April: Mays are remembered

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(1) An accident on State Road 250 claimed the lives of two Switzerland County residents.

James May and Charlene May were long time fixtures in the county, and both worked for many years in the school system. They lived on Lake Geneva Road.

(2) A high speed chase that began in Madison ended in Vevay with the suspect running into the woods near Vevay to elude police.

Devin R. Floyd led police on a high speed chase down River Road, and then ditched his vehicle near the Switzerland County Medical Building and fled into the woods.

His body would be discovered later in the year on the banks of Indian Creek, where investigators believe he died of hypothermia from the water.

(3) Eugene Smith of Florence finally received a portion of the recognition that is due him when he received the Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony at the Vevay American Legion Post.

The medal was presented by U.S. Congressman Baron Hill.

(4) Patriot’s Craig Bond helped deliver the Veterans Tribute Tower to Rising Sun. The tower was the first of 100 towers that will be erected around the country in honor of veterans of all wars.

Craig Bond assisted with the project in honor of his brother, Captain Floyd Wayne Bond, a Marine pilot who died while serving this country.

(5) Local officials continued to investigate the death of Switzerland County’s Ryan Rayles. The 31-year old was found dead in the parking lot of the Valley Apartments in Vevay, and was survived by his parents, Don and Brenda Rayles; his wife, Barbara; and son, Ethan.

(6) Lauren Jo Hunt and Allison Steele were the 2008 recipients of the Lilly Endowment Scholarships for Switzerland County High School.

Lauren Hunt will attend Purdue University; while Allison Steele will attend Franklin College.

(7) Switzerland County’s Natalie Daugherty and her Franklin College women’s golf teammates participated in the NCAA Division III National Women’s Golf Championship held in Waverly, Iowa.

She is a graduate of Switzerland County High School, and the daughter of Rob and Kathy Daugherty of Vevay.

(8) Brandon Otter and Brittney Allen were crowned as the King and Queen of the Switzerland County High School Prom. Queen’s court members included: Sara Bovard, Kara Hudson, Morgan Ross, and Lauren Kinne. King’s court members included: Justin Barnes, Devon Armstrong, Daniel Welch, and Michael Haas.

(9) A lawsuit filed by Jill Cord against the Switzerland County School Corporation was settled. Jill Cord filed suit against the school corporation and then-superintendent Tracy Caddell, claiming that her First Amendment rights had been violated.

(10) The Vevay Town Council held a community wide clean up by providing residents with the use of dumpsters located at the edge of town.

Officials reported that over the four days that the program ran, there were 345 drop offs.