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Ten years have passed since the

liability and workers compensation insurance

policies have been let for bid

for Dearborn County. Thanks to the

due diligence of the Dearborn County

Commissioners and County Administrator

Sue Hayden, a request for

proposal was sent to several providers.

Ms. Hayden took on the tremendous

task of collecting information that was

needed by the bidding companies.

Accurate information ensured that the

quotes could be completed accurately.

Ms. Hayden compiled information

about each of the county buildings,

all of the county employees, all of the

county-owned vehicles, and equipment,

and past claims.

Three insurance companies submitted

bids for consideration. The bids were

opened and witnessed in a public forum.

While the premise for insurance

is consistent between companies,

the wording concerning the types of

coverage can vary greatly. Commissioner

Thatcher analyzed all of the

details in each of the three submitted

bids to ensure that the comparisons

were equal. After almost a week of

analysis of the proposals, Commissioners

Thatcher, McHenry, and Little

reviewed the information and made a

decision as to which company would

be the best fit to act as the county’s

liability and workers compensation

insurance carrier.

“We implemented the best business

practices for running the county as

Continued on page 3A

Henry Ahaus and Melvin

Meyer were caught shoveling

their driveways and

showing the young guys

how it’s done. Page 2B

Friendly Competition

The Murphy family took to

the streets and did random

acts of kindness throughout

the town. Page 5B

All Wet

Jackson McCool breaking

the school record in 200M

freestyle. Page 7B





Permit No. 9714

Tricia, Lilly, and Mitchell Karcus of Bright enjoyed an afternoon of ice

skating in Lawrenceburg.

How Cool!

Yet again this season,

Lawrenceburg was

filled with

smiling faces

as skaters

glided across the

glassy ice at

Winter Wonderland’s


Crystal and Lauren Baudendistel from

Lawrenceburg enjoyed some motherdaughter

bonding time on the ice.

Jamie Pope and Amber Simons,

Lawrenceburg, warmed themselves

at the fire pit.

By Susan Ray

The New Year has been ushered in with glasses filled

with the liquid light of a thousand stars and the black sky

illuminated with explosions of color. But for the City of

Aurora, the party is just beginning. On January 14, 1819, the

Aurora Association for Internal Improvements bought two

hundred six lots and six public squares on land covered with

odiferous dog-fennel and night-blooming jimson weed. Two

centuries ago, this conglomerate of investors hailing from

Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky saw a bright future for the

more than five hundred acres tucked between picturesque

hills and the rolling Ohio River.

Throughout Aurora’s bicentennial year, everyone is invited

to attend a variety of special events celebrating the history

and future of this city named after the Roman goddess of

dawn. Many volunteers have spent over twelve months

planning to make 2019 an especially meaningful – and fun –

year for the city of Aurora. Nancy Turner, executive director

of Main Street Aurora, said, “So with our events, we wanted

to have continuous things throughout the year, but we didn’t

want to bombard people or step on toes of already established


Every year, extremely popular events like Red, White and

Boom, and the beloved Farmers Fair attract residents and

Friends Ruth Heile, Milan,

and Rachel Suttmann were

all smiles while skating.



Slated for 2019

Get ready for road improvements

throughout 2019. The Dearborn

County Highway Department presented

a full schedule of road resurfacing

and small structure improvements to

the Dearborn County Commissioners

during their December meeting.

Six roads are currently on the docket

to be resurfaced thanks to the Community

Crossings matching grant that was

awarded by the State of Indiana to the

county. The roads to be improved are:

• Stateline Road from Jamison Road

to North Dearborn Road

• Sneakville Road

• Bond Road from Stateline Road to

the Ohio state line

• Hogan Hill Road

• North Hogan Road from Hogan

Hill Road to State Route 48

• Sawdon Ridge Road

All of the resurfacing projects are

contracted to begin after Memorial

Day and should be completed by

the time the school year begins. The

engineering of the projects has been

designed to allow for the pavement to

be poured the full width of the road so

that no middle seam is present. According

to Dearborn County Engineer

Todd Listerman, “The result will be a

better product with a longer lifespan.”

Two bridges are also scheduled for

replacement. The Paul Rohe Company

will replace bridge #76 on Jamison Road

at the intersection of Losekamp Road.

Continued on page 3A

Aurora- A City of History, Heart, and Celebration

The City of Aurora, celebrating its bicentennial, is

nestled between picturesque hills and what many

claim to be the most beautiful bends in the Ohio River.

visitors alike to the historic river town. In addition to these

community favorites, a number of special festivities are

planned to celebrate the two hundredth birthday of the city.

Some traditions, like the monthly dances held at

Continued on page 4A


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The train display at Union Terminal is much more than a

holiday display. The historic model trains can be viewed

until January 27.


And Resolutions

Union Terminal is one of

the most recognizable icons

of the tristate. Its half-round

dome construction has

become synonymous with

Cincinnati and all that it offers

both urban, suburban, and

rural dwellers. As I have mentioned

in the past, I feel very

blessed to live where we do

because our location avails us

of the best of both worlds.

Union Terminal has always

held a very special place in

my heart because of its part

in my family’s history. My

grandmother, a spunky fivefoot,

auburn-haired, Irish-

Lithuanian, grew up in the tiny

town of William Penn located

near Shenandoah, PA. William

Penn was a coal mining

town specializing in “hard,” or

anthracite, coal. When she was

seventeen, a tall, striking man

came to town on a work detail.

Wow- what a handsome guy,

she thought.

As the story goes, they

started dating. Soon thereafter,

that tall, handsome man

named Bob Taylor headed

west to Cincinnati where he

heard work was plentiful. The

year was 1936.

One day a letter arrived for

Marie. In it was a train ticket

and a note that read, “I will

be at Union terminal to meet

this one train. If you are on it,

I will know that you accept

my proposal, and we will get


Guess what- she was on that

train! They were married for

thirty-eight years and raised

four amazing children (yes, I

am a bit biased!).

Thus the story that explains

why Union Terminal will always

hold a very special place

in my heart.

I recently had the opportunity

to visit Union Terminal

to carry on another tradition

that my family has had. During

the holiday season we

always went downtown to

see the train display at Fourth

The oldest electric train in the display at Union Terminal

was built by Carlisle and Finch in 1904.

Lucas Brickey began his

potentially lifelong tradition

of visiting the fascinating

train display each year.

and Main Streets. It was later

moved to a temporary space

in Union Terminal. That tradition

was interrupted for two

years when Union Terminal

was closed for renovations.

Now the trains are back, and

the tradition continues.

While one may think of the

train display as a Christmas

display, it is anything but. In

1936 the Baltimore and Ohio

Railroad, B&O, held a “Royal

Blue Model Contest” to help

promote their signature train

which operated between

Washington D.C. and New

York. For $1, the B&O would

send the buyer a set of ¼ scale

drawings of the Royal Blue

locomotive “Lord Baltimore”

and several types of passenger

cars. Out of the three hundred

contestants who received the

plans, only five submitted

completed models for judging.

The winner of the contest

was Fletcher G. Speed. His

winning model was placed

in the Smithsonian Institute.

Talk about living up to one’s


The marketing promotion

continued, and a layout was

constructed that eventually included

a full set of trains and

crates in which it was shipped

throughout communities. The

train setup and control panels

were so lifelike that the train

set was used by the Army’s

transportation school for

training during WWII. After

the war, the large-scale layout

Behind the scenes is a

workshop filled with trains,

parts, tools to keep the display

running smoothly.

made its way to Cincinnati

where it was placed on permanent


The current display at

Union Terminal has been built

and maintained by fifty-five

train masters, three of whom

are Cinder Sniffers from our


Another cool fact that I

learned when touring this

historic display is that the oldest

train in the display dates

back to 1904 and was made

by Carlisle and Finch. Started

in 1893 as a repair shop for

General Electric, the owners

became determined to manufacture

a product. They chose

to make the first toy electric

train line in the world. Carlisle

and Finch designed and sold

their first open arc searchlight

in 1895 to be used as a marine

searchlight. In 1916 during

WWI, the government requested

that the company put down

their toy trains and focus on

building searchlights for ships.

The company never returned

to making toy trains. Today

Carlisle and Finch is the world

leader in the manufacturing

of searchlights. They are still

located in Cincinnati.

The things one can learn

from just a few questions and

enthusiastic volunteers who

are passionate about their

work. Make one of your New

Year’s resolutions to ask questions

about something new to

you. One never knows where

that question might lead.

Editor’s Note

Thanks to the dilligence of a BEACON reader, a correction is

needed for the Port Agreement article that appeared last month. The

Mount Vernon port located along the Ohio River had more cargo

during the first half of 2018 than any Indiana port in US history.


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What is it?

Last month’s item was a cow magnet. Initially, we

thought that the challenge might

be too vague and were shocked at

the number of correct identifying

responses that were received

Carroll Moore from Rising Sun

shared, “It is a magnet. It is a handy

gadget to attach to a string and lower

down into a deep hole to retrieve a

hammer or any other metal tool you

might have dropped. But, its major

use is to retrieve metal that a bovine

has swallowed while she, or he, is

This month's

item is an

antique used


at least until


Last month: a

magnet used for


grazing. Our cattle have them placed into their stomachs

when they are yearlings. They are given just like you

would a pill. They stay with the cow throughout her life.

Cattle bite off grass with lower front teeth, as they have

no upper teeth. Their tongues grasp the grass, and they

can pick up objects that are hidden in the grass, such as,

wire, bottle caps, etc. These foreign objects can penetrate

the stomach wall and find its way into the lungs, heart, or

other organs. This is called Hardware Disease. Most cases

are fatal, but if caught early enough, a magnet placed into

the cow’s stomach can retrieve the metal and keep it from

going further into the cow’s body.

If a cow has a magnet in her stomach when the metal is

eaten, the metal will adhere to the magnet and hold it firm,

not letting it cause any damage.

Old fencing that is rusty and breaking apart is the main

culprit for providing the foreign object that these cows

find as they are grazing. Clean up good after removing old

fencing, and put magnets down your cattle to prevent this

terrible disease.

My last warning: Cows don’t have upper front teeth, but

can bite your fingers off with their back ones.”

Correct answers were also submitted by Glen Lainhart,

Lawrenceburg; Heather Bear, Manchester; Bobby

Sommer, Bear Branch; David Hopping, Aurora; Wayne

Monroe, Brookville ; Marc Brunner, Aurora; Betty Jo

Huber, Sunman; Ivan Cutter, Dillsboro; John Little - West

Harrison; and Sandy McKelvey,Grand Junction, Colorado

This month’s challenge is steeped in history. Its use

declined just after the industrial revolution. Please e-mail

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Jan. 25. Good luck!

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Countywide Savings on Insurance

Continued from page 1A

a business. In the end, the

saving to the county was

$64,256, and the coverage

and deductibles were better,”

explained Commissioner


While the task was momentous,

the results were

financially beneficial for the

residents of Dearborn County.

Consideration is being given

to a proposal for guidelines

concerning the review and

bidding of insurance policies

to be done every three years.

Any savings that will be

seen in the 2019 budget due

to the change in insurance

costs will revert to the general

fund. This fund is specifically

used to finance the daily and

long-term operations of the


Road Construction Slated for County

Continued from page 1A

Work is scheduled to begin

on this site and structure after

March 1. The weather will be

the determining factor for the

actual start date of the project.

The bridge should be completed

before the 2019 school

year begins.

The second bridge that will

be replaced is bridge #201 at

the West Laughery Road approach.

The concrete structure

will have a reinforced

approach for the protection

of the surrounding area. The

contract for this project was

also awarded to the Paul Rohe


Two small structures are

also on the schedule for

installation, both located on

Lower Dillsboro Road. The

same timetable for the bridge

projects has been applied to

these installations

State Road 1 is on the docket

for a slide correction project

in the spring. The Indiana

Department of Transportation

has notified Dearborn

County that State Road 1 will

be closed for approximately

ninety days somewhere

between April 1 and August

30. The project involves a slip

correction located six miles

south of I-74. The scope of

the project includes stabilizing

a 1740-foot-wide slope on

S.R. 1 by installing 25-, 30-

and 35-foot-long steel shafts

into underlying bedrock along

three eroding embankment

sections. Metal grids will be

secured to the “soil nails” before

overcoating the installation

with shotcrete to form an

anchored retaining wall that

will measure up to twelve feet

high. Several drainage structures

and placement of asphalt

pavement will be done.

While an official detour

will be in place during that

time, the unofficial detour will

include Sawdon Ridge Road

and North Dearborn Road.

This unofficial route will not

be marked as a detour, and

INDOT will not maintain

traffic control for the route.

The repair of any damages

incurred due to the unofficial

detour will be reimbursed to

Dearborn County by INDOT.

Because the actual start

date of the State Road 1 slide

correction project is unknown,

Dearborn County will move

forward with the resurfacing

of Sawdon Ridge Road as

previously scheduled.

The slip between Billingsley

Drive and Wilson Creek

Road and the repaving of this

area of US 50 is still underway.

An extremely rainy

season has had a direct effect

on the completion of this

project. The rising waters of

the Ohio River have hindered

the construction efforts since

it is located on the edge of the


The resurfacing of US 50

from the interchange of I-275

to Aurora is still scheduled to

begin in March. An INDOT

representative stated, “We are

hoping to start in early March,

but the weather needs to cooperate.”

Patching and milling

should be completed by July.

The resurfacing project has

been engineered to be done

one lane at a time at night to

help ease the restrictions on

the traffic flow.

New projects are on the

horizon for US 50 in Greendale.

The construction of an

intersection near Greendale

Plaza Drive is being bid this

spring. The bid reflects that

construction will begin in the

late summer or early fall.

The other project for US 50

in Greendale is the resurfacing

of US 50 from the intersection

of I-275 to the state


According to INDOT, the

traffic count for US 50 in

Lawrenceburg is 29,539 vehicles

per day.



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A Bicentennial Celebration Spans a Year of Festivities

Aurora, like the Ohio River

itself, has prospered, suffered

and captured the

imaginations of business

people and poets.

Continued from page 1A

the Lion’s Club, are incorporating

the bicentennial theme

into the events. Mrs. Turner

shared, “…our very first dance

in April happens to be the

tenth year for the Main Street

dances as well as our bicentennial

birthday, so our theme for

the April dance is going to be

Birthday Party to celebrate


Hillforest’s Community Appreciation

Day takes place on

the first Sunday of April. Built

just thirty-six years after those

first lots were sold in Aurora,

the splendid Gaff family

home offers a glimpse into the

prosperity and beauty enjoyed

by the still-young city. Due in

large part to its position on the

Ohio River – Aurora was purported

to have one of the finest

harbors in the area – the town

became a center of commerce.

Steamboats arrived with

fine goods from Cincinnati;

flatboats moved livestock up

and down river; wagons piled

high with local hay creaked

through the streets, and people

were in constant motion. In the

mid-1800s Aurora was on the


With such a strong history

of hustle and bustle, it

only stands to reason that the

city would soon welcome the

horseless carriage, and eventually

all kinds of automobiles.

From May 16-18, residents

and visitors will have an opportunity

to explore Indiana’s

automotive past, present,

and future while touring the

Indiana Historical Society’s

History on Wheels. This 53’

trailer will be open to the

public and offers one thousand

square feet of interactive

exhibits. That weekend also

includes Get Wine(d) and

Dine(d); an outdoor movie for

the entire family sponsored by

the Aurora Lion’s Club; and a

new twist on the community

picnic. Mrs. Turner explained,

“We’ve had a community

picnic every year over at our

city park on Park Avenue,

where the pool is, for several

years, but I had seen a picture

a couple of years ago where a

picnic was down the middle

of the street. I shared it with

Mayor Hastings, and he really

liked that, but he said let’s wait

until our Second Street project

is complete. So our plan is to

have our community picnic

down the center of Second

Street on Thursday, May 16 -

weather permitting!”

This mural in Gabbard Riverfront Park will be the backdrop for many Bicentennial


Photos by Susan Ray

On May 18, the public is

invited to experience Pioneer

Day at the Harris Cabin. Mrs.

Turner said, “John Blasdel,

who is a board member at

Hillforest, he had organized

Pioneer Days back with Indiana’s

bicentennial … John is

a former school teacher, and

he’s done wonderful things.”

“John had helped Mary

Alice Horton when she was up

at the public library, I think in

1994, do a Pioneer Day kind

of thing about the library. She

kept saying to John, even as

sick as she was this time last

year, she was thinking about

the bicentennial, and she

wanted John to do Pioneer


Mrs. Turner continued,

An excellent source for information about Aurora’s past,

the Aurora Public Library is sponsoring special Bicentennial


“Those three days will be

three big days of things going

on, and I just think the Pioneer

Days - going from that

to History on Wheels - takes

you through the progression of

time. I think it falls in together


The people working tirelessly

behind the scenes, namely

countless volunteers, have

filled June’s calendar with

something fun for everyone.

Car lovers will have plenty to

see at the River City Classics

car show, and families

can munch on popcorn while

watching an outdoor movie.

Folks can get to know Aurora

a little better on the Main

Street Aurora Windows of

Continued on page 5A




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Volunteers Show their Love for the Centuries-Old City

The Gaff family’s home, Hillforest, is a National Historic

Landmark and is one of many historic structures found in


Nancy Turner is delighted

to offer bicentennial commemorative

books - and

Aurora-opoly games - for

purchase through Main

Street Aurora.

Continued from page 4A

Aurora Walking Tour, while

the third annual Hard Hat

Hangout provides a great way

for children of all ages to get

to know heavy equipment, fire

engines, and massive trucks.

Sports fans are invited to

cheer on their favorite vintage

ball clubs on June 8. “Come

June, we are working on having

one of those 1860s baseball

games,” said Mrs. Turner.

“That’s the same day as

another one of our dances, so

we’re doing a baseball theme

for the dance that night to coincide

with the 1860s baseball

game that day. We hope to use

the football field at the old

high school on US-50.”

Another way to take advantage

of great weather and celebrate

the town’s 200th birthday

is to head to the Aurora City

Park with family and friends

for Second Sundays in June,

July and August. Listen to live

music while enjoying dinner

freshly made by one of the onsite

food trucks. Mrs. Turner

said, “Since there is no access

to food over there, we thought

we’d get two or three different

kinds of food trucks, but we’re

Aurora 200th birthday party

begins at the stroke of

midnight on January 1 and

lasts through 2019 with

something for everyone.

trying to get local people.”

In August, the public is

invited to learn about the historic

churches of Aurora during

an evening walking tour

and enjoy the work of many

talented artists at the Southeastern

Indiana Art Guild’s

seventh annual regional art exhibition.

For people who appreciate

the artistry of a classic

car, the River City Classics

cruise-in takes place on the

first Wednesday of the month.

The month wraps up with the

fifteenth annual Knight Flight

5K Run and Walk.

The entire month of September

is filled with dancing, an architectural

walking tour, a classic

car cruise-in, a movie under

the stars, and more. Thanks to

the hard work and dedicated

effort of Charlotte Hastings and

her fellow volunteers, the USS

LST 325 will arrive in Aurora

on Friday, Sept. 13. The public

is encouraged to tour the ship,

ask questions of the crew, take

pictures, and learn about the

role played by LSTs and the individuals

who served on them

during WWII, the Korean War,

and the Vietnam War. Look for

more information about this

important event in an upcoming

issue of the Beacon.

Souvenirs, like the wooden

and acrylic ornaments and

magnet made by Dearborn

County resident Bill Wanamaker,

are available now at

Main Street Aurora.

Mrs. Turner explained,

“While the LST is here, we’re

going to have Celebrate Aurora,

like Celebrate Cochran in

2017. We’ll have horse-drawn

carriages that are going to

come to town and take people

through the streets, and we’re

going to have signage just

like we did in Cochran where

there was a sign in front of the

buildings that said what they

used to be. Roy Lambert will

give a talk about the history

of Aurora, and the Art Guild

is going to have a week-long

display of local artists. Not

just paintings, but any kind of

artistry whether it’s weaving

or ceramics or pottery - whatever

it is they’re going to

include all Aurora artists.”

Because the health of any

community is based not only

upon caring connections between

neighbors but also on

the patronage of local businesses,

Mrs. Turner said, “I’m

hoping that, with that going

on, the people who come to

see the LST might come into

town and frequent our businesses

- and the people who

Aurora’s bicentennial logo

was designed pro bono by

1995 South Dearborn High

School graduate Renee

Scudder Walston.

come to the event in town

who don’t even know the LST

is sitting there on the river

will go down and see it.”

Mrs. Turner continued, “One

of the things we talked about

at the very first initial meeting

was about the riverboats and

how the river is so much a part

of our history. Well, finally,

after lots of phone calls and

contacts, B&B Riverboats is

going to come during the LST.

They’re going to have a cruise

to bring people from Cincinnati

to Aurora to the LST, and

they’re talking about having

them take a tour of Hillforest,

spend some time in town and



then bus them back. They’ll

leave the boat here and then on

that Sunday night, September

15th, there’s going to be a dinner

cruise …and then the B&B

riverboat will still be here on

Monday and will have sightseeing

cruises, a lunch cruise; that

kind of stuff,” said Mrs. Turner.

“Just to have the B&B Riverboat

here, that brings a little bit

of that steamboat history to us.”

Aurora’s bicentennial year

will wrap up with the much-anticipated

Aurora Farmer’s Fair

in October, the kick off to the

holiday shopping season with

Small Business Saturday in November,

and December’s annual

Miracle on Main. The memories

made, friendships formed,

and appreciation gained for two

hundred years of prosperity,

tragedy, hard work, and hope

during this community-wide

celebration will continue long

into Aurora’s future.

For more information about

Aurora’s 200th birthday party,

please contact Main Street

Aurora at,

or 812-926-1100.

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Scrambled Eggs

Seasoned Potatoes

French Toast



Fried Chicken

Baked Chicken

Eggs Benedict

Fresh Fruit

Grilled Asparagus

Assorted Salads

Create your own Omelet

Beef carving station

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Hospital Grows for a Healthier Community

By Nicole Williams

Highpoint Health may not

be a name one recognizes at

first glance. Previously known

to residents for fifty-nine

years as Dearborn County

Hospital, the county-owned

hospital is located in Lawrenceburg,

Indiana. Along

with a new name and logo, the

63-bed community hospital is

making huge strides in providing

a growing range of care

options close to home. Having

just celebrated her thirty years

of employment at Highpoint

this past July, the current

Chief Nursing Officer, Angela

Scudder, MSN, CENP, is the

best witness to these changes.

Ms. Scudder is described

as an energetic leader and passionate

nurse by all who know

her. She obtained her Diploma

of Nursing from Good

Samaritan Hospital School of

Nursing in 1987. If you ask

Ms. Scudder if she knew at

that time that she would continue

on to receive her Master

of Science in Nursing in 2006

from Ball State University,

her answer will shock you.

“Goodness no. But it was my

second year working in the

ICU when I met one of my

biggest mentors, Gale Laws. I

watched the way she worked

with the patients and had the

power to control the room in

a positive way. I realized I

wanted to be her someday. I

wanted to be the manager.”

And that is precisely what

she did, now having sixteen

years of successful history

developing new processes that

improve patient safety and


Ms. Scudder helped lead the

initiative on improvements to

the emergency department,

which she considers the “front

door” to the hospital. In 2012,

Ms. Scudder’s daughter broke

her nose. She felt hesitant

about where to take her for

care. That alone was a clear

indication that the time had

come to make improvements.

Ms. Scudder recognized that

changes would be challenging,

but she started with the

medical staff. The transition

was difficult for some, but

management worked hard to

rebuild the team with only

the best. The new medical

staff was then given extensive

training in both education

and customer service. Press

Ganey, a well-respected patient

experience company, had

rated the overall emergency

department satisfaction in the

twentieth percentile at that

time. By 2015, the percentile

had jumped all the way to the

ninety-fifth percentile. The

ED was noted as one of the

most improved in the country.

Ms. Scudder was invited to

speak in Orlando to share the

success story.

The rebranding of Dearborn

County Hospital to Highpoint

Health took place in February

2018. Highpoint worked for

nearly a year with a design

firm that specializes in brand,

creation, and implementation.

The hospital was searching

for a new name that more

accurately represented the

Highpoint Health is one of the few independent hospitals

in the region

hospital and providers along

with all the services offered.

Ms. Scudder explained that

the local community was very

involved in the transition

through focus groups. The

community even voted on the

hospital’s new name and logo.

Highpoint Health continues

to grow, with more than fortyfive

specialist and primary

care and providers along with

numerous outpatient services

located in Dearborn, Ohio,

Ripley, and Switzerland counties.

Highpoint Health is continuously

advancing state-of-theart

healthcare technology to

improve the care that is given.

The electronic medical record

system now helps a patient’s

physicians communicate more

effectively with each other. A

new monitoring system was

recently installed throughout

the hospital, as well as a new

cardiac monitoring system.

One of the most exciting

aspects of the ongoing

acquisition of new diagnostic

equipment is more effective

cancer detection capabilities

and related oncology services.

Highpoint Health currently

owns an in-hospital, dedicated

PET/CT scanner, which is

considered the gold standard

in the detection and staging of

cancer. Nuclear Medicine is

now available which allows

the Department of Imaging

to use minimal amounts of

radioactive material (isotopes)

to diagnose disease. A 4D

MRI (magnetic resonance

imaging) is also available. An

MRI of the breast can detect

lesions that may not appear on

regular mammograms.

Community outreach

programs can be found

throughout the community.

Not only is the hospital reaching

out to students in nearby

schools to provide education

on substance abuse, but it is

also working with the City of

Lawrenceburg on a substance

abuse initiative. Highpoint

Health has partnered with the

Rising Sun School Corporation

to provide telehealth,

which will lead to better care

for the youth in the community.

It also provides free

health screening. The community

is invited into the facility

for educational classes, such

as diabetes education, birthing

classes, and support groups.

“This past year, we have

received more and more

recognition and positive

Chief Nursing Officer, Angela

Scudder, celebrated her

thirtieth anniversary working

at Highpoint Health.

The rebranded logo for

Highpoint Health was voted

on by the local community.

With the rebranding efforts

are three words the hospital

shares as part of their

brand promise: hearing,

helping and healing.

feedback from our patients,

visitors, and even our employees.

Highpoint Health is an

integral part of this community.

If we are not here… then

where?” she asked. Ms. Scudder

is very excited about what

the future holds. “We are like

family here. I am very proud

of the team here at Highpoint

Health. Their dedication to

providing an outstanding

patient experience is second

to none.”

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Indiana Farmers Insurance

Field Marketing Manager

Bruce Wissel presents the

Circle of Excellence Award

to Friendship Insurance

Agent Tami Thayer


Insurance Agent

Receives Circle of

Excellence Award

Friendship Insurance Agent

Tami Thayer recently received

Indiana Farmers Insurance’s

Circle of Excellence Award.

Recipients are nominated by

fellow employees and chosen

based on their professionalism,

customer focus, and

knowledge of the products

and services.

Ms. Thayer has worked

in the insurance industry for

twenty years, spending the last

decade with Friendship Insurance.

Her unwavering commitment

to those she serves is

one reason she was selected.

“Tami has earned praise

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underwriting skills,

attention to accuracy, and

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in finding the right solutions.

She understands the importance

of providing accurate

information and looking out

for the interests of the insured,

agency, and company.”

The announcement came

as no surprise to Friendship

leadership and Ms. Thayer’s


“This award is recognition

for what we and our customers

already know,” Friendship

CEO Chris Meyer said. “Tami

has a deep knowledge of the

world of insurance as well as

a solid work ethic, which she

shares with her customers and

our community.”

“Tami is very thorough and

takes pride in her work,” said

Friendship Insurance Agency

Sales Manager Tom Lewis.

“She is very pleasant to work

with and truly values the relationships

with her customers.

She is doing a great job.”

This recognition did catch

Ms. Thayer off guard. She has

appreciated the kind words

offered by those at Indiana

Farmers and her Friendship


“I am very humbled because

I come to work every

day to do my job,” said Ms.

Thayer. “My clients are my

family, my friends, and my

neighbors. I always want to

do my best for them. Receiving

this award helps me know

I am doing a good job for our

companies too. The excitement

of all this and all the

well wishes from my coworkers

makes me feel like Ed

McMahon has shown up at

my house with a large check,

flowers, and balloons. It is


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medication made him feel

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alternative options

to control his symptoms and

realized treating the symptoms

wasn’t the answer. He

needed to find the root of the


Dr. Austin watched as his

parents were treated by standard

medicine for their chronic

illnesses to no avail. The

Southeastern Indiana resident

began learning about better

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Researching opened doors to

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Dr. Austin was already

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Healthcare Careers

Students in the middle,

junior and senior high school

learned about careers in

healthcare during a new

program called Investigation:

Health Careers and You. The

program is offered by Highpoint

Health, Ivy Tech, and

the Purdue Extension 4-H

Career Readiness Spark Club.

The day-long program

introduced the students to

the many career opportunities

available at the hospital.

Students had the opportunity

to meet its President/CEO,

Michael W. Schwebler, and its

Chief Nursing Officer, Angela

Scudder, MSN, CENP.

“With the students getting

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Ed Brush, MSPT/ATC, Highpoint Health Director of Rehabilitation

Services, leads students through the Physical

Therapy Department. The students are part of the Investigation:

Health Careers and You program.

at Highpoint Health and Ivy

Tech Community College, we

hope that they will continue

their educational path toward

a degree in the healthcare

field. We are thrilled to collaborate

with Purdue Extension

and Ivy Tech Community

College as we look to the future,”

stated Belinda Eldridge,

RN, Nursing Development

and Recruitment Coordinator.



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Communication is Key for Lifelong Happiness

By Merrill Hutchinson

You’ve all seen it and

maybe even participated in it.

A family is sitting at the dinner

table- several children and

parents intensely communicating

but not with each other.

Instead, they are all involved

in communicating with a

digital screen. You’ll see them

smiling, frowning, and staring

at their devices instead

of those with them around

the table. This behavior has

become so commonplace that

we don’t question it anymore.

For many, it has become a

cultural norm.

The tools for today’s digital

age are a given. However, we

must also focus on what we,

especially our children, know

about how to communicate.

Communication is a necessity

of life. The forms of communication

we use seem straightforward,

but are they?

The forms of communication

and their frequency are

continually changing. Faceto-face

communication where

you see someone’s face and

body is actually becoming

less frequent. The need for us

to meet someone in person to

perform a particular task has

greatly diminished. We don’t

have to visit a store to shop

or go to a school to be taught.

We don’t have to go to church

to hear the preacher’s message

or even attend a sporting

event to see the event. We

are now able to experience

these things in our house and

never even interact with a

single person face-to-face.

Let’s be honest. We love the

convenience and comfort that

technology provides us, but

what is the expense?

Over the years, researchers

have made claims that over

90% of communication is

nonverbal- facial expression,

body language, voice tone,

etc. While this seems extreme,

more recent research suggests

that the differences between

nonverbal and verbal communication

percentages are more

influenced by the situation.

Listening to a book on audio

is undoubtedly much more

verbally effective than nonverbally,

but having a faceto-face

disagreement can be

significantly more nonverbal.

With that being said, researchers

agree that nonverbal communication

is significant, and

often much more important

than the words we use.

So, how are you teaching

your children to communicate?

If the primary forms of communication

they use is looking

at a digital screen and reading

words, they are probably missing

a huge portion of the message.

The result is that messages

are frequently misinterpreted

or misunderstood. We have all

heard, “No, I didn’t mean that.

I was joking around.”

I encourage you to be intentional

about teaching your

children how to communicate.

When I teach lessons on communication

to young students,

the first thing I teach is to know

the audience. Yes, before a

word is said, you should know

to whom you are talking- age,

gender, energy level, mood,

interest level, etc. One of the

primary skills that I quickly

identify in a great teacher is

his or her ability to read the

audience before and during the

lesson. A great teacher does a

quick inventory of the audience

and looks for the general

mood, attention, interest, and

energy of the crowd. If the audience

is reflecting positive attention

and interest, the teacher

can quickly seize the opportunity

and teach with the same

energy. If the audience is filled

with tired or somber faces and

you ignore that message, the

teacher runs a high chance of

quickly losing the audience and

will be preaching to the wall.

Great teachers know their

material, but make rapid

adjustments to keep their

audience engaged. Reading

body language, voice tones,

and facial expressions, is

part skill and part intuition.

Some teachers just seem to be

naturals, while others need to

be trained and experienced in

these skills. The good news

is that these skills can be

learned, practiced, and significantly


How do you teach your

children to read their audience

and be effective communicators?

As mentioned earlier,

some of them will be naturals,

but all can benefit from

learning and practicing three

simple techniques.

• Audience Check. Teach

your child to observe and read

their teachers and others every

day. Each day when your child

walks into the classroom, one

of the first things they should

do is take notice of the people

they encounter, especially

their teacher. Does the teacher

appear to be happy, sad, tired,

irritated, etc.? If your child

walks into the classroom and

stares at the ground, they will

miss one of the most important

messages necessary to

start their day off right.

• Greet and Check. Teach

them to initiate the first greeting.

As soon as they walk in

the classroom and take notice

of the people, they follow up

with a simple greeting. “Hi

Mrs. Smith!,” or better yet,

“Hi Mrs. Smith, how are you

today?” Wow! Guess what is

about to happen? Because the

child took an interest in the

teacher, the teacher is going to

respond not just with a spoken

word, but a mood and energy

through her nonverbal clues.

More importantly, most of the

time the teacher will return

the interest. “I’m doing great

this morning! How are you

doing?” This interaction is so

important. Now, not only does

your child have basic information

about the teacher, but

the teacher now has gathered

information about the student.

If this is done on a daily basis,

the teacher and student will

soon have a greater depth of

understanding and interaction

with each other.

• Clarity Check. Teach

them the skill of seeking clarity

of the message. When they

hear, see, and recognize the

teacher’s message, test understanding.

For example:

Student: “Hi Mrs. Smith!

How are you?”

Mrs. Smith: In a low and

quiet voice - “I’m okay.”

Clarity Check-

Student: “Mrs. Smith, you

seem a little tired today. Is

everything okay?”

WOW! Now the student

is not only engaging but is

gaining a greater understanding

and taking an interest in

the teacher. The teacher will

typically feel a greater interest

and empathy for this student.

Practice these same skills on

a daily basis in your house.

Every day have your child

practice checking in with you

when they walk in the door.

Have them notice, greet, and

clarify understanding of the

people in the house, especially

their parents.

Effective communication

and interaction with others

are lifelong skills that your

child will use every day of

his or her life. These tools

are tremendously powerful in

teaching your child to invest

in the interest of others rather

than just themselves. The next

time you think about giving

your children a tablet when

they walk in the house, stop

and spend some time teaching

them to be Masters of Communication

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The entire Martin family went on vacation to Tybee Island, Georgia. The Beacon went

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Grandmother Kurtz’s Silver Thimble

By Mary-Alice Helms

Tiny and white-haired, she

held court from her creaking

rocking chair, the queen of

story-tellers. When we were

kids my sisters and I, along

with our five cousins, were

her willing subjects. She was

our great-grandmother, known

to us as “Grandmother Kurtz”

and to our cousins as “Granny.”

Her hands were always

busy as she talked, either with

some mending or with sewing

together colorful pieces

of cloth for a quilt top. On

the middle finger of her right

hand, she would wear a silver

thimble. That thimble was

meant to help push a stubborn

needle through closely-woven

cloth, but it had other uses.

Sometimes it would give emphases

to a story with sharp

raps on the wooden chair arm;

at other times it became a reminder

to a misbehaving child

to “straighten up.” Without

missing a word, Grandmother

Kurtz could deliver a resounding

“thunk” with that thimble

to the top of the head of a


We would sit spellbound

for hours, listening to exciting

stories about her parents

traveling with their families

from Switzerland to Havre,

and then coming to America

on a sailing ship. We heard

about the ship being chased

by a whale and the romantic

story of how the two young

people met aboard the ship

and married as soon as they

reached America.

Grandmother Kurtz was

very proud of having been

born in Indiana. Her mother

and father first settled in Miamisburg,

Ohio, where they

had seven children. The family

then moved to Connersville,

where Grandmother K.

was born in 1852. “I was the

only true Hoosier!” she would

declare. “The others were all


I was the oldest of the cousins

who gathered around our

story-teller’s feet. When the

other children grew restless,

Grandmother Kurtz would

send them off to play. Then

I had her all to myself! That

was when I could ask for

my favorite stories. “Tell me

about the Civil War,” I would

beg. Sometimes her eyes

would fill with tears as she

related how her brother lied

about his age when he was

thirteen years old and went off

to join the Union army as a

drummer boy. She told about

the southern General John

Hunt Morgan and his troupe

of men known as Morgan’s

Raiders, who terrorized parts

of Ohio and Indiana. The infamous

gang had ridden through

her Uncle Henry’s prosperous

farm and stolen all of his


Once Grandmother Kurtz

slipped the silver thimble

from her finger, and slid it

onto mine, where it hung

in midair. “Now, it’s your

turn,” she said. “You tell me a

story,” and I did.

How often I have wished

that we could have recorded

Grandmother Kurtz’s tales.

She died in 1953, just a few

days before her 101st birthday.

I remember most of her

stories, word for word, but

they need to be told in her

own voice. And they need

the tapping of that silver


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soliciting start-up funds from

early-stage investors, successful

entrepreneurs and community

leaders. Students had the

opportunity to work with business

and community mentors

as well as experience feedback

from professional judges.

The third place winner was

Top Smoothie, a smoothie

truck that will specialize

in healthy smoothies. Alex

Geers, Gabe Haverkos and

Eli Sporleder were the three

smoothie makers and leaders

of the company.

The Second place winner

was India Burris who created

“Benevolent Bracelets.” The

proceeds of these friendship

bracelets are earmarked to

provide funding to nonprofit

organizations and used for

flowers and trees to be planted

as part of the project.

The first-place honor went

to a unique flower pot company

whose product would

act as an urn for ashes. This

concept was presented by

Alex Bamonte.

Oldenburg Academy Assistant

Principal Jonathon Maple

is the head of the Franklin/

Ripley County competition

and leads the challenge at OA.

“The great parts about each of

these businesses were the personal

stories that they tied to

their business – they showed

passion – I am very proud,”

Mr. Maple commented.

The top two teams will

move on to the Spring Maverick

Challenge Regional Competition,

where nine counties

will compete. They then have

a chance to move on to the

state competition called Innovate


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2019 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF) awarded

the Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship

(LECS) to East Central High

School’s Molly Graham. Ms.

Graham receives a four-year,

full-tuition scholarship to the

Indiana college of her choice

along with a $900 yearly stipend

for required books and


The LECS is the result of a

statewide Lilly Endowment,

Inc. initiative 1) to help

raise the level of educational

attainment in Indiana; 2) to

increase awareness of the

beneficial roles Indiana community

foundations can play

in their communities; 3) and

to encourage and support the

efforts of current and past

Lilly Endowment Community

Scholars to engage with

each other

and with

Indiana business,






Jacob Frank

Lila Socks





and civic

leaders to

improve the

quality of life

in Indiana


and in local



the state.

Ms. Graham

of Hidden


Lake is the


of Shaun

and Edward

Graham III.

She plans

to attend

Indiana University

or the

University of

Notre Dame

to study Pre-

Med. At East

Central High

School, Ms.

Graham has

been very

active in

many clubs

and groups,



Careers and


Leaders of




Academic Team; Dearborn

County 4-H; Book Club;

National Honor Society;

National Society of High

School Scholars; Spanish

Club; DCF Youth Council;

and Student Ambassadors.

