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8/18/17

"Investigation into burglary leads to second arrest"

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation into area burglaries has resulted in another arrest.
According to the sheriff’s department, on Friday as a result of the ongoing criminal investigation regarding the recovery of stolen property from the Chadwick Gunter residence on South State Road 62 on Tuesday, a second search warrant for the property was sought. As part of the follow up investigation, deputies recovered a stolen pick-up truck from the property that was reported stolen on March 23.
The recovery of the stolen truck prompted deputies to secure a search warrant for the Gunter property in an attempt to locate evidence connected with the stolen vehicle. The search warrant was executed and investigators seized vehicle keys, an additional chain saw believed to be stolen, and methamphetamine.
Present when the warrant was served was Tracy D. Gunter of Lexington, who was arrested on Level 6 Felony charges for Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Gunter was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where she awaits her initial court appearance on the alleged stated charges.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation, and all charges are alleged. Additional charges will be filed against Chadwick Gunter regarding the recovered stolen vehicle.

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"Get ready for the solar eclipse Monday with these facts from INDOT"

Indiana Department of Transportation officials are urging motorists to plan for traffic congestion expected to occur in southern Indiana before and after the total solar eclipse on August 21. Approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the total eclipse path, and many will be on the road to get a closer view.
INDOT officials offer the following advice:
• Be prepared for traffic congestion before and after the August 21 eclipse.
• If you want to drive toward the eclipse path for better viewing, allow extra time.

• Make plans now for overnight accommodations.
• Remember that overnight camping is prohibited at rest areas.
• If planning to view the eclipse, wear safety glasses. They are available on-line or from many popular retailers, and some are being given away by organizations. Do not look at the partial eclipse without proper filtration.
For more information on the eclipse, visit the NASA website at eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

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"Air Quality Action Day declared for Sunday"

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is forecasting high ozone levels for Sunday, and as a result has issued an Air Quality Action Day for Southeast Indiana on August 20, including Jefferson County. Other affected counties include Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Scott, and Washington.
IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits. You can:
• Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation
• Avoid using the drive-through and combine errands into one trip
• Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
• Turn off your engine when idling for more than 30 seconds
• Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above
Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.
IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit www.SmogWatch.IN.gov.

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"All welcome to support Farmers' Market at dinner event"

The Madison Main Street Program will host the Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner to benefit the Madison/Jefferson County Farmers’ Market on Sunday, September 3rd around the Broadway Fountain in Downtown Madison. This community event will feature a locally-sourced four-course meal prepared by area chefs along with craft beers and wine, local music, and a "pop up" Arts Garden featuring farm scenes artwork by area artists available for purchase.
Started in 2016, the idea of the event is to say “thank you” to area farmers and to raise funds for the local Farmers’ Market. This event attracts folks of all ages who appreciate and support local food, great music, and beautiful artwork. Last year’s event was well received, with the dinner and art sales raising over $7,000 for direct support of the Farmers’ Market.
Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $30.00 for children 12-years-old and under. Tickets are available at Little Golden Fox located at 602 W. Main Street, Downtown Madison.
The Madison/Jefferson County Farmers’ Market is open annually from April to October on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon. To learn more visit the Farmers' Market's website or Facebook page.

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