Indianapolis, In. — After the two recent school shootings in Indiana, it is clear more must be done to protect our students and educators. This session, we are renewing our commitment to the safety and well-being of Hoosier students and teachers.As a national leader in school safety, Indiana has invested over $100 million in strengthening school security. As chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, I recently supported a bill that would give schools across the state easier access to funding for school safety resources and prepare students and teachers in case of an emergency.Under House Bill 1004, schools would implement recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s school safety report to improve physical security and mental health resources for students. This legislation would provide school systems more flexibility to qualify for the Secured School Fund Grant Program, which offers matching funds to school districts to address potential safety upgrades and improve mental health resources. Additionally, to ensure students and staff are appropriately prepared, all Indiana schools would conduct at least one active school shooter drill each semester.In the rare event of an emergency where immediate medical attention would be needed, teachers should have resources available to them. With legislation I authored, the state would partner with the “Stop the Bleed” initiative, which would have school personnel be trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.I understand the importance of taking a closer look at how we protect our students and teachers, and many bills that are being introduced this session could help prevent future tragedies. To follow these school safety bills and more, watch committee meetings, and view session live, visit iga.in.gov. I can also be contacted at 317-234-9450 or email@example.com if you have any questions or input on issues being debate at the Statehouse.
Greensburg, In. — Aspen Place Health Campus will hold the Easter Egg-Stravaganza Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.The free event includes a Magic Show presented by Easterling Entertainment, an egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny.For more information call 812-527-2222. Aspen Place Health Campus is located at 2320 North Montgomery Road in Greensburg.
The Franklin County Lady Wildcats Tennis team posted a 5-0 win over The South Dearborn Lady Knights.#1 Singles Lillie Stewart 6-0/6-0#2 Singles Taylor McCreary 6-0/6-0#3 Singles Maggie Brack 6-0/6-0#1 Doubles Meredith Bohman & Allie Routh 6-0/6-0#2 Doubles Kairee Hodapp & Elise Klei 6-0/6-0Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Denny Dorrell.
Caleb GrammanColumbus, In. — Brookville resident, Caleb Gramman, 22, was one of three new officers sworn in to the Columbus Police Department. Gramman graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a participant in the Henry County Sheriff’s Department intership program and Indiana National Guard member since 2017.Gramman will immediately begin three weeks of training and orientation at the Columbus Police Department.
April Lee Croddy, 36 of Columbus IN, passed away on June 30, 2019 in Indianapolis. She was born on May 1, 1983 in Batesville, Indiana.She is survived by her parents, William and June Croddy of Shelbyville; her sister Amy Smith of Shelbyville and her brother Charles (Nikki) Croddy of Greensburg; her longtime boyfriend Brad Brown of Columbus.Memorial services will be at a later date.
Franklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Switzerland County High School 1-0.The Lady Wildcats drove more than 90 minutes to take on the Pacers in Vevay Indiana. It was worth the drive as the Wildcats topped the Pacers 1-0. Franklin County was in control of the game and dominated play with possession and ball movement however the Pacers packed in the defensive end frustrating the Wildcats in the first half.The pitch was much smaller than what the Wildcats have played on this season which led to a season-high 115 throw-ins in a single game and a lot of turnovers. A combination of simple passing led to Jordan Nichols finding the feet of Grace Noble who slid the ball past the Pacer keeper to score the only goal of the game.The offensive stats:Jordan Nichols – 1 Assist (with 2 shots on goal)Grace Nobbe – 1 goal (with 6 total shots)Jaime Stortz – 4 shots on goal and 4 corner kicksThe following players also had quality shots: Morgan Stewart, Brylee Pace, Kloe Bolos, Kamryn Dozier, Kylee Gibson.Defensive stats:Karlie Hahn – 8 savesLaura Edwards – 25 throw-insTaylee Conrad – 16 throw-insFouls committed: 8Sophomore Kaitlyn Brunemann recorded her first varsity start of her career.
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Leadia “Pat” Lorraine McCluskey, age 78 of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital. The daughter of John and Edith (Moody) Warram was born on March 29, 1941 in Versailles, Indiana.Pat worked as a hair dresser for many years. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.She is survived by her children Richard (Belinda) Hager, Alan (Melody) Hager and Stephanie (the late Tony) England; six grand children and one great grandchild; along with one step brother, three step sisters and her adopted sister, Mable Owens.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Francis Hager and Jerry McCluskey, sister, Denise Warram and one grandchild.There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 4-6pm at the Faith Assembly of God, 186 Royal Rd., Beechgrove, IN 46107.Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Madison, IN—The Winter Weekend Getaway at Clifty Inn on Jan. 24-26 kicks off activities celebrating Clifty Falls State Park’s 100th anniversary.When Indiana State Parks’ full-time naturalist service began, the naturalists were known for hosting two- to three-day “getaway” events, and today’s interpretive naturalists are bringing back this special weekend to celebrate this park’s centennial birthday.The weekend starts with a Live Birds of Prey program on Friday night. Saturday will include a caravan tour to see the park’s four main waterfalls, a winter wildlife hike, and programs on mushrooms and fossils. The event concludes on Sunday with a bird hike and winter luminary workshop. Throughout the weekend there will be time to enjoy Clifty Inn’s food, socialize, and enjoy downtown Madison.Advance registration is required by calling the park naturalist at 812-273-0609. There is a $2/person fee for the Live Birds of Prey program and a $5 fee for the luminary workshop. All other programs are free. Rooms at the Clifty Inn can be reserved for $69 per night plus tax by calling 877-563-4371 and using Group Code 0124WW.
Columbus, IN—Monday evening, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a subject firing a shotgun toward a vehicle leaving the residence.The suspect, Brian Andrew Hoover, 44, Columbus, then fled the residence. However, a short time later, with the assistance of a BCSO K9 and the Columbus Fire Department’s drone, Hoover was apprehended and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and was charged on an allegation of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm.