DCBi Staff

Funeral services for 90-year old Eleanor Denning of St. Meinrad will be held at 10 am CDT Wednesday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call now till 8 pm CDT this evening at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and from 9 am CDT till the time of the service Wednesday and the church.

Funeral services for 87-year old Patricia Reinhart of Holland will be held at 11 am Wednesday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from now till 8 pm this evening; and also from 10 till the 11 am service on Wednesday.

The V.F.W. Post #2366 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 6 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mike Pence says he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Indiana’s right to enact marriage laws when the issue of same-sex unions reaches the high court.

Indiana law defines marriage as between one man and one woman, but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that law was unconstitutional. The court’s ruling affirmed U.S. District Judge Richard Young’s decision in June to overturn the ban.

The state says it will seek a stay of the ruling pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Lawmakers had pushed to amend the ban into the state constitution, but the measure was kept off the November ballot when they changed the language of the proposed amendment during this year’s legislative session.

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.