As you know, the EIAC has expanded to 8 teams. For most sports, all 8 schools will compete for one title. Right now football is split into a 4A division and a 3A division. According to unconfirmed sources, this was brought about because East Central did not want to compete in several sports against Lawrenceburg with football heading the list. Likewise, it has been said that Lawrenceburg wanted to drop out of the EIAC if they still had to play East Central in every sport. One thing is certain–the 4A and 3A split for football was not unanimous among all coaches. I have not been able to confirm how this was finally decided upon. What it has left the conference with is a football division of East Central, Connersville, South Dearborn, and Franklin County. The 3A portion is made up of Batesville, Greensburg, Rushville, and Lawrenceburg. At this time, basketball will be just one division, but there will not be a home and away round robin. I do believe, however, that each school will face each other this year. Those sports who decide the conference in head-to-head contests include basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and tennis. Sports like track, swimming, cross country, and wrestling will have a one-day meet to determine the champion. As the year evolves, we will have to see if they have made any other exceptions to who plays who.
Rumors have been circulating throughout the area regarding the possibility of Walmart coming to Batesville, and it has sparked an online petition.The petition titled, “We are AGAINST a Wal-Mart Store in Batesville, IN,” was written by an anonymous resident who claimed the proposed location is on S.R. 46 just east of the Batesville Primary School.The author addressed the petition for two Batesville officials and received 490 signatures as of Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.No word on the legitimacy of the rumors. WRBI is waiting on a confirmation or denial from city officials as well as corporate representatives from Walmart.We are on the story and will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments.
Wednesday is the first opportunity residents who plan to run for office can declare candidacy for the 2014 Primary Election. The final deadline is Friday, Feb. 7Interested parties can file at the county clerk’s office.The May primary, which will be held May 6, will set the table for the November Election.State and Federal OfficesIn Franklin County, state and federal offices that will be on the ballot include U.S. Representative 6th District, state senator for District 67 and state representatives for Districts 55 and 68.In Ripley County, offices on the ballot include 6th District U.S. representative, District 43 state senator and state representatives for District 55 and 67.County OfficesCounty offices on the ballot in Franklin County are prosecutor; circuit court clerk; circuit court judge; sheriff; auditor; coroner; assessor. Also, Districts 1 and 2 county commissioners and county council seats for Districts 1,2,3 and 4.In Ripley County, candidates will run for assessor; auditor; sheriff; surveyor; District 1 county commissioner; District 1,2,3 and 4 county councilTownship OfficesIn both counties, the 2014 elections will also include offices of township trustees, township advisory board members, precinct committeemen for the Democrat party, and state convention delegates.Town Council positions include Brookville Council Wards 2 and 4 and Osgood Town Council at large.For Franklin County residents, further information can be gained by contacting the clerk’s office at (765) 647-5111 ext. 3.Ripley County residents can contact the clerk’s office at (812) 689-4783.
No word on whether October’s monthly drill will be held or cancelled.INDIANAPOLIS – Mandatory weekend drills for thousands of Indiana National Guard soldiers have been cancelled due to a funding shortage.The $101 million budget shortfall could lead to future drill postponements. The shortfall occurred after overseas deployments were cancelled, leading to more troops home for monthly drills, WISH-TV reports.Indiana joins several other states postponing drill due to financial issues. No word on whether October’s monthly drill will be held or cancelled.
