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2013 SEW Year In Review

OVHS Celebrated Commencement And Gas Prices Soared To $4.29 In June 2013
Staff Report


The Owen Valley High School Class of 2013 embarked on a new chapter in their young lives in June with 171 new graduates turning their tassels. (SEW File Photo) The Owen Valley High School Class of 2013 embarked on a new chapter in their young lives in June with 171 new graduates turning their tassels. (SEW File Photo) The month of June started off with the celebration of not only commencement exercises at Owen Valley High School, but a national championship win by the high school’s SeaPerch team.

Several locals won awards or honors in June of this year including conservation officer Dale Clark, who picked up the DNR’s Pitzer Award for 2012; Dick Ranard, who was inducted into the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame; and Scott Haraburda, who received national and state engineering honors.

The newly-opened Tivoli Theatre held its first concert, welcoming Duke Tumatoe and The Power Trio.

Gas prices were also on the rise statewide as they topped out at $4.29 per gallon locally.

Businesses changed hands, expanded operations and broke ground on new facilities in and around Spencer including the new ownership of the Hilltop Restaurant, the expansion of Ellettsville business Nite Owl Promotions to a new site in Spencer and the breaking of ground on a new office building for Bean Blossom Patricksburg Water Corporation.


One Spencer gas station’s price of $4.29 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline was the third highest in the nation, according to GasBuddy.com in June of this year. The local high only trailed the cost per gallon of unleaded in Gary ($4.30) and Chicago, Illinois ($4.45). (SEW File Photo) One Spencer gas station’s price of $4.29 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline was the third highest in the nation, according to GasBuddy.com in June of this year. The local high only trailed the cost per gallon of unleaded in Gary ($4.30) and Chicago, Illinois ($4.45). (SEW File Photo) Other interesting items of note from the month of June included…

June 3 - The Owen Valley Sea- Perch team won the national deep water transfer competition.

•The OVHS class of 2013 celebrated graduation.

•OV standout Drew Bradley committed to play football for the Franklin Grizzlies.

•Alpha Delta Chapter of Tri Kappa awarded scholarships to four OVHS graduates including Tyler DeFord, Bristi Lawrence, Mary Fowler and Toryn White.

June 4 - The Owen County Commissioners approved an ordinance establishing a new county public defender board.

•Owen County Preservations honored the Norman family with a preservation award and elected three new members during the organization’s annual meeting.

•Vigo County chose to withdraw its partnership in the local solid waste district.

•OVHS students Ashlyn Hines- Lanham and Cecelia Herrington were recognized by FCCLA for their youth traffic safety advocacy efforts.

June 5 - Local conservation officer Dale Clark received the DNR’s Pitzer Award for 2012.

•Lois West retired from the Owen Valley Fire Territory Board.

•The Spencer Town Council approved roof repairs and street paving.

•Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio rocked the Tivoli Theatre.

•The Owen County Health Department was set to distribute free bicycle helmets to kids.

June 6 - Two people were sentenced in connection with a 2012 robbery in Spencer.

•Owen County officials witnessed the ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 486, which added judicial officers in three counties, including Owen.

•Rhonda Dyer was teaching others about the benefits and uses of wheat.

•Now in its tenth year, the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail expanded to include the Owen Val- ley Winery.

June 7 - Despite wet weather delays, contractors were making progress on the Hoosier Energy Site along State Road 43 South.

•Gas prices rose statewide, soaring to $4.29 per gallon in Spencer.

•The Hilltop Family Restaurant was continuing its dining tradition under new ownership.

•The ‘All Things Historical…’ column by Gosport History Museum Curator Annie Arthur was entitled… “The Indiana Monon UFO Incident.”

June 10 - McCormick’s Creek State Park was set to host the eighth annual Arts In The Park festival.

•Owen County Antique Machinery Association hosted its eighth annual machinery show.

•The OCAG featured artist was Lloyd Powell, who said… “To me, art is more about enjoyment.”

June 11 - Owen Valley athletic trainer Ali Young bid farewell to athletes and coaches for a new opportunity.

•The Owen County Fair Baby Contest was set for June 29th.

•The Spencer-Owen School Board was considering employment and field trip requests.

•A large pine tree toppled overnight, narrowly missing the Schell-Worman house in Spencer.

•Tyler DeFord and Sydney Shrum were awarded scholarships through South Central Indiana REMC.

June 12 - Upon final inspection, roofing projects were complete at Cloverdale High School and Cloverdale Elementary School.