The five remaining LECS

finalists are recognized as

2019 Dearborn Community

Foundation Scholarship

recipients. Each student

receives a $1,000 scholarship

paid directly to the student’s

school. The scholarship is

renewable for up to four

years of secondary education

at the college or university

of the student’s choice. The

Foundation is pleased to

award the 2019 DCF scholarships

to: Lila Socks, South

Dearborn High School;

Maddie Faller, East Central

High School; Jacob Frank,

Lawrenceburg High School;

Madison Jones, South

Dearborn High School; and

Ashley Terrill, Lawrenceburg

High School.

A five-member scholarship

committee and the DCF

staff annually review each

application during Phase I of

the scholarship process. Each

committee member assigns

scores to each applicant based

on an essay written to address

a specific question. DCF assigns

additional scores based

on financial need, cumulative

academic scores, and number

of family dependents.

Based on the highest total

scores during Phase I of the

process, six Lilly finalists

are selected to move on in

the process. These finalists

complete Phase II of the

selection process consisting

of personal interviews and

the writing of an impromptu

essay on a specific topic.

The scholarship committee

then nominates one student

to receive the scholarship

allotted to Dearborn County,

based on highest cumulative

scores from Phase II. The

Foundation board of directors

approves the nominee

and the nominee’s information

is then sent to Independent

Colleges of Indiana

(ICI), a non-profit corporation

that represents 30

regionally accredited degree

granting, non-profit, private

colleges and universities

in the state. The ICI Selection

Committee, made up of

Indiana public and private

college representatives, community

foundation members

and graduate scholarship

recipients, reviews the nomination

and forwards its final

selection of the recipient to

DCF in early December.

The Ripley County Community

Foundation proudly

announced that George Ritter

is Ripley County’s 2019

Lilly Endowment Community

Scholar. George will

receive full tuition for four

years and a $900 per year

book stipend to the Indiana

college or university of his

choice. Mr. Ritter is the son

of Jade and Elizabeth Ritter

and is a senior at Batesville

High School. Although he

is unsure of which college

he wishes to attend, he

plans to pursue a degree in

chemical engineering. Along

with being a top student at

his high school, Mr. Ritter

participates in National

Honor Society, Drama Club,

is a member of the Track and

Field team, serves as a tutor

and participates in the St.

Louis Mission Team.

The Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship is

one of the most competitive

and prestigious scholarships

offered by the Ripley County

Community Foundation.

Candidates are evaluated

on grades, extra-curricular

activities, test scores, community

involvement, and

must write multiple essays to

give the committee a better

understanding of the student.

The selection committee is

composed of Ripley County

residents representing all areas

of the county. During the

evaluation process, the committee

is not given names of

the applicants or the schools

they attend and during the

final interviews, the students

are only introduced by their

first names to ensure it provides

for as much objectivity

as possible. Upon being

chosen and interviewed, the

candidate’s applications were

sent to the Independent Colleges

of Indiana, Inc. (ICI)

for the final selection of the


Each of the four finalists

will receive a Ripley County

Community Scholarship in

the sum of $2,000 in their

Molly Graham, Dearborn

County Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship


freshman year and a Grateful

Families Scholarship and

a Jane Deiwert Scholarship

in their Sophmore year. The

four finalists are: Alyssa

Brinkman, Trey Heidlage,

Sarah Preston, and Chloe


Alyssa Brinkman is the

daughter of Jane and Daniel

Brinkman and is a senior

at Milan High School. She

is her class president, valedictorian,

and participates

in swimming and beauty


Trey Heidlage is the son

of Julia and Robert Heidlage

and is a senior at Batesville

High School. Trey is co-captain

of the varsity basketball

team, a member of student

council, and an active member

of his church.

Sarah Preston is the

George Ritter, Lilly

Endowment Community

Scholarship recipient for

Ripley County

Charlie Raab, Ellie & Albert Amberger, Lissa Ritter, Lilly winner

George Ritter, Jade Ritter, Andy Allen, Joan & Gene Ritter

daughter of Beth and Robert

Preston and is a senior at

Oldenburg Academy. She

is National Honor Society

President, captain of the

varsity tennis team, a member

of Academy Singers, and

a member of The National

Academy of Future Physicians

and Medical Scientists.

Chloe Shaw is the daughter

of Amy and Steve Shaw and

is a senior at Batesville High

School. Chloe is treasurer of

the Key Club, a math center

peer tutor, a member of the

dance team, and a member

of Senior Leadership Committee.

The Ripley County Community

Foundation congratulates

George Ritter and the

four Ripley County Community

Scholars for their hard

work and achievements.



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Chris Jack




Browndyke and

Lunsford Lead Area

on IFCA and AP

All-State Football


The Indiana Football

Coaches’ Association and

Associated Press recently



All-State Football

honors across Maxine the state of Indiana,

and, Klump once again, several

area players were recognized

as some of Community the best football

players in Correspondent the state in being

named to one or both of these

all-star teams.

Topping the honors this year

are East Central senior placekicker

Caden Browndyke and

South Dearborn senior defensive

back Owen Lunsford.

Browndyke was named

to the IFCA Top 50 All-

Stars chosen from across all

football classification levels

and was also named to the AP

South Dearborn senior

Owen Lunsford displays

several postseason

awards. Lunsford was

named to both the IFCA

and AP All-State football

teams as well as being

named EIAC 4A Defensive

MVP and team MVP for

his performance during the

2018 season. (Photo courtesy

of Sandra Lunsford)

Honorable Mention team. He

finished a fine kicking career

for the Trojans by racking up

91 kicking points during his

senior campaign.

Browndyke put up impressive

senior numbers, making 8

of 10 field goals and 67 of 71

extra points attempts throughout

the season. His long for

the year was 50 yards, and his

only two misses were from

distances over 40 yards in

helping to lead the Trojans to

a sectional title this season.

Senior 152-pounder Zach Otto (12-2 overall) and sophomore

145-pounder Bryer Hall (17-0) recently claimed

individual titles at the Columbus East Invitational for the

South Dearborn Knights on December 15. The Knights

placed fourth as a team in the 9-team invitational. (Photo

by Chris Nobbe)

Owen Lunsford was named

to both the IFCA and AP 4A

All-State Team as a defensive

back. Lunsford, from the

safety position, has led the

Knights defensive efforts as

the leading tackler each of the

past three seasons and recorded

over 100 total tackles

during his senior season.

Lunsford, who was the 4A

EIAC Defensive MVP and

team MVP, also recorded six

interceptions, caused a couple

of fumbles, and blocked two

kicks during the 2018 football

season in leading the Knights

to a 9-2 record.

The Trojans had four other

recipients as a part of the

IFCA and/or AP 4A All-State

teams. Quarterback Alex

Maxwell and running back

Eric Rosemeyer were both

named to the 4A IFCA team

and each received honorable

mention in the 4A AP voting.

Teammate Cole Rosfeld

was named to the 4A IFCA

All-State team as an offensive

lineman. Linemate Luke Collinsworth

received honorable

mention in the 4A AP voting.

The South Dearborn

Knights also enjoyed a couple

more picks to these teams to

cap off postseason honors. Senior

wide receiver Ethan Getz

was named as honorable mention

to the 4A AP All-State

team while senior Axel Bell

was named to the 4A IFCA

team as a defensive lineman.

Not to be outdone by their

larger conference counterparts,

the Batesville Bulldogs

had a trio of members garner

honors as well. The Bulldogs

were led by quarterback Trey

Heidlage who was named to

both the IFCA All-State team

and honorable mention for the

AP voting. Fellow seniors in

wide receiver Austin Siefert

and linebacker Adam Bedel

were each named as honorable

mention selections to the

3A AP team.

The Milan Indians had two

members selected to these

teams as well. Orrin Schmidt

was named to the 2A AP

All-State Honorable Mention

roster as an offensive lineman.

Junior Dakota Sams was

given a unique honor within

both teams. Sams was named

as an honorable mention selection

on the 2A AP squad at

linebacker. In addition, he was

also named to the IFCA 4A

Junior All-State First Team as

an offensive lineman.

ECHS Aqua Trojans

Off the Blocks Fast

in 2018-19 Season

Both the girls’ and boys’

swimming and diving teams

at East Central High School

are off to undefeated starts to

the 2018-19 season, which

has also seen a new school

record set by Kyra Hall in the

100 backstroke.

Brandon Loveless’ squads

have been impressive in the

first two months of the season

against many area teams and

capped off the first half of the

season by winning the sixteam

Connersville Invitational

for both the girls and boys on

December 14-15.

The Aqua Trojans were able

to claim the girls’ title at the

Connersville Invitational held

on both Friday and Saturday,

December 14-15 by scoring

292 points to distance itself

from runner-up Connersville

with 240. The boys’ title was

won with 329 points over

runner-up Richmond which

scored 285 points. Other teams

competing in the six-team

invitational were Hagerstown,

New Castle, and Centerville.

Winning events for the Aqua

Trojans in the girls’ meet

were the 200 Medley Relay

team of Kyra Hall, Jordan

Marro, Mackenzie Schantz,

and Olivia Nixon as well as

the 400 Freestyle Relay team

of Schantz, Caroline Walters,

Nixon, and Hall. The Lady

Aqua Trojans enjoyed two

double-event winners in individual

races with Kyra Hall in

both the 100 backstroke and

200 individual medley and

Mackenzie Schantz in the 100

butterfly and 500 freestyle.

The boys’ team enjoyed

even greater success in the

invitational by capturing all

three relays contested. The

boys captured the 200 Medley

Relay with the team of

Nick Weber, Klay Shipman,

Jackson Ketcham, and Jacob

Weber. The winning 200 Freestyle

Relay team consisted of

Owen Matthew, Ethen Witte,

Ray Krider, and Nick Weber.

The 400 Freestyle Relay team

ended the meet with a win for

the team of Matthew, Witte,

Ketcham, and Jacob Weber.

The boys had three members

of the team capture two

individual titles apiece. Jackson

Ketcham claimed both the

200 freestyle and 500 freestyle

titles. Jacob Weber won

the 200 individual medley and

100 butterfly races. The third

Trojan swimmer to claim two

titles was Nick Weber with

wins in both the 100 freestyle

and 100 backstroke races.

Some of the early-season

results for the Aqua Trojans

also include meet victories

for the girls over Greensburg

(93-87), Lawrenceburg and

Oldenburg Academy (171-90-

34), South Dearborn (140-18),

and Shelbyville (93-88).

The boys’ results in earlyseason

action include wins

against Greensburg (134-49),

Lawrenceburg and Oldenburg

Academy (159-117-5),

South Dearborn (140-33),

and Shelbyville (110-76). The

boys’ team has also yet to

drop a single relay throughout

the season.

Hall Breaks Own

School Record

East Central swimmer Kyra

Hall recently broke her own

school record in the 100 backstroke.

In a meet on December

13 against Shelbyville,

Hall swam a time of 1:01.16.

This breaks her own school

record in the event which she

set last season.


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Over the past year, the

Bright Area Business Association

(BABA) has hosted

several events to raise funds

for area nonprofit organizations.

These organizations

are the backbone of Bright

and give so much back to the

residents of our community.

In 2018 BABA held several

community events thanks

to the hard work of numerous

volunteers. These events

included a golf outing, afterhours

networking events, the

Bright Community Festival,

and the BABA-Q Festival.

The newest event for

BABA was the Pumpkin 5K

held on a cold morning in

October. Over seventy runners

and walkers enjoyed a

course that wound through




Bright. Look for information

on next year’s event as it is

sure to become an annual


At its annual Christmas

Breakfast meeting, a summary

of all of BABA’s

events was given by the

president. The group presented

a check for $1000

to the Bright Lions Club. A

check for $2000 was given

to the North Dearborn Food

Pantry. Finally, a check for

$12,000 was presented to

The Bright Fire Department.

A portion of those funds was

raised through the basket

raffles at the festival.

BABA and its members

reflect all that our community

stands for. The group’s efforts

have resulted in collaboration

not only in Bright but

throughout the community.


The Bright Fire Department received a donation of $12,000 thanks to the fund raising

efforts of BABA.







A Family Tradition Since 1800’s




BABA raised $1000 for the Bright Lions Club in 2018.

BABA donated $2000 to the North Dearborn Food Pantry.








For the fourth year in a row,

the Children’s Committee

hosted Santa’s Workshop. The

event was well attended with

families enjoying crafts and

cookie decorating. Thanks

to all who made this year’s

event another great one!

A Trivia Night is planned

for Jan. 19 at Willies. Test

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If you have news you would

like to share, email me at

Henry Ahaus and Melvin


We’re in the midst of winter,

and you know what that

means – snow! Whether you

love it or hate it, we all must

deal with snow this time of

year. We’ve already had our

first snowfall this winter and

two residents in their 80s,

Henry Ahaus and Melvin

Meyer, were caught shoveling

their driveways. Shirley

Beetz snapped their picture on

her way to work. Mr. Meyer

told her he was “showing the

young guys how it’s done.”

Henry and Melvin – if you

feel inclined to shovel more

snow this winter, feel free to

come over to my house!

Valentine’s Day is quickly

approaching. It’s the time of

year to show your loved ones

how much they mean to you.

If you’re looking for a special

gift for the men in your life,

tickets are still available for

the 2019 E6 Men’s Conference

held Feb. 23 from 8 a.m.

to 3:30 p.m. at East Central

High School Performing

Arts Center. The ticket price

includes inspiring talks by renowned

speakers, free books,

lunch, and much more. (See

ad on page 9A.)

