April 23, 2014

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60 sign up during roundup
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:11 AM

April 16, 1964

50 years ago

A total of 60 children were enrolled at the pre-school round up held April 9, 10, and 11 in Ohio County.

Five local FFA members, Mike Colen, Gerald Messer, Jerry Nolker, Ronald Snelling, and David Wilson, along with their advisor, James Wilson, attended the Regional DeKalb Corn Achievement project awards banquet at Holiday Inn Restaurant in Richmond April 9. Members completing the project but not in attendance were Mike Billingsley, Dennis Loh and Robert Stephenson.

The athletic and band department of Patriot School held their award night supper at the gym Thursday evening. Band director Janelle Carlisle presented each band member a certificate of the year’s participation. John E. Nichols awarded jackets to the senior Trojans, Don Bevis, Randy Craig, Bob Lostutter and Paul Hankinson. Bob Carver, student manager, was given a sweater and a jacket was given to Sherry Mayfield, senior cheerleader. Special trophy awards went to Gary Washnock, B team free throw; Don Bevis, varsity free throw, and varsity rebound and Randy Craig, sportsmanship.

Miss Sandra Speier was elected president of the BYF Baptist Youth Fellowship of the Southeastern District.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Audree Martin 28 and has been named Phillip Matthew; a son was born March 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith and has been named Jeffery Allen.

April 16, 1958

The 50-bed, new $1,350,000 Dearborn County Hospital was opened to receive patients, Monday. The new, Ludlow Hill Clinic was opened Tuesday, by four doctors from Whitlatch Clinic and Hospital, Milan.

Whitlatch Hospital terminated hospital care Saturday and will be converted into a nursing home.

Births – to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hamilton, a daughter, Carol Sue, April 2; to Mr. and Mrs. Junior Murray, a daughter, Lucinda Kay, April 13; to Mr. and Mrs. David Satchwill, a daughter Judith Ann, April 13.

April 15, 1954

Coach Marvin Wood of Milan’s 1954 Indiana State championship Indians spoke at the yearly athletic banquet to 55 Rotarians and guests in First Evangelical Reformed Church parish hall.

Wallace (Hoppy) Ryle was elected president of the Rising Sun Lion’s Club at a fiscal dinner meeting in the Kentucky restaurant Thursday night.

April 13, 1944

Paul Lester Rump, a member of the Senior Class of Rising Sun High School, has received a two-term scholarship at Purdue University.

Births – to Technical Sergeant and Mrs. John J. Huron, a son, Louis John March 19; to Navy Lieutenant and Mrs. Robert Farrar, a son, Gary Lee, April 4; to Private and Mrs. Raymond Koons, a daughter, April 7; to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Hastings, a son, April 5; to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bradley, a son, April 2; to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Henderson, a daughter, April 5; to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Emery, a son, John William April 12.

April 16, 1914

Farmers of New Hope neighborhood have organized a farmer’s club, which is to meet each Saturday evening in New Hope school house. The following officers have been chosen: J. P. Goodner, president; Charles Kittle, vice president; Albert Vinup, secretary.

A fine drove of hogs, 270 in numbers, was ferried over from Rabbit Hash early Tuesday morning and driven from here to Lawrenceburg.

Births – to Mr. and Mrs. George Sommer of Bear Branch, a daughter, Naomi; to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Morrison, a daughter, April 15.

U. S. Holdcraft and Bert VanOsdol formed a partnership in the barber business Monday.

April 15, 1904

F. L. Stephens of Rabbit Hash, Ky., has traded his store to Ves Gaines of Rising Sun, for his interest in the butcher shop. Mr. Stephens will move to Rising Sun and take possession about May 1.

The new store company at Patriot is building two warerooms – one 20 by 54 feet and the other 40 by 40 feet – in the rear of the main building.

Backpacks with healthy snacks
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:03 PM

Shannon Franklin

Purdue Extension/Ohio County Health and Human Sciences Educator/4-H Youth Development

It is a proven fact that when kids are hungry, they tend to not perform as well in school. According to the Health Connections Newsletter (Issue 12, Vol. 1, Winter 2014, Dairy Council of California), eating breakfast can lead to higher academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems in youth. With the increasing cost of living and uncertain economic changes, it is sometimes difficult to make a family’s food dollars stretch far enough so that nutritious and adequate food can be provided at all times.

