October

28

(1) A juvenile was arrested following an investigation at Switzerland County High School about the possibility of an explosive device being in the building. The threat led to an uneasy day of classes at the school; and the following day a bomb threat note led to the evacuation of the building.

School officials upped security measures at all four county schools; as an Internet threat led to low attendance at the beginning of the following week.

(2) The 13th annual “Storyfest” celebration was again held in and around Vevay, with presenters at the Hoosier Theater; the Switzerland County Historical Museum; and the Switzerland County YMCA. The popular event was attended by elementary school children; home school children; and sixth graders from the middle school.

(3) The Indiana State Historic Conference honored G.G.’s Grill in Vevay for its restoration excellence. The establishment was nominated for the award by Vevay Main Street; and it was presented at the Cornelius O’Brien Conference on Historic Preservation in Wabash, Indiana, and honored owner Jenny Brindley for her efforts.

(4) Quick action by 10-year old Douglas Ray saved the life of his grandmother, Barbara Ray of near Vevay. Staying with his grandmother one morning, Douglas found Barbara Ray unable to breath, and the fourth grader calmly called 911 in order to get help.

(5) Both the boys and girls varsity cross country teams from Switzerland County High School advanced to the Regional meet this year. Both the boys and girls teams advanced by finishing fourth in the Sectional meet. Sophomore Clay Meyer advanced individually to the semistate with his regional performance.

(6) Aaron Deacon, a senior at Switzerland County High School, was honored by earning a place on the “Great American Marching Band”, which leads the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade each year. The son of Mark and Suzi Deacon, Aaron has earned many musical awards this year, both in band and choir.

(7) The Switzerland County School Board approved an exploratory committee that will look into whether or not school uniforms should be implemented here. The committee will feature members of the school board; faculty; and members of the community.

(8) The Switzerland County Marching Pacer band continued its successful fall with a victory at the Oktoberfest Parade held in Seymour, Indiana.

(9) With the general election looming in November, Vevay Newspapers interviewed longtime Republican Walter Cotton and longtime Democrats Charles and Gretchen Knox about how the election process has changed and the role of the two party system now.

(10) In a 4-3 vote, the Switzerland County Council approved a plan to fund the purchase of the land for the new business park near the Markland Dam. Council members Mike Jones, Darrell Hansel, Steve Crabtree, and John Keeton voted for the motion; while Terry Hall, Kenny Griffin, and Donnie Covington voted no.

The new business park sits on 117-acres just northeast of the Markland Dam.