June: New county bridges

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(1) The county officially opened and renamed new bridges that provide important roadways in and out of the county.

Turtle Creek and Little Hominy Ridge motorists finally got their new bridge in the county, as the County Commissioners officially opened the new bridge spanning Turtle Creek at Florence. Florence residents Bob Lock and Paul Chase cut the ribbon officially opening the bridge, which was built my McAlister Excavating.

The new bridge that spans Indian Creek on the west side of Vevay was officially renamed the “Veterans Memorial Bridge” in ceremonies held at the site. State Senator Jim Lewis and State Representative Bob Bischoff were on hand to cut the ribbon to open the bridge; as well as members of the Vevay VFW and American Legion.

(2) Members of the Switzerland County High School graduating class of 2007 went through commencement ceremonies. Hannah Findley was the class valedictorian; and Sara Craig was the salutatorian.

(3) “Street Beats”, a new music festival organized by the visitors center, was a big hit in downtown Vevay, as street performers and live bands brought large crowds to town on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

(4) Using a warrant, federal and state law enforcement officers searched the home and former office of Switzerland County School Corporation treasurer Ann Geyman. Investigators told court officials in documents that they believed that Ann Geyman had illegally written 190 checks totaling $1,054,289.15 from school funds.

(5) Joe Ricketts was honored for his 35 years of service to Switzer Square in Vevay. He had served on the board of directors since before the senior citizens living complex was even built. A plaque was placed in the yard of the facility in his honor.

(6) The Switzerland County ‘Relay for Life’ event was held again at the Switzerland County High School track. More than $40,000 was raised during the event, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

(7) Rupert Boneham – simply known worldwide as “Rupert” from the television show “Survivor”, stopped by WKID radio station in Vevay for a visit. Before becoming a worldwide star following “Survivor: Pearl Islands”, Rupert had been brought to Switzerland County by his in-laws in the late 1990s, but now he is a very recognizable figure when he visits the community.

(8) Sydney Pike was crowned as the Queen of the 2007 Switzerland County 4-H Fair. The first runner up in the pageant was Emilee Waldron; the second runner up was Stephanie Adams; and Miss Congeniality was Rebecca Romans. Other contestants included: Somer Alford, Jill Hazeldean, Kaitlynn Rayls, Rachel Rodgers, and Bridgett Washnock.

(9) Wilma Swango changed sides of the board table in the central office of the Switzerland County School Corporation as she resigned her position on the school board to accept her new job as the treasurer of the school corporation. She had previously served as the corporation treasurer from 1989-2002.

(10) Travis Webster was honored at the spring athletic banquet at Switzerland County High School for setting a new school record for scoring the most runs during his high school career. In recognition of the feat, Travis Webster was presented home plate from the Pacer Field, and the award was presented by varsity softball coach Steven Konkle – who previously held the record.