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1/9/2014 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 1-9-14

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past

issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


The Switzerland County High School varsity cheerleaders earned the championship of the cheerleading competition at this year's Rivertown Classic Tournament held on Friday at South Dearborn High School. South Dearborn finished second with Rising Sun and Lawrenceburg also competing.

New members of the Vevay Town Council held its first official meeting on Monday night. They discussed the location of street lights in the new VSCF housing addition with Judy Firth of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation. Members include Pete Furnih, Keith Smih and Jamie Hayes who is serving as president of the town council.

Belterra Casino Resort has announced that general manager Alain Uboldi will leave his post here in Switzerland County to oversee the construction and operation of Pinnacle Gaming's new project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Larry Buck has been named as the new general manager of Belterra Casino Resort. He comes to Belterra from Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, and will officially assume his duties here on February 2nd.


Frozen pipes. Cars that won't start. A whole lot of slipping and sliding. But, for the most part, Switzerland County seems to be surviving its worst storm of the winter - the worst storm in many winters - pretty well.

Three Switzerland county students have been named to the dean's list for the fall quarter at Indiana Business College. They are Christy Griffin, Chanda Hunt and Rae Jean Sherman.

Katee Walcott, daughter of Jerry and Denise Hoskins of East Enterprise will be graduating Sunday from Kentucky Career Institute with an Associates Degree in Court Reporting. She is ranked second in her class.


It became official as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. Kathy Carfield, 25, was sworn in as the new Auditor of Switzerland County. She was selected the night before during a caucus of 11 precinct committeemen at the county court house. The caucus convened at 7 p.m. and 10 minutes later they told me I had been selected," said a relieved and happy Carfield. "I was really worried about the turnout. When they told me I had been chosen I cried." Carfield was sworn in by Circuit Clerk Carol Seymour Tuesday morning and resumed her duties as Auditor. She had been acting as the auditor ever since Karen Kelleher resigned the post in late December to take a similar position with the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

An unusual influx of resignations and hirings within the county government structure has apparently filtered into the educational field as Miles Reynolds, principal of Jefferson-Craig Elementary, and Jay Sprunger, a teacher at the elementary school officially announced their resignations.


A barge containing a highly toxic and highly flammable chemical broke loose from a towboat and crashed into Markland Dam Tuesday morning, spilling its "potentially dangerous" contents into the Ohio River and into the air around the dam. While experts at the dam officially called the situation "potentially dangerous," it was made clear that the main danger to area residents - that of explosion - is only a "remote possibility."

William "Bill" Duvall has announced he is a candidate for Switzerland County Commissioner from the 34rd District, which comprises Pleasant and Cotton Townships.

Final decisions on which extensions will be made to the Patriot Water Line will be made late this week according to water line engineer Dan Toon of Arthur Miller Associates, a Cincinnati engineering firm. The final list of water line extension projects had been expected by early this week but Toon said Tuesday the full list would not be compiled until Thursday or Friday.

Mrs. Lula Adams, 91, of Greeley Avenue, Vevay, passed away Saturday at Hanover Nursing Center following an extended illness.


Switzerland County's triplets - Diane, Doris, and Donnie Heath, children of Mr. and Mrs. James David Heath of rural route 2, Vevay - marked their fifth birthdays Tuesday with a cake and party.

Coach Stan Weber's Vevay Warriors won the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament by downing Southwestern 84-80 in a bruising Saturday night battle. Deny Brown hit four foul shots in the final seconds of play against Southwestern to give Vevay the championship.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Scudder will observe their 56th wedding anniversary Sunday at their home in Florence. Mrs. Scudder was formerly Miss Ethel Buchanan and the couple was married January 18th, 1908, in Rising Sun by Reverend Yuell.

Mrs. Alice Lostutter who was born in Switzerland County more than 100 years ago died January 10th at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Della Hayes in Lawrenceburg. Mrs. Lostutter had reached the century mark on May 18th of last year.

It doesn't seem it will ever stop snowing - 6.5 inches of snow fell here this week, after 8 inches fell last week and 6.54 inches on two snowfalls the previous two weeks. In all, 21 inches of snow has fallen in Switzerland County in the past month, according to Vevay powerhouse weather gauges, accompanied by bitter cold temperatures.