My condolences to the

family of two New Alsace

residents. Augustine (Gus)

Cordero passed away on

Dec. 9 at age 91. Gus was a

proud veteran of the United

States Army and Navy and

was a member of the North

Dearborn Legion Post 452

and Eagles in Batesville. He

made friends everywhere he

went, including the staff at

Ripley Crossing. When Gus

left Ripley Crossing, everyone

stood and saluted him one last

time. Gus leaves behind many

family members, including

New Alsace residents Larry

(Clara Ann) Zinser and Doris

(Bob) Boyd.

Jim Kunkel passed away on

Dec. 11 at age 84. Jim enjoyed

meeting new people and

never met a stranger. Every

year Jim tended his vegetable

garden and harvested

his prize potatoes. He also

loved to hunt, fish and was an

avid card player, especially

euchre and pinochle. Jim is

survived by his wife Marilyn,

to whom he was married to

for 57 years. He also leaves

behind his son Kenny Kunkel

of Weisberg, daughter Jenny

(Eldon) Steinmetz of New

Alsace, son-in-law Bobby

Tallarigo, granddaughters

Amanda, Kendra, Karlie,

Emily and Amanda, and

brother Irvin (Esther) Kunkel

of Batesville. He was preceded

in death by his daughter

Sharon Tallarigo, sister Rita

Williams and parents Edward

and Lena Kunkel.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me



February 2019 THE BEACON Page 3B



Debbie A.




Carter William Barrett

celebrated his fifth birthday

on Dec. 4. A Globetrotter

themed party was held for

friends and family.

Later that same day, Ron

and I were pleasantly surprised

with a fiftieth wedding

anniversary party hosted by

our children. We enjoyed

catching up with friends and

family whom we haven’t seen

in a long time. Thanks to everyone

who came out to make

our celebration special and

to Jennie, Melissa, Krista,

Mark, and their families for

putting the party together.

It was nice to have a party

where I didn’t have to do all

of the preparations myself!!!

The New Year’s Eve dance

at St. Joseph American Legion

Post 464 was well attended.

Everyone enjoyed dancing

and being with friends.

Proceeds from this year’s

event went to the Clausen

Crusaders. Joel and Andrea

(Wolfram) Clausen and their

family are going through a

difficult time as their tenmonth-old

son has been

diagnosed with a rare disease

called Krabbe disease. Andrea

is a graduate of ECHS and the



Carter Barrett celebrated

his fifth birthday.

daughter of Rick and Peggy

Wolfram. Donations were also

taken for the YES home.

Get well wishes go out to

Mary Fox and Annie Werner.

Hope both of you are soon

feeling much better.

Deepest sympathies go

out to the families of Alene

Schuman and Rita Wuestefeld.

All will miss Alene’s smile

and her wonderful cooking.

She, along with her sister

Emma Oehlman and Mary

Cecile Maune cooked for so

many of the local weddings

over the years. She was a

great mother, grandmother,

and great-grandmother. She

prepared many meals for our

fire department Christmas

parties and she always looked

forward to the card games that

would follow after the meal.

She is now in heaven with


Rita was my next door

neighbor when I grew up. I

always enjoyed visiting with

her. She laughed a lot, and so

enjoyed Christmas. Her home

was always decked out with


Christmas lights. She was a

great mother, grandmother, and

great-grandmother. She is at

peace and will celebrate Christmas

once again with Ralph.

She will be missed by all.

February Birthdays– 1

Ella Alig, Greg Callahan,

Paul Volk and Steve Weigel,

2 Aunt Bernita Andres,

3 Jeanie Bischoff, Joyce

Munchel, Doug Dole, Jerry

Schneider, 4 Paul Stock, 6

my nephew Shawn Andres,

7 Katie Gaynor and Kris

Bischoff, 8 my sister-in-law

Betty Andres, 10 Jenny

Steinmetz and Gerhard

Deddens, 11 Carolyn

Bulach, Linda Hoog and

John Schuman, 12 Brittany

Farrow and cousin Gerard

Andres, 15 Macy Lyness,

Sarah Herth, Jessica Weideman

and Scott Siefferman,

16 Brittany Bischoff, Jon

Stenger and Ben Vogelsang,

17 Ellie Hoffman, Ashley

Andres and Ryan Wilhelm,

18 Brenda Ratz, 19 Gabrielle

Cleary, Tim Banks,

Paula Rudisell and Mark

Horstman, 20 Harry Hartman,

Nolan Stenger, Rachel

Vonderheide and Kendall

Robertson, 21 Mary Rennekamp,

Karen Maune

and cousin David Andres,

23 Mary Lois Trabel, Peg

Lyness, Chris Bittner and

Tanya Bittner, 25 Mandy

Vogelsang, 26 my granddaughter

Brianna Inman and

Jim Dole, 27 Luke Vogelsang,

28 Dave Deddens and

Ryan Walter.







Happy New Year to all of

you. It is hard to believe we

are in the year 2019. The

older I get, the faster the years

fly by. When you are reading

this month’s Beacon, I will

have had my tree taken down,

and all of my decorations will

have been put away for the

next Christmas. Now I will

be waiting for Spring.

Dec. 14 was my last day

working for Dearborn County

Government I had been there

for twenty-one years. I will

especially miss helping Mike

in the Veterans office. The

veterans were always appreciative

of my setting up their

rides to the VA Hospital. I am

taking a couple of weeks off

before I decide if I want to go

back to work full time or just

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volunteer. Right now, my husband

is getting into my space

in the kitchen, so we will see

what happens.

We all need to say

lots of prayers for and wish

a speedy recovery for Jason

Cox. Jason had an accident

on one of his job sites a

couple of months ago. The

Coxs are a strong family and

will make it through this

tough time. They have a lot of

support from their family and

their church.

It’s the beginning of a new

year and wouldn’t it be nice

if all of the Beacon readers

would do a random act of


Stay safe. The winter snows

will be coming soon.

Editor’s Note- What a

GREAT idea! Please email

Gloria or me and share what

random acts of kindness you

did or received.





January 17-20 – Tri-State Fishing & Outdoor

Show - Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut

Street - Second annual Tri-State Fishing & Outdoor

Show. Vendors from around the country will have

custom rods, tackle, bass boats, kayaks, outfitters

and anything fishing and outdoor related. Local

anglers and professional fishermen from all species

will give educational seminars both days. Rock

climbing wall in the lobby of the Event Center

Saturday 9am-7pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. Admission:

$8.00; Advanced $7.00. Children 12 & under Free

Brought to the Event Center by Brailey Promotions

Inc. Information: 317-626-4448. Advance tickets:

January 25 – Aurora Lions Club Feed the

Hungry Chili Spaghetti Dinner - 228 Second

Street, Aurora, Indiana. Call Main Street Aurora for

more information. 812-926-1100.

February 1 – Jamey Johnson at the

Lawrenceburg Event Center - 91 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg. 8pm. Shuttle service

available from Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg.

Tickets: Info: www.

February 2 – Annual Big Air Competition

- Perfect North Slopes,19074 Perfect Lane,

Lawrenceburg. Event open to skiers and boarders.

Come participate, or just watch the exciting action

from the patio! Begins at 5:30pm with Amateur

Division, followed by Pro Division. Great prizes will

be awarded at patio at 8:30pm. Info: 812-537-3754 or

February 8-10 – Dearborn County Home

Builders Association Home & Garden Show

- Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Friday/5PM-9PM, Saturday/10AM-

8PM, Sunday/Noon-5PM. The largest home

show in Dearborn County features landscaping

and interior design companies, remodeling

contractors, organizing solutions and more. $4.00

admission - 50% off with a boxed or canned good

donation. Free admission for children age 10

and under. For more information: 812-320-6099

or or www.

February 8 – Downtown Lawrenceburg

Chocolate & Wine Walk - Sponsored by

Lawrenceburg Main Street. Call for more

information: 812-537-4507.

February 9 – Be My Valentine - Main Street

Aurora Dancing on Main - 7:30-10PM, presented

by Main Street Aurora. Second & Main Street,

Aurora. Doors open at 6PM. $7.00 admission

This community event gives the older citizen

of our community and the surrounding areas

the opportunity to dance, socialize and enjoy a

community gathering place in Historic Downtown

Aurora. Dinner is served by the Lions Club, with all

proceeds going to Relay for Life. Classic country

music and more, is provided by Denver Brandt and

the Wooden Wheels. Information: 812-926-1100.

February 14 – Blue Willow House Spring

Opening - 9960 Front Street, Dillsboro, Indiana.

Blue Willow House opens for the season. Thursday

& Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-2pm. Shop

three floors of merchandise located in a lovely

old home built in 1912. Antiques, home decor,

clothing, jewelry, candles, soaps/lotions and gifts

are available for purchase. Open Hours throughout

the year: Thursdays & Fridays, 10am-6pm; Saturdays,

9am-2pm. Information: 812-432-3330 or www. or bluewillowhouse9960@

February 18 – Presidents Day Holiday - Perfect

North Slopes,19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg.

Perfect North Slopes will be open from 9:30am-

9:30pm for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing

on Presidents Day. Tubing tickets are available for 2

or 3 hour sessions on this holiday. Info: 812-537-3754


Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

1-800-322-8198 or


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Sometimes wishes do come


Last year I had wished that

our Chamber of Commerce

would consider changing

Batesville’s Santa Parade to

an evening event with illuminated

floats and the excitement

of Santa present at the

lighting of the city’s Christmas

tree. This year the two

events were combined which

made for a festive, crowdfilled

downtown night of fun

and excitement for all ages!

I had wished for additional

funding for Batesville’s

Parks and Recreation – and

through the dedicated efforts

of the parks Superintendent,

Mike Baumer, and the city’s

Parks and Recreation Board,

additional funds have been

received through shelter

sponsorships and private

donations. A new park is being

developed on the north

side of town. Over time plans

include connecting the city’s

parks with its looped walking

trails. Thank you to everyone

responsible for the parks and

recreation amenities that we

now enjoy – and for those we

look forward to enjoying in

the future!

I had wished for the completion

of the long-anticipated

Merkel Road improvements

… and in 2018 Merkel Road

was once again open for

public travel providing a

boulevard of sorts connecting

Highway 46 with the city’s

business park area. This major

road improvement provides

increased access for semitrucks

to serve the businesses

in the commerce area as well

as a safer route for residents

to travel. For those of us who

live in Batesville and work

in Oldenburg, or vice-versa,

Merkel Road provides an alternative

route linking the two


2018 was a great year for

Batesville – it’s a great place

to “craft your life,” and an

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The 2018 Gobble Wobble 5K committee presented checks to Sunman and North Dearborn

Food Pantries totaling $41,206.66.







Happy New Year 2019!!

I hope that everyone had

a peaceful and joy-filled

Christmas and brought in

the New Year with positivity

and great expectations for

the days ahead of them. I am

still trying to get a grip on

how quickly 2018 flew by.

The year was filled with joy,

happiness, sorrow, and sadness.

I suppose when we all

look at our life moments, we

can relate to these common

emotions. May our good days

outnumber our bad days.

On Thanksgiving Day

2018, The Gobble Wobble

5K celebrated five years of

greatness- 1378 participants

were present representing

nearly twenty states. Overall

race winners were as follows:

Men’s run, Jonah Woods

(16:32), Joseph Sheele

(17:24), and Adam Moster

(17:48). Women’s run, Megan

Cole (18:12), Hannah Korte

(19:08), and Elyse Hunger

(20:09). This year, the Gobble

Wobble raised a total of

$41,206.66. Gobble Wobble

proceeds help the Sunman

Food Pantry buy hams for

Easter in addition to milk,

eggs, and cheese. At Thanksgiving,

a turkey along with

sides, milk, eggs, and cheese

are provided. For Christmas,

two hundred thirty families

consisting of around one

thousand individuals receive

Christmas baskets of food,

turkey, milk, eggs, cheese,

and fruit. Proceeds also help

the North Dearborn Food

Pantry purchase Thanksgiving

and Christmas meals for

over two hundred families

each year. Youth from All

Saints Parish help distribute

the meals. The pantry also

provides monthly food boxes

throughout the year to over

three hundred fifty families.

In July and August, school

supplies are provided to

children in need. The committee

would like to thank

all the sponsors, participants,

and volunteers that help make

this community event a huge

success. Planning has already

started for the 2019 event.

My niece and nephew,

Rebecca and Nick Johnson,

graduated from Belmont

University in Nashville, TN.

Becca earned her Bachelor of

Arts degree in Entertainment

Industry Studies, with a minor

in Photography. Nick earned

Brother and sister, Nick and

Rebecca Johnson graduate

from Belmont University,

Nashville, Tennessee.

Their parents are Rick and

Connie Johnson.

his Bachelor of Arts degree in

Entertainment Industry Studies,

with a minor in Business

Administration. They both

currently reside in Nashville,

where they are employed.

Wishing them much success

as they enter the real world.

A couple of months ago, I

pulled my car into the garage

after returning home. I had

my hands full and placed my

organizer on the roof of my

car, took the rest of my stuff

into the house and completed

my work day. I then got back

into my car, went down to

check on my parents. When

I returned home, there was a

message on my phone from

Greg Gavin, a building

contractor from Bright. He

mentioned that he found my

organizer lying in the middle

of North Dearborn road and

had it at his office in Bright.

I am very grateful for his

Act of great kindness and for

being a Good Samaritan. Not

many people would have gone

the extra effort. Thank You,


Moving quickly into 2019,

may we all strive and commit

to lead by good example.

