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2013 Year In Review

OV’s Anna Watkin Wins State Balance Beam Title; Tyler Schenck Named Lilly Scholarship Winner
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Owen Valley’s Anna Watkin is shown above during her state title winning balance beam routine at Ball State’s Worthen Arena in Muncie. (SEW File Photo) Owen Valley’s Anna Watkin is shown above during her state title winning balance beam routine at Ball State’s Worthen Arena in Muncie. (SEW File Photo) The month of March was a flurry of activity as Spencer-Owen students and in particular, Owen Valley High School (OVHS) students dominated the month’s headlines.

OVHS freshman Anna Watkin made school history as she not only advanced to the IHSAA state gymnastics finals in Muncie, but came away as the state balance beam champion. The Western Indiana Conference honored OV athletes and junior Alicia Wilson was the winter Patriot Award winner for ladies basketball.

Millie McGee’s Gosport Diner opened for customers in downtown Gosport.

The Tivoli Theatre was preparing to host its opening gala in April 2013.

Twelve Owen County seniors were honored as finalists for the Lilly Community Scholarship with OV senior Tyler Schenck bringing home the honor.

Tyler Schenck was selected as the 31st Owen County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in March of 2013. He is pictured above with his parents, Brad and Katy Schenck. (SEW File Photo) Tyler Schenck was selected as the 31st Owen County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in March of 2013. He is pictured above with his parents, Brad and Katy Schenck. (SEW File Photo) Other interesting items of note from March 2013 included…

March 1 - CLR, Inc. was preparing to replace a bridge on Hubble Station Road.

•Patricksburg Elementary School students were producing made-to-order art for their parents.

•S-OCS Superintendent Greg Linton was supportive of bullying prevention legislation.

•The Indiana Senate voted down a bill to require suspects’ DNA samples.

•The ‘All Things Historical…’ column by Gosport History Museum Curator Annie Arthur was entitled, ‘What About Indiana?’

March 4 - A local man was jailed on exploitation and child pornography charges.

•Four OVHS SeaPearch teams advanced to the state competition at Southridge.

•Temporary traffic signals were set to be installed on State Road 46 West.

•Anna Watkin captured the allaround sectional title, advancing to regional competition in gymnastics.

•OVMS Spotlight was entitled, “Help Your Child Prepare For ISTEP Success.”

March 5 - Local tax pros were seeing longer waits for returns and delays for some taxpayers to file taxes.

•The OVHS Science Olympiad team earned fifth place at the regional contest.

•Megan Eldridge’s “From The Halls Of OVHS” column was entitled… “Both Sides Of Prom Preparation.”

•The Owen County Commissioners voted to reappoint six individuals to supervisor positions.

March 6 - OV senior Sean Huss’ Patriot Expo project outlined the town’s tree inventory.

•The location of a Spencer sanitary sewer pipe’s damage was discovered on South East Street.

•A local woman was arrested on multiple charges related to animal cruelty.

•An Amazon Lake home was destroyed by an early morning morning blaze.

•Megan Eldridge’s “From The Halls Of OVHS” column highlighted the BETA Club’s school-wide canned food drive.

March 7 - An INDOT project to widen State Road 46 West was set to begin.

•Ratty Primitives in Worthington was preparing to host a spring open house.

•Gosport infant Aila Elmore was chosen as the national face of hydrocephalus.

•Input was sought concerning local transit needs and a public meeting was set for March 26.

•The Coal City Regional Sewer District was now dormant.

•Megan Eldridge’s “From The Halls Of OVHS” column was entitled… “YUDA Band Sells Support Cause.”

March 8 - Millie McGee’s Gosport Diner was looking to satisfy crowds with home-cooked menu items.

•The Tivoli Theatre was truly a sight to behold, both inside and out, as restoration work was nearly complete and the public grand opening set for April.

•OVHS student-athletes were honored by the Western Indiana Conference.

•The Owen County Garden Club was set to host a pruning demonstration and tool-sharpening event in Cooper Commons.

March 11 - Anna Watkin became the first OV gymnast in history to advance to the IHSAA state finals.

•Owen County Family YMCA was preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house.

•The House budget included funding to improve income tax revenue distribution to counties.

•S-OCS cash reserve was announced to soften the short-term impact of sequester.

•Tri-Kappa was set to host a Longaberger® basket bingo event.

•Owen County Farmers’ Market was preparing to host a panel discussion.

•Owen County People in the Spotlight shone on Cody and Danielle Frye as they made the dean’s list at Indiana University and were preparing to graduate in May.

March 12 - An ISP investigation led to the arrest of a Cloverdale man on a preliminary charge of molestation.

•Tours of the Tivoli Theatre drew 180 visitors to downtown Spencer.

