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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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  • Sullivan County Council must cut $571,576 in 2016 budget hearings

    Sullivan County Council must cut $571,576 in 2016 budget hearings


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Sullivan County Council began its three-day 2016 budget hearings on Monday, tasked with making tough decisions on necessary cuts totaling $571,576.Council president Duane Wampler explained the submitted budget proposals from all county departments came in higher than the 2.6 percent increase the state of Indiana is allowing this year.“We’re going to work it out, but it’s been worse than this,” Wampler said. “There’s not as much stuff they’ve padde...

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  • Ribbon-cutting scheduled Wednesday for FFA nature trail

    Ribbon-cutting scheduled Wednesday for FFA nature trail


    By: Harold Bosstick

    The Sullivan High School FFA will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nature trail that was recently finished near the organization’s Ag Learn Center.The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility, located on the property of Sullivan Middle School.The project began in fall 2013, when the local chapter received a Living to Serve Environmental Grant to construct the trail.“Finally, after two years, we’re there,” said Kevin Cross, the SHS FFA sponsor and an...

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  • Daughter's donation honors mother's tragedy by establishing ISU scholarship

    Daughter's donation honors mother's tragedy by establishing ISU scholarship


    By: Times staff

    Following a donation from a Farmersburg family, a new Indiana State University scholarship honors a woman, who was murdered nearly three and a half decades ago, and her husband.The Jeanette and Emory Benson Endowed Scholarship was created by their daughter and son-in-law Donna and Doug Power, who are both ISU alumni.The scholarship was created using donated money accrued from inherited Bemis Co. stock shares bequeathed to them after Jeanette’s and Emory’s deaths, according to a ne...

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  • Lady Arrows have record-setting performance

    Lady Arrows have record-setting performance


    By: B.J. Hargis

    In a high school girls golf match at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Sullivan had a record-setting performance as the Lady Arrows won 180-226 over the Lady Miners.After flirting with breaking the record this season, they shattered it. The previous best by a SHS team was 187. The Lady Arrows had shot 189 twice previously.McKenzie Pirtle also broke her own school record with a four-over par 39. Her best nine-hole total previously was 40.Ellie Eslinger and Gretchen Burkhart each shot 46,...

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  • Sullivan loses at home

    Sullivan loses at home


    By: B.J. Hargis

    Sullivan dropped a 5-0 decision at home to Washington in a high school boys tennis match Monday.“We had a tough time,” said Sullivan coach Jeff Lookebill. “All of their players were very good and they had a lot of experience.“They all had good shot selection at almost all points of the match.”Lookebill added that Carson Willis faced a tough opponent at No. 1 singles.“Lucas Miller of Washington was very good,” said Lookebill. “Carson was able to...

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  • Illinois man sentenced in van theft case

    Illinois man sentenced in van theft case


    By: Times staff report

    A West Union, Ill., man was sentenced in a case where he reportedly stole a van and left it abandoned near Hutsonville, Ill.Steven W. Goodwin Sr., 48, pleaded guilty to a Level 6 felony count of auto theft in Sullivan Circuit Court on Aug. 17.He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for 178 actual days served and 178 days credit.The charges stem from him reportedly stealing a 1991 GMC Rally Conversion van from the parking lot of Farmersburg Auction Barn around 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 9.Acc...

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  • Farmersburg Town Council OKs contract extension, raise for town marshal

    Farmersburg Town Council OKs contract extension, raise for town marshal


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Farmersburg Town Council unanimously agreed to a three-year contract extension with its town marshal, Carl Melchert, in a special session on Friday.The council hired Melchert one year ago at an annual salary of $22,000. Under his new agreement, he will be paid $24,500 annually, a raise of over 11 percent.Melchert pointed out he was the lowest paid town marshal in Sullivan County.This salary will bring him into line with what former town marshal John Woodruff, who retired last summer after...

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