Dubois County is once again looking for a solid waste director.
Officials say David Flynn recently resigned from the position. They say he left to take a government job in Somalia.
Flynn served as a US Marine for more than 20 years and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also worked as a short-term private security contractor in several places including Iraq and Afghanistan, a role he served in prior to coming to Dubois County.
Greg Kendall is the head of the Dubois County Solid Waste Management Board. He says Flynn did a lot to help the county:
Now Flynn’s departure marks the third solid waste director to leave the county within the last year. The 49-year-old replaced Lee Kraft back in August of last year. Kraft passed away after suffering a heart attack. He had replaced Toni Lubbers last February.
Longtime solid waste employee Bill Pennington will serve as the facility’s interim director. Pennington says he has no interest in taking over the permanent position. Meanwhile, Kendall says the board is looking to find Flynn’s replacement as soon as possible:
The solid waste management board is set to hold a meeting next Wednesday at 7 am, at which time Kendall says they hope to have a replacement in place.
In the meantime, residents are asked to schedule an appointment to drop off any items at the processing center located along county road 350 west. You can do that by calling 481-7040. The center is open from 8 am to 1 pm each day.
As warm and sunny spring weather comes our way, Indiana State Police are warning folks about trash containing meth being left along roadways.
Officials with the Meth Suppression Section are specifically warning folks who will be taking advantage of the weather by walking, jogging, and/or riding bikes along local roadways about the trash. They say the trash could contain toxic, flammable, corrosive, or acidic chemicals. Those chemicals could cause an explosion, fire, or burns if the materials come into direct contact with your skin.
There are some tips to keep in mind as you are out along the roadways this spring:
-Avoid suspicious containers left along the roadway. State Police say the most popular of these is the 1 and a half gallon gas can, which they say appear to be new and people have picked them up thinking that they were new gas cans when they were really meth labs.
-Be wary of battery casings, Ziploc bags, empty blister packs, and containers such as pop bottle and jars that appear to have granular material in them.
-Finally, be wary of any type of cylinder found in an odd place like in the middle of a field or in a ditch.
If you come across this type of garbage, police ask you not to pick it up. You are being asked to call your local state police post. Concerns about meth can be directed to the Meth Suppression Section at 877-855-METH or online at www.meth.in.gov.
Patching work continues for potholes along State Road 257 in Pike and Daviess Counties.
Work began two weeks ago on the stretch of highway which has seen many potholes crop up after the harsh winter across our listening area.
Elliott says progress has been smooth thus far, but several factors will determine how quickly the work gets done:
Now INDOT officials say this is not the final repairs for State Road 257. Once the patching is complete, crews will begin milling off the top layer of the roadway and will then begin resealing work. All work is expected to be done in October. That is, of course, weather permitting.
INDOT once again reminds motorists to follow posted work zone speed limits, use caution, and consider worker safety when travelling through a work zone.
Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say some roads remain closed across the area due to high waters but that list is shrinking slowly.
In our area, State Road 161 between State Road 66 at Hatfield and State Road 62 at DeGonia Springs in Warrick and Spencer counties has now been reopened. Other roads do remain closed however. These are…State Road 257 between Washington and Otwell…State Road 358 between Edwardsport and Plainville…State Road 550 between Loogootee and Lacy…State Road 450 between Shoals and Bedford…State Road 66 in two places; between Rocky Port and Derby and between Derby and Sulphur.
Cher Elliott is the media relations director for INDOT’s Southwest District. She says even after the water is off of the roadway, there is more work to be done before a flooded road can reopen:
INDOT as always is encouraging drivers to turn around and never drive through flooded roadways. They say 6 inches of standing water is enough to stall a vehicle and most vehicles will float in a foot of water. You can call 1-800-261-7623 to check on the latest road conditions in the area. You can also go online to trafficwise.in.gov and visit INDOT Southwest’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
A Jasper man was arrested early this morning for possession of drugs and paraphernalia after he was pulled over for driving with an expired plate.
Just after 6 am a Jasper Police officer stopped a car driven by 27-year old Steven Chumley for the expired tag and discovered Chumley had a suspended license. Chumley was taken into custody and while completing an inventory of the car for impound, police found marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Police charged Chumley with driving while suspended with a prior, and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.
A pair of Pike County men were taken into custody after they broke into the bar at a local hotel.
Jasper Police were called to the Ramada Inn just after 9:50 yesterday morning on a report that the bar and office had been broken into overnight. Police say various alcoholic beverages were stolen from the bar.
Police later caught up with 31-year-old Adam Gray and 33-year-old Jeremy Evans (both of Otwell) and found that both men had been responsible for the break-in. Gray and Evans were taken into custody and were lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. They are each facing a Class D felony for theft and a Class C felony for burglary.
Officials at a Washington elementary school got a bit of a scare earlier this week.
At about 8:15 on Tuesday morning, officials at Griffith Elementary found an unloaded BB gun in the backpack of a 5th grader. The classroom teacher was informed of the gun and the teacher then contacted the school principal. A search was done without incident and the student was sent home with his mother. Washington Police were also informed of the incident, with police chief Mike Healy saying that the school handled the situation well.
Students and staff were not in danger at any time according to police. Washington school superintendent Dr. Dan Roach spent much of the day yesterday visiting schools in the district and reviewing the protocol. He says the incident serves as an opportunity for the district to test out their protocol.
A safety meeting with School Resource Officer Johnny Lagle is set to take place next week. Lagle was not at the school at the time of the incident.
Parents were notified of the incident Tuesday evening via the School Messenger Phone Alert system.