•Spencer U.S. Army veteran Scott S. Haraburda, PhD penned a new book, “Christian Controversies: Seeking The Truth.”

•OVHS student Morgan Chaney was recognized for her volunteer service.

•Alicia Wilson was chosen as the 2012-2013 winter Patriot Award winner.

March 13 - Twelve Owen County seniors were honored as finalist for the 2013 Lilly Community Scholarship.

•Owen County Democrats selected Frank Coffin as their new party chairman.

•The Owen County Council set an April 29th public hearing for a wheel tax discussion.

•Denise Shaw’s “Hometown Values - World Class Vision” column was entitled… “How Is Economic Development Different From Chamber?”

March 14 - Owen County officials began debating space and staffing for a second courtroom.

•Andrews-Carrico credited his business and his family for giving him his artistic start.

•The Gosport Town Council meeting included a brush truck grant public hearing.

March 15 - A Spencer Town Council work session focused on upcoming business.

•Amanda York’s “One Day At A Time” column was entitled… “OV’s Anna Watkin Is Preparing To Make Her Mark At Saturday’s Gymnastics State Finals.”

•A late night fire claimed a vacant Owl Hollow Road home.

•Megan Eldridge’s “From The Halls Of OVHS” column was entitled… “What The Game Of Basketball Has Taught Me.”

March 18 - Owen Valley’s Anna Watkin won a state balance beam title.

•Five veteran S-OCS educators were set to retire at the end of the school year.

•The Dollar A Day Boys… A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was set to perform in Spencer.

March 19 - Over 20 OVHS FFA members qualified for state competition and senior Sean Huss was selected District Star.

•OVMS Spotlight was entitled… “A Day Of Lentil Learning.”

•A hobby turned into a full-time job for Ted Green of Goose Creek Pottery.

•Owen County People in the Spotlight featured Ashlan and Morgan Vedder for making the dean’s list at ISU.

March 20 - Spencer Town Council learned of plans to close two town streets for S.R. 46 West construction work.

•Rice’s Quality Farm Meats earned seven awards including ‘Best of Beef’ honors.

•OVHS Winter Percussion qualified for state competition at Ben Davis High School.

•Mitch Stahl ended his college career by cutting down the championship net as Oakland City Oak’s MVP.

March 21 - Owen County YMCA celebrated a momentous anniversary with a community open house.

•The board of commissioners met and discussed bridge and county roadway projects.

•A local man received a fiveyear sentence for child molesting.

•The Republican Central Committee met, electing officers to fouryear terms.

March 22 - Gosport first grader Allison Jeannine Lilley won ‘best of show’ in the Spencer Evening World’s annual Easter Coloring Contest.

•Owen County farmer Steve Hancock won $5,000 and designated the OVHS FFA and the 4-H Council as recipients.

•Relay for Life of Owen County was set to take place May 17-18 at the OVHS track.

•Angel Rogers was selected as a finalist for Indiana’s Homecoming Queen.

March 25 - Governor Mike Pence visited the small eastern community of Solsberry, home to Yoho General Store.

•A local family received three Hoosier Homestead Centennial awards.

•An early morning crash claimed the life of an Owen County motorist over the weekend.

•The governor remained hopeful for a state budget that included income tax cuts.

•OVMS Spotlight was entitled… “The Great iPad Debate…”

•Memories From The Tivoli were still coming in.

March 26 - The ‘Great Flood’ of 1913 with a 28.50 foot crest was still the highest ever for the town of Spencer.

•Harry Marshall’s tip-in lifted the Indiana Diesels to a two-point win in their IBA-PBL opener.

•Cook Medical applauded the bipartisan vote to repeal the medical device tax.

•Hometown Heroes featured Kyle Culp who returned home from a nine-month deployment.

March 27 - Southern Owen County’s George Egenolf recalled his gunnery service during World War II.

•The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefitted from a PES fundraiser.

•A forgery suspect was sentenced for her role in a prescription fraud case.

•A bill placing an annual limit on cold medicine purchases passed the Indiana House.

•Thanks to a couple’s generosity, the Owen County Art Guild’s kitchen was remodeled and ready for weekly luncheons.

March 28 - Tyler Schenck became the 31st Owen County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

•The Tivoli Theatre plans its gala celebration.

•Hometown Values – World Class Vision, by Denise Shaw, was entitled… “Tourism, How It Fits In.”

March 29 - A pep session to honor OV gymnast Anna Watkin and the state-bound Winter Percussion group was held at OVHS.

•The Editor’s Corner by Travis Curry was entitled… “Telling The Story - The ‘Great Flood’ of 1913.”

•’Heart Treasures’ by Joanne Hannon spoke of “The Real Love Story.”

•Megan Eldridge’s “From The Halls Of OVHS” was entitled… “High School Spring Break.”

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