(File Photo)NEW POINT, Ind. – A local minister is warning other churches about a potential scam after his church received a strange call last week.The caller, who identified himself as Johnathon Snead, said he would be attending New Point Christian Church this past weekend and requested to speak with an elder or minister.Minister Mark Vice told us he researched the number and it has been associated with scam reports.“When he used that name, it wasn’t a name that I recognized from this area, and I’ve been here awhile,” Vice said. “So then I ran the number on Google and that is what came up.”Vice said it seemed as if the caller was knowledgeable of church terminology and may have done some homework before calling.“We have elders and deacons, and other churches may have just deacons, and we use the term minister while others may use pastor, and he knew that,” Vice explained.“My guess would be is that he is probably using the [internet] and getting different church web pages and using the language we use.”The call came from phone number (901) 786-3627, which originates from the Memphis, Tennessee area.Research reveals the caller has previously went under the alias of Michael Ayers, Nick Thompson, and Mike Judge.A man calling from this number has also reached out to other churches across the country asking for money for coveralls and boots, claiming he was starting a new job.One complainant wrote in an online blog, “I asked if I could call his employer to confirm his story and he got angry and disconnected.”Another user stated, “Received a call at our church requesting 125.00-150.00 to buy overalls and steel toed boots because he used to attend our church and was moving back to this area. Stated his wife divorced him and burned all his clothes. He needed overalls and boots to start a new job in this area but had not moved here yet. When asked where he was moving from he hung up.”It’s worth noting that Johnathon Snead, who told New Point Christian Church he would be in attendance last weekend, was nowhere to be found Sunday morning.The New Point minister advises others to be vigilant and conduct research when things don’t add up.In the past few months, we have reported on scammers targeting homes, schools and churches. Police remind us if it doesn’t sound right, do not give any personal information over the phone.Those who feel that they have been targeted should file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center website, which is in partnership with the FBI.
BATESVILLE, Ind. – The United States Supreme Court ruled not to hear an appeal by Stryker against Hill-Rom this week.In April 2011, the Batesville-based company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana against the competitor for alleged infringement of three patents covering remote bed-monitoring systems. The court ruled then in favor of Stryker.A federal appeals court sided with Hill-Rom this June by reversing a decision in the lawsuit.On Monday, federal judges decided not to hear Styker’s appeal and sent the case back to Indiana court.
George Taliaferro was the first black athlete drafted by the NFL. He was an All-American running back at Indiana University. While he was at IU in the 1940’s, he decided it was time to end the segregation that was present in a Bloomington movie theater. He quietly paid his admission, went to the balcony, pulled out a screw driver, and removed the “colored only” sign from the wall. He then proceeded to leave the theater with the sign under his coat.Not only was George a pioneer, his wife was the first African-American judge in the state of Indiana. In later years George recruited black athletes for Bob Knight. He also opened the first Boys & Girls Club in Bloomington. Today George’s best friend is an 8-year old girl who has had all of her major organs replaced. What a mark this amazing man has left in the state of Indiana.
Including three members of state championship teams, two members of NCAA national champion teams, four with noted coaching careers, multiple NCAA All-Americans, a basketball historian, a coach/astronomer and two players joining elite company in first year eligibility induction, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 56th men’s induction class.Of note, Alan Henderson and Glenn Robinson are inducted in their first year eligible (26 years after high school graduation), joining a select group of just nine players previously inducted into the Hall in their first year of eligibility (Steve Alford, Damon Bailey, Kent Benson, Larry Bird, Dave Colescott, Kyle Macy, George McGinnis, Rick Mount and Oscar Robertson).Jim Lyttle was a remarkable multi-sport athlete who left his mark in Southeastern Indiana. A four-sport athlete at North Dearborn High School (now East Central H.S.), he totaled a school-record 1,072 career points, leading the Vikings to a 57-13 record and the first three sectional championships in school history in his three seasons. He was named all-conference, all-sectional and all-regional each three times, while also earning widespread acclaim in baseball. A scholarship to Florida State University presented an opportunity to play basketball and baseball – he averaged 14.1 points as a freshman and 12.4 points as a sophomore – scoring in double figures in 20 of 26 games – before earning 1st team All-American baseball honors and being selected by the New York Yankees’ with the 10th pick in the 1st round of the 1966 amateur draft. He played eight seasons in Major League Baseball followed by seven seasons of professional baseball in Japan. His coaching career included coaching basketball at Boca Academy in Florida, along with numerous baseball coaching stops, including Florida Atlantic University. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida.Edward “Jingles” Engelhart is noted for his playing and coaching career. The leading scorer on the Washington Hatchets’ 1930 state championship team and their 1929 state finalist squad as well, Engelhart was a two-time 1st team all-state selection teaming with fellow HOF inductee Dave DeJernett and HOF coach Burl Friddle to guide the Hatchets to a 31-1 record his senior year. A four-year starter at Central Normal College in Danville, he twice earned Indiana Collegiate all-state honors. Over his high school and college playing career, his teams were 130-29 (.818). A 23-year coach and 20-year athletic director at Merrillville High School, Engelhart won 307 games as coach from 1937 – 1960. His teams recorded 17 consecutive winning seasons and in 1957, Merrillville High School named their basketball facility Engelhart Gymnasium. Following retirement as a teacher and athletic director in 1972, he died in 1987.Bill Hampton was a part of one of Indiana’s all-time great high school basketball teams and dynasties. A senior starter on Crispus Attucks’ 30-1 1955 state championship squad under HOF coach Ray Crowe, Hampton earned all-sectional, all-regional and all-state honors amongst a cast of three other teammates who are also Indiana Basketball HOF inductees (Oscar Robertson, Willie Merriweather and Bill Scott). Over his junior and senior seasons, Attucks was 51-5 with Hampton in the starting lineup. A two-time all-conference player at Indiana Central College, he averaged 18.1 points per game in 1956-57 for the NAIA Regional Champions, scoring 20 or more points in nine of 20 games. Employed with the Marion County Sheriff’s department for 11 years, a district regional manager in insurance as well as owner of Hampton Janitorial Service, he is retired and resides in Indianapolis.Alan Henderson is recognized for one of the greatest all-around careers in Indiana basketball history. Setting numerous records in his career at Brebeuf Preparatory, he averaged 27.4 points and 15.4 rebounds per game as a senior, leading Brebeuf to a state runner-up finish and earning Henderson 1st team All-American honors. Totaling 2,419 career points, he graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Marion County history and 5th in IHSAA history. In a record-breaking career at Indiana University, he set the career blocks record (213) and remains the program’s all-time leading rebounder (1,091). He is the only player in IU history to rank in the top five in career points (1,979), rebounds, blocks and steals (148), was named a 1995 NCAA All-American and was selected as one of 15 players on IU’s All-Century Team. A 1995 1st round NBA Draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks, he played 12 seasons in the NBA and was named the 1998 NBA Most Improved Player. Since his NBA retirement in 2007, he now resides in Indianapolis.Phil Isenbarger averaged 19.8 points and 18 rebounds per game as a senior at Muncie North High School, earning a scholarship to Indiana University. Under HOF coach Myron Dickerson, Isenbarger led the Titans to a 57-11 stretch in three seasons, including sectional and conference championships and earning all-conference and all-state honors. A four-year player at Indiana University, he was a part of two Big Ten Conference champions, three NCAA tournament teams, the 1979 NIT tournament champions and was a senior co-captain of the Hoosiers’ 1981 NCAA National Champion squad. Heavily involved in coaching youth sports beyond his playing career, he has been a recipient of the Lionel Dubay Award for contributions to Zionsville youth sports and has served as an assistant boys and girls basketball coach at Zionsville High School for over 20 years. A partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll Law Firm in Indianapolis, he resides in Zionsville.From a long line of basketball greats in Grant County, Herb McPherson was a standout at Mississinewa High School and beyond. Scoring 1,736 points for a career scoring average of 21.2 points per game, he set a Grant County record with 697 career field goals made and remains the 3rd leading scorer in county history. A four-year player for the Indians, McPherson averaged 28.8 points per game as a senior. Continuing to showcase his scoring prowess at Murray State University, he was a three-time team MVP who totaled 1,513 points in three varsity seasons. Averaging more than 21 points per game as a junior and senior, he set a single-game school record with 44 points during his junior campaign. Named to the Kentucky College All-Star team, he was MVP in both games against the Indiana squad, scoring a combined 54 points. McPherson was a 5th round pick of the 1967 NBA Draft to the San Diego Rockets. His coaching career included head coaching stints at Mississinewa and North Posey high schools and varsity assistant at Marion High School. Retired, he lives in Marion.Bob Reinhart emerged from small-town Southern Indiana to make a