September, 2020 Archive


Another Season

first_imgThe 2013-14 high school athletic season is ready to kick off. Some, like golf, get underway on August 2nd. Don’t forget that this year the EIAC will add Connersville and Rushville, so I would assume most of the bugs have been ironed out in the scheduling of all sports. Football and basketball obviously took the most rearranging. Many of those old rivalries may soon be a thing of the past. As class sports become more entrenched, it is getting obvious that schools will schedule more and more their size and larger schools rather than smaller ones. We have already seen this with boys and girls basketball in our area and with the two new EIAC schools, it will only get more pressing to upgrade the schedules. Basketball will be saved somewhat because there will no longer be the round-robin scheduling of conference teams. The schools in danger of dropping from Batesville’s schedule will be JCD, S. Ripley, Hauser, and N. Decatur. I know I do not want to see this happen, but it may be inevitable if more conference switching takes place. It will only happen with these 4 if no other solution is available. Think back a few years and you saw games with Switzerland County, Union County, Rising Sun, and Milan. When so much emphasis is put on the post regular season results, coaches are going to protect their jobs by insisting on tough regular season schedules. No one thinks the above schools can’t play tough basketball, but all are 1A or 2A so the stigma in ratings says they are weaker.last_img read more

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Local Man In Jail Following Ohio Arrest For Explosives

first_imgPolice in Ohio say Moores Hill resident Andrew Boguslawski was arrested after they discovered explosives in his car during a routine traffic stop.A Moores Hill man was apprehended after authorities in Ohio said they found nearly 50 bombs and the blueprints for a Navy SEAL training facility in his car, an Ohio prosecutor said.Police alleged that he also had a remote-control device to detonate the bombs.Andrew Boguslawski, 43, was pulled over on I-70 in Madison County, which is located west of Columbus on New Years Day. Police say they found 48 bombs, four loaded guns, and materials to make more explosives.ATF investigators have since searched his home while attempting to determine what his intentions were with the arsenal. They are also going through a computer, cameras, and GPS that were in his car.He is an Indiana National Gaurdsman who is also employed as a groundskeeper at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.Boguslawski is charged with one count of manufacturing explosives, a second-degree felony.  He is currently lodged in an Ohio jail with a $1 million bond. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Friday.last_img read more

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More Changes Coming For Catholic Churches In Indiana

first_imgArchbishop Joseph Tobin announces the realignment on parishes in Southeast Indiana last June at St. Louis Church.A year has nearly passed since sweeping changes impacted local Catholic parishes and today changes are being announced for churches in Central Indiana.Archbishop Joseph Tobin will announce changes during a news conference Wednesday morning that could affect 47 parishes in Marion, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson and Morgan counties.Archdiocese officials held a conference last June at St. Louis Church in Batesville, and announced changes that impacted 27 local parishes including 12 that closed.last_img

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Understanding the ‘Teenage Brain’ Can Help Parents

first_imgChildhood behavioral expert Jim Harris says if it seems as though your teen’s brain works differently from yours, that’s because it does. (Photo credit: Dan Heyman/Public News Service.)Maybe your teen’s brain doesn’t work the same way yours does – but a childhood behavioral expert says new research can help parents better understand their adolescent son or daughter.Jim Harris, who works at Marshall University to improve behavioral practices in schools, said research suggests the risky experimentation kids seem drawn to is partially the result of biological changes in their brains. Harris said the adolescent brain is pushing its owner to be ready to go out into the world as an adult.“It’s encouraging risk-taking, novelty-seeking, in an effort to get kids to leave what are oftentimes safe, secure, situations to go out and experiment and venture into adulthood,” he said.The assumption often is to blame hormones and teens’ newly-awakened sex drive – but it’s deeper than that, said Harris, a clinical social worker who serves as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports coordinator at Marshall’s Autism Training Center. Teens may be getting ready to start their own families, Harris said, but their brains also are changing in other ways.Take the pre-frontal cortex – the part of the brain in charge of rational decision-making and impulse control. In a teen, Harris said, it’s still developing, in part by experience and experimentation. In most people, he added, it hasn’t fully developed until their 20s.“It’s not that they’re not necessarily rational,” Harris said. “It’s just that they’re fine-tuning their rational process.”Despite parents’ frustrations with them, teens still need guidance and support, he said.Harris recently spoke at the largest social workers’ conference in the nation. He called his talk, “A Teenager’s Brain: A Scary Place to Go Alone.” Not only can the mind of an adolescent be a strange landscape for an adult, but Harris said the teen should not have to go through these changes alone.“The worst thing a parent can do at that stage is detach,” he said. “If a parent detaches, then they’re kind of leaving society – media, things like that – to kind of step in.”News Servicelast_img read more

