Victims of recent severe weather urged to report damage to EMA PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is gathering damage reports from Hoosier citizens, governmental entities and certain private non-profit organizations that sustained damage caused by severe weather beginning January 26.
    Hoosier citizens can report damage online at until February 17. Citizens will be asked to provide their names, addresses, phone numbers, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to businesses, homes and loss of personal property.
    Government agencies and private non-profits should contact their local emergency management agency (EMA). To find the contact information for the local EMA, go to
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will use the information to help quantify losses from severe weather that resulted in ice, snow and flooding to determine if federal assistance should be requested.
    Individuals will not be in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local EMAs and IDHS determine if federal assistance can be pursued.
    IDHS, Indiana agencies and partner organizations have been working closely with local emergency management agencies to determine needs that would require support beyond the county level. All local requests have been fulfilled, and no federal assistance has been required to date.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:27
Three wrestling Warriors advance to Semi-State PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
?     The Scottsburg High School wrestling team traveled to Bloomington South High School with five grapplers for this year’s IHSAA Regionals.
    They came home with three of those wrestlers making the jump to the Semi-State to be held at Roberts Stadium in Evansville. The three wrestlers set a new school record in one season.
    Qualifying for the next step in the State Tourney will be juniors Tanner Howard, second at 152, and Nick Henderson, third at 189 pounds, and senior Chris Chasteen, fourth at 171 pounds.
    Howard opened the day with a win by a pin over Joyal of Terre Haute South in 1:49 and then knocked off Prieboy of Bloomington South 7-1 before losing to undefeated Fudurich of Sullivan 2-6 in the finals.
    Head Coach Tyson Skinner stated, “Howard wrestled well all day.  In the finals, he ran into a tough grappler in the Sullivan boy. He has a tough road ahead, but he is a very talented wrestler.”
    Henderson opened the day with an overtime win over Heston of Edgewood 7-5, and then lost to Brownfield of Columbus North 5-10. He finished by defeating Kopitzke of Jennings Co. 12-1 for third place.  “Henderson started off slow in his match with Edgewood, but by the end of the day was wrestling better than he has all year,” said his coach.
    Chasteen opened the day with a win by fall over Edington of Terre Haute North in 1:48, then lost to Watson of Columbus North 2-10. He lost by fall to Biggs of Jennings County in 4:33 for fourth.  “Chasteen has a big challenge ahead of him.  Placing fourth means he will wrestle a champ from another regional in the first round,” related the coach.
 Junior Sebastian Rodgers and senior Will Stone both lost in their opening round matches. Rodgers lost a heartbreaker to eventual runner-up Terrell of Bloomington South 4-5 in the 4th overtime. Stone lost by fall to eventual champ Vandenveter of Bloomington North.  “Rodgers’ match was a tough one.  He was continually attacking throughout the match only to get called for stalling in the last OT and being penalized one point and that was the matc,.”  Skinner said. “Stone has been battling the injury bug all year and put up a good fight early only to get caught.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:29
Charlestown allies execute successful storm survival PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    For the second time, in less than five months, Charlestown Block Watch members joined in emergency care efforts required by electrical outages caused by weather events.
    As Wednesday morning (January 28) dawned cold and icy, with 50 percent of Charlestown without electricity, city staff immediately contacted the American Red Cross and Greater Clark County School (GCCS) officials to establish shelters to provide warmth and food to anyone needing assistance. Then Block Watch captains were called to action to solicit volunteers who could provide manpower for the shelters.
    Mike Marra from GCCS assisted with getting Jonathan Jennings Elementary School open and available for one shelter, as it had electricity. The Arts & Enrichment Center (A&E) was powered by generators, and was also open for residents and deserving city employees who needed to warm-up and take a break from their continuous snow removal efforts.
    When September’s hurricane winds downed trees and took out power lines, the sunny days and warm evenings were uncomfortable, but bearable. Everyone gained a renewed appreciation for air conditioning when electric services returned.
    This ice storm, sandwiched between snowfalls, and followed by unrelenting cold was more than uncomfortable. It was a serious hazard to anyone without electric power and heat for a prolonged period.
