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"Commissioners hold second June meeting"

The Jefferson County Commissioners met for their second meeting of the month Thursday evening.
The commissioners heard funding requests from three non-profits seeking support in 2018. Developmental Services Inc./Sandstone made a request for $8,000. The organization provides services for almost 100 area residents with disabilities. Lifetime Resources made a request for $16,000, which is the same amount the organization requested last year. Lifetime provides services for the elderly and disabled living in the county, offering multiple services such as the Catch-A-Ride program. Finally, the Madison Main Street Program made a request for $10,000. This is the same amount the county allotted to the organization last year. The commissioners will consider these requests during their budget hearings in September.
In other meeting news, representatives from Securitecture presented the commissioners with a proposal for architectural services concerning two county buildings. The first project is to bring the entrance to the County Prosecutor’s office into ADA compliance, while the second is to design structural reinforcement for the storage building behind the Jefferson County Jail in order to use the building for document storage. The commissioners took the contract, valued at $12,000, under advisement.
A limited use agreement with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute was approved. The agreement allows for access by the institute to the county’s GIS data to record fire and EMS boundary lines for a project with the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s office.
County Highway Superintendent Bobby Phillips presented a commitment letter for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings grant program. The commissioners approved the letter to begin the process of applying for the program.
The Jefferson County Commissioners will next meet July 6.


"Hanover to offer application pathway that eliminates SAT requirement"

Hanover College is adopting a new policy concerning admissions tests.
According to a release from the college, beginning July 1 high-school students will have the option to apply to Hanover College without submitting SAT or ACT scores. The policy will affect students entering for the 2018-19 academic year. The College now joins more than 900 institutions in the U.S. that have begun to assess their own data in admission decisions.
The college says this alternative to the traditional admission pathway will expand access and ensure a more-diverse and sizeable applicant pool. The test-optional model has proven to open doors for high-achieving students, but particularly students of color, first-generation college students or those from low-income households. Meanwhile, the risk to retention and graduation rates has proven to be minimal.
The College will continue to utilize a holistic review of all application materials, including an applicant’s grades and coursework, as well as involvement in school and community activities. The increased focus on these metrics will better identify those who are capable of handling the rigors of a Hanover education.
The decision to adopt a test-optional policy was made after four years of campus discussion and is based on a recommendation from the Enrollment Management Task Force as part of the development of Hanover's 2020 Clear Vision strategic plan.


"Stage set for Miss Regatta pageant"

12 area women will compete for the crown at the 2017 Miss Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant.
The pageant, presented by Blush on Main, will be held Monday at the North Madison Christian Church.
Competing for the crown are Katie Browning, Shavonne Resendiz, Sarelia Rios-Garcia, Emry Schnell, Macy Taylor, Karrington True, and Trisha Thurston of Madison, Mariah Franklin and Mallorie Mayer of Scottsburg, Stephanie Eaglin of Hanover, Courtney Ayler of Deputy, and Hannah Shaffer of Lexington.
This year the winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship, first runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and a $500 style maker scholarship will be awarded.
For more information, contact Madison Regatta Festival Chair Kim Washer at 812-599-6635.


"Ivy Tech hosting enrollment event"

Ivy Tech Community College is holding a special enrollment event this weekend to help residents get started in pursuing their educational goals and advancing their careers. Express Enrollment Day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Ivy Tech Madison, 590 Ivy Tech Drive. Ivy Tech employees will be on hand to help anyone interested in enrolling at the College. The entire enrollment process can be completed all in one place and in one day.
At Express Enrollment Day residents can:
• Complete the first steps to enroll as a student, known as FYIvy;
• Get financial aid questions answered;
• Learn about and meet assessment requirements;
• Meet with an advisor;
• Register for the semester;
• And find out about orientation.
Residents are encouraged to RSVP for Express Enrollment Day online at the Ivy Tech website or by calling Ivy Tech Madison at 812-265-2580.
Please bring an unofficial high school or college transcript and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores to assist with assessment and course placement. If residents have already completed some college courses, they are encouraged to bring an official college transcript to have their credits evaluated.
Those unable to attend Express Enrollment Day can complete the enrollment process at any time. To schedule an appointment, call Ivy Tech Madison at 812-265-2580.


"Jewel Houses raises $1200 for Alzheimer's research"

Approximately 46 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, with the majority of these cases being caused by Alzheimer’s disease. A Madison assisted living facility joined the effort Wednesday to raise awareness for the disease.
Jewel House Assisted Living hosted their first annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk to raise money and awareness for the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, the largest non-profit funder of research on the disease. The walk was held at the Madison Consolidated High School track. The walk was held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day, a national awareness event.
Jewel House Executive director John Everhart said that about half of the residents living at Jewel House live with some form of dementia. Everhart said the cause is a personal one for those involved with the facility.
“It does touch the lives of some of our residents as well as their families, and so the staff was very supportive of the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association to research and find a cure and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” Everhart said.
All of the money raised for the walk will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Everhart said the first-year effort was a successful one.
“We had set up a modest goal here in our first year in Madison of just raising $300, but I think we’ve raised over $1200, so we’ve been very successful” he said. “We’ve had a lot people out here with us today, and it’s been a lot of fun despite the heat, but we’ve had a great time.”
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit




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