Knowing that this may be a problem for families in our community, the City of Rising Sun, The Ohio County Community Foundation, Ohio County Elementary Middle School, the Ohio County Extension Homemakers and Purdue Extension-Ohio County teamed up during the 2012-2013 school year to provide “Backpacks with Healthy Snacks” for 60 students at Ohio County Elementary Middle School in order to supply a little extra nutrition to keep them growing and learning.

Flash forward to the 2013-2014 school year where students at OCEMS were offered the “Backpacks with Healthy Snacks” program at the beginning of the school year and over 100 families are being given food each week. Each bag consists of items that correlate to USDA’s MyPlate along with recipe flyers that use one of the food items within the bag, along with healthy living tips for parents and an activity page for youth. The bags contain items that are quick and easy for youth to prepare and require little or minimal assistance from an adult. Some of the items that students receive include instant oatmeal, tuna, green beans, canned fruit, breakfast bars and macaroni and cheese.

When asked about the impact of the program at OCEMS, School Nurse Jamie Works replied, “I've had nothing but positive feedback from the parents about this program. It has been really helpful for our community.” Teacher Mary Jo Rowell quoted “Our daily living class has really enjoyed delivering the bags each week. It has been a great job skill for them and they have really enjoyed helping.”

Mayor Branden Roeder says that the program exemplifies how multiple entities can collaborate together to achieve an overall goal. This program is a great way to help local families out in troubled financial times. It has been great to observe the excited children when they receive their bag of nutritious food.

This program takes a multitude of work from many organizations and on behalf of Backpacks with Healthy Snacks a huge thank you goes to the City of Rising Sun and the Ohio County Community Foundation for financing the program, the City of Rising Sun workers who help retrieve and unload the food shipments, the Ohio County Extension Homemakers for packaging the food on a weekly basis, the OCEMS Daily Living Students for handing out the bags and Purdue Extension-Ohio County for creating the informational flyers and healthy living information.

For more information on this topic or any other, please contact Shannon Franklin, Purdue Cooperative Extension Educator, HHS/4-H Youth Development, 812-438-3656 or frankls@purdue.edu Purdue University, Indiana Counties and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Institution.


National Telecommunication Week declared for April 13 through 19
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:55 PM

The Ohio County Commissioners have proclaimed April 13 through 19 as Natinal Telecommunications Week in Ohio County. Along with Glen Potts, Ohio County 911 Director, they would like to recognize the Ohio County 911 Dispatchers for an outstanding job they do on a daily basis. This job is more than answering telephones and talking on the radio.

Dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public safety. People see on the news or read in the paper the actions done by law enforcement, fire department and EMT's, but dispatchers are the ones that receive the initial contact from the public. If you happen to see any of your dispatchers out during this telecommunication week, stop them and tell them thanks for a job well done, they would appreciate it. The following are the Ohio County 911 Dispatchers:

Sandy Kinser, Regina White, Nikki Curry, Matt McKinley, Laura Walston, Kris Heitmeyer, Michelle Donnell, Kristy Browning, and Christy Cyrus.

The following is a letter from Tom Wagoner of the Loveland Colorado Police Department regarding dispatchers.

Someone once asked me if I thought that answering telephones for a living was a profession. I said I thought it was a calling—and so is dispatching.

I have found in my law enforcement career that dispatchers are the unsung heroes of public safety. They miss the excitement of riding in a speeding car with lights flashing and sirens wailing. They can only hear of the bright orange flames leaping from a burning building. They do not get to see the joy on the face of worried parents as they see their child begin breathing on its own, after it has been given CPR. Dispatchers sit in darkened rooms looking at computer screens and talking to voices from faces they never see. It's like reading a lot of books, but only half of each one.

Dispatchers connect the anxious conversations of terrified victims, angry informants, suicidal citizens and grouchy officers (this was in the letter, not added by me ha-ha). They are the calming influence of all of them—the quiet, competent voices in the night that provide the pillars for the bridges of sanity and safety.

They are expected to gather information from highly agitated people who can't remember where they are, live, what their name is, or what they just saw. And then they are to calmly provide all that information to officers, fire fighters or paramedics without error— the first time, and every time.