Block Watch captains made an effort to contact participants in their districts, both to ensure everyone was okay and to put out the call for volunteers. Despite the extreme conditions, many participants were seen going door-to-door in their neighborhoods to see if anyone needed help. They provided information, such as access to oxygen and medical equipment at St. Catherine Medical Center, and the availability of warmth and food at the shelters.
    On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Block Watch members helped city employees prepare and serve meals at both shelters. Some residents spent Wednesday and Thursday nights at the shelters, with security provided by city officials and police officers. By Friday evening only 20 households in Charlestown were still without power and no one needed the shelter services overnight.
    The weather event canceled the Thursday night meeting scheduled for Districts 1 and 4, but all meetings are expected to resume in February. Block Watch meetings are held at the Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street, at 6:30 p.m. on the scheduled evenings.
    Districts 1 and 4 hold joint meetings on the last Thursday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for February 26. There will be a special presentation by the Charlestown Police Department, as they will demonstrate how to look for drug activities in your area. Everyone is invited to attend.
Contacts for District 1 are Steve and Sherri Coyne (256-6163) and Mike and Kay Vaughn (256-0072).
Councilman Dan Roberts (256-6443 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) from District 4 spoke of the ice storm events, saying, “I was really proud of the turnout of volunteers from our Block Watch members. To see them checking on each other and helping out; really showed how Block Watch works.”
    District 2 meets with co-captains Melissa Crawford and George Roberts on the second Monday of each month. After the snow and ice storm, George said, “People in our district checked-in on each other all week. We had a family down on [Hwy] 403 out of power until Thursday so we took them a generator. Having JJ open its doors was helpful to everyone. We appreciated that.” District 2’s next meeting is March 9, but everyone is invited to attend the February 26 meeting as well. For information, contact Melissa at 256-4851 or George at 256-5807 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    District 3 is headed by Councilman Scott McKechnie who can be reached at 256-2279 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scott has decided this month they will join the February 26 meeting with Districts 1 and 4 to benefit from the information being provided by the police department.
    Also available with Block Watch information and assistance is Mayor’s Assistant Ruthie Jackson at 256-3422 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:32
Patrick Henry Hughes teams with NWVFD to raise money for Crusade PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    The New Washington Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual chili supper to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children at Station 1 on Saturday, February 21.
    The firemen will begin serving at 4 p.m. until the chili is gone.
    In addition to serving chili, they will offer hot dogs, chili dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, drinks and delicious desserts furnished by the New Washington Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.
    Patrick Henry Hughes of Louisville’s Extreme Makeover will be present to sign autographs and provide entertainment . Hughes will also be offering his CDs for sale to benefit the Crusade for Children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:33
Inaugural “Orange/Blue Blowout” games to be held at SCMS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    Silver Creek Middle School is proud to present an incredible evening of fun and entertainment on Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at the school.
    As an opportunity to raise funds for academic school trips and to make a donation to the Leukemia Foundation in honor of one of Silver Creek Middle School's former students, Jonnae Taylor, the following events will take place: first, a basketball game between the school's eighth grade girls and eighth grade boys. A trophy plaque will be given to the winner to be displayed in the school showcase; secondly, a basketball game between an “orange team” and a “blue team” of co-ed eighth grade basketball team members. A trophy plaque will be given to the winner of this game, also to be displayed in the showcase and thirdly, they will hold a basketball game between their co-ed eighth grade team members and their “teacher/staff all stars.” This game will be highlight the evening and a “Dragon Rights” trophy will be presented and showcased for the winning team.
    Entertainment at half times and between games will be provided by the Silver Creek jazz band, the Royal Sensation dance team, SCMS cheerleaders and the singing of the National Anthem and the Silver Creek fight song will be presented by “The Singing Dragons.”
    Disc jockeys from Spin Around Sound will be the Masters of Ceremonies and provide music to rock the Dragon Den.
    The concession stand will be serving Vicario's Pizza, hot dogs, nachos and snacks. The cost of the event is $3 per person.
    Each of the school's sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes are asked to show their spirit by filling the stands with their classmates and the winning grade will display a banner in its hallway showing that grade to have the true “Heart of the Dragon.”
    The public is invited to attend this great evening of fun. For more information please call the school at 246-4421.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:34
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