2012 SEW Year In Review
Lawmakers Bob Heaton, John Waterman and Ralph Foley were in the news, attending legislative breakfasts, reflecting on their careers and recognizing Owen County citizens.
Spencer Elementary was also in the spotlight as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett visited the school to commend its staff for a job well done.
Other noteworthy items of interest in the month of February included:
February 1 - A new USDA map indicated a slight change in suggested temperatures for Owen County growers.
•Area couple Matt and Nicole Treash were featured after Matt donated a kidney to his wife.
•Bob Long was set to celebrate his 90th birthday
•Abigail Williams was noted in the Owen County People in the Spotlight for being named to the Trine University President’s List.
•‘Hometown Hero’ Shelby Davis was honored for graduating from basic military training.
•A Gosport teen pled guilty to burglary and theft counts.
February 2 - The courthouse ADA accessibility improvment project was moving forward with major changes set to begin.
•Washington Township voter precincts were cut from five to four ahead of the May primary.
•Forty OVMS and OVHS students took part in the ISSMA vocal and piano contest with several advancing to the state competition at Perry Meridian.
•OVHS announced its second term perfect attendance list.
February 3 - Lawmakers Bob Heaton and John Waterman reacted to the passage of Indiana’s Right-To-Work legislation.
•Barb Cooper reminisced about the life of her uncle and legendary boxing trainer, Angelo Dundee.
•OVHS welcomed 23 area schools for a winter guard invitational.
•Gosport Town Council met to hear a proposed sewer ordinance.
•Jacob Breedlove was featured as he earned the title of Boars Nest ‘Cub Shooter of the Year.’
February 6 - A noise complaint led to five drug-related arrests.
•OVHS students with improved second term GPAs were recognized.
•Spencer Exchange Club was set to host its 16th 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
•Owen County Public Library was once again serving as a free community tax service location.
•OCSB Christina Baker earned her PHR certification.
•Franklin College announced its fall 2011 dean’s list.
February 7 - Owen County Commissioners voted to establish a pro bono help desk.
•American Legion Post #285 hosted a ‘Super Sunday’ party in Spencer.
•Spencer-Owen School Board was set to hold a work session and public meeting to discuss policies including the staff/student dress code.
February 8 - Spencer Town Council met and discussed building department issues. Police were set to add digital radios.
•OCHCC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the historic Carnegie library.
•Owen County residents were continuing to file their candidacy for the May 2012 primary.
•Matt Lantz joined Fifth Third as a mortgage loan originator.
February 9 - OV alumni Jason Hammond-Wood helped drum up the Super Bowl halftime show as a member of the drum line behind recording artists Cee Lo Green and Madonna.
•Travis Curry’s ‘The Editor’s Corner’ column was entitled… “Ernie Pyle Museum Under New Ownership.”
February 10 - Owen County saw an increase in methamphetamine labs in 2011 with seven being located and destroyed, up from three in 2010.
•Locals share their thoughts on potential uses for the historic Tivoli Theatre during a public hearing.
•The Owen and Putnam SWCDs were set to host a cover crop workshop.
•A BBP water hydrant was damaged in a late morning hitand run accident.
•A stolen Florida rental car was recovered in Gosport.
•A 90th birthday open house celebration was planned for James P. Daniel.
February 13 - Spencer-Owen Curriculum Director Brock Beeman commented on the No Child Left Behind waiver.
•Owen County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted its 65th annual dinner meeting.
•David Gohn declared his candidacy for county circuit court judge.
•Personnel policy and salary ordinance changes were discussed by the Spencer Town Council.
February 14 - A semi overturned, delaying traffic near the intersection of S.R. 46E and U.S. 231 in spencer.
•A column entitled ‘Love & Marriage’ featured former Spencer Evening World editor Tom Douglas and his wife, Jo.
•Florists, confectioners and students remained busy ahead of the year’s most romantic holiday… Valentine’s Day.
February 15 - The Owen County Council took a large price tag item under advisement until March.
•Locals showed love and artistry with decorated cakes from Babbs SuperValu.
•Scott Bieniek announced his candidacy for Owen County Circuit Court Judge.
•The Cloverdale School Board heard an FFA update during its monthly meeting.
•Samantha Deatrick, Emily Trader and David Snapp were featured in the Owen County People in the Spotlight column.
February 16 - Gosport native Tavis Rockwell was cooking up a delightful menu as executive chef at Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky.
•A mother of a slain young woman, Heather Norris, addressed the OVHS student body, warning about teen domestic violence.
•The Owen County Learning Network’s weekly column featured Start Off Smart Alumni Nolyn and Kierra Wyatt as they excelled in school.
•Farm Bureau’s annual Food Check-Out Day was set to return to Babbs SuperValu on February 24
•Irma Jean Franklin announced her intention to seek reelection to the Owen County Council on the Republican ticket.
February 17 - Lee Freeman was honored as the 2011 OVVFD ‘Firefighter of the Year.’
•S-OCS was preparing for the IREAD-3 program.
•Republican Mike Wood entered the race for Owen County Auditor.
•The Gosport Town Council approved a sewer surcharge ordinance, 2-1.
•A Gosport man and his two male passengers escaped injury in a single-vehicle crash on rural County Line Road.
February 20 - Three were injured in a head-on collision on U.S. 231 just south of the Owen- Putnam county line.
•The fifth season was bringing new members and a name change to the local farmers’ market.
•Donations and volunteers were needed for the Weekday Religious Education (WRE) classes.
•S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton weighed-in on legislation that would limit K-12 students’ free speech.
February 21 - State Representatives Bob Heaton and Ralph Foley took part in the county’s second legislative breakfast of 2012.
•Cloverdale’s Scorpion Coatings became the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s number 34 for the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400.
•Jennifer Abrell declared her candidacy for Owen County Council at-large.
•The OVHS SeaPerch teams qualified for state at the Mt. Vernon Regional.
February 22 - Former Owen Valley basketball standouts Kaitlin Sweatman and Mitch Stahl were continuing their careers at the collegiate level.
•The Owen County Highway Department was set to purchase trucks and hire an operator.
•Walter Burdine announced his candidacy for County Commissioner, District II.
•Peoples State Bank branches were set to stop accepting Duke Energy payments March 1st.
February 23 - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett toured SES, commending its staff.
•Over 30 locals attended a weather spotter class provided by the Owen County EMA and the National Weather Service.
•Longtime banker Ann Jones joined Our Community Bank as a loan officer.
•A free, two-night hunter education course was coming to OVHS in March.
•A work session for the Gosport Town Council provided ample time to discuss a variety of issues including grant funds, inventory for insurance purposes, a fire department contract, a stray dog and cat ordinance and a trash and weed ordinance.
February 24 - OV Science Olympiad members were big winners at the Vincennes regional.
•Area farmers attended a cover crop workshop hosted by the Owen & Putnam county SWCDs.
•The Courthouse ADA project was discussed during an afternoon progress meeting.
•The OVMS spotlight shown on eighth grader Caroline Sebastian, who penned the county’s winning Indiana Farm Bureau essay contest.
February 27 - Cloverdale students showcased their musical talents during competitions.
•Angie Lawson announced her bid for Owen County Council atlarge.
•BBP repaired a damaged water service line on North Main Street in Spencer.
February 28 - Longtime state representative Ralph Foley looked back on his 20-year career as the countdown to his final vote began.
•Global Star Energy was establishing a local home in Spencer’s old Rostone building.
•Putnam County SWCD was planning its first annual fundraising event.
•Mitch Stahl’s 75-foot buzzer beater gave his coach at Oakland City University his 400th career win.
February 29 - Indiana Limestone Fabricators continued to make a ‘local’ mark around the world.
•OVAA was accepting nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award.
•Antlers & Umbrellas Tattoo Society opened on North Main Street in Spencer.
•Travis Curry’s ‘The Editor’s Corner’ column was entitled… “Waterman Authors A ‘Bear’ Of A Resolution” to recognize Owen County resident Jeff Watson for his 23 years of experience in working for the preservation of brown bears.
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