Dispatchers are expected to be able to do five things at once-and do them all well. While questioning a frantic caller, they must type the information into a computer, tip off another dispatcher, put another caller on hold, and listen to an officer run a plate for a parking problem. To miss the plate numbers is to raise the officer's ire; to miss the caller information may be to endanger the same officer's life. But the officer will never understand that.

Dispatchers have two constant companions, other dispatchers and stress. They depend on the one, and try to ignore the other. They are chastened by upset callers, taken for granted by the public, and criticized by officers. The rewards they get are inexpensive and infrequent, except for the satisfaction they feel at the end of a shift, having done what they were expected to do.

Dispatchers come in all shapes and sizes, all races, both sexes, and all ages. They are blondes, and brunettes, and redheads. They are quiet or outgoing, single or married, plain, beautiful, or handsome. No two are alike, yet they are all the same. They are people who were selected in a difficult hiring process to do an impossible job, they are as different as snowflakes, but they have one thing in common. They care about people and they enjoy being a lifeline of society—that steady voice in a storm—the one who knows how to handle every emergency and does it with style and grace, and uncompromised competence.

Dispatchers play many roles: therapist, answer man, doctor, lawyer, teacher, weatherman, guidance counselor, psychologist, priest, secretary, supervisor, politician, and reporter. And few people must jump through emotional hoops on the trip through the joy of one caller's birthday party, to the fear of another caller's burglary in progress, to the anger of a neighbor blocked in their driveway, and back to the birthday caller's, all in a two minute time frame. The emotional roller-coaster rolls to a stop after an 8 or 10 hour shift, and they are expected to walk down to their car with the steady feet and no queasiness in their stomach-because they are dispatchers.

If they hold it in, they are too closed. If they talk about it, they're a whiner. If it bothers them, it adds more stress. If it doesn't, they question themselves, wondering why.

Dispatchers are expected to have the compassion of mother Theresa; the wisdom of Solomon; the interviewing skills of Oprah; the gentleness of Florence Nightingale; the patience of Job; the voice of Barbara Streisand; the knowledge of Einstein; the answers of Ann Landers; the people skills of Andy Taylor; the humor of David Letterman; the investigative skills of Sgt. Joe Friday; the looks of Melanie Griffith or Don Johnson; the faith of Billy Graham; the energy of Charro; and the endurance of the energizer bunny.

Is it any wonder that many drop out during training?

It is a unique and talented person who can do this job and do it well.

And it is fitting and proper that we take a few minutes or hours this week to honor you

for the job that each of you do. That recognition is overdue, and it is insufficient But it

is sincere

I have tried to do your job and I have failed.

It takes a special person with unique skills. I admire you and I thank you for the thankless job you do.

You are heroes.....And I am proud to work with you.

Locals on Paul Dixon Show
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:41 PM

April 9, 1964

50 years ago

Births – a girl was born March 30 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carpenter; a boy was born March 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCann; a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pavy March 31; a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Miller on April 1; a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lamkin April 2.

Mrs. Margie Adams, Mrs. Mary Colen, Peggy and Dougie Colen, Mrs. Amy Keith and Mrs. Nyla Roeder attended the Paul Dixon Show Wednesday morning. They presented Paul, on behalf of Rising Sun, with a Sesqui plate, wooden nickels, top hat and “chicken button”. Little Dougie received the cake of the day for his performance, and Mrs. Roeder and Mrs. Colen received perfume for modeling dresses over 80 years old.

April 9, 1959

Members of the Shiloh Baptist church here attended a community sing at The Old Fashioned Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Sunday, and sang several selections. The group included Mesdames George Williams, Clinton Minor, John Roseberry, L. D. Daniels and Aubrey Robinson.

Births – to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hancock, a daughter, Ann Marie, April 4; to Mr. and Mrs. Abe Griffin, daughter, Linda Kay, March 30; to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ballard, a daughter, Kathy Lynn, April 3; to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Iceberg (Janet Nolker) a daughter, Cynthia Ann, March 29; to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kinnett, a son, Michael Dennis, April 4.

April 8, 1954

Rev. F.B. Taylor of the Rising Sun Baptist Church has announced that, after five years of planning and working, the imposing new church edifice at Fourth and Mulberry streets, will be dedicated and the mortgage burned Easter Sunday, April 18. 

April 6, 1944

Thirty-one members of the Senior Class of Rising Sun High School, of who six already are in military service, will receive diplomas at commencement exercises to be held May 4. 