In a ceremony which was performed at King's Daughters' Hospital at Madison on January 14th, Reverend Walter Peters of Vevay united in marriage Leon Breeck of Lamb and Miss Sylvia Grobmyer of Carrollton.

A son was born January 8th at the King's Daughters' Hospital at Madison to Mr. and Mrs. Garvey Vernon Robinson, nee Anna-Lorene Hastings, of Ohio County. The little fellow was named William Stanley. The proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Tevis, Vevay, Mr. Stanley Hastings, Canaan and Mr. and Mrs. Garvey Robinson of Vevay Route 4.

Hayes W. Ricketts, a prominent farmer of Cotton Township, passed away at his home Thursday morning following a long illness.


Oscar Brindley, Switzerland County farmer, has been awarded the title "Indiana Tobacco King" for the 1942-43 season. The award was made during the annual Purdue University Agricultural Conference held at Lafayette last week.

Born, a daughter, Laverne Beth, to Pfc. John L. Whitaker and wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Born, a daughter, Gay Diane, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Scudder of McCreary's Ridge.

Attorney Chester R. Callis, Vevay, has taken over the practice of Paul R. Schnaitter, prominent lawyer of Madison, while Mr. Schnaitter is filling a position in Washington for the "duration of the war."

Mrs. Sarah Lilly, aged 77 years, died Friday evening, January 14th, at the home of her brother, M. Russell, west of Vevay. She had been in failing health for a long time.


An attempt was made Tuesday night to burglarize the East Enterprise State Bank, the outer lock on the vault being blown off in an unsuccessful attempt to get at the cash inside. A door between the bank and the post office was forced open and about 25 cents in pennies were taken from the latter place. The same night the office and garage of Carl S. Culbertson on Ferry Street in Vevay was broken into and about 60 pennies and a gum vending machine taken.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rucker of Spring Branch.

Tobacco prices remain low.


The work of beautifying Market Square in Vevay will begin shortly. The street along the north side of the square which was named Cheapside many years ago has just been changed by city council to Dufour Avenue.


Jefferson Swango was appoiinted superintendent of the county poor farm.

There is a movement on foot to establish a loose leaf sales house in Vevay.

In 1913 there were 19 births in Vevay and 27 deaths.

Dr. L. H. Bear succeeded Dr. J. P. Ward as Health Officer.

Henry Moxley was sticken with an attack of paralysis at the home of his mother in Vevay.

Charles Duntemann bought the Everett Downey farm near Fairview.

Samuel Scott, aged 85 years, is the oldest member of the Caledonia Church.

Reverend John Edwards of Boston, Massachusetts, preached at the M. E. Church in Patriot.

Vevay has a bonded indebtedness of $3,000.


G. W. Cole, engineer at the Union Furniture Company, was painfully injured when he nearly lost a thumb in a frizzing mahine.

Peter McMakin died at the home of his son at Enterprise on January 18h.

There are 32 cases of measles in Mexico Bottom.


Died in New Orleans, William T. Benedict, member of the firm Patton and Pleasants.

Died in Vevay, January 6th, John Patton.


Professor Morrison of Fairview has started teaching at Soapville.

W/ J. Gibbs of Cotton Township was thrown from his buggy while driving to Vevay when his horse became frightened. He was not badly injured.

Married near Center Square January 13th, Miss Hattie Hatch and Angelo Jackson.


A broom factory has been established in Vevay.

The Vevay theater has suspended business.

Died in Vevay January 14th, Aime N., son of Perry and Helen Raymond.

Daniel Cole has purchased lots 40 and 41 in Vev ay and James K. Pleasants bought lots 38 and 39.

Lawrence Gordon, County Auditor, advertises for homes for three children who are in the pauper house.


The County Commissioners have agreed that if the citizens of our town will raise $400 they will erect a town clock on the new court house, now being erected in this place. It will cost $1,000. Mr. U. P. Schenck and Captain F. O. Grisard have been circulating a petition among our citizens asking the town trustees to appropriate money for that purpose. It will be both ornamental and beneficial to Vevay and the county.

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