?Highland Hills Middle School launches Box Tops Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Highland Hills Middle School has announced the launch of their 2009 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning over $1,000 through Box Tops to defray the costs for educational fieldtrips.
    Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program started by General Mills in 1996. To date, Box Tops has helped America’s schools raise over $250 million to buy things they need but can’t always afford, such as library books, school supplies and playground equipment. The Box Tops for Education program offers school supporters three easy ways to earn cash for schools through everyday activities such as buying groceries, shopping online and purchasing books. Schools can earn a total of up to $60,000 each year.
    If you’d like to help the students at Highland Hills Middle School reach their goal foe educational fieldtrips, there are several easy ways to get involved.
- Clip Box Tops from hundreds of favorite products and send them to Highland Hills Middle School, “Attention, Box Tops Coordinator” at 3492 Edwardsville Galena Road, Georgetown, IN 47122.
- Sign up to support Highland Hills Middle School on the Box Tops website at btfe.com
- Shop online once you’ve signed up, Highland Hills Middle School will earn a percentage of your purchases made through the Box Tops Marketplace.
- Buy books once you’ve signed up. Highland Hills Middle School will earn a percentage of your purchases made online at Barnes & Noble through the Box Tops Reading Room.
    For more information, please visit btfe.com or contact box tops coordinator, Highland Hills Middle School at (812) 923-4014.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:58
 
?Alert observers, persistent police and bad engine result in arrest of alleged bank robbers Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Thanks to a number of alert observers and a blown truck engine, a trio of alleged bank robbers soon found themselves behind bars in Scott County on Friday, January 2.
    Indiana Bank and Trust on U.S. Highway 31 South in Austin was not only the last bank in the county to be robbed in 2008, it was the first in 2009. Just before 11 a.m. on Friday, Austin police officers Col. Lonnie Noble and Patrolman Crystal Schapson were dispatched to IBT in response to a report of two suspicious males walking around in back of the building.
    As the officers were en route to the bank, dispatchers advised them that a robbery had occurred at that location.
    They arrived in time to see two white males running across the parking lot of Austin Christian Church, located directly south of the bank, and jump into a white Dodge pickup truck.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:01
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?Four adults arrested at site of meth lab discovered on south side of Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Four adults were arrested and five children removed from a mobile home on the south side of Scottsburg where an alleged methamphetamine lab was located by the Indiana State Police.
    Several ISP officers served a search warrant on the trailer at Lot 35 on Curtsinger Road on December 23, finding the children ranging in ages from three to ten and the four adults. Those arrested included Billy L. Holt, 28; Melissa D. Organ, 29; Ollie Delisa Holt, 27; and April Lane, 52. All were listed as residents of the mobile home; Lane is the mother of Billy Holt and Ollie Holt while Organ was described as the girlfriend of Billy Holt.
    In his probable cause affidavit filed with the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, Trooper Mark LaMaster stated that he was joined by officers with the ISP’s Clandestine Methamphetamine Team in serving the warrant. They were met at the door by Ollie Holt, whom Trp. LaMaster said began screaming. Lane soon joined the officers and Ollie Holt, and it was learned that the mobile home belonged to Lane.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:04
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?Students can earn cash for creating recycling videos PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    Students can earn up to $600 for themselves and $600 for their schools by creating a 30-second video public service announcement on the importance of recycling analog TVs for the digital TV changeover.
    The competition is part of the Don’t Trash Your TV! Video Contest sponsored by America Recycles Day Indiana.
    “Don’t Trash Your TV! Recycle It” is the message students will convey as they compete for cash prizes by creating the best video that will help educate Hoosiers on how to make the shift to digital television in an environmentally-friendly way.
    The first place winner will receive $600 cash for themselves and $600 for their school. Second place will receive $400 for themselves and $400 for their school, and third place will be awarded $200 for themselves and $200 for their schools. A People’s Choice Award, determined by the public, will also be up for grabs and is worth $400.
    “This is a great opportunity for project-based, experiential learning for our students,” said Dr. Suellen Reed, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It combines many of Indiana’s academic standards while giving students an opportunity to teach Hoosiers the importance of eliminating e-waste.”
    The contest, which began on November 15 as part of America Recycles Day and ends January 15, is open to any Indiana student in grades nine through 12 and who is age 13 and older. Entrants and their corresponding schools have the opportunity to receive cash prizes while helping to further the goals of America Recycles Day Indiana (ARDI), a partnership between the Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Comcast that is hosting the contest.
    The top ten PSA videos will be available to view through Comcast’s website at www.recroom.com, and the public can vote for the People’s Choice award worth $400. The winning PSA video will be distributed to media outlets across the state.
    Complete contest rules and entry forms at www.indianarecycling.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:06
 
?Youth Grantmaking Council raises nearly $4,700 for match PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council, a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, raised almost $4,700 for a matching grant opportunity through the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana.
    The goal of the grant, which was provided by the Paul Ogle Foundation, was for local communities to increase their youth philanthropy endowment funds. Scott County, along with six other Southern Indiana counties, had the opportunity for all donations to be matched dollar for dollar through December 15.
    “We congratulate the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council on its successful efforts to raise matching funds for youth philanthropy endowment,” said Eileen Ryan, Program Director for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. “Growing new generations of philanthropists is a benefit to society as a whole and to the development of young people as they learn to give and serve, build leadership skills and become civically engaged in their local community.”
    Money earned by the youth and community will be used for youth projects and to add to the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council Fund. The Council awarded almost $4,500 in grants this past spring to youth-related projects in the community. They also collect donations each month for charitable organizations.
    The Council is comprised of students from throughout the county: Patricia Bacala, Carmen Boley, Brandon Boswell, Lindsey Boswell, Evan Comer, Rachael Dixon, Kayla Griffen, Lauren Howser, Kevin Jentzen, Erin Lapp, Kaleb Mount, Joey Payne, Caity Rice, Jordan Shuler, Braxton Soloe, Hunter Steinkamp, Keeli Stewart, Jerel Taylor, Luke Taylor and Isaiah Turner. The group is facilitated by adult leaders Brandon Polley and Jaime Toppe.
    Student members have worked hard since last December, raising dollars through solicitations from individuals, companies and foundations, personal donations, lollipop fund-raisers, raffle and sno-cone sales at the Back to School Bash, a bake sale, a candy bar fund-raiser, Hat Day fund-raiser, Christmas stocking stuffer fund-raiser, and earnings from Goodsearch.com.
    “I’m really excited that the council was able to come together and work this hard to get as much money as we did in as short a time period as we had,” said President Evan Comer. “It goes to show how well we work together as a group.”
    For more information on how to donate to the existing endowment fund or learn more about the Youth Grantmaking Council, call 752-2057, e-mail Scott County Community Foundation staff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stop in the Scott County Community Foundation office at 60 North Main Street, Scottsburg. Information can also be found on the website, www.scottcountyfoundation.org/youthcouncil.htm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2009 11:07
 
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