Robert S. Daniels and John W. Hartford, who are members of the Senior Class of Rising Sun High School, have been awarded the two Ohio County scholarships at Indiana University.

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Titkemeyer learned this week of the promotion of their son, Charles (the Flying Dutchman) Titkemeyer, to the rank of captain from first lieutenant.

April 4, 1924

Val Hillis will move his restaurant from the Scranton building to the room in the I.O.O.F. building formerly occupied by the York Variety Store.

FHA amendments made for Aberdeen Pate
Written by thillman   
Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:44 AM

April 2, 1964

50 years ago

Due to the additional number of residents desiring to be on the Aberdeen-Pate Water system, branch of the Patriot water system, amendments by the Farm and Home Administration have been added to the original survey.

Six young people took the Rite of Confirmation and became members of the United Church of Christ Palm Sunday. They are Roger Webb, Cindy Housemeyer, Pam Chapman, Roger Neaman, Gary Siekman, and Gerald Obertate. These youngsters have finished an intensive two year study of the Bible under the guidance of Rev. Ned A. Meckstroth.

The Senior Class of Rising Sun High School will present a three act farce, “Take Your Medicine,” April 10. Thirteen girls and five boys will combine to portray the staff and visitors at a city hospital.

Ohio County Superintendent of Schools J. O. Smith stated this week that he had talked with the Switzerland County Superintendent of Schools Verne Hooker, about whether it was possible for Pike township elementary students to be transferred to a Switzerland County School. School officials told Mr. Smith that the students would be welcome at Pleasant School if it was decided by the Ohio County School Board to transfer the pupils. Due to a state law Freedom school in Pike Township is no longer acceptable. The issue now is whether to transfer the students to Switzerland County, bring them to Cass-Union school and cause over-crowded conditions or to build on to Cass-Union school to make room for more students.

The 1964 track season will begin at Rising Sun High School Friday when the local team will compete against Southwestern and Dillsboro at Rising Sun. In 1963 the Shiner track squad established new school records in the shot put by Leslie VanTyle at 45’4”; the 880 yard run by Bob Palmer with a time of 2:11.8; the 180 yard low hurdles by Kenny Kirkpatrick at 22.4; and the mile relay of Doug Romans, Kenny Kirkpatrick, Bob Palmer and Terry Elbright with a 3:50.2 mark.

A Greendale patrolman turned out to be a skin diver, and aided in rescuing a stolen car from the lower reaches of Tanners Creek. Kenneth Grieves, who joined the Greendale force the first of this year, went into the water and hooked cables on the car, and Lawrenceburg police forces pulled the car out of more than seven feet of water.

Sesqui news: It has been decided definitely to produce the play “Blue Jeans” instead of the usual pageant. Members of the Board felt that this would be a unique feature of the celebration – a play written by a Rising Sun native, with setting in Rising Sun.

Sesqui news: Men are entering into the Brothers of the Brush, and the women into the Sunny Maids groups. Both charters and memberships in these groups are selling well.

All money realized from the sale of souvenirs, after the cost is paid, will go toward the expenses of the Sesqui, which will be considerable. Prizes, bands, entertainment and other expenses will be heavy. Expense of advance preparation will include telephone, postage, trips, etc. The intent of the Board is to make enough profit to offset expenses, so that the Sesqui bonds can be redeemed at the end of the celebration. If any excess profit is realized, it will be spent for some civic project.

An accounting of the souvenir license tags shows that they were almost all sold. They sell for $1.50.

Wooden nickels were sold to stores last week, and will be “legal tender” in the community from now until Sesqui week. Then they can be redeemed for money, if the holder desires. Many people say they are planning to keep some of the nickels as souvenirs of the event.

Men’s souvenirs on order and expected to arrive soon are bow ties in five colors, top hats and derbies. Also on order are ceramic ash trays, which will make nice souvenirs at a cost lower than that of the plates.

Sunny Maids buttons for children may be purchased for 50 cents, if the mothers are holders of Sunny Maid cards themselves. Many families are planning to make old-fashioned costumes for the children as well as to wear them themselves.

Cosmetic permits are the memberships and buttons to be sold to people who do not want to wear old fashioned dress.

“Chicken” permits for men who do not grow whiskers will be a necessity from April 1. During April, they will sell for $1, during May for $2, and during June and July for $3.