Blessings to all this New


Behavioral Finance – The Gambler’s Fallacy

Behavioral Finance combines behavioral and cognitive

psychological theory with conventional economic theory in order

to propose explanations as to why people might make irrational

financial decisions. Simply, it is the study of how consumers/

investors make irrational investment decisions. 1 Behavioral

Finance got its start in the 1970s, and has continued to grow

in popularity. It has become so widely accepted as an accurate

account of why markets react and move the way they do, that

it is taught in nearly every university around the globe. 2 Having

been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years,

I’ve witnessed the effects Behavioral Finance has on our clients,

country and economy.

Gambler’s Fallacy

Gambler’s Fallacy is the tendency for individuals to erroneously

believe that the onset of a random event is likely to happen

following another event or series of events. 3

Maybe you like to do a little bit of gambling, or maybe you

aren’t a gambler at all. Either way, if you don’t have a basic

understanding of probability,

you are susceptible to making

incorrect assumptions and

predictions that could negatively

impact your investments.

Here’s how Gambler’s Fallacy

applies to investing. Have you

ever looked at the market and

thought to yourself, “Wow,

we’ve been on a pretty good

run lately, I better get out while I

can.”? That is Gambler’s Fallacy.

Suppose I flip a quarter 25

times, and all 25 times, it lands

“...if you don’t have a basic

understanding of probability,

you are susceptible to making

incorrect assumptions and predictions

that could negatively

impact your investments.”

— Roger Ford

on heads. What is the probability the quarter will land on tails

when I flip the coin for the 26th time? The answer is 50%. There

is a 50% chance the quarter will land on tails, and there is a

50% chance the quarter will land on heads. Each flip of the coin

is an independent event that is unaffected by the prior flip. Some

are tempted to believe that there is a greater likelihood for the

quarter to land on tails given the fact that I flipped heads 25

times in a row, but that is simply not the case.

There are more factors involved in the market fluctuation than

with a flip of the coin, but the point is clear. Just because the

market is on a good run, in of itself, is not reason to believe this

good run will end and you should get out of the market. In fact,

studies indicate the opposite. The investor which stays invested

over the long-term, will be in a better position than the investor

who tried to time the market and “get out” before the good run

ends. 4

Markets go up, and markets will go down. Since 1937, the S&P

500 has reported a gain 62 out of 81 years. 5 Behavioral Finance

is important for investors to understand and it is essential to

avoid Gambler’s Fallacy by paying attention to the fundamentals

of investing and not allowing your emotions to cause irrational







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The Simon Brute´ statue

now resides in a shrine at

St. Paul’s Church.



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While many young men

(and now women) are Boy

Scouts, earning the highest

rank is a privilege- an Eagle

Scout award. John Crawley,

son of Mike and Julie

Crawley, is one step closer

to receiving his Eagle Scout


Last month, my New Alsace

article included a story

about Deacon Bob Decker

and his intricate carving of

Simon Brute´. Last spring,

John contacted Fr. Jonathan

Meyer and asked if he had

an Eagle Scout project for

him. Knowing that there

would be a need to create

an area to display the

Simon Brute´ statue, Fr.

Meyer asked John to turn the

broom closet under the stairs

at St. Paul’s church into a

shrine. In late August, John

received approval from the

Boy Scouts for his project

and spent the month of

September planning. Most

of the project was completed

the first weekend in October

with assistance from

fellow boy scouts and Joe

Hornbach. John was grateful

for Joe’s carpentry skills

and tools to complete the

framing around the shrine


While John has a few more

merit badges to complete,

he is on track to meet all of

the requirements this year

to receive his Eagle Scout

award and honor. Great

work, John!

Former Yorkville resident

Larry Hornbach passed away

on Dec. 16. Larry excelled

in sports, specifically baseball,

basketball, football, and

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continued his athletic career

at Marion College where he

achieved the Marion Baseball

Wall of Fame. Larry

shared his love for sports

as a baseball and basketball

coach at South Dearborn

High School where he taught

math. He leaves behind his

sons Jon of West Chester,

OH and Tony (Tiffany) of

Green Township, OH in addition

to four grandchildren.

Last month I featured a

story about a train derailment

along the creek in

Guilford and asked if anyone

had more details about the

train wreck. Thanks to Steve

Lieland for contacting me.

His father, Charles (Charlie)

Lieland, worked on the

railroad line extending from

Cincinnati to Indianapolis

from the 1930s until 1970s.

The line was called the New

York Central line until it

merged with the Pennsylvania

Railroad and then

became the Penn Central


Charlie was an operator

and controlled the track

switches along the line. He

was assigned to checking

the line in the Guilford area

when the crash occurred.

While Steve and his siblings

don’t know the details

of the accident, they know

Charlie aided in the cleanup

effort. Steve referred

me to an article published

on queencitydiscovery. where I found

information claiming the

wreck occurred around

1967 or 1968 involving a

chemical spill and the train

cars were left to secure the

embankment which was

slipping away and may have

contributed to the wreck.

Thank you, Steve, for

reaching out!

I would love to feature you

in my next article! If you have

news in the Yorkville/Guilford

area and would like me to

share it, please contact me at









Logan correspondent Myrtle

White will be back next

month with all of the exciting

things happening in Logan.

Please send news that you

would like to share to logan@


Adorable Olivia Rose celebrated

her first Christmas.







Happy New Year! As the

holiday season comes to a

close and we embark upon the

New Year, I want to reflect on

this past Christmas and what

a joy it was to celebrate my

granddaughter’s first Christmas.

She may only be two

months old, but she surely

made the “nice” list. She is,

by far, the greatest gift we

could have received.

My family has been so

incredibly blessed, and each

year we do our part to support

those less fortunate. This

year was no exception; however,

we added a twist and

made it a real family affair.

My husband and I hosted my

in-laws for the weekend, so

we took to the streets and did

various random acts of kindness

throughout the town.

We divided into two teams

calling ourselves the “Kindness

Crew.” Each team had

a captain who was responsible

for video recording the

random acts. Each side was

given seven assigned acts,

and once the team completed

their tasks, we shared our

video for others to enjoy. We

helped pay for a stranger’s

gas, helped pay for a family’s

grocery bill, and we

delivered fuzzy socks to the

nursing home, just to name

a few. We also had to share

some of our favorite Christmas

memories along the way

and sing Christmas carols in

a public place. Our final stop

was delivering a bag of gifts

to a family in need. There is

nothing more fulfilling than

sharing your heart with those

who are less fortunate, and

I certainly hope each member

of our family will look

back upon this day with fond

memories of helping others.

Joining us from out of

town were my mother-in-law,

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Kelly and Jennifer Murphy

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Ashlyn of Huntingburg, IN.

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Her oldest son, Jimmy, is

a senior in high school and

has been nominated by Iowa

state senator, Chuck Grassley,

to be considered for an

appointment to the U. S.

Naval Academy. We are so

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and it was a

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Aurora has some special

people, places and things that

are extraordinary and certainly

out of the mainstream of

the usual. Hillforest Historical

Foundation, our National

Historic Landmark, the



Megan Roland, Molly Martin

and Elise Smith.

George Street Bridge, brick

streets, a riverfront with no

levy, athletes in sports at the

collegiate level, and the “Red

Devil” gym at our former

high school building on Eads

Parkway all

are just a few

to consider.

The latter one

is now used

for the Aurora


and Community


Three of

the individuals

who lead

many programs


activities at

the Center

are Megan


Roland, Molly Martin, and

Director Elise Smith. Tim

Hochstramm serves as maintenance

personnel. Lohree

Meinger, Sadie Schumann,

and Hanah Asherman provide

assistance in the office

and front desk. All of the

programs and activities at Aurora’s

Community Center are

geared for families and these

individuals, along with Denise

Rose, do all the planning and

conducting of programs to

fulfill that mission.

The programs can be

grouped into two categories

special and regular. Special

programs include Tot Time,

Parkinson’s fitness for individuals

and family members

which involves the Southeast

Indiana Orchestra, men’s

basketball, Big Brother-Big

Sister art classes, health

screening, and fitness testing

in conjunction with Highpoint

Health and exercise prescription


Regular programs include

special A-Game training by

Rick Ampt, co-ed volleyball,

and volleyball skills classes,

group fitness, toning, and

step classes, speed and agility

training, introduction to soccer,

senior yoga, and strength


Clearly, a great deal is

available at the Center for a

variety of interests. Additionally,

the Center, including the

gym, is available to rent for

parties. Many birthday parties

have been held there. Indoor

walking during inclement

weather is exciting. Some

residents have used the Center

for wedding showers!

The leaders at the Center

surprised all by winning the

first place award for the 2018

Special Olympics Fire Truck

Pull contest. Congrats!

Lastly, for now, the residents

and wonderful people

who responded to the “Keep

Our School Open” program at

St. Mary’s School are sincerely

thanked by the author. It is

a tribute to the folks we know,

see, and relate to at all times

in Aurora.

That’s it, but have you ever

wondered… “Where is it?”

Let me hear from you.



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The Wolfers- Jake, Sarah, Will, Steve, Gina, and Morgan







“What did you do last

year?” As we begin a new

year, we often think back on

what we did last year and

what we might do the coming

year. Over a lifetime, much of

our time seems to fly by without

much fanfare. But some

years contain very remarkable

memories such as graduations,

marriage, births and

other significant accomplishments.

Lifetime Manchester

resident, Army Specialist

Morgan Wolfer will remember

2019 as the year she spent

deployed overseas in Iraq!

Morgan is a 2014 graduate

of South Dearborn High

School. She was a three-sport

athlete, earning 11 varsity

letters. After spending several

years at Lake Land College

in Illinois, playing softball

and earning credits toward

a teaching degree, Morgan

came back home to finish her

education degree at Thomas

More College. Life took a

big turn for her this year, as

she was inspired to enlist in

the Army Reserve. In May,

she completed basic training

in Oklahoma, graduating in

the top 10% of her class of

221! She signed on as a PFC

(Private First Class) and was

recently promoted to a SPC

(Specialist), after graduating

AIT (Advanced Individual

Training) on the Commandant’s

list! She left Manchester

for Fort Hood, Texas, on

December 5 th with 22 fellow

unit soldiers, to complete predeployment

training. Morgan

is a part of the 869th MCT

(Movement Control Team),

that is scheduled to deploy

to Iraq on January 6 th , for approximately

one year.

When Morgan returns, she

will complete her education

degree and become an

elementary teacher. She has

already been giving back to

our community for the past

few years as a multi-sport

coach, which she plans on

continuing in the future. Morgan’s

parents, Gina and Steve

Wolfer, are beyond proud

of their daughter’s service in

the Army. Gina shared, “Not

many females are willing

to take on this challenge in

a predominantly male field.

Morgan is earning their

respect by being the best she

can be. She continues to excel

Friend Tara West and Morgan

Wolfer, at Morgan’s

send-off party.

on the physical

side and

is usually in

the top three

of her unit

when they

do the physical


Gina set up

a Facebook

page ‘Morgan




Army Specialist



2019’, so we could follow her

adventure. Dad Steve is also

proud of her coaching skills.

He commented, “Morgan

looks at coaching as a way to

give back to her school. She’s

always been a dedicated and

fierce competitor and looks

to instill these traits in her

players.” Morgan’s brother,

sister-in-law, and nephew,

Jake, Sarah, and William

Wolfer, are just as proud of

her! Steve added, “Of all the

things Morgan has done and is

associated with, being an Aunt

is at the top of her list!”

I asked Morgan why she

chose to go down this path.

She shared, “I decided to

join because I wanted to be

a part of something bigger

and better and to protect my

family and friends. I felt this

was the only way I could

really accomplish that. I had

always thought about joining,

but I was always caught up in

sports, and I went on to play

college softball. So, once I

was finished with that, I knew

I wanted to go do something I

had always wanted to do, and

that was to join the greatest

team out there, the ARMY!”

Not many of us are destined

to serve our country in the

military, but we can all serve

in some way. Whether it is offering

a smile, a kind word, or

volunteering your time and talents

– we all have something

to offer. And when Morgan

returns, and you see her on the

streets of our community, be

sure to thank her. Gratitude

never gets old! We pray that

Morgan and her fellow soldiers

have safe travels and Godspeed

when they return back to

us at the end of this year.



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Greendale resident Vance

Barkhiemer. He is thrilled

because his next door

neighbor (my granddaughter

Elise Bostick ) made

a tank cake for him as a

Christmas gift. I think it is

adorable. He was thrilled.







No food evokes quite the

emotional response like

fruitcake. As far as I am

concerned, the world can be

broken into two parts—those

that love fruitcake and those

who hate it. For the sake of

this article, we will call the

haters –“crazy people.” Yes,

I must admit that I found a

piece of wrapped fruitcake

in the bottom of my purse a

few Februarys ago and was

overjoyed to eat it. Jen Awad

has a three-year-old piece

that her sister (now deceased)

made that she cannot throw

away because of the fond

memories. My cousin Susan

Bernhard Ellenburg once

spent about $500 making

Christmas fruitcakes for our

family. Nancy Jane Nicolai,

a Lawrenceburg native now

living in Wisconsin, let me

know via Facebook that she

has tasted only store-bought

fruitcake. She recognized

that fruitcake preparation is a

process to be admired. That is

why we let her marry into the


Two Lawrenceburg high

school graduates Zane Schwier

and Sebastian Smith

are freshman roommates at

Purdue University. I recently

spent the day driving to West

Lafayette to pick up Zane

(my grandson) from Purdue

for winter break. I learned

Lawrenceburg boys swim team after invitational win.

