DCBi Staff

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she would like to see the state cover the costs of textbook rentals.

Ritz included the request in her proposed schools budget she submitted to the State Budget Agency on Thursday. She is also asking for a 3 percent increase in education spending.

Indiana is one of eight states to charge families for textbook costs.

Gov. Mike Pence is set to deliver a budget proposal to the General Assembly in January. Pence has typically favored spending and tax cuts over increased spending like Ritz is calling for.

Republican leaders say they strived to protect education from the deep cuts some other agencies faced through the recession. But Democrats still point out that schools took a $300 million hit during the recession.

A release issued yesterday by Dubois County Sheriff Donny Lampert warned area residents to be aware of the efforts of Militia groups to recruit young men and women from Dubois County in their teens and 20s to South Texas.

Lampert,says these groups are located in the  Southern part of the Lone Star State and propagate the belief that their members are fighting the invasive efforts of the drug cartel along the Mexico and U.S. border.

Lampert says he knows of at least three local residents who are confirmed to have gone to Texas believing they are joining to “help fight the invasion of the drug cartel movement.”

He says these people are receiving very minimal training and are being armed with assault rifles.

Lampert says the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has contacted the Texas Rangers and has learned the groups in question are radical in nature and have had confrontations with law enforcement and the cartels. He says they’re not associated with any law enforcement or military group operating in South Texas.

Anyone who knows someone who has gone to Texas to join one of the rogue groups is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 812-482-3522.

The sheriff’s department will then notify the Texas Rangers in order to locate and send anyone from the local area back home, due to the potential extreme danger they’re in.

Lampert declined to say whether those county residents confirmed to have gone to Texas after being recruited have returned.

Twenty-five southern Indiana residents face charges following multiple illegal ginseng investigations by Indiana Conservation Officers.

During the past month, conservation officers targeted ginseng violations in Operational District Eight, and arrested or cited individuals in 6 counties including Martin and Orange.

Acting on tips, conservation officers executed multiple search warrants and seized several pounds of illegal ginseng. Also several illegal drugs were seized and a stolen handgun was  recovered.

Indiana Conservation Officers utilized their K-9 units to track suspects and locate evidence, in addition to conducting surveillance throughout these investigations. Several leads were developed and investigations are continuing.

Wild Ginseng is a plant sought for its root, valued anywhere from $500 to $1000 per pound, which is then sold to licensed dealers, who often export it to other countries. Legal ginseng harvest season runs from September 1st to December 31st, and harvest restrictions also apply.

Citizens are urged to report natural resource violations by calling Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536, or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus is hosting seven Halloween themed weekends every Friday and Saturday beginning on September 19 and ending on November 1.

The 14th Annual Lake Rudolph Halloween Weekends will feature games for all ages including the Rudy’s kids’ carnival, Hadi Shrine Clowns, pumpkin decorating, and Hallo-TEEN games.  Kids staying at the campground can trick-or-treat on Saturday evening.

Other features include a site decorating contest, Halloween dance, costume contest, frightful film classics, and Rudy’s haunted hayrides. The RiverTown Story Tellers will host Bonfire Ghost Stories each Friday evening. New this year is a Ghostly Golf Car Glow Parade. These events are for those staying at Lake Rudolph only.

Lake Rudolph’s 2014 Halloween Weekend souvenir T-shirt will be available in the Lake Rudolph Camp Store.  This year’s design features SCAREcrow Rudolph. More information can be found at Lake Rudolph’s Halloween Weekend website at LakeRudolphHalloween.com.

The Huntingburg Street Department is conducting their annual “Fall Cleanup Days,” Thursday, October 2nd and Friday October 3rd from 12 noon till 7 pm, and Saturday, October 4th from 8 am till 4 pm.

The Cleanup Days provides city residents the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted items.

The cost is $2 per car, $5 per truck, $5 per trailer under 8 feet and $10 per trailer over 8 feet.  Additional fees apply for items such as vehicle tires on rims for $3; vehicle tires without rims for $2; large truck and tractor tires for 5; and televisions, computers and monitors for $6 each.

Small loose items must be placed in a trash bag to be accepted.  Small items are considered those smaller than 12 to 18 inches.

Items containing Freon, such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners, require a certificate from a licensed plumber stating the Freon has been removed.  Wood, plywood, asphalt shingles and other construction debris will not be accepted.

“Fall Cleanup Days” are for Huntingburg residents only.  A utility bill and ID are required.  The City of Huntingburg reserves the right to refuse any item.

For more information, contact Rachel Steckler at Huntingburg City Hall at 683-2211 or by email at rsteckler@huntingburg-in.gov.

A Jasper man and woman who shared a residence where taken to jail after a domestic dispute at their home Thursday afternoon.

Jasper Police say at around 3:20 pm yesterday officers were called to an apartment occupied by 24-year old Cody Schultz and 25-year old Shaina Young located along the 4100 Block of Whilelm Strasse where an investigation by authorities resulted in both Schultz and Young being arrested for domestic battery on one another.

Police say the incident took place in the presence of a child less than 16-years of age.

Therefore both Schultz and Young were charged with a Level 6 felony of Domestic Battery in the presence of a child under the age of 16.

The couple were taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

83-year old Mary Jo Fisher of Dubois passed away Thursday at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She is survived by,

Two Daughters;

Cindy Terwiske of Haysville,

and Paula Wood of O’Fallon, Il

Two Sons;

Rick Fisher of Phoenix, AZ

and Gary Fisher of Dawson Springs, KY

Four sisters, two brothers, 13 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for 83-year Mary Jo Fisher of Dubois will be held at 11 am Monday at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow at a later date in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9 till 11 am service on Monday at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Catholic Church or to Heart to Heart Hospice in Jasper.