PAOLI, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana ski slope is hoping the cold weather being forecast will allow it to open up for skiers in a couple weeks.
Paoli (pay-OH’-lee) Peaks spokeswoman Lauren Grenier says its crews are planning to start up its snow-making machines this weekend, with plans to start its ski season on Dec. 14.
The forecast for the Paoli area about 70 miles northeast of Evansville calls for some snowfall and temperatures below freezing through the weekend.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1bd0at9 ) that Paoli Peaks’ ski season typically runs from mid-December through mid-March. But that can vary widely depending on the weather.
FARMERSBURG, Ind. (AP) – A small town in southwestern Indiana will see both its high school and elementary school shut down.
The Northeast Sullivan School Board voted 3-2 Monday night to close the 172-student Union Junior-Senior High School in the town of Dugger. The district will also close Dugger Elementary.
The Tribune-Star reports supporters of the schools began leaving the meeting before the votes were finished, with some shouting angry comments at board members.
District Superintendent Mark Baker says the board had no other choice because of declining enrollment and revenue. The district’s remaining high school is the 500-student North Central Junior-Senior High near Farmersburg.
Greg Ellis of the group Save UHS tells the Sullivan Daily Times the legal action is being considered.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Secretary of State Connie Lawson is set to announce how the money from a legal settlement with the state’s largest teachers union will be distributed.
The Indiana State Teachers Association and National Education Association agreed in August to pay $14 million to school districts which had enrolled in the union’s now-defunct health insurance plan. The state has estimated the union lost $27 million amid the 2009 collapse of the health plan that it had sold to 27 school districts around the state.
Lawson has planned a Tuesday morning news conference to detail how much each school district will receive from the settlement. Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita sued the union in 2009, alleging it violated state securities law.
MIDDLETOWN, Ind. (AP) – A body found in central Indiana wooded area has been identified as that of a 21-year-old man who was reported missing in August.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department says a hunter spotted the body on Sunday in a wooded area in the northwestern part of the county. The Courier-Times reports (http://bit.ly/IC19J8 ) authorities used dental records to confirm the body as Jordan Bragg of Middletown.
Henry County Coroner Stephen Hacker says Bragg’s death appears to be a suicide and no signs of foul play were found in the area about 15 miles southwest of Muncie.
Bragg was last seen Aug. 11 after having an argument with his girlfriend. Bragg’s body was found about a mile from his home.
Another local county impacted by last month’s tornado outbreak has discussed the storm damage and the response to it.
At their regular meeting last week, the Martin County Commissioners heard a request from county emergency management director Monty Wolf concerning the assessment of storm damage.
Wolf requested that the commissioners begin to consider a county wide committee that would be able to help assess storm damage following an outbreak of severe weather. The committee would also be able to help with the assessment of damage caused by flooding, but that would require separate training because the criteria is different. Judge Ellis commended crews that handled the storm cleanup for an excellent and quick response.
In other business, the commissioners approved a recommendation to name county surveyor Nathan Hoffman be named as the county’s Flood Plain Administrator. The position was previously held by county auditor January Roush, who recommended that Hoffman be named to the position following a discussion of the previous ordinance.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man acquitted of killing his wife and two children after 13 years in prison will work with a national nonprofit that provides criminal-defense investigations for inmates it believes have been wrongfully accused.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday that David Camm will work as a case coordinator for the group called Investigating Innocence.
Camm’s first case will be working with Texas death row inmate Darlie Routier, a suburban Dallas woman convicted of fatally stabbing a 5-year-old son in 1997. Routier has denied the crime.
A jury acquitted the 49-year-old Camm on October 24th in his third murder trial in connection with the September 2000 shooting deaths of his wife and two children at their Georgetown, Indiana home. Two previous convictions had been overturned on appeal.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican leaders of the General Assembly want Indiana to scrap the Common Core education standards and have the state adopt its own guidelines to prepare students for college and careers.
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis tells The Munster Times the phrase “Common Core” has become a distraction and draws opposition around the state that approaches that of the federal health care overhaul.
The Republican-appointed State Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010 on the recommendation of former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett and former Governor Mitch Daniels, both Republicans. All but five states have adopted Common Core, but several more are looking at dropping them.
Indiana “paused” its implementation of Common Core this year. A legislative panel that looked at them didn’t agree on a recommendation.