A current Dubois County Commissioner has been chosen to serve on a prestigious board of directors.
Randy Fleck was elected as vice president of the board of directors for the Indiana Association of County Commissioners. The elections were held last week at the group’s annual conference. The 3-day-long conference also featured workshops and breakout sessions not only for elected officials, but also for their support staffs.
Fleck will represent elected county commissioners in all 92 Indiana counties in his new role. Wayne County Commissioner Ken Paust (a past president of the association) says Fleck will be a great spokesperson for the association.
The board of directors determines the policies and legislative goals for the Indiana Association of County Commissioners.
A Martin County man was arrested yesterday morning after a weekend investigation into drug activity.
Back on Friday, Indiana State Police received information about possible ongoing drug activity at a residence in the 300 block of Water Street in Shoals. Troopers secured a search warrant through the investigation and went to search the residence at 8:30 yesterday morning.
When they arrived there, police found that the man living there (38-year-old Larry Holt of Shoals) was in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Holt was taken into custody without incident and was lodged in the Martin County Jail.
Holt faces Class D felonies for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.
Police have now released the name of the Washington teen who was fatally shot early Friday morning.
17-year-old Devan Burris of Washington was pronounced dead at Daviess Community Hospital in the early morning hours on Friday. Police say a shooting was reported in the 2200 block of Oak Grove Road just before 2:15 am Friday morning. Police were also told that two vehicles had stopped at the Ebenezer Church and a pair of gunshots was heard. One of the vehicles, described as a silver or gold Cadillac fled the scene. The second car was found with a gunshot through it when police arrived.
According to the report, police received another call about 10 minutes later stating that an unknown person had dropped off a gunshot victim at the emergency room at Daviess Community Hospital. Emergency room staff spent about 30 minutes working on Burris before he was pronounced dead.
Shortly after all of this occurred, police took 2 people into custody in connection with the case. It is unknown at this point whether or not the two were suspects.
Police say their investigation into the events surrounding this shooting is still ongoing.
Weekend weather continues to have an effect across our listening area this morning.
All school districts in Dubois, Pike, Daviess, and Spencer Counties are closed today. Perry Central schools are also closed while Tell City/Troy Township Schools are on a 2 hour delay this morning. Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University are also closed today.
Now the weekend storm dumped at least 6 inches of snow all across our WBDC listening area over the weekend. Some places in Dubois County got up to 9 inches of snow while parts of Pike County got as much as 11 and 1/2 inches of snow and other places got as much as 13 inches of snowfall. Several communities and counties were in a state of emergency on Friday into Saturday. Those included Huntingburg and Ferdinand locally. Perry and Martin Counties also were in a state of emergency over parts of this past weekend as the storm moved through. Several weekend events, such as the Loogootee Christmas Stroll and the Huntingburg Christmas Parade were also cancelled as a result of the weather.
With the end of this storm, forecasters have a bit of a chance to look back at their work in predicting it. Kevin Deitsch is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. He says overall, the tracking of this storm was what had been originally anticipated:
Deitsch says though this storm was a big storm and caused a lot of havoc, it isn’t necessarily indicative of what we’ll see the rest of this winter:
State, county, and local road crews all put in long hours this weekend and in spite of schools being closed, main roads locally were pretty well cleared of snow though there are still slick spots. For up-to-date road conditions, you can go to the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at in.gov/indot or trafficwise.in.gov.
The storm also brought frigid temperatures with it as lows could drop into the single digits over the next couple of nights. A warm up is expected later this week.
A Spencer County monastery has been honored for its work in preserving our environment.
Recently, the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts announced that the St. Meinrad Archabbey was recognized with the Friend of Conservation Award for this year. The award was given in recognition of the monastery’s efforts to sustain several hundred acres of wetlands that it owns.
The St. Meinrad Archabbey is one of only three winners of the award statewide this year. St. Meinrad won the award in the non-profit category. The other two categories for the award are individual and corporate.
The monastery was nominated by the Spencer County Soil and Water Conservation District and local officials attribute many factors to its success in keeping the environment going. District Chairman Mike Roos says the district is happy to have St. Meinrad win the award. He says its a source of pride to have the top non-profit organization in this category in their district.
Now program administrator Courtney Hall says the monastery manages its woodlands for the specific purposes of producing timber and protecting wildlife. The archabbey owns several hundred acres of land and most of that is used for farming or as pasture area for livestock. The archabbey transitioned away from farming in the 1970s and the land was leased to neighboring farmers. Community members later decided to have much of the land be used as forest once again.
184 acres of new woodlands have been developed by the archabbey since 2006 through help from American Electric Power. The archabbey has also partnered with the Wetland Reserve Program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop 384 acres of wetland area. The archabbey is also involved with the USDA, NRCS, and various other agencies to implement planned conservation practices on all of their lands in order to balance needs and goals with needs of the natural environment.
A Loogootee man was hospitalized in Jasper late last week after he was accidentally wounded by a gun.
Indiana Conservation Officers say they received a call at around 6 pm on Thursday concerning 28-year-old Edward Seals Jr of Loogootee. Officers were told that Seals Jr was at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and officers went to the hospital. Seals Jr told officers that he was carrying a gun in his driveway when it went off for some reason. Seals Jr stated he didn’t know why the gun went off. He was transported to Memorial Hospital by a family member.
Now Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind folks to use safe firearm handling practices when handling a gun. They also recommend that everyone handling firearms, no matter how old, should attend an Indiana Hunter Education course.
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – A major renovation of the Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport is expected to begin next month and last about a year
Vincennes vice president for financial services and government relations Phil Rath says improvements on the 90,000-square-foot building will include a new roof and heating and cooling system, new hangars, remodeled classrooms and restrooms, and improved floors, hallways and entry doors.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1btG9zq ) the approximately $6 million project is being funded by the state.
Rath said the Aviation Technology Center also is home to Vincennes’ aviation flight program, but its primary focus is aviation maintenance, a program that offers about 120 majors.