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1/19/18

"Commissioners approve drug abuse funding, fire alarms for courthouse, documentary"

The Jefferson County Commissioners met for their second meeting of the month Thursday evening.
The commissioners approved grant funding allocations for organizations working with Jefferson County Justice Treatment and Prevention to fight drug addiction. $26,304 was approved to be dispersed to organizations that serve the four categories of JCJTAP’s mission: education, prevention, treatment, and justice. The funding comes from state Drug Free Community funding and county user fees, which are fees alcohol and drug offenders pay in fines when arrested.
The commissioners also approved a payment of $448 to a company called History in Your Own Backyard for the creation of a documentary on the Jefferson County Courthouse. Satolli Glassmeyer, the company’s owner, said the company produces documentaries on historic properties for their YouTube channel while providing the subjects of the documentaries a copy to be used on websites or for educational purposes. The commissioners agreed the idea had value for the county’s website and for use at area schools, and approved the payment with funds from the county’s Historic Preservation Fund.
In other meeting news, the commissioners approved the purchase and installation of 15 fire alarm pull stations for the courthouse. The $8,280 purchase was previously approved by the Jefferson County Council to improve safety. Commissioners President David Bramer said the new county website will go live on January 29.
The Jefferson County Commissioners will next meet February 1.

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"Law enforcement agencies raising awareness for fight against human trafficking"

Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers and Motor Carrier Inspectors are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking.
During the week of January 22nd, the ISP will join their colleagues with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Illinois State Police, and Michigan State Police along with the organization Truckers Against Trafficking to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.
ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Commander Major Jon Smithers said in a release that the ISP has been working with Truckers Against Trafficking since 2015, and that individuals such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation company employees, rest area attendants, and truck stop employees are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears on Indiana’s highways.
To report human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.

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"Walnut Street fire under investigation"

Fire crews and emergency responders were on the scene early in the morning Wednesday in response to a house fire on Walnut Street. The fire started between 505 and 507 Walnut Street at around 1:30 a.m. January 17, and crews remained on the scene for several hours containing the blaze. Madison Fire Chief Bill DeVries said all occupants made it out of the homes, and no injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation by the Madison Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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"Lane closures in effect near Bedford"

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising motorists of lane closures this week on KY 1838 in Trimble County. The KYTC has granted a permit to Louisville Gas and Electric Company for construction of a bridge over KY 1838 at their generating station near Bedford.
KY 1838 will be reduced to one lane for installation of bridge foundation piles on Thursday through Saturday, January 18 to 20. Lane closures are scheduled daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists will be directed through the work zone by flagging operations.
The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in Kentucky.

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"Madison Salvation Army hosting tea party for families"

The Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministries will host their annual community tea party on Saturday, February 10, at 2 p.m.
The Tea Party invites guests to jump into the wonderful world of fairytales and creates a whimsical atmosphere. This year the Salvation Army will be hosting a “Part of Your World” tea party, featuring special guests who will share a devotional thought and provide musical entertainment with songs from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The event provides opportunities for families to spend time together with games, crafts, musical entertainment, refreshments, and a variety of tea.
Make your reservation and pay by texting “MADISONTEA” to 41444.

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"Duke Energy offering assistance for paying winter electricity bills"

Duke Energy is once again assisting customers who may struggle to pay their winter energy bills.
The company is contributing $600,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program.
In addition, Duke Energy Indiana customers and employees have contributed about $96,000 to date for the program, raising this year’s total to almost $700,000.
Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300 toward their bill if a local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria.
Duke Energy Indiana partners with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program, which distributes the company’s assistance funds.
For more information on how to cut costs and stay warm this winter, visit Duke Energy's website.

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"Applications for Boys and Girls Club scholarships available"

The Lide White Memorial Boys and Girls Club is offering six different scholarships to six graduating seniors. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $1000.
One of the scholarship winners will also be nominated for the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Scholarship, which is also valued at $1000.
Applications and information are available at area high schools or may be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1551 M.S.H. Northgate Road in Madison. Completed applications should be returned by May 1.
For more information on applying for or contributing to a Boys and Girls Club scholarship, contact the club at 812-265-5811.

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"Tri Kappa accepting applications for scholarship"

The State organization of Tri Kappa will award a variety of scholarships to college students throughout Indiana in the spring. Each State scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.
To apply, students must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program, having completed at least one academic year. Criteria used by the Tri Kappa selection committee are academic achievement, strong goals, extracurricular activities, work experience and volunteer service.
Students wishing to apply for any of these scholarships are encouraged to contact Maureen Staicer by calling 812-701-0000 or via email. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.

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Obituaries

Beverly L. Higgins, 74

Marvin E. "Paps" Tittle, 80

Judy K. Amos, 74

Joy Hazeldean, 88

Robert K. Boone, 61

Effie Armes, 93

Bowen M. Henry

Ruth Harris, 91