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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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  • We're No. 1: Unemployment, unfortunately

    We're No. 1: Unemployment, unfortunately


    By: Dennis Clark

    Sullivan County re-ascended to No. 1 in non-seasonably adjusted unemployment rate in July, according to preliminary figures released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Tuesday.This rise to No. 1 occurred despite a slight dip from 8 percent in June to 7.9 percent  in July. However, the other four counties ahead of Sullivan County — ranked No. 5 in June — showed far more improvement: Vermillion (8.8 to 7.6), Fayette (8.4 to 7.8), Vigo (8.3 to 7.7) and Lake (8.1...

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  • Of 4 new Putnamville ISP troopers, 2 assigned to Sullivan County

    Of 4 new Putnamville ISP troopers, 2 assigned to Sullivan County


    By: Times staff

    Two new Indiana State Police troopers will patrol the roads in Sullivan County.Shayne R. Roman, 24, and Timothy J. Henning, 22, both graduated from the 73rd ISP Recruit School on May 1 and received their patrol cars on Monday.Roman is a Vigo County native who graduated from Terre Haute North High School and is a five-year veteran of the Indiana Air National Guard, currently serving with the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute. Henning is a Morgan County native and graduated from Plainfield...

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  • Farmersburg Town Council getting closer to hiring town marshal

    Farmersburg Town Council getting closer to hiring town marshal


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Farmersburg Town Council ironed out details, obtained legal advice and discussed contract terms during their monthly meeting Monday in advance of hiring a new town marshal.Time is of the essence as its long-time town marshal, John Woodruff, retired at the end of July.Town attorney Lou Britton advised the council that, according to Indiana state law, town marshals are on probation for the first six months and, at six months, earn tenure.“Once a town marshal has tenure, he can only be...

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  • RCSI board agrees to iPad purchase, paying for sub training

    RCSI board agrees to iPad purchase, paying for sub training


    By: Andrew Krull

    The Rural Community Schools, Inc. board heard a promising report on the upcoming year’s budget and approved the purchase of iPads for its upper grades and paying substitute teachers for training during a Monday meeting.“Enrollment is up, and, therefore, revenue is up to enable us to have a positive cash flow,” Rural Community Academy School Leader Susie Pierce said.The RCA proposed budget Pierce forwarded to the board projected a $48,702 net income for the year compared to $...

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  • Commissioners back Economic Development Planning Study grant effort

    Commissioners back Economic Development Planning Study grant effort


    By: Dennis Clark

    The Sullivan County Commissioners signed off Monday to be the lead applicant in hopes of procuring a grant for an Economic Development Planning Study.The estimated $44,000 grant funding would be through the Indiana Office of Community And Rural Affairs, which includes a 10 percent match. The Sullivan County Redevelopment Commission agreed to fund the $4,000 match during their recent meeting Thursday.“(The grant) would identify areas that would need infrastructure run to them that don&rs...

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  • Today is next deadline to sign up for state's Do Not Call registry

    Today is next deadline to sign up for state's Do Not Call registry


    By: Times staff report

    The next quarterly deadline to register for Indiana’s Do Not Call list s today. Consumers can register their residential landline, cell, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers. Recently, there has been an increase in complaints against telephone credit scams, often referred to as “Rachel Calls,” which claim to offer lower interest rates and other credit-related services for an up-front fee.“If your number is registered on the Do Not Call list and you receive a solicitation c...

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  • New U.S. citizen calls Graysville home

    New U.S. citizen calls Graysville home


    By: Andrew Krull

    Sullivan County gained a new citizen on July 24 without a new birth — or maybe it could be called a new birth for the 43-year-old former Nigerian.“The United States is still the best no matter how the economy is,” Lateef Balogun said, who lists five continents among his travels while serving in the Nigerian military and United Nations peacekeepers. “No country is going to be perfect, just like there is no person that is going to be perfect. (But) if America’s not...

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