November: Historic election here

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(1) A total of 54-percent of eligible voters in Switzerland County went to the polls on Election Day – a day that was historic nationally because of the election of Barack Obama as the country’s next President.

Winners in local races included: Greg Coy as the first ever Switzerland County Circuit Court Judge; Monica Hensley as the first ever Switzerland County Prosecuting Attorney; Darla McAlister as County Recorder; Stacey Penick as County Treasurer; Lewis Fritter as County Coroner; Brian McAllister as County Surveyor; Brian Morton and Craig Bond as County Commissioners; Steve Crabtree, Darrell Hansel, and Steve Lyons as County Council At Large; and school board members Jim Phipps, Bill Roberts, Wayne Daugherty, and Tonya Moore.

(2) The Vevay Town Council awarded a new contract for trash and recycling pickup to the Linkel Trash Company of Batesville.

For many years the town has used the Rumpke Trash Company for trash and recycling disposal.

(3) Three months after suffering serious injuries in an automobile accident, Switzerland County High School senior Laci Daugherty came back home to Vevay.

Still undergoing extensive therapy and still facing more surgeries, the 17-year old was brought home in a special van after volunteers worked to ready the family home.

(4) The Community Foundation of Switzerland County held its 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Best Western Ogle Haus Inn.

The foundation has been a key contributor to philanthropic causes since its inception, and has seen many individuals and groups create scholarships and charitable funds through the foundation’s programs.

(5) Switzerland County native Alice Craig has written a new children’s book that shares the Christian faith with young readers.

She grew up in the Grant’s Creek area of the county; and still has many relatives living in the Switzerland County area.

The book is titled “I Believe”.

(6) Switzerland County mourned the sudden passing of Johnny Andrew, who died while cutting down a tree on his farm.

A fixture in the agricultural community, he was also well known for organizing kiddie tractor pulls at many events around the county.

(7) The demolition of the Markland Bridge finally got underway, as the state permits were officially granted.

The future of the bridge became a hotly-contested topic around the county, but the commissioners chose to stand by their contract to have the bridge torn down because of liability issues.

(8) Switzerland County High School graduate Kattie Eldridge discussed her tour of duty in Iraq in a telephone interview from Joint Base Balad just north of Baghdad.

She has been serving with her Indiana National Guard unit since March, and is hoping to be home for Christmas.

(9) A group of Canadian community and business leaders came to Switzerland County to talk about how this community is being marketed in terms of tourism and economic development.

Vevay was one of only three stops that the group made in the State of Indiana, and the officials left impressed with the efforts going on here.

(10) The efforts of the Quercus Grove Food Pantry were highlighted during the Thanksgiving season. The food pantry distributes food items to needy individuals and families on the third Sunday of each month.

After starting with a small operation in the kitchen of the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church, the program has now grown to serve more than 150 Switzerland County families.