•A ribbon-cutting ceremony opened a new Village Post Office location in Paragon.

•Applications were available for the 2013 Little Miss/Mister Contest.

•Owen Valley High School grad Gabrielle Teter received an AGCOsponsored collegiate scholarship.

•Owen County People in the Spotlight shone on area students named to spring 2013 dean’s lists.

June 13 - A Spencer man pleaded guilty to residential burglary charges.

•The Tivoli Theatre was set to play host to a gospel music concert.

•Over 60 cockfighting roosters were seized and a Spencer man arrested.

•The Owen County Council voted to delay a wheel and surtax discussion until 2014.

•The Gosport Town Council scheduled a special session to discuss town insurance.

•Owen County People in the Spotlight shone on the spring dean’s list at Vincennes University.

June 14 - Owen officials rolled out a scoring system for a master roads plan.

•A catering business expanded with the opening of Living Local on Main Street in Gosport.

•OV’s Cecelia Herrington was set to attend the annual Hoosier Girls State event.

•Owen County Art Guild planned to host a full day of activities on June 22.

•More area students were highlighted for making the dean’s list at their respective schools in the ‘Owen County People in the Spotlight.’

June 17 - Well-know football coach Dick Ranard was set to be inducted into the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

•INDOT planned to shift traffic at S.R. 46E and County Line Road.

•The Owen County Community Foundation announced local scholarships for 2013.

June 18 - The Just Paint Group enjoyed a plein air session at the picturesque property of Opal Hardesty.

•The Freeman Road home of Verl and Debbie Keith was chosen as ‘Sweet Owen Home of the Month.’

•Nite Owl Promotions expanded to a new West Morgan Street location in Spencer.

June 19 - The last of three co-defendants in an Owen County double homicide case pleaded guilty.

•A driver and passengers were injured in a noon-hour crash on S.R. 46E.

•Eighteen Cloverdale High School student drivers were reminded to ‘share the road’ with semis.

•Owen Commissioners approved bridge work in Jordan Village.

•A Spencer man was injured in a crash in Bloomington.

June 20 - A citizen’s tip led authorities to three drug-related arrests.

•A weekend of art was on tap and the Owen County Art Guild and the Owen Valley Winery.

•A ‘Rock & Run’ 5K event was slated at Stable Studios.

•Owen County ‘radio hams’ were set to host a public demo of capabilities at MCSP.

•The Spencer Town Council discussed sewer line and sidewalk replacement.

•‘Hometown Heroes’ featured Airman Jeremy Mosier as he completed basic military training.

June 21 - A body was recovered from the White River near Freedom.

•A Paragon man was sentenced to 12 years for residential burglary.

•Owen County artist John McMullen was featured, saying… ‘Painting Gives Me Satisfaction.’

•BBP Water Corporation broke ground on a new office building.

•High school student-athletes participated in the annual IHSAA Leadership Conference.

June 24 - The body found in the White River was identified as a 27-year-old Bloomington woman.

•Nicole’s Safe Heaven Foundation was started in memory of 18-year-old Nicole McGee.

•ISP arrested a Clay County man on a preliminary charge of child molestation.

•Cloverdale football was now under the direction of coach Jarrod Duff.

•Spencer resident Scott Haraburda, PhD, PE was awarded national and state engineering honors.

June 25 - American flags were ‘retired’ during a dignified ceremony at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

•A bridge replacement project on U.S. 231 was expected to delay traffic until mid-September.

•A female keeper at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center was expected to make a full recovery following a tiger attack.

•Owen Valley High School students attended an area hospital career camp.

June 26 - Lake Hollybrook was inundated with new willow trees following spillway work.

•Gosport Lions Lyle Brighton and Ned Smith were honored for their years of community service.

•’Hometown Values, World Class Vision column’ by Denise Shaw was entitled… “Up To Our Elbows In Progress…”

•Owen County People in the Spotlight shone on the grandson of a Spencer man for being named to Trine’s dean’s list.

•Autopsy results showed that a woman found in the White River had drowned.

June 27 - Governor Mike Pence and REMC spoke out against a climate action plan.

•Local bridge work, realignment and traffic delays were all part of a “Major Moves” project.

•The photography of Ellen Davies was set to be showcased at the Owen Valley Winery.

June 28 - McCormick’s Creek State Park restored its historic Spring House.

•The calendar of events for 2013 was filling up at the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale.

•Travis Curry’s ‘The Editor’s Corner’ column was entitled… “Planning, Building For A Brighter Future.”

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