Debbie Acasio’s fruitcake.

two things on this trip: #1 the

trip takes you right by a store

that sells the fruit that goes

into a fruitcake and #2-when

the sign at Purdue says NO

PARKING, they mean it! Yes,

I almost got towed. It was fun

giving another Lawrenceburg

grad Marissa Meyer a ride

home from Purdue. It was so

nice to hear all the stories of

“freshman year transition to

Purdue” from a young woman’s


The Veraestau open house

in early December was well

attended. I ran into Pat Krider,

Hannah Garnett, and Michelle

Cone of Lawrenceburg

Main Street there. My mother

used to act as cook and caretaker

for Mary Gibson years

ago. Veraestau was her family

home before she turned it

over to Indiana Landmarks

as an historic home. I spent

many happy days there. To

me, visiting Verestau is like

coming home. If you haven’t

attended an open house there,

it is definitely something you

should do.

Lawrenceburg high students

have been pushing their

athletic limits in the last few

months. Congratulations to

Julia Kemper for breaking

the girls basketball lead scoring

record. Also congratulations

to Jackson McCool

for breaking the prior 2012

swimming record in 200M

Hannah Garnett, Michelle

Cone, and Pat Krider.


Please wish a very happy

birthday to Bob Oelker who

turned 90 years old on Dec.

29. Bob retired in 1997 and

has lived on Ludlow Hill

(formally called the Napoleon

Turnpike) all of this life. He

is an excellent historian. If

you need to know something

about that area, he is the

man to ask. His wife Marge

Oelker is a New Year’s Eve

baby who turned 86 this year.

Juliana Kemper #12 broke

the girl’s all-time scoring

record against Rushville.

Happy birthday Bob and


Yes, I made a fruitcake this

year. It cost me close to $40 to

make it. I went to three stores

before I was able to get all

the ingredients, including the

store on the way to Purdue.

I was too cheap to buy the

brandy to soak it in. I want

to thank my neighbor Laurie

Fisher for “lending” some

liquor to me. The brandy

Jackson McCool breaking

the school record.

flavoring inside the cake was

given to me by a dear friend

Clyde Knigga. My aunt

Barb Ertel offered helpful

hints for proper preparation.

Yes, she has a fruitcake file.

Queen Victoria was once

given a fruitcake for her birthday.

She waited a year to eat

it because she felt it showed

restraint, moderation and

good taste. I see her point.

Why waste something that it

takes a village to prepare?

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Happy New Year! In the

spirit of new beginnings, we

will strive to offer a variety of

points of view in our Dillsboro

column. Thank you, Pastor

Debbie Beason, for the

following contribution:

Having been appointed to

Dillsboro/Mt. Tabor United

Methodist Churches, I moved

into town on July 4, 2017. I

was immediately reminded

of my “Ideal Dream Town”

of Andy Griffith’s Show’s

Mayberry. Growing up as an

inner-city kid most of my life,

I loved the idea of everyone

being able to greet one another

when meeting in a store

or walking down the street.

This idea of a “Mayberry”

may seem a little unrealistic,

and to a certain degree, it is.

However, it didn’t take me

long to realize what I most

admired about my dream town

I really did find in Dillsboro.

The first time I walked with

my dog, Lucy, to the mailbox,

a car stopped. A sweet lady

asked me if I was the new

Pastor in town, introduced

herself to me, and we had a really

friendly chat. A couple of

days later, after returning from

a grocery shopping trip in

Aurora, I found a lady at the



front door of the parsonage

with a plate full of cookies

as a welcoming gift. After I

fell and broke an ankle, I had

people stopping by the house,

asking if I needed anything,

dropping off homemade soup,

and gift cards to the local

restaurant, where I am often

greeted by name when I go in

to eat. I have been welcomed

into a local writing group,

even with my limited talents,

and as I often visit at the thrift

store, I always find wonderful

conversation with others who

are either working or shopping.

Some of the people I

know, some I have never seen

before, but that doesn’t mean

that a few laughs, or even a

few concerns aren’t shared.

While I love Dillsboro for

having amenities that are not

always found in many small

communities (especially a

wonderful Arts Center and

a beautiful Library), I have

discovered that the greatest

treasure in this town is

its people. My most favorite

thing I have been blessed to

do since moving here has

been to be a small part of the

creation of the CARE team,

the group of church leaders in

the town that work together to

meet the needs of people.

While Dillsboro has its problems,

what community doesn’t,

I have found here a town filled

with people who are willing

to support, help, and love one

another. The pretend town of

Mayberry as my ideal town

has now been replaced by

Dillsboro. I am so blessed!


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January is usually a peaceful

month, with the bustle of

the holidays far behind us.

Not here in Harrison! We

have so many exciting things

happening. Whichever way

you turn, you can hear a hammer

and drill. Our Economic

Development Department has

been very busy!

The Mayor and City staff

met with officials from Life

Spring Church regarding their

proposed new church facility

on Carolina Trace (next to the

new St. John’s Church). Informal

concepts were shared

by the church at the Dec. 11

planning commission meeting

and again at the Dec. 18

council meeting. Based on

feedback, preliminary plans

will be presented to the city

this month.

Construction is underway on

the Unilock Co. project along

Southwest Parkway in our

JEDD (Joint Economic Development

District). The first

portion of the project is nearly

complete – a 10,000 square foot

office building that will employ

several people. The 100,000

square foot manufacturing

building will get underway in

early 2019 and is expected to

be completed by the end of

the year. The manufacturer of

decorative pavers will employ

approximately thirty associates

in its first phase.

Even more construction is

well underway on the 100,000

square-foot Duke Energy

engineering center, also in

the JEDD. When complete in

2019, the facility will employ

up to one hundred twenty associates,

with room to add more

in the future. Also slated for

the JEDD is the construction

of a new facility for Skally’s

Old World Bakery. The company

purchased ninety-five

acres in the JEDD last year

and is working on plans for a

345,000 square-foot bakery

that could employ as many as

two hundred within five years.

Construction on Skally’s is not

expected to begin until 2020.

“We’re in a pickle now!”

the City of Harrison recently

announced. The unusual

warmer weather allowed for

more work to get completed

on the new pickleball courts

going up at the community

center. All ages and skill

levels can play the game of







The holiday season has

officially came to an end and

I hope it was very enjoyable

for everyone. I spent my time

with family and friends and

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The winners of the second annual chili cook off were

presented tropies by Mayor Bill Neyer. The First Place

winner was Hannah Johnson. Second Place was presented

to Carol Pickron. The People’s Choice was given

to Becca MacMurdo.

Construction is moving along quickly on the new Pickleball

courts going in by the Community Center. Pickleball

was noted as one of the fastest growing sports in our


pickleball. Residents can give

it a try this spring!

The second annual chili

cook-off was a huge success

this year. The event is

the perfect way to “spice” up

the annual Harrison Christmas

parade and tree lighting.

Sponsored by the City, District,

and Rotary, the winners

get to claim both a trophy and

bragging rights.

Any news to share? Do you

know of somebody going

above and beyond for others?

Please share with me; I would

love to hear from you!

couldn’t have asked for a

better end to the year. 2019 is

sure off to a good start and I

wish the same for all of you

as well! It’s time to make

some ambitious resolutions

and hopefully stick to them

this year.

Last month’s question

was, “When did a cigar store

make its first appearance in

Sunman?” The answer is

1888. William Huneke was

a cigar maker that owned the

store in town called Hoosiers

and Dew Drops.

This month’s question is,

Who started a Chevrolet

garage in Sunman in 1921?

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I would like you to let

me know about family

milestones, vacation, or a

little bit about Sunman and

yourself. Share the good

news with me at sunman@

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I’m looking forward to

2019 as 2018 wasn’t one of

my better years. The year included

some health concerns,

many work challenges, more

than my fair share of unexpected

home repairs – and to

complete my list of woes, my

home was broken into. I can

take ownership of my health,

I’m blessed to work with a

great team of folks, and home

problems can be repaired, but

having one’s home broken

into has left me with a lost

sense of security worth far

more than the items that were


As Christmas Day arrived,

I was dragging my sorry self

to mass with the Sisters of

Oldenburg. As Mom and I

were seated, I couldn’t believe

what I saw… S. Helen

Eckstein was there!

Allow me to share a little

about S. Helen … when I

came to serve the Sisters, I

was introduced to S. Helen

Eckstein– who has worked



alongside me from day one.

In the beginning, she was

reserved, but my partner in

convent crime, Jo Ann Butt

and I soon engaged S. Helen

in daily chatter, and we’ve all

become close friends.

S. Helen’s family once

lived on a neighboring farm

where Mom grew up near

Morris, and Mom shared with

me that S. Helen’s parents

and two siblings were killed

in a train accident at Morris,

leaving S. Helen and her

siblings to live with relatives.

The Eckstein farm was sold,

and my aunt and uncle were

newly married and purchased

the farm. I returned to work

to let S. Helen know how our

families’ paths had crossed in

the past and was amazed at

how positive she was in sharing

with me her memories of

that tragic day. She said she

had moved on and knew God

had a plan for her as she followed

her calling to religious


S. Helen has difficulty

walking as she suffers from

Ankylosing Spondylitis, an

inflammatory disease that

causes much pain and stiffness.

S. Helen didn’t allow

her condition to keep her

from her ministry as she

served for over forty years in

Brookville, and continues to


serve God in her retirement

as a member of our development


Earlier this year we noticed

S. Helen wasn’t feeling well,

and eventually, she agreed to

see her doctor who diagnosed

congestive heart failure. We

almost lost S. Helen in June.

After an extended hospitalization,

she returned to recuperate

at the Motherhouse,

and in October she was able

to return to work with us

again for limited amounts of

time. Having S. Helen with

us again was like having a

family member come home –

all was well again, or so we


In November she was diagnosed

with breast cancer and

shared her diagnosis with us

along with plans for surgery

on December 20th. You can

understand my amazement

when I saw S. Helen praising

God at Christmas mass just

five days after surgery.

Just as S. Helen shared

with me years ago, God has

a plan for each of us, and

I think He planned for me

to see S. Helen on Christmas

Day. It put my woes in

perspective. Happiness is

a choice – and I wish much

happiness to you and yours

in 2019!

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!






Happy New Year! I hope

2019 holds many wonderful

things for you and your

loved ones. As we anticipate

the days and events ahead,

I would like to recognize a

recent milestone birthday for

Milan resident Floyd Rayner.

He celebrated his ninetieth

birthday and enjoyed the day

with time at home with his

family: wife Betty, daughter

Jody, granddaughter Jessica,

her friend Josh, and greatgrandsons

Joshua and

Conner. Floyd was born in

Osgood on Dec. 27, 1928.

His early years were spent

in the Dabney and Napoleon

areas. His parents moved

to Milan in 1940 when he

was twelve years old. Floyd

attended school in Milan

and graduated from Milan

High School in 1947. At

that time his family owned

and operated the Super Rose

Service Station located on

West Carr Street in Milan.

The business eventually

Floyd Rayner recently

celebrated his ninetieth

birthday. (Photo by Betty


expanded to become the

Rayner Oil Company which

Floyd owned and operated

for thirty-five years. When he

retired, he and his wife Betty

were “snowbirds” and spent

the next thirty winters at

their home in Bonita Springs,

Florida. Floyd has always

been an avid fisherman and

spent many hours on his

boat fishing in the Gulf. His

hobbies include playing

cards with friends and wood

carving, especially Santas.

He is a charter member of

the Milan Lions Club. He is

now a year-round resident

of Milan. Floyd and Betty

celebrated their seventieth

wedding anniversary in

August. We congratulate

them and wish them much

happiness in 2019. Happy

Birthday, Floyd!








I’m sitting here writing this,

and I just can’t believe that

2018 is coming to an end. I

keep telling my family that

somewhere along the line, they

pushed this Reader’s Digest

condensed version on me and

instead of 365 days, I’m getting

300; there used to be twelve

months in the year and now it’s

about ten; instead of twentyfour

hours in a day, I’m getting

twenty. I can’t slow it down,

and it just seems to speed up.

I always hate to see where

people I know have passed

away. Three of my classmates

from the Class of 1965 at

LCHS recently lost their moms.

Danny Atkins lost his mom,

Elda “Boots” Atkins at age

92; Bill Taylor lost his mom,

Geneal, at age 94; and Bob

Moon lost his mom, Marcella,

at the age of 102. I just visited

Marcella in October when I

visited the Smoky Mountains.

Ruth Statlander passed away

at age 88, and I grew up right

across the street from her in


I serve in three Honor

Guards, and we lost two good

men recently. Archie Abner

passed away at age 82, and he

was a vital part of the KWVA

Honor Guard and was one

of my wreath presenters at

the Tomb of the Unknown

Soldier in 2010. We also lost

Big Joe Halloran at age 71.

Big Joe had a Big Heart and

was a vital part of the Honor

Guard for Lawrenceburg

Legion, Aurora (KWVA) and

Rising Sun Legion. He went to

Washington, D.C. and several

other places and events with

me. He was a Vietnam veteran

and served with the 1st Cavalry

Division. Forty members were

in the Honor Guard for his

service at Trinity Christian

Center on Dec. 3. Those who

have passed may be gone, but

they won’t be forgotten. We

were lucky to have known


Jerry Bondurant, Ron

Spurlock, and I visited several

area cemeteries and placed

beautiful wreaths on the graves

of deceased veterans, including

several who were killed in

Vietnam. Wreaths Across

America supplied the wreaths

courtesy of Baylor Trucking.