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Indiana National Guard’s Top Officer To Retire

first_imgGen. Martin Umbarger with Abbas Altemimi, of Greensburg in this undated photo taken in Balad, Iraq.INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana National Guard’s top officer says he will end a 45-year career next May.Adjutant General Martin Umbarger announced the decision to retire after informing Governor Mike Pence Tuesday evening.In a letter penned to soldiers, airman, state employees, retirees and families, Gen. Umbarger says it is time to pass the “colors of leadership” onto the next generation.He has led Guard soldiers since being appointed Adjutant General in March 2004.Governor Pence issued a statement following the announcement:“With nearly five decades of service to the Indiana National Guard, Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger is a patriot and true public servant to the people of Indiana. His leadership and insight have been invaluable to the Guard, our state, and this great nation, and I believe him to be a Hoosier hero in every sense of the word.The governor said he will work with Umbarger to name a replacement in the coming months. The Indiana National Guard is the fourth largest in the nation.Umbarger met Abbas Altemimi while serving in Iraq. Altemimi, an Iraqi native, has since moved to Decatur County and we covered his unique story in June.last_img read more

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Tim Tebow

first_imgI recently came upon an article about Tim Tebow and why he thinks he needs to be a quarterback to play in the NFL.  After all, he is 6’3″ and weighs 235 pounds.  His best asset as a quarterback is running the football which he certainly could do with this size and weight.John Madden’s “16” video-game version evidently has Tebow as a running back.  Many players of his size have been quite successful as a pro fullback.  Their main duty is acting as a blocker for the speedy running backs.  Tebow’s running style would fit this perfectly.Just look at Tim Dudley who played for Franklin County in the early 2000’s.  He had a successful NFL career strictly as a blocking back.  Maybe Tebow needs to swallow his pride a little and see if he can be successful at this.  His career as a quarterback has not been a shining one.last_img read more

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Area Boys Basketball Sectional Finals (3-4)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Sectional Finals.Saturday  (3-4)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South Ripley.South Ripley  47     Milan  42Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Greensburg  55     Lawrenceburg  41Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ South Decatur.Hauser  64     Oldenburg  61Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Bloomington South  63     Shelbyville  42last_img

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June 29, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgJune 29, 2017 Police Blotter062917 Batesville Police Blotter062917 Decatur County EMS Report062917 Decatur County Fire Report062917 Decatur County Jail Report062917 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

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Ruth L. Abshear, 67, Brookville

first_imgRuth L. Abshear, age 67 of Brookville, Indiana died suddenly Friday, March 16, 2018 at her residence.Born August 13, 1950 in Berea, Kentucky she was the daughter of the late Chester & Maggie M. (Trail) Peters. She was retired from the former Ford/Visteon in Connersville where she had worked for many years. She was a member of the Red Hats, and in her leisure time she enjoyed playing cards, and hosting her card club on Friday evenings.Survivors include two sons, Ryan James Abshear and Bryan David Abshear both of Aurora, Colorado; one grandchild; 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Geri Rasnick of Sunman, Indiana and Reva Schutte of Brookville, Indiana; two brothers, Ed Peters of Metamora, Indiana and James Ray Peters of Dillsboro, Indiana, as well as several nieces & nephews.Family & friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Elizabeth Hoskins will conduct the Memorial Services at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County E.M.S. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ruth Abshear, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

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Indiana Main Street council members appointed

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch today announced nine appointments to the Indiana Main Street Council.The lieutenant governor made the following appointments:Valecia Crisafulli (Madison), Director of Madison Main Street;Maria Davis (Angola), Downtown Services Coordinator at the City of Angola;Marsh Davis (Indianapolis), Executive Director of Indiana Landmarks;Jay Ellis (Indianapolis), Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street;J.P. Hall III (Muncie), Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Ball State University;Danielle McGrath (Indianapolis), Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Policy and Foundation at Indiana Economic Development Corporation;Mark Newman (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development;Lewis Ricci (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission; andAshley Willis (Petersburg), Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation.The Indiana Main Street Council will advise and assist the Indiana Main Street program, and term limits will expire on June 30, 2021.Administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Main Street program is founded on a four point approach to downtown development: organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. The program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.last_img read more

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