Patriot News 02/21/2019


Like everyone else, I am shocked over the recent loss of Rising Sun Chief of Police David Hewitt and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and co-workers.  I first met Chief Hewitt shortly after I started on the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy over 10 years ago. Another deputy and I (Sgt. John Mills, I think) had been sent to a disturbance on Highway 250 out towards Pleasant one evening. The house was full of people and as always, no one knew ‘nothing’. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a gentleman enter the residence, armed, in plain clothes and carrying a police radio. Never having met David before, I simply looked in his direction and he responded. “Well, I was home and heard the run come out. Thought you might be able to use some help.” Having come from Indy where the only officers that showed up on runs were the ones dispatched — if you were lucky, I was very impressed with his initiative. Thinking back, I think that was simply a small indication of what kind of a person David Hewitt really was. Always thinking of the other person. Concerned with the safety of and well-being of others. A truly loving, caring person who was respected by everyone he met. Not since the loss of my buddy Deputy Stevie Adams have I seen such a hole left in the heart of our law enforcement community.  In memory of Rising Sun Chief of Police David Hewitt: 
“Just a handshake or a hug,as I try to catch my breath.A friend of mine has gone,I can’t believe his death.The memories in my mind,seem so fresh and real.It’s like he’s right here next to me,that smile on his face still.You look for words to comfort me,to try and ease my pain.Words just won’t do itbut I thank you just the same.It’s so simple to me now,just what I need from you.Just a handshake or a hug,for now,will do.”Author unknown
  The Reverend Stephen and Mrs. Sharon Ward celebrated their anniversary on February 14th.  Mike and Sue Bear celebrated their 50th Anniversary on February 15th. What wonderful examples these folks are to their families!  As always, I am trying to get caught up and owe a belated birthday to our new County Auditor and Red HOT Hatter Carolyn Green (January 31st). I also need to add a couple of Red HOT Hatters to our list of February birthdays: Debbie Ressel Turner on 2/11 and Barb Thomas on 2/12. By the time this hits print, my dear friend John Campbell, formerly of Patriot and currently residing in Cincinnati, turned 94 years young on Presidents’ Day. Such a gentleman, John is on the mend from a fall this winter and isn’t able to get out and about as much as he likes. Prayers and birthday wishes for a better year, John!  Likewise confined to her living quarters but thankfully not due to her health, Sondra Stave will hopefully be able to leave her home once the waters recede. She’s been keeping busy feeding a beautiful herd of deer. I promised her that we would do lunch once she is safely able to maneuver out of her driveway.  PRAYER LIST: Donna Hewitt and the children and family of David Hewitt, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Rev. Stephen and Sharon Ward, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Stasia Wiseman, Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Lura Riga and June Lack.  Normally I do not add any recipes unless 1) I personally have tried it or 2) it was recommended to me by a friend who will vouch for it but I ran across this recipe recently and find it intriguing. I just have not figured out what to serve it with. I researched it and there are several variations, but this is the one I chose for “Chocolate Gravy.” It is attributed to Halsie Tanner Butler of Nebo Elementary (specific parts unknown).
 ¾ cup – Sugar½ cup – Flour1/3 cup – Cocoa3 cups – Milk1 tsp. – Vanilla½ stick – Butter or margarine
  Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add ½ cup warm water.  Stir well.  Heat milk in saucepan to almost boiling.  Pour boiling milk into the cocoa mixture, stirring constantly until thickening.  Add butter and vanilla.  (Suggested serving with homemade biscuits.)  You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038; or contacting KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue, please get it to me early.