(1) The 2006 election season was getting started as candidates began to file for the May primary election, hoping to land spots on the November General Election ballot.

Four seats on the county council; one commissioner’s seat; county clerk, assessor, and auditor’s offices; the county sheriff; and all of the township trustee positions are up for election, among others.

(2) Switzerland County Lady Pacer Ashley Chase scored her 1,000th career point in a game against Charlestown. She was honored during a game in February with the ball used in her 1,000th point game by athletic director Kent Dunning.

(3) The Vevay Police Department unveiled a new DUI education program that uses a golf cart and other educational materials to educate people about the dangers of drinking and driving.

(4) Paul Hewitt was honored by the Vevay-Switzerland County Lions Club with the Melvin Jones Fellowship – the highest award that a Lions Club member can earn internationally. He received the honor at a Switzerland County basketball game by club member Paul Schmitt.

(5) Switzerland County High School honored the 50-year anniversary of the last boys basketball sectional played in the Old Gym in Vevay during a Pacer basketball game. Banners representing all eight of the old teams were displayed before being hung in the Old Gym; and team members that played in that sectional were also on hand.

The Vevay Warriors, coached by John Collier, won that last sectional.

(6) Vevay Newspapers detailed the amazing life of Elwood Mead, one of America’s great engineers who grew up in Posey Township near Patriot. As the director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Elwood Mead oversaw the construction of the Hoover Dam, and the lake that was created with the construction of the dam – Lake Mead – was named for him.

(7) The old Switzerland County jail was demolished after the completion of the new detention center. The building, which had been condemned from holding prisoners in the late 1990s, was torn down, but the original cell block, which was built in 1853, was preserved and will be developed for tourism.

(8) Switzerland County’s Chris See, serving with a fire brigade in Iraq, continued to report about his work back to the residents of the county. He is the son of Randy and Laurice See of near Patriot.

(9) The season of the Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team came to a stunning end with a 49-28 loss to South Ripley. The loss ended the careers of seniors Ashley Chase, Natalie Daugherty, and Kodi Driver.

(10) The Switzerland County High School “Pacer Starz” flag corps and dance team won a competition held at Lawrenceburg High School. Members of the squad included: captain Tabitha Arnoldy, co-captain Bridgett Washnock, Heather Fussnecker, Laci Daugherty, Meagan Chase, Kayla Keith, Jennifer Taylor, Rachel Gurley, Michelle Bare, Kim Fox, Morgan Fuller, and Trent Ford. Lisa Arnoldy was the team’s coach.