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November Was Busy Month With Election And Thanksgiving, Christmas Preparation

2012 SEW Year In Review
Staff Report

The month of November brought about many activities in Owen County including the 2012 general election, celebration of Thanksgiving and preparation for Christmas.

The local elementary schools had many things to cheer about as Gosport and Spencer were named ‘A’ schools and all four Spencer- Owen elementary schools placed well in Spell Bowl competition.

The winter sports seasons were underway with the Owen Valley High School varsity boys’ basketball team pitted against Shakamak in the Pizza Hut Classic.

Other items of interest in the month of November included:

November 1 - Local EMTs were deployed to the east coast to help victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

•The OVHS fall sports program was held with senior volleyball player Kendall Hamilton receiving the Patriot Award.

•A colorful cast of characters were featured in photos as the halls and offices of the Owen County Courthouse were brimming with the spirit of Halloween, including employees dressed for the occasion.

November 2 - The state released school grades with GES and SES both earning an ‘A’ status.

•Early voting was just 140 ballots shy of the 2008 general election turnout in Owen County.

•A column entitled “From The Halls Of OVHS” written by high school senior Megan Eldridge featured students trick-or-treating for canned goods.

•An ‘All Things Historical’ column, written by Gosport History Museum Curator Annie Arthur was entitled, “Prehistoric Indiana.”

November 5 - An Ellettsville motorist was extricated and airlifted to an area hospital following a crash east of Spencer.

•Owen County Q&A asked residents about falling gas prices in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

•Opened in 1987 along State Road 67 North, Owen Valley Flooring was celebrating its 25th year.

•An ‘From The Halls Of OVHS’ column was featured, this time entitled ‘Mission Ignition Host First Haunted House.’

November 6 - The Owen County Commissioners approved a tire recycling ordinance and fees.

•A Cloverdale man was shot and killed in Bloomington.

•SES students held a mock election and the question was posed... “Did SES students correctly pick our next president of the U.S.?”

•Approximately 700 taxpayers were yet to verify homestead information.

•Local polling sites and candidates were identified for voters.

November 7 - Lori Thatcher Quillen received 54 percent of the vote for Owen County Circuit Court Judge.

•Republican ladies swept the race for the three at-large seats on the Owen County Council.

•A photo caption entitled... ‘An Example For Us All,’ featured Melvin and Virginia Wilkinson Mc- Cutchan of Spencer who came to vote on election day, despite having to go back home for Virginia’s ID. Melvin was 94 and Virginia 92. What dedication!

•Owen County voters split parties to elect Marc Ruble and Tony Voelker to the Owen County Board of Commissioners.

•Sonia Brinson, Kevin Cooper, Brian Mauder and Rick Smeltzer won election to the Spencer-Owen School Board.

•Mike Wood received 67 percent of the vote, winning election as the next Owen County Auditor.

November 8 - The Spencer Town Council approved the testing of properties acquired through the FEMA buyout program.

•Owen County EMTs returned home from the east coast to a warm welcome and an escort back into town.

•The Democratic Party honored Judge Frank M. Nardi for 30 years of service.

•Hoosier voters let their collective voices be heard at the state and federal levels.

•SilverSneakers Fitness Program was now available at the Owen County YMCA.

•Cloverdale School Board added two new members in Christopher Mann and Rob Schroer.

November 9 - The Tivoli Theatre restoration project included interior accent work high above the floor.

•A Spencer veteran honored his fellow servicemen with an Iwo Jima tribute.

•A flag retirement and Veterans Day program was scheduled.

•‘From The Halls Of OVHS’ by Megan Eldridge was entitled... ‘Student Council Attends State Convention.’

•‘Share The Warmth’ was set to distribute coats and jackets.

November 12 - A suspect in a 2011 double homicide was sentenced in Owen Circuit Court.

•OVHS payed respect to local veterans ahead of Veterans Day.

•The OVMS Spotlight shone on the new ‘Patriot Pride Card’ program.

•CHS grad Cameron Mann was serving a one-year term as state president of the Indiana FFA.

November 13 - A Spencer man was killed in a weekend ATV accident in Monroe County.

•1,001 unserviceable U.S. flags were properly ‘retired’ by the Owen County Honor Guard.

•Owen County service members saluted one another for Veterans Day.

•A ‘Heart Treasures’ column by Joanne Hannon was entitled... “A Window Over The Kitchen Sink.”

•A rag doll bazaar was planned by Tri Kappa members.

