MADISON, Ind. — The Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a birding tour next Friday, April 21, at 7:00 AM.You can meet at the Big Oaks office to join biologists for an opportunity to possibly see rare migratory birds of Indiana.The cost is $3.00 per person.The Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is considered a “Globally Important Bird Area.”Over 120 species of birds nest on the refuge and over 200 migrate through it.
GREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after police say she hit a police officer while intoxicated.According to police Deborah Washburn, 53, is facing three counts of Battery on a Public Safety Official and public intoxication.Police say they were dispatched to a residence Washburn was trying to enter that she thought was a family member’s.When police arrived, they found Washburn screaming but unable to form words.Washburn was transported to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital where police say she became unruly and began swinging at staff.She struck a police officer and an EMT, as well as an employee of the hospital who was attempting to draw blood.
What an exciting and outstanding win for the Lady Wildcats tonight over Connersville 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.The team came together and played a great match. Kamryn McCool hit the ball very well tonight having 15 kills and adding 1 ace serve, 4 digs, and 1 block. Meredith Bohman had 8 kills. Kaitlyn Obert added 5 kills. Autumn McDaniel had 20 digs. Jenna Orschell added 2 ace serves and 4 digs.The girls will hit the gym for practice before having 3 matches next week. Thanks to all the youth that came out to support the team. You are the future of FC volleyball!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.It was a great night for volleyball for The FC Lady Cats as they defeated Connersville 25-8, 25-22.Lilli Stewart and Sydney Graf had 4 kills each. Anna Sacksteder added 2 kills. Sydney Graf and Kaylynn Rauch had 2 ace serves each. The level of play in this JV team has risen and they are ready to take the rest of this season to a whole new level!!We will host Union County Monday, Sept. 18th at 6. Our season record is 9-5 and our EIAC record is 6-3. Come out Monday and show ur support to your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.The Freshman Lady Wildcats played a great game tonight beating the Connersville Lady Spartans in two sets 25-15, 25-17!The team played great together and it is great seeing them grow! Rae Ertel led the team in aces with 4 followed my Kloe Bolos with 3. Abby Mitchum led them team in aces with 4! I’m so proud of this freshman team!We have our EIAC conference tournament next Saturday, September 23 at South Dearborn!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.
Ripley County, In. — A South Ripley High School bus was involved in a minor crash Friday morning on County Road 300 West.In a statement the school district says:“The bus pulled into the left lane to go around the truck. As the bus was attempting to go around the truck, the truck driver did not notice the bus and made a left turn to try to pull the truck off to a grassy area at the left side of the road. The truck made contact with the front right quarter of the bus while both were moving at very low speed.” Reports indicate no injuries were reported among the 32 students or driver on board.The investigation is ongoing.
Area Girls Basketball ScoresThursday (11-30)East Central 89 Harrison 26Milan 69 Seton Catholic 18North Decatur 52 Oldenburg 43Crothersville 50 South Decatur 37South Dearborn 65 Taylor 36Trinity Lutheran 82 Edinburgh 32C-Team BasketballGreensburg 35 Batesville 14
Jason L. Kemker, 46 of Milan passed away January 7, 2018 at his home. Jason was born September 1, 1971 at Greensburg, the son of William and Sherry (Warner) Kemker. Jason attended Milan First Baptist Church and also went to his weekly Wednesday mental health meetings in Batesville to help people out. He enjoyed working at the New Horizons in Batesville. Jason hobbies was fishing, working on cars and helping out the local farmersJason is survived by his father: William Kemker of Milan; Mother: Sherry Wade of KS; brother: Justin (Erica) Kemker of Indianapolis; sisters: Candy Shadday (Kenny McConnell) of Versailles; Betina (Jared) Rader of Vevay; Grandmother: Elaine Kemker; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by sister: Stacey Erdman and Grandfather: Lee Kemker.Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Laws-Carr-Moore funeral home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, In 47031. (812)-654-2141.
Mr. Forrest Daniel “Frosty” Robinson, age 84, of Bennington, Indiana, entered this life on July 23, 1933, in Cordova, Kentucky, the son of the late, Buford Robinson and Dorothy (Jacobs) Robinson-Creech. He was inducted into the United States Army on May 12, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Frosty earned the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5th Class on April 26, 1956, at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Forrest was united in marriage on August 16, 1954, in Covington, Kentucky, to the late, Ivy Lee Bright. He was employed for Randall’s Textron in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years and for Whitney Chair Factory in Rising Sun, Indiana. Frosty was a self-employed mechanic most of his life and was employed as a mechanic for Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Forrest enjoyed sitting on his front porch and waving at everyone that drove by. He also enjoyed driving through the country side with his good friend, Earl Morris and his companion: Kathy Scudder. Most everyone that knew Forrest knew not to ask him what he thought because he would sure tell you whether you liked it or not! Sometimes you didn’t even ask and he would still tell you! Forrest always spoke his mind and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Forrest entered into rest at 4:09 p.m., Monday, January 15, 2018, at his residence in Bennington, Indiana.Forrest will be missed by his companion, Kathy Scudder of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Barbara Burkman and her husband: Mike of Scipio, IN and Edie Drager and her husband: Wes of Mason, OH; his sons, Danny Robinson and his wife: Tanya of Morrow, OH and Walter Robinson of New Caney, TX; his 24-grandchildren and 15-great-grandchildren and his sister, Mary Whitehead and her husband: Jack of Humble, TX.He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Robinson and Dorothy (Jacobs) Robinson-Creech; his son, Loyd Lee Robinson, died March 30, 2016; his grandchildren, Christina Ryker and Bradley Robinson; his sisters, Bertha May Robinson and Ramana Robinson and his brothers, Leslie, Gilbert, Wayne and Leroy Robinson.Full military rites and interment will be conducted on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 1:00 pm, by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 & the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road Madison, Indiana 47250. Friends may call 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1415 North Gate Road Madison, Indiana 47250. Memorial contributions may be made to Forrest Daniel Robinson Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Batesville, In. — Over 24 days, Franklin/Ripley County Traffic Safety Partnership issued 25 citations and made 2 arrests during St. Patrick’s Day, college Spring Break and the first rounds of NCAA Tournament.In 2017, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. Federal traffic safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) supported random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints for more than 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state.“Enforcement of traffic laws is focused on preventing crashes, injuries and deaths in our community,” said Sheriff Kenneth A. Murphy. “As we look ahead to celebrating Easter, the Final Four and the rest of Spring Break, make sure your plans include a sober driver and extra stopping distance.”In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.The top causes of all Indiana traffic crashes are drivers following too closely and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive, distracted and impaired driving reduce reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles and pedestrians.Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving crash scene in 360 degrees at https://on.in.gov/nobigdeal.New impaired-driving equipmentLast year, ICJI and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests for Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional 836 devices are being purchased this year.But unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. ICJI and NHTSA are issuing Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving.If you’re taking a new drug or higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. Even over-the-counter medication such as cold medicine or sleep aids may cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.
