February: Concrete plant okayed

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(1) As part of her plea agreement, Ann Geyman turned over personal items to the Switzerland County School Corporation, which were sold at auction in February.

The proceeds were used to help pay restitution for her embezzlement from the schools. The auction netted $56,773.26.

(2) The Switzerland County Lady Pacers closed their season with a 53-34 loss to Hauser in the opening round of Sectional play at Lawrenceburg.

The loss closed the careers of seniors: Courtney Cole, April Thieman, Morgan Ross, Amber Smith, Tanya Sefton, Megan McCarty, and Shana Todd.

(3) A bald eagle that was struck by a car on State Road 56 near Brooksburg was rescued through the efforts of Indiana Conservation Officer Steve Kinne and good Samaritans Chandra Riley and Don Anderson.

The eagle was taken to the Red Wolf Sanctuary for treatment, but eventually died as a result of the injuries.

(4) The Switzerland County Commissioners approved the location of a concrete plant on State Road 156 near Tapps Ridge Road. Some residents opposed the location of the plant and worried about how traffic might be affected.

The state agreed to create a turn lane at the site to help with traffic.

(5) Charles Booker, father of fallen Switzerland County soldier Sergeant Kenneth Booker, made presentations in memory of his son to the Switzerland County High School Band and Choir; and also to the Switzerland County FFA chapter.

Charles Booker also presented two special pieces of artwork that will be hung in the main hallway of the high school in his son’s memory.

(6) Emilee Waldron was crowned as the 2008 Switzerland County “Queen of Hearts”. The event is sponsored each year by the Switzerland County High School FFA chapter.

Laci Daugherty was the first runner up in the pageant; Emily Lanman was the second runner up; and Kara Hudson was named Miss Congeniality.

(7) Aireal Rook turned four years old – sort of. The Switzerland County High School freshman celebrated her 16th birthday, but because she was born on a Leap Year, February 29th, it was only the fourth time she actually had the chance to celebrate on her specific birthday.

She is the daughter of Matt and Kathy Rook of near Vevay.

(8) Switzerland County readied for a primary election after the clerk’s office officially closed the county’s filing period.

A winter storm that struck the county may have accounted for a low number of candidates for the primary election; but Clerk Ginger Peters said that parties had until June 30th to fill vacancies on their General Election ballot.

(9) The Switzerland County boys varsity basketball season came to an end with a first round defeat at the hands of Lawrenceburg in the Southwestern Sectional.

The game marked the end of the playing careers of Devon Armstrong, Daniel Welch, Michael Haas, and Brandon Otter.

(10) Lady Pacer senior Courtney Cole was honored by Hoosier Basketball Magazine by being named one of the “Top 100” senior girl’s basketball players in the state.

She would later be named a “Top 40” senior, and would be invited to the workout that determines the Indiana All Star team.