July: 4-H steer brings record


(1) Kaleesa Archer’s grand champion 4-H steer brought a record $5,000 at this year’s livestock auction. Belterra Casino Resort and Spa was the winning bidder; and overall the livestock auction brought in $101,345 for county children.

(2) Ann Geyman was arrested on federal charges in connection with the embezzlement of more than $1 million from the Switzerland County School Corporation. She could face up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

(3) Matt Wegman, a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School, was awarded the Indiana FFA State Star in Agriscience award at the FFA State Convention. He earned the honor with his project involving the raising and marketing on tilapia fish.

(4) Calleigh Powell and Dalton Fields were crowned as the Little Miss and Little Mister of the Switzerland County 4-H Fair. The first runners up were Taylor Lyon and Justin Day; and the second runners up were Andrew Romans and Olivia Dornbusch.

(5) With work beginning on making the heavily traveled road more safe, the Switzerland County Highway Department closed the lower portion of Markland Pike to vehicle traffic.

(6) Tanya Curry of near Quercus Grove was the recipient of this year’s “Switzerland County Homeowner Beautification Project” sponsored by Belterra Casino Resort and Spa and Vevay Newspapers. She was nominated by her daughter, Rhonda Cutter, and received $2,500 in landscaping for her home done by volunteers from Belterra.

(7) In a reorganization of school leadership, Dr. Elizabeth Jones was named as the new principal at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School; and Mike Jones, a teacher at the high school, was named as the principal at Switzerland County Elementary School.

(8) Debbie Kappes, a longtime supporter of the Switzerland County 4-H program, was honored as Mrs. Switzerland County at this year’s 4-H fair.

(9) Braden Burk of near Vevay was crowned as the State Champion in the 11- and 12-year old division in the 800-meter run at the Hershey Games state meet held in Muncie. His state championship earned him consideration to compete in the National Championships held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Brad and Lisa Burk of near Vevay.

(10) Mike Bear’s 1967 Mustang earned top honors at a national car show held in Louisville, Kentucky. He resides near Mt. Sterling.