October: New jail is open


(1) John Conley of near Vevay got a visit from his two daughters, Janice and Evie, who came from Germany to see their dad. The family had not known each others whereabouts for 26 years before a German television program reunited them last year. The girls came for a visit along with Janice’s husband, Dick, and her mother-in-law, Burgis.

(2) Mark Lamkin, son-in-law of Anita and Mike Danner of Vevay, was one of contestants on “The Apprentice”, a reality show where contestants try and earn an apprenticeship with Donald Trump. Mark Lamkin is a businessman in Louisville.

(3) The new Switzerland County jail and courthouse expansion were officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new jail mean that local prisoners can be housed here rather than having to rent space from other jails; and the courthouse expansion will mean the county officials will no longer be crowded into small offices.

(4) The 12th annual “Storyfest” event was held for school children in different venues around Vevay. Students learned new and different ways of relaying stories through history; and the event was again coordinated by Martha Bladen with the help of volunteers from Historic Vevay, Inc., and the Historic Hoosier Theater.

(5) Switzerland County cross country runner Amanda Hon was the individual champion of the Ohio River Valley Conference Cross Country meet held in Milan. She would eventually run her way all the way to a spot in the State Finals cross country meet. She is the daughter of Danny and Jennifer Hon of near Florence.

(6) A long history of service to the Pleasant community came to an end when Morton’s Store and its contents were auctioned off. Jean Morton has tried to sell the store to another proprietor since the death of her husband, “Shorty”, and the Pleasant community had benefited from the Morton family having a store there since the 1800s.

(7) County native Nathan Jones discussed his travels to the Arctic Circle as part of his job as an engineer with a firm in Boston. He was in the Arctic Circle to analyze oil drilling machinery. He is the son of Lary and Elizabeth Jones of Vevay.

(8) Harvest time in Switzerland County meant that county farmers would soon find out if the late rains that finally came to Switzerland County were enough to help the harvest production. Agriculture officials said that there was enough “spotty” rain around the county to help crops in different areas, but it would be awhile before final statistics would be available.

(9) The Switzerland County Council announced that it had reached an agreement with Pinnacle/Belterra Entertainment on a new development agreement. The agreement comes at a time when the Indiana Gaming Commission was meeting to renew the license of Belterra for another five years.

(10) Candis Haskell and Debbie Seaver have been honored as the “Educators of the Year” in the Ninth District of the American Legion. Candis Haskell was honored as the “Elementary Educator of the Year”; and Debbie Seaver was named the “Secondary Educator of the Year.”