November 14 - Cathy Hendricks marked 40 years of service with the Owen County Probation Office.

•An upcoming Owen Historical and Genealogical Society program was set to focus on cemeteries.

•‘From The Halls Of OVHS’ by Megan Eldridge was all about the OVHS Spell Bowl Team placing fourth at the state finals.

November 15 - A 1998 OVHS grad piloted his motorcycle to a world record speed of over 200 miles per hour.

•A local man and teen were arrested and charged with armed robbery after allegedly robbing the Westside Marathon Station in Ellettsville.

•Santa Claus was coming to town! A story advertising the Spencer Christmas parade and Santa’s visit was published.

•Firearms season for whitetail deer was set to open and property owners were asking for cooperation.

November 16 - The Owen County Council sought input about a possible wheel and surtax increase.

•Travis Curry’s ‘Editor’s Corner’ column said ‘Farewell To A Link To Spencer’s Past’ with the demolition of the Mercer Realty building, once home to well-known local artist Ernest Moore “Dick” Viquesney.

•The Owen County Council discussed a shortfall in contribution to a retirement fund.

•The Exchange Club was set to begin its annual Christmas tree sale November 23rd.

•The Spencer Exchange Club issued its final appeal for Bikes for Tykes donations.

November 19 - The talent spotlight shone as OVHS held its annual talent show in the auditorium.

•A work session was planned by the Gosport Town Council to discuss the town marshal position.

•The new year was set to bring fee increases for Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs.

•‘From The Halls Of OVHS’ by Megan Eldridge was entitled... ‘Mission Ignition Collaborates With Cloverdale, Edgewood And Sullivan.’

November 20 - A Gosport man was injured in an early morning house fire on East Main Street.

•Spencer resident Gladys Long recalled life over the past 101 years.

•Cloverdale School Board approved the bid for the mechanical package project.

•Owen County People in the Spotlight shone on students and staff for making Thanksgiving memories.

November 21 - Owen SWCD secured grant funding to clean up the McCormick’s Creek watershed.

•Residents were encouraged to shop locally this holiday season.

•Joanne Hannon’s ‘Heart Treasures’ column was entitled... ‘We Need To Talk Turkey.’

•SCCAP energy assistance program for low-income households was underway.

•Memories from the Tivoli were published.

November 23 - Cook Group was set to purchase bonds related to Spencer’s planned sewer expansion.

•Frank Nardi was named the recipient of ISBA’s 2012 Outstanding Judge Award.

•The county commissioners learned of a bond purchase for Hoosier Energy along State Road 43 South.

•SES students spelled their way to the top.

November 26 - A Coal City family of four was displaced after their home was lost to a fire on Thanksgiving day.

•David Carter recalled life with his father, composer Elliott Carter.

•Governor Mitch Daniels detailed an automatic taxpayer refund with credits to kick in next year.

•OVHS student leaders visited the Indiana Statehouse as part of the third annual SADD legislative day.

•GES earned a second place finish in Spell Bowl competition.

November 27 - WildCare Center in Bloomington was in dire need of donations for future operations.

•Several OVHS fall season athletes received all-area honors from the Bloomington Herald-Times.

•OV freshmen Caylea Denny and Cayden Sparks were selected for a student ambassador program summer trip.

•Joanne Hannon’s “Heart Treasures” column was entitled, ‘Black Friday Left A Black Eye...’

November 28 - SPD Deputy Town Marshal Ryan Bonebrake and canine, ‘Zeus’ were targeting local drug traffic and use.

•Spencer’s Dr. Dotterer was retiring to one day a week after the sale of Valley Optical.

•A retirement celebration to honor Purdue Extension’s Peggy Davis was planned.

•An ‘All Things Historical” column, written by Gosport History Museum Curator Annie Arthur was entitled... “The Saga Of Frances Slocum.”

November 29 - The OVHS varsity boys’ basketball team drew Shakamak in the first round of the annual Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic in Terre Haute.

•The Owen County Courthouse ADA project completion date was pushed back to December 21.

•The MCES Spell Bowl team finished second in regional competition.

November 30 - Sue Trotman was set to receive the Hubert Hawkins History Award from the Indiana Historical Society.

•The schedule for the Spencer Christmas Parade and festivities was published.

•Residents were invited to join Santa Claus for events at Lieber State Recreation Area.

•Hubble Station Road Bridge #105 was closed to traffic after being declared unsafe to cross.

•A timeless symbol of Christmas was featured as George and Nancy Thurston shared their nutcracker collection for the holidays.

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