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2012 SEW Year In Review

March Brings Ground Breaking For S.R. 46 Rehab; Owen Helps Indiana Tornado Victims
Staff Report

March in Owen County brought quite a bit of basketball madness with the OVHS boys, previous OVHS grads at the collegiate level and the Indiana Hoosiers in tournament action.

Several residents declared the candidacy for local governmental offices.

Owen County residents and S-OCS school children raised money and spent time helping out tornado ravaged, southern Indiana.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the S.R. 46 rehabilitation project.

Other items of interest in the month of March included:

March 1 - OV grad Antonio Marshall was honored as the NAIA’s national player of the week as a senior member of the Olivet Nazarene University’s Tiger basketball squad.

•The Owen Valley boys’ basketball team was set to open their post-season against Greencastle.

•A lack of grant funding left the Owen County Middle Way House seeking local assistance.


Continuous rain showers caused the March 2012 ceremonial ground-breaking for a road rehabilitation project on State Road 46 in Spencer to be held indoors. Taking part in the special ceremony were, left to right: Spencer Town Council member Jon Stantz, town and county attorney Richard Lorenz, county commissioners Richard Foutch and George Jennings, District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton, town council member Cynthia Hyde, Danny Duckworth of Bloomington-based Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc., INDOT Seymour District Deputy Commissioner Kathy Eaton-McKalip, S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton, Owen County Council member Irma Jean Franklin, and Spencer Street Department Superintendent Larry Parrish. (SEW File Photo) Continuous rain showers caused the March 2012 ceremonial ground-breaking for a road rehabilitation project on State Road 46 in Spencer to be held indoors. Taking part in the special ceremony were, left to right: Spencer Town Council member Jon Stantz, town and county attorney Richard Lorenz, county commissioners Richard Foutch and George Jennings, District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton, town council member Cynthia Hyde, Danny Duckworth of Bloomington-based Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc., INDOT Seymour District Deputy Commissioner Kathy Eaton-McKalip, S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton, Owen County Council member Irma Jean Franklin, and Spencer Street Department Superintendent Larry Parrish. (SEW File Photo) March 2 - Ag students at OVHS were raising and learning lessons from Cornish chicks.

•MCES and PES fourth grade students took part in the annual Indiana University spelling bee.

•’Counsel In The Court Family’ law help was available at the Owen County Courthouse.

•OVMS Spotlight shone on- ISTEP+ testing set to begin.

•The Owen County People in the Spotlight column featured students earning fall honors at Purdue and Alexander James Swenson completing a collegiate internship.

March 5 - Richard Bray looked back on a decades-long political career that began in the late 1950s.

•The OVHS boys’ basketball team defeated GHS in the semifinal, but fell the Edgewood in the title game.

•Over 450 S-OCS elementary students were enrolled in the weekday religious education.

•Michael Spinks announced his democratic bid for Owen County Council At-Large.

March 6 - Owen County Commissioners approved an upgrade to the county emergency communication system setup.

•The cash-strapped county highway department working to maintain Owen County’s worst roadways.

•A Poland motorist was airlifted following a weekend crash on State Road 42.

•The Gosport Town Council approved cost saving measures at a special meeting.

•A two-day workshop series for family caregivers was open to Owen County residents.

•Donations were being accepted for southern Indiana tornado victims.

March 7 - The Owen Valley Fire Territory was denied property tax revenue; Spencer Council joined an EDA grant project at a March meeting.

•World Arts, Inc. was featured in a news segment on Terre Haute’s WTHI-TV 10.

•An initial hearing was held for a 19-year-old Spencer man facing charges related to act alleged to have been performed at McCormick’s Creek State Park.

•OV senior Jansen Hight was chosen as the 2011-2012 winter Patriot award winner.

•A cabin naming contest at ‘The Retreat Campus’ provided a unique opportunity for the Spencer Evening World’s Sarah Harrison and her husband Bill.

March 8 - A driver and passenger were airlifted following an early morning crash on Cuba Road.

•Local advertisers helped support a special section in the Spencer Evening World.

•Tickets were on sale for the annual ag day banquet at the fairgrounds.

•The Owen County People in the Spotlight column featured Ashlan Vedder and her induction into the International Honor Society.

Tea Party activist Emory Mc- Clendon was set to speak at the Owen County Tea Party.

March 9 - A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the S.R. 46 rehabilitation project.

•OVHS SeaPerch won state, sending two teams onto the national competition.

•The accident earlier in the week on Cuba Road claimed the life of a 42-year-old Owen County resident.

March 12 - The Owen County Courthouse ADA upgrade project moved on to utility work.

•Demonstrations from a local wood carver was enjoyed at the Owen County Art Guild.

A 16-year Connecticut fugitive was arrested by authorities from the Spencer Police Department.

•Democratic incumbent Mark Snapp announced his intent to seek reelection to the Owen County Council.

•A fire claimed a home on Hardy Circle in southern Morgan Township.

March 13 - Owen Valley Middle School students took part in a visit with an area student poet.

•Early voting for the May primary was set to begin the day after Easter, April 9.

•Leonard ‘Sam’ Hobbs announced his Republican bid for Owen Commissioner, District II.

•The Owen County Farmers’ Market was set to open Saturday, May 5 on West Morgan Street.

•OVMS was planning a silent auction to benefit southern Indiana tornado victims.

•A passenger in a fatal crash earlier in the month was still in critical condition.