lifelong impact in basketball at the high school, college and professional levels. A point guard for Dale High School (now a part of Heritage Hills H.S.), Reinhart led the team in assists and was the 2nd leading scorer (to fellow Indiana Basketball HOF inductee, Roger Kaiser) for the Golden Aces’ 1956 and 1957 sectional champions. A member of teams that were 54-12, Reinhart was named twice all-conference, twice all-sectional and twice all-regional. A two-sport athlete at Indiana University, he played basketball under Branch McCracken before excelling as a member of the Hoosiers’ baseball program – he was captain of the 1961 team that set the best single-season winning percentage in program history. His coaching career included a stop at Oakland City H.S. (now Wood Memorial H.S.) before a path to greatness in Georgia. As head coach at Decatur H.S. in suburban Atlanta from 1970-84, his teams were 305-63 (.829), winning three state championships and twice more finishing as state runner-up. Among over 23 Coach of the Year honors, he was named Georgia high school Coach of the Year three times. In 1984, he jumped from Decatur to a spot on the Atlanta Hawks bench under Mike Fratello, before taking over the head coaching position at Georgia State University in 1986. Leading Georgia State from 1986-1993, he became the winningest coach in school history and led them to an appearance in the 1991 NCAA Tournament. Since 1993, he has been an NBA scout for six teams, currently with the Miami Heat since 2008. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.Steve Risley set numerous career records at Lawrence Central to become part of an NCAA National Championship team. Averaging a double-double over three years at L.C., he averaged 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds for their sectional champions as a junior and averaged 24.5 points and 12.1 rebounds as a senior, leading the Bears to a regional championship, in addition to two Marion County titles. In all, his 1,690 points and 1,172 rebounds were school records, in addition to records for steals and blocked shots. Following selection as a 1977 Indiana All-Star, he enrolled at Indiana University, where he was part of two Big Ten Conference champions, three NCAA tournament teams, the 1979 NIT champions and 1981 NCAA National Championship team. Following a professional career in Italy, he served in the office of then- U.S. Senator Dan Quayle, followed by a 24-year career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He lives in Fishers.Earning induction in his first year of eligibility, Glenn Robinson is an Indiana high school and college legend with a lengthy pro career. The 1991 Indiana Mr. Basketball after leading Gary Roosevelt to a state championship victory, he was a two-year 1st team all-state selection after scoring 1,710 career points (21.6 career HS ppg). Scoring another 1,706 points in just two seasons at Purdue University, he set the Big Ten single-season scoring record with 1,030 points leading the Boilers to the NCAA Elite Eight as a sophomore (30.3 ppg), leading to unanimous selection as 1994 Big Ten Player of the Year and being named 1994 NCAA National Player of the Year as winner of the Naismith Award, Wooden Award and USBWA Player of the Year honors. The #1 draft pick of the 1994 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks, Robinson scored over 14,000 points in an 11-year career with four franchises. The 2nd all-time leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks team history (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), he was also a member of the 2005 World Champion San Antonio Spurs. Retired, he lives in Roswell, Georgia.Dave Sanders set scoring records in Central Indiana, first at Sheridan High School and later at Butler University. Playing under HOF coach Larry Hobbs, Sanders led the Blackhawks to a sectional championship his junior year and followed it up as the Hamilton County scoring champ his senior year, averaging 24.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. Along the way, he set the school single-game scoring record of 36 points. At Butler, he averaged 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior and capped his career with averages of 20.6 points and 8.9 rebounds as a senior, setting Butler records for single-season scoring (536) and single-season field goals made (228) and totaling 1,103 career points with the Bulldogs. In 2003, he was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame. Receiving a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University, he rose to become Associate Vice President of Research and Development at Great Lakes Chemical Corporation in a 35-year career there.Over the course of more than 50 years, the name Al Tucker has been made synonymous with Cloverdale High School basketball. A 1957 graduate of Patricksburg High School (now Owen Valley H.S.), he served in the U.S. Navy before enrolling as a student at Indiana State University. Hired as JV coach at Cloverdale in 1964, he was on staff with HOF coach Jim Miller for their 1965 regional champion and 1966 state finalist teams before taking over the program in 1967. Over a 17-year span, his teams established consistent success, winning 256 games, seven sectional championships, one regional title and five 20+ win seasons. He led his team to the 1982 Hall of Fame Classic and coached Indiana All-Stars Rick Ford and Chad Tucker. An agent with State Farm Insurance for 23 years, he has been recognized by Indiana State University as a recipient of their “Coaching Alumnus of the Year” award and in 2015, Cloverdale named their floor “Tucker Court”. Retired, he resides in Cloverdale.Matt Waddell filled up the stat sheets at Tipton High School before helping the Purdue Boilermakers to two Big Ten titles. Setting 12 school records at Tipton under HOF coach Larry Angle – including 1,677 career points, 674 assists, 576 rebounds and 332 steals – he averaged 32.