Elvis tribute artist Mike Davis shares a moment with Judy Hastings, who suffered a brain bleed following his New Year’s Eve 2016 performance.

When Ohio County resident Judy Hastings is asked about the first half of 2017, she laughs and says she was on vacation.

In reality, Hastings, 77, was in a coma for weeks, and has no memory of months of her life after suffering a brain bleed New Year’s Eve 2016.

CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE RECORDER & NEWS: Lane Siekman, left, presents his drawing of the Ohio County Courthouse to state bar association representative Doug Church. The Indiana State Bar Association is collecting art representing all of the 92 county courthouses in the state.

Artist and attorney Lane Siekman’s pen drawing of the Ohio County Courthouse is now hanging in the  Indiana State Bar Association’s offices in Indianapolis.

Submitted photo: Rescued monarch caterpillars cover butterfly weed flowers and leaves. Monarchs migrate south each fall, with new generations migrating north in the spring. But habitat loss has diminished their numbers.

Some 78 acres of property in Ohio County will be dedicated to butterfly habitat, in particular the bright orange monarch, thanks to a recent purchase by Oak Heritage Conservancy.

CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE RECORDER & NEWS: EMT Dave Grace shows the 25-year plaque he received recently, honoring him for his service on the Ohio County Rescue.

Over 25 years ago, in the last century, by golly, Dave Grace was not planning to become an Emergency Medical Technician.

But in December, he was recognized for 25 years of service as an EMT with the Ohio County Rescue Service, Inc.

Originally, Grace, 53, wanted to go into marketing and business.

Kali: A Polar Bear’s Tale is illustrated by Jeremy Patton and Jayne Ballew.

Starting next week, The Ohio County News/The Rising Sun Recorder will be offering a special eight-week serial story for kids of all ages.

Kali: A Polar Bear’s Tale is about Kali, an orphaned polar bear cub, that made news across the country when he was just a few months old.

Bob Mattingly photo: Ohio County Council and Commissioners approved maintenance work on the Ohio County Courthouse in late 2017, restoring the historic structure’s pillars and front porch as well as painting it.

Ohio County saw a variety of news events in 2017, including criminal sentences for arsonists and a former police office, new ventures at the Rising Star Casino, progress on the city’s upscale senior housing project, and its first Light Up Ohio County decorating contest.

Here, by month, is some of last year’s news.

Elvis tribute artist Mike Davis shares a moment with Judy Hastings, who suffered a brain bleed following his New Year’s Eve 2016 performance.
CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE RECORDER & NEWS: Lane Siekman, left, presents his drawing of the Ohio County Courthouse to state bar association representative Doug Church. The Indiana State Bar Association is collecting art representing all of the 92 county courthouses in the state.
Submitted photo: Rescued monarch caterpillars cover butterfly weed flowers and leaves. Monarchs migrate south each fall, with new generations migrating north in the spring. But habitat loss has diminished their numbers.
CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE RECORDER & NEWS: EMT Dave Grace shows the 25-year plaque he received recently, honoring him for his service on the Ohio County Rescue.
Kali: A Polar Bear’s Tale is illustrated by Jeremy Patton and Jayne Ballew.
Bob Mattingly photo: Ohio County Council and Commissioners approved maintenance work on the Ohio County Courthouse in late 2017, restoring the historic structure’s pillars and front porch as well as painting it.

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Elvis tribute artist Mike Davis shares a moment with Judy Hastings, who suffered a brain bleed following his New Year’s Eve 2016 performance.

When Ohio County resident Judy Hastings is asked about the first half of 2017, she laughs and says she was on vacation.

Sports

Lucy Carrigan hit 3 of 4 pressure free throws to ice a 40-36 win over Milan in the conference opener for Rising Sun girls basketball Tuesday, Jan. 9.