‘Kimberlins Go to War’ provides personal insights from collection of Civil War letters PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:21



His efforts took five years of patient, meticulous research, but Michael B. Murphy has written a valuable and interesting book that any Civil War buff would love to own.

Murphy researched those members of the Kimberlin family who fought in the Civil War. “The Kimberlins Go to War; A Union Family in Copperhead Country” relates the troubles and small joys of living during this dangerous period of national history, especially in Southern Indiana with its familial ties to “neutral” Kentucky.

John Kimberlin and two of his sons, Daniel and Isaac, were among the first white settlers of the area that would become Scott County. They arrived in April, 1805. Kimberlin Creek is named after the family.

Family members started small businesses and farmed, and their descendents, for the most part, remained on the original farm, adding to it and buying more property for farming.

When the Civil War began, conflicts between friends and neighbors arose, since Scott County had many ties to the South. But the Kimberlins supported the North and, eventually, 33 male members fought to preserve the Union. Five were killed; five more were wounded.

Throughout his life, Murphy has always enjoyed history but was particularly intrigued when told about the Kimberlins and their sacrifices for the Northern cause. As he began his research on the book, he met Thelma Gilbert Hogue, current Scott County historian and a Kimberlin descendent. She shared with him a cache of letters, some dating from the 1700s

This precious collection of letters was invaluable to Murphy. They provided the author a better view of how the Kimberlins lived, what they did and their family’s feelings about the war.

The 1850s-60s was a dicey time; there was a lot of support here for the South. That’s why Southern Indiana was known as ‘Copperhead Country.’ People were called “Copperhead Democrats” if they supported the South but lived north of the Ohio River. The Copperheads’ ultimate goal was to restore a Union with institutionalized slavery. In Indiana, Kentucky and other states, Southern supporters were also known as “sesech” (secessionists) if they held the view that the Southern states which seceded from the Union were within their rights to fight to form a new, separate nation.

Family feeling toward both groups was expressed by John J. Kimberlin, who, writing in 1863 from a Louisiana camp, stated, “We will show our old copperheads at home that our old flag will not be insulted.” He was one of the Kimberlins who did not return home.

“The Kimberlins Go to War” is now available at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum. Cost of the hardback volume is $18 plus 7% tax. Add $8 if the order is to be mailed.

Call staff of the museum at 812-752-1050 or visit the gift shop at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg, to reserve a copy.

SCSD 2 Students Help Build Prosthetic Hands for Needy Children PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:18



A group of about 30 high-ability, fifth-grade students from Johnson, Lexington, Scottsburg, and Vienna-Finley elementary schools gather around a projection screen at Mid-America Science Park to watch YouTube videos on how to assemble 3-D printed, prosthetic hands.

“We started assembly today. We started research two months ago,” said Gabriel Hines, a fifth-grade student at VFES and a member of the team, Warriors.

The excited students peel off the layer of 3-D printer filament from their prosthetic fingers. Each prosthetic hand takes about nine hours to print with the 3-D printers at MASP. The thin, peelable layer, called rafting, helps stabilize smaller, printed pieces as the 3-D printer meticulously prints each part, layer by layer.

“The first day we met here, they showed us 3-D printing and how [the hand] was formed. We did research on Mondays during school. The second time, today, we are doing assembly,” said Skylar Herald, a fifth-grade student at VFES and is part of the Warriors team with Hines and two other students.

After peeling off the rafting, the students take fine-grit sandpaper to the parts of the prosthetic finger. This helps smooth out the sharp spots left by peeling off the rafting. The sanding also helps the pieces move better when they are connected together.

“We have ‘til Christmas break [to finish the hand] — that was our milestone,” Hines said. “I was excited for this [project].”

As the students finish carefully sanding the pieces of the prosthetic finger, they move onto snapping the finger together where the knuckle joint is located. After connecting the joint, the students take a braided line and thread it through the finger, so the finger will be able to move when it is connected to the tensioner part of the 3-D-printed hand. They also have to knot one end of the line several times to keep the line in place.

“The only thing we had trouble with is stringing it,” Hines said.

They repeat the process for all their fingers and begin putting the pins and tensioner on the wrist part of the prosthetic hand. The hands the students are assembling will go to other children around the world. The high-ability students will complete seven hands just before Christmas.

“It makes me feel like excited. It’s my first time doing something like this,” Herald said. “It makes me feel so good to do something for someone else.”

“With classroom work, you are doing it for yourself. With this, you are actually giving it to other people,” Hines said.

