May: New superintendent

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(1) Dr. Elizabeth Tharp Jones was named the new superintendent of the Switzerland County School Corporation. She moves to the superintendent’s office from the principal’s office at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School; and will begin her duties on July 1st.

(2) The county geared up for a primary election, with only a few contested races.

In contested races in the Democratic primary: Darla McAlister defeated Jill Judy for recorder; Lewis Fritter defeated Rocky Hollingsworth for coroner; Danny Hehe defeated Robert Martin for County Commissioner in District One; and Craig Bond defeated Earl Holmes for County Commissioner in District Two.

(3) Indiana Conservation Officer Steve Kinne was promoted to the rank of Corporal by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

He has been a Conservation Officer for 22 years.

(4) Nathan Hickman was the Most Valuable Participant in the Switzerland County Invitational Track Meet.

Anthony Dasis earned the Most Valuable Participant award in the Switzerland County Middle School Invitational Track Meet.

Becky Turner of the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity softball team was named the Most Valuable Player in the Rivertown Classic Softball Tournament.

(5) Gas prices topped $4 per gallon for regular gas and $5 per gallon for diesel as county entities scrambled to try and figure out how to meet budgets with such high fuel prices.

The high prices affected not only fuel, but the price of asphalt and the number of patrols being made by county law enforcement.

(6) Switzerland County Tourism was chosen as the 2008 winner of the Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism Development.

The award was given for “A Vision for Switzerland County: The Retail project”, and included a $25,000 prize. The award was accepted by David Attaway and Angie Satterfield.

(7) Cynthia Griffith was honored by the Switzerland County School Board as she announced her retirement as a teacher at Switzerland County Elementary School.

She was presented a school bell by school board vice president Jim Phipps.

(8) Robert Buchanan was sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery involving his robbery of the MainSource Bank branch in East Enterprise.

He was convicted of the robbery in March; and could have received up to 50 years for the crimes.

(9) Six students from Switzerland County High School who are members of the Business Professionals of America earned the right to compete at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Danielle Ballard, Amanda Hale, MacKenzie Hale, MaRisa Jackson, Ashley Thornton, and Chelsea Whitham all earned the right to compete at the Nationals; and were accompanied by teachers Travis Martin and Debbie Seaver.

(10) Switzerland County veterans were among those who were part of the “Honor Flight” program, in which World War II Veterans are flown to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.

Those attending from Switzerland County included: Joe Ricketts, Nelson “Red” Graham, and Bob Brown. The trip was organized by Bill McClure.