May: School funds missing


(1) An audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts and some double checking by school officials led to the discovery that more than $1 million was missing from the funds of the Switzerland County School Corporation. School treasurer Ann Geyman admitted to investigators that she took the money over a period of time, and was fired by the school corporation while civil and criminal charges were pending.

(2) The Indiana Office of Tourism Development awarded the Vevay Main Street organization a grant of more than $300,000 to assist with and help fund redevelopment programs in the county.

(3) Coordinated by middle school principal Nancy Stearns, the Indiana Court of Appeals held a session and heard oral arguments in the courtroom of the Switzerland County Courthouse. The panel, Chief Judge John Baker, Judge Melissa May, and Judge L. Mark Bailey took time to answer questions from students following the court session.

(4) A semi truck hauling a coil of steel from a mill across the Ohio River rolled over just east of Vevay on River Road, causing the demolition of the semi and stalled traffic on the highway. The 32,000-pound roll of steel apparently shifted as the truck rounded a curve in the road, causing the vehicle to flip over on its top.

(5) Brandon Otter and Nathan Hickman earned conference championships in track. Brandon Otter won the ORVC in the high jump; while Nathan Hickman was the overall winner in the 300-meter hurdles.

(6) The State of Indiana’s decision to allow slot machines at horse racing tracks in the state caused Belterra Casino Resort and Spa here in Switzerland County to cancel a $45 million expansion of its hotel facility.

(7) Christina Ahaus finished third overall in the Franklin County track Sectional in the shot put with a distance of 33′ 3″, earning her the right to participate in the Regional.

(8) K.C. Banta was the featured speaker at Switzerland County’s Memorial Day observance that was held at the Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the Switzerland County Courthouse.

(9) Switzerland County EMS took possession of a new ambulance that will better serve the residents of the county. The purchase of the ambulance was made possible through grants and donations by the county, town, and foundations.

(10) Teacher Marilyn Goodner was honored on the occasion of her retirement after 22 years in the Switzerland County School system. She was honored at the May school board meeting, and was presented a bell by board president Andy Truitt.