A Spencer County resort has contributed money to a regional Ronald McDonald House.
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort recently donated 11 thousand 300 dollars to the Ronald McDonald House of Evansville. The resort partners with McDonald’s restaurants each Christmas season.
As part of that partnership, participating McDonald’s offer discount coupons for the drive-thru Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure each Christmas season. Resort officials say over the last 4 holiday seasons, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have received more than 38 thousand dollars in donations from Lake Rudolph as well as the Santa Claus Land of Lights.
Evansville Ronald McDonald House executive director Jeremy Evans says his group couldn’t serve the families around the Evansville tri-state area and beyond if it weren’t for donations like the ones from Lake Rudolph. He says those contributions enrich the community and make a difference in many lives.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House in Evansville you can visit their website at rmhevansville.org.
The Santa Claus Land of Lights is now open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CST on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 8 and opens nightly December 13 through New Year’s Eve. The light show is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For a complete operating schedule or to purchase pre-paid passes, visit the website at SantaClausLandofLights.com.
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.
Today marks Cyber Monday and with the holiday shopping season in full swing, local law enforcement agencies are in the process of reviewing plans to offset increases in traffic, crowds, and shoplifting.
Now shoplifting is a daily nuisance all across the country, but those numbers seem to increase around the holidays.
Jasper Chamber of Commerce executive director Nancy Eckerle says shoplifting is not necessarily limited to in the stores, even locally:
Eckerle also says credit card scams through online ordering have been a problem locally. She says where you buy from online is key to avoiding problems:
Though shoplifting is on the rise, it is not the only problem that local officials have to deal with. Traffic accidents are also a big problem for police. Out-of-towners often show up at shopping centers looking for the best possible deals and that can create crowds not only in stores, but on the streets as well. Police are kept busy trying to keep that traffic flowing while people park in crowded parking lots and get stuck in crowded city intersections.
Though stores being open on Thanksgiving evening this year cuts into family time for police and others, the Black Friday crowds are lessened a bit because of it. Officials say many stores even have their own off-duty police officers to combat problems.
Police say that officers have to use discretion as they deal with incidents of shoplifting. Officers say someone who has never been arrested for shoplifting before can be issued a summons for a misdemeanor conversion as part of officers’ discretion. However, if you resist in any way or have prior convictions, you will be arrested on the spot.
Officers attribute the increase of shoplifting incidents to people feeling that they are able to get away with it in a large, crowded department store. Some people justify it as a means to ensure that their child or family has presents under the Christmas tree for the holiday season.
Police advise folks in need to seek out civic groups, churches, and not for profit organizations to get help this holiday season rather than shoplift.
Area emergency crews were called to an area along the Ohio River yesterday morning after an airplane was found in the river.
Spencer County emergency personnel were called to an area near County Road 700 and River Road at around 10:30 yesterday morning. Authorities say upon their arrival, they found a small recreational plane in the Ohio River that appeared to be sinking.
Luce County Fire Chief Todd Daming says the pilot of the plane had been practicing water landings as he had in the past. He says this time, there was an equipment failure along the way.
The equipment issue caused water to flow onto the plane and disabled it. Officials say no one was injured though the pilot did get wet. The plane was taken to the river bank safely and was then turned over to its owner.
Spencer County EMA and Water Rescue, the Luce Township Fire Department, and Spencer County EMS all assisted.
Emergency personnel in Gibson County were called to a fire following a large oil tank explosion yesterday afternoon.
Officials say three oil well tanks along County Road 975 South near the Buckskin area exploded yesterday afternoon, causing a massive fire. Officials say some of the oil leaked into a nearby creek, but the oil was able to be contained shortly after the fire was put out. Officials also say other wells in the area were shut off and power lines were down near the scene.
There is no official word on what caused this explosion, though officials say an electrical shortage in a shed near the tanks is a possibility. No one was injured in the explosion and authorities say their investigation is still ongoing.