Baylor Trucking also helps to

truck over 400,000 wreaths to

Arlington National Cemetery

where they place a wreath on

each grave. Cari Baylor and

Hannah Gibson Evans, along

with Baylor employees and the

general public, do a wonderful

job assembling these wreaths.

Over five hundred people came

and helped this year. When you

see a beautiful green wreath,

with a red bow on the grave

of a veteran, it probably came

from Wreaths Across America.

Congratulations to Sydney

Bostic, Danyka Groover, Nick

Koons, and Noah Pflum for

being recipients of the 2019

Ohio County Community

Foundation Scholarships.

Each will receive $1000 and

renewable four years for being

named Foundation Scholars.

Jena Bovard is the recipient

of the 2019 Ohio County

Lilly Endowment Community


The Rising Sun High School

band contributed 1636 canned

goods to the Free Store. These

students deserve a pat on the

back for their thoughtfulness.

Band Director, Tyler Umpleby,

had the sixth-grade band from

OCEMS and also the RSHS

band, perform at the annual

band and chorus show.

This is the seventieth

anniversary of the return and

burial of the body at Rising

Sun of a World War II veteran,

Private William Robert

Wagner Jr. of North Landing.

He was killed in action on

Sept. 17, 1944, in France. He

was a true American hero. We

must never forget these brave

men who died for our nation’s


Congratulations to my

buddy, Spencer Davis, for

being crowned king at the

homecoming for Rising Sun

High School basketball. Abby

Wallace was the queen. The

Shiners won the game over

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I’m making plans for another

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September with fifty veterans.

Being with the veterans who

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always a real treat.

May God Bless all of you

and keep you safe and healthy

in 2019.


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Black Bean Tamale Pie




Welcome to 2019!


Recently, I was Maxine reliving

some pleasant Klump holiday

memories and thought back

to the anticipation Community we faced


at the turn of the century.

Sometimes it’s difficult to

believe that we are already

approaching close to 20

years of these “new times”!

Yet, when it comes to the

way I approach cooking and

planning meals, I look to

those foods which our family

has enjoyed for years.

The annual holiday

cookie baking saw me using

some of the dog-eared

recipes from my files, but I

also went online to search

for familiar treats that were

updated for today’s way

of living. Daughter, Maria

commented that I’d be lost

without my 1960 era cookie

primer that is filled with

so many favorites that we

enjoy each year despite the

reality that those sweets are

shared with new members

of our family while

thinking of those members

who have departed.

Black Bean Tamale

Casserole comes from a

former co-worker of Lee’s,

served one evening at a

gathering of several couples

that needed no formal reason

to celebrate. We just enjoyed

each other’s company. It’s

easy and quick, and I keep the

ingredients in my pantry. In

fact, I’ll be using it tomorrow

evening during the final

Christmas cookie bake for


½ lb. ground chuck or lean

ground beef

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped green bell


1 (15 oz.) can black beans

1 cup salsa (I use Pace’s mild


2 Tbsp, chopped Jalapeno


1 (8 ½ oz.) package Jiffy corn

muffin mix

2 cups shredded sharp

cheddar cheese, divided

¼ cup milk

1 egg

Preheat oven to 375°.

Grease a 9-inch glass pie

plate. In a skillet, brown

ground beef over mediumhigh

heat until no longer

pink. While browning,

separate the meat into small

crumbles. Add chopped

onions and green pepper and

continue cooking until onion

is transparent. Stir in beans,

salsa, and Jalapeno peppers

and set aside.

In a bowl, combine muffin

mix, milk, and egg until

moistened. Fold 1 cup of

the shredded cheese into

the mixture. Press mixture

on bottom and sides of

greased pie plate. Spoon

beef mixture on top the

crust mixture. Bake for

25-30 minutes until set.

Remove from oven and

sprinkle remaining 1 cup

of shredded cheese. Return

to oven and bake for 3-5

minutes until cheese is

melted. Remove from oven

and let stand for 5 minutes

before slicing. Serve with

additional salsa and sour

cream. Yield: 8 slices

Note: I count on 2 slices

per person.

Again, welcome to 2019

and best wishes for a good

New Year!

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honored at the annual

Distinguished Alumni Award


Since 1998, The Distinguished

Alumni Award,

previously the Outstanding

Alumni Award, has celebrated

the success of Ivy

Tech alumni by recognizing

a group of graduates who

have made a lasting, positive

contribution to the community,

state, or college since

completing their education.

As the highest honor alumni

can receive, the award is designated

for individuals with

outstanding professional,

philanthropic or volunteer


While pursuing his criminal

justice degree, Mr. Wismann

worked at the Dearborn

County Sheriff’s Office. He

is now the security chief at

Hidden Valley Lake and continues

to work with Ivy Tech

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Members of the EC team were, back row Maria Hartman, Madison McAdams, Heath

Doll, Ross Altum, Madison Shumate; Front row Grace Kraus, Rachel Kraus, Amelia

Hartman, Alex Dudley

East Central FFA Students Earned

Honors in Forestry CDE Competition

Fifteen members from

the East Central FFA Chapter

competed in the Area 1

Forestry Career Development

Event at South Ripley High

School. Contestants had to

use their skills in forestry to

complete an exam and identify

different species of trees by

You can

their leaves, seeds, and wood

samples. East Central’s top

ranking team placed fourth

in the competition. Members

of that team were Madison

Shumate, Amelia Hartman,

Alex Dudley, and Heath

Doll. The Senior FFA team

that finished in fourth place

Students at South Dearborn

High School learned about

community service and family

values while completing

in-class projects during the

second trimester. National

Family and Consumer Sciences

(FCS) Dine-In Day

was established to celebrate

the American Association

of Family and Consumer

Sciences (AAFCS) Founder

Ellen Swallow Richards

through promoting the benefits

of students and families

preparing and eating healthy

meals together. This year FCS

Dine-In Day had a special

focus on the emotional and

social aspects of family mealtime.

Family, Career and Community

Leaders of America

is a dynamic and effective

national student organization

that helps young men and

women become leaders and

address important personal,

family, work and societal

issues through Family and

Consumer Sciences Education.

Students in the Interpersonal

Relationships Class

along with FCCLA Members

celebrated FCS Dine-In Day.

After eating school lunch

together, students and FCCLA

members enjoyed a devicefree

dessert during classes in

the afternoon. Students were

instructed to turn off ALL

devices and screens and that

this practice was not limited

to a specific meal. Nor did the

practice have to be limited to

one meal.

Students also learned that

93% of parents think conversations

at family meals are

important for talking about

things happening in their

children’s lives (AAFCS

Study #DeviceFreeDinner


Students have been working

on the FCCLA Lead-

2Feed National Outreach and

Leadership Program. The

Lead2Feed student leadership

program is the nation’s

leading and fastest growing

free service learning program,

attracting more than a million

students in 3,500 schools and

clubs across the United States.

Aligned with standards and

21st-century skills, Lead-

2Feed is making a huge difference

in participants’ lives and

the programs they create. This

free service learning program

nurtures a new generation of

leaders while working to end

local and global hunger. Each

year, student teams compete

for a chance to win over

$275,000 in charity grants and

$150,000 in technology grants

competed at the state contest

on Dec. 8. The participating

Junior team placed third in

the competition. Members of

the Junior team were Lydia

Kidd, Bradley Kolb, and

Evan Kuhn.

Congratulations to everyone

who competed.

South Dearborn FCCLA Students Promote

Healthy Eating and Family Togetherness

South Dearborn students worked long hours on developing

a time line for the Lead2Feed Leadership event.

After hours of planning,

South Dearborn students

enjoyed dessert at the FCS

Dine-In Day event.

for schools. The best part is

that the work of each chapter

and any prizes benefit the

chapter’s community.

Students will continue to

work on this project during

the rest of the trimester and

culminate with a class community

service project during

the winter months.

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Preparing and Caring

for Beautiful Spring

Bulbs and More

Winter will be ending soon,

and if you’re like me, you’re

looking forward to the color

and vibrancy of the spring

landscape. Few plants are

more pleasing to the eye in

the spring than flowering

bulbs. Daffodils, Hyacinths,

and Buttercups are just a few

of the options to consider

preparing and eventually caring

for in late winter and early

spring. In this month’s article,

I will cover the care considerations

for these plants in your


Early considerations for

bulbs starts with soil preparation

and fertilization. Be sure

to plant your bulbs in welldrained

soil. I know we have

a lot of clay in our area, but

I urge you to do your best to

find a nice patch to plant your

bulbs in. You can also consider

adding organic matter to

improve the clayey soil. By

doing so, you will extend the

life of your bulbs and create a

better environment for them

to thrive. Be sure to fertilize

when needed. Like most

garden plants, bulbs prefer a

slightly acidic soil (ph 6 to 7).

According to our partners at

Illinois Extension, 10-10-10

soluble fertilizer should be applied

in the spring and again

as shoots emerge.

Planting differs by variety,

but most bulbs will need to be

planted anywhere from three

to eight inches deep. As you

plant, be sure to select a good

location. There are shade

tolerant varieties, but most

will want plenty of sun. Break

apart and loosen the soil with

a spade to prepare the planting

site. All bulbs, regardless

of variety, will need to be

planted with the base facing


Mulching and watering are

two critical factors to consider

as well. A few inches

of mulch covering the planting

site will be essential for

moisture retention and protection

during a late freeze. Be

sure not to mulch too deep

as doing so may invite pests

and other nuisance animals.

As you consider watering,

do so evenly and deeply. As

shoots and eventually flowers

emerge, avoid watering overhead

to prolong the life of the

delicate flowers and discourage


Preparing and caring for

spring bulbs is easier than this

article may make it sound.

Many of the bulbs out there

are quite hardy. Compared

to many of our garden vegetables

and woody ornamentals,

success takes a little less

skill and effort. At the end of

the day, taking these considerations

seriously will enable

you to enjoy your spring

bulbs even more than before!

If you do happen to experience

difficulties, please give

me a call. I am happy to help.

I advise gardeners and

landscapers to download

one of the offerings from the

Purdue Plant Doctor App for

mobile phones and tablets.

These apps are great tools for

learning how to handle many

different plant problems from

pest control to winter damage.

To download content from

the Purdue Plant Doctor App,

search your service provider’s

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To learn more about the

topics discussed in this article,


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For additional information

about other agriculture and

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SIEOC’s Bev Henry Fund Awarded Grant

The Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF), Inc.

recently awarded a $1,000

Lauren Hill Make A Difference

Grant to the Bev Henry

Emergency Fund at Southeastern

Indiana Economic

Opportunities Corporation

(SIEOC) to help families in


As a part of its 20th Anniversary

Celebration, DCF

awarded twenty proactive

grants of $1,000 each to charitable

organizations in Dearborn

County throughout 2018.

Each of the Foundation’s

volunteer Board members recommended

a grant. Five lucky

attendees at DCF’s 20th Anniversary

Dinner in late July

also were randomly drawn to

recommend a $1,000 grant.

The $1,000 grant to the

Bev Henry Emergency Fund

at SIEOC was recommended

by DCF Board member

Loretta Day of Moores Hill.

The fund at SIEOC is named

in memory of the organization’s

former director, Beverly

Henry, whom Ms. Day got to

know through a former job.

The fund provides a variety of

assistance to income-eligible

families in a crisis situation in

Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley,

Switzerland and Union

counties in Southeast Indiana.

Assistance includes financial

assistance for rent, utilities,

food and medical needs.

“When I met Bev many

years ago, it was very apparent

that she wanted to help as

many people as she could.”

said Day. “It was her passion.

She left an impression

on me that makes me want

to contribute to help others

in our community. The fund

is supported solely by donations

from the community, so

I wanted to recommend this

grant to help.”

SIEOC’s Bev Henry Emergency

Fund was originally

established as an Emergency

Assistance Program. SIEOC’s

previous Executive Director,

Bev Henry, always did everything

possible to try to meet

the needs of families, even if

it meant pulling money out of

Board member Loretta Day, center, delivers a $1,000

grant check SIEOC Executive Director Tammy Cunningham,

right, and to Kim Elliott, an SIEOC Certified Family

Development Specialist. The DCF grant goes to the Bev

Henry Emergency Fund to assist families in need. Ms.

Elliott is the daughter of the late Bev Henry, who was a

former Executive Director at SIEOC.

her own pocket to help someone.

Bev had a passion for

her job and the community.

It is because of that passion

and her leadership that we

chose to rename the fund after

her. Bev was diagnosed with

breast cancer in the Spring of

1996 and fought a long and

courageous battle until her

passing in October of 2006.

We continue to provide this

program in Bev’s memory

knowing that it touches many

lives and hopefully leaves

everyone better than we found

them. The fund is totally

dependent on donations to

provide this program, and

100% of those donations go

directly to assisting families.

This program is based on a

need basis, not on an income


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South Ripley and Highpoint Health

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South Ripley High School hosted a celebratory

presentation to recognize the school’s National Athletic

Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Second Team

Award. Attending the ceremony were Rob Moorhead,

Superintendent of the South Ripley Community School

Corporation; Joe Ralston, South Ripley High School

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