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists as a senior, leading to selection as a 1990 Indiana All-Star. A starter for Purdue’s 1994 and 1995 Big Ten champions and their 1994 NCAA Elite Eight squad, he scored 1,170 career points and ranks among the leaders in program history in assists (460), steals (124), three-point field goals (109) and percentage (40.2%), and free throw percentage (82.6%). Employed with Eli Lilly & Company, he resides in Carmel.The recipient of this year’s Indiana Pacers Silver Medal award, which includes Hall of Fame induction, is former Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame executive director, Ron Newlin. The Silver Medal – given to someone for outstanding contribution to Indiana high school basketball other than as an Indiana high school basketball player or coach – is presented to Newlin, who served as executive director of the HOF from 1987 through 1995. His most public involvement during his tenure came as the organization constructed and opened their current museum in New Castle in June 1990. The project was heavily influenced by Newlin and his background, previously having served as assistant director at the Indiana State Museum. Newlin also oversaw a $1.7 million statewide capital campaign to help fund construction of the museum, as well as grow the organization’s membership and donor base and create its’ Indiana Basketball History quarterly magazine, before departing the organization five years after the museum’s opening. A sophomore at Akron High School during its’ 1974 sectional championship season, he graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1976 following consolidation. He holds a degree in history from Ball State University. Employed with Bloomerang, a start-up fund-raising software company, he resides in Indianapolis.Edwin Hubble receives the Centennial Award, created to recognize those who contributed to Indiana high school basketball more than 100 years ago. As the coach at New Albany High School, he led the team to an undefeated regular season in 1913-14 and deep into the state tournament. Trouncing their opponents in the regular season, they thrashed rivals like Jeffersonville (40-3), Scottsburg (100-5), Salem (38-8) and Lexington (KY) (50-12), before bowing out in the quarterfinals of the 32-team state finals in Bloomington. A noted athlete himself, he was highly regarded at Wheaton Central (IL) H.S., where he graduated in 1906 and at the University of Chicago, where he was a member of their 1908 mythical national championship basketball team. His coaching tenure at New Albany came early in his career, before excelling in science. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and earning a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Chicago, he made numerous discoveries and contributions to astronomy from the Mount Wilson Observatory in California before his death in 1953. Renowned and respected for his contributions to astronomy, he was the namesake of the Hubble Telescope launched into space in 1990.The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 56th annual Men’s Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2017. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Senate Bill 224, authored by State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development yesterday.If approved by the full legislature, the bill would require the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to conduct a survey to determine how many four-year-old Indiana students were enrolled in prekindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year.The bill passed by a vote of 7 to 2.Last September, the Early Learning Advisory Committee conducted a survey and found that approximately 84,333 four-year-old children live in Indiana.However, the state does not know the exact number of four-year-olds served by all categories of pre-Kindergarten programs.Senate Bill 224 will now be considered by the full Senate.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A member of the Whitewater Valley Retired Teachers Association (affiliated with Indiana Retired Teachers Association) has a short story published in the February 2017 issue of Guideposts Magazine.In this current issue, Mary-Alice Helms shares an experience she had as she began to fall down the steep basement stairs at her home.Previously, Mary Alice had a story published in Guideposts’, The Joys of Christmas.In that story, she describes an experience of her early years in teaching music at Laurel School.This February issue of Guideposts also has a story by another Franklin County resident, Mike Bogan.Guideposts Magazine stated this is the first time it has had an issue with stories by two individuals from the same town.