Batesville, In. — In an effort to ease the pain of Tax Day 2018 several companies have put together deals, discounts and freebies. Hopefully, this list will make the pain more manageable.Boston Market. On Tuesday, April 17, any guest who dines in-restaurant at Boston Market can get a $10.40 Tax Day Meal Special, which includes a Half Chicken Individual Meal with 2 sides, cornbread, a regular fountain beverage and a cookie.Bruegger’s Bagels. Bruegger’s Bagels brings back its annual Tax Day deal for a whole week, April 11-17, to match the extended tax filing season and lighten taxpayers’ load. Starting April 11, participating bakeries will offer Bruegger’s famous Big Bagel Bundle for just $10.40 with a downloadable coupon from the company’s website – a significant $3.50 “deduction” from the standard price.Chuck E Cheese. This tax season, families can enjoy a guaranteed return at Chuck E. Cheese. The Tax Day (Tue, 4/17 – Thurs, 4/19) offer: Buy any large pizza, get one large cheese pizza free. U.S. only.Firehouse Subs. Firehouse Subs Firehouse Subs is inviting guests to stop by to receive a free medium sub when they purchase a full price medium or large sub, chips and a drink (valid Tuesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 19, 2018). Please click here for a link to the offer.Hardee’s. To ease the pain of Tax Day in the U.S., Hardee’s is offering customers a free Sausage Biscuit on April 17, 7-10 a.m., local time, courtesy of its new “Tastes Like America” campaign. Each Sausage Biscuit contains a sausage patty on a freshly baked Made from Scratch Biscuit. Hardee’s famous Made from Scratch Biscuits are handmade with real buttermilk and baked fresh each morning starting at 4 a.m. Be sure to say the password, “Made from scratch,” to redeem.Quiznos. To celebrate Tax Day, Quiznos To celebrate Tax Day, Quiznos is offering a 10.40 percent deduction off any purchase including catering, on April 17 to new or existing Toasty Points loyalty app members at all participating U.S. locations. Also, Quiznos fans who download the Toasty Points loyalty app will receive a free 4-inch sub upon download.Schlotsky’s. Schlotzsky’s Tax Day just got that much more appetizing because Schlotzsky’s is offering a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink. This offer is only available on Tuesday, April 17 and is sure to delight the taste buds of many.Office Depot: Shred up to five pounds of documents, including tax records, for free through April 28 at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores with a coupon available at www.officedepot.com/shredding.Applebee’s: Get $1 margaritas, which the chain calls the Dollarita, through April 30.Captain D’s: On Monday and Tuesday, the chain has a $10.40 deal, which includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.Chili’s: Participating locations have a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita special for Tax Day Tuesday. No coupon is required. Just ask your server for this special offer.McDonald’s: Participating restaurants in select locations across the country will have special Tax Day deals Tuesday. Check with your closest location. Download the McDonald’s smartphone app for additional savings.Sonic Drive-In: Get half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday. Limit five per customer at participating locations. Also every day after 8 p.m., Sonic has half-price shakes, floats and ice cream slushes.White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15% off any in-Castle purchase.
Connie LawsonIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s Primary Election is right around the corner. Tuesday, May 8th is Primary Election Day – polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in-person or absentee – but the deadline to request an absentee ballot is quickly approaching.To cast an absentee ballot by mail in the 2018 Primary Election, you must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 30th. Applications may be submitted in person, by fax, email or by mail.“Voting is a right that many have fought for; please don’t take it for granted,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “If you are casting an absentee ballot this spring, I urge you not to delay and to request your ballot today. Waiting until the last moment increases the chance that your request will not be received in time. An absentee application only takes a few minutes to complete, so set aside that time today.”Early voting in-person is ongoing. You can cast your ballot by going to your county clerk’s office. Some counties have additional early voting locations. To find out where you can vote, check online here or download the Indiana Voters app on your smartphone or tablet. Early voting in the clerk’s office ends Monday, May 7 at noon.