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1/14/17

"Commissioners discuss meeting date change, prompting concern from public officials"

The Jefferson County Commissioners held their first meeting of the year Friday morning.
The commissioners discussed several items concerning reorganization as they start 2017, including a possible change to their meeting schedule.
Newly-elected Commissioner David Bramer proposed switching the monthly meeting typically scheduled for the first Friday morning of the month to an afternoon time slot. Bramer said he was proposing the change both for his schedule and to accommodate county residents.
Bramer cited conversations he had while running for office in prompting his proposal.
Commissioner Norbert Schafer expressed his support for the change, and added that a move to afternoons or evenings would eliminate conflict with Bramer’s job at Southwestern Schools.
Commissioner Robert Little expressed hesitation with a time change, as he said a morning meeting time is necessary for residents who cannot attend an evening meeting due to work. Several people in attendance at the meeting, including County Auditor Sherry Eblen and County Assessor Karen Manix, shared Little’s sentiment that one of the meetings needed to be offered in the morning. Manix said the morning meetings are important to her office’s workflow.
The commissioners tabled the subject for further discussion at their next meeting.
As part of the reorganization for the new year, the commissioners made their appointments to several county boards along with electing their president for the new year. Robert Little will serve as president of the commissioners for 2017.
In other meeting news, the commissioners voted to award the contract for work on Bridge 136 to McCallister Excavating. The decision came at the recommendation of County Highway Superintendent Bobby Phillips and engineer Colby King of FBPH. Preliminary work on the bridge, located along County Road 1250 West, will begin soon, with work estimated to be completed by June.
The Jefferson County Commissioners will next meet January 26.

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"MCHS students protest principal transfer"

Madison Consolidated High School students upset with the school board’s decision to reassign their principal decided to take it outside.
More than 150 students held a peaceful march Thursday from the high school’s south parking lot to the MCS Administration Building in support of MCHS Principal Kevin Yancey. The MCS Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to transfer Yancey from his role as principal to the newly-created position of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach Coordinator.
Students carried signs and chanted the principal’s name as they walked to the front of the Ad Building. Some of the chants and signs were directed at MCS Superintendent Dr. Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger.
After about 25 minutes of protesting, Yancey himself walked down to speak to the students. The principal was emotional as he was greeted by his wife before being swarmed by students who came to embrace him in the middle of Wilson Avenue.
Yancey said he was disappointed by the news, but has to respect the board’s decision.
The decision to transfer the principal was met with opposition from the student body soon after the board’s vote, with many taking to social media to voice their concern and announce plans for the protest. School Board Student Representative Casey Williams said during the board meeting Wednesday that the school board should take this concern seriously.
The time frame for Yancey’s transfer, along with who the next principal will be, has not been determined.

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"MLK Day prompts office hour changes"

Several offices and organizations are adjusting their hours for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday.
The City of Madison Street department and Transfer Station will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. Trash, recycling, and compost pickup will be delayed one day this week. For more information, contact the Street Department at 812-265-8304.
All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the holiday. All branches will resume regularly-scheduled business hours Tuesday.
Girls Inc. of Jefferson County will be open for extended hours Monday. The organization will be open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the van route will run as usual.
Finally, several area schools will be open Monday, including Southwestern Schools which is using the day for a snow make-up day. Check with your school for more information.

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"KSP investigating inmate death"

The Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating the death of an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange.
According to the KSP, on January 4 inmate Michael Kopec was involved in a physical altercation with another inmate. During the altercation Kopec sustained serious physical injuries, was hospitalized, and placed on life support.
At approximately 8:49 a.m. Thursday the KSP received a call from authorities with Kentucky State Reformatory that Kopec had been taken off life support and was pronounced dead later that day by University of Louisville hospital staff.
An autopsy has been scheduled and the investigation is ongoing at this time by Kentucky State Police.

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"State Road 7 to close for two bridge projects"

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace two structures on State Road 7 in Lancaster Township of Jefferson County this spring, each requiring closures of the north-south highway for up to 30 days.
According to INDOT, officials recently met with contractors to discuss the approximately $595,000 project which calls for construction of a new S.R. 7 bridge over Bear Creek just south of the Jennings County line and replacement of a drainage structure over a tributary of Camp Creek at Dupont.
Milestone, the state’s contractor, will begin clearing operations at both construction sites within weeks. Once cleared, utility companies can relocate services that might be within project areas.
The state highway detour for the Dupont project reroutes motorists via S.R. 62, S.R. 256 and S.R. 3. Once S.R. 7 reopens at Dupont, it will close at the Bear Creek site, located 7.15 miles north of S.R. 250. Traffic will detour around the bridge site via S.R. 3 and S.R. 256.

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"Ivy Tech hosting ham radio class"

The Ivy Tech Community College Amateur Radio Club is offering a training course for persons interested in obtaining their Technician Class license. This is the entry level ham license required to become an Amateur Radio Operator.
The course is open to the general public as well as all students, faculty, and staff, not only at Ivy Tech but also Hanover College as well as all the local high schools, Boy and Girl Scouts troops, any other individuals with an interest in Amateur Radio. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 PM running for 5 weeks starting January 17 on the Madison Ivy Tech campus. The local area radio club, Clifty Amateur Radio Society, will be offering technical support.
Upon completion of the course, a team of certified Volunteer Examiners will be available to administer the amateur license examinations to all attending applicants. There is no charge for the class. The only expense involved will be a $15.00 examination fee for the test at the end of the course.
Early registration is suggested as seating may be limited and final arrangements need to be made as soon as possible. For more information or to sign-up for the training contact the Ivy Tech Community College Amateur Radio Club faculty advisor, Jerry Barnes by email at wbarnes@ivytech.edu or by phone 812-569-8925.

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"Hanover Police Department hiring"

The Hanover Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Deputy Marshal/Police Officer.
Applications are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hanover Town Hall, located at 11 N. Madison Ave. Hanover, IN 47243.
Applications must be turned in by 4:00 p.m. on February 3.

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Obituaries

Stella M. Gray, 85

Vera J. Cutter, 80

Vincent D. "Vince" Roberts, 49

Lester W. Hatchell, Sr.

Marilyn M. Waltz, 87

Betty J. Webster, 84

Stella "Jan" Breedlove, 68

Lucille G. Walters, 74