald were both assassinated before going up for trial. Both Presidents’ wives lost children through deaths while in the White House. Lincoln’s secretary, whose name was Kennedy, advised him not to go to the theatre. Kennedy’s secretary, whose name was Lincoln, advised him not to go to Dallas. John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and ran to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and ran to a theatre. The names, Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson, each contain 13 letters. The names, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, each contain 15 letters. 

Lee H. Hamilton of Columbus, Democratic candidate for Congress from the Ninth District, has announced the appointment of Rita Hysell of Rising Sun as his Ohio County Representative.

Births – A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill King, Oct. 7. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and has been named Kelley Sue; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Koons on Sept. 10. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and has been named Amy Lynn; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Buford Chipman on Sept. 25.


October 8, 1959


Gene Ray Stalker, a Church of Christ minister and a 1941 graduate of Rising Sun High School, will become academic dean of the newly organized Toronto (Canada) Christian Seminary.


October 7, 1954


The Southeastern Indiana Fox Hunters Association is sponsoring its annual bench show and field trials at East Enterprise, Oct. 13-16. 

With sale of the city’s $350,000sewer and disposal plant construction bonds, contractors are expected to start digging next Wednesday. 

Births - to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Siekman, a son, Terry Joe, Sept. 30.


October 5, 1944

Lloyd C. Gibbs, owner of the Shell Service Station, in a serious condition at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, suffering from a broken left thigh and cuts and bruises on his left leg and arm as a result of a tire explosion at the service station Tuesday night.


October 3, 1924


J. W. Whitlock’s Hoosier boy won the speed boat races at Cincinnati Sunday, finishing three seconds ahead of the Fore of Chicago, and is now the fastest single engine hydroplane in the world. 

A crowd of nearly 1,000 persons attended the big celebration at Stow’s garage Monday night honoring Mr. Whitlock and his boats, the Hoosier Boy and the Hoosier Girl.

Get it right Mr. Hillman
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:07 AM


I am writing this letter to clarify a comment that was published in the Oct. 2 edition of the Rising Sun paper. Mr. Hillman has me stating that “I questioned the Rising Sun school colors after going to a volleyball game and seeing the team in black.” This is not how the discussion took place at the school board meeting.

First, I have not had the opportunity to attend a volleyball game this year. Second, I have had several comments over the past six months from community members regarding school colors displayed on uniforms. Therefore the question and discussion of the school colors took place at the board meeting.

I respect Mr. Hillman and the job he performs. I am glad he attends community meetings and informs the community of the discussions that happen. However the information needs to be published correctly.


Billy Hayes

Rising Sun School Board Member

Reduce class size
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:26 AM


I am writing to advocate for a reduction in the size of our classrooms. My husband and I together have 60 years of teaching experience. We learned early on that class size DOES make a huge difference. Now, there are a number of studies that prove a reduced class size improves not only test scores, but also long term student achievement; both academically and social.

According to the Brookings institute, reducing class size by 7 students is (conservatively) the equivalent to about 9 months of additional schooling over a 12 year school career. This is the same as providing 13 years of education in 12 years. This is an extremely productive way to spend tax payer money.

Reducing class size in our state would also have a profound impact on many of our states social problems, from issues of crime and drugs to teen pregnancy and poverty. It is a well documented fact that improving education addresses our social problems. If you want to see fewer abortions improve education. If you want to see Indiana no longer at the top of the rape statistics, improve education. If you want to reduce the cost of prisons (over $600Million annually) improve education. If you want fewer people on government assistance, improve education. If you want to improve education, we do not need new standards simply reduce class size.

Every appropriation our state makes should come down to a simple choice: What will do the greatest good and provide the greatest return on the tax payer investment. According to experts reducing class size will improve our kids education and improve Indiana.

We have a moral obligation to prepare our children for the future and grant them the same opportunity at the American dream we had. Reducing class size will do that. I call on you to educate yourself and Vote for candidates that will do what is right.

Pam McClure