?Local school officials, Farm bureau members discuss school funding changes mandated by state legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00
    ?For 15 years, the Farm Bureaus of Washington, Harrison, and Crawford counties have met in June to discuss
a topic regarding modern public education with education officials from the three counties.
    This year’s meeting was held Wednesday (June 18) at the Central Barren United Methodist Church, and the topic was regarding the recent changes the Indiana Legislature has made regarding school funding. Although the amount of monies the various school districts will get is probably not going to change much from recent years, beginning on January 1, 2009, the State of Indiana will begin funding every school district’s General Fund.
    Among the school officials present at the meeting, the exact changes to occur after the funding change are still up in the air.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:29
?Becker family starts scholarship fund PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00

?    In life, Michael Becher loved to help people. “It was his favorite thing about being in law enforcement,” says his wife, Sara Becher. “He was actually in a position to help people. He used to say, ‘I didn’t get them into this trouble. I can’t get them out. But I can help them through.’”
    Becher died November 2, 2007, not even a year after retiring as the Clark County sheriff, a position he held for
a record four terms. He was well-known, loved and respected for having a giving spirit and for mentoring those coming along behind him in law enforcement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2008 10:39
?Tennessee woman critically injured in accident PDF Print E-mail
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?A motorist was seriously injured on Interstate 65 on Wednesday, June 18, in an accident that occurred just after 7:30 p.m. around the 35 mile marker.
    Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Busick was dispatched to the scene, where a northbound Ford Focus, driven by Kathy Nix, 46, Tennessee, had run across the grassy median of the interstate into the southbound lane. There, the car struck the back trailer wheels of a semi-tractor-trailer being driven south by Donald Jenkins, 55, Muncie. Jenkins’ wheels popped and his axle dented with the impact. The Focus was thrown toward the guardrail, its motor and transmission ripped away from the car body. The transmission was later found about 100 feet away from the point of impact. The motor landed in the median and caught fire.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2008 10:41
?Scott County Relay for Life enjoys huge success; more than $43,000 raised PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00
?The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Scott County held its annual event at William Graham Lake Iola
park on June 13 and 14.
    To date, Relay For Life of Scott County has raised over $43,000, after expenses, with more to come before the
fiscal year ends August 31.
    Although an early afternoon downpour and threats of more rain that Friday night dampened the festivities a little,
persistent teams continued to set up campsites and started relaying. The evening started with an honorary dinner that
celebrated 210 cancer survivors and caregivers.
    Following the dinner was the traditional and very touching honor lap at 6 p.m. Even though it continued to rain,
Leadership Development Chairman Beth Niccum stated, “Cancer doesn’t take a break when it rains, and the foul
weather only made this event more meaningful, because we will continue to fight.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:47
?Creative ‘Lyrics Alive’ program receives grant from ASCAP John Mellencamp Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 19:00

   ?Lyrics Alive, a creative writing and music program for elementary school children conducted by Scott County musicians Bob and Mary Bomar Ritter, has received a special grant from The ASCAP Foundation John Mellencamp Fund in 2008.
    The ASCAP Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), supports music education and talent development programs all across the country. ASCAP is the New York City-based international licensing agency that collects and pays royalties to songwriters for radio, TV, movie and live performances of their songs,
    “The ASCAP Foundation is so pleased to provide funding for the Lyrics Alive songwriting program through a special grant from The ASCAP Foundation John Mellencamp Fund.  This fund was created in honor of Indiana musical great John Mellencamp after he received The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award this past December for his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity.  Through this grant, 13 schools will receive support for a four-day songwriting residency, including Seymour’s Emerson Elementary, the school John attended.  Lyrics Alive does vital work by introducing the idea of songwriting to rural school children in Indiana. Perhaps the next  Mellencamp will be inspired to begin writing songs,” said ASCAP Foundation Director Colleen McDonough.
    After years of volunteering in the Country Music Foundation’s Words and Music Program in Nashville, Tn., Bob and Mary Ritter developed Lyrics Alive in 1997 to teach children the challenging yet fun art of lyric and song writing.
    They spend three days with students writing, editing, composing and rehearsing original songs. On the last day the students perform the songs with Bob and Mary in one or two school concerts. Concerts are recorded and CDs are made available to students.
    Some schools are using Lyrics Alive as a way to improve writing scores and to help meet state and federal standards in writing, music and oral presentation.  “Along the way, students learn the importance of teamwork, cooperation, compromise and goal setting.  Students who struggle with academic or personal issues have thrived in their Lyrics Alive experience”, stated Mary Bomar Ritter, President of Lyrics Alive Inc.  “Many of our ‘alumni’ tell us how much they enjoyed and were inspired by Lyrics Alive.  Some are continuing with their writing and even pursuing their own music careers.”
    Through the years, the four-day residency has been conducted 84 times, producing over 700 songs and 65 “live” concert recordings with thousands of children. 
    Lyrics Alive is a small, non-profit organization and is eligible to receive grants and contributions from various sources to help underwrite program costs. “We are incredibly honored by this grant.  John is one of our home state’s musical legends, and to receive this fund in his name is something we could never have imagined,” said Bob Ritter, CEO of Lyrics Alive Inc.  “Most of our programs are in schools in small, rural towns, the kind of places that were the backdrop for so many of John Melloncamp’s songs. It really is a good match, and we’re eternally grateful to The ASCAP Foundation for their continued support.”
    The Ritters have lived in Scott County nearly six years. Bob has deep family roots here since his parents grew up in Scottsburg, as did his aunt, uncles and numerous cousins.
    This year, Lyrics Alive visited Scottsburg and Vienna-Finley Elementary schools, as well as several other schools in Southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. For more information, go to www.LyricsAlive.org and www.ascapfoundation.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 14:50
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