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(1) March “arrived like a lion” as a huge winter storm struck the area. Starting as rain, the precipitation then turned to snow, dumping more than two feet of snow on the area over a three-day period.

The snow storm brought the community to a stand still, as school was canceled; but quick work by the Switzerland County Highway Department got the snow off of the roadways in a timely fashion.

(2) Ann Geyman was sentenced to four years in federal prison for her embezzlement of more than $1.1 million from the Switzerland County School Corporation.

Judge John D. Tinder called the loss and scope of the embezzlement, “absolutely astonishing”, and said that it likely had a “devastating effect” on the school corporation.

(3) The Vevay Town Council adopted new measures that created a clearer process for organizations to go through when requesting funds from the town.

The town created a request for funds form that all organizations must fill out and then turn in for consideration by the town council.

(4) Hanover native Greg Brawner was serving as a student teacher in the agriculture department of Switzerland County High School. He was a senior at Purdue University, and worked with high school teachers Greg Curlin and Kyle Weaver.

(5) Officials from Switzerland County traveled to Indianapolis in March to work with state lawmakers on protecting riverboat revenues coming into the county.

Attempts have been made at the state level to divert riverboat revenues from the communities in which they exist and instead move them into state accounts.

(6) The Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District honored Les Reuter of near Moorefield as its “Silver Star” award winner for a lifetime of service to farming.

It also honored Dan Hart of near Pleasant as its “Conservation Farmer of the Year” for his farming efforts in using conservation techniques.

Both were honored at the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Meeting held at the Jack Sullivan Building of the Switzerland County Senior Citizens Center.

(7) Robert Lee Buchanan was found guilty of robbing the MainSource Bank in East Enterprise and calling in bomb threats to schools in Switzerland County and Ohio County in January of 2007.

He was convicted in a bench trial of robbery; three counts of criminal confinement; three counts of intimidation; false reporting; and theft.

(8) After the winter storm hit the county at the beginning of March; heavy rains swept through the area at the end of the month, causing a section of Bennington Pike to collapse.

It was estimated that it would take nearly a month to fix the slip in the roadway; while other areas of the county were underwater and schools were delayed.

(9) Earning top scores in the annual Flag Education Test sponsored by Vevay American Legion Post #185 were fourth graders Zach Whitaker and Anna Lockwood from Switzerland County Elementary School; and fourth graders Jerry Clayton and Courtney Hall from Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.

(10) Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels officially signed House Bill #1096 into law on Monday, March 24th, and in doing so he created Indiana’s 91st Judicial Circuit here in Switzerland County.

The timing of the signing means that the Democratic and Republican candidates for Switzerland County Judge and Switzerland County Prosecutor will be determined by meetings of the party’s precinct committeemen; rather than through the primary election process.