(1) The Switzerland County Lady Pacer softball team capped an outstanding season by capturing the Class 2A Sectional title. This year’s sectional tournament was played here in Switzerland County, and the victory sent the Lady Pacers to the Shenandoah Regional, where they fell to Union County.

(2) The members of the Switzerland County High School Class of 2006 went through graduation exercises in June. Class valedictorians included: Natalie Daugherty, Kodi Driver, Melissa Kinne, and Russell Washer; and Natalie Graham was the salutatorian.

Class officers were: president Jessica Akins; vice president Ashley Chase; secretary Amanda Faber; and treasurer Ashley Leonard.

(3) The Switzerland County Historical Museum held a grand opening following extensive renovations. The renovations were designed to improve the floors, plaster, electricity, and insulation; as well as air conditioning work and work on the stained glass windows.

(4) Patriot’s Jeremy Armstrong competed as a member of the 2006 livestock judging team at Purdue University. The team traveled all over the country to compete in events, including a major event in Virginia. He is the son of Lane and Sheree Armstrong.

(5) There was a switch in administrative positions within the Switzerland County School system as high school principal Derek Marshall announced that he had resigned to accept the principal’s job at Scottsburg.

With Derek Marshall’s resignation, Switzerland County Middle School principal Candis Haskell was transferred to the high school as principal; and the board will begin a search for a new middle school principal.

(6) Angie Satterfield and her family have developed a love of beekeeping into a growing business enterprise. The family sells honey and bee-related items ranging from candles to lip balm – all made from the wax coming from their hives.

(7) Although it’s in Ohio County, the proposed closing of the Arnold’s Creek Bridge west of Rising Sun was a major concern to many Switzerland County residents.

Although the bridge was first to be closed completely to traffic while a new bridge is being erected; it will now remain open to one-way traffic during construction.

(8) The seventh annual Switzerland County “Relay for Life” event raised more than $22,000 to help fund cancer research. This year’s event was again held at the high school track.

(9) Katie Wright was named as the 2006 Miss Switzerland County 4-H Fair during June. The first runner up was Sydney Pike; the second runner up was Jill Hazeldean; the third runner up was Emilee Waldron; and Miss Congeniality was Kaleesa Archer.

(10) Longtime Switzerland County banker and community leader Ralph W. Tilley passed away at the age of 76. For many years he was the president of Vevay Deposit Bank; and was also instrumental in the establishment and development of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation.