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"Road work on U.S. 421 in downtown Madison begins today"

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for a $279,000 pavement restoration project on U.S. 421 in downtown Madison will begin saw-cutting operations this morning (October 16).
According to a release from INDOT, full- and partial-depth concrete patches will be placed once faulty pavement sections have been removed. Restoration work includes sealing pavement joints.
Northbound Jefferson Street’s right lane will close to motorists between Main and Milton streets. Traffic will be restricted to the northbound left lane. Once the northbound right lane has been repaired, operations will shift to U.S. 421’s southbound right lane. In approximately two weeks operations will focus on Jefferson Street’s northbound and southbound left lanes between Main and Milton.
INDOT officials anticipate work being completed by the end of the month. Paul H. Rohe Company is the state’s contractor.
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at


"K9 search leads to drug arrest in North Vernon"

A North Vernon man is arrested after a K-9 sniffs out drugs in his car.
Jarod H. Schwacke of North Vernon faces a Level 3 Felony charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine and a Level 5 Felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine following his arrest Sunday.
According to the North Vernon Police Department, on October 15 a NVPD officer observed a black vehicle driven by Schwacke commit a moving violation. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Schwacke, and during the stop a K-9 was used. The dog alerted to the odor of an illegal drug coming from within the vehicle.
While searching the vehicle, officers located five grams of meth in 5 separate bags, digital scales, extra bags, a meth smoking pipe, a meth snorting tube, and other items of paraphernalia. Schwacke was arrested at the scene.


"Militairy inspections taking place at Big Oaks"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is examining military activities at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge under its mandatory 10-year re-evaluating time period.
According to a release from the refuge, the Service is evaluating recently-expired and newly-requested military activities under the Compatibility Determination process, including ground personnel doing reconnaissance and survival training, temporary storage of ready for sale range residue, and any other use that could be beneficial to the refuge operations and maintenance.
A compatibility determination for military activities was originally analyzed and approved in 2005 and ended in 2015 after the required 10-year evaluation date. The refuge was contacted by the Indiana Air National Guard to re-examine these previously approved uses with a few modifications/additional requests. The new request involves survival/evasion and combat search and rescue training for military personnel.
The Service would like to know what residents think about these refuge uses being evaluated, with interest especially in information you have or studies you are aware of regarding the effects of such uses. Comments will be received until October 26.
To request a copy of the compatibility determinations, to learn the final decision regarding these proposed uses, or for more information, contact Refuge Manager Dr. Joe Robb by calling 812-273-0783 or by emailing


"Hoosiers encouraged to take part in earthquake prep drill"

With Indiana near two major seismic zones, the Great Central U.S. Shakeout is an excellent time to encourage everyone to practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during this yearly drill. It’s important to participate at work, school and home, so that citizens are ready wherever they may be. The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency encourages individuals, schools, businesses and organizations to sign up for free to participate in the drill.
Individuals and communities throughout the Central U.S. region will take part in the drill by practicing the recommended response to an earthquake, “Drop, Cover and Hold On”:
• DROP to the ground;
• Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table; and
• HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
To sign up, or for more information visit the Shakeout website. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has more information about earthquake preparedness online at


"Best-selling author, blogger to speak at Hanover College"

Best-selling author and photojournalist Brandon Stanton will open the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season November 17 with an appearance in Collier Arena.
Stanton, selected as one of Time magazine’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World,” is a renowned author, photographer and blogger. His storytelling blog, “Humans of New York,” has more than 18 million likes on Facebook and seven million followers on Instagram.
In 2013, Stanton turned his online effort into the best-selling book, “Humans of New York.” Just two years later, he also reached the top of the New York Times best-sellers’ list with “Humans of New York Stories,” which delved deeper into the lives of Big Apple residents.
General admission tickets are now available at the Hanover website. Seats cost $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger are free.


"Trick-or-Treating times posted for Madison, Hanover"

Trick-or-treating hours have been set for the City of Madison and the Town of Hanover this year.
Traditional trick-or-treating will be held Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Police are encouraging children and parents to wear brightly colored clothing for visibility in the dark. They also remind drivers to watch for children in neighborhoods and along roads.
The City of Madison has also scheduled the sixth consecutive year of Red, White, and BOO! This family-friendly Halloween party will return as an alternative to trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 31st, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Brown Gymnasium.
Red, White and BOO! will feature booths sponsored by local businesses and organizations that will provide games and candy for the children. Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy the evening by dressing up and attending. Treat bags will be provided to all children ages 12 and under. Partygoers will also have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest and win fun prizes. An adult should accompany all children.
If your business or organization would like to host a booth at this event or donate money, candy, or prizes, contact Sydney Hornsby at or call 812-265-8300.




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