March 14 - The Owen County Council expended rainy day funds for various needs.

•An IASHA warm0up show was coming to the C Bar C Expo.

•An upcoming OCHGA educational program was set to focus on the Indiana Historical Society.

•Local gardeners were set to discuss vegetable growing at the Owen Garden Club meeting.

•Owen County property tax bills were going to be mailed in early April.

•Local utilities were being relocated ahead of the SR 46 project.

March 15 - Sheila Stephen and The Rodeo Monkeys, including keyboardist and SES fifth grade teacher Doug Hanscom, was set to play a benefit at Spencer Elementary March 21.

•Owen County bear cub Bronson and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels shared a Syrian heritage.

•Galda Felker was set to celebrate her 99th birthday.

•OV grad Caitlin Leichter and Trine University cheerleaders were bound for nationals.

•Cloverdale School Board heard an update of the art department and honored students of the month.

March 16 - Owen EMS director Cris Lunsford assisted with clean-up in storm & tornado-ravaged Clark County.

•Gosport Council tabled a sewer vacation while the fire contact renewal discussion at recent meeting.

•A bill to strengthen a ban on synthetic drugs was signed into Indiana law.

•CHS student Chelsea Leach was selected for the 13th annual Molecular Medicine in Action seminar.

March 19 - Mitch Stahl earned MVP honors after leading Oakland City University to a tourney title.

•A ‘higher calling’ led an area father and son to hike the Appalachian Trail to help raise awareness

•Tony Voelker announced his Republican bid for Owen County Commissioner, Distict II

•Open Door Christian Fellowship began a food distribution outreach.

•Rogers Group’s Owen Valley Quarry sent local donations to recovering Clark County.

March 20 - A Spencer teen was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on State Road 46.

•A monetary donation enabled the Owen Valley VFD to purchase a new utility task vehicle.

•The American Legion and VFW funeral and ceremonial honor guard detail was featured in an article written by Mike Harvey.

•An investigation was ongoing into a break-in at the Owen County Art Guild.

March 21 - The Owen Commissioners remained split on federal aid for county bridges.

•A Love & Marriage column featured Coal City sweethearts Jerry and Ruth Wall.

•Owen and surrounding counties was experiencing a rise in rural thefts.

•Forty were certified through a two-night hunters education class at OVHS.

•Lisa Kelley announced her democratic bid for Owen County Council at-large.

March 22 - The Owen County Recorder received the go-ahead to scan decades of records.

•Area children were featured in front page photos enjoying warm, early springtime fun in the sun at Cooper Commons.

•Thomas Fowler sought the GOP nomination in District III for county commissioner.

•The early March southern Indiana tornadoes raised severe weather awareness for S-OCS students.

•The county’s veterans service office received a much-needed donation from rural Gosport resident Bob Morris.

March 23 - The Spencer Police Department was set to donate a squad car to the Clark County Commissioners.

•The Gosport Masonic Lodge was sold to a private buyer and an auction was held.

•Repairs were expected to begin on the Owen County Courthouse dome clock.

•Harley Melton announced his democratic bid for Owen County Commissioner, District II.

•Owen County Relay for Life sought sponsorship of local companies.

•Owen County Q&A asked area residents their thoughts about the Indiana Hoosiers sweet-16 showdown with the Kentucky Wildcats.

March 26 - The OCSD chief deputy and SPD police chief weighed-in on the new ‘right to resist’ law.

•Spencer Elementary benefit raised over $4,000 to aid tornado victims.

•The OV FFA garnered 11 top three career development placements and 19 proficiencies placed in the top five.

•The Owen County prosecutor commented on changes to Indiana’s public intoxication law.

•Steve Williamson was seeking the GOP nomination for County Commissioner, District III.

March 27 - A citizen’s complaint led to drug-related arrests on Eagle Crest Lane off State Road 43.

•SES kindergarten students learned the dangers of confusing common items with poisons.

•The OVMS Spotlight shone on total communication assistant JuliAnne Wiegand.

•Early voting for the primary election was set to begin April 9.

•An editorial by SEW editorial Travis Curry was entitled… “Conflict Of Interest Law Long Overdue.”

March 28 - OVMS educator was set to experience the thrill of riding waves thank to a Lilly Program.

•An Owen County family sought public assistance in locating a missing Spencer teen.

•The 50th anniversary jubilee was planned at the Stinesville Pentecostal Church.

•Our Community Bank was set to teach children to save.

•The community choir was set to perform their annual Easter cantata.

•Owen County Humane Society was set to hold ‘Adopt-A-Dog’ Saturdays at Babbs SuperValu.

March 29 - A body was found in the White River south of Spencer.

•Gloria (Childress) Townsend was programming success in the field of computer science.

•Ed Hodge was seeking the Democratic nod for Owen Commissioner, District II

•Joe Donnelly announced his senate bid in Indiana on the democratic ticket.

March 30 - Now in it’s fourth generation, the Cooper family was working to raise top quality show pigs.

•A body found in the White River was identified as the missing Spencer teen.

•David Beckwith sought the democratic nod for Owen Commissioner, District II

•Duke Energy appointed a manager in the newly-aligned West Central District.

•Newly-released flood plain maps were available for public review inside the Owen County Courthouse.

•Eleven-year-old Veronica Jeffers was caught by the SEW camera perfecting her chalk art in a front page photo.

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