New year improvements made to local court systems PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00

    The Judges of the Clark Circuit and Superior Courts have made a number of changes to the operations of the local courts after a month and a half in office.
   New judges Daniel Moore, Jerry Jacobi and Joseph Weber, acting together with Judge Vicki Carmichael of Superior Court No. 1, have addressed several areas of operations that are aimed at making delivery of judicial services more consistent and accessible. Acting in concert with the Clark of Courts Barbara Haas, changes already made in 2009 are:

  1. Fixing specific job descriptions for the two local appointed Magistrates in areas of small claims, child support, evictions, uncontested foreclosures and other areas.

  2. Implementing new and consistent procedures for filing and processing contempt charges in civil cases involving child support, visitation or enforcement of court orders already made.

  3. Assigning one Magistrate to hear cases for all prosecutor-initiated child support matters.

  4. Relocating juvenile and circuit probation departments to the third-floor area of the County Building so that all such services can be offered in the same business area and to facilitate professional and documentary cooperation among probation officers of different courts.

  5. Using existing space on the judicial wing to create Magistrate courtroom B. The county’s second Magistrate has not had a courtroom to date and the fixed job assignments will allow this judicial officer to help move the heavy caseload of the local courts.

  6. Implementing a case transfer procedure among the courts, after filing, when it is learned that a criminal defendant has cases already existing in other courts. Transfer to the first court of filing will allow that court to dispose of all claims and charges against the same individual, with fewer opportunities for a minor case to “fall through the cracks”.

  7. Beginning the process of transferring probation supervision, in cases where a person has convictions from different courts, to just one all-inclusive supervising probation officer. This will avoid inconsistent information being delivered to many different supervisors under the old system.

  8. Working together to streamline many cumbersome local rules of practice so that cases can be processed within established rules of law, while not being overburdened by unnecessary technicalities.

  9. Working with many officers of government to prepare for greater computerization of the courts so that a person’s cases can be tracked and located in any court in the state.

  10. Implementing the Family Court concept in stages so that all cases impacting a family (divorce, juvenile, minors arrested, etc.) Can be managed by just one court, with the goal being to resolve the issues and support the family in its recovery from interacting with legal and family, problems brought to the court.

    Clark Superior 1 Judge Carmichael said, “this has been an energetic and dedicated month and a half starting from the first of the year. We have more things yet to do, however, this group of judges have shown a great start in trying to modernize the system in ways not attempted before.”
   Clark Circuit Judge Daniel Moore and Superior 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi echoed Carmichael’s comments.
   Jacob said, “all of these changes make good sense ad some are long overdue. From my past years on the bench I have the perspective to say that these changes are a great break from structures and practices of the past.” Jacobi had previously served as Superior Court 1 judge and brings a background from that prior service into 2009.
   Moore stated, “it’s time we moved toward coordinating many of these areas, getting the Magistrates written assignments and working harder. These transfer procedures should help the Sheriff decrease the number of time he has to bring the same prisoner to different courts at different times.”
   Superior 3 Judge Weber called the first six weeks of collaboration for improvements very encouraging. “Plans for these changes have moved quickly, but thoughtfully,” Weber said. He said that he anticipated additional steps to make the court systems, and all related officers, more progressive and user friendly.
   All judges expressed their thanks and appreciation to the county commissioners and county building authority with respect to the space changes and constructing Magistrate Court B and the relocating of probation offices. Under law commissioners are responsible for providing facilities for local courts. Judge Carmichael is coordinating the probation office changes with the commissioner office. They also expressed gratitude to Clerk Haas for working with them in these improvements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:01
 
CVFD to host Crusade pancake breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:00
    The Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Crusade pancake breakfast. The breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at CVFD Station 1, 800 Park Street in Charlestown.
    The menu will consist of pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.
    The cost of the breakfast is a free will offering.
    All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Crusade for Children.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 10:03
 
Mayor Hall visits Charlestown Middle and High Schools with laptop demo PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall took time out Thursday, February 12, to visit Charlestown Middle and High School students with an Apple laptop demo the day after the Greater Clark County School Board approved the necessary funding for the One-to-One Computing Initiative.
    One-to-One is a collaboration program between the City of Charlestown and the Greater Clark County School system to support student learning in a technology-enriched environment with a firm commitment to laying the foundation of 21st Century skills. The One-to-One Computing Initiative as a catalyst for creating a student curriculum that focuses around preparing our kids for careers in the high-demand, technology-driven fields of tomorrow. Part of the initiative is putting a laptop in the hands of every Charlestown student, grades six through twelve, starting next school year (2009-2010).
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:31
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Miller voted Fever Female High School Player of the Week PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    Charlestown Lady Pirate junior Amanda Miller was voted the Fever Female High School Player of the Week for the week of February 2-9.
    The 5 foot-6 inch junior point guard has broken a school record with 21 consecutive free throws this season and is on pace to break the season record for free throw percentage. She is leading the Lady Pirates in scoring at 16 points per game, steals with 72 and rebounds.
    Recently, Miller had 15 steals versus Rock Creek to break a 16-year old record held by former All-Star Kristin Mattox.
    Miller was nominated by Lady Pirates head coach Tony Hall.
    Also honored for that week due to a tie was Lauren Goffinet of Tell City.
    The Pacers Sports and Entertainment is supporting the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association through its sponsorship of the Pacers Male High School Players of the Week and the Fever Female High School Players of the Week. This recognition program began on January 12. Nominations are submitted by head high school coaches and by members of the media. Normally a girls and boys winner is chosen from each of the three IHSAA districts in the state- North, Central and South. The winners’ names appear each week on the IBCA website, ibcacoaches.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:32
 
2009 Little Pirate Basketball Tournament new dates announced PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:00
    The Charlestown Youth Basketball League has announced arrangement for its 37th Annual Little Pirate Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The tournament is for area third through sixth grade boys and girls teams and will be held at Charlestown High School's Bill Dun Sports Center.
    The girls new dates are now set for March 14 and 15 while the boys new dates are March 7 and 8.
    All boys and girls divisions are set by school grade. Trophies, medals, and/or t-shirts will be awarded for qualifying team members. Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each division. The runner-up teams will receive medals and/or t-shirts.
    Divisions will be limited to the first six teams with paid entries for a total of 24 boys and 24 girls teams. All entries must be received as soon as possible. The entry fee is $175 per team. Please return with entry form and make checks payable to CYBL (Charlestown Youth Basketball League).
    Only players feeding into the same high school may participate on a team.
    The purpose of the tournament is to expose the third through sixth grade athletes in Southern Indiana to a tournament atmosphere; to showcase the elementary cheerleaders and to raise funds for the CYBL.
    Please feel free to visit the Charlestown Youth Basketball website at www.CharlestownYouthBasketballLeague.com
The admission to the tournament is $5 for an all day pass. Teams, two coaches, cheerleaders and one sponsors are admitted free. Pre-schoolers are also admitted free.
    For more information please contact Tony Hall at 256-3328, ext. 272 or 502-727-3358 or Sean Smith at 256-3328, ext. 271 or 502-554-8161 or fax at 256-7274.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:34
 
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