Austin house fire kills elderly woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00

A house fire in Austin’s north end killed an elderly woman on Saturday morning, November 20.
The body of Lucy Seale, 89, was found by Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel attempting to extinguish the blaze at 141 North Street.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:33
Staff looking to begin Blessings in a Backpack program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00

The staff and students of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Charlestown are reaching out to the community for a little help.
They are looking to begin a program that will help feed the students over the weekend when school in not in session. The program “Blessings in a Backpack” is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. When there is a Friday or Monday holiday, students may have to go as many as three and a half days with little or nothing to eat.
Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of the Blessings in a Backpack program.
Currently $80 feeds one child in the program for an entire school year. Every Friday, students receive their backpacks with staples that require little to no preparation. They return with their backpacks on Monday ready to learn.
A teacher in Orlando, Florida wrote, regarding the program: “This program really benefits our students and has improved their lives. Our test scores show an increase in all of our children’s ability to write, read and compute.”
The Blessings in a Backpack program was founded by Stan Curtis. The program’s motto is “Feeding the Future of America, One School at a Time.” It is a 501(c) non-profit organization currently feeding over 18,000 students in 16 states.
Jonathan Jennings Elementary School became the first school in Clark County to participate in the program earlier this year.
The program at Pleasant Ridge Elementary will begin with 20 students.
If you would like to make a donation to help fund the
Blessings in a Backpack program at Pleasant Ridge Elementary please send your donation, checks made payable to Blessings in a Backpack, to Pleasant Ridge Elementary, c/o Michelle Dyer, 1250 Monroe Street, Charlestown, IN 47111.
Please designate on your check Pleasant Ridge Elementary to ensure the donation benefits local children.
For more information on the Blessings in a Backpack program at Pleasant Ridge Elementary please call Michelle Dyer or Pam Chastain at 812-256-7286.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:37
Investigatory stop results in pursuit, arrest and case solved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janna Ross   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00

At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16, Trooper Rob Caudill was on State Road 62 near Bethany Road in Clark County when he saw a pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle that was allegedly being used in the theft of copper wire from the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant located on State Road 62 in Clark County.
Trooper Caudill got behind the vehicle, a blue 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck and attempted to stop the vehicle for investigative reasons. When Trooper Caudill tried to stop the vehicle, it fled.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:38
Winterizing your home is important to storm water quality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00

Mittens check, Toboggan check, Shovel check, salt for driveway not so fast. As this winter approaches faster than we want it to, it is time to check and review your plans for the winter season. If you use salt as a way to melt the ice and snow from your walkway and driveway, the Floyd County and New Albany Stormwater Departments would like to suggest other alternatives that work just as well but are friendlier to our environment, especially storm water runoff.
One of the most popular ways to melt snow and ice is the use of rock salt. Rock salt, which promotes the melting of snow and ice, also causes the erosion of masonry surfaces, particularly where the base of the brick or stone building meets the sidewalks. So if you want to prevent replacing these types of surfaces, try of the following, calcium chloride, also known as “white pellets” or “flakes,” which is less damaging to buildings, sidewalks and plants. Even less harmful, is a de-icing product that contains potassium chloride. Rock salt is also ineffective when temperatures fall below 22 degrees Fahrenheit. A build-up of salt can cause your lawn and grasses to “smother” under the snow as the salt prevents your lawns from getting the needed oxygen it needs to live through its dormant stages. Try to spread your de-icer only before a storm is about to commence.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:33
Smoak, Smith Volunteers of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00

Two of The Depot railroad museum’s volunteers were honored at the Washington County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting Saturday, Nov. 20.
Jimmy Snook,  Clarksville, was named Volunteer of the Year for his work with The Depot’s caboose and rail car exhibit. Snook, a  retired conductor with the Louisville & Nashville and its successor railroads for 40 years, transformed Monon caboose 81402 from a static display to a real-life example  of a working caboose. He conducts tours of 81402 for individuals and groups, explains how rail motor cars were used by workers and demonstrates various railroad bells and whistles with an air-powered exhibit he helped design and create.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:10
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