The idea for the 3-D printed prosthetic hand project started when Chuck Rose, director of elementary education at Scott County School District 2, wanted to find a way to make more use of MASP. Rose met with Ray Niehaus, managing director of innovation and technology at MASP, and the two collaborated on ideas for projects that students could do.

“We have so many resources at our disposal,” Rose said. “We just have to take advantage of them.”

They came to an agreement on creating prosthetic hands through Enabling The Future, a global organization composed of volunteers who provide designs and blueprints for prosthetic hands. The organization also helps connect the volunteers who create hands with those who need a prosthetic hand.

“We actually sat down with Mr. Rose,” Niehaus said about choosing Enabling The Future. “He said, ‘Let’s try it out.’”

In October, Niehaus began working with the high-ability fifth-grade students. The students had to create a notebook, assign roles for each group member, research prosthetic hands and why there is a need for these in the world, and add diagrams to the notebook to understand how the hand works before coming to the point of assembly.

“Anytime you make a project you can help someone you are engaged,” Niehaus said. “The students learned words, about manufacturing, teamwork, assembly, and critical thinking.”

“Mr. Niehaus has met with them at their schools a few times to see their progress,” said Stacy Doriot, high ability specialist for Scott 2. “Learning to work as a team has been the greatest benefit. It has been rewarding to see the teams come together.”

After the students assemble and finish the prosthetic hands, they will ship them to Enabling The Future. The organization will send the hand to a child in need of a prosthetic hand, and the recipient’s new hand will allow them to grasp lightweight objects. The cost of a 3-D printed prosthetic hand is about $35. Otherwise, recipients would spend about $8,000 for a custom-made, muscle-actuated prosthetic hand, and for many recipients, this cost is not an option financially.

“The kids are pumped up thinking it will go to a disabled child,” Rose said. “It’s not just building the hands. [...] Because of their research, the kids understand why there is a need for prosthetic hands.”

Once the hand reaches its recipient, Enabling The Future will connect the Scott 2 students to the recipient through video conferencing. So far, Enabling The Future has delivered 1,800 hands to children around the world.

“I want to hear back from them,” Herald said about the recipients.

The Scott 2 students will also enclose a letter with the hand, Niehaus said. They hope to find out who their recipients are in February as some of the recipients are in remote parts of the world.

“I’m really encouraged what I am seeing out there,” Rose said.

Former teacher officially charged with selling meth; kids face other offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:36

The four people arrested at the North Slab Road residence on December 4 by Scottsburg police officers were charged in local courts on Thursday, December 8.

SCSD 2 Students Help Build Prosthetic Hands for Needy Children PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:35

A group of about 30 high-ability, fifth-grade students from Johnson, Lexington, Scottsburg, and Vienna-Finley elementary schools gather around a projection screen at Mid-America Science Park to watch YouTube videos on how to assemble 3-D printed, prosthetic hands.

Lt. Governor Holcomb and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure Grant Funding to Crothersville and Jackson County PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:03



Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today over $12 million in federal grant funding for six programs was awarded to rural Hoosier communities.

“Several cities and towns throughout Indiana are dedicated to improving their quality of place and the amount of communities participating in this round of grants reflects that,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “A key factor in establishing a good quality of life is ensuring a community can guarantee their residents the health and safety that they deserve, which is what CDBG strives to accomplish.”

Applications for Round 2 of the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) were due to OCRA on October 14th; with 25 Indiana communities receiving funds. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety and to improve the quality of life for citizens.

“Each city and town has differing needs for what will best contribute to the development of their community,” said Bill Konyha, OCRA Executive Director. “That is why there are a wide variation of programs under CDBG, so as to best cater to every community whether they are focused on improving water quality, developing public facilities or assisting their local workforce.”

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW) are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and to improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible WDW projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The Town of Crothersville has been awarded $500,000 for their Crothersville Stormwater Improvements Project which includes replacing several concrete box culverts and ditch rehabilitation and debris removal. This will decrease the amount of back flooding from the ditch by restoring the ditch to a free flowing waterway. The improvements will allow the ditch to evacuate the flowing water more efficiently to ease capacity of the surface water flowing into the ditch.


Jackson County has been awarded $250,000 for the Jackson-Jennings Workforce Initiative to provide problem-focused strategies including Life-Skills I, Life Skills II and Skills for Success. These programs address building the skills you need to find and maintain employment, professional development for those interested in a supervisory or management position and workforce issues in the manufacturing sector, accordingly. Residents and employees within Jackson and Jennings Counties will benefit from the workforce trainings to improve employment opportunities, 51% of participants will be low-to-moderate income individuals.


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