150 and counting...Billy Martin's Store PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    Picture, if you will, life in a small rural Southern Indiana community back prior to the Civil War.  A more simple time—arguable—a more difficult time—without a doubt.  A time when the modern day dichotomy of being either independent and self-sufficient or being an involved, contributing  member of a community was not a contradiction at all; that is where this story begins.  A time when the values of honesty, hard work and treating your neighbors fairly were not just tag lines on a sign somewhere but a way of life and a way of doing business for many people.  
    Now imagine a dark, frosty morning as a man named Ezra Martin hitches up this team to a wagon in preparation for a two day journey to Louisville.  This man is on a mission; a mission that that he hopes will not only bring him financial reward but provide needed supplies for his friends and neighbors.  Those simply business traits of long ago have obviously be lost on many businesses today, not the least of which are those whining for government bailouts.
    Fast forward to Spring, 2009 and the great-great-grandson of that 19th century entrepreneur sits behind a desk in a modest office talking about how he grew up in the business known to most Washington County residents simply as Billy Martin's.  Craig Martin and his wife, Janice,  run the Martinsburg, IN appliance, carpet and home furnishing store in such a relaxed, friendly manner that you would swear you stepped back in time; back to the time when running a successful business had more to do with building long term relationships than making the quick dollar.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:44
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Morgan School project goes out for bidding PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The construction and renovation project at Morgan Elementary School is proceeding; with the North Harrison Board of School Trustees having approved at Thursday’s meeting the advertising for bids on the project.
    Bids are due in by June 1, and the winning bid will be accepted on June 4, in a board meeting.
    In a funding matter pertaining to the Morgan project, a $2 million Zone Academy Bond will be used for funding part of the project. North Harrison Schools will owe zero interest on the $2 million, and the people who buy them will (instead of making a profit from the interest payments) get a write off on their taxes.
    The board also dealt with a few personnel issues, mostly related to athletics.
    North Harrison High School athletics director Rick Gunter resigned his position, effective with the end of the 2008-09 school year. Gunter has had the position since the start of the 2007-08 school year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:46
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Borden sweeps Lanesville 5-0 in girls’ tennis last week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Borden girls’ tennis team swept the Lanesville squad 5-0 Thursday afternoon at Borden, with senior no.1 singles player Andrea Rademacher winning 6-0, 6-1 over Lanesville’s Caroline Turcotte.
    At the no.2 singles position, Borden’s Erin Mikel def. Lanesville’s LeAnne Myers by a 6-0, 6-2 score.
    At the no.3 singles position, Borden’s Allison Rademacher won a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Felicia Adamic.
    Both of the Rademacher’s transferred from Scottsburg before the start of the 2008-09 school year, and Andrea Rademacher was a stand out for the Borden Lady Braves’ basketball team.
    Borden also won both of the doubles’ matches, in straight sets in both cases.
    At the no.1 doubles position, Borden’s Jordan Cook and Kelli Holthouser def. Lanesville’s Rachel riley and Jenna Walter by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
    At the no.2 doubles spot, Borden saw its no.2 team of Kelsey Evans and Janelle Graham def. Lanesville’s counterpart of Alana Umensetter and Katie Cook 6-4, 6-0.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:48
 
Lanesville holds annual Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) Spring Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    The Lanesville Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) held their annual Spring Festival at the school Friday afternoon, and there were plenty of activities for people of any age.
    A dinner of either chicken pot pie or barbecue was served in the school cafeteria, and coffee was served in the cafeteria as well, with people reading poetry or singing songs like in a coffee house.
    There were dozens of baskets up for auction lining the main hallway, with each basket following a certain theme, or being pointed towards a certain age level.
    Brian Beckort of Beckort auctions auctioned the baskets off promptly at 6 p.m. in the commons.
    In the gymnasium, there were plenty of things to do, like sliding down an inflatable slide, or getting your face painted. You could shoot a basketball at a basket if you wished, or tumble around inside another inflatable attraction if desired.
    Kellum imprints of Ramsey sold Lanesville School apparel in the main hallway, and the French Club also had a table of goodies for sale.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:49
 
