discuss meeting date change, prompting concern from public
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
investigating inmate death"
The Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg
is investigating the death of an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
or by phone 812-569-8925.
Police Department hiring"
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.
M. Gray, 85
J. Cutter, 80
D. "Vince" Roberts, 49
W. Hatchell, Sr.
M. Waltz, 87
J. Webster, 84
Stella "Jan" Breedlove,
G. Walters, 74