Noble becomes Austin department's new Detective/Major; ordinance officer is announced PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    A veteran with the Austin Police Department has become the agency's new detective.
    Lonnie Noble, who had served as the APD's Director of Public Safety since January, 2007, received his new title of Detective/Major on Monday, April 20.
    “I really struggled with this decision. Lonnie has done us and every resident of Austin a terrific job as Director. He understands budgets as well as anyone I've seen, and that made me reluctant to put him in this position because we'll lose a very good man as director. But everyone I talked with told me that we've already got the best man for the (detective's) job and that man is Lonnie,” Austin Mayor Doug Campbell explained at a press conference called at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
    The Mayor started out the occasion by advising he normally “...has these meetings for the opposite reason, bad news. This time, we've got good news.” He also used the press conference to announce that former police chief, now Major, Donald Spicer is serving as Officer-In-Charge (OIC) and that the voluntary position of ordinance enforcement officer has been filled by Larry Stout, a retired resident of Austin.
    The Mayor said his decision to put his director in the detective slot became apparent as he talked with other mayors and officers to determine how best to fill a vacancy on the police department's roster. “I was interested in doing something this time that was really going to help the department and this city. A detective was the way to go because we have to have a person free that can conduct investigations and make good arrests of people who are breaking the laws,” he explained to the small group who gathered for the announcement.
    Because one pitfall to having a detective is that the officer often becomes involved in other duties, the Mayor was particularly pleased to announce that Det./Maj. Noble was moving into his new office that day. The office is right next to Mayor Campbell's office at City Hall, not at the police department. A separate phone line for the officer will be installed this week.
    The new detective will be paid the rate of an Assistant Chief of Police, $17.50 per hour. He will not wear a police uniform. His work week is 40 hours, but Noble can make his own schedule since detective work is not normally a 9-to-5 job.
    “What we want to see are results. I want him to start concentrating on Class C felony offenses and higher,” stated the Mayor. “I feel that as this economy gets worse, so will crime. We must protect our citizens.” He described Det./Maj. Noble as “...a man with broad shoulders. He knows what's expected of him.” The Mayor publicly thanked Noble for his service to the department the past 16 months. “He's done us a whale of a job,” he remarked.
As Noble stepped away from the director's position, Major Donald Spicer stepped up to serve as the department's Officer-In-Charge, in essence the acting police chief. Spicer began as a reserve officer in 1994, the year after Noble joined the department  He said he was happy to be allowed to serve as OIC and said he intended to apply for the police chief's job.
    That position will be advertised in the next few weeks, related Mayor Campbell. “We welcome all applications,” he said.
    In other news, Larry Stout will join the department in a voluntary position as the city's new ordinance enforcement officer.
    Stout has lived in Austin for ten years and is serving as a member of the Austin Comprehensive Plan Committee.
The ordinance officer “...isn't somebody that wants to issue you a citation. He wants to work with you, especially if you aren't aware that you are violating a city ordinance,” the Mayor stated.
Stout will patrol city streets in a police car. He will wear a uniform but will not be issued a weapon.
When he sees a violation, Stout will stop and attempt to make contact with the resident and/or owner of the property. If he cannot talk with that person, a letter will be issued explaining the violation and providing the property owner with a time period to correct it. Only if there is no action on the part of the owner/resident to correct the problem will a citation be written.
    “We haven't given people any reason to have trash around their houses. We've done away with the SASCO bags, and we provide a dumpster service on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. There's no reason they should have junk in their yards or not mow their properties,” advised Mayor Campbell.
    If a citation is issued, it will be followed up and it will be pursued to the full extent of the law, the Mayor continued. “We ask for the public's support for this new officer and for all of our police officers. The avenues are open for all of this to work for us so Austin can become a better community,” Campbell said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:54
 
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